iPad Mini sells out quickly at Apple’s top NYC store… A let them eat cake moment? Reply

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GS3: A Review Reply

The Samsung Galaxy S3. Now that we (the general public) have had two months with the super phone, how does it compare with the myriad of other products on the market and who actually is this phone for? This analyst has had many smart phones over the past decade, even starting with the Palm Treo back when apps were still called programs and they sold at Staples for up to $50 a pop. The times certainly have changed. And even though Samsung has been hit with an expensive lawsuit, the product itself is cutting edge. And certainly worthy of being called a “super phone”.

Upon release of the Droid 4, this analyst commented, “The phone just works.” Well, this phone doesn’t merely supply an adequate alternative to the apple products that are out there. The GS3 possesses a magic, build quality, and reason in and of itself to purchase the product. A combination of ease of use, and Android flexibility make this phone suitable to a wider audience than is customary for Android products.

It has been noticed that many buy Android products, but not every consumer truly knows how to use the phones they are purchasing properly. Multiple User interfaces exist, everything from HTC’s Sense, to Motorola’s Blur, all competing to be a respectable alternative to IPhone’s IOS while still being flexible enough for the core super user customer base. If one is dissatisfied with their phone’s interface, other alternative are out there such as Apex. Or, one could even root, and install a custom Android ROM. The point that is being made, is that many have tried to bridge the gap between Android functionality and IOS ease of use, and nothing meets that need as well as the GS3’s Touchwiz interface. It is the perfect balance between ease of use, and customization. Yes, one can root. Yes one can install a different UI if one so chooses. But, if you are Joe Schmoe out shopping for a phone, it’s functionality is more self explanatory than other Android options that are on the market.

This phone is fast. With 2 gigs of RAM and a dual core 1.5 ghz processor, there is enough fuel in the engine to power the multi tasking ability Android as a platform so generously gives the user. Samsung has also gone out of its way to give added functionality that one cannot find on other android devices. There is S Voice, S beam (nfc), and a host of other customizations that make this product “innovative”.

The phone is sexy. This beast is well designed, with nice build quality, and in this user’s opinion, 4.8 inches is the optimal screen size. Yes, this is a big phone, but after using the phone, it will be hard for any user to go back to a non Super AMOLED display that is smaller than 4.8 inches. I found watching a movie to be actually pleasant on this device, as well as reading and perusing news stories.

The phone is spendy, with my 32 GIG device costing roughly $250 out of pocket with a 2 year contract, so for the price sensitive, this phone may not be for you. But, if you are looking for a sexy, innovative, fast, non iPhone product with the freedom of Android, there are very few options on the market that compete.

Apple definitely does not have a monopoly on Awesomeness. There are two companies that can play that game.

Comfortable in the Nexus Reply

ImageAfter a long hiatus finishing my MBA, I am back checking out the latest in gadgets and tech. And for the past month or so I have had my hands on an Asus Google Nexus 7. Whew, that’s a mouthful. Hopefully the device will operate faster than it takes to say the name. It is my consensus that the Nexus 7 will stay a formidable player in the tablet wars in the future, due to a perfect price point, a quality build feel (although there have been reports of build issues), fast hardware, and the latest in OS design and features. This device features one gig of RAM, a quad core Tegra 3 processor, front facing camera, NFC, and Jelly Bean with Google Now (a feature much more useful than Siri I might add). Does this sound too good to be true? Not necessarily. But it should be noted there is a risk in being a beta tester on a device, and that risk is bugginess. It has been my experience that: 

  1. This tegra powered device is a load of fun and is cheap at $200-$250 price point.  
  2. That a few bugs exist that need to be worked out.

The largest reported problems have been build quality issues, which Google is happy to warranty, and the one I experienced the most is non-compatible apps causing system slow downs for whatever reason. This was fixed with a factory reset, and then only downloading Jelly Bean friendly apps that have been updated relatively recently. I have since not experienced the same system slow down, but for the non-tech savvy, this may be more trouble than it is worth. but if you are reading this blog, this device is probably for you. 

 

 

More on tablets designed overseas… Reply

A few weeks ago I gave in to my baser instincts and decided to purchase a generic tablet designed and produced in China. The brand name was simply  “Mid”. I hadn’t heard of it before, but the specs impressed me on the device and I was looking for an Android tablet to play around with, and the advertisement of Ice Cream Sandwich installed was too much for me to resist! 
Enter: Buyer remorse. Though the device was a little over one hundred dollars, I can’t help but say that it was really only useful as a gift to a child perhaps, if that. Supposedly, the device wasn’t terribly equipped, according to the advertised specs. The device came with 1.5 gigahertz processor, 576 megabytes of RAM, front facing camera, tft touchscreen with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. All for a little over $100. Sounds like a deal right?
Well, the tablet did not live up to the advertised specs. The screen was slow to respond, requiring pressure almost like a resistive touch screen. Also, there was a delay between wen an icon was clicked, and the program opened-certainly not ideal. 
The point? Sometimes you get what you pay for. I have heard of people having good experiences with Chinese Android tablets, but I am not one of them. If you want a good deal on a functional tablet that will do the job buy a Kindle or Nook. If you are a power user, hack it, It will be worth the extra money, for something that you can actually use. 
    

FB IPO…Oh the pain…. Reply

FB IPO…Oh the pain….

This is a great article from Gizmodo that explains the shenanigans That occurred on Friday during Facebook’s IPO event. And just to be clear, this author has already lost a bit of money on this stock! One of the largest IPO events in history, and one of the biggest IPO failures in history. Can the stock lose the black mark it has received on opening day anytime soon, or is it short city for this stock. Read the article to find out! 

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