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The iPad mini

On October 23, 2012, Apple released the new iPad mini. It is said to be 23% thinner and 53% lighter than the previous iPad. It starts at $329 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi model. It is also available in 32GB and 64GB and in Wi-Fi + Cellular models. There are two color choices: Black & Slate and White & Silver. The iPad mini is very similar to the iPad, except that it is a lot lighter and can easily be held in the palm of your hand, like other tablets in the market, mostly those running Android OS. Can the iPad mini compete?

Some of the features of the iPad mini are nothing new to those who have seen or used an iPad before. It has the standard built-in apps such as FaceTime, Email, and Message, and it also has access to the App Store, which houses over 275,000 iPad apps. In terms of tech specs, it uses the fast A5 chip that provides speed and fluidity to the tablet screen. It is stated to have a 10-hour battery life as well.

One feature specific to Apple products is FaceTime. It is a built-in app and can be used over Wi-Fi or cellular data. While using the iPad mini, you can take advantage of the front-facing FaceTime HD camera or the iSight camera on the rear. The iSight camera even lets you capture videos in 1080p HD and takes full advantage of the 5-megapixels to capture photos.

The iPad mini features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, which means faster Internet connection with download speeds up to 150 Mbps. If you do get the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, you also have access to LTE, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPDA, and cellular and wireless networks.

The iPad mini also comes with Siri: the intelligent assistant, iCloud: Apple’s cloud service, and iOS 6: the most recent and advanced of Apple’s operating systems. However, the most recent iPad contains these features, so the iPad mini is essentially only a miniature third generation iPad. It has the same resolution as the previous iPad, 1024×768, but has a smaller screen to pack all those pixels. On the downside, it doesn’t have the Retina Display that most iPads have. It does have the same front and rear camera as the iPad with Retina Display, but lacks the Dual-core A6X with quad-core graphics, meaning slightly slower performance.

For approximately $170 cheaper, you can get a miniature version of the newest iPad with slightly less advanced tech specs. Whether it can compete against the iPad with Retina Display or other similar tablets, has yet to be determined. Your best bet is to go to the nearest Apple Store and try it out yourself. Who knows, you may end up walking out with a brand new iPad mini.

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Review: CONVERTâ„¢ Combo for iPhone 4

What is the CONVERT Combo? The CONVERT Combo was developed by Seidio, Inc. The CONVERT Combo works with the either Apple iPhone 4. The CONVERT Combo contains a SURFACE case, a rugged skin and skeleton, a CONVERT Holster, and the Ultimate Screen Guard. Let’s break it down first before going into detail:

Summary

Name: CONVERT Combo
Brand: Seidio, Inc
Price: $49.95
Colors: Black
Warranty: Starting in 2011, all Seidio products have a 1 year warranty from the date of purchase if the product if defective. The buyer must provide the original receipt or proof of purchase.

Point – Scaled Grading

Style: 1-25 Given: 20

Price: 1-15 Given: 14

Quality materials: 1-15 Given: 13

Brand name: 1-10 Given: 9

Modern technologies: 1-15 Given: 15

Compatibility: 1-15 Given: 14

Ease of use: 1-5 Given: 5

OVERALL: 90/100 A

Evaluation

Style: The CONVERT Combo has an interesting design. It is a heavy-duty case. The case comes in only one standard color. The CONVERT Combo is quite bulky and is not a case you would use if you want to put your phone in your pocket. The CONVERT holster has a face-in design to protect your device and hold your device in place. The case is heavily armored, like a tank for instance. Based on Seidio, the case has also passed the MIL-STD-810G Mil Spec Drop Test.  The grip makes the case easier to hold and the holster locks to securely hold your iPhone 4 in place.

Price: The CONVERT Combo is not too expensive if you’re looking for a heavy-duty case. The product provides excellent protection for iPhone 4 and an eye catching design.

