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Galaxy Note 3 And Gear Unveiled By Samsung; To Hit Nigeria In October

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The future is finally here! The most
anticipated device on the planet this
year has finally dropped!

Putting an end to all the leaks, rumors and phantom specs, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 3 and Gear at an exciting Global Unpack event in Berlin, Germany last night. Samsung mobile
fans in Nigeria were able to watch the event via a Live Stream on the Samsung Mobile Nigeria Facebook page and YouTube channel. If you missed it, no worries you can still enjoy the global event here.
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For lovers of mobile technology and
the large display domain, the Galaxy
Note 3 represents the pinnacle of raw mobile power. The thinner and lighter Galaxy Note 3 has ditched the plastic rear casing found on previous versions, instead opting for a faux-leather finish, complete with stitching amidst some mind-blowing hardware specs that
make everything so fast and so simple.
The 1920 x 1080 resolution display is accompanied by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-
megapixel camera, 32 or 64 GB of
storage with microSD card support,
and a big 3,200 mAh battery. Simply
put, this means the Galaxy Note 3 is
creative tornado in the palm of your
hands.
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The Galaxy Gear is a glanceable
notification device, informing you of
incoming calls, texts, messages and
alerts. But the Gear also has some
clever integration with Samsung’s
smartphones, so when you take the
phone out of your pocket, those
messages instantly appear on the big
screen. Wow. Fun thing is, it comes in some cute colors as well!

The Enhanced S Pen brings with it a
number of new software features,
including Air Command, which pulls up a radial menu for quick access to built-in stylus-friendly apps like Actions Memos, S Note, Scrapbook, and S Finder. Air Command can be accessed from anywhere in the
operating system by simply hovering
the S Pen just above the screen and
pressing the button on the stylus.
The Galaxy Note 3 and the gear hits
stores on October 2013, but you can
avoid the rush and pre-order one here now and have it delivered to you free, anywhere in Nigeria.

http://www.samsungmobileng.com/
iwantthefuture/index_order.html

Posted By K2I

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 VS Tecno Phantom Pad N9

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Written by Oloruntobi Adebayo

Here’s the review of the
Tecno Pad N9 VS Samsung Galaxy Tab. Of course, some people say there are no
grounds for comparison, while many
more say there are. I believe and know
these two devices are worthy of
comparison because

1. They have the same target market
2. They have similar specifications

What greatly differs is the perception of
these two devices by the targeted
audience. With her market strategy of
making similar or better devices at much
lower prices (in some cases, less than half
the price), Tecno has succeeded in
shaking firmly the perception of
Samsung as the leading android device
manufacturer, and this is the most
prominent example so far.

The specs:

Features – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 900 / 2100 – GT-P3100 and
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – GT-P3105
Software Version: Ships with Android OS
v4.1.1 Jelly Bean, upgradeable to v4.2
Jelly Bean
CPU: Dual-core 1 GHz
Chipset: TI OMAP 4430
GPU: PowerVR SGX540
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity,
compass
Single mini sim

Features – Tecno Phantom Pad N9
GSM900 /DCS1800/ WCDMA2100MHz
Software Version: Ships with Android OS
v4.2 Jelly Bean
CPU: 1.2GHz Quad-core
CPU : MT8389
GPU : embedded
Sensors: G-sensor : Yes, 3D support
Single mini sim

Display – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Type: LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
Colors: 16M colors
Resolution: 600 x 1024 pixels
Size: 7.0 inches
Multitouch: Yes
User Interface: TouchWiz UX

Display – Tecno pad N9
Type: TFT HD Capacitive Touchscreen
Colors: N/A
Resolution: 768 x 1024
Size: 8.0 inches
Multitouch: Yes
User Interface: N/A

Dimension – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Height, Breadth, Thickness: 193.7 x 122.4
x 10.5 mm

Dimension – Tecno Pad N9
Height, Breadth, Thickness: 204 x 154 x
9.9mm

Memory – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
RAM: 1 GB RAM
Internal: 8GB, 16GB or 32 GB storage
Expandable: microSD uo to 32 GB

Memory – Tecno Pad N9
RAM: 1 GB RAM
Internal: 16 GB storage
Expandable: microSD uo to 32 GB

Data – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
2G, 3G, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA,
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot

Data – Tecno Pad N9
2G, 3G, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi
Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot

