Nokia Lumia 800: Luminance through Windows

Nokia Lumia 800I thought i would do a post on my recently bought phone. I did tons of research online between the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Apple iPhone 4S to weigh out the odds, through the pros and the cons. By the end of it all there wasn’t much of a difference on both sides. This was an open minded non biased research method. The last thing to do was to demo each handset and their running Operating Systems; Apple’s being the IOS 5 and Windows’s being the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system. After visiting a few shops and demoing the devices it was the Windows OS that intrigued me more, but the comfort of the iPhone was slightly better. In short i was choosing the phone more for its functionality than its comfort and although it had to feel right in my hands they both weren’t far off. Nope i won’t be comparing much between the devices but more analysing and giving tips and information on the winner. Surprised or not, i chose the Nokia Lumia 800 and its WP 7.5 Mango Operating System. This post is for both people wanting to buy and people with one already as I’ll also be giving some tips and information.

*Everyone greatly inhales!*

Now that we have that in stone, i can move on. I have had the phone for a little over five months now and have used it thoroughly, without abuse. As we came to know Nokia was on the brink of being bankrupt and this phone was its make or break. It looks like it was a make. Nokia and Windows combined to make the aesthetics and functionality. Here’s my Lumia.

My Nokia Lumia 800

Aesthetics

The size and shape of the device is fairly medium for modern day touch screen devices. Devices in the near past used to be much smaller but with the addition of touch and higher resolutions, screens have become much larger, thus making the overall phone larger. But i still don’t like the sizes of many smartphones of today, as i find them too large to be practical. The iPhone and Lumia seem to fit a shape that is somewhere in between for a nice perfect large screen while maintaining practicality. The Lumia’s size comes in at 116.5 mm in height and 61.2 mm in width, while being only a little over 1 cm in thickness. Most phones are cuboid in shape and its seems to work just fine that way. The one annoying thing about it is that the corners of the phone are in fact corners and if held with a corner in your palm, can be rather pokey. One of my favourite aesthetic parts of the phone has to be the curved, ClearBlack, AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic LED), corning Gorilla Glassed screen. Yeah that was a mouth full but had to be said. The glass curves to every side giving a smooth edge and a crystal clear vibrantly accurate picture. There are only 4 buttons on the right side of the phone; 2 being the Volume buttons, 1 for Power and 1 for Lumia Charging PortCamera. The final aesthetic point is its compartments for the necessities such as charging port and sim card slot. The mechanism in which it works is very intelligent so that everything remains clean around the edges, which for some like me with OCD is awesome. This also helps all ports stay clean and not get filled with dust and fuzzballs. One possible downside is that the little door that opens up to reveal the charging port, looks flimsy enough to easily break. I have been lucky enough to not break it, but having OCD, i probably won’t break it. JINXED! Anyways the audio port is also located at the top which is handy.

Functionality

The touch screen itself is smooth and accurate. Gliding your finger across can be done without great friction or greasy smoothness. So far i have had no problem with the touch screen, which is capacitive and not that annoying pressure sensitive type of screen. Although a lot of people complain about it having only one CPU at 1400 MHz, they forget that as long as everything runs smoothly on the device then single core, dual core or 20 core should not matter and from what i have tested, every swipe, application, and game has run perfectly smooth. The camera is 8 megapixel which is perfectly high for a mobile device, with auto focus and a bright flash. The interface is the interesting part. Microsoft are well into their Metro design, which is the design of an interface using simple shapes but mostly focusing on typography. This is what they have done to Windows 8, to the Xbox 360 dashboard and to Windows Phones. In my opinion, it’s a whole lot better than just the standard glossy icons that most other devices adopt. The phone interface is comprised of “Tiles”. Tiles are large square or rectangular icons that interact and update according to what you are doing or what things around you are doing…like the wasp hanging from your ear lobe. A tile can update with images and/or text. This means that you don’t even have to run an app to get information. All this plus multi-tasking on other apps and games without lag or crashes. So far over 5 months and not a single crash on my phone. Pretty good for the modern age where crashing is as frequent as having toilet breaks.

People

One thing that got me a bit confused at first was the “People” app. Instead of a simple contacts app, the People app houses all your contacts and friends from other places, such as your email accounts, or Social Networks. Luckily you can filter it properly so that you don’t have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MSN and hundred of people from other sources all i one contacts list. Later on i realised how useful this was. Not just for checking up on how your friends are doing and what they’re up to -if you like that sort of thing- but to have everyone you need there together so that you can contact anyone with ease all through the phone and without having to open up tedious apps to do all the work separately.

