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Samsung GALAXY S III mini

Samsung put out an announcement today that they are making a smaller 4 inch GALAXY S III smartphone that will be running Android 4.1 but still have similar design of the 4.8 inch GALAXY S III. Some other things other than the smaller size it also comes with a slower 1 GHz Dual Core processor only a 5MP back and VGA front camera and the largest size is only 16GB of storage. One thing that is interesting in there release is that it shows having 8Gb RAM, this may just be a typo because they messed up other parts of the specs in that part but its most likely 1GB of RAM.

The system runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz customization along Samsung’s other apps. They also included a FM Radio, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and runs on HSPA/EDGE/GPRS and no LTE. The phone comes in both 8 and 16 GB storage sizes and with only 32GB of microSD storage slot. Check out the specs below and gallery of product shots.

Display 4.0′ WVGA Super AMOLED
CPU Dual Core 1GHz
OS Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Camera 5MP AF + LED Flash / VGA Front
Network HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100

EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

Storage 8 + 16 GB / microSD up to 32 GB
Battery 1,500mAh
Connectivity WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, FM

RadioShack No-Contract Wireless using Cricket

RadioShack is now working with Cricket Wireless to offer a set of no contract plans and limited set of phones with the service. Prices range from $25 to $60 a month for service, and the cost of the phones is $39.99 for the feature phone, $149.99 for the Android 2.3 Smartphone. They also have Cricket’s Muve music service included with the smartphone plans. The smartphone plans say they have unlimited data, but get slowed from 3G to 2G after 1 to 2.5GB of data. Check out the table of the plans below.

Plan Details $25/mo Feature $35/mo Feather $50/mo Smartphone $60/mo Smartphone
Minutes per Month 300 1,000 Unlimited Unlimited
Unlimited Text Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unlimited Muve Music No No Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Yes Yes Yes (1GB 3G Speed) Yes (2.5GB 3G Speed) w/ Tethering

For people who don’t want a contract and are looking for just a phone or a smartphone with no contract this isn’t too bad of a deal. I looked up my zip code on crickets website and it showed that I was covered and after some research found out that that’s because they are using Sprint’s Network. There was no details on bringing your own device to this service or indication on how many more devices they will be adding to the RadioShack branded wireless service.

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE on Sprint with Keyboard

Good news for fans of smartphones with keyboards the Motorola PHOTON G 4G LTE that runs on Sprint will be available August 19th for a price of $199.99. This phone is running Android 4.0.4 ICS 1.5GHz dual-core processer, 4.3″ display, and all the wireless goodies such as LTE, NFC and WiFi. It does have extra Smartactons applications that are Motorola’s extra add-on applications for Android.

But if you like having a keyboard, want the new Android 4.0.4, 4G LTE, and the updated new hardware this phone looks like it would be good for a good upgrade.

Name: Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE
Carrier:
Sprint
Price:
$199.99 at launch with 2-year contract.
Available:
August 19 2012 (Pre-Order August 13 2012)

Specs and Features

  • PC-like 5-row keyboard
  • 4.3″ ColorBoost™ Display with scratch-resistant glass
  • SMARTACTIONS™ extend battery life, automate tasks and suggest ways to improve and personalize your smartphone
  • 4G LTE Speed
  • Splash Guard coating protects against spills and splashes
  • 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Business Ready Worldphone
  • Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 8MP Camera with HD Video Capture
  • 1.3MP Front-Facing Camera for Video Chat
  • NFC for sharing content and pairing with accessories

YouTube Not Native in iOS 6

For those of you iOS users out there, the new version 6 is reported to not have YouTube as a built in application (and Google Maps) this is due to the end of the license agreement and the understated fact that Apple hates Google and Android so talks wouldn’t go good anyway. But it isn’t the end of the world; Google says it is working on a standalone application and that you can always use the website.

In the end all this dose is inconvenience people who just want to watch YouTube videos on their iPhone and makes Apple look dumb for not having it when it was something they had before. And I helps Google sell more Android phones by giving them more ways to say that they have something easy and what you want from a smart phone.

CES 2012 Wrap Up

Now that CES 2012 is over lets look over what came from the show. There were a lot of new products introduced over the week, but it wasn’t anything all that new.

Some of the most innovative things out were the OLED TV’s that were 55″ from LG and [OTHER NAME]. These were very thin screens with great colors, and they were looking as if they were going to be put into production not just showing that they could make it but will be selling it soon. But I would have to say hold off on getting one of these screens when they first come out and give it one to two years from when they come out so that the price will drop, sizes will increase, and more options on who makes them will increase.

Another big deal at this CES was the Ultrabooks being introduced. These were thin and light laptops that are built to exceed the Ultrabook spec by Intel in most cases. What makes these different from normal laptops is that they are thin, light, long battery, and fast. Most of the laptops that were thin and light were slow and didn’t get much in the way of battery, but most of the ones shown looked very nice. If you were looking at a nice portable system then these would be one to get, and the prices weren’t all that much more than a normal laptop with the same specs.

There were a lot of Android phone announcements most having big screens, LTE, and having fast processers. One thing to look past on these when hearing the hype matchean is that they will be running Android 2.3, while this sounds bad because Android 4 just came out, it has to do with the fact that Android 4 is only a few months old and these were developed when Android 3 was a tablet only version and Android 2.3 was all there was. I’m sure by the end of the year a new set of phones will come out in the summer and will be all build running Android 4 and also be faster. But for now these phones will be running faster processers, have more storage, and be able to run on LTE 4G networks for the carrers who are working on setting them up. But one thing to know about LTE is that it is only avalible in a select set of Major Cities and you would want to see if your city is on their list.

Android tablets were also a big item, but not as much as last year, most of these will run Android 3.2 and be able to update to Android 4 at some point. There are a few good looking ones, and also a bunch of cheep tablets that are also lacking in a lot of specs. The less expensive, but better tablets are contract locked with phone companies.

Windows 8 was a big thing for some of the tablet makers and PC makers, they were showing it running and talking about products that will have it when it is out, but Microsoft talked only a little on it and how it is part of their phone stratigy coming up. But from what I see it may be good on a tablet but not so good on a desktop.

Windows Phone 7 had some press and also a few new phones including Nokia making a comeback, but we will have to see if anyone will every buy these phones. I think all the hype seems a lot like the Palm Pree [FIX NAME]. Most people only know the iPhone and they want an Android Smartphone, but that may change because Microsoft will be paying the people at stores commissions to sell the phones so who knows marketing is what sells products, that’s why the iPhone is doing good.

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