My Gadget History

This is a chronological list (newest to oldest) of gadgets that I have owned and their specs:

Apple iPhone 5
Released: 2012
Processor: 1.3 GHz dual core Apple A6
OS: iOS 6
Storage: 16GB
Screen: 1136×640 at 326 ppi 4″
Weight: 112g (3.95oz)
Pros: Apps out the wazoo, fits in my pocket, looks pretty
Cons: Small screen

Apple iPad 2
Released: 2011 (Jan. 2013: bought a refurbished model from Apple, just like the one I had a year and a half ago for $319 plus free shipping…but I did have to pay about $20 in sales tax).
Processor: 1Ghz dual core Apple A5
Storage: 16GB
RAM: 512MB
Screen: 1024×768 9.7″
Weight: 1.33lbs (601g)
Pros: Apple certified refurbished devices are an awesome deal – the iPads have new batteries, screens, and back cases. They look brand new.
Cons: After using it as a replacement for my laptop for a week, I still have no cons. Apps have come a long way in a year and a half.

Palm Tungsten E2
Bought it on eBay in the fall of 2012 for $20 (including shipping).

Nexus 7
Pre-ordered from Google summer 2012 for $199
Sold to my daughter Jan. 2013 for $100, then I bought a refurbished iPad 2.
Like the Blackberry Playbook that I got in December, it has solid hardware, a smooth operating system, is small enough to go with me everywhere while being large enough to handle some actual work, all for an affordable price – $200. Unlike the Playbook, the Nexus 7 is backed up with a decent app/music/movie/book store.

Samsung Galaxy Note
With early termination fees for my old contract and a new 2 year contract I ended up paying $416 on Super Bowl Sunday 2012.
It fell out of my pocket and cracked the screen. I sold it on eBay in March 2013 for $276. I replaced it with an iPhone 5. I miss the big screen, but it hasn’t fallen out of my pocket yet.
Released: February 2012
Processor: 1.5 GHz dual core
OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Storage: 16GB + 32GB micro SD expansion slot
RAM: 1GB (?)
Screen: 1280 x 800 5.3” HD Super AMOLED
Cameras: 8.0 Megapixel + 2.0 Megapixel front facing camers
Conectivity: 4G; Bluetooth; Wi-Fi; Wi-Fi Hotspot; GPS
Pros: I love the giant display – great for browsing the web, watching videos, or reading ebooks; the calendar app is the best I have ever used; I don’t use the S Pen as much as I thought I would – but I like having it available.
Cons: None yet – I haven’t seen a phone better suited for me than the Galaxy Note

Toshiba z835 Ultrabook
I got it for $799 from Best Buy in Dec. 2011.
Sold to my daughter Jan. 2013 for $200.
Released: November, 2011
Processor: 2nd Gen Intel Core i3 1.4 GHz
OS: Windows 7 Home Premioum Edition (64-bit)
Storage: 128GB Serial ATA solid state drive
Screen: 13.3″ LED-backlit TFT HD widescreen display (1366×768)
Cameras: Built-in webcam and microphone
Conectivity: Wifi
Weight: 2.5 lbs
Pros: Boots and wakes from sleep in seconds, thin (0.6″) and light, portable, all day battery life, nice design.
Cons: Feels a little fragile

Blackberry Playbook
I got it for $198 from Walmart a few days before Black Friday 2011(online only deal).
Released: April 19, 2011
Processor: 1 GHz Texas Instruments Cortex A-9 dual core
Storage: 16 GB
Screen: 1024 x 600 7″ 4-point multi-touch capacitive LCD (WSVGA)
Cameras: 5 MP rear facing, 3 MP front facing, 1080p video record and playback.
Conectivity: Wifi and Bluetooth
Weight: 0.9 lbs
Pros: Super portable – can take it everywhere; perfect size for one handed reading; good battery life (if you turn off Wifi when not in use).
Cons: Lack of “Big Name” apps like Netflix, Kindle reader, Nook reader…

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook (Wifi and 3G)
Released: June 2011 (I paid $322 on eBay for a new one)
Processor: 1.66 GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570
OS: Chrome
Storage: 16 GB
Screen: 1280×800 12.1″ LED (WXGA)
Weight: 3.3 lbs
Pros: Instant on, Access to Google Docs and Calendar from any device (no need to sync), 100 MB of data from Verizon each month free for 2 years, the security of Chrome OS
Cons: Case feels cheap

