Thursday, March 21, 2013

Crushing on the Sony Xperia SP

Fearless Forecast: Sony will be the 3rd leading mobile manufacturer in 2013. With a strong line-up of new phones coming up in a few months, Sony is poised to take on a bigger share of the smartphone market. Starting with their flagship release and in my opinion the prettiest looking mobile phone - the Xperia Z. Sony will follow this up by releasing what I expect to be a mid-level category phone Xperia SP.

Sony Xperia SP boasts of the following specifications:

4.6-inch 720p HD Reality Display

1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor

3G and LTE capable

1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage (expandable via micro SD slot)

Pre-installed with Android 4.1

8MP rear camera capable of recording 1080p videos

Available in 3 colours: Black, White and Red

My favorite part is the he notification light, which is more than an eye candy since it can change the lighting color based on an activity such as playing music content the lighting will resemble the album artwork and pulse in beat with the music. You can also assign lighting color to your contacts so you will know instantly who is calling you without even looking at the screen. Pretty neat right?

I'm psyched at the direction Sony is taking to be competitive in the on going smartphone wars and pissed off at the same time by being tempted to buy a new phone.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Fantasy Hoops Recap 2012 - 2013

With two more weeks before the regular season of Fantasy basketball ends, here's just a recap of my 2012-2013:

Best Waiver wire Pick-up: Tie between Nikola Vucevic and JJ Hickson - Both of these guys have been monster off the boards and averages double-double in points and rebounds. Honorable mention: Chandler Parsons, Greivis Vasquez, Larry Sanders

Best Rookie: Damian Lillard. By a mile.

Most Disappointing Season: Ersan Ilyasova - a couple of good games here and there. But has been pretty decent in the last four weeks but his start until the middle of the season was horrendous. After a stellar season last year and signing a big contract, Ilyasova's current season is far from a succesful one. Honorable mention: Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, Deron Williams

Overachievers: Brook Lopez, David Lee, Steph Curry - these players were under the radar due to their injury history but being healthy this season, they finally hit their stride and more.

My top 3 players for the season (and maybe until next season): 1) Lebron James 2) Kevin Durant 3) James Harden (i have 1 team with both Durant and Harden - monster kill).

Players to watch out next season): 1) Paul George 2) Larry Sanders 3) Ty Lawson 4) Kenneth Faried - these guys will be very high on my list.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Futureproof Technology

I have a 2011 Samsung Galaxy Ace android phone. At that time, it was still running Gingerbread version out of the box. That seems to be lightyears from now the way that updates are coming out. Samsung has stop supporting updates for my phone after Gingerbread. Then came Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean updates and my phone is proper-outdated.

Luckily, there are people from XDA Forums, who still develop custom ROMs. WTF is a ROM? If you're living under a rock (in a techy geek's perspective) One of the best things about the openness of the Android platform is that if you're unhappy with the stock OS, you can install one of many modified versions of Android (called ROMs) on your device. Thus, my outdated device is not so outdated anymore:

If you compare 2011 smartphone specifications to that of 2012, you'd be surprised to see the gap in terms of chipsets and display. But functionality is unique to every individual. If you use your mobile mostly to play games then graphics and memory specifications are gold to you. But if you're like me who just use it for calls, sms, social networking and playing music - then you don't need any cutting edge specification to get your fix.

Ever since the Nokia 5510 days, Filipinos are enamored by the use of Mobile phones. It has become almost a necessity for any individual. There's also comes the unecessary pressure of trying to keep up with the latest releases if you're that type of person. But to me, I don't feel like I need to invest that amount of money to something that will depreciate in value in a matter of months. I'd rather put my money into traveling - invest in experiences... they last a lot longer. Futureproofed.

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