Monday, February 20, 2012

7" Infotmic vs 7" WM8650 Comparison

7" Infotmic Gingerbread is one of the hottest tablets in the chinese market today. It is running on Android 2.3 Operating System and priced for under $100. The appearance strikingly resembles its cousin, the 7" WM8650, but internal components are quite a bit different. First and foremost, the Infotmic IMAPX210 processor clocks at 1.0Ghz while 7" WM8650 only reaches up to 800Mhz. Infotimic based tablet is running on Android 2.3 which is quite a bit smoother than the older version Android 2.2 installed on WM8650. Flash and video output capabilities are aso superior on the 7" Infotmic vs the WM8650. The former supports Flash 10.2 and 1080p video output, while the latter only supports Flash 10.1 and 720p video output. And if you need a tablet for video calling we've got good news for you, Infotmic supports Skype Video Chat that previously WM8650 was not capable of. And lastly, the battery is also slightly better on 7" Infotmic (1800Mah) with 7" WM8650 having (1500Mah)
Considering that the price on both devices is the same we can reccommend the 7" Infotmic Android 2.3 tablet as it delivers the best value.

Processor Infotmic IMPA-X210 VIA WM8650
CPU 1Ghz 800Mhz
OS Android 2.3 Android 2.2
Video Output 1080p 720p
Skype Simple Skype Chat + Video Calling Simple Skype Chat Only
Battery 1500Mah 1800Mah

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Choose The Right Tablet for Your Lifestlye

The tablet market has exploded since Apple pioneered its popularity with the release of iPad. There are currently thousands of tablets on the market ranging widely in price, size, color, and specialty. One of the cheapest tablets, the WM8650, can be purchased for under $100 while the more expensive ones like Samsung Galaxy start from $500 and up. Although the majority of consumers have now gotten the gist of what Android is all about it is still quite hard to choose the best tablet among all. There are so many factors to consider when selecting the right tablet for you. And although you may want the best of everything usually either price tag or functionality get compromised in the end. To help you alleviate a somewhat burdensome task of choosing the best tablet for your needs we have put together a brief guide. I would first like to say mention that, depending on who you are and how you use your tablet, it is permissible for some functionality to not be up to par. Because in the end it is all about the value device delivers to you specifically, not to buy the best of the best at the BestLand.

Display size - one of the most common factors users look at when choosing a tablet. Ranges from 5 inch to 10 inch.
7 Inch recommended: use it for business such as sales. Travelers by car, since it can be recharged via car charger. Also, if you DON'T do a whole lot of document editing or watching movies. 
10 inch recommended: If you are a student and want to use it for school / If you buy it for gaming only / if you use it mostly for office docs or other productivity purposes / connecting to larger screen for presentations. It is also best for business professionals who use it outside for the most part, such as field workers. 
Conclusion: The size matters if you travel extensively or use it outside your home for the most part

Battery Life
This is also an integral part in deciding about a tablet because after all, tablet is a mobile device meant to be used cordless. The smallest and cheapest tablets, such as WonderMedia 8650, typically have a battery life of about 2 hours while the high end of the tablet market boasts a battery life of up to 11 hours. 

When battery life matters: when you use it for entertainment rather than productivity purposes. In this instance, we cannot recommend a short battery life but if you use the tablet for doing things such as projecting to the large screen (which surprisingly doesn't consume too much battery) then purchasing a tablet solely based on its battery size is not such a good idea. Wifi, display, and GPS consume the most battery. So if you are about to do a whole lot of internet browsing, getting directions via GPS navigation or watching YouTube videos then you must invest a little more money into a tablet with a good size battery, 4-6 hours at least recommended. If you just need it to listen to music at home or do office docs then battery is not the main deciding factor. Also where you are using a tablet is important to consider. Since you are able to recharge the tablet frequently at your home then a tablet used exclusively in house does not need to have an 8 hour battery life. 
Conclusion: The battery life matters when you use the tab mostly for wifi, GPS, games, and other CPU intensive tasks. It does not matter as much if you are using the tablet at the convenience of your home as opposed to traveling. 

