BEST ANDROID-POWERED SMARTPHONES

November 2012

A tour of the best Android smartphones currently available on the market.

1. Samsung Galaxy S III

S III

S III

Without a doubt the best Android smartphone available today.

Not only is it packed with high-end features such as an amazing 4.8-inch super AMOLED display, and a really solid camera, but it also appeals to the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) crowd. The handset has a number of enterprise-friendly features, including AuthenTec’s QuickSec VPN client technology that allows users to access corporate networks when out and about.

  • Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait processor
  • 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.9MP front camera
  • 16/32GB internal storage
  • microSD slot

 

2.  Samsung Galaxy Note II

NOTE II

NOTE II

Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is Android smartphone those people with large hands to hold it with, and large pockets to keep it in.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II really is a solid handset packed with an array of high-end features. It even comes with the S Pen that can be used to copy text, crop images, and even to share content.

  • Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor
  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.9MP front camera
  • 16/32/64GB internal storage
  • microSD slot

 

3.  Google Nexus 4

NEXUS 4

NEXUS 4

Google Nexus 4

The Nexus 4 is the smartphone that Google thinks Android should be loaded on.

One of the downsides to the Nexus 4 is that it doesn’t come with LTE support despite having a supporting integrated modem. According to LG , the manufacturer of the Nexus 4, the LTE modem requires a signal amplifier and filter to work, and these components have been omitted to keep the cost of the handset down.

Despite this, the Nexus 4 is a solid, well-made Android handset.

  • Jelly Bean (Android 4.2)
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Krait processor
  • 4.7-inch WXGA IPS display
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.3MP front camera
  • 8/16GB internal storage

4. Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD

DROID

DROID

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD

The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD is Motorola’s latest high-end smartphone and it brings both a high-definition 4.7-inch display and a massive 3,300 mAh battery, good enough for 32-hours of use.

It’s also tough, constructed form DuPont Kevlar fiber and Corning Gorilla Glass, and features water-repellant nanoparticles to shield against water, even on the internal circuit boards.

The only downside to this handset is that it is powered by Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” but an upgrade to Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” should be available before the end of the year.

  • Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) but update on the way
  • Dual-core 1.5GHz processor
  • 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD Display, 720p (720×1280)
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera
  • 1.3 MP front-facing with 720p HD video capture
  • 1080p HD video capture
  • 32 GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot

5. HTC One X

HTC One X

HTC One X

HTC One X

Here’s another excellent handset powered by Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”. It features a stunning screen, an excellent camera, and a superb built-in speaker system. When combined with AT&T’s LTE network, it also offers blazingly fast browsing.

  • Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
  • 1.5 GHz, quad-core (global version)
  • 1.5 GHz, dual-core LTE version (USA and select countries)
  • 4.7-inch (1280 x 720 resolution) 720p display
  • 32GB storage
  • 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, smart LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
  • 1.3 megapixel front camera (720p for video chat)
  • Continuous shooting mode captures multiple snapshots
  • 1080p HD video recording

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Why SMS is limited to 160 characters? 

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SMSING

GSM mobile has a character limit of 256. But network system need 96 characters to send a SMS (Short Message Service). So amount of space available for users is 256-96 = 160. This is why, we can send 160 characters in a SMS and rest of the characters is used by Network.

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The mobile hardware plateau: Driving bizarre form factors

The hardware in mobile devices has become so powerful that OEMs can no longer innovate what’s inside to be different. This is leading to strange form factors to make products stand out.

Windows Mobile Device Center

Windows Mobile Device Center

Not that long ago mobile hardware makers were locked in a battle to produce hardware that jumped over the competition. Mobile processors led the charge in this battle with OEMs racing to be the first to market with products sporting the latest and fastest hardware.

Intel Mobile Device

Mobile Device

Yoga

Yoga

The processor race ran hand-in-hand with graphic hardware innovation as companies sprinted to bring good video capability, namely HD features, to mobile products. Laptops, tablets, and smartphones were rushed to market with varying HD video capability in an attempt to release devices better than the rest.

We’ve reached a plateau in the mobile hardware world that is making it hard for vendors to set their products apart from the crowd. Mobile processors are now so powerful they can handle anything expected on a mobile device. Dual-core and quad-core processors are the standard on everything from phones to laptops.

Integrated graphics are now found on everything that can handle the most demanding HD video playback and recording. High-resolution graphics are now the standard on all mobile devices and are expected by savvy consumers.

To go along with the powerful processors and graphics, storage memory on mobile devices is now measured in gigabytes. Even the least expensive smartphones have tons of storage and system memory.

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A pile of mobile devices including smart phones, tablets, laptops and ebook readers

This mobile hardware plateau, and it is indeed a plateau, makes it difficult for mobile device makers to produce products that stand out in the crowded field. It’s the same in all mobile device categories: smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

The only hardware criteria OEMs can use to make products different is form factor. That’s why we are seeing a rash of gadgets in different sizes and form factors. Consumers aren’t demanding devices of all shapes and sizes, the OEMs are looking to be different and that’s the most visible way to do so.

Because of the hardware plateau we have giant smartphones like the Samsung Note 2. The company is making something that is obviously different from the competition’s smaller handsets. They even threw in a stylus, an old-school accessory, to round out the differentiation.

