From Mobile World Congress - HTC One Series Seeks to Grab Attention

by on February 27, 2012 1 Comment

by Don M. Wood for Best Android Gadgets

Just looking over the news release from HTC on the One Series and on paper, these are looking like some formidable little beasts.  Touting a stellar media experience on a few fronts, it's clear HTC is looking to raise the bar with a few best-in-class features.  Check out the press release from HTC below.

HTC One Series Unveiled


HTC One™ Highlighted by an Amazing Camera and Authentic Sound Experience

Unprecedented momentum for HTC One series – available beginning in April with broad global availability through more than 140 mobile operators and distributors

BARCELONA, SPAIN – Mobile World Congress – February 26, 2012 – HTC, a global designer of smartphones, today unveiled its new HTC One series of smartphones that represent its most premium mobile experience with a new level of iconic design and amazing camera and authentic sound experience.

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Lost Android Phone or Tablet? Here’s A Way to Find It.

by on February 17, 2012 1 Comment

All may not be lost.

by Don M. Wood for Best Android Gadgets

February 17, 2012 – There’s nothing quite like the feeling of panic that sets in whenever you think you’ve lost your phone.  Most of the time, it’s merely an episode of absentmindedness.  However, there are those time when look as hard as you may, you’ve simply lost your device.  Making it worse, you didn’t install a security app like Lookout or a remote locator app.  If this is you, there may still be a way to locate your device.

There are Android apps that one can remotely install and activate through the Android Market website.  Granted, you’re not going to be guaranteed to get yours back but at least you have a fighting chance.  If the device is powered on and has a live data or WiFi connection, you’ll be off ...

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MEEP! Yes, An Android-based Tablet for Kids

by on February 13, 2012 1 Comment

7” device features e-Books, WiFi, Music, Parental Controls, Movies

by R. D’Reyarts for Best Android Gadgets

February 13, 2012 -  Just when you got tired of shooing your adorable youngster away from your beloved (and pricey) Android tablet, here comes MEEP! to the rescue.  I know, MEEP! sounds like the word the roadrunner uses, but hey, what could be better for appealing to kids?  The Android-based tablet, made by Oregon Scientific, features a 7” touchscreen and is geared towards kids 6 and older and features WiFi, e-Books, parental controls, music, movies, learning apps and likely a lot more. 

We all know how hard it is to keep from dropping our tablets and for kids, it’s nearly a foregone conclusion that it will be dropped, kicked, spilt-upon and of course, lovingly used for hours on end.  To keep from those unsightly screen fractures, Oregon Scientific is touting MEEP!’s rugged ...

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Transformer Prime is the Best Tablet. Is It the Best Value Versus iPad and Kindle Fire?

by on February 9, 2012 2 Comments

By Don Murphy for Best Android Gadgets

February 9, 2012 – iPad 2 is the best selling computer tablet in the world.  By a long shot.  But is iPad the best tablet?  The evidence says no.  Two competitors have begun to chip away at iPad’s market share – the Kindle Fire and Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime.  They’re both taking a different route and finding success with different consumers.

Apple’s huge head-start, an established core brand eco-system, tremendous brand loyalty and yes, a great product all combine to make iPad the biggest elephant in the room, for now, even outselling iPhone and iPod at comparable stages in their history.   

Kindle Fire’s lightning-fast start last fall suggests a similar sales trajectory, even as Apple seeks to expand their consumer base into corporate America and school systems.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Taiwan-based Asus continues to grow in visibility and reputation on several ...

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire blazes into 2012

by on February 8, 2012 1 Comment

Overtakes Galaxy with price, specs and content delivery

by R. D’Reyarts for Best Android Gadgets

FEBRUARY 8, 2012 – As we predicted last year, the tablet wars were full-on raging right on through the holiday buying season.  The biggest winner is no surprise to industry watchers.  Amazon’s Kindle Fire Android tablet burst on the scene in November with an underwhelming 3% of end user application sessions according to a report from Flurry Analytics.  However, leveraging Amazon’s content delivery and severely undercutting the pricepoint of its capable competitors, the Kindle Fire matched Samsung Galaxy with 36% in January.

This should be alarming to Samsung, since the actual number of Galaxy tabs in user’s hands is likely double the number of Kindle Fire units, despite the record-breaking shipments of over 4 million devices in December.

What’s interesting about Kindle Fire’s rapid ascent is that Amazon wisely presented ...

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Need Microsoft Office Docs on your Android device? Try these.

by on December 22, 2011 3 Comments

by R. D'Reyarts for Best Android Gadgets

December 22, 2011 - If you take a quick glance at Android Market and check out the top downloaded apps you'll quickly realize that productivity apps are not first..or anywhere near first.  

It seems that games are the most popular time-consumer in the world of Android.  However, if you're a person who likes little productivity along with your gaming or if you're someone who has been considering an Android-based device but concerned you couldn't use Microsoft Office documents, worry no more.  Here's a few options to keep you on top of all your Office docs:

QUICK OFFICE PRO  - $4.99 via Android Market

OFFICE SUITE PRO 5 - $9.99 via Android Market


THINKFREE OFFICE MOBILE - $9.99 via Android Market

Asus Transformer Prime Review

by on December 22, 2011 0 Comments

Firefox 9 for Android now available for tablets

by on December 22, 2011 0 Comments

from TechRadar

by Marc Chacksfield

Mozilla has announced the arrival of its latest version of Firefox 9, which is optimised for Android tablets.

It's been a good week for Mozilla with the non-profit browser creator renewing its search deal with Google and cementing its future, which means that it can now focus on the bread and butter of its business and get new versions of its browser out.

The Android version of Firefox 9 has a number of new features. These include a new action bar, a veritable banquet of button shortcuts and browser load times have been made that little bit quicker. There's also more HTML5 love than ever before.

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Android Daily Activations Hitting 700K, Good Sign For Ongoing Improvements

by on December 21, 2011 0 Comments

Android’s latest operating system 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) improves user experience

By Don M. Wood for Best Android Gadgets

December 21, 2011 – According to Google VP Andy Rubin, otherwise known as Android Chief Grand Poobah, activations are hitting over 700,000 per day excluding used devices.  Whether you’re considering buying an Android-based device or already a seasoned user, this is good news because the sustained market penetration of  will naturally lead to more commitment from developers and manufacturers. 

With Apple continuing to dominate, 2011  has seen Android steadily chipping away at market share.  With the popular Amazon Kindle Fire Android-based tablet and several new products due in 2012, the likelihood of seeing continued price drops and performance improvements increases as Google will be looking to capitalize on the recent introduction of the latest Android 4.0.1 incarnation known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Nielsen Ranks Most Popular Android Apps By Age

by on December 14, 2011 1 Comment

Facebook is most active

by R. D’Reyarts for Best Android Gadgets

December 14, 2011 – How do your favorite Android apps stack up to everyone else?  Nielsen ranked the most popular apps by age and found some interesting patterns.

“Facebook’s popular app is the most active among Android owners 18-24 and 25-34,  who both hover around an 80% active reach.  Additionally, more than three quarters of users 35-44 used the app recently as well,” said Nielsen.

YouTube also proved a favorite among 18-24 year olds with 64% using the app within the last 30 days.

While no data for ages 44+ was reported, Nielsen remarked, "For this story, we decided to focus on demographics where smartphone ownership is in the majority. In our previous Nielsen Wire post, where we outlined the growing penetration rates among all age groups, we showed that an increasing number of older consumers are owning ...

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