Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the battle of the seven inch tablets and the iPhone 5 maps fail: Gadget Digest
It’s been another hectic week in tech, and we’ve seen gadgets galore from the usual suspects to booksellers. Don’t worry if you’ve missed any of it though: catch up with all the big headlines right here in our weekly roundup!
Samsung gets busy
Perhaps with the recent arrival of the iPhone 5 in mind, Samsung has been very busy on the mobile front lately. Not only did it announce the launch date for its upcoming, super charged Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone/tablet (Next week, if you’re interested), but it started pushing out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to Samsung Galaxy S3 owners around the world. Have you got yours yet?
Barnes & Noble strikes back
The tablet market is a cut throat space. Just weeks after Amazon announced it was bringing its new tablet line of Kindle Fires to the UK, its arch-rival, American bookseller Barnes & Noble, hit back by outing its own efforts. Its e-reader with a light built in for reading in the dark is on the way, but so are two low price, HD Android-based tablets with some serious spec muscle. How do they stand out from the likes of the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD? We took a close look.
It’s been a busy week in gaming as well as gadgetry: we checked out the latest in the LittleBigPlanet series, an adorable spin off for the PS Vita that just might be the reason you need to buy Sony’s handheld gaming device. in mobile gaming meanwhile, Rovio unleashed its next game set in the Angry Birds universe: Bad Piggies. It’s a puzzle game with a twist, and it’s much, much harder. Are you up to the challenge?
iPhone 5 maps replacements
The iPhone 5 has been on sale for a week now, but it’s not been enough time for Apple to fix its biggest problem: the new Maps app on iOS 6, which does away with Google’s data for Apple’s own solution. Which is often completely, hilariously wrong. It’s frustrating, yes, but while we wait on a Google Maps iPhone app, we looked at five of the best free apps to replace iOS 6 Maps with. Any we’re missing?
Super cheap smartphones
Last but not least, this week saw things get even more bloody in the booming budget smartphone space. Nokia outed its latest Asha touchscreen phone, which will cost just £60 on release. Not to be outdone though, Huawei rolled out a £70 Android phone of its very own, on the very same day: the Huawei Ascend Y 201. Is this the first stocking filler smartphone?