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SONY NEX-C3

A worthy successor to the the NEX-3, Sony’s Alpha series comes back svelter, packing a new APS-C sensor and improved battery life. This new mirrorless model challenges all that we’ve come to love and hate about DSLR’s. Sans all the intimidating dials and controls but absolutely dripping with features, the NEX-C3 easily adds itself to this years must-have tech.

Having already garnered itself the affection of critics and bloggers alike, this ILC is set to replace my trusted Canon G12 as soon as it hits the local retail shelves. Boasting a CMOS HD 16.2MP sensor, 3” LCD, 720p video recording though I would have liked 1080p and a litany of shooting modes, its versatility is buoyed by the multitude of accessories and lenses which future-proof it from immediate irrelevancy. 

Below are sample images taken by the crew at DPReview during their hands-on preview:

Stunning samples with incredible depth of field, detail and rich color tone reproduction with minimal noise during daytime testing I wasn’t able to find any shots taken at night. Engadget during their time with the camera saw it fitting to bestow a 9/10… ‘nuff said.

App of The Week: Photosynth

Love pictures? Love panoramic shots? What if you wanted to stitch and view your images mapped in 3D? Seems the fellas at Microsoft had the same problem and decided to pack the solution in a 4.4MB app called Photosynth. Here’s a quick rundown;

Pros:

  • Minimalist UI from Windows Phone 7
  • Easy and intuitive
  • Automatic stitching
  • Ability to share your creations
  • Free

Cons:

  • Can’t toggle automatic shots off
  • Picture alignment requires a steady hand
  • Limited social sharing sites

 

Most of the cons pointed out however come with a dash of salt, Photosynth is still at version 1.0 and most of the current issues can be fixed with a future software update. Overall it stands as one of the best panorama apps I’ve used. For an admission price of free,  your argument to not download this becomes harder to win.

Is It Better To Have Lusted and Lost?

yuno?

Good things come to those who wait, at least thats how the story goes. The fairy tale ending I’ve promised myself has slowly mutated into a clown straight out of a Stephen King nightmare. Most of us prefer to think of ourselves as somewhat abreast with the latest and greatest. For me however, sound decision and impulse have been mutually exclusive. If patience being a virtue is rated a solid 10, my rating would hover at best around a 5, and that’s being entirely generous. Impulse and patience are eternal foes, but which of the two are you guilty of?

In my case, the former has prevailed more often than I would like to admit. My purchase of a Macbook Pro a month before the release of the Sandy bridges version is a testament to that. Despite fair warning, I went ahead and swiped my credit card knowing my laptop would be obsolete within the month. Overcome with buyers remorse and past the return policy, I rationalized for my daily use, the power afforded by the previous version would be enough, ironically, it is more than adequate! So why did I still suffer from buyers remorse? What causes us humans to lust after the newest even though what we currently have suffices and in some instances exceeds?

In my case, it was financially driven. Why spend the same amount of money buying an older model when for a little more, I could get a freshly minted version? The tougher question to ask is who’s really to blame at the core of it all, is it the supplier or the consumer? The answer gets murky very quickly… where does one place the blame for an addiction, with the addict or the supplier?

BlackBerry Bold 9900

9900

It feels like an eternity since anything positive was said about RIM, the BlackBerry line or even the CEO’s themselves. RIM seemed to be in business of producing stillborn products which only appealed to only the staunchest of users, from the rehashed Bold 9700-cum-9780, the lackluster 9300 and just unable to capture the public’s imagination with the PlayBook. The announcement of what was to be OS6.1 now OS7 didn’t really generate that much interest either, as again, it looked like a marginal upgrade at best.

RIM’s CEO has been quoted saying no to dual core smartphones, opting instead for optimization over raw power, something Apple has been successful at. The bad press hovering around RIM however, made it sound like they had all but thrown in the towel against Android and the iPhone. Market share slowly eroded, it seems RIM is now ready to fight back. Enter the Bold 9900 and OS7. The Bold 9900 looks set to buck that trend in a big way. Touch, check. Power, check. Optimization, check. Sleek, check. Consumer interest, check.

It’s no coincidence it shares the same form factor, albeit, slimmer than the original Bold 9000, which at the time signaled a shift in RIM’s direction, both in software and hardware. So we eagerly ask, where are you taking us next?

Asus Eee Pad Transformer
Few tablets being released on the market can claim to have any differentiators to separate them from the masses. The Motorola Xoom launched to much fanfare but only to disappoint with it’s exorbitant pricing. The myriad of Honeycomb devices all share the same chassis and have little to no differentiation, perhaps due to Google’s demands for a more cohesive user experience.
As the tablet market explodes, manufacturers are faced with the tough decision on how to stand head and shoulders above the rest. Asus seemingly came from obscurity to gimmicky to genius all within months after CES… or perhaps it was a well orchestrated strategy? They have struck a sweet spot of features and pricing all without compromising perceived value, and the market has responded. Launched in the US/ Canada April 26th, it has been readily snatched up by the tablet hungry masses leaving no doubt that the tablet wars are far from decided.

