In October 2011 Samsung released the largest smartphone display of any phone manufacturer; it was called the Galaxy Note and had a screen size of 5.3-inches. Detractors of the new device called it a “phablet” because it was in a no-man’s land that placed its functionality somewhere between a phone and a tablet.
Critics were quick to dismiss this gargantuan phone and predicted its early demise. However, Samsung had the last laugh and has sold over 10 million units.
The latest one from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 2, has an even bigger screen measuring 5.5-inches. We’ll go over the latest specs of this phone and also pick up on recent rumors regarding the next iteration: the Galaxy Note 3.
The Galaxy Note II was released in September 2012 and is the newest model, at the time of this writing, in the Galaxy Note line of smartphones from Samsung. Since its release there have been over 5 million units sold.
While a small segment of industry pundits have voiced their disapproval on such a gangly device, the Note has garnered a loyal customer base and has proven that there is a market for oversized smartphones. The Galaxy Note sports a 5.5-inch display. More...
In this final installment of "Video game consoles: Which one should you buy?" we'll look at a video game machine that most experts, at the time, merely ignored or didn't think would have a serious chance of competing with the "big boys," namely Sony's PlayStation 2 and Microsoft's Xbox 360. But as we'll find out, the Nintendo Wii has become a major hitter in the game industry.
Nintendo Wii 101
The Nintendo Wii could be considered the little video game console that could. When it was first released in the United States in November 2006, virtually all “serious” game critics attacked it not only for its strange sounding name, but for its sub-par processor (when compared to the Xbox 360 and PS2), lack of high-definition graphics, the silly looking motion controllers, and a huge lack of hardcore titles for gamers. In short the Wii was considered a joke, prior to its release, by the game industry.
But Nintendo had the last laugh as its Wii video game console became a monster hit around the world to the surprise and astonishment of its rivals. More...
In the previous installment about video game consoles, we covered the origin of Sony’s PlayStation, the current models, and what they do. This time around, we’ll go over Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
If you’re wondering what the differences are between all the brands, you’ve come to the right place. So hang on to your game controller as we tackle Part Two of “Video Game Consoles: Which one should you buy?”
Microsoft was considered a late comer in the game industry and didn’t offer its version of a video game console until 2001 with its Xbox. By then the field was led by Sony’s PlayStation, and Nintendo’s GameCube.
When the Xbox first arrived on the scene, it sported several milestones such as the first video console to offer an onboard hard disk drive, the first one to offer Dolby Interactive Content Encoding Technology that allowed real-time audio rather than going to pre-recorded playback while playing, and a superior integrated online gaming service called Xbox Live that allowed members to play interactive games with each other via a broadband connection. More...
Not everyone understands the differences between the various video game consoles that are currently sold at department and electronics stores. To the untrained eye, they all basically look the same—rectangular shaped boxes that are operated with devices called “game controllers.”
For those who want a little more light shed on this topic, we’ll go over the major video game consoles, what they do, their advantages, and who might be interested in buying one.
So get ready because it’s game on, dude!
Sony PlayStation 101
An interesting note in video game history is that Sony partnered with Nintendo in the late 1980s to develop a new CD ROM disk player for the Super Nintendo game machine. Up till then, the SNES was strictly run off of game cartridges that were plugged into the machine. The finished video game console was revealed at the 1991 Consumer Electronics Show and was dubbed the Super Famicom/SNES.
One day after the unveiling of the device, Nintendo broke its partnership with Sony and signed on with Philips Electronics instead. The resulting bad blood between the two companies ended with Sony forming Sony Computer Entertainment. Its first order of business was to develop a new video game console to compete with Nintendo.
In 1994, the Sony PlayStation was born and drove Nintendo SNES sales into the ground, and basically ended the life of the SNES. The first Sony PlayStation became a worldwide hit with over 102 million units sold. It was discontinued in 2006. More...
On Wednesday February 20 in New York City, Sony introduced its successor to its PlayStation 3 and from the looks of it, it may help Sony regain some of the lost ground it has given up to Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game consoles in the past few years.
