Thursday, November 6, 2014

Do Apple's "Limitations" Lead You To Other Competitors, Or Does It Even Matter?

If you turn on the TV right now, odds are that you're going to see a commercial at some point about another tech company bashing Apple products. Shots fired. Microsoft is clearly throwing blows at Apple with some of their recent product likes. If you've seen anything involving the Surface Pro 3, the ever-popular tablet-laptop hybrid, you've more than likely seen it taking shots at Apples Macbook and iPad. Apple might not be having the best year in terms of tablets or laptops, and the competition isn't holding back on the ammo they have. Even Microsoft's Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro has its own commercial throwing punches at the Macbook Air. These commercials can be pretty funny to those techies out there (such as yours truly) that know about the devices and brands, but others might actually feed into the commercials. But, that's the point right?

Are you feeding into the hype/lack-there-of? Should you be feeding into it, or not feeding into it?

Is Apple Really "Limited"?
There seems to be some sort of notion that Apple is limited because their products can't "do" as much as products from competitors. Apples Macbook can't bend the way that Microsoft's Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro can, this is completely true. The Yoga and bend to "tent" mode and to "tablet" mode. That's all well and good, but at the end of the day, I'm not looking for a computer that can do gymnastics. I'm looking for a computer that can perform the tasks that I need it to perform, and run the software that I need it to run. Not to mention the new Yoga Pro 3 is starting at $1,300, where as the Macbook Air is $400 cheaper on it's starting price. Unless the competing products actually have better inner workings to perform better, are you actually getting a better product? I guess that would all just be a matter of opinion at that point.

Opinions Do Matter
Everyone has their own opinion on what their favorite products are or what their favorite brand is. There is nothing wrong with this. The deciding factor doesn't need to be based off of how far back your screen can bend or if you can stick a keyboard onto your tablet. The deciding factor should be what you're going to be using the device for the most. Are you going to be performing functions that would be better suited for a laptop? Then get the most powerful laptop that you can. You're only as fast as your computer after all. Maybe your duties would work better with a tablet. Should that be the case, then just get the best tablet on the market. All of these other "gimmicks" are nice, but would the novelty where off? Well, there in lies the "opinion" factor.


Should Apple Be Worried?
This question is both reasonable, and completely laughable, all at the same time. Apple has done a simply amazing job at making a brand that essentially sells itself now. That's not to say that they don't deliver quality products. The new 5K iMac computer performs just as incredibly as the screen looks. Apple's Macbooks and iMacs might be able to bend and turn into Transformers, you might not even be able to utilize any touchscreen functionalities with them, but you do know that you're getting a product that has done so blazingly well, that they don't have to do much with their advertising other than show a small clip of the product itself and then flash their logo. Yes, the competitive market has made their point that they can do a quite a lot physically, that the Apple can't do. Apple is still king of the hill though, so what is that really saying about Apple and the competition?

No matter what your brand or product choice is, laptop, laptop-tablet hybrid, or a laptop that folds out into a couch, remember that quality is what you're looking for. At the end of the day, do you want a device that give you top-notch performance? Or, would you rather a device that could join our U.S. gymnastics team and give you mild performance. The choice should be pretty clear.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ashton Kutcher's New Creation Is A Tablet With A Built In Projector

The creation that Lenovo and Ashton Kutcher built together is actually something to get excited about. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is a 13 inch tablet that is designed for "digitally hungry consumers" according to the company. It has a lot of really cool features that you are not going to find anywhere else. The most notable feature would have to be the build in pico projector. That's right, there is actually a projector built directly into the tablet!

The projector can produce a 16:9 image on any surface you can find. You can get the picture as big as 50 inches while still having a good picture. This is really great for watching Netflix on the go, or really anything. You could watch cat videos on YouTube if you'd like. To go along with the awesome projector feature, they have also decided to give you awesome sound. The tablet has two front speakers and even a built in subwoofer. With a full charge, you can watch projected movies for up to three hours. If you're plugged in to a charger, obviously it can last forever.

Just because it has the really cool projector feature doesn't mean they forgot to give you a nice screen as well. If you choose to watch videos on the screen, you'll be pleased by the QHD 2560 x 1440 display with up to 15 hours of batter life. It also has another cool feature that lets you hang the tablet up on a wall. This would come in handy while watching how to videos or cooking videos.

Other than that, everything else is pretty much standard. It comes with 32GB of storage which is pretty good, and you can always upgrade the storage with the microSD slot. There is also an 8 megapixel camera and the option of adding on 4G connectivity.

