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Review: OnePlus 6

I use the headphone jack on a daily basis, and the jack on my former phone stopped working. I am not likely to buy from that company again. It however does not change the fact that I needed to get a new phone. While I could have used bluetooth headphones, this is not a good solution in rain, and there is a need for battery power. This means that the headphones have to be charged. And while I do use Bluetooth headphones, there are disadvantages to them.

I opted for the One Plus 6. The phone has a SnapDragon 845 CPU with Adreno 630. There is 8GB of memory, and a 256GB Storage. There is no expandable storage, and the phone has a notch. The screen is a 1080p AMOLED panel which allows for black to just be off for pixel lighting. There is 401ppi. The phone is also a dual SIM phone with support for GSM 2G/3G, and LTE. There is no CDMA support. The phone has a 16MP camera with a secondary 20MP camera. The front side camera is a 16MP. There is all of the sensors expected, and the phone has a fingerprint reader and NFC. The model of my phone is $630 which came out of my Savings, and therefore – the savings will have to be refunded. Continue reading Review: OnePlus 6

Review: Acer E5-576G-81GD

This notebook was purchased to replace my failing previous computer. That computer was 7 years old when it finally failed, and I hoping that this PC will last about the same amount of time. I purchased this machine from a third party seller from Amazon for $830. In addition, I added a second drive which this review will be assuming that second drive is in place. All together, the system and components cost about $950.

The system has an Intel i7-8550U CPU which runs at 1.8Ghz. There is 8GB of memory, but the system can be upgraded with up to 32GB with the use of 2×16GB SODIMM. The system has an NVIDIA GeForce GPU which will take over when there is a demand on the system that will require a graphics card. The system came with a 256GB M.2 Solid State Flash (SSF) module (C:\), along with an addition of a 512GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive (SSD) (D:\), and a DVDRW Drive (E:\). There is also an SD Card reader. The system has a USB Type-C, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI out, VGA, and RJ45-1GBPS port. The system has Wifi-AC, and Bluetooth for Wireless Communications.
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Review: Comcast Internet Essentials

A couple of months ago, I canceled my Verizon FiOS for Comcast Internet Essentials. One of the main reasons was cost. Comcast Internet Essentials is an Internet Service Plan intended for low-income households. The plan provides a 15/3MBPS internet connection for $10/month. Since I been using it for a couple of months, I figured to write a review about it. Continue reading Review: Comcast Internet Essentials

Comcast Internet Essentials: First Impressions

With being disappointed with the customer service of Verizon, and the availability of Internet Essentials from Comcast, I decided to return to Comcast, but only with this program. Comcast Internet Essentials is intended to help select low income groups to get low-speed internet for a reasonable price. In my case, I receive 15MBPS down and 2MBPS up for $10 + taxes and fees. The reason why I call this low speed is FCC defines broadband as a 25/5MBPS connection.

The service was installed by a technician who had to come and set my service up since I had FIOS. While I already have a cable modem, and router, I was told by the technician that I had to use their hardware, but it is free. Installing the service took about an hour with full bootup taking as long as 15 minutes. Continue reading Comcast Internet Essentials: First Impressions

Benefits of Google

I had a conversation with someone earlier today (2017-05-03), and she mentioned that she never used Google. She mentioned that she used Yahoo. First thing that came to mind is that we must be back in 1999. Now, I used to used Yahoo until they became incompetent, and there are still those few people that will swear by it. I however feel it might be worth mentioning the real world benefits of Google.

Now, I am not a fanboy, and I do understand that Google is first and foremost an advertising company. They provide “free” services to generate anonymized user data to rent to companies. But in turn so does Yahoo, and Bing. Google is just more successful. Continue reading Benefits of Google

Review: Capital One 360

I normally don’t review financial products/services as typically everyone’s needs are different. For example, I have a basic credit card with a relatively low interest, but no cash back. I don’t use the credit on my card enough to really benefit from cash back especially at a threat of higher interest rates. However, this is a bank account, and most people need a bank account, right? Now, your bank account may serve you well, and if that is the case – keep it. However, if you are looking for a new account, this might be an option to consider.

I chosen to open a Capital One 360 account for a few reasons. First, my previous account (which I still have the account open) gave me a bank account, but seem to refuse me when I asked for a credit card or a personal loan to consolidate debt, and get a few essentials. With the fact that I already had a credit card and on time payments with them had been 100%, I felt as if I wasn’t being looked at as a customer, but a number with another number attached. With this in mind, I have loss any personal sense of loyalty and commitment to them. I already had a Capital One Credit card which I had for more than 8 years when I applied for the loan, so I had an established payment history – one that was longer than my bank account. So knowing that I will be treated as a number with a big bank like Capital One, I didn’t see much difference in customer relations to what I been dealing with already. Continue reading Review: Capital One 360

Dynomighty Mighty Wallet

This is a review of the Dynomighty Mighty Wallet. This is not a technology device, so it will not appear in my tech blog. I bought this wallet because despite my deepest desires, I have to carry multiple cards, and sometimes cash. If I have to carry multiple cards, and sometimes cash, I want to carry it in something that will keep everything together, and less likely to be lost. I also don’t want something that is bulgy. The wallet is made of Tyvek which is used as building wrap, and those especially durable envelopes one will find with USPS Priority and Express package envelopes.

