Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Next Generation iPhone Unveiled: Meet the iPhone 4S

Last October 4, 2011, the most awaited Apple event as the year closes (first Apple event was held in March to unveil the next installment of the iPad tablet PC or iPad 2) was held. Months before this event, tech buzz and rumors claimed that Apple will release the 5th generation of their premier smartphone, the iPhone 5.

Days before the most anticipated event, mainstream tech websites posted that an iPhone 4S will be introduced rather than the iPhone 5. These claims were made even convincing when the Apple website in Japan posted the iPhone 4S in their website day before the October 4 event. Though the item text /description is written in Japanese, it is clear though that it’s indeed NOT an iPhone 5.
iPhone 4S

Many might have been disappointed as they learned that no iPhone 5 yet will be available on mobile carriers shelves this year. Probably fans think that it’s just an improvement of the previous iPhone, and the known iPhone 4 problems and issues are just fixed in this 4S version.

The iPhone 4S looks very similar to the previous iPhone 4, so one might thinks its hardware and physical specs are not changed – might be an upgraded iPhone in terms of OS and apps only. Well, looks can be deceiving! Yes, the comparison between iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 in terms of dimensions, size, and outside appearance are exactly the same, but what’s packed inside are totally different. The iPhone 4S is a more powerful beast as it is equipped with a new A5 Dual-Core processor. This processor is similar to that one installed in the iPad 2 – expect great computing power for the iPhone 4S.

Another notable hardware advantage of the iPhone 4S is its dual antenna units. Prior to this version, the iPhone usually comes in two variants: GSM and CDMA (USA uses CSMA, while Asia and Europe use GSM network). Now users from all over the world need not worry about the available network wherever they are in the globe, the iPhone 4S automatically detects the available network and switches accordingly – pretty portable!

When it comes to software, the new iPhone comes with the newest iOS along with other pretty useful apps. But what stands out among the iPhone 4S software is the intelligent Siri. Apple pioneered yet another innovative feature for a smartphone with this Siri.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Apple v.s. Samsung Gizmos : My Personal Choice

I am not an apple fan as most of my gadgets are Samsung. I currently have the Samsung Galaxy S and
the older version of Samsung Galaxy Tab. I just got intimate with Samsung gadgets as they look pretty
amazing, stylish, and I love Black! So when my sister asked me to help her find a tablet, my world shook
ahead of me. I saw the iPad 2 from the advertisements in the internet and have seen it a couple of
times in coffe shops. It looks good and pricey but I always say,,, what the heck. Samsung does the job
for me. I never attempted to bother try any applications from displays and stores. But when I went with
my sister to an Apple store, I cannot say any bad word regarding the functional and very fascinating (and
I must say fast processing) applications on the ipad 2.

I bought my little sister (I still call her little even though she’s 16) the ipad 2 that day. Although
technically it was for her (as my advance gift), it was always me who uses the ipad 2. I am hooked
with it. I had downloaded several apps online and read my e-book from there. Good thing she likes to
hang most of her time with her friends rather than her new ipad2. But after a month of using it, I saw
some problems with the ipad 2. The bottom side screen seems brighter and not in synched with the
background light. After another week when talking to my friend through the iPad 2, it suddenly hung. I
thought it was just an isolated instance but it happened again a couple of times more.

Now I read manyforums and blogs in the web and found out that the iPad 2 has these faulty issues. I felt cheated since the iPad 2 is much expensive than the galaxy tab that I bought but never did I had any problems with the galaxy tab. I still enjoyed using the ipad but I hope that the next release of the ipad will be much better than the previous model.

I heard that the iPhone 4 did a great job for having no problems as compared to the iPad 2. The iPhone 4 memory and RAM as they say is functional and live up to its production. Probably because the iPhone 4 is already on its fourth generation. The iPad 2 is just the second version, so let’s give Apple some credit for making such a wonderful device on their second try and hopeful for the third to be more cost worthy.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Smartphone Rant - The Apple iPhone Phenomenon

In the beginning, when an apple and serpent came into the seen, it shook the whole world, thus making history for humankind. And that is what Apple is doing now – shaking and even shocking the world. Apple started with brilliant minds behind it. Their products are very much recognized and most importantly, loved by the whole wide world.

