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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus – Specs comparison

Again with the new iPhone(s)? Isn’t The Droid Guy supposed to be an Android-centric website? Leave droid fans alone. Be honest, you were thinking or wondering one of these things before you even finished reading our headline.

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And we completely understand your frustration. For the past two weeks or so, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus rumor roundups, previews, hands-on explorations and finally reviews have inundated the tech-focused part of the interwebs.

Just one more reason to keep your online activity fixated on funny cat pics and (human) porn, huh? Not so fast. Because like it or not, iPhones make the Android scene better. And vice versa. Who do you think got Tim Cook to infuriate Steve Jobs from beyond the grave by embracing “phablets”?

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Anyhoo, the bottom line is it’s wholly necessary to give credit where credit is due, and dissect the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus along with everybody else until reaching the conclusion we can do better. Not to mention cheaper.

But above all, better. Enter Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, the definitive top-of-the-line 2014 jumbo-sized smartphone. A phablet worth waiting for. And here’s why:

Note 4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus – design and build quality comparison

Call me rash, reckless, whatever, I’m calling it – it’s the last year Apple ever wins an aesthetics battle against a Samsung flagship. Come spring of 2015, it’s bye, bye, metallic iPhone domination. That’s because the Note 4 is clearly meant to transition users from the old, ill-advised plastic-reliant design direction to a new approach, revolving around aluminum and possibly, other premium materials.

Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus

So yeah, the 6 Plus still looks a little more elegant and feels a little stronger than the GNote 4. Emphasis on little, as the half-metal/half-plastic Samsung spearhead is significantly shorter, at 153 mm (vs. 158). Outstanding engineering feat, given it also offers the larger usable screen real estate (5.7 vs. 5.5 inches).

And yes, the rear on the iPhone 6 Plus is decidedly sexy, but the bulging camera is a vexing blemish on an otherwise spotless chassis. Good for us.

Galaxy Note 4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus – display duel

Sure, iFans, the Quad HD screen resolution on the Note 4 is a gimmick. Unlike your “Retina” iPad panels, which are all about real-life, naked-eye-noticeable image and video reproduction quality. Keep telling yourselves that. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to constantly remind yourselves 1 gig of RAM is plenty for a 2014 high-end smartphone.

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At the end of the day, the fact of the matter is Note 4’s display boasts 515 ppi pixel density, and the iPhone 6 Plus 401. So much win!

Processing speed and RAM smackdown

Early benchmarks show the new iPhones heavily outperforming their main Android-running rivals. Apple-friendly benchmarks, that is, like SunSpider or Kraken. Meanwhile, 3DMark, for instance, puts both the 6 and 6 Plus behind the Galaxy S5 and Note 3 in overall performance.

No Quadrant scores, no Vellamo and, of course, no way to compare any of the existing results to what the Note 4 can pull off.

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Either way, we know benchmarks aren’t worth very much, and in real life, the 6 Plus and Note 4 are both beastly slabs. Perhaps the zippiest in the world, alongside maybe the LG G3. As always, we expect Apple to have invested thousands of man hours and nearly limitless resources in carefully optimizing every little line of software code, whereas Samsung has Qualcomm’s fastest SoC and a whopping 3 gigs of RAM to take care of business.

Granted, the 64-bit architecture of Apple’s A8 chip is impossible to ignore, and bound to offer up the 6 Plus an important advantage. Then again, the scanty 1 GB RAM is even impossibler (not a real word, I know) to ignore, giving back the overall edge to the Note 4.

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Final verdict: Samsung wins.

Software, battery life and storage

Our love for all things Android is no big secret, and neither is our bias in favor of Google’s mobile OS. But even the most rabid droid fan has to admit iOS 8 looks pretty good. Clean as a whistle, very minimalistic and a wee bit more customizable than before.

iOS 8 vs KitKat

That said, pretty much everything iOS 8 can do, Android 4.4 KitKat does better. And the next version, L, likely on its way to the Note 4 by the end of the year, should further increase the smoothness gap. Multitasking, personality, versatility, even ease of use, L has it all, at least on paper.

