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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (GT-I9500) is now getting a minor update from Samsung which will bring stability improvements in Samsung’s words. Although there’s no clarity on what these improvements are, we’re guessing most of them are under the hood, so it will probably go unnoticed. The update is a meager 30MB in size, so it won’t take long. Russia and Thailand are getting the update now with other regions slated to follow suit. This is valid only for the Exynos 5 Octa running Galaxy Note 3 smartphones, so American and other Snapdragon 800 variants of the handset don’t count. The update notification will eventually pop up on your octa core Galaxy Note 3, but if it doesn’t you can try pulling it manually through the settings. The update carries the build number N900XXUCMK2.
The smartphone is set to receive the Android 4.4 update in January according to a new leak, so this minor update will not particularly excite owners of the smartphone. However, it’s good to know that Samsung is always keen on improving its devices with small but significant updates like these.
Via: Sam Mobile
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Earlier this week we talked about what the best Android phone to buy this month was, and now it’s time to go over the best Android tablets your hard-earned money can buy leading up to that glorious Christmas day. This space doesn’t move quite as fast as smartphones, but we’re about ready to head into what should be an interesting holiday season with a few new tablets leading the way.
5 – Nexus 10 by Samsung
The Nexus 10 is quite old, and is rumored to be supplanted by an updated offering at some point in the near future, but as it stands it’s still one of the better tablets to buy. A lot of that is on price and principal — who can say no to a Nexus device? And who can say no to a Nexus device with these specs for $400?
The specs I’m referring to include a 10.055-inch 2560 x 1600 display, Exynos 5 Dual (which is an ARM Cortex-A15 dual-core chipset with Mali T604 graphics), 2GB of RAM, 16-32GB of internal storage, WiFi + MiMo, Bluetooth, NFC, and more. And the fact that it’s already on Android 4.4 KitKat should allow you to buy one of these bad boys with confidence.
4 – LG G Pad 8.3
LG’s G Pad 8.3 jumps to number four this month, and for good reason. Spending a bit more time with the tablet reveals LG really did get the whole “feels just right in your hands” thing just right. Ergonomics aside, the G Pad 8.3 is one fine tablet on all of its other merits, too, with a Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 display, 16GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel camera and more. It looks great, too, which isn’t something we would have said about LG’s offerings from a couple of years ago.
3 – Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
In our Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition review, Rob Jackson noted some pitfalls of the entirety of the experience, the biggest of which being a laggy user interface when flipping through MyMagazines or trying to use popup apps.
That was enough to keep it out of our first spot, but not nearly enough to kick it out of our top 5. The Note 10.1 2014 edition reads like a fantastic device on paper, with specs being comprised of the following:
- 1.9GHz Exynos 5420 quad-core processor
- 3GB of RAM.
- 16GB or 32GB options for internal storage
- 8MP rear camera
- 2MP front facing camera
- MicroUSB 2.0
- MicroSD slot
- 8,220 mAh battery and more
Samsung still has yet to address these issues with any sort of software upgrade, so it has taken a backseat to a couple of other worthy devices this month. If you just have to have the S Pen experience and don’t mind parting ways with $550, though, you can’t go wrong here.
The HDX line of Kindle Fire tablets is the latest in Amazon’s series. This changes the game up quite a bit by Amazon’s standards, a company whose modest first step into the tablet arena has since been bested with better offerings each year to follow. The HDX comes in 7-inch and 8.9-inch flavors, giving users a decent balance between screen real estate and portability.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX includes 2560 x 1600 resolution, storage options of 16-64GB, 4G LTE, a quad-core 2.2GHz processor (likely a Snapdragon 800), and more. As we all know by now, though, it isn’t the specs Amazon is hoping will win your hearts.
It’s the deep integration with their various services, including Prime Instant Video, MP3, Cloud Storage, Kindle e-Books, the Amazon Appstore, and a whole lot more. Content is king in Amazon’s world, and it’s something they have been very good at for quite some time. This is definitely one of the better buys of the holiday season, especially for a starting price point of $229.
1 – Nexus 7 2013
This 7-inch ASUS-made wonder slides in at the number 1 spot thanks to that nice 1920 x 1200 resolution (323 ppi), quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16-32GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, dual-band WiFi N, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and more.
Google really does make it a bit unfair with their willingness to throw profits aside and offer this device up for dirt cheap, but that doesn’t make us feel reluctant or guilty for awarding the Nexus 7 2013 the top spot anyway. Oh, and did we mention you can get KitKat on this thing?
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
It’s not quite as powerful as the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 or 8.9, but the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD still holds its own where it counts. Amazon couldn’t care less about the profit from device sales here, though, which is why it’s so cheap at a starting price of just $140. As with the HDX, it’s all about apps and services for Amazon. Specs include 1280 x 800 resolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8-16GB of internal storage, 10 hours of battery life and more.
Samsung’s Note series has become the go-to for performance and features in the tablet space, so the more weildy of the bunch — the Note 8.0 — deserves a bit of recognition in the top 5. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0′s HD resolution and quad-core chipset are quite nice, and that all-important S-Pen functionality pushes this as one of the better “small” tablets to consider at the point of sale.