Windows Phone 7 People Hub


Windows Phone 7 Messaging IconDID YOU KNOW? When you get texts the notification tells you how many texts you have received and depending on this number, the little face on the front of the tile will also change, from a smile to maybe a wink or even a shocked face.


Organising

The Calendar, To-Do, and Agenda together make the perfect organisation tools to keep you knowing what is happening around you, and as always the Calendar Live Tile updates on your home screen telling you directly what is happening. Also all calendar entries are synced up with your Hotmail email account so you don’t lose anything. Talking of organisation, the email linking feature also does wonders. You can either have all your emails separate or link them together into one Inbox. By selecting the options menu in one of the email inboxes you are able to select “Link Inboxes” and link other inboxes to it. Once all your email inboxes are linked, a Live Tile automatically appears on the home screen which will regularly update telling you how many emails you have received.

Windows Phone 7 Calendar

PinningWindows Phone 7 Home Screen

One of the core features of the Windows Phone OS is the Pinning feature. You can pin just about anything to your home screen, whether its a single contact of a friend, which will tell you everything happening with that person; or maybe an app so that you have quick access to it, or even a game, note, picture gallery, music, website and more. There’s even apps that let you pin headings so that your home page can also be organised, but more on apps later.

Internet BrowsingWindows Phone 7 Internet Explorer

The browser being of Microsoft origin is of course Internet Explorer and it doesn’t fail. With HTML 5 and tabbing it runs every website perfectly. It doesn’t support Flash which most devices don’t for two main reasons; one is that flash is vulnerable to hacking and virus planting and the other is that Flash is eventually going to be phased out in time and devices won’t need it anymore as it can be quite power hungry. Zooming, pinching and swiping all work great with the browser. One thing i hope Microsoft update in the future is to have bookmark folders so that all bookmarks don’t just run in one list.

Music

The Music interface has also been praised by many and i have no exception. It is very organised and looks sleek to use. The only downside to it is that i really do like the organisation of the iTunes computer software application, and all music has to be transferred using the Zune software application which isn’t actually that bad and is pretty straight forward to use. The 16gb internal memory gives enough room for all my music and more.

Windows Phone 7 Music

SkyDrive and OfficeWindows Phone 7 SkyDrive

SkyDrive is the Microsoft cloud storage usable with this phone, and the storage is an absolute plus that is worth having alongside your device. You can store anything online onto your SkyDrive and that anything is accessible from your phone to see, watch, read, edit, remove or lick. This coincides well with the phone having Microsoft Office so that you can create, edit, and update any Word, Excel and PowerPoint document.

Settings

The settings are very simple and some may say too simple, but i guess its good as i haven’t had any problems with it. All the basics like Ringtones and Themes, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mobile Network, Date, Time and so on are easy to access and easy to change. The Applications side of the settings gives you access to Background Tasking, Games, Internet, Messaging, Phone, People, Camera and so on, type of settings. all easy to access and change.

Windows Phone 7 Settings

Ringtones

I mentioned ringtones earlier and i thought i would delve a little deeper into that as modern phones are becoming much more reluctant to use your own ringtones or tell you how. On the Nokia Lumia 800 or Windows Phones you must make sure your music track is under 40 seconds long, is under 1 MB in size, is MP3 or WMA and finally not DRM protected. To actually get the track on your phone simply change the genre of the track to “ringtone”. You can change the genre in Zune or if you use iTunes you can do it in that but remember the track needs to be uploaded using Zune. By changing the genre to ringtone, the phone now recognises it as a ringtone and will appear only in the ringtone section and not in your music section which for people like me is awesomely organised.

GamesRatman7891

There are a vast variety of games on the Windows Phone Marketplace. These games come in two categories. Xbox Live Games and well just Games. The difference with Xbox Live Games is that they directly impact your Xbox Live Account and have achievements that update on your Xbox Live Account, which you can see on the web and more commonly on your Xbox 360 console. The downside is that, there is not a super large library of these Xbox Live game titles and the marketplace is growing in time. The other downside is that because these titles have Xbox Live features such as achievements, the games tend to be a little more expensive than their Apple App Store counterpart. although recently these games have been coming out onto the marketplace cheaper and with the weekly Deal of the Week, there’s plenty of incentive to buy a game, or buy it when it appears cheaper. But with all that said there are hundreds or non-Xbox Live games, many of which are free. Yay freebies!

I will do a follow-up blog post on some of the best and most interesting titles i have come across.

