Samsung Might Have Just Announced My Next Tablet, And Possibly Phone

1 Sep 2011  5 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

IFA 2011 kicked off today and Samsung quickly announced a number of hardware product. The 2 major ones were a tablet and something in between a tablet and a phone. First was the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, the successor to the original 7″ Galaxy Tab. It comes with a dual core 1.4 CPU, A 1280 x 800 7.7″ super AMOLED plus HD screen, SD card slot and a reduction in thickness as this new 7.7″ will be as thin as the new Galaxy Tab 10.1. The device still has shortcomings, The device won’t have a full size USB port as I think Samsung will try to push its dongles on the consumers but I would have preferred the Tab to have a full USB port as the Android OS can make use of it in a lot of scenarios. And will have samsung’s Touchwiz UI. Even though the Touchwiz UI is great, I prefer the Android’s Vanilla experience.

Galaxy Note

The other Samsung announcement was a little weird one. A phone named the Galaxy Note that has a 5.3″ super AMOLED plus HD with a resolution of 1280 x 800 that should “blur the line between smartphones and tablets”. The Dell Streak-esque device also has a stylus tucked away underneath to remind us of the glorious Windows Mobile days. and it also comes with similar specs to the Tab 7.7. The phone is a little humongous for my taste but we will see when it gets released Q4/Q1 2012.

You should note the Nexus Prime, google’s flagship device for 2011, that had its specs leaked last weak had similar specs to the Galaxy Note, but I doubt that Google will release a phone with a 5.3″ screen, 4.5″ is more practical but we have to wait and see if Samsung can squeeze their new Super AMOLED Plus HD screens in a 4.5″ frame. I hope so.

 

The Razer Blade – The World’s First True Gaming Laptop

27 Aug 2011  2 Comments

The Razer Blade

If you are a PC gamer, you would definitely have heard of Razer before. They produce some high quality PC accessories form mouses and keyboards to gaming headsets.

But they seem to be getting into the PC manufacturing business. After all, HP will be leaving a huge gap with it leaving the consumer PC market. The laptop code named “Razer Blade” is the thinnest 17″ laptop in the market today and packs an impressive spec sheet, 2.8GHz Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM and a 17.3-inch LED 1920 x 1080 display. It also takes a cue from their own “SwitchBlade” concept they revealed at CES. Implementing a LCD trackpad that also can be used as a secondary display for game info and quick shortcuts.

With a price of $2800, just over KD750, I think it is an excellent gaming laptop considering that 17″ MacBook pros start at $2500/KD700 almost.

The Mac Mini 2011

25 Aug 2011  6 Comments

Mac Mini 2011

I have been playing around with the new Mac Mini for a couple of weeks now, and I find it a very capable machine. I initially got it to replace my Windows based media center but after being

 

handed a second generation Apple TV I decided to use it as a desktop PC instead of my MBP. There have been a lot of talk about the Mac Mini not having a DVD drive. I personally rarely ever use the DVD drive in a PC, and if I do, I am ripping a dvd. But I use my trusty old Windows PC for that heavy-lifting.

Mac Mini 2011Ports

I find that OS X Lion is a bit slow, or slower then Snow Leopard. but it comes with a number of new features and tweaks. The device itself is quiet unless you are encoding something and the fans start spinning in full speed then you will definitely hear it. It has all the necessary ports that most of the users will need and comes in a small but capable package. a 2.5 i5 Intel CPU, 4GB RAM a dedicated 256MB Radeon graphic card.

While most people are moving towards laptops and tablets. I am a desktop guy, I only use a tablet or a laptops when I need to. I love sitting on a desk using a 27″ screen and a full size keyboard and a mouse. And thats why I might recommend the Mac Mini to whoever is curious and what to dip his toes into the Mac world.

Mac Mini 2011 3

The image above is a size comparison of the Mac Mini to the Time Capsule.

The 3TB Time Capsule

16 Aug 2011  No Comments

3TB Time Capsule

I recently bought the newly upgraded Time Capsule from Apple. I wanted a dual band router ever since I got my original Airport Extreme, but I thought that having a built in hard drive is a plus I’m having a little trouble with my WHS.

