Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Detailed Technical Specifications

Expected+Release-Date: January, 2012
Predecessor:Model: Samsung GT-S5830T Galaxy Ace (Samsung Cooper)


Dimensions(width x height x depth): 62.5 x 114.7 x 11.2 millimetres
2.5 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches
Bounding_Volume: 80.3 cubecentimetres
Mass: 115 grams (battery included)


Embedded-Operating_System: Google Android 2.3.5
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Operating;System:Kernel: Linux 2.6.35


CPU_Clock: 1000 MHz


RAM-type: Supported
RAM-capacity: 512 MiB
ROM+type: Flash EEPROM
ROM:capacity: 3814 MiB
ROM:capacity:in-bytes: 4 GB (billion bytes)


Display+Type: Supported
Display-Color+Depth: 24 bit/pixel (16777216 scales)
Display+Diagonal: 3.6 " (92.7 millimetres)
Display+Resolution: 320 x 480 (153600 pixels)
Viewable+Display_Size: 2.02 " x 3.04 " (51.42 x 77.13 millimetres)
Pixel_density-(dot_pitch): 158.1 pixel/inch (0.16069 millimetre/pixel)


Audio-Channel(s): stereo sound
Microphone(s): mono sound
Loudspeaker(s): mono sound
Audio;Output: 3.5mm plug


Cellular_Networks: GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS2100
Cellular_Data-Links: CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA
Cellular:Antenna: Internal antenna
Call+Alert: 64 -chord melody (polyphonic)
Vibrating:Alert: Supported
Speakerphone_: Supported


Positioning-Device: Multi-touch screen
Primary;Keyboard: Not supported
Directional:Pad: Not supported
Scroll;Wheel: Not supported


Expansion;Interfaces: microSD, microSDHC, TransFlash
Supports High Capacity (SD 2.0/HC) memory cards with capacity of up to 32GB
USB: USB 2.0 client, Hi-Speed (480Mbit/s)
USB Series Micro-B (Micro-USB) connector
Bluetooth:(802.15): Bluetooth 3.0, Internal antenna
Wireless-LAN/Wi-Fi+(802.11): IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Internal antenna
Infrared_Gate: Not supported


Analog-Radio: FM radio (87.5-108MHz) with RDS radio reciever
Proprietary headset as antenna
Digital-Media;Broadcast: Not supported


Built-in-GPS:module: Supported
GPS:Protocol: NMEA 0183
GPS+Antenna: Internal antenna
Complementary+GPS:Services: Assisted GPS, Geotagging


Sensor+Type: CMOS sensor
Resolution: 2592 x1944 pixels (5.04MP)
Autofocus;(AF): Supported
Optical_Zoom: 1 x
Macro;Mode: Supported
Built-in-Flash: mobile light (LED)
Camcorder: 800x480 pixels
Recordable-Image-Formats: JPG
Recordable;Video:Formats: 3GP, 3G2, MPEG4


Battery-Technology: Lithium-ion battery
Battery:Build: removable
Battery;Capacity: 1300 mAh


Built-in:accelerometer: Supported
  • capacitive touchscreen
  • built-in digital compass
  • GPRS Class 10
  • HSDPA 7.2
  • Samsung TouchWiz 4.0
  • surround sound
  • Bluetooth stereo audio profile (A2DP
  • AVCRP)
  • Google Maps Navigation
  • Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot
  • 2GB microSD
Datasheet+State: Preliminary specifications

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Verizon Cyber Monday 2011 Deals: HTC Rezound, Motorola Droid RAZR And iPhone 4S - Geek Sailor

Every year, the following Monday after Black Friday is celebrated by Verizon Wireless with promotional sales. The Verizon Cyber Monday deals spread of a wide range of products, including smartphones, 4G LTE devices, tablets, internet devices, accessories, internet devices and basic phones.

Verizon Cyber Monday deals come to attract new customers and bargain hunters, thus if you have some money after the Black Friday shopping, and you want to get your hands on an item that is on sale at Verzion, now it’s your chance.

But let’s cut the chit-chat and see what 4G LTE devices the Verzion Cyber Monday deals include. If you want a 4G LTE smartphone you can choose from: LG Revolution at $49.99, Pantech Breakout at $49.99, Motorola Droid RAZR at $299.99, Motorla Droid Bionic at $199.99, Samsung Stratosphere at $149.99, Samsung Droid Charge at $199.99, HTC Rezound at $299.99, or HTC Thunderbolt at $149.99. Or maybe you want a tablet with 4G LTE support. Verizon Cyber Monday deals have those, too: Motorola XOOM 4G LTE is on sale at $199.99 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 32GB has a price tag of $529.99. All the prices are available with 2-year contract on Mobile Broadband / data pack.

If you don’t live in an area with 4G coverage you may choose one of the smartphones included in the Verizon Cyber Monday deals: Casio G’zOne Commando at $149.99, BlackBerry Torch 9850 at $149.99, BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 at $49.99, or maybe you want Apple’s iPhone 4S for $199.99 with a 2-year contract and data pack. If you don’t have the money to buy a smartphone, you can choose from one of the free ones that are on sale at Verizon Wireless: HTC Droid Incredible 2, LG Enlighten, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Samsung Illusion, or Motorola Droid Pro.

Verizon also has promotional sales on tablets, thus the Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 3G 16GB has a special Cyber Monday price of $629.99, while Samsung Galaxy Tab 7? is on sale at $149.99.

Internet devices? You can find some at Verizon Cyber Monday deals: $29.99 for Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L, $599.99 for 4G LTE HP Pavilion Notebook and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE USB Modem 551L for free with a 2-year contract. Or maybe you already own a phone and you want to purchase accessories. Check out the Verizon Cyber Monday deals for cases, covers and protectors, bluetooth and wired headsets, chargers and docks.

Returning to mobile phones special offers, Verizon Cyber Monday deals include prices cut off for: Samsung Intensity II, Pantech Hotshot, Samsung Convoy 2, LG Revere, and more.

Anyway, if you want to take a closer look to Verizon Cyber Monday 2011 deals, you should visit the carrier’s official website, following the source link bellow.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Monday, December 12, 2011

Triggered by parents 4 1-click, unlocked with Toyed and investigated - wireless and mobile news Kindle fire

Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle fire is one of the best gifts of this holiday season.  There are some news about the 7' Tablet sold for $199 at for less than it costs to make.  It could be a money machine for Amazon, jailbroken for different operating systems and headaches for parents.

The Amazon Kindle fire received consumer reports "Best Buy" rating and analysts note that it is rather a sales tool for Amazon as a large tablet.  The Kindle is the only tablet that with the iPad for popularity and rivals ecosystem fire.

Morgan Stanley analyst, Scott Devitt believed that Amazon not deliver main objective a Tablet experience that popular IOS matches Apple's, but rather the already combined with its low price, has built great content ecosystem, the Amazon to the Tablet, is more than offset its technical inferiority on the iPad.

"We believe that has to the monetization points his device control, facilitating the flow of content," Devitt reported "to do this, Amazon price it at $199 with the consumer adoption." «With a large installed base of app developers is a real incentive for the content to produce ignition fire buying owner.»

Content is not everything to ignite fire , to control the Amazon, because children can buy much more than when using one of the parents tablet.  Parents find that, if they hand over the fire to ignite , children will be favorite toys and electronics on the 1-click service to buy the product.

