Thursday, January 31, 2013

iPod sales!

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Google Nexus 7 impressions

I got a new toy yesterday, the Nexus 7, and I thought I would review it. This will be the text "first impressions" article, the video review will follow this (after I have time to use it more), and go more in depth since it will be more of a review than an impressions article.

The specs are as follows from Amazon's website:

  • 7" 1280x800 HD display (216 ppi)
  • Back-lit IPS display
  • Scratch-resistant Corning glass
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 16 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

  • (it also has NFC but it isn't listed on Amazon's site)

    First off I want to make sure people know that there is NO micro SD card slot on this tablet, however it is a USB OTG (On-The-Go) compatible device, so you can get a USB OTG cable and plug in a thumb drive  (by the way [this is my ADD kicking in, I'm sure I've got ADD] am I the only one who calls USB Flash drives thumb drives? Not exactly sure why I do, but it's hard for me not to call them thumb drives for some reason.) and have the direct storage from that thumb drive on your tablet. These cables are not included with the tablet, however, there will be links in the description to a few items. I did opt for the 16 GB Nexus, but only because I wanted all of my music stored locally on the tablet and I have about 9.5 GB of music.

    The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was how small it was, I knew I was getting a 7" tablet, but I guess I was used to my old iPad. I took the plastic off of it and hit the power button and it was on extremely quickly. It took me a little while to remember Android and realize how different it is now (in 4.1.1) and since I am using it on a tablet instead of a phone. One thing I noticed immediately was the smoothness. This was unheard of back when I was looking at an Android tablet before Christmas, which is one of the reasons why I went with an iPad. Butter (one of the updates in 4.1) is one of the best things that has happened to Android. Another thing I noticed was the resolution of the device's screen, it is amazing, not quite as good as my 4S, but definitely a great resolution. While I am on the topic of the display I do want to say that it isn't as...Vibrant? Something like that, the colors aren't as deep as they could be, it looks like it could be fixed with a software update, so that is something to look forward to. The back of the device is a grippy rubber-ish material that feels great, it doesn't really show finger prints, and it helps you hold on to it a bit better. For a limited time Google is giving users that activate a new Nexus 7 a $25 credit on the play store to buy some books, movies, apps, and magazines. On the topic of promotions, Google loaded up the newest Transformers movie on it, (not sure if it is on the tablet for offline use or if you have to stream it), as well as some books and magazines (THESE PROMOTIONS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE) . This tablet is extremely snappy, I haven't gotten a great chance to test it's power but I have not experienced any lag issues at all. It feels great in your hands, it's not too heavy, but it doesn't feel cheap either.

    Great resolution
    3G version available
    Small and lightweight
    USB OTG device
    Promotional items ($25 play credit, free play content) (ONLY FOR PEOPLE WO PURCHASED THE NEXUS 7 SHORTLY AFTER IT WAS RELEASED)

    Display could be more vibrant
    No Micro SD Card slot

    Bottom line:
    For less than $300 (I think it is $200 in some places for the 8 GB version) you will not find a better tablet, this completely knocks the Kindle fire out of the water. Asus made a great tablet for this price range, and I am glad I could pick one up.

    UPDATE: There are now only 16 and 32 GB versions of the Nexus 7; however, they have made the 16 GB $200, the 32 GB version $250, and the 32 GB with 3G $300.

    Please use these links if you are going to purchase any of the items in this article, it helps a lot, thanks!

    Google Nexus 7 Tablet (8 GB)
    Google Nexus 7 Tablet (16 GB)
    MoKo(TM) Slim-fit Cover Case
    eForCity Micro USB OTG to USB 2.0 Adapter
    IOGEAR SD/MicroSD/MMC Card Reader

    Saturday, August 25, 2012

    RuneScape...2006 style.

    RuneScape has been going down the tubes since 08, but recently they have really been doing a great job of adding useless gags and ads into the game for free players. What is with the "Wheel of Squeal"? I thought it was kind of fun to be able to win something by getting a couple spins a day or by winning them, when they implemented the idea of buying spins they basically said "Real world trading is horrible and you should never buy gold because it screws the economy. Unless you buy it from us, then it's ok and doesn't make anything bad." Since when did buying rs cash with real cash become ok at all? Dungeoneering came out a couple years ago and it is also terrible. How is it a skill? It's a mini game with good rewards, not a skill. I'm also afraid of what the combat beta is going to do to the economy, Dragon claws suck, there aren't different special attacks for different weapons, it's stripping the originality from RuneScape. Luckily there is a RSPS that fixes all of it...2006Scape. Welcome to the year 2006, RuneScape is nearing it's peak...except there aren't awful updates! Now, this game does require a donation to play, I think it is $5, then you get access to the Pre-Alpha, that is the current version. It's 7 days till the close of the pre-alpha and there's a spawn event and...well why don't you just read about it on their site? It's taking RuneScape back to the time it was best at.

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    Cars + Car Tech

    I recently got an 02 GTI and in the future I plan on upgrading quite a few things as I can afford them. I am not made of money and I do not have a job so if I upgrade one thing it will be a while until I upgrade another thing. The first thing I plan on upgrading is the exhaust, my stereo is just fine for now, it has the monsoon system which provides surprisingly good quality sound with my new head unit (JVC KD-R530, just a temp one as the unit that came with the car was dead for some reason). So...yea, expect updates on my car as well as some more tech posts. School just started, however, so I won't post as often as I would like, but more than I have been.

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    I really hate Windows.

    So, I have tried to play RuneScape (don't ask why, I don't even know why I want to play it) multiple times and the graphics drivers keep crashing. Maybe it isn't a windows problem so much as it is an AMD problem, but either way it is really really annoying to have your graphics drivers constantly crashing.

    Re-installed Windows

    I figured I would let you all know that I re-installed Windows a week ago on my HP DV6 that I posted about getting sometime near Christmas or something like that. In that short amount of time Windows had already gone and broke itself and became really slow. Microsoft: fix your product from crippling itself. I even ran a defrag every night at 3 and maintained it properly. That is all.

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    MW3 Community.

    I said I was busy in the last post but a week and a half ago I had time to sit down and play MW3 for an hour or two. The community is trash. All people can do is use FMGs, Type-95s, and MK-14s with mods. Infinity/Sledgehammer/whoever refuses to fix akimbo machine pistols, the Type-95, and other cheap guns. I expect some people with the MK-14 and a mod, but to have everyone using such cheap guns is un-bearable. I will not play it again. In fact...if anyone wants an xbox that is in good shape, quite a few games, (including MW3, Black ops, MW2, BF3, Halo Reach, Portal 2, and more) tweet me! We can work something out, I'm thinking like $275 with everything, including the wireless headset that I bought and all the other accessories/games.