iPad 3 (The Verizon Version)

I had a little time with the Verizon iPad 3. This isn’t going to be a long post because everyone already knows what the iPad is and what it does.

First thing, the screen is amazing, but we all knew that, this is just about the 4G LTE, which in my area was ok, but not as fast as the phones. I was only getting about 4-5 MB down in all my speed tests. I did however find that the hotspot feature lived up to it’s hype, and could use it flawlessly for hours on end.

I don’t know if it was my area, or if the rumors that Verizon is throttling the iPad data stream, but even though I could use the hotspot feature with my Mac and iPhone connected to the iPad, the speed was still not as fast as say the Galaxy Nexus, which constantly got 20 MB download connections.

That being said, since I work in a tech industry, and rely on an always on connection to remotely connect to clients and do meetings and such, having an iPad with a cellular connection was very nice, the not so nice thing is the pricing and the data caps, I was given a tester iPad with no cap, but in two days, I’d already used more than 3 GB of data.

The 2 GB plan would be fine for most people, and granted Verizon does have a better 4G network, but you can get 3 GB for the same price from AT&T, and when they get 4G in all areas, you’ll still have the 3 GB. I am not endorsing one over the other, but I truly believe the carriers should have the same limits, or just get rid of the iPad data caps, and bring back the unlimited, which I know will never happen.

Anyway, the Verizon one ran fine on their network, data was always available when I needed it, which is a good thing.

I highly recommend if you haven’t gotten an iPad yet, this is the one to get.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review

To say I really wanted to get my hands on this phone was an understatement. I’ve been anxious to get my hands on a device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ever since they announced it. So let us begin:

The Galaxy Nexus is a fairly decent device with a 4.65-inch 720p display, a dual core GPU, but the camera is only a 5 MP sensor, and it doesn’t really take the best photos. There is a welcome addition of an LED notification light on the front of the device in the center on the bottom, it’s also an RGB light, so it’ll change colors based on the type of notification you are getting.

With Android 4.0 they’ve also decided to do away with the hardware buttons, so it’s only got a sleep/wake button and a volume rocker for hardware buttons, the rest are software based.

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Motorola Droid RAZR Review

RAZR-5374The past month I’ve had the chance to fully test the Motorola Droid RAZR. This phone is big and thin, and it’s very nice looking. I do have to say that it’s a much better phone than the Bionic, so if you have a Bionic, I’m sorry.

The phone itself is a mix of aluminum, Kevlar and Gorilla Glass. However, it may seem tough, but the back of the phone is quite slick, so I was always afraid of dropping it, and it seemed like it was just a tad too big to feel comfortable in the hand.

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Droid Bionic Review

I recently had a few weeks with the Droid Bionic and some accessories. In the spirit of full disclosure after about 4 days with the first Bionic, the device went dead because of the battery, and after a full night on the charger it wouldn’t wake up, it was totally dead. I browsed all sorts of forums and googled the issue, but no one seems to know what exactly happened. I received my second unit, and it has worked flawlessly ever since.

That being said, let’s get into the review. As usual, I’ll start with the hardware specs of the device. It packs a 1 GHz Dual core Cortex-A9, it’s got 1 GB of memory, 16 GB of storage with an included 16GB microSD card. It’s also got an 8 MP camera with LED flash and full 1080p video recording with a front facing VGA camera. It also has Verizon 4G LTE as well as wifi and the usual suspects of GPS, etc. It also does come with the latest version of Android which is Gingerbread.

One of the biggest gripes I have with this phone, even though it’s got 16GB of internal memory, roughly have of it is loaded with software you cannot delete, such as Citrix GoToMeeting, Quickoffice, VCast Music, Verizon Media Manager and Verizon Back Up Assistant, Blockbuster, MOTOPRINT, Let’s Golf 2, Zumocast and others. I can see how some people might want these, but I truly wish the carriers and manufacturers would let the consumers decide and offer them as an optional download.

