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Galaxy S4 : Best Android Phones series
Last Friday Samsung introduced its new smartphone Galaxy S4
Galaxy S4 comes with some interesting features. New features Smart Scroll and Smart Pauseare focused on the ability to control the smartphone without touching the screen. Smart Scroll is used for scrolling pages while Smart Pause pause the video when the user is not looking on the screen. Smart Pause is based on face movement recognition technology.
Photo by Gizmodo
Design of Galaxy S4 did not change much comparing with the previous model Galaxy S3. However as you can see on the picture Samsung S4 is thinner. The body of the smartphone is made from polycarbonate. Galaxy S4 weighs 130 grams and has a thickness of 7.9 millimeters.
Galaxy S4 comes with 1920×1080 Super AMOLED 5-inch display that provides 441 ppi density.
There are two models of Samsung Galaxy S4. First model is powered by quad-core Snapdragon processor manufactured by Qualcomm. The second model is powered by eight-core Exynos processor manufactured by Samsung.
Galaxy S4 comes with 2GB of RAM and 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes of internal flash memory expandable via MicroSD slot.
Smartphone has the removable battery with the capacity of 2600 mAh.
Samsung has a few new built-in sensors such as the sensor of temperature and humidity. Infrared sensors allow using Galaxy S4 as a remote control. There is also some kind of motion capture sensor.
Galaxy S4 is running on Android 4.2.2. There are some pre-installed programs such as language translator S Translator and Annex S Health. Annex S Health is the software for collecting measurements from medical devices such as pulse sensor.
Galaxy S4 supports 4G network. Samsung claims that the device works in all existing LTE networks. Such interoperability definitely will be recognized by customers in many countries.
Galaxy S4 equipped by two cameras: 2 megapixel front and 13 megapixel rear camera. The smartphone is capable of taking pictures on both cameras simultaneously. In 4 seconds the camera could make about 4 hundred pictures and construct a single best quality photo.
Galaxy S4 Availability
Sales of Galaxy S4 will start in late April. The price of the device is not yet specified. Samsung declared that the Galaxy S4 will be available in 155 countries.
Galaxy S smartphone series
Galaxy S family of smartphones was introduced by Samsung in 2010. Since that time the company has sold more than a million units of Galaxy S. The previous model Galaxy S3 was released in May 2012. It became very popular. There were over 40 million Galaxy S3 smartphones shipped to the customers. Samsung is currently the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile devices.
Best 7-inch Android tablets
Google Nexus 7
Nomination: The Best 7-inch Android Tablet
Processor: quad-core Tegra 3 1.3GHz
RAM – 1GB
Internal Storage 8/16/32GB – Not expandable
Size of the display: 7 inch
Camera: 1.3 mpx frontal
Google Nexus 7 is the best 7-inch Android tabletso far . Attractive design, reasonable price, latest technology features and growing popularity of Android platform are key factors of Nexus 7 success.
According to multiple internet sources Google and ASUS are going to introduce a new generation of Nexus 7 tablets in May 2013. The second generation of Nexus 7 may come with better FullHD display and new hardware platform. Google and ASUS may choose Qualcomm chipset for powering of the new Nexus 7. Currenty Nexus 7 runs on quad-core Tegra 3 processor. However Tegra 4 platform is not ready yet and may not become available in time. But fortunately there are alternatives from Qualcomm providing better performance than current Tegra chipset. Most likely second generation of Nexus 7 may run on one of quad-core Qualcomm processor.
Google and ASUS are working on the newNexus 7 model and we are pretty sure that regardless of the platform second generation of Google Nexus 7 has a huge chance to be at least as popular as the first generation of the tablet.
Some analysts believe that Google and ASUS could sell up to 10 million Nexus 7 tablets in 2013. Such number is not very impressive for Apple gadgets but very good for competitive Android tablets market. The price of the gadget should not change and expected in the range $199-$249 for 16/32GB models. Keeping the low price, providing the latest operating system and improving technical specification of Google Nexus 7 could be key factors for successful sales of the device.
To be continued …
iPad mini price overview: Why iPad mini price is higher than expected?
Why iPad mini price is higher than expected? The answer is simple and complex at the same time.
iPad mini price tracker
iPad mini competitors
At the time of the release of iPad mini there were 3 major competitors of the tablet namely Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. All of mentioned competitor tablets were running on Android platform. Some of them had better displays in terms of ppi and resolution while others more powerful quad-core processors. However neither one of them was designed and balanced good enough for modern tablet pc customers. The main issues of mentioned Android tablets were lack of available software adopted for tablets, lack of cameras and far from perfect battery time.
iPad mini features
Apple introduced very attractively designed iPad mini. The design make impression that iPad mini is significantly larger than competitors but thinner and lighter at the same time. The tablet has a lot of available applications developed for the iPad mini specific screen resolution. And the last but not least processor, graphics system and applications have an excellent balance that make iPad mini consuming much less power than competitors and therefore running longer time on the battery. Apple brand was also taken into consideration while pricing iPad mini.
iPad mini price
A lot of people recognize Apple brand and their achievements in development of extraordinary attractive and well balanced mobile devices. iPad and iPhone are very popular. iPad mini is extremely popular too. Customers are ready to pay some extra money for excellence. The popularity of iPad mini and sales number is proving previous sentence.
iPad mini Retina new features.
Since the release date there were some rumors about iPad mini with Retina display. Expectations are very high and Apple may not just ignore them. Exact changes to hardware of next generation iPad mini remain unknown. However it is logical that Apple may try to upgrade display to Retina as well as develop more powerful processor for iPad mini Retina. First version of Apple iPad mini is powered by well known processor that was designed for iPad 2 in 2011. The majority of analysts expect new iPad mini to be released in fourth quarter 2013. So Apple has enough time to bring excellent more powerful gadget with Retina display and good battery life.
