Monday, October 14, 2013

Apple iPhone 5 - Review (Edited):

Apple iPhone 5 Black 16 GB w/Retina Display review starting with specs and features first.

*Note: This will be my first full listed tech and specs review. Despite my efforts to provide full and correct Apple iPhone 5 specifications, there is always a possibility of making a mistake. If you see any wrong or incomplete data, please Let Me Know.

  1.  iOS: 7
  2. Height: 4.87 inches 
  3. Width: 2.31 inches 
  4. Depth: 0.30 inch
  5. Weight: 3.95 ounces *average is 4.5 oz
  6.  Device type: Smart phone 
  7. Body Material: Aluminum
  8. Screen size: 4.0 inches
  9. Resolution: 640 x 1136 pixels 
  10. Pixel density: 326 ppi 
  11. Screen Technology: IPS LCD Retina display Capacitive multi-touch
  12. Colors: 16 777 216 
  13. Features: Light sensor, Proximity sensor
  1. System chip: A6 
  2. Dual core processor, 1300 MHz, Apple Swift 
  3. Graphics processor: PowerVR SGX543MP3 
  4. System memory: 1016 MB RAM 
  5. Built-in storage: 16 GB (no expandable storage) 
  1. Stand-by time: 9.4 days (225 hours) *average is 21 days (492 hours) 
  2. Talk time 3G: 8.00 hours *average is 11 hours (634 mins) 
  3. Capacity: 1440 mAh 
  1. Camera 8 megapixels 
  • Flash: LED
  • Aperture size: F2.4 
  • Camera sensor size: 1/3.2" 
  •  Features: Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama
  • Camcorder: 1920 x 1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) Digital image stabilization, Video calling 
  • Front-facing camera: 1.2 megapixels 
  1. Music player: Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists, Album art cover, Background playback
  2. Speakers: Earpiece, Loudspeaker, (Bluetooth connectivity) 
  1. CDMA: 800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz 
  2. GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 
  3. UMITS: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz 
  4. LTE: 700 MHz Class 13, 850 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz 
  5. Data: LTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A, EV-DO Rev.B 
  6. Positioning: A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning 
  7. Navigation: Turn-by-turn 
  1. Bluetooth: 4.0 
  2. Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, (Mobile hotspot: Yes) 
  3. USB: Proprietary, USB charging 
  4. Other: Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync 
 Other Features:
  1. Notifications: Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone 
  2. Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass 
  3. Voice: Dialing, commands, recording 
Box Contains:
  1. iPhone 
  2. 5 EarPods w/Remote and Mic
  3. Lighting to USB Cable
  4. USB Power Adapter
  5. 2 Apple Stickers 
  6. Basic How to use guide (No Real Manual) 

Now for my actual review:

Honestly, this is where I have to say for once I really don't have much to say. So I will start with some feelings/wishes that pertain to other things about phones. I miss the slide-out keyboard (and wish Apple would put that on the iPhone) and I miss some Android apps, otherwise, I really can't say. I do have to say compared to some other phones I've had and used I love the display and the color is really nice.

I will also say that whatever you do and I cannot stress this enough, Please DO NOT download a Beta version of iOS, unless you are prepared to deal with bugs. I had the beta version of iOS 7 and was not prepared to deal with all the bugs it really had though I thought I was.

The sleekness really does a great job for the look and feel of the phone. The iPhone 5 is really nice. It is fast almost lighting fast. The boot-up is even fast, faster than all the android phones and tablets I have and had or used. I like the lighting port, no need to fumble on which way goes which way and seems to charge faster than android, but that could just be the battery, technology, and OS.

Some features I like about the OS is the Find my iPhone, where if you misplaced, lost or your phone was stolen, you can play a sound even when in silent mode, lock or erase all info. Also the fact that now you no longer need to carry a flashlight or have an app, you can access a flashlight right from the lock screen drag/pull-up control center. Brightness in also right there in the pull-up control center menu, along with your basic options of Bluetooth, airplane mode, Wi-Fi, nighttime mode, and lock rotation. Some other things on that same pull-up menu are, calculator, camera, music player, timer, AirDrop, and AirPlay. The pull-down menu is notifications and calendar. The settings can get confusing at times but lots of options.

