Smartphones the focus for this week's Tech Tuesday

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by TYLER SIESWERDA/KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on March 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 19 at 10:40 PM

BLACKBERRY Z10

We are all about smartphones in this weeks Tech Tuesday.


Two new products are about to hit the market and we got a chance to check one of them out.  The new blackberry Z10 goes on sale Friday at AT&T stores.


Don't look for a keyboard on this one, it's all touch screen.  Blackberry has joined other phone makers and left the physical keys off.  At first glimpse the Z10 resembles an iPhone.  It is actually a bit bigger and comes with a slightly higher resolution screen.

Instead of hitting a home button like you would on an iPhone you use specific gestures to move between screens on the Z10.  Once you get the hang of it, the Z10 is fairly easy to use.

If you are an app person the Blackberry is lagging behind.  Right now it only has around 100,000 available apps but the company says that is changing.

Initial reports say the Z10 is a much improved blackberry but whether or not it can compete with the big boys remains to be seen.


GALAXY S4

Samsung's Galaxy S4 is the other new phone that will soon his the market.  
It goes on sale sometime in April.

Along with its new gesture technology, where you simply wave your hand across the screen, the S4 is fast and light, but with a bigger and higher resolution screen than the competition.


The device comes packed with other novelties, including the ability to use both the rear camera and the front camera at the same time.  The result is a superimposed image of the picture taker in the main picture.

Some experts think the Galaxy S4 could outsell the iPhone this year.


WE ARE ALL GETTING CONNECTED

All the new smartphones only add to the number of internet-connected devices we already have, which is more than half a billion.
            
A new report says the number of devices connected to the internet per U.S. home is 5.7.  That is up from 5.3 just three months ago.
            
The report by market research firm NPD Group, claims the number of tablets connected grew by 18 million in those three months and smartphones grew by nearly 9 million.

 

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