Quality materials: The CONVERT Combo contains a SURFACE Case, a rugged skin and skeleton, a CONVERT Holster, and the Ultimate Screen Guard. The case is really bulky and durable. The SURFACE case, which can also be used independently from the other parts of the CONVERT Combo, is a soft touch hard case. It provides less protection, but is less bulky and more provides more mobility. It slips in and out of your pocket or purse easily. The rugged skin and skeleton protects the more vulnerable parts of your iPhone 4, such as the corners and sides. It provides shock-absorption and protects all parts of the iPhone 4, even the camera and ports. The triple layer case provides the upmost protection.

Brand name: Seidio, Inc was founded in Houston, Texas in 2002. Seidio has continually provided great Smartphone accessories for everyone to use. The company focuses on provided premium accessories for its customers. Seidio has a large selection of cases for everyday use will continue to produce more products.

Modern technologies: The CONVERT Combo is not like most cases. Most cases are only one part cases, while this one is a three part case, not including the added holster and screen protector. The triple layer protection will keep your iPhone 4 safe from everyday use and more. Even though the case is bulky, it is still easy to use your iPhone.

Compatibility: The case is compatible for the iPhone 4. Seidio also makes the CONVERT Combo for other Smartphones.

Ease of use: The CONVERT Combo is pretty easy to use. If you don’t understand how to use it without instructions, the case also comes with a small piece of paper with instructions on how to use the case and the holster.

Final Thoughts

The CONVERT Combo is a good product for your iPhone 4 if you need heavy-duty protection. It provides the most protection you can expect from a case, but it sacrifices mobility. It’s difficult to carry your iPhone 4 in your pocket with the case, but it’s easy when you carry your iPhone 4 in the CONVERT holster and hook the holster to your belt. The design only comes in one color and is more bulky then you would usually like. The holster is really convenient and more necessary for a big case like this one. The CONVERT Combo can sometimes make it difficult to use the camera because it covers those areas unless you remove the covering.

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Review: ACTIVEâ„¢ X Combo for iPhone 4

What is the ACTIVE X Combo? The ACTIVE X case was developed by Seidio, Inc. The ACTIVE X Combo works with the either the AT&T Apple iPhone 4 or the Verizon Apple iPhone 4. They make the case in two versions so you can get the case for both versions of the iPhone 4. The ACTIVE Combo contains both an ACTIVE case and ACTIVE holster. Before we dive into the details, let’s first break it down a bit:

Summary

Name: ACTIVE X Combo
Brand: Seidio, Inc
Price: $49.95
Colors: Black, Sapphire Blue, Burgundy, Sage, and Amethyst
Warranty: Starting in 2011, all Seidio products have a 1 year warranty from the date of purchase if the product if defective. The buyer must provide the original receipt or proof of purchase.

Point – Scaled Grading

Style: 1-25 Given: 24

Price: 1-15 Given: 14

Quality materials: 1-15 Given: 13

Brand name: 1-10 Given: 9

Modern technologies: 1-15 Given: 15

Compatibility: 1-15 Given: 13

Ease of use: 1-5 Given: 5

OVERALL: 93/100 A

Evaluation

Style: The ACTIVE case has a very sleek design. It is extremely light, so it adds no extra weight to your iPhone 4. The case comes in five different colors. The ACTIVE holster has a face-in design to protect your device and hold your device in place. The fact that you can put three different pieces together to form a really cool case and holster combo is definitely appealing and impressive. The case is easy to grip because of the grooves and the holster has an adjustable swivel belt. The spring clip allows easy access to putting your iPhone 4 in and out of the holster.

Price: The ACTIVE X Combo is definitely worth the price. The product provides good protection for iPhone 4 and an eye catching design.

Quality materials: The ACTIVE X Combo contains an ACTIVE case and ACTIVE holster. The case has an overall thickness of only 2.2 mm. The interior is made from impact absorbing polymer. The exterior provides protection at the most impact vulnerable areas. The holster is felt-lined to protect the Apple iPhone 4 screen. The combination of the polymer and the exterior skeleton help provide protection to your iPhone 4. If you only use the polymer, the case won’t be as solid and sturdy. If you only use the exterior skeleton casing, the case won’t absorb the impact. The combination of the materials delivers flexibility and durability at the same time.

