Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Droid Razor M Review

If there’s one phone that starts at the low end but provides the quality of higher-end devices, it’s the Droid Razr M from Motorola. It’s the best Android phone you can get if it’s your first smartphone because it does nearly everything that a smartphone should near to near-perfection


The Droid Razr M may start at $50 plus a two year contract (though you can find penny deals all through December), but it is no slouch when it comes to build design, quality, and components. It has a 4.3″ Super AMOLED display that provides brilliant color and light contrast, and actually is bright enough for use outdoors. The screen may feel low-resolution at 960×540, but it doesn’t show; the display feels big because the glass runs very close to the edge of the phone, one of the M’s standout features. Of course, at 4.3″ it could have a higher definition 720p display, but it isn’t necessary and the 960×540 resolution is exactly 3/4ths the size, so downscaled video looks better than other resolutions between the two sizes.

The small overall size is the biggest reason for anyone to walk into a store and pick up the Razr M, but don’t let that fool you if you’re thinking of getting a bigger, “better” phone. The reality is that the Razr M has exactly the same components as higher priced devices and, in many cases, offers identical or better performance (thanks to the lower resolution display). The only area where it doesn’t directly compete with, say, the Samsung Galaxy S III aside from size is with storage capacity. The M ships with 8GB of available space, but it’s user upgradeable with MicroSD cards, so that really isn’t an issue.
As you’ll see below in our benchmark section, the Droid Razr M is a very powerful handset.
--> Considering the size, the Razr M feels great in the hand and in the pocket. It’s smaller and lighter than most of today’s absurdly large phones, which is a benefit for those who like that. If you’re switching from an iPhone or a dumbphone, or perhaps even an older but smaller Android device and like small phones, the Razr M is the best smartphone to upgrade to. It’s light and nimble, and the Droid-inspired kevlar back panel offers solid grip.
Furthermore the build is surprisingly small and slim. Side by side with the iPhone 5, the M is slightly shorter, and at it’s base about as thick as the 5, and only slightly wider. The power/standby buttons are very solid, though Motorola still insists on placing the MicroUSB charging port on the side instead of the bottom of the phone.


Motorola’s Android overlay is one of the best, though it isn’t the fastest anymore. That title now belongs to Samsung. However, Motorola’s software is extremely helpful in many ways, and it actually accommodates users in many ways that app-based operating systems like Android and iOS typically don’t with quick-function settings, very useful built-in widgets, and most importantly, it’s very efficient.
Let’s start with the lock screen. It has four quick-function activation plus a mute switch, and of course the drop-down bar works. Sliding up, down, or left activates either the phone, text, or camera apps, or swiping right unlocks the phone. Or through the dropdown users can activate the settings menu.
The home screen includes a single widget that includes a clock (both analog and digital) that can show multiple time zones by swiping down and can set alarms. It also shows the date, a surprisingly useful feature. On the same widget another tile shows the local weather, and swiping down shows the weather in any area you select. The final tile shows battery life and text, email, and missed call notifications.

One feature I particularly like is the quick settings page. This page takes the place of an apps page and includes on/off switches for ringing, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, data, and airplane mode, while also enabling users to adjust more settings by tapping on any of those. So instead of opening the settings, clicking Wi-Fi, and then adjusting your Wi-Fi settings, this is a swipe faster, or even quicker if you just want to turn a certain function on/off.
Adding additional pages, or anything, is very easy. Motorola built in simple prompts that explain exactly what users need to do in five words or less every time. And if you forget, there are simple question marks that users can tap on that explain what it is and how to use it.
Overall the software is exceptional. I’d still like a Samsung/LG-style smartbar, but the quick settings page almost perfectly encapsulates that feature. The one problem I found with the software is the keyboard is pretty terrible, and it takes a lot of steps to activate the Swype keyboard built in, which works just fine. While the phone is small enough to type normally with one or two hands (it may be too small for some people typing two-handed), the keyboard lacks the accuracy of competing keyboards like on Sony devices or iOS. With Swype, however, that isn’t a problem



Battery life on the Droid Razr M is exceptional. All things considered, the 2000mAh battery shouldn’t last all that long on Android 4.1. A full day, sure, but not much after that. But the M exceeds expectations significantly thanks to the extremely power-efficient software and display. In my battery test, the M lasted longer than any smartphone of it’s size by a huge margin. In fact, it did surprising well even against it’s big brother the Droid Razr HD MAXX, with a 3300mAh battery.

n everyday use I was not only pleasantly surprised by how long the phone lasted, I can absolutely recommend it for anyone who forgets to charge their phone or doesn’t want/need to charge it nightly.


