ASUS Transformer Book V

I’ve never ever owned a laptop that wasn’t a pure laptop, and so I’m so excited to see that Asus is planning to come out with ASUS Transformer Book V (pronouncing as five).  This ASUS laptop comes with a smartphone.  This is the coolest thing I have ever seen for a laptop.  Luckily, the smartphone doesn’t look too bad on the back of the tablet too.  Oh yeah, I think the whole laptop monitor is a tablet, and the keyboard is a keyboard with storage capability.  Nonetheless, when everything combines together, the whole package is a laptop.  The smartphone runs Android, and yet the tablet runs Windows 8.1.  ASUS somehow got an app on Windows 8.1 to behave as if it’s Android app, allowing the users to be able to interact with the Android smartphone through the tablet whenever the smartphone is dock into the tablet’s back.

The question is, will ASUS be able to sustain the support for the essential software of a smartphone and the tablet – that meant to work together –  altogether as these devices get older.  Obviously, operating systems for these devices are not the problems since these devices can totally be updated to newer Windows and Android versions.  Usually, I hate to see as time progresses, older devices become non-functional, because the developers are moving on to better and bigger things.  Perhaps, I just overthink thing.  Anyhow, check out how cool the ASUS Transformer Book V will be when it officially comes out for the market in the video right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

Afterthought:  Perhaps, this is a modular behavior kind of thing, and so theoretically ASUS might be able to release newer tablets and newer smartphones that can combine together as a laptop.  This will make the original transformer laptop package up-to-date in term of hardware.  Hopefully though, software will also be able to update themselves for the original transformer laptop package.  Anyhow, this is wishful thinking on my part, because I have no idea how this sort of modular laptop ecosystem would behave.  I just hope that users who are buying into this modular laptop thinking will not be left out to dry when their devices get older.  I don’t like the idea of buying newer hardware all the time, because that will be too expensive.  Furthermore, the idea of getting newer hardware all the time is bad for the environment as more electronic wastes get dump into the environment as the older hardware get abandoned.  Come to think of it all, it’s an oxymoron for thinking on saving environment when there is a modular hardware ecosystem, right?  This sort of hardware ecosystem might encourage users to buy newer hardware and abandon the older ones.  After all it’s modular!

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Awesome Sony SBH50 Bluetooth Headset (Using NFC Technology) Will Set You Free From Your Phablet, Somewhat…

A stereo Bluetooth headset.

A stereo Bluetooth headset. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After watching the commercial on Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset (using NFC tech), I have to say I’m drooling for one.  Sure, the price tag of whatever is never a pleasant thing, but me me me see what a beautiful way to relinquish that cumbersome smartphone.  When it comes to a smartphone, some people like it big like a tablet so they can call it as a phablet.  I do like to have a phablet moment too, but there are times that I just want to be free from a phablet (i.e., smartphone with big screen) completely.  I can see that Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset is definitely going to set some people free from a phablet (somewhat… as NFC has a wireless range limit), and hopefully this thing will be just as awesome as how it’s being advertised.  Check out Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset (using NFC tech) video right after the break, and you will see what I mean as this little gorgeous player does a lot more than just being NFC poster whatever.

Source:  http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/13/sony-sbh50-bluetooth-headset/ (link)

Chromebook Pixel Unboxing Video (YouTube)

Chromebook Pixel

Chromebook Pixel (Photo credit: Stratageme.com)

Google’s premium laptop Chromebook Pixel is a nice expensive toy, but how nice?  Well, if you ask me, I would say probably not much.  Nonetheless, if you ask other people, I bet some of them would bet that I’m wrong.  I’m not going to be mad though, because everyone has their own opinion.  This is why I don’t mind to embed the YouTube video right after the break which shows you the unboxing of Chromebook Pixel.  Oh, if you insist on asking why I do not think much of Chromebook Pixel, you can just check out my other article which is “Nice Try Google, But You Can Do Better Right? Chromebook Pixel Is Nice, But It Should Be Nicer!!!”  By the way, check out the awesome unboxing of Chromebook Pixel right after the break.

