Nexus 10 review: Finally an Android tablet with a beautiful display that’s priced right

Android tablets have been around since late 2010 starting with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but the first mainstream Android tablet was the Motorola XOOM, which debuted in the spring of 2011. Soon after, we saw tablet after tablet after tablet get released, but nothing seemed to gain any major traction. Things started to change with the Amazon Kindle Fire in late 2011, but it was the Nexus 7 that seemed to really change things for Android tablets. Although the 7-inch size has proven its popularity, there is still a need for a premium well priced 10-inch Android tablet for those that want more real estate. The Nexus 10 appears to fill that need with the highest resolution display available today and at a reasonable price. How does it stack up with the “99″ other 10-inch tablets? Hit the break to get started.


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Samsung Galaxy S III To Get Premium Suite Upgrade, Makes The Jelly Bean Update A Whole Lot Tastier

 

So you own a Galaxy S III, but haven’t gotten that coveted Jelly Bean update yet— but are itching to get an idea of what to look forward to in the imminent update? Well great you’re in luck as Samsung recently posted a video highlighting its Premium Suite upgrade found in a special update. Similar to what is seen on other Samsung devices, Galaxy S III owners who are likely to be due for the update can look forward to items such as Contextual Awareness actions like Page Buddy which allows your Galaxy S III to predict your intentions based off your actions (think of when you plug in your earphones, the device automatically opens the music player) or Enhanced Features like the coveted Multi-Window multitasking feature.

While it is cool to get an idea of what users could potentially look forward to– unfortunately Samsung highlights the Premium Suite “availability and timing will vary depending on the country and mobile carrier”, so it’s uncertain of if most Galaxy S III owners will see the update. However, we’re holding out hope that most (if not all) Galaxy S III users will get to utilize all the cool features. Hit the break to get an idea of what the Premium Suite entails exactly.


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Google Wallet unofficially available on US Galaxy Note II variants

It’s surprising that more Android manufacturers and carriers haven’t jumped on the Google Wallet bandwagon, considering the rate at which the service continues to gain traction in the mobile payment space. While carriers like AT&T may rather opt for an in-house alternative, many anxious subscribers would rather utilize Google’s service. Thankfully, the Galaxy Note II has received an unofficial workaround for installing the mobile wallet software, thanks to recognized XDA developer ogdobber.
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MetroPCS announced upgrade Samsung Admire 4G, available for $169

Today MetroPCS has refreshed their Samsung Galaxy Admire, adding 4G LTE, a better screen, more processor power, and a bigger battery. It features a 3.65-inch TFT display, 1GHz CPU, and a 3MP camera. For $169 without a contract, though, that’s not too shabby. It does come preloaded with Android 2.3, which is likely to be a deal breaker for some. MetroPCS offers a service called joyn that supposedly integrates all of your mobile communications in one place, which is a neat idea. If you’re interested, hit the break for the press release.
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Fresh Off The Rumor Mill: Samsung’s Galaxy S IV Could Possibly Have An Unbreakable Display

 

As we rapidly approach the new year, we are rapidly gaining new details of Sammy’s “Next Big Thing”. Also known as “Project J”, the Galaxy S IV is expected to have top-line features like a brand new quad-core Exynos processor, a 13MP camera and most noteworthy— a revolutionary display. While the expected 441 ppi density of the display is sort of been there, done that already, the Galaxy’s S IV’s potentially unique display will have something competitors will not have: an unbreakable plane. Similar to earlier reports we’ve heard in the past, analysts expect to see not only an unbreakable display panel in the Galaxy S IV, but they expect that consumers will eventually see possibly a bendable-type display material as well. Adding fuel to the rumor fire, Samsung is reported to begin production organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays in the first half of 2013, which will be seen in the Galaxy S IV or Galaxy S V smartphones, as indicated by analyst Mark Newman of Stanford Bernstein in Hong Kong:

 

“Eventually, they’ll have unbreakable and flexible displays. Either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014. That’s going to be a game-changer.”

