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Kindle Fire Vs Apple iPad2 Comparison

October 31st, 2011 2 comments

The release of the Kindle Fire on Nov 15, 2011 is expected to create a history that will outmatch the Apple’s charisma. Amazon has stolen the marketing mantra from Apple, and, if we believe the numbers coming out, Amazon will sell between 4.5 million to 5 million in the 4th quarter of 2011.  Amazon will be taking pre order before its launch on November 15, 2011.

The Kindle fire is priced at less than half that of the iPad 2.  You can buy two Kindle Fires for the price of one and still be left with $101.  But there is a catch – you will be without any camera, and you will have to settle with a smaller screen.


Table : Kindle Fire Vs Apple iPad2 Comparison

Feature Kindle Fire Apple iPad2
Processor Dual core, TI OMAP4 1.0 GHz Dual Core A5 ~1GHz
512 MB 512 MB
Flash / ROM
8 GB 16/32/64
Rear Camera
None .7 MP
Front Camera
None .3 MP
 None  Yes
7 inch 1024 x 600 pixels 10 inch 1024 x 768
Operating Syste,
Android iOS5
 $199  $499


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iPhone 4S Vs Android

October 27th, 2011 No comments

Smartphones and their available varieties are definitely resulting into a great confusion for the user for its selection. Latest iPhone 4S release increased this confusion to further more extent. Definitely, iPhone 4S is gaining most  attention through its effective dual-core processor, latest voice controlled assistance, 8-mp camera and some more.  Android smartphones on the other hand, are coming up with greater choice and more capability.   Samsung Galaxy S II is the perfect example this context, which may provide better value for money.  it is quite imperative to find out the pros and cons of both varieties in detail and we tried our level best to project the same for you below:

1. Smartphone Interface

Apple has a simpler and a more intuitive user interface with its simpler row arrangement offering users comfort for the usage.   iOS 5 gained upper hand over Android with neatly designed dynamic features.

Android got all its positive reasons in this aspect with the more interactive notification area and this can be witnessed with the Samsung Galaxy S II. For example, user can avail wireless radio ON and OFF with simple toggle. Also, this will allow switching between apps with the help of Menu successfully. Widgets are another significant factor with the Android, which will allow accessing any type of information through a simple glance. Importantly, Android OS is more flexible through allowing user to customize from one to other easily.

Here, people are finding iPhone 4S as the best option as user find the flexibility with Android OS is more confusing and voted towards the simplicity that is assured by the Apple’s iOS.

2. Multi-Tasking capacity

Smartphone users are demanding more out of their device and this is resulting into a great demand for the multi-tasking capabilities. For example, in iPhone 4S this multi-task is enabled well with the switching between applications through a simple double-click over the Home button. Similarly, ending an app is made simple through a Press and Hold over the screen along with a tap over the app icon. This is truly amazing and powerful with iPhone 4S, which will reduce the chances excess battery usage of the device too.

This is not the case with Android as the long-press over the Home button here will result into witnessing subset of other running apps on the device. It is not possible to close an app through this approach unless you’ve the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich on your device. People that are interested in these multi-task abilities should look for the mentioned latest Android OS only.

The iPhone 4S is resulting into a winner in this aspect too at least until the Android 4.0 availability on the devices.
3. Screen Resolution and Screen Size

Display is always a vital aspect for the selection of your smartphone. Here, iPhone 4S is significantly receiving complaints about its size, which is 3.5-inches like all its other predecessors. In fact, one point demands special mentioning with this display and LCD’s resolution of this smartphone is higher than any other majority and popular Android smartphones. The bright and crisp display quality of the iPhone 4S is definitely far good than many of the Android smartphones.

Bigger screens are definitely user’s eye-friendly with less strain. Here, these bigger screens are failing to offer bright images like any other popular AMOLED display. In fact, bigger screen would be ideal with MOLED or HD display only. Any bigger screen with less brighter image is not of any help for the users.

Here, definitely iPhone 4S should be rated well above the Android due to its brightness quality in its display, which is good for the user than any other bigger screen with less brightness.

4. Keypad and Typing Comforts

Definitely, input device is the one offers ease for the smartphone users to a maximum extent. Here, iPhone 4S multitouch keyboard demands special mentioning. Smaller size display is a little constraint for this input device with this smartphone. As long as the user acquainted well with the portrait mode or the landscape mode, then display size hardly will be a matter to complain.

Android smartphones are available in wide varieties and each device keyboard is completely varied from other. The biggest advantage with Android is its capacity to support third party keyboards and also supports physical keyboards too.

The iPhone 4S is definitely a best one when it comes about the input or keyboard facility though the display is smaller.

5. Data Transfer Speed over the Web

The iPhone 4S is credited with one dual-antenna system, which will allow 14.4 Mbps speed over the AT&T network. Definitely, this speed will fadeout before the Android 4G phone capacity. Currently, this iPhone 4S is offering 5.3Mbps speed over the AT&T, but its average is coming out to just 2.2 Mbps.

Android 4G phones are coming up with outstanding data speed quality and this can be witnessed quite significantly with the latest Samsung Galaxy S II. This smartphone offers 12.6Mbps data speed on T-Mobile carrier. Similarly, another android smartphone Motorola Droid Bionic is offering 11.6 Mbps data speed.

Android is definitely a greatest winner in this aspect over the Apple’s iPhone 4S.

6. Social Networks

Apple’s iOS 5 is making a great deal with Twitter integration in this aspect. This is the only forward step taken by Apple for their iPhone devices in the social networks frontiers.

Android is well advanced in this aspect and added Facbook as services through its APIs. Similarly, Tweetdeck is arranged in Android for tweeting over Twitter. Also, Android associated with some more such as Flickr, Evernote, Linkedln, GroupMe and some more.

