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Ipad Wi-Fi And 3G Model Review

The Apple’s iPad with 3G and WI-FI connectivity is begging to become a sales leader. The 3G experience is great, the only problem being finding a WI-FI access point at times. The difference between this iPad and the regular one is slim. The two products share almost all of the same features, excluding the 3G network and a Global Position System function.

The price of the iPad with the added features will add a little bit more to the price tag. The iPad with 3G networking brings the cost up to an extra one hundred and thirty dollars above the original price tag. The higher price only covers the 3G hardware installed into the iPad. Also, in order to use the service, you need to order the service. AT T; and Apple have teamed up to give you two options. One, you pay 15 dollars a month and it lets you transfer 250MB of data, or second, you can pay 30 a month for transfer of unlimited data. Unlike the iPhone service deal, which requires a contract deal, you can cancel the 3G service at any time!

The WI-FI option is the better option to use over the 3G service. WI-FI is superior when it comes to speed. It’s like you are using a superboost wifi because the speed connection is certainly unbelievable. WI-FI has been tested to have speeds 70X faster at downloads, and 30X faster at uploading speed. But of course, the speeds will vary for you, given your location and performance of service. AT T; has a considerably bad rep with it’s 3G network, being a big complaint for iPhone user’s. I’ve experienced frequent poor coverage, dropping of my signal, and slow service.If you are in an area with good 3G coverage, you should see the iPad’s performance to be perfectly good for most common apps, such as e-mail, web surfing, and keeping up with social-networking sites! You might see significant problems with 3G streaming video, audio, viewing maps, and more. I had some frequent freezes in playback waiting for a re buffering of data.

Watching video over 3G was practically unwatchable, compared to WI-FI which is very clear. You tend to get same clarity of video from 3G as seen on the iPhone. Any bandwidth intensive tasks take a long time to complete, but performance seems to vary widely from different locations, some being better then others!

The plan is very simple. You sign up, monitor the usage, you can change your current plan, and cancel it from the iPad’s setting feature. Once a data plan is bought (prepaid), you should not cancel because you pretty much have it for a month. Canceling or changing the plan wont take effect till after the current billing cycle. If your doing anything that requires lots of bandwidth, I would suggest shelling out the 30 dollars for unlimited upload/download limits! Using streaming services can use up to and over 100 megabytes within an hour. If you only check emails and such, then the 15 dollar a month deal is good for you.

The power of the battery involved doesn’t really get too badly effected by the 3G hardware. If you use the WI-FI, the power is not that much of a change. The battery will dip low rather quickly when using the 3G service, but I could always get a full days use out of the battery using 3G. It has more of a drain on the batteries since this model contains four radio chips, which can and will run at the same time. It has the cellular connection, Global Position System, WI-FI and a blue tooth chip. Running all four at once took the battery low much quicker than I expected.

The 3G option gives this model a better flexibility, but the question comes down to the fact of, do you need to have the added 3G coverage,to basically the shelling out of the 130 extra dollars, and it doesn’t include anything other than the added 3G coverage. The good point of having this added option is if you find yourself without the option of a WI-FI spot, this device really comes in handy! All in all, I’m pretty satisfied with putting up the extra cash for the option!

The Apple’s iPad with 3G and WI-FI connectivity is begging to become a sales leader. The 3G experience is great, the only problem being finding a WI-FI access point at times. The difference between this iPad and the regular one is slim. The two products share almost all of the same features, excluding the 3G network and a Global Position System function.

The price of the iPad with the added features will add a little bit more to the price tag. The iPad with 3G networking brings the cost up to an extra one hundred and thirty dollars above the original price tag. The higher price only covers the 3G hardware installed into the iPad. Also, in order to use the service, you need to order the service. AT T; and Apple have teamed up to give you two options. One, you pay 15 dollars a month and it lets you transfer 250MB of data, or second, you can pay 30 a month for transfer of unlimited data. Unlike the iPhone service deal, which requires a contract deal, you can cancel the 3G service at any time!

