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Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Peek At the Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5
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With the cat already out of the bag, it appears that everyone is scrambling for the opportunity to include the Samsung Galaxy S5 in its device lineup. The two Sprint prepaid brands recently announced that it intends to offer the device by the second quarter of the year.

Normally, prepaid brands will get a shot at offering flagship devices some time after the major mobile network providers offer them into the market. However, the recent announcement gives an indication that the latest device offering of Samsung may not follow this trend.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to become available in the market by April 11 in numerous countries around the world. Among the first US-based carriers to offer the latest product offering of the South Korean manufacturer are Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. It will also be offered through US Cellular and MetroPCS. A number of retail stores will also offer the device, including Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Amazon, Best Buy, Costco and RadioShack.

The lightweight, all-plastic device is expected to have a price tag of around $200 when it comes with the typical two-year mobile service contract. On the other hand, an unlocked version of the device may have a price tag ranging from $600 up to $700.

One of the main features of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the fingerprint scanner, which is one of the methods to secure the device. The scanner can also be used in paying for services purchased through PayPal. A total of three fingerprints can be stored on the device.

Another nifty feature that has apparently taken into consideration the trend towards healthy living is the heart rate monitor. It joins a number of products that are relying on the increasing interest on a healthy lifestyle. This will make the device an appealing choice for fitness buffs looking for a good smartphone to purchase.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is also dust and water resistant. The release of the Samsung S4 Active allowed the South Korean manufacturer to evaluate if it can offer such a device into the market. However, it should be noted that water-resistant does not mean that the device can be used while going out for a swim. The military spec IP67 indicates that the device can be submerged at a depth of three feet for a maximum of thirty minutes. But it is necessary to ensure that all the ports of the device are sealed.

Another notable feature that caught my attention is the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S5. According to the company, the camera can focus automatically within 0.3 seconds. Although this is a notable feature, it remains to be seen if the device can perform up to the standard set by the company.

Samsung has also reduced the bloatware that normally came with a number of smartphones in the past. One of the applications that will not come preinstalled into the device is the Samsung Hub. However, fans of the Hub may not fret since they can still download the numerous apps they may want to use on the device.

One thing that has plagued numerous smartphones in the past is battery life. Samsung revealed the Ultra Power Saving Mode of the device will allow it to continue running for 24 hours even when battery life has gone down to 10 percent. The software feature limits the processor, changes the display to grayscale, turns off Wi-Fi and shuts down GPS. If the feature works, it may be one device that people may want to consider acquiring.


For the moment, it remains to be seen how the latest flagship smartphone of Samsung will fare against its rivals. Until a head-to-head comparison is made with the latest devices available in the market, the jury is still out on the performance of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Acer Iconia A3 Unveiled In Berlin

Acer Iconia A3
Acer Iconia A3
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As the IFA 2013 event in Berlin kicks off this week, Acer unveiled its latest ten-inch Android-powered tablet, the Acer Iconia A3.  The latest tablet offering of the company will feature a 1280 by 800 display screen along with Dolby Digital Plus speakers that enhance sound and music for a better movie-viewing experience.

The device also features a 1.2GHz quad-core A7 Cortex processor and micro HDMI port that facilitates connection to an external display.  The Acer Iconia A3 also comes with a microSD memory card reader and five-megapixel camera that is capable of simultaneously record videos and take photos.

It runs on the Android 4.2 OS and will be promoted as an entertainment tablet by the company.  The Intellspin feature will reportedly allows the tablet to know how it is being used even when it is on a flat surface. The device will have two storage options, a 16GB and a32GB model. The

The Wi-Fi version of the Acer Iconia A3 is set to be released in Europe, Africa and the Middle East by October. On the other hand, the 3G version will enter the market by November. The price tags of the Wi-Fi and 3G models are $330 and $395, respectively.

The release schedule and price tag of the device in the US market has yet to be announced by the company.


Even as more devices are expected to be launched during the IFA tech trade show in Berlin, the Acer beat everybody to the punch with the introduction of the Acer Iconia A3.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Google Nexus 5 Reports Continue To Emerge

Google Nexus 5 Reports Continue To Emerge
LG G2
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Although executives of LG have indicated that the company will not release the Google Nexus 5 into the market, recent reports have hinted at the possibility that the company will manufacture the latest reference design of the Android smartphone.

Following the upcoming release of the Moto X, reports have started to emerge on the possible release of the latest smartphone from Google. The latest reports have emerged in Vietnam, which is the location of one of the biggest factory of Samsung. Tinh te bloggers were also cited as sources of these reports. These bloggers have indicated that the latest design of the Google Nexus 5 is similar to the recently-launched G2.

The upcoming Google smartphone will reportedly feature a 5.2-inch display screen and the Snapdragon 800 processor. It will also have a slim design.

It can be recalled that an executive of LG revealed that there were no plans in producing the next Nexus smartphone. However, it was clarified that the company was not working on the device for the moment. The company also indicated that it was open to the idea of producing the next Nexus smartphone.

Some analysts are even speculating on a Google Play version of the LG G2. This may be a viable concept than the Google Nexus 5 if LG is planning to release the device into the market. However, the company has no plans of releasing this device.

The latest report of a Nexus smartphone based on the LG G2 contradicts another report that hinted at the possibility that the upcoming Android reference device will be manufactured by Motorola.


Although it remains uncertain which company will manufacture the next Android device, industry watchers are expecting the details of the Google Nexus 5 to be released once the Android 5.0 OS is finally introduced by the internet search giant.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Nokia EOS Images Emerge

Nokia EOS smartphone
Nokia EOS smartphone
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Nokia may be down but it is definitely not out. Images emerged recently of a new Nokia flagships smartphone, which was dubbed as the Nokia EOS. The images posted by a Twitter user named ViziLeaks and an informant of GSM Arena.