This is the latest product from ASUS that will allow you to transform your tablet into a netbook. The Transformer Pad TF701 is a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 device with NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor on board. This powerhouse also includes a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 1.2 megapixel front camera, HDMI-out and more. And when you dock the tablet inside the dock, you’ll get a combined 17 hours of battery life (which is much more than any of today’s Netbooks can claim).
Tablets to look forward to
Here are just a few tablets to look forward to in the weeks and months to come. None of them are available for purchase yet, and some aren’t even official, but it’ll give you a good idea of what to expect once that ever-difficult purchasing decision arises this holiday seasons.
This marvelous phone/tablet combo pack is set to launch sometime soon. ASUS was one of the first companies to make our “use a powerful phone as the guts of a tablet” dreams come true, and now they’ve gone and outdone themselves with the announcement of the Padfone Infinity.
The phone bit includes a 5-inch 1080p HD Super IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage with microSD, 13 megapixel rear camera with a 2 megapixel front camera, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi N, 2,400mAh battery and more.
Dock the phone into the rear of a device that has a 10.1-inch HD display and a huge battery, and you’ve got yourself one of the most powerful tablets, as well. Sounds pretty damned good to me, and worth keeping an eye out for once ASUS makes these available.
Motorola DROID tablets
Motorola has a tablet or two launching soon. We’re not sure what they are. We’re not sure how they’ll look. We’re not even sure when we’ll be seeing them. All we know is that they’ve confirmed some tablets are in the works, and that one of them will most certainly be headed straight for Verizon’s DROID lineup. With the great work they’ve done with the Moto X and the latest DROID phones, Motorola definitely gets a good deal of our attention.
What say you?
And that’ll do it for our list of the best Android tablets to buy. Things should be even more interesting by the time we put the next installment out, but take some time to go over the list for December, and think about where you stand on it. Feel free to disagree — we all have our own thoughts and opinions about these sorts of things, so you won’t be hurting our feelings! We want to hear all about it in the comments section below, so have at it!
PS: don’t forget that you can talk all about these tablets, and more, over at AndroidForums.com. Be sure to make an account and join the millions of folks currently driving some very healthy discussion over there.
Rumors about the new variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have been making their rounds in the Internet long before the Note 3 was even officially announced. Old rumors have it that the new model will come with premium and lower-cost versions.
Lower-Cost Version of Galaxy Note 3 Confirmed
According to SamMobile, a website dedicated to Samsung mobile phones, one of their insiders in the giant Korean tech firm confirmed that the lower-cost version is already underway. In fact, the insider revealed that the cheaper variant called the Galaxy Note 3 Lite will be revealed at next year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). The source added that the new device will also be made available in the market around February or March of 2014.
Initially, the Galaxy Note 3 Lite with model number SM-N7505 will be available in black and white casing. There is no word yet about the technical specifications of its hardware though. But the insider said that shipping manifests indicate that the Korean firm is testing the new Smartphone with 5.49 and 5.7-inch screens.
Other Specs Based on Old Rumors
Although not confirmed yet, old rumors circulated by the same source stated that the Galaxy Note 3 Lite camera will be downgraded to an 8-megapixel unit as opposed to its original version which has 13 megapixels.
SamMobile also tipped off that the new device will carry more superior specifications than the soon-to-be-released Galaxy Grand Lite, which is scheduled to be launched at the 2014 MWC too.
The news source noted that Samsung does not have a large-screen device in the market yet with mid-range specs. Thus, having the Galaxy Note 3 Lite later on will surely please a lot of consumers who are looking for Smartphones with bigger displays but with more affordable prices.
More Updates Coming Up
That’s all we have so far about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite. We will keep you updated for more juicy news and rumors about the new Galaxy Note 3 Lite as new information turns up in our radar.
Samsung is adding even more color options to the already sizable list available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In addition to traditional colors like Jet Black and Classic White, and the smashing Blush Pink, you will soon be able to grab a Galaxy Note 3 in Rose Gold White, Rose Gold Black, and Merlot Red.
The former two options bring us traditional white and black front and back plates, but gives us a fake-gold trim on the sides of the device. It’s a subtle effect, but looks quite nice. Merlot Red changes things up a bit with a deep wine-colored back plate and front chassis, along with a matching S-Pen.
We reckon the phone is identical to the rest of the pack otherwise, though, with its 5.7-inch 1080p HD display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, USB 3.0, 13 megapixel camera and more. Samsung didn’t give us any details as to where and when you would find these devices in specific regions, but we imagine your carrier of choice will let those details be known should they ever decide to offer them for sale. Have a look at the full family above.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was rumored to be getting a couple of new color variants earlier last week, and those rumors have just been confirmed officially by Samsung. But instead of the originally rumored two, the company has actually announced three new color variants of the phablet. In addition to Merlot Red and the Rose Gold White Galaxy Note 3s, Samsung has also announced a Black variant with Rose Gold accents.
The most noteworthy of the color variants are the two Rose Gold models without any doubt, as the Merlot Red variant is pretty much the same as the standard Galaxy Note 3 apart from the Red back and front panels. So the addition of these three variants brings the total tally of color variants to 6 (in addition to White, Black and Pink launched in September).
As far as availability is concerned, Samsung will reportedly launch the variant in China first followed by other world markets (if need be). So there’s no ETA on when the U.S. might get it, but considering that Samsung is a global brand, we don’t think they will keep it out of the American shores for too long.
