PlayStation 4 VS Xbox One VS Wii U

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I haven’t done a comparing post in a while, so I thought I would do a new one. This is a battle of the next-gen consoles, and most would ask “Why the hell have you included the Wii U?”. Well, to answer that, I say that they are all next generation consoles. Now let’s get started.

Price

This category is a landslide to the console that most people wouldn’t expect. The Wii U. The Wii U has two versions, the basic and the premium. The basic is Au$250 and the premium is AU$300. The Playstation 4 is AU$400 and the Xbox One is AU$500.

WINNER: WII U

RAM

Now, the Playstation 4 has an entirely different type of RAM to the Xbox One and the Wii U. The PS4 has GDDR5 RAM, while the Xbox One and the Wii U have DDR3. So since they are different, I will just compare the Xbox One and the Wii U. The One has 8 GB, but the Wii U only has 2 GB.

WINNER: PLAYSTATION 4/XBOX ONE

Storage

This is really a battle between the PS4 and the Xbox One. They both have 500 GB, but the Wii U has 8 in the basic pack and 32 in the premium pack. So, the Wii U doesn’t have much storage. Back to the point, the tipping point here is that the PS4’s is removeable and the Xbox One’s isn’t.

WINNER: PLAYSTATION 4

External Storage

Both the Xbox One and the Wii U have USB storage, but the PS4 hasn’t been announced whether there is external storage or not.

WINNER: WII U/XBOX ONE

Backwards Compatibility

Only one of these consoles is backwards compatible and that is the Wii U.

WINNER: WII U

Region Locked

The Wii U is and the other two aren’t. Simple as that.

WINNER: PLAYSTATION 4/XBOX ONE

Conclusion

Since the consoles haven’t all been released yet, this post is going to end here. To be honest with everyone, I am a Nintendo fan. But, this did not influence my decisions and I still think the PS4 is better. Nevertheless, let’s get on with the scores.

Wii U: 2.5

PS4: 2

One: 1.5

Wow. I don’t think anyone saw this coming. The Wii U is actually better than the others. Now don’t start a war in the comments because I am not going to declare it the winner. Playstations and Xboxes are very different from Nintendo consoles. The main reason is that almost all games on the Wii and Wii U are not on any other console. And most games on PS4/One/PC are not on Wii (U). So, this is very difficult to declare a winner. Here goes.

WINNER: PLAYSTATION 4

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PS Vita VS Nintendo 3DS XL

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PS VITA VS NINTENDO 3DS XL

I am running out of things to compare, but I thought maybe I could compare the handheld gaming consoles.

CPU processor                  WINNER: PS Vita

The PS Vita has 2GHz quad-core processors, and an ARM Cortex -A9 chip. The 3DS XL only has a 1 GHz dual-core processor with an ARM A11 chip.

Graphics              WINNER: PS Vita

The PS Vita has a chip with more than 133 million polys per seconds, while the 3DS XL only has approximately 15 million polys per second.

Memory               WINNER: PS Vita

The PS Vita has 512 MB of RAM, but the 3DS XL only has 128 MB.

Screen         WINNER: PS Vita

Note: I am comparing the top screen of the 3DS to the screen of the Vita.

The 3DS’s screen is slightly smaller than the Vita’s and it has half the PPI of the Vita. The resolution of the 3DS isn’t that bad compared to the Vita coming in at 800×240, while the Vita’s is 960×544.

Gaming battery life             WINNER: 3DS XL

The Vita has a pretty good 5-6 hours for all games, but the 3DS XL has 3-6.5 hours for 3DS games, and 5-8 hours for DS games.

Storage              WINNER: 3DS XL

The PS Vita doesn’t come with any included storage, so you have to buy it, and the lowest price for storage is about AU$40. The 3DS XL has 4 GB included, and all the game data is stored on the cartridge.

Connectivity             WINNER: PS Vita

The Vita has two models, a 3G and Wi-Fi model, and a Wi-Fi model. Both models of the Vita have Bluetooth. The 3DS doesn’t have a 3G model, and doesn’t have Bluetooth.

Cameras                 WINNER: Draw

Both the Vita and the 3DS XL have 640×480 resolution for their back cameras.

Game delivery            WINNER: Draw

Both the Vita and the 3DS XL have cartridges and online store content.

Price                  WINNER: 3DS XL

The 3DS XL can be bought for about AU$280, while the 3G+Wi-Fi model of the Vita is around AU$500 and the Wi-Fi only model is near AU$430.

