Autoblog: Gran Turismo 5 Review


[…] if you were looking for a single excuse to buy a new video game console and racing wheel and spend the entirety of this holiday season in pure gaming bliss, we’re sorry to report that the long awaited Gran Turismo 5 isn’t it.

Let me rephrase: Gran Turismo 5 alone isn’t worth getting a PlayStation 3. I agree, but if you have a PS3, and you like racing games, GT5 is a no-brainer.

The problem is imprecision.

John Dvorak on PCMag:

I’ve decided that the key differentiating factor between a Mac and Windows-based PC is precision–one has it and one doesn’t.

Precision is often the result of tight integration.

Free iPads to JPMorgan Investment Bankers


JPMorgan, the second-largest U.S. lender by assets behind Bank of America, will distribute iPads free of charge to all associates in its global investment banking division, the Nov. 24 e-mail shows. Employees will get to keep the device as long as they remain at the unit until the pilot program ends on May 1, 2011.

Two managing directors at JPMorgan, as to why:

We believe there are real benefits in our working environment that can be realized using this device – as well as the personal productivity and enjoyment that come as part of the package.

iPhone a Niche Device

Katherine Noyes at PCWorld:

I believe Apple’s iPhone is rapidly becoming a niche device. Its restrictions are too numerous, its approach too condescending, and its choices too few to have the broad appeal it needs to succeed on a grander scale in the long run.

In short, Apple may always have its share of fans among consumers who don’t mind living in its “walled garden,” but there’s no way it can compete in the market as a whole with the diverse, compelling and powerful platform that is Android.

The Mac can be considered a niche device: its market share of the overall PC market is quite small. The iPhone may also end up having a small slice of the overall smartphone market. I don’t see this as a problem.

A curated “walled garden” experience is exactly what I want so I can get things done, be connected, have fun, and not have to tinker with the device itself. I am thoroughly satisfied with my Mac experience, and aside from AT&T, I can say that about my iPhone, too. Satisfaction is what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Engadget: Dell Inspiron Duo Review


The swiveling, 10.1-inch, 1366×768-resolution display on the Inspiron Duo is the system’s main attraction — or at least it should be, right? Obviously, we’re impressed with the unique convertible form factor, but flat out, the quality of the LCD doesn’t match the Duo’s top notch industrial design. […] Now, because the screen vertically rotates, the poor vertical viewing angles are extremely noticeable, and while you’re not going to be looking at anything on the screen at an 90-degree angle, even at about 35 degrees colors start to fade and distort. [..]

A cheap, poor performing LCD especially in a tablet is poor product design. And so is the decision to use stock Windows.

Eizo DuraVision FDF2301-3D: Glasses-Free 3D 1080p LCD Monitor

AV WatchEngadget: The Eizo DuraVision FDF2301-3D is thick, but packed behind the 23-inch 1920×1080 LCD is stuff that allows for glasses-free 3D viewing. From what I can glean from the Japanese text at AV Watch, the 3D monitor makes use of a “Directional Backlight” as well as these other technologies: Side by Side, Anaglyph, Frame Sequential. I would have thought with how thick this is that Eizo might have used two 23-inch LCD panels for real 3D.

The iPad is Boring.

Paul Thurrott:

The New York Times asks, “With so much going for them why, eight months after the iPad’s release, is the design of so many of those apps so boring?”

To which I answer: They’re boring because the iPad is boring.

The New York Times article that Thurrott is quoting: On an Innovative Device, Apps Lack Imagination. The new Project iPad e-magazine seems imaginative and far from boring.

LG Star, LG-P990: World’s First Tegra 2 Smartphone

GSM IsraelEngadget: The LG Star is the world’s first NVIDIA Tegra 2 smartphone sporting a large 4-inch LCD, an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, HDMI, and running on Android 2.2.

Some observations:

  • The touch response seems to be extremely fast.
  • The large 4-inch LCD might be of the IPS variety as the black levels were impressively dark with decent viewing angles.
  • There seems to be a pinkish tint to the LCD on the LG Star compared to the iPhone 4.
  • I’m not sure if the LG Star’s brightness setting was maxed out, but if it was then it didn’t seem as bright as that on the iPhone 4.

NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 chipset allows the LG Star to record video in 1080p!

When You Should Give Your Android Phone a Factory Reset


In an ideal world, your Android phone would run like a dream forever. This being real life, we can’t always expect that sort of robust performance out of our devices. Things can happen that slow your phone and damage the experience. Maybe you install a lot of apps, and some of them are acting a little mischievous, or maybe something has just gone wrong deep down in the system where you have little chance of fixing it. At times like this, you could agonize over tweaks and possible fixes, or you could spend time uninstalling different combinations of apps. But maybe wiping the phone clean and starting over is the best overall option sometimes.

Kind of like a clean system re-install of Windows? No thank you.