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Symbian vs Android: A Brief Comparison

Written on September 20, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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In this article, GADG has compared two of today's most popular OSes -- Symbian and Android.

When it comes to mobile phone OS, there are only two best options to take: The Symbian and the Android. Of course, both have their own specialties and drawbacks. The Symbian is said to be a really old OS with its first version (Symbian v9) being released way back in 2005. It also got numerous updates — with Symbian Belle as being the latest installment. Android, on the other hand, was launched just few months before the Symbian. It was acquired by Google in 2005 and has kicked off different Android OSes from 2008.

Since their release, these two OSes — along with their makers (Nokia and Google), have been trying to beat each other in terms of performance and service. Perhaps only the gamers have the ability to determine the real winner, as both aims to provide a superb gaming experience.

By taking the leap, you can see a brief yet detailed comparison between the Symbian and Android OS.

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LG LU6200 is Now Optimus LTE

Written on September 20, 2011 by Lulu

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LG LU6200 was seen live by Korea's Daum, and it was alleged to be re-labeled as Optimus LTE.

LG’s LU6200 4G phone was seen live by Korea’s Daum with more details regarding the said device. Its centerpiece will still be the 4.5-inch, 720p display; but it also carry a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon. LU6200 4G phone is now also believed to have a more elegant “Optimus LTE” title for now.

As shown, the hardware is still using Android 2.3.5 and may arrive that way at first. However, a leak claimed that the Ice Cream Sandwich will be an option later. The design of the said device will flesh out by an eight-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera.

A release could come as soon as early October, even though SK Telecom’s U+ services have been pushed back and could affect the Optimus LTE’s arrival as well. Its network choice makes it a strong candidate for US carriers looking to add LTE phones. Verizon could be shortlisted, given its launch of the LG Revolution in spring.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Reveals More Features

Written on September 20, 2011 by Lulu

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Samsung unveiled the price and specs of their upcoming Galaxy Tab 8.9. Check them out!

Samsung recently unveiled all the official specs of their Galaxy Tab 8.9 that is expected to arrive in Best Buy stores this Thurday. The dedicated web page shows that its 16GB Wi-Fi model will cost around $469 as expected. The larger capacity, which is 32GB, will be at $569 per unit.

The feature for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is posted after the jump.

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Samsung Smart TV Gets Blinkbox Streaming Service

Written on September 20, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Samsung partners with Blinkbox to offer video-on-demand services for its Smart TV.

Samsung recently announced that Blinkbox, a video-on-demand service, with be joining the company’s other offerings for its web-based Smart TVs. These includes Lovefilm, Acetrax, BBC iPlayer and Box Office 365. Blinkbox will be available via download from Samsung Apps; so Samsung Smart TV, Blu-ray player and home theater system owners will be able to access the service.

Blinkbox offers more than 9,000 streamed movies and TV shows on either free or paid basis. The latter will enable subscribers for an uninterrupted viewing. The video-on-demand service caters to wide market, providing foreign language movies, documentaries and new releases often available on the same day of its DVD launch. Initially, Blinkbox will be exclusively available to Samsung Smart TV — with an exemption to Sony PS3 owners.

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LG Optimus Q2 Show Off its Features

Written on September 19, 2011 by Lulu

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LG's Optimus Q2 is slated to be released next week with its several new features and designs.

LG launched the second wave of their high-end messaging smartphones on late Sunday. The said company unleashed the Optimus Q2 with its new design that centers on a considerably larger four-inch, IPS-based LCD screen with a very bright 700-nit output.

The Android 2.3 hardware is also one of the first smartphones in the field with a newly upgraded 1.2GHz Tegra 2, and should surpass the performance of the T-Mobile G2X — also known as Optimus 2X.

The device’s design is intended to evade some of the bulk of other slider phones, while improving on the comfort of its predecessor. LG claimed that the Q2 is almost a tenth of an inch thinner than its competitors, and 0.35 ounces lighter than its ancestor. It has a strictly average five-megapixel back camera and a VGA front camera, but it included Wi-Fi Direct for faster sharing when devices support it.

The launch of the Optimus Q2 is scheduled next week for Europe. Other networks haven’t been detailed, even though it might ship in on Sprint as just the Q.

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Motorola Droid Bionic Wrap-Up: Specs, Price, Availability

Written on September 18, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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"The Bionic is a great choice for right now, the best combination of wireless and device speed that we've yet seen on Verizon." --- Engadget

The DROID BIONIC by Motorola is already here, and it’s providing a superb mixture of abilities and features that are not yet seen in other high-end smartphones. This latest Android handset is said to be designed for people who need a tool to help them control most of the aspects of their busy lives — career, social activities, and entertainment. The DROID BIONIC is the first smartphone on Verizon that is jam-packed with a dual-core processor and 4G LTE connectivity, helping you download heavy contents in remarkable speed.