When the fire to ignite buying through, it comes with Amazon account information installed and 1-Click ordering.  Anyone with the fire to ignite can 1-click you to buy what they want on

A 3-year-old, said father Labs scenic founder Jason Rosenfled, that his daughter of a child ordered product. Rosenfeld stopped selling after seeing the order confirmation email.

Kindle fire has the function for parents, their children buy, when to limit applications downloaded on the tablets.  A father who is a software engineer, became angry as he, that he could remove fire Kindle Tablet not realized that he bought for his children, and she returned.

Or maybe someone could fire to ignite to your friend or relative, Loana then buys assets of products from Amazon.

Kurt Römer, chief security strategist for Citrix Systems, told of Reuters that parents and others should understand what use the fire to ignite and how it works before you let anyone.

Another problem is that a child drops a fire Kindle, breaks, and it must be set. Do-it-yourself types are know that Kindle fire is not so difficult to resolve.

If iFixit took apart the Kindle fire they gave fire ignite a renewability score: 8 out of 10 (10 is the easiest way to repair), the case is easy to open, the simple design and the LCD light task a replacement is not covered on the display, (if necessary), but the battery on the motherboard is stuck and curious requires.

Many reviews and analysts mention that the user experience on the Kindle was fire less than optimally, we fight, it is because the operating system Android 2.3 gingerbread for developed but was tablest for smartphones.   The Kindle was fire hacked the latest version of Android 4.0 used ice cream sandwich without Wi-Fi and audio.  Those that are technically inclined and no objection, that the guarantee is not valid for ready will soon change.

CyanagenMod works without sound, which will be a problem with listening to music or watch videos.

The Kindle fire has "Problems" with the connection to the Internet and does not have the best user experience.

The best features of s Kindle fire are the dual-core processor, free Amazon Cloud storage, cloud accelerates mobile browser and of course the price of $199.  Previously, are verified uses Android 2.3 (no Tablet OS) shortcomings of fire to ignite it and is missing Bluetooth reception area for mobile data, a camera and GPS.  The Kindle fire touchscreen is only 7 inches...

Monday, December 12, 2011 by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Hacker Installs Ice Cream Sandwich on Kindle Fire - PCWorld

An effort to hack Amazon’s Kindle Fire and install Ice Cream Sandwich on the device is well underway.

A hacker named Steven has posted a video of Ice Cream Sandwich running on the Kindle Fire, along with more information in the XDA Developers forums. The hack is incomplete, lacking support for audio, Wi-Fi, the accelerometer and the light sensor. Also, transitions look a bit choppy, but it's a start.

The hacker plans to start an open source project for Ice Cream Sandwich on the Kindle Fire, and will post his code to it. This was only a matter of time, considering the Android 4.0 code is open source.

Hackers have taken a keen interest in the Kindle Fire, probably due to its $200 price tag, dual-core processor and popularity among consumers. Shortly after its launch, users figured out how to root the tablet and install the Android Market, freeing themselves from the Amazon Appstore's smaller catalog. For users who want a more typical Android experience on the Kindle Fire, CyanogenMod 7 is also available as an alternative to Amazon's highly customized interface.

Amazon has only put up a small fight to Kindle Fire hacking, even though the company reportedly loses money on every tablet sold, and relies on sales of Amazon's built-in services to turn a profit. The latest software update removes root access, but doesn't prevent users from re-rooting their devices. And users who have installed a completely different ROM on the Kindle Fire won't have to worry about updates from Amazon anyway.

My guess is that Amazon doesn't think stopping a handful of hackers is worth the trouble. That's good news for users who want a cheap tablet for tinkering.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Motorola unveils two new Android tablets for US - Android Apps Appolicious

Motorola brings two new Android tablets to the market, the Droid Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1, each on Verizon’s LTE network. The manufacturer’s been particularly quiet on the US front, having already launched the Xoom 2 in the UK and Ireland, giving stateside consumers very little in the way of tablets since the Android 3.0 Honeycomb Xoom back in February. It’s very clear that Android’s become a global brand, with a $100 tablet (running ICS) emerging in China, with plans to make its way to the US soon. But don’t count out smartphones just yet. Japan’s one of the most active countries when it comes to Android devices, and Fujitsu’s released a new smartphone called the Arrows ES IS12F. It’s waterproof and has a 4-inch AMOLED display.

Motorola’s latest tablets are the Droid Xyboard 8.2 and Droid Xyboard 10.1, both running Android 3.2 with upgrades for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich next year. They also boast dual-core 1.2GHz processors and 1GB of RAM. The displays (the smaller at 8.2 inches and the other at 10.1 inches) are just bigger than the standard sizes coming from competitors, and use Gorilla Glass with water-repellent coating to resist scratches and spills. The Xyboards probably look familiar to many of you, as they’re physically the same as the Xoom 2 line launched across the just a few weeks ago. They’ll also come with preloaded apps for business users, including Quickoffice HD and Citrix GoToMeeting, with enterprise-grade security to keep your IT department happy. Look for the Xyboards in Verizon stores now, priced respective to their hardrive sizes.

The Kindle Fire has been basking in the limelight of being an affordable and accessible Android tablet. Amazon may be facing some competition with a $100 MIPS-based Android tablet, currently available in China. A joint effort by the US-based MIPS and the China-based mobile chip provider Ingenic Semiconductor, the new tablet is already ahead of the Kindle Fire in one key way: it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s among the first ICS tablets to hit the market, just don’t expect it in the States for another few months. The tablet comes with a 7-inch multi-touch screen, MIPS’ JZ4770 1GHz processor, and has front and rear-facing cameras with 1080p video capture. There’s support for Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, HDMI 1.3 and microSD ports.

Another overseas launch comes from Fujitsu and Toshiba, releasing another Android-powered smartphone onto the market. The Arrow ES comes with a 4-inch NEW AMOLED display with 480x800 resolution, running a Qualcomm snapdragon CPU at 1.4GHz. It comes with 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM and a 5-megapixel camera. The Arrow ES body is waterproof, and the phone comes with support for Bluetooth 2.1+, DLNA support and a microSDHC slot. Some additional perks include e-wallet NFC integration and a digital TV tuner. No further details have been given regarding the price or the exact launch date, and there’s no telling if it will be available in the States. With Android’s growing popularity and a saturated device market in Japan, we could very well see some more U.S. releases from the likes of Toshiba.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Amazon: Kindle fire update coming - CNET

Amazon's new tablet is still on fire.

Owners Amazon's new tablet can expect a software update in the next two weeks.


Just a month after the Kindle Fire's launch, owners of the Amazontablet can expect a software update to address performance issues.

Users have complained about problems accessing Wi-Fi networks and the Internet, slow and erratic scrolling, and inefficient apps.

However, it appears the online retailer is planning a software update to address customers' concerns.

"In less than two weeks, we're rolling out an over-the-air update to Kindle Fire," Drew Herdener, a company spokesman, told The New York Times. The update is expected to address privacy issues, as well as navigation sluggishness. However, he didn't say whether the update would address other customer complaints. Amazon representatives did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.

The Kindle Fire, which launched on November 14 as a potential "iPad killer," is estimated to have sold more than 2 million units, but theAndroid-powered tablet has been plagued by performance complaints from owners. Some Fire tablet owners complain they can't connect to their Wi-Fi networks, while others say they can connect to their routers but can't access the Internet. Other complain of a lack of privacy on the device's OS.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Sunday, December 11, 2011

As a Kindle fire faces critics are cures promised - New York Times

A few of their many complaints: there are no external volume control. From switch is easy to hit by accident. Web pages take a long time to load. There is no privacy on the device. from a spouse or a child who takes it will immediately know everything, what you have done. The touch screen is often slow and sometimes downright stubborn.

