Archos 70 Android tablet can fit all your TV series videos… probably

Sep 23, 11 Archos 70 Android tablet can fit all your TV series videos… probably

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I’ve known the Archos brand way before they were still making portable media players. Well, they’re already in the Android tablet business but I wasn’t aware of one particular model from their line up that really stood out (shame on me). The Archos 70 looks just like your ordinary 7-inch Android tablet but there’s one specific model of this tablet that you couldn’t see elsewhere. The Archos 70 comes in either an 8GB version or a 250GB version. That’s not a typo, this tablet has a hard disk inside. It’s a bit chunkier and a slightly heavier than your typical 7-inch tablets but still that’s a whole lot of space for all the videos you need for a very long trip. It even has a built-in stand so you don’t have to hold the device all the time. Dual speakers on both sides make this a very handy portable video player, just what Archos is known for. Oh and you can also plug this on the big screen to watch your HD videos. Of course, it’s also a WiFi Android tablet so you get all the goodies of an Android 2.2 device. Google integration, E-mail, internet browsing, social network, games… and anything you can get your hands from the Android Market. This is not a new tablet by any means but I still think there are lots out there who don’t know that such a device exists, an Android tablet with 250GB internal storage. Oh yeah. The price on this Archos 70 with 250GB storage is now at Php14,999 from P17k early this year. If you want the 8GB version, it’s priced at Php12,999. Android 70 250GB Specs: 7″ display @ 800×480 pixel capacitive screen 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU Android 2.2 720p HD video playback VGA camera miniHDMI port, microUSB port 250GB HDD model WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1 SRP: Php14,999 Related posts: No related...

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Android users are introverts while iOS are extroverts

Aug 17, 11 Android users are introverts while iOS are extroverts

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There are dozens of surveys by Hutch that generated over 80 million responses on the behavior and personalities of different types of mobile platform users. And since we all know that iOS and Android are the top two mobile OS in terms of market share, it’s interesting to learn some similarities among its users. Say for example Android users are most likely to be men. Or iOS users are more likely to have started using the internet before 1992. Some of the results are fascinating and I wonder if it holds true to most people. I for one use Android but I remember where I went for my last vacation. See if these things apply to you. [Source] Related posts: Google’s Android poised to surpass Apple’s iOS in terms of mobile...

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HTC ChaCha Review, being different can be good

Jul 19, 11 HTC ChaCha Review, being different can be good

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The HTC ChaCha is an Android phone from HTC that comes with a portrait keyboard. Android is being dominated by touchscreen phones and those wanting physical keyboard are left with a few and expensive options so it’s nice of HTC to add one their own in the mid-range level. Unlike other phones that comes with a front QWERTY keypad, the ChaCha looks a bit unusual I would say. There’s the slightly bent shape, the tic-tac looking keys and the lone Facebook button at the bottom. It’s a love or hate design but the ladies I’ve shown this phone to seem to be loving it. Let’s take a closer look on what the HTC ChaCha has in store for you. Design Well I said most of the quirky design highlights of this phone already so let me give you a quick run through instead. Similar to other HTC phones, the materials used here doesn’t look and feel cheap at all. The front of the phone has a 2.6-inch multi-touch Gorilla Glass display with some dedicated touch panels for the Android buttons: Home, Menu, Back and Search. Above it is the speaker and a front-facing VGA camera. Directly below the glass display are the buttons for Call and Cancel. The keys on the keyboard are small but nicely spaced. It took me a couple of days to get the hang of it though. I often get the Delete and Enter key mixed up and also the A and S keys. It’s nice that they added the arrow keys here making it easy to navigate within your message. Then there’s the Facebook button just along the bottom portion which we’ll get to later on. On the left side is the volume control and the microUSB port for charging and data connection. Topside you can find the 3.5mm jack and the the Power/Sleep button which is the only way you can wake the phone. I wish you can also use the Call button to wake it up. There’s...

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How to manually install apps / games on your Android device

Sometimes, you just can’t find the apps or games you are looking for in the Android market. Problem with Android is that there are a lot of markets out there for apps/games unlike Apple which only has the App Store. Or maybe a friend has some games that he wants to share to you and instead of downloading them from the market which might take time, why not install (also known as sideloading) them directly? Here’s how you can install APKs (.apks are Android packages) on your Android device directly, bypassing the Market. Be warned though that there exists apps outside the market that would gain access to your private details. Before installing any apps, read the warning as to what phone data the app will be accessing before your decide to push through. 1. Make sure you allow apps from unknown sources to be installed. Go to Settings > Applications and check Unknown sources. 2. Transfer your .apk file to your SD card. You can simply connect it to your PC to copy the files. Or if the file’s not too big, send it to your Dropbox or E-mail and access it from your phone (if you do it this way, no need for step 3). 3. Since I copied a game onto my microSD, I need to access it from the phone. I downloaded a file manager (Astro) and browsed to my APK. Some phones like Samsung already have a built-in file explorer. If you have Documents to Go or any other apps that can open documents, you can also use that. 4. Found your APK? Good, just click it to open. 5. Read the warning. Everything looks kosher? Good? Go ahead and click Install. That’s it. Your app should appear on your phone ready to use. Feel free to delete the install file (.apk) from your SD card to save space. If you’re downloading APKs from untrusted sources, don’t be surprised if the app or game won’t run properly. That’s what...

