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Joe Barbat Review of Lumia 900

May 3rd, 2012 Comments off

Nokia Lumia 900 SmartphoneNokia recently released its new Lumia 900 smartphone to the market on April 8 through AT&T for $99.00 with a two year contract.  Jason Gilbert of the Huffington Post describes Nokia’s latest phone, “With an eye-catching display, attractive design and perhaps the most intuitive interface available for a smartphone with the Windows Phone OS, the Lumia 900 is a new top-tier option on AT&T, joining the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II as the best phones available on that carrier.”

Nokia Lumia 900 Core Specs

  •  1.4 GHz processor, 4G LTE, Bing, Internet Explorer 9, HTML5, Wi-Fi.
  • 4.3″ AMOLED ClearBlack glass touchscreen, one-piece polycarbonate body, excellent antenna performance.
  • Carl Zeiss optics, 8 MP main camera, dual LED flash, Auto Focus, 1 MP front camera, video calling.
  • All day battery life, up to 7 hours talk time.
  • Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email, Chat, SMS.
  • 16GB internal; no MicroSD card slot.
  • 1.4 GHz single-core cpu.
  • 5.64 oz total weight.

Thank you to Nokia for these specs!

Important Specs For Web Browsing

  • XHTML
  • DOM Level 3
  • HTML5
  • CSS 3
  • DOM Level 1 and 2
  • SVG
  • Internet Explorer 9 Mobile
  • Hardware Graphics Acceleration

Upsides

All reports indicate that the phone has an excellent screen for viewing, a powerful processor, and is very affordable for the smartphone community.

Downsides

Quite a few of the online reviews of the new Nokia Lumia 900 claim that the phone is cumbersome because of its size, that the casing for the phone can at times make handling it difficult and causes it to be slippery, and the camera is mediocre.

About Joe Barbat

Joe Barbat founded Wireless Toyz and the company began franchising in 2001, following the success of the company’s first store. By the end of 2004, Joe Barbat had helped to establish 62 Wireless Toyz locations. Today, Wireless Toyz has 72 locations across the country. Joe Barbat attributes Wireless Toyz’s success to its innovative business model, which allows customers to compare several service plans and products side-by-side.

IOC Launches Online Olympic Athletes Hub

April 20th, 2012 Comments off

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recently launched what it calls an Olympic Athletes Hub where fans of the Olympics can connect with their favorite athletes from the past and present.

With less than 100 days until the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London, fans are stirring with excitement of the build up to what many believe will be one of the more impressive opening ceremonies.

The Olympic Athletes Hub offers a searchable directory of both past and present Olympians that includes posts from their Facebook and Twitter accounts, photos, videos, training tips, and much more.  So far, over 1,000 Olympians have joined the site and are contributing content with the number increasing daily.

When the Olympic Games begin this summer, visitors to the site will have the ability to conduct live-chat sessions with the athletes living in the Olympic Village.

TechCrunch is offering to give away 2 Samsung Galaxy Tabs as a thank you to the IOC for creating the site.  If you would like to enter the contest visit their site for instructions.  Ways of entering the contest include Liking TechCrunch on Facebook or re-tweeting their posting on their website.

Cool Innovations from CES 2012

January 20th, 2012 Comments off

There were several new innovations at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2012 this year in Las Vegas, NV.  Below are videos and demonstrations of some of my favorites:

The Transparent Smart Window

Google TV

The Old and New From Sony

Inside CES 2012

January 11th, 2012 Comments off

Cool CES Events

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas offers the opportunity for any electronics or technology enthusiast to go completely on overload.  So many phones, devices, notebooks, and gadgets are being released at the same time from top industry names such as Audi, Nokia, Panasonic and more.

Attendees and fans of CES 2012 absolutely love events that drive user feedback and competition.  Here are a few of the most popular:

Last Gadget Standing

“A perennial attendee favorite, Last Gadget Standing challenges contenders to give the product demo of their lives.  At stake: bragging rights as the product ‘most likely to change the face of technology.’  See all the winners strut their stuff in this inventive, fast-paced competition. Guest emcees Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein from the Howard Stern Show will host the event. ”

Mobile Apps Showdown

“Are you ready for a showdown? Pit your mobile app against the competition during the Mobile Apps Showdown at 2012 CES! Apps producers will have two minutes to demo their app, and an applause-o-meter will measure audience enthusiasm to determine the winners. Guest emcees Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein from the Howard Stern Show will host the event”

“Now in its third year at the International CES, this event, honoring the best smartphone and tablet apps, will take place on Thursday, January 12, 2012.”

“Judges will select 10 finalists for the apps competition, which will take place live at the 2012 CES and online. Two winners will be selected, one based on a live vote at the 2012 CES and the other based on online voters at the site.”

Cast Your Vote For Mobile Apps Showdown

CES Celebrity Watch

Check out the list of celebrities to watch for at CES 2012:

  • Dennis Rodman (Basketball)
  • Robert Horry (Basketball)
  • John Salley (Basketball)
  • Allison Fishman (Cookbook Author)
  • Eliza Dushku (Actress and CES Celebrity Ambassador)
  • Jordan Rudess (Artist and Composer)
  • Jillian Micheals (Expert Fitness Trainer)
  • Miss Jamie Michelle (Professional Model)
  • Justin Bieber (Pop Megastar)
  • LL Cool J (Just a cool guy!)
  • Snooki (?)
  • Carl Banks (Football)
  • 50 Cent (Rapper and Actor)
  • Wayne Brady (Actor and Singer)
  • James Bond Directors and Girls
  • Chicago
  • Teresa Scanlan (Miss America 2011)

Thank you CES 2012!

In Closing

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New Nokia Windows Phone Previewing Tomorrow

January 8th, 2012 Comments off

Tomorrow at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV Nokia plans to unveil a new mobile phone called the Lumia 900.

Image courtesy of VentureBeat.com

The new device is intended to use the Windows operating system on the AT&T network.  The New York Times has cited unnamed sources regarding the launch of the new phone.  However, the phone is said to have a profile that is “sleek” and “metallic” in nature.  AT&T and Nokia both have media press conferences scheduled for tomorrow at CES.

Lumia 900 Rumors

“Code named Ace” and “rumored to have a 4.3 inch screen”. – InFlexWeTrust.com

It weighs “just 18 grams more than the Lumia 800″. – PocketNow.com

“Half a gig of RAM, Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), and an 8 megapixel shooter”. – Engadget.com

“Will arrive with both AT&T 3G and T-Mobile AWS 1700 Mhz band support, which hints that it could get released on both carriers”. – PhoneArea.com

Your Thoughts

What do you predict for Nokia as it launches this new phone?  Will it truly compete with the other players in the market such as Apple or BlackBerry?  Let me know your thoughts by contacting me through the Joe Barbat website.