Why is the Macbook Air cheaper on Amazon than it is on Apple?
See above picture, then see next picture.
Both prices are based on an 11-inch Macbook Air with the following specs:
- 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
- 4GB memory
- 128GB flash storage
- Intel HD Graphics 3000
I just decided to check prices of the 11-inch Macbook Air since my Macbook has been with me for 4.5 years now, and I already bought a replacement battery, then a replacement charger, and now, it seems like my battery will be conking out on me again soon. And well, I’ve really been fancying the idea of a Macbook Air ever since I started this blog…for added mobility. :D
The Amazon price is $79 cheaper than Apple.com (~P3,400), so it is likely that I will be purchasing from Amazon, if ever. Roughly computed, it’d equal to a little less than P50,000, which is roughly P10,000 cheaper than the retail price of the same Macbook Air in Apple shops in the Philippines. Yes, I’ve done some research.
And while I acknowledge that spending on this will make a huge dent on money I’ve accumulated for travel, I feel that this is among the essentials that will allow me to function effectively as a “nomad manager”. Unless Apple comes up with a souped up iPad that can edit videos and do more than basic Photoshop…unless it can actually do that already, and I being stupid with technology, am just unaware (?). I’ll try to hold out as long as I can though. :P
I say I’m a technophobe, but I find myself spending quite a bit of time looking through gadgets in Amazon these days. Still no expert though, but yeah, this gadget-shopping is a big step for the otherwise analog Jen. Hehe.
Finally, after the long wait, a new batch of Punchdrunk Panda camera straps is almost here!We’re launching the new batch of camera straps on Oct. 26. If you missed our news blast, click here for view a sneak peak of our designs!
In the meantime, see how we’ve tried to level up with the new strap!
- PdP-losophy at work: CHANGE
- Sturdier product designs
- 5 brand new designs!
Rob Cham is a 21 year old illustrator and graphic designer from Baguio. He currently works in Manila where he makes comics and other things for a living. He is Chinese but cannot speak a word of it. He disappoints every other Chinese person in the world ever. Click here to view his portfolio.
Nathania Gail Go
Gail dreamt of taking up graphic designing at Parsons, NY but ended up Google-ing tutorials on the web. Gastos 0! Aside from designing for PdP, Gail enjoys watching chick-flick movies and koreanovelas, and eating white cheddar popcorn. Click here to view her portfolio.
Patman is a web/graphic designer who took up Multimedia Arts in DLS-College of Saint Benilde. She is a dorky girl who loves to draw sushi, cuddle with her dogs and hopes to be a superhero one day to save the world through happy illustrations. Click here to view her portfolio.
Joseph, who once took up Management Economics but quickly (and painfully) realized he was created for something else, graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Information Design from Ateneo de Manila. As a kid, he used to draw robots and monsters on clean sides of old court papers his dad brought home, and that love for drawing eventually grew to a passion for graphic design. Click here to view his portfolio.
We know you’re as excited we are, but in the meantime, curb your camera strap appetite with our artists’ portfolios.
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Which #AmazonKindle To Get?: Kindle Touch or Kindle Keyboard?
The much-anticipated new Kindles have finally been revealed, several months after buzz spread about the Kindle tablets. However, the new Kindles are only up for pre-order, and not going to be sent out for shipping until November 21st.
Way to build hype and anticipation, Amazon! *clap clap*
So since the Amazon Press Conference 13 hours ago, the blogging, tweeting, facebook-updating world has been abuzz with this hot news. And any attempt of mine to talk about the new tablet will probably be stale by now.
Instead, I’ll write as a consumer, torn. The Amazon Kindle (with 3G) is undoubtedly the only e-book reader I am considering now, but the dilemma I am working through right now is this: Kindle Touch 3G or Kindle Keyboard 3G?