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How to make Yahoo! mail work on your Android device

Android is by Google and it’s no mystery that Gmail will seamlessly work with it. But for you Yahoo! users out there, you may have been unsuccessful adding your Yahoo! Mail account to your Android device and ending up downloading a separate Yahoo! app just to check your mails. Well, you can still add your Yahoo! account to the Android’s native mail app (so that you can check all your mails in one place) by doing a manual set up. Allow us to walk you through to the process. 1. First thing you want to do is go to Settings > Accounts and sync and choose IMAP/POP3 mail (or the equivalent in your device). 2. Enter your Yahoo! mail and password and click Manual Setup. 3. Choose IMAP protocol for Incoming using the following details: IMAP server: imap.mail.yahoo.com Security type: SSL Server port: 993 4. Click Next. 5. For Outgoing, use the following details: SMTP server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com Security type: SSL Server port: 465 6. Click Next and your Yahoo! Mail should appear on your device’s mail app. Related posts: How to read e-books on your Android...

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Google tries its hands on social networking with Google+

Social networking. The one thing Google just can’t quite get a grasp on. They tried it with Google Buzz but that didn’t work out and Facebook is way ahead in the SNS scene. The big G’s next attempt is the Google+. If you see your Google page having the gray navigation bar on top, it’s because Google is preparing you for their social networking service, Google+. Here are some of the initial features. Circles This is the equivalent of Facebook’s friend and group list. You can create social circles and drag contacts into each to form a group. If you maintain your contacts on Google, it will automatically populate your Circle with them. And how will it be different with Facebook? There’s the use of HTML5 making managing your circles easy and fun. Other than that it’s basically the same. Hangouts Hangout is like a group conversation. If Facebook has FB Chat, Google+ will have Hangouts but taken to another level. Aside from group chat, you can also do group video chat with up to 10 friends. Don’t worry, it won’t pepper your screen with multiple video chat windows but instead it will only focus on the person talking while the rest are in thumbnail view. Instant Upload Just like how you take a photo with your mobile phone and automatically upload it with Facebook. Same thing happens here although Google is saying photo tagging will also be available on this one. I’m thinking Google will be integrating your Picasa web album to your Google+ album. Sparks Sparks is for content discovery. It’s like iTunes Genius but on a broader level. Movies, books, videos, articles, etc. it will automatically suggest things that would interest you based on what you’re currently into. It’s nothing new really but Google+ aims to make it accessible in just one location. Google+ is basically a Facebook clone by Google with some improvements and minor innovations. Up to what extent? We don’t know yet but having access to a lot...

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Google’s Android poised to surpass Apple’s iOS in terms of mobile apps

If the rate of app submission today is going to be the trend in the near future, Google’s Android market will become the biggest mobile content platform by August 2011 according to mobile research specialist, research2guidance. In the month of April, 28,000 new apps were submitted to the Android market as opposed to the 11,000 new apps submitted to Apple’s App Store. This brought the Android app count to 295,000 where 68% are free. iOS is still ahead though at 381,000 but at the current growth rate, expect the tide to turn come August when Android is predicted to overtake Apple at 425,000. It’s still a prediction however. Considering that Google has a fragmented platform with phones and tablets in different shapes and sizes, it will be a challenge for developers to create a complex app that would work in all Android devices. Compare that to iOS developers only having to deal with Apple’s iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad lineup and you’ll find it hard to believe that this trend will continue. Still, being fragmented is not that bad as it allowed Android to gain a huge chunk of the smartphone market surpassing Apple. And with that, it doesn’t matter if it’s the best platform out there but it’s now a question of which platform everyone else uses and that’s where developers would eventually flock. [research2guidance] Related posts: Android phones are getting cheaper with the Samsung Galaxy 5 Google Phone Gallery Launched Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb appears at CES 2011 Android 2.2 upgrade on the Xperia pushed back to late October Cherry Mobile set to reveal its Android phone next weekW Acer Iconia Smart S300 will make your hand look...