Which brings us to the autonomy bout. Impossible to call at the moment, it’ll probably be a very evenly matched contest. Yes, the Note 4 does pack the larger cell (3,220 vs. 2,915 mAh), but it also comes with the bigger, higher-res, more power-demanding screen in tow. And possibly, the less frugal processor too.

Galaxy Note 4 back

Moving on, the storage battle would be close too… were it not for Cupertino’s aversion for external microSD card slots. Which once again makes Android look good. Really good.

Cameras, sensors and others

Don’t you even start. We don’t want to hear it. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Apple is the very best in the biz at optimizing software for better battery life, smoother performance and superior camera capabilities. But there’s only so much that can do for a mediocre 8 MP sensor-toting rear snapper.

For crying out loud, the main cam on the Note 4 sports twice the megapixel count, plus every single add-on the iPhone 6 Plus brings to the table: optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash. And let’s not forget 2K video recording, which the iPhone can’t do.

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As for selfie nuts, they’d better not give the 6 Plus a second thought, what with its sub-par 1.2 MP front shooter. The Note 4? It’s all about self-portraits, rocking a generous 3.7 MP sensor on the front and 1,080p video shooting support.

And now, for the grand finale. Both contenders tick the fingerprint scanner box, but only one the heart rate monitor category. And guess which one comes with a bundled S Pen and stylus support? How about a UV sensor?

Galaxy Note 4 UV sensor

Meanwhile, Apple is going on and on and on about NFC inclusion, a feature that’s been around in the Android universe for years. Including on mid-rangers.

Pricing and availability

If there’s one battle Apple wins without great resistance, it’s the availability fight. Good thing that’s something to build a successful war campaign on, not an atomic bomb. And clearly, the iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t have enough weapons to survive the war, let alone win it.

iPhone 6 line

Go ahead, buy your fancy, uber-hyped, underwhelming iPhones today, iSheep iFans, because we’ll have the last laugh come mid-October, when Note 4s start shipping. Prices? $300 with AT&T and Verizon contracts, available now on pre-order through Amazon, ditto on Sprint, and $700 or so outright.

Remember, the iPhone 6 Plus also goes for $300 and up, only their $300 variant sports half of Samsung’s $300 Note 3’s internal storage – 16 GB. Oh, look, the 6 Plus is down for the count. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, you’re done!

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 – price comparison (US, Canada, UK)

Equally as speedy, pretty much even in the build quality department and each featuring top-shelf audio, imaging, battery or software add-ons such as BoomSound, Dual Camera, Ultra Power Saving Mode or Air gestures, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and HTC’s One M8 are nearly impossible to separate on paper.

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Most reviewers say it’s incredibly hard to choose one or the other after getting in contact with them, so at the end of the day the epic battle for high-end Android supremacy this quarter, nay half a year may come down to availability and pricing.

Needless to point out Samsung is far superior advertising-wise, however HTC already managed to roll out the M8 ahead of the GS5, so if the Taiwanese can also position their flagship as the cost-friendly alternative for the odds-on favorite, they might well challenge the throne.

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Could they pull it off? Only one way to find out. Scour the interwebs for the best HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 deals available. Here’s what we dug up in US, Canada and UK:

US on-contract prices and release dates

Technically, our two contenders were bound to start things off on equal footing. But HTC sensed the danger almost instantaneously and shaved a cool $50 off M8’s price with select pacts in the blink of an eye. Thus, the 2014 One can now be purchased via Amazon at $150 as long as you don’t mind committing to lengthy 24-month Verizon or Sprint agreements.

A similar promotion is in full swing over at Best Buy, though the retailer offers just the Verizon M8 at $150. The Sprint and AT&T variants cost 50 clams north, as does the AT&T flavor on Amazon and through the carrier’s own retail network, both on and offline.

HTC M8 Amazon

Searching the ideal Easter present? Why not HTC One M8? Get two from Verizon, and the second is free. Full disclosure: two separate contracts need to be signed.

Beyond the few bucks Amazon and BB allow you to save when boarding the M8 bandwagon, the coolest thing is there are no lines, staggered deliveries or shipping delays, unlike with the GS5. Samsung’s bad boy is technically still on pre-order and the first units will be dispatched beginning Friday, April 11.

