Saturday, September 29, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Music & Galaxy Music Duos Smartphones Revealed

Samsung Galaxy Music
Samsung recently leaked two music-centric smartphones: Galaxy Music and Galaxy Music Duos. The highlight of them is Android based devices in affordable prices. It's said there would be an official announcement on October 11.

We found a rumored detailed specification list of the handsets from phone arena.com, for your kind review. 
Rumored specification list of the two Galaxy Music smartphones
From the list we know the two models are almost the same except one: the SIM card slot. The Galaxy Music Duos is obviously has dual SIM card slots.

The Samsung Galaxy Music series equipped with a 3'' QVGA LCD touchscreen, 3.0MP camera and 4G internal storage (up to 32GB more with microSD card). Both devices run Android 4.0 OS and believed to upgrade in the near future.Additionally, the handsets also support Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

As music-centric smartphones, these two handsets come with big stereo speakers on the sides.
Stereo speakers
The price of these phones are currently unknown but they should be affordable. We'll continually wait and see.


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Friday, September 28, 2012

Nexus 7 VS Nook HD: A Comparison of Low-Budget Tablets

Nexus 7 & Nook HD
Barns & Noble(BN), the second largest online bookstore in USA, announced a 7'' tablet called Nook HD two days ago. We have made a comparison of this device with Amazon Kindle Fire HD yesterday. Today we'll  continually compare it with another 7'' Android based tablet --- Google Nexus 7.

Before the comparison, I want to share some rumors about Nexus 7. It's said Google is developing 2 new Nexus 7 models with the manufacturer ASUS. These 2 devices, priced at $199 and $99, are predicted to put into market in the end of year. According to anonymous news, to compete with iPad Mini, a 7.85'' model which is rumored to be announced in October, the $99 Nexus 7 tablet will unveil before that.

Now let's compare the specifications of Nexus 7 and Nook HD.


Nexus 7 VS Nook HD (7'' version)
Name
Nexus 7
Nook HD
Price
$199
$199
Color
Black
Snow/Smoke
Display
7 inches
7 inches
Memory
8GB (16GB / $249)
8GB (16GB / $229)
Resolution
1280*800
1440*900
Dimension (mm)
198.5*120*10.45
194.4*127.1*11.0
Weight (grams)
340
315
OS
Android 4.1
Customized Android 4.0
Processor
1.3 GHz Cortex-A9 Quad-core
1.3GHz TI OMAO 4470 Dual-Core
Apps Store
Google play
Nook Apps
WiFi
802.11 b/g/n
802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth
Support
Support
NFC
Android Beam
None
Camera
1.2MP front-facing camera
None
Battery
10hrs for reading/10hrs of e-reading
10.5hrs for reading/10hrs of e-reading
TV output
HDMI
HDMI
Loudspeaker
Stereo
Stereo
Release date
Available since July 2012
Accept pre-order now
Available on Nov 1, 2012

Dimension & display
As 7'' tablets, these two devices have similar dimensions but Nexus 7 is a little heavier in weight. As to the display resolution, Nexus 7 has 1280*800 pixels resolution, which is lower than Nook HD's 1440*900.

OS & processor
The Nexus 7 is the first tablet of "Google Nexus devices" and equipped with the newest Android 4.1 OS. For the Nook HD, it comes up with customized Android 4.0, is a little out dated but reasonable to upgrade to 4.1 version later.


The Nook HD runs on a 1.3 GHz OMAP 4470 Dual-Core processor, which is one of the fastest processors in any of the most popular low-budget tablets. The Nook HD starts with 8GB of internal memory and able to expand easily with microSD card slot.


The Nexus 7 is powered by a Quad-Core 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 processor, which was one of the best low-budget tablet processors for a long time. It also has 8GB of internal memory but does not support microSD card expandation.

Camera
As we mentioned yesterday, Nook HD has no cameras. Nexus 7 has a 1.2MP front-facing camera for video chatting.

Communication
Both machines support WiFi and Bluetooth, additionally the Nexus 7 supports NFC feature (Android Beam).

Apps Store
Google Play, the Google's official apps store, has 675,000 applications. These apps have been downloaded 25 billion times, according to the Google's latest announcementWithout access to the full Google Play store, the Nook HD is rendered relatively useless.

Price
As competitors, Google and BN set the same price for the two tabelts: $199 for a 8GB version. But for a 16GB one, Nexus 7 priced at $249, which is $20 higher than Nook HD.

