Will Apple’s new MacBook Air have better graphics?

Apple’s MacBook Air line of portable computers has never really been known for their performance. But that doesn’t mean Apple is going to leave it that way. Apple really owes it to their customers to provide a capable laptop, considering that you will most likely be paying in excess of one grand. CNET contributor Brooke Crothers says that the new Air might include an Intel Ivy Bridge processor with their onboard Intel HD 4000 graphics. That would be an improvement upon the previous Air’s slightly disappointing graphics. But this is not set in stone; in fact, some people say that this improvement is unlikely, and considering the iPad 3’s surprisingly unchanged specs, I don’t find this improvement to be all that likely, either.

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My First Experience with Factoidz

Just yesterday, I signed up for a writers’ account on a website called Factoidz, which allows writers like me share their knowledge with the world, while getting paid to do so. The moment I entered the homepage, I was impressed. It had a simplistic, easy to use layout that displayed new and interesting articles. I signed up for an account, and immediately began writing my first article. I put everything that I had into that humble article about black holes, and I wrote for hours. After having hunched over the computer for 4 hours, I decided that the article was ready for submission. Only three hours later, I received an email stating that I had published my first factoid. When I read that I had earned my first eight cents, I was overjoyed. I felt like I would be responsible for an ‘A’ on some middle-schooler’s kid’s science project, or maybe even a ‘B-‘ on a high-school student’s physics exam. I couldn’t wait to tell everyone I knew that an article that I wrote was sitting on the ‘Just published’ page.

It really is worth it to sign up, and if you are dedicated, you can even make money. If you want to make an account, here is my refferal link: http://factoidz.com/create-account.php?referaff=5H52168


HTC Amaze 4g (T-Mobile) Review

Is HTC getting a bit too cocky? Not at all. At least, not more than they deserve to be. The Amaze 4g really does live up to its’ name.

Camera

This phone is a flagship device. Not only for HTC, but for Android in general. It rivals the Galaxy S II, and in some aspects, completely surpasses it. The camera is one of those aspects. This is truly the mother of all cameraphones. Now, the fact that cameraphones are just that, camera phones, you can’t really expect DSLR-quality photos. Unless that cameraphone is the Amaze 4g.

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Yep. Believe it or not, that was taken by my Amaze. Bask in the 8MP, macro glory.

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Another picture. The focus feature on the camera is stupendous. Not to mention the TWO dedicated camera buttons; one for video and one for photos.

There are many different settings that can be tweaked within the camera app, such as the exposure level, effects, etc.. There are also a bunch of camera modes, such as night mode, which allows you to take better photos in dimly lit places. My favorite is the macro mode, which allows you to take pictures up close, without losing focus.

The phone can also shoot 1080p video, which is also pretty good. The sound quality could use some work by HTC, but overall, videos turn out great.

Design

It’s almost as if HTC has a trademark on industrial, bulk-ily designed smart phones. The Amaze follows this same trend, and it does it with style. This thing is thick and meaty. At almost half an inch thick, it might feel a bit awkward if you have small hands, but the aluminum/plastic design is as high of quality as you can get. It is also pretty tall, but how else could they fit that huge, 4.3-inch screen into this little machine? It is also heavier than most run-of-the-mill smartphones, weighing about 173g. Definately bigger than the Galaxy S II, and that’s not a bad thing.

Screen

As mentioned earlier, The screen is 4.3 inches diagonally; pretty big for a phone. Being a qHD screen, it has resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, giving it an edge against the GSII’s 480 x 800 screen. Also, the Super LCD display is very vivid and bright, however it doesn’t have the best viewing angles, and bright lights tend to wash out the color a bit.

Hardware

Talk about powerful. With a dual-core, 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, and 1GB of RAM, you’re going to have a hard time finding something that this phone can’t do. Even the most graphically-intense games will play smoothly, so forget about lag. There is also 16GB of ROM storage, and a micro-SD card slot that supports up to a 32GB SDHC. The only drawback to such a powerful machine, is the sheer amount of power needed to keep the device operating. And the battery won’t last you long.

