Samsung Galaxy Note Review (AT&T): Wonderful

Ah, the days of PDAs. I remember those days, long ago, where a stylus or pen was used with your personal digital assistant. However, it is the year of 2012, and no one really buys PDAs — they buy smartphones and superphones and an example of this could be the new Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T with 4G LTE. Immediately after taking it out of the box, there are two things incredibly certain: the Galaxy Note is massive and incredibly light, thin, and easy to hold (once you have become accustomed to its girth). And the S pen is no simple stylus — it supports 250 different forms of pressure for handwriting, note-taking, drawing, and photo-editing, as well as just about any Android app or apps Samsung gets 3rd-party developers on board for.

In all my days of reviewing the latest and greatest of technology, I have never quite come upon the perfect mix of natural feel (the S pen) with futuristic design and feel (the aesthetics and smooth software) than with this new addition to AT&T’s vast catalog. Read on, for the full Galaxy Note review.

Apple Releases OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Dev Preview

This is — unexpected, much like the things that happened to me today. But no matter! Apple has renamed “Mac OS X” to “OS X” and then has released a new version of said operating system, dubbed OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion”. Mostly all of the new features are borrowed from iOS: that includes apps like Messages, iCloud, the Notification Center, Reminders, Twitter, Airplay Mirroring, Notes, the Game Center, and Gatekeeper which keeps malicious programs out of sight — all the while looks like iOS as much as possible.

OS X Mountain Lion will come out this Summer. Via: Gizmodo

Motorola Posts Android 4.0 Upgrade Path, Outs Verizon Devices For First Batch

Well, this is cool, but also a bummer. Motorola has announced their plans to upgrade their recent Android devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but has omitted details for all of the Verizon devices, stating that the upgrades for the DROID BIONIC, DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX and DROID 4, are currently under evaluation and planning. The devices with scheduled Android 4.0 updates are as follows: an ICS update is currently rolling out to the XOOM, with XOOM Family Edition, Atrix 4G, Atrix 2 and Photon 4G set to receive the update in the second quarter and third quarter of 2012. Via: Motorola Forums

Mass Effect 3 Demo Now Available For Battlefield 3 Owners

Ah, the privileges of being a Battlefield 3 player just got even higher (besides that owning BF3 is awesome), EA is allowing owners on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC (the main system for BF3) to download the Mass Effect 3 demo early. And that’s exactly what I’m doing in Origin on PC right now. To be in the shoes of the great Commander Shepherd saving the galaxy from the Normandy space ship — good times.

[Thanks EA!]

iPad 3 To Sport AT&T And Verizon 4G LTE, Says WSJ

This is some interesting stuff. With a March 7th (or February 29th) announcement date in the pipeline for the iPad 3, the Wall Street Journal has used the venerable “people familiar with the matter” to state that the iPad 3 will receive AT&T and Verizon 4G LTE networking, and when 4G is not around, will downgrade to an older networking technology (i.e. HSPA+. 3G or 2G). Other purported specs include a 2048×1536 Retina display, a quad-core Apple A6 system-on-a-chip (we think it will be a dual-core), and an updated form of iOS.

We will know all the outcome in due time of course, but still, the speculation is exciting. Via: WSJ, iMore

Samsung Galaxy Note Hands-On!

This is the fantastic Samsung Galaxy Note with AT&T. After just a few minutes of testing our review unit after meeting up with Samsung and AT&T, I can conclude the the large 5.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus form factor is just fantastic for the S pen (which can be stored in the device itself), and even the Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread software. The snap-on case with cover (which replaces the battery cover to reduce bulk) is a must-buy accessory, and the 4G LTE data service from AT&T fortifies its superiority over some of the other Galaxy S II devices, and even other superphones from other manufacturers.

The only trade-off could be its size. Placing it near your head looks rather silly. But the 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording can make that all go away — I think. The S Memo sketching software is incredibly useful for a quick note, or for extended doodling. 3rd-party devs are also getting on board with the Galaxy Note’s S pen.

It will launch on February 17th for those who pre-ordered and it will be generally available February 19th for $299.99 on a new 2-year contract on AT&T. Unboxing video after the break, with gallery below! Review coming soon!

Samsung Galaxy Note Hands-On!

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