April 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
We have got our hands on the Apple TV, and this is our unboxing video.
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March 31, 2013 in Uncategorized
The Nexus 4 by Google (manufactured by LG) has been in the Google Play Store for over 3 months now. Although it’s been a daunting task for one to get his/her hands on this phone, quite a few of us possess Nexus 4s today. However, neither Google nor LG have officially disclosed the number of Nexus 4s they’ve sold up till now.
Despite its persistent ‘Sold Out’ tag on the play store and the stark availability in international markets, I’ve been lucky enough to possess a Nexus 4 in my pocket. And I must say, it’s the smoothest phone I’ve ever used, ever. You can clearly see why it was referred to as ‘Project Butter’ with Android Jelly Bean.
Needless to say, the specs are stellar. In fact, they’ve been compared to other high-end smartphones out there, from the iPhone 5 to the Note 2. Yet, specs never tell the entire story. The buttery smooth interface of the Nexus 4 was close to none other. It’s got one of the snappiest interfaces of all time.
Many of us were skeptical over its built and design by LG. In my opinion, the Nexus 4’s glamorous back panel is absolutely stunning, subtle and classy. Packed with Gorilla Glass 2, the screen is robust and sturdy. But at the end of the day, it’s still a glass panel which is relatively delicate when compared to cheap plastic. Don’t let that stop you’ll from getting this phone, there are innumerable hard cases for them including Google’s Official Bumper which blends ridiculously well with the phone. Furthermore, the crisp 4.7’ HD display and extensively durable battery life will you leave you speechless. Want to see the results of different users? Go over to Nexus 4 XDA forums and glance over thousands of screenshots of user battery lives and their usage, kernels and ROMs. You’ll also be able to find all the specifications out there along with answer to every question of yours, every.
Nexus 4 has received some vague criticism for its camera, but I beg to concur. Although I wouldn’t say that the camera is stellar and outranges other smartphones out there, it is definitely on par with the cameras of high-end smartphones like the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S3.
By now, I’ve played around with the camera and I believe it’s not the best when taking pictures in low lighted environments, but outdoors it takes fantabulous and stunning pictures.
It’s also got photosphere, which is clearly revolutionary. Since, a picture’s composition could be exceedingly debatable, only you could make a better judgment for your eyes, for you yourself. Therefore, I’d recommend this thread on XDA forums and this Google+ Community where people share their amazing pictures, panoramas and photospheres from their Nexus 4s.
To encapsulate, you couldn’t go wrong with this phone. Everything about this phone from the build quality to UI responsiveness feels premium. But this also imposes two restrictions, storage capacity and LTE compatibility. If you live on the cloud or/and are situated in a country which doesn’t have full-fledged support for LTE then this is a no-brainer. If not, you might want to reconsider other options that will be more feasible for your situation.
Other slack off would be the camera, particularly if you do loads of photography in dim areas. Another thing I’d like to pinpoint is the placement of the speaker, it’s at the bottom of the rear panel. It is decently loud enough but when the phone is placed on a bed or any other surface that’s a good sound absorber, the output volume is suppressed to an extent.
Moreover, the price point of $349 for the 16 GB variant makes the deal even more compelling. On top of all of that, you’ll have the lovely Google integration, quickest updates, pure Android experience and many more Nexus-only perks.
It’s a beautiful beast. You’ve got to have one.
This post was written by a guest editor, Akshay Sanwal: instagram @akshaysanwal and twitter @akshay041195
February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
Everyone is familiar with the Blackberry devices — they know it’s the corporate choice for keyboarded smartphone devices; they have really sweet keyboards, and is really good if you need to work on email a lot. But does everyone know what company makes the devices? Don’t think so.
Research in Motion made a very good move in the last week to unify their business. On the release of the most recent Z10 Blackberry device, they have decided to rename the company Blackberry, the company’s most successful product. Since the Canadian company has been struggling to keep itself from being irrelevant, especially in the BYOD generation, the rename seems to be a genius move on RIM’s behalf.
Lets hope the name revamp will give Blackberry a better chance.
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In this video, I discuss about the changes Apple has gone through in the past years, and their product line today. All of these contribute to how the public feel about the “cool-ness” of Apple. With the introduction of the un-surprising iPhone 5, The new and new iPad, and the fabulous MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Watch to find out my thoughts about how cool Apple is.
Throughout the past years, Apple has updated iOS to include more productive and useful features such as multitasking, iCloud, notification center, and more. However, if you look at the core apps, or built-in apps, those aren’t really updated much. Take Notes, for example. Nothing much has changed other than 2 new fonts and iCloud integrations. Weather doesn’t seem to have any functional changes. The Stocks app was only updated to be able to view graphs in landscape mode. The Calendar app has gone through no real cosmetic change, other than the integration of iCloud. Yes, they may be great apps already according to Apple standards, but many of us have to agree that we are all bored with how they look and act. Today, I will be talking about 4 apps that have replaced the default Safari, Mail, Music and Maps app.
First of all, Safari. Safari is a great browser. Now with integration of iCloud, with bookmark syncing and iCloud tabs, it’s a great browser. Even better, it also has offline reading lists, and a Reader view to make it easy for the eyes. However, I have made the switch to using Google Chrome. Why? Simply because I have also switched to Chrome on my Mac. Safari is a great browser, but it is really slow. My Mac is close to unusable when I have more than 10 tabs opened. Whereas with Chrome, it manages them very well to maintain the performance. Google Chrome for iOS also had bookmark syncing even before Apple made it available. Google Chrome in my opinion is simply the fastest browser on the planet. And same goes true with the iOS version. What I love the most about the iOS version is how easy it is to switch between tabs. With Safari, you would have to tap onto the tabs icon, and then flick to choose which tab you would like to switch to. With Chrome, you can also tap on the tab icon and view all of your tabs. But instead, you can just simply flick from either edge of the screen to switch between tabs. Just as simple as that. Much faster, much snappier than having to go through annoying taps.
