Category Archives: Reviews

Updates to come!!

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

MD500 Tablet – iPad Enemy?

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?

Apple IPAD Release Date

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! 😛

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

Netflix Roku Instant Movie Box

 

Netflix has really outdone themselves on this one. Now you can watch movies on demand with this little lovely device.  No more trips to the movie store to pick or return.  You don’t have to wait for one in the mail either.  You simply pick any one of their mail plans as low as $8.99 a month and get 1 DVD at a time through the mail and have access to thousands of movies to watch on your computer instantly or if you buy the box you can watch them on your TV.  The box is only $99.00.  They are also coming up with a blue-ray DVD player that will allow you to do this this fall.  The Xbox 360 will also have this same capability this fall as well.  The nice thing is that it still cost only $8.99 a month for this service.  Their selection for instant movies on this box is over 12,000 movies and television series.  They do not have the new releases available though so you will have to rely on the mail service for that.  There is enough to make you happy.  I personally love it because I usually always watch movies instead of having to rely on what is on TV.  You can pause, rewind, fast forward, scene select and have it remember where you left off at.  All you have to do is add all the movies you want to the instant viewing list and it will appear on your TV screen.  You have to have a wireless connection in your house or a access to a lan cable to make it work.  The setup is very easy too.  It simply walks you through the process and only takes a few minutes.  The box also has HDMI connections in the back in case you have a LCD or Plasma instead of of a standard TV.  It will work on any TV.  The quality is really good and it doesn’t have a hard drive so you don’t need to worry about storage.  I never understood why anyone would want to buy these movies and store them when you have unlimited access to any of them instantly on your TV.  The quality varies upon the internet connection you have.  It will automatically adjust it based on your connnection.  Most of them hav been pretty clear ranging from Standard to DVD quality.  I am sure they are working on improving that as well.  I also like the fact that the box is very small and comes with a simple remote instead of one of those complicated ones we are so used to dealing with.  Overall, this is definately worth it if you like to watch a lot of movies or want to catch up on some old series from the original Incredible hulk to The office or Dr. Who.  There are so many movies too!  I would definately recommend it as a “Gadget to Get”!  Goto http://www.netflix.com/NetflixReadyDevices?lnkctr=mfNFRD&lnkce=nrdfm&trkid=438224 to find out more.  Thanks! 

Slingbox AV

This is awesome!  I only wish I would have tried the HD box to see if the quality was any better.   It may also be that because I have the middle grade high speed internet that it is not as good as it could be.  The quality is decent enough to watch though.  The controls are a little slow and annoying but for the most part…it does what its says it will do.  It is really cool to be able to watch and control your own TV including DVR recorded shows from any computer with high speed internet.  Let’s say you are on a trip somewhere and your kids are bored in the hotel.  Flip open your laptop and have them watch your programming from home or a recorded “Hannah Montana” show.   Maybe you are a business traveler and you want to watch the superbowl in China.  You can with this little nifty device and the cool thing is that there is no monthly fee. You can also purchase “slingplayer mobile” and watch it on your phone or pocket PC.  I recently discovered that Echostar purchased slingmedia so I am a little afraid they might try charging for the service soon…Let’s hope not. 

GadgetToGet:  Yes!  I have seen these going for as low as $99.00.  It is definately worth it.  Go to Slingmedia.com to find out more for sample videos…

Sceptre X20WG-1080P 20.1″ 5ms(GTG) Monitor

Pros:

I really love the widescreen.  It is awesome for watching football games(using slingbox) and checking out my fantasy points on the other half.  I also like the fact that the viewing angle is pretty decent too.  The screen is adjustable too.  I have to buy a DVI cable to be really fair on the overall picture quality.  Check back later for the results.

Cons

The 20.1″ Sceptre X20WG-1080P Monitor has been a big disappointment for me.  The built speakers have a constant hum or buzz the entire time you have them on.  I finally unplugged them and went back to my old pair of speakers.  Problem solved.  The control buttons are on the bottom of the screen and very difficult to use or see.  It is just a luck and guessing game.  So far I have only used it with the VGA cable and am not very impressed with the overall quality.  I just purchased the DVI adapter and hardly noticed any difference…. 🙁

GadgetToGet: For an average picture…I would say yes…I honestly think there are better deals out ther but they may cost a few dollars more..