Category Archive: Gadget Insider

Sep 24

Apple IPhone 6+ Disaster – Worst IPhone Launch Ever

iphone-6-plusApple IPhone 6+ Bending, It is facing a major disaster as angry users express their disappointment with IPhone 6 design.

If you have not heard already the IPhone 6+ is Apples latest disaster. Soon after it lunch people have started reporting the IPhone 6+ bending when you apply pressure in the middle or even when you keep it in your pockets.

Video by Unbox therapy IPhone 6+ Bend test

Unfortunately the bending is not a new feature.  #BANDGATE

The problem with the IPhone 6+ and even IPhone 6 is that the chassis is made out of aluminum. Aluminum in nature is a soft metal material, unlike Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4 which is made of plastic. When tested bending it will emit some sound but at the end it will mostly go back to its original shape. You would figure that Aluminum is more durable that plastic. When you bend aluminum it will remain bend because it is metal.

Apple (Aiphone6+APL) Stocks drop on the news and this is a disaster of IPhone 6. Apple is already facing shortages of phones do to the early backlight design flaw and now a bendable phone to add on top of that. This is officialy Apples worst Iphone Launch ever. People are still waiting for Apple to comment.

Maybe its time to Chose Galasy S5 over Iphone 6 and Samsung Note 4 over Iphone 6+ SEE WHY

Samsung Edge has curved Screen and Now Iphone 6+ has one too, This is unfortunate not funny for current customers that paid at least $300 for the phone. In a way people feel that they might have got ripped off.

 

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Aug 22

Sony DSC-QX10 18.2 Megapixel Attachable Lens Review

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-QX10 18.2 Megapixel Attachable Lens Review – For IPhone or Android Smartphone

SONY-DSC-QX10 , Attachable lens

Sony has developed a  portable 10X camera lens for a Smartphone. This is a nice add-on to your phone to take pictures, but perhaps Sony has come up short when developing this attachable Lens.

We tested the Lens with IPhone 5s and overall it worked great, the attachable lens attaches to the phone without a problem, but here is the problem with it. The connectivity between the phone is with either Wi-Fi or NFC, since IPhone does not support NFC we were limited to using Wi-Fi connection.

You can take great pictures with the Lens but you are limited by the Wi-Fi connection. It is great when you are home but that is the only place that you can really use it.

The lens has no internal memory so evey picture that it takes is trasfered via Wi-Fi to your Phone. Because of that there is some lag time. The worst part is that you can only use it where you are able to connect it to Wi-Fi, this makes this Sony Lens usage very limited.

If you have a phone that supports NFC then you are in better luck but NFC transfer speeds are pretty slow compared to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

For The current Price tag of $199.99 you are better of buying a Point and Shoot camera which will produce better results.

SONY-DSC-QX10-FRONT Attachable lens

PROS:

Sharp Lens

10X Zoom range

Wi-Fi with NFC

Attachable lens

CONS:

Some Image Noise

Lag in communication

Limited connectivity

Limited usage (restricted to Wifi Range)

 

BOTTOM LINE:

If only Sony had added Bluetooth connectivity, this Portable attachable lens could see a lot more attention, but because it has few major limitations we have to say that we will not recommend this product. Perhaps if a V2.0 comes out with Bluetooth capability then it would deserve a second look.

SONY-DSC-QX10 Attachable lens

Attachable lens

 

Specifications:

Model: DSCQX10/B

Height    2.5 inches

Width     2.5 inches

Depth     1.3 inches

Weight   3.2 oz. (body only)

Megapixels            18.2

Image Resolution                Up to 4896 x 3672

Optical Zoom        10x

Digital Zoom         None

Lens Features       Sony G lens with 9 elements in 7 groups (4 aspheric elements)

Lens Focal Length(s)            4.45-44.5mm (35mm equivalent 25-250mm)

Image Stabilization              Yes, optical

Internal Memory None

Interface Micro USB, USB 2.0

Audio     Yes

File Formats          JPEG, MP4

Batteries               1 rechargeable NP-BN

Imaging Sensor Type           CMOS

Tripod Mount       Yes

HD Movie Mode   Yes

WiFi enabled        Yes

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Aug 14

Samsung Galaxy Alpha is IPhone 6 Worst Nightmare

 Samsung-Galaxy_AlphaSamsung Galaxy Alpha might be IPhone 6 Worst Nightmare, or even Iphone 6 Destroyer.