Other features             WINNER: Draw

Both have an internet browser, and the 3DS XL also has 3D video playback, while the Vita has a GPS.

CONCLUSION

This really is a battle of the handheld consoles. The Vita won five categories, the 3DS XL won three and three were draws. The Vita is for hardcore gamers, and the 3DS XL is for people who don’t play games that much. I think we have a winner.

WINNER: PS VITA

WordPress VS Blogger

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This is a comparison of the Blogging engines. As you can tell by the website address, I think that WordPress is better. But, that might not be right. Let’s find out.

WORDPRESS VS BLOGGER

TEMPLATE CUSTOMISATION                               WINNER: Blogger

Blogger wins this round because they allow you free customisation, but WordPress only lets you choose from a set of themes. But, in my opinion, the themes by WordPress are pretty cool anyway.

HELP               WINNER: Draw

Blogger has video tutorials, but WordPress just has text. So it’s a draw.

FREE THEMES            WINNER: Blogger

Blogger has a LOT of themes, and WordPress only has a few.

PAID THEMES              WINNER: WordPress

WordPress has TONS of themes that are paid (mine isn’t one of them) and they are all done professionally. Blogger only has a few and they are unprofessional.

CODING               WINNER: Blogger

Blogger uses much more user-friendly codes than WordPress.

DASHBOARD              WINNER: Draw

Both Dashboards are easy to use.

THEME REPLACEMENT          WINNER: WordPress

You can change your theme whenever you want on WordPress, but you can only change it sometimes on Blogger.

WIDGETS            WINNER: Blogger

Blogger has a lot of widgets, and WordPress only has a few.

COMMENTS            WINNER: WordPress

WordPress allows moderation, and it has a spam filter. Blogger has neither.

OPTIMISATION           WINNER: Draw

Although Blogger is owned by Google, there is no favouritism. WordPress is owned by a private party, so optimisation is easy.

BLOG PRIVACY                    WINNER: WordPress

With Blogger, you can limit your blog to 100 readers and 100 authors. On WordPress, you can limit it to 35 WordPress account holders, and posts can be private and password protected.

BLOG IMPORTING                WINNER: WordPress

Blogger blogs can only be imported from another Blogger blog. You can import WordPress from pretty much anywhere.

POST AND COMMENT NOTIFICATION                   WINNER: Draw

Both can be notified by email.

COMMENT VERIFICATION               WINNER: Blogger

Blogger does the human test (which doesn’t work according to Tobuscus…), and WordPress doesn’t do anything.

VIDEO STORAGE                WINNER: Blogger

Blogger has 16 GB, whereas WordPress only has 3 GB without upgrading.

IMAGE STORAGE                 WINNER: WordPress

WordPress has 3 GB, and lets you upload lots of other files, and Blogger only has 1 GB.

FILE TYPES                   WINNER: WordPress

WordPress lets you upload almost anything. Blogger only lets you upload images.

BLOG STATS                  WINNER: WordPress

WordPress has a very detailed Stats page, and lets you show the amount of views as a widget on your blog. Blogger only has third-party stats.

BLOG PARTNERS                    WINNER: WordPress

Blogger allows you to have 100 administrators and authors. WordPress only lets you have 35 partners, but you can allow them to have different levels of authority. There is Administrator (Top, and should only be one person), Editor (Second-in-command, should be between 5-10 people), Author (Have some authority, can be up to 20 people) and Contributor (No authority, and can have an unlimited amount of people).

ADS               WINNER: Blogger

Blogger displays no ads, and WordPress does for some people.

EMAILED POSTS                   WINNER: WordPress

For WordPress, it is integrated if you are following the person, but you need another app for Blogger.

 

CONCLUSION

 

In conclusion, WordPress wins ten categories, and Blogger wins seven. There were a few draws along the way. But, let’s cut to the chase.

If you just want a blog to play around on, use Blogger, it’s free and has some cool features. But if you really want to make your blog something special, use WordPress. It costs AU$100 a year for all the upgrades, but if you really need the website, you’ll be willing to pay this. Sadly, I am not willing to pay this, so sadly I have ads. I’ll try to remove them soon. I think I know my winner.

WINNNER: WORDPRESS

 

iPad mini VS iPad

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iPAD MINI VS iPAD

DIMENSIONS
The iPad mini lives up to its name

The iPad mini has around 60% of screen area that the iPad has. The iPad mini is also a lot thinner, measuring up at 0.4 mm thinner than the iPhone 5. The iPad is taller and wider, but this is only because the iPad minis borders are noticeably thinner, as you can see in this picture.

