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Samsung Galaxy Note II: Build Quality Review

To tell the truth, I honestly wasn’t sure how well the build quality of the Note II would be. I had felt how light the Samsung Galaxy S II was and it actually felt a little on the cheap side. Of course, the Note II and S II are two completely different devices, but I still was rather surprised as to how well put together the Galaxy Note II was. The battery cover feels like plastic, but it really didn’t feel cheap, which is a good thing. It’s definitely not the Nexus 4’s glass backing. I tend to like more expensive items feeling a bit more on the quality side of things though, which is great since the Note II feels that way.

This is my first Note device ever, so I wasn’t sure if it would be top heavy due to its size, but it feels just right. I can hold it in my hand easily, just like I could with my much smaller Atrix 2. The overall feel of the device is really solid. Samsung’s devices tend to be built a lot out of plastic, but that’s almost hard to tell on the Note II. Now, If I were to — for some inexplicable reason — drop it on the cement by accident or if it fell out of my pocket, I don’t see this bad boy breaking at all. There might be a few scuffs and all, but nothing very noticeable. I won’t be trying any drop tests with this guy though, there’s plenty of those on YouTube, I’m sure.

As I said earlier, I was a bit hesitant about the quality of this device after having felt the S II. Thankfully, I was not disappointed and it has surpassed my expectations.

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Sony Xperia Tablet S defect discovered, sales suspended

A manufacturing defect on Sony Xperia Tablet S, which the company believes would affect the device’s good reputation in the market, has recently been discovered. Consequently, the Japanese manufacturer issued a statement saying it would halt the sales of its tablet released in the US just last month.

One of the features of Sony Xperia Tablet S is being water-proof and it is the same feature that would be compromised if Sony continues selling the tablet without fixing the problem. There is no information as to when the company would resume the sales of this mid-range tablet but it’s a good thing to know it is on the lookout to finding defects of its devices and is willing to provide fixes.

According to reports, Sony has shipped around 100,000 Xperia S tablets and is now in the process of recalling them to be fixed. According to a Sony representative, the flaw originated from the factory in China where the components have been manufactured. So, basically, the first batch of Sony Xperia Tablet S that has already been shipped in the US and elsewhere in the world has the same defects.

Sony hasn’t provided further information about the specific defect but a representative said a gap between the casing and the screen has been discovered, according to a report from Reuters. The gap is believed to make the device susceptible to water when submerged and it wouldn’t be the same as advertised.

Sony Xperia Tablet S comes packed with a Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. It also has a 1GB RAM to complement its processor plus an 8-megapixel camera. Sony has made this device so powerful to compete in the cutthroat Android tablet market and stuffed it with features that couldn’t be found in other devices.

Apple’s iPad is the reigning king in the tablet market and is being challenged by a pack of other key players led by Samsung. Sony, on the hand, has its way of dominating the market it’s targeting but it remains aloft with providers in the US. There are only a handful of devices being subsidized in the country.

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