Apr 30, 2011

iPad 2 review

The iPad 2. Successor of the tablet that went from being a complete joke to one of the best-selling device in tech history. I never thought I would lay my eyes with one of these things, but here I am, already reviewing it. So go ahead and join me in this magical journey (Apple’s word not mine) into the review of the iPad 2.

Apr 29, 2011

iPad 2 resolution vs other devices

I have used an iPad 2 for a decent amount of time now, and it is arguably (really arguably) the best tablet on the market right now. But one major problem I had everytime that I am using (and after I am using it) is its screen resolution. Being used to high-res phones, and my laptop having 1080p resolution on a 15 inch display, I really couldn’t stand the resolution on the iPad. It is just horrible. In fact, I think it is a little bit traumatizing. Images of its low resolution flash in my head and I couldn’t erase it.

Apr 13, 2011

Windows 8 mockups

Seeing some Windows 8 beta screenshots recently inspired me to do some photoshops of how I would like the metro UI on Windows 8. Here, take a look (click on them for bigger image):

Apr 11, 2011

where angels walk: chapter 1

I have been posting for weeks or months now just about phones and nothing but phones. I love blogging about phones and I am very passionate about it, but one thing that I am really passionate about is atheism. I think atheism is good, it's good for people that are atheists, but not for people who are not atheists. That's why I am here in a mission. If I cannot convert you into being an atheist, I can then try hard to at least convert you into thinking that atheist people are not possessed by the devil, nor will be going into eternal hell. So go ahead! Read on!

Apr 9, 2011

really, android? really? edition 1: fragmentation

Hello everybody! This is the first ever "Really, Android? Really?" Where Michael Jacob rants about different things that he hates about Android! This first edition he talks about what else, but Android fragmentation! So read ahead! Hopefully there will be more to come in the future!

Ahhh... Android. More like Shmandroid! That's what I say!

I think "Android" is just the appropriate term for this Google's mobile operating system. Well, take a look at real Androids. In the Terminator movies at least. Androids that are made during the current generation will be stronger and will have more features to kill humans than the older generation. This is what's happening with Androids today, without the killing part.

I often compare Android with Windows 7. I have been thinking that these two OS's have too many things in common. First, they both run on different form factors. Android can be found on phones, tablets, media players, etc. Where Windows 7 is found on PC's, Tablets, and portables. They also both run on different specifications. - Different RAM's, processors and processor speeds, graphic processors, screen sizes, screen resolutions  etc. They are also offered by many OEM’s. Yep, companies like Samsung, LG, Sony, Acer, Dell, and many more offer Android and Windows 7.

Not only that, these OS’s also have so many things in common with the OS’s themselves.  For example, both operating systems let you chose the default programs, both let you install off-market apps, both can really be customizable, and many more.

But then here comes the updating process. If you have an older version of Windows, what you need to do to upgrade to Windows 7 is that you buy a DVD. That’s it, It’s that easy. On Android, well, if you do not have a device that isn’t named “Nexus” you will not get the latest Android version for months to come, or more accurately, you will NEVER get any more update forever.

Really, Android? Really?

Why can a 5 year old PC is able to be upgraded to a currently released OS version, and a phone that is currently released, (like Atrix 4G for example) cannot??

Updating on Windows 7 is also a breeze. I get OS updates almost like, every two weeks or so, and if you live under a rock and doesn’t have an internet connection, you can ask your friend to give you a Service Pack (that has just been released) and send it to you from a USB stick. It is that easy.

On Android, again, if your device is not named “nexus” you will not get those OS updates. If you really want to update your phone, you can, but you need to root it. ROOTING is a very hard thing to do for most people, and flashing an updated ROM is not easier either. Is this the way Android wants their customer to update their phone? By getting an unsupported ROM file that is released by some unknown developer? Really Android, Really?

Apr 8, 2011

MIUI (Android ROM) - Review

I love my Inspire 4G. I really do. I love the uni-body design, extremely gorgeous 4.3 inch display, and its 8 megapixel camera. But one thing I hate about it is Android. Yep. I really hate Android. I think Android is ugly, makes your daily task more complicated -- at least compared to Windows Phone that is. So last night I decided to flash a custom ROM on my Inspire 4G, in hoping to find a solution to my desperate newness longing.

I stumbled upon this MIUI ROM posted at XDA. Looking at the screenshot posted, I immediately noticed that it changed the default font of Android to Helvetica. I would choose Helvetica over DroidSans in any day.