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If anyone else thought like me, they probably thought that the whole Ashton Kutcher thing was a big publicity stunt by Lenovo and that nothing that great would ever come out of it. As it turns out, Kutcher's new creation might actually be the most neat tablet to come out yet!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Huawei Ascend G7 Is A Great Phone That Won't Break The Bank

There are a lot of smartphones coming out right now. It seems like everyone is trying really hard to pack as many gimmicks as they can into their devices so that they can outdo the iPhone. First of all, everyone needs to understand that no one is ever going to beat the iPhone. If it had zero cool features at all, college kids would still make it the hottest phone out. Second of all, sometimes it is in fact enough to be a nice, stylish and reliable smartphone that is priced in a manner that keeps your pockets smiling. This is where the Ascend G7 from Huawei comes into play.

Huawei just recently started making a name for themselves in the Western market. They do have a few smartphones out that aim to kill all the other smartphones in the game, but the new Ascend G7 is made for people who need something that looks great and works great and don't need anything super crazy to worry about. Of course it is still a smartphone that will run any app ever, and it's probably better than most of the budget phones out right now, but still.

The Ascend G7 is super slim and sleek looking. It has narrow bezels and the body is made to be really durable. It also comes in three different attractive colors including gray, silver, and even a gold model. The gold model looks especially sexy.

It is one of the bigger smartphones as far as nicely-priced phones go. It has a 5.5-inch full HD display, which is something you generally only find on more expensive models. It also has a very nice 720p 5-megapixel front facing camera and a 13-megapixel rear camera. It has the ability to take panoramic pictures either horizontally or vertically, which could come in pretty handy. It also has an "all-focus" feature that can adjust a picture's focus even after the photo has been taken. This is one of the phone's coolest features.

If you are also concerned with customization, let it be known that right out of the box you can download 30 different themes for the phone. They are also going to keep putting out different downloadable themes which is cool. You can also change the transparency of each window. You can customize your smartphone experience in just about every way and make it into a phone that is yours and yours alone.

The Ascend G7 is going to launch later this year, probably in time for the holidays. There hasn't been an official word yet on if it will be available in the states or not. But it is a sure thing that the phone is in fact compatible with all US carriers. So, it's safe to assume that there will be plenty to go around here in the USA.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Are You The Traveling Business Type? Acer Might Have Something Just For You

When you have to take a business trip, or take any type of business on the road, the stress can be overbearing at times. Between making sure that you're travel times are adhered to and making sure you don't mess up your presentation, there's a lot to worry about. The last thing that you want to add to your list of things to deal with is your technology not being able to perform up to the level that you need it to. When you go to start your presentation, you don't want to have a device that can't give you what you need. As good as our technology is today, it still feels impossible to find a device that can actually stay alive for longer than 2 hours. All of the devices are nice when you get them, but as time goes on, they tend to last for about 30 minutes without dying.

Luckily Acer has just given hope to those who need a laptop that can stay alive more than long enough to get the job done.

1 Charge, 13 Hours
While tablets have been the way that technology seems to be headed, you just cant beat the use and responsiveness of a keyboard. Tablets may look sleek and perform very well, but that doesn't mean that the laptop is down for the count, Acer has made sure of that. Recently Acer has been doing very well in the classroom market. The new Acer Chromebook 13 definitely is definitely giving users the power that they need. You need a long lasting laptop? How does 13 hours of battery life sound to you? From just one charge! Now mind you that this claim hasn't been completely proven, but due to the technology that Acer is using under their hood, they just might be able to prove that claim to be true.

Props To Nvidia
For anyone that's a techie, you're probably familiar with the fact that Nvidia definitely has a huge following, especially for graphics cards. Nvidia CPU's and GPU's have been known to put out quite a lot of power. They've lent this power to the new Acer Chromebook 13. The new Chromebook is working with an Nvidia quad core Tegra K-1 CPU. This particular chip can tackle just about any type of gaming graphic you can throw at it and then some. While you may not be using it for gaming purposes, the fact that it can process a lot of graphics programming and effects at one time just shows how power the CPU actually is, and how powerful it makes this new notebook. The fact that the OS on the new laptop is basically the Chrome browser makes it easier on the CPU as well, and will definitely help out with the battery life.

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Lookout MacBook Air
The MacBook Air has been known to not only be powerful, but also be very light and sleek. Well, Acer has made their own version essentially. The Chromebook 13 is only 1 millimeter thicker than the Air, and with a price range geared more towards the cheaper side, definitely affordable. The new Chromebook has the potential to completely outshine the Air in terms of classroom sales. The addition of the powerful CPU from Nvidia coupled with the long battery life and thin design already make for a very nice laptop from Acer. The $297 price tag is just the icing on the cake.

Whether this particular notebook was made for the classroom, or the businessman on the go, this is definitely one of the best, if not the best Chromebook to come out now. To pay such a cheap price and get a sleek design, Nvidia CPU, and long battery life to go with it, this is definitely a perfect asset for business on the go, or the traveling student.


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