In September Apple announced the brand new iPhone 5s to much fanfare. It looked almost identical to its predecessor, the iPhone 5, but it added some new significant features. The biggest feature of all is TouchID, Apple’s new finger print identity sensor that allows users the option to ditch passcodes and unlock their phones with a touch of their finger. Finger print sensors have been done before, but early reviews said this was the best implementation yet. Once TouchID was set up we were told it would work flawlessly.
I have used the iPhone 5s exclusively since late September. At first it did work very well. I was very pleased with its success rate. The only time it would really fail was when my finger was wet. After a couple weeks I noticed a slight spike in TouchID failures. I mostly chalked this up to user error and would go into my settings and recalibrate my fingers and the problem seemed to go away. Surely enough, after a couple of weeks I would have to repeat this process all over again. There have been a growing number of complaints in the past month or so and it is starting to be talked from mainstream news sources. Read the rest of this entry »
Last year Google, with some help from Asus, released its first generation Nexus 7 tablet. It was an inexpensive ($199) way to get into the Android eco-system. Quickly it became the most popular tablet not named iPad. It was small and portable, fitting in most pockets, while still packing a punch with a quad core processing chip. A big selling point of the Nexus brand of devices is that they are the first to receive Android software updates. The Nexus 7 (2012) was indeed the first device to ship with Android 4.1. It was a solid device which received much acclaim, but some improvements were needed to its 2013 offering in order to become a more well rounded tablet.
This past July Google released the updated Nexus 7 (2013) in 16GB ($229), 32GB ($269), and 32GB LTE ($349) variations.. This tablet would prove to be one of the most sought after tech products of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
Originally released in 2010, Apple’s full sized 9.7″ iPad has largely looked the same for the past 2.5 years. It actually got ever so slightly heavier and thicker in 2012 when the first iPad with Retina display came along. Couple that with an impending iPad Mini with Retina display and many wondered if the iPad would remain a must have tablet. Luckily for us, Apple raised the bar again and announced the iPad Air at their event last month.
The iPad Air is available in Space Gray or Silver, Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + Cellular, and storage capacities of 16, 32, 64, or 128GB. The 16GB Wi-Fi model starts at $499 while the 16GB Wi-Fi +Cellular model is $629. Each increase in storage will cost you an additional $100, topping out at a whopping $929 for the 128GB Wi-Fi +Cellular model.
I’ve had the iPad Air for almost a week now and here are my impressions: Read the rest of this entry »
If you carry several credit and debit cards in your wallet then you know how much of a pain in the ass (literally) it can be. Coin is looking to change the way you carry your cards. Read the rest of this entry »
Like everyone else, I was surprised to find Apple had put their iPad mini with Retina display on sale via their website when I awoke Tuesday morning. Reviews had yet to hit the web and the smart money had pegged a likely November 22nd launch. I had a 3rd generation iPad (iPad 3) that I was generally happy with but at the last minute I received an offer I couldn’t refuse. For a very small out of pocket price I could pick up Apple’s new iPad mini. I found a store in my area that had the model I wanted (16GB Space Gray) and never looked back.
If you want an iPad mini today, your only option is to order it online and choose personal pickup. Otherwise you are left to wait the 1-3 or 5-10 days until the configuration you desire is ready to ship.
Here are some observations from my first 24 hours with the iPad mini with Retina display: Read the rest of this entry »
In an unexpected move, Apple announced overnight that the iPad Mini with Retina display would go on sale starting today. Supplies are said to be constrained, and as of this moment if you want to get one via an Apple store you must order online and choose the personal pickup option. Shipping times range from 1-3 days for the lower storage Wi-Fi models to 5-10 days for the larger storage and cellular models. I’m sure the internet will be flooded with reviews over the coming days, but will you be purchasing the iPad Mini with Retina display this holiday season? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!
If you’ve been following Apple news lately you know that today is the release of Apple’s iPad Air. Reviews hit the web late last week and were overwhelmingly positive. The iPad Air is a significant redesign, coming in at 20% thinner (7.5 mm) and 28% lighter (1.0 pound) while sporting the new A7 chip. Unlike its little brother, the iPad mini with Retina display, the iPad Air’s supply is expected to be very high for its launch. As of 10:00 AM EST you can still order from Read the rest of this entry »