Anyway, I thought it is just that. Custom lockscreen, custom icons, and that's it. I never realized MIUI's other perks and features. And that's what I am going to talk about today. So join me will ya! (Tip: You can click any of these images for the full view.)

Apr 3, 2011

why do engadget and everyone hate the HTC Surround?

I love my HTC Surround. I think it is the best HTC built device to date. Yes -- I find it more attractive than my HTC Inspire. But my mind is just been boggling about the whole reputation of the Surround throughout the mobile industry. Reviewers and readers alike seem to hate this phone. Engadget in particular, which numerously criticized and poked fun of the device during their podcasts and shows. I love Engadget, no doubt. But if you really love someone, you need to be honest with them.

Anyway, I will present you a comparison with their Surround review and their most recent HTC Arrive review, which is the latest Windows Phone 7 device to launch. Here is their scorecards:

So the HTC Arrive, that came out more than 5 months later after the release of the Surround, got a 7 out of 10, where the Surround's original review 5 months ago only got a point lower. Let us enumerate their pros and cons shall we:

So they both got pros for being well built, which I agree, as HTC makes phones nowadays that do not feel plasticity (ahem Samsung.). Next, the Arrive has a pro on having a Superb keyboard, which doesn't imply on the Surround as it only has a slide out speakers. And last of the pros of the Arrive is that it has a solid battery life. Ok fine. the Arrive beats the Surround in this one as it has 1500mAh compared to just 1230mAh on the Surround.

But then there comes the Arrive's cons. This is the fun part.

First of, it has a mediocre display. The reviewer said it is not a Super LCD, a technology which is found with the Surround. The Arrive also has a 3.6 inch display compared to a bigger 3.8 inch display on the Surround. So yeah. There is no denying here that the Surround is better.

The second con, which is "Windows Phone is still behind competition" (which I strongly disagree) can be implied with the both devices, so we move on.

And last with the Arrive's cons is that it is not a global phone. Well guess what? The Surround is a global phone.

Now we go to the Surround's cons.

Speaker's is not worth the size/weight penalty. -- It maybe true, but then the Surround is thinner and lighter than the Arrive.

Camera doesn't take good pictures -- But then both got 5 megapixels camera, which takes good (but not great) pictures.

No landscape support in software -- This is NOT true at all, as WP7 has landscape support, although not implemented entirely in the OS. But anyway, isn't this more of a con in the Arrive because it does have a landscape keyboard therefore you will use the device more in landscape?

And lastly -- The Surround has better speakers. Sure it will not move a room but it is the best speaker you will find in a smartphone. Comparing my Inspire 4G speaker with my Surround there is no question that the Surround is better.

So yeah. Considering how the Surround was reviewed 5 months ago, and having the Arrive a 7, and their review on the Trophy (it is just like the Surround minus the Speakers and smaller screen) is also 7 -- I honestly think that the HTC Surround deserves an 8. Yes, a point higher than the Arrive as it has better features like a bigger screen, it has Super LCD, better speakers + kickstand, and it is a global phone.

So anyway, that is the end of my rant. Hopefully by now you will know that the Surround a great phone. I may have given you an impression that the Arrive or the Inspire 4G are bad phones, but they are not in any way. The Surround is just better than the two in my opinion, but those phones are going to have a better reputation than the Surround, which saddens me a little bit. I think the Surround just got the bad reputation as it is a unique device, and few appreciate phones that are unique. I mean I think it was also not good before, until I got one.

why I think the DFT Windows Phone Mango update leak is fake.

"Dark Force Team" is responsible for getting the HD2 run Windows Phone 7, and we thank them for that, but the recent video (around 2:45 mark) that is floating around over Windows Phone 7 websites that is reported to have this search button on the start screen that is rumored to be included in the Windows Phone Mango update, I immediately (well not really, I went for a second look) noticed something.

The first app it listed was "Games" and it contains a significant gap at the top of the device. See, on Windows Phone, the applications on the app list is arranged alphabetically. So I really doubt that "Games" is the first one to be in the list, as Alarms, Calculator, Calendar, and the Camera app are all apps before the letter g and cannot be uninstalled.

And I am not sure why the camera in the end on their video supposedly showed this second device, which is really a good way to fake people into them thinking that they actually noticed something.

Now I could be wrong with all of this, and I am just saying that because I do not want to look stupid if it was actually proven true. Peace out!

Update: Look what Microsoft sent me! The latest Mango build has a + button!!!

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