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Written by itsbigbigworld on August 13th, 2011

Sorry I have neglected this site for so long.  I will try and get some new material on here as soon as I can.  Thanks for stopping by!  I am going to review some items I own first to give an honest long term ownership experience.

Sprint Service/WIMAX

 

 

Nexus S 4G

LG 47LW5600

Logitech Revue  Google TV

Roku

Acer Iconia 500 Tablet

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is coming!!!

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 15th, 2011

I have owned many Sidekicks.  This is by far the best line of phones I have ever come by when it comes down to texting and typing on a qwerty keyboard.  It was always a solid design and far less quirky problems that we have today like freezes, resets and delays.  I hope they keep some of it’s originality.

Original Press Release:

T-Mobile Sidekick Is Reborn

New Sidekick 4G is a Lightning-Fast and Stylish Communication Hub, Delivering Evolved Messaging and Entertainment at 4G Speeds

BELLEVUE, Wash., and DALLAS – March 15, 2011 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.,1 today unveiled the new T-Mobile Sidekick® 4GTM by Samsung. The new AndroidTM-powered smartphone pays tribute to its heritage with its stylish good looks and a killer keyboard while redefining messaging and upgrading to 4G speeds. One of T-Mobile’s fastest smartphones running on America’s Largest 4G NetworkTM, the new Sidekick 4G is capable of delivering theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

The T-Mobile Sidekick has long been known for its innovative and distinctive design, and the Sidekick 4G does not disappoint. The 3.5-inch display marks the first Sidekick to feature a touch screen and its sturdy “pop-tilt” hinge reveals the previously acclaimed, five-row QWERTY keyboard that has long been a Sidekick hallmark and the reason behind its status as an exceptional messaging device.

The new Sidekick 4G leverages its quality keyboard along with Sidekick Group TextTM and Cloud TextTM to redefine messaging. Sidekick’s Group Text feature lets customers create, name, manage and participate in reply-all group text conversations, enabling them to lead their network in conversation and social planning. Group Text breathes new life into one of the most popular forms of messaging allowing Sidekick 4G customers to initiate and share the benefit of the application with SMS-capable devices from flip phones to smartphones. In addition, Cloud Text provides the option to text with friends or groups across platforms, whether from the comfort of their PC’s large screen and keyboard, or from their new Sidekick 4G.

“Backed by the faster speeds on T-Mobile’s 4G network, the new Sidekick 4G offers customers both speed and style,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “We’ve reinvented the messaging experience that made the Sidekick such an iconic device, and supercharged it with communication and entertainment experiences that take full advantage of our 4G network.”

Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile, said, “We are proud that T-Mobile selected Samsung to help create the next-generation Sidekick and carry the iconic Sidekick brand and device to the next level. Samsung redesigned the new Sidekick 4G with our best-in-class hardware, combined with T-Mobile’s 4G network speeds, the Android operating system, and unique messaging and entertainment features, to make this a perfect match for both loyal Sidekick fans and new Sidekick owners.”

The new Sidekick 4G also comes preloaded with Facebook® and TwitterTM applications, and provides easy interaction with customers’ social networks by allowing them to update their status from the notification pane and browse their feeds from the home screen. They have the ability to sync their social network contacts to the phone’s address book, which lets them post to their friends’ walls or comment on their status. And multitasking is easier than ever with the Sidekick 4G’s jump key, an easy-to-access physical button that enables customers to quickly switch between active applications, even during a phone call, or assign keyboard shortcuts to their favorite functions or applications.

In addition to a communication hub, the new Sidekick 4G is now an entertainment hub. With speeds as fast as home broadband, enjoying a favorite TV show or surfing the Web on the go is a breeze. Sidekick’s Media Room features one place to enjoy music, videos, movies, YouTube®, T-Mobile TV® and Slacker Radio, and to search for content regardless of the source. The integrated media player, also accessible through the Media Room, spans across all media including music, video and Internet radio. Customers also have the option to rent or purchase their favorite movies and TV programs directly from the Samsung Media Hub, which offers a robust collection of movie and next-day TV show titles from CBS, Fox, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Customers now have the option to place Media Hub charges directly to their monthly T-Mobile service bill.

