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NVIDIA Project Shield photo gallery

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CES hasn't even officially begun yet, and already we've had what might be the biggest Android announcement of the show — NVIDIA's Project Shield. A hand-held Android-powered games console running NVIDIA's new Tegra 4 chip, Shield promises the ability to run Android games from Google Play and Tegrazone, as well as games streamed through a PC with a GeForce GPU.

We still don't know anything about when you'll be able to get your hands on Project Shield, or how much it'll cost, but what we can show you is a selection of photos of the device from today's NVIDIA press event in Las Vegas.

You can find 'em after the break, along with today's press release.

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Weekend project: Customize your home screen with UCCW, the ultimate custom widget

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Anytime you see folks discussing the virtues of Android, you hear the word custom being thrown around in one form or another. We're not talking about ROMs or kernels or anything like that, we mean the built in options to make your Android phone look like no other phone — widgets. Specifically UCCW, the ultimate custom widget.

Ultimate is a pretty bold claim for any developer to make, especially when you're talking something as personal as the way our phones look. UCCW works it though, and is a way to change the look and feel of your home screen in a way only limited by your imagination. It's a "master" widget, which is simply a blank canvas that's painted the way you decide, either through your own talent or from themes (called uzips) that other talented folks have created.  Hit the jump, have a look, and get customized.

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Amazon Adds Additional TV Shows To Prime Instant Video

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Amazon, looking to further improve its Prime Instant Video service, has signed deals with several major networks, which has allowed Amazon to reel in a few extremely popular shows from A&E, History, Bio and Lifetime. With the addition of these networks, Amazon claims that their content availability is now within 33,000, which is all available to their subscribers.

Unfortunately a Prime Instant Video app is still not available on the Google Play Store. You’d imagine that it wouldn’t be that hard to get the Prime Instant Video app on the Google Play Store since the Kindle already has it. After all, the Kindle is based off of the Android operating system. Until we see an Android app, we’ll just have to enjoy the new content on our Kindle devices, and dare I say our iOS devices as well? Well, enjoying the media on iOS devices is questionable since AirPlay and HDMI was intentionally disabled.

Are you a Amazon Prime subscriber? Will you be looking out for any of the new content on Prime Instant Video now? Do you even own a Kindle? Would you like it if Amazon buckled down and released an Amazon Instant Video app on the Google Play Store? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below!

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Acer’s rumored Iconia B1 will launch as Iconia B this month for $150

 

We first spotted Acer’s affordable 7-inch Iconia B1 tablet last month, where it was rumored the device would launch globally at a staggering $99 price point. Well, new information has leaked out today suggesting the device would in fact launch as the Iconia B this month. The tablet is slated to make its world debut in India for 7,999 INR, which equates to around $150 US, a bit more than originally rumored.

If you’re unfamiliar, the Acer Iconia B  runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and sports a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, a 1.2-GHz dual-core MediaTek processor and 512MB of RAM. Users will also get 8GB of on board storage with expansion available through the included micro SD slot.

Source: NDTV
Via: Unwired View

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iWALK unveils Amour, A selection of earphone headsets with remote microphone and multi-function remote control for smart devices, Tablets, laptops and more.

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iWALK Amour comes with a tangle-free cord, gold plated tips to prevent corrosion and increase sound quality, and soft molding ear inserts for maximum comfort and noise isolation.  In addition, it is equipped with a microphone and remote control that allows pausing and fast forwarding music and answering or rejecting phone calls.

“The Amour blends the characteristics and advantages of high-end headphones with the affordability consumers desire, The Amour adds another layer to iWALK’s repertoire of high quality consumer solutions, including the industry’s largest selection of portable backup batteries.”

iWALK Amour comes in blue, black, orange and white and is currently available for $79.99 at www.iwalkusa.com, select Sprint stores and select retailers nationwide.

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Amour

1. Crystal clear sound

2. Tangle-free cord

3. In-canal ear buds with in-line microphone

Specifications

Model No. : HDA001

Product Name : Amour

 

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Huawei D2 press shot surfaces ahead of CES unveiling

 We recently stumbled upon a slew of images outing Huawei’s upcoming D2 smartphone, but today’s new evidence has all but solidified its impending release. A new press shot of the device has surfaced, showing off the 5-inch device running atop Huawei’s custom UI. If you’re unfamiliar with the device, the D2′s specs include a 1.5-GHz quad-core processor, a full 1080p display and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Huawei is expected to make an official announcement of the D2 at CES next week in Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ll be covering the event live, so stay tuned for all the latest news.

Source: UnwiredView 

 

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Huawei D2 press shot surfaces ahead of CES unveiling

 We recently stumbled upon a slew of images outing Huawei’s upcoming D2 smartphone, but today’s new evidence has all but solidified its impending release. A new press shot of the device has surfaced, showing off the 5-inch device running atop Huawei’s custom UI. If you’re unfamiliar with the device, the D2′s specs include a 1.5-GHz quad-core processor, a full 1080p display and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Huawei is expected to make an official announcement of the D2 at CES next week in Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ll be covering the event live, so stay tuned for all the latest news.

Source: UnwiredView 

 

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Google to deliver Q4 2012 results on Jan. 22

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Here's your early warning that Google is scheduled to announce its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 22. Or, if history repeats, its printer may decide to do it a few hours early, sending Wall Street into a tizzy

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Huawei D2 press shot surfaces ahead of CES unveiling

 We recently stumbled upon a slew of images outing Huawei’s upcoming D2 smartphone, but today’s new evidence has all but solidified its impending release. A new press shot of the device has surfaced, showing off the 5-inch device running atop Huawei’s custom UI. If you’re unfamiliar with the device, the D2′s specs include a 1.5-GHz quad-core processor, a full 1080p display and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Huawei is expected to make an official announcement of the D2 at CES next week in Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ll be covering the event live, so stay tuned for all the latest news.

Source: UnwiredView 

 

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Huawei D2 press shot surfaces ahead of CES unveiling

 We recently stumbled upon a slew of images outing Huawei’s upcoming D2 smartphone, but today’s new evidence has all but solidified its impending release. A new press shot of the device has surfaced, showing off the 5-inch device running atop Huawei’s custom UI. If you’re unfamiliar with the device, the D2′s specs include a 1.5-GHz quad-core processor, a full 1080p display and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Huawei is expected to make an official announcement of the D2 at CES next week in Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ll be covering the event live, so stay tuned for all the latest news.

Source: UnwiredView 

 

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Review: Gulf Talk Animates Political Views for Chance at Viral Video Fame

Gulf Talk  
Developer: Tawfiq ALMaghlouth  
Price: free   Download

For all those Appcraver readers that have always wanted their own political talk show, well, your wait is over, because Gulf Talk is the app for that.

Gulf Talk is a creative app by developer Tawfia ALMaghlouth that gives you the tools to build an animated video using political figures as talking avatars. With a little planning, it could just be your ticket to fame on the viral video circuit. Remember this:

Political Ideas Expressed As…

long-winded blog posts = creepy manifesto

funny animated video = viral fame

If you spent the last election season over-sharing on , then it’s time to make up with your network. Using simple out-of-the-box tools Gulf Talk can help you go from “annoying political guy” to “funny video guy” by spicing up political speech with engaging 3D animation.

The app will give you the tools to make your own talk show by uploading a recording of your own voice or any speech or lecture that you choose. You then choose two characters and Gulf Talk will animate a conversation between the two avatars, which you can then upload to YouTube or other media outlet of your choosing. (more…)

Finish reading “Gulf Talk Animates Political Views for Chance at Viral Video Fame” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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The Android Foundry Posts Its Winter Wonderland Wallpaper For The Masses To Download

 

For those of us in the Midwest and Northeastern parts of the States, we are starting to get the full winter experience in the form of loved (or hated) snow, while the rest of country doesn’t get to have the full snow experience. Well in the spirit of the holiday season, The Android Foundry has released its brand-spankin’-new wallpaper called the Winter Wonderland that’s available in different resolution variations, which means the wallpaper should work with just about all Android devices.

Hit the source link below to grab the wallpaper for your device today.

source: Android Foundry

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The Android Foundry Posts Its Winter Wonderland Wallpaper For The Masses To Download

 

For those of us in the Midwest and Northeastern parts of the States, we are starting to get the full winter experience in the form of loved (or hated) snow, while the rest of country doesn’t get to have the full snow experience. Well in the spirit of the holiday season, The Android Foundry has released its brand-spankin’-new wallpaper called the Winter Wonderland that’s available in different resolution variations, which means the wallpaper should work with just about all Android devices.

Hit the source link below to grab the wallpaper for your device today.

source: Android Foundry

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Samsung releases another clever ad, this time aimed at us working schmucks

 

Samsung is on a roll with their clever, catchy, and effective advertising. A new commercial released by the Korean company shows how your new Galaxy Note 2 can be used to multitask in both work and play, this time in an office environment. The ad keeps you entertained and shows you the effectiveness of their product…the opitome of great marketing. With advertising like this, it’s no wonder they are the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world. Keep it up Sammy.

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Samsung releases another clever ad, this time aimed at us working schmucks

 

Samsung is on a roll with their clever, catchy, and effective advertising. A new commercial released by the Korean company shows how your new Galaxy Note 2 can be used to multitask in both work and play, this time in an office environment. The ad keeps you entertained and shows you the effectiveness of their product…the opitome of great marketing. With advertising like this, it’s no wonder they are the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world. Keep it up Sammy.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Review: Redefining What A Connected Camera Should Be

 

Let’s face it, we live in a world connected through the internet where we are constantly looking at (and for) noteworthy photos from our friends, family or anyone of any sort of relevance. It’s no secret that as we become more and more connected through the web, we are looking to share our precious moments with our family and friends faster than ever using our smartphones– especially since we can share photos to our friends and loved ones instantly with blazing fast cellular networks. It’s also no secret while we can share our photos faster than ever, the quality of the photos from many smartphones are average at best— especially compared to a photo taken from a traditional point-and-shoot or DSLR-type camera. Samsung quickly realized this and unveiled the Galaxy Camera: traditional a camera  that takes quality photos, while allowing the ability for users to be always connected to the internet in order to instantly share the photos with family and friends.

