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Field Trip – iPad Mini, Mac Book Pro Retina, Kindle Fire HD, Nokia Lumia 822

Just took a Field Trip to the Verizon and Best Buy stores after lunch today, I’m going to call these posts Field Trips because I have to go out and play with new tech. Some of the main things I played with at the store were the iPad Mini, MacBook Pro with Retina display, Kindle Fire HD, and Nokia Lumia 822. I also played with some of the ASUS gaming laptops and a dead Samsung Chromebook.

While these aren’t the best settings for playing with them because I could not spend a lot of time playing and they were tethered to the display I did my best just playing with them. I also would like to get some of these in as review units or if some donations come in for a specific product I would review it also.

iPad Mini looks nice and would be a great smaller screen iPad if you don’t already have the newer full size iPad, I wouldn’t think you would need both. Check out the full mini review.

Mac Book Pro with Retina Display is a very powerful laptop computer, and with the higher resolution screen it looked nice but is it going to be worth the extra $500 or so for that nicer screen. I liked how it worked and had the older model side by side and couldn’t see much difference other than the Retina had more contrast, I’m sure more using it from the older model you may see a difference. Read the full mini review for more.

Kindle Fire HD is a good device for consuming Amazon content but it doesn’t seem as powerful as a Nexus 7 that I am use to. More in the mini review.

Nokia Lumia 822 is one of the flagship Windows Phone 8 devices while it has smooth operation and looked good, Windows Phone 8 seemed empty and just lacking in non-core apps even from a display model. See what I saw in the mini review.

Those are the big ones I played with but I did look over some other devices such as the ASUS gaming laptop that had good specs and all the keyboard was kind of clunky and seemed overpriced for what I could get a Mac Book for almost the same specs. I also don’t like Windows 8 all that much on a non-tablet or touch screen.

The Samsung Chromebook was set up kind of off to the side in an under equipped display that only had one left in a box that looked like it was taped closed after being opened at Best Buy I wanted to see it work but the system said click to start but I only got a spinning indicator and even after trying to power cycle it nothing came up so I left not knowing how things will work on that system. Too bad because I wanted to know how the system performed but bad displays will not sell these even with a low price tag.
New Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

At the Apple “event” today one of the first announcements was an update to the 13-inch MacBook Pro to include a high resolution Retina display. The 13.3 inch IPS display has a native resolution of 2560 x 1600 and the Mac OS is updated to take advantage of this display. There is also an update to the processor and reduction in how thick the laptop is. To get it only 0.75 inch thick body, they removed the DVD drive. You can get this laptop in a standard 2.4 Ghz Intel Core i5 processor  8GB RAM, Flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 4000, and up to 7 hours of battery while using wireless internet. You can upgrade the system to include a 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 and up to 768GB of Flash storage.

Below is a table of the two stock laptops:

Price $1699 $1999
Processor 2.5 GHz 2.5 GHz
Memory 8GB DDR3L 8GB DDR3L
Storage 128GB 256GB

Apple iPad mini

Apple had a big “Event” today they announced a updates to the MacBook Pro, iMac, iPad, and a new iPad mini that is smaller iPad with similar specs as the iPad. The new mini has a 7.9 inch diagonal screen with the same 1024 x 768 resolution as the iPad. It runs a slower A5 processor but has the same 10 hour expected battery life, along with a 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera, and the new Lightning connector. It will come in a Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cell version that runs all the normal iPad apps with no special changes to the app. There is both a Black and White version, in 16/32/64GB and you can get a special smart cover that comes in multiple colors.

Check out the gallery and tech spec table below.

Screen 7.9 inch 1024 x 768 resolution
Processor Dual-core A5
Storage 16, 32, 64 GB
Wireless Dual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GSM or CDMA, LTE,
Carriers in USA AT&T, Sprint, Verizon
Colors Black and White,
Camera 5MP back 1080p video, 1.2MP front 720p video
Connectors Lighting, 3.5mm headphone, nano-SIM
Battery 10 hours web, 9 hours web on cell data
Pre-Order / Ships October 26 2012 / November 2 2012 for Wi-Fi
Price Wi-Fi 16GB $329, 32GB $429, 64GB $529
Price Wi-Fi + Cell 16GB $459, 32GB $559, 64GB $659

Apple “Event” October 23 2012 – Live Blog

We are going to be live blogging the Apple announcement starting 10:00 AM PDT with the video Apple will be putting out. You can follow the video on the Apple Events site, and full information will be avalible here on Tek4.me as details come out. The expected announcements are a New New iPad (4 generation), iPad mini, or maybe an update to the MacBook laptop line, will see what comes out! We don’t like to speculate too much or have unannounced rumors, but do expect everything to be amazing, one more thing, and the best!