For starters those who attended the press conference was told the new PS4 was similar to a “supercharged PC.” These words were not uttered in hyperbole as the PlayStation 4 sports an eight-core processor. That’s right, eight cores.
With this much power, you could probably calculate the next probe launch trajectory to the moon and back. But one thing is certain, that extra power under the hood will definitely mean a boost in performance in processing graphics and other game tasks with ease. More...
You'll immediately recognize them at coffee shops, libraries, offices, college campuses, parks, and just about anywhere people are working or relaxing. The little glowing Apple on the top of the cover of these popular notebook computers is a clear indication that the person on the other side of the computer is using an Apple MacBook.
But Apple MacBooks come in different flavors, so to speak, even though they may look similar. In this article we’ll go over the ins and outs of MacBooks and also find out why they are one of the most respected brands in the industry.
In the beginning
Apple wasn’t the first company to produce notebook computers, and truth be known, Apple entered the notebook business rather late in the game: May 2006. By then notebook computers were produced by many other companies, and the competition was formidable with rivals such as HP, Dell, Compaq, and others.
But as history shows, the MacBook notebook computer became, and still is, an enormously popular computer product with the general public. But MacBooks have evolved over the years and there are now different models, which are geared for specific users and needs. More...
In the previous article in this series (DSLRs: The hottest entry level camera models you can buy – Part 1) we covered the basic advantages of DSLRs and listed two models as good entry level choices: the Nikon D5100 and the Canon T3i. In part 2 we’ll name two more models to consider.
Although Pentax is a camera company that has been around for a long time, it hasn’t really gotten the coverage or publicity that the megabrands get such as Nikon and Canon. No doubt this is due to a lack of a large war chest of advertising dollars. But what the company does with its cameras more than makes up for its mild case of anonymity.
The K-30, in short, is one of the best entry level DSLRs that you can buy. It features excellent image quality, good performance, a good variety of features, competitive pricing, and to top it off, it is weatherproof.
The Pentax K-30 wins on style points as the camera body has a steel frame encased in a polycarbonate shell; this makes the camera resistant to harsh weather—a plus for those who frequent the outdoors or those who are prone to spilling drinks on their cameras. It is comfortable to hold and has a nice design. It comes with a standard 18mm-50mm zoom lens. More...
Today’s DSLRs offer features and abilities that would have sounded like science fiction 25 years ago. But they are, indeed, electronic marvels that allow photography fans to shoot, manipulate, edit, and enhance their images to produce wonderfully beautiful photos.
If you’re in the market for a DSLR or are thinking about upgrading to one, we’ll help you by listing some of the best entry-level DSLRs money can buy.
First things first
A DSLR or digital single lens reflex camera is a fancy way of just saying that you are seeing what the camera sees by viewing the scene through the lens of the camera. This small engineering feat is done by a mirror which reflects the image into the viewfinder or LCD display screen. It swings out of the way when you take the photo.
DSLRs are known for their ability to use different interchangeable lens to adapt for different shooting situations. If you’re at a sporting event and want to get a close-up of one of the players, a zoom lens is what you’ll use. If you’re in a crowded room and want to get a photo of everyone in the party, you’d switch to a wide angle lens.
This interchangeability of lenses gives the photographer more creative freedom; and there are all sorts of special lenses that will help to do this.
DSLRs are powerful image processing units that can help you to adjust to shooting situations such as low-light, color balance, focusing, quick action, and much more. In addition, DSLRs can also shoot video. More...
When Apple’s iPod iTouch was first introduced in September 2007, some critics disparagingly called it “an iPhone without the phone.” But Apple guessed right about the public’s reception, and the iTouch has become one of Apple’s best selling devices.
For those who are a bit puzzled about what an iTouch exactly is, and what the benefits of owning one are, you’ll find the answers right here.
What’s an iTouch?
If it could be described in three words it would be “portable multimedia machine.” It resembles the iPhone, and as has been pointed out by others, it’s an iPhone without the phone.
The device can be used as an MP3 player, handheld video game console, streaming video player, Internet browser, and camera. Added to these functions, depending on what type of apps you load onto it, the iTouch can serve as a sketch pad, photo editor, word processor, weight management system and even as a portable slot machine! More...
