Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I purchased an iPad Mini

Thursday, November 8, 2012

How to use your Nexus 7 Camera

Use this simple app to launch the camera app on your Nexus 7

Camera Launcher for Nexus 7

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Which tablet to buy?

For those of you wondering which tablet to buy now that so many have been announce, the answer is pretty simple.  The first question is to decide what size tablet you want.  Is the portability of a 7" tablet better for you?  Is the ability to create content (to some degree) more important?  Do you primarily want to use your tablet while sitting on your couch or set up on your desk at work?  Or do you like to view media on the train, bus, or taxi while commuting to work.  For me, the 7" form factor is better.  I like to be able to use my tablet to play games, use on the subway and I take it with me a lot of places I travel.  I don't dislike the 10" size but in my opinion, the 10" form factor is better if you prefer to use your tablet while sitting on your couch and while setup to watch videos whether at your office or in the bedroom.  Take your pick, both sizes have their benefits and drawbacks. 

Now that you know what size you want, my answer to what OS tablet you should buy is simple.  Buy whichever one you have spent the most money in their app store.  Do you have an iPhone or old iPad and manage your music through iTunes?  Get an iPad.  Do you currently have an Android phone and have spent money on apps and media content in the google play store?  Get a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10.  Do you rock a Windows phone and use Windows on your computer?  Get a Microsoft RT device.  Do you have an Android phone but get most of your media from Amazon?  Get a Kindle fire tablet. 

The point I'm trying to make is that all manufacturers are making great devices in the both the 7" and 10" form factors.  First you should pick what size suits you best then pick which app store you've already spent the most money.  Or the other way around if you choose.  Pick your app store then the size.  Either way, these are the two questions you need to ask yourself when buying a tablet. 

Quality 7" tablets will run you anywhere from $150 for a Kindle Fire to $329 for an iPad Mini.  You can get anything from 16gb of storage up to 32gb in this price range.  If you prefer the 10" form factor, you can expect to pay around $500 and up for anything from a Microsoft Surface to Nexus 10 or an 4th gen iPad.  Amazon, Google and Apple all offer both 7" and 10" form factor tablets.  Microsoft only offers 10" and bigger but its a quality 10" tablet that can compare neck and neck with the iPad. 

BLUF:  Pick your OS and size form factor or pick your form factor and then OS.  You can't go wrong either way.  You'll always get a tablet which you probably already know how to use and already love.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

This is how you beat Apple at its own game

This Chinese company used leaked photos of the upcoming Apple iPhone 5 to bring to market an iPhone clone and had the nerve to patent the design.  So now if Apple brings the iPhone 5 to the Chinese market, they will have to pay licensing fees to this company or be sued for their own design.  Genius!  Samsung, you can learn a thing or two here.

Read more here.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

OWC Data doubler installed

I purchased an OWC data doubler and 120GB SSD for my Mid-2010 MacBook Pro 13" with 2.4ghz processor.  This is how fast it boots now.

 Find it here at OWC.

Friday, March 30, 2012

The tech geek in me is back

I haven't been much of a tech geek in the last few months.  Coming to Korea, I thought I would be able to get my hands lots of cheap tech and be able to produced a bunch of reviews.  But as time has gone on, I realized that most of the tech I care about doesn't come here the same time it does in the US.  So basically, I am left waiting for products to come and when they do, they are all in Korean so I don't know much about them at all.  For anyone who doesn't know, products that get announced at things like GSMA and CES come to market in different forms and factors around the world at different times.  The perfect example is the Galaxy SII that everyone knows and loves by now.  It came to the Asian market first but it was a dual core 1.2ghz 4" screen phone.  When it came out in the US 6 months later it was a 1.5ghz 4.5" phone.  And that phone finally came to the Asian market 2 months after US release as the Galaxy SII HD.  Basically what I'm saying is that it's hard to be a tech geek here in Korea unless I am fluent in Hangul and have plenty of money to buy random tech products just to figure them out.  Well, I barely know how to say "Hello" and "thank you" in Hangul and I am far from rich.  So being a tech geek from the US here in Korea is kinda hard.

Recently, I purchased a Lenovo Ideapad A1 because I could get a 7" tablet which I love for only $200 and it has cameras on the front and back.  It's not a top of the line tablet but for $200 what can you really ask for?  I just got it today and I will do a review this weekend when I doing nothing as usual.  I also purchased a Wibro (Wimax for you US folks) 4G wifi hotspot to use with my tablets.  I will also do a quick review detailing data speeds more than anything.  I am happy to be back blogging and talking about tech.  Honestly, its what makes me most happy besides my kick ass son who just turned 5.  I love that lil dude.

Anyway, stay tuned and you might actually get a review of a $200 this weekend.  LOL, thanks for bearing with me for those of you who have.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

7" Quad core Android tablet that will knock your socks off!

ASUS announced at CES 2012 its 7" Eee Pad MeMO ME171.  It's a pretty sweet 7" Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) tablet for only $250.  This seems like it will be the cheap Android tablet to have this year since it has all the same specs and features of tables costing twice as much.  The Kindle Fire has just met its match.

Full specs:
  • 7.0” WXGA,  1280 x 800 resolution,  IPS panel with capacitive touch
  • Qualcomm 8260 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB storage; ASUS Webstorage options
  • Wifi 802.11b/g/n , Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, aGPS
  • Camera- 1.2MP Video Camera (front)/5MP Auto-Focus Camera (rear) with 1080P recording
  • G-sensor; e-compass; Light sensor; Gyroscope, Proximity sensor
  • MicroUSB port (client); Audio Jack (Head Phone/Stereo Mic-in); Card Reader (MicroSD); microHDMI (1.3a); SIM Card slot; Stereo Speakers
  • Li-polymer 4400mAh battery (Battery Life: 8.5hrs video playback routine)
  • Android 4.0.1
  • Dimensions/Weight- 7.8 x 4.6 x 0.50”; 14.2oz
Expected Q2 2012

Source: AndroidCentral