Apps

The apps library is very vast in the Windows Phone marketplace, you will usually find what your looking for. there are many apps to fit all types of people, environments, feet and so on and so forth. With the Nokia Lumia 800 also comes the Free Nokia range of apps, including a Satellite Navigation System app that works very well minus the Yoda voice – sad face.

I will do a follow-up blog post on some of the best and most interesting apps i have come across.

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace

Summary

So overall, the shapes good, with an awesome glassy screen and the touch screen works great. The People hub is a great new way to stay in contact with people whether just contacts or friends from social networking websites or people you wish to stalk (i do not condone such behaviour). Functionality in terms of organisation, tile pinning and calendar are excellently incorporated and keep you in the loop with ease. Internet browsing is easy and fluid. It is a great device to listen to music on. Document syncing and editing couldn’t be better with SkyDrive and Office, including features to upload pictures to store on SkyDrive to be accessible anywhere. Settings are simple and easy to change, while ringtones although a little tedious to make are placed well on the device. The final things are games and apps which are available in great masses and although Xbox Live game titles are a little more scarce, they are growing exponentially. I will follow up this blog post with probably two more posts; one for apps and one for games.

Hope you enjoyed reading and hope the information was useful to you. Thanks again, and remember ….. PHONE …HOME!

The SOPA I Wipe My Behind With

Who would think that censoring could be so “uncensible” and extremely “uncensitive”. Well in the hands of SOPA and PIPA it is. As many of you have experienced today Wikipedia, WordPress and Mozilla amongst others were showing their passion for how much they oppose the act of censoring the web. Both Wikipedia, WordPress and Mozilla share the one rule of “Freedom”, for information to be free. I feel that if it wasn’t for this freedom, non of the innovations we have come to use and see would be possible, because it all starts somewhere. The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has a congress partition that everyone can partake in to help prevent this awful short-sighted legislation.

 

To start off i thought i would read an extensive amount on both the parties (SOPA and PIPA). I found it extremely funny that the full title for SOPA is,

“To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes.” —H.R. 3261″

Haha “[…] and for other purposes.” I find it funny how they don’t seem to understand that it is freedom of speech and information that helps spread things around the world and having these things governed, and suppressed and put into a strawberry jam jar “Arrgghh!”, an empty strawberry jam jar “Arrrggghhh!”, just prevents such things from happening. It sounds to me like that annoying idiot of a Secretary Of Defense guy in most movies that just seems not to want to listen to anyone and just pound the ground with nukes and the whole world has to try and convince this individual that it is a big mistake and will make things worse. But no, the guy doesn’t listen and fires the missiles, and what happens? The Alien’s bio-electric fortress shield grows ten times larger and destroys everything and everyone in its path. Or in this case mass online riots, which i believe is what will happen. These legislation are that exactly…excluding the aliens…unless you like that sort of thing.

 

I remember when we had the VCR (oooooooohhh) and we would record our programmes and movies on it. Even that causes debate about copyright and paying for keeping content, and then giving out your VHS copy to a friend apparently makes it worse. So many sites offer the ability to download movies, but surely it isn’t illegal if one has the movie already or is wanting to watch it before buying (this one causes concern), the same as if one were to watch it on TV before buying. One perfect example is like watching my awesome favourite show Smallville. I thought to myself after watching it, technically i could record it on my TV, but then isn’t that the same as downloading it, after all, the downloads are always present after its broadcast. Now i am waiting to buy the complete boxset. Isn’t that acceptable?

 

I thought to myself would it be so bad if they censored websites that were making money out of piracy and copyright infringement? So i thought no that sounds about right, but it seems the legislation have taken it several steps further until it now directly affects the world in a very negative way. If this were going to happen then the creator of the World Wide Web “Sir Tim Berners-Lee” may as well have patented the Web since it were created a little over 20 years ago, causing freedom of the web to be extremely limited and companies with money the ability to have the means to communication beyond the rest of the world, us people with less money. But no, Mr. Berners-Lee -also anti SOPA- did not and let it out for the world to share. And no this is not final. The legislation are not final, otherwise if they do, i predict a Digital-War. If Superman were here he’d kick the crackers out of SOPAman and it’s short sidekick PIPAman.

 

Together we created the Digital Revolution and together we protect it.

 

Thanks for reading.