Galaxy S5 Amazon

Sprint and AT&T’s locked variants are $190 on Amazon, $200 via Best Buy with $10 gift cards, and $200 when purchased directly from the Now Network and Ma Bell, albeit the former can go as low as $0 for upgrading qualifying customers with Framily Plans.

Still, I reckon it’s point HTC here.

Galaxy S5 vs One M8 – US outright, unlocked pricing

Not a fan of contracts? Then it’s straight to T-Mobile for you. The “UnCarrier” has both smartphones at $0 down, or rather, it’s going to have them starting April 11. Yes, the M8 is bizarrely not around at T-Mo.

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If coughing up half a dozen Benjamins at once ain’t a problem, Amazon, Best Buy, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and Negri Electronics are at your disposal. Here’s how their offers break down one by one:

Amazon: unlocked 3G-only Galaxy S5 – $775, shipping April 11; no-warranty Latin version – $745, in stock; no-warranty factory unlocked model – $750, in stock; off-contract Sprint version – $700; off-contract AT&T – $700.

Factory unlocked HTC One M8 with US warranty – $700 in grey, $704 in silver; M8 Developer Edition – $700, ships in 2 to 4 weeks; AT&T, Verizon, Sprint versions – $650

Best Buy: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 outright variants – $750; No-contract MetroPCS with 4G LTE – $650

HTC One M8 for AT&T – $700; Verizon version – $750; for Sprint – $800

Galaxy S5 Verizon

AT&T: Samsung Galaxy S5 – $650; HTC M8 – $640

Sprint: Galaxy S5 – $650; One M8 – $650

Verizon: GS5 – $600; All New HTC One – $600

Negri Electronics: Unlocked Latin American Galaxy S5 models in white and black – $720.50 on pre-order

16 GB unlocked HTC One M8 in silver, gold and grey – $812.50 a pop (grey units in stock, silver and gold on pre-order)

Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 – UK prices

So many things to say, so little time to cover them all. Where to start? Let’s take a virtual trip down Amazon UK lane first. The SIM-free One M8 is £529.95 there (already discounted from £549), in both grey and silver. No gold? Bummer.

HTC M8 colors

Meanwhile, the GS5 is listed as coming on April 18 (i.e. next Friday), costing an extra 30 quid or so. Total price: £559.99 in black, blue and white contract-free.

Surprise, surprise, the S5 is cheaper with Clove than the M8, going for £522, including VAT. HTC’s giant? £534. How about Unlocked-Mobiles? Well, they do promise swift deliveries beginning April 10, but folks on tight budgets are likely to pick the in-stock M8. It’s £528.98 vs. £549.98, the GS5.

Alright, let’s do one last British online store. Expansys? Expansys it is. Like most of their competitors, they’re in a position to ship the HTC One M8, but not the GS5. The former is £550 in grey and silver, and the latter £560 in black, white, blue and gold. It looks like Samsung may need to rethink strategy before it’s too late.

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Oh, by the by, you can always score the two heavyweight title contenders with pacts on British shores paying nada upfront. Just remember plans might be fairly steep for the obligatory two years.

Canada pricing and availability

O Canada, how I wish I had better news for you vis-à-vis the GS5. Instead, all I can tell you is a bundle of carriers, Rogers, Bell and Telus included, are taking pre-orders, vowing to zippy deliveries around April 10. Pricing is equally as ominous, at $250 with contracts, compared to the One M8, which ships already and costs $230 on a 2-year term, or $700 outright.

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It’s official, Samsung is losing this battle. Will the Koreans lose the war too? You tell us. Do you intend to get the M8 or GS5? Will you instead hold out for Sony’s Xperia Z2? Maybe LG’s G3? Google’s Nexus 6? Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4? So many options, huh?

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Early) Rumor Roundup: What to Expect When You’re Expecting

The ink is barely dry on Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s reviews, the phablet hasn’t even reached all four major US carriers yet (there’s still we know who keeping us hanging), the world’s first curved display smartphone has only broken cover earlier this week, yet, believe it or not, the Galaxy S5 rumor mill is already grinding at full throttle.