WEIGHT

The iPad mini is much lighter

The iPad mini is very light compared to the iPad 4 (this isn’t its actual name, but it might as well be). It is half the weight of its bigger counterpart.

WINNER: iPad mini

DISPLAY

The display advantage goes to the big one

Here is one of the bigger advantages for the iPad. Though the iPad minis 1024×768 should look very good in a 7.9-inch display, it’s nothing compared to the iPads 20148×1536, 9.7-inch display. The iPad has four times more pixels than the iPad mini, and has an extra 100 pixels in each inch.

WINNER: iPad

PROCESSOR

These clock speeds aren't confirmed, but the chips and cores are

This is another advantage for the iPad 4. It takes the iPhone 5s chip, and makes it quad-core, while the iPad mini takes the chip from the iPad 2. The iPad 2s chip speed was clocked at 1 GHz, which makes for a fair estimate for what the minis is. There have been rumours that the iPhone 5 has been clocked at 1.3 GHz, but none of these have been confirmed.

WINNER: iPad

RAM

These aren't confirmed either, but are the most likely numbers

The iPad mini has a fair amount of RAM, and the iPad 4 retains the 1 GB of RAM from the iPad 3. Although the iPad mini has lots of RAM, the iPad has to win.

WINNER: iPad

STORAGE
Apple kept things simple with storage

Some people predicted that Apple would release an 8 GB model that would be around AU$250, but Apple stuck with its usual choices.

WINNER: Draw

CELLULAR AND WIRELESS
No hard decisions here

No surprises here, with both the iPad and iPad mini offering Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and 3G.

WINNER: Draw

CAMERA
Cameras are also a toss-up

The cameras are the same on both versions, and even though they both cannot compare to the top-end smartphones, they are pretty good for tablets.

WINNER: Draw

BATTERY

The iPad 4 has a much bigger battery, but uptimes may even out

The iPad has a much bigger battery, but because the iPad has to sustain four times the pixels, the battery life times pretty much even out.

WINNER: iPad

CONCLUSION

The iPad mini is a worthy adversary, but as you can see, the iPad is just so much better. The only thing that the iPad mini is better than the iPad in is the Weight, which is fairly obviously a category that the mini has to win. The only reason that you should get the iPad mini, is if you need a smaller version of the iPad, and something that is cheaper. There is a pretty obvious winner here.

WINNER: iPAD

iWork VS Microsoft Office

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IWORK ’09 VS MICROSOFT OFFICE 2010

DEVELOPER                              Apple Inc.                     Microsoft

YEAR OF FIRST RELEASE          2005                             1992

PREDECESSOR                        AppleWorks  Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint

LATEST VERSION                       ’09                            2010 (14.0)

OPERATING SYSTEM               Mac OS X                     Windows

COST                                       AU$130                        AU$130

WINNER: Draw

.DOC, .XLS SUPPORT                   Yes                              Obviously

WINNER: iWork, because as well as support its own .pages documents, it supports Microsoft Office too. Microsoft Office does not support .pages.

Programs

PAGES VS MICROSOFT WORD

GRAMMAR CHECKER            Both Pages and Word have grammar checkers, as they are the premier word processors.

WINNER: Draw

CROSS-REFERENCING          Word has Cross-Referencing, but Pages doesn’t.

WINNER: Word

BIBLIOGRAPHY                        They both have bibliographies. But Pages only has these with a third-party application, EndNote X2.

WINNER: I would say that Word wins this, as it is integrated into the program, not as a third-party application.

GRAPHIC EDITING                 Both have Graphic Editing.

WINNER: Draw

MAIL MERGING                      They both have mail merging.

WINNER: Draw

SPELL CHECKER                     As with the Grammar Checker, it is pretty obvious that they both have Spell Checkers.

WINNER: Draw

SMARTFONT                            And in a world-first, PAGES HAS SOMETHING THAT WORD DOESN’T! But, as I don’t even know specifically what SmartFont is… I                               don’t think it really matters.

WINNER: Pages

MATH SUPPORT                    They both support maths.

WINNER: Draw

Overall, Word won one category and so did Pages. The rest were draws. But, then again, Pages and Word are quite different. Pages has the bare minimum, and exactly what you need. Unless you use a word processor a lot, you could use Pages. Word has lots of add-ons, and most of them I never use. Even so, I still think I know who the winner is.