 

You know what they say folks— when there’s smoke, there’s fire. It’s looking more and more like the next Galaxy(s) are going to be straight up beastly (and revolutionary) devices. Your move Apple & HTC?

source: Reuters

 

T-Mobile Launches “Unlimited Cheer” Promotion, Ready To Give Galaxy Note II To A Lucky Winner

 

Those of you who are on T-Mobile’s network and have been itching to get your hands on the sexy Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone are in luck as it has announced on heck of a promotion. The nation’s 4th-largest wireless carrier is offering an “Unlimited Cheer” promotion— in the form of a contest where the winner gets a free Galaxy Note II. All users will need to do is follow T-Mobile on Twitter or Foursquare, pay attention to where T-Mobile checks in and then be the first to check in at the store. Sounds simple enough, right?

The contest will be going on from right now until Thursday, December 20th at 11:59pm so if you’re interested in getting more details, just head on down to T-Mo’s Facebook to find them. Good luck and may the force be with you.

source: T-Mobile Facebook

Samsung ‘Mobile Store’ opens in Paris

A few months ago, Samsung opened its doors to their stand-alone ‘Samsung Experience‘ store in Australia. They’ve quickly followed that up by opening another store – this one dubbed the first Samsung Mobile Store – in Paris. As you can tell from the pics, the store is immaculate with plenty of blue and white contrast for eye-popping appeal that should draw in folks of all ages. As the store’s name suggests, the Samsung branded store will feature mobile solutions including smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, notebooks and accessories.

The store is managed by a team of eight sales experts that are available to assist with your current Samsung device, help with questions about their devices in the store, and provide demonstrations featuring Samsung technology found in their devices. One cool aspect of the store is a dedicated room for the little ones with devices loaded with kid’s apps primarily targeted for ages 4-8. Samsung touts they will be able to “understand technology through writing games and drawing tablets.” This will enable parents time themselves to browse the latest Samsung offerings.

source:  Samsung Tomorrow

Sprint to offer buy-one-get-one free deal on three Samsung Galaxy devices this holiday season

‘Tis the season for sweet deals on new devices. In the past, T-Mobile’s been known to run a few buy-one-get-one deals. Well Sprint is getting in on that action this season with their holiday BOGO deal. This deal is good for the Samsung Galaxy Victory, S II, and S III. The deal will run from December 7th through 24th and will be available for new and upgrading customers. Anyone signing two years of their life away and jumping on this deal?

source:  Engadget

Jelly Bean Rollout Beginning For Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) Smartphone

 

Fresh off other variants getting some Jelly Bean lovin’, Sammy has begun to push the coveted Android 4.1.2 update to the international variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. It is confirmed that the official rollout has begun worldwide, though it’s currently being pushed out in phases— so it’s unclear which GT-I9300 models will get the update first for now. The update will bring the Jelly Bean build to JZO54K and will bring the usual goodies like Google Now, Multi-View capabilities, Smart Rotation and a customizable Notification Panel among other things.

Owners of the unlocked model can check for the update through Kies Desktop software or OTA through their device’s Settings. If it’s not available don’t fret— the update will certainly be here before you know it.

source: SamMobile

T-Mobile to raise smartphone insurance rates in March 2013, introduce new tier for Galaxy Note II

A new leaked document suggests T-Mobile is gearing up to increase smartphone insurance rates next year. Additionally, it seems as though ole’ Magenta is prepping an entirely new tier for its incredibly overpriced $370 Galaxy Note II.

Beginning March 17th, T-Mobile will be raising the monthly insurance payments through its partner, Asurion. Replacing phones will become much more expensive, with the Galaxy Note II costing a full $175 to replace, including the usual monthly payments that run between $6 and $12. Regular smartphone deductibles will also be increased, with all other devices on the carrier costing an extra $20 to replace, effectively raising the price from $130 to $150. If there’s a bright side to this whole fiasco, monthly payments are slated to remain the same.

Source: Phandroid