Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.7 (Verizon)

Thanks to Verizon Wireless, I have the chance to evaluate the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.  First impressions, It is very fast and thin.  This tablet is sturdy for its size and extremely easy to carry around. The 4G LTE signal has been great and very fast.  The Wi-Fi radio is also very strong able to pick up signals better than some of my laptops.  I am impressed with the ease of use and some of the factory installed apps.  It picked up my gmail just fine, and also other accounts that I have.  The Galaxy Tab is quick to respond to whatever I have asked it to do.  My children have a good time using the Wet Paint app that allows them to draw pictures and save them to the tablet.  On other platforms, I have had problems with this app, but on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 it worked flawlessly.  I am able to run Angry Birds with no problems, all screen transitions and graphics run smooth.  This tablet seem to have a better picture than some of the others I have encountered.  Below is a list of features from the Verizon Wireless website.  I am going to try to get the Home Theatre Manager app to run on the Galaxy Tab and will report on it next week.

Carrier Verizon
Form Factor Touch Screen, Tablet
Color Light Silve
Operating System Android 3.2, Honeycomb
Camera (Front) 2.0 Megapixel
Camera (Rear) 3.2 Megapixel
Features Auto Focus; Shot Modes, Action, Panorama, Single, Smile; Smile Shot; Geo-tagging; Editing Modes; TV-Out with HDMI Dock or Adapter; Online Image Uploading
Camcorder Video capture and playbac
Dimensions (W x H x D) 7.74″ x 5.24″ x 0.31
Weight 12 Ounce
Battery 5100mAh
Usage Time Up to 13 hrs in 3G; Up to 12.5 hrs in 4G LTE
Standby Time Up to 16.25 Days in 3G; Up to 10.4 Days in 4G LTE
Internal 16GB
External 32GB
SD Card SDHC/SHD SD Card
Frequencies and Data Type 1x/EV-DO RevA/LTE: 850/1900/700MHz
Data Speed 4G LTE
CPU Samsung Exynos 4210 1.4GHz Dual-core
Main Display Resolution 1280 x 800 WXGA
Main Display Size 6.5″ x 4.06″
Main Display Technology Super AMOLED™ Plus
User Interface Widgets; TouchWiz™ ; Social Hub; Smart Unlock
Audio Music Player; Compatible Music Files, AAC, AAC+, AC3, eAAC+, IMY, FLAC, MID, MP3, WAV, WMA; Audio, Streaming; Ringtones, Polyphonic; MP3/Music Tones
Video Video Player; Compatible Video Files, 3G2, 3GP, AVI, DivX/XviD, FLV, H.263, H.264, MKV, MPEG4, WMV; Video, Streaming
Fun and Entertainment Downloadable Content; Wallpapers, Animated; Samsung Widget Gallery; Samsung Media Hub; Netflix
Business and Office Microsoft® Office-compatible; OCR/Business Card Scanner; vCard/vCalendar; Voice Memo; Quick Office Pro HD
Messaging Options Email; Corporate Email; Instant Messaging; Swype™ ; Predictive Text (XT9®)
Sensor Type Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity

RIM Introduces the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook. Availability, Release Date and More

Well the rumor mill and speculation can end about the release of the PlayBook 4G LTE. Earlier today, RIM announced the launch of the new 4G LTE BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet with built-in support for cellular networks. The new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook maintains a sleek and ultra-portable form while delivering overall faster performance as well as support for blazing fast 4G LTE networks

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Pantech Marauder™ To Launch On The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

Pantech MarauderVerizon Wireless let us know about the release of the Pantech Marauder on their 4G LTE Netowrk

Here is the Article from Verizon Wireles:

BASKING RIDGE, NJ and HAUPPAUGE, NY — Verizon Wireless and Pantech today announced the 4G LTE-powered Pantech Marauder is coming exclusively to America’s largest 4G LTE network starting Aug. 2.  The Pantech Marauder provides first-time smartphone customers with a dual-interface option, allowing customers to fit the device to their lifestyles or specific needs.