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No, you haven’t slept all through the fall, winter of 2013 and spring of 2014. It’s just Samsung is allegedly thinking of tweaking its production cycle so as “the next big thing” to be official as soon as January 2014 and go up for grabs a month later.

But that’s not right, is it? And it can’t be true. It just cannot. Only it can, as long as we buy the speculation about Galaxy S4 sales bombing of late and the GNote 3 being in even lower demand.

And think about it. The S4 hit 20 million units sold two months after its launch, then it wasn’t able to cross the next milestone, 30 mil, in another three full months. If that’s not reason for concern, I don’t know what is.

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Meanwhile, have you seen one retailer, one store, one lousy salesperson claiming to be out of GNote 3 stock? Exactly. With all that in mind, let’s see what we know and what are our hopes for the Galaxy S5.

Design, build materials and quality

You won’t usually hear me complaining about a piece of high-end mobile technology landing earlier than expected (I’d actually commend that under normal circumstances), but in this particular case the messing up of Samsung’s traditional production cycle can only be interpreted as a bad omen.

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It’s no longer just gossip or the word of an anonymous “insider” against those of the company’s officials. The Galaxy S5 will bring a major overhaul of the Galaxy S design language. If the designers can pull the whole thing off in time.

And that’s exactly the problem. If the GS5 were to come one year after its predecessor, so around March or April 2014, it would definitely either rock an all-aluminum exterior or sport a curved screen right off the bat. Or maybe both.

But if everything has to be worked out by January, chances are the design overhaul will be put off… again, and we’ll be stuck with a boring, plastic-clad “flagship” phone for another year or so. Or at least by the time the Note 4 goes official.

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On the bright side, there’s more than an outside shot the S5 will be “Active”, meaning water and dustproof, right out the box even if its ETA is January. Plus, if it won’t rock any kind of curves or flexible parts in its standard variant, it will definitely do so in a super-premium flavor dubbed “F” a few months later.

Hardware features – display, CPU, RAM, cameras

Another worrisome aspect about GS5’s potential January intro is it could end up being next year’s Sony Xperia Z. I’m pretty sure you all remember how the Z debuted as the first true flagship device of 2013, undercutting both HTC’s One and Samsung’s Galaxy S4, but having to make do with a Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, compared with the S600 that was eventually found inside its two fiercest rivals.

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There’s absolutely no way Qualcomm will have Snapdragon 800’s follow-up(s) all ready for February 2014 shipments, so the S5 is likely to pack the SoC that’s now the cream of the crop, but which could look fairly outdated come next spring.

True, there’s also the Exynos 5 Octa option, more so as the processor will finally be able to make use of all its eight cores at once, courtesy of Heterogeneous Multi-Processing. Yet let’s be honest (and blunt): Samsung is incapable of producing enough of these CPUs to handle the global demand of a top-of-the-liner.

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As far as other features go, the screen is expected to measure the same 5 inches as the GS4 (5.3 tops) while possibly maybe upping the resolution ante and further narrowing the bezels, the RAM could go up to a record-breaking 4 GB and the rear-facing camera is tipped to bump up the sensor to 16 MP and add optical image stabilization and a number of other goodies in the mix.

Software

I’ll be honest with you, I have very little to go on in regards to GS5’s possible on-board software. It definitely won’t be Tizen and it won’t dual boot Android and Windows either. Also, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell it’s quite possible there will be pre-loaded 4.4 KitKat here.

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But as far as TouchWiz goes, the overall look of the UI’s next version, particular customizations, tweaks, special features and so on and so forth, I’m afraid we’ll have to wait and see. At least a little bit longer.

Release date, pricing and availability

We’ve already talked a great deal about ETAs, unveiling and release timelines, so let’s focus on the dough a little. “Slim” is the word of the day as far as actual pricing rumors and reports go, though it’s not that hard to make an educated guess. Or two.

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It all depends on whether or not Samsung ultimately decides to push the envelope in any way. Will there be a curved display? All-aluminum exterior? Fingerprint scanner? OIS camera? Then expect a starting price tag north of $800. Maybe even 900 or 1,000 bucks.

If on the other hand the S5 turns out to be just a rehash of the S4 or some kind of S4-Note 3 combo (think Galaxy J), you’ll probably be asked to cough up roughly $700 for an outright model. Now, which one would you prefer? And I’d like you to give it some serious thought.