So in case you’re not familiar, let’s remind ourselves of what the Galaxy Camera is exactly: a camera that’s stuffed with TouchWiz-infused Jelly Bean running the show. The device is more or less what we identify as a connected camera: a camera allowing us to share quality photos and videos with our friends and family instantly thanks to an always-on internet connection via the camera’s built-in SIM card. As it always does with many of its products, Samsung takes a gamble by using its brand name to market a basic camera that’s connected to the internet via the Android platform, but does it succeed in trying to bring yet another “unique” device to the marketplace? We know that certain celebs have taken a strong liking to the device, but for the rest of you– you’ll need to read on past the break to see if it is worth your fancy in our review.

 

 

Design

 

 

For the most part, the Galaxy Camera is one hell of a looker, albeit a bit on the overweight side of things. Taking a page from the Galaxy smartphone series, the Galaxy Camera features a sort of chalky or pearl white finish and sleek blue lines along with smooth and sleek curves all-around— there are no hard, sharp or jagged edges and corners to be found on the camera. When looking at it for the first time, it’s hard not to think that the Galaxy Camera is what a Galaxy S III smartphone and regular camera would look like if they were molded together. But that’s the reality of the Galaxy Camera– it’s more or less a traditional camera on the front with the Galaxy S III’s screen on the back. On the front of the device, you’ll find the enormous 21x zoom lens that actually protrudes out (even when fully closed) and the LED light. To the top of the device, you’ll find the zoom dial (which also controls the volume level on the device) and the camera’s action button, while the left-hand side features a cleverly placed flash button (which reveals the camera’s flash to the top of the device). The right-hand side of the device headphone jack and microUSB plug, while the bottom of the device features the battery door giving you access to the HDMI-out, SIM and microSD slots. Those are the only buttons you’ll find as the Galaxy Camera is otherwise operated via touchscreen only… which we will dive down into further in the review.

 

 

The camera itself is 5.07 x 2.79  inches which isn’t too big height and width-wise… but is 0.75 in overall thickness while also coming in at a whopping 10.76 ounces! This is probably due to the fact that there’s not only a massive lens included on the front, but also the device has a mesh of both camera materials and Android materials found in a typical smartphone. Toss in the fact that the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 glass backing does feel a bit heavier than most typical Android smartphones. Despite the fact the camera is a bit heavier than the average camera, the camera is fairly comfortable to hold. While most of the camera feels smooth and can be a bit slippery, the right-hand side features some nice material that gives it some solid grip, allowing for better control when taking photos.

 

 

Hardware

The design is solid for the most part, but what about the camera’s guts and internals? Well rest assured that you will find some quality parts that power the camera. Samsung opted to use the latest and greatest pieces of technology in order to ensure the camera operates at an optimal level, so it decided to go with its in-house quad-core Exynos chip coupled with a generous 1GB of RAM. In addition, the Galaxy Camera features a modest 8GB of storage (5GB of which is actually usable), an expandable microSD-out slot, Bluetooth 4.0 and of course– the aforementioned 16.3 MP camera that’s capable of shooting up to 4608 × 3456 pixels plus the 21x optical zoom lens and auto-flash light.

 

Display

 

 

Many of you are thinking the Galaxy Camera’s display looks a wee bit familiar to you right? Well you’re not crazy— the Galaxy Camera features a display that’s roughly based off of guessed it— the Galaxy S III smartphone. That means users will be treated to a similar 4 plus-inch Super LCD screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 along with a healthy 306ppi pixel density and rich, vibrant colors. Because there is no pesky or annoying bezel to deal with, users of the camera will be able to see greater photo and video quality, thanks to the extra real estate found on the display. As with most other displays found on Samsung devices, the display shows all the content with awesome clarity and detail.

 

Software/Interface

 

 

Now here is part one of where the real heart of the camera lies: its use of Android to power the camera. As described briefly in the beginning of this review, Samsung managed to cram its TouchWiz-infused Jelly Bean interface into the camera, allowing users of the device operate all of the major functions via a touchscreen-based interface. In short, Samsung has actually done a stellar job of implementing all of the necessary functions into the Android OS. When users first power on the device, they’re instructed to set up and register the Galaxy Camera much like you would any other Android device. Once done, you’ll immediately see the oh-so-familiar TouchWiz-infused Jelly Bean homescreen. However, upon further glance– users will immediately note that many of the camera or photo-related icons and applications presented on the homescreen. Among the noteworthy apps that are available initially are the main Android photo/video Gallery app, Paper Artist, Instagram, Photo Wizard, the Video Editor and the main Camera app.

Pressing on the Apps button from the homescreen brings up the complete and full app drawer, which allows for users to bring up additional applications like Google’s Play Store that are found on a typical Android smartphone or tablet. While most Android apps should operate on the Galaxy Camera with no issues, it’s assumed that users of the camera will only download apps that have something to do with photo editing and modifications or apps that allow for for the immediate upload of photos to your online storage or social network of choice— rather than trying to play that Need For Speed or Angry Birds.

 

 

Samsung did a pretty solid job of squeezing Jelly Bean into the camera, but it did an exceptional job of having the full allotment of camera features utilized by the customized Android interface. As mentioned before, Samsung opted to use virtual buttons for all of its settings. So in essence, when using the standard camera function on the Galaxy Camera, all of the various dials and buttons are seen on-screen. When powered up for the first time, users will see three standard buttons available: the main camera icon that acts as a sort of shutter button, the Mode dial where you can either choose from the Auto, Smart or Expert functions and of course, the camcorder function. The camera and camcorder functions are straightforward, but let’s dive down into the Mode button, which gives users a full compliment of camera features found in any typical DSLR or point-and-shoot camera.

 

 

The Mode button brings up additional dials which allows users to adjust the camera settings depending on the environment. Samsung has included traditional enhancement modes from Night mode, which obviously allows for the images to benefit from enhanced lighting in darker settings to the Rich Tones mode, which allows for your photos to be greatly enhanced by richer, sharper and brighter color tones.

 

 

It doesn’t stop there as Samsung included a full assortment of photo-editing software as mentioned earlier– allowing users to edit photos on the go, so there is no real need to connect the camera to a computer in order to edit your photos or videos.

 

Photo/Video quality

 

 

Sample outdoor shot in Auto Mode

Sample outdoor shot in Rich Tone Mode

 

OK kids, here’s part two of where the Galaxy Camera’s heart lies— the actual photo and video quality. In short, the photos and video taken from the Galaxy Camera are solid for the most part, but let’s be real— most users will probably get better quality photos from a traditional point-and-shoot or DSLR camera. For all intents and purposes for this review, the sample photos taken were all in .jpeg format which is the more traditional and common format used among average and professional photographers alike. When using the traditional Auto mode, the resulting photos did a pretty good job of replicating what was in real life and capturing the surroundings, though many of the images weren’t as sharp or bright as they should have been.

 

 

 

Generally speaking, many of the photos looked sharp on the Galaxy Camera’s gorgeous LCD display, but dare I say average on another screen. However, when fiddling with the Smart Modes and changing a few items, images became much sharper and vibrant than what was in the Auto mode, albeit on a minor level. Case in point with the photos below: you’ll note that the photo taken in Auto mode looked incredibly dull and were generally dark in tones; on the flip side, the photo taken in the Rich Tone Mode looked rich, sharp and vibrant. Most of the time I was on one of the Smart Modes when taking the photos because the Auto mode produced images that even a smartphone with superior image optimization software like the Galaxy S III, HTCs One X or DROID DNA could compete with.

 

 

On the flipside, photos can be further enhanced thanks to a full assortment of advanced camera features. The touchscreen interface gives users the simplified access to the camera’s shutter, aperture, exposure compensation and course, the ISO settings which can all be customized to your liking. An example of this is seen in some photos during a recent visit to my hometown of LA.

 

 

Video quality on the other hand is on par with most other cameras in general. Videos in this review were recorded in full 1080p HD looked solid for the most part and there was little distortion and some really nice clarity as well. A major plus is the file sizes of the 1080p videos were generally reasonable in size, so users won’t have to worry about having too big of files that can bog down the device. You can check out an example of the Galaxy Camera’s 1080p video quality in the video below.

 

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

Network Quality

The Galaxy Camera operates on AT&T’s faux-g network, so the speeds are average at best. The camera features a built-in HSDPA chip capable of speeds up to 21Mbps, though real-world speeds only came up to be a fraction of that. Speeds averaged about 3.5 to 4Mbps down and 1Mbps up in the New York City area, while speeds were 2.5 to 3.5Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up in the Los Angeles area. It’s not really a major problem except for the fact that the images generated by the Galaxy Camera are fairly large in size, so the uploading of images to the cloud or a social network can be a cumbersome or dreadful process due to the sheer size of the photos. Thankfully Samsung recently released a 4G LTE variant for Verizon, so the network speeds should fare better for those who opt to go for that variant of the device, but if you do end up deciding to go for AT&T’s version– do yourself a favor and stay close, very close to a WiFi signal.