Recorded individual complaints - to the Amazon site - received for confirmation last week as a usability expert, Jakob Nielsen condemned fire, a level it says "a disappointingly poor" experience offered. For not so slender like toothpicks, he warned users, Finger are, the screen could be particularly frustrating to manipulate.

"I feel, that the fire is a failure," said Mr Nielsen, Nielsen Norman Group, a consulting firm Silicon Valley, in an interview. "I can not recommend to buy it."

All of this would be enough to send some products directly to the cemetery, where languishing Apple Newton, the Edsel, New Coke and McDonald's arch Deluxe. But as you could say a number of retailers and tech companies, it would be foolish to underestimate Amazon.

Amazon sees the Kindle line of devices is critical to its future as virtual memory and ready, lose money from the sale of each for reasons of market shares. Once dominance has been achieved, it will make money for films, books, music, download the user directly from Amazon.

First of all it has to however, ubiquitous devices. Promotion of them will certainly help each day to its tens of millions of customers on the cheapest price. If the idea of the tablet in the mainstream, Apple makes affordable it Amazon.

The dealer says that the fire is Kindle most successful product, that it ever the a measure of enthusiasm, which revealed nothing; launched It was not specified how many fires it has sold, how many kindles it has sold ever. Also, it says that there is still more fires to the strong demand building. But at the same time, it acknowledges that it is working on improvements.

"In less than two weeks, we an OTA update ignite fire, rolls are", drew Herdener, a company spokesman said the.

There will be improvements in performance and multitouch navigation, and customers have the possibility of the list of items that show what they have done recently to edit. Women are no longer wondering why their husbands were looking at a dating site if they said that they played angry birds.

Amazon refuses to say, but soon – probably in the spring - it is an improved version of the device itself. Another recording is, that all traders have said Mr Nielsen. "If this is a mistake, fire on the dust of history stack is doomed."

Despite Amazon's silence on the matter have analysts has been to assess the company of three fires to five million this quarter will sell. They are not increasing their estimates or lower them.

Amazon's devotion to this product line is so that it divided reduced the price the original Kindle e-reader, and started to sell it through other retailers such as Wal-Mart and best buy for $79, as well as clearly visible on their website. If Amazon Apple-like edges, analysts estimate that the basic Kindle could be $180 cost.

According to the calculations of the research firm IHS iSuppli Kindle the $79 costs Amazon $84 to make. This sum includes no research and development, shipping or with a third-party distributors, the wholesale discount. They add, and Amazon could be as much as $20 for each lose $79 of sold Kindle, such as best buy.

For most hardware manufacturers, a recipe for business would be suicide. But as soon as the device in a shopper home page is selected, which stop losses and begins the consumption.

Sunday, December 11, 2011 by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Samsung says more than 300 million mobile phones in 2011 on sale-Reuters

Customers look at Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S II LTE smartphones on display at a shop at the company's headquarters in Seoul October 28, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Customers, the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE Smartphone display the company's headquarters in Seoul on October 28, 2011 at the shop.

Credit: Reuters/Cho-Hak

Seoul (Reuters)-Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. said on Sunday its annual mobile phone sales this year for the first time in the history of the company in excess of 300 units.

Volume is the second largest in the world by the phone manufacturer's sales record broken by the end of last month, it said in a statement.

In the mobile phone sales were approximately 2.8 million in 2010.

"We expect to extend this success to 2012," JK Shin, President and head of Samsung's mobile communications business was quoted as saying.

Samsung Galaxy S Smartphone series of flagship company-Galaxy II-S and Galaxy S significant contribution to the result.

Starting in April, the 10 million unit sales to S II, Samsung created a new sales set a record.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Custom ROM Lists for Samsung Galaxy S II

*Most source links are from xda-developers forum*
Instructions for users on Custom ROM:

Whenever you are using any Custom Rom first thing to do is to clear the cache, wipe the data and wipe dalvik cache too. These could be done my rebooting your phone in Recovery mode. Dalvik Cache could be cleared by entering into advanced option in Recovery mode. This will remove options like Clockwork Mod and other tools from your phone.

(12/04/2011) [SS] CheckROM RevoHD™ V4 (KK5)
(12/02/2011) [SS] Omega Series v8.0 (KK2)
(12/02/2011) [SS] NDT MIUI GINGER V8.0 (2.3.7)
(12/01/2011) [SS] madmack's 2.3 (KK5)

(11/30/2011) [SS] UltraToxic Rom v8.0 (KK5)
(11/30/2011) [SS] GaLaXyZeRoS2 V0.4 (KK5) 
(11/29/2011) [SS] Rarity ROM v4.1GT (KJ1)
(11/24/2011) [SS] insanity ii cm 55
(11/18/2011) [SS] MIUI 1.11.18 (2.3.7)
(11/15/2011) [SS] Cognition 777 r2 (2.3.5)
(11/13/2011) [SS] SenseStyle (2.3.7)
(11/12/2011) [SS] SensatioN ROM V1.9 (2.3.5)
(11/12/2011) [SS] Simple & Clean v2.3.1 (KK2)
(11/12/2011) [SS] CyanogenMod V7 Nighty (GWK74)

(11/07/2011) [SS] Official Stock i9100 (KG, KH, KI, KJ)
(10/31/2011) [SS] Bezke IceCreamed (KJ1)
(11/30/2011) [SS] CheckROM RevolutionHD V3.1.1 (KI4)
(10/27/2011) [SS] MikiMod CarbonOcean v6 (KI4)
(10/26/2011) [SS] The GingerMOD v0.7 (KG6)
(10/25/2011) [SS] DlevROM2 Version 3.1 (KI4)
(10/20/2011) [SS] LeoMar75 Rom Revolution v2.7.1 (KI3)
(10/17/2011) [SS] TOUCH X-POWER 1.0 SP1 (KI8)
(09/08/2011) [SS] SkarbnikROM v1.3.0 (KH3)
(09/28/2011) [SS] Alienware (KH3)
(09/26/2011) [SS] VillainROM 3.0 (2.3.5)
(09/17/2011) [SS] MIUI SGS2 1.9.16 (2.3.5)

GWK74 – 2.3.7
KK2, KK4, KK5 – 2.3.6
KI3, KI4, KJ1, KJ3 – 2.3.5
KH3 – 2.3.4

Note: Flash your device at your own risk 

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Friday, December 9, 2011

How Samsung Galaxy Nexus Differs From The Original Galaxy S

Samsung nexus
Samsung Galaxy S in 2010, we quickly, mobile devices, a favorite among all Smartphone users as I saw the launch of the established itself. In March of 2011 we are one of the biggest selling smartphone ever released, established by its predecessor, the Galaxy S2 are at the foundation of the success and the release of an updated version of the original phone. More than 9 months, their latest flagship model, the new Samsung Galaxy are ready to launch the nexus. We look to the original specifications of this new model is on the device, see the differences between S.

The Galaxy S fastest mobile phone at the time of its release is available, thanks to the 1 Ghz Cortex A8 processor, which includes the powerful chipset. This is the first model in the 1 Ghz processor or chip the size of the enemy and many other manufacturers soon replication set the benchmark. The new Samsung nexus as well as the fast chip as well as to dual-core boasts one. 1.2 G h Z cortex A9, a new model that you can use one of the fastest mobile phone models also remain dual-core technology adds more impressive in terms of multitasking. Providing two cores in one processor's advantage in the second run in the background, you can keep the other applications that are currently undertaking during the operation, only. This even run multiple apps still provide the fastest possible speed dial. Internal storage capacity has been increased to 16 GB is also much more pictures and audio tracks, and other media files that can be stored in this new model, which means the terminals. The new device in the RAM memory is 1 GB 512 also is doubled.

