DesignApplause | iPhone vs android infographic. May 2011.

iPhone vs android infographic. May 2011.

because i am tied-to-the-hip with my new and , obviously this info is of interest. i’ve had almost nine months and pleased that its design mirrors the better than the . and i like the light weight and user interface of this phone. no complaints. fortunately, not pursuing apps just yet.

here’s a niched study both interesting and probably meaningless. [ fastcompany ] [ trulia ] [ galaxy s ]

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Amazon Nearly Prepared for Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 | Android

Remember back a million years ago, aka January of this year, when we did an odd review of some Samsung commercials advertising a device that looked awfully similar to an iPod Touch? Turns out that product is FINALLY nearly ready to be sold in the USA, and by the looks of things, it’ll be coming to Amazon first. Also there’s certainly been more news on these little devices since those commercials, but not a whole heck of a lot on a release date – and that’s what matters most!

Amazon had the 4.0 version of this device up earlier today for a total cost of $229. Sound worth it to you? Let’s re-discuss some specs: it’s got a 1Ghz processor, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot that’ll allow you to ad 32GB more, a 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing camera, Wifi b/g/n on the inside aside GPS, bluetooth, and Android 2.2 with Android Market access. Those of you that saw the device in the online store, thanks for the tips – did you purchase one? Are you now being offered refunds or something similar?

Once you get this device, you’ll be blasting forth with what’s essentially a Galaxy S phone without the phone part. No calling unless you can figure out how to turn the Wifi connection into a walky-talky or something similar. From there you’ll be able to play basically every media form an average person uses: MP3, WMA, Ogg, FLAC, AAC, AVI, MP4, 3GP, WMV, AST, MKV, and FLV, and of course the front-facing camera will facilitate video chat via Skype and Qik. Can you even wait? Once we’ve got a link back to the market for a working listing, (the original is now broken,) we’ll hook you up!

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NFC-Laden Nexus S 4G to Get Some Action | Android Community

NFC-Laden Nexus S 4G to Get Some Action

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Did you know that the Nexus S (both in its original form and its newer 4G state on Sprint) is fully ready to work with NFC mobile payments? Google knows, they built it. Sprint knows, they’re apparently working on a deal with Google right this second to release a mobile payments service on the 26th of May, 2011. This service will, if it’s real, be available for US customers of Sprint Nextel, so says “three people familiar with the matter” to Bloomberg. Three’s better than one, right?

The three mystery sources told Bloomberg the following bit of text, holding nothing back in a whirlwind of yellow and black, with a dust cloud of blue red yellow and green flying behind them!

The service will let consumers with specially equipped phones that run on Google’s Android operating system pay for goods and redeem coupons with their handsets, said the people, who wouldn’t be identified because the plan isn’t public. The technology is available on the Android-powered Nexus S from Sprint, the third-largest US wireless operator.

Google is rolling out so-called near field communication technology, which lets people pay at NFC-equipped cash registers with a flick of their phone, to boost revenue from mobile advertising and discounts.

Of course the three other major US carriers ATT, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile are part of a separate venture for NFC by the name of Isis NFC – for more information on that company, check out SlashGear’s most recent news bit. Plans for Sprint to launch ahead of all these other networks is coming to fruition it seems – last we spoke about this it was early April and SPrint was supposed to be working with coupon revenue rather than a percentage of the money spent.

What do you think, community, you think NFC is becoming a reality? News from our hero in Japan Ewdi notes that everyone and their auntie is already using electronic payments via their cellphones, and as everyone knows, if Japan does it first, there’s at least a 10% chance the USA will follow in kind! Can’t wait to pay for gumballs with my Nexus S!

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[Updated: It's Gone] Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 Now Available On

UPDATE: …and it’s gone. Did anyone successfully place an order before Amazon pulled the listing?

If you’re the type that would rather have a dedicated MP3 player instead of using your phone for such a task, but still want to show your love and support for Android, then you’ll be glad to know that the Samsung Galaxy Player 4 is now officially on sale at Amazon for $229.

