I recently joined Joeyboy and company as contributor on Pinoytechblog. It had been a while since I last had a similar gig, so reviewing a gadget felt like having to discover my footing in the tech review space once again. I am looking forward to more assignments, as it is indeed quite fun working with new tech toys and writing about them from typical consumer’s (read: your grandparents) perspective. There are technical benchmarks to mention (e.g., battery life, processing power, etc.), but at the end of the day, what’s most important is how a gadget will benefit the end-user (or not).
To road warriors who are keen to find a good balance between a truly useful laptop and a tablet, the hybrid ASUS Transformer Book T100 should be an option. With its lightweight build and detachable screen that doubles as a tablet, it gives end-users easy choices for switching between a laptop and a mobile device in one little package.
This entry level machine comes in compact 10.1-inch unit that can be easily carried in a purse or a satchel. The 2-in-1 laptop/tablet device runs on Windows 8.1 and is installed with Windows Office 2013. Note, however, that users must activate the Office package with the serial provided.
Just when you thought oversharing with pictures wasn’t enough, the latest update on popular app, Instagram, now features videos, presumably to compete with Vine.
“The new feature is video. It’s neat: Now you can record video on Instagram. I wish I could say more, but that’s kind of it. When you update the app on your phone, you’ll find a Record button. To do video, hold that button down. You can capture multiple clips, but the total length of your video is capped at 15 seconds long. Why 15 seconds? Because Vine, the near-identical video app that Twitter launched in January, lets you record 6 seconds total, and Facebook wanted to do something 150 percent better.*
“That’s a joke, but I worry it’s one Facebook takes seriously. In the past, I’ve praised Facebook’s talent for quickly, deftly stealing other people’s good ideas. It copied subscriptions from Twitter, automatic groups from Google Plus, check-ins from Foursquare, and created versions of Snapchat and (before purchasing it) Instagram. Nobody should be surprised that Facebook has now cloned Vine, too.”
On Slate: Attack of the Clones
I had been planning to replace my trusty Motorola Q9H, which I got more than two years ago. Back then, the Moto looked so serious yet so sexy; and then the pesky iPhone and all manners of touchscreen mobiles arrived, so my trusty Moto looked just serious, full stop.
After having fully recovered what I had paid for the unit and knowing that I should get one that was both a smartphone (messaging, documents, calendar, internet) and a toy (apps, wi-fi, camera, sharing) and wouldn’t put a gaping hole in my pocket, I narrowed down my selection to mid-range offerings from both Korean brands, the unsexy Nokia line, and the sexy for-business Blackberry. I spotted a somewhat nice LG running on Eclair, but the salesperson sweet talked me into upgrading to a brand that’s roughly P2k more expensive but with better specs, the HTC Wildfire, which runs on Android Eclair and sports a good 5MP camera with autofocus and a few basic white balance and ISO options. Basically, something that’s great for stealth picture taking 🙂
The box comes with a 2GB microSD, which is already preloaded with some apps that I don’t think I really need, but I have to check. For the longest time, I was satisfied with a 512MB microSD, so this is somewhat a huge leap. If I upgrade to 16GB, then we’re talking real business. For now, typing on touchscreen needs a lot of getting used to, but I will get by.
Here be the new
Sample shot: the dude who sold me the camera. His salesmanship is good, and processes transactions in a jiffy. Say kimcheeee!
What I had, following the realization that I just made another charge on my plastic.