Samsung has announced its all New high-quality metal frame, luxury look and feel Galaxy Alpha Smartphone. If we dint know any better Samsung is going after the soon to be announced Apple IPhone 6 4.7” Screen Size phone. From the rumors we have heard Alpha phone will look a lot like IPhone 6 4.7-inch version.

The Galaxy Alpha has metal Frame just like IPhone 5S and IPhone 6, Slimmer design just like the new IPhone 6 will have, No Micro SD slot just like IPhone 6. Same screen Size of 4.7 inch just like the IPhone 6.

Depending on which rumors you hear first, someone is trying to copy someone. Unfortunately  for Apple, Samsung got here first  and that is what matters.

Samsung-Galaxy-Alpha2

On September 6 Consumers will be able to see what Apple IPhone 6 has to offer and determine if they want to wait for IPhone 6 or get something similar right now.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a step down comparing to Galaxy S5 but at the same time it mimics IPhone 5s and possibly IPhone 6 in a way. This gets us thinking. If Apple does not deliver something innovative this year, Galaxy S5 will be the Flagship Smartphone of the year.

galaxy

Does the New Galaxy Alpha tells us that Samsung will start making metal frames on the next generation phones? Most likely !!

 

Samsung Galaxy Alpha specifications

Network:             LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)

Display:                4.7″ HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)

Processor:           Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)

OS:                         Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)

Camera:               12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front)

Video:                  UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps

Additional Features:      Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster, Quick Connect, Private Mode

Connectivity:     WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2), Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC

Sensor:                 Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor ,Gesture Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, HR Sensor

RAM:     2GB

Internal Memory:            32GB, No micro SD Slot

Dimension:        132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, 115g

Battery:                1,860 mAh

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Aug 05

IPhone 6 – Rumors, What to Expect Pre-Orders Have started

New IPhone 6 Bigger display screen vs older iphone 5 Screen size

IPhone 6 Bigger Display Screen

The New IPhone 6 Technology – What we can expect This September 9th 2014

Updated: 8/22/2014
There are new information from Apple that it may delay the release of IPhone 6 because of late design changes in the IPhone 6 Display Screen. Apple may delay the release or will have delivery shortages. This means that if apple continues with current lunch date there will only be limited amount of Iphone 6 available to the public.
Updated: 8/12/2014 :New rumors surface abut Apple HealthKit. It appears that Apple will finally will join health industry. Apple HeathKit apps have been spotted being tested in few health industries.
Apple has officially taken over Beats by Dre

But what does this mean to a Apple consumer?

Apple will be introducing its new flagship phones in a month or so and you will be able to get the Beats headphones with you Iphone but unfortunately it will cost you extra. There is also rumors that Apple will have Beats Iphone edition that will include access to Beats by Dre music library and it will come with Beats headphones for a extra $150.

* It has been confirmed that Apple will have two new Screen sizes, 4.7″ and 5.5″ * Apple may have total of 3 IPhone announced, IPhone 6, Iphone 6 Mini, IPhone 6+ * There are rumors that Apple may change there pricing structure, IPhone 6 with 4.7″ and 5.5″ screens will likely to cost more * Apple to announce new phones in September 2014, and any other New Technology it may have