 

Battery Life

The battery features a 1,650mAh Li-Ion battery which is average at best. While Samsung offers the claim that the camera is capable of up to 280 hours of standby time, users will not be letting the camera stand idle and will want to use the camera often. We found that with moderate to heavy use, the camera averaged roughly a mere 10-12 hours. The hunch is that the camera has to do double duty of processing images and video at a higher level. Furthermore, it doesn’t help that much of the device’s resources are needed to power items like the powerful zoom lens and the camera’s display as well. Considering Samsung prides itself on having devices with superior battery life, it’s somewhat surprising Samsung didn’t really put much focus in optimizing the Galaxy Camera’s battery life. For the average person, the battery life will not be a problem, but if you’re the type to take photos of anything and everything, you’ll want to carry a spare battery or have your battery charger handy.

 

 

Final Thoughts

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is a really neat concept. Like its first Galaxy S or Galaxy Note smartphones, consumers knew the potential was there for something great, but Samsung needed to work through some growing pains to really bring a breakthrough smartphone to the marketplace and the first generation Galaxy Camera is no different. Samsung is a reputable brand at this point and you know that the Galaxy Camera can only get better once Samsung hones in and refines the little things about the camera like the bulkiness & average photo quality. The fact that it gives users a useable camera in an Android package that’s user friendly is reason enough for consumers to at least consider giving this puppy a try.

However— the truth is that Samsung’s Galaxy Camera is more or less has stuffed a $200 camera into a $300 Android package… and that might be a bit tough to chew on for most users. More importantly, consumers should realize that there are cheaper options out there that provide just as good, if not better picture and video quality. If you really (and I mean REALLY) want to have all your precious photos and video look a smidge better on a social network like Facebook or Instagram, have the money and want to try something new and unique— go ahead and purchase the camera. Otherwise, stick with your traditional point-and-shoot or DSLR camera since you’ll get better quality photos for a cheaper price.

 

 

 

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Samsung releases another clever ad, this time aimed at us working schmucks

 

Samsung is on a roll with their clever, catchy, and effective advertising. A new commercial released by the Korean company shows how your new Galaxy Note 2 can be used to multitask in both work and play, this time in an office environment. The ad keeps you entertained and shows you the effectiveness of their product…the opitome of great marketing. With advertising like this, it’s no wonder they are the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world. Keep it up Sammy.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Review: Redefining What A Connected Camera Should Be

 

Let’s face it, we live in a world connected through the internet where we are constantly looking at (and for) noteworthy photos from our friends, family or anyone of any sort of relevance. It’s no secret that as we become more and more connected through the web, we are looking to share our precious moments with our family and friends faster than ever using our smartphones– especially since we can share photos to our friends and loved ones instantly with blazing fast cellular networks. It’s also no secret while we can share our photos faster than ever, the quality of the photos from many smartphones are average at best— especially compared to a photo taken from a traditional point-and-shoot or DSLR-type camera. Samsung quickly realized this and unveiled the Galaxy Camera: traditional a camera  that takes quality photos, while allowing the ability for users to be always connected to the internet in order to instantly share the photos with family and friends.

So in case you’re not familiar, let’s remind ourselves of what the Galaxy Camera is exactly: a camera that’s stuffed with TouchWiz-infused Jelly Bean running the show. The device is more or less what we identify as a connected camera: a camera allowing us to share quality photos and videos with our friends and family instantly thanks to an always-on internet connection via the camera’s built-in SIM card. As it always does with many of its products, Samsung takes a gamble by using its brand name to market a basic camera that’s connected to the internet via the Android platform, but does it succeed in trying to bring yet another “unique” device to the marketplace? We know that certain celebs have taken a strong liking to the device, but for the rest of you– you’ll need to read on past the break to see if it is worth your fancy in our review.

 

 

Design

 

 

For the most part, the Galaxy Camera is one hell of a looker, albeit a bit on the overweight side of things. Taking a page from the Galaxy smartphone series, the Galaxy Camera features a sort of chalky or pearl white finish and sleek blue lines along with smooth and sleek curves all-around— there are no hard, sharp or jagged edges and corners to be found on the camera. When looking at it for the first time, it’s hard not to think that the Galaxy Camera is what a Galaxy S III smartphone and regular camera would look like if they were molded together. But that’s the reality of the Galaxy Camera– it’s more or less a traditional camera on the front with the Galaxy S III’s screen on the back. On the front of the device, you’ll find the enormous 21x zoom lens that actually protrudes out (even when fully closed) and the LED light. To the top of the device, you’ll find the zoom dial (which also controls the volume level on the device) and the camera’s action button, while the left-hand side features a cleverly placed flash button (which reveals the camera’s flash to the top of the device). The right-hand side of the device headphone jack and microUSB plug, while the bottom of the device features the battery door giving you access to the HDMI-out, SIM and microSD slots. Those are the only buttons you’ll find as the Galaxy Camera is otherwise operated via touchscreen only… which we will dive down into further in the review.

 

 

The camera itself is 5.07 x 2.79  inches which isn’t too big height and width-wise… but is 0.75 in overall thickness while also coming in at a whopping 10.76 ounces! This is probably due to the fact that there’s not only a massive lens included on the front, but also the device has a mesh of both camera materials and Android materials found in a typical smartphone. Toss in the fact that the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 glass backing does feel a bit heavier than most typical Android smartphones. Despite the fact the camera is a bit heavier than the average camera, the camera is fairly comfortable to hold. While most of the camera feels smooth and can be a bit slippery, the right-hand side features some nice material that gives it some solid grip, allowing for better control when taking photos.

 

 

Hardware

The design is solid for the most part, but what about the camera’s guts and internals? Well rest assured that you will find some quality parts that power the camera. Samsung opted to use the latest and greatest pieces of technology in order to ensure the camera operates at an optimal level, so it decided to go with its in-house quad-core Exynos chip coupled with a generous 1GB of RAM. In addition, the Galaxy Camera features a modest 8GB of storage (5GB of which is actually usable), an expandable microSD-out slot, Bluetooth 4.0 and of course– the aforementioned 16.3 MP camera that’s capable of shooting up to 4608 × 3456 pixels plus the 21x optical zoom lens and auto-flash light.

 

Display

 

 

Many of you are thinking the Galaxy Camera’s display looks a wee bit familiar to you right? Well you’re not crazy— the Galaxy Camera features a display that’s roughly based off of guessed it— the Galaxy S III smartphone. That means users will be treated to a similar 4 plus-inch Super LCD screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 along with a healthy 306ppi pixel density and rich, vibrant colors. Because there is no pesky or annoying bezel to deal with, users of the camera will be able to see greater photo and video quality, thanks to the extra real estate found on the display. As with most other displays found on Samsung devices, the display shows all the content with awesome clarity and detail.

 

Software/Interface

 

 

Now here is part one of where the real heart of the camera lies: its use of Android to power the camera. As described briefly in the beginning of this review, Samsung managed to cram its TouchWiz-infused Jelly Bean interface into the camera, allowing users of the device operate all of the major functions via a touchscreen-based interface. In short, Samsung has actually done a stellar job of implementing all of the necessary functions into the Android OS. When users first power on the device, they’re instructed to set up and register the Galaxy Camera much like you would any other Android device. Once done, you’ll immediately see the oh-so-familiar TouchWiz-infused Jelly Bean homescreen. However, upon further glance– users will immediately note that many of the camera or photo-related icons and applications presented on the homescreen. Among the noteworthy apps that are available initially are the main Android photo/video Gallery app, Paper Artist, Instagram, Photo Wizard, the Video Editor and the main Camera app.

Pressing on the Apps button from the homescreen brings up the complete and full app drawer, which allows for users to bring up additional applications like Google’s Play Store that are found on a typical Android smartphone or tablet. While most Android apps should operate on the Galaxy Camera with no issues, it’s assumed that users of the camera will only download apps that have something to do with photo editing and modifications or apps that allow for for the immediate upload of photos to your online storage or social network of choice— rather than trying to play that Need For Speed or Angry Birds.

 

 

Samsung did a pretty solid job of squeezing Jelly Bean into the camera, but it did an exceptional job of having the full allotment of camera features utilized by the customized Android interface. As mentioned before, Samsung opted to use virtual buttons for all of its settings. So in essence, when using the standard camera function on the Galaxy Camera, all of the various dials and buttons are seen on-screen. When powered up for the first time, users will see three standard buttons available: the main camera icon that acts as a sort of shutter button, the Mode dial where you can either choose from the Auto, Smart or Expert functions and of course, the camcorder function. The camera and camcorder functions are straightforward, but let’s dive down into the Mode button, which gives users a full compliment of camera features found in any typical DSLR or point-and-shoot camera.

 

 

The Mode button brings up additional dials which allows users to adjust the camera settings depending on the environment. Samsung has included traditional enhancement modes from Night mode, which obviously allows for the images to benefit from enhanced lighting in darker settings to the Rich Tones mode, which allows for your photos to be greatly enhanced by richer, sharper and brighter color tones.

 

 

It doesn’t stop there as Samsung included a full assortment of photo-editing software as mentioned earlier– allowing users to edit photos on the go, so there is no real need to connect the camera to a computer in order to edit your photos or videos.

 

Photo/Video quality

 

 

Sample outdoor shot in Auto Mode

Sample outdoor shot in Rich Tone Mode

 

OK kids, here’s part two of where the Galaxy Camera’s heart lies— the actual photo and video quality. In short, the photos and video taken from the Galaxy Camera are solid for the most part, but let’s be real— most users will probably get better quality photos from a traditional point-and-shoot or DSLR camera. For all intents and purposes for this review, the sample photos taken were all in .jpeg format which is the more traditional and common format used among average and professional photographers alike. When using the traditional Auto mode, the resulting photos did a pretty good job of replicating what was in real life and capturing the surroundings, though many of the images weren’t as sharp or bright as they should have been.

