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The Rare "iPad 2,4" Brings Improved Battery Life

clock May 5, 2012 00:25 by author Jeremy

With the New iPad out, the iPad 2 recently experienced a price-cut on its models, with the lowest 16GB WiFi iPad 2 available for $399. And therein lies the difference between models: their connectivity. The 1st type of iPad 2 is WiFi only (iPad 2,1), the second is WiFi and GSM (iPad 2,2), while the third is WiFi and CDMA (iPad 2,3). Which brings us to the topic at hand: the fourth-type, known as "iPad 2,4".

So what's the difference in connectivity? Like the 1st iteration, the iPad 2,4 is WiFi only. It's specialty, however, lies in the SoC (System on a Chip); in the iPad's case, it's more commonly known as the A5 chip, or the processor. Previous iPad 2's all had the same 45nm A5 SoC, while our new contender uses a 32nm A5 SoC.

How does this affect you? A 32nm processor is going to be more efficient overall than a 45nm processor. The end result is that owners will get (according to AnandTech) slightly better battery life.

The only downside is that there's no real way to tell outside of the box whether you're getting one of these new models. Once you open up the box, however, you can run a benchmark test or a battery test to see the specs of your iPad. So if you're going to purchase an iPad 2 sometime soon, start hoping you'll get the better end of this bargain.

Source: anandtech



Samsung "Mobile Unpacked" Event Reveals New Galaxy S III

clock May 4, 2012 01:12 by author Jeremy

The Galaxy line of phones from Samsung have been nothing short of spectacular. Each new iteration brings something new to the table, and the latest Galaxy S III doesn't disappoint. While it may share a few similarities with it's recent cousin, the Galaxy Nexus, the S III still has a lot of brand new software features to offer.

First off, the hardware. Samsung is showing off it's latest Exynos 4 quad-core processor, rated at 1.4GHz. Along with 1 GB of RAM to help processing speeds, this phone is more than capable of tackling the multitasking that its users will likely ask of it. The phone will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, with a microSD slot as well for the media-attuned. The camera isn't exactly out-of-this-world, but still shows off with its 8 megapixels, along with a front-camera boasting 1.9 megapixels. There's zero shutter lag and it takes less than a second to boot up. The camera also offers a burst feature, capturing 20 shots at a rate of 3.3 per second. Lastly, the replaceable battery measures at 2,100 mAh, which is a bit more powerful than other flagship phones (such as the HTC One X).

Samsung seems to have placed a lot of effort into the S III's software. While TouchWiz (Samsung's custom UI) is still around, it actually offers quite a bit on top of Android 4.0.

Smart Stay: The phone utilizes its camera and facial recognition features to watch you through the front camera. As long as you stick around, the phone won't "sleep" and the screen won't shut off.

Smart Alert: Once your phone wakes up (or when you wake up), the phone will inform you of any activity that's occured since sleeping.

S Voice: The phone will "wake up" when you chat to it. You can have up to 5 personalized commands.

S Beam: Similar to Android Beam, the S Beam is an intuitive way of sharing that makes use of WiFi and NFC. By pressing your Galaxy S III against another S III, you can wireless transfer files such as videos and music.

Besides interesting new software, the Galaxy S III has it's own array of gestures that control the phone, but we may have to wait for the official release to see all of them for ourselves.

Sources/Pictures: engadget, cnet



Apple's WWDC 2012 Sets Official Dates

clock April 28, 2012 00:19 by author Jeremy

Mark your calendars, folk: Apple's famous World Wide Developer's Conference has been announced for June 11 to 15. It'll be 5 days of Apple, Apple, aaaand... more Apple. 

Previous years of WWDC have seen the announcement of new iPods, iPhones, and even iPads. It's sort of like Apple's own personal little CES tradeshow. What can we expect this year? Their press release seems to emphasize more on developers and platforms. "We have a great WWDC plannde this year and can't wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers," said Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller.

Now for the long wait - 45 more days to go!

Sources: Apple, ComputerWorld



HTC One X: Built-In Battery, Built-In Frustration

clock April 25, 2012 23:16 by author Jeremy

I'm not the first to admit that I can't stop eyeing the HTC One X - as an award-winner from Mobile World Congress 2012, just about everyone expects its sales to go through the roof. Justifiably so, considering the specs behind this behemoth of a phone.

But, there is a catch: the battery. Most phones nowadays make use of removable/replaceable batteries, which is handy when we feel like carrying spares, or when the battery is just old and needs to be replaced. HTC's high-end smartphone, however, has a built-in battery.

What does this mean for users? Well, no more resetting a freezing phone by removing the battery (but that's not so bad). Also, you may need to contact a specialist in case your battery ever stops working (or replace it yourself by removing the back-casing, but that isn't recommended, of course). Current reports indicate that the One X's 1800mAh battery doesn't last too long, which might be expected given the powerful processor and graphics the phone provides.

And since you can't (easily) replace the battery yourself, you might as well carry around a high-quality charger whenever possible!

Source: zdnet.co.uk, phonearena (picture)



3M Hopes To Advance Lithium Ion Batteries and Cells

clock April 17, 2012 23:43 by author Jeremy

U.S. battery materials supplier, 3M, has recently been granted $4.6 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to further their efforts in creating the next advancement for lithium ion batteries. There's hope that a major change in lithium ion batteries will positively affect their use in electric vehicles.

Currently, 3M is doing research around their latest patent, which involves Silicon anodes that could increase call capacity by over 40% when matched with certain cathodes.. This, of course, could have an effect on not just larger-scale lithium ion batteries, such as for electric vehicles, but even smaller-scale lithium ion batteries used in cell phones, laptops, and camcorders.

Sources: businesswire, 3M



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