Source: Samsung Mobile
Via: Android and Me
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Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Deals: Wirefly Discounts The Phone To $199.99 ($100 Off), Amazon Beats Them By $30
If you’ve been hankering for a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the high price for Verizon’s contract phone may be off-putting. Wirefly is offering the Verizon Note 3 for $199.99 with a new contract, but Amazon has one-upped them – they’ve got the same phone-contract combo for just $169.99. The price for both is $249.99 ($50 off Verizon’s price) for returning customers.
You could take the view that Wirefly has a better deal here, at least if you’re willing to wait.
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Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Deals: Wirefly Discounts The Phone To $199.99 ($100 Off), Amazon Beats Them By $30 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Nov. 22 Deal of the Day is the Smartphone Experts Side Pouch. With its large magnetic closure and sturdy leather belt clip, this horizontal pouch is the perfect choice for carrying your Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2, or Galaxy Note. Color options include black, brown red and white.
The Smartphone Experts Side Pouch is available for just $16.49, 45% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping.
Check out our entire selection of Android side cases at ShopAndroid.com!
Samsung is regarded as one of the leading companies in the world that manufactures high quality Android devices. This doesn’t mean however that their devices are perfect as some problems usually tend to arise. Take for instance the battery swelling issue that has affected several batches of their Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 smartphones. Right now this very same problem is also affecting the Galaxy Note from 2011 and above.
Several owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note are reporting that the battery of their device has swollen. The batteries have grown to unusually large sizes which is not normal. Those affected are concerned that the batteries may explode or pose a health risk.
While owners of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 who faced the same problem were offered a free battery replacement the same cannot be said for Note owners. This is because the battery warranty is only good for six months and the battery swells after the first year of usage. A petition however has been started to make Samsung replace the swelling batteries.
The best solution right now for owners of the Note experiencing this problem is to purchase a new battery and dispose of the old one.
Samsung commented on this issue stating that occurrences such as this does not mean that the batteries are defective but instead means that the batteries have reached its end of useful life. This line of reasoning might be flawed since if it were true then we would have seen several thousands of cases of swollen batteries on various mobile devices. The problem is that this issue seems to affect Samsung devices.
Just last month the company was forced to act on the swelling battery issue affecting the Samsung Galaxy S4. Carriers have even reported that up to 30 percent of Galaxy S4 owners have been reporting the problem. An announcement made by the company stated that “We are aware of this issue, which has affected a limited number of customers. We ask all affected customers to please visit their nearest Samsung Electronics service centre, where they can receive a replacement battery for free of charge. We remain committed to providing the best possible user experience for our customers.”
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Those who own or plan to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are getting a little bit more than they thought. Starting today, those who have or will be purchasing the largest in Samsung’s lineup will get a large bonus: $50 in Play Store credit. The offer is good until a week into the new year, so if you don’t already have a Note 3, you have time to get one.
We’ve seen Google promos before, with Motorola and other OEMs offering Drive storage to those who purchase their devices. We’ve even seen some $25 credits for the Play Store go out before, but not $50! That’s a big bonus for a big phone.
To redeem the offer, all you have to do is head to the Samsung offer page and enter your number. From there, reports suggest you’ll enter some information proprietary to your device, like an IMEI number. The site also notes that existing and future customers should receive an email alerting them to the offer, so it’s not something you’ll need to search hard for.
We’re not sure how long it takes to realize your credit, but it should go through pretty quickly once your information is accepted. This could help Samsung move a few more units this holiday season, and could even help with the fledgling Galaxy Gear, as the Note 3 is the only device that can currently pair to it.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been a phenomenal success for the company ever since its launch in late September followed by the American release in early October. But we’re already heading into the holiday season, which is a time when manufacturers try to do everything they can to boost sales of their respective smartphones. And that’s exactly what Samsung is doing with its new Galaxy Note 3 promotion, where it is giving away a free $50 Google Play Store credit to anybody who merely purchases or already owns the smartphone. All the users have to do is head over to a website, input the smartphone’s credentials (IMEI, mobile number etc) and they’ll instantly receive a $50 credit to spend on content, apps or books of their choice on the Play Store.
This promotion is limited to the U.S. for now and will be available till the 6th of January. So there’s still plenty of time left to get your free $50 credit. Shortly after users input their credentials, they will receive an email confirming the legitimacy of the information submitted and the Play Store credit will reflect on their primary Google account. Head over to the link below and try it out if you own a Galaxy Note 3 in the U.S.
Via: Android Police
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Samsung Is Giving Galaxy Note 3 Owners $50 In Google Play Credit Just For Buying The Phone (US Only)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the best smartphones money can buy. However, it does take a lot of money to buy one. As an unexpected thank you for buying its giant tablet-phone, Samsung is offering $50 in Google Play credit, and all you have to do is enter some information online.
It’s easy – just hit up the website below and input your phone number, IMEI, and a few other bits of information.