Nokia Lumia 925 Goes Official: Specs, Features, Pricing and Availability

After months of seemingly endless and, let’s be honest, somewhat tiresome speculation, the Nokia Lumia 925 is finally here. And it’s, as expected, not spectacular. Elegant, sturdy and a welcome upgrade over last year’s 920, but still not a game-changing device. Definitely not enough to really put Windows Phone on the map and cause headaches in Cupertino or Mountain View.

But let’s refrain from handing out verdicts just yet and see what the Lumia 925 is all about. First off, its design is stupendous. Essentially, if there’s one reason I would ever recommend getting this and not, say, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is because it will make you look good.

Nokia Lumia 925

Compared with the Lumia 920, Nokia’s latest spearhead is much slimmer, weighing in at 139 grams and measuring 8.5 mm thick (vs. 185 grams and 10.7 mm). The frame is made of aluminum, but in a somewhat unexpected twist the back is constructed out of polycarbonate (aka plastic).

That might be a little disappointing for some, but mind you, the Lumia 925 is still one of the sexiest handhelds around. Unfortunately, on the inside, you’ll very much struggle to notice any differences between the new guy, the 920 and 928.

The processor is the same old (and I do mean “old) dual-core Snapdragon S4 unit clocked at 1.5 GHz, there’s just 1 GB of RAM, while the on-board storage has even been downgraded from 920’s 32 gigs to 16.

The 4.5-inch screen is basically identical to the one on the Lumia 920 in terms of the resolution (1,280 x 768 pixels), but at least Nokia has decided to go the AMOLED road this time instead of the classic LCD, so that’s definitely a step in the right direction. But where Nokia has really made a considerable progress (aside from the design) is in the imaging department, though Lumia 925’s main snapper is still equipped with an 8.7 MP sensor.

Mediocre 8.7 MP sensor, one might even call it, but you have to know by now a camera’s performance is not all about the megapixel count. Instead, what could make this shooter great is the optical image stabilization, dual LED flash and, surprise, surprise, the adding of a sixth lens in addition to the five plastic ones on the 920, this time made of glass.

It remains to be seen how will that translate in real-life snapshot quality, but something tells me it’s going to be spectacular. For now, let’s focus on the remainder of the thing’s spec sheet, which includes a 2,000 mAh battery (the same size as on the Lumia 920, which is impressive given 925’s much thinner profile), 1.2 MP front cam, GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0 and optional LTE.

Set to be made available in the US as a T-Mobile exclusive during the summer, the Lumia 925 will most likely debut comercially in white, grey and black in Europe and Asia in June for a recommended retail price of €469 ($608) before taxes and subsidies. Sounds like a fairly lucrative price point, but still, doesn’t it feel a little like the 925 is more of the same for Nokia and Windows Phone?

Via [Engadget]

T-Mobile Delays Samsung Galaxy S4 Release Until April 29

Remember when we congratulated Samsung for staging a perfect Galaxy S4 US release? Well, you can now change that to a near perfect launch. And not just because it’s taking Verizon an eternity to announce an exact S4 ETA and pricing details.

Also, because T-Mobile has pushed back the 5-incher’s online availability date. Initially scheduled to start shipping today, on April 24, the Galaxy S4 is now slated for an official T-Mo release five days later, on the 29th.

Samsung Galaxy S4

In all fairness, this delay is probably the carrier’s fault entirely and not Samsung’s, but it still blemishes Sammy’s image a little. Then again, it’s not like the S4 has been pushed back a month or two, so I think you can live without the “next big thing” for five more days, can’t you?

And even if you can’t, there are ways to score one of these babies before April 29. True, you’ll have to make do with AT&T or Sprint’s versions of the S4, but that’s not so bad. Ma Bell has the 16 GB model in both black and white for pre-orders, with shipping likely to start tomorrow, on the 25th.

That’s for early adopters who’ve pre-ordered the device already, whereas folks who are only now getting on the S4 bandwagon are almost certainly to be left hanging for an additional couple of days. AT&T’s S4 can be had with two-year contracts, for $199.99, 12-month agreements, for $449.99, or outright, for $639.99.

