So after messing around half the day with video screen capture apps I finally resorted to shooting the video below detailing some features the Asus Z580CA tablet.
While I do miss my ME572C ,(which is up for sale and back in the original box), this tablet is really impressing me! It does everything a bit faster than the “old” MeMo Pad and the display and ram and HUGE storage capacity make it a totally kick-ass tablet!
So without further introduction below is the video I just shot using my incredibly inexpensive BLU Studio Energy 2 phone, in my workshop…it ain’t Hollywood here folks, it is reality. I guess this is going to be my first official review, so I am giving this tablet a 9.8 out of 10.
As I mentioned a few days back I ordered a few items from Amazon and have been trying them out for the past several days.
The first one I shall talk about is the BLU Studio Energy 2 phone. The screen is incredibly bright and sharp and the Super AmoLed display is a noticeable improvement over my older BLU Studio X. The one piece aluminum chassis is solid and not all that heavy.
The expanded storage space with 16gb on the phone and an addition 32gb microSD card that I took from my old ME572C tablet is a bonus.
The WiFi works great with my new TP-Link AC1200 router and I can’t go anywhere around my house or yard, out to about 100ft, without getting 135mbps. The extra ram is a great improvement also, 1.5gb ram really speeds the phone up over the Studio X’s 1.0gb ram.
The camera software is far better than what was on the Studio X and the front camera has been bumped to 5mp. Pictures are good, but not great and it does a very good job of shooting short videos.
All of those improvements are great, but the star of the show here is a 5000 mAh battery. I am at roughly 3 days of solid use and the battery is at 29%. I rather expect it to be near dead sometime tomorrow afternoon. That would be nearly 4 days folks!
Yes, the phone has one issue and that is it absolutely refuses to run the KSWeb Server app for android that my old BLU Studio X ran perfectly. I am guessing it is either the A5 Cortex processor versus the A7 Cortex in the Studio X or a change is the Android on the product, although both are Android 5. This would be a big deal if I did not have a shiny new Asus Z580CA tablet with 4gb ram to use as the occasional backup for the Dragon Touch here.
Last but not least I decided to try the phone out with my Logitech K480 Bluetooth Keyboard and a wireless Logitech mouse plugged in via a micro-full USB adapter. Yes folks…if you want to run your very own 5 in notebook, this phone can do it for you! The crappy video below will show the short test I did…
All in all I would give this a 5 star rating for anyone looking for a well-built phone, with a decent size screen, decent cameras, plenty of storage and a battery that you can ignore for days at a time and never have to worry about!
After a few more days testing we are greeted with this….yeah, more than 30% after rather heavy use the last 3 days…
It does everything well and it works great, with a few minor glitches on the version I have. So those are covered elsewhere in this blog, so moving on lets look at the list of the stuff it does very, very well!
The display is great, very bright and perfect for watching videos and movies!
It has a full size standard USB port which allows me to use a cordless mouse, or any other USB device, including a flash drive!
It cost less than 1/3 of the next least expensive tablet to setup and use with a nice LogiTech Keyboard (K480) and either a plugin or wireless mouse (both Logitech in my case, hence the nickname “LogiTab”.
The battery life is outstanding.
It can process an 8 minute video and add music to it in less than 2 min. (Using AndroVidPro Video App).
Did I mention it has a built in screen capture recorder for video? Yeah, it does!
This tablet can be a tablet like any normal tablet, but once combined with the K480 Bluetooth keyboard and the Logitech mouse, it becomes just as good as ANY overpriced 10 inch notebook, such as a MicroCrap Surface.
Have I mentioned that you can also plug in a micro USB to full USB adapter and stuff works? Yeah, it’s that cool!
The iPad Pro reviews are in, since the product has been launched in stores this week and they seem positive. However, it’s the core user who matters the most and in this case a designer takes the stage, reviewing the latest Apple slate and the way it changed her work flow.
The design director of Vox Media wanted a replacement for the MacBook Pro and seems to have found it. She used the 12.9 inch iPad Pro for a few days and it managed to surpass her expectations. Moving from app to app and working with top notch solutions like Draw, Sketch and Comp from the Adobe Creative Cloud was easy as pie.
A sketch of Donald Trump was easily done, while Comp created mood boards and wireframes for site design. Wireframe creation is usually complicated but this time it was simple and fast. Once you’re done you can send the editable file via the Adobe Creative Cloud app to the desktop for further tweaks. For more complicated tasks it’s all about the laptop though.
Moving shapes and control bounding boxes was something that lacked on the iPad. Shortcuts from Adobe Illustrator that’s not available on the iPad Pro were a thing that the designer missed quite a bit. She goes on to praise the Apple Pencil, after having tried quite a few brands of styluses in the past. It’s described as precise, feeling natural and it has no lag.
If you’re willing to comply with some limitations, this can be an excellent tool.
So a day or so ago I installed a plugin called “Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions” and it really does a nice job of cleaning up your database and has numerous setting of a useful nature. It can dump your trash, delete comments marked as spam and save a lot of room in the database itself.
Below is a screenshot of the app….
I know, this isn’t a typical tablet article, but if you look through the archives you will see that this particular site has always been my testbed for apps and plugins.
Here is a short video for the younger generation who must see it on “YouTube”…
So below you will find my review on this product and as usual, the disclaimer is: ‘The views on this site are neither compensated, nor approved by the maker of any product, software or other item reviewed”.