Simulcast 167: Cowboomexplode

This week on Simulcast 167, most of the whole crew is back and we’re talking about the iPad Mini, the Galaxy Note 2, Cheap Surface, and unlocked Verizon Galaxy S3 bootloaders!

We’ll talk about it all, right here on the Simulcast.

Apple
iMore says they have the digs on iPad Mini

Google
Unsecure bootloader for Verizon Galaxy S3
Motorola ditching 4000 jobs in wake of Google takeover
ICS update rolls out to Galaxy Tab 10.1 wifi, Bill wonders what to do with his
PS3 gets native YouTube app, control it with your Android phone
SGS3 in black appears on T-Mobile website
Galaxy Note 10.1 arrives tomorrow Coming with 50 Gb free Dropbox storage for 2 years
Galaxy Note 2 front screen leaked, 5.5 inches of glory?
Google Chrome Extension brings send to Kindle feature. Safari & Firefox support promised.
Galaxy Tab 2.0 7inch w/ LTE coming to Verizon on August 17th for $350 no contract
Droid 4 ICS update rolling out

Microsoft
Surface for Windows RT for $199 on October 26th?

Gaming
PS Vita update v 1.80 to allow Vita to function as PS3 Controller

Miscellaneous
Canon issues recall for some T4i over chemicals on rubber grips

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Listener emails

Hey guys,

Just wanted to give you an update on my Android experience to date,
unfortunately, it doesn’t have a happy ending.

As you know I took the plunge and went for a Samsung Galaxy S3 and was
really starting to enjoy the Android experience when after a few days
I started to experience problems with the actual phone. It kept losing
signal and displaying emergency calls only even when it showed five
bars. I took it back and got it replaced.

First problem I met with Android was not being able to just sync the
new phone and have it set up the same as my old one, I had to manually
install each app although they were shown in the Play Store as
previously installed, still hard work though; especially inputting all
my account details and settings etc.

Unfortunately a few days later the same fault occurred on the new
handset as well as a problem with Bluetooth continually disconnecting
and extremely poor A2DP audio quality. Frustrated I have now returned
the phone and for now I am back using my iPhone 4S.

My conclusion from my Android experience has been mixed, the OS is
awesome and very very powerful and I loved the freedom of pretty much
being able to do what I wanted. The downside is Samsung Galaxy S3
hardware is no where near as good as the iPhone. Samsung also should
drop the awful touch wiz and just go standard Android.

So in the end I have decided to wait until the next pure Nexus device
comes out and hopefully it won’t be made by Samsung.

Thanks to all of you for the help and guidance you gave me when
playing around with Android and rest assured, I will be back and
bothering you all again soon.

Chris

Sent from my iPad

What are we playing with /watching/reading this week?
Bill – Act of Valor, Counting Cars
Dave –  
Breaking Bad Season 1&2
Patrick -
Gears of War, NFL Preseason

Picks of the week
Bill – Tweedle for Android
Dave –
MotoActv
Patrick –
cowboom.com