Camera – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Primary: 3.15 MP, Image size : 2048×1536
pixels
Secondary: VGA camera
Flash: NO
Video: 720p @ 30 fps
Other Features: Geo-tagging, smile
detection

Camera – Tecno Pad N9
Primary: 5.0 MP, Image size : 2592 x 1944
pixels
Secondary: 2.0 MP
Flash: NO
Video: 720p @ 30 fps

Battery – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
Stand-by: Up to 1190 h (2G) / Up to 1080h (3G)
Talk time: Up to 40 h (2G) / Up to 20 h (3G)

Battery – Tecno Pad N9
Capacity 4500mAh battery
Standby time : 500 hours
Talk time : 8 hours

Other Features – Samsung galaxy Tab 2
TV Out
SNS integration
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, RSS
Audio formats :MP3/WAV/eAAC+/
WMA/AC3/Flac player
Video formats: MP4/DivX/Xvid/H.264/H.263/WMV
Organizer
Image/video editor
Quickoffice HD editor/viewer
Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
Voice memo
Predictive text input (Swype)
HTML5, Adobe Flash

Other Features – Tecno Pad N9
E-mail- Gmail client
SNS/IM : Facebook
Audio formats: MP3/MIDI/AMR/WAV/ACC
Video formats: MP4/3GP (other formats
supported by third party apps)
Ringtone format: MIDI/MP3
Picture format : JPG/GIF/BMP/PNG
FREE leather flip case

Price – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
N52,000 @Slot, N52,000 @PTV Phones,
N64,000 @netshop.com.ng

Price – Tecno Pad N9
N35,ooo @SLOT, N35,000
@Parktelonline, N35,000 @ Microstation Ltd,
Having the above specifications at hand
to compare, let’s take them one by one in
detail and see what’s up.

Features: Many of the features show
higher specifications in the Tecno Pad.
However, Samsung already has a
reputation as an Android heavyweight,
Tecno is just building one. The Tecno
pad has a slightly larger screen with a
higher resolution. Some people say the
TFT screen’s technology is inferior to the
LCD screen, but TFT is actually a sub-
type of LCD display. Tecno Pad also has
a higher screen resolution, and I expect
nothing less, due to its bigger size. One
up for Tecno Pad there.

The Tecno Pad’s CU is clocked higher @
1.2 GHz. What remains to be seen if it
will be continually up to the multitasking
capabilities of the Jelly Bean OS.
Samsung’s processor already has the
advantage of first impact, it holds up
quite well to multi-tasking without any
serious lapses. Also, the Tecno Pad’s
specs simply say its GPU (Graphics
Processing Unit) is embedded, whatever
that means. The bone of contention here
is: does it in fact have a GPU? I think we
should call this a draw.

Dimension: Here, Tecno beats the Galaxy
tab by a fraction- it is thinner by 6mm.
Of course, it is wider and longer; after
all, it does have an 8.0 inch screen
Memory: The Galaxy Tab and the Pad
both boast 1 GB RAM. User memory is
variable on the Samsung Tab @ 8Gb,
16GB and 32 GB. Both are expandable up
to 32 GB via microSD, so the Samsung
Tab can actually sport more memory.
One up for the Galaxy Tab.

Camera: Tecno Pad’s 5.0 primary camera
and 2.0 secondary camera versus the
Tab’s 3.15 MP primary and VGA
secondary cameras…it’s pretty easy
maths. It beats me why the Galaxy Tab
should have such a shoddy camera (yes,
it is shoddy), it’s one of the reasons I
have never been comfortable with it. If
you will make the effort to lug around a
7 inch device, it should at least have a good camera, if nothing else. One up for
the Tecno Pad.

Battery: The Tecno has a bigger capacity
battery, by 500 mAh. That was not a
chance occurrence. Tecno set out to
consistently overshadow the Galaxy Tab
in raw specs, and we hope, in
performance. Again, whether this spec-
stunt will meet up to the Galaxy Tab’s
proven reliability is yet to be seen. I hope
it does. For the sake of figures, Tecno
Pad wins this.
Other Features: The Galaxy Tab still
supports far more a media formats than
the Tecno Pad. Tecno knows the
unsupported media formats can still be
enjoyed using lots of free available apps,
hence the skipping of manufacturer-
installed software for those media.
CHEAP! Galaxy Tab wins this. However,
I am beginning to suspect this won’t
make much of a difference in the overall
review. Why? Pretty obvious
reason….below:

Price: Here’s the main thrust of Tecno’s
market strategy. In an environment
where devices are tied to carrier plans,
consumers can get the devices a lot
cheaper, from free to a fraction of the
price of an unlocked device, for a 2-year
carrier plan. Not so in Nigeria. You must
shell out the full cost of Android or iOS
indulgence, as the case may be. This is
the cause of the proliferation of ‘UK
used’ and ‘US used’ phones in our
domain today. So, when a manufacturer
offers a device with the same
specifications as the Samsung Galaxy Pad
at N35,000 – a little over $230 – the
market is bound to notice, and NOTICE
we did!
While pro-Samsung users sing about
Samsung’s tech savvy and innovation, the
majority are considering the Tecno Pad
for more down-to-earth reasons:
affordability, availability, aesthetics and
desirability -in looks, the Tecno Pad
beats the Galaxy Tab hands down,
another UP for Tecno- and the majority
always carries the vote. The majority is
not trying to get the fastest device or the
device with the highest memory
capacity, a device with above average
functionality satisfies the majority, and
the Tecno Pad offers EVEN MORE than
above average functionality, at a BELOW
AVERAGE price.
I say the Tecno Pad wins. What say ye?

Posted By K2I

Apple Has a Watch Too! Check Out Images Of The Apple iWatch Concept Design

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The break neck competition between
tech giants Apple and Samsung rages on.
Word out of Silicon Valley is that an
Apple smartwatch predictably called the
iWatch is in the works.
According to reports, Italian design team
Ciccarese Design is behind the prototype
design of the iWatch and reportedly
envisioned a modern look for the
smartwatch in mock up renderings.

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The device is said to incorporate the iOS7 on its screen while initial prototypes are being done in black and white. While Apple has not officially confirmed
that the iWatch is indeed in the works,
the American tech giant has reportedly
been hiring people for the iWatch team.
The move comes on the heels of the
release of the Samsung smart watch
which will reportedly be released
sometime between September and
October.
Check out images of the mock up
renderings of the Apple iWatch and let’s
know what you think of the prototype.

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Posted By K2I

Behold The Samsung Smart Watch Set To Come In Five Different Colours

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Samsung may have a sizeable chunk of
the global smartphone market but the
South Korean tech giants are not about to
rest on their oars as they’re set to release
a line of smart watches.
The device which will reportedly be
called the Galaxy Gear will come in five
different colours including white,
orange, grey, black and an exclusive
white gold. Above all is the functionality
of the watches; in addition to serving as a
timepiece and fashion accessory, users of
the smartwatch will be able to make calls,
send emails and surf the web all with the
smart watch.
The part techno gadget and fashion
accessory is set to be released either in
the last week of September or early
October. With Google glasses and now
the Samsung smart watch, its clear that
tech giants are gradually shifting focus
from just phones, tablets and computers
serving as communication tools. Rather,
tech companies are now exploring the
notion of fashion accessories serving as
techno gadgets, thereby bridging the gap
between fashion and technology.
So, would you rock a Samsung smart
watch?

Posted By K2I

It’s Coming! Blackberry Releases User Guides For BBM For Android and iOS

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The long-awaited arrival of Blackberry Messenger
seems to be finally here, as Blackberry accidentally
released the user guides for BBM for iOS and
Android.
Techcrunch reports that for previous BBM users
from BlackBerry, most of these details are familiar.
The apps are designed to allow for real-time
communication between contacts and groups, the
guides explain, letting users share pictures and
messages, including broadcast messages, multi-
person chats, and group chats. Users will also be able
to create BBM Groups, where they can plan events,
track to-do’s, share photos, and chat with up to 30
people at a time, without the need to add everyone
as BBM contacts.
BBM will work over both cellular and Wi-Fi, the
latter option which is meant to help avoid data
charges when traveling.
Each user can establish their own BBM profile, where
they can choose a display picture, name, and status
that their contacts will see, and they’ll also have a
unique BBM PIN which they can access by tapping
“Show Barcode.”
This is a major move for the struggling company, as
BBM has for a long time been one of Blackberry, and
the BB10′s, strongest features. At launch, Heins had
said that only messaging and group features will be
available, but promised that the rest of BBM will
eventually make its way to the Android and iOS
versions including screen sharing, BBM voice, and
the newer BBM channels.

Posted By K2I