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  • The Top 10 Tech Events of 2012 that WILL Change your 2013

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on December 31, 2012

     The top ten (10) tech events of 2012 that WILL change your 2013 from RepairLabs.com.

    Here at RepairLabs, we like to lean back and take stock of everything that we do throughout the year and our analysis of tech innovations has abounded.. We thought there would be no better time than the last day of the year to remember the most influential tech events of the year, and to think about what they may mean for us next year. Here is the list of our top 10 favorite  tech events of the year.

     

     

    10.) Apple Breaks the Mold with the iPhone 5: Tech Innovation.

     

    iPhone 5 sizing change, vs iPhone 4. Top 10 Tech Events of 2012 from RepairLabs.com

    Apple abandons their near-religious devotion to the 4-inch iPhone screen format in favor of a 5-inch screen. Apple chose to go with totally expanded device (pictured on the right) rather than just expanding the screen.  Ahhhhhh real –estate.

     

    What this means for 2013: With Apple finally willing to innovate again, rather than rigidly sticking to a (now) arbitrary design, we can expect great changes to come: NFC chips, wireless charging, waterproofing, and better cameras could all be in the works.

    9.) The Second Screen Experience Emerges, Read: the Will U. Tech changes again.

     

    Wii U: Second Screen Interaction. Top 10 Tech Events of 2012 from RepairLabs.com

     

    The way that we interact with technology is changing, now we’re more likely than ever to be multi-tasking and using multiple screens.  We’ll watch TV and surf the web, or play a game on our smartphone and keep one eye on social media on a tablet as well. Enter new devices such as the Wii U, a tablet/remote control to augment what’s happening on our screens. This  screen device can be used as a controller or as a supplementary piece, think DVD on TV, except all the extra info is on your Will U.

    What this means for 2013: Your tablet is gonna become the supplementary device to your TV.  Conan’s doing it already with Team Coco for the iPhone, and there are just going to be more and more shows, movies and games jumping on the bandwagon. Expect a mild case of information overload around June.

     

    8.) Lytro Camera Innovation, Will Change the Way your Mobile Takes Photos

     

    Lytro Camera Top 10 Tech Events of 2012 from RepairLabs.com

     

    So what is a light field camera? Lytro is.  And? It lets you focus anywhere, even after the picture has been taken. It’s essentially a camera that focuses on everything.  Word is that Toshiba is now developing a lens with this capacity that’s approaching being able to fit into the slim profile of the iPhone. So between Toshiba and Apple, Lytro may be able to put this technology into your smartphone.  Though the technology is not perfect just yet, it has endless potential to change the way we photograph with our phones.

    What this means for 2013: Expect the camera phone competition to get HOT. Really really hot. And the democratization of photography: everybody will be able to take beautiful photos, with just your phone.

     

    7.) Square Makes It Possible for Anyone to Accept Credit Card Payments.

     

    Square Credit Card Reader, Top10 Tech Events of 2012 from RepairLabs.com

     

    How about a nifty little attachment for your iPhone or iPad that allows you to accept credit cards? How about doing business anywhere you can get a WiFi signal or cellular connection? Though introduced in 2010, the Square card reader has grown in 2012 and allowed businesses to take their credit card payments anywhere. And it’s not just for craft fairs any more. Think food trucks and mobile diagnostic centers, just to name a couple.  Square brings payments to the common folk with a 2.75% charge per swipe with no additional fees or prohibitive overhead in costs or setup.  Business owners can simply sign up and the Square Reader is free.

    What this means for 2013: Maybe your barber will come to you, or you can have your Thin Mints the second the Girl Scouts come around, if their Scout Mom happens to have a Square reader on her phone.  Square giftcards are also up and coming in the future, along with Square Wallet,  an app which purports to replace and upgrade your traditional physical wallet, cash, and credit card system.

    6.)Microsoft Debuts the Surface—the Next Game Changer?

     

    Microsoft Surface Tablet Top 10 Tech Events of 2012 from RepairLabs.com

    The Microsoft Surface was what the world was waiting for: a PC/ Windows compatible tablet. It also fused the purposes of the laptop computer (mostly work) and the touch tablet (mostly play) into one neat, clicky, keyboardy, kickstandy little package.   Offering  a competitive price point, size, weight, portability, hard drives, keyboard AND touch screens,  and Wifi connectivity, it seems to beautifully marry purposes of the ultrabook and the tablet.

    What this means for 2013:  Though the Surface’s OS, Windows 8, has debuted to much criticism, expect this device to only grow in popularty as it will feature full Office functionality.  Business travelers, rejoice!

    5.) Instagram and Facebook Decide to Drive off the Cliff—Together.

     

    Facebook plus Instragram Top 10 Tech Events of 2012 from RepairLabs.com

    image from http://www.techzek.com/facebook-acquires-instagram-for-1b-cash-stocks/

     

    Just like Thelma and Louise.  We guess they’ve never heard the expression “Dance with the one one that brought you,” because both organizations seem to be forgetting the root cause of their success: their users.  Both have disregarded the needs and wants of their users in favor of seemingly endless tweaks and policy changes designed to enhance profitability. We have no beef with making a profit (we all aspire to be profitable) – but not at the expense of the users.  Every little tweak seems to a little piece of the joy out of using the thing and adds to the complexity of life. Take FB’s IPO and Timeline updates, and Instagram’s disasterously bad (in the PR world at least) acquisition by Facebook: neither designed to enhance user experience.