There are a lot of rumors and Concepts designs for the New IPhone 6  that should be announced sometime this fall if everything goes right. There are great photos and videos of what the next IPhone 6 will have and might look like but they are done by Great Photoshop masters and most likely will not make the cut. We all know what we want to see but we also know we will not see it. There is only so much a company can create in a short time. Remember that designing a phone is one thing, but then there is: will it work?, is it user friendly? and the last manufacturing which all takes time. A lot of people speculate that Apple will release something cool because they have filled many patents. The truth is that Apple just likes to patent everything just in case, that does not mean that they will execute on it. Remember the rumors of IWatch patent? 2 years later and we might finally see the IWatch. It is definitely a question if Apple IPhone 6 will deliver the next big thing this year. Apple has reduced using Samsung parts mostly do to the patent war over the last few years. Apple has struck a deal with TSMC to produce chip for Apple, but will TSMC produce quality parts as Samsung did for years? . One thing that we know we we will like is that the New IPhone 6 will have IOS 8 and the same IOS will end up on older generations phones. Jailbreak hack will not be available for the IOS 8 for at least few months, so please remember not to updated your older phones to IOS 8 if you want to have Jailbroken phone, you should wait till it  is available once again or you may lose it.

Thinks that IPhone 6 will probably have:

Edge-To-Edge Display – Apple has filed a patent on a new frame that will allow to attach display screen seamlessly

Bigger Screen 4.7″ – Confined!

Bigger Screen 5.5″ ” – Confined!

HealthKit – Apple has been seen testing its new Heathkit apps with IOS 8

Beat Headphones – Apple is trying to buy Beats company currently owned by Dr. Dre, so its very possible but most likely they will sell it as a accessories

Wireless Headphones – Apple phone support wireless headphone via Bluetooth, but will it include Beats Heaphones?

Water Resistant – Every other manufacturer is doing it, will Apple follow?

HomeKit – RF remote control – CONFIRMED!

Hart Rate Monitor – CONFIRMED! part of HeathKit

New Content sharing – Apple announced that their new IOS 8 will have functions that will allow easier share with family and friend CONFIRMED!

Smart keyboard – IOS 8 suggestive typing, similar to auto-correction that does not work properly most of the time, Hopefully improved.- CONFIRMED!

A8 Quad-Core Processor – Correctly in production – CONFIRMED!

Thinner and lighter –  Most likely, Apple tends to go towards that direction. And All we wanted was better battery life, maybe will get it with IPhone 6S

Full HD – Full HD with bigger screens – CONFIRMED!

16-18 Megapixel camera – Remember that Megapixel are not as important as the quality of the photo Censor.

IWatch –Samsung has a watch so will Apple, probably similar to Samsungs with Flexiblt AMOLED Touch Screen.

Rapid Charge – Small chance that it just might have it since everyone wants it and Samsung dint deliver it. But there is always the issue that Apples USB cable may not support it.

Touch ID Fingerprint sensor – IPhone 5S Has it so will IPhone 6.- CONFIRMED!

IOS 8 – Already Announced – CONFIRMED!

Sapphire screen – CONFIRMED!

Superfast Downloads capability. –  .(This will only work with few Carriers, Most Cellular Carriers have Opted-Out) – CONFIRMED!

New Processor – A8 Processor (no specs available at this time) – CONFIRMED!

New Technology – still undetermined

Things that IPhone 6 will NOT have:

Projector – To expansive for apple to adopt that technology

Lighting Cable Headphones – Rumors are that Apple is working on the headphones that will connect to the lighting port , possible in the future CONFIRMED!

Laser keyboard – Definitely not. Laser keyboard just does not seem to be that cool anymore CONFIRMED!

Flexible Screen – Not likely, Its to early for that, maybe in a year or two

Wrap Around Screen – Not likely, Its to early for that, maybe in a year or two CONFIRMED!

Wireless Charging – That would make the phone bulky, Apple is all about light and thin CONFIRMED!

5G Wi-Fi or 802.11ac – There is a chance that it might have it. I really think it will not just because Phone companies want you to use their Data and not Wifi.and Bigger range means more power consumption

Memory card slot – Apple does not like external anything, They make their money from selling their larger memory  phones  

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Jul 29

How To Enable Developer Options In Android Smartphone Device

Developer Options in Android phoneDeveloper Options In Android Smartphone Device User Guide – How You Can Enable 

 

Developer options is used to root your device. If you are going to install a custom ROM or want to root your phone. Then, for this purpose, you have to enable the Developer Options in your device. Normally, this option is hidden away from the average users of the phone, but you can avail this option easily through following some guidelines.

