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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.

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.

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.

September 20, 2012

Something You Need to Know before Updating to Apple iOS 6

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The official download for the latest Apple iOS mobile operating system is available now. Do you know what you should do before you upgrade your devices to iOS 6? Some preparations needed to be done actually.

1. Updating to iOS 6 bases on iOS 5

According to the information issued by Apple, you do not have to connect to the PC via USB cable when downloading and installing iOS 6, what you only need are stable network environment and iOS system. That is to say, iPhone which has just updated its system can get access to the newest system.

2. Install iTunes 10.7 in advance

Apple has prepared the latest iTunes 10.7 for PC client to upgrade and install, so there will be enough time for users to update iTunes to the latest version right before the coming of iOS 6. For iOS 6, iTunes 10.7 is essential. If your iTunes has not been updated to the newest version, iTunes is not able to recognize your iOS 6 phone when linking to PC.

3. Backup before updating

If you want to backup user information, you only need to connect to PC by means of USB cable or wirelessly save it to iCloud. It is necessary to backup your important data, for what electronic products you have, there will be accident when a new system is installed.

4. Prepare for server error

It sounds a little bit horrible, right? Actually, there will be instant mass data package downloads, especially for iPhone which has huge amount of clients. You’d better wait, to avoid the information rush.

5. Bug in some applications

Apple is trying its best to update the applications with its partners, but it does not mean that all applications you are using frequently can run smoothly on iOS 6 system. Because there are many improvements in iOS 6 when comparing to the previous iOS versions, so it is quite possible that some applications are not compatible with the latest iOS 6.

6. Full battery power

In order to avoid the update interruption owing to low battery power, you have to make sure that your battery power is 100% gemmy blown inflatable .

7. Time available for update

HTC Released two WP8 Smartphones with Multiple Colors for Options, Available in November

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Exciting news for HTC fans: Windows 8 smartphones Windows Phone 8X by HTC and Windows Phone 8S by HTC have been released. According to HTC, these two phones adopt full new Windows Phone 8 operating system, and simultaneously they are equipped with classical design, high-quality Beats Audio and the awesome camera functions.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer states that the releases of Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S will be marked as a milestone. Windows Phone 8 platform stimulates the innovation inspiration of HTC, applying excellent design and individuality to the new series smartphones. Windows Phone is one of the most powerful operating systems in mobile communication industry which is powerful enough to compete with its peer platforms.

Despite the name, the 8X doesn’t share all its hardware with the One X. It comes with a 4.3” Super LCD2 720p HD display with Gorilla Glass 2 and optical lamination, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, the One X’s 8MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens and backside illumination for improved low-light performance, an all new wide-angle (four times as wide!) 2.1MP front facing camera that can take photos of up to four people at a time and can record video at 1080p Full HD, 16GB of built-in memory, and support for NFC.

In addition to that, HTC’s Beats Audio technology has made its way onto their Windows Phone 8 offerings. However, instead of including premium earphones, you’ll get a “unique audio amplifier” (read: equalizer) that enhances sound through earphones and the speakers by adjusting sound quality vs. volume in real-time.

The 8S gets somewhat weaker internals. The dual core processor has a lower clock speed of 1GHz, RAM is halved to 512MB, the rear camera shoots 5 MP photos with a f/2.8 lens and records video at 720p HD, there is no front-facing camera at all, and the built-in storage goes down to 4GB, but thankfully it can be expanded with a microSD card. The display too not only is smaller but also has a 2010-era resolution of 800 x 480 and is based on older Super LCD and Gorilla Glass technology .

Colors for the 8X include Limelight Yellow, Graphite Black, Flame Red and California Blue while the 8S gets Domino, Atlantic Blue, Fiesta Red and High-Rise Gray.

Unlike Nokia, HTC has actually talked about the availability of these phones in their event. The Windows Phone 8X and 8S will be available on 150 wireless carriers (including AT&T / Verizon / T-Mobile in US) in 50+ countries beginning in November, “just days” after the release of Windows Phone 8 itself. Pricing, however, has not yet been discussed.

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