For those not yet versed in the different Kindles, check out the Amazon comparison at the bottom of this page. For those who do know their Kindles, watch as I figure out what to get for myself as I write this blog entry. :P
As a Blackberry user, and not so much an iPhone or iPad user, I’m really not all too savvy with the whole touch screen technology. Though I enjoy tinkering around with games on the iPhones and iPads of friends and family, I don’t borrow them so much for typing, text messaging or browsing/e-mail. And when I do, I usually wind up asking them to type the message for me because touch screen-typing can be quite frustrating (Yes, I am a grandma like that). So the thought of a touch screen e-book reader that I plan to use heavily for e-mails as well left me undecided.
But after consultation with friends, and lots of poring over Kindle demo videos and other reviews online (the one from Mashable was particularly useful), I have accumulated the following data for the Kindle Touch 3G vs. Kindle Keyboard 3G debate with myself:
- Weight: 7.8 ounces vs. 8.7 ounces
- Dimensions: 6.8” x 4.7” x 0.40” vs. 7.5” x 4.8” x 0.34”
- Navigation with Kindle Touch: Touch screen, of course, including the new feature EasyReach — narrow tap zones, about the width of a thumb, that allow users to quickly flip forward or backward through a book with one hand (a feature many existing users love about the Kindle 3).
- Navigation with Kindle Keyboard: Arrow cursors on the keyboard are used to navigate through menus and browser. One page flipping was one of the perks when this was introduced, with buttons placed at the sides of the device so you can read and flip with one hand.
- Speed: I have no precise measure, but according to the article above, the Kindle Touch has remarkably quicker response time and faster page loading speed compared to older Kindles.
- Other features: The new Kindle (Touch) now includes X-Ray - a new feature that, with a single tap, allows readers to see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon’s community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers.
- Price: $149 vs. $139 (both 3G models with Special Offers)
Of course, both models still boast of 6” E-ink Pearl display that reads like paper and remains unaffected by the sun’s glare (especially when reading at the beach), 2-month battery life, storage for up to 3,000 e-books, Whispersync (which allows you to access your e-books from any device, and pick up where you left off) and remote internet access in 100 countries all over the world (perfect for travelers).
Those are more than enough reasons to be sold on the device, I feel. But read up on other features here, if you still need more convincing (Yes, I intend on making Kindle enthusiasts out of everyone, and I don’t even have my Kindle yet).
So anyway, with the added features and seemingly more user-friendliness of the new Kindle Touch, and the small $10 price difference, I am sold on it now, and I think it will only be a matter of time before I get used to a touch screen interface / navigation system, then eventually, I probably wouldn’t be able to imagine it otherwise. :)
Will see how I can get my hands on it ASAP! :D
UPDATE (10/5/11): I’ve confirmed that the Kindle Touch 3G only supports 3G for buying Amazon books. So no thanks, because this defeats the added purpose of me getting a Kindle for emergency 3G utility, locally and internationally. :D Kindle Keyboard 3G it is!
“The wristwatch was nearly killed off by the cell phone revolution, but with the rise of the smartphone it’s about to evolve into something more powerful than it’s ever been.”
And I thought the newest iPod nano was super nifty already!
The Necono only weighs about 40g, and the magnets embedded in its feet allow creative, nondescript camera placement options (no creepo) for interesting stills and videos. (via SuperHeadz - Necono Digital Camera - Turntablelab.com)
Yet another compact camera that shoots photo and video!
I told myself I didn’t want another camera because I haven’t really been using my cameras lately, and when Karlo said there were new Superheadz cams, I wasn’t really too excited. But when I clicked the link he sent…AGH! Perfect for the technomad!
Shoot, plug and play! Takes photos and videos! GAH!!
Only slightly bigger than a thumbdriiiiive!
One of the things I’ll be acquiring in the coming months to support my ideal nomadic lifestyle.
It’ll give me access to a library of books at only 8.5 ounces, and more importantly, for working on the go, it’ll give me free 3G + Wi-Fi access anywhere in the world!
It sounds too good to be true, but I double, triple, quadruple checked it and it seems to check out. This is perfect in my grand scheme of going off to random places and still be connected to my colleagues via e-mail (which is now the most crucial business tool).
Buzz says new Kindles are due to arrive by October, so I’ll definitely be watching out for it then!