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Month: January, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1- Pre-ICS Review


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 …what a beast. This was most definitely the most publicized Android tablet of 2011. Sporting the 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 processor, a serious speed demon, PLUS NVIDIA gives away wonderful gaming apps to show off it’s amazing processing power. With a HD(720p) Video recording, 3MP auto-focus camera with LED flash back camera and 2MP front camera for connecting with friends & family using video chat. With such success, the Tab 10.1 has been chosen by many mobile carriers to entice new and old customers to enjoy this tablet for free with purchase of one or two new smartphones on contract. A great deal for all those looking for a new carrier or just new to the smartphone world(old people) 10/10 for 2011. Currently running Honeycomb, awaiting update to the much anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich. B~S


ASUS Transformer TF-101 ICS Preparations

After ICS rolling out on the Transformer Prime Jan 12th, all the original Transformer owners are asking,”When?”. Instead of asking when, which will be a certain,”Yes, we are getting it”, all you should be doing is prepping your number 1 Tablet of 2011, for the update.

What to do: 

– ASUS’s last update for your Transformer included an App Backup. Go ahead and open that bad boy up and start backing up all your favorite apps that have saved games and documents such as Angry Birds. Don’t want to lose your highest scores.

– Any other documents or media such as pictures & videos that you may have saved to the system memory, transfer them over to a Micro SD or SD just in-case for some reason the update does not go as planned. You never know if you’ll lose connection, and say bu-bye to your video of granny sneezing her dentures onto her birthday cake. I know you just pictured that in your head.

– Keep you battery charged. Most OS updates require you to have a certain percent of your battery before updating, and if you are like me and keep checking and keep checking, by the time the update comes, you don’t want to wait another minute to get that meany flashed.

– Expectations: A lot of the time people think that everything will work on the first update. It may, but history shows with most brands, that is just not the case. Whether your keyboard is laggy, or you have an unheard of battery drain, just wait for another update. Knowing ASUS, you won’t have to wait long. If it is a really big bug, google it and see if others are having the same problem. If not, email me and I will tell you how to re-flash your update.

– Last but not least, head over to ASUS FB page or Twitter and give them a big thanks, because remember, it’s like Microsoft giving you a free copy of Windows 8, while you are on Windows 7.

Enjoy your update when it comes out, and Tell me what you think of it, I’d love to hear! B~S

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

Size :
-193.65x 122.37 x 9.96mm
-Weight : 345g

-7.0” 1024×600 WSVGA PLS
-4-way rotation

Cellular Capability:
-HSPA +21 900/1900/2100
-EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
-Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-band support(2.4GHz, 5GHz)
-802.11n Wi-Fi Channel Bonding
-Wi-Fi Direct, Allshare
-Bluetooth v3.0, USB 2.0 Host

-1GB (RAM), 6/32GB (ROM) + microSD(up to 32GB)

– 1.2GHz dual-core processor

– Built-in 4,000mAh battery

-Location-based service with Google Maps™ (Turn-by-turn navigation)

Samsung  TouchWiz UX:
– Live Panel
-Mini Apps

– Formats : MP3, OGG, AAC, WMA, WAV, FLAC

– Back camera : HD(720p) Video recording, 3MP auto-focus camera with LED flash
-Front camera : 2MP camera
-Instant SNS sharing : Gmail™, Messaging,Picasa

Photo & Video:
– Photo Editor
-Video Maker

Google Mobile™ Service:
– Google-talk™ video chat, Gmail™, Google Calendar™, YouTube™, Google Maps™, Google Latitude™, Google Places™, Google Maps™ Navigation
-Android™ Market

Samsung Hub:
– Social Hub : Integrated messaging ofE-mail, IM and SNS
-Music Hub : Easily search, download, andlisten to over 15 million tracks (mainly in EU& NA/ downloadable from Samsung Apps)
-Readers Hub : Over 2.3 million e-books, 2,000 newspapers, and 3,000 magazines up to 49 languages (downloadable from Samsung Apps)

– Android™ Browser
-Adobe® Flash® support

Operating System:
– Honeycomb, Android™’s latest for tablets
-Multitasking & Split View support

– Gyroscope
-Ambient light sensor
-Digital Compass

– 30-pin dock connector port
-3.5mm stereo headset jack
-Built-in speaker

My Thoughts:
-Looks great
-Great battery life
-Nice features

   If you haven’t bought a tablet yet, I highly recommend this as not only a fantastic beginners tablet, but also for the media junky on the go. A prefect size to carry with you for coffee, meetings, camping and sitting on your couch ignoring the family. The great thing about this tablet is the ability to put your Sim card in it, and away you go, but for most of us, you can just hit up the nearest wifi hotspot.  A 2MP front camera is pretty much the norm for any descent device, but the size of the tablet make it prefect for video chatting with the fam. My favorite thing to do by far with a 7in tablet though, would have to be reading. EVERYTHING, from magazines to novels, this tablet would be prefect for you news nuts.

A New Era, or Just a New Blogger?

There comes a time in a geeks life when he/she has to answer a simple question. To blog or not to blog? Well, if you really think you have something to say, that you believe others would like to read, all hands on deck. The world is ready for a change in pace, one that will force the population to pick up the closest electronic device and go for a virtual walk. We see it already, granny googles “what is ROLFMAO?” and great uncle Steve couldn’t make it to the game, because he found something really neat on the computer, of course he won’t say that, but you’ll know he’s discovered internet porn sites…for FREE! No more renting movies, no more buying newspapers and no more having to feel like a short bus aficionado in front of the sales person when trying to figure out which coffee maker is the easiest to use, when you can just google it, add it to cart and wait 4-6 Weeks to brew a cup of coffee. Don’t tell me you all don’t love the anticipation of getting the newest product you bought in the mail, then being a little upset that it is taking to long. Now is the time to look up “RSS feed”, Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Google TV, put on your pocket protectors and get techy. I start my horny journey (auto correct has yet to be perfected) through the world of technology that we will all be affected by choice or no, and hope that you come for the ride. Till next time TechPeeps.