Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How to Expand Storage of Nexus 7 and Other Android tablets?

Tablets are becoming more popular these days and you can do almost everything on it. Meanwhile, with the development of technology, the good quality of entertain contents, such as photos, music, movies, and games, need much storage to keep them. In general, the storage capacity of most tablets ranges between 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Nexus 7 offers 16GB and 32 GB options without SD card.If you want more storage, then how to do it? Indeed, there are some tips helping you increase the storage of Android tablets. Following are the details.
Android tablets-Expand storage

USB OTG Cable
The USB OTG cable is a USB cable On-The-Go,allowing the mobile device connect with other USB device such as a flash drive.This way is very easy and you just need to plug the OTG cable in the Android device and the other port of the cable connects with a flash drive or a USB drive and then you can save your content to the flash drive.That means your Android tablet is the host and the flash drive acts as your storage.

Online Storage Service
For the majority, this way is the effective and simple way to get more storage capacity with storing the files online. You can find many good online cloud storage services that offer free space for you.With the app that is provided by online cloud storage service, you can easily upload and download files directly from your tablet.

Popular online storage service: COMODO Cloud(free 5GB),SugarSync(Free 5GB), Dropbox(free 2GB),Box(free 5GB),JustCloud.

Kingston Wi-Drive
When you use the online storage service, you may need a high speed internet connection, so if you think it is hard for you, you can use Kingston Wi-Drive to extend the storage. Kingston Wi-Drive hardware is a portable USB Flash storage device that allows you to wirelessly stream digital media content (such as music, photos, videos, etc.) to your Android based tablet or smartphone, available for both Apple and Android products. It offers you three two storage capacities – 32GB, 64GB and 128G.It is an easy but perfect solution for expanding storage and you just need to connect with it use the USB cable and then you can use it.

For this way, you need a Kingston Wi-Drive hardware, Wi-Drive app, a USB cable, AC adaper, an AirPlay compatible Android device.It doesn’t support 3G,

GoFlex Satellite
Just similar as Kingston Wi-Device, GoFlex Satellite device lets you wirelessly access all your movies, photos, music and documents on your Android device. It offers a larger storage capacity than Wi-Device and it works for both your tablets and PC. Better, it comes with built-in battery backup of up to 7 hours and a single USB connection specially designed for tablets. All you need do is turn on its power and connect it with your Android tablet via the USB port or wirelessly with built-in wireless network. Then you have got an external 500GB storage capacity. You can take more than Take more than 300 HD movies with the increased storage.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How to Sync iTunes with Android to Enjoy iTunes Music on Android Device?

If you use iTunes,but you don’t have a iDevice but Android device instead, or you come from iPone/iPod/iPads and have massive clean & organized music with iTunes, then you need to sync iTunes with Android although they are actually not friendly with each other. But indeed,there are some methods to help you do that.Just get the details in the following.

DoubleTwist(Free)

DoubleTwist is a two-part application; one part runs on your Android device with a media player for your convenience, the other runs on your computer and automatically locates your iTunes library and populates its own list for syncing.
DoubleTwist-itunes music to Android
  • Download DoubleTwist and install.
  • Click "Library -> Import iTunes Playlists" to add the playlists in your iTunes library.
  • Connect Android Device to computer via USB. Enable USB file storage. Select your Android device under the "DEVICES" in the left pane.
  • Drag and drop the playlist to your Android phone in the panel and start syncing.
  • Note:The Galaxy S3 only has USB MTP mode, which doubleTwist was not designed for as it expects USB Mass Storage (MSC) mode.For S3 and other similar Android Tablets,try to use AirSync to sync with USB MTP.
iSyncr and PlayerPro Music Player($3.99)

iSyncr is an Android application for both Windows and Mac that synchronizes your iTunes playlists to your Android Device. PlayerPro Music Player is a music player which is compatible with iSyncr.
iSyncr-itunes music to Android
  • Download and install iSyncr to your Android device. Download the version for the operating system running on your computer.
  • Run the iSyncr app on your device. Go to the app’s home screen>Settings,enable “Play Count Logging” and “Auto Clean Playlists” Then connect the device to computer using a USB cable.
  • Install the iSyncr in computer .Enable "Sync iTunes Album Art" and "Remember Selected Playlists" from the option button, and “Remember Selected Playlists” will help you not have to re-select your playlists every time.
  • On the list of playlists, check those playlists that you want to sync, then click the Sync button.
  • Download and install PlayerPro Music Player from the Android Market. 
  • Run the app,go to Menu> Settings, then Go to Music Library > Scrobbling, select "Simple Last.fm" from the list. Go Go to Music Library > Rating System, and select "iSyncr" from the list. Go to Look and Feel and enable “Prefer ID3 artwork”.
AirBind(Free)

