We already know that the Nokia Lumia 925 will be available in the UK (as well as in other markets) starting June. But now a British retailer has provided an exact launch day for the new handset: June 12.
The retailer is Digital Phone Company, and it’s asking £589.99 (about €693 or $895) for a SIM free Lumia 925. That’s definitely expensive, but the price will almost surely go down as the launch day gets closer. To pre-order the 925 from Galaxy S4 Case Company, go here. If you don’t want it SIM-free, various plans on Vodafone and T-Mobile are available (£42.00 pre month will get you a free 925).
O2 will sell the Nokia Lumia 925 in the UK, too, offering an exclusive white edition.
In Germany, the new Lumia might be available as soon as June 10. In the US, the Windows Phone 8 handset will be sold only via T-Mobile – most probably also staring June. We’ll report back when we have fresh details on this.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note was a game-changer when it launched (September 2011) and the Korean company are gearing up to announce the third device in the range , the Galaxy Note 3. They are expected to unveil the phablet at this years IFA 2013, which begins on September 6th in Berlin. We’ve already reported on a number of rumours about the phablet – somewhere between a phone and a tablet – so what can we expect when Samsung unveil the Galaxy Note 3?
With each iteration the Galaxy Note’s display has got bigger and the same is expected with the Note 3. It’s rumoured to have a whopping 6 inch touch-screen – the Note 2 had a 5.5 inch display – bringing it even closer to the size of the smallest tablets (7 inches).
Excitingly, we’ve also heard that the Note 3′s display will be flexible. The new plastic OLED technology will reduce the weight and thickness of the screen – without compromising on durability. One downside of its inclusion could be a reduction in screen resolution – with 1080p UBP displays currently proving difficult to produce.
Samsung’s flagship devices – including the Note & S-ranges – have often been criticised for their plastic-designs. So far the manufacturer has stuck to its gun – even with the recent Galaxy S4 – and we see no reason why they’d change their policy with the Note 3.
The Galaxy Note 3 is likely to adopt a similar design to Samsung’s recently launched smartphone. They’ll be keen to keep the size down to a minimum to accommodate the new larger display – they can achieve this by reducing the bezel, while the plastic OLED screen would naturally reduce the weight of the phablet. We can only hope the phablet ends up as beautiful as the concept design posted above – which was submitted to Concept-phones.
Power & Performance
The Galaxy S4 launched Samsung’s Exynos 5 octa-core processor – although it wasn’t included in the UK model. We’re hopeful – and somewhat confident – that the Note 3 will include the new 8 core-processor , which delivers cutting-edge performance and minimises power consumption.
At the back of our mind we know it’s still possible that Samsung havn’t quite resolved the issues with the new chip. If that’s the case then we’d – yet again- have to settle for a quad-core chip. Either way the processor will be backed up by 2GB and a next-gen graphics chip.
Fresh rumours, reported by SamMobile, suggest that the Note 3 will include a 13 mega-pixel snapper – identical to the one present on the Galaxy S4. A leaked image purportedly taken on the Note 3 also surfaced – which we’ve posted for you to checkout below. The image isn’t the best quality and has no doubt been compressed before being posted online – but the accompanying technical camera data seems pretty legit to us.
Android & Software Features
Android Key Lime Pie should have been unveiled by the time the Note 3 lands – and therefore we’re hopeful it’ll come with pre-loaded with the next version of Android. Its sure to come with Samsung’s S-Pen interface which could interact with Samsung’s new hovering Air Gesture feature. Eye-Scroll and Eye Pause – introduced on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Case – also look set to feature enabling you to control the tablet with your eyes.
Launch Date & Price
The Galaxy Note 3 will be unveiled on September 6th and will go on sale at the end of November – if previous releases are anything to go by. We expect prices to start at around £550, which should get you the 32GB 4G-enabled model.