Other then that not much to say, so for now I will leave this here and say that if I think of anything else I will do an edit and state that.
*Note: I tried to do lots of pictures, which really don't do this phone justice. I also tried to put pictures of what I talked about where I talked about it. Somewhere dimmed screen and others were full brightness. Like the two above show the command center to the right and the left is the notifications center they were both actually the lowest brightness.Those were also screen shots. Very nice feature I should add since it was easy to take those photos, love being able to take a screenshot, very easy by pushing the home key and the power key at the same time but sometimes is a pain seeing as it's about timing, pushing both at the same time.

This iPhone 5 review done by Ask-Mama
(All pictures are by Ask-Mama)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Zeki 7" Capacitive Multi-Touch Tablet (Model TBD753B) Review:

Zeki 7" Capacitive Multi-Touch Tablet (Android Jelly Bean)

(All lists are right from the manual, along with the (Notes:)
If I make any notes from my opinion it will look like *Note:

Specs list: 
  •  7" Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen
  • Dual-core Processor 
  • 8 GB Built-In & Expandable to up to 32 GB
  • Built-In WiFi 
  • High Capacity Rechargeable Battery

Full List Features (Some Repeated from Specs List): 
  • 7" TFT LCD Display
  • Capacitive Touchscreen 
  • Full-Color Touch LCD Display 
  • Android OS 4.1.1 Jelly Bean 
  • Dual Core 1.5 GHz Processor (Running in 1 GHz Battery Optimizing Mode) 
  • Built-In 1 GB RAM 
  • Built-In WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 
  • 8 GB Installed Flash Memory 
  • Expandable Memory (Up to 32 GB) 
  • G-Sensor for Screen Rotation 
  • 1024 x 600 Native Resolution 
  • Front Facing Camera 
  • Built-In Microphone 
  • Digital Video: MOV, MKV, AVI, RM, RMVB, FLV, WMV, MP4, VOB 
  • Digital Audio: MP3, WMA (Non-DRM), WAV 
  • Digital Photos: JPEG, BMP, PNG 
  • Preloaded Apps: Opera Mobile, App Mall, eReader, Adobe Flash Player, and eMusic 
  • Basic Apps: Music Player, Movie Player, Photo Viewer, Web Browser, Email, Camera 
  • Amazon App Store 
  • Browser: Google Chrome 
  • Mini-HDMI Output (1080p) 
  • Micro-SD Memory Card Reader 
  • Micro-USB Port 
  • 3.5 mm Headphone Jack 
  • Built-In Speaker 
  • DC Battery Power: Built-In Rechargeable Battery 
  • DC Batter Power: 2800 mAH Battery 
Included In Box:
  •  Micro-USB to USB cable 
  • One set of stereo earbuds 
  • AC/DC power adapter 
(Note: Flash isn't available with Chrome for Android.)
(Note: Specifications are Subject to change without prior notice.)
Battery Info:
Initial  Charge Time ~ 10 hrs. 
In order to conserve battery, the tablet will shut off after a certain period of time & enter sleep mode.
A warning will also display on the screen stating that the battery is low.)
(Note: It is normal for the tablet surface to become warm during charging or long periods of use. 
(Note: If the tablet is not being used regularly, it is recommended to charge the battery fully once a month.) 

So those were the features and specs, it's now time for my review. Let's just start with why I would not buy the Zeki tablet again. 

  1. To me, it's a fake wannabe android tablet and the reason I say this is because for me to consider an Android to be Android, it must have Google Play Store, not some weird mall or store that doesn't seem to respond or work 1/2 the time. 
  2. The mall that it comes with to purchase & download apps just sucks. It doesn't respond well and seems to freeze quite often. The only upside to this is that Amazon App Store is preloaded.
  3. I don't like how warm it can get just from charging or using the tablet, I feel like it could cook an egg, though it's probably not possible but I'm not going to attempt that. 
It is a nice tablet and isn't super laggy, but some games lag more than other. I like that it is small so it is easy for younger/smaller hands to hold. Other than that, there's not much to say. The plus is yes you can download Google Play onto this Zeki but for one it is very hard to find online and second it's illegal, don't ask me why either because I am not going there.

