Earlier this month we reported on a move by Sharp to capitalize on the 5-inch display they are producing for the HTC DROID DNA. Sharp plans to produce their own Aquos device with the same large 1080p screen. Initial plans were to target the device at the Russian market. This meant some tradeoffs were made in the hardware and early reviews indicated this caused the device to struggle with some activities like games and video playback. Sharp now appears to be expanding on their plans by offering the new Aquos in China. They have started that effort with the production of some promo materials comparing the device to several other top end smartphones.
Did you ever go to the wine store and ask the salesman which wine you should buy based on what’s for dinner? I bet you never asked him what you should buy based on the phone you have in your pocket. Turns out that you might want to consider that for you next purchase. Stuff.tv gave Tim Morgan, from the Summer Chimney Wine Club, six smartphones and asked him to match wines to the typical user for each. Hit the break to find out the results
The Phablet push is not over yet, and Samasung is leading the pack with it’s latest 5.5-inch monster, the Galaxy Note II. Samsung’s latest ad for the device shows Steak Studio, a London based design consulting firm, creating a work of interactive water art that is controlled by Samsung’s latest and greatest phablet. The art display features 408 small fish tank pumps, that replicate whatever the user draws on the screen of the Galaxy Note II into ripples on a pool of water. This extremely cool project took 10 days to complete and is being called “liquid-pixels”, and really showcases not only what the Note II can be used for, but also Android devices in general.
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The pace at which Samsung’s Galaxy Note II has moved off the shelves has been dizzying. Just 24 days ago, Samsung announced that it had sold over 3 million units of the massive device. Well folks, that was before the official shopping season apparently began, because they’ve now announced that over 5 million units are now in customers’ hands. At this rate, it looks like Samsung’s initial sales estimate back in September of the Note II selling three times faster than the original Note will most likely come to fruition. While it remains to be seen how sales are per capita vs. the original Note (or if we’ll ever know), the move to make the device available on more carriers seems to have definitely paid off.
The latest test build for the International Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) just leaked. It’s Android 4.1.2 and its firmware version is N7100XXDLJ2. Unfortunately the 2 in the Android version number is not in the second position, so don’t expect the latest and greatest that the Nexus devices are rocking. However there are some changes which include:
- New Additions in Notifcation Toggles
- Notification Panel can now be customized
- Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
- New Ink Effect On Lockscreen
- New Group Cast Application
Again this is not the final build, and the official and final build will probably drop in December or January. You can install it if you wish, but there could be some bugs. Hit the break for flashing instructions.
Vodafone UK has come up with a new twist for potential buyers of smartphones on their network. Dubbed Vodafone Red Hot, users sign up for a pair of 12-month contracts. The first is for a typical data plan that includes unlimited voice and text and up to 2GB of data. The second contract is to “hire” the device you select. Effectively, the plan is like an auto lease as you have to turn the phone back in to Vodafone at the end of the year unless you decide to pony up and pay for the device or switch to a month to month plan with continuing “lease” payments.
Despite being announced back in August, Samsung’s latest flagship phablet is just now making its way to North American shores. Beginning today, the company’s new Galaxy Note II is available to purchase from AT&T, both online and in brick and mortar stores. The S Pen-wielding superphone will set you back $299 with a new two-year commitment.
While that price may seem a bit steep, keep in mind that you’re getting the latest and greatest in terms of hardware, including a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel rear camera. But with other appealing smartphones like the Nexus 4 on the horizon, you’ll undoubtedly need a little insight before taking the plunge. So, why not check out our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note II before making any final decisions?
The original Samsung Galaxy Note shocked the world with success when most thought it was just a flashing star. It was the first phone to sport a display bigger than 5-inches, 5.3 to be exact. Was it too big, was it a tablet, or was it a phablet? Nobody knew what to think about it, but it didn’t stop consumers from gobbling it up. Was it the S Pen or the large display that caught everyone’s attention? I lean towards the latter, but there’s no argument that the Galaxy Note was a hit for Samsung, and it’s now time for the next chapter. We already saw a tablet version called the Galaxy Note 10.1, but this is the second chapter for the phone. Called the Galaxy Note II, it sports an even bigger display along with a more powerful processor and a larger battery all in a body that is no bigger than it’s predecessor. Does the Galaxy Note II live up to the hype? Hit the break to find out
One of the unique features of Jelly Bean running on the Samsung Galaxy Note II is the multi-window feature. It is so popular that Samsung decided to make it available on their Galaxy S III device. Oddly enough, when Samsung made the Galaxy Note II available for the U.S. market, the Jelly Bean build that shipped did not include the multi-window function, even though it was available on international versions.
As the holiday season quickly approaches, most wireless carriers are gearing up major promotions and sales in order to entice customers and T-Mobile is no different. According to Brief Mobile, T-Mo is all set to announce major price drops for many of its most popular devices like the One S, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones. All in all here’s a quick rundown of the devices that will see a price change as early as tomorrow:
- HTC One S: Will drop from $149.99 to $99
- Samsung Galaxy Note II: Will drop from $369.99 to $249.99
- Samsung Galaxy S Blaze: Will drop from $99.99 to $49.99
- Samsung Galaxy S II: Will drop from $149.99 to $79.99
- Samsung Galaxy S III: Will drop from $279.99 to $129.99
This certainly isn’t a bad way to usher in the holiday season, so it will be exciting to see how many customers T-Mo can woo with the sweet prices of its popular devices.
source: Brief Mobile