New Delhi: Flagship phones are supposed to make us stand up and take notice, but not the Samsung Galaxy S4. It’s not that there is not much good in it, only that the not-so-good somehow managed to put me off.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 isn’t a worthy successor to the Galaxy S III. This is what I had written in my Galaxy S III review, “Human nature is that we tend to get attached with others who understand us, fulfil our needs and desires and generally take care of us. But when a human and a smartphone develop a similar bond, it should seem to be out of the ordinary. But it is not, when the gadget in question is the Samsung Galaxy S III – the smartphone right on top of the Samsung line up. While reviewing the unit I got so attached to it that even I set my photograph as the wallpaper, as if I owned it.”
The S4 couldn’t continue the connection that I had developed with its predecessor. The S4, to me, is somewhat like a richly dressed stale salad. I fully agree wit AP’s Anick Jesdanun, when he says in his review that the “Galaxy S4 decent, but filled with gimmicks”.
The software features in the Galaxy S4 that Samsung is bragging so much about, after a week\’s of usage, appear to be mere promotional gimmicks.
Quite a lot about the phone is gimmicky and as a consumer I would like to spend my money for stuff that I would actually use and not some cheap tricks that I have to scratch my head over on how to turn them off. But that said, as I pointed out before, the S4 maybe gimmicky but not a disaster.
At first glance, the Galaxy S4 looks quite like the Galaxy S III, but with a patterned back. The Galaxy S4 is based on the same design principles as the Galaxy S III. Made of polycarbonate, the Galaxy SIII’s rear is plain, while the Galaxy S4 has a patterned, glossy rear panel, that looks gaudy. The phone is surprisingly light and is in fact lighter than its arch-rival the HTC One. But the HTC One has a metallic body and scores higher in design.
Whilst the plastic is unimpressive, but the phone’s rounded corners make it easy to grip the device and the corners don’t jut into your palm. Operating this gigantic 5-inch device with a single hand was a duck soup.
The phone features a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at 441 ppi. The display is amazing and produces rich colours. Text appears crisp and photographs look detailed. The display has Gorilla Glass protection. Viewing angles are great and navigation is smooth. At 468 ppi, the HTC One, however, has a higher pixel density than the Galaxy S4, but the pixel density war should not matter much as the naked eye cannot distinguish much between a 441 and 468 ppi.
The software that Samsung has added to the S4 only compounds the disappointment of its exterior. The software features in the Galaxy S4 that Samsung is bragging so much about, after a week’s of usage, appear to be mere promotional gimmicks. At the Galaxy S4 launch event in March, the same features sounded interesting, but the actual use lead to an altogether different story. Much like so many other reviewers, I was soon looking for ways to turn those features off.
The dual-camera feature lets you simultaneously shoot with the front and rear cameras, but what good is a stamp size image of the person taking the photo? The sound and shoot allows you to record a few seconds of audio before a picture is captured, but if we wanted our images to have audio in them, wouldn’t we simply record Galaxy S4 Cases?
The not-so-smart Smart Scroll feature lets you scroll a page you are reading on the phone without touching the screen. This feature didn’t ease my reading experience, instead left me with a pain in my neck.
Now on to a little of the good.
The phone has a 13 megapixel rear and a 2 megapixel front camera; both capture brilliant images. The S4 has quality speakers that produce loud and clear sound, but the HTC One – equipped with the Beats Audio sound technology – trounces the Galaxy S4 in sound quality. The phone runs Android 4.2 OS with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. There is not much change in the user interface. In fact, the HTC One has a cleaner UI than the Galaxy S4. The phone also supports 1080p video recording and playback and wathcing videos on the S4 was an amazing experience.
Equipped with an octa-core processor and 2GB RAM, the phone is powerful, lets you multitask and run scores of heavy apps simultaneously, but there is one thing that is misleading and buyers should be aware of. The phone includes four processors clocked at 1.6GHz for heavier tasks and four processors clocked at 1.2GHz for handling lighter tasks. A lot of buyers have this perception that the phone has eight cores and thus they will get significantly more power on the Galaxy S4 than any quad-core phone, while the fact is that only four cores work at a time in the Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy S4 has a decent battery life, but not great. The phone could not last for a day, while the fully charged HTC One had enough juice to last for around a day. What I observed was that on normal usage there was only 26 per cent battery left after 12 hours.
