Friday, August 28, 2015

iPad Mini

It's salary time and I was able to buy a new iPad mini (with Wi-Fi and cellular version) with 16GB RAM which is on sale at Lulu Hypermarket. The price is affordable which is 1299 riyals from the original 1699 riyals, so I was able to save 400 riyals on my wallet.  I decided to buy this iPad mini because I'm not satisfied with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 which I bought last May.  Although Tab 4 is really a fast and reliable tablet and fits at the back of my jeans pocket, the battery life is short which I need to charge everyday. Compared to iPad Mini's battery, it takes me 2 days of using it after I had to charge it.  This is really a plus and a big advantage when it comes to Apple products such as the iPhones and iPad. The battery life is long. Although this is the first version of the iPad mini which was launch last November 2012, it is popular to most of the expatriates here in Saudi Arabia because of its affordable price, and since the price of iPad Mini 3 is still very expensive, why not buy an iPad mini which comes with almost the same specs of the version 3.  The iPad Mini has a 5 megapixel primary and autofocus camera and a 1.2 megapixel secondary camera. Size is 7.9 inches with a 768 x 1024 pixels (~162 ppi pixel density). I was able to upgrade the operating system from iOS 6 to iOS 8.4 without a hitch. I bought also an iPad Mini Smart Case to protect the unit from scratches.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse

It's been a long time I haven't listen to Mariah Carey's music.  She is one of my favorite songstress with that five-octave vocal range. Although considered as one of the best selling music artists of all time,  her latest album "Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse" (released 2014) which I bought recently from Rotana was not that successful, selling only 58,000 copies on its first week of released in the US according to Billboard 200 Nielsen SoundScan and peaking only at No. 3. The album is considered an R&B one with a different kind of musical style incorporating hip hop, soul, and gospel.  After listening to the entire album on several occasion,  I believe this is one of the best album of Mariah Carey along with "The Emancipation of Mimi" and "Butterfly". My favorite songs in the album are "You're Mine (Eternal)", "Faded", "Supernatural", and "One More Try" (a cover of George Michael's song from the album Faith). It's worth listening to this album of Mariah Carey where her signature style of singing had never faded.  She is truly a diva and one of the successful singers in music history.

CD Cover of Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Guinness World Records - 2015 Edition

I went yesterday at Jarir Bookstore, Al-Khobar-Corniche to buy the latest edition of Guinness World Records 2015.  It's been a long time I haven't read a book and I believe its about time to go back to the basics, reading a worthwhile stuff during my free time. Guinness World Records is known as The Guinness Book of Records since its inception in 1955 through 1988.  It is a reference book published annually, listing world records for both human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. I already started reading it during my breaktime in the office.  So far,  I'm having this pleasure of reading this informative book.

The glossy front cover of the book

Inside pages of the book