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This review is from: Samsung Google Nexus S i9023 Black 3G 16GB Unlocked GSM Android Smart Phone
Pros: - Pure Android OS that is comparable to iOS (phone received an OTA update to 4.0.3 on 12/13/11)
- Decent battery life (at least a full day with moderate usage to include voice, text and data)
- Light weight, but solid device.
Cons: - Older hardware (single core CPU)
- Does not have Super AMOLED (compared to I9020)
- Does not have micro SD slot for extra storage space
- Product provided by PDAGIANT (terrible support / RMA process based on prior experience that I have had with company)
- Limited accessories for phone
Other Thoughts: Purchased the Nexus S (GT-I9020T) last year from a local retail store, been very pleased with the performance (some might consider the hardware dated). Capable of handling numerous tasks and survived its fair share of drops / abuse with minimal signs of wear. True "Google" phone free of bloated apps or skins (that carriers usually add to phones), plus it was the first phone to receive the "Ice Cream Sandwich" Android update after the new Galaxy Nexus phone was release.
Had a issue with the micro SD port on phone (probably caused by user error), but Samsung provided excellent support and quickly repaired the phone. Cannot say the same for PDAGIANT and my experience with trying to get a HTC myTouch 3G (purchased from Newegg) repaired.
Owned other brands to include Nokia, HTC and Motorola. This phone is by far my favorite (simple and very capable Android device). Dependable device that provides clear calls, strong cell signal, responsive OS and fast data speeds (using T-Mobile).
This review is from: AMD Sempron 140 Sargas Single-Core 2.7GHz Socket AM3 45W SDX140HBGQBOX Processor
Pros: - Low cost, cheapest CPU available
- Easy to overclock / unlock core with right motherboard
- Low power requirements and temps
- better performance/price ratio (than atom or celeron)
- Socket AM3 (upgrading options)
Cons: - Only single core (unlocking is not a sure thing)
- Price for dual core CPU's is not that much more
- Stock heatsink / temps at high overclocking
Other Thoughts: Considering this CPU was free (CPU/motherboard bundle), I cannot complain. It is a solid single core processor with a lot of over-clocking headroom. Using the stock heatsink, I clock it at 3.4 GHz by only modifying the bus speed. Unlocking was not successful with my CPU (the core would unlock, but the memory controller was unstable during memory tests).
I was surprised by the overall performance in Windows 7. This processor scored well on the Window Experience Index (WEI) when paired with the Biostar A785G3. CPU scored 4.8 and overall score of 4.2 (due to video). Hardware setup was capable of 720p video (local and online streaming without losing frames.
This CPU performed better/cost less than the last setup that I built using an Atom 330 that is now being used as a NAS due to its slow performance as a desktop. When it comes to entry level PC’s, I would recommend skipping the Atoms/Celerons and go for the Sempron (or a cheap dual core Athlon, if one is on sale) with a solid AM3 board
Display Name: Damian W.
Date Joined: 09/28/06
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