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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus hands-on and initial review

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the latest Honeycomb tablet from Samsung, combining the Android 3.2 experience and the Exynos processor into a 7-inch package.  Closely resembling it's 10-inch brothers, it's got the TouchWiz tablet interface on top of Android 3.2, which isn't nearly as intrusive as the TouchWiz of old, and actually brings enough to the table that most call it an improvement over stock Android.  The 7-inch size should make the Tab 7 plus more portable and perfect for reading, and we're curious at how the speedy Exynos processor will power this one for games and media.  We're planning on giving this one a real workout, but for now you can have a look past the jump for a hands-on video, a specs list, and a handful of pictures.  More comes later. 

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2 years ago

iFixIt tears down the Amazon Kindle Fire, find parts but no fire

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The Amazon Kindle Fire has become the subject for the latest tear down from the folks over at iFixIt. Nothing insane was found underneath but unlike the Motorola Droid RAZR's super slim battery -- the Amazon Kindle Fire has a massive one taking up the majority of its backside. Overall, it's pretty basic and comes apart rather easily -- hit the source for more details.

Source: iFixIt

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2 years ago

T-Mobile holding 'Magenta Saturday Sale' - Select Smartphones and Tablets reduced

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Everybody knows Black Friday sales are coming but if you're a person like myself, who pretty much hates going to the mall ever -- let alone when it is crowded -- you likely enjoy when retailers change things up a little and start offering deals before Black Friday. T-Mobile is doing that this year by having announced "Magenta" Saturday.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, T-Mobile USA, will have special pricing for quite a few smartphones and even some tablets. Among them, the HTC Amaze 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II, T-Mobile G-Slate for as low as $49.99 as a down payment with an additional fee each month ranging from $10 - $20 but you also get mail-in-rebates as well, which vary from $50-$250 to bring the cost down.

If you've been looking into picking up a new smartphone or tablet for yourself or someone else, jump past the break for the full details.

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2 years ago

Yep, that's Ice Cream Sandwich running on a PandaBoard

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No great surprise here, but less than 24 hours after Google released the Ice Cream Sandwich code for the Galaxy Nexus, we're starting to see ports. Here it is running on a PandaBoard -- think of it is a hacker-friendly playtoy -- and output to a television. Pretty sweet, and it's just the start of things to come. Check it out.

Thanks, Jordan!

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2 years ago

Google Voice for Android updated, now allows for multiple text recipients

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The Google Voice app for Android has received an update in the Market, which brings, among other enhancements, the ability to send text messages to multiple recipients. I love Google Voice and use it every day, but this is one feature I have been missing dearly. I often find myself sending the same or similar texts to multiple friends and familty and it always irked me that Google Voice did not allow this. With today's update, this is no longer an issue.

Here is the full changelog from the Market:

  • Prefetch voicemails so they can be listened to even when there is no data coverage
  • Allow sending text messages to multiple recipients
  • Improved text message notification

Please find links to the updated app after the break.

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2 years ago

Adobe blesses Android Tablets with the Adobe Touch Apps Family

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Remember those awesome looking Adobe Touch Apps that we saw back in October? Well they have finally reached the Android market for Tablets running Android 3.1 and above, and there are a total of 6 of them available. Each of them are available as individual purchases from the Android market for $9.99 apiece, and you can select between Adobe Photoshop Touch, Adobe Collage, Adobe Ideas, and a few others. Offering a wide variety of features, each of the applications is designed to do something a bit different, so be sure to hop into the Android market and check out the applications, and figure out which is best for you! Hit the break for the full release.

Source: Adobe

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2 years ago

Eventbrite Easy Entry app looks to make organizers' lives a little easier

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If you're an event organizer and are looking to make organizing events a little easier, maybe take a look at Evenbrite's Easy Entry Android app. It aims to make running a live event much easier on the organizers (thus the name, right?). And having gone to an event or 20 over the past few months, we feel pretty safe in saying that any help is appreciated.

Easy Entry lets guests check in by their name, or by scanning a QR code printed on an Eventbrite ticket. The app also tracks live sales and monitors attendace data, so organizers can decide when to shut the doors, and when to sell tickets at the door. Plus, all data is synced to Evenbrite's servers in real time, so you can use multiple devices at a single event.

We've got a few more screen shots and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Dungeon Hunter III gets teased by Gameloft

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Gameloft this week dropped more deets on Dungeon Hunter III, coming soon to an Android (or iOS) device near you. It's promising better graphics and gameplay, plus co-op multiplayer. No word on when it'll be available, or what it's going to cost, but judging from the scant few seconds of gameplay teased on its podcast, it's going to be a worth upgrade.

Skip to 2:36 in the video after the break to take a gander.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus strolls through the FCC, shows off its Verizon LTE and more

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Earlier today we saw some more proof of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Verizon's internal systems, and here we have the device passing through the FCC. While we patiently wait for Verizon's big announcement of the device, we can be happy to see the device moving along the approval path. The device comes complete with an LTE radio, as well as a CDMA radio, but no GSM radio in sight here. Now we sit and patiently wait for Big Red to bring us an official launch date so we can get our hands on it!

Source: FCC; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

HTC Rezound review

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It's going to be a very busy holiday season for Verizon Wireless. With last week's release of the Droid RAZR, Big Red has made it very clear that it wants to be, at least for a few months, atop the Android heap. Now, with this week's release of the HTC Rezound, Verizon has upped the ante even further with a powerhouse of a device that skimps not on the specs. The Galaxy Nexus will close out the trifecta, leaving consumers with a pretty difficult choice. Of the three new releases, which one is worthy of your money? And which one is worth signing over the next two years of your life for?

I can't help but think of the HTC Rezound as the awkward middle child in Verizon's three-sibling family. If the RAZR is the oldest with a reputation of being able to take care of itself, and the Galaxy Nexus is the youngest who gets all the attention, where does it leave the Rezound? Is it the silent star who'll go on to outshine its siblings, or will it be the brother who lives with its parents till he's 40? I think it'll manage to avoid both extremes, and you should read on to see why. 

 


Jaw-dropping display. Beats Audio is the real deal and it sets a new bar for music on a smartphone. Verizon's LTE is still unbelievably fast.


It's really, really hefty. HTC seems to have overlooked style for function. Battery life could be better. Oh, and did we mention it doesn't have Ice Cream Sandwich?



If the Galaxy Nexus weren't right around the corner, I'd be singing the Rezound's praises from the rooftops. If you are a music junkie and want a beautiful display atop a powerhouse device (with LTE!) right this instant, the Rezound is for you. For the next few weeks, it'll be the best Android device on the market. If you could care less about Beats and are even contemplating the Galaxy Nexus, I'd wait it out.

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