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4 years ago

Hands-on with Toshiba's Excite tablets

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Toshiba was here in New York tonight showing off some of its finest new technology, including its upcoming Excite line of tablets. Though we already got a look at the tablets at this year's Mobile World Congress, it's always fun for us to revisit upcoming devices. All three models were on hand tonight- the 7.7-inch, the 10-inch, and the behemoth 13.3-inch. All three are packing a Tegra 3 processor under the hood, and all will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich. They also share a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facer, a Gorilla Glass coating, and a remarkably slim and svelte profile.

The screens differ in both size and resolution- the 7.7-inch model's got the highest ppi of 196 due to its AMOLED display with 1280x800 resolution, while the 10-incher has a slightly lower 149 ppi with identical resolution (LED technology, not AMOLED on this one). The 13.3-inch (did we mention how big it is?) uses "Autobrite LED" technology, which ups the resolution to 1600x900, which translates to 138 ppi. Not many bad things to say about each of the displays; while they might not be the best in the biz, they're bright, crisp, and surprisingly vibrant. 

I love the 7.7-inch Excite-- it's got the display to beat, and the footprint is borderline perfect. Use it with one hand or two; either way, it's going to fit comfortably. The 10-inch is nothing to write home about (I've seen plenty in my day), which leaves the 13.3-inch model, the star of the show. It's big and beautiful, though the size and weight might turn some off. At 2.2 pounds, this one certainly isn't going to fit in your pocket. Toshiba describes it as a bridge between tablets and laptops, a description that's pretty darn accurate. It'll be perfect for watching movies and TV, though if you're used to doing things with one hand on your tablet, this is not the device for you.

The 10-inch model will launch on May 6: 16 GBs will cost you $449.99, while 32 and 64 GBs will set you back $529.99 and $649.99 respectively. You'll have to wait until June 10 for the 7.7 and 13.3-inch models: the smaller will cost $499.99 and $579.00 for 16 and 32 GBs, the larger will cost $649.99 and $749.99 for the same sizes. Hit the break for some comparison shots.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Optimus Elite

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Sprint and LG were at tonight's Pepcom event in New York City, where the theme was eco-friendly technology. On hand was the upcoming Optimus Elite, the entry-level "green" device scheduled for an April 22 release. The Elite will not be the device of your dreams, but for $29.99 on contract, there really isn't much here to complain about. 

The Elite's got 3.5-inch display with a 320x480 resolution-- if you've gotten used to an HD display, this one's going to feel like a punch in the forehead. There's an 800 Mhz single-core processor pumping Gingerbread under the hood, and a 5 megapixel camera around back. The Elite is NFC-enabled, which means you'll have access to Google Wallet without breaking your wallet. Performance wise there's nothing truly remarkable, nor is there anything disappointing. I didn't notice any slowdowns or stutters, but if you're looking to do some heavy-duty computing, look elsewhere. The Elite will ship in two colors: white and titan silver.

The Elite will launch on Sprint.com on Earth Day-- a fitting release date for this ULE Platinum and CarbonFree-certified device. If you want to pick one up in stores, you'll have to wait until May 18th. Oh, and if prepaid is your preferred flavor, you're in luck-- the Elite will be heading to Virigin Mobile in the near future, though how near is yet to be announced. Hit the break for some photos and a quick video.

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4 years ago

Battery size and thinness, Tired of waiting so I rooted [From the Forums]

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We're almost onto Friday and while there is no podcast tonight for you all to sit in on, there is plenty happening in the forums if you're looking to get some Android discussion happening. Get caught up on the blogs and then head on in for some good times.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

Incipio Feather Ultralight case for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus [accessory review]

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The Incipio Feather Ultralight case is a perfect mix of good looks and protection for your Samsung Galaxy Nexus -- either the GSM version or the Verizon LTE version. True to its name, the case is made from an ultra-light and ultra-thin polymer, giving form fitting protection with little to no extra bulk. In fact, the Incipio Feather is thin enough to be used with many of the docks currently on the market.

 

Just because its thin doesn't mean it's lacking when it comes to keeping your phone safe. The form-fitting design pays extra attention to the corners, and the controls are all accessible via the precision cut-outs. The inside of the case is designed to keep your Galaxy Nexus from scratching while putting it on and removing it, and the kit ships with a cleaning cloth, a screen protector, and an applicator tool. 

