*+-Locking your Android smartphone with a password, PIN or unlock pattern is your first defense against those who would use it for malicious purposes like stealing your info or sending joke texts to your friends and family. Many people think that using a method like this just takes too long and makes turning on a […]
*+-If you read my post comparing the Kindle Fire to the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, you probably think you know how this particular matchup is going to end. After all, the Nook has many of the same limitations as the Fire, including limited hardware and app selection. However, the Nook has some benefits over the Kindle Fire that make it a better choice for some consumers, even over the Tab 2.
*+-HTC Sense is one of the most extensive Android user interface “skins” or “overlays” or whatever you want to call them. I also think it’s the best. However, I know there are many of you out there who abhor all skins and want the pure Google experience or nothing else. There are pros and cons to both.
*+-The Northwestern University office of Information Technology has a campaign going on across campus and online reminding students of basic, but often overlooked security measures they should take to protect themselves in the digital world. Colorful posters remind them to set strong passwords, look out for phishing scams, and be careful what they post on […]
*+-Recently the Associated Press published an article claiming that for most people the word iPad is synonymous with “tablet”. The implication being that there aren’t any other tablets worth people’s brainspace around, thus the iPad is the default. However, I think both Amazon and Barnes & Noble can cite a few million reasons why that […]
*+-There are thousands, if not millions, of smartphone accessories in the world for iPhones, Androids, BlackBerry, even Windows Phone. Naturally, some of these will be useful and awesome and others will be kind of meh. But some accessories are so bad that it makes you question whether we deserve the end of the world the […]
*+-In the comments on my review of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from Verizon Wireless, reader Karen Murray said something interesting. She told us that she bought the tablet on contract plus a basic phone instead of a smartphone. Since no one offers family data plans yet, it made more sense for her to ditch the […]
*+-With the release of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 there is now four great 7-inch Android tablets on the market that cost $250 or less. This is great news for consumers on a budget but does create a problem: which one should you buy? It’s not just a matter of picking the least expensive, you […]
*+-It looks like the high cost of gas isn’t going down anytime soon, even if we increase domestic drilling as certain candidates for the presidency suggest. The best way to avoid paying too much at the pump is to keep on top of the cheapest gas prices in your area. Luckily you can do so right from your Android smartphone.
*+-With the introduction of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Samsung has entered the low-cost tablet space with an excellent entrant. Priced at $249, it’s only $50 more than the $199 Kindle Fire from Amazon. The price alone is enough to tempt many users, but $50 is a significant gap when budgets are tight. Is the Galaxy Tab 2 worth the $50 premium?
*+-Today Barnes and Noble announced their new Nook eReader, which is strikingly similar to the “old” Nook eReader. The updated model adds a new feature that aims to solve the last major problem with eInk eReaders: you need a light if you want to read in the dark. The new Nook adds a feature dubbed GlowLight which lights up the eInk display with an adjustable, easy-on-the-eyes light that is bright enough to read by but not enough to disturb someone next to you.
*+-According to research cited by Samsung, over 80% of tablet owners use the device while sitting in front of the TV. Because of this, Samsung included an IR blaster on the Galaxy Tab 2 along with the Peel Smart Remote app. The idea is to make the Tab 2 the center of your home media setup, thus making it the center of your world.
*+-Even though my tablet doesn’t have a number and can’t make calls (without help), it’s still a useful platform for Google Voice. Same with Android media players like the Samsung Galaxy Player. In fact, with Google Voice you can turn a non-phone device into a free texting paradise for a kid or teen.
*+-Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab represents a welcome shift in the company’s attitude toward the tablet market. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 offers the full tablet experience with the newest Android operating system, Bluetooth, cameras, and a few other extras Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s tablets don’t offer. All for $249.
*+-Along with the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 that we just reviewed, Samsung also announced today that the 10.1-inch variant is just a few weeks away. The Tab 2 10.1 will hit stores on May 13th, though pre-orders begin on May 4th. It’s priced at a sweet $399. Samsung is shifting away from creating tablets only […]
*+-One of the more interesting features of the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 is the ability to tether it to another phone with Bluetooth 3.0 and use it as a sort of extra handset for taking calls. While there’s a narrow use case for this, there is a way to turn the Galaxy Player (or other […]
*+-This week Samsung launched their new Galaxy Player 3.6, a smaller version of the non-phone Android devices they introduced to the U.S. last fall. The Player 3.6 runs the Gingerbread variant of Android and works just like a smartphone with the exception of making calls or having a connection to cellular data. It costs $149 […]
*+-Tumblr updated their official Android app yesterday with a new user interface, enhanced photo browsing and a section for the Tumblr radar. The app needed some freshening for sure, but the developers at the microblogging platform still seem clueless about how to make a good mobile experience. Options that should be at your fingertips are […]
*+-The iPad has always been a great magazine and newspaper reading platform, and with the Retina Display update in the iPad 3rd gen, users have one more great reason to go all digital with their periodicals. Many popular magazines put out digital issues in the form of apps, but there are other options, especially if […]