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Posts By Mikael Svardh

iPad with 128GB storage

1/29/2013 | 1

Apple will release a brand new iPad version on February 5. It will be available in black or white and will cost $799 for the wifi version and $929 for the cellular version. Full info after the jump.

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iOS 6.1 is live

1/28/2013 |

Just a quick note to let you know that the iOS 6.1 is live for your iPhone or iPad. If you have an Apple TV there’s an update there as well. No big news, just a few bug fixes and extra LTE support (4G) plus the ability to download separate songs if you’re using iTunes match. Full info after the jump:

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Camera test: Sony Xperia Z vs iPhone 5

1/23/2013 | 1

Here’s a quick review of the camera in the brand new Sony Xperia Z vs the iPhone 5 (and the Oppo Find 5). Since the Xperia Z features a 13 megapixel camera that is supposed to be really good, I’m a bit surprised that the difference isn’t bigger. The Sony Xperia Z is by the way the first phone in years that made me even think about switching from my iPhone 5.

Comparison shots pit Sony Xperia Z against the Apple iPhone and Oppo Find 5 [dpreview.com]

Interesting info about 4K-screens

1/22/2013 |

Even though getting a 1080p television set was a big jump for many people, a few people have started saying that getting a 4K screen in your home is a bit pointless since you can’t see the smaller pixels anyway. A quote directly from the article I’m linking to below:

If you bought a 60” television, you’d have to sit about four feet away from it before you’d perceive the full benefit of 4K over good old 1080p.

Perhaps the 4K revolution won’t come after all. Check out the article over at prolost.com.

Kick ass bike

1/17/2013 |

Check out this really cool bike designed by Allen Chester G. Zhang. It’s only a concept but it looks cool, doesn’t it?

Lean green machine [yankodesign.com]

One line portraits

1/16/2013 |

These one line portraits made by Quibe over at society6.com are very cool. He or she has made many different portraits and most of them have caught the uniqueness of the subject in matter. You can get a mini print (8″ by 10″) for $18 or a big framed portrait (26″ by 38″) for $122 – and of course there’s a lot of sizes inbetween. Check out the gallery over at society6.com.

iOS 7 – concept videos

1/16/2013 |

I here it almost every day nowadays; “The iPhone looks outdated’. And I kind of agree with them and I’m one of many that are hoping that iOS 7 will come with an updated design. Here are a few concept videos (not from Apple though) with some fresh ideas!

iOS 7 Multitasking [youtube]
iOS 7 Social hub [youtube]

Canon unveils PowerShot N

1/12/2013 |

Canon unveiled a new, compact PowerShot model at the CES 2013 in Las Vegas USA. It features an unconventional square design and a tilting touch screen to be able to capture images from new angles. It comes with wifi connectivity, a 12.1 megapixel sensor and 8x optical zoom.

The aperture range is F3.0 – F5.9 and it can take 2.3 photos per second. It also features a range of creative modes such as Miniature Effect, Soft Focus and Toy Camera Effect and even a Super Slow Motion Movie mode. Gallery inside.

iPhone camera shootout

10/6/2012 | 1

I got the iPhone 5 a few weeks ago (I’m really satisfied by the way) and I have put together a quick camera shootout. Other than the iPhone 5 I used the 3Gs, 4 and the 4s. I was mostly interested in the difference between the iPhone 4s and the iPhone 5 as I haven’t found any significant improvements other than overall speed while using it. I started out with a traditional ‘objects on the table’ shot.

As you can see in the photos above the results were basically what you would expect. The 3Gs is worst and has the typical foggy look, while there’s really no big difference between the 4s and the 5. Let’s see what the 100% crops looks like.

I threw in a Canon 550D shot, just to get a reference, and as you can see the 4s and the 5 look basically the same. Moving on to a close-up of Captain America:

Same thing here, a bit foggy 3Gs image, the typical blue tone image from the iPhone 4, and the 4s and the 5 shots are very similar. No big improvement, and the 100% crops looked basically the same for the 4s and the 5, so I didn’t bother publishing them. Let’s move on to a daylight landscape shot.

All of the images look quite good, as you would expect from a shot when there’s plenty of light available. The same thing here; iPhone 4s and the iPhone 5 are a very close match.

When Apple talk about the new camera in the iPhone 5 they mostly talk about the speed and that it’s better to capture images in low-light conditions so let’s move into a quite dark closet.

And here’s the first dramatical difference between the phones. I didn’t use the flash in any of the shots, to actually see what the phones were capable of capturing in low-light conditions. All of the images except the iPhone 5 version are useless. Even though the iPhone 5 shot is very noisy (see a 100% crop below), it’s still a big difference compared to the iPhone 4s.

Conclusion: The camera from the iPhone 5 is a a slight improvement in a head-to-head comparision with the iPhone 4s. The camera is much faster and can capture images where the 4s just produce a nearly black shot. But I guess you won’t upgrade from a 4s to a 5 just for the slightly improved camera…

Macbook Pro Retina review

7/4/2012 |

Macbook Pro Retina
Many of us are lounging to get ahold of the new Macbook Pro with the new high resolution retina display. I tried one out myself yesterday and I loved it, but I’m waiting for the 13 inch model as prefer that size a bit more.

Here’s a couple of reviews of the new Macbook Pro Retina:

MacBook, a Point Shy of Perfect [NyTimes.com]
Retina MacBook Pro [SteveStreza.com]
MacBook Pro with Retina display review [theverge]