Posts tagged with: Galaxy Note II
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    We've recently compared the camera performance on the new HTC One with the imaging capabilities of the Verizon HTC Droid DNA, as well as the PureView on the Nokia Lumia 920 and 808 PureView. Additionally we stacked it up against the Apple iPhone 5 and now it's time to compare it against another phone renowned for being one of the best cameras on a non-PureView phone: the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Note: The Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Samsung Galaxy S III feature very similar camera offerings. HTC chose to be different from everybody out there: the Taiwanese company decided that they ...

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    Samsung sure spent a lot of time at last night's Galaxy S 4 launch event talking about the phone's software; indeed, by comparison, hardware was esentially glossed right over, and we weren't able to confirm several key specs until getting to see the company's press release. For owners of existing Samsung phones, that may have gotten you a little hopeful, wondering if you might see some of these same features migrate to your older hardware. While the full picture isn't yet available, some early comments from a Samsung exec sound very promising. Samsung VP Nick DiCarlo spoke about the ...

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    Smartphone nuts like us demand the newest and best hardware. Retailers like Amazon are all too aware of this, so when something better comes along, you'd better believe that it's interested in offloading old stock. With the Galaxy S IV just about to go official, Samsung is trying to wring a few more sales out of the Galaxy S III towel, offering some big savings on both it and the Galaxy Note II. The biggest discount is for the Galaxy S III on Verizon, which Amazon is knocking down to just one cent on-contract, down from around $70. Sprint's GS3 sports the same offer, though it already had ...

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    The big problem with Android on full-scale tablets, as we've pointed out time and time again, is that there's no significant Android app ecosystem at that screen size. Google Play apps written for smartphones automatically scale up and work well enough, sure, but it's certainly not an ideal experience at anything over 7 inches - a fact Apple harped on during its iPad mini launch event. That's an old conversation, and we along with others have spent the better part of a year speculating on possible solutions to this problem. Of course, the short answer is "Android devs need to code more ...

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    Around here, we're no strangers to wrist-worn smart devices. From bare-bones Bluetooth sport watches to full-on smartphones condensed to wearable size, we've seen them all. Problem is, we haven't been all that impressed by what we've seen. Whether by halfhearted design or a misguided quest for all-encompassing functionality, most of the intelligent watches we've strapped on have very quickly found themselves retired to the novelty drawer. Last year, a company named Pebble -formerly Allerta- burst onto the scene with aspirations to change all that. Pebble's halo product: an e-paper-based ...

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    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily was we talk about the White House's recent decision to figure out a way to legalize carrier unlocks. Then we move to Microsoft as a new job posting hints to the next versions of Windows Phone 8 to come. We later talk a ton about Samsung, starting with the Galaxy Note 8.0 being spotted in black. We later talk about the recent video discovered where you can unlock any of the newer Galaxy S smartphones with a tweak in the emergency dialer. We end today's show talking about the Galaxy S 4 leaks of possible eye-control. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    Apple just had its own little embarrassment with an exploit being discovered that could allow an attacker to bypass a user's lock screen and get limited access to the phone, though we've seen a fix already implemented in the latest iOS 6.1.3 beta. Now it's Samsung's turn to deal with some similar fallout, upon a new lock screen bypass being uncovered for its Galaxy series phones. The impact here might be less than with the iOS vulnerability, but there are still a few reasons to be concerned. As per usual, emergency call settings are exploited, and after bringing up a user's emergency ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Note II is the gold standard when it comes to phablets, so of course we had to compare it against ZTE's new 5.7-incher, the Grand Memo. While the Grand Memo's screen isn't that much bigger than the Note II's the handset itself is noticeably taller. ZTE goes with a higher-resolution camera than the Note II's, but you pay for that with a much larger camera bulge. ZTE may get around to releasing a stylus, but even if it does, it won't have the high-precision Wacom digitizer used by the Note II, nor will there be a convenient place to store it on the phone itself.

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    Any company, regardless of industry, is only as successful as its marketing reach. If someone doesn't know about a product, they can't buy it. Some companies do this by word of mouth, others turn to social networks to spread the news of their products, others spend gazillions of dollars on TV and more traditional ads. Each marketing strategy has its strengths and weaknesses, and each appeals to a different demographic segment. Samsung decided to go all-in with the Oscars this year, placing six ads -- one including a cameo by film director Tim Burton. The agency behind the ad campaign, ...

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    Once considered a niche device that held no true purpose, the tablet has beat all odds to become a thriving, mainstream product. It has come to be a choice item in many people's mobile arsenal, a common household item for many. For me, the tablet has become a staple in my workflow. Such is the case for many of the people I know – colleagues, friends, family and strangers. I can't go to the local coffee shop without seeing at least a couple people plop their iPad on the table. And just about all hours of the day, I have my iPad mini propped up, waiting to notify me of any incoming ...

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    The question on everyone's mind right now is whether the LG Optimus G Pro is good enough to make customers buy it instead of Samsung's six-month old Note II. Both South Korean phablets have 5.5 inch displays but the LG Optimus G Pro has a higher resolution, as well as a higher megapixel rating for the camera. We're looking at the two competitors in the video below and we're emphasizing on specs, features, as well as build quality and size. Obviously the Optimus G Pro doesn't have a stylus, like the Note II's S-Pen, but for those who are not fans of the input device, or don't use it, this ...

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    We recently talked about smartphones, brand names, and saturation of the major players in the mobile arena, and the fact that handsets powered by Android make up over 50% of the market share. It may come as somewhat of a surprise to learn that when it comes to corporations, Android comes in around 26% -- second to iOS at 37%. Samsung doesn't like that is has a plan to do something about it. They're calling it SAFE -- "Samsung Approved For Enterprise" or "Samsung For Enterprise" for short. SAFE is built on "four pillars": enabling workers to access their corporate email, calendar, and ...

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    Rarely has the "lull" between trade shows given us so much to talk about. We kicked off the week with an exciting announcement welcoming two new members to the Pocketnow team, and since then we've barely been able to keep news, editorials, and videos on the front page long enough to read them. This feed is on fire. From ever-strengthening rumors about the HTC M7 and Samsung Galaxy S IV, to interviews with newcomers like Jolla, to new looks at old friends with BlackBerry 10, to modding and jailbreaking today's top smartphones, we've gotten a lot done since the last episode of the Weekly, ...

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    A short time ago, every high-end Android handset was pitted against Apple's famed iPhone. Few were fortunate enough to be called an "iPhone killer", and even fewer lived up to the name. Those days are long gone, though. It's more evident now than ever that Android and iOS are two vastly different platforms and comparing the hardware is more like comparing fruits and vegetables thanks apples and oranges. Not to mention, the iPhone met its match nearly two years ago when the first LTE and dual-core handsets hit shelves. Now we're on to quad- and octa-core processors, 5-inch (and larger) ...

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