AOC i2353Ph

Chris Heinonen, AnandTech:

In terms of performance, the AOC comes down right in the middle of the road. The lag is a little bit too high for hard core gamers, though I found it to be acceptable for casual gaming myself. The color gamut is also probably too limited for people that need it for editing photos professionally, as it can’t quite encompass the full sRGB colorspace, though the average and median Delta E values were more than acceptable. However, as a general purpose monitor for doing work I found the AOC to do a very good job of that. The matte screen means you won’t be dealing with reflections in a lit room, but you will be limited on adjustments due to the design of the stand.

A 23-inch 1920×1080 e-IPS LCD monitor for around US$200. Not bad at all.

LG Spectrum

David Pierce, The Verge:

As with the Nitro, the display is the key feature of the Spectrum. For good reason, too: the 1280 x 720 IPS display is excellent; sharp and clear with extremely accurate colors. Samsung’s Galaxy S phones in particular have a tendency to give everything a warm color temperature, with a slightly red and orange tint, but LG’s displays are much more accurate. Viewing angles are also really good, with virtually no discoloration even when you’re off axis. My only real complaint is that the LCD looks like it’s set way below the protective layer of Gorilla Glass. Unlike the iPhone’s screen, which is laminated to the glass to make it seem like it’s right on the surface, the Spectrum’s display looks like it’s far away from your finger as you tap it.

The Corning Gorilla Glass is not optically laminated to the 4.5-inch IPS LCD? Terrible. And the LG Spectrum drains the battery in “a few hours of use”. That’s terrible too.

Qualcomm Buys Pixtronix

Petere Clarke, EE Times:

The Pixtronix display – called PerfectLight – is based on a MEMS-based digital micro shutter that modulates light from an RGB LED backlight. A high switching speed makes it suitable for applications ranging from full-speed video to e-reader operation and Pixtronix claimed that the display offered greater than 170 degree viewing angles, more than 3,000:1 contrast ratio and 24-bit color depth at one quarter of the power consumption of equivalent size and resolution liquid crystal displays.

Full color, video capable, affordable tablets that last four times as long. Sounds good.

Is it time to say ‘goodbye’ to Siri?

Boris, The Next Web:

It seems to me that Siri is slowly entering this area of ‘nice to show but not actually useful’. I know a quite few people with an iPhone 4S and I asked around a bit and they all almost regretfully acknowledge that they, in fact, don’t really use it anymore, once you get beyond the newness of it all.

Marco Arment:

I don’t think Boris and his friends are a representative sample.

Agreed.

Strategy Analytics: Apple Still Owns Tablet Market, But Android Narrows The Gap

Amar Toor, Engadget:

Android, in fact, has seen quite a jump over the past year, with total shipments reaching 10.5 million units during the last quarter, up from just 3.1 million last year (Apple, by comparison, shipped 15.4 million iPads during Q4, versus the 7.3 million it shipped last year).

Here we go again. Shipments versus sales. Apple sells, the rest of the industry ships, into the channel, into that big black hole called channel inventory. I wouldn’t be surprised if 20% of that 10.5 million units are sitting around collecting dust. Market research companies should start making the distinction, but I don’t see it happening since getting channel inventory numbers or point of sale numbers on a global basis is next to impossible.

AT&T: iPhone Made Up 80% of Smartphones

Casey Johnston, Ars Technica:

AT&T sold 9.4 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2011, but 7.6 million of which were iPhones, the company reported today. According to those numbers, the iPhone made up a whopping 80 percent of AT&T’s smartphone sales for the quarter, and 66 percent of all postpaid phones sold through AT&T.