Joined on 07/24/06
Awesome Camera for the Price
Pros: Well, after weeks of research and reading reviews after reviews on cameras and lens, I chose this camera. It was between The Rebel T1i, 50D, or the Nikon D90. I wanted a good beginner's DSLR that didn't break the bank. The menu is very fast and easy to navigate. I'm a guy who likes to pick up something and just mess with it so I haven't even opened up the manual yet. After reading all the reviews on it, I was able to pick it up and start taking pictures with it with no major problems. It has a FULL AUTO mode for people who still can't get over the point and shoot cameras. It has many other auto modes too like Portrait, Landscape, and Night. If you like messing with RAW images, this camera will produce high quality RAW along with Large JPEGs. I was never a good picture taker, even with the point and shoots, but with this camera, pictures look like they came right out of a magazine or studio. Many people say to invest in lens and not body, although I really did like the GPS on the D90.
Cons: You gotta know about Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. I read up on them quite a bit, but some of my pictures are still really bad. The included 18-55mm lens isn't that good. It's not good for indoor pictures because it has a slower lens and the build quality feels cheap, but all Canon's low end lens are built this way. I guess you can say that it only uses SD and SDHC cards. Compact flash would have been nice. A class 6 is really recommended, but I was able to get by with a class 4 for a while. I now have a class 10 16GB card. For video, it only has Mono Sound, but then again, I'm really not using the video mode that much.
Overall Review: I picked up 2 additional starter lens, the EF 50mm F/1.8 II and the EF-S 55-250mm IS lens. I highly recommend the EF 50mm 1.8 lens. It is a very fast lens and takes great indoor pictures. It is also very cheap (in price and build), but the quality of your pictures will look like a million bucks. There are 2 other versions of the 50mm, the 1.4 is the mid-range lens and the 1.2 is the Pro (luxury) lens (has the red ring). I think for what I do, these lens should be good. If I decide to take photography up a notch and decide to start making money with it, then I'll look into buying better quality stuff. My macro pictures look pretty darn good too. They look like I stole them from Google Image search or a magazine. Also the battery grip from the XSi will fit this thing with no problem, because they both have similar bodies. I also recommend getting the SpeedLite 270EX with a diffuser. It's a good starter flash that will make your portraits look very good.
Pros: Inexpensive. Chiclet style keyboard. Very slim.
Cons: There isn't a way to raise the keyboard for those of us that like that. Instead, they include 2 giant rubber feet that you stick on the back of the keyboard to raise it. (What if I want to lower it? I would have to rip the rubber feet off, which wouldn't be as sticky anymore) The keys don't feel responsive. They feel like they get stuck. No media control only volume and mute buttons.
Overall Review: I guess for a $10 keyboard, you get what you paid for. Good thing it wasn't for me. It's to replace my 10 year old's keyboard because he spilled soda all over it (which was a cheap Inland keyboard). Moral of the story......buy your kids cheap stuff that you don't mind replacing. I make sure my kids stay away from my Logitech G19 and Razer Black Widow keyboards.
Why did I buy this?
Pros: I really can't find any Pros to rave about. Certainly not the price or performance. It does have 4 1GB ports, which I like.
Cons: I've been using D-Link products for years and have never had problems. I don't know what made me switch to a Netgear device, but I had to switch to something with more bandwidth. I have 10-15 devices that use Internet in my house and my old D-Link of 9 years is getting bogged down. Their parental control is done through opendns. It's not even built into the unit. For ever device that you want to bypass parental controls you have to install Netgear Genie on that device....just stupid. You can't forward an external port to an internal port like every other device out there. You can't create a group of devices to block. Scheduling kinda sucks..it's either on or off Signal is very weak. Thing thing claims to boost signal strength, but it doesn't. I only get full bars of wi-fi on my phone if i'm within 5 feet. As soon as I step away, I'm down to 1-3 bars.
Overall Review: I hope most of the problems can be fixed with a firmware upgrade someday. I am a Systems Admin so I deal a lot with firewalls and switches. For the price point of this device I was hoping it would do some of the simple tasks that are built in with D-Link products. I don't use the USB port on the back, it doesn't look like a good idea. This device seems to under powered to be streaming media and besides, I have a dedicated server with Plex for my media streaming needs.
Only Buy Nexus Branded devices
Pros: Inexpensive. Pure Google. No waiting for updates (4.1.2 as of today). Fast for today's standard (both GPU and CPU). 16GB of space is plenty. Pretty light. Pretty thin. Decent battery life. NFC. Pretty loud speaker. IPS display panel. Sweet Gmail App. I can finally play Plants Vs Zombies again.
Cons: Only 1gb of ram. No hdmi out (none on the official dock either). No SD expansion. No back camera. GPS requires data. Does get warm after pretty quickly.
Overall Review: Android 4.1.2 only adds an improved notification bar and enables the home dock to be used on landscape. Newegg or their vendor must have had these babies sitting on the shelves forever because my battery was at 0%. If you battery drains to 0%, the tablet will go into a safe-mode where it doesn't charge the battery. To get the battery to charge, when the tablet is on, hold the power button until it shuts down and boots back up. It takes about 30 seconds. DON'T LET GO. I also bought the official ASUS travel cover for it. It's okay. No kickstand to stand it up. Also make sure you use the bundled charger. The cell phone or USB 2.0 charger won't charge this while the screen is on.