Dates for your diary

Dates for your diaryIt’s been a pretty decent year for new devices so far, including the iPad 3 (or “new iPad”) in March, the Samsung Galaxy S III in May, and the Asus Nexus 7 in June. So, yeah, pretty good if you forget about the massive disappointments that were CES and Mobile World Congress. Ahem.

However, the next few months are set to be big’uns, with all sorts of products rumoured to be launching and causing jaws to drop and that.

I’ve just realised while scribbling that only one of these date/announcement/product combinations is official. As such, I recommend updating your diary in pencil only.

How do you want to do this? Chronological order? You got it.

Date: August 15

Event: “Major” product announcement from Samsung

Why should you care?: We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to be launched. For the third time.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 originally launched back at Mobile World Congress in February, and popped up a few months later with a quad-core makeover and a thinner S Pen and stuff.

A recent invite promises we’ll “Meet the new way” (whatever that means), which ties in with a recent ad ending with the slogan “Note, the new way”.

Far from being just another tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is designed with multitasking in mind (nice multiple window action), and invites users to throw things around the screen with the stylus.

Date: August 29

Event: IFA 2012 in Berlin

Why should you care?: Okay, IFA doesn’t actually open its doors till August 31, but it’s tradition at these expos for the larger manufacturers to hold exclusive events in the day(s) prior.

The rumour mill is 99.9% certain that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 2 at IFA, based on, er, nothing concrete, to be honest. Though word on the street is: Samsung wants to get in with a shiny new smartphone before Apple launches the iPhone 5.

Date: September 5

Event: Nokia World

Why should you care?: Nokia is tipped to dish the dirt on its first Windows Phone 8 devices, while Microsoft is expected to reveal a bit more about the OS. And presumably Windows Phone 7.8. Ahem.

Date: September 12

Event: iPhone 5 launch

Why should you care?: Because the iPhone 5 will be, without a shadow of a doubt, The Best Smartphone Of All Time.

I jest, of course, but the iPhone 5 is expected to be a fairly significant leap – as far as Apple devices go. While the iPhone 4S looks identical to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 is tipped to weigh in with a 4in display (a 0.5in boost), retaining the iPhone 4S’ width while stretching up the way.

There’s also the possibility of an iPad mini launch on September 12, but… we’re not convinced.

In any case, iOS 6 will land a few days before the iPhone 5 release date, for anyone with an iPhone 3GS or above, iPad 2 or 3, or fourth gen iPod touch.

Date: October 26

Event: Windows 8 launch

Why should you care?: October 26 marks the arrival of not only Windows 8 the operating system, but also the Microsoft Surface tablet (the ARM-based RT model, anyway). Will it be a colossal failure, or a true iPad puncher? Time will tell.

Of course, there’s more than just the Microsoft Surface; the iPad will – by the end of the year – face an army of Windows 8 tablets with Intel and ARM-based chips, from OEMs like Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba, Samsung, HP, and Dell. Good times.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 15:55

The iPhone WILL be the best phone. Unless you don't like it. Then it won't matter - unless you're a troll.
I'm kidding. Really.
There are rumours of microsd support.

Anyhoo, I'm a minority - I don't like Android, I think the SGS3 is awful. So, ignore me.

SpeedyG  Aug. 13, 2012 at 16:01

No love for Blackberry 10? lol

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 16:05

yeah, Lewis... Blackberry 10!!!

Pondlife  Aug. 13, 2012 at 16:24

That'd be in next years diary..

Pondlife  Aug. 13, 2012 at 16:29

microsd support, nice one Jan! lol

Treab  Aug. 13, 2012 at 16:54

That'd be in next years diary..

followed the next day by 'rim closes its doors'

SpeedyG  Aug. 13, 2012 at 16:56

Too close to the Rim there. :(

Treab  Aug. 13, 2012 at 16:59

Too close to the Rim there. :(

your rimming the bowl for jokes there...

SpeedyG  Aug. 13, 2012 at 17:06

Too close to the Rim there. :(

your rimming the bowl for jokes there...


I'm doing the best 'R I M job' I can. oO

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 17:34

The iPhone WILL be the best phone. Unless you don't like it. Then it won't matter - unless you're a troll.
I'm kidding. Really.
There are rumours of microsd support.

Anyhoo, I'm a minority - I don't like Android, I think the SGS3 is awful. So, ignore me.

I agree, strangely. All apart from the S3 being awful, I see it more as a pointless device, than an awful one (though if I was forced to run TW on it, I would go as far as to say that made it an awful phone).

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 17:55

The iPhone WILL be the best phone. Unless you don't like it. Then it won't matter - unless you're a troll.
I'm kidding. Really.
There are rumours of microsd support.

Anyhoo, I'm a minority - I don't like Android, I think the SGS3 is awful. So, ignore me.