WINNER: MICROSOFT WORD

NUMBERS VS EXCEL

Numbers and Excel are both spreadsheet programs that are designed to be used in different ways. Numbers has far fewer features than Excel, although Numbers’ use of multiple tables per sheet is very good for basic tasks, like budgeting and itineraries. The problem with Excel is that it only supports one, infinitely sized table per sheet. But Excel is more suited for business, professional and academic uses, and handles the simple tasks reasonably well.

Unlike Numbers, Excel supports advanced charting. While Numbers’ charting options are limited, most would say that Numbers’ charts look much better. While charting options in Numbers are lacking, Numbers does support the same formula commands as Excel, meaning that complicated calculations are possible in Numbers.

Since there were no categories for this comparison, I cannot say the scores, since there were none. But, I know, and probably most others know, who the winner is.

WINNER: NUMBERS

KEYNOTE VS POWERPOINT

THEME DESIGNS

First of all, theme designs make the whole look of the presentation. The theme will set the tone for the whole presentation, whether it is modern, old school, elegant or pop art. The basic theme designs offered by Keynote are just pure awesomeness, and there are 44 of them! Of course, you will never run out of themes, as there is a variety online for both PowerPoint and Keynote. Making a Keynote presentation will make you stand out, everyone else is using PowerPoint. A Keynote presentation is sure to impress everyone.

TRANSITION EFFECTS

Both PowerPoint and Keynote have interesting transitions. Dissolve, wipes, stripes and 3-D are some of PowerPoints, while Keynote has Sparkle, Shimmer, Twist and Anagram. If you want a clean transition on Keynote you can use Magic Move. Nothing is more annoying than using too many effects. I won’t type more, as they are not essential to your presentation.

USER FRIENDLINESS

PowerPoint is definitely more stable and reliable. Also, more people are familiar with it. But does that mean that PowerPoint is more user-friendly than Keynote? No, it does not. If you use Keynote, it can be hard creating a PowerPoint presentation, there are too many features, and it can be easy to get lost. For a beginner, Keynote is easier to use, because it is versatile, smooth and accesible for any skill level.

GRAPHICS

When it comes to typing and graphics, Keynote is superior. It has the elegance that is just pure Apple. An extra feature of Keynote is that you can remove the background, thus making the graph or chart look like it is part of the presentation. PowerPoint is great for simple animation, but Keynote is just amazing. There is a wide range of choices when it comes to customising speed, position, size and opacity. You can build paths using straight lines and curves for animations. However, for more complicated effects you will need a separate program like Flash to simulate that.

MULTIMEDIA FRIENDLINESS

I would like to say that PowerPoint is built for functional means, but Keynote is the more powerful application when it comes to multimedia. PowerPoint can insert photos, videos and sounds, but it is nowhere near as smooth as Keynote. PowerPoint was originally designed to support text-based presentations, so it cannot cope with a multimedia-heavy presentation. Keynote can, and spectacularly. PowerPoint needs an external application in order to support Flash.

IN THE CLOUD

One of the few bad things about Keynote is that it cannot be viewed on Windows, while PowerPoint can be opened on Mac. However, you can do an easy conversion from Keynote to PowerPoint, using the “export” feature. It can also be converted to a QuickTime slideshow. One of the best features of Keynote is the iPad application. This has been very popular. Using this, you can carry your presentation wherever you go. You can also use your iPhone or iPad as a remote control, so if you are presenting, you can walk around the room with your iPhone or iPad in hand, and control the slides with a touch of a button.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, there is not really anything that PowerPoint has that Keynote does not. Keynote has 44 brilliant themes, whereas PowerPoints are boring. The transitions on Keynote are new, and very interesting, while we have seen PowerPoints all before. Obviously, most people use PowerPoint, and therefore are more familiar with it. But that doesn’t mean that it is more user friendly. Keynote is much easier to use. As all Mac applications are, Keynotes graphics are way superior to PowerPoint. PowerPoint cannot handle the multimedia side of things, but Keynote can, and extremely well. You can’t save your PowerPoint presentation in the cloud, but you can with Keynote. Overall, PowerPoint is like the bare minimum and Keynote has all the features you need, and still staying simple to use. There is an obvious winner in the program contest.

WINNER: KEYNOTE

OVERALL CONCLUSION OF THE COMPARISON

iWork has the best spreadsheet program, and the best presentation program. But, Microsoft Office has the best word processor. iWork leads 2-1, but word processors are more important. Personally, I think Pages is pretty good anyway, so I know the overall winner.

WINNER: iWORK

iPhone 4 VS iPhone 4S VS iPhone 5

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Before I write this, most people would think that the iPhone 5 would win this, but it has a flaw. Some people don’t like the size.

