Monthly Archives: September 2013

Android

Lifeproof Samsung Galaxy S3 case review

Are you the type of mobile user who needs protection against drops and water? You’ll have a hard time finding something better than Lifeproof’s Galaxy S3 case. Designed to withstand drops, dirt, dust, water, and life, these cases are an all-in-one protection solution. We’ve tested the case ourselves and found that not only does it do the job, but it doesn’t add much bulk or weight. Chances are good that you’ve seen how thick some cases can get (ahem, Otterbox) –  this is not that.

We liked that all of the phone functions work without a hitch, including camera, volume, and power buttons. Ports (3.5 headphone, microphone, speakers) are unobstructed and perform just the same as if they were not encased. Indeed, you’ll maintain the thin profile you fell in love with when you first laid eyes on the handset.

Putting the case was not quite as easy as in other units we’ve used but the instructions are clear and concise. On the plus side, you do get to test things out with a mock plastic phone so you’re not going to goof things up. In the end we did appreciate having to take our time with setup as things felt snug and ready to roll.

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Features:

  • The thinnest, lightest, all-protective Galaxy S III case ever made
  • Built-in scratch protector delivers complete touchscreen protection
  • Fully submersible to 6.6 feet
  • Survives drops from up to 6.6 feet
  • Totally sealed from dirt, dust, snow and ice
  • Full screen protection and functionality
  • Complete and easy access to buttons, ports and headphone jack
  • Slim, sleek profile highlights SIII’s smooth, gentle curves
  • Clear case back shows off the natural color
  • Maximum sound output and clarity
  • Anti-reflective optical-glass camera lens

Pricing for the Lifeproof cases is $79.99 – $89.99 which is a good value in our opinion. It might be double what you’d spend on a typical case however you can’t take the average unit with you into the pool, up onto the mountains, or in the desert. Solidly built without adding much heft, we certainly think you’ll enjoy the Lifeproof design.

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TracFone sets record straight on data throttling for Straight Talk, Net10

With consumers asking questions about throttling policies has become a normal conversation topic, TracFone has decided to come in and set the record straight on their own policies for data. Speculation has had those with “unlimited data” wondering why rumors of 1.5GB throttling limits are coming into play.

According to a statement made on Fierce Wireless, TracFone is saying that, when it comes to the unlimited plans on Net10 and Straight Talk:

Straight Talk’s 30-day $45 “unlimited” plans and $60 “unlimited international long” plans include 2.5 GB of high-speed data. “After reaching that usage, data will continue at 2G speeds for the remainder of the 30-day cycle,” she said. “High speed data is restored once a new 30-day service plan is added. For further information refer to StraightTalk.com.” The company said ii reserves the right to terminate service for “unauthorized or abnormal usage,” as many wireless carriers do.

High-speed data is, as expected, returned to normal once another 30-day plan is added.

via fiercewireless

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MetroPCS now offering LG Optimus F6 for $199

MetroPCS announced on Monday that the no-contract carrier is now offering the LG Optimus F6. Priced at $199, the smartphone runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and features a 4.5-inch display, 5-megapixel rear camera, and dual-core 1.2GHz processor. With support for T-Mobile’s LTE and HSPA+ bands, the Optimus F6 comes with a handful of LG software and UI touches including QuickMemo, Voice Shutter, and QSlide Function.

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Galaxy Note 3 wars: Snapdragon 800 version draws first blood

Samsung is launching the Galaxy Note 3 in two different versions – an LTE-enabled Snapdragon 800-powered N9005 unit and a 3G/HSDPA-only Exynos 5 Octa-powered N9000 model. Depending on your country, you will be getting either one of those flavors, but not the two simultaneously.

Mobile

Windows Phone 8 devices now able to update offline maps to latest version

Windows Phone 8 devices have the ability to save maps for offline viewing, but until now when a map has been updated you’d need to delete the stored one and re-download. Source

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Sony launches Android based Walkman players

Before there was the iPod, there was the Sony Walkman. One of the oldest brands in the industry, the Walkman name was once synonymous with portable music players before Apple came along and changed everything. The F880 is the slightly cheaper model and retains most of the features of the ZX1. It does have a […]

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Nokia Lumia 2520 (RX-114) Windows 8 tablet passes FCC certification

The Nokia tablet just got a little closer to reality as the FCC posted a SAR report for the RX-114 made by Nokia. RX-114 is the a name we’ve heard before – a Windows RT tablet powered by Snapdragon 800 – but the device seems to prefer being called Lumia 2520 these days.

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iPad 5 aluminum chassis measured and weighed on video

Remember the days when Apple could keep its products secret? Here’s a video comparing a space grey iPad 5 to the iPad 4 to help you forget. The video shows measurements of the size and weight of the new iPad.

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MOGA Hero Power and Pro Power controllers go live for preorder on Amazon with a November shipping date

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If you’re interested in preordering the new MOGA Power series controllers on Amazon, the pages are officially live to place an order, with one drawback; they won’t be shipping until November 14th. That’s quite a bit later than the October shipping date for the controllers ordered through MOGA’s official shop by about a month. The upside is that you do get Prime shipping if you’re a member, and free shipping is always a plus.

The MOGA Power Hero is the updated version of the Pocket controller. It packs an 1800 mAh batter and refined analog sticks and a d-pad. The Power Pro is a beefier option with a 2200 mAh battery and a controller that rivals console input devices. They’ll run $59.99 and $79.99, respectively, which is par the course for nice controllers on consoles and computers.

Are you interested in shelling out that kind of cash for a controller like this for your device? You can check out the Amazon preorder pages below.

MOGA Power Hero

MOGA Power Pro

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Rumored LG G Pro Lite Dual is likely a dual-SIM variant of Optimus G Pro

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While LG may be readying a device with a massive display, they could also be working on dual-SIM variant of the LG Optimus G Pro. Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru leaked a few details on the device along with a possible press image (above). The Russian site suggests that the 5.5-inch, 1080p display from the current device would remain; however, the camera would be lowered down to 8 megapixels from the 13 megapixels on the Optimus G Pro.

The reasoning for the “Lite” name is unknown because the device will still have many of the LG G2′s fancy software features. The rumored G Pro Lite will have Guest Mode, QSlide, and KnockOn. Also, the battery size is said to remain at 3,140mAh. And while it’s not stereo sound, the rumor is the device will have dual speakers to improve sound for both high and low frequencies. The expected release date in Russia is set for the middle of October.

Source: Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru (Russian)
Via: GSM Arena

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