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Samsung Is Giving Galaxy Note 3 Owners $50 In Google Play Credit Just For Buying The Phone (US Only) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Samsung Galaxy NX Android-Powered Camera Now Shipping From Amazon And Best Buy, Still Unavailable From Samsung And Other Retailers
Many of us have sacrificed point and shoot cameras for the smartphones in our pockets, but it will be a long time before they can compete with the more high-end options out there. So if you want an Android camera that can take truly phenomenal pictures, you may have to sacrifice the phone portion for the time being. Consider turning your attention to Samsung’s Galaxy NX, a camera with a 20.3MP sensor, a 4.8-inch touchscreen, and Android 4.2.2.
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Samsung Galaxy NX Android-Powered Camera Now Shipping From Amazon And Best Buy, Still Unavailable From Samsung And Other Retailers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Hopefully this update will go a little smoother than the Galaxy S III update. The Galaxy Note II (GT-N7105) is now getting the Android 4.3 in Nordic countries. Owners of the phone should be excited because this is the first major update since the phone launched with Android 4.1.2.
It will probably take a few weeks for all regions to get the update, so hang tight. It will be available via KIES and over-the-air. For those of you that own carrier versions of the Note II, you will probably have to wait at least a month or two. Hit the break for the full changelog.
- GALAXY GEAR Support
- TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- Samsung KNOX
- Samsung Wallet (Pre-loaded)
- Better RAM management
- Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
- New Samsung Keyboard
- GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
- New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
- New screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
- Driving mode
- Actionable notifications
- Move-to-SD-card feature
- New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
- New Additions in Notification Centre
- Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
- Implementation of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
- New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
- Full screen Samsung apps
- New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)
Come comment on this article: Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N7105) officially getting Android 4.3
Samsung’s foray into the nascent smart watch market has not been as much of a failure as some recent reports would have you believe. The company just announced that the Galaxy Gear has sold about 800,000 units in its first two months of availability. That makes it the most popular smart watch in the world.
Samsung is closing in on the million device threshold despite largely negative reviews for the Gear when it was launched alongside the Galaxy Note 3.
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Samsung Has Sold 800,000 Galaxy Gears, Making It The Most Popular Smart Watch Yet was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a massive 3,200 mAh battery which is quite sufficient for a modern phablet, but if you want even longer battery backup, Mugen has just the thing. The renowned accessories manufacturer has launched a new 6,500 mAh battery for the Galaxy Note 3 which promises to last for 2-3 days with full charge, without breaking a sweat.
However, the battery doesn’t come cheap as it costs $98.50 and comes with a separate back cover to accommodate for the increase in size. Also, shipping won’t commence until the 6th of December which is almost three weeks away. But considering the amount of backup this battery would provide, it seems well worth the wait. Mugen ships the battery worldwide without any extra cost, which is quite decent. But depending on your region, you might have to bear quite a lot on customs duties. If you’re living in the U.S. however, this is an instant choice. Head over to the link below to pre-order the battery.
Via: Sam Mobile
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One of the chief complaints of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch was in regards to notifications. In this case, the lack of them. That said, Samsung has rolled out an update for the Gear Manager application and seems to have addressed that issue. First things first though, in order to grab this latest Manager app update, you will need to make sure the firmware of the watch itself is up to date.
If you remember back, Samsung rolled-out a small firmware update last week. Provided that is installed, grab the latest Gear Manager app update and you will be able to begin selecting which apps you want to receive notifications for. The update brings the ability to get alerts for just about any app and they are in full detail when they show up on your wrist.
Basically, launch the Gear Manager app, dive into the More Notifications section and begin choosing which apps you want to send to your smartwatch. Setting an app is as simple as checking the box to the right of the app name. That said, you should be able to grab this update from the Samsung Apps store on your device immediately.
Bottom line here, this is the way the notifications should have been when the Galaxy Gear originally launched. Needless to say, this is certainly still a case of better late than never. Otherwise, another of the big complaints also seems to be getting worked out over time — device support. Initially this was limited to the Galaxy Note 3, however Samsung has been rolling Android 4.3 out to other devices. Now if we could just get Samsung to do something about the price.
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Update: Welcome back to Android Police. And now, here’s an AT&T representative with a report on the recent Galaxy Note 3 software update.
A software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was made available for AT&T customers today. It provides general performance improvements.
AT&T’s Galaxy Note 3 is barely out of the starting gate and it’s already got an OTA update, probably fixing a few issues discovered as the Samsung phone was disseminated to a few hundred thousand users.
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AT&T’s Galaxy Note 3 Gets A Minor Over-The-Air Update, May Break Existing Root Vulnerabilities was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
A version of rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 which offers support for 3G connectivity was recently spotted at the FCC. The tablet in the filing is a different variant compared to the LTE-capable Galaxy Note 12.2 that made an appearance at the FCC earlier this month. Such LTE-capable slate had the model number SM-P905. It is also different from what is believed to be a Wi-Fi only variant of the device that was also seen seeking for certification. Said Wi-Fi only variant was listed with the model number SM-P900.
Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 SM-P901
The Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 which has 3G capability, has the model number SM-P901. According to the filing, the SM-P901 supports 850/1900MHz frequencies. The SM-P901 has also been seen previously in Bluetooth certification website.
These details add to the growing list of specifications and features that the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 is expected to have. Some of these are a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, 32GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. As with other devices in the Galaxy Note line, the device will support the Samsung S Pen, which will have its own storage space on the tablet’s top part. An allegedly leaked press photo that surfaced during the early part of September could also give consumers a preview of what the device will look like.