    What to expect in 2013: Users are a fickle bunch, who won’t fail to punish hubris in companies.  We wouldn’t be surprised if the new MySpace experienced a resurgence, along with social aggregator services that blend all of your profiles into one feed.  Also Facebook might just shock us all and revolutionize web advertising and develop its own  Pandora-like add free subscription option.  What we hope this means: social will pivot back to focusing on the users and take a tip or two from Twitter, who manages not to ruin the user experience with ads, and still runs promoted stories.

     

    4.) SOPA and PIPA are stopped.

     

    Stop SOPA Stop PIPA, Top 10 Tech Events of 2012 from RepairLabs.com

    image from (http://pocketfullofapps.com/2012/01/18/sopa-and-pocketfullofapps.html)

     

    By angry kids with internet connections, and Vendetta masks.  And hundreds of legit site owners who took their sites dark in protest.   SOPA,  Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, Protect IP Act, would have served to censor the internet, under vague pretenses of preventing intellectual theft.

    The public spoke out, and refused to allow media companies to use legislation to cudgel their way out of what really amounts to a business model problem, that can be addressed through innovations like Spotify and Netflix. Though hardly innocuous, Anonymous does use their network to preserve online freedom, and the bills are stopped, for now.

    What this means for 2013: With acts such as these being stopped, and innovations like the $40 Aakash tablet, information becomes more free. Affordable tablets being air- dropped over no-no zones like North Korea and Kenya in much the same way as the  Allied Berlin chocolate bar drop. Education expands exponentially, people solve their own problems, and the world becomes a better place. Censorship is dying. Also: You can’t beat the Geeks. Ever.

     

    3.) 7-inch Tablets Take Over.

     

     

    7 inch tablets, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, iPad Mini; Top 10 Tech Events of 2012 from RepairLabs.com

     

    Steve Jobs (the apotheosis of geek and ultimate arbiter of things tech, in the eyes of many) was wrong.  He believed that the 7-inch tablet size was the red-headed step child of the tablet market, too small to be really useful, and too large to be really portable. However with the advent of the Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7, and now, in the absence of Jobs, the iPad mini, this sizing format has experienced a remarkable boom.  Portability plus phenomenal pixel displays plus affordability make these the personal devices to have.

    What this means for 2013: Everybody and their grandma is going to have one of these cute little tablets, in a pocket, a purse, or on the plane, and companies will find more and more uses for them.  Expect to be able to use tablets for anything you can dream up.

     

     

     

    2.) 3D Printers Become a Real Thing.

    Gone are the days of Star Trek Replicators (“Tea, Earl Grey, hot”) being sheer science fiction. Though a 3D printer can’t make you a cup of tea from thin air (YET), they can carve objects from Styrofoam and plastics.  The products are usually smaller than a breadbox, but they’re only limited by your imagination and by your 3D computer modeling skills.  Commonly printed items now include jewelry, sculpture and even working  guns (though they tend to only be good for a few shots, dangerous and inaccurate.)  Heck, now you can even build your own 3D printer out of Leggos.

    What this means for 2013: your imagination is the only limit. Do-it-yourselfers will reign supreme, and will be making startups, innovations, and all the money, IF they can keep the lawyers out of their hair.

     

    1.)    NASA Lands the Rover on Mars.

     

    Mars Rover Curiosity Landing Top 10 Tech Events of 2012 from RepairLabs.com

     

    On August 5, 2012 NASA did the impossible and safely landed an exploration vehicle, the Curiosity, on Mars to cheers of triumph at Mission Control.  Despite budget slashes, and Space Shuttle retirements, NASA still managed to triumph over adversity and innovate a one-in-a-million safe landing on a planet millions of miles away from our own.  It would have taken a person over a year to get to the Red Planet, and once there, ostensibly, he would have no way to return.  But our virtual presence there has already even uncovered evidence of organic matter.

    What this means for 2013: things are going to start happening virtually. Patients will be able to make a virtual visit to their doctor’s office, Skyping with the doc, or IMing him photos of that spider bite.  Unmanned vehicles and even tiny drones will be taking care of our recon for us.  We’ll send image-transmitting submarines into heretofore unknown depths of the oceans! We may finally get that elusive photo of Bigfoot!  More people will work from home!  The possibilities are endless.

     

     

    So what have we garnered from all of these events combined for 2012? The internet, and the way we use it is changing. The more personally we can use our devices, the more we can connect with others, and the more we can learn.  The more we share and learn, the greater the trend of democratization around the globe.  We can reach heights never before imagined, through collaboration, as we did with Rover. Then we can tweet about it sarcastically!  2012 was one heckuva year for tech events and innovations, and 2013 is likely to send our heads spinning even more.

    Also. Higgs boson was pretty cool.

