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Bionic Breakdown

October 25th, 2011 Comments off

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The Droid Bionic has had a rough life.  It was first announced at CES in the beginning of 2011, but was then torn apart and completely rebuilt.  Motorola’s decision to start over with the phone caused it to be delayed for months, but it was finally released last month on Verizon Wireless.  With it’s new internals, the Bionic now sports a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 4.3 inch HD display, 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, and 1 GB of of RAM.  Oh, and don’t forget about its connection to Verizon’s 4G LTE network.  So, was it worth the wait and it’s $300 price tag?  We think it might be.

Design

The Bionic is a good looking phone, there’s no doubt about that, but there’s really nothing that makes it stand out above other Verizon phones.  It’s the thinnest LTE phone on the network, but definitely not the thinnest smartphone available.  It’s also thicker around the top of the phone where the camera is located, something I’m usually not a fan of for fear it will flip out of my hand.  But the Bionic has a very smooth and gradual transition from thick to thin, resulting in a better grip and easing my fears of dropping it.  As you may expect on modern phones, the screen is made of super-strong Gorilla Glass, and it has a slight bevel around the edges to give it a more defined look.  Overall the Bionic is a good, solid looking phone, but nothing to drool over.

OS

The Bionic runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, not the most recent Android release (nicknamed Ice Cream Sandwich), but it will almost certainly receive the upgrade sometime over the next few months.  Motorola has customized the OS with the hope of making it easier to use, but that’s unfortunately not always the case.  One of the positive enhancements is the ability to group applications in the app drawer.  This makes it much easier to keep things organized and quickly find what you’re looking for.  Another enhancement is the addition of a grid when moving icons and widgets around your home screen.  It’s nothing huge, but it’s the little things like this that add up for an overall improved experience.

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Speed

As mentioned before, this is a Verizon LTE device.  While I don’t want to get into Verizon’s service and a review of their 4G network, I do want to mention that the Bionic does a great job utilizing the LTE.  Combined with the speed of the dual core processor, the Bionic pulls down websites, flash content, YouTube videos, and just about anything else very quickly.  Unlike some other carriers, Verzion’s 4G LTE network now covers about half the country, so receiving these speeds on your Bionic won’t be unheard of.

Battery

The Bionic boasts the largest battery on an LTE device yet, which is great since using 4G can quickly drain a battery.  It’s no miracle battery, but every little bit counts when you’re on the go.  You’ll likely get a days usage out of a single charge with light to moderate use, but if you’re a heavy user or plan on tethering you might want to bring an extra battery.  If you plan on using it a lot and don’t want to carry an extra battery, there’s also an extended battery available, though the tradeoff is obviously a thicker phone.

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Camera

By default the Bionic is set to take 6MP shots, even though it has an 8MP camera.  It does this to make the picture better fit the phone’s display, and it’s easy enough to go into settings and change it to the full 8MP.  Overall the camera is okay.  It’s very much like the Droid X and X2’s cameras in that the pictures are a bit underexposed and they often lack contrast.  There’s also a noticeable lag when focusing.  Click the shutter button and it will focus, and focus, and focus, and eventually take the shot.  Whether or not the actual photo is in focus at that point is a gamble.  The Bionic’s camera will do fine for everyday shots, but this is one area I wish they would have improved when rebuilding the phone.

The Bionic records video at 1080p, but is set at 720p by default.  Again, a quick change in the settings is all that’s needed to get the full recording resolution.  The video is a noticeable better quality than the video found on the Droid X and X2, but it’s still not perfect with some noticeable focus hunting happening when objects get close up.  Even with the noticeable focusing, the video recording will easily suffice for most user’s needs.

Final Thoughts

The Droid Bionic is an exceptionally good phone.  No, it doesn’t have an eye-catching design, or a miracle battery, or a perfect camera, but that phone doesn’t exist yet.  The Bionic is about as close as you’re currently going to get to perfect.  It has powerful insides with blazing fast speeds powered by Verizon’s ever-expanding LTE network.  Being so new, it will almost certainly be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at some point over the next few months.  As for it’s $300 price tag, that is ultimately up to you.  If you plan on keeping the phone for a 2-year contract (as most probably will) then I would say go for it.  Spend the money now and you will have a phone that will do you well for the next two years.  It has the power and speed to run the newest apps and probably any that will be created in the time you own the phone.

Are Backpacks Attacking Your Back? [Infographic]

October 24th, 2011 Comments off

For being in school for like my whole life, I’m pretty sure my back is screwed up because of lugging around heavy back packs. I saw this graphic and agreed with it 100%. Thought it was a good find to share with everyone else.

