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!

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.

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iPad Mini Review

Got my hand on iPad Mini, and so I reviewed it in a video.  Enjoy!!!

Samsung Flexible AMOLED Touts 3D, Bendable Tablet Size Touchscreen Device; As If It’s A Thin See Through Plastic Paper

I come to love Apple for one reason, their products make me feel good.  Yes, just like that.  If you want more, I’ll tell you more.  Apple products emphasize simplicity within exquisite designs.  So, when you hold a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air in your hand, the logo shines on the back, the curvature of the machine, and the feel of its metal, all of it speaks to me beautifully.  On the software side, it’s solid until Mac OS X Lion gives my MacBook Pro few hiccups, but Apple went extra mile in helping me out by fixing my machine at zero cost to me even though my one year manufacturer warranty had expired.  OK, it wasn’t as if Apple was being super nice, but it is more of how the logic board of mid 2010 MacBook Pro has had real issues with Mac OS X Lion.  After the fix, I once again vouch for Apple products.  Great customer service speaks volumes, I guess.

I guess we have great Apple products thanks to Steve Jobs great insights.  He knew how to push his company to develop things that speak to customers beautifully.  Since his passing, I fear Apple may not be able pushing for things that speak to customers beautifully.  Great innovation and great insight are the two things that I think a tech company must always thrive for.  Oh, let not forget about great customer service too, and this would apply for all businesses.  Anyhow, lately, I keep hearing how Apple blocks Samsung from selling Samsung tablets in several countries, and I start to think that Apple might have spending too much time on patent wars and not enough time on coming up with great innovations and bringing about great insights.  But what do I know since it’s clearly that I’m not working for Apple and I’m not the innovator, the engineer, or having any caliber of that sorts.

Speaking of Samsung, this company is being sued by Apple on the matter of iPad infringement on one hand, and on the other hand Samsung goes ahead by working on their futuristic bendable devices, hoping to have it be released sooner than later.  I should say Samsung is working on a bendable tablet.  The video right after the break shows how awesome bendable tablet could be.

Have you seen the video above?  I think it’s amazing!  If Samsung is able to make this product a reality sooner than later, I think Samsung will have something that Apple wishes it would be the one who has had it first.  The feeling of carrying something as light as a piece of paper (I hope it would be as light as a piece of paper, but what do I know), 3D display or holographic capability, invisible speakers as how a commenter commented under the YouTube video above, and powerful as a small netbook or a sizable laptop — is simply breathtaking.  Now, let add the bendable attribute into the whole shebang, and you got the winner.  Another interesting point brought up by another commenter who had commented under the YouTube video above — How about the battery, how are they going to tuck that away?

Sure, Samsung Flexible AMOLED or should I say bendable tablet might face the same obstacles as iPad 2 of today, but it does have more of the same goodness and than more of goodness than what iPad 2 or all other tablets of today have already been carried.  One obstacle comes to mind right away is that typing on whatever surface without a real keyboard feeling is just plain suck.  Perhaps iPad 2 will soon have a winner in regarding to real feeling keyboard through a Kickstarter project Touchfire, but I have to wonder will there be something similar or better for Samsung Flexible AMOLED (assuming Samsung Flexible AMOLED will come true).  I have seen some bendable concept devices through various online videos that tout bendable attribute as a great feature for manipulating features on such devices, but I sure hope Samsung isn’t going down such route with their touchable Samsung Flexible AMOLED.  To me, I think I like the idea of how bendable devices could be less prone to breakage, therefore providing somewhat greater invincibility to devices’ durableness.  Let backtrack just a tad, bending to manipulate features on device seems to me a lot more work than touching.

In summary, I like Apple now, but can I say the same few years later if Apple lets other zooms by?  Samsung seems to head in the right direction as I like how they try to develop a bendable tablet size device with multitouch capability.  I could be wrong about the multitouch capability, because I did not see pinch to zoom and similar features in the YouTube video above.  I just assume that the video has someone touches the screen with one finger is somehow inferring that multitouch is also possible on such a device.  I guess time will tell.  For now, let us dream about how soon Samsung Flexible AMOLED would come true.


Which Tablet Should You Buy On Black Friday?

Steve Jobs while introducing the iPad in San F...

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I have a friend who concerns about should he buy an iPad 2 or some other tablets on Black Friday.  The truth about tablet is not all about the hardware!  It’s great to have great hardware on a tablet if one decides to play cutting edge games on a tablet.  My bet is that most hardcore gamers rather play their games on consoles and computers than on tablets.  My friend definitely isn’t a hardcore gamer, and so I don’t think his wanting to buy a tablet is for gaming.