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Acer Iconia Smart S300 will make your hand look smaller

Apr 29, 11 Acer Iconia Smart S300 will make your hand look smaller

Posted by in Mobile, Tech News

Acer unveiled a whole range of upcoming consumer electronics today from laptops, projectors, tablet and smartphones. One of the upcoming smartphone they will be bringing to the market soon is the gigantic Iconia Smart S300. At what size do you consider a tablet a tablet and a phone a phone? The Acer Iconia S300 blurred that line by coming up with a 5-inch smartphone. Actually, the screen display is 4.8-inch but still, that’s… humongous for a phone. It even took most of the front real estate leaving a few space for the physical buttons at the bottom. The 16:9 aspect ratio on a 1024 x 480 hXGA resolution makes you want to watch those widescreen movies on this phone all day… or until as long as battery lasts. This reminds me of a PSP but with a brighter and better display. The display is definitely the eye-catching feature of the phone. Under the hood you’ll see a single-core 1GHz processor similar to the HTC Desire HD, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 8GB internal storage, 8-megapixel camera and the much improved Acer UI 4.2. It also comes with what Acer calls Clear.fi which is a feature common to new Acer products that allows each device to easily communicate, sync and share files between one another. Similar to what Samsung has with their All-Share. Acer Phils. Product Specialist, Gino Villame, told me that the Acer Iconia Smart S300 will be arriving in a couple of months and they’re looking at the sub-P25k price point for it. Acer Iconia Smart S300 Specs: Qualcomm 8255 1GHz processor, Adreno 205 GPU HSDPA: 14.1 Mbps / HSUPA: 5.76 Mbps Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) 4.8″ hXGA capacitive multi-touch LCD display (1024 x 480), 16M colors Acer UI 4.2 ROM: 8GB, RAM: 512MB 8 megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash 2 megapixel front camera 720p @ 30fps video recording HDMI out (up to 720p) 802.11 b/g/n WiFi Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR FM radio with RDS Pricing & availability: tentative in June at less than...

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Alcatel OT-980 Review

Mar 19, 11 Alcatel OT-980 Review

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Alcatel is well known for its budget handsets, and it has a solid reputation in that market. Its latest effort comes with an Android-toting device that sports a full QWERTY keyboard slider akin to the RIM’s Blackberry torch. Unfortunately, the similarity between these devices ends there. Design Alcatel’s OT-980 presents itself with a 2.8 inch resistive touchscreen with a resolution of 240 by 320 pixels which, for me, kills the potential of this promising device. (Resistive vs. Capacitive touchscreen, what’s the big deal?) The 2.8-inch display also looks awfully small with its beefy frame. It is a portrait format slider that is surprisingly sturdy and comfortable to use despite its cheap appearance. The rounded casing allows it to sit snugly in the palm, even when the keyboard is exposed. The front panel housing the touchscreen and the back panel is made of rubberized plastic which gives the device a nice feel to it. Below the touchscreen display is the home button in the middle with the call and menu button on its left, and the back and end call button on its right. On the right side of the device you will find the 3.55mm earphone jack, the volume rocker and the micro USB port for charging and data transfer. At the top of the back panel is the 2 megapixel camera capable of shooting VGA and QVGA quality pictures and videos. Beside it is the phone’s speaker. Sliding the device, you will find the phones QWERTY keyboard which is fairly spaced and easy to use for people who doesn’t have super chunky fingers. The QWERTY keyboard will be your main tool for text input in this device since you will find using the onscreen keyboard on a device with such a small screen real estate coupled with the resistive screen to be annoying. Performance Alcatel’s OT-980 runs on a 600MHz CPU and sports Android 2.1 albeit with a few changes most noticeable is its application drawer which is reminiscent of Android’s Donut build,...

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Samsung Galaxy 551 Review

Feb 27, 11 Samsung Galaxy 551 Review

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The Samsung Galaxy 551 is one of the relatively unknown Samsung Android phones out in the market today. This mid-level smartphone has a feature that’s quite rare in Android phones available locally, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. If the HTC Desire Z is out of your budget and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro too small for your hands then this Samsung Galaxy 551 may strike the perfect balance for you. Design The Samsung Galaxy 551 got its design from the Corby line but more elongated to accommodate the standard 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display. It’s body is made of the usual plastic you see in Samsung phones with a dark chrome siding. It weighs 117g and feels solid to hold despite its plasticky build. Not too light to make it feel fragile nor too heavy to feel bulky. Veering away from traditional Android phones, it only has three physical buttons at the bottom of the display. There’s the Menu, Home and the Back button. Simple and not confusing unlike the buttons found in the Galaxy 5. The top of the phone hosts the 3.5mm jack for your earphones and beside it is the microUSB port which has a sliding lid. One the left side is the volume rocker and on the right is the lock button. Really simple yet efficient, although there’s no dedicated camera button for the 3.15 megapixel camera found on its back. Removing the back panel is easy, just pry it from the bottom and it will pop out revealing a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery covering the sim slot. The microSD slot is located on the right side which is nice since you don’t have to turn the unit off just to remove or put in a microSD card. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard slides with an assuring snap and will automatically change the display orientation into landscape mode. The keys have a plastic rubber finish which is ok although I would prefer it to be a bit raised. They are too...

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