R

Time Passes Like No Ones Business

So much time has passed and not a single post from me (sorry monkey). I guess i’ve been in one of those i don’t really know what to do yet i feel so busy kind of moments. With a scam, injured foot, 6 month long back pain, inner electric issues (for another time), a creative block and other general problems to deal with, it is definitely a great time of year. But it doesn’t mean let go and run or fall flat on your face and eat dirt (well…except mud pies…yummy!), it means that we are stronger than we know and can handle anything if we can get a grip on ourselves, a literal grip (excluding Darth Vader). It is tough we are all together in it. Where if one person feels lonely, another will somewhere across the world, and maybe another somewhere else. Therefore if we are alone…then we are alone together. Yes a paradox indeed! But then that means we are not alone. I wonder why X-Files came to mind there.

Anyway, yes for those that are reading my blogs, it’s early stages i know, so probably not many, i realized that to reach a wider range of people i have to do something i don’t really like…Facebook…Twitter. Two great mediums to access the worlds people. Would be much easier if it were one thing…like maybe…TwitFace…Yeah i like the sound of that; has a ring to it. But yes i was on Facebook for a very short time and didn’t really like it, but i guess i have a better reason to re-register. As for Twitter, i’ll see what it’s all about.

Facebook…a giant book of faces where anyone can read. Makes you wonder if the government have specialized Facebookers (or Facebookies as i like to say) that are paid to search through the vast population for information and the whereabouts of people. Good? Bad? Each has it’s equal and opposite i guess. One the one hand the Government and other organizations can track people who can caused some sort of terror in the world. However on the other hand our privacy is always in jeopardy. Of course i am sure that the creators of Facebook had a good enough reason without a bad thought as to its purpose. But then it is no so difficult. With TV’s having internet access, games consoles like the Nintendo 3DS and PSP Vita tracking your movement and for the PSP Vita even your virtual footprints. There isn’t really an escape. But i guess we can’t all hide in the shadows; we do indeed have lives to live. Maybe it be better we live our lives the way we wish to, yet keep these things in mind (Stay away from me Identity Theft!).

Well besides all that i will be on Facebook and Twitter and thus will have this blog linked to them. So by all means…Like…Tweet…and TWITFACE!

R

The Acer Iconia Tab W500…Hmmm Upgrades…

So for all you slightly more tech savvy dudes…and dudesses…of course, I thought i’d do another blog about upgrading the Acer Iconia Tab W500P. Now there isn’t much you can upgrade, however trust me when i say it makes all the difference. Small number of upgrades and big improvements. I had been wanting to put 64-bit Windows 7 as soon as i saw it online and read all the specs a million times…ok that’s silly, not that much…2 million times. But i thought i’d wait for a new hard drive before doing this and then see a whopping mega improvement whereby it transforms and drives me to work and then flies me to the moon and makes cheese on toast. Yikes! Shouldn’t have said that, now i have to open up a bag of grated cheese to eat while i type this…Ok there ready. Seriously, the improvements aren’t enough to make you kiss a monkey on the butt…except for you monkey reader; but they are BIG improvements. For starters the original 32GB hard drive installed i believe runs at 30 Mbps write speed and 160 Mbps read speed. This upgrades to 500 Mbps write speed and 540 Mbps read speed, apparently the fastest mSata SSD on the market. Trust me once installed, you feel it (the power of the tablet that is). Bare in mind all drivers from Acer’s website work in 64-bit EXCEPT for Wifi drivers and the gyroscope tablet rotate drivers. For Wifi it is perfectly fine because Windows Updater finds it for you and when updated, Wifi is back. However know that currently the screen rotation function is currently not supported in 64-bit. It should be soon…right? Acer?

Upgrading Time

RunCore Pro V T50

RunCore Pro V T50

So first thing was to pre-order the latest “RunCore Pro V T50 6GB mSata III 120GB SSD” After a month from “AsiaTechTrade“, due to the delay of the drive, not the company, my drive came home, with an additional 4GB key shaped USB as a gift for the pre-order delay -Got to say i was pleased of their generosity. After licking the USB several times to see if it was really water resistant, i decided to open up the tablet with only a detail lacking video to go by. The one thing this video mentions but doesn’t show clearly is that the tablet has no screws holding the back cover, but very weak and brittle CLIPS holding it together, and about 20 of them too. So i began by doing the following steps.

NOTE: I am not responsible for any damage caused. It is difficult to do even with confidence. BE VERY CAREFUL. If you still wish to do it, then pretend you are operating on a balloon… a touch screen balloon that runs windows 7.

