Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nexus 4 vs Galaxy Nexus: The Evolution of Nexus Devices

Nexus 4 VS Galaxy Nexus
Despite Google's Android event cancelled by hurricane, they decided to unveil new devices on the website directly. This time, 2 new members of Nexus devices were introduced: Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet. In this article,we'll talk about the comparison between new Nexus 4 and its predecessor: the Galaxy Nexus.

                                                    Nexus 4 VS Galaxy Nexus 

Nexus 4
Galaxy Nexus
Display size
4.7 inches
4.65 inches
Display resolution
768 x 1280 pixels
318 ppi
720 x 1280 pixels
Dimensions & Weight
133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm
 Corning Gorilla Glass 2
 Oleophobic coating
Android (4.2)
Android (4.1.2, 4.1, 4.0.4, 4.0.1, 4.0)
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
Internal Storage
Storage Expansion
802.11 b, g, n
802.11 b, g, n
Android Beam
Android Beam
8.0MP rear camera with LED Flash
1.3MP front-facing camera
5.0MP rear camera with LED Flash
1.3MP front-facing camera
2100 mAh Li - Polymer
1750 mAh Li - Ion
$299 for 8GB
$349 for 16GB
$399 for 16GB
Announced on 29 Oct 2012
Available since 13 Nov 2012
Announce on 19 Oct 2011
Currently available

Dimensions and Display
These two Nexus devices are made respectively by Korean manufacturers: LG and Samsung. Both phones have similar dimensions and weights. As to the display size, as a matter of fact, is  developing all the time: 3.7 inches for Nexus One, 4.0 inches for Nexus S, 4.65 inches for Galaxy Nexus and now 4.7 inches of Nexus 4. With a larger and wider screen, Nexus 4's resolution is 768 x 1280 pixels.

Compared with other Android based products, Nexus series always use original OS. The Nexus 4 runs newest version of Android --- 4.2 Jelly Bean. And its predecessor, Galaxy Nexus, came up with 4.0 version in early days. After several times of updating, this device runs 4.1 now and probably to run 4.2 in the near future, just like its brother.

Different Nexus devices may use different processors, such as Qualcomm Snapdragon for Nexus One, Samsung's own Hummingbird for Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, now it's Qualcomm again for Nexus 4. Comes with a cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 processor, the Nexus 4 provides higher reaction speed and better experience of 3D graphics and gameplay for users.

The Nexus 4 has no methods of storage expansion, same as Galaxy Nexus. Two versions of Nexus 4  accept pre-order now: 8GB and 16GB. For Galaxy Nexus, it starts from 16GB and has a 32GB version. We believe that Nexus 4 would also put a 32GB version in the market.

Nexus 4's 8.0MP rear camera
The Galaxy Nexus has a 5.0MP rear camera, and it upgrades to a 8.0MP one for the Nexus 4 with stunning 360° panoramas feature. Besides that, both handsets have a 1.3MP front-facing camera for self-snapshot.

You can get a 8GB unlocked Nexus 4 with only $299. Add $50 to get a 16GB one if you think the 8GB one is not enough. For the same storage version (16GB) of Galaxy Nexus, it's priced at $399. I have to say the Nexus 4 is really attractive for me. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nexus 10 Leaked Despite Android Event Cancelled By Hurricane

Nexus 10 tablet
Google is planning to hold an Android event on October 29. Unfortunately, this event has been canceled because east US is being attacked by a strong hurricane, Sandy. We believe Google may select another good day for the event. But never mind, most of the contents are leaked by the press.

The most current leaked news is about the Nexus 10 tablet, co-branded by Google and Samsung. A few days ago, people found some photos posted online by Vic Gundotra, Google's SVP of engineering. These photos are supposed to be taken by rumored Nexus 10.
Photos posted by Vic Gundotra, probably taken by Nexus 10.
Photos posted by Vic Gundotra, probably taken by Nexus 10.