Spec-wise the Asus Transformer sports a 10.1” IPS display, dual core Nvidia Tegra 2, Gyroscope, Flash support and 9.5 hr battery life all for a starting price of $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB model. The optional keyboard dock retailing at $150, the combination of both still cheaper than price points being demanded by Motorola and Acer.
A chess move by Asus, whether other manufacturers will be forced to respond is still anyone’s guess. At the end of it all, if manufacturers are forced to offer more value by pricing lower, isn’t that a win all round?
Would love to hear from any Asus toting brethren, any thoughts about your purchase?

Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Few tablets being released on the market can claim to have any differentiators to separate them from the masses. The Motorola Xoom launched to much fanfare but only to disappoint with it’s exorbitant pricing. The myriad of Honeycomb devices all share the same chassis and have little to no differentiation, perhaps due to Google’s demands for a more cohesive user experience.

As the tablet market explodes, manufacturers are faced with the tough decision on how to stand head and shoulders above the rest. Asus seemingly came from obscurity to gimmicky to genius all within months after CES… or perhaps it was a well orchestrated strategy? They have struck a sweet spot of features and pricing all without compromising perceived value, and the market has responded. Launched in the US/ Canada April 26th, it has been readily snatched up by the tablet hungry masses leaving no doubt that the tablet wars are far from decided.

Transformer

Spec-wise the Asus Transformer sports a 10.1” IPS display, dual core Nvidia Tegra 2, Gyroscope, Flash support and 9.5 hr battery life all for a starting price of $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB model. The optional keyboard dock retailing at $150, the combination of both still cheaper than price points being demanded by Motorola and Acer.

A chess move by Asus, whether other manufacturers will be forced to respond is still anyone’s guess. At the end of it all, if manufacturers are forced to offer more value by pricing lower, isn’t that a win all round?

Would love to hear from any Asus toting brethren, any thoughts about your purchase?

What Apps Do You Have Installed?

App Store

Love it or hate it, apps make or break a platform, Steve Jobs knows this, Steve Ballmer knows this, heck, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you know this! App stores make it more convenient to blow your hard earned money. We have a love affair with apps that make our daily lives infinitely easier, just to think, a few years ago to stalk you,  I would have to use Street View on a PC or a Mac. Gone are those days, now I can whip out my Android device and park outside your house with ease thanks to Google Maps, Navigation and Latitude. So what are the apps you can’t live without? 

Nikon D5100
A photographer’s wet dream, what other DSLR’s grow up one day hoping to be, I could go on and on about this universally well received DSLR. With a spec sheet that reads 16.2MP CMOS sensor, 3” LCD screen, special effects and scene modes, Full HD 1080p video @30/25/24 fps, 100-6400 ISO range and AF 11 points. It’s hardly surprising Nikon would want to get this in as many review hands as possible. 
Start saving up those pennies cos this bad boy wont come cheap. Full in depth review can be found courtesy of DPReview.com. Only question left to be asked is…
What’s your favorite DSLR?

Nikon D5100

A photographer’s wet dream, what other DSLR’s grow up one day hoping to be, I could go on and on about this universally well received DSLR. With a spec sheet that reads 16.2MP CMOS sensor, 3” LCD screen, special effects and scene modes, Full HD 1080p video @30/25/24 fps, 100-6400 ISO range and AF 11 points. It’s hardly surprising Nikon would want to get this in as many review hands as possible. 

Start saving up those pennies cos this bad boy wont come cheap. Full in depth review can be found courtesy of DPReview.com. Only question left to be asked is…

What’s your favorite DSLR?

What is GDGTporn?




Origin - mid 20th century (in the sense of strong affinity for gadgets): from French gagée ‘tool’ and Greek pornographos ’writing about prostitues’, from porné ‘prostitute’ + graphein 'write'. In other words, gadgets are our tools and we show a strong affinity for them like prostitutes.

This blog is a collection of some of my favorite gadgets past, present, owned and most importantly, make believe. Let’s do formal introductions, first let me tell you what this blog isn’t. If you’re searching for corporate sponsored tripe, keep looking! If you’re looking for opinions that will wildly vary from yours and royally piss you off, yup, welcome to your new home.

Gadgets are a lot like your preferred religion, they invoke illusions of grandeur and superiority within self which ultimately leads to the belief that your preferred gadgets dwell in Neverland with unicorns and all else is what ills the world. Androidism, iOSim, Windowsism and to the lesser vocal WebOSism, all cults with devout followers, all striving for dominance. Point being, that same burning desire you feel for gadgets, well, it’s what created this. So let’s have fun bludgeoning varying opinions to death.

Update: Finally got the branding done thanks to my good friend at TendenZi.com