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This 4 inch iPod Touch competitor features a 1GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage with SD card slot (expandable up to 32GB), 3.2 MP rear camera, VGA front camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth, and Android 2.2 with Market access. In short, it’s a Galaxy S phone… without the phone (although if can be used to video chat on Skype and Qik using the front facing camera). It also supports a wide variety of media types, including MP3, WMA, Ogg, FLAC, AAC, AVI, MP4, 3GP, WMV, AST, MKV, and FLV, so you should be able to listen to/watch just about anything on this device.

If you plan on picking one of these up, prepare for a bit of a wait. Even though it’s available for purchase immediately, Amazon is claiming a 3-6 week shipping delay.

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In my opinion a 5? screen is smack dead in the middle of the dead zone that exists between tablets and phones. While the Dell Streak used this same screen size, it was far from the being a top seller, mostly because people thought it was just too big. If you’re going to get a tablet, 10.1? seems to be the magic number, but at 7?, both the Nook Color and Samsung Galaxy Tab are great tablets. A 5? device though, leaves you wanting more screen as long as you’re going that big to begin with. It appears that Pantech and I don’t see eye to eye.

Korean blog Bodnara has gotten us a first look at Pantech’s Gingerbread powered Vega No. 5. The umm… “device” will be jumping into the space, which had been home exclusively to the Dell Streak (with Samsung’s Galaxy S Wi-Fi 5 soon on the way as well). The tablet/phone is pretty decked out with a spec sheet as strong as we’ve seen. 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, dual cameras (8MP in back), 16 GB built in storage and NFC will make this a beast of a whatever it is when it lands in China and Korea later this month.

Where the weirdness starts is the screen. With specs this top-of-the-line and a screen that big, its weird to see the Vega No. 5 be announced with a WVGA resolution of 800×480, especially given the increasing prominence of qHD, and the increased screen size to stretch those pixels across. What really gives this phone its identity crisis though is that it is said to have “phone capabilities.” With tablets already struggling in some cases to find their roll (aside from being awesome) this seems like an interesting trek down that road of ambiguity Dell’s already gone down.

Obviously people out their are disagreeing with me, as phones like the Infuse 4G and the rumored Samsung Hercules test the waters between the 4.3 and 5? ranges. Unfortunately there’s no news about this, seriously I still don’t know what to call it… about the Vega No. 5 coming to America so we’ll have to wait and see if it can show me I was wrong about the 5? size range.

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Android Phones vs iPhone on Verizon

I am on the fence of what new phone to get.
1) It will be a smart phone
2) It will be on Verizon

I wanted to wait for the new iPhone, but rumor has it that:
1) It may or may not be 4G LTE
2) I am fine with waiting, but Verizon’s CFO said the unlimited data plan might come to an end by the end of the summer.

I have no purchases on iTunes (well maybe like $10 worth), as I only have a iPod shuffle.

So what phone do I get? I’ve narrowed it down to these phones:
1) Motorola DROID Bionic 4G, with dual processor


2a) iPhone 4
2b) wait for next iPhone — whatever it’s going to be called, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, etc.


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Remember that one time when we had an awesome tablet by the name of Acer Iconia Tab A500 and we totally reviewed it FTW? That fancy bunch over at DigiTimes have done it again with their loose-lipped partners and have revealed the next step AFTER the A500, namely an Oak Trail device, and that means Intel! This tablet will supposedly run Android 3.0 (pointing toward the notion that Android 3.1 wont be rolling out to everyone as fast as predicted,) and that it’ll be a 10-inch tablet retail released in July.

The actual release date being in July means that if this device is real, we’ll be seeing it much sooner. This re-up will be going into direct competition with the ASUS Transformer and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 – thusly it’d better be inexpensive. On the other hand, non-ARM might be the push an Android tablet needs to jump out ahead of the pack. OR perhaps because the general consumer public knows about processors just about as much as they know about space travel, an Intel chip will make no difference at all?

An Inte/Android tablet PC! What a wondrous bit of magnificence that will be! Another slightly less important point is that the same source speaking with DigiTimes noted that Acer is thinking about an Oak Trail MeeGo tablet. MeeGo! What in the world? They’d be better off investing in a Eclair handset than a MeeGo tablet if ye be asking me.

