Samsung Gives Apple a Run for Their Money: Samsung 9-series and Galaxy Tab

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The new Samsung 9-series

The age old "Mac vs PC" debate/rival has been nearly pointless to some, as Apple has shown that Macs are truly in a league of their own, and Apple's monumental success in the past decade has solidified that truth. But these days, companies are just saying "f*ck it, if we can't beat em, let's join em". And that's EXACTLY what Samsung is doing. Two of their most recent products — the Samsung Galaxy  Tab and Samsung 9-series not only rival Apple's iPad and Airbook, but many (yes many) boost that they outshine them too.

Sidenote: I wish Samsung would send us "samples" to review these products first hand, but for now we'll give you the specs, photos, and links. (if any Samsung rep is reading this article, we'd LOVE to try out these products… that goes for Apple too *wink wink*)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

To sum it all up, the  Samsung Galaxy Tab is smaller and lighter, and it has the same speed processor but twice the RAM. Like the iPad, the Galaxy Tab comes with different options for internal storage. It also supports up to 32GB of expandable storage; (The iPad is limited to the internal space only.)

You know how Apple is infamous for leaving off features that they could easily include, just to make you buy the new one? (Case in point: leaving video-recording off the iPhone and a camera off the iTouch when they first came out). Well, The Galaxy Tab gives us the best they have to offer on the first go-round with TWO cameras — a rear-facing 3.2-megapixel camera and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chatting — and of course the Apple iPad has none (even though we all know that it could). Samsung's Galaxy Tab states that it has 7 hours of video playback, while the iPad states that it can last up to 10 hours.

As far as software goes, the Galaxy Tab's Android 2.2 operating system totes many features or "selling points" that Apple's iPad lacks, like full-featured multitasking, support for Adobe Flash, GPS on all the models, and unrestricted access to applications.

Don't get me wrong, I love a Mac (I'm using a MacBook Pro right now, and I have the new iTouch) but I love that Apple has some competition, it'll make them give us all the best features at once instead of over a span of 2-3 years. And this Galaxy Tab seems to be a mix of the iPad and Amazon Kindle with lots of extra bonuses. PLUS you can get it through a number of outlets (basically every network: Verizon, Sprint, T-mobile, etc).

Though I would usually choose a Mac, in the case of the touch-screen tablets, Samsung Galaxy Tab seems to win because of its size, two-cameras, and support of flash — so I can watch all my Adobe Flash supported online TV shows and movies without getting the dreaded "Flash Player not available for your device" message. I can totally respect Apple for wanting Adobe to improve on its product, but I mean…. I needs my Flash on my iTouch, lol, and in this case iPad. With that said, Apple is an American company, so that alone might just lead me to purchase an iPad instead and tolerate its lack of Adobe Flash support… extra stress on the "might".

Read more about the Samsung Galaxy Tab here, Order a Galaxy Tab here.

 

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Apple iPad

Read more here, order an iPad here.

 

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Samsung 9-series.

The Samsung Air, I mean, Samsung 9-series ;-) , gives it to us again by rivaling the MacBook Air and becoming the world's thinnest laptop. Its dapper black outer-casing is said to be made out of Duraluminum, which Samsung claims is the same kind used for building aircrafts… some folks think it's just brushed aluminum, I say it's easier to just believe them.  The 9-series also has better speakers than the MacBook Air and comes with higher RAM, but besides that they're virtually the same.

So this just comes down to PC vs Mac -or- silver laptop vs black laptop. While I think Samsung's Galaxy Tab pretty much beats the Apple iPad, I think the MacBook Air still sorta beats the Samsung 9-series… just because it's still a Mac at the end of the day (that's just me though, the person who's using a Mac right now).

Read more here.

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MacBook Air.

Read more here, order here.

 

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Holiday Giveaway #9: Pantech Laser AT&T

You know how we love to have the "fun giveaways" on Fridays… So today, we have cellphones. I know you're probably like, "where does this stop… you guys have EVERYTHING, this is amaaaazing!"  Lol, well,  thank you, you're amazing too, and it does not stop for now. And today, yes, we're actually giving away phones courtesy of Pantech and AT&T.