 

The very first step is to find the build number of your device in settings. This option may be found under settings section. But for different devices, you have to tap different options to reach build number. In Stock Android devices, you have to simply go to Settings, then to About Phone and there you will find build number.

 

In Samsung Galaxy S5, you can find build number in About Device option buried under Settings menu. In LG G3, you can trace build number from About Phone, then System Information and there will be Build Number. In HTC One, you can get build number option by going to Settings Menu, then to About option and then to More option in System Information.

 

Extra options for Developers on android SmartphoneAfter finding the build number section in your device. The next step is to tap on the section for 7 times. When you will tap for 2 times, there will be a pop-up notification appeared which will tell you that you are N number of steps away from being a Developer. After taping for N numbers, you will get the Developer Option. The developer options can be normally found in main settings menu like enable USB debugging.

 

So, are you willing to get rid of this developer options now, then you can do that by setting your phone to factory reset. There are few phones available which can wipe out these settings without wiping the while device completely.

 

 

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Jul 06

Logitech Solar Keyboard K750 Review

Logitech keyboard Logitech Solar Keyboard K750 Review – Technological Gadgets

Streamlined and extremely convenient, the Logitech Solar Keyboard K750 is the best new technological device to come out to the public as of late. As we all know, computer keyboards were previously, and very annoyingly corded, which contributed to a lot of hassle when moving around or even when trying to do work in an efficient manner. This inefficiency added to the stress of using a computer and made it difficult to do anything but sit in a chair, not move, and just type away. Thankfully, wireless keyboards were introduced and this actually revolutionized the way computer work was done.

The most exciting wireless keyboard to be introduced is the user-friendly and incredibly high-quality Logitech Solar Keyboard K750. Completely wireless and with a spectacular design aesthetic, the Logitech Solar Keyboard K750 only requires a small USB device to connect to a computer for it to be work. After the USB device is connected, the keyboard can magically be moved all throughout a space without any annoying wires getting in the way! Now, what could be better than that? Even better, the Logitech Solar Keyboard K750 has a battery that can stay charged for up to three full months, even when used in total darkness! Versatile and extremely usable, the Logitech Solar Keyboard K750 is a technological device with a peek into the future, with it’s amazing design that creates incredible ease of use and is actually very user-friendly, the entire keyboard is only 1/3 of an inch thick. And of course, the keyboard has been designed with amazingly quiet keys, so no matter what, using this keyboard is an absolute pleasure. All in all, the Logitech Solar Keyboard K750 gets two thumbs up from me, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for an exceptional, technologically advanced keyboard that gets any job done with ease.

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Jun 19

Amazon Fire Phone can’t compete with big boys

firephoneAmazon Fire Phone can’t compete with big boys at least for now.

New Amazon Fire Phone  Pre-orders Start Now

For Amazon it is not the next Big thing but a step forward. The newly release Fire Phone a first Smartphone from Amazon is different but not as great as Amazon thought it would be. It took Amazon nearly 4 years to build their first phone.  And maybe the problem with the phone is that its 4 years late.

The Fire Phone is different than your average phone those days, it definitely has some really cool features but as a Smartphone it can’t compete with giants like Apple and Samsung.

We dint have a Fire Phone to play with so we cant give you a good review, but we can tell you few cool thing about the phone and few not so cool.

Amazons first Smartphone at a first glance looks like mini Fire tablet, and if you look closely thats what it is with some extras.  To be so late in the game you would figure that Amazon would take all the mistakes from the other phone manufacturers and make sure that they don’t do the same.

Firefly is definitely cool and my favorite feature, it is sort of a like QR scanner, Shazam and Laser Scanner combined on steroids. Take a object in front of the camera and Firefly scans it and find it. Amazon is one of the biggest market places for books, music and pretty much anything that you can buy. Amazon took that and made Firefly their own Amazon search engine.