     

     

     

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

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  • The Best Tech Gifts for Cyber Monday 2012

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on November 23, 2012

    The Top Tech Gifts for Every Type

     

    Ultimate Tech Gift Guide for 2012

    There are great tech gifts out there for every type of person you can imagine.  Here at RepairLabs.com, we thought we’d make out a list of our favorites for your approval just in time for Cyber Monday. If you're sick of the same old gift ideas, you've come to the right place. Everybody knows an iPad mini or a Nexus 7 tablet would be an awesome gift. But sometimes that's just not the right gift, the perfect gift, the magical rainbow unicorn of gifts.  Actually a tablet is a pretty personal choice. Instead give them a tech gift that they're certain to love, no matter what type of person they are. Here's where you can get your creative juices revving:  you’ll find gifts from $8.00 - $800, and something that certain to tickle the techie fancy of someone you love. We’re sure you’ll find an idea that you love.

    Dad:

    inflatable universal car rack from RepairLabs.com Tech Gifts Guide 2012

    • If the car doesn’t have luggage racks, this is an ingenious solution. Inflatables! Now dad can haul nearly anything up top.  Universal roof rack $89.99. Buy it here.
    golf swing analysis tool  from RepairLabs.com Tech Gifts Guide 2012

    Mom

    kalediscope  from RepairLabs.com Tech Gifts Guide 2012

    EyeVac Crumb vac from RepairLabs.com Tech Gifts Guide 2012
    • Eye Vac, just sweep the crumbs in its direction and it sucks them right up.  $99 Buy it here.
    Towel warmer  from RepairLabs.com Tech Gifts Guide 2012
    • Towel warmer for her spa day, or to warm the kids’ hats, mittens and gloves:  $89.99

    Boyfriend:

    Tankbot smartphone cubicle toys from RepairLabs.com Tech Gifts Guide 2012

    • Smartphone controlled tankbot for his cubicle; he’ll entertain his office buddies for hours.  Buy it here  for  $24.99

     

    Girlfriend

    Teen

    Portable Bluetooth Speaker from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

     

    Kid

    Bike Wheel Lights from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    • Bike wheel lights, graphics synthesizer, generates thousands of changing colors and patterns. Kids will ADORE this gizmo. And extra safety and visibility for parents’ peace of mind. A perfect tech gift! $50

    New Parents

    Self-folding Origami Stroller  from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    • This stroller folds itself. FOLDS ITSELF. It also is lighted and charges your iPhone. Is there a tech gift new parents could love any more?  Oragami Stroller http://www.4moms.com/origami  $849.99

    Baby

    HTML for Babies Book from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    Gentleman

    Gentleman's Travel Charger Kit from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    Geek

    Ultimate Charging Stationfrom RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    • Get them the ultimate recharge station, the Kaynex Sydnee Smart Charging Station $149. It holds everything.

    Potterhead

    Team Don't Read Crappy Books Sweatshirt from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    Hipster

    Instant Digital Polaroid from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    • It’s instant! It’s digital! It’s awwwesome!  $159. Your own personal hipster WILL want this instant digital camera.

    It Girl

    Subtle Sparkle iPhone Decoration oid from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    • For the girl who has everything? Give her something no one else has. Custom Cemented iPhone Jewels in Subtle Sparkle.  $103 US dollars, but she’s gotta send in her phone across the pond, for this perfect tech gift. http://www.crystalskins.co.uk/atelier.html

    Motorhead

    Slime Flat Tire Emergency Repair Kit from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    • The easy answer  when your favorite gearhead and motor-er gets a flat: Slime Safety Spair:$38 this special sealant will get them safely to somewhere they can replace a flat tire, in only 7 minutes!

    Caffeine Junkie

    8 Bit Heart Mug from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    Prepper/outdoorsman/Camper:

    Kinetic Power Charger for Devices from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    • Whether he’s getting ready for the zombie apocalypse, or just likes to keep his device with him out in the wild, this kinetic device charger: http://www.npowerpeg.com/ is the perfect find. $199.95

    Health Nut :

    My Blend Bottle Blenders  from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    • They need to blend up their smoothie on the run? This blender actually attaches to the bottle, so they can grab and go.  My Blend Bottle Blender.  http://www.oster.com/myblend/  $29.99

    Foodie

    Digital Measuring Spoon from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    • Save time and energy measuring and weighing with this little doodad. Digital Spoon Measure - the  link to buy is  at the bottom - $25.85

    Pet

    Sensor Pet Water Fountain  from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    • Let your lil sweetie get a cool drink whenever he wants with a Doggie water fountain: $79.50. It senses when your pet comes up to it, so he can always have fresh water. Really great for labs who love to drink from the hose!

    Jock

    • Jawbone UP activity tracking wristband. Works with your smartphone to track sleep cycles and activity levels and goals 129.99 https://jawbone.com/up

    Belieber

    Heart Headphone Splitter from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    • Heart iPhone earbud splitter. Because where there’s one Belieber there is always another.  And they need to be able to share the beats too. $18

    Designer/Artist

    Inkling digital sketch pen from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    Gamer

    iPhone Joystick from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    • For all of the retro joy of 8bit games! A guaranteed hit.  iPhone Joystick  $13.49

    Mr./Miss OCD

    Neatdesk description from RepairLabs.com 2012 Tech Gifts Guide

    • Neatdesk  $349.88 Scans business cards, receipts and full sized sheets of paper, and then instantly organizes them! SWEET.

     

    *All prices are accurate at the time of publishing, but we can’t guarantee that they won’t change. Good Luck, and Happy Shopping for great tech gifts that they will LOVE!