 

 

 

Generally speaking, many of the photos looked sharp on the Galaxy Camera’s gorgeous LCD display, but dare I say average on another screen. However, when fiddling with the Smart Modes and changing a few items, images became much sharper and vibrant than what was in the Auto mode, albeit on a minor level. Case in point with the photos below: you’ll note that the photo taken in Auto mode looked incredibly dull and were generally dark in tones; on the flip side, the photo taken in the Rich Tone Mode looked rich, sharp and vibrant. Most of the time I was on one of the Smart Modes when taking the photos because the Auto mode produced images that even a smartphone with superior image optimization software like the Galaxy S III, HTCs One X or DROID DNA could compete with.

 

 

On the flipside, photos can be further enhanced thanks to a full assortment of advanced camera features. The touchscreen interface gives users the simplified access to the camera’s shutter, aperture, exposure compensation and course, the ISO settings which can all be customized to your liking. An example of this is seen in some photos during a recent visit to my hometown of LA.

 

 

Video quality on the other hand is on par with most other cameras in general. Videos in this review were recorded in full 1080p HD looked solid for the most part and there was little distortion and some really nice clarity as well. A major plus is the file sizes of the 1080p videos were generally reasonable in size, so users won’t have to worry about having too big of files that can bog down the device. You can check out an example of the Galaxy Camera’s 1080p video quality in the video below.

 

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

Network Quality

The Galaxy Camera operates on AT&T’s faux-g network, so the speeds are average at best. The camera features a built-in HSDPA chip capable of speeds up to 21Mbps, though real-world speeds only came up to be a fraction of that. Speeds averaged about 3.5 to 4Mbps down and 1Mbps up in the New York City area, while speeds were 2.5 to 3.5Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up in the Los Angeles area. It’s not really a major problem except for the fact that the images generated by the Galaxy Camera are fairly large in size, so the uploading of images to the cloud or a social network can be a cumbersome or dreadful process due to the sheer size of the photos. Thankfully Samsung recently released a 4G LTE variant for Verizon, so the network speeds should fare better for those who opt to go for that variant of the device, but if you do end up deciding to go for AT&T’s version– do yourself a favor and stay close, very close to a WiFi signal.

 

Battery Life

The battery features a 1,650mAh Li-Ion battery which is average at best. While Samsung offers the claim that the camera is capable of up to 280 hours of standby time, users will not be letting the camera stand idle and will want to use the camera often. We found that with moderate to heavy use, the camera averaged roughly a mere 10-12 hours. The hunch is that the camera has to do double duty of processing images and video at a higher level. Furthermore, it doesn’t help that much of the device’s resources are needed to power items like the powerful zoom lens and the camera’s display as well. Considering Samsung prides itself on having devices with superior battery life, it’s somewhat surprising Samsung didn’t really put much focus in optimizing the Galaxy Camera’s battery life. For the average person, the battery life will not be a problem, but if you’re the type to take photos of anything and everything, you’ll want to carry a spare battery or have your battery charger handy.

 

 

Final Thoughts

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is a really neat concept. Like its first Galaxy S or Galaxy Note smartphones, consumers knew the potential was there for something great, but Samsung needed to work through some growing pains to really bring a breakthrough smartphone to the marketplace and the first generation Galaxy Camera is no different. Samsung is a reputable brand at this point and you know that the Galaxy Camera can only get better once Samsung hones in and refines the little things about the camera like the bulkiness & average photo quality. The fact that it gives users a useable camera in an Android package that’s user friendly is reason enough for consumers to at least consider giving this puppy a try.

However— the truth is that Samsung’s Galaxy Camera is more or less has stuffed a $200 camera into a $300 Android package… and that might be a bit tough to chew on for most users. More importantly, consumers should realize that there are cheaper options out there that provide just as good, if not better picture and video quality. If you really (and I mean REALLY) want to have all your precious photos and video look a smidge better on a social network like Facebook or Instagram, have the money and want to try something new and unique— go ahead and purchase the camera. Otherwise, stick with your traditional point-and-shoot or DSLR camera since you’ll get better quality photos for a cheaper price.

 

 

 

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Best looking apps for your new Android device

Did you get a new Android device for the holidays? Congratulations! Here’s a list of some our favorite and best looking apps for your new device. Check them out and let us know how you like them!

Social Networks:

Facebook - Everyone has Facebook, so check out the newly released native android app with much improved speeds and easier navigation.

Google+ – Google+ is one of the best looking and most fluid social networking apps currently available in the market. If you haven’t yet joined the growing social network, this app is a good excuse to jump in with both feet.

Falcon Pro / Plume – Twitter has a pretty decent native application, but if you’re looking for something with a little more eye candy, then try out either Falcon Pro or Plume. Both are very well designed and fully functional. Also check out the Falcon widget (a separate app) for some beautiful home screen Twitter action.

Path / lnstagram – If you’re into photo sharing, these are the best and most beautiful photo sharing apps out there.

Snapseed – Speaking of photos, Snapseed (recently acquired by Google) is a beautiful and full featured photo-editing software. You’ll be hard pressed to find anything more robust then Snapseed when it comes to editing capabilities.

Pinterest – If you’re a girl (or a man who likes girly things), check out the very well designed Pinterest app, so you can keep all your recipes and house decorating ideas in one place.

 

 

Reading:

Press / Feedly / Pulse – If you’re a big Google Reader user you’ll LOVE these gorgeously designed reader apps that link into your Google Reader account. Each one is different, but excellent. Try all three!

Flipboard – The famed Flipboard is like an ever-changing magazine with all of your favorite categories of content.

Zite – Zite is also a content discovery app. Choose the categories you enjoy most and Zite will find articles that it thinks you’ll like. You can rate the articles after you read them and the app will feed you better content over time.

Bible – If you’re a searching for a good looking app to read the Christmas story with your family, there is no better looking Bible application than Life Church.TV’s Bible app.

Pocket – Pocket is a beautiful “save it for later” reader. If you find content you want to read, but don’t have time, just save it to Pocket where you can read it at a more convenient time…even if you’re phone/tablet is “offline”.

Kindle - Kindle is a beautifully designed e-reader that syncs all of your highlights, bookmarks and last page read across all of your Kindle applications and devices.

Google Books - Google Books recently got a design update and is now one of the cleanest, most elegant readers you will find. It’s great if you haven’t already bought into the Amazon Kindle ecosystem.

News - If you enjoy reading Google News, but don’t like their bland site layout, News is a simple but elegant Google News app.

News Republic for Tablets- News Republic is another good looking news app design specifically for tablets. It also lets you read articles from different categories of interest. It has some nice animations and eye candy.

Google Currents - Google Current’s is Google’s competitor to Flipboard. Looks good and works well (but don’t let it cause lag on your device!)

Talk Android - Of course you’re a Talk Android reader! Check out our new official Talk Android app!

 

 

Listening:

Google MusicLooks great and syncs all of your Google Music directly to your device, so you don’t need to store anything on the SD card.

Double Twist PlayerDouble Twist knows how to design incredibly beautiful apps. This music player is one of them! Lots of features, and even more can be purchased in app.

PowerAmpAnother popular music player is PowerAmp. Be sure to check out our PowerAmp giveaway. We are giving away fully licenced versions to 15 lucky readers.

Pocket CastsIf you love listening to podcasts, Pocket Casts is the most eye-pleasing podcast app I have found to date. Looks great and works well.

Spotify / Rdio / Pandora –  Music streaming has turned into a big business, and these three apps come from the top contenders in the catagory. Grab all three and see which one you like best.

TuneIn RadioTunein Radio lets you listen to radio stations from across the world. It is totally free and is very well designed.

 

 

Productivity: 

SwiftKey 3 –  There is nothing more productive than speeding up your typing. SwiftKey does exactly that by predicting your next word for you. It is extremely accurate and gets better over time. Not only does it work great, but it looks great as well, with multiple themes.

Chrome – Hands down the best browser in the universe. The end.

Eye in SkyEye in Sky won top honors in our Best Weather Widgets rundown, and rightly so. This is the best looking weather app that you’ll find for Android.

Evernote – Keep all your ideas and notes in one place with this great looking app. Syncs to all your devices that have Evernote installed.

Mint - A beautiful and super functional financing app that puts all your financial data in one place and gives you a break down of spending, income, net worth and more.

Wunderlist / Any.do – If you love “To-Do” lists, then you’l love Wunderlist and Any.do. Check out both of them, but we personally like Wunderlist because they have apps and webapps across all devices and platforms.

Expedia – Travel a lot? Expedia just got a major makeover and it looks great!

Flight Tracker – Speaking of traveling, Flight Tracker is the most beautiful way to see when your loved ones’ flights are arriving.

Google Translate - Traveling overseas for the holidays? Google Translate not only looks great, but works awesome as well. Speak into it, and it’ll automatically translate your sentance into another language and speak it for you! Wow! You live in the future!

Craigslist for Android (CLapp)If you’re a big Craigslist shopper (or poster), this is the most beautiful craigslist app that we’ve found. It has fully adopted Androids new design language and it looks great!

Zenfield File Manager – There are many great looking File Manager apps on the market, but Zenfield looks most like a “stock Android” app, which is why it made our list.

Timer / Minu Timer / Hybrid StopwatchTimer, Minu Timer and Hybrid Stopwatch are all excellent time keeping tools.

Double Twist Alarm Clock – Speaking of time, if you want a beautiful clock to wake up to in the morning, there is nothing more elegant than Double Twist’s offering.

 

Lifestyle:

TED Talks – If you want to expand your mind, check out Ted Talks app. It is very well designed and follows all of Android’s new design cues.

BBC Good Food - Here is a new and beautiful cooking app for Android.