For an optimal screen rotation experience ensure that both auto rotation and smart rotation options are not on at the same time, else you might feel a delay in the screen getting rotated.
Though the phone has 16GB of memory on board and supports a microSD card up to 64GB, but out of 16GB, only half of the memory, i.e., 8.82 GB is user-accessible. But Samsung allows you to expand the memory up to 64GB and this compensates. The call quality and reception is good.
Also if the hardware in the Galaxy S4 impresses you but the software disappoints, Google has a solution tailor-made for you. At its I/O 2013 developers conference, Google unveiled the Nexus variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that comes with an unadulterated version of Android on it. But there’s yet no word when the Nexus version of the S4 would be available in India.
Samsung officials have confirmed that Galaxy Note 2 successor will debut in September with a 5.9-inch OLED screen
Samsung’s chief executive has confirmed that the third-generation phablet, Galaxy Note 3 will make a debut in September at the IFA, Berlin.
The Galaxy Note 2 successor will be seen flaunting a 5.9-inch OLED screen, no flexible screen though. As Samsung chief executive JK Shin explained, ‘more time will be needed,’ for that.
We have heard bucket load of rumors surrounding the device. While some indicate that the plastic surface of the device will allow it to be thinner i.e 0.31-inch (8mm) and lighter in comparison to the Note 2 at 0.37-inch (9.4mm) thickness, others state that the device will be equipped with tough almost ‘unbreakable’ display.
There is also a possibility of a new feature known as S-Orb which is a extension of the 360 Photo feature on the Galaxy S4 to arrive on Galaxy Note 3.
Apart from the impressive display and a rumored 3300mAh Li-Ion battery life, the device is also said to be powered by 1.8GHz Exynos 5 Octa eight-core processor ( same as Galaxy S4), Mali-T604 GPU and a 2GB RAM.
The Korean giant is also likely to feature its popular S-Pen stylus with possibly better precision, fluidity, shape and formula recognition along with a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera with 720p video capture and video calls. In addition we are also likely to see camera enhancements like digital stabilization for images and video, panoramic mode, HDR mode, face, Air view, and smile detection among others.
The only piece of “new” hardware announced during Google I/Othis week is a forthcoming version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 that will be sold without Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. The device will be unlocked and can work on either AT&T’s or T-Mobile’s networks in the U.S. The cost is significant, though, at $649. Who is this phone for?
First and foremost, this GS4 variant will act a lot like a Google Nexus-branded device, but without the actual Nexus branding. That means it will run a clean, unaltered version of Android 4.2.2 when it ships. Some call it stock Android; it’s the way Google envisions Android should look, feel and behave. The biggest benefit this offers is timely system updates. As with the other Nexus gear out there, the naked GS4 will receive system updates as soon as Google prepares them. For users who always want to have the most recent version of Android, this is the way to go.
Further, it will have an unlocked bootloader. This means owners won’t have to root it if they want to install custom operating system builds. Most Android handsets ship with a locked bootloader, which makes installing custom ROMs a troublesome process that requires rooting. Rooting carries a small risk of bricking the handset. Owners of this unlocked GS4 won’t have to worry about performing that step should they decide to modify the software.
[ For more news from Google I/O, see Google I/O: Where's Android? ]
By ditching TouchWiz and sticking with stock Android, this version of the GS4 loses a lot, too. Some of the best features of the Galaxy S4 are the innovative applications and features added by Samsung to the base Android experience. Take the camera, for example. The Google GS4 won’t have any of the fun and creative shooting modes offered by the Samsung GS4, such as Drama Shot, Eraser Shot, Best Photo, and others. In fact, the stock Android camera is a fairly simple affair. Along with the camera innovations, you can say goodbye to Samsung’s Story Album app, which lets you create digital photo albums and order prints.
Other missing features include the TV remote control software and WatchOn, Samsung’s video discovery service. No Air View and Air Gesture for interacting with the screen without touching it. No Smart Scroll or Smart Stay for using your face and eyes to control the browser or video content. No S Health to monitor your activity, exercise and food intake. Last, no multitasking in multiple windows on the screen.
