Amazon recently released their new version of the Kindle Fire. It is called the Kindle Fire HDX. This new tablet really improves upon last years model of the Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire HDX (7inch model) has a quad-core processor with 2.2 GHz. It also has a resolution of 1920×1200 and it has dual stereo speakers with a built in microphone. The resolution is uncommonly high for a seven inch tablet. I believe that the Kindle Fire HDX can really compete with the Nexus Tablet and the iPad Mini. The 16GB version of the Kindle Fire HDX costs $229. The 32GB version costs $269 and the 64GB version costs $309. The Kindle Fire HDX also includes a new feature called the Mayday Button; the Mayday Button allows the user to have instant access to tech support.
The PS Vita is a top tier handheld system. I would even dare to say that it is the best handheld system we have seen so far. The graphics are amazing and it feels like I am playing a home console when I pick up my Vita. I picked up my Playstation Vita at Gamestop for $199. It came with a digital copy of the Walking Dead, a 4 gig memory card and 3g capabilities. I wish they included a case, but we will get into that later. Overall I’ve had a positive experience with my Vita.
What I like about the PS Vita
I love how the games look with the oled screen; they look just as good as some of my Xbox 360 games. I am currently playing Rayman Legends on my Vita and I really like how the game uses the touch screen. The touch screen works just as good as an iPhone screen. It is very responsive. The Playstation Vita also has two joysticks on it. This is a big improvement over the PSP; the PSP only had one joystick. I also like how the Vita can play PS3 games like Playstation All Stars and Sly Cooper Thieves in Time. I am really enjoying Playstation All Stars; I never owned a Playstation 3 so I couldn’t play the game before.
What I don’t like about the PS Vita
I don’t like the proprietary memory cards. They are way too expensive and they hardly hold any games. I currently own two memory cards a 4GB memory card and an 8GB memory card. If you want to get a 32GB memory card it will cost you $73 on amazon. If you want to get a 16GB memory card it will cost you $39 and an 8GB memory card will cost you $20 on amazon. I hope that Sony lowers the cost of these memory cards in the future. I also don’t like the rear touch pad on the Playstation Vita. It scratches way too easily; if you get a playstation Vita do not put it on a hard surface. The day after I got my Vita I noticed a huge scratch on the back of the system. It would have been nice if Sony included a few bumpers on the back.
The Playstation Vita has a very nice oled screen and touchpad. I like how the system has two joysticks and I also like how the system can play select Playstation 3 games. I don’t care for the proprietary memory cards; I wish Sony used regular SD cards. I also dislike the rear touch pad on the Vita, it scratches way to easily. The Playstation Vita does have some downfalls; however, it is a really powerful and capable system.
Apple is releasing two new phones this fall; they are releasing the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5C is the lower end model and it is replacing the iPhone 5. It uses a plastic casing and comes in multiple colors. The iPhone 5C comes in five different colors; they are white, pink, yellow, blue, and green. I think it’s really cool that Apple is letting you choose between several different colors. This is something that they should have considered a few years ago. I really like how the blue model looks. The iPhone 5C is coming out on September 20, 2013. There is a 16gb version for $99 and a 32gb version for $199. What color iPhone do you think looks the best?
Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One will come out on November 22, 2013. It comes out seven days after the PS4 comes out. I don’t think this puts Microsoft at a disadvantage. The Xbox One is a really powerful system. It has an 8-core x86 processor, 8GB of ram, a 500GB hard drive and a blue ray player. It is also said to be an all around media player with a variety of applications such as Skype. Some of the games that are coming out on the Xbox One include Forza 5, Titanfall, Halo, Call of Duty Ghosts, Deadrising 3 and Destiny. The PS4 and Xbox One are both very powerful systems. However, they lack a strong lineup of exclusives; it will be interesting to see how both consoles do in the long run. Are you going to pick up an Xbox One on day one?
Source: Xbox One Site
This week Nintendo Announced a new Nintendo DS system and they announced a Wii U price cut. The new Nintendo DS is called the Nintendo 2DS and it is coming out on October 12, 2013. The system is going to cost $129.99. It is supposed to be for the younger audience because it doesn’t have 3d capabilities. However, it can still play all the Nintendo 3DS games. It also has a new design; the new Nintendo 2DS is a slab that doesn’t open or close. I don’t care for the design at all. It looks really uncomfortable to hold and it doesn’t seem very portable. The original Nintendo DS was a lot more portable, you could close it up and put it in your pocket. What do you think of the new Nintendo 2DS?
The Wii U is also getting a significant price cut. The Wii U Deluxe model is getting a fifty dollar price cut. On September 20, 2013 the Wii U Deluxe model will cost $299.99. This is a step in the right direction for Nintendo and the Wii U. I think the Wii U is a great console, however the lack of games and the high price have been a struggle. Nintendo also announced the Wind Waker HD bundle. It will retail at $299.99 and it will include the new Wind Waker game. Will you be picking up a Wii U this fall? If I didn’t already have one I might consider purchasing this bundle.
The release date for the Playstation 4 is November 15, 2013 in the United States and Canada. It is also coming out in Europe on November 29, 2013. It is going to be a very powerful and exciting next generation system. It is going to have 8GB of ram, a single chip custom processor (AMD) and a built in hard drive. It is also going to have a optical drive that reads Blue Ray and DVD discs. The PS4 will set you back $399 if you decide to pick it up on launch. Some of the games that are coming out for Playstation 4 include Killzone Shadow Fall, Destiny, Infamous Second Son and Battlefield 4. Are you going to pick up a PS4 on launch day?
Apple is due to release a new iPhone; last year they released the iPhone 5 on September 12th. It is rumored that Apple will release a new iPhone on September 10th. It is also rumored that Apple will release a cheaper plastic iPhone. I wonder what new technology this device will have in it. I hope that they make the design more compact and lighter.