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

    This post was posted in Opinion, Tablets, Gifts, Tech, Blog Candy, Geek, What We Do, iPhone, iPad, Uncategorized and was tagged with every, person, type, gizmos, gadgets, Cyber Monday, gift, tech gifts, guide, Gifts

  • The Proof is in the Pixels--Displays: iPad mini, Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on November 7, 2012

    Pixels under Microscope: Nexus 7 vs  Kindle Fire HD vs iPad Mini from www.repairlabs.com

    The elite scientific RepairLabs team had so much fun testing tablet displays under the microscope that they decided to test some non-Apple (Android) devices for pixel density as well: the Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7. Our last excursion under the microscope was such a hit we thought we’d check out a couple more devices.

    Though in our last post we didn’t find the iPad mini’s display to be terribly offensive in comparison with the Retina Display of the 4th generation iPad, it has been a major disappointment to some. And when the Android devices of the same size are available at much better prices, with far superior display specs, the average consumer faces a problem.   John Brownlee sums up the problem in his review of the iPad mini for Cult of Mac,

    “It’s maddening. Why did Apple release the iPad mini with a screen this terrible, especially when it’s competing with devices like the Kindle Paperwhite, the Kindle Fire 7 and the Galaxy 7 that aren’t just much cheaper but have displays that are so much superior for reading text?”

    In his article, Brownlee also calls out “optical fatigue” and text display as the major problems plaguing the iPad mini’s display. Granted, the display is less impressive, with iPad mini’s pixels roughly 1/3 larger than those of the iPad 4th generation.  But is it enough to be a deal-breaker when you’re deciding which 7-inch tablet you should buy? We put the three little tablets under the microscope to find out for ourselves whether there was really a difference.

     Nexus 7 vs. iPad mini 

     

    Pixels under Microscope: Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini from www.repairlabs.com

    The pixels of the Nexus 7 are noticeably smaller

    Let’s talk pixels per inch (ppi). The iPad mini has 163 pixels per inch, while the Nexus 7 clocks at 216. There’s a marked difference between the two, though the screen sizes are very similar, in that magic 7-inch range. And it bears out under the microscope. The two contrast starkly.

     

    Kindle Fire HD vs iPad Mini

     

    Pixels under Microscope: Kindle Fire HD vs iPad Mini from www.repairlabs.com

    A similar result to the Nexus 7...but could it be better?

     

    Another 7 inch tablet facing down the iPad mini. The Kindle Fire HD far outperforms the iPad mini’s display in terms of pixel density.  This time the Kindle Fire HD has 254ppi, and of course the mini’s resolution remains the same at 163ppi, and the story’s the same as with the Nexus 7 under the microscope.

     

     

    Kindle Fire HD v Nexus 7

     

    Pixels under Microscope: Kindle Fire HD vs Nexus 7 from www.repairlabs.com

    These 2 look mighty similar, but look close, the Fire's pixels are a teeny bit smaller.

    Testing the Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7 side by side under the microscope shows that they’re nearly identical. The Kindle Fire HD is indeed technically larger at 254 ppi, and the Nexus 7 has 216 ppi, or pixels per inch.  Under the microscope, though, they look pretty identical.

     

     

    BONUS: Kindle Fire HD v iPad 4th Generation with Retina Display Pixel Comparison

     

    Pixels under Microscope: Kindle fire HD v iPad 4 with Retina Display from www.repairlabs.com

    Surprisingly similar: Kindle Fire HD at 254ppi and the Retina Display at 264ppi

     

    Here’s the real kicker. Our blue ribbon winner for pixel size and density is the Kindle Fire HD. If you were paying attention to ppi from above, with 254 pixels per inch, it’s barely distinguishable from the drool-worthy iPad Retina Display of the 3rd and 4th gen iPads. That’s right, kids. Kindle Fire HD has a WAY better display and is $130 cheaper than then iPad mini.  However, the Nexus 7 isn’t far behind at 216ppi.

     

     

    Conclusion

    Granted, there are loads of other factors to consider in addition to simple pixel density to determine just how good a screen is. You must take into account viewing angle, color saturation, screen reflectance, color gamut, contrast and the depth at which the images seem to land on the glass of the displays. Some of these are intangibles are not easy to quantify or measure. But out of sheer pixel density and viewed up close, we can see a clear winner: for 7-inch tablets Kindle Fire HD is the best in display and price.

     

    Pixels under Microscope: Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini vs Kindle Fire HD from www.repairlabs.com

    And for those of you who like to see a side by side comparison.

     

    Additional Sources

    http://www.cultofmac.com/199749/the-ipad-minis-display-doesnt-stack-up-well-against-the-competition-but-theres-still-hope/

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/28/nexus-7-review/

    http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pc-mac/tablets/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-7-1095316/review/2#articleContent

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409367,00.asp

     

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

    This post was posted in Opinion, Tablets, Tech, What We Do, iPhone, iPad Accessories, iPad Tips, iPad, Uncategorized and was tagged with 7-inch tablet, screen resolution, screen, Nexus 7, pixel density, Kindle Fire HD, display, pixel, microscope, Retina Display, pixels, iPad mini

  • Retina Display Test: Under the Microscope

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on November 2, 2012

     

    Here at RepairLabs.com, we thought we’d have some fun with the new iPad, iPad mini, and the microscope. With the long-awaited iPad mini going on sale today and with some of the rumors and hearsay flying about regarding its screen resolution, we thought we’d put all of the iPad generations under the microscope to see what’s really going on with the different display resolutions.  People are worried that once they have the Retina Display on other devices they’ll be spoiled and be unhappy with the iPad mini. And they may have a point. Anecdotes abound  of people giving up their lightweight and portable notebook computers in favor of the beautiful Retina display:

    “In short, I have become a pompous pixel ass. Thanks to Apple,” says Brooke Crothers @mbrookec, in his article describing the joys of Retina Display.