You do get an excellent piece of raw hardware, though. The GS4 has a fantastic 5-inch HD display, quad-core processor, 13-megapixel camera, expandable storage, LTE 4G and so on.
Ah, but what about the price? If you want to buy the Samsung Galaxy S 4 from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA or Verizon Wireless without signing a contract, they’ll ask the same $649 for it. That’s the actual retail cost of the phone. (Remember, U.S. operators subsidize the cost to get the price point down to more palatable levels.) For many, that $649 is worth the cost to get an unlocked device running a stock version of Android. (It’s also the same price you’ll pay to buy an unlocked version of the Apple iPhone 5.)
If $649 is too pricey but you still want an unlocked, stock Android device, Google still sells the LG-made Nexus 4 for $299/$349.
In the end, it boils down to your priorities. If you’re the type who likes to tinker with your handset’s software, either the Nexus 4 or the Google Galaxy S 4 is a fine choice. The GS4, however, gives you LTE, a better camera, and a better screen when compared to the Nexus 4. If you’re not into modding your device and you might miss the features added by Samsung, then stick with a regular version of the Galaxy S 4 sold by the carrier of your choice.
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Yesterday at Google I/O, the company announced something it hasn’t before: a stock version of an existing Android handset. Is it better than a Nexus, though? Yes…and no.
First, what exactly is this phone? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a Galaxy S4 that runs stock Android. Google will sell it through the Play Store (like a Nexus) for $649. It will work on T-Mobile and AT&T LTE bands and launches on June 26th. It will come with an unlocked bootloader and Google promises it will receive timely updates, much like the Nexus line.
So what’s the real difference between this and a Nexus? More than you’d think.
The Hardware Gives You More Control Than a Nexus
Since this phone is using mostly unmodified hardware, there are a few key distinctions between this and Nexus hardware. For starters, you have a micro SD card slot. With the exception of the Nexus One, Google has abandoned the usage of expandable storage on the Nexus line. The company explains that it does so to avoid confusion over where to put data. Simpler for the user, simpler for developers. Of course, there’s also the issue of multi-user support, though that’s something that can be resolved. It’s just very difficult. Regardless of the reasons, though, if you want a device with expandable storage, a Nexus is not an option for you. Now, however, stock Android is.
You also get a removable battery. While there isn’t the same policy against removable batteries per se, all of the modern Nexuses (the 4, 7, and 10) lack the ability to easily remove your battery. The Galaxy Nexus still has this option, but it’s also about a year and a half old now. The Galaxy S4 is now the most modern, powerful handset running stock Android that you can take the battery out of.
For users who like options, this is a great thing. There’s plenty of argument to be made on both sides about whether micro SD cards and removable batteries are necessary features, but if you land in the “Yes” camp, you’re covered here.
It Gets All the Same Software Benefits
So, you don’t get all the hardware downsides of having a Nexus. What about the software upsides? You get those too! As we stated earlier, you get access to updates sooner. How much sooner? Well, last year, Android 4.2 was announced on October 29th. By November 13th, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 owners received the bump, with other Nexus devices getting the upgrade shortly thereafter.
A pure Android Galaxy S4isn’t likely to drive blowout sales, but it could give Samsung and Google a boost in other ways.
Google on Wednesday at its Google I/O developer conference unveiled a special model of Samsung’s flagship smartphone that runs a pure version of Android. What that means is the GS4 model won’t ship with Samsung’s oft-criticized TouchWiz user interface, and the device will receive Android system updates as soon as they’re available.
But the device also has some drawbacks. It’s pricey — $649, to be exact — and is only available through the Google Play store. It also only runs on AT&T and T-Mobile, and it likely won’t be promoted by the carriers. In addition, it’s unclear whether all features of the mainstream GS4 will translate to the pure Android version.
“For lots of consumers, the initial cost is so high,” Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “They’re not doing it for sales.”