The Mail app has had a few big features in the past years, such as a unified inbox, more than one exchange accounts, flagging and VIP inboxes. However, it never really made use of the multitouch user interface of actually swiping. Now I use an app called Sparrow. Sparrow is a famous Mac app that also landed on iOS not too long ago. It has unified inboxes, it has attachments, it has flaggin and starring. But is also has a great swiping feature. If you are in your inbox, you can just swipe to see the options of what you can do with that specific message. You can delete, archive, star, flag and so on. Because you can view these with a swipe, that allows you to save some screen space on the bottom, allowing you to view more messages at a glance. When you are in a message, and you would like to go through your messages, you don’t have to go back to the inbox again to see view each message. All you have to do is just swipe up or down, to go through your messages. Just like how you switch between tabs in Chrome for iOS. Very simple and easy. There are some drawbacks though. Sparrow does not do push notifications, which kind of sucks, and it does not have support for exchange accounts. And, because Sparrow has recently been acquired by Google, we will expect no future updates in terms of new features. Plus, the upcoming, widely discussed Mailbox app will be arriving the App Store soon, which is also promised to revolutionize your inbox.
Next up, the Music app. Simple sentence. The default Music app is ugly. It has been great in 2007. But not in 2013. ALthough with iOS 5 and iOS 6, they have refined the look of the Music app, it still is the same process of going through a long list of artists or albums or songs, just to reach your favorite song. What if you were able to browse your music more graphically? What if you can view your history? Your newest? Your most played? Well that’s what Track 8 does. It is a Music app that does all of that, with an interface that copies Windows Phone. You have the album art as tiles, and once you tap on the, there is an animation effect that takes you to that album. From the Home screen, you can see your history, newest and most played, which will allo you easy access to your most favorit and newest songs easily. All I can really say is, you just have to check it out. It even beats the music app in Windows Phone! Although it is a paid app, it is definitely worth it!
Last, but not least, is the Maps app. We all know that the Maps app in iOS 6 has caused a lot of trouble for many people. It’s not accurate, not Street View, and it’s just… crap. Even the Maps app before iOS 6 with Google’s backend was better. But now with the introduction of Google Maps for iOS, made by Google themselves, things have really changed. It is simply the best maps app ever. Normal view, satellite view both look awesome, with vector rendering and 3D capabilities. Navigation is easy as expected, and Street View is back. It’s free, it’s awesome, and it’s a must have.
Those have been the 4 apps that have replaced the default iOS apps. Do you have any other suggestions, or with any other apps? Please let us know in the comments section. You can also watch our video discussion about this topic on the top of this article.
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January 22, 2013 in Uncategorized
For the first time ever in my life, I have started to want a wallet type case for my iPhone. I’ve always hated these because it adds bulk and I never really found any use from it. However, when I came across the Spigen Wallet Case for the iPhone 5, I decided to buy it. Watch my unboxing, demo and full review of the product below.
Unboxing & Demo
Plomonet rating – 7/10
Ever sense watching TRON, I have always had a special place in my heart for jackets; take one look at my closet and you would know straight away. I also love anything that lights up. So when I found ElectricMVMT’s Delaware st. hoodie I almost fainted. Finally a company bridged the gap between technology and textiles. Since I recognize that I might never get to ride a Light Cycle, this is the closest I will ever come to being TRON.
ElectricMVMT’s jacket is pretty simple, yet amazingly elegant. The Delaware st. hoodie is a zip-up design that follows the standard construction of a jacket. However, that is where the similarities with a normal hoodie end. Along side of the zipper and continuing up around the hood is a rope of EL Wire. The wire then connects to a controller box that is stored in a pouch on the inside of the jacket. The remote has a slide off back where you install two AA batteries. On the other side of the controller is a single button that activates the El wire.
The Delaware st. hoodie is actually quite functional. Depending on the mood you are in, or the atmosphere you inhabit, the EL wire canbe set to different modes, four if you include off. As you press the button, the controller cycles through the different modes. First there is steady on, then there is a slow blink, next there is a rapid blink which I like to call “Rave Mode”, and last it is back to off. I found that steady on actually makes a great deal of light and looks pretty neat at night. Rave Mode is also fun because it is like having your own wearable strobe light; it is quite effective when clubbing or having a dance party. It is also entertaining to light up the jacket while watching a movie during class just to see the reactions of my peers.
As for normal jacket functions, they are pretty standard. The jacket is pretty warm, but I would not recommend wearing it out in the snow. The hood is decently sized and having the EL wire in it keeps it firm so it always looks nice. The controller box easily disconnects from the jacket allowing you to wash the jacket easily. The hoodie is durable, so it does not feel like it will fall apart any time soon. The zipper especially feels really solid, which is something I always look for in a jacket.
Beautiful Light: The EL wire produces an awesome glow that can be seen from a distance.
Multiple Modes: I love “Rave Mode”
Solid Construction: Quality is excellent.
The controller box is bulky: I wish it was a little smaller because it sightly weighs down one side.
The hoodie is a little pricey: $90 is steep.
My teachers do not like rave mode.
Overall I definitely enjoy wearing the Delaware St. Hoodie; It adds a touch of technological magic to any outfit. The EL wire catches the light during the day when it is off, so you can still wear the hoodie and look awesome. It comes in either White or Black with Blue or Pink El wire and in my opinion is the jacket is worth it especially if you want to stand out at a club or concert. You can get one here.
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