Archos G9 Honeycomb Series

Not so long ago, Archos announced a series of “Internet Tablets” that ran android 2.1/2.2, and the questions being asked about it was, “is it going to be upgradeable to honeycomb?” Today Archos has debuted 2 new models for a new series of tablets, the G9 Series, the 101 G9 and the 80 G9, both tablets feature Android 3.1, a dual core OMAP 4 processor running at 1.5ghz, and a 250 gb seagate hard drive.The 101 G9 will cost $349, an affordable price compared to the other honeycomb tablets out there.(Asus Transformer, Motorola Xoom,Acer’s Iconia,etc.)The 8″ 80 G9 will run an attractive $249, which is an incredible price to pay for a honeycomb tablet. Both models can have the additional optional accessory of a $49 3g usb laptop stick to come with it. They begin shipping at the end of september.



Archos G9 official specs
Video for the G9 Series
More Features:


Adobe Flash Player support
Built-in features: Compass, GPS, speakers, G-sensor, Vibrator, Built-in kick stand, Built-in Microphone
Innovative 3G – The ARCHOS Gen 9 tablets have the ability to receive 3G mobile broadband signals using a USB 3G stick, it’s a $49 optional upgrade.
Camera – 720p front camera with 720p encoding
Battery life – Music playback time: up to 36 hrs; Video playback time: up to 7 hrs ;Internet navigation time: up to 10 hrs
Weight – ARCHOS 80 G9; 465g (17 oz) for 16GB flash model and 599g (21.9 oz) for the 250GB HDD model. ARCHOS 101 G9; 649g (23.8 oz 16GB flash model and 755g (27.7 oz) for 250GB HDD model.


The Zune’s Legacy

See that picture up there? to those of you who’ve owned a ZuneHD,you know what this is already. To those who are not sure what your looking at, this is the now playing screen for the ZuneHD Operating System, and the ‘Metro’ Os Design. Now look at this:

Looks similar right? those who own a Wp7 Device know what this is, and those who own a ZuneHD probably know what this is too. This is the now playing screen for the Wp7 Operating System, and the ‘Metro’ Os again. Now look towards the future at these:

Those 2 pictures are the future-Windows 8 and the Xbox 360 dashboard update. expected 2012 and fall(?) 2011, respectively. Donesnt this ‘Metro’ design seem like it stemmed from the Zune’s Operating system? with its starky 2d blocks of color and Oversized elegant font? I personally loved the Os of the Zune, and love how widely its being adapted, even to the desktop software Omnimo 4, which i personally use, shown below.

With The ‘Metro’ design hitting windows big product’s one by one, one would wonder: whats happened to the Zune players?
Well, the answer is simple really. They arent dead, but the prospects of new hardware isnt looking incredibly well either. The last firmware update for the Zune Hd was 4.5, released in april of 2010 i believe. The platform for the Zune HD is still surviving, as far as apps go anyways. Before I obtained my Lg Quantum, I was in the beta app testing program for the Zune HD, and there are some surprisingly useful apps still coming. I wish I could say more on them, but they havent been released yet, so I dont want to spoil the surprise. Anyway The ‘Zune’ Brand name is currently viewed by a majority of people as a failure sometimes compared the windows kin phones. Some argue that it was Microsoft’s marketing strategy, some that it was the lack of apps, ,Some would say:it has a tegra chip in it! why are there no great apps!? even though the purpose of the tegra chip in the Zune HD, according Dave Mac, is for HDMI output. But one thing no one would disrespect about the Zune HD was the look, sleekness, Amoled screen, or Music and Video Quality of the OS. Yet, news about the Windows Phone 7 Platform seems to be positive for the most part, with a dab of negativity only here or there(See Below for Wp7 news.). So as I wait, mainly for Windows 8 to start up, and for the Xbox 360 dashboard update, It’s nice to remember where this sleek, elegant design that will soon be connected across most of my devices came from.


Small Editorial

Technology

Wp7 Conundrum
So I read an interesting article on one of my favorite wp7 sites, wpcentral today. The article was about a summary of a statement made by Microsoft, stating that wp7 is their only mobile gaming platform(Wp7 is microsoft’s only solution to portable gaming.). That statement actually worried me, due to the latest problems Microsoft’s been having with its app’s.
Wp7 Marketplace spam
Wp7 marketplace spam again?
The spam problem already seemed bad from before, but now that Microsoft has made it clear that this is their direction platform wise, the spam problem, combined with another problem I’ve been seeing and considering as of late, is the quality of the app’s. I’ve seen a few articles about the quality of the app’s, but IMO if Microsoft is going to use wp7 as its solution to mobile gaming, it needs to step up. These are the people who gave us gears of war, halo, etc. So why aren’t we seeing any good exclusive titles besides the harvest(i didn’t see it for IOS or Android.)? Right now all I am seeing is ports, which to be fair, Android did start out similarly. Hopefully we’ll get some better titles after the developers conference for gamer’s in London, Seattle, And Tokyo coming soon.(Developers Conference) But as far as the wp7 gaming situation is concerned right now, I’m still pretty worried since I haven’t heard of any great exclusive titles yet.