Nike + Running - Feeling fat from all the holiday food? Grab this beautiful app and hit the streets. It’ll tell you how far and fast you ran, as well as how many calories you burned. Get to it!

 

That’s it for now. Those are our picks for the most beautiful Android apps currently available. We hope this list got you started on a fun new adventure with your Android device! If you’ve found any beautiful apps that you think we forgot, add them to the comments. Happy holidays everyone!

 

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Best looking apps for your new Android device

Did you get a new Android device for the holidays? Congratulations! Here’s a list of some our favorite and best looking apps for your new device. Check them out and let us know how you like them!

Social Networks:

Facebook - Everyone has Facebook, so check out the newly released native android app with much improved speeds and easier navigation.

Google+ – Google+ is one of the best looking and most fluid social networking apps currently available in the market. If you haven’t yet joined the growing social network, this app is a good excuse to jump in with both feet.

Falcon Pro / Plume – Twitter has a pretty decent native application, but if you’re looking for something with a little more eye candy, then try out either Falcon Pro or Plume. Both are very well designed and fully functional. Also check out the Falcon widget (a separate app) for some beautiful home screen Twitter action.

Path / lnstagram – If you’re into photo sharing, these are the best and most beautiful photo sharing apps out there.

Snapseed – Speaking of photos, Snapseed (recently acquired by Google) is a beautiful and full featured photo-editing software. You’ll be hard pressed to find anything more robust then Snapseed when it comes to editing capabilities.

Pinterest – If you’re a girl (or a man who likes girly things), check out the very well designed Pinterest app, so you can keep all your recipes and house decorating ideas in one place.

 

 

Reading:

Press / Feedly / Pulse – If you’re a big Google Reader user you’ll LOVE these gorgeously designed reader apps that link into your Google Reader account. Each one is different, but excellent. Try all three!

Flipboard – The famed Flipboard is like an ever-changing magazine with all of your favorite categories of content.

Zite – Zite is also a content discovery app. Choose the categories you enjoy most and Zite will find articles that it thinks you’ll like. You can rate the articles after you read them and the app will feed you better content over time.

Bible – If you’re a searching for a good looking app to read the Christmas story with your family, there is no better looking Bible application than Life Church.TV’s Bible app.

Pocket – Pocket is a beautiful “save it for later” reader. If you find content you want to read, but don’t have time, just save it to Pocket where you can read it at a more convenient time…even if you’re phone/tablet is “offline”.

Kindle - Kindle is a beautifully designed e-reader that syncs all of your highlights, bookmarks and last page read across all of your Kindle applications and devices.

Google Books - Google Books recently got a design update and is now one of the cleanest, most elegant readers you will find. It’s great if you haven’t already bought into the Amazon Kindle ecosystem.

News - If you enjoy reading Google News, but don’t like their bland site layout, News is a simple but elegant Google News app.

News Republic for Tablets- News Republic is another good looking news app design specifically for tablets. It also lets you read articles from different categories of interest. It has some nice animations and eye candy.

Google Currents - Google Current’s is Google’s competitor to Flipboard. Looks good and works well (but don’t let it cause lag on your device!)

Talk Android - Of course you’re a Talk Android reader! Check out our new official Talk Android app!

 

 

Listening:

Google MusicLooks great and syncs all of your Google Music directly to your device, so you don’t need to store anything on the SD card.

Double Twist PlayerDouble Twist knows how to design incredibly beautiful apps. This music player is one of them! Lots of features, and even more can be purchased in app.

PowerAmpAnother popular music player is PowerAmp. Be sure to check out our PowerAmp giveaway. We are giving away fully licenced versions to 15 lucky readers.

Pocket CastsIf you love listening to podcasts, Pocket Casts is the most eye-pleasing podcast app I have found to date. Looks great and works well.

Spotify / Rdio / Pandora –  Music streaming has turned into a big business, and these three apps come from the top contenders in the catagory. Grab all three and see which one you like best.

TuneIn RadioTunein Radio lets you listen to radio stations from across the world. It is totally free and is very well designed.

 

 

Productivity: 

SwiftKey 3 –  There is nothing more productive than speeding up your typing. SwiftKey does exactly that by predicting your next word for you. It is extremely accurate and gets better over time. Not only does it work great, but it looks great as well, with multiple themes.

Chrome – Hands down the best browser in the universe. The end.

Eye in SkyEye in Sky won top honors in our Best Weather Widgets rundown, and rightly so. This is the best looking weather app that you’ll find for Android.

Evernote – Keep all your ideas and notes in one place with this great looking app. Syncs to all your devices that have Evernote installed.

Mint - A beautiful and super functional financing app that puts all your financial data in one place and gives you a break down of spending, income, net worth and more.

Wunderlist / Any.do – If you love “To-Do” lists, then you’l love Wunderlist and Any.do. Check out both of them, but we personally like Wunderlist because they have apps and webapps across all devices and platforms.

Expedia – Travel a lot? Expedia just got a major makeover and it looks great!

Flight Tracker – Speaking of traveling, Flight Tracker is the most beautiful way to see when your loved ones’ flights are arriving.

Google Translate - Traveling overseas for the holidays? Google Translate not only looks great, but works awesome as well. Speak into it, and it’ll automatically translate your sentance into another language and speak it for you! Wow! You live in the future!

Craigslist for Android (CLapp)If you’re a big Craigslist shopper (or poster), this is the most beautiful craigslist app that we’ve found. It has fully adopted Androids new design language and it looks great!

Zenfield File Manager – There are many great looking File Manager apps on the market, but Zenfield looks most like a “stock Android” app, which is why it made our list.

Timer / Minu Timer / Hybrid StopwatchTimer, Minu Timer and Hybrid Stopwatch are all excellent time keeping tools.

Double Twist Alarm Clock – Speaking of time, if you want a beautiful clock to wake up to in the morning, there is nothing more elegant than Double Twist’s offering.

 

Lifestyle:

TED Talks – If you want to expand your mind, check out Ted Talks app. It is very well designed and follows all of Android’s new design cues.

BBC Good Food - Here is a new and beautiful cooking app for Android.

Nike + Running - Feeling fat from all the holiday food? Grab this beautiful app and hit the streets. It’ll tell you how far and fast you ran, as well as how many calories you burned. Get to it!

 

That’s it for now. Those are our picks for the most beautiful Android apps currently available. We hope this list got you started on a fun new adventure with your Android device! If you’ve found any beautiful apps that you think we forgot, add them to the comments. Happy holidays everyone!

 

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Best looking apps for your new Android device

Did you get a new Android device for the holidays? Congratulations! Here’s a list of some our favorite and best looking apps for your new device. Check them out and let us know how you like them!

Social Networks:

Facebook - Everyone has Facebook, so check out the newly released native android app with much improved speeds and easier navigation.

Google+ – Google+ is one of the best looking and most fluid social networking apps currently available in the market. If you haven’t yet joined the growing social network, this app is a good excuse to jump in with both feet.

Falcon Pro / Plume – Twitter has a pretty decent native application, but if you’re looking for something with a little more eye candy, then try out either Falcon Pro or Plume. Both are very well designed and fully functional. Also check out the Falcon widget (a separate app) for some beautiful home screen Twitter action.

Path / lnstagram – If you’re into photo sharing, these are the best and most beautiful photo sharing apps out there.

Snapseed – Speaking of photos, Snapseed (recently acquired by Google) is a beautiful and full featured photo-editing software. You’ll be hard pressed to find anything more robust then Snapseed when it comes to editing capabilities.

Pinterest – If you’re a girl (or a man who likes girly things), check out the very well designed Pinterest app, so you can keep all your recipes and house decorating ideas in one place.

 

 

Reading:

Press / Feedly / Pulse – If you’re a big Google Reader user you’ll LOVE these gorgeously designed reader apps that link into your Google Reader account. Each one is different, but excellent. Try all three!

Flipboard – The famed Flipboard is like an ever-changing magazine with all of your favorite categories of content.

Zite – Zite is also a content discovery app. Choose the categories you enjoy most and Zite will find articles that it thinks you’ll like. You can rate the articles after you read them and the app will feed you better content over time.

Bible – If you’re a searching for a good looking app to read the Christmas story with your family, there is no better looking Bible application than Life Church.TV’s Bible app.

Pocket – Pocket is a beautiful “save it for later” reader. If you find content you want to read, but don’t have time, just save it to Pocket where you can read it at a more convenient time…even if you’re phone/tablet is “offline”.

Kindle - Kindle is a beautifully designed e-reader that syncs all of your highlights, bookmarks and last page read across all of your Kindle applications and devices.

Google Books - Google Books recently got a design update and is now one of the cleanest, most elegant readers you will find. It’s great if you haven’t already bought into the Amazon Kindle ecosystem.

News - If you enjoy reading Google News, but don’t like their bland site layout, News is a simple but elegant Google News app.

News Republic for Tablets- News Republic is another good looking news app design specifically for tablets. It also lets you read articles from different categories of interest. It has some nice animations and eye candy.

Google Currents - Google Current’s is Google’s competitor to Flipboard. Looks good and works well (but don’t let it cause lag on your device!)

Talk Android - Of course you’re a Talk Android reader! Check out our new official Talk Android app!

 

 

Listening:

Google MusicLooks great and syncs all of your Google Music directly to your device, so you don’t need to store anything on the SD card.

Double Twist PlayerDouble Twist knows how to design incredibly beautiful apps. This music player is one of them! Lots of features, and even more can be purchased in app.

PowerAmpAnother popular music player is PowerAmp. Be sure to check out our PowerAmp giveaway. We are giving away fully licenced versions to 15 lucky readers.

Pocket CastsIf you love listening to podcasts, Pocket Casts is the most eye-pleasing podcast app I have found to date. Looks great and works well.

