The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a strange beast. Sitting more or less between the Note II and the Note 10.1, the Note 8.0 feels like a Frankenstein Android device, mixing elements of both smartphones and tablets. Of course, that's kind of the point: in territories where carriers don't have such a stranglehold on the wireless industry, the Note 8.0 is exactly the giant phone that it looks like. Here in the States, we'll have to make due with an 8-inch WiFi tablet - a mid-sized device for the category, with a premium price.
Sony's Xperia Tablet Z, the tablet first announced for Japan about three months ago, and spotted again at MWC, is finally up for pre-order for those customers awaiting the device's US launch.
When we saw the Tablet Z in person at Mobile World Congress, its super thin, super light water/dust-resistant frame impressed. Its 1920x1200 10.1" display, S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and promised Android 4.2 base also sounded good on paper, but we concluded it could still be held back by two things: a 6000mAh battery, and a $500 price point for the 16GB model.
Oppo Find 5 is one of the sexiest Android phones in recent history - just take a look at some of the photos in our review published earlier this year. At $499.99 ($569.99 for the 32GB variant), it's also cheaper than most unlocked high-end modern devices, yet it manages to pack a quad-core 1.5GHz Krait, Adreno 320, 2GB of RAM, a 1080P 5" display, a 13MP camera, NFC, and a 2500mAh battery.
How do you follow up the most popular Android smartphone ever? That's the question Samsung had to ask itself after the Galaxy S III became a worldwide sensation, and arguably the only widely-recognized competitor to Apple's iPhone. Despite a less than totally-enthusiastic reception from some critics, the S III was apparently the recipe for success that sent Samsung's mindshare into the stratosphere. That, and the massive marketing budget that successfully plastered its mug on televisions, billboards, magazines, and websites the world over.
A few days ago, we saw an unlocked Galaxy S4 show up on the eBay Daily Deals site before promptly disappearing. Well, now it's back. The last time around, only about 200 of them were sold before they ran out, so if you really want to get in on this action, you'd better hurry.
In case you have a poor memory and have forgotten the bajillion articles around the internet about this device, here are the specs:
- 5" 1080p Super AMOLED HD display (441 PPI)
- 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos processor
- 2GB DDR3 RAM
- 13 MP Rear shooter, 2MP front camera
- 16GB/32GB/64GB Storage, microSD card slot with support up to 64GB
- Android 4.2.2 with a "totally new and upgraded user experience" Bluetooth 4.0
- 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
- IR Blaster
- MHL 2.0
- Temperature and humidity sensors
- 2,600mAH battery
- 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
- Two colors: Black Mist, White Frost
As with before, there are also some limitations on where this device can ship to:
Excludes: US Protectorates, APO/FPO, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Tunisia, Brazil, Ecuador, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, India, El Salvador, Turkey, Mexico, PO Box
Still, this is the best price you can get for an unlocked version of the international phone.
When it comes to well-support devices, ASUS is a company that stands by its products. The TF300 was the first non-Nexus device to get Android 4.2, and the Taiwanese manufacturer followed up by bringing the updated build to the TF700 (Infinity) and MeMO Pad Smart.
Today, it's sending another small (17MB) update to the TF300 that brings a handful of improvements and bug fixes:
This is the app roundup. The game roundup from last week can be found here.
Update: Well, that was fast – looks like they only had 200 to sell, and they're already gone. Stick a fork in this one – it's done!
If you've been waiting for the day when you can grab the Exynos Octa-powered version of the Galaxy S4, today's it. The Galaxy S4 I9500 just showed up on eBay's Daily Deals site for the smoking hot price of $700 – that's $100 less than any other retailer is letting this monster go for.
On April 11th, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 officially went on sale in the US in a Wi-Fi only flavor. I can tell you this already - if someone were to offer me one of those or a Nexus 7 3G, I'd take the Note 8.0 no questions asked. I think it's probably the best all-around Android tablet currently on sale, squeaky plastic and giant-Note II look be damned.
That said, it also costs $400!
Over the past few days, ASUS has begun rolling out a treat to MeMO Pad Smart 10 owners, distributing Android 4.2.1 in an update to build number V10.6.1.15. The update, which rings in at about 500MB, brings the MeMO to 4.2.1 from 4.1, delivering on ASUS' "Q2 2013" promises noted in our review.
Of course, the headlining feature with this update is 4.2's multi-user support, which we already saw on an ASUS slate back when the manufacturer brought 4.2 to the TF300T in the US, beating other OEMs to the update punch.