Conclusion
From we mentioned above, I can draw a conclusion that the Nook HD is newer and better than Nexus 7. The Nook HD has higher resolution, better processor and expandable memory.
However. Nexus 7 also has advantages such as camera, newest OS and apps store. So which 7'' tablet is your cup of tea?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kindle Fire HD VS Nook HD: A Competition Between 7'' Tablets

Kindle Fire HD & Nook HD
A new 7'' tablet named Nook HD was announced yesterday by Barnes & Noble, after the steps of Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD. As the second largest Internet bookstore after Amazon, Barnes & Noble is not only satisfied with selling books online but also producing e-readers. 

As the newest product of Nook series, the Nook HD is called the best tablet for families with tons of movies, magazines and apps.The Official also said the tablet has "no annoying ads", sounds like a ridicule to Amazon's Kindle Fire HD.

The Kindle Fire HD and the Nook HD are both produced by two large Internet bookstore. But what are their similarities and differences? Which one is better? Now let's have a comparison.

Kindle Fire HD (7'' version) VS Nook HD (7'' version)
Name
Kindle Fire HD
Nook HD
Price
$199
$199
Color
 Black
Snow/Smoke
Display
7 inches
7 inches
Memory
16GB (32GB / $249)
8GB (16GB / $229)
Resolution
1280*800
1440*900
Dimension (mm)
193*137*10.3
194.4*127.1*11.0
Weight (grams)
395
315
OS
Customized Android 4.0
Customized Android 4.0
Processor
1.2GHz TI OMAO 4460 Dual-Core
1.3GHz TI OMAO 4470 Dual-Core
Apps Store
Amazon AppStore
Nook Apps
WiFi
802.11b/g/n MIMO
802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth
Support
Support
NFC
None
None
Camera
Front-facing camera
None
Battery
11hrs for reading/7hrs for video playing
10.5hrs for reading/9hrs for video playing
TV output
HDMI
HDMI
Loudspeaker
Stereo
Stereo
Release date
Available since Sep 14, 2012
Accept pre-order now
Available on Nov 1, 2012

Display & memory
Both tablets use the same 7'' touchscreen.The display resolution of Nook HD is 1440*900 pixels, better than Kindle fire HD's 1280*800 pixels. However, you can get a Nook HD with only 8GB memory by spending $199. With the same cost, you're able to get a Kindle Fire HD with16GB memory. Which one is more worthwhile?

Dimension, OS & processor
The two devices almost have the same dimensions but Kindle Fire HD is 80grams heavier than Nook HD. Both of them run customized Android 4.0 OS and use TI OMAP processor. The main difference is about the processor's model. Nook HD equipped with a 1.3GHz OMAP 4470, which is the upgrade version of Kindle Fire HD's 1.2GHz OMAP 4460.

Camera
If you always use Skype to chat with other people online, the Kindle Fire HD will be the first choice because it comes up with a front-facing camera. Unfortunately, the Nook HD has no cameras.

Battery
The battery of Kindle Fire HD supports video playing up to 7 hours. For the Nook HD, the video playing time is up to 9 hours. And how about reading time? Their batteries can support about 11 hours of reading.

Connection
Both tablets support Bluetooth and WiFi.

Content
We all know the app store is one of the most important thing for potential consumers. The Kindle Fire HD supports 50,000 apps from Amazon AppStore. And how about the Nook HD? Well, currently there are only 6,000 apps available. Additionally, the Kindle series are able to visit the video service of Amazon. To catch up with Amazon, Barnes & Noble also announced a similar service called Nook Video.

The competition between 7'' tablets is more and more fierce. Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD and more upcoming ones, who on the earth will be the best selling device? Just wait and see.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Autumn Themed HD Wallpapers for The New iPad

The new iPad
Do you feel the autumn comes if you live in Northern Hemisphere?The weather is no longer as hot as in summer days. Leafs turn yellow and fall off from the trees. The air is fresh and they're good days for hiking and camping, right? Actually autumn is my favorite season.

If you have a new iPad, change the wallpaper to an autumn themed one, then you can feel the mood of autumn even if you stay indoor. Here I collect some HD wallpapers about autumn season. They're all in 2048*2048 resolution and suitable for The new iPad.

Enjoy the cool and beautiful autumn days!













Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Rumor: Google Nexus 5 Smartphone Will Be Made By HTC?