That’s also why we currently see a boatload of smaller tablets. The original iPad’s success in the market led to a lot of competing tablets but the hardware was similar. Smaller tablets were the only real way to visibly stand out in the crowded tablet market so they are appearing everywhere.

Nowhere in the mobile space is the hardware plateau so impactful as in the laptop segment. Not too long ago laptop makers were able to make thinner clamshell devices to stand out. Now everything is thin so we are seeing bizarre forms. Laptops are appearing in droves that are bendy, twisty devices that can be used in rather strange ways.

I’m pretty sure consumers haven’t demanded a laptop that can be used in “tent mode”, but we’re starting to see multiple products offering that very thing. Producing a thin laptop is not unique enough so OEMs are making them work in strange and in some cases uncomfortable ways. Consumers aren’t asking for this, it’s just happening because the hardware inside the devices is all the same.

The hardware plateau is why we are seeing so many “hybrids”, the thin laptops that bend and twist around to become a tablet. This isn’t new, Tablet PCs have been around for a decade. Consumers didn’t demand them then, they didn’t buy them in volume, and they aren’t demanding them now. That’s not stopping them from appearing in every laptop maker’s product line.

Intel Mobile Device

Mobile Device

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Taichi

As if these contorting laptops weren’t bizarre enough, there’s even one (so far) that has two separate displays. One display is used in standard laptop mode and the other activates when the screen is closed to become a tablet. Just what consumers wanted, a laptop with two screens but with only one active at a time. No matter that other hybrids simply twist the screen around so the one display is used in both laptop and tablet modes, this product has two displays adding cost and weight to the product.

It’s understandable that OEMs have to scramble to make distinctive products since the hardware under the hood is basically the same. The hidden hardware is extremely powerful and everyone has it so they have to do something to be different.

An example of a Digital Conversation being run...

An example of a Digital Conversation being run on a mobile device

Choice is a good thing so this is not a complaint, it makes it certain that every consumer will find a form and function they desire. It is fun to watch happen and to try and figure out what OEMs will come up with next to stand out. Some sort of folding Origami form that does who knows what I’ll bet.

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History already proved consumers didn’t care about Windows PC tablets, whether it’s ARM-based Windows or Intel-based. Microsoft and OEMs didn’t have to build it (again) to have an idea how it would be received by the public. Like you said, nobody cared for them until Apple introduced their take on what a tablet SHOULD be. Here comes the Windows tablets again with form factor that’s been tried many times before.

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Apple did not simply build a tablet and ship it to see how it would do, they did extensive research and development and waited for the right time to ship. And they did not build their tablet around their desktop OS that’s filled with complexity (two UI to navigate and gesture overkill). They introduced something NEW and simple for consumers to use with the iPad. That was when consumer finally took to tablets, modern tablets based around mobile OS, efficiency, less complexity. 

What these companies are doing now is shipping any and everything they develop in their labs just for the purpose of differentiation. To stand out from the pack. We see the same thing happening with Android OEMs.

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10 best cloud storage services

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Cloud Storage Review

Choosing the best cloud storage provider is a tough decision, there are many options online now so we have created this website to allow cloud storage users to add comments and feedback about their experience so you can make an informed decision on the best cloud storage company for you. We have reviewed over 50 of the world’s leading cloud storage companies testing their service for speed, reliability, security, ease of use, cost and their support. We believe trust, reliability and security to be the most important factors so use this guide to help you find the best cloud storage provider. View the current top 10 best cloud storage services below:

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Save Anything to Springpad Using Email

Springpad

Save Anything to Springpad Using Email

Now you can save notes, tasks or any other type of information simply by sending an email to Springpad.  Saving by email also gives you a simple way to save things from your mobile phone. So, the next time you find something you want to save while surfing the web from your phone, just send the link to Springpad.  We’ll do the rest! (watch a video)

How It Works

  1. Send an email to springit@springpadit.com from the email account that you used to sign up for Springpad (you can confirm or change your email address inSettings).
  2. Within a few moments, a new item will be created in Springpad that includes the content of your email.  The subject of your email will become the item’s title.  Any attached files will be attached to the new item in Springpad.
  3. Springpad will automatically categorize links that you email to become bookmarks, recipes, products, books, etc.
  4. If there’s a problem, Springpad will send you a reply letting you know that your item was not created.
  5. If you would like to send your notes to a personal email address, you can find it under Settings/Services
  • This will allow you to send notes in to Springpad from other email accounts
  • This personal email address can be “regenerated” at any time
  • This is the recommended technique if your email is coming from your own custom domain

Tip: Add springit@springpadit.com or your custom email address to your email contacts, so it’s easy to forward things into Springpad.


Tagging

How to Specify Notebooks & Tags

  • To set a specific notebook as the destination of your new item, add @notebook name to the end of the email subject. You can define as many notebooks as you’d like.
  • To add tags to your new item, add #tag name to the end of the email subject. You can define as many tags as you’d like. Note that tags are case-sensitive.

Type

Details on Defining a Specific Data Type
Springpad allows you to save lots of types of items, and you can choose the type you want to save when you send in emails.

Notes
By default, Springpad will turn all emails into Notes, including the full text of the email as the note’s body.

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