More Android Apps We Overlooked in 2012

2013 is here, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not already on the hunt for great Android apps. What you will find is that we have looked up the best Android applications for your needs, but these lists are subjective. We’re going to list what we think is a good fit, and then we’ll turn things over to you. Check it out below first, then sound off in the comments:

JuiceDefender:

JuiceDefender

When it comes to automation apps, Android is where it’s at. You can make your phone do a lot of really cool stuff — all without alerting you, if that’s what you want.

JuiceDefender tweaks your device settings to provide maximum battery life — how cool is that?

Viber:

viber android

This is a very popular VoIP app that runs circles round Skype. If you’re tired of the classic issues with Skype, then you need to look at Viber a little closer.

imo.im:

imo.im

This is our favorite IM client. It covers Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo, Jabber, and MySpace. Just about everything you need is included in this app.

AnkiDroid Flashcards:

AnkiDroid Flashcards

Need to memorize something for class? You should check out AnkiDroid. It’ll let you flip through virtual index cards faster than if you had them out on your own.

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It’s Time to Finally Cover the Nexus 10

We covered the Nexus 4, the 7, and now it’s time to go ahead and talk about the Nexus 10. In our traditional fashion, we staggered the review to catch any type of updates that might have come out. Bleeding edge tech definitely has its share of bugs, we have to admit — we’ve been dying to cover the Nexus 10. Google has really outdone themselves with this tablet, but we figured that we’d give you a full review. Catching technology after it’s had a chance to “age” also gives you a break on the price, but you’re still going to find that full retail value exists for the Nexus 10 in most cases.

Let’s go ahead and start with the obvious: this is a 10.1-inch panel with a stunning 2560×1600 resolution. You might remember that resolution first with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The tablet itself is manufactured by Samsung, which isn’t a bad partnership.

You’ll fight a 5MP camera that can handle 1080p recording, along with an LED flash. Sorry tech fans, we know you’re tired of LED flashes but it looks like they are definitely here to stay. Nothing we can really do about all of that. There’s two physical controls — the volume rocker and a power/lock button. However on the left of the tablet edge you’re going to find micro-USB and a headphone jack (3.5mm). There’s a pogo pin connector and micro-HDMI along the bottom. We really find ourselves excited about micro-HDMI, which means that we can beam our stuff to a bigger display — like that 60″ flat screen you picked up on Black Friday or as a totally sweet Christmas present.

Nexus 10

The speakers really carry this tablet, and there’s also another camera — this time 1.9MP that’s capable of 720p video recording.

As far as connectivity goes, it’s only Wi-Fi. There’s some talk about expanding this to actual cellular tech, but it’s not coming anytime soon. There’s support for b/g/n, but no ‘a’. I guess it’s time for the 802.11a people to upgrade already.

You have some power under here — a 1.7GHz chip, which has dual-core configuration even though it could easily go quad-core in the future. There’s a dedicated GPU along with 2GB of RAM. You can go with either 16GB or 32GB storage. It’s not expandable, so if you really get worried about space — go with the 32GB.

GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC also fill in for you, which isn’t a bad thing either.

The Display

We had to really jump back to the display. It really is a thing of beauty. There are a lot of pixels involved in a small 10.1-inch LCD panel. Certainly more than HDTV would have, and that’s at 1080p. The display is incredibly sharp — graphics pop, and text is very sharp. The user interface practically begs you to navigate it.

The brightness of the display doesn’t go as high as other devices, but it’s definitely good enough. The Nexus 10 is protected by Gorilla Glass 2, which makes it very durable.

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A Look at Android 4.1

Sometimes, it’s a good point to look at exactly what you’re getting when you’re talking about something. In this case, we’re talking about Android 4.1, code named Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean brings some interesting features to the table, so we decided to create this guide to bring you up to speed. Note: at the time … Read moreA Look at Android 4.1

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Sponsored Video: Up Your Photography Game and Stay Social with the Galaxy Camera from Samsung

Look, we don’t always get into the latest and greatest technology…but…oh, who are we kidding! We’re totally checking out the Galaxy Camera, and we think that you should as well. If you don’t believe us, check out this video: Isn’t that hilarious? If you didn’t catch why this little camera should be on your post-Christmas … Read moreSponsored Video: Up Your Photography Game and Stay Social with the Galaxy Camera from Samsung

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Visiting the Nexus 4 Again

Look, not everyone looks at technology the same way. If you’re a bargain hunter that is purposefully late to the party while companies work out the bugs in their products, we salute you. This is a good way to really make sure that you’re going to enjoy a new piece of technology. it would be better to look at all of these things rather than just say that you’re going to get something brand new that isn’t really want you’re seeking. After all, not everybody in the world of tech has money to blow without reason. If you’re in that category right now, we completely understand what you’re going through.

So let’s dig in. The Nexus line isn’t really known for being more than developer candy, in many ways, but that’s changing. Google has been hard at work thinking about the tablets in a different way, and this new push has also made the Nexus 4 into something that might just be worth having. Google has also made the price point very attractive, something that doesn’t hurt matters either.

On overview, this is a device that has a nice 4.7 inch HD display, along with a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. There are also plenty of other components on here, but you’re going to really need to make sure that you dive in and see what’s waiting for you. If you find what you’re looking for at $299 no-contract, then why wouldn’t you want to see what else is in store?

So, let’s start with hardware. You’re getting a smartphone that weights 4.9 ounces and 0.36 inches. It’s lighter than the Optimus G, but it’s a bit thicker.


It’s easier to hold in your hand thanks to the tapered edge that gives your fingers a real place to actually rest. Very cool!

The display includes a full panel of Gorilla Glass 2, which means that this is one tough phone already. It’s very likely that you’ll drop your phone at least once, and this protective glass should keep it looking good for a long time.

There’s a front-facing video camera, but it’s only 1.3 megapixels. There’s a notification light on the front as well, but no buttons — it’s all about virtual navigation here, baby.

There’s also a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB worth of internal RAM storage. There’s also a 2100 mAh battery, which provides modest battery life.

The volume rocker hides on the left, and there’s a secondary mic and headphone jack that sit on the top of the phone. There’s the power button right in reach as well. There’s a micro-USB / Slimport socket on the bottom. Slimport allows you to mirror your phone’s display on your TV, but it’s not the only way to do it.

Scratch resistant doesn’t mean that it’s unbreakable. Give your sanity a Christmas present by not dropping this phone. Trust us, it just makes sense.

This is a penta-band phone, which sets it away from the pack. You’ll get 850/900/1700/1900/2100 HSPA+, along with quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/EDGE. This is a pretty nice world traveling phone, but if you were looking forward to LTE, you’re going to be out of luck there.

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