Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Nintendo 2DS

No, that is not a typo, it's not supposed to say 3DS, it is the Nintendo 2DS.  I should also point out that I am writing this in August so this is NOT an April Fools joke.  Yesterday Nintendo announced 2 big things, first of all, they are lowering the price of the Wii U Deluxe set (since the non Deluxe set is now gone should this still be called the Deluxe set?) by $50.  Personally I was hoping they'd go a lot lower than that.  

The other piece of news was the announcement of a Nintendo 2DS which they'll be selling starting October 12th!!


So is this a 3DS replacement?  Not at all.  

Is it better than the 3DS?  Nope. 

Does it fold?  No

What is it then? 

The Nintendo 2DS is simply a cheaper option.  A lot of people that play 3DS games tend to play them with the 3D turned off anyway.  A lot of kids tend to break their DS systems right at the hinge from opening and closing so much and also from dropping it while open, or stepping on it while open, stuff like that.  

A lot of kids also see their parents with tablets and they want a tablet, well the 2DS is certainly not a tablet but for a lot of kids it might just be good enough.  Ok now I'm just making up things here. 

Personally I don't think I'd like to play with this much, but who knows, I may try it out and think it's great.  

So how much cheaper is this?  

The Nintendo 2DS will be available starting October 12 for $130.  The regular 3DS is $170 so I guess it really depends on how much you want to save those $40.  October 12 is also the day they release the new Pokemon X and Y so maybe that money can go towards the purchase of a new game. It will be available in RED or BLUE.  

It really does look like the 2DS is made with young children in mind.  A lot of people are talking bad about Nintendo and the 2DS saying it's useless, ugly, dumb and many other things.  Personally, I like options, even if I don't care for them.   It's not like they are forcing me to buy this by making it replace the 3DS, if that was the case I'd be upset but this is simply a cheaper option for those who want it.  

)S)
Javier Torres
AnarchyLive.com

Twitter: @tsnstuff
Google +: +Javier Torres 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Nexus 4 is $200!

As many of you know, if you are looking for a great GSM phone, the Nexus 4 has always been a great deal.  While most top of the line phones tend to cost well over $600 without a contract, the Nexus 4 is a very good (close to top of the line) phone that costs $300 (for the 8GB version, the 16GB version is $350 which is still very good).



Well, now Google has gone ahead and made the Nexus 4 even Cheaper!  The 8GB version is now $200 and the 16GB version is now $250.

This of course means that the new Nexus phone is coming soon, not sure when but obviously Google wouldn't be trying to get rid of their inventory if that wasn't the case.  Should you wait for the new one to come out?  That's totally up to you, personally I think the current Nexus 4 is a great phone.

I really wish more people would understand what a great deal this is, basically you could get a 8GB Nexus 4 for the same price you'd get another phone on a 2 year contract without having to do a 2 year contract.

Sadly, the Nexus 4 is only a GSM phone, which means you are not going to be able to use this baby with services like Sprint or Verizon.  It will work fine with AT&T, T-Mobile, Simple Mobile, Straight Talk and other GSM services.  It will NOT work with servies like Cricket, Boost or Virgin.

Anyway, feel free to head on over to The Play Store and check it out!

)S)
Javier Torres
AnarchyLive.com
Twitter: @tsnstuff
G+: +Javier Torres

Monday, August 26, 2013

New Anarchy Live Podcast Coming Soon!

Hello everyone!  Just wanted to let you all know that I am working on a new AnarchyLive.com Podcast!



The last couple of months I've been working with some friends of mine who run the Game X Presents podcast which you can find over at http://gamexpresents.libsyn.com/ and making that podcast has been a lot of fun.  The problem is, I'm a Tech guy, the podcast is mostly a Gaming podcast.  So far we've been mixing up gaming and tech but we decided it would probably make more sense to split up the sections.

Basically the way it's going to work for the most part is when we get together to record Game X Presents we will also record Anarchy Live.  This also gives us all more flexibility of doing something without the other if needed.  This in no way means that we wont be working together, on the contrary, we are just organizing things a bit more now when it's easy so that it doesn't become a big deal later.

I will let you all know once my Anarchy Live Podcast starts, should be this week, but in the meantime, you should certainly check out the Game X Presents Podcast.

You can Follow Game X Presents on Twitter @gamexpresents and on google plus  +GameXPresents.

Also remember to follow me on Twitter @tsnstuff and Google Plus +Javier Torres

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New "Early Upgrade" may get you paying twice for a phone!

Apparently it's that time of the year when the main phone carriers decide they are going to make a few changes and make it sound like they are saving us money when they really aren't.  This time around the changes come in the form of "Early Upgrade" plans.

T-Mobile has one called "JUMP", AT&T has one called "NEXT" and Verizon has one called "EDGE".  T-Mobile's plan doesn't really bother me all that much for two reasons.

1. T-Mobile removed the price of the phone from their service fees, so when you get a phone using a 2 year contract (or payment plan as they prefer to call it) you pay monthly fees for the phone but once you are done paying for the phone, you no longer have to continue paying for it.  With Verizon and AT&T you are paying for the phone in your monthly service cost, but at the end of the 2 years, that cost doesn't change, you continue paying for the phone even after being done.

2. T-Mobile Jump costs an extra $10 a month on your plan, but it works as phone insurance, most of us would pay close to $10 for phone insurance anyway.

Check out my video below for more information on why I think that Verizon and AT&T are trying to rip you off, specially AT&T where after a year you basically end up paying $606 for a $650 which you'll have to give back to them if you want to do the early upgrade.