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Urban Gent Review: The Pantech Laser is one of AT&T's newest additions to their lineup — and a quite nice one I may add. The Pantech Laser is indeed touch screen, has the thinnest sliding keyboard on the market (less than 1 inch), and has a display that it quite simply gorgeous –  the screen is crystal clear, so everything looks great and is easy to read. The phone's interface is swift and offers alot of customizations/personalization options (I like the classic animated clock). And of course the new Pantech Laser has a music player, camera, video camera, and  turn by turn GPS. If you're on the market for a new phone, this just might be the one for you. Watch a demo here and read more details about the key features below:

  • Fast 3G connectivity via AT&T's HSDPA/UMTS network (850/1900 MHz bands; 3.6/7.2 Mbps speeds with network availability).
  • GPS navigation capabilities via optional AT&T Navigator service includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates, and re-routing options.
  • Quick Access to social networking sites including AT&T Social Net, Facebook and more
  • 3.1-inch touchscreen AMOLED display (480 x 800 pixels, 262K color depth)
  • Customizable Menu screens and widgets with three screen menu tabs for contacts, messaging, and favorites.
  • Slide-out full QWERTY keyboard
  • 3-megapixel camera/camcorder with up to 8x digital zoom
  • Multi-format music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+ formats
  • Bluetooth connectivity includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile–enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 150 MB internal memory storage
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video, Mobile E-Mail, and IM instant messaging (via popular services including AOL, Yahoo!, Windows Live Messenger, and Google Talk)
  • Web browser
  • Organizer tools including calendar, alarm clock, and more
  • Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off.

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Originally $399.99, but now down to $149.99 or $99.99 (w/ contract).

You can purchase the Pantech Laser here, for $99.99 (w/ contract).

We'll be giving away two today (and one next week). Matter of fact, this is probably a good time to tell you that next week we're going to have a mega huge Urban Gentleman Holiday Giveaway, where there will be one grand prize winner that will receive a combination of just about all the other giveaways. We'll go into more details later, but go ahead and tell everyone you know so y'all can prepare to go ham on our Facebook, Twitter, and blog next week.

2 readers will be chosen today. To win you must comment on this post, comment on our Facebook, and/or re-tweet on Twitter. Link to us on your Facebook/Twitter pages, tell all your friends and associates, and tweet/facebook like crazy… These are $400 phones, that you can have for the freeskie, so  ready-set-getterdone!

V-MODA Crossfade LP Review

There's so many headphones out there these days, so it's hard to know which ones to purchase. We did a review of few in the Best Headphones article last year, and today we want to add one more to the list.

V-MODA Crossfade LP. I've been using these for about 2.5 months ( they came out in July for $249.99), and they have yet to disappoint. The styling is on point, they're comfortable (I can wear them for hours), and the sound is crystal clear. From what I've been told these are the preferred headphones by Apple employees and they're better quality than Beats by Dre. (More info and photos below:)

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Classic Corvettes.

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Chevrolet Corvettes, they're as American as Ford Mustangs and amongst my favorite classic cars Last year I went to my local Corvette dealer to purchase an old-school 'Vette as an everyday car. But after talking to the owner of the dealership, I decided to put my corvette purchase on hold… long-story short: the cost of maintenance for an old-school ride can add up. I may be putting my purchase on the back-burner, but we can all still admire the pure hotness of a classic 'Vette today…
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427 Corvette Stingray

When it comes to style while riding in a 'vette, I say keep it clean– tailored suits, with or without a tie, nice pair of lace-ups or loafers.

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Classic Mustangs 1964 1/2 – 1970.

For me an old school Mustang is the most classic American car– yes some will try to debate that, but for the most part Mustangs (along with Corvettes) are considered the most classic. So when it comes to a car that is so classic, and so loved, you don't really have to overdo your style when riding in it… yes, I'm talking about your ensemble. Keep it simple and streamline: jeans, your favorite kicks, a tee, and a jacket. Oh and don't forget your shades.
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A Stylish Ode to Summer and Classic Cars.

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Generally speaking, I'm happy person, but there are a couple of things in life that make me more than just happy– one being old school American cars. One of THE greatest things about summer is seeing everyone pull out their Chevy SS's, classic Mustangs, Firebirds, you know what I'm "tamout", lol. No but seriously I've been doing alot of riding around these past few days and of course the Maserati's are hot, the beamers (BMWs), the four door Porsche Panameras (a car I hope to own sooner than later God willing), I've even seen three Lambos cruising around my area this past week, but there's something awfully fantastic about seeing a meticulously clean old school ride.

So, this week will be an ode to summer and to classic cars. My favorites being the old Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros, 1968 Firebirds, 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertibles and what not… yeah, well this week will be about those and of course style will be integrated into the mix. Oh, and if you have an old school ride, feel free to shoot us an email with photo attachments (info@theurbangent.com).

Stay Tuned… Mustangs are up first.

The Urban Gentleman

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