So why offer it? Google and Samsung likely never expected many mainstream consumers to buy the device. But it could appeal to developers and ultra Android fans who deride custom software interfaces slapped on top of Android. Other handset vendors, like HTC, also offer special developer versions of their devices with an unlocked bootloader, which allows users to install custom ROMs.
For Samsung, the device could mean earlier access to the newest releases of Android, while appeasing other handset makers that don’t have the same privilege. Google simply can point out that the relationship is similar to the Nexus program, which always gets preferential treatment. And it’s a way for Samsung to play nice with its close software partner, quelling some recent talk of troubles with Google.
The device also allows Samsung to offer a pure Android experience — to the users who really want it — without giving up its strong Galaxy branding. In addition, even if some people buy the Google version of the GS4 instead of the regular version, it’s still sales for Samsung.
For Google, it allows the company to offer one of the best smartphones on the market with software the way Google envisioned it. Google hasn’t had much success selling devices through its store, and most of those products didn’t come with the highest-end hardware. The LG Nexus 4, for example, didn’t incorporate 4G LTE, despite that the technology was becoming standard in most new devices. The GS4, however, is expected to post blockbuster sales, and Google now can say one of the world’s most popular devices comes with a pure Android option.
The device also may buy Google a little time to get the much-rumored and highly anticipated Motorola phone ready. If the online giant wants that device to be successful, it wouldn’t make much sense to release a new Nexus phone right before its launch.
So even if sales are low, it might not matter at all to Samsung and Google. They’re likely getting exactly what they expected.
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One of the most requested HTC One Accessories is the weather proof case. The importance of having an HTC One case that is weather proofed is extremely high, mainly because the HTC One does not have extreme amounts of protection. While it is an amazing phone with incredible capabilities, it is quite vulnerable to the elements. Thus, if you are stuck in a rain storm, you may find that your HTC One is not completely safe by simply resting in your pocket.
If you live in a city that gets decent amount of rain, or if you simply want to protect your HTC One from the outside world, than you will want to purchase an HTC One weather-proofed case. But what are the best cases for this type of HTC One Skin?
The best covers will be made of highly durable materials such as rubber, carbon fiber and hard plastic. With Samsung Galaxy S4 Case you may need to get a new one if you previously owned an Samsung Galaxy S4. Sprint and Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 cases may not fit the Samsung Galaxy S4 although the phones look seemingly identical.
3. Samsung Galaxy S4 Skin
Docking stations for the Samsung Galaxy S4 have multiple purposes. Most brands act as chargers while others contain back-up batteries to use while your battery is charging. It also features hands-free viewing of videos and web pages. Many docking stations also come with speakers and an alarm clock.
4. Samsung Galaxy S4 Covers
It is a real pain to replace Samsung Galaxy S4 batteries An innovative new entry into the accessory market for Samsung Galaxy S4s is the charging case. Along with many of the other must-have Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories, the Samsung Galaxy S4 charging case has multiple purposes. The cases act as an external power source while the shell protects the phone from dirt, dust and damage from scratches and falls.
When you read the discount and then you discover that they are giving ree shipping? you can afford to not buy Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Covers. Know that in most cases there charges are added in your initial cost of the case. There can be such business where they are accommodating for every shipping of a case to every customer at their own expense. They are there for business, not to help you, for business sake.
Billing errors: most online business will not have the option of cash for payments and will give option of debit cards payments. The problem arises when you are paying for an Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Skin and you give details of your card to be credited, sometimes there are errors and in most cases who suffer is the customer. It will be rare for the dealer to end having less than the actual price, but for the customer youl hear of deductions having been made, more than what as agreed on, all is called errors. What I don understand is how errors will only bend on one side, favoring the dealer and not the customer.
With the newly released Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Skins, there are truck fulls of accessories barreling not far behind. Alone, the device can do some pretty amazing things, especially with the almost unlimited amount of apps at your fingertips. Something so technical and tiny has so much power, but like every good consumer you need to protect your investment. Companies have mass produced literally dozens of contraptions to help you with that ever soft, peace of mind.