AirBind is a freeware app which allows you to sync your iTunes library to your Android device over Wi-Fi.But it can only sync iTunes Plus music which is DRM-free music.
AirBind-itunes to Android
  • Download and install the PC or Mac client and then launch AirBbind on your Android device.
  • The AirBind will automatically find your iTunes library , and it will start to sync with only one mouse click.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Top 6 Tablets at CES 2013

Razer Edge Windows 8 Gaming tablet--Top tablet at CES 2013
The important Electrical event 2013 CES Vegas is ongoing and will go to an end, it always takes the most anticipated smartphones and tablets to customer and this year is no exception. And it seems that tablets are the limelight this year, so what are the top tablets on the show which impress people much? Just go with me.

Top 1.The Razer Edge Windows 8 Gaming tablet
Packing with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, Nvidia's GT 640M LEGPU, and up to 8GB of RAM, The Razer Edge Windows 8 gaming tablet is worth to be called "most powerful tablet in the world." The tablet comes with four core modes covering tablet, PC, console, and handheld, which demonstrate the device's versatility and performance for any play style and game genre.Even you can use an add-on keyboard and a Bluetooth mouse for more MMO-focused experiences. The price is $999 for 64 GB version without bundled in accessories but has an MSRP and $1299 for 128GB one. Whatever, it can be the top gaming tablet in the world.

Top 2. Panasonic's 20-inch 4K Tablet
If 4K TVs is something special, then 4K tablet may be a wonder. Yes, Panasonic shows off its massive 20 inch 4k tablet running windows 8 in a prototype form at show, the first 4K tablet in the world. Sporting a stunning 3840 x 2560 (220ppi) IPSa display, the tablet is mainly targeted toward photographers, video producers, and marketing professionals. It includes a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, an unspecified Nvidia chip with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. It is very good to read ebooks, view photos and other things. But it is not really amazing considering of ppi (iPad 264ppi,Nexus 7 300ppi).The price is not told, but it won’t be low.

Top 3. Lenovo’s insane 27-inch table tablet
Lenovo introduced the insane 27-inch all-in-one table tablet IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC at CES 2013, which is described as its first "interpersonal PC" for sharing horizon computing experience. The size makes it the largest tablet. The tablet can multi-player games to life with its gigantic screen, dynamic graphics and 10-finger touch and it is very suitable for home.

Top 4. Vizio’s 10 inch Tegra 4 Android Tablet
For Vizio, it is a very good opportunity to bring its new Android tablet to people at CES,a 10 inch Tegra 4 Android Tablet, after the announcement of the first 11.6 inch Windows 8 tablet. The Android one comes with an Nvidia's new Tegra 4 processor and a 2560×1600 sharp display just like iPad.The Android will run the Android 4.2 out of the box.The release data is not clear, but it worth your attention.

Top 5. Archos Titanium line of Android tablets
A coupon of weeks ago, Archos launched a 9.7-inch Titanium Android tablet. And on this show, the company completes its entire Titanium line, which includes a rare 8 inch 80 Titanium at $169, the 7-inch 70 Titanium at $119 and the 10-inch 101 Titanium for $199.All the Titanium pack with IPS display, which feature a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU and quad-core GPU, and run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The prices are very good for people and the specs seem enough for most of people, so will these are your options?

Top 6. Kogan's 5-inch Android phablet
5 inch phone-cum-tablet? Yes, it seems to be anther eye attracting thing. Kogan has announced a 5-inch, dual-core powered, Android 4.04(ICS)-based handset that is suitable to be called phablet. The handset comes with a 480 x 800 pixels touchscreen display, 5-megapixel camera and houses a 1GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor. Also, it includes 512MB RAM, 4GB of onboard storage, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera and support for microSD cards. The point of it is it offers the option of using dual SIM cards. That is the meaning of phone-cum-tablet.




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Upcoming and Anticipated Tablets in Early 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Phablet: Have you Got Ready for it?

Condition is, tablets are getting mini and smartphone are getting big. So what’s the middle? The answer is phablet, an informal term for consumer touch-screen devices with screens that are between five and seven inches. You are probably not familiar with the word “phablet”, but you must have heard of the devices between five and seven inches such as the well-known 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note. Following let’s just get some details about it.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2-5 inch phablet
The rise of “Pablet”

The word “phablet” is first used by Richi Jennings in his post to analyze the failure of the 5 inch Dell Streak, which is the first phablet released on June 4, 2010.Then the phablet starts its way in the tech markets.