This is Ask-Mama Reviews with the Zeki 7" Capacitive Multi-Touch Tablet (Model TBD753B)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Quick Update:

This post coming to you from my iPhone. I am still trying to get used to my new iPhone 5. It's taking so time. I will try to have my review out the end of next week but I will try for sooner.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Schick Hydro Silk razor:

This is my review on the Schick Hydro Silk razor:
(Free From BzzAgent, to test, review and keep)

So, I have to say I do love the Schick Hydro Silk razor, but not for all areas on my body. I tried this on the underarms, legs and (one area I personally don’t like doing but wanted to put all the information in and do a great review) the pubic area. For the legs, it was awesome and gave a smooth silky finish compared to my normal razor (the Schick Intuition). I did not however like the Schick Hydro Silk razor for my underarms, as for me there was way too much drag and felt uncomfortable again compared to my normal razor (the Schick Intuition, which feels comfortable and most of the time without drag). For the pubic area (which I don’t normally like shaving (and if anything I rather Nair if I want to be clean of hair down there) it had some drag and wasn't too uncomfortable, but I don’t prefer this razor or any razor for that matter.

Details on the Schick Hydro Silk razor include (the one BzzAgent gave me for free to try and then review include:

  • 5 Curve Sensing Blades - give you incredible closeness  
  • Unique Skin Guards - help protects your skin from irritation 
  • Water-Activated Moisturizing Serum - infused with marine extracts 
  • Soft Touch Handle - is inspired by water for a beautiful look

This is Ask-Mommy’s Reviews (Krysta) with the Schick Hydro Silk razor.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Got my iPhone & iPad:

I got my iPhone 5 and iPad with retina display yesterday so be on the lookout for a review in about a week or so. 

Also have 2 other cell phone reviews coming soon, both android os phones. Samsung Vibrant Galaxy S and a Motorola DEFY.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

LG Optimus Zip (Android Phone):

This is Ask-Mommy’s Reviews, reviewing the LG Optimus Zip.

Okay so let’s start with I am an Android lover, although I am also a iOS fan/lover. I didn't want just any old phone and I hate having to spend tons of money with T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T or Verizon. I like the $45 a month price tag for unlimited Talk, Text, and Data or as Straight Talk calls it Unlimited Everything Plan. Now on to the phone itself.

LG Optimus ZipLG Optimus Zip ($180.00 price tag):
  • Wi-Fi® Connectivity
  • Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 3.2” Touchscreen
  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera/Video Recorder
  • Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless Connectivity Technology
  • GPS Enabled
  • 3G Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 4GB Micro SD Card (Included)
  • 800MHz Processor
  • 7 Home Screens
  • MP3 Player (Cable Not Included)
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Access To Over 450,000 Apps On Google Play
  • Gravity Sensor/Tilt And shake
  • Hands-Free Speaker
  • Voice/Sound recorder
  • Vibration Alert
  • Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) Rating: M4/T4
  • Talk Time: Up to 5 hours
  • Standby Time: Up to 7 days
  • Includes battery, charger, 4GB Micro SD memory card, activation card, service guide, and user manual
  • This phone will ONLY work with the Straight Talk $45/30-Day Unlimited Service Plan or the $60/30-Day Unlimited International Service Plan. Plans are not returnable or refundable
LG Optimus Zip
The LG Optimus Zip features the already outdated Gingerbread OS and ICS or Jelly Bean update is out of the question, so most likely this is all you will get. Of course, you can apply a custom ROM anytime, or a beta software but it’s not the same.
There are a few things to consider before buying this phone. One of the things (and this is a big one and the biggest one to consider) is that the internal onboard memory sucks, so most likely you will always have an issue with low memory. Especially with all the updates for the pre-installed Google apps which you can take off even if you don’t use them. But the one way around this issue is to go into your Google play store settings and un-check update automatically and when you get notifications for updates only update the apps you really want, need or use. The go into your phone settings applications, manage applications and uninstall any updates to the apps you don’t care for or use. That is what I did and now I have no issues unless I install a bunch of apps. the second issue I have encountered is the onscreen calibration seems to be sensitive and a bit off. So let’s say your texting someone (and this is just an example) we need toilet paper. When you hit a letter key sometimes it seems to get pressed 3-4 extra times so it may look like we neeeeeeded toillllet paper. Other than those two things, everything seems to be good. Charging the battery if you are at let’s say 15-10 percent of battery life left, doesn't take very long to charge the phone to 100 percent. The estimated time is about 1 hour. At least for me, it is. Charging relatively does not take long at all and is fairly quicker than some other phones I have which I will be reviewing them too.

So there you have it, this is Ask-Mommy’s Reviews (Krysta) with the LG Optimus Zip.