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One to watch – Samsung Galaxy Mega
Here's another handset to keep an eye on over the coming weeks – Samsung Galaxy Mega.
Do you think that other smartphones are small and puny? Do you have large hands? Large pockets? Carry around with you a large bag?
Answered "yes' to one or more of these questions? The Galaxy Mega may be for you!
It's clear that Samsung is carpet-bombing the marker with handsets in a variety of sizes, and this 6.3-inch phablet (cross between a phone and a tablet) is at the high end for what's possible – and plausible – for a smartphone in terms of screen size.
The mega is certainly not for everyone, but if you want a smartphone that you can use as a tablet, then this might be worth a look.
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2)
- 1.7GHz dual-core processor
- 6.3-inch 1.280 x 720 display
- 8MP rear camera
- 1.9MP front camera
- 16GB internal storage of internal storage
- 3.200 mAh user-replaceable battery
- MicroSD card slot
Price: from $150 with two-year contract.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch
The Android market is dominated by Samsung, and it's no surprise that it has come out with a new 8-inc tablet – the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch.
At $299, the Tab 3 8-inch is a bit pricey, but it's a good competitor to the iPad Mini for those who don't want to get caught up in the iOS/App Store lock-in web.
The best thing about the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is that it is essentially a Galaxy Note 2 (minus the stylus, which I don't care much for anyhow) for $100 less.
At a glance:
- 8-inch, 1280x800 display
- 1.5GHz Exynos 4212 dual-core processor
- Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean"
- 5 megapixel rear camera, and a 1.2 megapixel front camera
- USB 3.0
- 16GB storage of internal storage
- Battery life of about 11 hours
Price: from $299.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T is not only the slimmest and lightest 1920x1200 resolution Full HD Android tablet on the market, but it is also stylish and very well put together.
The 10.1-inch 1920x1200 resolution display is backed by a powerful Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor that is packed with a very capable 12-core GPU. This hardware runs the Android 4.0.3 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system, which is now showing its age, but is nonetheless a very capable and robust platform.
The tablet features an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 2 megapixel front camera, and the battery can go for 9.5 hours between recharges.
At a glance:
- 10.1-inch 1920x1200 display
- Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor
- Android 4.0.3 "Ice Cream Sandwich"
- 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 2 megapixel front camera
- Choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage
- Battery life of 9.5 hours
Price: from $499.