GoPro Hero Silver vs. Black – Rhino Gear

The release of the GoPro Hero 4 caused a lot of waves, it is probably the most bought action camera on the market, it dominates that market segment, and you see it every where. Now with the release of the GoPro Hero 4 everyone wants one, but which one do you get?

Rhino makes some fantastic camera rigs, sliders, stabilizers, and go pro accessories. And in this video they done a very simple and straight forward comparison between the Black & the Silver, and its not as one sided as you would expect.

Link: RhinoGear

Google Nexus 6 – So This One They Speced Out!

I couldn’t have said it any quicker, just as I was talking about the OnePlus One device being what the Nexus 5 should have been built as, Google has answered me with the Nexus 6. A Moto X on steroids, all the best possible specifications put into Google’s flagship phone, this is same case as the Nexus 5 based on the LG G2. As with any new Nexus launch it is the first device to be launch with Android 5.0 aka Lollipop which has that clean crisp look that was displayed previously by Google a few months back.

The biggest difference with this Nexus is the 6-inch display — bigger than both the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus, a. Like the Note 4. Google’s Nexus 6 also uses a Quad HD display, which means that text and images on the phone should still be really sharp, despite its large size. The phone has a Snapdragon 805 processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, a 3220 mAh battery, and two front-facing speakers. It comes in blue or white, and 32 GB or 64 GB, starting at $649 unlocked, I’m assuming it will be $749 for the 64GB version. It can include either 32 or 64GB of internal storage and comes in either blue or white. And since it’s made by Motorolla it also has the Turbo Charging feature, which means you can charge it up to 6 hours of use in 15 mins.

And the best part of this Nexus unlike all the others is that LTE will work in the middle east LTE Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/9/19/20/28/41. Gorilla Glass 3 for a phone this size is a must, at 5.97 inches, this is no joke. This is the first Phablet I have ever purchased, lets see how it feels.

Link: Google Nexus 6 Store

OnePlus One – An Interesting Android Device

Everyone this month has gone Apple crazy for iPhone 6 & Plus and honestly it isn’t much to be excited about, but the OnePlus One is something to be excited about. With Cyanogen this one is as unique as it gets from a first time manufacturer packing high end specifications for a reasonably priced phone to be exact the 64 GB sells for $350 which is less then half of the Samsung Galaxy S5 for $750 and the HTC One M8 for $650. The OnePlus One comes in White 16 GB& Black 64 GB, and the design of the device and build of the device rivals the best of them.

The powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with global 4G LTE is coupled with an immersive 5.5″ 1080p display for over a day’s worth of battery life packed 3100 mAh. With a 13 Megapixel camera it takes some very nice shots from all the sample pictures I have seen. And a front facing 5 Megapixel camera which shoots beautifully.

 

The best part is the extremely customizable software which most geeks know very well, Cyanogen. But the difference in this case is that OnePlus has worked closely with Cyanogen to make this a deeply customizable operating system, and you can even have it look like a Samsung Device, Google Android Vanilla, LG Device, Motorolla, and more.

This piece of hardware is customizable to the nth degree and has all the bells and whistles of most of the flagship phones and price wise it is unbeatable. Google should have made something like this instead of the low spec Nexus 5. Mine is on the way, and to order one you have to register, and thanks to K he forwarded his registration over to me, so mine is on the way. I will have a more technical review once I have the device in hand.

Link: OnePlus

 

iPhone 6 & Plus – Price Gouging Kuwait

Prices in Kuwait are always crazy when the iPhone gets launched and the demand for the phone in Kuwait is insane. And with insanity come insane prices, and a lot of people are willing to pay those prices because they can’t wait a few weeks or a month or two to get it at the normal prices. As usual Jackie has all the info on anything Apple:

iPhone 6  16GB 203 KWD, 64GB 234 KWD, 128GB 266 KWD – US Pricing Including Taxes
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB 234 KWD, 64 GB 266 KWD, 128GB 297 KWD – US Pricing Including Taxes

Current Pricing in Kuwait: 

iPhone 6  16GB 390 KWD, 64GB 420 KWD, 128GB 460 KWD

The price increase of the phones is between 75 to 95% which is insane and the funny part is that the phones are selling out in Kuwait. It seems there are a lot of people who are willing to pay these prices.

Windows HTC One (M8)

When I first heard that HTC will be making another high end Windows Phone I thought that was great, only to find out it’s the HTC One M8, now thats a surprise but a very smart move.The exact same hardware but installing the Windows Phone 8.1 on it is the smartest moves HTC have done, it will only expand their audience. The last HTC Windows phone I had was the HTC One X which was a great device but very weak on the hardware side.

Now this will be in competition with the Nokia Lumia 930 which is currently the high end model from Nokia with WP 8.1 and I am loving it. There were will lots of comparisons between the two and I for one will be making my own to describe two very different devices.

The M8 for Windows has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage as its Android counterpart. The 5-inch screen has the same 1080p resolution, and both front-facing BoomSound speakers are present and functional. The rear camera is the same 4-megapixel Ultrapixel camera with HTC’s Duo Camera depth-sensing tech, while the front-facing camera is the same 5-megapixel unit. The only major differences are that the Windows version will only come in the gunmetal gray color.

Link: TheVerge

Google – Android Wear

After months of rumors, Google is officially entering the wearables market. On March 18th, 2014, the company unveiled a specialized version of Android — Android Wear — designed to power smartwatches and other wearable products. On the same day of its major announcement, Google also revealed that it’s already signed on a number of hardware partners including LG and Motorola to help realize its vision.