In regards to the original Galaxy S phone camera facilities ahead of its time and 720 p high definition resolution video capture feature that can record footage, along with providing a high quality 5 megapixel camera, Samsung has a new video capture resolution 1080p resolution at that nexus of higher standards, provides a boost to 3 million pixels. Both models to achieve the best results the geographic tags, touch focus and face detection, and both still cameras that offer very similar to the add-in. Galaxy S is still a lot to compare well against the latest model of its time and was really one ahead screen integration.

Super AMOLED display, image-quality 480 x 800 pixels and 16 million color display to produce. Samsung AMOLED technology, such as the Super, but the new nexus in a 4-inch rather than increased size 4.65 inches. Only the best currently available, and the screen of the iPhone really this is a display image quality can rival for 4S.

In response to other classes at the time of the release of Galaxy S model and the same can be said of the new Samsung Galaxy nexus. Powerful chipset, the big screen, check the great combination of gorgeous looks, this model is equally successfully, you must prove that the original model and the Galaxy S2.

Friday, December 9, 2011 by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

The New Samsung Galaxy S II Ad Makes Fun Of Apple iPhone Fanboys Waiting In Line (Again)

New Samsung Galaxy S II Ad Makes Fun Of Apple iPhone Fanboys Waiting In Line (Again)

Samsung continues its snarky assault on those who wait (in line for the new iPhone 4S) in its latest ad, released Friday morning.

By now, the setup for these commercials should be familiar: Apple fanboys and fangirls wait in line and discuss how excited they are for the upcoming iPhone, only to be upstaged by a passerby and his or her higher-quality Samsung Galaxy S II (that the owner did not have to brave the cold for). Previous ads have highlighted the Galaxy S II's screen size and 4G LTE capability; this one points out the apparent misconception that it is difficult to download and upload music and movies to an Android phone.


The advertisement, which repeats the tagline of previous Galaxy S II commercials by closing with the claim that "The Next Big Thing Is Already Here," also makes passing reference to Google Music, the recently announced service that stores 20GB of music for free and is available to stream either via Android app or in the mobile browser. Like iTunes, Google Music also features a music download store with most songs going for 99 cents, and by the tone of this ad, Google and its handset manufacturers view the new music service as an equalizer for Apple's iTunes.

That's a Google-Apple throwdown, however; the Samsung-Apple rivalry, meanwhile, has spilled over from electronics stores and onto many other platforms. Aside from these direct attacks in the media, it was recently reported that Samsung's smartphone sales surpassed those of Apple last year, making the Korean company the largest handset manufacturer in the world for Q3 2011. Apple and Samsung have most notably been locking horns in courtrooms all over the world, with lawsuits and countersuits in Australia, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan and elsewhere.

For now, though, the battle has resumed on the boob tube (and will continue when Samsung releases its Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone with the newest version of Android, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich). Check out the latest Samsung ad here, and see the first commercials in the series here, here and here.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Nokia Maps arrives on your Symbian homescreen

If you’ve got yourself a Symbian Anna or Belle-powered phone, you’ll be glad to hear that there’s a new version of Nokia Maps v3.08 available to download from Nokia Store. For those running Symbian Anna, this update will come via Nokia Suite or the Software Update app on your phone shortly.

With this release of Nokia Maps for Symbian we wanted to focus on specific use cases to make it easier for you to access your favourite features.

In fact, Nokia Maps v3.08 now comes with four shortcuts on your Nokia Symbian smartphone home screen: Maps, Drive, Check in and Guides. You can add them by selecting ‘add widget’ > ‘map apps’.

In other words, it’s now faster for you to start the apps you want. Are you driving a car and want to use Nokia’s free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation with life traffic updates? All it takes is a tap on your home screen.

Do you want to explore the area around you, search for places and walk to them? All it takes is a tap on your home screen.

This is the same difference between Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive you can find on Nokia N9 or on the Nokia Lumia series.

To shape Nokia’s location based apps around specific use cases, we are introducing live traffic rerouting with Nokia Maps v3.08 for all of you who are commuting every day and want to avoid traffic jams.

Drivers will also enjoy an easier user interface, which unveils its full potential with Nokia Car Mode with Mirror Link support. More features are coming to the next Nokia Maps releases for Symbian and you can already try them out now. Indeed, you can add four more apps to your collection right away by downloading them from Nokia Beta Labs:

Public Transport to plan your journey from here to there easily.

Pulse to privately share and discuss your location, photos, and more.

Live View to easily find information and services on the go with the help of augmented reality.

Places to discover the world around you.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Symbian Anna finally hits the T-Mobile Nokia C7 Astound

If you take a look at the progress of Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia in rolling out Symbian Belle to its more capable smartphones, you will find out that the updates are not happening as fast as we would want it to be. This is also the case for the roll-out of Symbian Anna to those eagerly awaiting the update on their devices.

If you happen to have T-Mobile USA as your carrier of choice and are toting a Nokia C7 Astound from the carrier, congratulations are in order given the fact that the Symbian Anna update for the said handset is already available. As a background, the C7 Astound is basically the Nokia C7 that the company released to the rest of the world. Unlike the C7 Astound, the original C7 shipped with Anna while the C7 Astound was stuck with Symbian^3.1.

The Symbian Anna update which is being rolled-out to the T-Mobile C7 Astound via OTA is about 11MB big and brings a web browser that is faster and along with enhancements on the text input of the handset among others. While waiting for the update tohit your device, you can pass the time by reading through the specs sheet of the Nokia C7 Astound from T-Mobile.

The C7 Astound is a solidly-built handset that measures 117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5 mm and tips the scales at 130 grams. With these vital stats, we can safely say that the C7 Astound is not as sexy and lightweight as we would want it to be but the handset packs a rather attractive design aesthetic.

When the C7 Astound was released, Nokia wasn’t into coming up with Windows Phones yet so the company doesn’t make use of SoC chipset yet at that time. This is the case with the C7 Astound where it only has an ARM11 processor taking care of the computing power for the device while the graphical concerns are handled by the handset’s dedicated Broadcom BCM2727 graphics chip.

The C7 Astound has 256 MB of RAM that supports the processor of the device in powering its operating system while the internal memory of the handset is pegged at 8GB. Despite the meager onboard memory of the handset, the C7 Astound comes with a dedicated memory expansion slot that lets a user add up to 32GB of external storage to beef up the internal storage of the device.

The display of the C7 Astound is an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a diagonal of 3.5-inches. Its resolution is at 640 x 360 pixels wile pixel density comes up to 210 ppi. The display of the handset is also covered withCorning’s Gorilla Glass making it scratch-resistant. As for its shooters, the C7 Astound has two – a primary 8MP shooter found at its back panel and a VGA snapper adorning the handset’s front panel.

Given these attributes and capabilities, we already know that the Nokia C7 Astound from T-mobile is one capable device. Upgrading it to Symbian Anna will only make the device better.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Software update for Nokia Lumia 800

Over the course of the next two weeks, starting today, a new software update for the award-winning Nokia Lumia 800 will be rolled out in the countries where the phone has been made available.

