Thursday, April 23, 2015

Google is changing the game again with Project Fi

Google is known for using a "Throw everything at the wall and see what sticks" approach in mobile technology.  They have some successes like Nexus phones, Chromecast, and Chromebooks but they've also had plenty of failures like Google Buzz, Google Wave, and Nexus Q.  They produce so many products simply because they have the money to do so and it pushes the market forward and causes other companies like Microsoft, Apple, Comcast and many others to step their game up.  A great example of this is Google Fiber which is in only a few select markets, but its basically 1GB internet for the price your cable company charges for 30Mbps internet.  Because of google fiber, companies like Comcast have doubled their internet speeds free of charge in order to fight back.

Now Google is trying to do it again with Project Fi.  Rumors have been out for about 6 months or more that Google wanted to get into the mobile network game, but no one really knew how they would do it.  They announced on 22 April, 2015 exactly what they plan to do.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge initial impressions

I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge to replace a LG G3 that has been my daily driver for the last 10 months.  With T-Mobile Jump program, upgrades like this are a no brainer decision.  Every 6 months you can upgrade to a new phone and the only costs you pay are taxes and maybe $100/$200 if you're buying extra storage in your phone.  For example, S6 and S6 edge 32GB models are $0 down, 64GB is $99 down, and 128GB modes are $200 down and your monthly payment will be $30 give or take a few dollars.

I didn't want to do an unboxing video since you'll find so many of them on Youtube, so I'll just post my initial impressions below.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sprint probably shouldn't troll for customers on Twitter

Anyone who knows me should know that I enjoy a good debate.  Some would say I "love to argue" but if I know for a fact that I am 100% right about something, I will make it a point to prove that I am in fact correct and they're just spouting off nonsense.

Well, after T-Mobile announced that their coverage map would be crowd sourced to show true coverage, I wanted to see how correct the map truly is.  I know there is a dead spot in T-Mobile's network where I coach baseball 3 days a week.  By dead spot, I mean a mile down the road I get 4G LTE, but at this location, I barely get 2G and often drop signal all together.  I can receive texts but sending them is often troublesome.  T-Mobile claims that there is 4G LTE in that area so I tweeted them letting them know.

After tweeting T-Mobile, their customer care tweeted me back to discuss the lack of coverage.  After a few tweets, T-Mobile asked me to direct message them, I'm assuming so whatever problems I had weren't out in the public.  Sprint decided to tweet me asking to join their network.  Not only did one Sprint tweet me, but actually three of them tweeted me.  I tried to be nice to the first one, but then I got blunt with the second.

Sprint had a nice response almost acknowledging the fact that their network is weak.

Sorry, MJ, RO, and and JC.  I hope you don't catch much flak from work for your failed attempts to troll.

See the whole Twitter hilarity here, here, and here.

Here's the pics just in case they delete the tweets.

Microsoft announces the Surface 3

Microsoft announced the Surface 3 today through a blog post from Panos Panay.  The 10.8" Surface 3 will be replacing the now dead Surface 2 which ran a very limited version of Windows 8 called RT.  This Surface 3 is what many consumers envisioned for the RT models.

The Surface 3 is a consumer model meant for mass market appeal and will probably piss off a few OEMs since this will directly eat into their sales.  I can see this tablet/computer being the perfect device to send your kid off to college with.  I'll go over a few details below.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Google unveils the Google Store

Google announced an updated Chromebook Pixel and with it, they also launched a stand alone online Google Store separate from the Google Play store where you used to be able to buy Android devices. The Google Store has a nice material design that matches what Google is doing across all of its platforms.

You can buy anything from Android Wear watches, Phones, Nest thermostat, tablets and accessories for all of them from one location.

The real question with the store is why Google thinks users will pay $999 for a Chromebook.  Granted Chromebooks are more than glorified browsers like people tend to group them into, but regardless of the build quality, it's not worth $1,000 when you can get the same performance from a $300 laptop.  I'd love to get a Pixel to test out, but I can't afford to drop that much money when I already own a Chromebook.

Source:  Google Store