The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the best Android tablet I have ever used - hands down. No contest, nothing else comes even close. I've used the Tab 10.1, the Toshiba Thrive, the Motorola XOOM, the ASUS Transformer, the HTC Flyer, the Acer Iconia A500, and the original Galaxy Tab. The Tab 10.1 is probably the next best thing (with TouchWiz UX), but it seems downright slow next to the Tab 7.0 Plus at times.
If you've owned a smartphone for any reasonable amount of time, there's a good chance you've heard of Ballistic cases, some of the most well constructed device protection units we've ever had the pleasure to lay hands on. Ballistic recently released its most popular case, the Shell Gel (more often known as the SG) for the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch -- and we have five of 'em to give away.
I guess Sprint and Samsung decided it was finally time to cater to the needs of all the Epic owners out there, as the official Gingerbread OTA update is officially rolling out. Aside from Gingerbread, the update offers up the usual: bug fixes, enhanced features, etc. Sprint kept the changelog short and sweet on this one, have a look:
- Upgrade of the Google OS from Froyo to Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
- Audible Sprint AIRAVE™ notifications when answering call
- SMS messages sent without area code
- PRL and Profile update
- EAS (Exchange Activesync) email displaying HTML
- Bluetooth headset sound improvements
- Fully visible date on device lock screen
And there you have it.
Rounding out their holiday offerings, T-Mobile announced today that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will become available (complete with 4G capability) beginning November 16th, bringing an even more portable version of the Galaxy Tab we've come to know and love to the hands of T-Mo subscribers.
The 7.0 Plus boasts many of the features of its older siblings, including a crazy-thin, lightweight form factor, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and more.
Android has a mysterious case of gigantism, and I'm not entirely certain why manufacturers keep feeling the need to have a bigger phone than the next guy. The size war (all male anatomical euphemisms aside) is on, and we're not sure when it's going to end. Take a look at these device charts for the three major Android manufacturers in (pretty much) chronological order of release:
High-end phones only. No QWERTY devices.
Ah, the Droid Charge -- the Droid that never should have been. It was the first LTE Droid to hit Verzon and... well, its accomplishments stopped there. In fact, this once-flagship device is still running Froyo, rendering some of its hardware basically useless (like the front facing camera). Fortunately, Gingerbread may be just around the corner for those who bought into the Charge hype, as a new leaked build just landed on MyDroidWorld, courtesy of P3Droid.
Samsung was kind enough to send a Galaxy Tab 8.9 our way for review last week ("surprise!"), and I have to say: this thing is thin, light, sexy... and Samsung's custom user interface (UI), TouchWiz, is not fit for tablets.
At A Glance
Let's take a quick look at the specs:
- Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
- 8.9" WXGA display (1280x800)
- 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 CPU
- 16/32GB storage
- 1 GB RAM
- 2.0MP front-facing camera, 3.0MP camera around back
- Samsung's TouchWiz UI
The specs may be fairly standard by now, but they still power Android every bit as well as they have in the past.
It looks like the Cyanogenmod team, in a continued effort to bring continually-updated Gingerbread goodness to as many devices as possible, have brought nightlies to a new crop of handsets, including AT&T's variant of the Samsung Galaxy SII, the Motorola Atrix, LG's Optimus Black and a handful of Sony devices including the Xperia X10, Play, Arc (X12), X10 mini, ST18i, and about five others.
Update: Here are some of the popular device/codename mappings (mapping these took a significant and unnecessary amount of time.
Last month we saw an unlocked version of Samsung's Galaxy SII at Mobile Daily Steals for a cool $100 off its original price. If you were hoping to get an ever so slightly deeper discount on Samsung's hottest smartphone to date (still waiting on the Galaxy Nexus), your chance has arrived. For the next 24 hours, a "limited quantity" of SIIs are available on eBay for just $489.99.
If somehow you've forgotten, or haven't been paying attention, here are some of the SII's specs:
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
4.3" WVGA Super AMOLED Plus Display
8MP rear shooter and 2MP front shooter
1.2GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex A9 Processor
Expandable Storage via MicroSD, up to 32GB
The unlocked SII will work on a wide array of networks, making it ideal for an off-contract purchase, or phone to take on trips.
The Galaxy Note, Samsung's upcoming 5.3" flagship "phablet" many of you are so excited about, got a 30-second video spotlight yesterday, teasing us with its giant screen, powerful editing features, and creative uses of the stylus. Did you really think Samsung was going to stop there? Nope, not Samsung - today the company released four more detailed videos, each taking a deeper look at different Galaxy Note's sides - business, creative, social, and on-the-go.