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    by Published on 08-07-2013 10:27 AM
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    Today LG announced the LG G2. They announced a few weeks back that they're dropping the Optimus branding on their high-end.

    Aimed squarely at the Galaxy S4 and it's comparables the G2 out-Galaxy's the GS4 on a number of fronts:
    • 5.2" 1920x1080 display
    • 2.65mm side bezels with rear controls
    • 3000mAh battery
    • 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization
    • 24bit/192kHz music playback
    • 2.26Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    • Android 4.2.2 (did LG wait till 4.3 came out to release this?)
    • 32GB or 16GB of storage
    • 2GB RAM
    • 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm


    So they've managed to shoe-horn a 5.2" screen into the chassis of a 4.7/4.8"ish phone. I don't know about you but the G2 looks like a very difficult phone to hold. To make it a little easier they've moved the controls to the back. I'm not sure how well that would work.

    The 3000mAh battery is a nice touch, that's almost as big as the one you get in the Galaxy Note 2 so the G2 might have a chance of lasting the day on a single charge for more people.

    Under the hood the 2.26Ghz quad-core processor should fly. The North American GS4's come with a 1.9Ghz version of this processor while the HTC One 1.7Ghz. Will it be noticeably faster? Probably not unless you have them side-by-side but it's still nice to have the fastest one out there.

    2GB of RAM is par-for-the-course. Last year's Optimus G came with 2GB as did the Samsung GSIII/GS 4, HTC One, Xperia Z/ZL, etc. More would be nice but 2GB is more than enough right now.

    The 24bit/192Khz music playback is an interesting feature. I'm guessing LG is making use of the fact that Android now supports external DAC. I wonder how good the headphone jack will sound and if they back this with a good amp.

    I guess whiners will whine that it only comes with Android 4.2.2. The timing of the G2's release is kind of funny since LG has this reputation of being a little behind-the-curve when it comes to updates since 4.3 came out last week. Then again, it will probably be a few months till any non-Nexus phone comes with 4.3. ...
    by Published on 08-06-2013 05:30 PM
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    Here’s the 10.1" Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. On paper, aside from a new Intel powered processor, it doesn’t seem all that different from its predecessor the Tab 2. Still, shopping based solely on specs is one of the worst things you can do. So is the Tab 3 an improvement?

    The way I see it, the 10.1" Tab 3 has 3 main competitors; the Apple iPad 2, Google Nexus 10 and Microsoft Surface RT. Let’s see how the Tab 3 stacks up with them.
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    by Published on 08-02-2013 01:07 PM
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    The Google Neuxs 7 was just released a few days ago, so you're probably wondering if it's as good as the Nexus 7 which was released last year. I'm still working on a full review as well as a give-away but for now here's a quick comparison between the two.

    When it was released last year, I was in awe at the amount of stuff Google managed to cram into it given it's $279 price point. This time around Google doesn't disappoint giving you even more for now $20 less.

    Pretty much every spec has been improved. While the screen still measures 7" you now get a full HD 1920x1080 display, RAM is doubled to 2GB and the quad-core processor is now much more powerful. ...
    by Published on 08-01-2013 06:18 PM
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    Thanks to GSMARena for the ability to side-by-side compare cold, unfeeling spec's of a pair of phones.
    I was in CPR/First Aid training, so I can take my Early Childhood Education in September, so I was unable to view or be at any of the "live" events from Moto/Google... everything I know - so far - comes from what I've read online, and the specs as posted on GSMArena.


    THUS this is my first impression, and subject to change without notice at any time.
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    by Published on 08-01-2013 03:38 PM
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    I had a chance to go to Samsung yesterday for a demo of their "Samsung School". It's basically a learning environment where students and teachers use Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 or Samsung 10" Galaxy Tab 3 tablets along with a large screen in their class room. The tablets replace student's notebooks and text books while the screen replaces a blackboard.

    Check out my video of the demo:


    The tablets are running a special Android program plus they have special provisioning. Since they have special provisioning Samsung told me it will ONLY run on the Note 10.1 and 10" Tab 3.
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    by Published on 08-01-2013 01:43 PM
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    For those with a short attention span, the verdict is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE is a better iPad Mini.

    My reputation as an avid Apple fan has been challenged by reviewing other phones and tablets - and this is a critical exercise for everybody. Most iPad users I know of quickly (and ignorantly) dismiss the competition because of brain-washing marketing. But ironically, taking the time to seriously consider this Galaxy Note 8.0 had me thinking more about what I want in a tablet. Yet at the same time, I've increased my appreciation for the iOS ecosystem and user-experience.
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    by Published on 07-30-2013 10:53 AM
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    The Blackberry Q5 in Black and Pure Red (only on Virgin) is coming to Canada on August 13th.

    It's like a cheaper version of the Q10. It has a slightly slower processor (1.2 vs 1.5Ghz), only 8GB of storage and a 5 megapixel camera. The screen resolution and the general shape are the same as its bigger brother plus it retains LTE connectivity.

    It will be available from Bell, Virgin Mobile, Fido, TELUS, Koodo and Sasktel. ...
    by Published on 07-25-2013 11:36 AM
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    The new 2013 Google Nexus 7 is now official.

    To me, its best features are the 1920x1080 display, quad-core Qualcomm processor and the 'from $229' price tag.

    While there are now many cheaper 7" tablets I don't think any of them come with a 1920x1080 display. The display is the same resolution as the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z/ZL, etc. On the Nexus it has a PPI of 323 which is in the same ballpark as the Apple iPhone 5/4s/4, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III, among others. It's an IPS display covered with 'scratch resistant Corning glass - I'm not sure if it's the simian variety.

    Part of me is a little disappointed that Google didn't make the 2013 Nexus 7 a Nexus 8. Speaking of size, the 2013 is about 6mm narrower - this isn't necessarily a good thing since tablets need thick bezels but I'll reserve judgement when I actually try one.
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    by Published on 07-22-2013 03:49 PM
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    Just got word that there's a new update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 being pushed over-the-air. It weighs-in at a hefty 315MB so best to wait till you have WiFi to grab this.



    Samsung's servers are being slammed right now so it might take a few tries.

    Thanks Treatz! ...
    by Published on 07-11-2013 10:46 AM
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    Nokia just announced the Lumia 1020 with a 41 megapixel camera. The camera has optical image stabilization with a 1/1.5" sensor and a Xenon Flash.

    When you take a picture the 1020 can save it at full resolution as well as re-sample it down to a 5 megapixel image for sharing.

    There's an optional camera grip shell that ads a large grip, 1200mAh battery and a tripod mount for $79.99.

    Qi Wireless charging is available via an optional accessory.

    Video is recorded at 1920x1080 with what Nokia calls Stereo High Amplitude Audio Capture

    It will feature a new camera software with features like manual focus, manual shutter speeds and exposure control.

    Despite the monster camera, the 1020 is a reasonable 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4mm and weighs 158g.

    The screen is a 4.5" AMOLED display with a brightness of 600 NITS (!). Resolution is 1280x768.

    The North American variant supports quad-band GSM, 850/900/1900/2100 HSPA and LTE on band 2, 4, 5 and 17 (1900, AWS, 850 and 700).

    It's powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 (like the 820, 920, 925, 928) with 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM (most of any Windows Phone). The battery weighs in at 2000mAh.

    Available on AT&T on July 26 $299.99 on a 2 year agreement.

    This quarter in China, Europe and South America.

    It will be available in Yellow, white and black.

    Who's getting one? Is anyone not getting one because it's running Windows Phone? ...
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