If you are the type of person who MUST have the latest phone, some of this may be for you, but for most people I would have to say "Stay away!".  

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Thank You!
Javier Torres
AnarchyLive.com

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Moto X

A few months ago Google purchased Motorola, which is one of the top phone makers out there.  They may not be as big as Samsung but Motorola has been around for a very long time and they've always made very good products.  However Google didn't buy them for their ability to make phones, they were purchased because Motorola had a lot of patents that could help Google out with their fights against Apple and other companies.  However, if you have a company that makes phones, why not make phone?

Since Google bought Motorola we've seen a few new Motorola phones come out, but those were all phones that Motorola had already designed before the merger.  Yesterday Motorola announced the Moto X, which is the first phone they've designed since the Google/Motorola merger.

The Moto X
Also available in White

Technically it's also available in a lot of other colors...


The front part is only available in Black or White, the back part will be available in many colors, however for now, only for AT&T, soon all the options will be available in other carriers. 

So what is it? 

Before we talk about what it is, lets talk about what it is NOT.  

This is NOT a top of the line phone made for the hardcore enthusiasts.  Motorola has never been that company, HTC and Samsung can fight each other for that.  

This is NOT a Google Phone, don't expect a Nexus.  From the beginning Google mentioned that they are not going to give Motorola any special treatment when it comes to access to software and stuff like that because they want all the companies to have the same fair chance.  

This is NOT a pure Android experience, Motorola has hardly made changes to the OS, it's almost pure, but it is not pure. 

This phone may not be a top of the line but it is not a slow phone by any means, I would say in a lot of ways this phone rivals last years tech.  

When you look at the difference between a Galaxy SIII and a Galaxy S4 you will notice that speed wise, they are not that different.  That's because phone CPU's have already been doing things fast enough for a while.  They keep adding more and more power but unlike the days of early Android, it just doesn't make a big difference anymore.  Motorola and Google both know this.  

So what are the specs? 

Screen: 

The screen is a 720P Amoled screen, which seems low in today's 1080P display world, but honestly 720 is more than enough for most people.  There may be some people out there with amazing eyesight and they can tell the difference between a 720p screen and a 1080p one, but most people won't be able to, and even then I think the people who say they can are probably lying. 

CPU:

The phone runs what Motorola is calling a X8 Mobile Computing System.  This is basically a bunch of other components put together.  In this case we have a 1.7Ghz DUAL core Snapdragon S4Pro processor.  So it is a Dual core processor as the main processor.  It also has a QUAD Core Adreno 320 GPU, so for graphics it does have a rather nice quad core GPU.  It also contains 2 other much less powerful CPUs for specific tasks like listening to your voice when it's in standby or showing you notification messages on your screen.  The whole thing does have 2GB of RAM which also help a lot. 

I like the idea of adding much slower much less power consuming cpu's for specific tasks.  It's certainly not the first time this is being done but it's nice.  

Camera: 

The camera on the Moto X is 10 Megapixels.  Nothing too special, they do claim to have new sensor technology called "Clear Pixel Technology" that should be able to capture better low light images.  Honestly I've been hearing this from many companies but I've never really seen anything amazing. 

Not too sure about the front camera, I'd guess it's a 2MP like most.

Interaction:

Didn't know what else to call this one.  The phone has certain tricks that make interacting with it easier.  For example,  you can say something like "Ok Google Now" when the phone is on standby and it'll recognize your voice and what you said, then Google Now will be launched.  From there you can go ahead and do more things without having to touch the phone once. 

When you get into your car with the phone, the phone will know that you are driving and switch itself into driving mode. 

When you get messages you'll get a notification on the screen, since the screen is AMOLED it'll save energy because it only needs to light up the specific pixels.  

When you take the phone out of your pocket, you can shake the phone and the Camera app will pop up, you can also take a picture by clicking anywhere on the screen. 

Why should I be interested in this phone?

For starters, this is the first time Motorola has ever had a "Flagship" device.  Motorola has always had good phones but they've usually been for just 1 company.  This phone will be available for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and probably US Cellular (yes they are still around). 

This phone is also assembled in the US (at least for US people).  This does not mean it is made in the US, I'm sure most of the parts are made in China, but a lot of the work is still being done here in the US and that's a good thing in my book. 

Battery!  The reason this phone has a 720P display and it has a Dual core processor is because they are trying to make the phone good enough in order to save battery.  Motorola claims that the phone will be able to go a full day with 1 charge, and by a full day they don't mean 8 hours of work, they don't mean the 16 or so hours or so that we are awake, they claim 24 hours. 

Software updates!  While the Moto X is not pure Android, it is very close to being pure, which means updates may be easier for them. 

Why shouldn't you be interested? 

The only thing that kind of bugs me is the fact that the phone costs as much to get as the S4 or HTC One, $200 with a 2 year contract.  The phone is beautiful, supposedly it feels really good on your hand, it should run fine and all but it is using a lot of last years technology, so is it worth as much as the top of the line phones?  I don't know.  Maybe the whole being assembled in the US thing costs more?  I don't know.  

If the reviews of the phone prove the phone is good, would I get one? 

Yes, yes I would.  Although what I would really like to see is have a Google Experience version of this phone.  Just have Google sell it on the Play Store for a more rational price with 100% stock android.  Basically I would like this to be the next Nexus. 


Thank You for reading!

Javier "STUFF" Torres
AnarchyLive.com

Twitter: @tsnstuff
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