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Thats all for this Live Blog full information to come stay tune to Tek4.ME for those updates! Thanks for reading along.

12.13

Recap, update to MacBook Pro 13 inch, update to iMac, update to iPad to 4th Generation, new iPad mini.

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iPad mini in hand

ipad mini screen shot of stream in hand

12.09

Pre-Order Friday October 26 2012 Ships November 2 2012

12.08

Wi-Fi iPad min starts at 9 for 16GB

12.05

Updated Smart cover for the iPad mini

12.03

iPad mini specs: A5 processer, LTE version, Lighting connecter, front and back connecter, 10 hours battery, 7.9″ display, same apps as normal iPad.

12.01

Trying to show apps that are optimized for iPad to none updated Android apps not made for tablets, that makers of those apps are responsible for not Apple or Google, kind of a low.

11.57

Comparing Nexus 7 with out saying the name to the iPad mini

11.55

Updated design that fits in your hand, thin as a pencil 0.68 lb., 7.9 inches, same resolution as iPad

11.52

iPad mini is real.

11.51

iPad 4th generation with updates Wi-Fi 16GB 9

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iPad 4th generation with updated A6X processer, front camera, 10 hours battery, more LTE support, updated Wi-Fi, Lighting connecter

11.47

2,500 classrooms using iBooks textbooks, update to iBooks Author download today

11.42

100 Million iPads sold 275,000 iPad apps 91% of tablet web traffic

11.40

21.5 inch iMac starts at 99, 27 inch iMac starts at 99

11.39

Fusion Drive combines both a Flash memory drive and standard hard drive and is managed by the os to keep most used applications on the SSD.

11.38

Updated iMac has better anti-glair screen.

11.31

MacBook pro 13 on sale today for 89

11.21

MacBook Pro 13.3 inch with Retina Display 2560 x 1600 178 degree IPS display

11.18

Updated MacBook Pro .75 inch thick 3.5 lb

11.17

Macs #1 notebook and desktops in US

11.14

Update to iBooks include iCloud sync, new reading mode, and share integration. Free download today from App store

11.08

The live video  only works on Snowleopard MACs kind of a fail on the part of Apple

11.05

They have started by talking some numbers of how good iPhone 5 is selling, and shown some video of people buying the iPhone.

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Starting soon!

Apple - Apple Events - Apple Special Event October 2012 starting soon

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Full updates start at 11 AM MDT when the event starts.

New Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

New Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

New MacBook Pro with Retina Display June 2012

A few weeks ago Apple had an update to their Mac Book Pro line of laptops, and with most other computer venders focusing on building Ultra Books they had to do something that would be different than what most new laptops are going to have in them by the holidays. There trick was an updated 15-inch display using what they call Retina, that has 220 pixels-per-inch to give it one of the best looking displays out. This same technology was used in there iPhone 4s to make the screen look better. One problem with this display is that most applications and websites do not have high enough resolutions to have this be worth much at this time.

The rest of the laptop is about the same as any other high end laptop, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, up to 16GB of 1600MHz RAM and up to 768GB flash based storage. As for ports it has Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, HDMI and an updated MagSafe 2 power plug. They claim 7 hours of battery life, HD webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a full size backlight keyboard.

For the base model the price starts at $2,199 USD and goes way up from there. For that price you can get a great Ultra Book or a Gaming class Windows 7 Laptop, but with Apple you always have the old Apple Tax for the name. If I had the extra money to drop I would get something else, maybe next year it would be great with the Retina Display. But if you’re in the market for an Apple laptop go ahead and get this it’s only more and comes with more memory in the base price.

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