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Watchon App on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

One of the more unique features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the inferred sensor at the top. The built in Watchon app and IR sensor makes the S4 a pretty useful universal remote. You can set up individual rooms. The code base is pretty extensive. The app had no trouble finding the code for a very old Viewsonic TV in my bedroom. The app also makes recommendations for you based on what you like. It also can show you HD channels only.

Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Disappearing Playlist

I was scratching my head I discovered my playlists disappeared on my Samsung Galaxy S4. I wasn’t used to the quirks of my S4 yet because I only had it for a few days. The strange part was that I was listening to one of them.

To correct this problem, you just need to update your library. I store all of my music on an external micro SD card. I added a few files the night before by connecting the phone via USB cord. Once you updated the library, the playlist should be restored.

Samsung N510

Samsung N510

Well well well…this will certainly throw a wrench into things.  Another day, another netbook right?  Wrong.  In my opinion, if money is not a problem for you, the Samsung N510 may be the netbook for you.  At the equivilant of around $700, our European netbook loving brother and sisters are getting the Samsung N510 available to them.  What’s so special about the Samsung N510?

Sure, it’s packs the common Intel Atom N280.  Yes, it still comes with a meager 1GB of memory.  The 160GB hard drive might be worth replacing too.  But, it comes with an 11.6 inch HD WXGA screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768.  The 6 cell battery will last about 6.5 hours.  Oh wait…did I mention it comes with NVIDIA’s ION graphic chip?  I can’t wait until Q4 2009 when the ION netbooks are suppose to make an appearance here in the US.  But for now, I think I’ll drool over this for a while.

UPDATE:  The Samsung N510 is rumored to be released in North America sometime in September or October 2009.

12 Inch Netbooks – Samsung NC20 vs. Acer Aspire One 751H

There’s so many netbooks out there that I can’t keep up with it anymore.  It seems like with every passing day, somebody has a new netbook out.  I’m focusing on 12 inch netbooks today.  Yes, you can get a 12 inch notebook, but depending on your needs, you might not need a full notebook.

I’ll cover the Samsung NC20 and the Acer Aspire One 751h series.  The Acer isn’t exactly a 12 inch model, but 11.6″ is  close enough.

Samsung NC20

Samsung NC20

  • VIA Nano U2250 (1.3+ GHz)
  • On board graphic processor with shared memory
  • 12.1″ WXGA Screen 1280 x 800
  • 1GB Memory
  • 160 GB Hard drive
  • Built-in 1.3 Megapixel Web cam
  • 802.11b/g wireless
  • Bluetooth
  • 3 USB ports
  • SD Card Slot
  • 6 Cell Battery
  • 3.3 lbs.
  • Windows XP Home

Amazon.com Price $499

Acer Aspire One 751h

Acer Aspire One 751H

  • Intel Atom Z520 (1.33 GHz)
  • 11.6″ WXGA Screen 1366 x 768
  • Intel GMA 500 Graphic processor with shared memory
  • 1 or 2 GB memory
  • 160 or 250 GB Hard drive
  • Built-in web cam
  • 802.11b/g wireless
  • Bluetooth
  • 3 USB ports
  • SD Card Slot
  • 6 Cell Battery
  • 2.97 lbs.
  • Windows XP or Vista

Amazon.com $399 with the lower options with XP.

Update:  Looks like Amazon just removed the XP model from their site.  However, newegg.com has it in stock.

Newegg.com $350 with the lower options with XP.

Amazon.com $380 + Free Shipping with the higher options with Vista.

With the Acer, I highly suggest you get the XP model because netbooks are just not strong enough to run Vista.  On that note, some full size notebooks are not strong enough to run Vista.  My desktop with an Intel Q9650 Quad core didn’t like Vista.  Bottom line, don’t get Vista.  I’m not sure what manufacturers are thinking when they put Vista on a netbook.  Sure, it’ll run, but you don’t power for anything else.

Of these two netbooks, the Acer is the slower model.  The Atom Z520 is newer than the standard Atom N270/N280, but the N-series CPU has more power.  Between the Samsung NC20 and the Acer Aspire One, the Samsung NC20 with the VIA Nano CPU is faster.  However, both models still struggle to play HD video.  Don’t even think about playing high quality Youtube videos.

The Samsung is more expensive than the Acer.  But for the extra $100, the NC20 offer a better a build quality.  My major complaints with most netbooks is that it feels like a toy.  These two netbooks are not full desktop or notebook replacements.  Instead, they are good for light duty office tasks and light internet use while mobile.  If you rely heavily on your computer for work or play, it’s best to get something with more power and a dedicated graphic option.

Samsung 22″ Widescreen LCD for $200 after MIR

Samsung 2232BW Widescreen LCD Monitor

Samsung 2232BW LCD Widescreen Monitor

I can’t believe the price of LCD monitors have fallen so much.  Just a year ago, a 19 inch LCD monitor would run you $300 easily.  But just look at this here, a 22″ widescreen LCD monitor for $200.  This is the perfect monitor if you’re in the market for one.

Here are the specs:

  • 22 inch widescreen LCD
  • Native resolution 1680×1050
  • Dual VGA and DVI inputs
  • 1000:1 contrast ratio

It is currently $199.99 with Free Shipping at Newegg.com.  Click here to go to the product page at Newegg.com