    We, as a screen consuming culture, thanks to Retina display, have come to recognize jaggies: those little jagged edges that the human eye can perceive on fonts and pictures where the individual pixels are visible, even if only just slightly, or if you have your nose to the screen.  And the real kicker is that once you start seeing pixels and jaggies, you can't stop. I’m seeing them now, typing.

    To illustrate the pixel difference though, presents a bit of a problem. Most of us still use screens that aren’t Retina Display, so showing you a picture from a Retina screen versus one from a standard screen will give you the same results. Jaggies.  So how can we illustrate and test the actual difference that you will see? We zoom in as close as we can go. In fact we’ve zoomed in to the actual pixels of each of the iPad screens to give you an idea of what you’ll be looking at.

    Under our 150 times zoom microscope, you’ll see each block of Red, Blue, and Green (a square of RGB, 3 blocks). Each of these three block are equal to one pixel.  The difference in displays is due in part to how many of each of these tiny blocks Apple can squeeze into one inch, or pixels per inch (ppi). (The other part are some very tricky and clever innovations on Apple’s part of how the screen actually functions.)  We’ve compared the Retina Display with each of the previous iterations of the iPad along with the new mini in order to give you an idea of what the difference between them is.

     

    iPad 1st Gen vs iPad with Retina Display (4th Gen)

     

    iPad 2nd Gen vs. 4th Gen with Retina Display under a microscope www.RepairLabs.com

    It looks like Pac Man vs Tron! Left: iPad 1. Right: iPad 4th Gen with Retina Display

    Here is our most dramatic example. You can see that the pixels of the  iPad 1st Gen are nearly double the size of the 4th with Retina Display. For every one grouping of the RGB block on the 1st Gen, you can see that 6 blocks of color (2 RGB groupings) fit into the same space. What does this add up to? Pixel density. The Retina Display packs more pixels in every punch.

     

    iPad 2nd Gen vs iPad with Retina Display (4th Gen)

     

    iPad 2nd Gen vs. iPad 4th Gen with Retina Display, pixels under a microscope www.RepairLabs.com

    Just check out the difference in pixel size!

    Again in this instance we can see that the iPad with Retina far out preforms the iPad 2nd Gen.  The displays on this device and the iPad 1st Gen are basically the same:  132 ppi.  On the iPad with Retina Display (4th Gen)  the pixels per inch are again 264. It’s literally double the amount of pixels than the earlier versions.

     

    iPad (3rd Gen) with Retina and iPad (4th Gen) with Retina.

     

    iPad 3 Gen vs. 4th Gen with Retina Display under a microscope www.RepairLabs.com

    Same size. Surprise.

    The much-maligned and befuddling 3rd Gen stopgap iPad is not all bad. Hated due to its inferior power and how quickly it became obsolete in in the wake of the 4th Gen announcement, it’s no slouch when it comes to display. In fact the displays of the two are identical, with identical resolutions of 2048 x 1536.  (The difference you see between these two pictured is that the 3rd Gen screen is displayed upside-down. Just to keep you on your toes.) At exactly the same magnification, the displays are identical.

     

    iPad mini vs 4th Gen.

     

    iPad 1st Gen vs. 4th Gen with Retina Display under a microscope www.RepairLabs.com

    At this point it looks like a major, deal-breaking difference, but wait...!

    The iPad mini is where things get interesting. Its smaller size necessitates a few sacrifices, and the Retina Display (at this point) simply cannot be made to fit the new small chassis, so to speak.  But lo! The difference between the iPad 4th Gen and the iPad mini is not that huge when examined under the microscope.  In fact, the pixels of the Retina Display are only 2/3 the size of the iPad mini. In the older iterations, the pixels of the 4th Gen are ½ the size of the older versions, or .50. Here, they’re a full 16% (.16, since the 4th Gen’s pixels are 1/3 or .66 of the size of the mini) larger in comparison. This means the difference between the two, is less noticeable. In fact, to the naked eye, it’s negligible. Why is this? Since it’s a smaller screen, the pixels are packed much more densely.

     

    iPad mini vs. 4th Gen with Retina Display under a microscope www.RepairLabs.com

    iPad mini pixel size breakdown, compared with Retina Display

     

    BONUS:  iPad mini vs. 2nd Gen

     

     

    iPad mini vs. iPad 2 (no Retina display on either) under a microscope www.RepairLabs.com

    A surprising difference here! Left: iPad mini. Right iPad 2nd Gen.

    But if you buy and iPad mini, are you going to be sad that you don’t have the glorious Retina display?