IPHONE 4 VS IPHONE 4S VS IPHONE 5

iPhone 5 - iPhone 4S - iPhone 4

PROCESSOR

                                                                                              

Apple A6 Dual-Core                                   Apple A5 Dual-Core                                  Apple A4 Single Core

1.3 GHz                                                             800 MHz                                                   800 MHz

WINNER: Clearly, the iPhone 5 wins this. Its processor is almost double the speed of the 4S and 4.

COLOUR

                           

The only difference between the iPhones is that the 5 has Black & Slate and White & Silver. The others just have Black and White.

DIMENSIONS
Dimensions of the three most recent iPhones

The iPhone 5 is significantly thinner than the 4S and 4, which is good. But, the iPhone 5 is taller as well. Some people may not like this, but there is not that much of a difference.

WEIGHT
The iPhone 5 is significantly lighter than its predecessors

Strangely enough, the 4S is heavier than the 4, which means it it the worst iPhone when it comes to weight. If you look at the statistics, obviously the 5 wins.

WINNER: iPhone 5

DISPLAY

All three iPhones sport 326ppi Retina displays

Though all the iPhones have 326ppi, the 5 gains an extra half-inch of screen, which shifts the ratio to 16:9. Users of the older iPhones may take time to get used to this, but they will eventually appreciate the greater room for apps and photos.

WINNER: iPhone 5

CAMERA

The iPhone 5 camera is a subtle - but pointed - improvement over the shooter in the 4S

Out of the three iPhones, the 4 is clearly the worst. The rear camera is only 5 megapixels, and a result of that is that the video is only 720p. The 4S and 5 are quite similar, and the only difference is that the 5 has a 1.2 megapixel front camera instead of a VGA like the 4S.

WINNER: iPhone 5

BATTERY

Battery life is similar on all three models

The battery life for all the iPhones is pretty similar, and the only strange thing is that the 4S only has 9 hours of Wi-Fi internet browsing, whereas the 4 has 10. Clearly, the 5 has longer life when it comes to 3/4G internet browsing as well.

In conclusion, even though the iPhone 5s size can be annoying, it is the best iPhone. By a mile. Its processor is faster, its camera is better, and its battery lasts longer. Its display is better, it weighs less and it is a lot thinner. When it comes to conclusions, this one is going to be pretty short. The iPhone 5 is simply just so much better than the 4 and 4S. Although the 4S is better than the 4, it is nothing compared to the 5. I’m not sure what else I can say, other than the winner. But obviously, you already know what iPhone that is…

WINNER: IPHONE 5

Bing VS Google

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BING VS GOOGLE

Navigation

Since there is no index for the internet, people rely on search engines to find websites, and sometimes, specific pages. When I used Bing and Google to find the official website for Apple, the website you are on right now, and Nintendo, the top result was as expected for Apple, with both Bing and Google having the top result right. When I searched for this website, Bing did not even list it on the first page, while Google listed it third. When I searched for Nintendo, both were the first result.

WINNER: Google

Autocorrect

While the actual search results are important, how long it takes for you to get there is important too. Things such as Autocorrect and Google Instant are deigned to make your search quicker and easier. I found that Google Instant helps a lot whenever I search, but Bing was sometimes a bit hasty when autocorrecting. Although it did get it right when searching the terms above, there were some others that it did wrong. When I searched “Barack Obama YouTube channel”, Bing automatically included results for “barack obama youtube tv”.

WINNER: Google

Specific Pages on Large Sites

One of the most used searches involves looking for a particular page on a website you already know. For example, many fans of Richmond FC (in Australia, they are an AFL team), would visit their website for match times. Google found this straight away, and so did Bing.

WINNER: Draw

Product Searches

Searching for specific products can sometimes be quite annoying. In my test, both Bing and Google did a good job. Google did better in the case of Apple products, such as “iPad models” and “iPhone 4S specs”. Bing did well as well.

WINNER: Draw

Bias

When I searched for “the best smartphone”, the results pointed the PCWorld.com and Cnet.com. This shows no bias.

WINNER: Draw

Spam

Both Google and Bing deal with spam very well, but Bing has ads on the right side of the search results, which are usually mostly spam.

WINNER: Google

Now that I have done my tests, I have come to a conclusion. Bing did not win any categories, and only racked up points in the drawn categories. Google wonthree categories. Some people might say Bing is better, but who is going to “bing it”? It is not very catchy, while “google it” just rolls off the tongue. This was a pretty obvious post, and most of us (including me) knew who was going to win at the start. I will reveal the winner.

WINNER: GOOGLE