Complementing the messaging communication features, the new Sidekick 4G is equipped with a VGA front-facing camera and pre-installed T-Mobile Video Chat powered by QikTM, to ensure you are always present with your social circle. Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) and a speedy 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, so consumers can keep up with their favorite blogs while on the move, search for the must-try dinner spots and map the way to their next destination – all at blazing fast speeds. The new smartphone will also offer dynamic media features and integrated GoogleTM services, including GmailTM, Google MapsTM and access to thousands of applications on Android MarketTM.

The new Sidekick 4G also comes equipped with DriveSmartTM from T-Mobile, a first-of-its kind service from a U.S. carrier, that helps prevent distracted driving. When initiated, DriveSmart Basic provides automatic incoming call and message management, sending a customizable note to callers and senders, letting them know that the recipient is driving and will respond when it’s safe. DriveSmart Plus offers the same functionality, with the added capability to automatically activate when the handset is in a moving vehicle, as well as advanced parental controls for enhanced peace of mind when teen drivers are behind the wheel.

Offered exclusively to T-Mobile customers, the new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is expected to be available later this spring in two stylish colors – matte black or pearl magenta. Customers can visit http://sidekick.t-mobile.com/ for more information.

Source: T-Mobile

Apple iPad2 vs Motorola Xoom vs HP TouchPad vs Blackberry Playbook

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 3rd, 2011
Apple
iPad 2

Motorola
Xoom

HP
TouchPad

BlackBerry
PlayBook

Platform iOS 4.3 Android 3.0 webOS 3.0 BB Tablet OS (QNX)
Display 9.7-inch
LED-backlit IPS LCD
10.1-inch 9.7-inch 7-inch LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1024 x 768 1024 x 600
Processor 1GHz dual-core
Apple A5
1GHz dual-core
NVIDIA Tegra 2
1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz dual-core Cortex-A9
Memory ? 1GB RAM 1GB RAM 1GB RAM
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 32GB 16GB / 32GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Front camera VGA 2 megapixel 1.3 megapixel 3 megapixel
Rear camera 720 / 30p video 5 megapixel AF with dual-LED flash,
720 / 30p video
none 5 megapixel,
720p video
Cellular radio Quadband HSPA or
CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A
3G with free upgrade to 4G LTE 3G and 4G 3G and 4G
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
Battery 25Wh 6,500mAh 6,300 mAh 5,300 mAh
Thickness 8.8mm 12.7mm 13.7mm 10mm
Weight 601g (WiFi),
607g (Verizon),
613g (AT&T)
725g 740g 425g

Source: Engadget

Below is the difference between the old iPad and the new iPad2

iPad
iPad 2
Display 9.7-inch
LED-backlit IPS LCD
9.7-inch
LED-backlit IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768
Processor 1GHz Apple A4 1GHz dual-core Apple A5
Graphics PowerVR SGX 535 ?
Memory 256MB RAM ?
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Front camera none VGA
Rear camera none 720p
Cellular radio EDGE plus triband HSPA EDGE plus quadband HSPA or
CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis
Gyroscope No 3-axis
Thickness 13.4mm 8.8mm
Weight 680g (WiFi),
730g (WiFi + 3G)
601g (WiFi),
607g (Verizon),
613g (AT&T)

Sony Makes Fun Of Wii and XBOX 360

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 18th, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0puP8nrIU8&feature=player_embedded

The new Playstation Move Commercial using Kevin Butler makes fun of the Wii controllers and Xbox 360 Project Natal.

MD500 Tablet – iPad Enemy?

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 11th, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXmWFn2m4Rk&feature=player_embedded

Android device with a 4.8-inch, 800 x 480 screen with an ARM Rockchip based Processor that is supposed to “play any codec”….Going anywhere from $92.00 to $120….Much cheaper then an Apple iPad…that is for sure…What’s your take?

PrimeSense = Microsoft Project Natal????

