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Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9- Looks To Give The iPad A Strong Run For Your Money

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Samsung has been pretty quiet when it came to new info on its Galaxy Tab line of tablets while everyone else has been announcing or releasing their own. Today that all ended as Samsung announced two new editions of its Galaxy Tab line, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1– and both look to give the iPad 2 and all other tablets a strong run for your money.

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The iPad 2– It’s Official

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The iPad 2Рofficially 

Yes, as expected the iPad 2 is officially official. Like all of Apple’s big event, the new iPad features some major new changes over the previous iPad. New changes on this new iPad include: the new design that we saw leaked earlier today that’s a third thinner than the first iPad (its thinner than iPhone 4!), a very fast dual core A5 processor with 9x better graphics (this is awesome news for gamers), the dual cameras and improved speaker that everyone has been waiting for (front camera for FaceTime video chat, back for HD video recording), 10 hour battery, and it ships in both white and black from day one for both AT&T and Verizon (this is in addition to the WiFi only versions).

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Facetime, now on the iPad 2

The iPad 2 will be available next week, March 11th, for the same prices as current iPads (starts at $499 for 16 GB WiFi only up to $829 for 64 GB WiFi+3G).

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Photo Booth on the new iPad 2

In addition to the iPad 2, Apple also announced the next version of iOS, version 4.3. New features in iOS 4.3 (which also comes out next week, March 11th for iPhone, iPod touch and first-gen iPad owners) include Personal Hotspot for iPhone 4 (the ability to turn your iPhone 4 into a WiFi hotspot. This finally comes to all iPhone 4s, not just the Verizon iPhone 4), Photo Booth for iPad (like on the Mac, this is a fun way to mess around with the iPad’s new cameras. See pic above), improvements to Apple’s AirPlay (for streaming movies, music and pictures from your iOS device to your TV through Apple TV), and iTunes Home Sharing (so you can stream your music, movies and pictures from your iTunes on your computer to your iOS device over your home WiFi– no cables required to play).

This is T-Mobile’s New myTouch (UPDATE: T-Mobile Officially Confirms)

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Wow, let’s hope this is true. What you see above is a view of T-Mobile’s brand new myTouch, and wow does this look insane (heck, it even makes the G2 look a little old, and that phone looks sick!)! Just look at these specs:

  • 1 GHZ processor— Yes, a full 1 GHZ, not the 800 Mhz of the G2 (this should mean an even faster phone, whether it is opening apps, multitasking etc.).

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  • 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash— For taking HD pix and videos
  • 3G, WiFi and GPS— Including access to T-Mobile’s all new HSPA+ network like the G2, and the ability to make calls over WiFi (something that’s been absent on T-Mobile phones of late, and should be good if you find yourself running over your minutes limit).
  • Genius Button like the G2 — For controlling your phone with your voice (like sending an email or text just by speaking into your phone)
  • Video Calling!!!!— Yes, this myTouch packs a front camera for video calling (like iPhone 4, Epic 4G, and EVO 4G). How this will work (does it need a special service like Qik, Fring or something like the iPhone’s Facetime to work is still not clear Update: You’ll be able to video chat out of the box using either Qik or Yahoo! Messenger)– but this is still awesome nonetheless.

Also new on this Android running beast are features like myModes (customized homescreens and settings for work and home) and Faves Gallery (one touch shortcuts to your most contacted family and friends), and the new myTouch will also come with an 8 GB memory card in the box along with traditional Android features like the Android Market.

We’re still gaining info as we write this, so we’ll update once we know more. In the meantime, check T-Mobile’s official myTouch page here.

UPDATE: Well, it’s now officially official. The new myTouch packs all that is mentioned above as well as a 3.8 inch screen, Android 2.2 (with Swype built-in as a keyboard choice), and Screen Share– the ability to share your HD videos on a big screen wirelessly with a TV with DLNA (a technology on many recent TVs that allow easy set-up and connections with many devices). We still don’t know an exact price or release date, but T-Mobile says it will be available “in time for the holidays” in either red, white, black or plum. You can also check out T-Mobile’s Coming Soon page here and register to be notified when more is available.