More avid Android users typically know the difference between resistive and capacitive touchscreen. But even a newbie can recognize the quality when the tablet needs to be banged with a force in order to scroll through the menu contents. Touchscreen is essential part of a tablet, in fact, it is what makes a tablet what it is today. Otherwise we will all be purchasing netbooks instead. 
Resistive screen: this technology uses two flexible sheets of material separated by an air gap. When you touch the screen the top layer of material is pushed down onto the bottom layer with wires voltage registering the contact. Since the resistive screen contact process is physical rather than conductive you can use any object to touch the screen, but to get maximum accuracy use a stylus. Resistive touchscreens can produce false touches, complex actions such as dragging or multi-touch can be difficult to perform.
Capacitive touchscreens use a technology where the screen surface is a single sheet of material with capacitors arranged in a grid pattern to measure changes in the electrical current across the screen. Capacitive sensors sense anything that is conductive (such as a human finger), they will not detect a stylus or any other electrically inert object. Capacitive touchscreens are more responsive than resistive touchscreens and typically installed on higher end tablets. 
Conclusion: If you do a lot of gaming or browsing the internet then buy a capacitive screen tablet for best experience. Because that's when touchscreen matters. If, on the other hand, you mostly watch movies or type docs using external keyboard then touch screen doesn't matter as much and the cheaper resistive screen tablet will suffice. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

How to Add Apps and Widgets to Your Homescreen

As of now Android is the most popular mobile device operating system with 250,000+ applications available on the Android Market. With such variety you may be tempted to download overbearing amount of games and applications that it becomes hard to navigate to a specific one on your device. It becomes especially frustrating having to find an application you use multiple times a day such as Pandora, for example, in the midst of dozen others. If this describes your problem then we have a solution. Add your favorite games, widgets and applications to the home screen. So whenever you press "home" you will easily access those apps and widgets you use frequently right from your home page.

How to add apps to your home screen:
  1. Go to the main page listing all of the applications
  2. Press your favorite app and hold it for a few seconds
  3. The system should automatically transfer you to the homescreen
  4. Release the app in the home screen location that you desire
How to add widgets to your homescreen
  1. Click on the home button
  2. Long press on an empty field on your homepage
  3. A selection menu will pop up, click "Add Widget"
  4. Select the desired widget
The video below describes in detail how to add widgets to your homepage

Monday, February 13, 2012

How to Clear Market Cache on Your Android

If you have a WM8650 tablet and not all android applications are displayed after a firmware upgrade you may want to clear the Android Market Cache to fix the issue. Here is how to do it:

1. Log in to the Android Market with your Gmail credentials
2. Open the Android Market Page & then press the home button to return to the home page
3. Go to Settings -> Applications-> Manage -> Running
4. Press "Market"
5. Press "Clear cache" (do not clear data)
6. Press "Force stop"
7. Return to "Settings \ Applications \ Manage \ Running"
8. Press "Google Services Framework"
9. Press "Clear Data"
10. Press "Force Stop"
11. Start Google Market, it must give an error
12. Reboot, once back Market should work, if it gives an error it could need another minute to work
13. Test the access: search Skype, Angry Birds on the market, it should return 400+ results including the original Skype and Google's maps

How to get eTextboks on Android

There are various different ways to get textbooks on your android device. If you already have a pdf version of your textbook you may save it to a micro SD card and read it directly on a tablet through ereader such as Cool Reader or Aldiko. Alternatively there is a great application which I highly recommend, called the Course Smart, with thousands of books available for all majors, business, science, music, mathematics, etc. eTextbooks generally cost half the price of regular textbooks, which means you can buy a tablet and all of your semester textbooks for cheaper than you pay for just those textbooks at the bookstore.

How to Clear Internet Browser History on Android

1) Open up internet browser
2) Click on Menu
3) Select “More”
4) Select “Settings”
5) Clear the forms, history, cache, and cookies
6) Done!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Which is Better: Android 4.0 or iOS5

Android 4.0 or the Ice Cream Sandwich is the new operating system released by Google at the start of 2012. There is a lot of buzz around whether Android 4.0 is a strong rival of iOS5 and if the changes it brought over Android 3.0 are significant enough to pursue upgrading. When it comes to Android vs. iOS comparison it becomes tricky to identify which factors are more important in evaluation.  And frequently, user decisions are closely based on hardware prices, phone contracts, and personal preferences as opposed to the actual quality of the operating system. Nevertheless, I will attempt to highlight the Android 4.0 Operating System features and put it in context by comparison to the iOS.