Since the inception of iPhone, I immediately grabbed one from AT&T. I didn’t really know what to expect until I saw and used the real thing. I immediately noticed the iPhone screen size that is really amazing with its touch screen capability. I scroll the screen as such I feel that my finger wasn’t even touching the display. I also love the fact that it is supported by my other Mac Gizmos, such as my MacBook Pro. I can easily manage my files, music etc. I mean, really easy!

Previous models of touchscreen phones, which offer web browsing cannot keep up with iPhone. I have my iPhone 4 now after passing it to my younger brother. And amazingly, it never stops from surprising me. Right now, I have my iPhone 4 with me all day and all nightlong. She (I call her Ana) wakes me up in the morning, reads me the news, connects me with my friends and soothes my ears with a relaxing music before I go to sleep. I don’t know life anymore without my iPhone. And immediately when Apple releases iPhone 5 by October this year, I will be the first one to cue in line to get one of best gadget in town.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

My Old Samsung SGH-D500 Mobile Phone

I bought this Samsung phone way back in May 2005, few months after its release in the Market. It is one of the hottest phones during those days – believe me! Here is a good review I’ve read from one of the top local tech mags (T3).

We’ve been hooting about the appearance of Bluetooth on this phone from Samsung, but this phone is also a 1.3 Megapixel snapper. Take one, look at it, and you will want it, we guarantee. We’ve always been fans of the slide mechanism, and are ecstatic to finally see some specs tat actually tempt us to buy one. Mercifully, Samsung has decided to embrace Bluetooth, so you can share those pictures at last. The presence of Bluetooth makes the non-expandable 800 megabytes memory not such a big deal. As usual, for Samsung, the D500 is well built and has gorgeous 262K color screen.

My Old Samsung SGH D500 Phone

The SGH D500 may pack the most pixels in the group (together with Siemens S65), but it doesn’t always take the best pictures. It’s not as bad as camera, mind you, but under certain conditions, like outdoor photos, it is. The non-expandable memory is a concern if you take a lot of photos and don’t have a PC nearby to upload to.

The camera’s quirky exposure isn’t that big a deal, as most camera phones are still struggling in that department, and the non-expandable storage is a let down. Otherwise, this camera phone is an excellent choice. The sexy slider has won our hearts. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Meet the Blackberry Smartphones For This Year

Last year was a good year for RIM’s Blackberry as they posted a good sales of their smartphones. Blackberry is one of the market leaders among smartphone manufacturers. Blackberry smartphones are popular for their email clients, secure server, and not to mention their qwerty phone models. See the Latest Blackberry Mobile Phones with Qwerty Keyboard | Flip, Slider, Bar

This year Blackberry enters another field in the mobile industry – the tablet PC market. Recently Blackberry announced its first tablet PC, the Blackberry Playbook, a device intended to rival the leading iPad. I wonder though if Blackberry Playbook might have been a bit late as the new iPad, iPad second generation, has been unveiled month prior to the Playbook. Nevertheless, the Playbook will surely attract users that prefer the Blackberry platform and those who enjoy their apps.

When it comes to smartphones, of course as one of the leading brands, the Blackberry line has a good line up for this year. See the List of BlackBerry Popular Models in 2011 – Blackberry Phones 2011. We are still on the first quarter of the year so we can expect new Blackberry models to be unveiled soon. Other competitors though like Samsung, Nokia and HTC have more new phone models than the Blackberry line.

One of the hottest innovations this year in the field mobile technology is the implementation of 4G connectivity among major network providers. Manufacturers are on race on creating their 4G phones to gain a good lead early. See the Latest Blackberry with 4G | Mobile Phones, Tablet | Release Date 2011
The 4G network these days is still on its early stage i.e. full potential has not yet been implemented. It is currently available on an advanced 3G network called LTE.

With the increasing popularity of Android phones as well as iPhone fans support, Blackberry should really work on new ways to gain a good share in the smartphone industry.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

iPad 2 is Coming - New Features and Improvements to Expect

Anytime next week the iPad 2 will be unveiled if rumors are to be believed. If not, the closest prediction fof the second generation iPad introduction is anytime this March or April. Stay tuned to iPad 2 news to get updates.