The update brings a number of performance and usability enhancements  including:
Voicemail notification improvementReplying to mail improved for Microsoft Exchange 2003 users Improved display switching in bright light
Not everyone will get the update at once – the number of simultaneous downloads has to be limited – but it should be delivered in all the initial launch countries over the course of the next two weeks. The software will be downloaded through Microsoft Zune.

A further update is planned for early 2012 to deliver more improvements to the software. There’s more information on the update process on the product support pages.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Nokia E6 Price: Best SIM-free deals

With its full QWERTY keyboard, great Symbian Anna OS and full touchscreen, the Nokia E6 is a stunning smartphone for business and personal use. And with some great deals on offer this Christmas, it’s never been easier to take this fantastic handset home for less.

Nokia E6 review round-up

First we checked out online retailer Expansys, where we found the Nokia E6 QWERTY smartphone on sale SIM-free for just £259.99.

Then we stopped over at HandTec, where we found the Nokia E6 for even less, costing just £254.39 for an unlocked SIM-free handset.

Next up was FlagShipFones, who is offering the Nokia E6 for less still, selling the SIM-free smartphone for just £240 with free UK shipping included.

Then we tried Amazon – always a great value retailer – and found the Nokia E6 for a fantastic £219.95, again with free UK shipping included.

But the best deal around can be found at Play, who is offering the great Nokia E6 for a staggering £199.99, with delivery costs all included.

With so many fantastic deals on offer for the QWERTY keyboard equipped Nokia E6, it’s never been easier to pick up this great Symbian Anna smartphone, so why not get online and grab yourself a bargain today?

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Android smartphones of 201 to 399 euros buying guide

If your portfolio is robust to overcome the psychological threshold of 200 euros to buy the Android smartphone, the following category is 399 euros.

We gathered all available models from the lists of mobile companies Cosmote, Vodafone and wind.

If you have in your possession one, tell us your opinion and other potential buyers.

• HTC Wildfire S with EUR 249,90
• Mini Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro with EUR 279,90
• Ace of the Galaxy of Samsung with EUR 279,90
• Motorola challenge + with EUR 299,90
• Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray with 389,90 EUR
• Sony Ericsson Xperia play with EUR 399,90
• LG black Optimus with EUR 399,90

• HTC Wildfire S with EUR 249,90
• HTC ChaCha 279 euros
• Ace of the Galaxy of Samsung with EUR 279,89
• Mini Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro with EUR 279,89
• Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray with 389,90 EUR

• ZTE skate with 239 euro
• HTC Wildfire S with euro 249
• Samsung Galaxy Ace with 289 euro
• Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro mini with euro 299
• Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray with 399 euro

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

ZTE Unveils "Blade" successor of smartphone

The Chinese manufacturer ZTE has just taken the veil on a new smartphone budget, which could be subsequently welcomed ZTE blade.

The original blade was renamed as the Orange San Francisco, it is not surprising that ZTE is also San Francisco 2, which reported us in mid-November.

This update of version packs a processor 800 MHz instead of block of 600 MHz of the original device, the camera is also amended until 5-megapixel camera, while the rest of the spec range remains the same including 512 MB of RAM and a touch screen 800 x 480 pixels of 3.2 inches.

However, according to IntoMobile, the true successor of the blade of ZTE, which may or may not end up a label of Blade 2, is designated as the V881.

The V881 will carry a larger screen to 3.8 inches (with the same resolution of 800 x 480 pixels), a Qualcomm MSM8255 1 GHZ processor and the same 512 MB RAM and 5 megapixel camera as the San Francisco 2.

Judging by the prices above $-160 or 120 Euros - we believe that will cost approximately £ 100-£ 120 to United Kingdom, which is what the original San Francisco went for the launch.
There was no official word of ZTE on a release date, but we will post more details as and when they emerge.

check ZTE Blade S (ZTE Crescent) Photo & Detailed Specs

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Thursday, December 8, 2011

LG Nitro HD vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket: It's All About the Customers Choice

The LG Nitro HD smartphone, made available on AT&T's networks on Sunday, is expected to face immense pressure from Samsung's Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, which, along with the HTC Vivid will be the first AT&T 4G LTE-capable smartphones.

The Nitro HD, which features a 4.5-inch True HD AH-IPS display, is the first smartphone in the AT&T portfolio with a true high definition screen. The LG smartphone is considered to be the third 4G LTE smartphone for AT&T customers.

LG's device, which takes advantage of its new proprietary True HD technology, has a 4.5-inch AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching) display that supports resolutions up to 1280 x 720 pixels and offers unrivaled color accuracy, brightness, battery efficiency and performance.

According to LG, the Nitro HD's 500 nit display luminance allows clear viewing in direct sunlight and RGB stripe pixels deliver "incredibly accurate" true-to-life color rendering.
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The smartphone, which runs on Google Inc.'s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, has dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor, 4.5-inch True HD AH-IPS display, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory with additional 16 GB microSD card included, 8 megapixel rear-facing LED flash camera with 1080p video capture and a secondary front-facing camera for video calls.

The LG Nitro HD, along with HTC Vivid and Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, will be able to utilize both LTE and HSPA+ 4G speeds of AT&T, for consistently fast connections in and out of LTE areas.

The Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, which runs on Google Inc.'s Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS, has a Scorpion dual-core processor, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon chipset, 4.5-inch Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic LED) Plus display, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, 4G LTE support, 8 megapixel rear-facing LED flash camera with 1080p video capture and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.

In the midst of all the good specifications of Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, a user on the xda-developers forum said the smartphone exploded in his friend's pocket, according to The man doesn't appear to be injured, according to the tech Web site's reports.

"He said he heard a sound, [felt] a burning sensation on his leg and as he pulled this piece of junk out of his pocket he smelled burning," the forum user wrote, as being reported by, "There was smoke coming out of his pocket and out of the phone."

Let's look at the specifications of Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket and LG Nitro HD.

Display: Skyrocket touts a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display that may give a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels with about 207 ppi pixel density. On the other hand, Nitro HD touts a 4.5-inch True HD AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching) capacitive touch-screen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution at about 326 ppi pixel density.

Size: Nitro HD comes with 5.27 x 2.67 x 0.41 inches dimension and weighs 4.5 ounces. On the other hand, Skyrocket will come in 5.15 x 2.75 x 0.37 inches dimension and weighs 4.66 ounces.

Processor: Nitro HD features dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor with 1GB RAM. On the other hand, Skyrocket features 1.5 GHz Scorpion dual-core processor, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon chipset with 1GB RAM.

Camera: Both the smartphones sport rear-facing 8 megapixel LED flash cameras with 1080p HD video capture capability. Skyrocket has an additional 2megapixel front-facing camera for video calling while Nitro HD has a 1 megapixel camera for video chat.

3G/4G: Both smartphones come with HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps and supports 4G LTE.

Operating System: Both smartphones have Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system with both promised Google Inc.'s latest smartphone OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Ice Cream Sandwich is a combination of Gingerbread and Honeycomb in one unit. Android Head of Engineering Mike Claren announced that the new OS is Google's "most ambitious release to date." The newest features arriving with Android 4.0 include widgets in a new tab, a customizable launcher, Gmail with offline search with a two-line preview and new action bar at the bottom, better voice integration, improved copy and paste and a new tabbed Web browser that allows up to 16 tabs.

WLAN/Bluetooth/USB: Both smartphones have Bluetooth 3.0 version, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, and Wi-Fi hotspot. Additionally, Skyrocket has Bluetooth EDR stereo, mini USB 2.0 version, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. On the other hand, Nitro HD has Bluetooth A2DP, HS microUSB 2.0 version, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

Storage: The Nitro HD has fixed 4 GB internal storage with a 16 GB microSD card included in the package that can be expanded up to 32 GB. However, the Skyrocket has a fixed 16 GB internal storage and via a microSD card slot it can expand up to 32 GB.

