This morning Samsung announced its newest smartphone, the Galaxy Note II. Following up on the original Galaxy Note, the second edition is highlighted by a 16:9 5.5-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display. Powering that is a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos processor and 3,100mAh battery, which should make running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on this one super-smooth. The device takes design cues from the Samsung Galaxy S III, which should be apparent by the curves and the similar color choices of Marble White and Titanium Gray. As far as optics go, expect an 8-megapixel rear camera that records 1080p video. Rounding things out, as you can see in the image, is the S Pen. Now sporting a rubber tip, Samsung believes the updated S Pen will have a feel much closer to pen and paper, and the Galaxy Note II has a bunch of S Pen quick commands and gestures. We've got no specific launch dates yet, other than that the phone will launch internationally by the end of 2012.
We open up and demo the MediaDevil Magicwand capacitive touch screen stylus in this episode! Not many people find that they are in need of a stylus for their iOS, Android, and other devices, but we've definitely found that, in some instances, it's pretty convenient. The Magicwand lets you use your devices in the cold when you have gloves on, lets you sign documents with your signature, and have a removable lanyard that plugs into the headphone jack so that you don't lose it. Check out the video to see how it works, as we demo the product with an iPad 2. You can pick up the Magicwand on Amazon for $9.
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In this episode we review the Crayola ColorStudio HD. The ColorStudio HD is a battery-powered Crayola stylus that you use alongside the ColorStudio HD iPad app. The device works with the app, making the iPad into an animated coloring book. As you see in the video, once you get the battery into the ColorStudio HD stylus and turn off Finger mode in the app, it's easy to choose the type of coloring utensil you want to use. You get music, sound effects, and animation on the pages
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Mintpad, a WiFi-enabled PMP with PDA function, is bound for a release outside of Korea in April. The Mintpass device supports video and music files, can schedule, has Instant Messaging and a camera. The PMP/PDA holds 4GB data and has Windows CE with 400MHz of power and 128 RAM. Mintpass’, which is a division of Reigncom (iRiver,) Mintpad has a 2.8-inch display, supports stylus input and has a $150.00 price.
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Nokia’s latest XpressMusic, the 5800, is coming out for the holidays. At a size of 4.37 x 2.04 x 0.61-inches and a weight of 3.84 oz., the S60 5th Edition touchscreen phone has a 3.2-inch 640 x 360p screen with stylus input, an aspect ratio of 16:9, a 3D image engine and dedicated Media Bar touch key. To text, there is an option with writing, mini QWERTY keyboard, full screen QWERTY and alpha-numeric keypad. The smartphone includes GPS, a 3.2MP auto-focus Zeiss lens with LED flash, HSDPA, WiFi, 81MB internal memory and 8GB with included microSD card. Look for a price of $495.00.
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This is the pen that no self-respected geek should do without. Twist the tip of it one way and it’s a ballpoint. Turn it the other way and it becomes a PDA stylus. Press on the top to turn on the laser pointer. There is also a UV light and flexible flashlight on the clip. At a size of 5 1/4-inches long, the Ultimate Geek Pen comes with batteries for $8.95, a perfect gift for your buds or colleagues.
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Russia’s Albatron Technology is entering the computer market with its first Tee PC. The mini-tablet comes with all the hard and software you need, including an adapter, a stylus, and docking station. Running on Windows CE 6.0, it has a software-based keyboard but will also support a USB alternate. At a size of 18.8x11.3x 1.3 cm and a weight of 343 grams, it has a 0.3/1.3M swivel cam, included internal speakers, SD Card slot, and has 128 MB of Nand flash and 128MB of SO-DIMM DDR memory. Contact Albatron for more details and price.
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Here’s another device that multitasks. The 5 in 1 Gadget Pen is a stylus for PDAs, cell phones or NDSs, even in the dark. It acts as a red laser pointer, a bank note checker, and surprise, is also a ball point pen. Finally, you can use the bugger as a mini-torch. At the minute weight of 30g, the pen comes with three spare lithium batteries and a minuscule price of $11.00.
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Olympus has two digital compacts to add to their Stylus line, the 1030 SW and 850 SW (shock and water-proof.) The 850 features an 8 MP sensor, a 2.5-inch HyperCrystal II LCD display, and a 3x optical zoom. Drop it up to 5 feet and it bounces back, figuratively speaking. The camera can go down 10 feet in temperatures of about 14ºF. The 1030 has a 10.1 MP sensor, a 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD display, and a 3.6x optical zoom. Olympus claims that it will handle a depth of 33 feet and a temperature as low as 14ºF. The 850 should be available later this month for at a price of ~$300.00 while the 1030 makes its debut in March for an extra $100.00.
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