Battery

It would be foolish to expect good battery life out of such a power hog. Although it does do well on the power management field, the battery life is still less than adequate. You’ll get about six hours if you just talk on the phone, and while using processor-intensive apps, expect less than three hours. At 1730 mAh, the battery is huge, but that still isn’t enough to keep this power-house running all day. Turn your GPS and Bluetooth off while your not using them, and crank your brightness way down.

Software

The Amaze is running Android Gingerbread 2.3.4, and is expected to receive an update to ICS sometime after this March. I am personally a big fan of HTC’s Sence UI, which is basically a pretty overlay that makes Android more user-friendly. The Amaze is still running Sense 3.0, while some of HTC’s other Android devices are on 3.5. It is expected to receive that update with the update to ICS.

The Amaze 4g

I am absolutely in love with this phone. Even with some of the flaws, such as the battery life, this phone really did meet my expectations, and beyond. If you are looking for a powerhouse, that can still boast about its’ beauty, than the Amaze is for you.


No ASUS Transformer Prime review, HTC Amaze 4G instead

I was not able to get my hands on the Prime, however, I ordered the HTC Amaze 4G and I’m going to review it when it arrives.


Toshiba NB255-N250 Netbook Review

Hey guys, and merry Christmas! Today on CB, I am reviewing the Toshiba NB255-N250 netbook. This netbook is great for writing documents, watching videos, and browsing the web.

If you would like to purchase one of these netbooks, they are around $300 on Amazon. http://amzn.to/sdHGxZ

Thank you guys for watching!

I’ll have my hands on a Transformer Prime in a few days, and I will be reviewing it for you guys! So subscribe to be notified when this review is released!


Samsung Galaxy S2 Review

Are you ready for this amazingly fast Android Gingerbread-wielding phone? No… not phone. BEAST. Yes. This phone is a beast in every way, whether your watching a movie on its 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (that’s a mouth full), or filming a full HD (that’s 1080p) video of your cat, or even if your sitting back and playing Need for Speed on its 1.2GHz dual-core processor. If that doesn’t sell you, I’m not done.

With its 18-hour talk time, you can chat with your friends as much as you want, and since its 4G-capable, you can watch HD movies and download apps and games wherever you go. And this phone just looks physically amazing. It’s thin, its big, and it is extremely light, weighing in at less than 120g.

Just look at those curves! But all joking aside This thing just feels good in your hand. And finally, Samsung figured out that when the phone is plugged in, I still want to use it! Now, the USB port is located on the bottom of the phone, so I can actually type while it is charging.

Let’s get back to the display. As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy S2 has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. With this technology, Samsung has improved the viewing experience indoors and out. Indoors, it is very easy to see the bright, vivid colors which almost pop out at you if your watching a movie or even just reading a book. However, if you are outside, it can become a bit difficult to see what is on the screen. This is a problem with all smart-phones, and this will not ruin the user-experience whatsoever. I recommend turning the brightness up or using a light-colored wallpaper.

Another feature I would have liked to see is a  higher resolution display. Samsung is still using a 800×480, which doesn’t quite make sense when there are already qHD displays that display in 960×540. This is a minor flaw that will not ruin the experience.

The Galaxy S2 has great all quality, and the contacts and dialer applications are both very simple and very functional. The web browser is very fast and easy to use, however, with the Galaxy S2’s comparatively low screen resolution, there is a better web browsing experience to be had with a higher resolution device. That’s not to say that colors aren’t vibrant and it isn’t easy to read small text. Quite the contrary.

This phone is a perfect choice for someone that wants a speedy phone that is also extremely powerful. I would have to recommend this smartphone to anyone that seeks an enjoyable Android experience.


Music Bullet Mini-Speaker Review


Today, I am reviewing the Music Bullet Mini-Speaker, and amplifier for your MP3 player. Please enjoy the video!
If you want to pick one of these up, they are 35 bucks on amazon. It’s worth it. http://amzn.to/vrJIaq

I will have my hands on an ASUS Transformer Prime within a few weeks, so stay tuned for a review of this tablet!