Motorola DROID 4 Review by

  • February 17, 2012
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It’s almost like every single week brings us a new Android phone, and companies are constantly clamoring the latest release on their network. But this month a fairly interesting device arrived at Verizon stores, and that’s the Motorola DROID 4. This is an interesting release because it’s both LTE and has a QWERTY keyboard, which makes it unique in two different ways. Will Android fans like the new design, or the features of this new phone? Let’s find out in this Motorola DROID 4 review.

The first thing you can notice about the exterior of the Motorola DROID 4 is the shape. It’s similar to other Motorola smartphones, but unlike previous ones, the DROID 4 has rounded corners, making it look more modern and less of a square phone. While the size is fairly comparable to other Android phones, the thickness is not, and that’s because of the sliding keyboard you can find on this model. There’s no question that this is a phone for those who like to have access to a QWERTY keyboard, and while you do give up on the thickness of the device, what you get is a wonderful addition. The keyboard itself has large, very nice back lit keys that are easy to use, and is one of the more well done phone keyboards out there. If you text a lot or use the keyboard a lot then this will be a definite plus. Other hardware features you can find on this device includes a dual core processor which means interacting with the phone feels quick and snappy, an 8 MPx camera which takes decent pictures and full HD videos, along with a micro SD slot and HDMI connector.

The phone supports LTE along with typical Verizon frequencies, however it’s not a world phone and does not support GSM. Also on the negatives, the screen is QHD, not Super AMOLED, and you do see a difference in clarity with phones who do have the superior display. Finally, the back cover can be hard to remove, which can be a concern if you like to carry multiple batteries. However, when it comes to the software side, it’s mostly good news. The Moto Blur interface is fairly unobtrusive, and some of the included apps like Quick Office can be useful to open Word documents and such. The OS version is Gingerbread, but Verizon says they will upgrade it to the latest Android version. Finally, the battery life on this device is fairly good, usually lasting you a day with moderate usage, which is typical of Android devices.

Overall, if you’re on Verzion, then this is definitively a device to consider. The keyboard alone makes this a must have for anyone who really likes having a physical keyboard over the onscreen one, although if this isn’t important for you, then sacrificing the size or the screen quality may not be something you want to do. The Motorola DROID 4 is a decent release and available at Verizon stores now.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Is Here – Review of the BlackBerry PlayBook

  • April 27, 2011
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BlackBerry PlayBook Is Here – Review of the BlackBerry PlayBook

It seems like forever, but the Blackberry PlayBook is finally here and luckily it doesn’t disappoint. To some people, it seem like an unusual selection for RIM’s recent attempt at providing a tablet with the words play and book together, because at its core this runs perhaps the most hardcore and user friendly operating systems. Of course, the operating system is QNX and the BlackBerry PlayBook is the hardware. This is a business friendly offering which is out to take over the consumer tablet scene, looking to follow the path of BlackBerry handsets which have lined the pockets of executives in the corporate world and BBM fans worldwide.  Here is my brief review of the Blackberry PlayBook.

This is a serious tablet in comparison to the competing software from Google and Apple. Although it has games, the biggest strengths of the device are somewhat boring i.e. more business oriented. For instance, it can do an excellent job when it comes to showing PowerPoint presentations, plus it offers the security chops needed to keep the dismal sale figures in the last quarter from slipping into the wrong hands. Even though this is not really exciting stuff, there are certainly useful features. Regardless if you find those boring or intriguing, this is still RIM’s 7 inch Flash; 3G lacking tablet in an unassuming yet very stylish exterior. You are more likely to be disappointed with whatever is running at the rear of the glass. This PlayBook with angular corners and dark design seems extremely nondescript, which is more prone to open a wormhole on another planet than to leap into consumers hands at store. The framework is cool metal, very slightly rubberized with squared off edges and there is hardly any give or flex anywhere. The device feels completely solid and will not give in to any contortions, even though it is only 0.4 inches thick. At just 0.9 pounds, this is significantly lighter in weight, but somewhat heavier than Galaxy .83 pound Tablet. There is an ongoing debate about the ideal size for a tablet, but it’s safe to say that the smaller factors give a device which is comfortable to travel with. This light weight definitely makes it much simpler for reading and the hand-friendly size will make it more convenient to carry. The size and the dark color help to make this slate a little less obvious when compared to the competition and this could be regarded as a part of its subtle charm. Blackberry PlayBook has four buttons on the top with physical controls for volume up/down, small power button and play/pause. The power is extremely hard to find if you are feeling for it and once it’s located it will be difficult to switch on. You cannot actually hit it without having to use your fingernail and you are required to use a lot pressure even then.

Even though the Blackberry PlayBook has a few drawbacks it’s a solid performer that competes very well with the Apple iPad.

iPad Review Video, Apps, and My Thoughts

I got my hands on the iPad this Sat. and first impression is this is an amazing little device. 2nd reaction that came a little later to me is this is primarily a content consumption device. Surfing the web gets really frustrating when you run into the fact the Apple iPad doesn’t support flash. Do you know how frustrating this becomes when surfing the web? What was Apple thinking? This makes the iPad junk in my opinion. 2nd where do I put the my SD cards from my digital camera? Oh I know, Apple decided not to include a SD slot in the iPad. Also, the minute you hook up the iPad to your computer’s USB port it wants to sync with iTunes and then asks you to create an Apple account. I absolutely hate this kind of control. May be some people like the walled garden experience, but personally I think it gets old fast. Where the iPad excels is watching video, surfing the web specifically browsing news, and streaming NetFlix. The iPad as far an I can tell is an entertainment consumption device. Sometimes I feel it’s sad that the technology industry today keeps coming up with new devices that feed us the same content movies, music, web, and news. How many more places do I need to watch video, browse news, or play video games? Do I really have to be entertained to this extent at all times? I’ll pass on the iPad, but that doesn’t mean I think it won’t be hugely successful. I think of Apple users like hipsters carrying around an iPad to them is a fashion statement. Just as carrying around a cup of Starbucks was about 10-15 years ago. Apple users see themselves as apart of a club that somehow is just a little better than everyone else. With the iPad fashion definitely comes before function. iPad’s fashionable function = consuming.






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