Apple iPad 2
Released: 2011 (we paid $499 + $20 for an unofficial Smart Cover + $14 for a sleeve – sold it all on eBay for $480).
Processor: 1Ghz dual core Apple A5
Storage: 16GB
RAM: 512MB
Screen: 1024×768 9.7″
Weight: 1.33lbs (601g)
Pros: Apps, Camera, FaceTime
Cons: Lots of work-arounds in order for it to replace a laptop

Barnes & Noble Nook Color
Released: 2010
Processor: 800Mhz ARM Cortex-A8
Storage: 8GB + micro SD card slot
RAM: 512MB
Screen: 1024×600 7″
Weight: 450g (15.8oz)
Pros: More than just an eReader
Cons: Had to root in order to access the app store

Apple iPhone 4
Released: 2010
Processor: 800 Mhz Apple A4
Storage: 16GB Flash
RAM: 512MB
Screen: 640×960 3.5″
Weight: 137g (4.8oz)
Pros: App Store, camera, FaceTime, Retina display, stylish glass exterior
Cons: Fragile glass exterior

Gateway LT2104u Netbook
Released: 2010
Processor: Atom N450 1.66Ghz
OS: Window 7 Starter (upgraded to Windows Home Premium 32-bit)
Storage: 250GB
RAM: 1MB (upgraded to 2MB)
Screen: 1024×600 10.1″
Weight: 2.76lbs (1.25kg)
Pros: Long battery life
Cons: SLOW!!!

Apple iPod Touch 3rd Generation
Released: 2009
Processor: ARM Cortex A8 600Mhz
Storage: 32GB
RAM: 256MB
Screen: 320×480 3.5″
Weight: 115g (4.1oz)
Pros: Apps, responsive capacitive multitouch display
Cons: Difficult to web surf on small display

Apple iPod Nano 4th Generation
Released: 2008
Storage: 8GB
Screen: 320×240 2″ LCD
Weight: 1.3oz
Pros: Portable, nice design
Cons: MP3/video player only

Amazon Kindle 2
Processor: 532Mhz
Storage: 2GB Flash
Screen: 600×800 6″ monochrome 16-greyscale
Weight: 10oz
Pros: e-ink, text-to-speech
Cons: eReader only

Asus eeePC Surf 4Gm
Released: 2007
Processor: 630Mhz
OS: Linux Ubuntu
Storage: 4GB SSD + SD card slot
Screen: 800×480 7″
Weight: 922g
Pros: Portable
Cons: Linux OS

Palm T|X
Released: 2005
Processor: 312Mhz
Storage: 128MB Flash expandable w/ SD card
Screen: 320×480 3.9″ TFT LCD
Weight: 149g (5.25oz)
Pros: Color PDA w/ wifi
Cons: Could not keep the resistive touch screen calibrated

Sharp ZR-5800 Zaurus
Released: 1996
Processor: 16 bit
Screen: 320×240 4.7″ backlit monochrome
Weight: 13.6oz
Pros: Simple, “old school” PDA with a keyboard
Cons: Volatile memory, had to keep AA batteries on hand

Cingular 8125 (HTC)
Released: 2006
Processor: 200Mhz
Storage: expandible W/ miniSD card
Screen: 2.8″
Weight: 5.3oz
Pros: The “Swiss Army Knife” of phones
Cons: The camera wasn’t quite good enough to replace my digital camera

HP Compaq Presario 2100
Released: 2003
Processor: Intel Pentium 2.4Ghz
Storage: 60GB
RAM: 512MB
Screen: 1024×768 15″ TFT active matrix
Weight: 8lbs
Pros: Lots of storage
Cons: Not very portable

3Com Palm V
Released: 1999
Processor: 16Mhz
Screen: 160×160 3.2″ backlit monochrome 16-greyscale
Weight: 115g
Pros: Rechargeable battery
Cons: Still not much memory

U.S. Robotics Palm Pilot Personal
Released: 1997
Processor: 16Mhz
ROM: 512KB
Screen: 160×160 3.3″ monochrome 2-scale
Weight: 160g
Pros: Apps
Cons: Not much memory, had to keep AAA batteries on hand

IBM Thinkpad 701c
Released: 1995
Processor: 75Mhz
Storage: 720MB
Screen: 640×480 10.4″
Weight: 4.5lbs
Pros: Portable
Cons: Had to purchase the optional exterior floppy drive


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