Battery: Nitro HD comes with a standard Li-ion 1830 mAh battery. On the other hand, the Skyrocket comes with a standard Li-ion 1850 mAh battery that gives up to 7 hours talk time and up to 256 hours of standby.

Pricing: Nitro HD is normally priced at $249.99 with a two-year AT&T contract. In selected areas, AT&T is offering a $100 discount for the LG Nitro HD. On the other hand, the Skyrocket is priced at $149.99 with a two-year AT&T contract.

Thursday, December 8, 2011 by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

White Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile exclusive release

So if you are in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S II sporting a nice shiny white jacket over in the good old US of A rather than picking up the Android 4.0 toting Samsung Galaxy Nexus it appears that you wont have that long to wait until you can snap up the white Galaxy S II from T-Mobile.

The white version of the Galaxy S II was announced a while ago but as yet there was no release date given for the device; however according to the guys over at Slash Gear by way of Tmonews, T-Mobile has now used their Twitter account to announce that missing release date.

T-Mobile tweeted…”The new white Samsung Galaxy S II is almost here! Get yours at on 12/14/11”

Thus is would appear that T-Mobile will release the white Samsung Galaxy S II on Wednesday the 14th of December and will carry the same price tag as the black galaxy S II at $229.99 after a 50-buck mail in rebate and signing up for the usual two-year agreement, although it does appear that you will only be able to get the white version via T-Mobile online.

Spec reminder for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II, 4.52-inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, 8 megapixel rear facing camera, 2 megapixel front facing camera, 1080p video, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread operating system, 1.5GHz dual core processor, and supports HSPA+ 4G.

So there you have it, will you be opting to snap up the white Samsung Galaxy S II from T-Mobile come the 14th?

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Delivers a White Christmas as the newest Galaxy

The old Bing Crosby standby had him “dreaming of a white Christmas”, and smartphone manufacturer Samsung is prepared to deliver on that dream by launching a white Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket on December 4. The handset will be identical in physical design and technical specifications, the only difference being its color. The Samsung Galaxy S II is now available in some version in Europe, Asia and North America, and globally those different devices have combined for over 30 million units sold.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket improves on the spec sheet of the Samsung Galaxy S II that runs on AT&T’s 4G non-LTE network. The Skyrocket has a larger screen and faster, more powerful processor, and is exclusive to the AT&T 4G LTE wireless network. The AT&T 4G LTE wireless system was recently tested by independent wireless systems reviewer RootMetrics, and registered true LTE speeds.

The newest AT&T Galaxy is on sale now and customers can buy the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket starting at $179 for new customers.

The new White Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket launches today and is priced at $149.99.

The new white Skyrocket arrives out-of-the-box with Android’s Gingerbread operating system, and popular social applications Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Picasa are preloaded. The handset delivers the second largest display in smartphone technology, at 4.50 inches, and that capacitive multitouch screen provides 480 x 800 pixel resolution and 16 million color rendering. Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus display technology joins a light sensor, proximity sensor and scratch resistant layer of Corning Gorilla Glass in the display.

The 1850 mAh battery delivers 7.0 hours of talk time and 11 days standby from a single charge. Samsung uses one of their own chips, a 1.5 GHz dual core Scorpion processor, and an Adreno 220 graphics processor joins it in the hardware package. 1.0 GB of RAM memory is on board, as well as 16 GB of onboard storage. A microSD slot is present for storage expansion.

A front facing 2.0 megapixel chat cam is also capable of placing video calls, and joins a rear facing 8.0 megapixel camcorder that comes equipped with an LED flash and video light. That rear camcorder records video in 1920 x 1080 pixels (1080p HD) at 30 frames per second, and features smile detection, autofocus and panorama shot taking capability. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity options are both present.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Nokia Symbian Belle build for Nokia N8 leaked

We have a good news for Nokia Symbian Anna update running smartphone owners patiently await the next major update dubbed — Symbian Belle.

Nokia's Symbian platform developer/hacker named Taylor managed to grab a fresh release candidate build of Symbian Belle and released the same for the Nokia N8 handset.

This is not an official update but a leaked version so we would recommend waiting for the official update to roll out. However, this does mean that the official one is almost ready and would arrive soon.

The Mobile Indian reported that the Nokia Symbian Belle update is being expected to rolled out in India by year end. The leaked Symbian Belle update build 111.030.0607 for the Nokia N8 devices brings Java Fix and also EQ Fix along with number of language packs.

Symbian Belle has its own set of distinctive features over the current Symbian Anna update. Apart from resizable widgets, more homescreens and notification bar, the most important feature of the Belle update is the Near Field Communication Support.

However, Nokia N8 doesn't have any NFC chip so every N8 owner wonders what is taking so long for the Symbian Belle update. Apparently, the Symbian Belle update for the Symbian Anna running update should be available within couple of weeks from now.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE jetzt in weiß

Is it just me oder gibt es eine scheinbar unendliche Reihe von Samsung Galaxy S II Varianten? Hier sind wir mit noch einem anderen weiß gefärbt Modell der Samsung Galaxy S II, obwohl dies keine Rakete oder nahm Kurs auf T-Mobile (soweit wir wissen, Dinge in der Zukunft ändern könnte), wie es der Samsung Galaxy S II LTE mit einem Super AMOLED HD-Display, Prahlerei eine Anzahl Auflösung von 1.280 x 720 Pixel, einen weiten Betrachtungswinkel von 180 Grad, und ein 16:9-Bildschirm, die halten Ihre Augen freuen, wenn du gehst, das Smartphone als Ihre primäre visuelle Entertainment-Gerät der Wahl für eine lange Reise verwenden soll. Schade, daß werden diese Anzeige mit PenTile Technologie anstelle von echten RGB Pixeln ausgerüstet.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Samsung Galaxy S II from AT&T Gets Super-Strong Extended Battery

Samsung Galaxy S II from AT&T Gets Super-Strong Extended Battery by Mugen Power

Mugen Power (, producer of high performance batteries for portable electronic devices, today released a new extended battery for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II (HLI-I777XL). HLI-I777XL successfully increases standard capacity from 1650mAh to 3200mAh. This significant increase solves the critical problem of smartphone users. The customers are now able to enjoy more of the functionality provided by smartphones without recharges.

HLI-I777XL is a Lithium-ion based battery. Lithium-ion based batteries have found widespread popularity in all kinds of consumer electronics because of their high energy to weight ratios, lack of memory effect , and low discharge when not in use. HLI-I777XL has 94% more capacity than the standard battery, making it especially suitable for heavy users. It is designed to provide longer battery life with higher quality for power-hungry consumers. Furthermore, same as the other Mugen Power products, HLI-I777XL is also exceptionally reliable. All of Mugen Power products have undergone vigorous QA procedures and have CE and RoHS approval. Mugen Power is known to have lowest return rate in the industry.

"We care about our customers and listen to them. We have noticed that they are suffering from battery life shortage and cannot fully enjoy the functions brought by smartphones. This time we are happy to provide our customers this powerful extended battery with decent quality. HLI-I777XL for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II is designed to help our customers better utilize their smartphones by improving their batteries performance. We believe this battery can solve the battery shortage problem and improve customer satisfaction" says Alice Yang, marketing manager at eTrade Asia Ltd.

