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January 16, 2013

Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy S4

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Sony unveils its first big smartphone of the year – Sony Xperia Z at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. The Xperia Z is the company’s biggest smartphone launch thus far in 2013. It’s an attractive, well-built phone with some killer specs, but a device that’s sure to have some competition in the next couple of months. One of the devices it will encounter on the market is oft-rumored Samsung Galaxy S4, the device that will likely replace the Galaxy S3 as Samsung’s flagship later this year.

Display

Sony Xperia Z features a 5-inch 1080p Reality display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. That should translate into fantastic looking text, images and video. The display on the Galaxy S4 is expected to be a 1080p AMOLED display with 441 pixels-per-inch measuring in a 5-inch.

Camera

The photos we’ve seen snapped with the device were sharp and crisp and it should meet the demand from Xperia fans and average consumers. The Xperia Z also features a 2.2MP camera in the front which should work well for video chats.
With the Galaxy S4, Samsung is rumored to be including a 13MP camera which could mean an upgraded sensor. Paired with Samsung’s already fantastic software, we should see a better camera in the Galaxy S4 and maybe the best it has ever offered in a smartphone.
OS
The Xperia Z is going to be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will also be running a version of Android though its version is unclear. Rumored are Android Jelly Bean, version unknown, and Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

Other Specs:

The Xperia Z is also powered with a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory storage. A microSD card slot is available for extra storage capacity, and it comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery.Samsung Galaxy S4 is speculated to feature the Exynos 5 Octa quad-core processor that was also launched during the 2013 CES. The Galaxy S4 is also rumored to have a microSD card slot with expandable memory capacity as well as a removable battery feature.

Release Date
Like many products that were announced at CES, the Xperia Z was given a release window instead of an actual release date. Sony has said that the device will be launching globally in the first quarter of this year, which means that January, February and March are all candidates for a release date.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S4, it is rumored to potentially be coming at Mobile World Congress in February in Barcelona.
Price
UK retailer Clove says that it will be selling the device for £440 in the UK plus a VAT. Pricing in the United States is still a mystery though prior to the device’s launch, it was rumored to be coming unlocked to American consumers for $650, a typical price.
No pricing has been rumored for the Samsung Galaxy S4 but we imagine that it will likely come for a familiar $199.99, which was the same price that the Galaxy S3 debuted for across all carriers but T-Mobile.

December 14, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S4 Rumors Roundup and Features Prediction

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is rumored to be heading to shelves 2013 to replace the Samsung Galaxy S3 – Samsung’s best-selling smartphone. As Samsung Galaxy S3 have already picked up the T3 Gadget Award for Best Smartphone of the Year 2012 and regularly tops lists of the best smartphones available on the market, will its successor – Samsung Galaxy S4 to be more fantastic? This much awaited new phone is being talked hotly these days. On considering this, we’ve prepared a brief summary about the latest news, rumors and speculations about the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Galaxy S4 Rumored launch date: Samsung Galaxy S4 launch date rumored to be once again announced at Mobile World Congress 2013 which is set to kick off in Barcelona at the end of February. As it is a perfect time to keep the Galaxy series fresh in consumer’s minds. Another rumor has suggested that Samsung might be announcing the Galaxy S4, in April. If true, it would mean that Samsung would likely be using its own event for the announcement.

Galaxy S4 Rumored display: Samsung Galaxy S4 is heavily rumored to be coming with a 1080p unbreakable display at a size rumored to be either 5-inches or 4.99-inches. And Samsung is predicted to showcase this brand new AMOLED display with 441 pixels-per-inch at CES 2013 in Las Vegas.

Galaxy S4 Rumored processor: Rumors about many of the Galaxy S4 upcoming specifications remain firmly in the darkness though there are a few that have seemingly emerged from the shadows. The Galaxy S4 is rumored to have a quad-core processor, possibly of the Exynos 5440 variety.

Galaxy S4 Rumored camera: the Galaxy S4 is rumored to have a 13MP rear camera, which would be up from the 8MP camera found in the Galaxy S3.
Galaxy S4 Rumored OS: one report suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will arrive with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie on board, which is Google’s rumored name for its latest piece of Android software.

Galaxy S4 Rumored price: It is rumored that smartphone will cost just like its predecessor, while we can expect a slash on the prices of Samsung Galaxy S3.

Samsung will look to keep pace with the Galaxy S4 and will do battle with not only the iPhone 5 but the iPhone 5S as well. Though there is no official comment from the South Korea’s tech giant, we believe the launch of Samsung Galaxy S4 would surely send its rival scurrying away in fear. Will it become another myth in Samsung history? Let’s just stay tuned for its coming!

September 27, 2012

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ VS. Apple iPad VS. Kindle Fire HD

Barnes & Noble just unveiled its latest entry into the tablet wars, the Nook HD+, and it has a lot going for it: a big HD screen, an expanding ecosystem that now includes video and a price that can’t be beat. At least, not by its most obvious competitors, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and the Apple iPad.

Price is a big factor, obviously, but how does B+N’s new Nook stack up against its rivals, spec by spec? We took the rated specs that the company released and put them side by side with Apple and Amazon’s big-screen tablets in the table below.

If Barnes & Noble scrimped on any components in the new Nook to keep the price down, it doesn’t show up on the spec sheet — the lack of cameras notwithstanding. The Nook HD+’s battery life is rated slightly less than the iPad’s, but so far Amazon hasn’t revealed what the Kindle Fire HD’s is, the one hole in the comparison.

The Nook HD+ doesn’t have dual-band Wi-Fi like the Kindle Fire HD, but neither does the current iPad. And the new Nook is the only one of the three to offer expandable storage with a microSD card.