  1. I removed any additional components e.g. SD Card, and opened the SD card cover.
  2. I used a piece of flat plastic. Mines was a baby sized chip fork like spoon. It’s important to be plastic to caused none or minimal cosmetic damage.
  3. The first one is always a nightmare and in this case it was. I pried the plastic into the SD slot area and in between the cover and front case.
  4. Once the first clip was out i worked my way up to the volume buttons and to the corner. The best i noticed was to pry the plastic in and wobble it up and down firmly but gently, and eventually the clip gave way without breaking. Before i managed to find this easier technique i managed to crack one tiny part of one clip. That’s how easy it happens, but it was a small one so a little glue and it was unnoticeable. And careful not to pry the plastic in too deep. You don’t want to touch anything inside.
  5. With the new technique of wobbling the plastic, it took from 20 minutes on the SD slot area to about 10cm up and then the rest of the tablet with the wobbling technique took 10 minutes…awesome!
  6. And pop, it just popped off.

The inside was amazing, nice and puzzle like. The SSD had a silver foil over it which i peeled off and unscrewed the one single screw holding the drive. I unscrewed it and easily pulled it out and replaced it with the new one, making sure that i put the foil back over it the exact same way. From here i noticed the RAM and i was like “Nooooooooo!” The 2GB RAM is soldered onto the board. Which means for me, if i want to upgrade, which if you want you can, i’ll have to send it to Acer. And you know what that means…Money Money Money! Anyway once the new drive was in i just placed the cover over appropriately and with gentle taps popped the clips back in, which was easy as cheese (which is easier than pie or cake…..or peanuts).

Turned it on and ERROR! Not too worry, the drive has no operating system on it. I connected to an external drive and inserted my Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. You may need to check the BIOS settings to read from the Disc Drive or activate F12 for boot options during booting screen. It booted from disc and took about 20-30 minutes to install Windows. Voila! An Acer Iconia Tab W500P with Windows 7 64-bit. And that’s when you notice that the tablet has sped up dramatically. To me it feels like more than double. And when the Windows Experience Rating was checked, originally it was 2.7 due to the processor but now it was 2.8. It actually made the processor think it is faster. Here’s the rest of the Rating, prepare to be amazed, especially the graphics.

Acer Iconia Tab W500P Windows Experience Rating

Acer Iconia Tab W500P Windows Experience Rating

Gaming graphics on 5.5…that’s wow, and this is only a tablet. Not only do the 120GB mSata SSD and 64-bit OS work together with the Dual Core processor to work faster, but the SSD is so good (running at under 2W) but this also means increased battery life which isn’t like 10 hours more, but you can feel it. One expensive upgrade and everything upgrades with it. Programs like Photoshop, Microsoft Office 2010 and games in general, run way better, open faster and for games settings can even be slightly increased. Even the touch response seems to feel quicker; and with 60 GBs used on the 120 GB SSD, cold boot from Power Off on my tablet now takes about 15-25 seconds, and powering down 5-10 seconds. I could ask for anything more.

Windows 8 on Acer Iconia Tab W500

Picture from Engadget

Now all that’s left is Windows 8. With tested boot times of 5-15 seconds on normal laptops and touch screen friendly interface with both the Metro forefront of the OS and the standard Windows part, Windows 8 is supposed to be designed with touch-in-mind. There are several videos on youtube, including some of Windows 8 Developer Betas installed on this very tablet. I for one cannot wait, and after the Microsoft Windows Vista incident (yep i refer to it as an incident), i somehow feel proud of Microsoft with Windows 7 and now Windows 8. And i’m more a mac person (bet you didn’t know that). As for Apple, i am stil waiting on the rumoured yet Patented, Mac OS Tablet. Thanks for reading.

R

Acer Iconia Tab W500P: A Tablet for more than just Touching

Acer Iconia Tab W500P

My Acer Iconia Tab W500P

Yep, that’s my Acer Iconia Tab W500P; a 10.1″ touch screen tablet device that runs Windows 7. I bought this device a few weeks ago and have since been using it for various everyday things and even some more processing intensive uses. I had read a lot about this before i purchased it, knowing well what i was buying. A lot of reviews have given this touch screen tablet device little credit and more criticism, but with the extent that i have used it, i can say that for anyone thinking of buying it or any other tablet device, have a read of this before you do.

I picked this device up from eBay (hears Oh My God…and…Arrrggghhh! *falls into toilet*); hey please don’t read my blogs on a toilet; it’s a blog not a bog. Just kiddin’ you can if you want. But yes, from eBay. Just know that cheapest on eBay doesn’t always mean most trusted. I got mines for about £450 with the keyboard dock. And yes it was BRAND NEW IN BOX & SEALED…and posted in a VOLT. The device itself looks pretty standard with no fancy art or design sophisitcation but i got to say that the glittery shiny colour on the plastic does look nice…awwww nice.