Moreover, the Nexus 10's manual also leaked online on Oct 26. We can get more information from these data. 
Leaked Nexus 10 manual

And finally, we got some latest photos of the tablet's appearance and know more specifications.
(Pics from BriedMobile)

  • 10.1'' display
  • 2,560 x 1,600 pixels resolution, 298.9 ppi
  • Android 4.2 OS
  • Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual-Core Cortex-A15, clocked at 1.7 GHz
  • Mali-T604 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 5.0 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual speakers
  • Brushed polycarbonate back case

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: Who will be the king of 7 inch tablets?

iPad mini VS Nexus 7
Apple's iPad series rule the big screen tablet market for a long time. However, they had no products for small (7'') tablet market until the appearance of iPad mini. The iPad mini was introduce to the geeks two days ago. This device has a 7.9'' display, much lighter and thinner than the full-sized tablet.
Nexus 7 and iPad mini
We all know the mission of iPad mini: To grad the market share from Google's Nexus 7. Among these two tablets, which one is better? Now let's have a comparison.
Apple’s iPad mini
Google Nexus 7
Display size
7.9 inches
7.0 inches
Display resolution
1024 x 768 pixels
163 ppi
1280 x 800 pixels
216 ppi
200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm
198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm
308g (Wi-Fi version)
312g (Wi-Fi + Cellular version)
340 g
apple iOS
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
1 GHz Dual-core A5
1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core
Android Beam
5.0MP rear camera
1.2MP front FaceTime Camera
1.2MP front camera
Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music

Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network (Wi-Fi + Cellular version)
Up to 10 hours for reading/10hours of e-reading
$329 for 16GB (Wi-Fi version)
$429 for 32GB (Wi-Fi version)
$529 for 64GB (Wi-Fi version)

Add $130 for versions with cellular capability.
$199 for 16GB
$249 for 32GB

Since October 29
Accept pre-order now.
Available in November 2012
Available since July 2012

As a mini version of full-sized iPad, the iPad mini is 23% thinner and 53% lighter and its elder brothers.Now it's even 3mm thinner and about 30 grams lighter than Nexus 7. All hail the magical apple!

Display & resolution

The iPad mini comes with a 7.9'' display with 1024×768 pixels resolution and 163 ppi. Unlike iPhone 5 and new iPad 4, iPad mini is not equipped with Retina display. 
As to the Nexus 7, it has a 7.0'' HD display with 1280×800 pixels resolution and 216 ppi. It seems Nexus 7 has better visual quality than iPad mini.

OS & Processor

Both tablets use their home-made OS: iOS from apple and Android from Google. For the chips, iPad mini has a dual-core A5 processor clocked at 1 GHz. 
The Nexus 7 has a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core CPU, which includes a 12-core Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). So the Nexus 7 is ahead of the iPad mini on processing speed issues.


As a tablet for entertainment, the iPad mini has 2 cameras: a 5.0 MP rear iSight camera with autofocus, a 1.2 MP FaceTime HD camera which supports 720p HD video recording. As to the Nexus 7, it only comes up with a 1.2 MP front camera.

Both devices supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Some models of iPad mini support 4G LTE. The Nexus 7 has NEC function called "Android Beam", can be used for file sharing between 2 Android 4.0 devices.


There are 6 models of iPad mini in different storage and network functions. The enter-level one with 8GB storage and Wi-Fi is priced at $329. The high-end version with 64GB storage, Wi-Fi and Cellular could reach $659. That is super expensive.

As to the Nexus 7, it's much more cheaper. Currently there are 2 versions of Nexus 7: $199 for 8GB and $249 for 16GB. According to the report from The Verge, Google is going to launch a 32GB version of Nexus 7 on Oct 29. The price list of the Nexus tablets would be adjusted as: $199 for 16GB and $249 for 32GB, the 8GB version may no longer be available. Nexus 7 is more reasonable and budget tablet.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Finally Confirmed!! Apple Announced iPad Mini, iPad 4 and Another 3 New Products

Apple Special Event
iPad mini is coming! After tons of rumors, apple finally announced iPad mini on the event yesterday. Meanwhile, lots of new products were introduced to fans: the 13'' MacBook Pro with Retina display, the new iMac and Mac mini. What's surprising is that the announcement of the next generation full-sized iPad, official named iPad with Retina display, or simply called iPad 4 by fans.

Here are some detailed information of iPad mini and iPad 4.