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Massage Therapy - InfoGraphic

[Via: Carrington College’s Massage Therapy Classes]

Introducing Verizon’s Pantech Breakout

October 24th, 2011 Comments off

The latest in Verizon’s LTE collection, the Pantech Breakout defines a new line in the 4G smartphone world. The phone is sleek, stylish, and runs on Verizon’s 4G network for a fraction of the price. The Pantech Breakout has everything you’d expect from a modern smartphone with a few surprising tweaks that will change the face of 4G phones.

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The dimensions of the phone itself are relatively small compared to other choices on the market – the screen is just 4 inches. While the smaller screen may seem to tug at its value and demand, this is quite untrue. Because of the smaller screen, the phone is considerably lighter making it a less demanding gadget and more appealing to the masses.

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Phone size aside, let’s talk about pricing. How would you like a brand new, full fledged 4G smartphone for $100? With a two year contract from Verizon, the Breakout is yours, as well as the lightning 4G speed of Verizon’s network and the many features that the phone carries. Don’t let the price fool you, the Pantech Breakout lacks nothing when it comes to the features we’ve come to expect and demand from our smartphones.

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The Breakout runs on the 2.3 Android operating system, can act as a mobile hotspot for up to ten devices, and is equipped with dual cameras for casual photo taking and video calls. The Breakout certainly didn’t cut any corners when it comes to features. The start up screen and home panel are luxuriously colorful and eye-catching, with plenty of space for Apps and a bar of necessities that have four places reserved for the Phone, Messaging, Contacts and anything else you may call a necessity at the bottom of the screen. When tapping the Apps icon, a visual list of all the phone’s apps pull up, from YouTube, to weather, to tip calculator to news and media, you can pick and choose which apps make it to your home screen, and swap them out when need be.

All in all, the Pantech Breakout is a cheaper, less demanding, and more carefree than it’s sisters on the market. It’s an everyman’s smartphone, not lacking in any of it’s 4G capabilities, but not too much that it’s overwhelming. The Breakout is a relatively new phone, and the hype up to buy one has yet to pick up.  But with the fabulous features that rival more expensive smartphones, customers everywhere will be begging to have one.

How Hot Is Fast Casual Dining? (Infographic)

October 12th, 2011 Comments off

Fast casual dining is transforming the restaurant industry according to NowSourcing’s new infographic. Some examples of this segment would be: Qdoba, Panera, and Boston Market. So for you foodies and restaurant connoisseur out there, keep your eyes on this booming industry and check out the amazing facts.


How hot is fast casual dining? [Infographic]

How hot is fast casual dining? [Infographic]

Compliments of FastCasual.com
and Fast Casual Executive Summit

What It Takes To Get A Job At Google (Infographic)

October 12th, 2011 Comments off

For the Internet savvy, social frantic, Googlers out there – NowSourcing’s new infographic will give you the info you need to get that job at Google. Okay, maybe you won’t actually be lucky enough to snag a spot, but the possibility of making over $200,000 a year is well worth the shot.


What does it take to get a job at Google

Infographic by Jobvine Recruitment Network

Modern Ways to job Search – Infographic

October 7th, 2011 Comments off

In the market for a new job? Checking out career opportunities in your field? If you’re thinking about being competitive, make sure you’re in tune with what’s happening to the employment landscape. Paper applications pretty much have become extinct as social network sites like Linked-In and online job searching tools like Monster, Careerbuilder, and BranchOut increase in popularity. These web-based job pools are being accessed by a wide range of new graduates, whether technical school students, online school students, or campus-based undergrads. Make sure you don’t miss out. Your next job could be just a couple of clicks away.

Modern Ways to Job Search

[Via: Colorado Technical University online school]

What Do You Wear To Bed? (Infographic)

October 6th, 2011 Comments off

Julianna Rae’s latest infographic dives into a decision we make everyday without giving it much thought. The closest we have come to knowing these facts were the boxers or briefs ads years ago. The infographic is humorous, full of interesting statistics (like how many of us actually sleep naked), and the graphics are colorful and well put together. You are bound to fall into one of the categories, and if you don’t – we want to know about it.

What People Wear to Bed Infographic

Infographic by Julianna Rae Fine Lingerie

 

What is a Reverse Proxy and How Can it Help My SEO? [Infographic]

October 6th, 2011 Comments off

By using subfolders in place of subdomains, you can unite your content under one domain. But What if two sites exist on two different servers? A reverse proxy can make the technical implementation quite simple. With that one change, the URL http://blog.slingshotseo.com/ becomes http://www.slingshotseo.com/blog/. By acting as a content broker, your master server acts as a proxy to the content of your other servers. Multiple CMSs, databases and even platforms can be used, while all appearing to come from the same domain.
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