Brand name: Seidio, Inc was founded in Houston, Texas in 2002. Seidio has continually provided great Smartphone accessories for everyone to use. The company focuses on provided premium accessories for its customers. Seidio has a large selection of cases for everyday use will continue to produce more products.

Modern technologies: There are many companies that make iPhone 4 cases. There are many cases that are very solid and durable, but there are also many cases that are flexible and shock-absorbing. The combination of both brings the best of both.

Compatibility: The case is compatible for only the iPhone 4. Seidio makes a version for the case for AT&T’s iPhone 4 and Verizon’s iPhone 4, since they differ in certain physical characteristics. Seidio also makes the ACTIVE X Combo for other Smartphones.

Ease of use: The ACTIVE X Combo is very straightforward. It is simple and self-explanatory to use, but if you don’t understand it, the case also comes with a small piece of paper with instructions on how to use the case and the holster.

Final Thoughts

The ACTIVE X Combo is a great deal and product for your iPhone 4. It provides protection for your iPhone 4 and it is easy to put in and out of your pocket or purse. It’s easy to carry your iPhone 4 around in the case and even easier to hold if you put it in the holster and hook the holster to your belt. The design is definitely a plus and attracts attention. The holster is really convenient when you don’t have pockets or have really small pockets.

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Meet the iPhone 4S

Is it the iPhone 5? No, but it is an upgrade. Apple has released the features of the iPhone 4S including Siri, a voice control system that exemplifies why the iPhone is much more then a phone. The new iPhone comes with a dual-core A5 chip, an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video, iOS 5, and iCloud. Apple has not changed the look of the iPhone 4S, unfortunately. As many sources thought that Apple would change the look of the iPhone, it was not meant to be. Since we can’t talk about the look of it, there are many differences of the hardware for the iPhone 4S.

 

Thanks to www.engadget.com, they did a comparison between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S and came up with these differences:

iPhone 4S                                                                  iPhone 4

Price (on contract) $199 16GB, $299 32GB, $399 64GB $99 8GB
Processor Dual-core Apple A5 Apple A4
Display 3.5-inch IPS 960 x 640 3.5-inch IPS 960 x 640
Primary camera 8 megapixel AF with flash and f/2.4 aperture 5 megapixel AF with flash
Secondary camera VGA at 30fps VGA
Video recording 1080p at 30fps, optional iMovie 720p at 30fps, optional iMovie
Cellular Hybrid GSM / CDMA “World Phone”, Bluetooth 4.0 Quadband GSM, pentaband HSPA
WiFi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Orientation sensing Accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope
FaceTime video calling Yes Yes
SIM standard Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery life Up to 8 hours talk time on
3GUp to 14 hours talk time on 2GUp to 6 hours data on 3G

Up to 9 hours data on WiFi

Up to 40 hours audio

Up to 10 hours video

Up to 200 hours on standby

Up to 7 hours talk time on
3GUp to 14 hours talk time on 2GUp to 6 hours data on 3G

Up to 10 hours data on WiFi

Up to 40 hours audio

Up to 10 hours video

Up to 300 hours on standby

Weight 140 grams / 4.9 oz 137 grams / 4.8 oz.
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm

 

As you can see, there aren’t as many changes as we thought there would be. The changes are on the inside where the iPhone 4S has the dual-core A5 chip, it also has the hybrid GSM/CDMA “World Phone”, Bluetooth 4.0. The battery life is a little strange. With the iPhone 4S, you only get 200 hours of standby time. With the iPhone 4, you get 300 hours of battery life. Maybe it has something to do with the dual-core A5 chip.