The main features in Fire Phone are the 3D effect Dynamic Perspective which is cool. Dynamic Perspective is A custom-designed sensor system that responds to how you hold, view, and move your phone. 4 Sensing cameras follow your head movement to hive you the effect, but at the same time probably dr5ain battery very well and even give you motion sickness like IPhone did.

Mayday is not new, it has been around on Fire Tablet but now it is available on your phone. I got to give Amazon credit when it customer service , Amazon is great. Free, live, on-device video support 24×7.

Amazon specs say we can get speed up to 300 Mbps with channel bonding, but that is not true. The phone supports that but AT&T does not and will not allow you to use that feature in the phone since AT&T is the exclusive Cellular carrier for Fire Phone

Fire Phone price is similar to Galaxy S5 and Iphone 5S, In my opinion that is too much, after all the phone is good but not that great.

The phone its self is little bulky and has glass in the front and the back, rubber on the side. If one thing Amazon should know is that glass breaks and does not look good. Apple IPhone back is also glass and we all know what happened. IPhone on the other hand is smaller that Fire and is protective case friendly where Fire is already bulky and adding a protective case will make it even bulkier.

Free unlimited cloud storage – Amazon is not the first one to offer free unlimited clud storage, but as we know that is only temporary.

So far what we noticed is that the battery and the sim card are pre-installed and are not user accessible.  We also noticed that the Fire Phone OS is Android based and has Android apps and tools but Google might have been left out.

We think that the phone has few really cool features that will turn few heads but it will not win over Galaxy and IPhone fans.

Complete Specs provided by Amazon.com

 

Size 5.5″ x 2.6″ x 0.35″ (139.2mm x 66.5mm x 8.9mm)
Weight 5.64 ounces (160 grams)
Processor 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM
Display 4.7″ HD LCD display, with 1280 x 720 resolution
Cameras 13 MP rear-facing camera, auto focus, optical image stabilization, f/2.0 5-element wide aperture lens, LED flash
2.1 MP front-facing camera
OS Fire OS 3.5.0
Storage 32 GB or 64 GB
Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content, and photos taken with Fire phone
Battery Battery size: 2400mAh. Talk time: up to 22 hours; standby time: up to 285 hours. Video playback: up to 11 hours; audio playback: up to 65 hours.
Video recording 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps (front- and rear-facing cameras)
Audio playback Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio processing
TV and Video Supports screen mirroring and Second Screen
Content formats supported Audio: Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, PCM/WAVE, AAC LC/ELD, HE-AAC (v1 & v2), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AMR-WB+, Audible Enhanced format (AAX); Video: MPEG4, VP8, H.264/MPEG4/AVC,MPEG4 SP, H.263,AVI,HDCP2.x, PlayReady DRM; Images: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, GIF87a,GIF89a; Viewable docs: PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT
Sensors Dynamic Perspective sensor system with invisible infrared illumination, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Location GPS, Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi/Cellular location, and Digital compass
Cellular UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), Quad-band GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 9 bands of LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20), supports carrier aggregation
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, up to 300 Mbps with channel bonding; Bluetooth 3.0 wireless technology; NFC enabled
Headphones Premium, tangle-free headphones with remote and mic
SIM Card Pre-installed Nano SIM card
Ports Micro USB 2.0
3.5mm headphone
Included in the Box Amazon Fire Phone with Fire OS 3.5.0
Premium headphones with remote and mic
Micro USB to USB charging cable
USB power adapter (5W)
Quick Start Guide

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Jun 18

Google Glass Review – The Next Big Thing

What makes Google Glass so special? We have done the pros and cons for you.

Google glass

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Google Glass

Google Glass is reality augmented glasses and is a classic endeavor on the part of Google. It is better than the normal glasses in every possible way. Designed to transmit the perceived information to your right eye, Google Glass is one of the trendiest gadget to possess. With the launch of a whole new array of hues and frames, the Google Glass has become the new in.

So what is it about Google Glass that makes it different? Let us take a peek into the specifications of this amazing product.