Meanwhile, there is speculation that the device may arrive in time for the holidays, given that it has already passed the FCC.
Apart from the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2, the manufacturer is likewise believed to be preparing a 13.3-inch tablet. Samsung has earlier expressed its optimism in the sales of these larger tablets. According to its estimates, the company may be able to sell 100 million units of these larger devices with displays larger than 10 inches in the coming year.
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Oh, man. Looks like someone over at Amazon is having the worst day ever. As reported by multiple users on Google+, a glitch on Amazon’s site early this morning saw a number of Android devices marked down to just $200 off contract.
It was only a few minutes, but many opportunists wasted no time in picking up this “deal”, buying everything from the Motorola Moto X, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S4, and even the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It was uncertain whether or not Amazon would honor their slip up, but according to reports, many of these orders have already begun shipping.
Amazon was able to catch on pretty quick (no doubt from people buying some of these Android devices in bulk) and apparently many orders — the ones that haven’t shipped — have been effectively cancelled. Looks like for some Android users, Christmas is coming early this year, although they may have landed themselves on Santa’s naughty list.
Thanks, everyone who sent this in!
Tablet launching tomorrow at major Canadian retailers
Samsung's latest high-end Android tablet, the stylus-toting Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition, will be arriving in Canada from tomorrow, Nov. 8. Canadians will be getting the Wifi-only octa-core Exynos version of the Android 4.3 tablet, which packs a 2560×1600-resolution, 10.1-inch display, 3GB of RAM and the same S Pen functionality as its smaller sibling the Galaxy Note 3.
The new Note 10.1 will arrive at Best Buy, Future Shop and "other major retailers" tomorrow in the "classic white" color. There's no word on when (or if) the "jet black" version will be joining it. However Samsung is offering a bunch of promotional goodies for Note 10.1 buyers, including a $20 Samsung apps gift card, three months of free Rdio streaming, two free ebooks from the "For Dummies" series and 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years, as part of an offer that runs until Nov. 30.
For more on the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition check out our full review below.
Oh no, we didn’t! Oh yes, we did! Added a new installment to our epic high-end smartphone benchmarking saga, that is. Or rather we’re adding it in the following lines.
Which is downright scandalous for some, since, you know, benchmarks have become the biggest taboo around following the cheating allegations directed to Samsung and that apply, through extension, to essentially all Android OEMs.
So with all that in mind, what is the point of continuing to take benchmarking tests seriously? Well, that’s exactly the thing, we’re not. Instead, how about we look at it like a game? With the only rule being there are no rules.
Sounds fun? It does to us, especially when the players are LG and Google’s sizzling hot Nexus 5, fresh off its formal intro and commercial launch, plus “old-timers” Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z1, LG G2 and Apple iPhone 5s. There can only be one:
Samsung Galaxy Note 3: 34,000 – 36,000 points
LG G2: 33,000 – 36,000
Sony Xperia Z1: 32,000 – 34,000
Nexus 5: 26,000 – 29,000
Since iFans insist on avoiding AnTuTu like a plague (cough, because they’re afraid, cough), the fight in this oh-so-unreliable yet oh-so-influential and famous benchmark is a four-way affair between Android’s top dogs.
Fairly predictable, Google’s Nexus 5, sans any kind of software optimizations, special UIs or unorthodox tricks up its sleeve, trails behind the competition, though not by so much. After all, on paper, all the members of this quartet pack the same exact CPU/GPU combo, with only the GNote 3 distinguishing itself from the pack, courtesy of a RAM boost (3 vs. 2 GB).
Be that as it may, at the very top there’s little to choose between the Note 3, G2 and Z1, each being capable of snatching the gold medal on a good day. In Z1’s case, provided the other two don’t feel so well when tested.
Sunspider comparison (lower is better)
Apple iPhone 5s: 415 milliseconds
Galaxy Note 3: 600
Nexus 5: 720
Xperia Z1: 750
LG G2: 900
It’s time to get serious. Or at least that’s how Apple aficionados like to think of Sunspider: a “serious”, rigorous, meticulous, trustworthy benchmark test. Yeah, of course they’ll say that now when their precious dominates the ranks, but wait until Cupertino blows it here too and the besmirching shall begin.
For now, let’s give credit where credit is due and admit that, as far as browser speed goes, even with the N5 added in the mix, the iPhone 5s remains king. But while we’re on the subject of the N5, let’s not move past its result in Sunspider so quickly.
Though “based” on the G2 and technically sitting lower on the totem pole as far as pricing is concerned (much lower), the 5-incher beats its cousin to the punch. And the Xperia Z1 too, another uber-pricey giant. Now that’s worth some praise.
GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD
iPhone 5s – 39 fps onscreen and 27 offscreen
Galaxy Note 3 – 27/27 fps
Nexus 5 – 24/23
Xperia Z1 – 23/23
LG G2 – 20/22
Oh snap, the Nexus 5 once again comes out on top in its duel with the Z1 and G2. Not by much and you can practically say the N5 and Z1 are equals in a theoretical GPU performance bout. But the fact of the matter is this $350 minion quite clearly plays in the same speed league as devices that cost roughly twice as much.
As for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, it’s still number two, but that gap to gold medal is simply mind-boggling. With shenanigans most likely included, which makes Apple’s iPhone 5s look that much more impressive.