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 11th, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzLKsex43zI

Is it just me or does this nearly duplicate Microsoft’s Project Natal???  It is pretty cool technology that won’t need an Xbox….  You simply have to love how fast technology is moving… :)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2qlHoxPioM

Verizon Wooed Skype

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 10th, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhBfA2rkZvM&feature=player_embedded

Call anywhere to anyone in the world for free!(With Verizon Wireless Phone and Data Service along with a Free Skyp App).  You can send unlimited messages too…Even have multiple conversations at once.  Check out the video for more details. :)

Happy Hour Watch Opens Bottles

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 10th, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khKEdkKgSwg&feature=player_embedded

Need a Beer or Soda Bottle opened?  Use your Watch!  And you thought you have seen it all… :P

Laser Pico Projector from Microvision

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 8th, 2010
How about a portable projector for your iphone???  From $549 to $999…Buy today…Ships on March 24th, 2010…http://www.microvision.com/showwx/how_to_buy.html

It’s here. The world’s first laser pico projector.

Amplify yourself with the SHOWWX laser pico projector. The SHOWWX projects big,
bright, and colorful images that are always in focus, yet it is small enough to fit
in your pocket.

Connect the SHOWWX to a video output-capable device to spontaneously share
photos and videos, presentations and more, for a big screen experience.

Features:

  • Always in focus: you never, ever have to adjust focus
  • Sharp and clear images on any surface from 6 inches or less to 200 inches or more
  • Rich and vivid laser colors amplify your photos, videos and presentations
  • Wide projection angle delivers a big image (1:1 throw ratio)
  • High resolution (WVGA 848×480) brings out every detail
  • Widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio enables you to experience content
    the way it was meant to be
  • Sleek contours feel great in your hand; slim enough to put in your pocket
  • Plug-n-play compatibility enables quick and easy operation with your device
  • Movie-capable battery that lasts 90-120 minutes on a single charge

User Buttons

User Buttons

Battery and power

  • User replaceable battery
  • Approximately 90-120 minutes of battery life when fully charged 2
  • Charges via Micro-USB with wall charger

in the box

  • SHOWWX laser pico projector
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Wall charger
  • Cable for iPod
  • Composite adapter
  • Storage pouch
  • Micro-USB cable
  • Wrist strap
  • User guide

Display performance

Display Performance

  • Resolution: WVGA (848 x 480)
  • Brightness: 10 Lumens
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz (nominal)
  • Color Gamut: > 200% NTSC
  • Contrast Ratio: > 5,000:1
  • Throw Ratio: 1:1 (projection distance/image diagonal)
  • Image size: 150 mm to 2500 mm (6 in to 100 in)
  • Projection Distance: 150 mm to
    2500 mm (6 in to 100 in)
  • Focus: No user focus adjustment needed. Image is always in focus, even on curved surfaces
  • Regulatory: Class 2 laser product.1

Size and weight

Size

  • Height: 14 mm (.55 in)
  • Width: 60 mm (2.36 in)
  • Length: 118 mm (4.64 in)
  • Weight (with battery): 122 g
    (4.3 oz)

Connectivity and audio

SHOWWX and iPod touch

  • Easy and simple plug and play
  • Connects to most iPod devices with a single cable
  • Composite adapter to other TV-out devices via a dedicated adapter cable
  • VGA dock to most laptops, netbooks and Macbook via the VGA DOCK (sold separately)
  • 3.5mm stereo jack – audio pass through when supplied

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDm02QJ-D7Y[/youtube]

Apple IPAD Release Date

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 5th, 2010

Coming soon:

The Apple iPAD(Giant iPhone) will start taking pre-orders on March 12th 2010…..and seems like it will be ready on April 3rd 2010 from the source itself….http://www.apple.com/ipad

I still think $499 is a bit steep…..but for those that want to stay with the latest trend…here you have it! :P

Safari

The large Multi-Touch screen on iPad lets you see web pages as they were meant to be seen — one page at a time. With vibrant color and sharp text. So whether you’re looking at a page in portrait or landscape, you can see everything at a size that’s actually readable. And with iPad, navigating the web has never been easier or more intuitive. Because you use the most natural pointing device there is: your finger. Scroll through a page just by flicking your finger up or down on the screen. Or pinch to zoom in or out on a photo. There’s also a thumbnail view that shows all your open pages in a grid, to let you quickly move from one page to the next.

