Saturday, 20 November 2010

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Rundown of Final “Hidden” Verizon Wireless Fees When Purchasing Samsung Galaxy Tab

Posted: 20 Nov 2010 08:39 AM PST

So our pal Joel Evans over at ZDNet decided to pick himself up a no-contract Samsung Galaxy Tab from Verizon. As you know, without a contract, this particular Tab ends up costing $599.99 right off the bat. From there, pay close attention to all of these fees, as they’re real life, more than likely what a person would pay picking up a Tab from their local Verizon Wireless shop. Joel’s first bill right out of the shop ended up being $684.78: this included $39.99 for a case as well as $44.80 for tax. After that, he read the fine print and found out how much he’d REALLY be paying.

Your first bill from Verizon (this is later, after the initial purchase) will include a $35 activation fee. You can get this amount back if you’re dissatisfied with the Tab, but only if you return it in under three days. If you return it in under three days OR over three days, you’ll be charged a $70 restocking fee.

As you know from our Samsung Galaxy Tab: Five Carriers, Three Cases – Which Feels Best? post, Joel’s first monthly bill will be at least $20 (for the 1GB data plan, which he did, in fact, opt for) – that plus the $35 activation fee, plus $5.67 taxes and fees, plus $0.65 for a partial month of use:

Verizon bills you for one month in advance: In my case the service started on 11/11/2010, and the bill date was 11/12/2010. So, I owed 65 cents for that partial month.

All of this ends up equaling out to approximately $61.32 for your first month’s bill. If you’d like to cancel your broadband connection because you feel these fees are wild and crazy, you’ll have to pay a $35 fee to reconnect it. If, however, you tell Verizon that you’d like to “suspend” your account, you can pay $15 to do that. Outrageous or not outrageous in the least? You be the judge.

[Via ZDNet]

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Further Notion Ink Adam Details Revealed, Scratch Proof Display Detailed

Posted: 20 Nov 2010 08:37 AM PST

Continuing with their usual weekend-sharing of Adam news and teasers, Notion Ink has released a few software and hardware details of the much anticipated device along with the boot screen animation and another trailer.

This weekend Notion Ink detailed the screen that will be found on the device. It will, in fact, be a matte-finish display that will be extremely scratch resistant. They have spent quite a bit of time making sure to avoid the color fringing that can be apparent when you’re not using a glossy screen.

Coming in with some software news, we are told that the Adam is designed to function as a standalone device. This means, that unlike the iPad, you will not need to regularly sync to get content on the device. This is all made possible by Notion Ink’s file manager called Sniffer. Using a three panel layout, users can drag and drop content from different locations in the system itself. You can also browse and share data from USB drives, shared network storage or even Bluetooth devices.

Many of their applications have hit beta as well. Notion Ink’s email client, Mail’d has been in testing and brings along many interesting features. Mail’d supports offline messages, missing attachment warnings and even the ability to undo the sending of sent emails.

The GPS application has also hit beta bringing in language support for 43 different languages. But that’s not all the custom applications that have hit beta, along with GPS and Mail’d, Photo Editor and Paint have also began testing in the beta stages of development.


Adam boot screen:

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Adam teaser:

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[Via SlashGear]

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Android Community Daily Wrap Up: November 19 2010

Posted: 19 Nov 2010 06:16 PM PST

Today has been a busy day at Android Community! As we near the holidays we are stating to see all of our favorite devices see some substantial discounts. All DROID devices were on sale at Amazon for a penny, and the DROID Pro was also on sale at Best Buy for $99. We heard about the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon V3 which will bring in 1.2GHz dual-core speeds all while consuming 75 percent less energy. For more of todays stores hit up the links below!

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Advent Vega Tegra 2 tablet now shipping
Lightweight Angry Birds Version Planned for Low-Power Devices
Schlage LiNK System gets Android App Support
Advent Vega Tablet Sells Out in Hours
Ubuntu Running on the Galaxy Tab
Pocket Legends MMO Lands for Android Devices
POV Mobii TEGRA Tablet Offers More Budget Tegra 2 Android
Motorola Droid X, 2, & Pro with HTC Droid Incredible on Sale for 1 Penny at Amazon
NOOKcolor Unboxed by SlashGear
HTC Hero Maintenance Release Rolling Out Now
Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor V3 Coming
Acer Liquid E Android 2.2 Froyo Update Available Now
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 on T-Mobile UK Seeing 2.1 Update Next Week
TweetDeck Updated to 1.0.3, Available for Download as a Test Release
Free NFL Streaming From Verizon This Weekend Only
Terrifying People-Face Fingers Play with Samsung Galaxy Tab in New Ad [Video]
Droid Pro $99 at BestBuy
Android Catches Up With Apple in US Mobile Ad Network
Droid and EVO Dominate Android Traffic

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Droid and EVO Dominate Android Traffic

Posted: 19 Nov 2010 02:01 PM PST

Chitika Research has just published their numbers that have detailed Android traffic coming through their network. The Motorola Droid and HTC EVO too the top two spots taking in 31 percent combined.

Behind them came the Droid X, HTC, Incredible, and Samsung Vibrant. Interestingly it seems the DROID series of phones is currently the top traffic brand on their network bringing in just under 50 perfect combined. Nearly half of all traffic from one series of phones on one carrier, impressive. Following the DROID position, unbranded HTC devices take in just under 28 percent of Chitika’s mobile traffic.

You can check out the top 20 detailed list below:

[Via Chitika]

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Android catches up with Apple in US Mobile Ad Network

Posted: 19 Nov 2010 01:38 PM PST

Android has now caught up to Apple in the US smartphone platform on the Millennial Media mobile advertisement network. Android has been close behind Apple in mobile ad impressions for quite some time now, but has now made it to an equal 37% share.

Android also has been gaining numbers in the way of times a mobile ad has been clicked on. In fact, requests rose a whopping 65 percent over September alone, and have grown a total of 2,182 percent this year.

It’s worth noting that Millennial Media is only one of the many ad networks available today. However, it does cover more than 80 percent of the mobile internet which results to about 73.5 million mobile customers.

[Via cnet]

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Droid Pro $99 At BestBuy

Posted: 19 Nov 2010 11:43 AM PST

You’ve got to love discounts. The DROID Pro is now available at Best Buy for only $99. Now this isn’t the cheapest we have seen the device, we saw it for a penny at Amazon, but if you’re looking to order it from Best Buy this is probably the cheapest you will find the device without a crazy sale.

You will get the device for only $99 and won’t even have to deal with any rebates. You just got to love all of the deals the holidays bring!

For more further on the DROID Pro, including benchmarks and first impressions, check out our unboxing and hands-on.

[Via IntoMobile]

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