It has an impressive 4.3-inch Corning® Gorilla® Glass touchscreen display, which could give you nothing but the best user experience. But what really makes the DROID BIONIC stand out over its competitors is its accessories pack. The device supports Motorola’s WebTop dock and could even connect to LapDock chassis. It also features a TI OMAP processor, which is proven to be one of the quicker and more efficient chip sets in all mobile devices and computer tablets alike.

Posted after the jump is everything the Motorola Droid Bionic are packing.

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Archos to Launch Two G9 Android 3.2 Tablets this Month

Written on September 18, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Archos just announced that its G9 Android tablets will begin hitting the store shelves later this month.

Archos is now set to release two Android 3.2 computer tablets this September: An 8-inch and 10-inch screen variants of the Archos G9 device. Both tablets will be available for pre-selling beginning September 20, 2011.

The 8-inch G9 tablet, also known as the Archos 80, will feature a 1024×768 resolution display, an 8GB flash storage, and will be powered by a 1GHz Cortex A9 dual-core processor. The 10-inch Archos 101, on the other hand, comes with a 1280×800 screen resolution, 1.5GHz OMAP 4 dual-core processors, and a whopping 16GB of storage. The two tablets are expected to be somewhat bulky and heavy — the Archos 80 has a thickness of 0.46 inches and a weight of 17 ounces, while the Archos 101 gets a measurement of 0.5 inches and 1.5 pounds.

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Samsung Reveals Illusion for Verizon

Written on September 17, 2011 by Lulu

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Samsung confirmed that their Illusion smartphone will be on Verizon through a post on Flickr.

Samsung gave away the game for its upcoming Illusion smartphone when they posted a preview of it through Flickr on Thursday. Even if the said post just have few details, it confirms the SCH-I110 badge and that it will top out at 3G for data.

Its also said that the device will use a variant on Samsung’s most recent TouchWiz interface for Android 2.3 scaled down to smaller screens. Aside from its Sustainable Product Certification as a more eco-friendly phone, most other details have been up in the air. Common leaks have claimed that it either use an 800MHz or 1GHz processor, a three-to-five megapixel camera and a 320×480 screen.

The Illusion is expected to arrive to Verizon on September 29, and it will cost around $100 on a contract as an option for those who want a modern Samsung Android phone but don’t need the Droid Charge or the other high-end model.

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ASUS Eee Pad Slider, Set to Arrive on Late September to US

Written on September 15, 2011 by Lulu

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ASUS already announced the arrival of its Eee Pad Slidder in the US.

ASUS announced the details regarding the arrival of Eee Pad Slider to US during the Pepcom event last Wednesday night. The firm’s unique, tilt-sliding tablet will be arriving in the US shore by the end of September; and will cost about $475 for a 16GB Wi-Fi version and $575 for 32GB. The models for US will ship in with Androiod 3.2 already installed.

The said device is fundamentally similar to the relatively popular Transformer with the following features.

– 10-inch IPS-based touchscreen
– NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
– Five megapixel rear camera
– 1.2 megapixel front camera

ASUS design is intended for those users who wanted the Transformer’s keyboard dock in an integrated design. However, the Eee Pad Slider is heavier and thicker than the earlier device. It comes around 2.12 pounds and 0.68 inches thick. The sad part is, its battery life will be shorter than the Transformer union’s 16 hours.

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HTC Sensation XE: The New Dual-core Monster

Written on September 15, 2011 by Adam Eve

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HTC is unleasing its new monster with dual-core processor this year -- the Sensation XE.

HTC just announced the Sensation XE, a monster that gathers everything the company has to offer. The device features 4.3-inch qHD S-LCD display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, Beats Audio and the latest Android and Sense software.

The HTC Sensation XE is based on HTC Sensation’s Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset, but with a dual-core CPU clocked at 1.5GHz. However, it offers the same 768MB RAM, Adreno 220 GPU, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and HTC Sense 3.5 UI.

The HTC Sensation XE is the first smartphone to carry the Beats Audio logo, and it will come with new Beats headset and some of its audio magic — bringing in a dramatic improvement in the sonic experience. As for the camera, the device features an 8-megapixel stills and 1080p video recording. There’s also a dual LED flash and a front-facing VGA camera on board. In terms of connectivity, the HTC Sensation XE has a quad-band GSM, dual-band 3G with HSPA support, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and FM Radio. The device also comes with 3.5mm audio jack, MHL-enabled microUSB port and microSD card slot.

HTC’s Sensation XE is expected to hit the stores on Q4 2011, while its price is yet to be disclosed. Meanwhile, bear in mind that the device is not the rumored Runnymede.

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