The Razr M is nothing to snuff at. It beats out every major device from a year ago and holds its own against today’s smartphones pretty well. The two lowest spots are in web-browsing, where it is on par with most phones today but doesn’t compete with the very top. Take a look at the benchmarks below.

The new Browsermark test scores differently than it did in the past, so I’ve only begun using it for the latest batch of test devices. However, I have a few devices that I tested before and after the change to Browsermark 2.0, and the numbers are fairly consistent. The lowest device on the chart now, the Droid Razr HD Maxx, is still on par with devices like the HTC One X andSamsung Galaxy S III.
What is important to note is that the Droid Razr M is, as expected, a tier below what the latest iPhone 5 can muster. The iPad mini outperforms the M as well, thanks to better bandwidth on the larger but older chip.


Camera quality is decent. Photos taken during the day with a lot of light come out crisp and colorful. However, even with a lot of light, some colorful parts of pictures may come out fuzzy on the M’s camera. Excessive light and low-light situations are also only mediocre at best. Colors easily wash out in very bright settings, but there isn’t a solid middle-ground for brightness. For a device of this price, a good but not great camera is expected, but considering how good the rest of the phone is, this is one dark mark on an otherwise excellent device.

For the most part this is a great phone. If you are a buisness person r you just want a smartphone to carry around, this is the phone for you.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Samsung Smart T.V. Review

“Hi TV, power on,” I say, as if talking to myself. As if wishing aloud that I had telekinesis. I’m alone in the gaming room, staring blankly at my reflection on the TV set. I wait as it warms up and flickers on.
Even after a few days of fiddling around with Samsung’s flagship 46-inch Smart TV, I feel awkward, consciously aware of this strange new interaction—this isn’t your typical home entertainment routine. This sensation is something new. Being in command like this, barking orders, is an interesting proposition for a new generation of living room technology. A passive, familiar experience is being changed into an active one.
I can tell my TV what to do, and it obliges. No remote necessary. It makes me want to chuck my 32-inch Vizio from 2005 in the garbage. This is the future.
I navigate to the TV’s Smart HUB where all my apps and content live. If you own a PlayStation 3 or an Xbox 360, it’s essentially like the dashboard. It gives you a central place to access every setting, app and function. Netflix is there, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant—the necessities. Even Angry Birds.
Design and Picture
But, design and quality are expected characteristics of a Samsung TV. I’m not surprised the LED, full HD 1080p resolution is hypnotizing, or that it sports an equally premium design. As a Smart TV, this isn’t about either of those things. Samsung wants its embedded capabilities to be front and center.
The TV itself is a gorgeous, premium site to behold, an exhibit of pristine engineering. It’s practically bezel-less, edge-to-edge; the screen melts into your wall. And it’s unfathomably thin, only 1.2-inches at its thickest, which is negligible when propped up in your living room. Picture frames containing family portraits are thicker.
If Samsung hasn’t officially been recognized for their Smart TV design, it should be. Looking at anything else with any significant amount of bezel, or thickness, is like staring into the gullet of a port-a-potty. Samsung’s TV shines like something that would appear in a futuristic Science Fiction movie.
And the picture looks fantastic. Colors are vibrant, lines are crisp and blacks are deep, reproduced as if one were there, crawling through the Mines of Moria. This is an premier frontier of technology—the model we received retails for $2,119.99—and it’s been appropriately fitted to reflect that. At night, in a dimly lit room, watching The Dark Knight Rises, one cannot complain.
Like any new piece of technology I use, I immediately checked to see how apps performed. Samsung can have the most advanced Evolution Kit onboard, but if it doesn’t actually perform well, then even the most recent processor is moot. Fortunately, everything booted up and ran without incident. Only the annoyance of forced updates marred the experience. Streaming content through Netflix was great, and games like Angry Birds ran smoothly (though motion controls were another issue, which I’ll address)
Using the TV’s catalog of Smart features was the most interesting aspect of my experience. I found that, for the most part, the TV understood my commands and acted appropriately. Turning the TV on is as simple as can be, likewise for bringing up options when watching content. But most of the steps you perform can be done just as quickly (probably quicker) with a physical remote. For example, simply turning off the set requires one to say “Hi TV. Power Off. Ok.” That’s, what, about four to five seconds of speaking? Otherwise all you need to do is press your remote’s power button.
Gestures, on the other hand, were annoying and frustratingly poor. In fact, trying to trigger actions by waving my hand in front of the TV’s camera rarely did anything. I often found myself waving my hand, and then frantically my arm, without any response from the TV. Imagine how that would look to peering neighbors. “There’s Brandon waving at his TV again.”
Face recognition seemed to work only when it felt like it, even in a room with adequate lighting. It was as if I was interrupting the TV’s camera from a slumber.
Samsung includes a Smart Touch Remote with the TV as well, designed as a minimal companion that doesn’t inundate users with buttons. Instead, it comes with a touch pad that allows users to scroll and tap to highlight and navigate through content. But that’s if and when it decides to work, which is not often. Let’s just say that if you expect the small pad to be as responsive as a laptop touch pad, you’ll be hugely disappointed. You can press and scroll, but it doesn’t always respond. When it does respond, there’s a large delay.
Luckily, there’s a standard remote that’s included, as well as smartphone apps for iPhone and Android handsets. There is certainly no shortage of options, which is nice in a sense. But, overall, there doesn’t seem to be quite enough refinement and focus on the experience Samsung is trying to push consumers toward. Why use a Smart Touch Remote or any of the Smart Interactions when none are very good?