Spotify / Rdio / Pandora –  Music streaming has turned into a big business, and these three apps come from the top contenders in the catagory. Grab all three and see which one you like best.

TuneIn RadioTunein Radio lets you listen to radio stations from across the world. It is totally free and is very well designed.

 

 

Productivity: 

SwiftKey 3 –  There is nothing more productive than speeding up your typing. SwiftKey does exactly that by predicting your next word for you. It is extremely accurate and gets better over time. Not only does it work great, but it looks great as well, with multiple themes.

Chrome – Hands down the best browser in the universe. The end.

Eye in SkyEye in Sky won top honors in our Best Weather Widgets rundown, and rightly so. This is the best looking weather app that you’ll find for Android.

Evernote – Keep all your ideas and notes in one place with this great looking app. Syncs to all your devices that have Evernote installed.

Mint - A beautiful and super functional financing app that puts all your financial data in one place and gives you a break down of spending, income, net worth and more.

Wunderlist / Any.do – If you love “To-Do” lists, then you’l love Wunderlist and Any.do. Check out both of them, but we personally like Wunderlist because they have apps and webapps across all devices and platforms.

Expedia – Travel a lot? Expedia just got a major makeover and it looks great!

Flight Tracker – Speaking of traveling, Flight Tracker is the most beautiful way to see when your loved ones’ flights are arriving.

Google Translate - Traveling overseas for the holidays? Google Translate not only looks great, but works awesome as well. Speak into it, and it’ll automatically translate your sentance into another language and speak it for you! Wow! You live in the future!

Craigslist for Android (CLapp)If you’re a big Craigslist shopper (or poster), this is the most beautiful craigslist app that we’ve found. It has fully adopted Androids new design language and it looks great!

Zenfield File Manager – There are many great looking File Manager apps on the market, but Zenfield looks most like a “stock Android” app, which is why it made our list.

Timer / Minu Timer / Hybrid StopwatchTimer, Minu Timer and Hybrid Stopwatch are all excellent time keeping tools.

Double Twist Alarm Clock – Speaking of time, if you want a beautiful clock to wake up to in the morning, there is nothing more elegant than Double Twist’s offering.

 

Lifestyle:

TED Talks – If you want to expand your mind, check out Ted Talks app. It is very well designed and follows all of Android’s new design cues.

BBC Good Food - Here is a new and beautiful cooking app for Android.

Nike + Running - Feeling fat from all the holiday food? Grab this beautiful app and hit the streets. It’ll tell you how far and fast you ran, as well as how many calories you burned. Get to it!

 

That’s it for now. Those are our picks for the most beautiful Android apps currently available. We hope this list got you started on a fun new adventure with your Android device! If you’ve found any beautiful apps that you think we forgot, add them to the comments. Happy holidays everyone!

 

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CruzerLite teases upcoming Nexus 4 case

If you’re not happy with the protection that the official bumper case provides for your all-glass Nexus 4, you may be excited to hear that popular case maker, CruzerLite, is gearing up to release their very own Nexus 4 case. The company leaked this teaser shot of what we can expect, and as you can see it’s definitely a design geared toward the Nexus crowd, with microchip details engraved on the back. It looks as though the case has cut outs for all the buttons as well, meaning you wont have to press your buttons through the rubber, which is always a burdensome process. Everything is looking good so far! We’ll have to wait for more details from CruzerLite for now, but hopefully they’ll be releasing the case soon. Clumsy people everywhere, rejoice!

 

Source: Phandroid

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CruzerLite teases upcoming Nexus 4 case

If you’re not happy with the protection that the official bumper case provides for your all-glass Nexus 4, you may be excited to hear that popular case maker, CruzerLite, is gearing up to release their very own Nexus 4 case. The company leaked this teaser shot of what we can expect, and as you can see it’s definitely a design geared toward the Nexus crowd, with microchip details engraved on the back. It looks as though the case has cut outs for all the buttons as well, meaning you wont have to press your buttons through the rubber, which is always a burdensome process. Everything is looking good so far! We’ll have to wait for more details from CruzerLite for now, but hopefully they’ll be releasing the case soon. Clumsy people everywhere, rejoice!

 

Source: Phandroid

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CruzerLite teases upcoming Nexus 4 case

If you’re not happy with the protection that the official bumper case provides for your all-glass Nexus 4, you may be excited to hear that popular case maker, CruzerLite, is gearing up to release their very own Nexus 4 case. The company leaked this teaser shot of what we can expect, and as you can see it’s definitely a design geared toward the Nexus crowd, with microchip details engraved on the back. It looks as though the case has cut outs for all the buttons as well, meaning you wont have to press your buttons through the rubber, which is always a burdensome process. Everything is looking good so far! We’ll have to wait for more details from CruzerLite for now, but hopefully they’ll be releasing the case soon. Clumsy people everywhere, rejoice!

 

Source: Phandroid

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CruzerLite teases upcoming Nexus 4 case

If you’re not happy with the protection that the official bumper case provides for your all-glass Nexus 4, you may be excited to hear that popular case maker, CruzerLite, is gearing up to release their very own Nexus 4 case. The company leaked this teaser shot of what we can expect, and as you can see it’s definitely a design geared toward the Nexus crowd, with microchip details engraved on the back. It looks as though the case has cut outs for all the buttons as well, meaning you wont have to press your buttons through the rubber, which is always a burdensome process. Everything is looking good so far! We’ll have to wait for more details from CruzerLite for now, but hopefully they’ll be releasing the case soon. Clumsy people everywhere, rejoice!

 

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iWALK Debuts Chameleon Lineup of High Capacity Power Cases for and Galaxy S3 and also iPhone 4/4S

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iWALK, designer and manufacturer of superior Apple and smartphone accessories in over 30 countries, debuts two high capacity power cases, the Chameleon for iPhone 4/4S and Chameleon Easy for Galaxy S3.

 

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Chameleon Easy

Product Features:

1. Fully charge your Samsung Galaxy S3 with this high
capacity, 2800mAh, lithium polymer battery

2. Designed not to interfere with the camera or charging
port

3. LED battery life meter display

4. ON/OFF Switch

5. Charge via Micro USB Port (Cable included)

Chameleon Easy

Specifications:

Color: Blue

Size: 149.6 x 72 x 17 (mm)

Capacity: 2800mAh

DC-IN: 5V / 1A

DC-OUT: 5V / 0.5A

 

 

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TransPhone Gets The Pro Treatment, Looks To Give ASUS PadFone A Run For Its Money

 

Moveover ASUS PadFone 2, it appears that you have a new competitor in the smartphone/tablet hybrid market. A device called the TransPhone has recently been announced and brings a modest smartphone and tablet dock into an affordable package. The new TransPhone is a “Pro” model that features a 3.5-inch 960 x 540 display, a dual-core 1GHz MediaTek dual-core processor and Android 4.0 among the noteworthy features— while the tablet dock features a display of 1024 x 600 7-inch display. Not the prettiest or glamourous  features, but hey— at least the device comes with a not too shabby $240 price tag when you pre-order.

We know you’re all itching for more details, so you’ll be able to find them when you hit past the break.

 

 

TRANSPHONE GOES PRO

Frank Zhou, inventor of the USB memory key and creator of the TransPhone – see www.TransPhoneInternational.com – goes from strength to strength. After selling out stocks of his proof-of-concept, entry-level TransPhone 1, Frank is now launching his company’s TransPhone 1 Pro with March/ April availability.

For those new to the hybrid scene, the 3G GSM unlocked TransPhone is the same kind of device as the Asus PadFone – but at less than half the cost. (In fact, TransPhone International owns the US patents – dating back to 2002 – for this new kind of device). In both cases, sliding the phone into what TransPhone International calls a “TransPad” converts the phone into a tablet.

“The whole point of this configuration,” Frank told us, “is that most people rarely need to use a tablet and a smartphone at the same time and that means they are spending quite a lot of money on duplicated processing, connectivity and storage electronics as well causing themselves additional hassle with two devices to manage and synch, and – if you want the tablet to have 3G – two SIM cards and extra contract hassles. When you add up all the unnecessary costs TransPhone eliminates, it wins Total Cost of Ownership wrestling matched by a wide margin.”

From the outside the TransPhone 1 Pro model looks identical to the original TransPhone but inside the case pretty well everything which matters has had a major upgraded.

TRANSPHONE ON STEROIDS
Android 4.0 ICS has replaced Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread used by the original version and with it, TransPhone becomes hot-pluggable. In the original TransPhone, docking or undocking the phone from the TransPad killed whatever work you were doing and you had to start again from scratch after the docking or undocking process was complete. Of course, you could continue a phone call during and after the docking or undocking process, but that was about all. With Android 4, those days are over and whatever you were doing before docking or undocking the phone just carries on from where you were when you started the docking or undocking process – much the same way at is does on the Asus PadFone.

The original 3.5″ TransPhone was using a 800 x 480 TFT screen and that now goes to 960 x 540 3.5″ TFT while the 7″ TransPad was running at 800 x 480 TFT and it too has had a resolution upgrade to 1024 x 600 TFT for the same 7″ screen size.

Better still, the 800 MHz Snapdragon processor has gone and in its place is a dual core MTK processor running at 1 GHz. RAM has gone from 512 MB to 1 GB and the processor upgrade has made it possible to increase on-board memory from 512MB (in the models tested by the press) to 4GB on board, while still keeping the 32 GB SD card support for a maximum of 36 GB at any one time.

“With this configuration, Frank told us, “TransPhone Pro can hold its own against mid-range products and even against some of those at the high end. But when it comes to screen area, TransPhone 1 Pro offers three to four times as much screen area as the most expensive smartphones on the market. TransPhone Pro can’t be beaten on price for its spec either when you add up the cost of a similar spec smartphone with the kind of phone screen resolution we offer and a similar spec 3G tablet.

