Archive for the ‘Hardware’ category

Android users outraged over Motorola’s broken promise | Mobile – CNET News

October 7th, 2012


There will always be companies that make assertions that can’t be delivered. Unfortunately this becomes much more of an issue when the consumer is under contract and made that decision based assurances from the device manufacturer. People are claiming that Motorola Mobility (Google by extension) have done just this.

Try to get a Galaxy S3 on Thursday, June 21st

June 18th, 2012

This might very well be an exercise in futility.

I plan on heading to my local, ‘Corporate’ Sprint store to acquire a shiny, brand new, Samsung Galaxy S3 on Thursday, June 21st. I have no illusion that they will have any in stock. I just want to be able to say that I tried to accomplish this.

Looking at this device gives me shivers of anticipation. More so than any other phone released to date. The lines…the thinness…the speed and functionality, I can only anticipate right now.


Will they have an excuse? Some reason why I cannot have one. Maybe some reason that they need to charge me more than is reasonable. I have been dealing with Sprint for a few years and I can safely say that they are really no different than any of the other carriers. I understand the need to be profitable…but really?

We’ll see what happens on Thursday.

Is The One S’ Micro-Arc Oxidation Ceramic Surface Failing?

April 10th, 2012

Apparently some owners of the highly promoted HTC One S are experiencing some build quality issues with their new devices.

XDA user enlan recently opened a thread containing photos of a One S with rather unsightly damage near the sharp top edge of the device, causing several other users to chime in, either confirming that their devices had similar damage or questioning how HTC could make such an oversight. is having what appears to be an informal poll concerning this alarming development.

Where are the Quad Core Tablets?

March 1st, 2012

The top echelon of Android device manufacturers have, so far, given consumers a huge let down this year. MWC2012 All the signs and all the rumors indicate that 2012 is the year of the Quad Core tablets.


Most people think of the Tegra3 as the holy grail of quad core chips and that the Android tablet performance revolution rests in Nvidia’s hands. They are right in this thinking. Nvidia has led the charge in the development of the quad core architecture, starting way back with the Tegra2. The problem that most device manufacturers are having right now is two fold.

Price point and competition.

Competition is easy. Figure out how to remove the blindfold from so many iPad fans eyes and you will have new customers.

Price Point is another matter. With Barnes & Noble and Amazon pricing their tablets in the basement with the hope of making it up on content sales. It makes selling your similar looking device at a profitable price point much harder. There is really only one way to create residual revenue on a tablet sale and that is to create your own affordable, desirable content market. Good Luck!

I would classify this as one of the chief reasons for a lack of updated and upgraded tablets so far this year. I am holding out hope for the often spoke about mystery ASUS 7″ with a Tegra3 and Android 4.0 supposedly out in the second quarter. All this goodness for $249 seems completely impossible from a profit standpoint though.


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