I agree, strangely. All apart from the S3 being awful, I see it more as a pointless device, than an awful one (though if I was forced to run TW on it, I would go as far as to say that made it an awful phone).


Yes, "pointless" is probably more accurate - it's only awful because of my personal preferences - they don't include visual overkill :p
Pointless is therefore a better discriptor, because a lot of that "overkill" is visual fluff.
Stuff that awes for about 10 minutes before it annoys - like the video gallery. Sure, it's impressive to see 2 dozen 'live' video thumbs moving, but after 10 seconds it gets annoying.
Disturbing. I didn't dare open the video gallery thereafter. Instead I access vids via the calmer file-browser.

One good thing (to stay off-topic :p ): I like how Samsung disabled a lot of stuff by default.
Out of the box, the SGS3 is in power save mode (it has 4 levels but that is a different rant).
No nasty special effects, and a minimum of background traffic, hardly any auto sync...
I suppose they were trying to show off the big battery...

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 18:18

microsd support, nice one Jan! lol
I didn't make that up. A Mac forum dished that up on the weekend. LOL

Pondlife  Aug. 13, 2012 at 21:32

Still giving you credit for bringing it here.

satchef1  Aug. 13, 2012 at 23:48

No mention of a new Nexus phone?

I'm kinda looking forward to playing with the new Note devices. I'm holding out for a Lumia Pureview device and an x86 Surface, but if the former doesn't see the light of day (this year) and the latter is sickeningly expensive then I might give Droid a whirl for a bit.

Pondlife  Aug. 13, 2012 at 23:58

Don't think there's that many hints about new Nexus phone, be interesting if they could put it onsale direct like the Nexus 7, although that ended up cheaper elsewhere..

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 00:38

Don't think there's that many hints about new Nexus phone, be interesting if they could put it onsale direct like the Nexus 7, although that ended up cheaper elsewhere..
Isn't £179 from Tesco (as a new customer) the cheapest it's been so far?

Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 01:25

Yeah that'd be one of the elsewheres.

Treab  Aug. 14, 2012 at 01:26

Don't think there's that many hints about new Nexus phone, be interesting if they could put it onsale direct like the Nexus 7, although that ended up cheaper elsewhere..
Isn't £179 from Tesco (as a new customer) the cheapest it's been so far?


yep unless your as cheap as me buying the 8gb model ;)

still tbh i dont see any need currently for more storage... mainly cause i cant buy a movie GOOGLE START SELLING VIDS GUYS.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 01:38

Don't think there's that many hints about new Nexus phone, be interesting if they could put it onsale direct like the Nexus 7, although that ended up cheaper elsewhere..
Isn't £179 from Tesco (as a new customer) the cheapest it's been so far?


yep unless your as cheap as me buying the 8gb model ;)

still tbh i dont see any need currently for more storage... mainly cause i cant buy a movie GOOGLE START SELLING VIDS GUYS.

An SD movie is about 750mb (appox 1.5hrs), that's a lot more movies on a 16gb than on an 8gb. Saying that, I'd root it and use its USB OTG capabilities far larger capacity external storage devices.

I'm looking into getting a 16gb N7, but they seem to be having quite a few build quality issues and I can't be bothered with the fuss of returning the damn thing.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 01:39

Btw, Treab, since when was Google the only place you could buy movies from ;)?

Treab  Aug. 14, 2012 at 01:40

Btw, Treab, since when was Google the only place you could buy movies from ;)?

its not but since they offered £15 credit and i still have some left :p

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 01:46

Btw, Treab, since when was Google the only place you could buy movies from ;)?

its not but since they offered £15 credit and i still have some left :p

I wouldn't waste it on films, get paid apps with it. Films can undoubtedly be acquired sooner and cheaper from somewhere else, paid apps on the other hand pretty much have to be bought from Google - I recommend Minecraft Pocket Edition, if you don't already have it.

Treab  Aug. 14, 2012 at 01:48

Btw, Treab, since when was Google the only place you could buy movies from ;)?

its not but since they offered £15 credit and i still have some left :p

I wouldn't waste it on films, get paid apps with it. Films can undoubtedly be acquired sooner and cheaper from somewhere else, paid apps on the other hand pretty much have to be bought from Google - I recommend Minecraft Pocket Edition, if you don't already have it.


1st thing i bought ;)

Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 01:50

Not really seen much on build issues since the launch, mind you guess that's when more were sold.
What did you spend some on?

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 01:52

Not really seen much on build issues since the launch, mind you guess that's when more were sold.
What did you spend some on?

Look at the HUKD Tesco thread (the latter pages where people have taken delivery), it's full of people with a variety of build quality issues.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/asus-google-nexus-16gb-189-179-tesco-direct-collect-instore-add-3-for-home-delivery-1268750?page=1

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