Brought to market by Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD), the Pantech Marauder offers customers the option to choose between Starter Mode and Standard Mode.  Starter Mode is a simplified and more intuitive experience that is perfect for those who are new to the smartphone world.  This option eases first-time customers into the smartphone experience with the help of four easy-to-learn home screens featuring preset widgets and an uncluttered, easy-to-use lock screen.  Starter Mode also features a quick dialer icon that allows customers to make phone calls directly from the home screen.  Standard Mode is a general smartphone setting for those who are familiar with the Android experience.  It offers up to seven fully customizable home screens and a customizable lock screen with quick access to frequently used applications.  All settings are maintained when switching between modes so customers do not have to worry about losing information.

The Pantech Marauder features a virtual keyboard as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, making it the perfect choice for messaging aficionados and for those who want an excellent messaging experience.  With the 5-megapixel camera, customers can take pictures, capture high-definition video, and easily share them as well as video chat with family and friends, using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

Additional features

  • Notification Curtain that displays quick on/off settings, phone settings, connectivity and sync, social media and email
  • On device help section provides guided tours for first-time smartphone customers to help learn the tips and tricks of their new device
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM
  • Support for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail, YouTube, Google+, Google Search and Google Maps, as well as access to the Google Play Store
  • Share media with friends and colleagues wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices
  • Bluetooth® Version 3.0 Support Profiles: headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer and phone book access
  • Daily Life Assistants such as clock, calendar and weather
  • Easy access email that is compatible with Microsoft® Exchange, Yahoo!® Mail, Windows Live®, AOL®, Gmail
  • microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB
  • Mobile Hotspot capable to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices

BlackBerry PlayBook OS Updated to v2.0.1.668

This latest update provides more enhancements/maintenance to the previous 2.0.1.358 release. This Release is not the 2.1 that everyone is waiting on, but it’s still nice to get an update

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS Updated to v2.0.1.668

Verizon Wireless Announces Blackberry Curve 9310

Blackberry Curve 9310

Verizon Wireless let us know the Blackberry Curve 9310 is available from Verizon Wireless as of July 12th.

Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® Curve9310 smartphone, a stylish new smartphone for socially-connected customers.

 

The BlackBerry Curve 9310 is a slim and easy-to-use smartphone ready to help customers make the move from a basic phone to a smartphone.  It includes all the core BlackBerry messaging and social-centric applications that let customers easily connect to the people and things that matter most to them.  Running on BlackBerry 7.1, the Curve 9310 also features the iconic BlackBerry keyboard for quick and easy typing and a dedicated BBM key for instant access to RIM’s popular mobile social network.

 

Facebook® and Twitter apps allow customers to easily interact with their social network in real time, and, with the new Social Feeds 2.0 app, they can post updates to multiple social networks simultaneously and capture updates from news sources (RSS feeds), social apps and instant messaging apps, all in one consolidated view.

 

Additional features:

 

·         3.2-megapixel camera – easily share pictures and video with friends through text, BBM, Facebook and Twitter

·         VZ Navigator® capabilities for customers to receive audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and share directions withothers

·         On-device Parental Controls – customers can grant as little or as much access to the Internet, social networking and messaging as they see appropriate.  Create a select list of contacts for both incoming and outgoing calls

·         microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB

 

Pricing and availability

 

·         The new BlackBerry Curve 9310 smartphone will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com starting July 12 and will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

·         New customers who purchase the BlackBerry Curve 9310 will need to subscribe to a Share Everything plan starting at $80 monthly access for unlimited talk and text messaging and 300 MB of data.  Customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/shareeverything for additional information on data plans.

DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE Featuring Beats Audio Available July 5

HTC IncredibleVerizon Wireless let us know that the Droid Incredible 4G LTE with Beats Audio will be available July 5th.

According to the Verizon Wireless  blog:

 

Whether listening to music on Slacker Radio or watching the latest video from your favorite artist on YouTube, for many their smartphone is the go to spot for tunes.

With the DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC, those songs will sound even better thanks to Beats Audio technology.

Beats Audio provides a rich and authentic sound across the entire mobile experience whether listening to music or playing a game. The DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE will be released on Thursday, July 5. Cost is $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate debit card with a two-year contract and data plan.

