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When someone says table, you think of the iPad. It is the first table computer that actually works. The iPad 2 is a suitabale successor to the original iPad.
The iPad 2 improves on the original iPad with a better design. Keeping the same size but softening the edges with a curved design make the iPad 2 easier to hold and the flat back makes it better to place on a table.
The iPad 2 introduces the use of the Smart Covers. The Smart Cover is a foldable cover for the iPad that doubles as a stand and protective cover for the iPad. The party trick is the magnetic Wake and Sleep function that is built in to these covers.
The iPad is truly a revolutionary product that allows the user to carry their life around with them. They can use the iPad for work or play. The iPads screen is large enough to watch movies or Tv series. it is clear enough to read books, news papers or magazines. It is the ultimate consumption device.
The Big Brother
the New iPad has also been announced this year and boasts a faster processor and Retina display. If you were to buy an iPad now, this would be the one to get.
Rumors and Speculation
There have been some rumors of a 7 inch version of the iPad. Dubbed by the internets as the iPad Mini. We may see this before the end of 2012 or early 2013 along side an iPad Refresh.
I've had a range of iPhones and the iPhone 5 is just great. Yes it maybe just a spec bump with minimal new designs but instead of thinking of the iPhone 5 and a new iPhone, think of it as a polished iPhone 4/4s. In terms of looks, specs and just about everything else the iPhone 5 is miles ahead of the rest of the iPhone family.
Typical Good Looks
The iPhone 5 looks very similar to the iPhone 4/4s apart from the size. The phone is taller to accomodate the bigger screen. But not that much taller becasue the top and bottom bands have been made smaller so it does not feel that much bigger. The thickness of the iPhone 5 is amazing as is the weight. It is really slim and light. It makes the already light iPhone 4 seem heavy and fat in comparison. The new metal finish on the back reminds me of the original iPhone. It is really sleek and nice to touch but a tad slippery. easily solved by adding a case but it should get better over time as it starts to ware.
Bigger and Better Screen
The new bigger 4 inch screen retains the Retina display and the quality of the screen feels so much better over the iPhone 4. The colours seem sharper and brighter when compared to the iPhone 4 at the same brightness. The extra real estate is a plus, its nice to have and make using the phone better in portrait mode when SMSing or using the email client since I can see more. Using it in landscape mode is about the same as before. watching movies in lanscape mode is just perfect, since it has nearly a 16:9 aspect ration which reduces the letterbox effect of the old iPhone.
The speed of the iPhone is really something to note. I;ve has the iPhone 4 and i thought it was quick. Apps loaded up fast and performed quite well. But ever since I used the same apps on the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4 looks sluggish. Apps open as soon as you tap it with minimal loading time. Apps like Fieldrunners 2 that usually took some time to load up on the iPhone 4 loads up in less that half the time on the iPhone 5.
So far after 2 weeks of using the iPhone 5. i have not had any problems with the battery life. It charges up quickly and I have about 50% left at the end of the day. I could use it for 2 days without charging if i was careful with the battery. That is more than most phones in this category.
As always there are some niggles with gadgets and the iPhone 5 is no different. The Earphone jack is not at the bottom of the phone. so its something that you will need to get used to. The Apple Maps is basically rubbish. Not totally unusable but I would not rely on it. Get some alternatives from the app store. most of the apps still have the iPhone 4/4s resolution and aspect ratio so these apps will run in a letterbox mode.
Apart from that, This phone is truly the bet iPhone so far. with time it can only get better.
I was one of the crazy people who queued for the iPhone 4 the day it was release. I queued for about 3 hours and it was definitely worth the wait. When i first used this phone, I saw the difference in speed immediately when compared to my old iPhone 3g. Thie iPhone 4 was just so much more faster and responsive and just all round quick! The screen was also truly amazing as I have never seen anything so clear and precise. Needless to say I was blown away.
Now, 1 year after owning and using the iPhone 4, I am still as happy as ever. It still runs like clockwork and is still as quick and responsive as the first day I got it. I have also upgraded to iOS 5 and did not experience the massive slow down that the iPhone 3g suffered from when upgrading from iOS 3 to iOS 4.
The only thing i have noticed which is different is the battery life. I do notice that it does seem to have shortened slightly. Usually i end up with %50 at the end of a day but now I get %45 at the end of each day. So it could just be battery wear and tear or iOS 5 seems to drain the battery a bit more that before. Either way, it lasts me a full day of use and I am fine with that.
Overall, i am an extremely happy user of the iPhone 4 and would definitely recommend it to anyone who want to get an iPhone. But its better to get the latest model which is the iPhone 4s.
The Klipsch S4i is a great set of earphones that produces clear sound and works very well with the iPhone. The other reviewers have all said that it is a good pair of earphones that provide good sound. So I will not go into details regarding this.
What I will review is the Microphone, Build Quality and Comfort.
The microphone is very receptive, but sometimes it is too receptive and does not pick up your voice very well. This could be the position of the microphone which is on play/volume controls that usually hangs below your next. But, I tried to hold it in front of my mouth and speak clearly and according to some callers on the other end, my voice sounds far away and very soft. So as a hands-free set it doesn't always work well. Probably about 405 of the time I have to unplug the earphones and speak normally.