Sharing option is always just two clicks away with Android.

Android is definitely overshadowing iPhone 4S in the Social Networks aspect.

7. Camera

The iPhone 4S gained significant improvements than its predecessor about the photo quality, low-light performance, speed and some more. It has come up with a new optics to improve the backside illumination sensor to a good extent. This device is capable enough to capture videos with 1080p quality.

Android phones are lagging little behind in this aspect and Galaxy S II is also lacking the mentioned speed and quality in the camera aspect.

The iPhone 4S is gaining upper hand over the Android smartphone with mentioned features and with added editing features.

8. Apps

Apple’s iOS is always a pioneer with apps with its iTunes. Currently, iTunes is holding around 360,000 iPhone apps. Here, some of the best quality games are credited for the iPhone 4S like Infinity Blade, Shadowgun and some more.

Android smartphones are credited with around 320,000 apps from the Android market. Definitely, this figure is a significant improvement from the past and slowly catching up to the iTunes capacity.
The iPhone 4S is definitely a winner in the apps aspect over the android smartphones.

9. Specials

What is currently making iPhone 4S very special over its predecessors? The answer for this question can be easily rewarded with the latest Voice-controlled assistant, which is a brain child of Siri. This assistant is a great help for the iPhone 4S user to gain control over their appointments, message sending and for some other essential daily tasks. Another vital factor for the iPhone 4S success is its iCloud. This will allow content sync across other devices. The iPhone 4S single standard connector is another SPECIAL addition, which will make things much easier for add-ons.

Android smartphone’s Special additions can be started to list out with its 4G speed. Its free GPS navigation is another special features making iPhone vulnerable for a period. Also, Android supports NFC for mobile payments too. Its Beam feature is another special thing which allows sharing info with a single tap.

Currently, iPhone 4S success credit is attributed to the Siri’s Voice-Control assistant and some more features as mentioned above is making it special over the Android smartphones.

Final Words

We tried to compare some of the valuable features in this context and ended up with crediting 7 points to iPhone 4S and 5 points to the Android smartphone. This smartphone competition is quite volatile and it got its chances to change the concluded decisions anytime during coming days.

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How to remove the side Categories from sidebar in WordPress

October 23rd, 2011 No comments

How to remove the side Categories from sidebar in WordPress

While the side categories and Arhives link in WordPress serve a good purpose, they do not get along well if you have a corpoprate website. You may want to remove this to give it a “Corporate look” in place of a blog like look.

How to remove categories

Unfortunately, there is not regular setting for removing the “Categories”. YOu will have to do it in the code. Login to your wordpress and go to “Appearance” -> “Editor”. Now, open the sidebar.php file

Search for something like

You will need to comment it out ( or delete it – not a good option if you wish to restore it). Also make sure that you keepa copy of the original sidebar.php file – just in case you need it.

You may also have to comment out a lot of statements around to remove its formatting etc.

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The target has invalid calibration data (0) – Pickit 3

October 21st, 2011 1 comment

Question –  I am trying to use the microchip 12F510 with Pickit 3 debugger. However, when I try to connect, it gives the following error –

“The target has invalid calibration data (0).”

Any suggestions ?



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Issues with iPhone 4S

October 16th, 2011 19 comments

Issues with iPhone 4S

Initial sales of the iPhone 4S shows a phenomenal success. Media has reported that the sales figure has already crossed 4 million – exceeding the expectation and  the previous sales figure in the opening days of iPhone 4. By comparison the iPhone 4 had sold just 1.7 million units in the 1st week of the launch.

However, users have been a little disappointed with the performance of the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4S has two new features which makes it an improved version over the iPhone 4 – a better Apple A5 processor and the integration of voice recognition command using Siri ( In addition to fixing Antenna issue).

Siri Issues took a quick look at the Siri voice recognition. The first impression was good. If you speak up clearly, for example “where I am”, it will take some time but will come up with a map showing you the location on google map. And you are spell bound to say “wow !!!”. And say “Find the Starbucks coffee” and it will come up with a list of the nearest starbucks coffee location.

However, the initial euphoria dies sooner than later. It turns out that the “Siri” is too slow to respond. It can be either that software or the processor not having enough power, but you feel irritates when it takes as long as 30 seconds and come back saying – sorry we did not understand it. You feel like cheated and you wished I had better typed it in search engine. Siri works on a very small set of useful voice based integrated searches.

As Phonedog puts it –

Even sitting in my apartment messing around with it, it was awkward talking to my phone. There are just some things that are ideally awesome, but in practical use, they’re a bit silly. Siri is one of those.

Slow 3G Speed

The 3G speed at sprint carrier is alarmingly slow as has been reported in the Sprint forums. A screenshot showing a download speed of 0.16 Mbps and an upload speed of 0.05 Mbps has been posted on the forum. It is too early to say, if this problem is due to the sudden increase in demand and if Sprint and fix it quickly.

Battery Life is bad

Phonedog has done some initial review of the iPhone 4S and has found it lacking in the battery life. It could be due to the faster dual core A5 processor  which could be drawing a lot of power. Phonedog writes…

…but in use, the battery has drained roughly twice as fast as the iPhone 4

Camera Focus Issue

It looks like the iPhone 4S repeatedly keeps trying to re-focus camera. It is not clear if this is an isolated issue or widespread.The camera issue has been reported in forums.

AT & T Activation Issue

Buyers have also complained activation issue with AT&T. Apple’s discussion forum is replete with the complaint about the activation issue.

Screen Tint Issue – The screen of the iPhone 4S has been reported to be not as good as that of iPhone 4. This is something you will be able to compare when you put the two iPhones side by side and compare them with same screen. Apparently the newer iPhone 4S has a greenish washed out display as compared to the older iPhone 4. Could be the result of cost cutting on screens ?

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