To make things clear, this is Not a sponsored post. Dynomighty did not send this wallet to me for review. I purchased the wallet with my own money, and Dynomight has no influence over the results of this post. The wallet was $15 + $2 for postage tracking. This is ship from US to US and in US currency. Continue reading Dynomighty Mighty Wallet

Asus Memo Pad 7: First Impressions

On Saturday July 25, 2015 – I have received the Asus Memo Pad 7 to replace the Alcatel Pop 7 when the screen cracked. The tablet is to function as a secondary tablet which is intended to remain mostly home, and suit for some of the secondary application roles that the Pop 7 did. One exception will be music playing which an iPod Shuffle was acquired as a dedicated day time player. The tablet has an Intel Atom Dual Core 1.2Ghz CPU, 1GB of memory, 16GB storage with a micro-SD card support (64GB). The tablet has Wifi-N, and Miracast. There is a .2MP (VGA) front camera, and a 2MP rear camera. There is an headphone jack, micro-USB, power, and volume. The OS is Android 4.4.2 with Zen UI.

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HP Stream 7: First Impressions

I bought the HP Stream 7 for a couple of reasons. First, my primary PC is failing. The keyboard doesn’t work properly, and sound has been shot. With this in mind, I can only assume the system board (where everything is) will eventually go. This forced me to make my primary PC which is a notebook homebound. However, I never bought a notebook because that is what the cool kids are doing these days, I bought a notebook so I could be productive not only at home, but away.

In reviewing the HP Stream 7 to see if it would be worth the price, the biggest attraction was the price at $85 for a full Windows 8.1 system. Even though there is only a 7” screen – the system should at least be able to perform when away. However, I will continue to use the “homebound” PC for work done at home. The Stream 7 has an Intel Atom 1.3Ghz Quad Core CPU. This will handle basic tasks well enough, but don’t expect this to be a performer. There is 1GB of memory, and a 7” 1280×800 IPS display. Storage is 32GB of integrated Solid State Flash with a micro-SD card support for 64GB. The tablet has a 3000mAh battery, integrated mic/speaker combo jack along with an integrated mono-speaker, and micro USB which is for charging or connection to accessories. The front camera is .3MP (VGA) and a 2MP rear camera. There is Bluetooth and Wifi-N support with Miracast, but no cellular connectivity. For new purchases, there is a 1 year Microsoft Office 365 subscription which includes 60 minutes of Skype per month. Along with the purchase, I also acquired a Class 10 64GB micro-SD card which will hold content.

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Blu Advance 4.0 Final Review

It’s been more than a month since I had this phone, and I bought it to try to reduce my current phone bill once my EIPs (Easy Installment Payments) was paid off. The reason for this purchase is the phone is Dual SIM (capable of supporting 2 SIM cards at one time). The idea would have been to use T-Mobile’s free 200MB data plan and a cheap or free voice plan with another company. I would have used a SIP client to make my phone a home phone as well. Good News and Bad News.

Good News is the concept works. The bad news is the phone is too under powered to be fully functional. The reason is again – I would want a SIP client to run to always provide a “Home Phone” line when I am in a Wifi Network. Having a Lifeline subsidized phone plan would have meant just 100 – 250 minutes per month, and less important calls (such as unknown callers) shouldn’t eat my cellular minutes. However, while testing this – the phone locked up too many times through the Acrobits Softphone which is the best and maybe the only SIP client worth mentioning for Android.

The Good

The phone at time of writing this is $75 through Amazon, and there is an Amazon Prime option for shipping. This makes the phone affordable and actually competing with the price of a good basic phone. The OS is not the most up to date, but if Blu Products (the OEM) was to update the phone with Android M, then there could be a chance this phone might actually be able to do the ideal situation. The phone supports micro-SD card which is always a good thing. And with dual SIM, one SIM could be data while another is for voice. Another option is to where you would have a “work” and a “personal” phone – this could solve that.

The Bad

Yes, I know that this is a low budget phone, but I am disappointed with the 512MB size. This should never be in phones nowadays as almost every application demands that much or more. Simply put, building a phone with that little memory is begging to have a bad experience with the customer. Yes, I know they need to cut corners – but you should find somewhere else. The phone has a front side camera. Maybe remove that so you can have 1GB of memory. Yes, the teenie boppers who want to show themselves making duck faces won’t find this cool – but your market probably isn’t that.

I am disappoited about the fact that the phone does not support all five GSM-3G bands. This is like saying only certain people should have 3G. I can almost accept that with LTE since every country seems to have 5 different bands, but this is not the case for GSM-3G. And while we are at, Blu – HSPA is NOT 4G. Please stop lying to perspective customers. Thank you.

The Ugly

Say it with me – top mount USB charging. This is ridiculous, and is more of an inconvenience to the user than saying “Look at me, I am different”. Capacitive buttons are also Ugly. Let’s move to On-Screen buttons please. The speaker is a little tin sounding – but I am OK with that as this is a sub-$100 phone.

Verdict

If you go in knowing what to expect, you should be OK. Keep in mind – this is a basic smart phone. You won’t get games on there, and don’t expect to be a productivity power house. You may be able to install a few of your favorite apps.