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Ellipsis 8 HD Tablet Now Available at Verizon

If you’re looking for a cheap and spec-heavy Android tablet, there might be a new one for you. The Ellipsis 8 HD, now available exclusively through Verizon, could be a thrifty Christmas present. For $99.99 and a 2-year contract (or $10.41 for 24 months), Verizon is offering the decent 8″ device with various features and widgets of their own.

Mobile World Congress 2015: What We Already Know

Mobile World Congress 2015

Mobile World Congress 2015 will be taking place in Barcelona next week from March 2-5. Tech giants from around the world will show off their newest tech products for 2015. Thankfully,  per usual, several companies have decided to leak some news early in anticipation of the conference. Whether intentional or accidental, here’s what we’ve got so far:

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony “accidentally” leaked the new Xperia Z4 Tablet yesterday on Lounge. Not much is known about the Z4, but it will be a large 10″. According to the short-lived Lounge page, it also has a not-so-impressive 2K display along with “the latest ultra fast processor” and “industry leading battery performance.” No specifics were stated, and it looks like we’ll have to wait until March 3rd to find out more.

Lenovo Vibe Series

Lenovo Vibe Shot

Lenovo Vibe Shot

We’ve got five new additions to Lenovo’s Vibe series. First and foremost is the Vibe X3, which highlights a 5.5″, 1080p display, front-facing stereo speakers, and a 20.7 megapixel camera on the back. It doesn’t sound like the most exciting phone, but maybe Lenovo’s holding onto the wow-factors for now.

Next up is the Vibe Shot, also known as the Vibe Max (above) which, you guessed it, is all about the camera. The display is a little smaller than the X3 at 5 inches, but it has the same 1080p display. As for specs, the Vibe Shot is packing a Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB of storage. Lenovo’s thrown in a microSD card slot just in case you need some extra room for all those pictures. As for the 16 megapixel camera, it has optical image stabilization and three-tone flash to get the most natural-looking brightness, and its own shutter button. How flattering for Nokia.

Then there’s the Vibe P1 and P1 Pro, which are all about battery life. The Vibe P1 has a 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 support, just in case. According to the release, the P1 has nano ceramics coating, 64-bit octa-core CPU, and 2GB RAM in the MediaTek chipset. Need more battery than that? The P1 Pro carries a 5000mAh battery with a fingerprint sensor. Our guess is that the specs are the same (including its size), based on the images, but we can’t say for sure.

Lastly, we’ve got the Vibe S1, coming in 5 different colors. The Vibe S1 is aiming at a younger audience, with a front-facing camera for the selfie lover in your life. We get the feeling that the S1 might be akin to the iPhone 5c compared to the iPhone 5s, with the S1’s lower price point and specs less impressive than the X3. However, we don’t have any details, so we’ll just have to find out during the Mobile World Congress.

LG Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy

LG Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy

From Left to Right: LG’s Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy

It looks like LG put the G4 on the backburner and is releasing four mid-range phones at the Mobile World Congress instead. Starting with LG’s Leon and Joy, both of them are on the lower-end of the spectrum, with 4.5″ and 4″ displays, respectively. Leon packs a punch with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of internal memory, 1GB RAM, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Where it falls short is the 1900mAh battery and the VGA front-facing camera. As for the Joy, it runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, has a 1-megapixel camera, and has half the memory and RAM of Leon (4GB and 512MB, respectively). It looks like the Joy is for the less tech-oriented, or for that someone looking for an inexpensive smartphone.

Both the Spirit and Magna have the same processing power, rear-facing camera, RAM, and internal memory. The differences are the Spirit’s 4.7″ display, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and its 312 ppi display, with a 2100mAh battery. The Magna, on the other hand, has a 5″ 294ppi display and 5 megapixel front-facing camera with a removable 2540mAh battery. With those specs, the Magna is competing with Samsung’s Galaxy S6, which will also be appearing at the Mobile World Conference.

Of course, HTC has already committed its own leaks of the HTC One M9 which we’ve covered here. Stay tuned for next’s week updates during Mobile World Congress.

Via: Phandroid, GSMArena, PC Pro UK

T-Mobile’s ‘Simple Choice’ Plans May Be onto Something

Last week, the nation’s fourth largest cellular provider announced a radical new model for wireless service pricing. T-Mobile customers now have the option of going “off-contract” (kind of) and take advantage of aggressive pricing that beats anything Verizon, AT&T and Sprint can offer.