    So the question remains. Which device is the best to purchase, based solely on displays?  If price point is your major consideration, you’ll be choosing between the iPad mini, which costs $329, and the iPad 2nd Generation, a larger size for $399,  but without Retina Display. In theory, these displays should be basically equivalent.

    But when viewed under the microscope, you can see that the pixels of the mini are much smaller, it looks a little over half the size of the 2nd Gen (it measures in 81% of the 2nd Gen’s 132 ppi, to be exact).  The mini boasts 163 ppi, more than the 1st and 2nd generation iPads.  The pixels are packed much more densely into a smaller screen.

    “No, this isn't Retina, but maintaining the same resolution as a 10-inch display shrunken down to 7.9 means a necessary boost in pixel density: 163ppi,”

     

    says Tim Stevens of Engadget in his  review of the iPad mini.

     

    In Conclusion:

    We must keep in mind that, as Gary Marshall (@garymarshall) points out  in his definitive article on Retina Display:

    “When Apple talks about a Retina display it's not referring to a worldwide standard or a set of specifications. It's actually just a marketing term, and it simply means that the screen has sufficient pixel density, so that when you look at it normally, you can't make out all the individual pixels.”

     

    We must remember that viewing distance is always a factor, and what looks pixelated at 2 inches from your nose won’t look pixelated 15 inches away. So between all these devices it’s generally agreed that Apple has mastered the art of creating a beautiful screen.  What’s the difference between devices? Much smaller pixels, packed much more densely into an area. That’s basically what you’re getting when you’re paying for Retina Display. And many will swear up and down that it’s TOTALLY WORTH IT.  After all, Retina Display boasts as many as 3.1 million pixels, better than an HDTV.

     

     

     

    Additional Sources:

     

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/1/3585082/13-inch-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-review

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/14/2870533/ipad-review

    http://www.apple.com/ipad/design/

     

    UPDATE: Sorry for the confusion, folks. I managed to "dyslexic" my right and left on that last image there. I've updated it, so that now it is correct.  Thanks, astute readers!

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

    Retina Display Test: Under the Microscope

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  • The History of Sony's Gaming Console - "Playstation" [Infographic]

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on October 18, 2012

    When most people think about the words "console gaming", one of the things that come into mind is the Sony Playstation. Ever since this platform was introduced back in 1994, the world of home entertainment has never been the same. From friend, families, rivals, to (former) kids fawing over Final Fantasy 7's Tifa Lockheart, many people bonded with their loved ones over this gaming rig.

    The Playstation had some remarkable evolution: from it's bulky, rectangular shaped console to the slick and handheld PS Vita. Sony had some ups and downs over every console, but nonetheless the PS still reigned supreme for many years. If you are curious (and I know you are) on how this God-given console evolved, then check out this infographic below:

    History of Sony Playstation

    This post was posted in Opinion, Tablets, Tech, Geek, What We Do, iPhone, iPad

  • iPhone 4S vs. iPhone 5: LTE Speed Test Comparison

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on September 21, 2012

    "Clash of the iPhones" LTE Speed Test

    So is the LTE speed of the  iPhone 5 really worth it? www.repairlabs.com/, the experts in mobile device repair decided to test whether the iPhone 5 LTE speed will really measure up to all the Apple hype, in a head-to-head match up between the iPhone 4S and 5 for LTE speed. We think you may be surprised with some of the results. Check out our fun video to see the beast in action.


     

    The iPhone 4S, weighs in at 4.9 ounces and measures up at a cool 4.5 inches.  The newcomer iPhone 5 weighs in at 3.95 ounces, but carries the height advantage at a tall 4.9 inches. We made sure to level the playing field: both devices had 3 bars of service and both run iOS 6. *Video correction: In the video we say 4 bars but we actually only had 3.

    ROUND 1: LTE Speed Test App.

    We installed the nifty Speed Test.net app on each phone, just to check it's "dashboard." The mobile connection speed (megabytes per second) revved up to a 10 on the iPhone 5 while the 4S hovered around 2 to 3. Download and upload times on iPhone 5 smoked the 4S at  6.04 mb/second upload on the 4S to .32mb/second upload on the 5. Download times: 4S at 12.63 mb/second, and iPhone 5 at .98 mb/second.

    ROUND 2: Siri response time in LTE speed.

    We asked Siri two questions, and in these two instances, Siri preformed almost identically.

    1. Siri, who won the Panthers vs Giants game last night?
    2. Siri, How many career knockouts did Muhammed Ali have?

     

    ROUND 3: LTE Speed for Launching Maps Directions.

    A simple request: Get us from Wichita, KS to Madison Square Garden in NYC. The iPhone 5 LTE clearly bested 4S in this instance loading faster and getting us started on our turn-by-turn navigation.

     

    ROUND 4: lte speed for downloading and installing an app: YouTube

    The new iOS6 doesn't come standard with YouTube, so we thought that was the perfect app to test app download speeds on apps. iPhone 5 LTE pummeled the 4S in this instance, downloading and installing in under 15 seconds while the 4S took around 2 minutes and 10 seconds to fully load.

     

    ROUND 5:  YouTube video download LTE speed and quality, vs 4S 3G.

    And since we had YouTube, we thought we should test it with a video download and play. We played a montage of Ali's greatest knockouts and noticed the 5 loaded faster and played with better quality.