For watching movies, playing video games and using Internet-connected apps, the TV performed admirably. Its Smart capabilities—gestures and voice recognition—need work and more focus. The HUB is great, and it gives households a centralized location that improves the overall experience. That is, in the end, I think what will be most appealing to consumers, especially for those who frequently use streaming services.
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Galaxy S3 Beats iPhone 5 for Phone of the Year

Imagine seven of CNET's most senior editors locked in a room, arguing over the course of three days to determine the 100 biggest tech stories of the year for our annual CNET 100 package. We bickered, we pounded coffee, we reminisced, and we wrestled over some big questions -- including which products we considered the hands-down best of 2012.
The question of gadget supremacy intrigued us, Specs on the Galaxy S3 so we decided to pull from our list of biggest newsmakers the five best devices of the year as well as the five most influential tech products of 2012. The ongoing battle between Apple and Google played itself out in our best list, with Samsung and its Android-based Galaxy S3 trumping the long-awaitediPhone 5 on a lineup of entirely mobile products. But there's more to the story of tech influence in 2012. Read on.

CNET's five best tech products of 2012

Regardless of popularity or industry impact, these five devices claim the best design, the most-compelling features, and the overall most impressive value among all the hundreds of mainstream tech products released in 2012. Our hats off to all five.

1. Samsung Galaxy S3, the Android hero
It took years of iPhone dominance and many months of Android market leadership for a phone with Google's mobile operating system to knock the iPhone off its pedestal. The Samsung Galaxy S3 won that honor. The GS3 is a truly global phone, available on nearly every carrier, nearly everywhere. Its large, vibrant HD display represents a growing class of phones with broader form factors, and its delicate balance of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a sharp 8-megapixel camera, 4G LTE or HSPA+ support, and an accessible price make the Galaxy S3 a worldwide hero.

2. iPhone 5, the most anticipated
The drumbeat of aggressive rumors in the lead-up to the iPhone 5 launch gave the handset a lot to live up to. Finally released in September, nearly six years after the original iPhone, this is the iPhone we've been waiting for. The iPhone 5's anticipated 4G LTE, built-in turn-by-turn directions, and a tall, featherweight design make it a beauty marred only by subpar maps, which have improved steadily since the phone's launch. 

3. Google Nexus 7, the superior small tablet
Certainly not the first 7-inch tablet on the market, Google entered the fray with the Nexus 7 in 2012 and left the competition behind, struggling to differentiate themselves. The tablet's native, streamlined Android 4.2 OS -- flexible and open but friendly -- paired with a vivid 1,280x800-pixel-resolution screen and $199 price make it the best small tablet, period.