All of the new “Simple Choice” plans begin with the unlimited voice and text messaging and pricing will vary depending on how much data you need. Erik has highlighted the new plans but just to recap, starting at $50/ month, you get 500MB of high-speed data with rates throttled to 2G speeds after you hit that limit. Heavier data users can add an additional 2GB of unthrottled data for an extra $10/month. 2GB of data not enough you say? For $70/month, you can get unlimited 4G data.  A second line will run another $30 on top of that, with each additional line costing $10 each.

Throttled data sucks and I am guessing rather than simply charge customers the extra $10 for 2GB of data, they want people to suffer long enough to upgrade their plan to the $70/month plan. But at the end of the day, either tier of pricing still offers customers a lot of value at an unbeatable price.

Not only is T-Mobile offering great pricing and flexibility in their rate plans, they are also spending a good chunk of the $3 billion they received from AT&T after their failed takeover merger on network enhancements and building out their LTE network. During its initial launch, T-Mobile will be lighting up LTE in seven markets including Baltimore, MD; Kansas City, KS; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Phoenix, AZ; San Jose, CA and our hometown of Washington D.C. Data speeds on this new network should range between 10 to 20Mbps down and 8 to 12 Mbps for uploads. The suite of devices that will be available on T-Mobile’s LTE network include the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note II, BlackBerry Z10 and iPhone 5. That’s right. The last piece of huge news that came out of T-Mobile’s UnCarrier event is that they finally sealed the deal with Apple to sell the iPhone.

Even better, the cost of owning an iPhone on T-Mobile is less than any other network. Here is a chart from Zagg that compares the cost of owning an iPhone on T-Mobile versus its main competitors of Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

iPhone comparison

With all of this news from T-Mobile, it is clear they are making a huge push against its competition. They have seen too many customers leaving for cheaper options and these new Simple Choice plans are the perfect solution. Not only will T-Mobile see a higher retention of current customers, it is safe to assume that they will begin to grow their customer base at the expense of Verizon, AT&T and Sprint with a majority coming from the latter two carriers. An April Fool’s joke this surely is not. T-Mobile is for real.

Verizon Wireless Announces Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Announced in January, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available online and in stores starting Thursday, March 7 for $599.99. You will notice that this tablet will not be subsidized from Verizon, a growing trend among wireless carriers.

The LTE 10.1″ tablet packs a 1.4GHz Exynos Quad-Core processor and 2 GB of RAM. The rear camera is a 5 MP auto focus camera with LED flash, and users will find a 1.9 MP camera on the front of the device. Photoshop Touch will also be preloaded onto the device for that weird tablet photographer guy inside of you we all know and judge.

Aimed at business users, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also come with enterprise apps such as Exchange ActiveSync, on-device encryption and Cisco VPN(Virtual Private Network). The Tab 10.1 also comes with Samsung’s S-Pen for jotting down meeting minutes or doodling over your children’s photos.

Verizon customers can add this tablet to their Share Everything account for $10 per month.

 

More mobile devices activated on Christmas than any day in history

We just wanted to get a quick note about a new report that came out yesterday from Flurry Analytics which states that Christmas 2012 was a record day for mobile device activations. In fact, more iOS and Android devices were activated on December 25 than any other day in history.

The LG Intuition review: Does size really matter?

“Is that the Holy Bible in your pants or are you just happy to see me?”

“Are you still playing the Game Boy®?”

“Have you quit your career to become a traveling book salesman?” 

These are all questions that you receive while storing the LG Intuition in your pants pocket. That is, if you can fit it in your pants pocket.  The Intuition is a clear response to the Galaxy Note by Samsung (Read my thoughts on the Note here). Bigger than a smartphone but smaller than a tablet, these devices are known by many as a “phablet”. While strikingly unoriginal, there really isn’t a more suitable classification for a device such as this. It is a hybrid of sorts. An alien.

The problem with these devices is that they are just too big for a smartphone and too small to be a tablet. I am not sure if a smartphone could ever replace a tablet and vice versa.

With that said, let’s dive a little deeper in to the madness that is: the LG Intuition.