iPad mini

iPad mini
  • Dimensions: 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm, 23% thinner than full-sized iPad
  • Weight: 308g (WiFi version) or 312g (WiFi+Cellular version), 53% lighter than full-sized iPad.
  • Display size: 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • Display resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels, 163 ppi
  • OS: Apple iOS
  • Processor: Dual-core A5
  • Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • Cameras: 5.0 MP rear-facing iSight camera, supports 1080p HD recording, 1.2MP front-facing FaceTime HD Camera for videoconferencing 
  • Lightning connector
  • SIM card: Nano-SIM
  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Price: $329 for 16GB storage and WiFi only version. $429 for 32GB, $529 for 64GB. Add $130 for versions with cellular capability.
  • Accepts pre-order since Oct 26th. WiFi only version will be available on November 2. WiFi+Cellular version available mid November.
iPad with Retina display (iPad 4)
iPad with Retina display
  • Dimensions: 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm
  • Weight: 652g (WiFi version) or 662g (WiFi+Cellular version)
  • Retina display
  • Display size: 9.7 inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • Display resolution: 2048 x 1536 pixels, 264 ppi
  • OS: Apple iOS
  • Processor: Dual-core A6X with quad-core graphics, twice as fast as the previous-generation A5X
  • Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • Cameras: 5.0 MP rear-facing iSight camera, supports 1080p HD recording, 1.2MP front-facing FaceTime HD Camera for videoconferencing 
  • Lightning connector
  • SIM card: Micro-SIM
  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Price: $499 for 16GB storage and WiFi only version. $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. Add $130 for versions with cellular capability.
the new iMac
the new iMac

MacBook Pro with Retina display
MacBook Pro with Retina display
Mac mini

For more information about these new apple products, please visit apple's official website.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Updated News and Rumors about Android Event on October 29

Google's Android event on Oct 29
The upcoming week would be busy days for the IT giants. Apple may probably announce iPad Mini on the news conference tomorrow. On October 26, Microsoft will launch their Surface tablet and Windows 8 OS. On October 29, there will be an event on Microsoft Windows Phone 8. On the same day, there will also be an Android event from Google

It's said Google will announce a 10'' Nexus tablet and a 3G version Nexus 7. Based on the news from an insider, an internal TGIF meeting video was uploaded by Google, leaked some contents about the event on Oct 29. 

The following news are Unconfirmed. Believe it or not.

  • Google will announce 32GB Nexus 7 tablets. One of the version supports HSPA+(3G), allows users to play the device while travelling.
    Will Google announce a 32GB Nexus 7?
  • A co-branding 10'' tablet may be launched by Google and Samsung. This device, likely named Nexus 10, has a internal code "Manta", runs Android 4.2 OS and equipped with a display in 2,560*1,600 pixels resolution.
  • The long-time rumored Nexus smartphone is made by LG, probably named LG Nexus 4. More detailed info leaked: This handset is powered by 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon, has a 4.7'' display, an 1.3MP front-facing camera, a 2100 mAh battery and also runs Android 4.2.
    Rumored LG Nexus 4
  • Google's Android 4.2 OS will have an positive competition with apple's IOS 6, said by the news source. For Android 4.2, the Panorama camera is set defaultly to shoot horizontal and vertical photos at the same time. Another feature called "Content in the center" is also added. It enables users to visit Play Store via a desktop gadget. Additionally, a "Table Sharing" feature helps users to switch their home and business accounts more conveniently.
Almost one week left before the Android event. Please stay tuned and we'll bring you more news.

Friday, October 19, 2012

How Can I Transfer Music from iPad Mini to PC?

Rumored iPad Mini, compared with new iPad 3
October 23 would be another memorial day for the apple fans. A smaller and cheaper iPad is believed to release in apple's special event on that day. We also reported several rumors on this iPad Mini recently.

As a top IT company, apple provides one of the best products in the world to their fans. However, sometimes it's not convenient to back up or transfer unpurchased music from IOS devices to the computer. Is there any method to solve the problem? Yes of course. We can use a software for help.

Leawo iTrasnfer is a tool that helps users to transfer media files among IOS devices, computer and iTunes. You don't have to worry about file transference any more with this software. Here I'll show you the process of transference.

Step 1: Plug Devices in PC

The transference needs assistance from iTunes. So you need to install iTunes and Leawo iTransfer in advance (no need to launch iTunes). Connect your iPad Mini to the PC via USB cable. The iTransfer will recognize your device and show you details such as device name, type and version on the interface.

Step 2: Select Demanded Files
Click the device name on the left of interface, a menu with LIBRARY and PLAYLIST appears. Continually click the LIBRARY, you'll see a sub-menu with different category.

Select the Music category to check up or preview music files.

Step 3: Transfer/Back up Files
Choose the files you want to transfer. Right-click on the file and a new menu appears, select "Transfer to". Here are two choices for destination. If you want to save files to computer, please select "My Computer". Otherwise, select "iTunes".

Option 1: Transfer music files to iTunes.

A new window pops up and shows you the result.

Now you can check up music files in the iTunes LIBRARY.

Option 2: Transfer music files to My Computer.

A new window pops up and allows you to save files in folder from your PC. Click the "Transfer Now" button to start file transference.