Samsung Galaxy Tab 4G LTE Review — Nice Going, Verizon

Price as Reviewed: $529.99 on 2-year agreement at Verizon Wireless

Despite all of the trouble between Apple and Samsung, and the “similarities” between the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still the greatest Android tablet to date (see my original review in June). But Verizon added 4G LTE to it. Now that’s just a crime I say. Battery life remains just about the same, which is 9 to 10 hours of light usage (email, web, YouTube) and 8 hours o watching movies, playing music, and playing games on the awesome Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz platform. However the difference here is getting 16MBps downloads in areas with a coverage of 1 bar, and 30 and up in other with very strong coverage. That still bests most average home internet connections. And as a mobile hotspot, that sweet, sweet 4G LTE service just gets even better to use on your laptop (or in my case, a WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1). Also to be noted is that Movies in te Android market as well ass Media Hub access is available on the 4G LT Tab 101, and Verizon hasn’t included a single crapware app.

Just about everything I said in the original review stands strong with the 4G LTE addition, except one thing: the placement of the power and volume buttons have been moved to accommodate the SIM card, and instead are to the right of the tablet, so confusing the two is quite a possibility. And also the new pricetag: $529.99 for a new 16GB white or grey model, which is only $30 more than before for a 2-year contract, or $699.99 for a month-to-month contract, much like the iPad 2 on Verizon.

Either way, it’s still my favorite Android tablet. Thanks for not mucking something  up with any crapware apps Verizon, and making something great even better than before.

Score: 9.5/10

One more shot of the 4G LTE-equipped Galaxy Tab 10.1 after the break.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Now Available For Pre-Order At $469.99

It’s a small Galaxy Tab 10.1 — in other words the Galaxy Tab 8.9. Obviously it’s priced cheaper than the larger tablet and is available for pre-order at BestBuy right now, starting at $469.99 for a 16GB model. It contains nearly the same specs as the 10.1. Those specs being: a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 CPU, Android 3.1 Honeycomb, 1GB of RAM, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and 3MP back-facing, 16GB or 32GB storage options, its unique 8.9-inch 1280×800 WXGA display, and lastly no release date given by BestBuy. Eh, it’ll come around. Via: BBY

Minecraft Beta 1.8 Released In Full!

It’s here folks! Woooooo!

Minecraft Beta 1.8. It’s a massive update, dubbed the “Adventure Udate” by Notch and his team, and has been in the process of production for many long months now. It’ll be the best version of Minecraft to date, and Notch and his team are just getting started. Full changelog after the break! Also, to update to it, just log-in to your Minecraft and things should get auto-updated.

HTC Sensation XE Unveiled: A 1.5GHz Dual-Core Beats Audio Smartphone

This would be wrong. Scratch that — a crime, if the Sensation XE didn’t make its way to Verizon Wireless here in the States. It’s a red smartphone, with Beats Audio to back it up.  Oh, and as for what really is backing it up: a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest version of Sense UI, a 4.3-inch qHD display, a larger 1,730mAh battery to compensate for the overclocked processor and Beats Audio, and also ships with a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones that include controls and a mic, all in one juicy red package. It makes the original Sensation 4G look like a clown (ironically, as one just arrived in the mail). HTC’s press release is seen after the break.

Windows 8 Developer Preview Now Available For Download — And You Don’t Have To Be A Dev

Straight out of today’s BUILD conference for Microsoft was a developer preview for Windows 8, as well as a Samsung touchscreen tablet that was running it. But let’s cut to the important part: Windows 8 is available for download for anyone, even with low-end specs. You can easily install the .iso as a partition on your hard drive (however it may require a full wipe and install), and get going. The dev preview without developer tools on a 64-bit machine measures in at 3.6GB, which is what I’m downloading now. In the meantime, get downloading and check out the source links for info on Windows 8 and where to download it!
Via: Microsoft Press PassMSDN (download link)

Acer Iconia Tab A501 Headed To AT&T For $330 On Contract

Coming September 18th, the Acer Iconia A501 is coming to AT&T using HSPA+ data connectivity (sigh), a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800-pixel resolution screen, a dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra2 processor, a full size USB port, a microSD card slot, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. The tablet will be priced at $479.99, but a $330 price can be achieved if new customers get a 2-year contract with a 3GB monthly data plan. Full PR from AT&T after the break.

Samsung Focus S, HTC Titan, And Samsung Focus Flash Will Be AT&T’s New Mango Windows Phones

 There are three phones that AT&T has announced. All three use Windows Phone 7 “Mango” as their main OS meaning that just about everything is up to date and with specifications that are top-notch. Let’s take a look:

The Focus S has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display (thought to be at 480 x 800 resolution), a 1.4GHz CPU, “4G-capable” network speeds, 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, as well as an 8-megapixel sensor on the back. The Focus Flash however, seems to be more of a refresh. The smartphone has a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.4GHz CPU (Samsung hasn’t said which), and a 5-megapixel camera with what may be a cheaper pricetag.

As for the HTC Titan? It’s a 4.7-inch screened monster, with a single-core 1.5 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8-megapixel camera, and about 16GB of internal storage, and will debut in the 4th quarter of 2011.

Note: Updated to reflect Titan’s specs.

Mystery BlackBerry Bold 9980 Surfaces, Seems To Be Luxury Limited Edition

This is one of the most beautiful smartphones I’ve ever seen. It’s sleek, it’s well sculpted, and for some reason unbeknownst to me (and nearly every other blogger/journalist), it’s a BlackBerry “9980”. It contains most of the specs seen in BlackBerry devices like the Bold 9900, which just recently went on sale in the United Sates. This device (and its design) seems to have originated in Beijing, and its creator reportedly has already sold three of these prototypes, which is interesting.

On top of all of this mystery, it may come to the market as a limited edition or luxury version of the Bold 9900. However or wherever it will debut, it’s so awesome looking. Via: CrackBerry