The WI-FI option is the better option to use over the 3G service. WI-FI is superior when it comes to speed. It’s like you are using a superboost wifi because the speed connection is certainly unbelievable. WI-FI has been tested to have speeds 70X faster at downloads, and 30X faster at uploading speed. But of course, the speeds will vary for you, given your location and performance of service. AT T; has a considerably bad rep with it’s 3G network, being a big complaint for iPhone user’s. I’ve experienced frequent poor coverage, dropping of my signal, and slow service.If you are in an area with good 3G coverage, you should see the iPad’s performance to be perfectly good for most common apps, such as e-mail, web surfing, and keeping up with social-networking sites! You might see significant problems with 3G streaming video, audio, viewing maps, and more. I had some frequent freezes in playback waiting for a re buffering of data.

Watching video over 3G was practically unwatchable, compared to WI-FI which is very clear. You tend to get same clarity of video from 3G as seen on the iPhone. Any bandwidth intensive tasks take a long time to complete, but performance seems to vary widely from different locations, some being better then others!

The plan is very simple. You sign up, monitor the usage, you can change your current plan, and cancel it from the iPad’s setting feature. Once a data plan is bought (prepaid), you should not cancel because you pretty much have it for a month. Canceling or changing the plan wont take effect till after the current billing cycle. If your doing anything that requires lots of bandwidth, I would suggest shelling out the 30 dollars for unlimited upload/download limits! Using streaming services can use up to and over 100 megabytes within an hour. If you only check emails and such, then the 15 dollar a month deal is good for you.

The power of the battery involved doesn’t really get too badly effected by the 3G hardware. If you use the WI-FI, the power is not that much of a change. The battery will dip low rather quickly when using the 3G service, but I could always get a full days use out of the battery using 3G. It has more of a drain on the batteries since this model contains four radio chips, which can and will run at the same time. It has the cellular connection, Global Position System, WI-FI and a blue tooth chip. Running all four at once took the battery low much quicker than I expected.

The 3G option gives this model a better flexibility, but the question comes down to the fact of, do you need to have the added 3G coverage,to basically the shelling out of the 130 extra dollars, and it doesn’t include anything other than the added 3G coverage. The good point of having this added option is if you find yourself without the option of a WI-FI spot, this device really comes in handy! All in all, I’m pretty satisfied with putting up the extra cash for the option!

Today, I got my hands on the new T Mobile G1, also known as the HTC Dream, which runs on Google’s new mobile platform, Android. I got it from https://www.dfydaily.com/ online store. I must say, it is an extremely well designed phone, with many features and functions.

Physical Design

The G1 has a very unique design, the bottom portion of the phone juts out at a slight angle. This, I assume, is to facilitate better pick up of the user’s voice during calls. To some, this unique quirk may be unsightly. But I found that it allowed the G1 to fit snugly in my hand.

On the lowest portion of the phone are six buttons. One for answering calls, one for hanging up, a menu button, a back button, a home button, and a trackball. This brings me to another interesting feature of the phone, the trackball. Most phone users will be used some kind of directional pad, so this comes as a big change. Fotunately, this user found the trackball userfriendly and responsive – better than some directional pads currently available in the market.

The touchscreen of the G1 uses the same static technology as the Apple Ipod, so the tactile effect is almost the same. I did notice that there was a minute lag in the scrolling interface, but I could get used to it. The screen of the phone slides outward in a sort of eliptical motion, not straight up, to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. They key size, though small, is adequet for most users. I could type out short messages with no trouble at all.

User  amp; Phone Interface

Google Android’s interface is a breath of fresh air after using Windows Mobile and Apple Ipod interfaces. It capitalises on the best of both worlds. It has a home screen similar to that of the Apple Iphone, with its various apps displayed for easy access. By sliding my finger upward from the bottom, I was able to access the full menu. I will run through apps available on the Android Market in a later section.

I tried making calls with the phone and discovered that the call quality is surprisingly good. Compared to my current phone, the HP Mobile Messeger, the G1 performed like a dream. Perhaps the design of the angled microphone actually did improve the quality of the reception.

Android Market

The Android Market is Google’s response to the iTunes Store and Windows Marketplace. Although the applications available are not as prolific or exciting as those available to the Apple Iphone, there are a load of good and useful apps available. The silver lining of this cloud is that Google has licenced the production of new apps for Android, and we expect to see much more apps by the end of 2009.