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Just a couple of weeks ago we were at Google I/O hearing the newest word on the future of Android. In the keynote speeches that blew the ears off everyone in the room (and the internet, since it was streaming,) we learned about Android Open Accessory. This is a new project in which Google will help out and support developers hoping to connect Android devices to other real-world functional electronics like robots, lamps, and more robots. With this came an announcement about a kit you’d be able to buy for a cool $400.

Now we’ve got word of a cheap alternative to the $400 Android Open Accessory Kit for Developers. This newer, less expensive version of the platform will also allow you to use Google’s ADK to make custom Android accessories running Android 2.3.4 all the way up to Android 3.1. Instead of four big ones, you’ll be spending a grand total of $80 USD. That’s a pretty deep discount. Will this new version stand up to the test of time and harsh judgement of developers in the field? That we will have to wait and see.

You’re already able to pre-order this new “Seeeduino ADK” from Seeed Studio, the actual units shipping out June 20th. So far away! With the kit you’ll be given everything you need to begin making accessories for you Android loving public. Have a peek below and above at the lovely redness you’ll be working with.

• Arduino Mega2560 compatible
• 56 Digital IOs
• 16 Analog inputs
• 14 PWM outputs
• 4 Hardware serial ports (UART)
• 1 Hardware TWI (I2C)
• 1 Hardware SPI (upto 8Mbps)
• On board USB host(MAX3421), and IO breakout
• On board USB slave(FT232), and Is breakout
• Build-in 5V-1A switch power regulator (input range 6V – 18V)
• Build-in 3.3V-500mA LDO power regulator
• Red PCB, ROSH compatible and Golden finish
• Android compatible
• Dimensions: 3.4? x 2.1?




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First look at the Samsung Infuse 4G

Take a look at what we have in our hands today- well, my hands. It’s the ATT Samsung Infuse 4G. I was lucky enough to get a demo unit a couple of days ago and this phone is packing several great features in both big and small ways.

It shows off in a big way with its brilliant, crystal-clear 4.5? Super AMOLED Plus display, making colors look insane (seriously, I can’t recall the last time I saw blacks this deep). And for the small? Samsung was able to wrap it all up in a super thin (8.99mm) pocketable package. Rounding out the awesome is the fact that it is one of the few released devices running on ATT’s 4G network. Check out the video below to see how this phone looks and acts in all its 4.5 inches of glory.

While the Infuse is one of the few 4G devices, it isn’t ATT’s first. Their 4G lineup includes the HTC Inspire, the Motorola ATRIX, and the HP Veer. The Infuse dropped on May 15th with a price tag of $199.99 on a two year contract with data plan. The best part? The $199 price tag comes without a pesky mail-in rebate.

This screen is amazing- it is big and bright! The 4.5? inch Super AMOLED Plus display makes everything look just like it’s supposed to. When I compared it to the screen of my Vibrant, I was amazed at how different the two looked. The colors (especially the blacks) just looked much sharper and richer, making my Vibrant almost seem inadequate. Goodbye Super AMOLED, hello Super AMOLED Plus!!

The Infuse is also packing a snappy 1.2GHz processor that makes everything run pretty quickly. I did notice, though, even with the boost in processing power the phone still gets a bit laggy during times of heavy load (just like the previous Galaxy series). The phone seems to be running great, then all of a sudden you get hit with a stutter. The lag isn’t terrible, but it’s still lag and not too many people like it, so buyers be warned.

This phone is the first in ATT’s 4G lineup that has the ability to make use of their HSPA+(21Mbps) network. Though I didn’t get anywhere near those speeds, I was impressed with consistency. I rarely did a speed test that rendered speeds below 3.5Mbps and the upload speeds were a stable .5 to 1Mbps. Consistency is an often overlooked aspect of a fast connection when speed testing so it was nice to see this thing hit multiple repeat performances.

To step back and look at what is in front of us, we see a phone that competes in almost every category. With its amazing 4.5? screen and its 8.99mm body, the size is a win all around. It also holds its weight in the speed category, clocking in respectable performances from both the network and the processor. If you’d like to see more, check out the full gallery of photos below and make sure to check back soon for our full review!

Also, let us know if you’ve got any questions of specific things you’d like investigated while we’ve still got the phone in-hand. We love doing the dirty work on new devices for our readers!”
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