Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 to arrive on March 24th – available for preorder at Best Buy for $599

 

Samsung announced pre-order and availability of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, a powerful and fast 2-in-1 tablet packed with advanced technology. Pre-order for Tab S3 begins on March 17 at $599.99 at Samsung.com and select retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon, with in-store availability starting March 24. The Tab S3 will be available in Black and Silver.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Specifications*

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
DISPLAY 9.7” Super AMOLED QXGA (2048×1536)
CHIPSET Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820

Quad Core 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz

MEMORY 4GB + 32GB
microSD up to 256GB*
CAMERA 13MP AF + 5.0MP, Flash
PORT USB 3.1(Type-C)
SENSORS Accelerometer, Hall Sensor, RGB Sensor, Finger print Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geometric Sensor
WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth® 4.2
GPS GPS + GLONASS, BEIDOU, GALILEO
DIMENSION, WEIGHT 237.3 x 169.0 x 6.0mm 429g(Wi-Fi) / 434g(LTE)
BATTERY CAPACITY 6,000mAh, Fast Charging
OS/UPGRADE Android 7.0
SAMSUNG SERVICES & APPLICATIONS Samsung Smart Switch, Samsung Notes, Air Command, Samsung Flow
VIDEO Recording: 4K (3840×2160) @ 30fps

Playback: 4K (3840×2160) @ 60fps

*Sold Separately

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Let the Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors flood in

We have less than a month before Samsung officially reveals the Galaxy s8 but the leaks now are coming in full force.  We seem to know just about everything now about specs and looks of the phone.  I hope Samsung still has an ace up their sleeve so that we will have something unforeseen at the official announcement.

  • Display: 5.8-inch
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB expandable via microSD
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Rear Camera: 12MP
  • Extras: USB Type-C

source – evleaks

New Videos surface showing off the Galaxy S8

The guys over as sammobile.com just found two new videos showing off the new Samsung Galaxy S8.  The rumor mill is churning with all sorts of news and leaks.  Here are the specs we have heard so far.

  • Display: 5.8-inch
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB expandable via microSD
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Rear Camera: 12MP
  • Extras: USB Type-C

 

 

source – sammobile.com

Don’t get fooled by your carrier

Having control over your data seems like it should be simple process, but because of the amount of options available it can be tricky to know which service to use. Android is a great operating system, but sometimes knowing how to properly configure its services in order to maximize the benefit to you can be overwhelming. My hope is to address some of these problems in an effort to make your smart devices serve you better.

The first problem lies with the carriers. Any carrier’s main goal is for you to stay with them so they make if difficult for you to leave. By default, your data will be set to back up to their servers. You may think, “That’s great! Verizon is backing up my data for me. Thanks Verizon!”  There are two problems with having the carrier do this for you.  First of all, your storage is limited and they will often charge you for backups over a certain amount. In contrast, Google will back up almost everything on your phone through their services for free, with very few exceptions. Another issue with running your backups through the carriers is that it’s more difficult to access your data, especially if you want to switch phone companies. Just try it. Tell AT&T you are switching to Tmobile and see how happy they are to transfer your data to the other carrier. With google, it’s simple since everything is attached to your gmail account. Just sign in to your account on your new phone and all of your pictures, contacts, settings, and much more will automatically transfer to your new device.

The second problem is with the manufacturers.  They, like the carriers, want you to stay with them and continue purchasing their devices. Because of this, most of them will provide themselves as a primary or secondary option to store your data. As I stated before, don’t fall into this trap. You may like LG now, but your next phone could be a Samsung. If that’s the case, good luck contacting them to transfer your data!

The final problem also has to do with the manufacturers. Continuity between devices can be difficult when dealing with each manufacturer’s unique user interface.  It is likely that you and your family have multiple devices. If each device has a different manufacturer then you will find that even though they all run Android, they can look very different.  In this case, you can solve the problem by using one of Androids many custom launchers.  Doing this will allow you to have more control over the way that your phone looks. You can set everyone in the house to have a similar look and feel to each other or change and customize your user experience to something more uniquely suited to you.

Android is the most widely used operating system in part because it allows huge freedom of choice in all aspects of its design. However, this great strength can also present a problem.  Keeping control of your data is one of the best ways to keep yourself free and not let a company lock you into staying with them.  If you are not able to access and move your data easily, you will feel stuck and be unlikely to change (even if you want to).  Don’t get tricked. Take control of your device! Know how to easily access your data, and make it look and feel the way you want.

Services referred to in the article

Photo backup – Google Photos

Contacts – Gmail

Files – Google Drive 

These apps are already on most Android devices they just need to be updated and activated/opened

Android Launchers – phandroid.com has a good article about diffrent launchers

Use google services – Even on your Samsung phone.