Btw all of this was typed with my LG quantum, except this sentence.


Lg Quantum Hardware Review

Technology Review

the 2nd technology review of a product on this site!

HARDWARE

The LG quantum has some extra girth to it due to the landscape keyboard, but it still looks nice. The internals are 16GB storage(unfortunately there is no micro sd expansion option, but 16gb should be okay for the average user.), 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM,1 GHz Scorpion processor . On the outside however, the front of the handset sports a speaker, with a mic next to it. Below that is a 3.5” wvga capacitive touch screen, next is a tactile windows button That gives a nice audible click when pressed. Below that is the required two capacitive buttons for search and back.
The back of the handset features the 5 mega pixel camera in the middle. On the right side of the device is a volume rocker, and a dedicated camera button. Atop the handset is the power/lock button, and the standard 3.5mm jack. One problem I have with this phone is that when the device is locked, pressing the central windows button on the phone does not unlock the phone or show the screen saver. Instead you have to tap the power button to take you to the unlock screen, its an inconvenience to the user.

SOUND

The speaker that is located on the back of the phone is average at best. Music sounds slightly tinny. You’ll probably find yourself using headphones with media more than the speaker.

Camera

The 5mp camera is located on the back of the handset. The camera takes surprisingly nice pictures in the dark thanks to the nice LED flash located underneath the lens, along with nice 720p footage. Since this is my first review, I’m not sure how to review the camera other than to post actual sample pictures, so I guess that’s what I’ll do! Look below to find the pictures, some of them are on my new blog for pictures taken with this device, ShadowPicture555

Keyboard

The LG Quantum features a fully fledged, qwerty landscape keyboard. The keyboard has a set of directional keys, along with a emoticon, and symbol key. The keyboard shortcuts actually make the keyboard surprisingly easy to use. Each key has a alternate symbol on it, and all you do is hold down the key to add whichever symbol you wish, this method is fast and easy to use, as opposed to pressing the function button whenever you would want a single symbol.


Waiting on a new device come June 1st

Tech Post

Hey guys, just so you know, no im not dead, just dont have much to talk aboout right now, but come june 1st, I should be reviewing a nice samsung focus, the wp7 device, so just chill till then. 🙂


Zune Hd Price Drop On 64gb

Zune communities are all commenting on a recent price drop on the Zune Hd 16gb, and 32gb, I already own a Zune Hd and am thinking about writing a review on the Zune HD, but I also wanted to tell everyone that they can get a Zune Hd 64gb for $100 off on amazon right now. And I would like to say the Zune HD is an amazing product.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=httpshadowska-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B003ES5GWW


My Aluratek Cinepal APMP100F Review

Aluratek Cinepal APMP100F Personal Media Player Review


This is my first tech review on this website! I first saw this product about 2 months ago while I was cruising buy.com. I came across a link that show cased a company, Aluratek’s, products(http://www.buy.com/retail/superstore.asp?loc=68614). On that page I came upon the
About 1 month later, it was in my room.

Design



The cinepal features a 8.9 Inch 1024 x 600 LCD screen, with a black entirely plastic back, with a built in plastic kickstand that, although plastic, feels sturdy. At the bottom of the device are 2 speaker grills on the left and right.

There is a silver bezel that travels around all sides of this device, and on the top, going from left to right are the following buttons:

1.Lock switch
2.Power button
3.Mode/Back button
4.Previous/Next
5.Play/Pause
6.Volume +/-

On the right of this device are the following ports:

1.Mini USB port-The device comes with a micro USB to full USB adapter, so you can play videos or music off of a flash drive or even USB hard drive!)

2.Sd Card Slot-takes up to 32gb.

3.Av port-This device also comes with a pair of HD av cables for tv out.

4.Headphone port

5.Dc charging port-I’m disappointed that this device only charges through dc and not USB.


The following items arrived in the package:
Sleeve for the device
Remote
Tv out cables
Mini usb to full Usb adapter
HDTV out cables


Not all the items I listed are in the photo, some are in use.



Video

“Support HD video in AVI, VOB, DAT, MPG, MPEG, DivX, H.264, MKV, and RM / RMVB”

I’ve tried all of these formats not in HD, and am happy to say all of them have played. The support for all of these formats remind me of French Manufacturer Archos’ amazing video support.  I have experienced hiccups when playing certain 720p hd videos downloaded from YouTube. For instance one music video plays very well, but if it’s rewound, the video’s audio will get off sync, another video simply didn’t play, with a message that read:Please wait…, but only played the audio and no video.


My camera takes bad pictures, but trust me, video looks amazing on this device. Here it is running the latest episode of the simpsons in rmvb.

Music

I’ll be honest, the music experience isn’t very great, the main reason I bought this player was for the video capabilities.   On the now playing screen, there is no album artwork, there is only Id3 tag information(artist, album, sound quality, and the size of the individual song). There is also a choice of 5 eq’s, from normal,classic,jazz,pop, and rock. The sound quality of the speakers is good IMO, but they don’t get very loud when at their max for movies. It should work fine for music, but if not you can just plug it into some speakers that use a standard 3.5mm jack.