TRANSPHONE PRO – $239.99 ON PRE-ORDER
“My philosophy always has been to give the user MORE for LESS. When I invented the USB memory key the objective was to give the user a lot more portable storage for a lot less money and that plan succeeded very well. More expensive floppy storage (which was the standard way of doing things when I invented the USB memory key) is in the museum today and the USB key is the new portable storage standard.

“TransPhone is on the way to doing the same thing with connected tablets. My philosophy is that a TransPhone is always going to cost you less to buy than the comparable quality of smartphone plus the comparable quality of connected tablet. It is also going to cost you a lot less to run and give you a lot less hassle. You’ll find out just how much less when you use one – as I do for most of my work.

“Generally speaking, smartphones are more powerful and have more bells and whistles than comparable tablets. Compare the specs of Google’s Nexus 4 phone and their Nexus 7 tablet for example, and you will see what I am talking about and it is the same for Samsung’s products too. Starting with TransPhone 1 Pro, you can be confident that TransPhones are going to give you more for less.”

“TransPhone Pro will retail at $299 – the same price as the much less powerful proof-of-concept TransPhone 1. But to give everyone a taste of what we can do, we are accepting pre-orders on our website www.TransphoneInternational.com at $239.99 (including shipping direct to your door from the factory by DHL) – essentially we are handing the retailer margin over to the user to say “thank you” for pre-ordering. We expect to be shipping in late March or early April. I think $239.99 for this spec of smartphone and 3G connected tablet is going to be hard to beat. “

“At the same time we have also launched a 2.75G (Edge) TransPhone 1 model with all the same upgrades except that it has a 1 GHz single core MTK processor. This Edge model has been designed to keep the price at rock bottom for developing countries where the smartphone is often the only computer many people have. Transphone 1 Edge provides them with a pretty good smartphone and a pretty good connected tablet – a handheld connected computer in effect – at a retail price of around $190 for the pair. When the quantities get into the millions, we can probably shave that down further. Again, that is going to be hard to beat.

“I am certain that the TransPad concept is the way of the future – just as the USB key has turned out to be. TransPhone 1 Pro is the first of a several pleasant surprises our team is working on for the world’s smartphone users and the first quarter of next year is going to exciting for all of us.”

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TransPhone Gets The Pro Treatment, Looks To Give ASUS PadFone A Run For Its Money

 

Moveover ASUS PadFone 2, it appears that you have a new competitor in the smartphone/tablet hybrid market. A device called the TransPhone has recently been announced and brings a modest smartphone and tablet dock into an affordable package. The new TransPhone is a “Pro” model that features a 3.5-inch 960 x 540 display, a dual-core 1GHz MediaTek dual-core processor and Android 4.0 among the noteworthy features— while the tablet dock features a display of 1024 x 600 7-inch display. Not the prettiest or glamourous  features, but hey— at least the device comes with a not too shabby $240 price tag when you pre-order.

We know you’re all itching for more details, so you’ll be able to find them when you hit past the break.

 

 

TRANSPHONE GOES PRO

Frank Zhou, inventor of the USB memory key and creator of the TransPhone – see www.TransPhoneInternational.com – goes from strength to strength. After selling out stocks of his proof-of-concept, entry-level TransPhone 1, Frank is now launching his company’s TransPhone 1 Pro with March/ April availability.

For those new to the hybrid scene, the 3G GSM unlocked TransPhone is the same kind of device as the Asus PadFone – but at less than half the cost. (In fact, TransPhone International owns the US patents – dating back to 2002 – for this new kind of device). In both cases, sliding the phone into what TransPhone International calls a “TransPad” converts the phone into a tablet.

“The whole point of this configuration,” Frank told us, “is that most people rarely need to use a tablet and a smartphone at the same time and that means they are spending quite a lot of money on duplicated processing, connectivity and storage electronics as well causing themselves additional hassle with two devices to manage and synch, and – if you want the tablet to have 3G – two SIM cards and extra contract hassles. When you add up all the unnecessary costs TransPhone eliminates, it wins Total Cost of Ownership wrestling matched by a wide margin.”

From the outside the TransPhone 1 Pro model looks identical to the original TransPhone but inside the case pretty well everything which matters has had a major upgraded.

TRANSPHONE ON STEROIDS
Android 4.0 ICS has replaced Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread used by the original version and with it, TransPhone becomes hot-pluggable. In the original TransPhone, docking or undocking the phone from the TransPad killed whatever work you were doing and you had to start again from scratch after the docking or undocking process was complete. Of course, you could continue a phone call during and after the docking or undocking process, but that was about all. With Android 4, those days are over and whatever you were doing before docking or undocking the phone just carries on from where you were when you started the docking or undocking process – much the same way at is does on the Asus PadFone.

The original 3.5″ TransPhone was using a 800 x 480 TFT screen and that now goes to 960 x 540 3.5″ TFT while the 7″ TransPad was running at 800 x 480 TFT and it too has had a resolution upgrade to 1024 x 600 TFT for the same 7″ screen size.

Better still, the 800 MHz Snapdragon processor has gone and in its place is a dual core MTK processor running at 1 GHz. RAM has gone from 512 MB to 1 GB and the processor upgrade has made it possible to increase on-board memory from 512MB (in the models tested by the press) to 4GB on board, while still keeping the 32 GB SD card support for a maximum of 36 GB at any one time.

“With this configuration, Frank told us, “TransPhone Pro can hold its own against mid-range products and even against some of those at the high end. But when it comes to screen area, TransPhone 1 Pro offers three to four times as much screen area as the most expensive smartphones on the market. TransPhone Pro can’t be beaten on price for its spec either when you add up the cost of a similar spec smartphone with the kind of phone screen resolution we offer and a similar spec 3G tablet.

TRANSPHONE PRO – $239.99 ON PRE-ORDER
“My philosophy always has been to give the user MORE for LESS. When I invented the USB memory key the objective was to give the user a lot more portable storage for a lot less money and that plan succeeded very well. More expensive floppy storage (which was the standard way of doing things when I invented the USB memory key) is in the museum today and the USB key is the new portable storage standard.

“TransPhone is on the way to doing the same thing with connected tablets. My philosophy is that a TransPhone is always going to cost you less to buy than the comparable quality of smartphone plus the comparable quality of connected tablet. It is also going to cost you a lot less to run and give you a lot less hassle. You’ll find out just how much less when you use one – as I do for most of my work.

“Generally speaking, smartphones are more powerful and have more bells and whistles than comparable tablets. Compare the specs of Google’s Nexus 4 phone and their Nexus 7 tablet for example, and you will see what I am talking about and it is the same for Samsung’s products too. Starting with TransPhone 1 Pro, you can be confident that TransPhones are going to give you more for less.”

“TransPhone Pro will retail at $299 – the same price as the much less powerful proof-of-concept TransPhone 1. But to give everyone a taste of what we can do, we are accepting pre-orders on our website www.TransphoneInternational.com at $239.99 (including shipping direct to your door from the factory by DHL) – essentially we are handing the retailer margin over to the user to say “thank you” for pre-ordering. We expect to be shipping in late March or early April. I think $239.99 for this spec of smartphone and 3G connected tablet is going to be hard to beat. “

“At the same time we have also launched a 2.75G (Edge) TransPhone 1 model with all the same upgrades except that it has a 1 GHz single core MTK processor. This Edge model has been designed to keep the price at rock bottom for developing countries where the smartphone is often the only computer many people have. Transphone 1 Edge provides them with a pretty good smartphone and a pretty good connected tablet – a handheld connected computer in effect – at a retail price of around $190 for the pair. When the quantities get into the millions, we can probably shave that down further. Again, that is going to be hard to beat.

“I am certain that the TransPad concept is the way of the future – just as the USB key has turned out to be. TransPhone 1 Pro is the first of a several pleasant surprises our team is working on for the world’s smartphone users and the first quarter of next year is going to exciting for all of us.”

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TransPhone Gets The Pro Treatment, Looks To Give ASUS PadFone A Run For Its Money

 

Moveover ASUS PadFone 2, it appears that you have a new competitor in the smartphone/tablet hybrid market. A device called the TransPhone has recently been announced and brings a modest smartphone and tablet dock into an affordable package. The new TransPhone is a “Pro” model that features a 3.5-inch 960 x 540 display, a dual-core 1GHz MediaTek dual-core processor and Android 4.0 among the noteworthy features— while the tablet dock features a display of 1024 x 600 7-inch display. Not the prettiest or glamourous  features, but hey— at least the device comes with a not too shabby $240 price tag when you pre-order.

We know you’re all itching for more details, so you’ll be able to find them when you hit past the break.

 

 

TRANSPHONE GOES PRO

Frank Zhou, inventor of the USB memory key and creator of the TransPhone – see www.TransPhoneInternational.com – goes from strength to strength. After selling out stocks of his proof-of-concept, entry-level TransPhone 1, Frank is now launching his company’s TransPhone 1 Pro with March/ April availability.

For those new to the hybrid scene, the 3G GSM unlocked TransPhone is the same kind of device as the Asus PadFone – but at less than half the cost. (In fact, TransPhone International owns the US patents – dating back to 2002 – for this new kind of device). In both cases, sliding the phone into what TransPhone International calls a “TransPad” converts the phone into a tablet.

“The whole point of this configuration,” Frank told us, “is that most people rarely need to use a tablet and a smartphone at the same time and that means they are spending quite a lot of money on duplicated processing, connectivity and storage electronics as well causing themselves additional hassle with two devices to manage and synch, and – if you want the tablet to have 3G – two SIM cards and extra contract hassles. When you add up all the unnecessary costs TransPhone eliminates, it wins Total Cost of Ownership wrestling matched by a wide margin.”

