Tech-Friendly: U.S. Cellular launches Moto G LTE smartphone and Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablet

August 5, 2014

Paul Gorski

Paul Gorski

By Paul Gorski

U.S. Cellular (USC) recently started selling the new Motorola Moto G LTE smartphone with 4G LTE cellular service. The Moto G had previously only been available with 3G cellular service (and Wi-Fi), but even then received rave reviews for its speed, great-looking screen, long battery life and low price. Now, add to that fast 4G LTE service and the newest version of the Android OS, KitKat 4.4, and this should be a popular phone. New customers can get this phone for a penny. Visit http://www.uscellular.com for details.

For the Apple fans out there, USC is offering the Apple iPhone 5c for a penny, too. This is a web-only, limited-time offer. If you want a fast smartphone with great reception that can easily fit into a pocket or purse, you should look at the iPhone 5c.

USC also recently launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablet. This new tablet offers a faster processor and longer battery life than its predecessor. For the Android fans out there, the new Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 also includes the new Android KitKat 4.4 operating system.

Tablet sales have declined a bit since their peak last year, largely the result of new smartphones having large screens. However, tablets with larger screens, like the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, are still popular. So, I asked if could borrow a Tab 4 to review, and I received the new tablet a few days ago. It is too soon to offer a full review. I will offer a review in a future column.

Regular followers of this column know I am not a Google fan, but I did not think I could do a fair evaluation of an Android-based device without testing the suite of Google apps typically installed on these tablets. Like many of you might when you get this tablet, I created a new Gmail account to use Gmail and the other Google apps. Please write me and send event invitations to techfriendlycolumn@gmail.com so I can give the tablet a thorough test.

I also ask that you send me your suggestions for apps to test on the tablet. I have already downloaded some business-related apps and family members have downloaded some games. Thank you in advance for any suggestions you may offer.

Again, you will find the hardware I mentioned above at http://www.uscellular.com.

Paul Gorski (www.paulgorski.com) has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple lle.

Posted Aug. 5, 2014

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