Looking for a new Android tablet? Consider the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 that will work on Verizons 4G LTE network. The tablet is running the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS with 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and is loaded with ways to watch videos on it including apps like YouTube, Netflix, and Samsungs Media Hub. The tablet only has 8GB of memory on board -- not a lot if you want to save movies on it, but you can always add more storage space with an optional 64GB microSD card. In addition to working on Verizons 4G LTE network, it also has WiFi connectivity. For those who want to participate in video chats or take some pictures theres a rear-facing 3.2-megapixel camera and front-facing VGA camera.
Looking for a starter Android smartphone? Consider the T-Mobile Prism. Its running Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and is available in red or charcoal gray. You can get it with the T-Mobile Classic Unlimited Bundle that includes talk, text and 2GB of data for surfing the web. If you dont want to use the data you can connect to a nearby WiFi network. Check out the smartphone in the unboxing video below.
Summer is about to arrive and that means the school year is just about finished. Know someone who is graduating and getting ready to go into the world? Why not give them some helpful smartphone apps. Weve rounded up five apps that are sure to help grads succeed.
1. Theres no place like home
For many graduates, the end of the school year means they need to find a new place to live. Depending on the area there can be tons of competition for any one rental. Help your grad stay ahead of the curve with the Trulia - Homes For Rent mobile app. Users can create personalized searches based on location, rooms, and price range. Theres also the ability to add open house times to a calendar and get alerted when new properties come on the market. When grads find a place they like they can take notes about it and even post it to Facebook to see what friends and family think of the potential spot.
Compatible OS: Android, iPhone
How to get it: Visit the app market residing on a compatible smartphone
2. Help Grads find a dream job
As most people in the workforce know, graduating school is just the beginning. Finding a job is an entirely new skill to learn. In todays job market, there are loads of websites filled with new job listings. Visiting all those sites and sifting through listings daily can be exhausting. Instead, show your favorite grad how a smart mobile app such as Hire-A-Droid can do all the heavy lifting. The app is essentially a job search engine that accesses multiple job search sites in multiple countries. All the user has to do is enter the type of job wanted and let the app do the rest. If they find a search with good results, it can be saved so the lead can be followed up on later.
Compatible OS: Android
How to get it: Visit the app market residing on an Android smartphone
3. This to do list can help save money
Due dates dont stop when school is finished. They just are required for something other than schoolwork bills. Help grads develop good financial habits early with the Billski Bill Tracker. While there are tons of apps available for keeping track of finances, the Billski Bill Tracker takes a different approach. It just reminds users when to pay their bills. With this app grads will only have to enter the basic information: bill type, amount, date due, and when theyd like an alarm reminding them to pay it. Paying bills on time can means loads of savings in late fees.
There is a paid version of the app available for $1.00 that allows users to backup and restore data to/from the SD card and view the screen in landscape or portrait mode.
Compatible OS: Android
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As more smartphones are becoming available with prepaid plans, were beginning to see more plan options. Case in point is Verizons latest prepaid plan offer that includes unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB of data for use with a smartphone. The plan costs $80 a month and will be available for with smartphones like the Samsung Illusion, which runs Android 2.3 and sports a 1GHz processor.
Also of note are the new prepaid data plans for MiFi devices, such as the Verizon Jetpack, a mobile 4G LTE hotspot. There are three prepaid options: $15 for 250 MB of data weekly, $60 for 3 GB of data monthly, or $90 for 10 GB of data monthly.
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Looking for the latest Android tablet? Then check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 that is now available with Verizon service. We should mention users will also need to get a 4G LTE mobile broadband data package with a minimum of 2GB of data. Users can share the tablets 4G data connection with up to 10 other WiFi-enabled devices via the Mobile HotSpot feature. As the product name suggests, the tablet will sport a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED display so it should be visible in bright sunlight. It will also be running the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS, sport a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, a rear-facing 3.2-megapixel camera that can record 720p HD video, and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera. The tablet comes with 16GB of on-board storage capacity, however, it can accept up to a 32GB microSD card a definite plus. Finally, you can use the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 as remote control via the Smart Remote feature, similar to that found on the Galaxy Tab 7.0.
According to a post on HTCs Facebook page owners of the WiFi HTC Flyer should begin receiving an an alert that an upgrade is available. The update includes an upgrade to Honeycomb (Android 3.2), enhanced Internet browsing, the latest version of HTC Sense for Tablets, and more. As always, we recommend having the tablet plugged-in while receiving the update.
LetsTalk.com wants you to Unwrap the Power of Samsung in its latest giveaway. What can you win? One lucky winner will receive a Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi tablet and a choice of either the Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Verizon Wireless, or the Samsung Epic Touch 4G for Sprint. All you have to do to enter the Giveaway is visit the Win A Prize tab on LetsTalks Facebook page and fill out the brief entry form. While youre there, dont forget to Like the companys Facebook page. We should note that you only need to enter once to win and selecting/deselecting "Like" on Facebook will not increase your chances of winning.
