Category : Gadgets

iOS or Android?

The Android vs iOS battle is like this generations Coke vs Pepsi. With so many options along with people’s brand loyalty it is a battle that may never have a winner, even here with our employees at BVA. I started off with Android a few years back and loved it. Then I went ahead and got a iPhone because my husband had a MacBook and I was getting one in the near future as well. I hated it so much I tried to return it but now I don’t see going back.

There is an article that caught my eye though about Androids best selling points and it got me thinking about how they have really stepped up their game. Not only does it give customers more features and options it is also on the more affordable side of things. To read more about what Android has brought to the table click here.

Marvell is releasing Quad-Core

Marvell is releasing a quad-core chip named PXA1088 which is set to be in phones and tablets later this year. It has an ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core chip with support for global HSPA+ networks.

It seems as though Marvell is changing its game a little to better suit the U.S. market.  Marvell products were used in many Blackberry products until 3 years ago when they changed their market focus. While they are still a big hit in China this new PXA1088 is geared more towards $100 price range phones.

This handy new chip is rumored to be displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Spain this month. Stayed tuned with our blog here at BVA for the latest information about this and other new gadgets.

 

Dell’s “Project Ophelia”

Another product that seems to have grabbed some attention at this year’s CES is Dell’s 3.5-inches long by 1.5-inches wide device that they named “Project Ophelia”. Dell is attempting to have a release date set for sometime this summer and will cost under $100.

While its size is quite small it claims to pack a lot of punch doing a lot of work through Dell’s PocketCloud. There are 2 usb ports on the device designed for a keyboard and mouse on this thumb size “computer” of sorts. You can utilize the USB the device has and plug it into your computer at home or you can use the MHL port allowing users to convert and computer or TV monitor to a computer. One downfall to that is MHL is roughly four years old and only a handful of companies offer it in their products.

Personally once this type of device becomes a little more fine-tuned it may turn out to be a handy thing to own, but until then I see it as just another small gadget to loose. It seems like a great concept but if you don’t have the right set-up you’ll be using a computer anyways or have to carry around a mouse and a keyboard which defeats its purpose. The team here at BVA will keep our eyes on “Product Ophelia’s” next step and we will see where it goes.

 

Toshiba’s New Tablet

We have the Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface, not to mention countless of other options in the tablet world. Toshiba is releasing the Regza AT501 in Japan this month sometime.  I view it as another attempt to be part of the market again outside of Japan after the AT500 didn’t make it big when they launched it in the UK in 2011.  While it does sync up with the Regza Link Share program so users can watch shows recorded from the Toshiba Regza TV units it seems fairly entry level, and it is priced at $481.  The 10.1in size tablet comes with features like the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 5 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front camera, and has a 4G option. Personally I don’t see this product stacking up to its competitors but I see Toshiba traveling in the right direction and maybe one day they’ll get there.

Surface Windows 8 Pro Review

Many of us BVA employee’s like to test out new gadgets but we are not always lucky enough to get our hands on them. One such item is Windows Surface Pro 8 by Microsoft. It’s been in some recent commercials along with getting some amazing reviews. It has gotten picked for the editor’s choice over at pamag.com for best tablet. The review covers comparisons, specs, aside from just a product review and I find it to be very knowledgeable especially if you are thinking of turning to tablets for business needs. So please feel free to read pcmag.com’s review here.

Nexus 4 and Google Now

Last night during The Grammy’s there was one commercial that caught our eye’s here at BVA and that was the Nexus 4/Google Now advertisement. The commercial showcased users’ from around the world using the phone for various things like translating lanuages, video-chatting, and giving directions for subway travelers.

In my home we are big on Apple products and when Siri came out I was pretty amazed by the things it could do. I am happy to see Google coming out with something that is comparable to Siri because I think that type of system puts a whole new meaning to a “Smart Phone”. Hopefully one day I can see what Google Now has to offer and compare the two side by side. Until you see that blog go up feel free to watch the commercial and give me your take on it. Watch the Google Now/Nexus 4 Commercial here.

 

 

 

iPad 4 128GB set to release Feb. 5th

The tech folks here at BVA love to test out gadgets and with the way Apple comes out with new toys on a regular basis it usually give us something to talk about. The newest Apple release will be the iPad 4 which will debut on February 5th. What is so special about this one? Well, the iPad 4 is a 128GB iPad with Retina Display along with almost double the performance power due to its A6X processor (an upgraded version of the A6 which is in the iPhone 5).

“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and every day they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phillip Schiller. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”

To me the biggest draw would be double the memory, but aside from that it has a 9.7-inch Retina display, iOS 6,1 and wireless performance, iTunes Match, and FaceTime HD camera. When you purchase an iPad you get 800,000 options from the AppStore with 300,000 of them specifically designed for the iPad so the chance of you getting bored is slim to none. This generation iPad seems to be focused more towards the business users which I think is a great idea on their part considering a reported 85% of the Global 500 businesses either have iPads or are testing out what they can do for the functionality of their business. I think this is also the reasoning for the hefty price tag too. The iPad w/ wi-fi will start at $799 and the iPad w/ wi-fi + Cellular will be a whopping $929.

Worst Gadgets of 2012

We here at BVA have worked really hard throughout the year like all of you and every once in a while we need a good laugh. This article  is a perfect example of people who may have a little too much time on their hands. So if you’ve done all of your year-end work and you need a good time killer, scroll through the Huffington Post’s 2012 list of the most unneccesary gadgets and pick your favorite! Personally I am trying to figure out which is funnier, Mr.Marinator or the Sun Visor Video player…see for yourself. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/12/worst-of-ces-2012_n_1203077.html#s608061&title=The_iNuke_Boom