PROS

Some of the promising features of Google Glass are

  • USER FRIENDLY INTERFACE:

    The interface has been designed to match your comfort so that you can scroll through the menu leisurely. Voice command is a great feature that allows you to voice-control the Google Glass without any glitch.

  • CAMERA:

    This singular feature has made Google Glass an instant success. Voice-maneuvering the camera makes it possible for you to capture every photo perfectly. The quality of the pictures matches that of any of the smart phone. However, one edge that Google Glass has over the cameras and smart phones is the great variance in angles at which the photos can be taken.

  • EMAILS:

    reading your email with a single swipe of the finger without actually touching the glass is another of the amazing features. So is going through the tweets on Twitter.

  • CLOCK:

    referring to your cell phone and watches to check time is no more a necessity when Google Glass has it on display for you right in front of your eyes.

 

CONS

One of the major concerns that have been raised since the launch of Google Glass has been that of privacy. It has made invading people’s privacy quite easier. Incorporation of features like a blinking recording light might resolve the problem by indicating to a person that Google Glass is at work and might be recording or clicking away their personal life.

VERDICT

Although the usage and applicability of Google Glass is quite limited at the moment, further trials are being carried out to test its viability in the markets. The availability of less than a 100 applications doesn’t make it that appealing. New features are likely to be incorporated to increase the customers’ interest in the product. The real challenge that will be faced by Google will be to pique the interest of the potential users in the product to a level where they’ll be actually willing to buy this gadget and use it out in the open.

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Jun 06

Is Now the Time To Buy Older Apple Products?

older IPad vs. new Ipad

Older Ipad Products – Old Ipad Vs, New Ipad

Is Now the Time To Buy Older Apple Products?

 The quality of Apple’s technology is unquestionable. The problem for many people, however, is the cost of this technology. Not everyone can drop $899 for a computer or $399 for a new iPad that doesn’t even have 3G/4G technology equipped with it. Apple also has a quality reputation, which means even older apple product is going to have a strong resale value. Could now be the time to invest in an older piece of Apple technology? If you do, what do you sacrifice?

 

Let’s Take a Look At the Case of the Apple iPad

 Thanks to the efforts of my toddler and her glass of water, I was unexpectedly in the market for a new iPad not so long ago. I’d been one of those guys who waited in line to purchase the first ones when they hit the market, so it had been a pretty decent run. I was excited about getting the retina display on the 4th generation model, but then I realized if I bought the brand new iPad, I’d have to purchase a cord adaptor because of the new lightning connection.

 

So I took a breath, took a look at my options, and decided that the basic iPad 4 that was priced at $399 was the right choice to make. Apple told me it would take 2 weeks to send me the product, which was 2 weeks I didn’t have because I use my iPad for music production and had work that was due. So off to the store I went… where they were going to charge me an extra $150 for the exact same product.

That wasn’t going to happen. I needed options and fast.

What About Going With an Apple iPad 2?

As much as I’d love to say that I had the new iPad 4 with the A6X processor and the 4G LTE service, I knew this purchase didn’t make sense for me. Here were my reasons:

  • There is no 4G LTE service where I live out in the country.
  • I really had no use for Siri because I run videos and music software from my iPad when I’m not streaming music or baseball games.
  • I already had a bunch of MIDI connectors that wouldn’t work with the 30 pin to lightning adaptor, which meant having to purchase new cords.

And so, as the fates would have it, the store was running a sale on the iPad 2 that day, making it cheaper than what I could pick up a refurbished iPad 3 for and it was new out of the box. That’s the decision I made and it’s been a good one! I was back in business immediately and I’ve got no complaints.

So what did I sacrifice by going with an iPad 2? First there’s the lower overall graphics level, but from a real-user standpoint it’s not that much and barely noticable. I get HD baseball broadcasts that look as good as on my PC and I can send them to my TV through my Google Chromecast. Netflix and Hulu don’t have the upgraded playback capability anyway, so those movies on the iPad 4 look almost the same as they do on the iPad 2. That’s really no sacrifice!

