Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Lenovo Miix 360 Quick Look: Running External Monitor Excellent!

Back at this year's CES 2018 at Las Vegas, I got a chance to get hands on the HP Envy x2 and the Lenovo Miix 630. Though my hands-on time was very limited and really couldn't say if the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 would be capable of handling the full version of Windows 10. Out of the box, the Lenovo Miix 360 comes with Windows 10s, which you can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro within the first 180 days. I tested the Miix 360 with Windows 10s for a few weeks and I can't complain how well it works with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. I also tested the Lenovo Miix 360 with Windows 10 Pro and I have to say, overall, the device was pretty snappy! I even connected the Lenovo Miix 360 to a Samsung 4k monitor and opened up few web pages and had a video playing and everything was pretty snappy and smooth. Just keep in mind, don't think of purchasing this device as a video or picture editing machine. You can do basic picture adjustments with no problem but don't plan on editing a full camera roll with complicated editing.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5: Why Split Screen Makes Sense...

Galaxy Tab S 10.5
Samsung is not new to split screen, its a matter of fact, split screen was also introduced on the Galaxy S3 and Note 3 phones as early 2012. Many reviews considered this to be a gimmick, but now most that have tried the split screen on Windows devices can see how useful this can be. I certainly use the split screen on all my Samsung tablets which is why they are my first tablet to consider for work and play.
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You can also find split screen on the Chromebook. For those time that you need to work on research and a document, email or just about anything you need to refer back to!
Why having split screen makes sense!
The question for many will be, why do I need split screen? Split screen comes in handy for many of us, including myself. Here is some great uses for split screen. When you have, Facebook, Twitter and any other webpage that you need to keep view-able while you work on either email, proof reading documents or working on Excel worksheet. Another great use is when writing up some report and you need to have information about the report and you need to check your information as you write the report, you can easily have the webpage opened side by side in split screen! Have you ever received an email that has some type of information? With the ability of having split screen or side by side windows, you don’t need to jump around the open window to compare or see the information you need. It will be right there in front of you!
It never fails, when family and friends ask me what I can recommend them to purchase. I simply split my screen, get the link as I am composing the email and attaching all the information they need to make a final decision with all the links right in the email! Couldn’t be any easier with side by side…
Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Split Screen
I am so use to the split screen that I have been using with all the Windows tablets and Samsung tablets that when I pick up my Nexus 9, or the Shield tablet, and I am searching for information to compare, I miss this great feature. You can also hold your tablet in portrait mode which also gives you good view of both webpages or your split screen.
Apple also announced Split screen to iOS which should also bring a better experience for those that need to multi task by having a split screen. We will have to see if iOS users will take advantage of the split screen once it becomes available.
Some might feel having a split screen or side by side capability will cause distraction, while others will welcome this feature especially iOS users!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

IDW Supermount F and Qstand Tripod for Smartphone and Tablet Review…

Most of us don't really think about using a mount to hold our phones or even think about using one for our tablets? If you are, there is several mounts that are available but not all really built the same or work as good.

Since I am always looking for ways to hold my phone or camera that I use for shooting video or taking quick snapshots by using the voice command, I would always look for a place to stand the camera. I ran across the IDW Supermount F and Qsnap which you can pick up at Amazon. Made out of great quality aluminum, making the Supermount F and Qstand light weight to carry around.

Continue for a quick look…

Saturday, March 1, 2014

ZAGGkeys Cover Bluetooth Keyboard: Working with Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

With so little options for a good keyboard to use, especially for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, unless you're thinking of those you might find on Amazon. ZAGG has some very outstanding keyboards! As I use the ZAGGkeys Cover keyboard with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 to get work done...

As I was looking for a good keyboard to use with my Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, I went through Amazon and really didn't like the keyboard cases that were available. I was looking for something that had great battery life, a good keyboard, though looking for something that is portable is sometimes limited. Then I remembered reading James Kendrick's post of the ZAGG keyboards that he had tested and is using for his iPad. That triggered me to look into the specs of the ZAGGkeys Cover keyboard, so took a trip down to my local Best Buy to check it out.

What made me interested in the ZAGGkeys Cover keyboard was that it has the ability to tilt the tablet as if it was a laptop. Yes, I am not trying to replace my laptop, but wanted to be able to have the ability to tilt the screen as different situations always arise. So as I was able to slide the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 in the slot, though keep in mind that the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 fits loose in the slot because around the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is thinner on the outer edge than the iPad Air by quite a bit, but sits in without falling out as you use. Let's take a quick look at the ZAGGkeys Cover with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and see if it's something that you would buy.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Samsung announces KitKat 4.4 for 14 devices…


With the recent release of the Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro tablet series, all running the latest Kitkat 4.4 OS. Samsung announced several devices that will be updated to 4.4 KitKat as well. This should make many users very happy, as we should start to see the update to start rolling out as of end of February 2014.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

LG G Flex coming to Sprint on Jan 31…

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Sprint announced it would be taking pre-orders for the LG G Flex starting January 16, 2014. The LG G Flex will officially go on sale on Sprint’s website starting Jan. 31 and you would be available at the Sprint’s stores starting Feb. 7.

I got some hands on the LG G Flex at CES 2014 and it is a great looking phone, if you are willing to carry a much bigger phone.

Sprint will be giving the Quickwindow Folio case if you pre-order the LG G Flex until Jan. 31. The case is something like Samsung’s S-View Folio cases, in which you can easly see reminders, text, etc…DSC05534

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Gear: Getting bad battery life on your Gear?


Most will argue that a smartwatch is not an ideal solution just yet… But I on the other hand will say, a smartwatch can compliment your smartphone.

Getting really short battery life?

I have tested a few Galaxy Gear smartwatches, and I can really say that those of you getting really bad battery life can be due to a few things.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch Origami Case Review


If you happen to acquire a Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch or a 8-inch for Christmas, then you should take a look at the Amazon Origami case for it.

The Origami case is available in black, purple and pink with a price tag of $49.99. You can shop around and you should be able to find the case for around $39.99.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lenovo Miix 2 8-inch is available at Best Buy…

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Lenovo joins the 8-inch tablet crowd by officially releasing the Lenovo Miix 2 8, and Best Buy is showing you can get it by the 24th. As expected, the specs are pretty much the same as the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet and the Toshiba Encore WT8 tablet. Performance will be on par with other Windows 8.1 8-inch tablets running the latest Bay trail quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 processor. So lets take a look at what to expect…

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Looking for a stylus: Bamboo Stylus Feel might be what you need…


If you find that your stylus that was included with your new tablet like most of us, just isn’t the best. Well, take a look at the Bamboo Stylus Feel. The Bamboo Stylus Feel makes a great stylus, especially if you like the feel of a real pen with the ability to just put in your pocket or shirt pocket like you would normally put your pen.


The Bamboo Stylus Feel has a matte finish, making it a pleasure to hold to write and take notes. The matte finish helps grip the stylus in your hand much better and prevent it from sliding through your fingers as you write. The Bamboo Stylus Feel has a cap that protects your stylus tip, by the way you also get replacement stylus tip included.


With the extra included stylus tip, you get the option to change the stylus tip to a softer feel, this gives you almost a paper writing experience. Keep in mind that the Bamboo Stylus Feel will work only on Wacom digitizer tablets and all Galaxy Note tablets and phones.

Bamboo Stylus Feel for Galaxy Note / Bamboo Stylus Feel

I will be holding on to the Bamboo Stylus feel for my daily writing and note taking on my Surface Pro 2 and other tablets. I use OneNote for taking notes, sign PDF files from email, and I actually create emails with the stylus using Outlook 2013.