Kindle Fire Large Image Has Some rights reserved by Courtbean On Flickr.comI figure my friend wants a tablet for other reasons and not for playing cutting edge games.  These reasons might be watching movies on Netflix, listening to music, using apps, playing casual games, reading news, checking emails, keeping notes, reading ebooks, and other trivial stuffs.  Anyhow, I explain to my friend that he should get a tablet according to his content needs, and so should you!

Let say if you have so much contents that are tying to iTunes already, and you also want to use iTunes Match and iCloud, then I suggest you buy an iPad 2.  If you have mostly Amazon contents or wanting to invest in Amazon contents such as buying Amazon ebooks, then I suggest you check out Kindle Fire.  Of course, there are other tablets besides the two that I’d mentioned, but none of those tablets could beat the two that I mentioned in regarding to contents.  For your information though, other tablets might have beefier hardware specifications than iPad 2 and Kindle Fire, and iPad 2 has beefier hardware specification than Kindle Fire.

I hope my friend will buy a tablet that fits his content needs, and so should you!  Good luck on finding a super deal for a tablet on Black Friday!

Amazon’s Newest Kindles And Tablet To Woo Customers Away From iPad This Holidays

Amazon announces their new devices that soon to be shipped out to customers starting in November 21 of this year.  Meanwhile, Amazon is taking pre-orders of Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, and Kindle 3G Touch.    These newest models yet of Kindle are completely reinvented and digressed from the older models.  These newest models yet completely abandon the physical tiny keyboard that the older Kindle models carry.

Android powered Kindle Fire is a color 7 inch screen tablet.  Even though it is powered by Android, the custom Android OS on Kindle Fire is much more simplistic and different than the standard Android OS.  Perhaps, Amazon could not work out deals with operators, because Kindle Fire isn’t coming with 3G connectivity.  Instead, Kindle Fire taunts Wi-Fi connectivity only.  Without a camera on Kindle Fire, it makes Kindle Fire one less important feature that almost all devices in the market are carrying.  Yes, Kindle Fire has touchscreen display.  Within the device, dual core Texas Instruments OMAP processor will be the heart and brain of Kindle Fire.  It’s sufficiently to say Kindle Fire’s 8 hour battery life isn’t satisfactory as E-Ink Kindle models, but it’s comparable to other color tablets on the market in term of battery life.

The lighter and buttonless Kindle Touch and 3G Touch are the other two newest yet Amazon’s Kindle devices.  Without a physical tiny keyboard, Kindle Touch and 3G Touch users have to rely on tapping on specific areas to interact with the Kindles.  These two newest models yet use Infrared Touch Screen technology.  Kindle Touch and 3G Touch sport the more advance E-Ink display than the older Kindles.  Sources say battery life of Kindle Touch and 3G Touch are also longer than the older Kindles.

Amazon plays it smart by pricing newer Kindles way cheaper than competitors such as Apple.  Kindle Fire prices at $199.  Kindle Touch prices at $99.  Kindle 3G Touch prices at $149.

Even though Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos doesn’t think Kindle Fire as a tablet but as a service, I’ve to say Kindle Fire is comparable to the tablets on the market.  Whether Apple likes it or not, Kindle Fire is less than half of the price of the cheapest Apple’s iPad.  Unlike HP Touchpad which sold half the price of iPad also and had driven customers to a buying frenzy, Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a gateway to Amazon’s formidable services such as Kindle’s ebooks, instant streaming movies, and magazines.  Also, Amazon has released its own mobile web browser known as Silk to be used with Kindle Fire, toying that it will be faster than other mobile web browsers in a sense it utilizes Amazon cloud service for processing and calculating, alleviating the workload of a browser through the processing power of the cloud.

Kindle users who are familiar with Whispersync technology of Amazon might be glad to know that besides ebooks, other contents such as movies are now utilizing this very technology now.  Whispersync will synch the farthest page of an ebook or location of a movie (and other contents) so the users won’t have to manually recovering the last page of an ebook or last location of the movie that they had read or seen.  It’s very convenient for users just to jump right back into the contents that they had not the chance of finishing earlier.

Personally, I think Amazon’s Kindle Fire isn’t an iPad killer, because it is not more powerful or better than iPad in technological specification.  Then again, if Amazon does a better job at wooing customers to use their services more such as buying more ebooks and watching instant streaming movies and reading more electronic magazines, then I think Amazon’s Kindle Fire and all other Amazon’s Kindle devices will be iPad killers.  Seriously, content is king!  Without the contents, the hardware are just soulless.  Lastly, when the price is right, everything becomes king of kings.  Amazon has priced their new Kindles with the right prices.  I’ve a feeling many people will rush to buy more newer Kindles and buy less iPad in this upcoming holiday.  Which?  Christmas, of course (i.e., December 25, 2011)!