If you’re in need of a tablet and don’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars for the Apple iPad, check out the Google Nexus 7.
At 10″, with a quad-core CPU and 1280×800 display, it’s really more of a direct competitor to the Kindle Fire than anything else. The N7 is a well-built, great looking handheld that packs a punch. It feels great in the hands thanks to the rear texture, and the screen looks great and bright, with a good viewing angle (better than most tabs I’ve seen). The touch screen is responsive, gaming feels and looks great and hi-def movies look really crisp.
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What can be said about the iPhone 5 when one is upgrading from a first generation Motorola Razr? Yeah. That’s right. Up until October of this year, yours truly was stuck in the dark ages, contacting friends and family via a device, not five years old, in a form of communication akin to Morse code, telegrams or…smoke signals.
Taking photographs? Yeah, the Razr did that. Grainy, washed out pictures frustratingly tucked away in some labyrinthine subfolder that took numerous pushes of a button to find. Texting? Yeah, it did that too. Push three times for the letter “c” and all that. Predictive text, here, is a boon only if you’re looking to communicate comedy gold. When I caught my two-year-old Goddaughter frustratingly pushing the Motorola “M” symbol on the flip cover in hopes of having the “home” screen light up in front of her, I knew it was time to upgrade. Never mind her insistent (and disappointing) swiping across the miniature screen.
“Hello Moto”? More like “Goodbye and good riddance”! This is a gift guide column dedicated to the brilliance of the iPhone 5. Bigger, better, faster.
I’m admittedly a little late to the party on this one, but if you haven’t tried Fieldrunners 2 for the iOS, you don’t know what you’re missing!
For fans of tower defense games, FR2 will make you feel right at home. Instead of defending a specific point, however, you’re simply trying to stop the “fieldrunners” from getting across your screen. This is pretty simple in the opening levels, as they enter the screen from one point, and are relatively weak – allowing you to dispatch them with ease. Once you progress however, you’ll find a multitude of different units including airships, zeppelins, tanks and more coming across your screen, with varying levels of armor and speed. It gets hard…really hard.
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This year, digital is making waves in the comics scene. So it was great to hear it from the horse’s mouth at Comic-Con 2012: David Steinberger, CEO of ComiXology and John D Roberts, co-founder, were on hand to tell us all about what’s next for digital comics.
Read about the future of comic books after the jump!
I’ve always been a fan of anything zombie related, especially zombie games like Left for Dead and Resident Evil. Surviving the zombie apocalypse with nothing but a baseball bat or a hand gun always seems so awesome, and I love immersing myself into those worlds.
Zombie HQ for the iOS is another game that had my interest piqued when our editor told me about it, and I had to try it out to see for myself.
The game’s premise (or lack there of) is simple. You’re a survivor of a zombie outbreak, and you’re currently living on a rooftop in the middle of a city that has been overrun by zombies. The main goal is to survive, while building your home base into a fortress.
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If the geek on your holiday shopping list and is anything like me, they are basically crippled by their love of gadgets. There never seems to be enough disposable income to acquire all the toys, with all the functions, that a gadgeteer could want. Just when you think you’ve finally discovered the perfect device – the next version of it is released with EVEN MORE AMAZING STUFF!
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the tech-lover on your list, let’s take a look at what one of 2011’s best, and most popular, devices; the iPad 2, has to offer. While it may seem hard to believe, the iPad 2 is coasting into it’s first holiday shopping season on the market.
Let’s start by weighing the pros:
The Tech Specs. They’re impressive. The iPad 2 boasts a dual-core A5 chip, front and back facing cameras, HD video capture capabilities and a 10 hour battery life – all contained within a device weighing just over half a pound.
The Cool Factor. It’s freakin’ cool. And it’s super sexy. The user experience on the iPad is so seamless and intuitive. There is no adjustment to feel comfortable navigating around the iPad, the interface just works how you think it should. One of the biggest surprises is that the keyboard is the perfect size. There were no awkward touch-typing gaffs that are commonly associated with the iPhone.
It’s Size. It’s incredibly light and it fits in almost any size bag. If you pair it with an iMac or MacBook with iCloud, not only is it small, it’s incredibly mighty. Open your iPad 2 and almost everything you own is at the swipe of your fingertips.
There’s an app for that. Whether you want to make fart sounds, manage your budget, or do anything in between, there is an iPad app available to get you there. Many of which are less than $5 – if not free.
And now, some of the cons:
It does not replace a laptop. The Gorillaz may have recorded their album Plastic Beach on an iPad (first gen), but don’t let that fool you. The iPad 2 is not a laptop killer. It’s fantastic for a whole pile of stuff, but even with multitasking you still can’t have a browser and a word processing document open at the same time.
It’s not an e-reader. Or maybe it is. I guess that’s up to you. The light coming off of a computer screen is terrible for your eyes and the iPad’s screen is backlight just like the computer you’re on now. Unlike the Kindle, the iPad isn’t doing your eyes any favours even if you don’t mind the brightness of the screen.
You need the Smart Cover. It’s a stand! It’s a cover! It turns your iPad on and off when you open/close it! It’s also sold separately.
You will undoubtedly be a hero if you give your loved one an iPad 2 this holiday, but definitely consider what the person you’re shopping for wants to achieve with their new gadget. It’s the perfect solution for someone with a primary computer, who longs for a sexy and simplified version to compliment.
You can pick up the iPad 2 at Authorized Apple Re-Sellers, The Apple Store, and online. It starts at $519.
Find out what’s on every pop culture fan’s wish list this holiday season
November 28th, 2011, Toronto, ON – Finding the perfect holiday gift for that special someone can be a daunting task, especially when they happen to be a major pop culture enthusiast. Which comics should I buy? What’s the latest must-have DVD box set? iPad or Kobo? Have no fear – BIFF BAM POP! proudly announces the launch of its first annual holiday gift guide.
For 24 days starting on December 1, the writers at www.biffbampop.com will feature the latest and greatest in comic books, gadgets, music, movies, video games and literature as part of BIFF BAM POP’S first annual Holiday Gift Guide.
“Our staff writers have been busy putting together the essential 2011 gift guide that makes it easy for friends and family to buy the perfect gift for any pop culture fanatic,” said Andy Burns, Editor-In-Chief, BIFF BAM POP!. “While we all appreciate a warm pair of gloves or novelty Santa socks, every pop culture aficionado has his or her eye on a few key items they hope to find under the tree this holiday season.”
It wouldn’t be the holidays without gifts, so BIFF BAM POP! is also giving away a number of exciting items throughout the month of December. Visit www.biffbampop.com throughout December for a chance to win books, cd’s, DVD box sets and much more!
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