     

    LTE Speed Comparison Conclusion.

    So, what have we learned?

    The phone processing speeds of the 2 phones are basically the same, but the network performance is vastly different between the 2 networks. It’s up to you to decide whether the new features of the phone are worth the extra $200 for a new phone. In our opinion the main reason it would be really worth your money to pay for the 5  is because you can get those screaming LTE speeds and service.

    "Overall speed for the iPhone 5 LTE is incredible; it kicks the circuits out of the iPhone 4S," says Jason Draper, resident Apple Certified Mac Technician. Even at only 3 bars, the LTE speed of the iPhone 5 blows away the 4S on 3G. For LTE speed the iPhone 5 is the winner hands down.

    Will YOU shell the $200 for the extra speed? Tell us in the comments.

     

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

    This post was posted in Opinion, Tablets, Tech, What We Do, iPhone, iPad, Uncategorized and was tagged with iPhone 4S, Speed Test Comparison, LTE Speed, boxing match, boxing, Video, iPhone 5

  • Exclusive Images of iPhone 5, High-Definition

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on August 31, 2012

    Exclusive Images, High Definition iPhone 5

    RepairLabs  has done it again: we're bringing  you new exclusive images. From the folks responsible for bringing you the latest in iPhone secret photos, we’ve gotten new images. We have just received EXCLUSIVE high-definition images of the soon-to-be-released iPhone 5 front glass assembly.  So what about the changes? Let’s talk about them!

    iPhone 5 Exclusive Images

    Conclusions we can draw from these exclusive images

    With these photos we can confirm:

     

    • Apple has redone the whole front Digitizer and LCD Assembly of the device. We see 3 flex cables. The first seems to be the proximity ear speaker, and the front camera. The last two probably LCD and Digitizer.
    • The ratio suggests that it is indeed the long-rumored bigger screen.
    • The camera is in the front middle of the ear speaker, not  on the side  of the ear speaker anymore.
    • It looks like it has a black ear speaker mesh right now.
    • We can also see the home button is going to have more support; it’s backed by a metal bracket. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be supported anymore by prongs or a push cable. It may actually be a combination of both.
    • It looks like it has a plastic 3GS-type midframe running around the digitizer and glass LCD assembly.
    • The metal brackets suggest that it will be sitting into a housing, similar to a 3GS, but more updated and modern.
    • From the width of the bracket, we can tell the charger port is indeed going to be smaller because it has to fit between the two silver bottom screw brackets, just like a 3GS.
    • These pictures suggest that  the LCD may pull apart from the Digitizer, given the rivets on the sides. (This is similar again to the 3GS, but a departure from the 4 and 4S.)
    • We notice a striking similarity to a 3GS, with the bottom screws and brackets. We think it’s going to pull open from the front.

     

    So, could this be the iPhone 5 real deal? We think so, and we believe these exclusive photos prove a lot of what the tech world has been suspecting all along in regards to the new iPhone 5. Could Apple be going back to the old faithful model of the iPhone 3Gs? It looks probable.  From the leader in  iPhone repair services, exclusive images of the iPhone 5, and Apple hardware components, remember you heard it here first. Check out www.fix-iPhones.com for a full list of all of our services and our great blog, and new exclusive images.

     

    Stay tuned for more specific analysis and details!

    What do you think? Please leave your opinion in the comments.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

    This post was posted in Opinion, Tablets, Tech, What We Do, iPhone Rumors, iPhone, iPad, Uncategorized and was tagged with images, High-Definition, Digitizer, LCD, exclusive images, Photos

  • Yoda and the Broken Gaming Console

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on July 25, 2012

     

    Yoda sends his broken gaming consoles to Repairlabs.com….using the Force!

     

     

    Yoda's broken gaming console. Sending to www.RepairLabs.com to fix it.

    How embarrssing. How embarrassing.

    We understand the abject agony of a broken gaming console.

    Did you know that we can fix broken gaming consoles? We fix Xboxes, PS3, PSP, PSP Vitas, Wii, Nintendo DS and many more! We can even fix the RED RING of DEATH on Xbox and Playstation. We can replace drives.  We can even fix your Wii if you accidentally throw a controller at it. Pour a soda over your console? We fix that too. We can restore gaming consoles with moisture damage and corrosion (from Mountain Dew, beer, etc, etc). Not to brag, we even fix broken controllers. We change CD ROM drives, pull stuck disks, clean them, and even blow out all the dust. You’d be surprised how dusty those things get. We can even fix broken Beats Headphones. Yes, you heard us right. That was because your Beats Phones are broken.

    Yes, you could buy a new one. But then again, the next gen of it is coming out in only 14 months... Maybe you should just upgrade. But you still have to wait those pesky 14 months, with no gaming system. NOT AN OPTION. Trust us, it’s cheaper and faster to get it fixed.

    Yoda can get back to playing Madden faster than a pod racer through the Lars Homestead Dome, since we fixed his broken gaming console. This is why Yoda loves us.

    “Lost a planet, Master Obi-Wan has. How embarrassing. How embarrassing.”

    --Yoda, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

    “Broken an Xbox, Master Guns4Hire84 has. How embarrassing. How embarrassing.”

    Bet you just read that in Yoda Voice, huh?