Pricing and Availability
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Mugen Power is the worldwide leading brand of high performance batteries for portable electronic devices. Mugen Power means Performance and Quality and delivers a full spectrum of high quality products for PDAs, smartphones, digital cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, portable DVD players, notebooks, UMPCs and Personal Media Devices.

Mugen Power batteries have better performance (higher capacity) and reliability (longevity & safety) than other brands. The superior performance improves run time, often doubling that provided by the original brand replacement. The superior quality results in longer battery life and better protection of the powered device.

All Mugen Power batteries also undergo vigorous QA procedure, resulting in Mugen Power achieving the lowest return rate in the market. All Mugen Power batteries are CE and RoHS Certified.

NOTE FOR EDITORS: Mugen Power 3200mAh Extended Battery for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II is available on request to editors of computer magazines and bloggers who will to write a review of the battery.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Which is real Samsung superphone? Samsung Galaxy S II or Galaxy Nexus?

Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus are two top-tier Android smartphones from the Korean tech giant. Galaxy S II, the second upgrade to the popular Galaxy S series hit stores in the middle of the year. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone was actually designed as a challenge to Apple’s 2011 iPhone upgrade.

The new Galaxy Nexus is really a third generation Google Nexus phone. Samsung manufactured the phone for Google like Nexus S, the second Google Nexus phone. But the device was largely reviewed as an upgrade to Galaxy S II though it has some hardware shortfalls to the second gen Galaxy S.

Whatever, apart from being a third Google Nexus phone, Galaxy Nexus is recognized for its software, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Nexus is the first device to run on Ice Cream Sandwich, the most outstanding version of Google Android ever. Here we take Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S II for a detailed comparison. Many analysts have pointed out that Galaxy Nexus is weak in hardware when compared with Galaxy S II. Anyway, read on to see which of Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus will really worth your money.

Galaxy S II mounts a dual core 1.2GHz processor for high speed performance. When realized, Galaxy S II was one of few smartphones to feature a 1.2GHz dual core processor. In fact, Samsung prepared the phone to take on the heir to iPhone 4, the most sold out smartphone in the world. Galaxy Nexus also comes with the same 1.2 GHz dual core processor. It means both Galaxy phones offer the same processor speed.

Winner: Draw.

Operating System
It is here Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus have their biggest difference, indeed. Galaxy S II runs on an Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The phone was one of the first smartphones to appear on Gingerbread, the smartphone-friendly version of Android. Meanwhile, you have the brand new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on Galaxy Nexus. In fact, Google chooses its own smartphone to debut new version of its Android mobile operating system.

The Mountain View firm launched Gingerbread on Nexus S and Android 2.2 Froyo on Nexus One, respectively the second and first versions of Google Nexus from Samsung and HTC. Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s replay to Apple iOS 5, has many outstanding features like a fresh user interface, revamped web browser, voice recognition and cloud storage features.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Both smartphones are from Samsung, the champion in mobile display technology. Thus the devices have high quality Super AMOLED display. Galaxy Nexus has a large 4.65-inch HD display when compared with Galaxy S II’s 4.3-inch display. Both displays are capacitive touchscreens and perform quite superbly.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
It is a one thing that turns Galaxy Nexus an underdog to Galaxy S II. Samsung built Galaxy S II with an advanced 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel secondary camera. Of course, only a device with enhanced camera and other features can take on the new iPhone version. But Samsung has prepared Galaxy Nexus with a moderate 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera. Well, Nexus is up with decent cameras for both image capturing and video chatting, but it falls short to Galaxy S II in the category.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S II

Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus have the same 1GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB internal memory options for data storage. Both devices sport microSD slots to load an external memory up to 32GB.

Winner: Draw.

Network connectivity
Both Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus are 4G LTE smartphones. They are carried by the largest cellular service provider in the U.S., Verizon Wireless, the leader in 4G LTE connectivity also.

Winner: Draw.

Verizon sells Galaxy S II for $199 and Galaxy Nexus for $299 with two year contract. The unlocked versions of the devices respectively come for $449 and $750.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S II.

What others say?

See what Dan Sung of Pocket-lint concludes after comparing Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus,
“It’s going to be a close run decision for anyone looking to buy one of these two Android super-phones. There are two things that the Galaxy Nexus has going for it – the new software and that incredible screen. The trouble is that they come at the price of a more sluggish graphics processor and less powerful camera. When you throw in the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S II will eventually get the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, then the scales really do start to tip.”

As far as hardware specs and price are taken into account, Galaxy S II is the best pick for an Android lover. The only things the consumer will miss in such a decision are Ice Cream Sandwich and a large display. In fact, the new version of Android will soon be arriving on the second Galaxy S phone. Once the frenzy of Galaxy Nexus is over, Verizon will be updating Galaxy S II with the ICS. So at this point of time it will be great to take home a Galaxy S II rather than Galaxy Nexus.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

White Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile exclusive release - Phones Review

So if you are in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S II sporting a nice shiny white jacket over in the good old US of A rather than picking up the Android 4.0 toting Samsung Galaxy Nexus it appears that you wont have that long to wait until you can snap up the white Galaxy S II from T-Mobile.

The white version of the Galaxy S II was announced a while ago but as yet there was no release date given for the device; however according to the guys over at Slash Gear by way of Tmonews, T-Mobile has now used their Twitter account to announce that missing release date.

T-Mobile tweeted…”The new white Samsung Galaxy S II is almost here! Get yours at on 12/14/11”

Thus is would appear that T-Mobile will release the white Samsung Galaxy S II on Wednesday the 14th of December and will carry the same price tag as the black galaxy S II at $229.99 after a 50-buck mail in rebate and signing up for the usual two-year agreement, although it does appear that you will only be able to get the white version via T-Mobile online.

Spec reminder for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II, 4.52-inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, 8 megapixel rear facing camera, 2 megapixel front facing camera, 1080p video, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread operating system, 1.5GHz dual core processor, and supports HSPA+ 4G.

So there you have it, will you be opting to snap up the white Samsung Galaxy S II from T-Mobile come the 14th?

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by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Acer announces a new 10.1" tablet

The Acer Iconia A200 tablet is a 10.1 (not 8.9" like we speculated), WXGA tablet that will be running Android Ice Cream Sandwich early in the new year

The A200 has a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM in a 8GB or 16GB memory version. It will have a 2MP front facing camera, full-size USB port, microSD card slot and Li-Po 3260 mAh battery.The price has yet to be released, but it is rumoured to be under $300. We’ll just have to wait until the new year to find out.

Check out the demo video and the full presser below and tell us what you think.

Sunday, December 4, 2011 by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

RIM roots out the problem with BBX and Playbook

In an official statement RIM issued regarding the rumors of the BlackBerry PlayBook being rooted They assure us that the PlayBook security is still intact and are in contact with security researchers to “root” out the issue.

“Research In Motion (RIM) is aware of a claim made on Twitter by security researchers working together that suggests the ability to “jailbreak” a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The term “jailbreaking” is commonly used to describe altering the software on a smartphone or tablet in order to obtain access to systems or applications not officially authorized or distributed by the manufacturer. BlackBerry smartphone users are not affected. RIM is currently investigating this claim and has been in contact with one of the security researchers to discuss it.

RIM is currently not aware of a jailbreak being leveraged by anyone other than the researchers, who claim to have performed a jailbreak on their own BlackBerry PlayBook tablets only. If it is determined that the claim is accurate, RIM will follow its standard response process to develop and release a software update that is designed to minimize adverse impact to our customers or carrier partners. RIM is aware that the security researchers have stated they intend to release a tool to jailbreak the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. If such a tool is released, RIM will investigate it.