The one true sacrifice, therefore is speed. The iPad 4 is cranked up and twice as fast as the iPad 3… which is faster than my new iPad 2. On the other hand, I got my new iPad for less than $300 and that’s a price that is nice – especially when you’ve got a toddler who likes to throw water on things and touch every gadget that i own. It may be an older piece of Apple technology, but the price was right, it is the 30 pin adaptor which works with everything I have, and it does what I need it to do. Maybe it’s time for you to buy older Apple products too.

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Jun 03

PayPal Here Vs. Square Credit Card Reader

Paypal Here and Square Credit Card Swipe

Paypal Here and Square Credit Card Swipe

PayPal Here Vs. Square Credit Card Reader – Two Major Players in Mobile Credit Card processing.

Now anyone can accept credit cards using their mobile device or their tablet.Technology sure have taken a step to make are live easier, more affordable and more accessible. Both companies offer similar service in accepting credit cards on the go, so what makes them better than the other

I personally use PayPal Here only because I have a PayPal account since it started and joined eBay. When my Business grew PayPal Here allowed me to start accepting Credit Cards from customer. For some reason it is the most preferred way to pay by the customer. I personally always prefer cash or checks just because there is no transaction fee. But accepting Credit Cards has a positive side.

 

 

Supported Devices: iPhone/iPad, Android

Sturtup Cost: Free

Available in: United States and Canada (PayPal here): also in Hong Kong, Australia

Accept internationaly: PayPal Only – 2.7% per swipe plus 1% cross-border fee.

wpid-screenshot_2014-06-02-01-14-21.pngSo how does it work?

First of all you need a Smart Phone like IPhone or Galaxy.

Once you completed a service or sale you would connect the Credit Card Swipe (Paypal Here or Square) to your phone by inserting it in to the Headphone jack. Then you would Lunch the App provided by PayPal or Square. You would enter information such us what are you charging for and the amount. Then you would ask for a credit card and swipe it. A signature box will appear on the screen. This is where customer with sigh just like you would at a store when you purchase something with a Credit Card, Click done and then it will ask you were do you want to send the receipt. You can sent it to the printer if your phone is connected to one, Email address or you can click on no receipt.

If you chose to Email the receipt, the customer would receive full detailed email that he made a payment. Information would include exact location, (even with a address and a map) Purchase price, Date and for what for as well as who he/she made a payment too.

With paypal the funds are available to you instantly in your PayPal account. With Square 2 days later.

 

 

Pros:

  • You can accept credit cards as payment, Sometimes Customer just does not have the cash on hand and writing a check takes time.
  • Using a Credit Card processing service like Paypal Here or Square saves you time when its time to file your taxes because all the transaction are documented.
  • It is Small
  • Easy to use
  • Gives your customers flexibility
  • Almost anyone can have one
  • Its free to setup
  • Its free to own

 

Cons:

  • Credit Card Processing Fees.
  • PayPal Here has 2.7% fee for swiped Credit Cards and 3.5%+$0.15 for manually entered credit cards. Square had lower rates in the past but currently its 2.75% for swiped Credit Cards and 3.5%+$0.15 for manually entered credit cards.
  • You also need a smart phone with internet access, or a tablet with internet connection.
  • You are suggested to use Smartphone or tablet pen, helps customer to sign their name instead of using their finger.
  • Does not guarantee a payment. Customer can always block a payment at a later time.

 

Paypal Here came on top for us for two major reasons. Paypal Here has slightly lower fees that add up over time and Live Customer service. This is one company that you can get a live person fast comparing to some other companies. Over all it is a great tool to have and use when needed. Because of the high fees you may not want to use it all the time. Cash is King and still the most preferred form of payment. When cash is not available the Credit Cards reader comes in and saves the day.

If you provide service on the go or even sell on the go than this Portable credit card swipe is for you. It is also the best choice if you only do few credit card transactions a month. If you do you transaction in a same location such as store or office and you accept a lot of credit cards then there are better options for a fixed Credit Card terminal that offers lower Transaction fees. For everyone ales it’s a must have.

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