Galaxy Note 3: 22,000
LG G2: 21,000
Sony Xperia Z1: 21,000
Nexus 5: 8,000 – 9,000
It’s time to leave the pesky iPhone out of the games again, as we have on our hands yet another very popular, almost notorious benchmark that for some reason (lack of optimization maybe) isn’t a priority for the Cupertino-based player.
The thing is there’s something fishy going on with the scores reported by Google and LG’s Nexus 5 in Quadrant. Like really, really fishy. I mean, a gap of a couple thousand points I may understand, but the N5 scoring almost three times as low as the other three? That’s X Files material.
And you can’t say Quadrant is a one-of-a-kind test that measures something no other similar app can. It basically does what AnTuTu does, evaluating CPU, I/O and 3D graphics performance. So what gives? Frankly, I have no idea, but it does make me think. Could there be something off with the pre-loaded stock Android 4.4 KitKat?
Galaxy Note 3: 16.22
iPhone 5s: 15.54
Xperia Z1: 14.49
Nexus 5: 14.27
LG G2: 12.53
Let’s be honest. This wasn’t at the top of anyone’s lists of meaningful, popular, notorious benchmarks until the news broke last week that the Nexus 5 was ranked second all-around in gaming efficiency, right behind Apple’s iPhone 5s.
Oddly, there’s no trace of the GNote 3 on Rightware’s official website at this time, but after doing some digging we’ve tracked down a couple of tests of the 5.7-incher, where it actually undercuts even the 5s. Another bizarre thing is that the Z1 is now listed as better for gaming than the N5, albeit by a fraction of a point.
Bottom line, the ranks are fairly inconclusive, as the gaps are minuscule, but one key aspect of the test that has to be underlined is the LG-made Nexus 5 defeats its technically bigger, more impressive brother, the G2.
That’s three out of five and, if you needed it, additional reason to go out and buy the N5 ASAP… if you can find it. Good luck and please be kind in the comments section below with your snarky remarks about the pointlessness and uselessness of benchmarks.
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Consumers who want a less traditional color for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 should be pleased to hear that a pink variant will soon become available in the US market. This model which originally came out in black or white models will be joined by a pink model this coming November 11. Popular online retailer Newegg is now listing the device for pre-order at a price of $750, which is $50 than the black or white version.
Other popular online retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy don’t have the pink version listed yet and US carriers have not announced its availability yet. A spokesperson for Samsung US said that the company has not yet announced any release date for the pink version.
Those who can’t wait to get their hands on this color version may want to check out UK online retailer Phones4U where it is being sold for £620 or around $993.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Technical Specifications
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; quad-band 3G with HSPA; LTE (N9005 only)
- 5.7″ 16M-color 1080p Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- S Pen
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI
- N9005: Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
- N9000: Quad-core 1. 9GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7, Mali-T628 MP6 GPU; Exynos 5420
- 3GB of RAM
- 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash
- N9005: 2160p video recording @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 720p @ 120fps
- N9000: 1080p @ 30fps; continuous autofocus and stereo sound
- 2 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video
- Dual shot and dual video recording, Drama shot, Shot and sound
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
- 32GB/64GB of built-in storage
- microSD card slot
- microUSB 3.0 port with USB host and MHL 2.0; Backwards compatibility with microUSB 2.0
- Bluetooth v4.0
- IR port for remote control functionality
- 3,200mAh battery
One of the key strengths of the Samsung galaxy Note 3 is that it is packed with amazing features that consumers will definitely love.
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Woot Tablet Sale: Big Discounts On Refurbished Asus And Samsung Models, Including The Nexus 10, Galaxy Note 8.0, And Transformer Pad
Amazon subsidiary Woot.com has taken the wraps off another one of its big tablet sales. This promotion isn’t like their normal “one deal a day” operations – the prices will be good until November 1st at 9AM Central, though the individual listings are still limited by stock. The good deals are on refurbished Samsung and Asus hardware, though some of the dirt-cheap tablets you might see in the discount aisle are also there.
- [Deal Alert] Woot Has The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Tablet For $370 + $5 Shipping
- [Deal Alert] Refurbished Nexus 10 32GB On Sale For $380 (Plus $5 Shipping) On Woot – $115 Off
- [Deal Alert] Woot Samsung Refurbished Tablet Sale: Galaxy Note 8.0 Or Note 10.1 For $280, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 For $130, And More
- [One-Day Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Is Woot’s Daily Sale: $299.99 Refurbished
Woot Tablet Sale: Big Discounts On Refurbished Asus And Samsung Models, Including The Nexus 10, Galaxy Note 8.0, And Transformer Pad was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Samsung has just started rolling out an update to the international variant of its latest pen-enabled phablet. The Galaxy Note 3 will be receiving a rather large over-the-air update that focuses on fixing a number of glaring problems that the smartphone had since it launched last month.
The biggest change introduced by the update is related to a new reactivation lock security feature introduced with the Galaxy Note 3. When the lock is enabled, users will be required to enter their Samsung account information after the device has undergone factory reset, which may surprise and confuse users. With the update, the feature is now disable by default and has to be explicitly turned on under the Security settings should the owner wish to do so.
