iPhone 5 vs HTC One S: Camera Preview

So the iPhone 5 is now available to the masses and while every tech site compares the phone to the other big boys (Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X) I figured it would be cool to compare it to my new phone, the HTC One S. I’ll get into more detail between the two phones in another post but for now I’ll compare the camera and video capabilities of each.

All of these were taken right at my computer desk so nothing super technical about them and all pictures were taken with the stock default settings; open the camera app from the lock screen and shoot a picture, leaving the camera to auto focus on its own. NOTE: the iPhone 5 takes pictures in 4:3 aspect ratio so the HTC One S was changed from its default 16:9 to 4:3 to match.
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Nexus 7 Impressions

So as I lay here in bed, typing away on my Nexus 7, I must admit that I’m VERY impressed. My Motorola Xoom WiFi was cool when it came out and I’m actually shocked it received jelly bean so fast but the hardware started to feel a bit outdated. Launching chrome and waiting for web pages to load in their tabs took ages and made me just pull out my retina macbook pro instead. Constant stuttering and unresponsive screen swipes also were annoying, as well as the weight being too much to work on comfortably without shifting the device every few minutes.

Enter the Nexus 7. Same resolution, half the weight and size much more comfortable and easier to grasp single handedly. This is the tablet sweet spot in my opinion. I supposed I’ll still use the Xoom for moves and music since I just recently bought the dock but as far as everything else, my Nexus 7 is the new go to device.

Once I get some more time in with it on a more daily basis I’ll post details on my findings.

T-Mobile G2x First Impressions

Well well well, what do we have here? I never imagined a cellphone having multiple cores but here we are with the G2x rocking a Tegra 2 dual core chip. In a cellphone. What is going on!

Just as something to hold me over until the HTC Sensation comes out, the G2x is a pretty nice step up from my G2. The 4″ screen should make transitioning to the Sensations 4.3″ easier (from the 3.7″ on the G2) and hopefully help me get rid of my best friend that is the BlackBerry Bold 9780.

Playing with the device inside its lock-down mechanism at the T-Mobile store does this phone no justice. It feels good in hand with the soft back even though its a bit wider and longer then what I’m used to. Under the screen, the area for the capacitive buttons looked HUGE in the pictures of the device but in person its not too bad. If it was any smaller I couldn’t imagine all the accidental taps that would occur.

Instead of going into the good things (save those for the review), I’ll just comment on the annoyances for now.

  • No Gingerbread yet. T-Mobile says its coming soon but soon can be a long time. Coming from Cyanogenmod on my G2, it’s definitely missed.
  • No trackpad. While I’d rather not have a trackpad, Froyo was definitely made with one in mind. Going back and editing text inline is pretty annoying, taking multiple taps to land right in between the letters you want.
  • No LED notification. I prefer glancing at my phone sitting on my bed or desk and having some type of indication that a message/email/voicemail/missed call has arrived. A pretty cool workaround is this app (swedish forum) which uses the capacitive buttons as a notification LED.
  • Speed of the phone. Yes, it’s dual core and loading applications is fast. Also scrolling through the app drawer is fast. Scrolling through settings is not however. Many pauses and skips and freezes digging through menus. Especially in the manage applications screen. Also viewing the list has very weird results. Maybe a wipe will fix it but I really don’t want to set everything back up AGAIN just for it to work properly, being a brand new phone.
  • Battery life. Still blows but I’ve learned to expect this from any android phone. Hopefully custom roms will help out here.
  • Home button is swapped with menu button. Since I’ll most likely be switching back and forth with my G2 this may become annoying but it makes sense having the home button a little closer to the right since the phone is a little wider then most and menu is used less then home.
  • Unlocking the phone shows the home screen then quickly switches to the lock screen sometimes.

There are a few other little problems but hopefully Gingerbread fixes them, either from T-Mobile or another custom rom. Needless to say, I’m kinda happy with the phone but I’m for sure on the fence about returning it and just waiting for the Sensations arrival in the next 2 months.

iPhone 4: New design, still a 3G iPod touch

Cya iphone, its been fun. I have a new touchscreen to replace you called the G2. I tried to give you another chance on multiple occasions but you just could never make the cut. Now that angry birds is making its way onto android phones, you’re dead to me.

I never wrote a serious review for the iPhone 4 like I said I would but that’s because I really hate the device as a phone. The apps are great, web browser is almost perfect and the battery lasts at least a day now (from what I can tell at least, since I never really could commit an entire day to using it exclusively) but those factors are not enough. Coming from blackberry os I expect my phone to do certain things which the iPhone does not. Some of the big ones for me are push email for every email address, call logs that go back more then only the last call, a hardware keyboard, louder speakerphone, louder earpiece, bluetooth remote functions, a better notification system…the list can go on forever. Its very annoying to see a notification on screen then unlock the phone without realizing it popped up and having no idea where it came from.

Even as an iPod I don’t really care too much for the phone. Bluetooth headphones can’t control changing songs and the on screen media keys require you to have the device out instead of just hitting a button while its tucked away in a belt clip or in a coat pocket like I can do with my bold.

Overall the phone is a step up from the 3G and 3GS in terms of battery life but for what I expect my cellphone to do, it doesn’t make the cut nor do I think it ever will. The phone has sold this many units thus far, why would Apple drastically change it up now?

First Impressions of the new iPhone 4

I’ve had the phone for 24 hours now so it might be a little too early to say, but I have no idea how engadget managed to get 38 hours out of it. From 6am this morning until now i’ve had the phone off the charger, light web browsing, about 30minutes total of angry birds and zombie farm, not making any phone calls at all and I’m already at 55% battery. I hope its just a breaking in process but last night i completely ran down the battery until it would not turn on at all and full charged it without even touching it.

Another annoyance I tested out was pairing it with my bluetooth headphones which still does not support the next and previous track buttons. But one good thing is theres no beep when you pause or play music.

My biggest problem is waiting for everyone to update their apps in the app store to ios4 versions that have higher res icons and multitasking. The older icons are so blatantly obvious to tell with the new display its crazy. Other then that the screen is amazing, the speed of the phone is leaps and bounds beyond the 3G, the design and feel is way more solid and I can finally have push gmail with my job’s exchange server at the same time.

After a couple more days of playing around with the phone I’ll give my final thoughts so stay tuned.

Kinect, Move, Wii

Soooo Microsoft announced Kinect, Sony announced Move, Nintendo demoed the new motionplus enabled Zelda game. I guess the future of gaming is not to just sit there and play but to get heavily involved in the action. Some games will probably be amazing for house partys (Dance Central) but how long can these games keep peoples attention?

While most of the demo’s looked pretty cool, I don’t see how long I’d be able to play Kinectimals until I’ve seen every last animation and trick to do with the little tiger. “Well its not for you its for kids”. True but even kids get bored pretty fast these days so I wonder how that’s going to work out.

Anyways I personally think of gaming as relaxing time. Sit back in my chair or lay in bed and spend a few hours on Final Fantasy or my latest favorite Split/Second. With all these new get-up-and-play devices coming out, how long will it be until the relaxing part becomes obsolete?