Hurricane Sandy forced T-Mobile to cancel a Holiday Showcase event planned for New York City today, but the storm didn't prevent the carrier from announcing its 2012 product lineup for the holiday season. The iPhone is absent, of course, but T-Mobile will deliver a strong lineup of Android and Windows Phone 8 tablets and smartphones. As you'd expect from the carrier, some devices, like the LG Optimus L9 and Nokia Lumia 810, are decidedly midrange. Yet, other handsets, like the HTC Windows Phone 8X and new LG Nexus 5 are top of the line.
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Sprint Nextel expanded its lineup of 4G LTE devices, nabbing the LG Optimus G quad-core smartphone, the LG Mach QWERTY slider, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet, and a 4G USB stick.
The brand-new LG Mach features a full QWERTY keyboard and is expected to be a more affordable device. The smartphone runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, has a 5-megapixel rear camera and VGA front-facing camera, and is … Read more
Photoshop still reigns supreme as the professional image editor of choice, but for users who don't want to shell out that much money and are willing to make a few compromises on design and features, free alternatives abound. Photobie is one of the better free image editors we've tried. It's not perfect, but for users seeking a program that can handle layers and other more advanced features, it's worth checking out.
Photobie has a straightforward interface that will look familiar to anyone who's used an image editor before. A selection of palettes, toolbars, and menus … Read more
If your idea of a desktop calendar is a stack of paper you can write notes on as opposed to a trifold organizer or day book, Rainy's Rainlendar Lite is probably your calendar. It's largely unobtrusive and transparent, like a widget, though you can customize its look. But unlike a simple calendar widget or gadget, Rainlendar Lite is also a personal manager that can remind you of tasks and important events. It's fully compatible with most other iCalendar apps, so you can import and export data such as events. You can back up your calendar and even … Read more
Calculator is -- wait for it! -- a calculator. A desktop calculator. But we'll tell you that Calculator by Willy's Freeware isn't just a free desktop calculator, it's quite a nice one. Like the built-in Windows Calculator and most of the rest of the competition, it's designed to look and function like an old-style desktop calculator, the kind that sat on top of your desk and had real buttons you could push. Calculator has a few interesting twists, such as a new History Pane that functions like a tally roll on an adding machine, except … Read more
It's easy to know which USB devices are plugged into your system. Just look, right? But what if they're connected on the back panel, and it's a royal pain to access them? Suppose one or more device has stopped working, and you're not even sure if they're still plugged in? Maybe you suspect one of your USB ports is malfunctioning, or you're trying to resolve a device conflict. NirSoft's USBDeview is a free system tool that can help with all those issues and more. It does something simple: display the USB devices connected … Read more
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was one of the premier Android tablets when it launched in 2011, with specs that, at the very least, matched top tier Android tablets of the time.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 feels almost like a disappointing prequel, rather than a full-fledged "we've improved on every feature!" sequel.
I mean, when a premium tablet gets a follow-up, it's not a crazy thing to expect a lot from said follow-up; however, Samsung went the "budget" route with the Tab 2 10.1, limiting its advances. The problem … Read more
The follow-up to the big boy of Android tablets, the 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 can be preordered online today at retailers like Office Depot for $399 and will be on store shelves starting May 13.
It's somewhat of a bittersweet launch, though, as Samsung's strategy with its big-screen Galaxy tab follow up is to make only minimal upgrades and changes over the original so it can drop the price below the iPad and other premier slates. The specs seem consistent with what we saw when CNET got a first-hand look at the tablet last month, … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--The announcement that Samsung's follow-up to its Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be receiving some downgrades from the previous entry, filled me with a mixture confusion and disappointment.
I just couldn't wrap my head around why the sequel to one of the premiere Android tablets would launch with a less impressive spec list than its predecessor.Today, Samsung revealed that the Tab 2 10.1 would be released on May 13 for $400. That's $100 lower than the original Tab 10.1's list price and it fills the logic hole I believe Samsung was falling … Read more