Android Wear promises to deliver notifications, reminders, and navigation directions. Google says it also puts a huge focus on fitness tracking. The first smartwatches running the platform are set to arrive this year. Google has already released a preview of Android Wear to ensure that smartphone apps are optimized with support for the operating system by the time it reaches consumer devices.

Link: TheVerge

The Simple Known Facts:

  • Automatic Passive Reminders – Sort of like Google Now – Requests are started by saying “Ok Google”
  • Connects Automatically
  • Touch & Voice Reply
  • Circular (Motorola 360) & Square (LG) – They are working with a few other manufacturers
  • The new Android Wear is promised to be released around summer so I have high expectations to get my hands on it by then
  • Screen Resolution is Unknown, but from the video it looks impressive
  • Battery Life hasn’t been disclosed yet

Now seeing this I got excited, Google is throwing their full force into this and here I thought Apple would be releasing a wearable product first, but it seems Google stayed quiet just a few months before release. I’m hoping its going to be much more reasonably priced then the $1500 Google Glass, and I still haven’t tried it out. The best part is that Google is working with multiple manufacturers to bring these to people as soon as possible and to give you options. The Sony Smartwatch 2 was a pretty good watch to give you information but not seemlessly and not all features worked with every phone, and honestly the Samsung Galaxy Gear was a good effort but really fell short in my opinion, it even failed to connect with a lot of the S4s the samsung application store left a lot to be desired, and I think they realized people don’t care about a crappy camera on a watch. I for one tried both of them out and really wanted to like them but they couldn’t replace my watch, it was fun to get the information but it didn’t have everything I wanted and needed. I’m hoping that Android Wear learned from other manufacturer’s mistakes and made something that can work seamlessly and provide all the information that you would want with a decent battery, and one important thing, I really hope it’s water proof.

Loved the music that went with this video, gets you excited to use it.

Gazer Automated Stabilizer

The one thing about taking shots on the move is that the shots usually come out very shaky, and getting to be smooth is a difficult task. There are lots of great kits out there in the market but they all take practice and skill to get the right weights perfectly to shoot with these stabilizers, I always wondered if there was an automated stabilizer and thankfully someone else was thinking the same idea and brought it to Kickstarter.

There are different models for different uses, for those who want to shoot with a GoPro or Camera phone there is one, and those who want to use a point and shoot there is a different model and there is one for a DSLR and they look very simple to use. I already made a pledge for the SP1 & MD1 for my usual use as thats what I shoot with mostly. Check it out if this interests you as there are is only a few days left to back this project.

Link: Kickstarter

LG G Flex

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A ridiculously large phone that bends, I’m honestly impressed with the specifications of the phone. The other large phones out there are the HTC One XL & Samsung Note 3 with the Note 3 being much more successful then the One XL. The LG G Flex is the best specced flexible curved phone out in the market at this point with a lot of interesting features.

Specifications

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 6-inch flexible OLED screen at 720 x 1280
  • Rear mounted power and volume controls
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 802.11 b/g/n/ac dual-band Wifi
  • A-GPS and GLONASS support
  • 13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera
  • 3500mAh battery
  • 160.5 x 81.6 x 8.7 mm; 177g

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I like that it has very good hardware specifications for a phone this size, and I like that its flexible. The only thing that is annoying about this phone is that it is Android 4.2.2 and not 4.4.1 which would be much better. LG has been very successful with the LG 2 and lots of great opinions about the phone so this one might be just as good even though the software is somewhat dated.

I really like that it’s curved and I want to try it out to see just how it feels. The interesting part is the self healing rear cover meant to withstand scratches in your pocket, not direct intentional scratches.

PicsFrom Gigaom

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iPad Air in Kuwait

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The iPad air has made it’s way to Kuwait and it is flying off the shelves. Now the iPad Mini 2 is up for sale on Apple as of a few days ago but hasn’t made it to Kuwait yet. As usual there are few stores that have it in stock and Blink is on top of it.

Blink.com.kw – iPad Air

  • 16 GB Wifi – 165 KWD
  • 32 GB Wifi – 219 KWD
  • 64 GB Wifi – 259 KWD
  • 128 GB Wifi – 295 KWD
  • 16 GB 4G – 219 KWD

Pricing in Kuwait ranges from 15% to 30% more then the Apple Store prices but that isn’t too bad considering that 10-15 KWD would be attributed to shipping, and we would still be cheaper then buying it in the UK. I for one am going to wait for the iPad Mini 2 because it has all the specifications and features that I want.

To Do List – Applications For Every Need

GoogleKeep

I am always attached to my phone one way or another, and having a list of things that I need to complete with work and outside of Work is very important. Sometimes we all have too much to remember and even the best of us forget, and I tend to do that these days.

Prevouisly the only real useful online list for me was RememberTheMilk but luckily with the development of Android there are much better note taking/list making applications.

MicrosoftOneNote

Right now my favorite Apps:

  • Microsoft OneNote
  • Google Keep
  • Evernote
  • Simplenote

Each one of them functions does basically the same things but each one has more options and sometimes more useful for different tasks. Quick follow ups I tend to use Google Keep so I have to do lists, Note taking and information I use OneNote mostly and sometimes Simplenote. And Evernote to take notes on Articles or things I want to keep in mind or details on travel plans that I later move to OneNote if I’m going to action it. 70% I use either Google Keep or Microsoft OneNote, 25% on Evernote & 5% on Simpelnote.

Each one will satisfy different requirements and I recommend that you check them all out as some people like one more then the other. I’m enjoying using all of them for my specific needs.

Evernote