According to some Apple suppliers some test samples of new Retina display for Apple iPad mini have higher resolution and Ppi than existing iPad 4. Resolution of such displays is as high as 2048×1536 pixels with 324 Ppi densities. For contrast the latest iPad 4 with Retina display has density of 264 pixels per inch.
iPad mini price expectations.
Apple may keep the same iPad mini price as for the first generation of iPad mini. This means that the price of 16GB Wi-Fi model of iPad mini 2 could be $329, 32 GB model – $429 and 64 GB model – $529. Wi-Fi + Cellurar models of iPad mini 2 may cost $459, $559 and $659 for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models respectively. If Apple decide to introduce iPad mini with 128 GB of internal memory then the price of such model could be $759.
iPad mini price summary
Excellence cost money. If you want to get originally designed and well balanced brand name mobile device then Apple iPad mini price should not be an issue. Although some people may think that iPad mini price is high others do not mind to pay some extra money for enjoying best in class mini tablet pc functionality.
No one electronic device could function without a power. This is especially true for all modern mobile gadgets such as smart phones and tablets. Gadgets are developing fast and getting more powerful processors consuming more and more power. That is why the battery is one of the most important components of mobile phones and tablets. So what do you do in case your smart phone or tablet runs out of power? Fortunately there is a way to recharge them on the fly using Anker battery charger. Anker Astro3 E Power Bank with impressive capacity of 10 000 mAh has been designed for such purpose. Anker battery charger could be extremely useful for charging smartphones with non-removable battery. More over Anker Astro3 E external battery charger could charge a pair of mobile devices simultaneously via two separate USB ports.
Anker Astro3 E Design
Anker Astro3 E power bank has a slim and stylish glossy black design, customized for Apple and Android devices. The Anker battery is not heavy.The weighs of the device is about 270 grams and dimensions are 14,2 x 7,1 x 1,5 cm. So the power bank is compact. However it is not convenient to keep it in the pocket. Anker Astro 3E belongs to the top segment of Anker battery Astro family of external chargers. There are other Anker Astro compact battery chargers of various sizes and capacities of 8400 mAh, 5600 mAh, 3200 and even Anker Astro mini 2600 mAh. They could easily fit your pocket as well as your budget.
Anker Astro3 E external battery charger adapters
Anker Astro3E power bank comes with a USB cable and different connectors including the old style Apple dock connector, micro-USB and mini-USB and a small bag for the battery storage.
Charging using Anker Astro3 E power bank
Use of a battery is very easy. Just connect to one of the two USB ports of Anker Astro3Eusing supplied adapter or proprietary charging cable. The other end of the cable simply plug into the gadget for charging. In order to start charging press the button on the center of the bottom. In about 10 seconds four LED-indicator will show the battery charge level. Each light represents approximately 25 percent of capacity.
The battery is capable of simultaneous recharge of two devices via USB port. However there is a restriction. If you connect two devices, consuming more than 3A then Astro3E automatically turn off or, if possible, reduce the output. As a result charging will be slower.
The battery capacity is pretty high. Anker Astro3E could charge all popular gadgets such as all type of iPads includind the latest iPad 4 and iPad mini, iPhone 5 as well as top Android devices such as Nexus and Samsung Galaxy line of products.
Anker battery review summary
Anker Astro3E is easy to use, good quality external battery charger that comes with convenient set of cable and USB adapters. Weight and size of the battery is not very well suited for carrying in the pocket but Astro3 E compact enough for long trips and travel. There are other Anker battery models with various capacity and dimensions available.
iPhone extended battery
There are many iPhone extended battery cases available on the market. Here is a review of 3 most popular of them.
Current price: $69.95
Maxboost Defender Air featured by powerful 2000mAh built-in battery that doubles the battery life of iPhone 5 providing additional 8 hours of talk time and 10 hours of web browsing time. The case comes with MicroUSB input port and lightning output port, and can be charged together with the iPhone via included the MicroUSB cable. Maxboost Defender Air is still small enough to fit easily in your hand or in your pocket but capable to protect your iPhone 5
Current price: $35
uNu Power DX External Protective Battery Case designed for iPhone 4S & 4 and comes with Apple Certified 30-Pin Connector and Micro USB charging Cord. Built-in 1700 mAh Lithium Polymer battery of uNu Power DX provides additional 5 hours talking/browsing time in 3G networks or up to 10 hours in 2G. Standby time of the battery is more then 210 hours. Protective case of uNu Power DX does not interfere with the signal, has a nice, glossy finish design and overall looks good with the iPhone. uNu Power DX is pretty reliable and inexpensive.
However the case adds some bulk to both in thickness and in height to the iPhone. In addition the overall weight is increased mainly because of the battery.
Current Price: 65$
Mophie juice pack air is a nice looking thin case that contains rechargeable 1500 mAh battery powerful enough to get iPhone 4/4S running for almost twice more time (up to 6 additional hours) of talking and surfing the internet. Mophie juice pack air provides up to 36 extra hours of audio and nine extra hours of video playback. At the same time Morphie juice pack air protects iPhone from scratches and damages.
iPhone extended battery cases summary
All of above mentioned iPhone extended battery cases are combining 2 in 1 external battery charger with the protective case. Normally iPhone extended battery do not provide the same quality and features as separate external battery chargers and protective cases. Those of you who want better protection and longer battery time should consider of buying separate protective case and separate battery chargers. And yes there ARE some awesome battery chargers and protective cases available on the market.