The Comfort of the S4i is decent but users with big ear holes will find the in-ear buds not really suitable as they don't really fit. This has caused me to resort to aftermarket foam tips from Comply. This has produces a better seal for me and it is much more comfortable. The ear-buds are very light and you do not really feel it and the cord is well made and does not produce the amplified rustling noise that some other earphones produce.
The Build Quality of the S4i is dependant on when it was made. I know this because i bought my first pair a year and a half ago about a year into use, the rubber covers joining the cable to the ear buds had started to split and loosen and the cable between the jack has started to wear due to the cable rubbing against the hard rubber jack edge causing the left ear-bud to stop working. But Klispch Customer Service was excellent and they said that they have a deal with Amazon and they will replace the earphones with a new pair asap. Have now used the new pair for 6 months and I am very happy with them as they have fixed the problems with the older version. The join between the ear-buds and cable is firmer and looks more durable and the join between the jack and the cable is now a soft flexible rubber that should prevent any cable wear.
Overall I am happy with these earphones because there are not many that can be found to produce good sound and work well with the iPhone for the price. Also, their customer service is very good and I will likely buy from Klipsch again due to this fact.
Was looking for a good camera to go on holiday with and take some really good pictures. Looked at quite a few point and shoots and a few DSLRs but found both types were not to my liking. The point and shoots did not have many features and controls. The DSLRs were way to expensive and too complicated. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found this camera on some camera website and they described it as the best of both worlds. It have the body and functions of a DSLR but much smaller and cheaper. It is also is easy to use like a point and shoot and quite similarly priced.
When I received it, i was surprised to find that it was not as big as I had initially thought. It was also quite light and well shaped. I could quite easily use 1 hand to fiddle with the controls and take a picture. The picture quality is just great in daylight but like most cameras, you need a steady hand when taking pictures in low light conditions. Though the built is auto steady feature is so good that the majority of my low light pictures turned out ok. And if you fiddle with the settings and increase the shutter speed, you can get quite good pictures at night.
The video taking capabilities of the camera is pretty good. Image quality is great and crisp at 720p and the sound quality from the dual microphones give is great. But you will need to convert the video files to another format if you want to share it with others as the .mts format adopted by panasonic is not widely used.
Battery life is truly incredible, with it lasting over 3 days of my holiday without needing to be recharged (I think I took about 1000 photos but did not take many with the flash so that is probably why it lasted so long)
Overall, I am very satisfied with this camera and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new camera.
Now, please do not take me as an Apple fanboy just hyping up Apple products. I will admit that I do own a few of their devices but I do try to be fair when giving a review.
I bought my Macbook Pro 15 (2011 Model) earlier this year around June and have now owned it for roughly 5 months. After extensive daily use, I have come to find that it is the best laptop I have ever owned. My previous laptops were Windows laptops from Dell and Acer.
The first thing to note about the Macbook Pro is the design, It looks like all the previous models but it is very well made and looks great. After 5 months of use, the keyboard is working perfectly, the aluminium finish has not discoloured and it is easily scratched (I say not easily scratched because my metal watch keeps rubbing over it and nothing has happened so far).
The next thing it the operating system and the hard ware. OSX is a breeze to use even though I have been using Windows for most of my life. Transferring files over is not as difficult as it may seem because OSX can read Windows formatted hard drives. The multitouch gestures on the mouse pad it truly amazing and nothing I have ever used even comes remotely close to it. The speed of the machine is very very good. I've had a large number of applications running and the Macbook Pro handles it perfectly fine. Also notable is the battery life of the laptop, I have managed 4 hours of actual use (This includes internet surfing with the music playing in the background at half volume and about half brightness and the backlit keyboard turned off.)
The only downside that I have found is the heat. The fan comes on quite frequently and the Macbook does get quite hot. Prolonged use on your lap may start to get uncomfortable. The Macbook Pro is also very expensive so it will be out of reach for most consumers. But if you can afford it, there is truly no other laptop that can beat it at that price.
I bought this 2 TB External hard drive from Seagate mainly to use at work. I used it to back up large files at work.
The initial set up was very easy. I only had to plug it in and it worked out of the box. It was already formatted to work with a Windows Machine. The first file transfers were a breeze. Not very quick but that it to be expected for the 5900 RPM Hard Drive it has. Over the course of a day, I managed to transfer over nearly 1 TB of files. I was very happy with the way it was working but soon after a few weeks, some problems started to occur...
Problem 1, the hard drive would 'unmount' it self and Windows would find it again 30 seconds later and annoy me with a pop up asking what I want to do with the files it has found on the External Drive. This happened about 4 times in a working day. So I decided to just unplug it and turn it off until I needed it again.
Problem 2, this problem is an extension of problem 1. When I had large files or many large files to transfer over, the External Drive occasionally unmounted it self mid way through a transfer. This has only happened about 5 times so far. To fix this, i may need to reformat the drive and start again.
So, I would recommend this drive but i would suggest maybe doing your own formatting first before you start to use it.