Because Apple now seems to be ramping up its iPhone refreshes at a quicker pace than before, iPhone fans can expect to see newer improved models more frequently than the standard one-year waiting time in the past.
As Apple’s schedule for the release for these phones shortens, it means people who want to buy the latest tech will have to eventually get rid of their old phones somewhere. Some will just throw them in their old electronics drawer, never to be seen again, while others will pass the old models to friends or family.
But there is a third solution: sell your iPhone to a used electronics buyer such as BuyMyTronics.com for cash.
What’s the version?
The first thing you have to do before you can get some cash for your used iPhone is to determine what model you have. Although this may sound like an obvious thing to most people, there are some who received their iPhones as a gift and may not know the difference between iPhone versions (you know who you are out there). More...
Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet was released in the United States in November 2012, and was seen by many in the press as a challenger to Apple’s iPad. Two months later the iPad is still king of the tablets, but Amazon’s Kindle Fire has shown itself to be a viable alternative for those who want a tablet at a fraction of the cost of an iPad.
So just how good is the Kindle Fire and what sort of impression did it make after two months of use? Stay tuned and we’ll find out.
The basic configuration of the Kindle Fire 7-inch tablet, for those who are into tech statistics, stacks up with a dual-core 1.2GHz OMAP processor, 16GB of internal storage, 1280 x 800 HD color display, 1GB of RAM, Dolby Audio, dual stereo speakers, HDMI port, dual-band/dual antennae Wi-Fi, and a battery life of about 11 hours.
The real world
The Kindle Fire runs on an Amazon customized Android operating system, which means it doesn’t have the full functionality of an unmodified Android OS. For the most part, you will only be able to download Android programs from Amazon’s App Store and not from the huge library of content on the Google Play Store. Good for Amazon, not so good for the end user. More...
Yesterday we covered some of the most impressive consumer electronics we enountered at this year's CES, and today we're going to have some fun with some of the other technology we came across while exploring the floors of the convention. Without further ado, the Best of the Rest!
Every year the electronics industry comes together to show off all of the advancements made, and to share in the celebration of innovation, technology, and cutting edge inventions. They call it CES. For the second year in a row, BuyMyTronics made the trek to Las Vegas to see what the future of electronics will have to offer, as well as learn more about what great eco-friendly products will be entering the market very shortly. Here are some of our highlights from our visit.
The recent models of the iPhone look very similar in shape, size, and color so if you are planning on buying one, just what are the differences between the models and even more importantly, which one is the best iPhone for you?
Three to choose from
At the time of this writing (December 2012) there are three basic iPhone models to choose from: the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S, and the most recent addition to Apple’s smartphone line, the iPhone 5.
All iPhones have access to Apple’s extensive library of applications from its App Store and iTunes music library where hundreds of thousands of songs, games, and software can be downloaded and purchased or obtained at no cost.
Although the three editions of the iPhone, at first glance, appear to be almost the same, we’ll find out that each one has its own personality as far as features and performance. More...
BuyMyTronics is excited to announce that we have added to all GoPro Cameras to our product catalog, becoming the first electronics buy-back company to offer value for these items. GoPro cameras are a product near and dear to our staff's hearts, as our staff uses these cameras to capture great moments when we are riding the slopes on the Colorado Rockies in our back yard. GoPro cameras provide action enthusiasts a way to share their experience of riding, biking, surfing, skydiving, and more in a first-person setting.
GoPro Cameras feature top of the line specs. Highlights, depending on model, include:
- 3-30 FPS Bursts
- Built In Wi-Fi
- Battery Warmer
- A wide range of mounts and cases
So once you've put your GoPro through the gauntlet and are ready to make an upgrade, visit BuyMyTronics to sell your GoPro!
Based in Half Moon Bay, California, GoPro makes the world’s most versatile cameras, enabling people to capture and share their lives’ most exciting moments in professional quality HD video and photos. GoPro’s HD HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras are used collectively by more consumers, professional athletes, and video production professionals than any other camera in the world. GoPro’s products are sold in over 60 countries via specialty sports retailers, Sport Chalet, Best Buy and at gopro.com.