Ease of Access
ANDROID: Android 4.0 brought several changes to how the user interacts with home screen, menu, notifications, apps, and widgets. The biggest advantage of Android 4.0 when it comes to layout is the ease of access to the applications and widgets user needs the most. With the previous versions you were able to long press frequently used application to drag it to the home screen. Android 4.0 now has a separate menu for widgets in addition to apps that user can drag to the home screen and even resize. The most recent applications can be quickly navigated to at one push of a button. This allows for greater multitasking functionality.
iOS:  When it comes to layout Apple opts for simplicity. The majority of tech owners, whether having and iPhone or not do know how iPhone operates. Although there are many great features developed by Apple over the years its iPhone layout has not changed in a significant way. I must applaud to Android 4.0 for thinking about user interaction and adding features such as Recent Apps button that its rival is currently lacking.
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Application Folders
ANDROID: One of the nice features brought with Android 4.0 is the ability to group applications by simply dragging them “inside” each other. This allows user to quickly identify the app they need and remembering which screen the app folder is placed at. With over 250,000 apps available on the Android market it will be difficult to resist the temptation of downloading so many apps that you might get lost inside your own phone. So having folders for quick identification is definitely a value-adding feature.

iOS: This is one of the features Google borrowed from its rival as iPhones and iPads had the ability to file applications by dragging them “inside” each other for quite awhile now.

Google Maps Navigation

ANDROID: This is not a new feature to Android 4.0 but still one worth highlighting. Google Maps on Android devices have a voice turn-by-turn navigation feature which eliminates the need of installing a third party GPS application.

iOS: It has Google Maps but unfortunately turn-by-turn navigation is something it is currently lacking.

Two Column Layout

ANDROID: A feature that makes the device easier to use contributes to the overall experience and thus improves the quality of the operating system. Android 4.0 brought the feature of 2-column layout for viewing the Settings menu and various applications like gmail. What 2-column layout basically does is utilizes the screen space more efficiently by placing menu titles on the left hand column and detailed description on the right hand column. So the user is able to quickly preview all of the settings features without having to hit the back button again and again. The same feature was applied to gmail outlook where the email subjectlines appear on the left head column and message preview on the right. This allows for quick navigation of some of the important and most used features on a phone or tablet.
iOS: So far iOS has the traditional functionality when it comes to layout of the settings menu where the user clicks on the settings function to be taken to the next screen for detail. Props to Android for integrating a better layout functionality.

Google Wallet
ANDROID: This new feature depends as much on the hardware as it does on software, allowing users to submit a payment simply by waving their phone over the sensor. Because of the current restrictions with participating phones and payment partners most of the Android users have not had the chance to enjoy this feature. But nevertheless, it is something to watch out for in the future as payments via portable devices are on a fast uphill trend.

iOS: Currently the iOS 5 is lacking this functionality but it is certainly something to look forward to in the future

Photo Editing

ANDROID: Amongst all other things, Android 4.0 brought better photo editing functionality that is native to the system. User is now able to quickly perform tasks such as crop, red eye removal, rotate, resize, and various "hipster" picture effects. 
iOS: Allows basic photo editing as well as picture enhancement straight through the system itself without involving any third party apps, so no significant differences from Android 4.0 on that front. 

Android Beam
ANDROID: Similar to Google Wallet, this feature works on NFC-enabled devices only. With just one click of a button it enables users with Near-Field-Communication-Enabled devices to quickly send and receive favorite apps, contacts, music, and videos.

iOS: iOS5 does have something similar called the iCloud however it works in a different way by allowing user to quickly sync its photos, apps, and music to the Mac or PC wirelessly. Through activating iCloud account user is even able to find its lost phone by locating it via through another device. So this is where it comes down to personal preferences on wireless sharing with the two different platforms. Some prefer what iCoud has to offer while other users find Android Beam fits their needs a bit better. 

Hardware Screenshot Button

ANDROID: With Android 4.0 users can now take screenshot using the hardware button. They can later edit the screenshot using the picture editor integrated into the Android 4.0 native system. 

iOS: Hardware screenshot button functionality has been on iOS for quite awhile, it is middle button + power button pressed together


To Buy or Not to Buy?
Although there are no groundbreaking features brought with Android 4.0 besides better, faster, and easier it is an operating system with a lot of potential and we are yet to see how various phone manufacturers are going to customize and utilize it to their advantage. In my personal opinion iOS is a stable trusted and respected system. Apple sets the benchmark for the rest of the portable touchscreen devices. But with the release of the latest Android 4.0 System we begin wondering how long that market leadership is going to last. Phone and tablet manufacturers are slowly learning on their mistakes and produce higher quality devices and more integrated with the Android firmware. Android 4.0 device is without a question worth investing into especially if Android Phone is your preferred method of communication. 

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