Additional features:

Lifestyle features:

  • Authentic Sound: Customers will benefit from Beats Audio, an enhanced auto tuning technology that allows users to hear music the way the artist intended. Beats Audio is incorporated across the entire experience for richer, more authentic sound and whether watching a video or playing a game, customers are sure to be impressed with the sound quality.
  • Read Later: Active readers who are constantly on-the-go can use the Read Later feature to save online content, such as news articles and website pages, to view later, even when they are offline.
  • Android Beam: Sharing YouTube videos, Google Maps locations and more with others is faster and easier than ever with Android Beam.  Android Beam is as simple as tapping two compatible phones together for users to instantly share information.

Additional features: 

  • 4-inch super LCD qHD display
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens
  • Front-facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • Mobile Hotspot-capable to share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Support for up to 32 GB microSD memory card

Leather Case with Stand for Blackberry Playbook via Amazon. Great Price

Looking for a case/stand solution? This case may be wheat you are looking for.  I mainly noticed the under 6.00 + shipping price and thought I would share it with ya’s. Not sure how long this price will last, because sometimes when they drop this low, they don’t last long

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Leather Case with Stand for Blackberry Playbook via Amazon. Great Price

DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich: Global Ready

Verizon Wireless let us know the following:

Motorola RAZR MAXX
Motorola RAZR MAXX

The DROID RAZR and the DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola will be the first 4G LTE smartphones on the Verizon Wireless network to be Global Ready.
The upgrade, which will begin on June 22, will also upgrade all smartphones in the DROID RAZR family to the popular Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

 

Ice Cream Sandwich features upgraded functionality and new features, such as Face Unlock. By looking directly at the screen, the smartphone recognizes its owner and automatically unlocks the device. It also includes Direct Access Lock Screen, which allows you to easily open camera, text messages, and dialer from the lock screen.

 

Customers can use the front camera to video chat with friends and family to share summer stories or even just to wave hello. The new Video Calling icon makes it easy to access video chatting apps like ooVoo and Tango.

 

The upgrade also enhances the voice input technology, typing your words as you speak emails or texts. Speak continuously for paragraphs at a time, add punctuation and even edit mistakes with voice input.

 

As a Global Ready device, customers with the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX will be able to have voice and data service in more than 220 countries, when subscribed to an international plan.

 

Additional information on the ICS upgrade can be found on the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola support page.

Motorola Elite Silver Bluetooth Headset

Motorola Silver EliteVerizonWireless has been kind enough to let us evaluate the Motorola Sliver Elite bluetooth headset.  I have been using this wonderful headset with my Motorola Droid X phone, and am very pleased.  It is very comfortable to wear on my ear.  One thing I really like about this headset compared to others that I have tried, I can talk to people in my car and they can hear me just fine.  I have a very high road noise in my car and have not found a headset that is able to cancel the road noise as well as this one has.  The battery has an amazing talk and non-talk time.  I left the headset in my glove compartment for a week, and needed to use it, when I put it on the nice lady in the headset let me know when I connected that it still had over 2 hours of talk time left. This is the first bluetooth headset that has survived a week in my glove box and continued to have charge.  The case for charging is very cool.

Overall, I have to give this product a thumbs up from the staff and myself at Blitz Mobile.

Here is the description from VerizonWireless

The Motorola Elite Sliver allows you to pair your headset with your phone with quick tap. The inclusion of HD Audio Plus increases clarity and provides richer sound for all your conversations with true wideband audio and CrystalTalk™ dual-microphone noise cancellation technology. With an extended roaming range of up to 300 feet, you can walk away from your phone without disconnecting your conversation. The Motorola Elite Sliver also work with the My MotoSpeak application to read, dictate and send text messages hands-free. The new My MotoSpeak application adds the capabilities for users to initiate and send text messages without touching or holding their phone. Weighing in at just under half an ounce, The Motorola Elite Sliver stylish protective charging case recharges the headset for a total of up to 15 hours of talk time without needing to search for a power outlet.

  • HD Audio Plus with true wideband audio and CrystalTalk™ dual-mic technology enable increased clarity and richer sound.
  • NFC technology pairs device to NFC-enabled phones in one tap.
  • Extended roaming range up to 300 feet.
  • Integrated with My MotoSpeak to hear incoming messages, speak outgoing texts and send without ever touching your phone.
  • Up to 15 hours of talk time4 when combined with the included charging case.
  • Weighs less than half an ounce and can barely be seen when worn.

Click here to purchase from VerizonWireless