So, Microsoft has added a new member to their Surface family. The product name is the Surface Laptop, it is priced at $999. Now that price puts it in the premium bracket competing with the MacBook Air directly. But I feel it’s a better bur than the MBAir, unless Apple gives us a new improved version. Anyway, this new addition to the line will be available June 15th. Now, some say that Microsoft is trying to get back into the classroom with this machine. Currently, Google is found in a lot of school districts with the Chromebook, based on it’s cheaper price (around $200 per unit). Microsoft is making a configuration of the laptop for schools that is priced at approximately $189. Now, with this configuration of the machine it will a reworked version of Windows 10. This is the new operating system from Microsoft is called Windows 10S, basically it is for the classroom. I’m disappointed that Microsoft didn’t include a USB type-C port. All things aside I really like the new model and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. But I have recently went out and bought a new laptop already the Dell XPS 15. So, as of right now I’m not in the market for a new laptop. Although, I always love in tech. I am still waiting to see if there is a new Surface Pro 5 on the horizon. Pre-orders are available here, until then I will be rock the Surface 3.
Hey fellow otakus, so I’m preparing for the upcoming convention season. This year has kicked off for me already with the “Black Comic Book Festival” in Harlem, NY. Just in case you haven’t checked out our coverage of this event, have a look here. Now, the next event I plan on covering will be either Wonder-con or C2E2. Honestly, I would like to cover both (fingers crossed), but mostly I will be attending C2E2 in Chicago. Right now, I don’t have my plan of attack set in stone, but I have a solid month to get things in order. This time BigL will be joining me in Chicago for C2E2, barring unforeseen circumstances. Aside from the cons, I will be hitting the film festival market hard in preparations for my upcoming film. I’m still in the early stages of the film. So, my first film will be a documentary. I will have more details coming though out the year. Finally, I’m really looking forward to Microsoft’s announcement of the Surface Pro 5 and possible Surface 5. Currently, I’m working with the Surface 3 as my primary computer. I love the Surface PC line since the Pro 3. Truth be told I will buy the Surface Pro 5 regardless. Even if they don’t change anything between this and the Pro 4. Plus I’m not one of those I have to upgrade every six months to a year consumers. The only reason why I would is if there is a significant upgrade like the HTC M7 to the HTC M8, yes I made that switch lol. But, two years ago we talked about the Surface Pro 3 on the show and on this website. I can’t wait to see what they have in store and with that said I will end it here, “for otaku by otaku” thanks for reading.
What do we mean by slow build? Well we are transitioning from an audio podcast to a video podcast via Youtube. It doesn’t mean we are giving up on audio altogether. Of course not, but our focus will be shifting little by little to a video format. We do have another audio show available now along with the first part of OA’s annual montage. Usually it is just one but we have gone to quite a few places this past year. Check it out below!
This will be an ongoing project on our channel. In regards to anime I’m happy to find out there will be a new season of Yowamushi Pedal. Plus, I’m finally catching up on Twin Star Exorcists, trying to make room for this year’s crop of anime. Mykey Fresh and BigL will be going over the new year of anime for the show.
Recently, we got our hands on the DJI Osmo with the purpose of getting more stable shots. As of right now we here at OA love the new camera, we have yet to use it on location but as a b-roll or secondary camera I think it will be great. We also intend on buying or renting a new drone currently we have the Yuneec Breeze 4K. Which seems to be pretty good but it does have its limits. Speaking of tech and gadgets now, as most of you know we are in CES time and for those who don’t know CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is where your favorite tech companies show off their wares for the future. So, me being a gadget whore I’m loving the show although I wish we were there covering it in person……….baby steps. Anyway I’m loving a lot of the products in this year’s show. Some of the products revealed so far I like are the Honda NeuV concept car. I just have a fondness for boxy vehicles, I must say. Honda isn’t the only car company I like the newcomer Faraday Future FF91. Hopefully, we will have a true rival to Tesla. The new ultra thin TVs are amazing, some being so thin they have to be hung up on the wall is incredible. We still have two more days to salivate over the new tech and concepts for the future and I for one can’t wait……………For Otaku By Otaku
Well as most of you would know I have just bought the Blackberry Priv recently, in the last installment of Solo Act on Otaku American Podcast. This article is just more in depth on my thoughts of the device. By now most of you reading this have seen all the specs, so I feel it would just be a waste of time to go through all of that. Instead, I will touch on some of the points I wish were brought up and what most people ask me about it.
OK, first the build quality, the phone is solidly built what I mean by that is it seems to be made with premium materials. The phone is a bit on the heavy side, now some people may not like that but I personally feel as though if I paid flagship money I don’t want my phone feeling plastic and cheap. I didn’t appreciate spending over $500 for the Samsung S5, it felt like an entry level phone. Next, we have the big question at hand, “How well does Android run on a BlackBerry?” Now for the most part Blackberry is using a fairly stock version of android, which if you are moving from HTC (like myself) or Samsung it may take some time to get used to. However, you would be able to get the hang of it reasonably quick, a lot of the bells and whistles you would be used to on HTC and Samsung aren’t there. The only issue I have is the version of Android is Lollipop and not Marshmallow (Android’s newest build) otherwise I have no real other issues.
OK, yes there is a physical keyboard, but it is much smaller and the keys aren’t as deep. It’s a rather mediocre keyboard at best, but I found myself using the soft keys more (probably because I’m used to Android phones now). Now the price of the handset is a bit expensive, at $699.99 it is up there, although that’s pretty much on par with other flagship phones from HTC and Samsung. Of course who is really paying that much for a phone, most people will be buying this or any phone via the cellular carriers’ contracts or finance plan (monthly payments). I have seen some of the other reviews from other sites and a lot of people compare the Priv to other Android devices (Samsung S6, Nexus 6P, Moto X Pure, etc.), yes the Priv isn’t as good as the other devices.
However, it is Blackberry first entry into the Android market, I feel it is an incredible first start. The other companies have either been using Android from day one or Donut, or were either taken over by Google (Motorola). So, with that said I feel the Priv is a good buy and you won’t be missing anything, Android plus Blackberry I believe it is time for BBMers to come home. Yes, I’m a BBMer (Blackberry Curve, 1st Bold, and Torch), definitely a must buy for current and former BBM users and for the newcomers welcome.
Today is the first day of downloading and using windows 10. So, I have downloaded and have been using now since this morning and so far so good. I have the MS Surface 3 and the Surface Pro 3 the look and feel is a nice balance of the Windows 7 and 8.1. The only issue I had was the appearance of the desktop, which is a quick fix for anyone that has used any Windows operating system. The app store is a bit more robust compared to the tablet app store. As of right now I’m pleasantly surprised with what I’m seeing. Now, for the Comcast side, I use Fios for most of my internet needs, but there is also Comcast in the building. Don’t get me wrong I use Comcast, for television but for internet by no means am I using Comcast. It took 2.5 hours to download to 58% and that’s just crazy. I know Fios is more expensive compared to Comcast but not by that much. I think I’m going to enjoy my Surface more now, I’m really looking forward to streaming from the Xbox One to the Surface or desktop. I new review of the Surface 3 with Windows 10 will be up in about a month.