Bottom Line

Buy this phone if you want a companion that rivals the Iphone I functionality, but is much more customisable. This is definitely the right phone for anyone hoping to get first dibs into Google’s Android interface.

A few months ago I found the best razor I have ever risked shaving and slicing my legs with. This razor for the ladies is the Bic Soleil Twighlight, a lavender scented luxury for those of us who are not getting waxed or laser treatments for the purpose of hair removal. It has a wide grip handle, a great smell, and leaves a wonderfully smooth finish. This razor is a must have for the shower or bath shave time experience.

It comes in pretty colors that break traditions of having nothing but pink or blue for the girls. The Bic Soleil Twighlight triple blade shaver for women has shades of purple. The original Soleil comes in four shades of sunrise but does not have the lovely lavender scent.

The color is not all that makes these razors stand out from the crowd. The Bic Soleil is also designed with an easy to grip handle that makes it harder to slip and cut yourself. The moisturizing strip on this razor also makes a difference in the shave experience because it actually makes a difference where almost all other razors fall short. I am incredibly prone to razor burn and this razor does not leave me itchy and spotted like nearly every other razor I have ever used. The Soleil is like a sun kissed dream come true. This is probably as a result of the Aloe and vitamin E moisturizing strip at the end that is also a lovely color to match the handle. On the Bic Soleil Twighlight, you will also find the lavender scent.

The triple blade action of the Bic Soleil and the Bic Soleil Twighlight provides a great smooth shave. The Bic Soleil Twighlight and the Bic Soleil also have a head that will move with your leg to prevent cuts and maintain comfort. These razors leave my legs smooth and silky with a pain free shine. Bic has announced that in the Spring of this year, the company will be releasing an additional scented razor, the Bic Soleil Citron. The Bic Soleil Citron will have the same features as the original Bic Soleil and the Bic Soleil Twighlight but with an added citrus smell rather than lavender.

I have compared this razor to other razors similar to it, such as the Venus razor, but I prefer the Soleil to any other. I am able to use the Bic Soleil Twighlight multiple times before it needs to be disposed of. I love the fact that there is not a problem with razor burn or cutting. If you are tired of shaving your legs with the same old cheese grater, then try the Bic Soleil Twighlight or the standard Bic Soleil. It will make you want to shave your legs. With the waxing, bartschneider is available in the market with different colors and styles. The trimming of the beard should be perfect for the facial hairs of the boys.

Miltary First Person Shooter (FPS) games and I have an agreement: I won’t play them and they can suck as much as they want. So when I learned that Monolith Productions developed a FPS game that plays like “Call of Duty” or “Battlefield,” I took the news with dull surprise. Then I learned that it was about Batman versus The Joker.

It’s funny how a slight change in context can potentially improve a game.

“Gotham City Imposters” is a multiplayer-only FPS game pitting two warring factions against each other; namely Batman and The Joker. As the name implies, the gangs consist of people impersonating either the Caped Crusader or the Clown Prince of Crime. Each battle takes place on a given background where teams kill each other while completing objectives. The current ones available on beta were territory control and capture the flag. While Batman has non-lethal combat training and unlimited technology, the vigilantes simply have guns. The backstory of The Joker’s gang wasn’t available during the beta so for all I know, they ARE working for him.

The teams have guns, explosives, and other gadgets used to shoot, explode, or otherwise maim opponents. With various inventory loadouts to correspond to various soldier classes, “Gotham City Imposters” plays like a modern warfare FPS. Simply restyling a landmine into an exploding Jack-in-a-Box doesn’t change its use. According to fps tracker, this game is still worth playing.

But after playing a bit and soaking in some of the atmosphere, I noticed that I was actually taken into this comic book gang warfare setting. The improvised costumes (lovely use of cardboard for Batman’s cowls), the over the top acting, the gadgets like glider wings that mimic superhero actions, and the craziness of the teamwork missions give “Gotham City Imposters” a great contrast from the typical FPS. It’s more fun to play as a vigilante or gang member wreaking havoc on a comic book city. The two missions take a kooky spin on the typical FPS match. The territory capture game has you capture certain objects that will eventually spew gas or bats over the opposing team. The capture the flag game has you procure a battery to power up your team’s loudspeakers that will demoralize the enemy gang with a cheesy motivational speech. Accomplishing either objective is worth watching the deaths of opponents or the death of your teammates for the greater good.