Next Generation iPad

Update: The iPad 2 has been officially unveiled on March 2. See the details here: The iPad Second Version | Generation 2 of the iPad

So you are one of the million fans of iPad and is exited with the second generation iPad? What will users expect on this version is not yet disclosed. Many rumors reveal that the iPad 2 would slightly vary in terms of weight, dimensions or probably in form factor compared to the current models of this tablet PC from Apple

Many people are expecting the iPad 2 to be feature-packed, as apple is known to be pioneer of exciting features on their gadgets. Also, iPad fans are upbeat that the next ipad will deal the previous versions shortcoming. Such lapses include ipad's lack of cameras, which is really very important for mobile device like the iPad. Imagine just how useless your tablet without cameras. Or let's say you don't need a high-resolution rear camera for taking videos and photos, at least you need a front camera for video chatting!

Another issue Apple needs to address is the iPad's lack of support to the universal format Flash. Yes Flash can be considered universal as it is supported by major industry players including Microsoft, Google, HP etc. - of course with the exception of Apple. But what is the big problem with Apple of not supporting the Flash? The Apple's excuse of Flash being too buggy is not acceptable. As mentioned, other popular names are supporting the Flash and make no complain about it being too buggy. Apple must have some reasons for this - of course they want to protect the sale of their apps in the Apple App Store. Right! Or prove me wrong Apple with your next iPad version.
iPad Competitors

The iPAd 2 should also cope to the current competition are other mainstream tablets these days are feature packed! Just take for example the new Motorola Xoom. It boasts a dual core processor, has cameras, has the latest Android 3.0 OS and possesses other attractions.

Will the iPad have what it takes to be still the most popular in the tablet market? Or will the current competition has already outlasted this tablet yet to be unveiled. We will find this out these coming days.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

No More Phone and Address Sharing for Facebook Apps for Now

Facebook recently made a decision that bashed by critics due to the possible risk on users' privacy and security. Facebook allowed application developers, particularly the app itself, to get access to users phone numbers and addresses when users grant permission to the application.

Many Facebook users often grant all the permissions the app asks, as they are usually not aware of possible risks or simply because that’s the only way they can use the app – Grant Permission!

Imagine you can’t play everybody’s favorite Farmville because it’s asking for your contact info and your hesitant to give your details. Yeah for sure will end up granting Farmville the permission it requires. But do you know how will Zynga use your phone and address details? How risky!

This certainly a big threat on users privacy. So Facebook was forced to halt this feature for now due to numerous protests with their decision.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Scheduled Pagerank Toolbar Update | Google 2011 Update of Pagerank

Many webmasters were expecting to have their websites pagerank updated when the year 2011 entered but no green bar movement happened in the Google toolbar. So, many assumed it will be up in the coming days, yet up to this point no pagerank update from Google has been confirmed.

Based on the dates confirmed that there is an update in the pagerank reveal a pattern of 3-month interval for next pagerank update i.e January, April, July and October. The last confirmed pagerank update though happened way back in April 2010. So no page rank update happened during July and October of same year.

Why not? Will Google deprecate the concept of pagerank that’s why it did not post updates during the months it supposed to be updated? You will notice from Google blog posts, also you can hear from Matt Cutts, head of Google Spam Division, that pagerank is just one of the 200 plus factors that determine the position of the page in the Search Engine Result Page (SERP). Adding that webmasters should not be concerned with pagerank as long as they provide good and quality contents for their visitors and build quality backlinks.

Some news revealed though that the pagerank concept is patented to Stanford University and Google has only license to make use of it until 2010. Could this means why Google is not making any pagerank update due to the expiration last year? If this is the case, the question like Will Google introduce their own so called pagerank?

But why most webmasters are concerned with the pagerank even if Google consistently reiterates that pagerank should not be of main concern for the pages. Let’s admit it, although if it is not the major factor in ranking a page in the SERP, it has valuable commercial use.
- Advertisers are most likely to publish their product ads to high pagerank and related websites.
- If you are selling your website, one of the major things being checked by the buyer is the pagerank. You won’t get a good profit from selling a pagerank 0 websites even if it has good contents as compared to selling a PR 4.