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Apple’s Let’s talk iPhone Announcement

apple-iphone-event-iphone5Apple has it’s iPhone event tomorrow. It says Let’s talk iPhone, but we all expect them to announce iOS 5 and iCloud, as well as a new iPhone of some kind.

The Times to start listening and following along are:

7:00AM Hawaii

10:00AM Pacific

11:00AM Mountain

12:00PM Central

1:00PM Eastern

6:00PM London

Here are some places you can follow along.

TWiT

GDGT

Engadget

Droid Charge Review

droid-charge-mainThe Droid Charge by Samsung, is a decent Android phone, but it’s very underpowered and outdated as far as the Android software.

It has a 4.3-inch, 800×480 display, but inside it only packs a single core processor. It does seem to be somewhat responsive, but I had to kill tasks quite a bit, and it seemed to need a reboot more than any other phone I’ve used. It comes packed with GPS, WiFi and a Verizon 4G LTE radio.

If you rely on GPS and location based services, it was very slow to get my location and gather the information.

The good thing about it is the LTE service. I was very impressed by the speed, I was consistently getting 12-15 Mbps down and between 2.5-4 up.

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Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review

I have to admit that when I was offered the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for review I was pretty skeptical about another android tablet. Since I had some time with the Xoom and it was decent, but not quite ready for primetime. This device however feels a little better than the Xoom, and offers a good set of hardware.

Hardware

2It comes packed with a Tegra 2 1GHz dual core processor, sports a 1280×800 touch screen, with built in WiFi, and a 4G LTE radio. It comes with Android Honeycomb 3.1, and is a fairly fast device.

This tablet was the closest in design to the iPad 2, and it felt good to hold it, it wasn’t very heavy, and it was easy to carry around for a long time.

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HTC Trophy Review

I recently had time to look at the HTC Trophy, Verizion’s first Windows Phone 7 device. Let’s dive in:

Hardware

If you’re looking for the fastest phone, then this probably isn’t for you, but it does come with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, it sports a 3.8-inch capacitive touch screen, 802.11n Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, GPS, FM Radio. It also comes with 8 GB of fixed flash storage with 512MB ROM, and 576MB of RAM. It also has a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, and is able to take video in 720p. The bad thing is no front facing camera.

The phone is small, and it was easy to hold and use, and felt natural in the hand. The battery was good, as I could get a good 24 hours of usage out of it, and with minimal usage I could get a couple days usage.

I really liked this phone, and all in all for the people who are afraid of smartphones, this is one of the best for a beginner.

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Update To My 5 Things I Want To See In iOS 5 Post

Back in January, I wrote about five things I’d like to see in iOS 5, I thought I would update that, as the beta is out, and it’s been officially announced.

The first thing on my list was wireless syncing, this is now going to be a part of the iOS system. It works in the way that everytime you plug your phone into the wall to charge, it’ll sync with iTunes automatically. It’ll also backup to iCloud if you want it to use that instead of iTunes as a backup system.

Number two on my list was lockscreen improvements. There wasn’t really a good improvement to the lockscreen, as I would have liked to see my calendar and weather, but this also is a part of number four on my list better notifications.

The third thing was SMS enhancements. This didn’t get done, as I also would’ve like them to incorporate some Bite SMS features, like quick reply, but they did come out with a new messaging system called imessage, which is an iOS to iOS device messenger, that bypasses the carriers SMS fees. It’s built into the SMS app on the iphone, and when you add the person it automatically changes to imessage if that person has it activated.

On to number four, better notifications, this got reworked, and now notifications show up on the lockscreen, and you slide the icon to open the app, and there is now a notification center that slides down from the top and all your notification are in one place, it also doesn’t do the popup window by default, it shows the notification across the top of the window.

The last thing was the built in apps and the ability to delete them. Nope, still can’t do that.

So, as I’m looking back at this, my score was 3.5/5, so that’s pretty good for a guess at what Apple will do.