Which Windows 8 Tablet is Right for You?

On November 8, 2012, in iPad, Tablets, by Chris

For years, the iPad has dominated the tablet market. However, some are hoping that could change with the introduction of several new tablets running the Windows 8 operating system. A number of these new tablets running the latest Windows OS have been receiving positive reviews, making it a good time to buy a Windows 8 tablet for anyone who has waited for the release of a quality competitor for the iPad.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro

Samsung ATIV

Like many of the new tablets arriving on the market, this tablet can function just like a laptop with the addition of peripherals like an external keyboard and a stand. The Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro runs on a Core i5 processor, and is known for high performance but criticized for its short battery life when compared with tablets running with Atom processors. The Ativ tablet also runs with 4 GB of RAM and comes equipped with 256 GB hard drive storage.

 

  • High-performance Core i5 processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 256 GB hard drive

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

Lenovo is well-known for making cutting edge equipment that is fun for those who love technology. The IdeaPad Yoga is Lenovo’s latest release, and critics have billed it an “ultrabook” tablet. Users can employ the IdeaPad Yoga as a standard thin notebook or fold it up like a tablet, and they can also stand it up or angle it like a tent. This convertible tablet runs on a respectable 8 GB ram and offers a 256 GB hard drive for internal storage.

  • Called an ultrabook tablet because it converts from one to the other
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB hard drive

Asus Vivo

Asus Vivo

The Asus Vivo also acts as both a tablet or laptop, depending on what the user prefers. The Vivo can be set on a docking station that contains a keyboard and touchpad, effectively making it like a laptop.

The Vivo has earned commendations for its battery life, mainly because it comes with an extra battery in the keyboard section. One downside, however, is that the keyboard must be attached for it to work, thereby making the Vivo less portable and tablet-like. The Asus Vivo runs on a Atom processor and 2 GB RAM.

  • Keyboard docking with extra battery
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Atom processor

Windows 8 Tablet Repair

Just as with many other mobile technological devices that have arrived on the market in recent years, the new Windows 8 tablets can become damaged if they are dropped, stepped on or otherwise meet with an accident. Should that happen, the tablet should be well-packaged and sent to a professional repair facility like iFixYouri that has experience in all kinds of tablet repair.

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Is the Phablet a Trend?

On October 17, 2012, in iPhone Repair, by Chris

galaxy-note-phabletThe mobile device market offers a huge array of different options for consumers, with various bells and whistles and functions and styles.  After the cell phone inherited a big brother in the tablet, the door was open to design devices that would fit somewhere in between the two.  Enter the mini-tablet and the “phablet”.

These are essentially all versions of the same tool, with various sizes.  Each type of device has similar capabilities, the only difference is whether it will fit in your pocket.

What is a Phablet, Anyway?

According to Wikipedia, a phablet is a mobile device that has a screen between 5-7 inches, larger than an average phone, and smaller than the average tablet.

Which Models are Considered Phablets?

The phablet was ushered in with Samsung’s Galaxy Note, which includes the use of a stylus.  Users can sketch and write on-screen.  About 10 million phablets have been sold by Samsung since autumn last year.

The future phablet contenders are rumored to be the LG Intuition and the HTC Droid Incredible X.

One thing is for sure: no matter what the size of the device, or the coined phrase for the new item, all electronics are susceptible to damage.  Another thing is for sure: iFixYouri is your best chance to rescue a damaged mobile device.  Phone, phablet, tablet – iFixYouri can repair it all.

 

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Issues with Retina Displays on MacBook Pro

On October 13, 2012, in laptops, by Chris

macbook-pro-retina-display

If an extensive discussion thread in forums on Apple Support is any indication, then there is seemingly a problem with a number of MacBook Pros that are outfitted with Retina displays. The affected Retina displays show burn-in and image retention.

LG Manufactured Displays

John K, who is a member on the Apple Support forums, contributes to the discussion by pointing out that the problem seems to be taking place primarily with MacBook Pros that are outfitted with LG manufactured Retina displays. It has been found that other displays that are manufactured by Samsung seemingly display the colors more accurately, they are brighter and they do not have the same issues with burn-in and image retention.

Terminal Command

This helpful terminal command:

ioreg -lw0 | grep \”EDID\” | sed “/[^<]*xxd -p -r | strings -6

will assist you in determining the manufacturer of the display that has been installed in your own MacBook Pro.

This terminal command is used to check whether an LG Screen is on a MacBook Air. If the display code starts with “LP,” then it is an LG display. It has been verified that users of the LG panel see a faint ghosting of the Finder windows whenever they access any PowerPoint slideshow that has a gray background.

Individuals who have a MacBook Pro outfitted with a Retina display and have been experiencing this problem can contact iFixYouri to perform the necessary repairs.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab is Banned in US

On September 27, 2012, in Apple, Tablets, by Chris

Now that the dust has mostly settled in the legal battle between Apple and Samsung, let’s explore one of the issues of copyright regarding the Samsung Galaxy Tab that was at the center of the debate.  Both the mobile phone giants tried their best to win this legal battle through depositions and court witnesses, which proved to be a difficult dilemma for Samsung.

Galaxy Tab and iPad Design Issues

Designer Testimony

According to Jin Soo Kim, the industrial designer who worked on the design of Galaxy Tab 10.1, the work for the Samsung tablet was started in October, 2009. He also presented an email dated 2006, which clearly shows that the work on the Tab was underway in 2006.

This was much before the scheduled unveiling of iPad 1 and iPad 2, which took place in January 2010 and 2011 respectively. Kim further added to his testimony that the major goal of Samsung was to get the largest screen on a fairly smaller piece of hardware.

Total Denial of Guilt

Kim acknowledged the fact that there were certain amendments and design changes done to the Galaxy tablet. He also clarified that it was done only keeping competitive factors in mind, while there were no intentions to replicate the iPad’s design. Kim denied allegations that he attempted to copy the design of Apple products at any point in time during the designing process of the Galaxy Tab.

Kim also did not acknowledge rumors claiming that Google had sent an email to Samsung asking the phone manufacturer to change its designs of the Galaxy phone series. The email from Google actually referred to the design issues relating to the original Galaxy Tab, which apparently never made it to the consumer market.

The Outcome

In the end, Judge Lucy Koh handed Applean injunction against Samsung selling their Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US, agreeing that the device infringes on several of Apple’s iPad patents.

Since you won’t be able to buy a new one anytime soon, if you already own the Galaxy Tab and need repairs, contact iFixYouri for experienced technicians.

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