 

 

The iPhone 4S has a dual-core A5 chip which delivers up to two times the power and seven times faster graphics. With the dual-core A5 chip, everything runs faster and you will notice the difference. With just a couple minutes playing games, multitasking, and more, you will feel the power from the dual-core A5 chip. The iPhone 4S comes with an 8 mp. camera, compared to the 5 mp. camera from the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4S also shoots video in 1080p HD. The iPhone 4 only had a 720p video camera. With the new iOS 5, there are over 200 new features. With the notification center, you can view stocks, latest texts, email messages, friend requests and more. With iMessage, you can send an unlimited amount of texts to iPhone’s, iPad’s, and iPod’s that are running with iOS 5.  One other thing that I think makes the iPhone a user friendly phone is the Reminders. The Reminders lets you create a list of things to do that you can check off as you go.

 

The highlight of the iPhone 4S is Siri. Siri is a voice control application that is as smart as human, maybe smarter. You can ask Siri a question just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands the way you talk, it’s almost like you are having a normal conversation with your phone. If you ask a question like “Are there any good malls around here?” Siri will look up your question and answer you. If you asked “Are there any good hot dog places around here?” Siri will respond “There are many around here.” Then you ask, “How about chow mein?” It will look up a Chinese restaurant because you asked about a restaurant in the previous question. Siri will continue to look up more information until you are satisfied. If you ask Siri to remind you about a certain date, it will remind you about it. Siri knows your address book, information, and more so it knows what you are talking about. If you ask “Please text Brittany Gonzalez.” Siri will automatically know what to do. Siri responds almost as if you are talking to a person in front of you. If you ask Siri “Will the weather be nice in Miami.” Siri will look up the weather in Miami and respond to you with “Bring your sunglasses; it’s going to be nice in Miami.” Ask Siri to write a text a contact, it will write what you are saying and send it to the person. The iPhone 4S also takes dictation. All you have to do is click on the microphone icon on the keyboard, say what you want to say, and the iPhone listens. Tap done and the iPhone will convert your words into text.

 

The iPhone 4S has three different plans. For $199, you get 16GB of memory, for $299, you get 32GB of memory, and for $399, you get 64GB of memory. Apple is also selling the iPhone 4S in white and black. You can purchase the iPhone 4S through AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Sprint is supplying the iPhone 4S with unlimited data. AT&T and Verizon are still selling the 200MB and 2GB of data. Prices may change so I can’t say for sure what the prices will be.

iPhone 5 in October

Many people have been waiting to see if the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 is coming out soon or not. There have been rumors that it’s going to be the iPhone 4S coming out this fall and that the iPhone 5 will come out in January 2012. But based on the recent news from BGR, the iPhone 5 will launch in early October. BGR has gotten information from one of their sources that the AT&T Vice President has told managers: “Expect things to get really, really busy in the next 35-50 days, so prepare your teams accordingly.” The iPhone 5 is expected to have an 8-Megapixel camera with full HD 1080p. It will also feature a 4-inch screen, new antenna location, and it will be only 0.28 inch thick. It may also have a dual core processor. Some speculate a 3D screen. There are also rumors that they will be equipped with NFC chips.

When it comes to U.S. phone carriers, we already know that Verizon Wireless and AT&T will sell the iPhone 5, but what is new is that Sprint and T-Mobile are said to also start selling the iPhone. If Sprint and T-Mobile do sell the iPhone, expect to see their data usage prices go up. Ever since Verizon has been selling the iPhone, they don’t give unlimited data anymore. On a recent article called AT&T to Throttle Unlimited Data, companies are throttling data usage. Companies are starting to not give unlimited anymore. Watch for Sprint and T-Mobile to stop selling unlimited data once the iPhone 5 comes to them. Sprint doesn’t have a top competitor smartphone like the iPhone, so it doesn’t have to worry about the data usage as much as AT&T or Verizon. Keep a look out for more iPhone 5 news on www.therealmacgenius.com. Comments or questions? Drop them below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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