If you want to protect your investment, yet still want to keep the sleek lines of the Galaxy Nexus, this is a case worth considering. Available in Black, Grey, Blue and Pink there's sure to be a style to suit any taste. Enjoy this review from RaulT18, and look out for more great videos!

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4 years ago

Heads up: No podcast tonight...

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Phil is off doing things and Jerry's request to do an Android Central After Dark Live got denied by our insurance company. We'll be back next week though, so be cool!

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4 years ago

Wordpress for Android v2.1 enters public beta

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Wordpress for Android has been steadily improving over time, and the latest attempt has just been released into public beta. V2.1 promises some "totally radical stuff" -- their words, not ours. 

What is this totally radical stuff? To save us hunting for it, the developers have posted a handy changelog, which looks like this --

  • Autosave timer while editing posts. Every 60 seconds the post will be autosaved.
  • Edit comments! You can edit comments while on the go now.
  • You can now set the width for linked images.
  • All new WordPress.com reader. Navigating posts is much faster and you can add comments to posts that you are reading. You can also share the post to other Android apps!
  • Small improvements to the UI, most notably that the delete post button has been moved to a less prominent spot to prevent accidental taps on it.
  • Reliability improvements
  • Translation updates

The developers are really keen for people to test this out, and run those new features through the mill a bit. If you run a Wordpress blog, then hit up the source link below to get your hands on a copy.

Source: Wordpress

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4 years ago

Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus preorder inventory already sold out

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Just in case you never got around to preordering your Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint, you won't really have to worry about it any more. As noted on the Sprint website, they've already sold through their allotted preorder inventory and are advising folks to just pick one up on April 22nd in stores. That is, assuming you can find one. Anyone want to speculate what helped preorder sales? We have a small idea that certainly could have helped a little.

Source: Sprint; Thanks, Zachary!

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4 years ago

Path adds camera lenses to their Android app bringing it more in line with their iOS offering

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When Path first launched on Android it was, for the most part, on par with that of its iOS version. However, there were some small things left out and then one really big item that you may or may not have noticed, depending on your device history. Lenses otherwise known as filters, were not present in the Android version at launch despite having been available on iOS for quite some time.

That all changes today though, the now updated version of Path brings lenses to Android with a selection of seven in total to choose from -- Pro, Ansel, Instant, Diana, Lomo, Country and Lake. The updated version is available now in the Google Play Store of which, you can find the link to after the break. Go on then, what are you waiting for? Start checking them out.

Source: Path

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4 years ago

HTC One X case: As slim and sleek as the phone itself

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We're in meetings this week with HTC in Seattle. And along with some great candid conversation with the smartphone manufacturer, we've gotten a look at an extra slim case that's in the works for the HTC One X. It's a plastic deal that adds just a tiny bit of thickness to the phone, wrapping around the side of the device. We've seen the orange case on one of the white One X's, and it's a pretty stark contrast. The white phone becomes an orange phone with hints of its former self poking through. Note the cutout for the camera, of course.

No word on when and where these will be available, so stay tuned.

More in the HTC One X forums

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4 years ago

Xperia P and U pegged for early May launch in the UK

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Hot on the heels of the Xperia S come Sony's mid-range and entry-level offerings, the Xperia P and Xperia U. We got to see both devices at the announcement event at Mobile World Congress a couple of months back, and if you're interested in picking either up, you should only have another 2-3 weeks left to wait.

UK retailer Clove Technology now lists both upcoming Xperia phones for pre-order, with an expected release date during the week commencing May 7. The Xperia P is available in black and silver, and will set you back £330 off-contract, the Xperia U comes in black and white, and sells for £204.

Pre-order pricing and release dates are always subject to change, but Clove has a proven track record when it comes to this sort of thing. And given the closeness of the purported release dates, we're inclined to believe them in this instance.

For more on the Xperia P and Xperia U, check out our hands-on coverage from MWC.

Source: Clove Technology (1, 2)

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4 years ago

500px arrives for Android - Enjoy some of the world's best photos

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Sure, Instragram is fun for casual photo taking and sharing but for those who seek out higher quality photos there is a new site that offers up some of the world's best photos. 500px. Now finally, 500px has released their Android app to the Google Play Store for all. No, it's not for snapping a pic on your device and sharing it with others but it does however; allow you to elegantly showcase your already uploaded photos, create slideshows, browse your friends' photos and your favourites all from within the app itself.