And of course going back to the basic concept of pagerank as ‘trust’, a high pagerank website definitely means it is well trusted and can be a source of good content as every relevant backlink it has means a vote of trust to this website.

Will Google continue to make use of the pagerank concept or introduce their own version is still a news we have to look forward in the coming days or months.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Meet MyPhone Duo T23 - Review, Specifications, Features and Price

"A Touch Screen mobile phone from MyPhone packed with handful of applications"

MyPhone products are popular in the local market for their relatively budget Duo (Dual Sim Card Capability) and Qwerty phone models. If the My|Phone QW28 Duo is popular for its WiFi, this My|Phone T23 Duo stands out among its MyPhone peers for its touch screen.

Its Price
The unit is sold at around 3400 pesos (about USD$77).

Specifications and Features
  • 2.8“ 240X320 pixels QVGA full touch screen display
  • (104.8) x (56) x (12.9) mm dimension and weighs 91gms
  • 2.0 Megapixel rear camera
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • GPRS Class 12
  • 7hr 15mins Talk Time / 215hrs Standby Time
  • MP3/MP4 player, Yamaha amplifier, Sound recorder, Stereo FM radio
  • microSD up to 8GB

My Phone T23 Duo
My|Phone T23 Duo has a dimension of (104.8) x (56) x (12.9) mm. Its not bulky nor a slim mobile phone. Nevertheless, it’s pretty handy and can be fitted on most pouches. It weights relatively light (91 grams) that makes it even portable.

Battery lasts for more than 7 hrs for if you do pure voice calls, which is already satisfying for needs of most users. The standby time lasts for about 9 days- pretty attractive too.

Its touch screen display stretches at 2.8 inches diagonally covering almost its whole body surface – also another good attraction.

When it comes to the camera, it is equipped in its rear panel. It’s supposed to be a 2 mega pixel resolution but the output images don’t seem to pass the 2.0 mega-pixel quality. The My Phone Q19i also has same issue when it comes to the camera quality. MyPhone seems not to deliver impressive job when it comes to cameras on its phones. If you care not much for a camera in a phone, then it is all well for you.

When it comes to multimedia, it capable of playing the popular media files format like mp3, mp4, etc. Additionally, it has an FM radio, Sound Recorder and Yamaha amplifier settings.

The My|Phone T23 Duo is not WIFI capable though. Its other data connectivity features include Bluetooth and USB.

The touch screen is surely its most notable highlight. Other features are what a standard mobile phone these days has. Its broad display delivers pretty good job when using applications as well as for viewing video files. By the way, you might also find its expandable memory through its MicroSD slot useful if you need more storage for media files.

There are still other relatively affordable units though, or you may want to check other available phone models to compare which will suit you best.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Some Reasons Why Choose Samsung Galaxy Tab Over the iPad

Samsung Galaxy

The battle between ipad and Samsung galaxy for best tablet PC has been a long debate now. Many deem that the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the perfect ipad alternative. Here are the major reasons why get a Samsung Galaxy instead of ipad.

• Functionalities
The lack of camera of ipad is one of its major drawbacks. Imagine how useless it is as a mobile device because of its lack of camera. You can’t make videoconference or just even take some photos while you are on the go. There are rumors though that apple will be installing a camera on their next version of ipad. Apple probably realized their lapse on not fitting a camera on their flagship tablet PC. Other ipad alternatives in the market come with cameras making ipad an inferior pc tablet.

Another advantage of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is its versatility of turning into a mobile phone. It can be converted easily into a mobile phone, capable of SMS and voice calls, just by putting SIM Card. Meanwhile, the ipad also has a sim card slot, but only for the sole purpose of its 3G connectivity – incapable of SMS and voice calls

• Portability
When it comes to portability, the Samsung Galaxy is clearly the winner. The bulky size of the ipad can’t make itself fit on most pouches. You will need an extra bag for this one, just that is comparable to your netbook. Its bulky size makes it also heavier compared to the Samsung tablet.

• Android V.S Apple Market
Who wants to get tied with Apple set of products forever? By just only having apple apps you might close you are closing your door for more robust and apps from the android Market. Besides they are open source – making them evolve into more secure and robust applications in the future.

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