Rumor: Galaxy Note to find its way to Verizon and Sprint as Galaxy Journal

This is definitely not the first time that different carriers had different names for virtually the same device. The latest rumors indicate that the Galaxy Note will be found on Verizon and Sprint later this year. They may also carry the name Galaxy Journal instead of Galaxy Note.

According to an “industry analyst” that spoke with the Examiner, the device is “certainly” coming to Verizon and Sprint during the first half of the year, potentially as the Galaxy Journal.

AT&T has already announced its variant of the Galaxy Note. Would you like to see more carriers offer this 5.3 inch hybrid device?

Source: Examiner via Droid Life

Google Search updated for tablets

Google finally got around to updating Google Search on the web for tablets. In the past tablets were always sent to the desktop version of Google, but that was obviously designed for desktops. The mobile version was not a good fit either. So Google tweaked the desktop version with tablets in mind. Basically the certain elements are larger and more touch input friendly. Go ahead and give it a try by going to www.google.com on your Honeycomb 3.1+ tablet.

Source: Google

Galaxy Q, a 5.3 inch phone/tablet hybrid?

Last summer, Dell released its 5 inch Dell Streak which made people start to think about the phone/tablet hybrid possibility. Samsung is rumored to be working on the same thing. The rumor is that they will announced a 5.3 inch phone called Galaxy Q this September at IFA 2011.

The report suggests that the phone will have 4G connectivity via an LTE connection as well as a Super AMOLED Plus display. I have played with Samsung’s 4.5 inch Infuse, which packs a Super AMOLED Plus display, and the screen is beyond stunning. The only drawback is that the screen resolution is stuck at 800 x 480. If Samsung can bump the resolution up to say qHD (960 x 540), then no other screen could hold a candle to its beauty.

Would you be interested in a 5.3 inch phone by Samsung?

Source: Yahoo via Slash Gear

Knockoff Galaxy Tab to be Released, comes with Honeycomb

This is what Engadget would call a KIRF (Keeping It Real Fake) device. Just a half-baked attempt at making a device that looks nearly identical to another more famous product by an unknown company. The company AnyDATA is responsible for creating this deformed cousin of the original Galaxy Tab.

The knockoff, AMD 120/810, looks fairly good on paper but will likely fall apart the first day you own it. It has two versions, one with a 1.2 GHz CPU and one with a 1.5 GHz CPU. Both of the CPU’s are Qualcomm Snapdragons. It also has a WSVGA display, which is the same resolution of the original Galaxy Tab. There is also a whole slew of features such as GPS, USB, Bluetooth, and more. No reason to keep going because buying this would be a disgrace to anybody with a shred of self respect.

The most interesting thing is that it has Android 3.0 Honeycomb preinstalled with a rip of TouchWiz 3.0. If this clunky paperweight has Honeycomb, then why can’t current Galaxy Tab owners have it? Oh well, XDA has got us covered.

Source – Hot Hardware

Samsung Developing Insanely High Resolution Displays for Future Tablets

Samsung plans on developing extremely high resolution displays for tablets years out in the future. The Galaxy Tab has a 1024 x 600 resolution with ~170 ppi.

The next round of displays will likely have a 200 – 300 ppi, which is close to what Apple determines is the resolution required for the human eye to not differentiate between pixels. These tablets will be able to squeeze out 8 hours on one charge are labeled as thin.

Closer to 2015, the Galaxy Tab displays will have resolutions of 300 – 400 ppi and are Ultra Thin. Most astoundingly is that they will have even lower battery consumption and get 10 hours of life on a 24.8 Wh battery.

Samsung is holding out on the whole 3D fad until it sees how many consumers react to it. If they do decide to go into the 3D market, then they foresee developing glasses-free 3D displays as well.

Why the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is Better than the iPad 2

The iPad 2 was announced last week by Apple and there has been a lot of buzz about it on the internet and blogosphere. Undoubtedly if you are in the market for a tablet in the next month or two, you will want to know if the iPad 2 or the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the right choice.

Operating System

Apple’s iPad uses the same stale OS that has hardly evolved since the origin of the iPhone in 2007. You get a grid of icons. They did add the ability to have a wallpaper in the past year, but that is the extent of the customization. Android on the other hand is evolving left and right. Honeycomb, Android 3.0, is a complete redesign of how Android looks and how you interact with it, while still feeling like the operating system you have grown to love.

Every year I keep expecting Apple to announce widgets with their new version of iOS, but I am left disappointed year after year. Android on the other hand has widgets galore. In fact there is a section in the Android Market specifically for widgets.

Another aspect of iOS that I keep expecting to be updated is the notifications. They are the most obtrusive and terrible notifications on any of the major phone/tablet operating systems. Android has always dealt with notifications wonderfully. With Honeycomb, they really raised the bar to how notifications should be done.

Display

The iPad 2 uses the same 4:3 aspect ratio display found on the original iPad. Apple seems to forget that the world has moved towards widescreen 16:9 or 16:10 ratios. For a company as innovative as Apple, it is surprising that they are acting like it is the year 2000. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a proper 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio perfect for HD video viewing. As well as for content viewing, the widescreen display is much better at inputting text via the onscreen keyboard. Since it is wider, it can be used more comfortably like a real keyboard in landscape mode. Also two thumb typing in portrait mode is much easier and more comfortable on the Galaxy Tab than on the iPad.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a 10.1 inch screen, which is 0.4 inches larger than the iPad 2′s 9.7 inch screen. The difference is nominal but worth noting nonetheless. The difference in resolution is more significant though. The iPad’s display has a sub-HD resolution of 1024 by 768 while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has an HD screen with a resolution of 1280 by 800. That brings the iPad’s total pixels to 786,432 while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 commands 1,024,000 pixels.

Cameras

Both the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 have both front and back facing cameras. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has an 8 MP rear facing camera with LED flash that is capable of capturing full HD 1080p videos. The iPad 2 on the other hand likely sports less a camera with less than 1 MP, no LED flash, and only 720p video capture. The iPad 2′s front facing camera is also likely far inferior in terms of MP to the 2 MP shooter found on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

These are just three aspects of these two tablets. Based on them, it seems clear that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is far superior to the iPad 2. Honestly at the end of the day the iPad 2 is a good device, but I would pick the Galaxy Tab 10.1. What about you?