Nice Try Google, But You Can Do Better Right? Chromebook Pixel Is Nice, But It Should Be Nicer!!!

chromebook pixel

chromebook pixel (Photo credit: Frances Berriman)

Is Chromebook Pixel real or just a concept?  It seems that arstechnica reported that Chromebook Pixel is indeed a real product.  According to arstechnica’s “Google’s new touchscreen Chromebook Pixel: a $1,299 laptop for cloud dwellers” article, Google had just announced the existence of Chromebook Pixel.  If Chromebook Pixel is real, so?  The buzz about Chromebook Pixel is that it’s an exotic animal.  By this I mean it’s basically a machine which mainly focuses on staying connect to the Internet only, but it’s a very gorgeous only online machine (if we discount that it does have some offline features).  I’m sure it got some offline features, but it is designed to be working with the cloud.  It’s no surprised really since Chromebook Pixel is a more expensive version of other Google’s Chromebook products.  So, Chromebook Pixel is more of a beast among Chromebook products, but its core functionality is still all about cloud functionalities.  Simply really, Chromebook Pixel is just a lot more gorgeous in terms of screen resolution and other whistles and bells.

arstechnica reported that Chromebook Pixel has screen resolution of 2560×1700 with 239 pixel per inch, 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB flash storage for Wi-Fi model and 64GB flash storage for LTE model.  By purchasing Chromebook Pixel, a customer will get 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for free for 3 years.  Cloud storage?  If you never heard of cloud but know of Dropbox, then Google Drive is somewhat similar to Dropbox.  1TB of Dropbox would be nice eh?  So, if you like Dropbox that much, then I guess 1TB of Google Drive is definitely one of those temptations that is hard to refuse.

It seems that the screen resolution for Chromebook Pixel is the main focus, because 2560×1700 is a lot.  It’s a beast!  I’m not a fan of i5 processor, therefore in term of processor Chromebook Pixel is a let down for me.  4 GB of RAM only?  In my opinion, 4GB of RAM for any machine from today onward isn’t enough (but you might think otherwise and I don’t mind).  Since Chromebook Pixel is an always online machine, 32 or 64 GB of flash storage does make sense until it doesn’t.  How come?  In my opinion, the 2560×1700 screen is a waste on Chromebook Pixel.  I’m reasoning that whoever wants to work with such beautiful/exotic screen resolution might need to store humongous sizes of visual data (e.g., videos, photos, etc…), but what Chromebook Pixel doesn’t carry — Chromebook doesn’t support USB 3.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi speed — will hamper the productivity of whoever wants to use Chromebook Pixel in a more hardcore manner.

Now, if Chromebook Pixel supports USB 3.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, even though Chromebook Pixel doesn’t have huge local drive storage space, I will definitely want a Chromebook Pixel for myself, even with the current might be Chromebook Pixel’s price range $1200 – $1400.  How come?  Let pretend that I’m a real photographer (because I’m only an aspiring one), I definitely have tons of photos and videos to store, to make backups of, and the likes.  With USB 3.0 support, I can use USB 3.0 capability to speedily transfer my videos and photos back and forth between the external hard drives and Chromebook Pixel, because making data backups is so important to people like the photographers.  Let say I’m a paranoid data integrity and data redundancy freak, and so if Chromebook Pixel supports 802.11ac standard, I can definitely speed up my backup of data to the cloud.

You see, I think Chromebook Pixel lacks some really important features even though it is obviously designed to be an online only machine.  I think Chromebook Pixel should not emphasize an online only machine to the point that alienates the good features that it supposes to carry for offline needs.  Instead of carrying USB 3.0, Chromebook Pixel carries USB 2.0.  We know USB 3.0 is the way forward, but people are also comparing USB 3.0 against Thunderbolt too.  This is why it’s so weird for me to see Chromebook Pixel carries only USB 2.0.  Perhaps, not carrying any USB support at all might make more sense than not carrying USB 3.0?  Also, faster Wi-Fi is always a must have feature.  We know that we have the faster Wi-Fi capability through 802.11ac standard/capability, but Chromebook Pixel decides to not support 802.11ac?