From the outside the TransPhone 1 Pro model looks identical to the original TransPhone but inside the case pretty well everything which matters has had a major upgraded.

TRANSPHONE ON STEROIDS
Android 4.0 ICS has replaced Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread used by the original version and with it, TransPhone becomes hot-pluggable. In the original TransPhone, docking or undocking the phone from the TransPad killed whatever work you were doing and you had to start again from scratch after the docking or undocking process was complete. Of course, you could continue a phone call during and after the docking or undocking process, but that was about all. With Android 4, those days are over and whatever you were doing before docking or undocking the phone just carries on from where you were when you started the docking or undocking process – much the same way at is does on the Asus PadFone.

The original 3.5″ TransPhone was using a 800 x 480 TFT screen and that now goes to 960 x 540 3.5″ TFT while the 7″ TransPad was running at 800 x 480 TFT and it too has had a resolution upgrade to 1024 x 600 TFT for the same 7″ screen size.

Better still, the 800 MHz Snapdragon processor has gone and in its place is a dual core MTK processor running at 1 GHz. RAM has gone from 512 MB to 1 GB and the processor upgrade has made it possible to increase on-board memory from 512MB (in the models tested by the press) to 4GB on board, while still keeping the 32 GB SD card support for a maximum of 36 GB at any one time.

“With this configuration, Frank told us, “TransPhone Pro can hold its own against mid-range products and even against some of those at the high end. But when it comes to screen area, TransPhone 1 Pro offers three to four times as much screen area as the most expensive smartphones on the market. TransPhone Pro can’t be beaten on price for its spec either when you add up the cost of a similar spec smartphone with the kind of phone screen resolution we offer and a similar spec 3G tablet.

TRANSPHONE PRO – $239.99 ON PRE-ORDER
“My philosophy always has been to give the user MORE for LESS. When I invented the USB memory key the objective was to give the user a lot more portable storage for a lot less money and that plan succeeded very well. More expensive floppy storage (which was the standard way of doing things when I invented the USB memory key) is in the museum today and the USB key is the new portable storage standard.

“TransPhone is on the way to doing the same thing with connected tablets. My philosophy is that a TransPhone is always going to cost you less to buy than the comparable quality of smartphone plus the comparable quality of connected tablet. It is also going to cost you a lot less to run and give you a lot less hassle. You’ll find out just how much less when you use one – as I do for most of my work.

“Generally speaking, smartphones are more powerful and have more bells and whistles than comparable tablets. Compare the specs of Google’s Nexus 4 phone and their Nexus 7 tablet for example, and you will see what I am talking about and it is the same for Samsung’s products too. Starting with TransPhone 1 Pro, you can be confident that TransPhones are going to give you more for less.”

“TransPhone Pro will retail at $299 – the same price as the much less powerful proof-of-concept TransPhone 1. But to give everyone a taste of what we can do, we are accepting pre-orders on our website www.TransphoneInternational.com at $239.99 (including shipping direct to your door from the factory by DHL) – essentially we are handing the retailer margin over to the user to say “thank you” for pre-ordering. We expect to be shipping in late March or early April. I think $239.99 for this spec of smartphone and 3G connected tablet is going to be hard to beat. “

“At the same time we have also launched a 2.75G (Edge) TransPhone 1 model with all the same upgrades except that it has a 1 GHz single core MTK processor. This Edge model has been designed to keep the price at rock bottom for developing countries where the smartphone is often the only computer many people have. Transphone 1 Edge provides them with a pretty good smartphone and a pretty good connected tablet – a handheld connected computer in effect – at a retail price of around $190 for the pair. When the quantities get into the millions, we can probably shave that down further. Again, that is going to be hard to beat.

“I am certain that the TransPad concept is the way of the future – just as the USB key has turned out to be. TransPhone 1 Pro is the first of a several pleasant surprises our team is working on for the world’s smartphone users and the first quarter of next year is going to exciting for all of us.”

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TransPhone Gets The Pro Treatment, Looks To Give ASUS PadFone A Run For Its Money

 

Moveover ASUS PadFone 2, it appears that you have a new competitor in the smartphone/tablet hybrid market. A device called the TransPhone has recently been announced and brings a modest smartphone and tablet dock into an affordable package. The new TransPhone is a “Pro” model that features a 3.5-inch 960 x 540 display, a dual-core 1GHz MediaTek dual-core processor and Android 4.0 among the noteworthy features— while the tablet dock features a display of 1024 x 600 7-inch display. Not the prettiest or glamourous  features, but hey— at least the device comes with a not too shabby $240 price tag when you pre-order.

We know you’re all itching for more details, so you’ll be able to find them when you hit past the break.

 

 

TRANSPHONE GOES PRO

Frank Zhou, inventor of the USB memory key and creator of the TransPhone – see www.TransPhoneInternational.com – goes from strength to strength. After selling out stocks of his proof-of-concept, entry-level TransPhone 1, Frank is now launching his company’s TransPhone 1 Pro with March/ April availability.

For those new to the hybrid scene, the 3G GSM unlocked TransPhone is the same kind of device as the Asus PadFone – but at less than half the cost. (In fact, TransPhone International owns the US patents – dating back to 2002 – for this new kind of device). In both cases, sliding the phone into what TransPhone International calls a “TransPad” converts the phone into a tablet.

“The whole point of this configuration,” Frank told us, “is that most people rarely need to use a tablet and a smartphone at the same time and that means they are spending quite a lot of money on duplicated processing, connectivity and storage electronics as well causing themselves additional hassle with two devices to manage and synch, and – if you want the tablet to have 3G – two SIM cards and extra contract hassles. When you add up all the unnecessary costs TransPhone eliminates, it wins Total Cost of Ownership wrestling matched by a wide margin.”

From the outside the TransPhone 1 Pro model looks identical to the original TransPhone but inside the case pretty well everything which matters has had a major upgraded.

TRANSPHONE ON STEROIDS
Android 4.0 ICS has replaced Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread used by the original version and with it, TransPhone becomes hot-pluggable. In the original TransPhone, docking or undocking the phone from the TransPad killed whatever work you were doing and you had to start again from scratch after the docking or undocking process was complete. Of course, you could continue a phone call during and after the docking or undocking process, but that was about all. With Android 4, those days are over and whatever you were doing before docking or undocking the phone just carries on from where you were when you started the docking or undocking process – much the same way at is does on the Asus PadFone.

The original 3.5″ TransPhone was using a 800 x 480 TFT screen and that now goes to 960 x 540 3.5″ TFT while the 7″ TransPad was running at 800 x 480 TFT and it too has had a resolution upgrade to 1024 x 600 TFT for the same 7″ screen size.

Better still, the 800 MHz Snapdragon processor has gone and in its place is a dual core MTK processor running at 1 GHz. RAM has gone from 512 MB to 1 GB and the processor upgrade has made it possible to increase on-board memory from 512MB (in the models tested by the press) to 4GB on board, while still keeping the 32 GB SD card support for a maximum of 36 GB at any one time.

“With this configuration, Frank told us, “TransPhone Pro can hold its own against mid-range products and even against some of those at the high end. But when it comes to screen area, TransPhone 1 Pro offers three to four times as much screen area as the most expensive smartphones on the market. TransPhone Pro can’t be beaten on price for its spec either when you add up the cost of a similar spec smartphone with the kind of phone screen resolution we offer and a similar spec 3G tablet.

TRANSPHONE PRO – $239.99 ON PRE-ORDER
“My philosophy always has been to give the user MORE for LESS. When I invented the USB memory key the objective was to give the user a lot more portable storage for a lot less money and that plan succeeded very well. More expensive floppy storage (which was the standard way of doing things when I invented the USB memory key) is in the museum today and the USB key is the new portable storage standard.

“TransPhone is on the way to doing the same thing with connected tablets. My philosophy is that a TransPhone is always going to cost you less to buy than the comparable quality of smartphone plus the comparable quality of connected tablet. It is also going to cost you a lot less to run and give you a lot less hassle. You’ll find out just how much less when you use one – as I do for most of my work.

“Generally speaking, smartphones are more powerful and have more bells and whistles than comparable tablets. Compare the specs of Google’s Nexus 4 phone and their Nexus 7 tablet for example, and you will see what I am talking about and it is the same for Samsung’s products too. Starting with TransPhone 1 Pro, you can be confident that TransPhones are going to give you more for less.”

“TransPhone Pro will retail at $299 – the same price as the much less powerful proof-of-concept TransPhone 1. But to give everyone a taste of what we can do, we are accepting pre-orders on our website www.TransphoneInternational.com at $239.99 (including shipping direct to your door from the factory by DHL) – essentially we are handing the retailer margin over to the user to say “thank you” for pre-ordering. We expect to be shipping in late March or early April. I think $239.99 for this spec of smartphone and 3G connected tablet is going to be hard to beat. “

“At the same time we have also launched a 2.75G (Edge) TransPhone 1 model with all the same upgrades except that it has a 1 GHz single core MTK processor. This Edge model has been designed to keep the price at rock bottom for developing countries where the smartphone is often the only computer many people have. Transphone 1 Edge provides them with a pretty good smartphone and a pretty good connected tablet – a handheld connected computer in effect – at a retail price of around $190 for the pair. When the quantities get into the millions, we can probably shave that down further. Again, that is going to be hard to beat.

“I am certain that the TransPad concept is the way of the future – just as the USB key has turned out to be. TransPhone 1 Pro is the first of a several pleasant surprises our team is working on for the world’s smartphone users and the first quarter of next year is going to exciting for all of us.”

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