Tuesday, July 10, 2012

3 Awesome Things about the Samsung Galaxy S III

 The Samsung Galaxy S III has been the most anticipated addition to the Android roster so far this year, and the wait is (phew) over. Here are 3 things about the S III that we think are awesome, awesome, awesome:

I. This Screen is HUGE!

The S III's predecessor offered an impressive 4.3" screen, which has now evolved to an incredible 4.8". Paired with its intuitive revamp of Android's standard 4-button interface, the display experience on the Galaxy S III is out of this world.

II. Great Camera Quality

The S II had incredible video quality, and now the S III's is even better! The front-facing camera, at 1.9 MP, is superior to most others, and the 8 MP cam provides a fantastic photo/video experience.

III. Intuitive Tricks

The S III is more of a genius phone than a smartphone. If you have a text message open, for example, and you lift the phone to your ear, it will sense that and automatically call the contact you were texting. If you get an unwanted call, placing the phone face down will reject it. We love these little tricks, and they really set the S III apart.

Want to learn more? Full specs for the Samsung Galaxy S III are available in the products gallery at car-tel.com.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New! Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich"

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

The newest version of Android OS (operating system), called Ice Cream Sandwich, is more powerful, streamlined and user-friendly than its predecessor. Here is a summary of the cool new features available on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that have the Car-Tel Communications staff buzzing.

Improved Web browsing
The new web browser is not only faster, it supports up to 16 open browser tabs at once. You can also sync bookmarks from your Google Chrome account, and save pages for offline reading.

New and Improved Font
The new version of Android OS uses a new font called Roboto. Sleak, cool, and much more readable, Roboto makes text look sharper and clearer on your device than ever before.

Favorite Tray
A simple but valuable addition to Android OS, this version finally has a special tray where you can put all your favorite and frequently used tools and apps.

Customized Widgets
Just like the former version, Ice Cream Sandwich allows you to have five widgets on your home screen, but now you can resize them easily by dragging the corners, making your device interface much more customizable than before.

Face Unlock
One of the coolest new features available on Android 4.0, Face Unlock is incredibly futuristic and, well...awesome. Your device can now be unlocked just by recognizing your face!

Contact Integration
Synchronize your contacts on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, but also specify a list of favorite contacts and place them in an easy-access folder.

Respond to Calls with a Text
Too busy to answer your phone, but don't want to be perceived as rude for hitting the ignore button? Just swipe up for a list of default text messages you can tap, such as, "Can't talk right now. What’s up?" or "I'll call you right back." You can also customize these messages, and handle the calls you can't take in a much more efficient way.

New Camera Features
There are tons of the enhanced camera functions, like image stabilization, autofocus, panorama, and some photo editing features like auto-fix and cropping.

Take Screenshots
Simply press and hold the power button simultaneously with the volume keys to capture screenshots.

Better Multitasking 
The Recent Apps button is now even handier, displaying thumbnail images of open apps in a vertical list. Just swipe an app off the screen to close it, for straightforward multitasking that even beats Apple's iOS.

Check out our latest Android devices that support Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, or contact your local Car-Tel AT&T store to find out if your Android device can be updated by one of our representatives.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Car-Tel's Appli-pedia

The amount of applications (apps) for all smartphone platforms has been exploding for quite some time. The sheer number of options is staggering, and it can be an overwhelming task to figure out which is the best app for photo editing, which games are the most fun and popular, or which app is best for streaming movies and TV shows. At Car-Tel Communications it is our mission, in part, to make sense of all this constantly changing information for our wireless customers. One way we've been doing this is by providing Top-10-style "app sheets" for customers who visit our retail locations. We've decided to share the wealth, and we've compiled all of our informational app sheets into one great resource for smartphone users: The Car-Tel Appli-pedia! Browse the links below to learn about the best apps by category, or check out our Employee Picks lists, which feature our own Car-Tel representatives' 10 favorite apps each month!

Top Apps for Android Phones
Top Apps for BlackBerry Phones
Top Apps for iPhones
Top Apps for Windows Phones
Top Apps for Tablet PCs
Top Apps for Android Tablets
Top Apps for the Samsung Galaxy Note
Apps for Small Businesses
Top Finance Apps
Top Social Mobile Apps
Top Travel Apps
Top Shopping Apps
Top Photo Apps
Apps for Pet Lovers
Top Movie Apps
Most Popular Games
Top Fitness Apps
Apps for Foodies
Top Sports Apps

Employee Picks - September 2011
Employee Picks - October 2011
Employee Picks - November 2011
Employee Picks - December 2011
Employee Picks - January 2012
Employee Picks - February 2012
Employee Picks - March 2012