Read more: Amazon Kindle Fire HD VS. Google Nexus 7

Barnes & Noble Nook HD/HD+: A Return Stroke to Tablet Market

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Barnes & Noble has seen Amazon’s plethora of Kindle Fire HD tablets and, potentially, raised the ante with a pair of new high-resolution, lightweight and affordably priced tablets: the Nook HD 7-inch and the Nook HD+ 9-inch.

That’s right, Barnes & Noble just stepped into Apple iPad territory.

The big-size tablets are priced at $269 for the 16GB model and $299 for 32GB, so Barnes & Noble is deeply undercutting Apple on price and even beating the recently launched Kindle Fire HD line. The 7-inch Nook HD will list for $199 for the 16 GB model and $229 for the 32 GB tablet. Both sizes include micro SD slots for memory expansion (up to 64GB) and come complete with their AC chargers. Amazon charges extra for the Kindle Fire 7’s AC adapter. Both Nook tablets are Wi-Fi only.

Barnes & Noble even took a different approach to introducing the tablet duo: no public invitations, no splashy event (unlike the original Nook Tablet launch). Instead, the company invited Mashable up to a tiny downtown hotel loft in New York City to walk us through the reimagined 7-inch Nook HD tablet and completely new 9-inch Nook HD+.

The tablets include “HD” in their names because each features a high-resolution display that looks stunning at first glance. At 1,920 x 1,280, the HD+ resolution is slightly higher than 8.9-inch the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Similarly, the 1,440 x 900 of the new Nook HD bests the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7‘s 1,280 x 800 screens.

Like other new smartphones and tablets, these are laminated LCD panels that press together sensors and pixels (essentially removing air space) for a richer look both head-on and at 80-degree angles.

Nook HD VS. Nook HD+
The Nook HD is a 7-inch tablet running at 1440 x 900 and is capable of running 720p video. It uses a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and includes a micro-SD slot and HDMI port. It comes snow or smoke; each color is available in 8GB for $199 or 16GB for $229.

The Nook HD+ is a 9-inch tablet running at 1920 x 1280 and is capable of full 1080p video. It runs a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with micro-SD slot and HDMI port. Barnes and Noble claims it’s the lightest Full HD 9-inch tablet available at 18.2 oz (515 g). It comes in 16GB for $269 and 32GB for $299. It is only available in a slate color.

September 26, 2012

Top New Android Smartphones for 2012

Android cell phones are plenty hot this year. The buzz recently may have been the iPhone 5, but it has some stiff competition in a myriad of Android smart phones. Here’s the run down of the best of Android cell phones.

Samsung Galaxy S3
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is THE phone this year. It comes with the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and 4G LTE capability. It’s dual core processor is fast and it comes with a 8 megapixel camera. It’s S Beam software is a great enhancement from the S2. It’s screen is a nice size and it has a voice activated system called S Voice.

HTC One X
The next Android cell phone is the HTC One X. It has a huge, bright 4.7 inch screen. 4G LTE data speeds make it fast and it has a powerful camera, and runs Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4. The only downsides to this powerful phone are it’s lack of removeable battery and lack of SD card slot. It’s style, speed and large screen more than make up for it.

HTC One S
The HTC One S is a slim powerful 4G smartphone. It has Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4, and has a camera with tons of great features. It too is lacking an SD card expansion slot or removable battery.

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is the next Android cell phone to consider. It is slim and durable with a wide frame and 8 megapixel camera. It has a great display, 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 4G LTE data speed. It lacks Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and while it’s stronger battery is great, it’s still not user-removable.

LG Nitro HD
Lastly, the LG Nitro HD has a 4.5-inch HD display, 1080p HD video, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel camera for video chats and support for 4G LTE. Battery life is a bit disappointing, but it makes up for it with it’s display, high-def everything, and 4G speeds.

With new Android cell phones coming down the pike, and the iPhone 5 as competition, the best Android smartphones keep getting better!

Top 5 Android 4.0 Tablets

Shopping for an Android tablet computer? Computer Shopper’s expert Android tablet reviews will help you find the right Android Gingerbread or Honeycomb tablet for your needs. Whether you’re looking for an Android tablet for entertainment and Web browsing, or a tablet for business use, our detailed Android reviews and tablet ratings will help you buy with confidence. Check out top 5 Android tablets in the following.

Sony Tablet S
Sony recently bestowed an Android 4.0 upgrade on the Tablet S, which retains the very distinct Sony UI aesthetic as well as its software features. Also, with its new, lower price, the S is an even more appealing tablet buy now than it was at launch.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
The Tab 7.7 is expensive, but it earns its place on this list thanks to a beautiful AMOLED screen, fast gaming performance, a sexy design, and expandable memory. Now that the tablet is available from Verizon at the subsidized $490 price on a month-to-month contract (as opposed to a two-year one), it makes that high price a bit more easy to swallow. The Android 4.0 rollout has already started in Europe and should reach U.S. shores sometime this month.

Asus Transformer Pad TF300
It is still the best full-size Android tablet value out there. The Transformer Pad TF300 includes the expected extras like Micro-HDMI and expandable storage, but also a powerful Tegra 3 processor and a pretty fantastic camera.

Google Nexus 7
Powerful, comfortable, with a pixel-dense screen, the Nexus 7 is also the only tablet that currently takes advantage of Android 4.1’s new features. Google and Asus have banded together to create a truly excellent tablet and release it at an impulse-buy price.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700
The current be-all and end-all, the Infinity’s 1.6GHz Tegra 3 makes it faster than any other Android tablet and its 1,920×1,200-pixel-resolution IPS screen delivers the most visually satisfying Android experience currently possible. It’s a premium tablet, so it’ll cost you, but if you consider performance and features hot commodities, this one’s worth the investment.

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