     

    So remember, young Jedi Knights and scoundrels everywhere (or in a Galaxy Far Far Away), we fix everything. Send your broken gaming console in to us.

    This post was posted in Opinion, Tablets, Tech, What We Do, iPhone, iPad, Uncategorized

  • RepairLabs Proudly Announces Charitable Donation Program, Operation:HERO

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on July 11, 2012

    Donation Operation:HERO, because everyone has a little super hero in them,   Partnership:  Diabetes Action Foundation.

    Operation: HERO, Logo for Charitable Donation Program at Fix-iPhones.com

    So what is RepairLabs’ Op:HERO, you ask? HERO stands for “Help Each Repair Overcome.”  And that is exactly what we set out to do when we developed this donation program. Our CEO gathered his web team of Head Designer, Content and Social Media Manager, and Webmaster, and set a problem in front of us: How can RepairLabs give back?

    We put our heads together, and decided that we wanted to make every repair that we do count for something more. We want each device that we fix, be it a phone, a laptop, a Macbook, or a gaming console, to have the potential to help somebody. We decided that a program that would empower our customers to give back would be the best thing we could do.

    If we could create a system that would make it easy and inexpensive to help, we felt that we could deploy a whole army of customers to give back, even in the face of their own trials. And anybody who’s ever had a broken phone, computer, or device knows exactly what a trial that is. What if we could turn a negative into the chance to help someone else?

    We decided that we could create a ‘Donation at Checkout’ option for our websites, that would allow customers to easily add $1, $5, etc, etc, up to $100 to their total to give to a worthy cause.  Then we got really excited and decided we could use our web presence and expertise to really publicize and leverage the charity’s message: tweeting them, building them infographics, videos and content, and educating our site visitors along the way.

    We believe that every dollar counts. We believe that every repair we make can help to overcome diabetes, animal cruelty, and the challenges and issues that wounded veterans face, just to name a few that impact our lives.  We believe that everyone can be a super hero with just a simple donation. And we match every donation, up to $100.  So every donation a customer makes counts for double.

     

    First Partner We’re Collecting Donations For: The Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation.

    We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Diabetes Action Foundation.This organization has a special significance to us as our Head of Design, Michelle, has had diabetes since childhood. We believe that working together, we can and will find a cure in our lifetimes. We’ve created a page on our website that features them, and included a little super hero, BCG Man, to boot. He represents a study that they are currently funding which investigates the drug BCG’s role in protecting the Pancreas from the cells that cause

    BCG Man Superhero for Diabetes Action Foundation Infographic by RepairLabs.com

                                 BCG Man protects the Pancreas

    disease.  Check out the infographic that we designed for them here.

    The Diabetes Action Foundation is a top rated charity on CharityNavigator.org which means that they are deeply committed to using donor funds effectively, and have a proven track record of efficiency. Out of every dollar 96₵ goes to program costs. That means only 4₵ of every dollar goes towards administrative costs. These people are efficient multitaskers; I know, I’ve worked with them. Not only that, they are the kindest and most approachable organization of people out there. If you have diabetes or questions about it, get in touch with them. They have a TON of resources that can help.

    Most importantly, they do great work. Their mission is to support all innovation  for the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes.  They are committed to educating patients with great initiatives such as Diabetes University, an in person and online set of lectures designed to improve the quality of life for people with the disease.  They offer international aid, fund research studies, and offer scholarships for kids with diabetes to attend special diabetes camps.

    This is a fantastic organization, and we here at RepairLabs are so proud to be involved with them. Please visit their site and give generously to this great cause.  And be sure to look for future promotions from RepairLabs publicizing their great work.

    Diabetes Action Research and Education Logo

    Operation: HERO. A donation can bring out the super hero in you.

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  • Geek Fuel: Seriously the biggest “Monster Energy Drink” We’ve EVAR Seen.

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on June 29, 2012

    Monster Energy Drink 32 oz, gift from the caffeine fairy caffine

    because she loves us

    The minions here at RepairLabs tinker away all day and night, fixing broken logic boards, rusted and corroded casings, and shattered device screens. With near-magic precision, we manage to bring dead devices back to life, and it takes a special kind of rocket fuel to power a machine this well-oiled and precise. That’s right, kids.  We couldn’t do it without Caffeine.  And lots and lots of it.

    The Caffeine Fairy dropped this Mega 32 ouncer off at our offices this morning. (I would have gotten a photo of her for you, but she’s quick. And jittery.)  Just look at how this Monster Energy Drink dwarfs that Sharpie highlighter. How could we fix your iPhones and Blackberry and Samsung Galaxy III without it? It keeps our little fingers flying across the keyboards, and soldering away at minuscule logic boards and computer components.   So in the spirit of loving caffeine, we quote the venerable and awesome Mr. Steve Jobs saying:

    "Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."

    And may we add, they do it on caffeine. And ya gotta be just a little bit crazy to drink a Monster that big.

    Horsehead nebula 'Heres to the crazy ones' Steve Jobs quote

    everybody raise your glass... of Monster

    This post was posted in Opinion, Tablets, Tech, Blog Candy, Geek, What We Do, About Us, iPhone, iPad and was tagged with rebels, crazy, quote, repair, energy drink, monster, steve jobs, caffine, caffeine

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