4. iPad Mini, the luxury latecomer
The iPad Mini arrived so late to the small-tablet race that the competition had already left the starting blocks and rounded the bend. Playing catch-up to the Nexus 7Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD proved difficult for the Mini, especially with a lower-resolution screen and significantly higher price than the rest. In spite of those handicaps, Apple's latecomer earns an impressive silver in the tablet race, thanks to its slighly-wider-than-average screen, fantastically light weight, and impeccable fit and finish. 

5. Motorola Droid Razr Maxx, the new battery benchmark
Of all the high-achieving smartphones, why would CNET choose a phone from last January for one of our top-5 products of the year? We picked the Droid Razr Maxx because it reset the bar for battery-life expectations. In our tests, the Razr Maxx's battery life bested the closest competitor by nearly 30 percent, and our real-life experiences with this 4G LTE Android device and its vivid screen keep us brimming with enthusiasm for the slim phone. Because the Droid Razr Maxx got the Ice Cream Sandwich OS update in the fall and an HD sibling (the Droid Razr Maxx HD) our recommendations sticks: this is one of the best phones on the market. 
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Review of the Keurig Coffee Machine

Convenience is expensive. Well, at least when it comes to using a machine to make coffee one cup at a time. This is the Kuerig coffee maker.
Keurig knows the price of convenience, and it charges accordingly. The company makes the biggest-selling line of single-cup brewing machines on the market, and the vast assortment of Keuring-branded coffees capsules that go inside them.
Its brewing machines cost anywhere between $80 and $250 each, and its patented, premeasured K-Cup capsules, which let you brew a single cup of coffee with no hassle or mess, set you back between 75 cents and a buck a piece. That’s four to five times the cost of conventionally brewed java.
It hasn’t stopped single-cup coffee from becoming one of the fastest-growing segments of coffee salesworldwide. But Keurig foresaw a thorny problem that would turn the cash hurricane of K-Cup capsule sales into a drizzle: the patent for its K-Cups expires in September 2012, and a shiver of profit-seeking sharks are circling, waiting to pounce with cheaper generic versions. Around the same time, Starbucks will release its own competing single-cup coffee and espresso maker, the Verismo. What to do?
Keurig’s answer: its just-released Vue brewer, which uses new single-cup Vue packs. They’re incompatible with K-Cups, but they actually improve on the K-Cup technology, if not the taste.
Although the Keurig Vue V700 brewer looks a lot like its predecessor, it’s more versatile. An intuitive, color LCD touchscreen on top can be used to adjust the output — brew temperatures can be customized, from 187 to 197°F, and brew sizes can be adjusted from 4 to 18 ounces to accommodate espresso cups and travel mugs. Improving upon one of K-Cups’ weak points, the Vue adds an extra setting for producing stronger brews that slowly pulses the water through the Vue cup.
There are separate settings for making tea and espresso drinks, but no matter what’s being brewed, the thing lets off a whine like an aging oil derrick.
Here, take a listen (or download an MP3):
The original K-Cups are what I’d call environmentally challenged — after brewing a single mug of coffee, the entire plastic cup, along with its sealed grounds, must be trashed. The new Vue cups improve on this design slightly by suspending the coffee or tea filter bag in its plastic container. After the cup is spent, the filter bag can be removed and the plastic container can be recycled. Still less friendly than a paper filter, but an improvement.
There are around 30 different coffee and tea Vue cups available from such brands as Newman’s Own Organics, Tully’s, Celestial Seasonings and Green Mountain Coffee (Keurig’s owner). The choices are varied enough to please most palates, and all make quite acceptable, if not stupendous, brews. One glaring exception is Keurig’s attempt at producing what it thinks is a “Cappuccino.”
Because the Vue is a coffee brewer and not an espresso machine (just like the Keurig predecessor) some engineering compromises had to be made. It does not have a milk frother, and there is no pressurized water system, which is needed to make espresso. Instead, the Vue uses a two-step process to brew a cappucino. First, it sends nearly boiling water through a Vue cup filled with a powdered mash-up of non-fat dried milk, cream, sugar and lactose. Second, you process a separate Vue cup with espresso grounds, then mix the two cups together. The nasty result closely resembles something you get from a gas station vending machine. The moral here is that one shouldn’t expect a single-purpose kitchen appliance to perform like a bescarfed and tattooed barista — especially when it’s constructed of fragile (cheap) plastic.
WIRED The coffees taste great. Versatile machine makes either coffee or tea. Capsules are less-damaging to the environment than other contained, single-cup systems. Customize brew temperatures, cup sizes, and brew strengths. Timer can turn the system on and off at selected hours.
TIRED Noisy brewing process. Expensive base cost, and expensive coffee costs for the life of the product. Plastic-like “high-strength” housing is brittle and may crack easily — use a delicate touch to open the spindly door when filling the 72-ounce water reservoir.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