Mail

See and touch your email in ways you never could before. In landscape, you get a split-screen view showing both an opened email and the messages in your inbox. To see the opened email by itself, turn iPad to portrait, and the email automatically rotates and fills the screen. No matter which orientation you use, you can scroll through your mail, compose a new email using the large, onscreen keyboard, or delete messages with nothing more than a tap and a flick. If someone emails you a photo, you can see it right in the message. You can also save the photos in an email directly to the built-in Photos app. And iPad works with all the most popular email providers, including MobileMe, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, and AOL.

Photos

With its crisp, vibrant display and unique software features, iPad is an extraordinary way to enjoy and share your photos. For example, the Photos app displays the photos in an album as though they were in a stack. Just tap the stack, and the whole album opens up. From there, you can flip through your pictures, zoom in or out, or watch a slideshow. You can even use your iPad as a beautiful digital photo frame while it’s docked or charging. And there are lots of ways to import photos: You can sync them from your computer, download them from an email, or import them directly from your camera using the optional Camera Connection Kit.

Video

The large, high-resolution screen makes iPad perfect for watching any kind of video: from HD movies and TV shows to podcasts and music videos. Switch between widescreen and full screen with a double-tap. Because iPad is essentially one big screen, with no distracting keypad or buttons, you feel completely immersed in whatever you’re watching.

YouTube

The YouTube app organizes videos so they’re easy to see and navigate. To watch one, just tap it. When you’re watching in landscape, the video automatically plays in full screen. And with its high-resolution display, iPad makes the latest HD YouTube videos look positively amazing.

iPod

With the iPod app, all your music is literally at your fingertips. Browse by album, song, artist, or genre with a simple flick. To play a song, just tap it. iPad even displays album art at full size. Listen to your music with the powerful built-in speaker or with wired or Bluetooth wireless headphones.

iTunes

A tap of the iTunes icon lets you browse and buy music, TV shows, and podcasts — or buy and rent movies — wirelessly, right from your iPad. Choose from thousands of movies and TV shows (in both standard and high definition), along with thousands of podcasts and millions of songs. Preview songs before you buy them. Or just sync iPad with the content you already have in your iTunes library on your Mac or PC.

App Store

iPad runs almost 150,000 apps from the App Store. Everything from games to business apps and more. And new apps designed specifically for iPad are highlighted, so you can easily find the ones that take full advantage of its features. Just tap the App Store icon on the screen to browse, buy, and download apps wirelessly, right to the iPad.

iBooks

The iBooks app is a great new way to read and buy books.1Download the free app from the App Store and buy everything from classics to best sellers from the built-in iBookstore. Once you’ve bought a book, it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. The high-resolution, LED-backlit screen displays everything in sharp, rich color, so it’s easy to read, even in low light.

Maps

Finding your way is a completely new experience on iPad. Tap to view maps from above with high-resolution satellite imagery, up close with street view, or with topography in a new terrain view — all using Google Services. Search for a nearby restaurant or landmark, then get directions from your current location.

Notes

With its expansive display and large, onscreen keyboard, iPad makes jotting down notes easy. In landscape view, you see not only a note-taking page but a list of all your notes. iPad even circles the current note in red, so you can see where you are at a glance.

Calendar

iPad makes it easy to stay on schedule by displaying day, week, month, or list views of your calendar. You can see an overview of a whole month or the details of a single day. iPad even shows multiple calendars at once, so you can manage work and family schedules at the same time.

Contacts

The Contacts app on iPad makes finding names, numbers, and other important information quicker and easier than ever before. A new view lets you see both your complete contacts list and a single contact simultaneously. Need directions? Tap an address inside a contact and iPad automatically opens Maps.

Home Screen

The Home screen gives you one-tap access to everything on iPad. You can customize your Home screen by adding your favorite apps and websites or using your own photos as the background. And you can move apps around to arrange them in any order you want.

Spotlight Search

Spotlight Search allows you to search across iPad and all of its built-in apps, including Mail, Contacts, Calendar, iPod, and Notes. It even searches apps you’ve downloaded from the App Store. So no matter what you’re looking for, it’s never more than a few taps away.

Accessibility

iPad comes with a screen reader, support for playback of closed-captioned content, and other innovative universal access features — right out of the box. There’s no additional software to buy or install. These features make iPad easier to use for people who have a vision impairment, are deaf or hard of hearing, or have a physical or learning disability.

Source of Features: Apple.com