Now a lot of people say, “Is Windows 7 really for touch screen?” And the truth in my opinion is that yes and no. No because many Windows functions and buttons are too small for our giant King Kong fingers (No i am not implying you are apes…darn, sorry… i forgot that monkey’s reading my blog too). But i would also say yes because Windows is constantly updating it to make it more touch screen capable and with a bit of time, you too can adjust the settings for things to be a little bigger for touch. Plus, Windows 8 is coming very soon and it is supposed to be perfect for this device; i’ll talk more on this below. In terms of the specs, the processor is AMD (darn i was hoping for Intel, so i could put hackintosh on it and dual boot with it Mac OS X so i can have a Mac OS X Lion Tablet… but nope. Although i have read that there may be a possible AMD patch coming soon.) It’s a 1GHz Dual Core processor which means for computer system it has a reasonable amount of power, but for a tablet -or even a netbook- it is actually adequately speedy. 2GB of RAM is fine for a tablet but it could have done with 4GB. All your general applications start up within a few seconds and run just as you would expect on a laptop. A cold boot from Power Off to Windows Log In screen took about 30-45 seconds. Others can say what they want but that’s how quick it was for me…WITH software loaded on it (and i’m talking MS Office 2010, Photoshop, Audacity and many others). One down side for me was that it was running a 32-bit version of Windows, but before i got angry and smashed it on my head (i’m not really violent…well except for that Apple the other day, but that’s because it said “Bite Me!”), i realized that it can run a 64-bit Windows 7…AWESOME! And so i did (i’ll go into this in more depth below).

The next down side which i believe to be a real down side and not a biased one (like other sides say), is that it only comes with a 32GB hard drive. Now, it’s awesome that it’s a Solid Slate hard drive but 32GB…really? If only i could open it up and install my own mSata Solid State drive in it…that would be awesome! And so i did (i’ll go into this in more depth below).

The last major component that amazed me was the ATI Radeon HD 6250 Graphics Card. Now what a nice chip to go into a tablet device…very pleased. So i pleased that i decided to research on it’s capabilities, and i was amazed. On YouTube you can see it running games like Neverwinter Nights, Portal 2, Flatout 2, Burnout Paradise, Left 4 Dead, Bioshock, Half Life 2 and even Call of Duty: Modern Warfare… all fully playable with a great framerate. And here i was thinking i could only run Diablo, Black & White and Age of Empire II, but i also tested Age of Empires III and Warcraft III, which played flawlessly. As for touch friendly games like Plants vs Zombies, Zuma, Bejeweled, Angry Birds and even Age of Empires and Neverwinter Nights, it’s perfect.

Acer Iconia Tab W500 with Keyboard Dock

Acer Iconia Tab W500 with Keyboard Dock

Amongst all this it has various other little cool bits (eww) e.g. 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, built-in mic, Bluetooth 3.0, Wifi, HDMI port, Dolby Virtual Surround Sound, 2 cameras (front and back), 2 USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot if you wish to expand beyond 32GB, screen rotation when tablet turned to the side, and all the multi-touch pinching, panning and stroking you wish to do; just don’t grope it, that’s disgusting. It’s battery life is that of the average laptop averaging around 4-5 hours. 1080p videos run perfectly in Windows Media Player and the pre-installed Clear.fi multimedia player (sorry VLC). The keyboard dock is rather fiddly (Another downside), as it requires some connecting, pulling up, pulling down, disconnecting to have it look like and usable like a laptop, or closing it like one; but you get used to it.

OH when Acer first released this there was a major bug with it whereby the touch screen would flicker from desktop mode and back. So many people have asked on forums about how to fix it. Simply update your BIOS and it’s fixed. Download from Acer website –> plug in power adapter into tablet –> run the file and done fixed. I hate when companies released stuff without properly debugging, but hey sometimes even they get forced to released.

All in all it’s an awesome tablet capable of running games, internet browsing, photoshopping, writing and watching. I love it, it’s just what i need for a budget computer with both touchy tech and reasonable power. For those a little more tech savvy, this post is looooong so i will write another about upgrading it (hard drive and 64-bitting), Windows 8, and including some tips on opening it if you dare…..If you have any questions, please comment and i’ll reply. Thanks for reading.

R