iPod Touch 4th Generation Review

Even though there is already a new iPod touch on market, there still is the iPod touch before that. This is one of the cheap electronics that I post on this blog. This is the iPod touch 4th Generation. This iPod still has all of the same capabilities as the new one, but it has a little bit of a slower processor, the screen is a LITTLE smaller, and there is no Siri. In my opinion, these do not make to much of a big deal if you are on a strict budget and still want a decent media player. It has an A4 processor inside which is still really fast. It still has that beautiful Retina display screen. It is the highest resolution screen on the market right now and is just plain beautiful. For me, a screen resolution is a great turn on. If you like to watch movies or YouTube videos a lot on media devices you are defiantly going to like the screen. Just like I do. The models come in 16 32 and 64 gb capacity. Now in my opinion if you would like to have around 350 songs or less and a couple of videos, and around 50 apps, the 16 gb version is PERFECT for you. I cannot stress this enough. You do not need to buy the 64 or 32 gb Version if you are like the person I just said above. You will still have PLENTY of space for other things that you might want. Please check back for more review on electronics and feel free to leave a comment requesting something that you would like reviewed. IMPORTANT- I have a link right below this post to Amazon.com. They have the best deal I can find on the iPod touch 4th Generation 16 GB Please feel free to check it out thanks.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 Review

 This is the new Samung Galaxy player 5.0. It is not a Samsung phone though. The Samsung Galaxy Player are not a phone. They are simply a media playing device just like the iPod Touch from Apple. The Galaxy Player is running Android Gingerbread Software. This is the full Gingerbread just like in the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This Device has GPS inside of it so when not connected to WiFi, you can still enter the Maps application and locate yourself. It just is not as  accurate as if you were connected to WiFi. From what I have tried of doing this, it is still pretty accurate. The Samsung Galaxy player has everything of the Galaxy Note II. It literally everything the same but it just does not have phone capability. If you are looking to have a mini tablet or some kind of thing like that, I highly recommend this device. It has a 5 inch screen which is huge in my eyes but, it can still fit into your pocket very well and you can hold it in your hand very well also. Another great feature is that you DO NOT have to pay for a cell phone bill or data plan. This is a WiFi Only device and words perfectly good on WiFi. I hope that you end up buying this great device. Thank you for reading and please check back soon for more reviews on electronics.

Monday, December 31, 2012

iPhone 5 Review

iPhone 5

 This is the new iPhone. The iPhone 5 is a great phone for business people or for just everyday use. This phone can get a little pricey but, if you get it with the right carrier, you might be able to get a pretty good deal on one. This new iPhone has a new LTE chip inside of it. You probably have heard of this before in a ton of commercial in other phones. Not Apple. This is what everyone has been hoping for. An LTE chip is a chip inside of the phone that produces very fast internet browsing speed while surfing the web. that is basically all that it really does. This new iPhone also offer a new 4 inch screen. This screen is just a little big bigger from the previous iPhone 4s. But, i have to say, you ca defiantly notice the difference. While browsing Facebook or Twitter, you can see more of the posts that people post on there. It does not seem like much but if you decide to get one or try one out, you will defiantly notice a difference. Another pretty big feature that the iPhone 5 offers is the Apple A6 Processor. This processor is a real beast. It has the best geek bench score tests any other phone has had. It is great for game play  You do not see any of the frames while playing a games and is also great for just scrolling through the interface. There is no lagging or any glitches what so ever. it is just a great improvement  the greatest improvement in my opinion is the new 8 mega pixel camera. This is an auto focusing camera and i the best on the market for a cell phone photo. It takes Photos as good a a Nikon little pocket camera. Great for beginning photographer and everything from learning how to use a focus on a camera and things like that. There is just one more improvement that most people really aren't to happy about It is the new lightning connector. This connector is all digital and is a lot smaller than the previous connector. Apple now sells adapters to fit the new lighting connector into a device that supports it. Those usually run for about 30 dollars. That is guys thank you for reading and please check back often for more reviews on electronics.

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