The update also brings in some fixes that will make the smartphone more usable with the Pebble smartwatch. Previously, because Pebble used Android’s accessibility features, many of Samsung’s own TouchWiz features are automatically turned off when connecting with Pebble. The problem is that these are not automatically re-enabled, forcing users to hunt down individual settings for features such as Air gestures, Multi window, or even Direct pen input. Now the Galaxy Note 3 will automatically reactivate these features.
This latest update is, however, available only for the international unlocked version of the Galaxy Note 3, with the model number SM-N9005. The update is quite large at 116 MB and is delivered via OTA only, so make sure you have a decent connection when you start the update process.
VIA: Android Central
It feels like Android 4.3 has taken forever to be released on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2; ever since it was announced that the Note 2 would be skipping Android 4.2 in preference of Android 4.3, we all jumped for joy and waited for that time to come. And waited. The closest indication we’ve gotten in the last few months that Android 4.3 is still coming for the Note 2 is the announcement that it and the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 would gain Galaxy Gear compatibility in the Android 4.3 update. Thanks to SamMobile and a sneaky insider, though, we’re getting an early glimpse of Android 4.3 for Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Yes, a pre-release test build has been released to the masses which incorporates a lot of the changes that will be in the Android 4.3 update to the Note 2, which include plenty of updates and features that are from the Galaxy S4 and its new brother, the Galaxy Note 3. It appears that the update is still being heavily worked on, so it’s likely that the test build seen here won’t be the exact version that we get whenever Android 4.3 finally drops on the Note 2, but it should be a pretty good indication of what to expect in general.
As per the source article, the test build is designed for the GT-N7100 model, so if you’re interested to check out how this test build runs on your Note 2, go to the source link here or just click the download link below. Be warned though that the zip file is a hefty 1.2GB so be prepared for the download time.
For further instructions, please hit the source link and as always, make a backup before you flash this unofficial build on your Note 2.
It’s exciting to know that the official Android 4.3 update is finally just around the corner for Note 2 owners, and hopefully this means Android 4.3 is just as imminent for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 as well. If you try the test build, let us know how you find it.
Okay, Apple, so you got me to confess to liking your iPad mini 2 more than Google’s new Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX 7. Big deal, since at the end of the day, the spanking new 7.9-incher is still pretty expensive. Maybe not unwarrantedly so, but darn pricey nevertheless.
Besides, you won a battle, yet the war is wide open. In other words, if you can’t double down on your victory with another in the 10-inch niche, it means nothing. And to make sure your iPad Air will be brought to its knees, I have backup in the ultimate 10-inch spec smackdown.
Windows RT-based backup, in the form of Nokia’s first ever tablet effort, the Lumia 2520. Plus the biggest, baddest, proudest slate Android is able to deliver… today, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Now this is one tough clash and it’s only bound to get tougher, as Google’s second-generation Nexus 10 is looming on the horizon.
For now, let’s keep our eyes on the ball and do what we do best: pit maybe the best contenders to a particular mobile throne (in this case, the 10-inch tablet throne), and see which one comes out on top strictly as far as cold numbers, specs and features are concerned. Game on:
Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 vs. iPad Air vs. Lumia 2520 – design comparison
Craftsmanship at its finest. It’s the best description of all three of these jewels, albeit Nokia’s Lumia 2520 does come short of greatness in the weight department, tipping the scales at 615 grams. And it measures 8.9 mm in thickness, so it’s definitely out of contention.
And then there were two. Almost equally as slim (7.9 mm profile the GNote 10.1 and 7.5 mm the Air), but not so close in terms of weight as it may look from the outside. Samsung’s 10-incher, while not bulky, weighs 540 grams, a whopping 70 grams more than the iPad Air.
So yeah, I have to reluctantly give this one battle to Apple, especially since the iPad Air is the smoothest and more robust fellow of the two, rocking that iconic Cupertino all-metal chassis.
Mind-blowing, mind-blowing and… okay-ish. That’s Note 10.1, iPad Air and Lumia 2520’s screens in one word for you, with Nokia’s big guy losing right off the bat for the second time in a row, courtesy of a decent but not impressive 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution.
And again, there were two. The iPad Air, with a Retina 2,048 x 1,536 pix res panel (264 ppi pixel density), and the Note 10.1, rocking a 2,560 x 1,600 display (299 ppi). Oh, noes, is Apple throwing in the towel? It certainly looks that way, so point Samsung.
Processing speed, RAM and camera smackdown
This is where things get truly interesting, with both the Note 10.1 and Lumia 2520 packing Snapdragon 800 heat and Apple responding with a much hailed 64-bit A7 CPU. I’m afraid Nokia can’t finish round three on its feet either, abandoning due to low memory: 2 GB RAM, compared with 3 for Samsung.
As far as the S800 vs. A7 duel goes, I’m fully aware of what reviewers say, but if you’ll allow me, I think I’m going to call this a draw. Possibly because I’m biased, but most likely because I can’t se the iPad Air being zippier and more responsive in real life than the 10-inch Note with a measly 1 gig of RAM. I simply cannot.
Cameras? I don’t care that much and neither should you (taking photos with 10-inchers is stupid), but for the record, Nokia probably has the edge there, courtesy of a top-notch 6.7 MP rear snapper with Carl Zeiss optics.
