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Don Charisma’s New Toy

Sony Alpha A5000 – Compact DSLR Camera – Don Charisma’s New Toy | Don Charisma.

I know I’ve mentioned Don Charisma and shown some of his photos before. I still think they’re totally awesome!

This is a review of the camera he’s currently using and a bunch of pics :D.

Enjoy!

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Product Review Kobo Arc7

I was able to return the eMatic Tablet without a hassle *phew*.

I did a wee bit of research last night and thought I’d try the Kobo Arc7.

So far I like it very much but I haven’t had a lot of time to play with it since we had company for the evening.

The screen is clearer and crisper, even with the protective piece of plastic still in place.  It has much more available storage, it transferred the apps from the eMatic over since it’s an Android as well.

It is a little heavier than the eMatic but I can live with that.

I am typing the next day now, lol.

I think the Arc7 will be a keeper for sure.

The screen is very easy on the eyes.  I don’t think that the visually impaired will have a huge problem reading text on this.

The pictures are clean and crisp.  Text is very clear..

The only issue I seem to be having so far is with my stylus, which was not included.  That could be because it’s a dollar store find though so I’ll probably splurge on one designed for editing and stuff with my next pay cheque.

Pros:

wifi capable
easy on the eyes screen
pictures clear and crisp
text is very clear
carries over apps from other android devices
16 gig version gives more than enough storage space for extra apps above what’s already installed
large key touch screen keyboard
cam and voice capable (Skype pre-installed)
Comes with wall charger which is convertible to European if you have the disks for European electricity
Carried over my book shelves from my Kobo Mini but didn’t populate them

Cons:

A little heavier than I thought
No instruction manual aside from instructions on how to startNo colour other than black
Not sure how it works with a proper stylus but will find out in the net couple of weeks.

Over all I am very pleased with my purchase.  Considering how happy I have been with my Kobo ereaders over the last few years that isn’t a surprise.  I should have probably gone with Kobo in the first place maybe?

Product Review

On Friday I bought an eMatic tablet for my boyfriend.  He wanted to be able to play his Facebook games, check email…nothing too overtaxing for a quad-core anything until you realize it does not support Adobe Flash.

The eMatic is an Android which I do not have an issue with since my cell phone is an Android.

This tablet is supposed to have 8 gigs of storage (they call it flash memory) but with all the preloaded crap, most of which I will not use, or use so rarely as to be never use any way, there is less than a gig to store the stuff you actually do want to download and use and, since you can’t delete any of the pre-loaded apps you can’t create more space.

I am disappointed, to say the least.

The eMatic is fairly easy to use and it does use Swipe technology so it’s easy to get from one screen to another but I found it to be slow to respond to commands, almost seeming to freeze up quite frequently during the few hours I attempted to use it.

It didn’t matter whether I used my finger or a stylus for document editing; it was still almost impossible to place the cursor exactly where I wanted it to be.  In fact, the stylus made it more difficult, especially for the Swipe to work.  The stylus, which is not included but I had on hand for other stuff, was great for the touch screen keyboard though and the letters on the keyboard are easy to see since the keys are big enough that my fingers weren’t hitting two or three keys at the same time.

So, the pros for the eMatic tablet:

wi-fi capable
easy to use
Swipe technology
Google based
Good sized touch screen keyboard

The cons:

slow to respond despite being a quad core
not a lot of storage
cannot delete pre-loaded applications
hard to get exact cursor placement for editing documents
does not support Adobe Flash player

All in all I would say the eMatic 7 HD quad core tablet was a big disappointment.  It will be going back to the store today and will be replaced with something which is hopefully more capable of doing the things I do the most.

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