HTC One X 5
HTC One X 5 or Google Nexus 5?
It has been almost one year since the announcement of Samsung Galaxy Nexus. And now it's believed that the latest Nexus Devices will be soon revealed. According to an article from GSM Arena, there's rumor said the Taiwanese giant HTC will produce Google's latest Nexus smartphone, probably named HTC Droid Incredible X, HTC One X 5 or Google Nexus 5.
Rumored Google Nexus 5
Rumored Google Nexus 5

Rumored Google Nexus 5
Rumored Google Nexus 5

Rumored Google Nexus 5
Rumored Google Nexus 5

The article also provides some specifications about this rumored Google Nexus 5:
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS with bugfixes, project butter improvements (fluid speeds) and more lock screen options, etc.
  • 5'' display with 1080p, large and slim appearance.
  • Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.
  • A 12MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera.
  • 2,500mAh battery.
  • Internal memory up to 64GB.
  • LTE connectivity.
We currently unable to confirm the legitimacy of the rumor though the tipster said it comes from reliable source. One of the suspect point is about the Android version. As "Google's very own sons", all Nexus devices have brought with new Android software upgrades - but why Nexus 5 not comes up with 5.0 Key Lime Pie OS? That's skeptical. Is it possible for Google to create this phone by his own Motorola? We'll continually wait and see.

Well, no matter which manufacturer would make Google Nexus 5, it will probably be the 6th Nexus Device. The former ones are: Nexus One, produced by HTC; Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, both produced by Samsung; Nexus 7 tablet, produced by ASUS and Nexus Q, a media-streaming entertainment device.
Google Nexus devices
G1, Nexus One, Nexus S & Galaxy Nexus
Google Nexus 7
Nexus 7

Google Nexus Q
Nexus Q

Thursday, September 13, 2012

iPhone 5 VS Droid Razr HD Maxx: Comparison of the Flagships

droid razr hd maxx and iPhone 5
Droid Razr HD Maxx & iPhone 5
The iPhone 5 was unveiled officially just several hours ago. As the new generation flagship of Apple, fans & media have paid attention to it for quite a long period of time. Thought it's believed that the iPhone 5 will be best-selling smartphone in the market, it still has to face some  tough competitors, one of them should be the Motorola Droid Razr HD Maxx.

Now let's make a comparison of these two handsets.

  • Design
As the successor of iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 continues the rounded-corner theme, but longer and thinner than its predecessor. The Droid Razr HD Maxx has a distinguished design that makes it stand out from the peers. It's 145g in weight, much heavier than iPhone 5's 112g, but it's reasonable for a larger phone has heavier weight, right?
  • Display
The size and resolution of the display may be the most important things for customers. For the iPhone 5, it's equipped with a 4.0'' touchscreen with 640*1136 pixel resolution. As to the Droid Razr HD Maxx, it comes with a 4.3'' display in 720*1280 pixel resolution.
  • Memory
For iPhone 5, there are 3 versions available in different memory storage (16GB, 32GB, 64GB).
The Droid Razr HD Maxx has 8GB internal memory storage and supports microSD card up to 32GB additional storage.
  • Network
Both of these two smartphones support the 4G LTE network. Users are able to browse webpages. download music or movies at high speed.
  • Battery
The Droid Razr HD Maxx is equipped with a build-in 1,780 mAh Li-Ion battery (3,300 mAh for international version), supports up to 380 hours of standby time. Like the previous iPhone series, the iPhone 5's rechargeable Li-Po battery is rated at 225 hours of standby time.

Here I made a list for detailed comparison of these two phones. If you're a fever fan of Iphone and planning to purchase the new one, please visit this Apple iPhone 5 buying guide to get more information.

Name
iPhone 5
Droid Razr HD Maxx
Display size
4.0 inches
4.3 inches
Resolution
640*1136
720*1280
Dimensions
123.8*58.6*7.6 mm
130.7*68.9*9.0 mm
Weight
112 g
145 g
Color
Black & Slate
White & Silver
Black
CPU
Dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A15
Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
Chipset
Apple A6
TI OMAP 4430
Storage
16GB, 32GB or 64GB, no card slot
8GB
Up to 32GB with micro SD
Operation system
IOS 6
Android OS, v2.3.6 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v4.0
Battery
225 hours standby, 8 hours talk time(3G)
380 hours standby, 21.5 hours talk time
Camera
8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Networking
Wi-Fi. 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
Wi-Fi. 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
Price
$199 for 16GB,
$299 for 32GB,
$399 for 64GB.
Avail. September 21
TBA