I tried out the initial Press release last year when it emerged as a slicker Google Reader replacement. While it brought some nifty improvements, I didn’t see any reason to change my habits, so I stuck with Google Reader. But now that the Google Reader is (almost) gone, I am giving this one another try.
I needed an offline reader and this (still) isn’t it. I think. I guess it might be partial. For partial feeds. It’s confusing.
And that’s not the only confusing thing : it tool me 5 minutes to find out how to mark as read all the above or bellow items. Let me know if you can’t bother to read the documentation but still wanna do that!
Most of the tech pundits say that BlackBerry will die. And that launching the Z10 is too little too late. You know the rest. Where one sees disaster, another sees chance.
Engadget says about T-Mobile that “the smartphone will be available for a $100 down payment with a $18 monthly installment for 24 months, though the UnCarrier also lists the BB Z10 for $532 up front.”
That’s what I call a very good price for such a great machine!
Disappointment aside, jokes aside,” stock-going-down-after-the-announcement of the Z10″ aside BlackBerry is still a remarkable player in today’s tech world despite shrinking market share and other issues.
All these battles between brands and platforms yield one thing: benefit for the customers. I am curious to try one – I’m sure it’s at least as good as a WP 8 phone!
From Nexus 7
Although a little late to the “game”, I had the chance to get a Nexus 7, the one I am using now to write this very review.
Of course, after 10 days nobody can pretend to be able to have a pertinent opinion about anything; that’s why I will probably come back for an encore at a later time.
But for now, here goes:
* Hardware: above average! And certainly, for the price you’re paying it’s top notch! I especially like the screen and find the back “meh”. A bit more rubbery should do. Thickness&weight are ideal, build quality above average, with a silver bezel imitating aluminum around the screen.
* Software: being the first tablet from Google, it comes with Jelly Bean. Which is great, Butter Project & all. This was one of the reasons I choose an Android tablet: a continuous experience from Google Nexus to Nexus 7 and back. The fluidity of using the same platform is a joy.
* Games: you can play anything available cause this baby rocks a quad-core / Tegra 3 processor. I never played enough to deplete the battery, but you will probably cut in half the operation time, due to heavy processing and screen on at all times. Took around 15-20% of battery in less than an hour.
* Portability: when compared to a 10′ tablet, the N7 is a breeze. Very light (340 grams), all it needs is a thin cover to protect the screen and the corners from scratches or falls. There is a large availability of covers already, but nothing like the original Apple cover for the IPad – still looking, then. However, my idea of switching from a Galaxy Nexus (4.7″) to a Nexus 7 (or 7″ 3G tablet) /small dumb phone for calls combo, in order to benefit from a larger screen fell because this is too big to be lugged around; it can’t be put in a pocket on a summer day. Having a bag does the trick, but then, I don’t carry anything with me usually, except for what fits my pockets. Maybe a Note 2?
* Battery life and connectivity: this says it all about N7′s battery. Has all connectivity hubs like Wi-Fi, BT.
So that’s it until now. Needs a 3G variant in order to be totally free from a location.
This here example on how one can twist the truth to serve his best interest. While every review I read slams Apple for quitting Google Maps for its own app, this guy seems to be high on (Apple) crack!
I kept on reading about the updated Chrome for Android all day. No update till now.
It mainly brings security and stability upgrades. Go get it here.
RIM’s BlackBerrys Losing Shelf Space, Mindshare Among Carriers – John Paczkowski – Mobile – AllThingsD0
Frankly, this kind of comment makes me think RIM still doesn’t know what the hell it’s doing!
“In terms of sell-through, we believe that current run rates are roughly one-fifth of those we saw in the United States just eight months ago. Further, we found a meaningful number of carrier retail locations which had not sold a single BlackBerry in over a month.”