Time Capsule vs Airport Extreme

 

As you can see from the picture above, the Time capsule is a bit bigger than the Airport Extreme. Thats due to the built-in hard drive. I am planing to put my iTunes library on it so that it can be shared by all the household PCs.

It’s Too Damn Hot!!

17 Jul 2011  5 Comments

Last friday, when I was coming back from friday prayer. I had my iPhone hooked up to the car charger/transmitter and was listing to some podcast. When all of a sudden everything went silent. At first I thought that the connection was lost or that the iPhone simply crashed since I’m using the iOS 5 beta software.

But after further inspection to my iphone I noticed an onscreen caution/warning that I never have seen before. apparently the device got too hot it shut itself down. Keep in mind the car was air conditioned at this happened after roughly 5-10 minutes after getting into the car.

So me and my phone got into an air conditioned car at the same time but after about 10 minutes it just couldn’t stand the heat and shut down to cool itself. What about me? Am I expected to tolerate heat more than a gadget?

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Available at X-Cite

5 Jul 2011  4 Comments

I posted last week about why i’m not getting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and what alternatives are available out there right now. One of those alternatives, the Acer Iconia Tab A500, was available at X-Cite when I was there yesterday. Due to the stupid pricing system that both X-Cite and Eureka uses, I am not sure if the final price is 211KD or there is a 25% discount on the listed price which brings the price down to 169KD.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is Tougher Than it Looks

27 Jun 2011  No Comments

When I first got the Samsung Galaxy S II I was really impressed by how light it is. And when I tried to put in the battery and sim car I knew why it was that light. The back cover is virtually non-existent, I was afraid I would break it. But I came across this video that assured me that it is tougher than it looks.

Why I’m not getting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

23 Jun 2011  10 Comments

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 went on sale on Amazon about 5 days ago. I almost got one before really thinking it through. I realized that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a number of disadvantages:

1) No Micro SD Card Slot:

One of the main uses of the tablet for me is to watch videos on the go. And I already hate the way my iPad/2 manages videos as I have to connect the device to a PC every time I want a new file or I have to delete stuff if I’m running out of space.16/32GB wont cut it.

2) No Full Size USB Port:

This is a a major drawback. As most of the new Android tablet come with at least one port. The Asus EEE Pad Transformer has 2 using the keyboard dock but 0 on the tablet itself.
With the 3.1 update I would love to play some games using my PS3 controller.

Also for a not so apparent reason, NVIDIA already showing off their Tegra 3 quad-core CPU/12 Core GPU and 5 times the performance of Tegra 2. And reports are saying that they should be available by the end of the year and as early as September.

Other than that, the Android tablets that are available at the moment are great. You can also check out the Acer Iconia and the Asus Transformer.

The Best Of Two Worlds

13 Jun 2011  6 Comments

I went back to PC gaming a while back and really loved it. Getting your games digitally is far more convenient than buying a physical disk. And also getting it immediately as soon as it is released is just great (if it is available for the PC).
Also, playing FPS’s with a keyboard and mouse is 10 times better than playing it on any console. But for some games you just need a good controller, like driving games for example. And in my opinion, the XBOX 360 controller is the best controller available out there. And because I’ve got a few laying around, I just got the XBOX 360 Wireless Receiver to connect the 360 controller to my PC. So now whenever I need to play a game with a controller, I just power on my 360 controller and thats it. All of the games that I played using the controller recognize that it is a 360 controller and even color code the buttons and selections in the game.

The XBOX 360 Wireless Receiver is available at Amazon for around $28/KD8 [Link].

Say Goodbye To Split-Screen Multiplayer

7 Jun 2011  No Comments

Sony announced a new technology at their E3 conference. A “PlayStation” branded 3D display that has the ability to display to separate images simultaneously at full screen. So multiplayer games will no longer suffer from the cropped up images and each player having just half the screen.

This 24″ display comes with a copy of Resistance 3, a pair of glasses (second set will cost $69) and a HDMI cable. All this for $500.

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