Software and battery life
Contrasting iPad Air’s pre-loaded iOS 7 with Note 10.1’s Android 4.3 with Lumia 2520’s Windows RT 8.1 is like comparing fresh apples with fresh oranges with rotten tomatoes. The rotten tomatoes being Win RT, which is clearly on the rise, but still kind of lame.
So it’s bye-bye Nokia again (I lost count), with the Android vs. iOS debate taking far too long to be worth tackling right now. For the sake of keeping a clear record, let’s call it a draw.
And let’s call another draw in the battery division, but a three-way draw, as all of these beauties’ manufacturers claim their slates can go for up to ten hours on a single charge. Bollocks, yet we’ll need to run our own tests to prove them wrong.
Pricing, connectivity and accessories
No fingerprint recognition anywhere (no one needs it anyway), basically nothing else to make the iPad Air stand out, but plenty to skyrocket the Note 10.1 and Lumia 2520’s overall value. Like S Pen support and microSD on the former, HDMI, NFC, microSD and sleek optional keyboard dock for the latter.
It thus all comes down to the wire, with pricing being the last key piece of the puzzle and probably the most important of all. $500 for the 2520 (with 32 GB storage), $500 the iPad Air (16 GB variation) and $550 the 2014 10-inch Note (also with 16 GB memory).
So could Nokia win the war in the eleventh hour? No way Jose, as they’ve lost too many battles by very wide margins. As for the GNote 10.1 vs. iPad Air duel, in my book it goes down as an overall tie. Surprisingly, the Air is the cheaper of the two and unsurprisingly, it’s the better looking tab.
Meanwhile, the Note has the unique S Pen, the crisper display, three times Air’s RAM, an equally as impressive battery (on paper), silky smooth software and a fast and furious, albeit not as buzzed about processor. Did I or did I not tell you, Apple, that the war was not decided?
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Yesterday, we told you about Samsung’s apparent plans to put chips in their accessories. In doing so, they’ll create an environment where only their accessories will work with their devices. While we initially thought it would be things like chargers, it may go much deeper than that.
According to ETNews, Samsung has already started the process with their Note 3. According to ETNews, which sites “insiders”, Samsung has already begun sending out chips to their accessory providers and proprietary accessory supply factory. These chips have apparently been included in everything from the charger (expected) to the Note 3 flip case.
ETNews also reports the cases will not work properly without said chip. This also applies to wireless chargers, though the covers work in unison with the wireless charging cradle, so it’s not yet clear just how far reaching this is. It’s also worth noting that both of those accessories are Samsung’s, though the report mentions they have distributed these chips to accessory suppliers.
Whether “suppliers” refers to third-party manufacturers who supply parts to Samsung — or approved accessory suppliers — is unknown. If this is a move to create an environment where only Samsung branded accessories work with Samsung devices, we’d expect a lot of backlash from users. If this program affects all devices and accessories at some point, we’d also expect Samsung to make a big push to get these accessories into more stores.
VIA: Android Authority
Either it’s a marketing mistake or a bug, but the iPhone 5s’ new slo-mo feature apparently isn’t recording at 720p as advertised. When compared with output from a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, it seems to be taken at 480p instead, then upsized to 720p.
One of the new features of the iPhone 5s camera is the so-called slo-mo video recording, which lets users record a video at 120 frames per second which can then be viewed in slow motion to get the intended effect. According to the website, the video recorded is 720p quality, but some users have noticed lower quality output, leading some to investigate the matter using the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
It might be be comparing apples to oranges, considering the Galaxy Note 3 does not have a similar slo-mo feature, but the evidence is still worth examining. A video taken using the iPhone 5s slo-mo mode in 720p ended up lacking some details when compared to a similar shot using the Galaxy Note 3, also recorded at 720p. On the other hand, a video recorded with the Galaxy Note 3 at 480p then upscaled to 720p gave an output quite similar to that of the iPhone 5s. The testers noted that the iPhone can’t record non-slo-mo regular videos at 720p, so those can’t be compared.
We’ll give the benefit of the doubt that this is merely a software bug that can be fixed with an update soon. Either that or Apple hasn’t been clear on the feature’s intended behavior. Amusingly, the slo-mo effect does indeed record videos as 120 fps, resulting in videos that practically cannot be viewed on PCs or any other player, unless forced to run four times slower than normal.
The recently announced 2014 edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is easily the best tablet in the market, at least in terms of raw hardware and power. However, users will have to shell out in excess of $550 to get this tablet right now. But online retailer Amazon has decided to make things easier for potential buyers as it will now send a $50 Amazon Gift Card with every purchase of the 2014 edition Galaxy Note 10.1.
Amazon currently charges $549.99 for the tablet, so users will effectively shell out only $500. The discount coupon cannot be applied while purchasing the tablet though as it will be shipped separately to your local address, so buyers will still have to spend $550+ up front. The discount coupon can be redeemed for absolutely anything on Amazon, which is a major bonus. This will be a limited period promotion and will be eligible only for the 16GB model, which is rather odd.
The tablet packs a 10.1 inch 2560×1600 resolution display, an 8MP camera, a 2MP front camera, the Samsung Exynos 5420 octa core chip, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with all the S-Pen goodies from the Galaxy Note 3 and a 8,220 mAh battery.
Via: Android Police
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