Having control over your data seems like it should be simple process, but because of the amount of options available it can be tricky to know which service to use. Android is a great operating system, but sometimes knowing how to properly configure its services in order to maximize the benefit to you can be overwhelming. My hope is to address some of these problems in an effort to make your smart devices serve you better.

The first problem lies with the carriers. Any carrier’s main goal is for you to stay with them so they make if difficult for you to leave. By default, your data will be set to back up to their servers. You may think, “That’s great! Verizon is backing up my data for me. Thanks Verizon!”  There are two problems with having the carrier do this for you.  First of all, your storage is limited and they will often charge you for backups over a certain amount. In contrast, Google will back up almost everything on your phone through their services for free, with very few exceptions. Another issue with running your backups through the carriers is that it’s more difficult to access your data, especially if you want to switch phone companies. Just try it. Tell AT&T you are switching to Tmobile and see how happy they are to transfer your data to the other carrier. With google, it’s simple since everything is attached to your gmail account. Just sign in to your account on your new phone and all of your pictures, contacts, settings, and much more will automatically transfer to your new device.

The second problem is with the manufacturers.  They, like the carriers, want you to stay with them and continue purchasing their devices. Because of this, most of them will provide themselves as a primary or secondary option to store your data. As I stated before, don’t fall into this trap. You may like LG now, but your next phone could be a Samsung. If that’s the case, good luck contacting them to transfer your data!

The final problem also has to do with the manufacturers. Continuity between devices can be difficult when dealing with each manufacturer’s unique user interface.  It is likely that you and your family have multiple devices. If each device has a different manufacturer then you will find that even though they all run Android, they can look very different.  In this case, you can solve the problem by using one of Androids many custom launchers.  Doing this will allow you to have more control over the way that your phone looks. You can set everyone in the house to have a similar look and feel to each other or change and customize your user experience to something more uniquely suited to you.

Android is the most widely used operating system in part because it allows huge freedom of choice in all aspects of its design. However, this great strength can also present a problem.  Keeping control of your data is one of the best ways to keep yourself free and not let a company lock you into staying with them.  If you are not able to access and move your data easily, you will feel stuck and be unlikely to change (even if you want to).  Don’t get tricked. Take control of your device! Know how to easily access your data, and make it look and feel the way you want.

UPDATE –  I have had some messages asking me to link to the services in the article

Photo backup – Google Photos

Contacts – Gmail

Files – Google Drive 

These apps are already on most Android devices they just need to be updated and activated/opened

Android Launchers – phandroid.com has a good article about diffrent launchers

Don’t curve my phone screen!

Samsung seems to have gone all in with the curved screen.  Starting with the S6 edge, they have been pushing harder to make this the defining feature of a Samsung phone. I hope that this trend does not move to other cell phone manufacturers. It is not a good feature!

To me, it feels like more of a liability than a feature. There is a small novelty of seeing the LCD actually bend around the side without any practical use.  One the other hand there are many downsides.  First off, they are almost impossible to protect. Cases can’t do much to protect the sides, so if you drop your phone, you are almost guaranteed to hit the screen unless it falls flat on its’ back. Time and time again I have people asking me to fix their broken screen on their S7 edge, and the impact point is almost always on the curve.The second problem I have noticed is the distortion when images are show around the curved area.

Just give me a flat screen on my phone!  All the features that are touted on the edge phones can be accomplished similarly on a flat screened phone.  Plus, on a regular flat screened phone i am able to put a tempered glass on the front that in no way impedes the use of the phone followed by any case of varying protection.  Once those two accessories are combined on one phone it is much less likely to be broken.

In conclusion, I love having a feature rich phone that I can easily protect instead of a gimmicky curved screen that most likely won’t last two years.  Please, phone manufacturers, don’t follow Samsung and don’t curve my phone screen!

As an added bonus, I have put together a gallery of broken Samsung s7 edge phones.

Samsung exec in hot water over bribery charges

The Korea Herald is reporting that a top official at Samsung has just been arrested. “Lee, the 48-year-old Samsung Electronics vice chairman, is charged with bribery, embezzlement, perjury, concealment of criminal proceeds and illicit transfer of assets abroad.”

He is being accused of offering bribes that total 43 billion won which is about 36 million dollars.  In return he was ensuring the merger of two Samsung affiliates.

We will find out more as the story unfolds.

Deal – Google just sweetened the deal – Samsung Chromebook Plus

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If you have been thinking about or have recently purchased the Samsung Chromebook Plus, google just sweetened the deal with a $20 google play gift card.

Once you purchase the Chromebook follow this link to activate the $20 play store credit.

And here is the article about getting $100 from Best Buy

Deal – New Samsung Chromebook Plus Save $100

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Best buy is offering a great deal on the brand new Samsung Chromebook Plus.  If you have an old laptop that you no longer want to use, bring it in and save some money on one of the best and most innovative Chromebooks on the market.

Best Buy – Deal information