Besides the lack of various important features I mentioned, Chromebook Pixel does look like a very nice toy.  From what I’ve seen of it, it looks nice!  The screen, the body, and the shape of Chromebook Pixel speaks to me in a very positive manner.  Simply put, I love the overall look of Chromebook Pixel.  Unfortunately, it reminds me of Macbook products.  Fortunately, I think it might look even better than Macbook Pro, but I’m not sure unless I can see and touch it (only see a video of it).  Oh yeah, if you think I’m a Mac fanatic, then you don’t know me at all.  Obviously, that should be the case since you don’t know me at all in real life.  Nonetheless, let me reveal to you something about me, I’m also a Windows 8 and Linux fanatical sort of person.  If I know another good sort of OS-brand-hardware type out there, I might as well be a fanatic for such too…

Before I end this post, let me say that you can also reach out and touch that beautiful Chromebook Pixel’s screen.  How come?  It’s a touchscreen yo!  Check out the Chromebook Pixel in the video right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

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Lumia 920 Failed To Work After 2 Days; Black Screen And More…

Just a caution for whoever wants to go ahead and spend money on Lumia 920.  This smartphone is brand new, and so it’s rather faulty.  I just had mine replaced in AT&T store.  What is my story on Lumia 920?  I had not restarted or shutdown my Lumia 920 since I had shut it down couple times a day ago.  Anyhow, as I allowed my Lumia 920 to be on for a day or so, then around near evening time of yesterday, my Lumia 920 (black color) suddenly went dark (i.e., turning off by itself).  So, at first I thought the battery was drained completely and so I brought it home and charged it up with a micro USB which connected to the electrical outlet, but this turned out to be not the case at all.  Instead of anything, I found out that Lumia 920 was still partly working and mostly not.  Basically, its Bluetooth functionality was still working as it was automatically allowed my car’s Bluetooth (handfree phone system) to connect to Lumia 920 just fine, but everything else was not working.  Everything else meant the screen was completely black as it was not able to be turned on.  Everything else meant everything else was not accessible and was either failed to work or off for some strange reasons.  I did a hard reset and soft reset on Lumia 920, but those two last resorts failed to bring the smartphone back to life.  Sighed and so I went to AT&T store for a replacement.  Now I got a replacement in hand, but I’m not really feeling confident that it won’t happen again.  Customer representative in AT&T store told me that if I want to switch the color of the phone from black to white or vice versa since I could do so for a replacement, I had to pay a restocking fee as the switch happens to be with a different phone color.  The customer representative in AT&T store told me the restocking fee is $35.  I wanted the color to be switched for Lumia 920 (i.e., from black to white), but I decided it was not wise to spend anymore money on Lumia 920 since I wasn’t sure about the reliability of Lumia 920 any longer.  After all, Lumia 920 failed to work for no apparent reasons (i.e., the smartphone was well taken care off in term of safety and protection).

In conclusion, I like Lumia 920 a lot, because its camera is definitely more capable than other smartphone cameras in term of Megapixel size and settings (i.e., you can manually set ISO, White Balance, and so on) — and I also like Lumia 920 for its wireless charging capability.  I don’t really care much for Lumia 920 Near Field Communication technology since this NFC technology isn’t yet widespread.  Of course, it will be a big deal for me if this NFC technology becomes more popular and useful in the future.  I love how Windows 8 is so responsive on Lumia 920, and I love Windows 8 on smartphones in general.  With all of the advantages of Lumia 920, I think I would be fine with it as long the replacement won’t ever behaved like the original one.  If the replacement of Lumia 920 starts to behave like the original one even once, I definitely will have to rethink about how much I like Lumia 920.  For now, I’m crossing my fingers and hope that everything will be fine with the replacement.  By the way, for your information, the customer representative in AT&T store told me that my case of Lumia 920 faulty behavior (i.e., failed to work) isn’t unique as she had seen couple cases before I brought my Lumia 920 in to her.  Oh, if you check the Internet, couple cases like mine had already been reported.  In the end, I think Lumia 920 has big potential to revive Nokia from the brink of RIM (i.e., Research In Motion has been losing ground in smartphone market for a long time already), but Nokia has to ensure their customers that Lumia 920 doesn’t have any reliability problem (i.e., the smartphone has to perform OK for more than two years at least).  To pour salt on the injury of Lumia 920, my Lumia 920 lasted for exactly 2 days or so.  Let hope the replacement will last for two years, because the contract will end by then.