I was quite impressed with the character customization. Play the game enough times (ideally winning and scoring points through objectives) and you can unlock various guns, gadgets, abilities, and body sizes to design your vigilante/gang member as you see fit for battle. Body sizes determine speed, ability to carry heavy weapons, durability, and how large of a target you are. Bonus abilities will counter some attacks while leaving you vulnerable to others to help put some balance in the game. Additionaly, you can select the face, costume, taunt, and calling card to make the game feel more personal.

A few flaws are present. The beta only had those two game modes. Combine that with the mission control voice who updates the team’s status and it feels like a very stripped down version of “Team Fortress 2.” There seems to be no way to put players of similar levels in the same field. Matches can feel unbalanced when groups of high level players equiped with most of the higher end bonuses face off against beginners armed with something just above water pistols. Team match ups tend to be randomized and I have no way to form a team with friends. I also had trouble communicating with teammates so I couldn’t get anyone to cover my back or set up an ambush during the missions.

But given that I’m actually having fun with this game, I may actually go forth and buy it. Though I do hope for more features to address the issues above.

Photography is not just a current trend, like bellbottoms were in the 1970’s. In this digital, iphone, facebook, myspace, twitter, weblogging age, it’s not going to die anytime soon, if ever. Everyone needs a profile picture somewhere. Technology is continuing its advancements, providing new ways to capture and record an image of reality. Take for example, canon80dblog.com/best-lenses/, where an avid learner of photography can come to learn about different type of lenses. Technology is even allowing time travel to become a reality, bringing back the past, with professionals and amateurs taking black-and-white photos and using vintage cameras. Whether or not you know what you’re doing, or even if you don’t do any photography at all, unless a stranger comes up to you with a camera and asks you to take a picture of him/her with their boyfriend/girlfriend (and you know it’s for there facebook or myspace page), it’s nice to know a little bit about the history of photography. The trend might not have an end in sight, but it started somewhere.

Ansel Adams was far from the first photographer, but he is still a milestone in the development of photography as an art and is part of the history of photography. He might be a very good place to start. Most professional photographers if they look far back enough, will remember taking some kind of course on the history of photography. The best way to learn is from example. Perhaps this is the reason for the Ansel Adams exhibit in the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. The exhibit is entitled, “A Life’s Work” and is on display from May 23-October 4, 2009.

Two of his most famous pieces include, “Moonrise, Hernandez” and “Monolith, Face of Halfdome.” The latter, I actually studied in depth in an art history course I took on modern American art. I have never seen anything that I’ve studied in class in real life until that moment. Those couple of minutes staring in awe at the tiny image in that overwhelming frame, strengthened my desire to travel the world and see the actual works that I’ve studied in real life and more. It’s like meeting your favorite author, musician, or celebrity, minus the haggling with agents and you don’t have to worry about the fear of rejection; will they like me?

Art is ot about the newest avant-garde or the most advanced products or methods. Sometimes, the newest trend is the oldest, but if you don’t actually have knowledge of the past, how can you look back at it? It’s like looking back at a childhood playing in the lush forests of Malaysia, but you’ve never actually been there. How would you know what it’s like? How would you know of the joys in taking black-and-white photos with the grainy effects caused by time and the lack of 21st century technological editing, if you were never there to take them? How could you create a feeling of nostalgia when you’ve never been in the past yourself?

Yes, it is indeed impossible to go back to those times, but it is possible to mimic what they did in the past, which requires an understanding or knowledge of history. I don’t claim to be a photographer, but as a lover of history, particularly art history, I recognize its importance. I think MOPA and I share that commonality.

You don’t have to be an aspiring photographer to appreciate this exhibit. You don’t even have to understand anything about photography at all. I know next to nothing. Most of Ansel Adams’ work centers around nature, which is universal. It is universal in that it is everywhere, and because of that, anyone and everyone can appreciate it.