Monthly Archives: December 2007

Xbox 360 v.s. Wii v.s. PS3- Which to get as a next-gen console

All three of the next generation consoles’ are very impressive, and major improvements over there past versions. The question though is which too get now that the major rush of holiday gifts has ended. This post is here to help you decide which to get, and show you some of the pros and cons of each system.

Xbox 360

Pros: Good system for both hardcore gamer and casual gamer, lots of games for both types of gamers, exclusive games like Gears of War and Halo 3, HD output available, Xbox Live for gaming online, Video and game downloads available on Xbox Live Marketplace, HD DVD add-on available, ability to stream music, movies from any Internet connected Windows computer to Internet connected Xbox 360, backwards compatibility with original Xbox, HDMI (like USB just for TV, sends audio and video (including HD) on one cable from Xbox 360 to TV with HDMI in this case).

The Xbox 360 is priced in middle of three game systems. It’s 3 main versions: Arcade (256MB memory card with arcade games, wireless controller, HDMI input, $279), Premium (20GB Hard Drive, Wireless Controller, 2 game included, HD Composite Cables (like AV cables, just 3 additional with HD capability), HDMI input, $349), and Elite (Special Black Color, 120GB Hard Drive, Wireless Black Controller, 2 free games, HDMI and Composite cables included, $449).

Cons: Xbox Live Gold membership (membership needed for playing online) costs money unlike PS3 and Wii, still has problems, though not as often, such as red ring of death, no built in WiFi, HDMI cable not included on Premium and Arcade systems.

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Xbox 360 (Premium and Elite)

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Tips for Picking a New Computer

As the holiday sales continue and computers go on sale, here a couple of things to consider when getting a new computer (desktop or laptop):

1. At least 2 GB of RAM if you are getting Vistas’ Premium, Business, or Ultimate, and Mac OS X Leopard. If you are getting Vista Basic 2 GB will not hurt especially if you want to upgrade later to a higher version of Vista. The more RAM you have the smoother your computer will run in terms of both speed and overall ease of use.

2. Hard Drive of at least 80- 160 GB. A standard for today is 160 GB and you can even find computers on sale in stores with more space. Just a note: If you plan on using your computer for a lot of music, videos or pictures, the more space you have will be better. A space of 160- 320 GB or more would be good. Read the rest of this entry

Top 5 picks for a Cell Phone- Verizon Wireless

Here are the top 5 regular cell phones to get if your getting a new cell phone for Verizon Wireless, in the “free with contract” to $250 price range. Ratings provided from the Editor reviews at www.cnet.com . Pricing information is provided from the Verizon website http://www.verizonwireless.com/ .  

1. LG VX8350 (flip phone based on the popular VX8300 just without the antennae, MP3 Player, EV-DO, V CAST, 1.3 Megapixel Camera, available in red or gray colors)

Rated 8.3 out of 10 on Cnet, Price is $49.99 when you buy online with 2 year contract.

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LG VX8350 Red 

2T. Samsung SCH-U740 (dual flip phone, flip straight for standard phone, sideways for phone with a full keyboard, EV-DO, V Cast, 1.3 Megapixel Camera with flash, MP3 Player, available in black)

Rated 8.0 out of 10 on Cnet, Price is 129.99 online with 2 year contract.

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Samsung SCH-U740 (Gold, though is now only black color listed on Verizon’s website)

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Top Picks for a new Cell Phone- ATT

Here are the top 5 regular cell phones to get if your getting a new cell phone for ATT, in the “free with contract” to $250 price range. Ratings provided from the Editor reviews at www.cnet.com . Pricing information is provided from the ATT Website www.wireless.att.com

1. Motorola Razr 2 V9 (large update to original Motorola Razr, notable updates include ATT 3G, 2 Mega-pixel Camera, 2 inch screen on the front with touch music controls, 2.2 inch screen on the inside, mahogany color for phone, and an all around smaller design).

Rated 8.0 out of 10, price $299.99 though can be had for $250 with rebate.

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Razr 2 V9

2. Motorola V3xx (same design as original Razr just with updates most noteably as ATT 3G, 1.3 megapixel camera, MP3 player,  and a shinier casing).

Rated 7.6  out of 10 on Cnet, $99.99 for Dark Grey/ Blackish color,  and $129.99 for Platinum, Pink and Ruby Red colors.

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Motorola Razr V3xx (Platinum)

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Tech Terms- Cell Phones

Here are a couple of terms worth keeping in mind when looking for a new cell phone.

Cell Phone Terms:

GSM and CDMA:  GSM is the cell phone technology that in America is used by ATT and T-Mobile, as well as by a majority of countries around the world.CDMA is the cell phone technology that is used in America by Verizon Wireless, Alltel and Sprint, and it is also used around the world, but not in the same amount as GSM. 

3G for Cell Phones: EV-DO and HSDPA/UMTS:EV-DO is a 3rd generation technology used by CDMA carriers Sprint and Verizon. EV-DO is used in order to bring in information like music, videos, and internet browsing to cell phones at a faster speed.
HSDPA/ UMTS are the 3rd generation technologies used by GSM carriers ATT and in the future T-Mobile. HSDPA is a 3.5G technology that brings in information like those mentioned in EV-DO faster than UMTS, which still does it quickly for a cell phone.
 

Camera Resolution: Camera Resolution is the amount of pixels used in a picture take by a camera. The resolution name for every 1 million pixels is called megapixel. Most camera phones today use at least 1.3 or 2 megapixel.