Pictures

Pictures can turn this device into a entirely different experience, just load your photos on the internal memory, or Sd card, choose how you want the transition from pic to pic to look(there are about 5 choices from scroll up/down,page up/down, diagonal.) and set your music to play at the same time, and then you’ve got a digital photo frame. The picture quality looks stunning.

Conclusion

The Cinepal is an amazing product for the price you’ll pay, which is 119.00+shipping on amazon. No, it doesnt run Froyo,Gingerbread or Honeycomb, or have a capacitive touch screen, or run windows 7 or iOS 4.3. Its just a portable media player that runs video’s very well. For the price everyone should consider purchasing one.

Rating:7/10

Pro’s:
Amazing Video Support
Amazing Screen Quality
Able to play files from usb flash drives and/or usb hard drives.
Very nice transformation to a digital photo frame using slide show with music running in background.
HDTV aux out

Cons:
That its not available from the manufacturer i bought from on amazon for 75 dollars lol
Viewing angles are not great.
Bland Now playing Music Screen.

Link To Buy One:Aluratek Cinepal APMP100F Personal Media Player
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=httpshadowska-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B00365YT4E&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr
Company:http://aluratek.com/

Aluratek makes other products too. E-readers,Digital camera’s,iPod docks, and more. Based on the quality of the cinepal, I might be buying another one of their products pretty soon.


My Aluratek Cinepal APMP100F Review

Aluratek Cinepal APMP100F Personal Media Player Review


This is my first tech review on this website! I first saw this product about 2 months ago while I was cruising buy.com. I came across a link that show cased a company, Aluratek’s, products(http://www.buy.com/retail/superstore.asp?loc=68614). On that page I came upon the
About 1 month later, it was in my room.

Design



The cinepal features a 8.9 Inch 1024 x 600 LCD screen, with a black entirely plastic back, with a built in plastic kickstand that, although plastic, feels sturdy. At the bottom of the device are 2 speaker grills on the left and right.

There is a silver bezel that travels around all sides of this device, and on the top, going from left to right are the following buttons:

1.Lock switch
2.Power button
3.Mode/Back button
4.Previous/Next
5.Play/Pause
6.Volume +/-

On the right of this device are the following ports:

1.Mini USB port-The device comes with a micro USB to full USB adapter, so you can play videos or music off of a flash drive or even USB hard drive!)

2.Sd Card Slot-takes up to 32gb.

3.Av port-This device also comes with a pair of HD av cables for tv out.

4.Headphone port

5.Dc charging port-I’m disappointed that this device only charges through dc and not USB.


The following items arrived in the package:
Sleeve for the device
Remote
Tv out cables
Mini usb to full Usb adapter
HDTV out cables


Not all the items I listed are in the photo, some are in use.



Video

“Support HD video in AVI, VOB, DAT, MPG, MPEG, DivX, H.264, MKV, and RM / RMVB”

I’ve tried all of these formats not in HD, and am happy to say all of them have played. The support for all of these formats remind me of French Manufacturer Archos’ amazing video support.  I have experienced hiccups when playing certain 720p hd videos downloaded from YouTube. For instance one music video plays very well, but if it’s rewound, the video’s audio will get off sync, another video simply didn’t play, with a message that read:Please wait…, but only played the audio and no video.


My camera takes bad pictures, but trust me, video looks amazing on this device. Here it is running the latest episode of the simpsons in rmvb.

Music

I’ll be honest, the music experience isn’t very great, the main reason I bought this player was for the video capabilities.   On the now playing screen, there is no album artwork, there is only Id3 tag information(artist, album, sound quality, and the size of the individual song). There is also a choice of 5 eq’s, from normal,classic,jazz,pop, and rock. The sound quality of the speakers is good IMO, but they don’t get very loud when at their max for movies. It should work fine for music, but if not you can just plug it into some speakers that use a standard 3.5mm jack.

Pictures

Pictures can turn this device into a entirely different experience, just load your photos on the internal memory, or Sd card, choose how you want the transition from pic to pic to look(there are about 5 choices from scroll up/down,page up/down, diagonal.) and set your music to play at the same time, and then you’ve got a digital photo frame. The picture quality looks stunning.

Conclusion

The Cinepal is an amazing product for the price you’ll pay, which is 119.00+shipping on amazon. No, it doesnt run Froyo,Gingerbread or Honeycomb, or have a capacitive touch screen, or run windows 7 or iOS 4.3. Its just a portable media player that runs video’s very well. For the price everyone should consider purchasing one.

Rating:7/10

Pro’s:
Amazing Video Support
Amazing Screen Quality
Able to play files from usb flash drives and/or usb hard drives.
Very nice transformation to a digital photo frame using slide show with music running in background.
HDTV aux out

Cons:
That its not available from the manufacturer i bought from on amazon for 75 dollars lol
Viewing angles are not great.
Bland Now playing Music Screen.

Link To Buy One:Aluratek Cinepal APMP100F Personal Media Player
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=httpshadowska-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B00365YT4E&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr
Company:http://aluratek.com/

Aluratek makes other products too. E-readers,Digital camera’s,iPod docks, and more. Based on the quality of the cinepal, I might be buying another one of their products pretty soon.