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Nexus 5 First Impression

Screenshot_2013-11-07-18-00-29My development Nexus 5 came in today, spent a few hours with it.  The device is big, but feels better than the Nexus 4.   Seems pretty snappy, but chrome is still dog slow.  Accidental edge detection doesn’t seem to exist, while typing, I noticed my hand would sometimes trigger the wrong key on the keyboard from my grip.

I had the phone in airplane mode, with wi-fi turned on, mostly listening to Rdio and the battery was draining really fast 6 hours turned on, screen on for 1 hour 30 minutes and my battery is at 33 percent.

Running SunSpider and octane benchmarks result in scores significantly slower than my iPhone 5s.

benchmarks
Device SunSpider octane
Nexus 5 698 ms 3959
iPhone 5s 424 ms 4984

 

Rings Of Power

J.D. Power released their 2013 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study (Volume 2) and the winner was……. Samsung?  The study is pretty crazy for a couple of reasons. First the categories and their weights are outlined as follows:

Categories
Performance Ease of Use Design Features Cost
26 % 22 % 19 % 17 % 16%

Then in each category J.D. Power gives each brand Power Circles, where 5 is equal to Among the Best, 4 Better than most, 3 About average, and 2 The Rest.  I am pretty sure this is so you have no way of determining how the overall winner is picked.

The amazing thing, Apple scored 5’s on all categories but cost where it scored a 2.  Samsung didn’t score a single 5 on any category but still managed to beat Apple.  Below is a representation of the scores:

Scores
Brand Performance Ease of Use Design Features Cost
Apple 5 5 5 5 2
Samsung 3 3 4 4 4

So to make matters worse, I did a quick check of prices at bestbuy.com to see how drastic the price differences are between comparable tablets and this is what I found:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 16 GB $399.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 inch 16 GB $279.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch 16 GB $399.99

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition 16 GB $549.99

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 16 GB $499.99

iPad Mini 16 GB $299.99

iPad 2 16 GB $399.99

iPad Retina $449.99 (499.99 at time of study)

iPad Air $499.99

So I decided to come up with J.S Curtis Rings Of Power for Cars and I gave the winner to Yugo the scores were:

Categories
Brand Performance Safety Design Features Cost
BMW 5 5 5 5 2
Yugo 2 2 2 2 5

IAP

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Today, I decided to release a new version of RF Tools to the App store.  In this version, I am reducing the price to free.  To make up for the price drop, I am adding a tip jar using in app purchasing as indicated in the screenshot.

I will try this for a week or two and see if this generates the same, less, or more revenue.  Since this app caters to a very specific crowd, I don’t expect to see a huge spike in volume.  

 

Nexus 5

nexus5Just purchased a new Nexus 5 to code on, but if it stinks I will most likely sell it.  Wasn’t a big fan of the Nexus 4.  Not that it’s a bad phone, it just seems off, especially scrolling and Chrome is slow.  Safari on iOS is so much faster, but in iOS 7 I seem to have a fair share of crashes.

It will be interesting to see how Android 4.4 is, since 4.0 all changes have been real minor, my guess is Google’s way of de-fragmentation, trying to get as many devices on 4 and above.

Good thing my wife doesn’t read my site, or I would be in trouble!

Energy Savings – Hybrid Plugin

C-MAX Energi

> 100 MPG!

So I was getting tired of paying $50-60 twice a week to fill up my Subaru Forester XT that required super unleaded.  I was only averaging 19 to 21 mpg and was driving close to 60 miles a day.  So a few weeks ago, I went over to the local Ford dealer, traded my car for a C-Max Energi.

As you can see from the picture we have driven 1200 miles on 11.48 gallons of regular gas!  That’s just freaking crazy, on one tank of gas, over 1000 miles.  Now to be fair, I haven’t been driving my normal commute because I am recovering from back surgery (another story, for a different day) but still one tank of gas over 1000 miles !

iPad Mini Take Two

specs_colorLast year I purchased an iPad Mini, it quickly became my main iPad and I couldn’t go back to the full size one.  I sold my iPad 3, but I really wished the mini had a retina screen and a faster processor, it just isn’t quick enough for todays new breed of apps and it’s pretty slow on iOS 7.  So when Apple introduced the iPad Mini with a retina screen and a 64-bit A7 processor my expectations are exceeded.