Archive for the ‘Smartphones’ Category

The Motorola XOOM tablet enters the spotlight

February 9th, 2011 No comments

The Motorola XOOM gains traction

Hype for Motorola’s new smartphone the Atrix continues, but Motorola has shifted some of that attention to its Xoom tablet device, which is getting more spotlight the last few days. The Xoom is, as with most new tablets, a direct competitor to the iPad. There is a very good spec comparison chart on droidlife that summerizes the differences between the Xoom and the iPad very well. Needless to say, the iPad being a 10 month old device while the Xoom still waiting for release gave the Xoom quite the advantage in specs. Apple fans will be quick to point out the ‘unfair’ comparison and that iPad 2 is right around the corner so the Xoom should be compared to that. My personal opinion is that if you want to fairly compare two products, they have to exist and be purchasable TODAY. That doesn’t mean people should not compare speculated or announced specs for future devices to get an idea how they differ.

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New Motorola Atrix teaser video!

January 29th, 2011 No comments

New Motorola Atrix teaser video

Here is a new teaser for the recently announced Motorola Atrix, an innovative high end smartphone that can also power a laptop and a media interface on a TV! This is arguably one of the most hyped upcoming products at the moment:


At what point is a screen too big to be ‘mobile’?

January 29th, 2011 No comments

Screen Sizes: How big is too big?

At what point is a screen too big to be portable? The old PSP had a 4.3 inch screen, and while I felt it was generous, I never felt like it was too big to not be portable. The popular HTC EVO phone also sports a 4.3 inch touchscreen, and I felt it was the perfect size. Big enough to comfortably browse the internet or watch videos on, yet still manageable to carry around without a second thought. At some point though, it becomes too big to be a handheld, not to mention weight may start to become a concern at a certain size. The perfect guinea pig for the 5 inch screen size is the Dell Streak, which I hear was not marketed as a phone, but more of a tablet. Well, at least to me, hardware with a tablet interface (touchscreen), tablet OS (Android…), and phone functionality included IS A PHONE! Reviews I have seen or read have said the Dell pushes the size just a pinch too far, making it too big to be portable, yet too small to be useful or comfortable as a tablet. On the other hand, I’m sure Sony have done the research and feel this is what they need in their next portable console to duke it out with the Nintendo 3DS, the successor to the current market leader, the Nintendo DSi.


The ‘Playstation phone’ is leaked! Called ‘Xperia Play’.

January 29th, 2011 No comments

“Playstation phone” A.K.A. Xperia Play leaked

Although not mentioned officially, tech site Engadget was able to sneak a sample of the new “Playstation Phone” rumor going around, which is actually is more likely to be called the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Until just a couple days ago, nobody could really confirm the device existed, or that it would ever be released. Now we have a full gallery, possible specs, and a possible product name. What a difference a day makes, eh?

More pictures and possible specs after the break…

Sony’s new ‘PSP2’ officially announced

January 29th, 2011 No comments

The Sony PSP2 officially announced

Yesterday, Sony announced their next generation portable console, the PSP2 (clever, I know). Formerly known as the NGP or Next Generation Portable, it will have 2 joysticks instead of the current PSP’s “nub”, a 5 inch screen, and a 960×544 resolution on OLED technology (although the technology used in the screen is seeing conflicting reports…). The resolution is exactly 4 times the number of pixels compared to the original PSP, probably for compatibility or ease of porting and development of PSP and PSP2 applications and games, much in the same way Apple doubled the resolution of the iPhone. To put it into perspective, it is almost as high res as an iPhone 4 screen, only the PSP2 screen will be 5 inches, while the iPhone 4 is a more compact 3.5 inches. Right off the bat, we know it will not be as sharp as the retina display’s 326ppi, but a more humble ~220ppi depending on aspect ratio. Thats not necessarily a bad thing though, since it still does sport a very respectable resolution and a BIG screen for a handheld gaming system.

The new PSP2 features some other impressive specs, easily besting its own predecessor. The PSP2 will sport, among other things:

Known Specs:
-Touch screen functionality
-Wifi? and 3G
-Front and rear cameras
-Motion sensors and gyroscope
-App store
-ARM Cortex A9 based quad core processor
-PowerVR SGX543MP4+
-Sony claims power is comparable to PS3

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iPhone screen protector advice

July 29th, 2010 No comments

Whether you should get a screen protector for your iPhone depends on your preferences. Here are just me and my friends experiences and my advice based on 7 unique iPhones of different generations.

Between me and my friends we have 1 original iPhone, 2 iPhone 3G, and 4 iPhone 3Gs. None have used any sort of screen protection. The only iPhone model to get scratches on the screen is the 3Gs, and the reason is because starting with the 3Gs, iPhones have a ‘oleophobic coating’. At least one Youtuber has also claimed in his video that his unprotected iPhone 4 screen has very minor scratches on it. It is actually the coating that gets scratched, not the glass. A screen protector therefore is recommended for all iDevices with a oleophobic coating, such as iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod Touch 3G if you wish to keep your screen PERFECT. Anything newer iDevice will presumably all have the oleophobic coating.

And for the record, I’ve owned both the iPhone 3G and the 3Gs and used it in a very reasonable way, never dropped and just in and out of its exclusive pocket (nothing else is carried in the pocket I keep my phone). iPhone 3G has not seen any scratches in almost 2 years, while the 3Gs got scratches on the coating in just a month. Its not easily visible though, so you only need a screen protector if you want to keep your phone PERFECT. The scratched coating is very unnoticeable and does not effect everyday use. Of course this is just my experience.

Click here to read more, and a nice chart to sum it all up!