The security of mobile devices and major networked systems is tested by third-party security researchers every day. RIM also continually tests the security of its own products, and volunteers its products to recognized industry experts for security testing and certification to help identify possible issues. RIM is committed to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and to working with researchers to continue to protect our customers.”Let’s hope this is true, as RIM has been getting a lot of undeserved bad press as of late.

by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Apple iPhone 4S Vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus: which is worth your money

Galaxy Nexus is Samsung’s reply to iPhone 4S, the recent upgrade to Apple’s flagship iPhone smartphone. Both Galaxy Nexus, also the third Google Nexus phone and iPhone 4S have some peculiarities. They respectively debut new versions of the world’s leading mobile operating systems, Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Apple iOS5.

That is why Galaxy Nexus becomes a worthy rival to iPhone 4S; however. Both are super smart phones and come with best specifications. Read on to see an analytical comparison between Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Apple iPhone 4S below.

Galaxy Nexus: The first Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone features a large 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED PenTile display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels at 316 ppi. The display has a contrast ratio of 100,000:1 and it is certainly one of the best displays on a smartphone in the world.
Apple iPhone 4S: Though small at 3.5-inch, iPhone 4S has a superb LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive Retina Display. It offers 640 x 960 pixels, multitouch capabilities, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and many others.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Operating System
Galaxy Nexus: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich runs on Galaxy Nexus. It is the first device to feature Ice Cream Sandwich, Google Android’s most recent update. Ice Cream Sandwich is up with many cutting edge features like voice recognition, a great user interface and others.
Apple iPhone 4S: As you may know, iPhone 4S is the first device to get iOS 5, recent update to Apple’s famous mobile operating system. Apple iOS 5 has lots of features like iCloud cloud computing, Siri voice recognition, iMessage, Notification Center and countless others.

Winner: Apple iPhone 4S.

Processor and RAM
Galaxy Nexus: Galaxy Nexus is powered by 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460 dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and 1GB of RAM. The high-end processor realizes blistering speed for the gadget.
Apple iPhone 4S: The device is equipped with a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 that has Apple’s much-acclaimed A5 chipset and 512 MB of RAM. With A5 chip, iPhone 4S is certainly one the world’s best-performing smartphones.

Winner: Both perform almost in similar fashion

Galaxy Nexus: Galaxy Nexus has a moderate rear camera. The device mounts only a 5-megapixlel rear camera with 2592 x 1936 pixels. The camera features autofocus, single LED flash and 1080p video recording. For video calling, Galaxy Nexus rocks 1.3-megapixel front camera.
Apple iPhone 4S: The new iPhone features an 8-megapixel camera with 3264 x 2448 pixels, LED flash, autofocus, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and HDR. The better quality camera can take video at 1080p@30fps and it is also with features like LED video light, video stabilization and others. The iPhone also sports a VGA camera in front for video chatting.

Winner: Apple iPhone 4S

Galaxy Nexus: The Samsung phone comes with two memory options 16GB and 32GB.
Apple iPhone 4S: The new iPhone, at the same time, has landed in stores in three memory options 16GB, 32GB and a brand new 64GB.

Winner: Apple iPhone 4S.

Galaxy Nexus: Verizon Wireless sells Galaxy Nexus for $199. The unlocked version of the device comes for a price of $649.
Apple iPhone 4S: Apple has three pricing options as per iPhone 4S’ memory capacities. 16GB model comes for $199, 32GB for $299 and 64GB for $399.

Winner: Apple iPhone 4S

What others say?
Kristie Bertucci of GadgetReview states that Galaxy Nexus has no gusto to take on iPhone 4S,
“One of the best Androids on the market, definitely. An iPhone killer, not this time. Sorry Samsung, looks like your Galaxy Nexus didn’t exact have the gusto to take out the iPhone (at least not yet, anyways). “

Apple iPhone 4S is to continue the domination of its predecessor iPhone in global mobile industry. Energized by a new version of iOS, the new iPhone seems to be the best smartphone in the world. Galaxy Nexus, however, is not proficient enough to compete with iPhone 4S. But Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has some strength, but it should get some more powerful smartphones than Galaxy Nexus.

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Apple to Add 4G LTE to IPhone 5, IPad 3 - Forbes

Apple is reportedly adding 4G LTE to its iPhone 5 and iPad 3, as the company looks to level the playing field with Android devices.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s CEO, Tim Cook, met with executives at NTT DoCoMo, a Japanese wireless carrier, to talk about when the devices will be available, according to Nikkei Business. The iPad 3 will reportedly hit the carrier in the summer, with the iPhone 5 following it in the fall.

Apple continued its tablets’ early spring release schedule in the U.S. with the iPad 2 this year, and Japan got the device six weeks later. The current reports about the release of the iPad 3 would follow this same model, and analysts believe the iPhone 5 would come next fall, following the shifted release of the iPhone 4S from June to October.

Many consumers were disappointed by the lack of LTE support in the 4S when it launched earlier this year, after several Android devices capable of the 4G speeds had already been released.

Some customers may be upset they can’t purchase an LTE-capable Apple device, but it’s hard to argue the company has made a mistake. The iPhone 4S is selling at a higher rate than any of its predecessors, and the iPad has continued to power Apple to the top of the list in tablet market share.

Meanwhile, early LTE smartphones have proven to have poor battery life, a bulky design, or both. Apple likely bypassed LTE with its fifth-generation iPhone, choosing instead to put a premium on a slick design and strong battery performance, which has paid off in sales.

Waiting for next year to add LTE capabilities to its devices makes sense for the company. The evolving technology will make it easier and cheaper for the company to incorporate LTE chips in their devices without compromising its designs or the efficiency of its batteries. In addition, Verizon’s LTE network will be serving even more of the country, and AT&T will be at the height of its LTE rollout.

Next year may be the perfect time for Apple to add LTE capabilities to its iPhone and iPad devices, but if it doesn’t, the company will run the risk of truly falling behind the pack.

This post originally appeared at Mobiledia.

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Samsung Galaxy S Samsung Captivate Update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread OTAs - Wireless and Mobile News

It's Gingerbread week,  it's when Granny makes Gingerbread people and houses also when Verizon Wireless will begin updating its first Samsung Galaxy S smartphone the Samsung Fascinate to Android 2.3 Gingerbread  "i500.EH03."

Verizon also reportedly is rolling out an update to the Samsung Droid Charge.  The Verizon support page shows that the update for the Samsung Fascinate is "Coming Soon."
Along with Gingerbread features improvements include contact search by last name, the addition of  added security and new calendar options.

It will take you approximately 8 to 10 minutes to download the software update, depending on network conditions. Wi-Fi connection are typically faster for updates.  Be sure that your Samsung Fascinate is at least 40% charged and that you back up your data.  You will not be able to make phone calls during the update process.

There are reports in  that some lucky Samsung Fascinate owners have gotten updates. Before you get all excited, the first round of updates are usually the slowest.  On the first day, there are very few updates sent out over-the-air.  Then over time Verizon ramps up the update with major push on the weekend.
A Verizon Forum member noted "I've upgraded 2 Fascinates to EH03 so far today via OTA.  Both working very nice, so far."

The list of features in the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update are impressive, with the addition of download manager, active app management, shortcuts, one-touch copy/paste, widgets, icons, app groups, updated calendar options, camera geotagging, improved email synching, and camera auto-focus improvements.  Read Gingerbread tips.

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