Martin_PTA

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On article Apple releases 8GB version of iPhone 5c (35 comments in total)

I have both a 16Gb 5C and a 32Gb Galaxy S3. Both are great devices, but if they weren't on contract and I had to choose between the two I'd take the less expensive one. If I had to choose between an 8Gb 5C and a 32Gb S3 at the same price I'd take the S3. I'm thus doubtful if this move by Apple will do much to boost sales because 8Gb really isn't sufficient for a relatively advanced handset such as this.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 05:08 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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brendon1000: For all those who incorrectly think that this is JUST a rebadged Rebel T3 (550D) please DONT !!!!

The T3 has the following advantages over the T5

- 1040k screen vs 460k screen (much more resolution).

- Larger viewfinder (0.87x mag vs 0.8x mag).

- Far more powerful built in flash (13m guide no vs 9 m guide no).

- 4 fps vs 3 fps

- Has a spot meter. The 1200 lacks a spot meter

- Lower price than the 1200.

That said the A1200 has many many advantages over the 550D.

- 480g vs 530g (Now you won't get tired of using the camera as its MUCH lighter than the 550D).

- Larger capacity (Shoots 60 shots more per charge than the 550D)

- MUCH MUCH higher model no (1200 vs a measly 550).

I think the 3rd point clinches it in favor of the 1200D.

Unless Canon changes the name of the 550D to 1250D, the 1200D wins over the 550D in my book as I don't think anyone would want to be caught with a lower end model like 550D when the 1200D is selling for the same price. (Sorry much cheaper price).

It was the same with the Rebel T3 vs the T1i here in South Africa. Stock availability seems to lag release windows of some models at times making previous non-entry-level cameras a better buy than the latest most basic level model. I've advised a few first time buyers to take note of this possibility prior to making their purchase.

On a side note I'd think inclusion of a variant of the newer Digic5 processor may make a more compelling motivation for a new entry level camera over a higher level slightly dated model. Surely they can add it to a DSLR if it's already implemented in a range of their P&S models?

On the model number: You'd have to be crazy to be caught with an EOS 1D at 10x the price. I mean there isn't even an EOS 0D model below it ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 10:26 UTC
On article LG launches LG G Pro 2 phablet with 4k video (27 comments in total)
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Martin_PTA: Even the G2 I is a very cool handset!

Unfortunately that ultra-narrow bezel on the east/west borders of the display is the downfall of the device. Without added rubber/gel case protection, the first time G2-user can budget an extra $200 for a new screen/glass. The LG warranty also doesn't match that of Samsung (in South Africa at least).

A friend dropped his (apparently from no higher than 3-4 inches) and got this unpleasant surprise. The rest of the plastic on the handset doesn't show the slightest evidence of the drop, indicating that it couldn't have been from a significant height.

He's never used a protective cover on any of his prior handsets though, but after the recent costly experience he has little choice.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 05:00 UTC
On article LG launches LG G Pro 2 phablet with 4k video (27 comments in total)

Even the G2 I is a very cool handset!

Unfortunately that ultra-narrow bezel on the east/west borders of the display is the downfall of the device. Without added rubber/gel case protection, the first time G2-user can budget an extra $200 for a new screen/glass. The LG warranty also doesn't match that of Samsung (in South Africa at least).

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 05:03 UTC as 2nd comment | 6 replies
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jcmarfilph: Hotly anticipated? Yawn, just another addition to crippled iTabs from Apple.

Many exposures to this kind of comment held me desperately clinging to Android for over two years. I perceived Apple affinity to be no more than exaggerated patriotic American loyalism. Even through the many hours of fiddling, tweaking and Android housekeeping apps evaluations, I still kept clinging to the Google O/S. It was the dismal show of Samsung in my country who just couldn't roll out an update seven months after its international release (& still can't) who eventually pushed me into the Apple camp. Although early days, I have no regrets (yet). As far as I'm concerned it's the Android tabs that are crippled by what seems to be a lack of optimal integration between O/S & H/W. I cannot comment on the latest Android devices, and if they haven't done so already I hope Google & their h/w manufacturers find each other & realize long term survival relies on joint ownership of overall product quality. In the meantime I think I'll enjoy my new iPad! iPhone now made the shopping list!

