Samsung Galaxy Note 2 announced, specs and features are impressive enough

We’ve been hearing about Samsung’s follow-up to the ultra-cool (back then) Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid introduced not so long ago. And so the Galaxy Note 2 was officially introduced last night at IFA 2012 in Berlin.

People who’ve been waiting for the official announcement immediately went crazy about what Samsung just unveiled. And looking at the specs of the Galaxy Note 2, it seems like a pretty powerful device indeed.

  • 5.5? HD Super AMOLED display (1280×720) pixels
  • 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear camera, 1080p video recording
  • 1.9MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB, 32GB, 64GB internal storage
  • up to 64GB via microSD card
  • HSPA+ 21Mbps or 4G LTE 42Mbps
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual band 2.4GHz & 5.0GHz
  • WiFi Direct, NFC, MHL, Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS with aGPS support
  • 3100mAh Li-Ion battery

Honestly, the Galaxy Note 2 is not really a pretty exciting device after all. Well, if you own the Galaxy S3 and the original Galaxy Note – you’ll do fine with those two gadgets rather than get the Galaxy Note 2. I mean, it’s just a bigger Galaxy S3 with a stylus and faster processor. If you’re after Jelly Bean, well wait a couple of days more and you’ll have it running on your Galaxy S3.

So, who’s getting the Galaxy Note 2? Words on the streets say that it will be released in the Philippines by November.

Via [Samsung]

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Spigen Leather Case Argos Series for Galaxy S3 Review

Still looking for that perfect case for your beloved Samsung Galaxy S3? You might want to consider this case from Spigen, well known for mobile phone leather cases. The one I have is called the SPIGEN Leather Case Argos Series for Galaxy S3. It retails for around $39.99 from Spigen.com but you can buy it locally from AppleWerkz in Katipunan. (They have another branch in ATC if I’m not mistaken).

The case is made of premium leather and it has a cover for the screen which flips vertically (unlike most cases  which has the cover flipping horizontally). It’s very sturdy, sleek-looking and a pleasure to hold.

You can ready my full review here.

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Google Nexus 7 First Impressions

After more than a week of waiting, my Google Nexus 7 finally arrived courtesy of Johnny Air Cargo. I couldn’t wait to get home so I immediately unbox the device this morning when I got it. Contrary to what others said, I didn’t really had a hard time unboxing the Nexus 7.

Setting up the device is pretty much the same as the other Android devices that I’ve set up before. What’s unique about the Nexus 7 if you buy it from Google Play is that you’ll be asked if you want to register the device under the Google account that you are using. If you answer yes then you don’t need to log in to your Google account when setting up the device upon receipt.

After, registering your Google Account, everything pretty much follow. You’ll find out that the next time the device gets a Wi-Fi signal, it remembers the WPA key and will immediately connect your device. For some default Google apps (Currents, Gmail, YouTube, etc.) you will need to log in to your account, while for others which already remembered your password, you will be automatically logged in.

So, after setting up my various social networking accounts and news readers (Flipboard, Currents), using Gmail, watching a movie and listening to music, what’s my impressions of the Nexus 7 so far?

To be honest, there’s really nothing spectacular about it. Jelly Bean is a great OS but not really that far with what ICS can do. It’s faster and swifter than ICS, yes. But if you’re using the device for online content consumption, there are various things to consider if you are to judge its speed.

On the aesthetics, if you’re familiar with Asus tablet’s, the Nexus 7 pretty much carries most of the aesthetics quality. It’s not the best looking Android tablet around but it definitely is not the ugliest.

I have yet to explore Google Now to see if it’s really useful for me. Will include this on a more comprehensive review of the Nexus 7 later on.

Should you get the Nexus 7 tablet? This will depend on two things – you want a 7-inch tablet but dislike the Samsung Galaxy Tab and you want to get a taste of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

 

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Smart launches affordable postpaid Freedom Plans

Smart Communications has just rolled out its new postpaid Freedom Plans. Simply put, these are new affordable mobile data plans that “let you pay only for what you consumer or use.”  Unlike the usual Smart postpaid plans, Freedom Plans have no fixed monthly fee aka MSF, no lock-in, no obligation, and the price starts from zero pesos.

In a way, it’s like having a prepaid SIM without loads. But being a postpaid plan, you’ll receive monthly billing statements and you get to pay only on set time. The amount you have to pay depends on how much you’ve used your mobile data privileges. In short – Freedom Plans gives you the control instead of it controlling you.

To subcribe to a Smart Freedom Plan, just visit the nearest Smart Wireless Center and bring with you a Valid ID and Php250 to pay for the one-time application fee. As soon as you go out of the Center, you’ll have the Freedom SIM pack with you.

More information about the Smart Freedom Plans can be found here.

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Western Digital opens its service center in the Philippines

If you’re like me who owns a couple of Western Digital external hard drives, then you’ll be glad to know that WD has opened up a service center in the Philippines. The Western Digital Service Center is located in Chino Roces Avenue Cor Urban Avenue in Makati City. It will be open from 8 in the morning till 6 in the evening on Mondays, and 8 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Wednesday. The Service Center is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

According to Western Digital, the Service Center was established to further strengthen distribution to end-user support and to provide faster RMA service assistance to Western Digital product owners. The Service Center will accept WD internal hard drives, external storage devices and home entertainment  products such as the WD Media Box.

To celebrate the opening of its Service Center, Western Digital will accept in-warranty drives and replace them immediately. Take note that your WD products bought only from authorized Western Digital distributors.

Via [Western Digital]

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