Representative of Phablets in Market

Samsung Galaxy Note
The first released phablet Dell Streak is the failure, and the later Samsung Galaxy Note has become the first phablet to enjoy massive commercial success with over over 5 million sales in only 5 months. The Samsung Galaxy Note sports a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Exynos processor with 5.3 inch 800×1280 super AMOLED display. It includes 1GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Besides, there are two cameras, an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. The device runs Android 2.3 OS, and the ICS upgrade will be available for the device.

The main feature about Samsung Galaxy Note is the inclusion of a premium suite of apps optimized for use with the S-Pen stylus.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2
As the first Samsung phone to employ Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 finally came to us at the beginning of October,2012. With a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen (1,280x720-pixel resolution), Galaxy Note 2 is bigger than Galaxy Note.And its specs are better includes a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2 GiB RAM, 64GB internal storage with up to 64 GB expanded storage,an 8 MP rear camera and 1.9 MP front camera, and a 3,100 mAh battery.

Compared to the original Galaxy Note, this one 's pressure-sensitive S Pen stylus features a slightly thicker design and the new feature Air View allows a user to preview content by hovering the pen over the content.

If the Samsung Galaxy Note develop the phablet, then Note 2 makes the phablet hotter. And it has become the strong competitor of iPhone 5 and Lumia 920.

LG Optimus Vu 2
With the impressive high-end releases like the Optimus 4X HD,LG has stepped up its game in the Android smartphone world.And also it has released the 5″ LG Optimus Vu phablet to compete for the popular Samsung Galaxy Note. And later the successor LG Optimus Vu 2 comes with a 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor,2GB RAM ,up to 32GB memory, a slightly large 2150 mAh battery and an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera,and its resolution is 768×1024 with 256ppi.

LG Optimus Vu 2 runs the Android 4.0 Optimus UI. Obviously, Optimus Vu 2 seems very strong but it is really not as good as Note 2.But it is still a great model of phablet.

Panasonic Eluga Power
Running Android 4.0, Panasonic brought us its 5″ Eluga Power phablet with beautifully design and streamline, allowing it to fit quite comfortably in the hand and easy one-handed typing.It uses a 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor and gives us 8GB internal storage and 1GB RAM. The screen comes with 720×1280 resolution(about 294 ppi).It competitiveness stays at NFC support, water and dust resistance, and super-fast charging.

Rumored Phablets

Samsung Galaxy 4
With the dominant of Android smartphone and the success of Samsung Galaxy S3, the rumors of Galaxy S 4 are becoming hot. We can expect the device will include metal chassis just like iPhone 5.The device is rumored to arrive with a 1080p 5-inch HD display (440ppi), 3GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal memory, ARM Cortex A15 quad-core processor.

ZTE Grand S
Chinese company ZTE plans to bring the thinnest 5-inch Phablet ZTE Grand S which will sports a 5-inch, 1920x1080 pixel screen and a 13-megapixel camera while being just 6.9mm thin. According to Unwired View reports, the device will come with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,500 mAh battery and a ceramic case.The price is rumored to be 2,799 yuan ($449).

Samsung Galaxy Grand
Besides S4, Samsung will release a vibrant 5 inch display Samsung Galaxy grand with a slim build that is pleasant to hold. It is said to run on a 1.2 GHz dual core processor with Android 4.1.2 JellyBean with some features including Direct Call, AllShare Play, S Voice and others.

Sony Xperia Yuga
Looks like Sony is set to bring not only one 5-inch monsters in early 2013. And, one among them is Xperia Yuga. The device is expect to have a 5-inch 1080p HD display , 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM , LTE, NFC and 2400mAh battery life.

HTC Butterfly(previously called HTC Deluxe)
Better known as HTC J Butterfly, HTC Butterfly sports a huge 1080p 5-inch HD display (440ppi) with resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a 1.5GHz quad –core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM , 16GB of internal memory, an 8- mega pixel camera, NFC, LTE and Android Jelly Bean OS.

Google and windows surface Phablets
After the blooming of Nexus 4, we just expect the Nexus 5 which can probably come with a 5 inch display with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Rumors said that Sony Nexus aka LT30i will be the one .And the surface is the most arguable device in 2012, and I believe it will finally come to 5 inch.

It is likely that the 5 inch phablet will be the trend of 2013 smartphone.So, have you got ready for this?