Meanwhile, Sprint has very recently closed pre-orders for the phone, with existing stocks apparently exhausted already. Early orders should be fulfilled on April 27, when other folks will be allowed to commit to the Full HD 5-inch smartphone as well.

America’s number three carrier sells the 16 GB white and black GS4 with two-year contracts for $149.99, but only if you bring your number to Sprint on a new line of service. The regular on-contract price point is $249.99.

In related news, RadioShack retail stores are also expected to start selling the Samsung Galaxy S4 come April 27. You will be able to purchase the Sprint and AT&T versions from RS, so there should be plenty of choices to go around for anyone that has a craving for probably the best phone in the world. Such a pity Verizon refuses to get in on the fun for now, eh?

Via [Tmo News]

Samsung Galaxy S4 Pre-Orders With AT&T Are Live, Shipping to Start on April 30

It was only 24 hours ago that we reported on a leaked internal Staples document that seemed to confirm Samsung Galaxy S4’s launch dates on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, and now we already have the first official info on the 5-incher’s ETAs.

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It seems the doc got one thing right and one wrong for the moment, with AT&T being the first US carrier to sell the GS4, but a little later than expected. Four days later, to be precise, as Ma Bell states on its official website that the first Galaxy S4 units will be shipped on April 30.

AT&T has also been the first network to open S4 pre-orders, with pricing being anything but a shocker. The 16 GB Full HD 5-incher is $199.99 in white or black with two-year contracts, $449 with 12-month agreements and $639 outright.

Naturally, with pre-orders live for a good few hours already, you have to take into consideration that the queue might already be very, very long. Which is why you shouldn’t be terribly surprised if you’ll have to wait until May 2 or 3 to get your order fulfilled and your precious new super-phone on your doorstep.

Meanwhile, mum remains the word with T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, all of which are expected to start selling the Samsung Galaxy S4 over the next month. T-Mo is still in a good position to second AT&T on or around May 1, Big Red is rumored to wait until late May, while Sprint… continues to be an enigma. One thing’s for sure though – everyone has to get ready for the next Galaxy!

Via [Android Central]

Kindle Fire HD 7″ and Second Generation Kindle Now Available For Purchase

The brand new Kindle Fire HD 7′ and the 2nd generation Kindle Fire that were announced at the Amazon Press Conference in Los Angeles, California, are now available for purchase. Amazon had initially only opened up pre-orders for the two devices with a a launch date of September 14th. We are now on September 14th, and Amazon seems to have turned on the switch with those silly pre-orders now just becoming a nuisance. Of course, they will probably be come useful again when these guys go out of stock later today. Remember the lack of Nexus 7 units? Yeah, we could see a similar tend here. Of course, you may just want to wait for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ or Paperwhite, which you can pre-order at the links provided below.

Until then, the Kindle Fire HD 7″ is a really nice choice to hold you over until the 8.9″ variant releases, that is if you are willing to spend a few extra dollars. I think based on what Amazon is offering for the two devices, it might just be worth it, especially if you’re sharing your Kindle Fire tablet(s) with family. Amazon does seem to be aiming towards families with this tablet with some specific features to help out in that area, so that may convince you to purchase the tablet. Of course, many are saying “just get a Nexus 7,” I would definitely agree with that, but from the press conference in Los Angeles, I think that the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ is just as worth it.

With the 7″ HD variant sitting at $199, new Wi-Fi Tech, Whispersync and a new screen is really hard to say no to.

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Fire HD 8.9′

source: Droid Life

Barnes and Noble Brings Nook Products to the UK

One of the most popular book retailers, Barnes and Noble, has announced today that it will be bring its line of Nook products to the United Kingdom along with all of its digital content. The e-Ink based Nook Simple Touch and Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight will be the first two Nook products to initially launch in the United Kingdom. That’s not all that’s going to be happening though. According to the UK Nook website, the Nook Tablet will be debuting in the United Kingdom soon after the first two devices. Those of you in the UK wanting a more powerful device will now be happy to know that Barnes and Noble’s more advanced devices (Nook Tablet or Color) will be arriving in retailers very soon.