  • Browse Popular, Editors Choice, Upcoming and Fresh. Photos change in real-time, so come back often for a fresh dose of inspiration
  • Filter by categories (tap and hold the icons on the left)
  • Full search
  • View beautiful, full size photos without distractions
  • Login or sign up for a 500px account to see your photos, friends' photos and your favorites
  • Vote for photos, add to favorites, read and leave comments
  • View photo descriptions, EXIF information, and location
  • Share photos on Twitter, Facebook, or see them in browser
  • Create a slideshow for every photo stream

The app is full of features and especially looks great on tablets where you can set it up view photos like a photoframe. If you're into photography or just love to look at great photos, this is indeed one app you'll not want to miss. You'll find the download link past the break, if you're interested in learning more about 500px the site, you can hit the source link below.

Source: 500px, Thanks, stbxxl!

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4 years ago

From the Android Forums: AT&T vs. Verizon in Europe

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grunt0300 asks in the Android Central forums,

ATT vs Verizon?
Just wondering which provider works best in Europe?

Thanks.

AT&T is a GSM carrier, and that means SIM cards. AT&T also uses mostly compatible 3G bands with the continent, so it's easier -- on the surface.

The reality is both AT&T and Verizon lock phones to their network (if you're using an unlocked handset you probably wouldn't be asking this one), meaning they won't work anywhere else. This is simple enough to fix on an AT&T phone, but you'll need to enlist a third party to help, or root and monkey with things a little bit. Verizon is a CDMA carrier, but they do offer world phones that take a SIM card for use outside the U.S. Like an AT&T phone, you'll need to network (or SIM) unlock it to use a pre-paid SIM card in Europe. 

Of course both carriers will sell you an international plan, complete with expensive rates and restrictions. Verizon will even rent you a world phone for a couple bucks a day if you need one. It's a matter of how much you're willing to spend for the convenience, and to keep your same phone number. You can walk into the carrier's shop, tell them what you need to do, and they will take care of everything for you, and for a fee.

Our recommendation is to get the SIM unlock and pick up a pre-paid card from a kiosk or machine at the airport. If you're using a travel agent, they can help, too. In this case, unless you already have a Verizon world phone, AT&T is your best bet. 

Have a question you need answered? (Preferably about Android, but we're flexible.) Hit up our Contact Page to get in touch!

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4 years ago

Panasonic Eluga launches in Europe, £365 off-contract

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As promised, Panasonic's first Android smartphone, the Eluga, has launched in the UK and Europe. The Japanese manufacturer makes its first foray into the world of smartphones with a super-thin 4.3-inch Android device, powered by a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP chip. And as we discovered during our time with the phone at MWC, it also sports dust and water-resistence, a feature found in many Japanese phones, but less common in the West. Other highlights include a qHD (690x540) OLED display, an 8MP rear camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a promised upgrade to ICS this summer.

Some stores are already stocking the device, with prices starting at around £365 at UK online retailer Expansys. The black version is now shipping, while the silver model is expected in the next week.

Source: Panasonic, Expansys

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4 years ago

1SaleADay offering Acer ICONIA 7-Inch Tab for only $180

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If you're looking to get into an Android tablet on the cheap then 1SaleADay may have just what you're looking for. Right now, you can pick a Acer ICONIA 7-Inch Tab for only $180. Spec wise, you're looking at a Android 3.2 tablet powered by a 1Ghz Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. A 5MP rear facing camera and 2MP front facing camera will help you fill up that 1024 x 600 display and if you're looking to share things, WiFi is on board to help. Need more space? There is a microSD card slot included and right now you can pick up a SanDisk 32GB Class 4 High-Speed MicroSD Card from the same spot for only $15. Any takers?

1SaleADay.com

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4 years ago

New at ShopAndroid.com: Andru USB charger

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What better way to charge an Android phone than with the Andru USB charger? With light-up eyes (blue for charging, white for standby), articulated arms, and flexible antennae, this matte-finished USB charger would make a perfect desktop companion while not keeping you all charged up. Checking in at 2.5-inches in height on his stand he's small enough to keep anywhere, and the included microUSB cable works with many popular smartphones. You've got to keep things charged, might as well do it with some style and represent Android.

Check it out at ShopAndroid.com today.

 

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