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7 Reasons Why I Still Like My HTC One

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It has been a while since the last time I put out an article. This time around, I am not reviewing or comparing latest devices. Instead, I want to share why I like my HTC One. If people have read my previous posts, one of them was Smartphone Battle: Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, HTC One, or Samsung Galaxy S4 where I mentioned Samsung Galaxy S4 was the phone for me. However, reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, I came to realize that the cumbersome interface of TouchWiz, and pages of options aren’t for me. They make the learning curve twice as steep. Therefore, I decided to go with HTC One, and I have not yet regretted my decision. I have been using it for over 5 months now, and the device itself has been released nearly a year ago, but it still stacks up against the newer devices very well. I must say it is still one of the best Android phones made to date.

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Our Review of the MS Surface RT – A Good Value Tablet?

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I just got my hands on the Microsoft Surface RT. This device has been on the market for approximately ten months. Let’s find out if it’s is still worth buying.

The Hardware

First thing I notice when is that the device feels solid because of its magnesium chassis. However, because of its size and material, it weighs 680g, which is on the heavy side for modern tablets.

The screen is a 10.6-inch 1366×768 ClearType HD Display which translates into 155dpi. Even though Microsoft points out that their ClearType technology improves the visual sharpness of text, this is only true if you are comparing it to a display with similar resolution. If you are comparing to competitive displays with double or even triple the pixel density, it really falls short.

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Sales Tech Talk – Samsung Galaxy Note 8 First Review

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ASPEC on Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Finally, the day has come — our first review of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. After two weeks of using the Samsung’s newest tablet, I’ll be the first to give my impression of this device. Others will follow as we examine it as a tool for the professional sales person.

Let me start with the hardware:

  • It comes with an 8 inch TFT screen with 1280 x 800 resolution. The screen is bright and nice, but nothing extraordinary.
  • The body is made with plastic which feels a little low rent for its price. And I wish it has a soft rubber feel at the back like the Nexus 7 instead of a slippery plastic.
  • At 8mm thick and 210.8mm x 135.9mm in size, and 340g, you could hold it with one hand easily.
  • A 5MP rear camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera are somewhat standard for a tablet.
  • It’s powered by Exynos quad-core running at 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM, giving a pretty smooth experience even you are running multiple apps.
  • And it comes with a micro SD card slot where you can put in up to 64GB of additional memory. If you are a big fan of videos and music, it is definitely a plus.

However, the most distinctive difference from other tablets is the S-Pen stylus. It is unlike any other stylus and offers an incredible 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. If you are an artist or like to draw, you can really do some amazing stuff with it.

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Sales Tech Talk – Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Unboxing

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

For the inauguration of the Sales Tech Talk program, I was assigned to pick our very first device to review. If you have read my previous posts about Nexus 7 being the perfect form factor and how Samsung Galaxy S4 out performs other competitors, then what better to review than the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

Our Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is finally here today, and I have the honor to unbox it. The first thing I noticed “Made in Korea by Samsung.” I haven’t seen an electronic that is not made in China for a long time, so it is nice to see that for a change.

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Cross Platform BlackBerry Messenger – Make or Break Strategy

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BlackBerry BBM

If you read my previous article, then you know I am not a big fan of BlackBerry. I didn’t pay much attention to their annual conference, BlackBerry Live on May 14 (which is just a day before the Google I/O 2013 that I was excited about). One thing about the conference caught my eye through various web sources, and that is BlackBerry Messenger goes cross-platform. BlackBerry Messenger app will be available on both Android and iOS this summer. Starting with just messaging and groups, but eventually gets full featured as a native BlackBerry app.

To me, this is a big and bold move from BlackBerry. Two major advantages of BlackBerry over other vendors are Qwerty keyboard and BlackBerry Messenger. I know many people who stick with BlackBerry devices for these two features alone. By making BlackBerry Messenger available to the major platforms, they potentially give existing customers one less reason to stay.

So why did they do it? My guess is it is all about brand awareness. The new generation is all about iPhone or the latest Android devices.

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Windows Phone 8 Choices: Nokia Lumia 920, HTC 8X, or No Thanks

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Windows Phones

Last month, I wrote the article “Smartphone Battle: Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, HTC One, or Samsung Galaxy S4“, and I was surprised by the great reception. I got feedback all over the world, and someone was asking me why I excluded any latest Windows phones. Interestingly, it didn’t occur to me at the time I wrote the article. (Microsoft should rethink their marketing strategy, LOL) Joking aside, I should really talk about Windows phones, and give my opinion on them.

The Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X are the high end Windows Phone 8 handsets today. The following are the brief specs.

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Smartphone Battle: Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, HTC One, or Samsung Galaxy S4

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Latest Smartphones

Technology is moving faster than ever before. New models coming out from the same vendor within nine months isn’t uncommon anymore. If you are using a smartphone over two years, it’s considered obsolete for many people.

I am current using a HTC Desire HD, a 2 years old model. As a high tech professional, I feel the need to upgrade to the latest generation of smartphone. What are my options? I have my eyes on the following smartphones: Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, HTC One, and Samsung Galaxy S4.

For people who aren’t familiar with all of these phones, here is a quick spec.

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Google Nexus 7

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Nexus 7
This is about why I bought a Google Nexus 7. Before I talk about why, let me talk about my background. I have a computer science degree, and I’ve worked in the software industry for nearly 15 years. I consider myself a smart consumer because I don’t buy things that are not worth buying. I always do my homework and make sure I get the bang for the buck.

Before the Nexus 7, I used a HP Touchpad. Yes, you got that right. I bought it when it was on a fire sale. Was it worth buying at the time? Hell yeah, but that’s a different story for another time. I was running Android 4.0 on the Touchpad, and it ran quite well. So what made me switch to the Google Nexus 7 besides all the hype about this device? For me, it is definitely the form factor, a beautiful 7″ screen, 340 grams, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, not to mention for the price tag of $249 (16GB version). I can feel the power in my hand. That’s right, I said “hand”, not “hands”.

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