Dissecting LTE: Is It For You?

For the past few months, the two telco juggernauts in the country have been touting their LTE plans and capabilities. By now, a lot of the non-techies in the market would likely know about it, but I'm not really sure if they know what it is exactly. In this post, I'm going to try to explain how it differs from other mobile connections, and when you should consider getting a plan for it.

What is LTE?

I'm going to cheat a little bit and copy the definition of LTE from Wikipedia.

"LTE, an initialism of long-term evolution, marketed as 4G LTE, is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals. It is based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies, increasing the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements.[1][2] The standard is developed by the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) and is specified in its Release 8 document series, with minor enhancements described in Release 9."

Does it sound too technical for you? Well, yeah, that's because it is. See, this is how wireless data transfer is rated and named by the MWI: by name, by technology and by speed standards. Here's a quick history lesson. When you first had Internet on your phone, it was slow and spotty as all hell. The first digital mobile technology was called GSM or 2G. Under it, you experienced GPRS mobile net. After that, we got EDGE. And then the next big leap was 3G. Under 3G, we got HSPA and HSPA+, which is what most phones use these days.

Also under 3G is the commercially available LTE offered by Smart and Globe. It is not yet 4G, though it is marketed as such. What is true 4G is LTE Advanced, which is still not being offered commercially. At least, not that I'm aware of.

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Let's Predict the PS4 and XBox 720 Features

We are a few days away from Sony's big reveal this Feb. 20, 2013. We're almost 99% certain it's going to be the announcement of the PS4, mainly because it's what everyone expects and if it's anything else, you'll have about a million disappointed people on your hands. And because of that, a bunch of rumors have been floating around regarding the new features. It won't just be a bump up in specs and performance, no. The market's way too sophisticated now for just that. But if that's the case, what are the new features going to be?

We need you to help us sort through all the bullshit and predict the realistic features for both next gen consoles.

Just pick which 5 features you think will be the most likely inclusions in the next generation consoles.

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Pros and Cons: iPhone 5 on Globe or Smart

Apple's iPhone 5 just formally launched in the Philippines last Dec. 14, 2012 through the two major carriers in the country - Globe and Smart, even though the phone has been out in the gray market since September. Since the launch, I've been hearing a lot of people talk about whether or not they should get it, if the upgrade from the 4S to the 5 is worth it or which carrier to get it from. To help out with that, I thought of putting together a pros and cons list, and hope it works out for somebody out there.

I'm an Android fan through and through, so you know this pros and cons list is a little tainted with bias. But that's a good thing! See, I won't oversell the device to you. In fact, I'd probably slander it a bit, which will probably make what I state here all that more objective and fair. Besides, this list won't be whether you should get an iPhone or not; it's a list on whether you should upgrade and from which carrier you get your device. Okay, let's get started.

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Pros and Cons: Wii-U

If you're anything like me, a Wii fan who just pretty much graduated from the novelty but was looking forward to the next Nintendo installment, then you've had your eye on the Wii-U since it Project Café was leaked in April of 2011. What I like to do when considering a major purchase is plotting out the pros and cons of said object of obsession. It's a good practice that I think everyone should consider taking up.

The fact that I've been hearing a bunch of negative things about the console and that there's confusion on whether it's an upgraded version or an entirely new console were enough reasons for me to put together a list of pros and cons so maybe it'd help somebody out.

First things first, let's make it clear that it is an entirely new console. It isn't just a gamepad or an upgrade to the Wii. It is a next generation Wii.

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Nexus 7 Review

Recently, Google released new versions of their well received mini tablet, the Nexus 7. I say 'mini' because until recently, our benchmark for a tablet has been the iPad and all of its successors. Let's not kid ourselves, no other tablet has been up to snuff since Steve Jobs released that chunky first iPad. The seven inch tablet market has been particularly sore, what with all the China-made versions choosing that size to China-ize (Is that racist? You all know what I mean though, right?). Until the Nexus 7 was released, the 7-inchers were pretty much considered a joke. Google did us all a favor by offering updates at no additional cost. The Nexus 7 is now offered in 16GB for US$199 and 32GB for US$249 (the 8GB has been discontinued). I was able to get my hands on a 32GB one early this week and after a few days of relatively heavy use, I'll attempt to share my two cents.

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