To compliment the release of the devices in the U.K, Barnes and Noble will be providing over “2.5 million titles” of its most popular digital content that will consist of books, children’s books, magazines, movies and apps. Of course, all of this digital content will not be free, a lot of it you’re going to have to pay for out of your pockets while there is only a select amount of books and apps that are free.

Barnes and Noble has also confirmed that the three devices we currently know about (Nook Simple Touch, Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight and the Nook Tablet) will be launching just in time for the holiday shopping season. With everyone getting ready for the shopping season, this is no doubt a fantastic move on Barnes and Noble’s part. There is no doubt in my mind that these devices won’t have trouble selling in the UK as the Nook is a widely known e-Reader and Tablet. There are also many people that just love to have all of the latest and greatest stuff too!

That said, it’s apparent that Barnes and Noble is trying to take a dive in e-Reader markets outside of the United States too. Makes me wonder if they plan on looking into a broader international release in other countries like Germany or Sweden too. Whatever they decide to do, Barnes and Noble will be facing an uphill battle in the United Kingdom as the Kindle Fire and iPad are already fighting to stay on top of the market. Considering that the hardware on the Nook Tablet is better than the Kindle Fire though, I don’t think the Nook will have a hard time selling. The real competition will be when Amazon decides to release their second generation of Kindle Fires.

Only time is going to tell on how everything will pay off. We’ll just have to sit back, grab a drink and watch as they move forward with this new market. Hopefully it’ll do well and Barnes and Noble will be able to catch up in their lost revenue though!

Any of our friends over in the United Kingdom plan on getting a Nook device or would you rather stick with your current tablet? If you don’t have a tablet, would you be considering a Nook? Let us know in the comments below!

Gingerbread, Honeycomb I is for Ice Cream

Today’s episode of Sesame Street, I mean Thedroidguy.com is brought to you by the letter “I” and I is for Ice Cream. In an interview with Forbes Magazine, President of ARM,  Tudor Brown, revealed that the next sweet treat name for the flavor of Android after Honeycomb is in fact “Ice Cream”. There weren’t many other choices for the letter “I” perhaps Italian Ice or something of that flavor.

Google provided a standard no comment by stating: “The next platform release names are Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Additional timing and details have not been released yet.” however Tudor Brown is definitely high up on the Android hiarchy and pretty reliable in these matters.

The Forbes magazine article, further concurs that Tudor Brown is a credible source. They also cite that this is not the first time an Android OEM partner revealed the name of a release before Google did. Samsung revealed the name “Honeycomb” in a Q &  A session at IFA in Berlin Gemany in September of 2010; when The Droid Guy asked WP Wong and JK Shin of Samsung Telecommunications about the Galaxy Tab’s upgradeability. Although that was the first time Honeycomb was used by a partner, Aaron Kasten, of Androidswag.com tipped the Android Family off to the name Honeycomb back on August 4.

Source: Forbes Magazine

Adobe Air goes live for Android October 8th?

At the Samsung Galaxy Tab launch, we were given a hands on test of Adobe Air. We got a single game to play with, and it ran great every time. There was little opportunity to actually test Air, given a lack of available content, but the demo was solid to say the least. At the event, we were given my least favorite release date of all time, “Soon”. Well, it turns out the team at droid-life got a tip that “soon” means October 8th!

Adobe Air, for my rock dwelling friends, is the software that allows you to run Adobe Flash products offline, and so much more. It’s an entirely different utility, and optimized for Android it will change the way we see apps. If the Air app is in the Market on October 8th, it will work like the Flash install, which will enable Air’s abilities for compatible apps you install. Rest assured, as soon as Air hits the Market, the storm of apps that follow will keep us all busy for a long time!

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Samsung Galaxy S Press Event!

What just flew into our mailbox her at TDG? A Press only invitation to a Samsung Galaxy S event! The ever-vague description from Samsung’s flier has us guessing, but there’s really only one product on everyone’s mind right now. Could this be the US press release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab? Let’s look at the flier!

The Media Hub, Samsung’s media delivery service for Galaxy S devices, would be an incredible thing to release alongside the Tab, making this quite the event! The party is going down on September 16th, and rest assured that The Droid Guy will be live blogging from the event!