Dec 19, 2010

a phone from the past: Sony Ericsson P910i

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Being an Apple hater made me love things irrationally. Some of them are simple interfaces, pixilated displays, and here’s the latest one, the Sony Ericsson P910i. Why do I love the P910i you say? It’s because it was one of the first phone to have a big touch screen on it (well, if you remove that obstructive folding keypad) that debunked the claim that Apple started these kind of form factors.

Anyway, I stumbled upon this phone earlier this week, and I planned to do a video regarding its user interface, but no, I tried charging it, but it won’t work. It won’t boot up anymore. Bummer, right?
It was a premium phone back then, 2004 to be exact. It only has a VGA camera, which is a decent resolution that time. It runs at 156Mhz processor and with 64MB of RAM. Don’t you just miss when these kinds of specs don’t matter to a phone?

I decided to compare it with my Samsung Intercept. Being a high-end phone back then, it is quite unfair to compare it to a mid-range phone today. But you’ll know enough on how far we’ve come today.

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I can’t stress the fact that the Samsung Intercept is only a mid-range phone today, but still, it outperformed the P910i in every aspects. It’s also lighter and smaller, compared to the P910i, but the Intercept already includes a slide out keyboard. Take a look: at them along with the Zune HD:

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Dec 10, 2010

Samsung Intercept (Virgin Mobile) review

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Here’s my second device review so far from this blog, and this time, I have the Samsung Intercept for Virgin Mobile. It is $249.99 without contract, which is always good as it means you will not be locked down for two years on one carrier. Another great thing about this is that you are not required to pay every month, I talked to a Virgin Mobile representative yesterday and she said that I have 90 days before I need to top up my account again.

Another cool thing about having Virgin Mobile is that you can get as low as a $25 plan. That $25 will give you unlimited text and data, and 300 minutes.

So, enough with that, let’s get on with the review of the device after the break!


Dec 7, 2010

ConsumerReports lies about Xbox 360’s pricing

I used to trust ConsumerReports.org, but their rundown of pricing of video game consoles are just plain wrong. Around the 3:50 mark on the video below, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

 

So here’s their listing on prices:

XBOX 360 – $300

Wireless controller – $50

Gold Subscription – $50

Games – $50-60

Kinect $150

TOTAL     $690

PLAYSTATION 3 – $300

Wireless controller – $55

Games – $50 – 60

Move – $50

 

TOTAL $465

 

Literally after they said that the Move costs $50 dollars I said, “WHAT!!!!”

OK, now here’s the truth.

The older generation XBOX 260 can be priced for as low as $120 nowadays. That $300 they said is priced on the 250GB new generation XBOX 360, or a 4GB console with the Kinect ALREADY bundled. So you can already remove the $150 Kinect on the list there.

Both XBOX and Playstation offer paid and free online service. I wonder why they didn’t include the Playstation Network Plus on the pricing for the Playstation 3, but included the Xbox one.

Next is the Move. The move if bundled with the PS3 will cost $400. OMG! $50 dollars less if you bought it separate! It’s stupid right? Anyway, the Playstation Move actually costs $100. It includes the eyesomething camera and one (yes one) Move motion controller. It doesn’t even include a nunchuck (they call it navigation controller). Which costs you for another $30. What is that $50 that they say the move cost? It’s the price of the motion controller alone, which will be useless if you don’t have the camera.

…but…

YOU DON’T NEED ANOTHER CONTROLLER! So, those additions they added are just plain wrong. Of course you know that it’ll cost more if you buy more stuff.

So here’s the true and bias-less chart of the prices:

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You notice there are no games there, because you’ll not going to buy a game once, you’ll buy games many times. I don’t see why you should add a price for games, and by the way, game prices vary. THEY GET CHEAPER OVER TIME!

Take this ConsumerReports! XBOX 360 is not $225 more expensive than the PlayStation 3! I once trusted you during that “We don’t recommend the iPhone 4,” but turns out, in this case, consumers will get wrong information from you, which is really sad for a website name that has ‘consumer’ in it.

Let me just clarify that you don’t need the extra accessories. I’m definitely good with the good old $120 Xbox 360. You now know what I want for, err, the gift giving celebration they do on December 25. I’m an atheist.


 
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