Device Update: Many many new news.
Andrew Moore-Crispin • December 4, 2013if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?>
‘Tis very nearly the season. So it is that this device update is a pretty hefty one. Let’s dive in head-first without first checking the depth. What’s the worst that could happen?
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
Take most everything you love about the Samsung Galaxy S4, shrink it to mini proportions and you have the, wait for it, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.
The S4 Mini can fairly be considered a more budget-friendly remake of the S4. It’s not as powerful as its older sibling but it is immediately apparent that it’s of the same lineage. At 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm (4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 in), 109 g and around $400, it’s much more pocket friendly in both the literal and figurative sense.
We expect to have it available on the Ting devices page between late December and early January, barring any supply chain issues outside of our control.
Samsung Galaxy Mega
If you thought the Samsung Galaxy Note line was big, prepare to have your mind blown. The Samsung Galaxy Mega is positively massive. Where “phablets” blur the line between smartphone and tablet form factors, the Mega leans much more toward the latter at 6.3-inches. Suffice it to say, you’re going to need a bigger pocket when this lands in the Ting lineup around late December/early January at under $500.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
We’ve received requests to make connected tablets available in the Ting lineup. Not ones to disappoint, we’re happy to report that we’ll offer the Samsung Tab 3 early in the new year, if not sooner. We have yet to receive finalized pricing but we’ll update as soon as possible with that important detail.
The Tab 3 is a powerful tablet with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. Clocking in at 7-inches and if current smartphone trends bear out, it’ll be considered a smartphone as opposed to a tablet before too long.
Samsung Galaxy Gear
Who needs a smartwatch? Listen, we’re not here to wade into super important philosophical debates. We’re here to get the devices people want.
If you’re interested in the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it’s coming in about two weeks at around $300. If not… well, it’s still coming in two weeks, it just doesn’t affect you in any way, shape or form.
If only to break Samsung’s streak in this Device Update, the super powerful LG G2 is coming soon to Ting. We expect to have it early in the new year if not sooner at a price that’s yet to be determined… but likely around $540. The G2 is notable for many reasons.
First, it runs a largely unadulterated version of Android: Not much in the way of add-ons or skins here. Next, it’s super powerful with a 5.2-inch display at an unprecedented 423 PPI, a 13 MP camera, 32 GB of internal storage and a full 2 GB of RAM. Finally, the LG G2 flouts smartphone convention and places the power button and volume rocker on the back of the device. It will take a little adjustment, but it feels much more natural than the traditional smartphone button layout.
This is a lower-end smartphone and an ideal step up from the always popular LG Optimus S. At about $70 new, it fills a gap in the Ting lineup that’s been there since the aforementioned Optimus S rode off into the sunset. It’s obviously not a top of the line smartphone. What it is though is a capable device and an ideal entry point into the world of smartphones.
Novatel MiFi 500
The Novatel MiFi 500 will be among the first LTE data devices Ting will offer when it hits the site in a couple of weeks. Where the LTE network is available, it offers super fast wireless speeds. Where LTE is not available, you can still connect on 4G WiMAX or on the more sedate but broader 3G network. The MiFi 500 offers access to up to 10 Wi-Fi devices like laptops, tablets and shares its status at a glance with its small and battery-friendly 1.54-inch OLED display. Expect this device to hit the Ting devices page soon at around $155.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in mobile hot spots, this is it. As demonstrated by the color touch screen, this isn’t your typical hotspot.
Aside from allowing up to 10 Wi-Fi devices to connect, it also features an unlocked SIM card slot. If you’re a world traveller, there’s no need for expensive international roaming. Just grab a SIM card and a travel data plan in the airport and connect wherever you need to.
Domestically, the Zing connects you to the super fast LTE network where available. When out of LTE range, 3G is a fallback position. The Zing will be hitting the Ting Device page in the coming weeks at around $165.
If you find your mobile network connection is less than ideal at home or in the office, the Airave steps in and acts like your own personal cell phone tower. Just plug it into an available Ethernet port on your home router and you’ll get full bars on your phone over an up to a 5,000 sq. ft. area. The refurbished Airave returned to the Ting devices page recently at $84 and is available now.
Whether you’re looking for a backup device (did you know you can easily switch your Ting number from one device to another with the latest code rollout on Ting?) or you’re simply not interested in stepping up to a smartphone, this one’s for you.
The Samsung M400 will be coming back to the Ting lineup very soon at about $100.
LG Optimus Elite
The LG Optimus Elite is stepping back in to the Ting lineup. At around the $170 mark, this isn’t a top of the line smartphone. It is, however, a very capable device at a compelling price. The Elite will return to take its rightful place on the Ting devices page later this week.
If you’re looking for an Android smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, your options are limited. Fortunately, the Kyocera Milano is one such option and it’s coming back to the Ting lineup very soon.
The Milano is a decently spec’d low-end smartphone and it makes its triumphant return in a couple of weeks at around $70.