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Nexus 4: Best Smartphone Device?

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The Nexus 4 has been really tough to get anywhere in the world and at $299 (8GB), it’s quite the steal. Wondering if it’s right for you? Check out the review at OddBubbles for all the pros and cons about the Nexus 4:

Some highlights:

- The Nexus 4 is the most souped-up smartphone on the market right now, far outperforming the iPhone 5 in terms of processing speed

- The battery life is mediocre, but so are the batteries of most phones out there

- There is no LTE but is this really a necessity?

For the full review, HD video and photo samples, click here.

You Got A Surface, Why? Thoughts After The First Month.

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It’s been a month since I unpacked my new Microsoft Surface tablet and here are my first thoughts.

In true Microsoft fashion, the setup was long and a bit painful. I had to create a Microsoft account and wait for everything to initialize. Overall it wasn’t bad, at least I could use my Gmail account as my email, unlike Apple that forced me to create another account. It took slightly longer to get through it all compared to my iPad or my Samsung tablet (Samsung being the easiest of the three).  Continue reading

Instagram: Some Tips On Creating a Successful App

Instagram was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion in cash and stock back in April and their story is second to none. Here are some key points from a post at OddBubbles.com:

- Instagram had zero revenue when it was sold
- The app took only eight weeks to build
- After two and a half months, the app was downloaded one million times
- There were 12 employees at the time of sale
- Founder, Kevin Systrom, studied and worked in Silicon Valley (Stanford, Twitter, Google)
- Kevin randomly met his first investors at another start-up company’s cocktail party, got $500k and quit his job to focus on Instagram

Instagram also simplified their app (initially similar to fourquare) to only a few key photo, liking and commenting features. The key takeaway is KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Less features means less development headache and makes easier for users to understand. If you are working on your own app, read more via the links below.

From OddBubbles.com via Inc.com

Mobile Devices in Bed

I saw this interesting infographic this week about using smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in bed. It caught my eye mainly because I always have my tablet on my bedside table. I even use it as an alarm clock.

Not surprisingly, it turns out that our “mobile device addictions” can have some potentially serious health consequences. As fun as it is to have our toys, we still need to be a bit more careful. It wasn’t that long ago that people used to call their smartphones “CrackBerries”.

Source OnlinePsychologyDegree.net

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The Second Screen Experience For Your IPhone 5

Check out this interesting case from popSLATE that adds an extra E-ink screen to the back of your iPhone 5. It’s really cool. Here’s what you can do in a nutshell:

- Put pictures to personalize what shows up on the E-ink screen

- Easily read (text etc) the screen in direct sunlight

- Manage you digital photos and share them with friends

Also, the screen only consumer energy when it changes image, so you can technically leave whatever picture you have on there for a really long time without draining your battery. The video below better communicates how cool the second screen is. Continue reading

Google’s Nexus 4 vs. Apple’s iPhone 5

Finally, a worthy Nexus smartphone to shake up the smartphone industry. Google is offering the latest Nexus 4 this November  with all the bells and whistles (above and beyond the iPhone 5) and a few extra perks. You get a 1.5 GHZ Quad-Core processor (the iPhone 5 has a 1.2GHZ Dual-Core), a 4.7-inch screen, an 8MP camera, a battery that holds 50% more juice than the iPhone counterpart, NFC capabilities and wireless charging. Continue reading

iPad Mini, Is It Worth It?

So Apple announced the 16GB iPad mini and the 7.9-inch tablet will go for $329. That’s a pretty big jump in price compared to Google’s 7.0-inch display Nexus 7 which retails for $199. Despite rumors of the iPad mini going for $250, it’s no surprise that Apple has priced it at a hefty premium with its well-known “Apple tax”. Continue reading

Will Intel Crash and Burn Like RIM (Blackberry)?

Odd Bubbles Is Intel the Next RIM

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RIM’s Blackberry, enjoyed an amazing run during the last 10 years and believe it or not, 2011 was RIM’s most profitable year ever. That was just last year people!

Intel isn’t in the most precarious situation as they are still a market leader in the semi-conductor industry and there are a lot of PC and servers out there. The question is, will Intel fall victim to the complacency that inevitably caused RIM to fall from grace? Here are some interesting facts to consider: Continue reading

Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Ad – What’s With the Clicks?

So Microsoft is a bit behind in the game of tablets and now they’re going to spend a billion dollars in advertising for their new Surface tablet. I had the opportunity to try it out at Sourcefest in August and it seemed cool. It reminded me a bit of my XBOX Live dashboard, with the design based on boxes instead of icons. I love my XBOX and it’s multimedia functionality. Connecting you PC media to your XBOX 360 is a great convenience for anyone who likes to access their media files straight on the TV.

Honestly, I don’t know how the Surface tablet will do as not many people adopted Windows Phone devices. I’m using an iPad 2 right now and I must say that I am pleasantly surprised about its usefulness. I’m also considering getting a Nexus 7 tablet but it’s hard to justify having two tablets lying around the house.

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Smartphone Patent War Misses the Point

We’ve all heard about the ongoing legal battles between Apple and Samsung. Apple sued Samsung for copying their idea for the round-cornered rectangle and infringing on their other patents. They managed to get an injunction this past June to ban sales of Samsung’s latest tablets and phones in the US. A few weeks ago, the ban was lifted and Samsung added the iPhone 5 to their patent infringement countersuit.

Both companies are missing the point. They’re both missing an incredible opportunity to build their respective brands and compete where it counts: in the marketplace.  The competitive situation both companies are in can potentially create some of the greatest marketing and advertising campaigns that would rival the Cola Wars in the 1980s and 1990s.

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