The contest has just begun and ends Friday, December 16, 2011 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. So, be sure to spread the word. Becoming a fan of LetsTalks Facebook page will help keep you informed about the latest cell phone news, let you know when the most popular phones are available, and more.
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If you thought 4G cell phones were just too cost prohibitive then consider the latest Sprint smartphone: the Samsung Conquer 4G. This 4G phone will have the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, sport a 1GHz processor (for a fast user experience), and have that ability to share the phones 4G connectivity with up to five WiFi-enabled devices via the Mobile HotSpot feature. The whole idea behind the phone is that it will be affordable priced at under $100 with a new 2-year service agreement or eligible upgrade. While the cell phone does have some impressive specs, it has lower-end camera features. It comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera on the back with flash and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. If you're interested in this phone, you can pre-order it now at LetsTalk.com.
Weve been hearing about the Samsung Galaxy TAB 10.1 Android tablet that sports 4G LTE connectivity for a few months and now the tablet will finally be available this week. The Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet sports a NVIDIA Tegra2 dual-core 1GHz processor and a spacious 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display. In addition to the 4G connectivity, you can also connect the Galaxy TAB to a WiFi 802.11 b, g, or n to surf the web or to watch videos (the tablet supports Adobe Flash 10.3 so you should be able to watch most things on the web). Speaking of video, the tablet comes loaded with the Samsung Media Hub so you can rent or purchase movies or TV shows. You can also watch that multimedia on a TV via an optional HDMI adapter.
The tablet is available in metallic gray or glossy white and come with 16GB or 32GB of installed memory. If you purchase one of the 4G LTE models you need to get a data plan ($30 for 2GB/$50 for 5GB/$80 for 10GB), as well.
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If youre a fan of the DROID or DROID 2 by Motorola then youll be happy to learn that the latest model in that family of phones will be available this month. The main difference between this model and its predecessors is that it has a slimmer profile making it the thinnest smartphone with a full slide-out tactile QWERTY keyboard. Other improvements include a dual-core 1GHz processor, a front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel camera that can also record 1080p HD video. The new Android 2.3 phone also sports Mirror Mode so you can view items stored on the phone on a HDMI capable TV. The HDMI port is included on the phone, but youll need to purchase the additional HDMI accessory cable.
While the DROID 3 by Motorola isnt a 4G phone you can still share its 3G data connection with up to five other WiFi-enabled devices via the Mobile HotSpot feature. Like its predecessor, the DROID 2 Global, this is a world phone and can be used in over 125 countries worldwide.
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On July 7, 2011, Verizon Wireless will follow both AT&T and T-Mobile to become the 3rd major US carrier to adopt tiered data plans. Delly Tamer, founder of LetsTalk.com, offers his perspective on this industry shift and questions what it means for consumers in the future:
Weve seen metered options before with voice plans. We all remember the bill shock anxiety we faced every month wondering about minute overages and excess charges on our bill. Now, in the relatively early days of high-speed 4G data offerings, were beginning to see it again.
Pricing by the gigabyte simply does not mean much to users. Consumers dont know a gigabyte from a mosquito bite. What they do know, is that they now need to start worrying about it. What if my son leaves Pandora streaming in the back seat of the car for 5 hours? What data services are running in the background of my device and how many megabytes do these services use? Am I connected to Wifi or not? Consumers dont want to be burdened by these thoughts and our concern is that they will avoid using data services to their fullest extent.
When Verizon introduced its 4G LTE service earlier this year with an unlimited data plan for $30 per month, it was a bold move that was great for consumers. It meant consumers could freely explore many new features of their high-end smartphones and tablets (updating Facebook, watching YouTube videos, surfing the web, etc.) without wondering how much data theyre using.
Verizons recent announcement to stop offering its unlimited data plan is the latest in a recent series of similar decisions by other national carriers.
We have to question why the carriers are choosing to create this bill shock anxiety all over again? Why now? At a time when data services are becoming more and more popular, why are carriers choosing to make these services less and less accessible?
AT&Ts planned acquisition of T-Mobile will reduce the number of national postpaid carriers, and quite possibly the level of competitiveness in the wireless industry. AT&T states that its acquisition of T-Mobile will speed its ability to offer 4G services nationwide. But at what cost to the consumer? How many of us will be able to afford it? Our obvious concern is that there is no longer a truly competitive wireless marketplace and that pricing actions like these are indicative of things to come. Will AT&T now match Verizons data pricing? Will (Read more)
|Topics:||Somethin' To Talk About||Verizon Wireless||AT&T Wireless||Sprint|
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