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2013 at 13:41 UTC
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BigBen08: Apple's memory pricing is still pretty steep. Going from 16GB to 128GB will cost you $300.

This is my only major gripe with the brand too, and starting life as an Android user it's a hugely frustrating experience! I'm sure they can halve this cost and add a micro-SD slot as well. The present pricing model makes buying a Macbook a more sensible buy than a 128 iPad.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2013 at 13:12 UTC
On article Camera shipments continue to fall (133 comments in total)
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peevee1: "A little more surprising, though, are the year-on-year declines in shipments of DSLR and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, both down around 18.5% in the first half of 2013 compared to last year. "

It should be understood that about half of the DSLR market (more in many countries) is Canon Rebel of verious generations. The latest generation in T5i and SL1 brought NOTHING worth upgrading over the previous 3 or so generations. Almost all of the rest of the market consists of Nikon D3xxx, Nikon D5x00 and Canon 60D, none of which was updated in the first half of 2013, so their sales taper off also. Basically, it is a very boring market, the rest of the DSLR cameras being in the noise in terms of shipments.

I agree! I've had a T1i for a few years and to date I cannot justify the cost of upgrading within the Rebel series. On paper the EOS 70D really appeals to me, but if there isn't a more significant improvement in low light performance, I cannot justify the cost of a system upgrade as a hobby photographer. At this point, I'd rather just buy the new Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens in stead.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 04:41 UTC

Reviewers are complaining! As it's not free, I'll wait for at least a 4-star rating before I buy it.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2013 at 11:30 UTC as 2nd comment
On article iFixit tears into the Samsung Galaxy S4 (55 comments in total)
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danijel973: The removable batteries are generally preferrable but generally speaking, I would be satisfied knowing that a battery *can* be replaced at a dealership or a service center. It's not such a big deal if it *can* be replaced at all. But if it can't, then it's a big no-no.

Couldn't agree more! A fixed built-in battery to me is a deal-breaker. If I cannot replace the battery myself I don't take the phone, period!

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2013 at 11:22 UTC
On article Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review (297 comments in total)
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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom: with its size.. I might as well just buy a Nikon D5200.. :-) although it will be reversed..better still and so-so video ? ;-)

I'd seriously consider this type of camera system as a DSLR replacement, but I'd have to evaluate the EVF claim in the review summary myself first. If it indeed has a distinct color cast & poor optics, that will be my deal breaker! On the same budget I'll then buy the Nikon D7100.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2013 at 05:30 UTC
On article Samsung goes big with Galaxy Mega phablets (31 comments in total)

I've been living with a Note I as my primary communication device for 18 months now. Functionally it's a great device, but size-wise it is marginal. Even 3mm wider would be the deal-breaker for me because then it won't fit into a denim or shirt pocket any longer, which is my criteria for defining the "phablet" concept. I presume I'll consider these new devices to be small tablets!

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2013 at 06:29 UTC as 7th comment
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cgarrard: $1,100 for the Nikon A? I was liking a lot about the specs till I read that part.... um whoa. Guess Nikon is going for those who like the RX1 but not the price, but still... The Ricoh GRD IV is 28mm fixed, with really good image quality for less than half that price.

The P330 looks appealing, nice zoom range, bright aperture, decent sized sensor (I'm a fan of the 1 1/7" sized sensors), and much better price as well I'm sure.

Add to that the view finder, adapter ring & hood, and you can almost buy two d7000 bodies! I suppose this flood of new devices packaged in every conceivable format & size help sell more sensors, which in turn aid in lowering productions costs. I hope they sell many, but I won't be one of the buyers!

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 05:25 UTC
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