I’m so sorry I cheated on you… Nexus

Yes, I’ve done the deed, I have cheated on my Nexus 4.  My lover is none other than my ex, the iphone.  Why, because I’m fickle and I like to play with new things, in this case, apps.  What I have noticed since using my Nexus or Android device is that most companies would first develop an app on the iphone.  Being the bleeding edge person that I am, I can’t help but try these apps, that way I know if it will be a hit before it becomes mainstream and is why my iphone is still getting constant usage.

I can understand why developers would prefer the iphone as a first choice and here’s my reasoning:

1.  Fragmentation  – IOS 7 installed rate have reached over 80% of all ios devices which supports it, as for Android, it is left  to the handset manufacture to decide, of course unless you have a Nexus device or Google play editions of phones.  For a developer, this may become frustrating as it will involve more than coding to cover all versions of Android and screen resolution.

2. Monetisation – I don’t know why but I much prefer to spend money via the Apple App store than using Google Play store, maybe because it’s habit since I started with itunes to buy music for the past 8 or so years therefore I’m so used to the process.  So as a developer, I will pick the platform which can make me the most money.

3. Security – Many might argue this but my point is that Apple have a tighter control over the App store, so as a consumer, I am more trusting to install an IOS app and knowing it will probably be safe. As a developer, this may have an opposite side since Apple have such a grip on the App store, there is a chance the app will get rejected.

So, my trusty iphone 4S is still getting plenty of love and with great new apps like “Paper” from Facebook, I don’t see it getting retired anytime soon.  If the new iphone 6 that is coming out this year sports a bigger screen, I will seriously consider switchingIMG_20140216_131040 back.

 

Advertisements
I’m so sorry I cheated on you… Nexus

Dell Venue Pro 8

As my PC is on the brink of death, I’m hunting around for a replacement.  So what sets out to be a laptop replacement is becoming of a tablet upgrade.  During my search I came across a new breed of 8″ tablets that is running Windows.  Yes, you probably think I’m crazy as why would I want a windows machine and in a tablet form factor.  The thing is that these new window tablets are running FULL version of Windows 8.1 and not the crappy windows RT.  This means all the windows software that I own can be used on this 8″ Tablet!

Which also makes this thing my laptop replacement.  Well, since its still in transit, I’ve yet to try it out but based on all the YouTube post reviewing this device, I’m sold, also I got it cheap at the Microsoft store for a promo price of $220 (32gb) for the Dell Venue Pro 8.

You must think how can I use this tiny screen to do anything on it.  Well, I’ve discovered there’s these devices call USB host which can use the USB port on the tablet and convert into USB ports/LAN/video outputs.  So all I need to do is plug it to a monitor with keyboard/mouse and its a full desktop.

I can’t wait for this beauty to arrive as I always wanted to upgrade my 3 yrs old ipad.  Anyway, you can check out this tablet here.

image

Dell Venue Pro 8

Sony Cybershot QX series

I really enjoy taking photos with my phone since I got the iphone 4.  It has changed the way I see the world really (mainly due to instagram).  But since I switch to my Nexus 4 phone, the main complaint I have is the sub-par photo quality of it’s camera.  To me, the best camera phone is still the iphone and with the new iphone 5S/C coming, I’m getting abit of itchy fingers again.

So here’s where Sony comes in, they have released a new camera product, not a traditional camera but only the lens.  So what you do is attached this Lens to your phone and turns it into a full features stand alone camera!! All the optical zoom and F-stops you ever wanted is now a dream come true on your phone.  I’ve yet to try it out but will definitely consider this toy.  Now problem solved, back to reading food blogs.  Check it out here.

Sony Cybershot QX series

Google Glass is here

Google Glass, the wearable internet is finally here.  The first batch of glass have been release to developers and so far they all seem very happy with the device.  For those who do not know, google glass is basically a pair of glasses where a display device is located just above the right eye where information like images, data, text can be shown.  Imagine a window where information is displayed on to it along with the outside world.

googleglass

So how about the specs?  The display has a 640 x 360 resolution with a 5MB camera capable of recording at 720p.  There is 16GB of storage but 4GB is reserved for the OS.  Sound is transmitted via conduction through your bones!!  How cool is that, no need to wear headphones.  there is wifi and bluetooth for connectivity and when you pair the glass to an android phone, you can access it’s GPS and SMS too.  Charging is done via usb and should last about a day.

So far, all the info on the net are mainly people taking videos and pics from the device, sort of like a bird’s eye view of their world.  I am not sure if I want to broadcast my life this way, I am sure it may come in handy to capture special moments or events but this means I will need to wear this thing all the time.  I do see some benefits especially for navigation as what I normally do now is to check my location on google maps constantly when trying to find a place.  It would be great to have this information available all the time without me looking at my phone.

If you are the type that constantly keeps up with notifications, this would also be a great tool, not sure how distracting it may get tho, google have warn users to be careful while driving with glass on.  I can see potential in this device especially in the medical field or any work that requires information to be available in front of you but it could also be a distraction in many ways.  Anyway if you are interested please can check it out here.

Google Glass is here

Xiaomi: Mi 2S

A Little know company called Xiaomi has been making a big splash in the mobile phone market. This relatively new company which only started back in 2011 has been producing top spec Android handsets in China. Their secret sauce is that they haven been selling their handsets at cost price with no markups!  Impossible! they claim they making their profits off selling accessories for their handsets!

This basically means you can purchase a highly spec phone for cheap, for example, their latest release is the Mi 2S which comes in either 16GB or 32 GB internal storage, it runs on a quad core snap dragon 600 at 1.7GHz (which is what the HTC one and the new Samsung S4 are using). 4.3 inch screen size at 1280 x 720 (342 ppi compared with iphone 5 at 326 ppi), 2MB front facing camera and 8MB (16 GB version) or 13MB (32GB version) back camera.  Battery is a tat weak at 2000 mAh and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly bean, another downer is no LTE support (understood for China as they have not launch their 4G networks).  Some of the other features are wifi display (output to TV with wifi support), F2.2 aperture lens, HDR camera with 1080p recording at 30 fps.

Currently these phones are only available in China but they are hoping to expand into Taiwan and Hong Kong to tapped into more westernized countries.  The handsets looks similar to an iphone4 but they do have their own twist on the design.  I mean for the price of $1999 yuen (approx USD$324) you are getting a top of the range handset with everything on it (except LTE of course).  Browsing through their website, they do sell a lot of accessories ranging from wallets to shirts to RC cars to colored batteries.  I can understand how they have build a marketing world around the handset and it seems that this model is working.  They have claimed to have sold over 7 million phones in 2012 without any formal marketing or promotions!!

I might pickup the Mi 2S when they launch in Hong Kong just to see what the fuzz is all about, and if this kind of thing interest you please check out their website here.  Go browse through their accessories section, you will be pleasantly surprised what is on offer, oh don’t forget to use google translate on the site unless of course you are well versed in Mandarin.

Xiaomi: Mi 2S

Google ChromeBook

Google is about to sell a netbook running its Chromium OS, aka ChromeBook, it’s basically a Netbook running Chrome, I feel like i’m repeating myself.  Well, what’s the difference between a normal netbook with the Chrome Browser and a ChromeBook, as far as I know, absolutely no difference.  In fact, with the current Chrome Browser, you can already run webapps, which I realized are basically glorified shortcuts/bookmarks to websites. You don’t need a ChromeBook to do anything different from any normal computer.  So, do yourself a favour, just get a Netbook and use Chrome, its the same thing.  Although I do find the Netbook kinda nice looking, good job Samsung.  Check it out here.

Google ChromeBook