Nokia EOS smartphone
Nokia EOS smartphone
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The camera module, which hints of an impressive sensor, was clearly shown on the posted images. Reports have indicated that the upcoming Nokia smartphone will have the same 41MP capability of the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone without the huge bump at the back. Although the camera of the upcoming smartphone will still come out, its profile will be sleeker compared to the PureView smartphone.

The Nokia EOS has a long flash similar to the Xenon flash found on the Lumia 928. It also has a smaller LED that may be used in focusing, which is how it is used on the Lumia 928.

Nokia EOS smartphone
Nokia EOS smartphone
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The black case of the smartphone is similar to the material used on many Nokia Lumia devices. The images also show a similar black surface screen display as other high-end screens that have a ClearBlack filter coating.

Nokia EOS smartphone
Nokia EOS smartphone
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The upcoming Nokia EOS may not enter the market before fall since T-Mobile has yet to introduce the Nokia Lumia 925 into the market. However, it may still be possible for the latest smartphone from Nokia to be released soon due to the company’s goal of releasing a number of smartphones into the market.


The reported slim 41MP camera of the Nokia EOS with its 808 PureView capability will likely draw the interest of Nokia lovers who may be looking to acquire the latest smartphone from the device manufacturer.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Latest Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Offers Impressive Features

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
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It appears that Asus has pulled all the stops with the latest model of the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity. The high-end tablet will reportedly feature the Tegra 4 processor from Nvidia as well as a high-resolution display screen that will attract the attention of tablet enthusiasts, be it Android or iOS.

The upcoming ten-inch tablet will have a display resolution of 2560 by 1600 and will feature the 1.9GHz Tegra 4 processor from Nvidia together with a 72-core GeForce GPU. Other features of the device include a 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 5MP rear-facing camera, and 1.2MP front-facing camera. It will also offer Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity.

Potential buyers of the new Asus Transformer Pad Infinity may also purchase the keyboard dock that has a multi-touch touchpad along with an SDXC memory card slot and USB 3.0 port. This is one tablet that I would not mind saving up for.

The new Asus Transformer Pad Infinity will have a similar design and finish as the Asus TransformerPad Infinity TF700. The new processor of the latest model will address some of the flaws of its predecessor. While the high-resolution display only has a few rivals in the market.

The performance of the tablet along with its 300PPI is expected to compete with the Google Nexus 10, which is currently among the best ten-incher in the market today.

Reports have hinted at the possibility that the latest Asus tablet will have a price tag of around $400, which is similar to the price of the Google Nexus 10. However, it should be noted that the $400 price tag of the Google tablet is for the 16GB model.  In addition to the bigger internal storage, the Asus tablet will also have an edge on CPU performance and the optional keyboard dock.


The scheduled release of the new Asus Transformer Pad Infinity has yet to be announced by the device manufacturer, although it is expected to be released into the market soon enough.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Refurbished iPad 4 and iPad Mini Offered At A Discount

Refurbished iPad 4 and iPad Mini Offered At A Discount
iPad Mini
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Discounts were made available for refurbished iPad 4 and iPad Mini through the online store of Apple. These discounts range from around fifteen percent up to seventeen percent.

This will allow would-be iPad owners to acquire the latest models of the device albeit a refurbished version at a lower price than the brand-new version. The discounts are available for all variations of the refurbished models of the tablet offering of Apple.

The 16GB Wi-Fi-only model of the iPad Mini has a price tag of around $279. This is lower by 15 percent compared to the usual price tag of the device. On the other hand, the 32GB iPad Mini is sold at around $359 or a discount of around 16 percent. The 64GB iPad Mini is priced at around $439, which is lower by 17 percent compared to the usual price of the device.

The 16GB Wi-Fi-only model of the iPad 4 is priced at around $419, while the 32GB model has a price tag of $499. Both price tags are lower by 16 percent compared to the standard price of the device. On the other hand, the 64GB model is sold at around $579 or a discount of around 17 percent.


All of the refurbished products of Apple are tested and fully certified by the company. They come with a new battery along with a new outer shell. All refurbished units of the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini carry a warranty of one year.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Numerous Color Options For Low-Priced iPhone and iPhone 5S Hinted

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S
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Apple-focused Macotakara revealed that the supposed iPhone 5S and the low-priced iPhone will be available in a number of color options including green and gold.

Since Apple has not given any confirmation on the two new models of the iPhone, the report will remain in the realm of speculations. However, a number of reports have emerged on the possible appearance and features of the two devices.

The low-priced iPhone will reportedly feature a plastic casing, instead of aluminum and may be available in blue, white, green, pink and yellow-orange. There may be other color options for the device, including white, gray, gold orange, and navy. The price range of the device will reportedly be from $350 up to $400.

On the other hand, the reported iPhone 5S will also have a number of color options aside from the typical white and black variants. The report revealed that users may be able to choose from a green or a gold variant of the device. The iPhone 5S will also have similar features as the iPhone 5 and will feature a dual-LED flash for its camera.

Despite the absence of any confirmation from Apple, the fact that the latest model of the iPod Touch is already available in a number of color options, it is possible that the company will do the same thing for the upcoming models of the iPhone.

Trial production of the low-priced iPhone will reportedly start by next month although a number of reports have indicated that it may not be available in the market earlier than next year. On the other hand, earlier reports indicated that the iPhone 5S will be released by the company by July.


No statements were issued by Apple in connection to the reported low-priced iPhone or the iPhone 5S.