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To try and de-stress, and clear my mind, I whipped this up while watching my newest obsession on DVR. American Pickers.
No this unfortunately not a real comic, but regardless, how can you not love this concept and the artwork?! I came across this and had to share! Click this Link or the picture before to go to the website of origin and the artist behind the brilliance.
On this site I sometimes will do a technical heavy post/review and other times I don’t because I don’t feel its an important aspect of what a normal user would want to know. This is not going to be a technically heavy post because well, I don’t want to take away from the absolute greatness that I feel this product offers. So if you’re looking for measurements or how much extra weight the case adds to the phone, or what the battery specs are (rechargeable 1200mAh) you need to move along to another site. If however you’re curious as to how the product preformed for me and my reactions to it, then please, continue!
Juice Pack Air – iPhone 3G & 3GS from Mophie $49.95
- Doubles as a protective case
- Doubles your battery life
- uses micro-USB port
- status LEDs are unreliable for accuracy.
Up front, I’ll admit I was hesitant regarding Mophie’s Juice Pack Air. My iPhone 3G is on its last legs of life. Battery lasts absolutely no time at all anymore (we’re talking 100% down to 20% in a matter of hours) especially with my heaving texting/email/Twitter lifestyle. I’m just fortunate I spend a lot of time traveling and able to keep my phone on charge during those times on the road or I would really being hurting. I can say that after the very first day of using the Juice Pack Air, I was sold! I went from my phone only lasting a few hours with normal use (Email, Twitter, Facebook, Texting, phone calls) to lasting the entire day, and I pushed it hard too. So everything you read is true, the Mophie Juice Pack Air does double your battery life, no matter how bad off your battery is. It nearly tripled my battery life, its like I have a new phone again.
Now just a hint of the technical: The Juice Pack Air has a rechargeable 1200mAh battery, is made from matte plastic that makes it a successful and attractive protective case as well. The case is divided into top and bottom sections that, when enclosed around the phone, forms a seamless and snug hold that can quickly be taken apart if need be.
On the back of the Juice Pack Air, there are four blue LEDs used to indicate the power that’s left in the battery. Although it didn’t always seem to be completely accurate, its still nice to have so you have a general idea. Along with the LEDs you have a on/off switch on the bottom of the case, which gives you the option to use the Juice Pack Air as an extended power supply, or simply as a protective case.
Using the included cable (a micro-USB) you can connect the Juice Pack Air to your computer just like you would your typical iPhone USB cable, through the USB port, letting you charge the case and sync the iPhone simultaneously.
If you’re like me, still sucking the life out of your iPhone 3G or 3GS and want to give the old work horse an extra kick, at $50 you can’t pass up the Juice Pack Air. It does what it promises to do, lives up to the expectations, and you’ll never look back. Give your iPhone some new life!
Okay, in my growing fandom for Doctor Who came an announcement from one of my favorite TV personalities; Craig Ferguson that he was having a Doctor Who night, an entire episode of his show “The Late Late Show” dedicated to Doctor Who! The excitement grew, as I saw tweets from Mr @CraigyFerg referencing him putting words to the Doctor Who theme. That fateful night was November 17th.
If you know the story or watched the show that night, you know that Craig had an elaborate opening number, where he had added words to the Doctor Who theme, but was told five minutes before the show that they did not have the rights to use the theme music, which of course brought about a fairly hilarious opening segment with the brilliant Mr Ferguson letting out some of his frustration. Well, throughout the show, you heard references to the opening being leaked onto the internet, and finally, after 2 weeks, we have that wonderful leak! Feast your eyes on what should have been the opening to “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on their Doctor Who night, with a cameo of The Doctor himself; Matt Smith!!
I just came across this thanks to a co-worker, and couldn’t help but share it with the masses. Coming to you from what must be the brilliant minds of FlashRods.com comes to you a 1:18 scale stainless steel Delorean hard drive car! Packing a Seagate 500GB drive, this bad boy comes highly detailed, with an opening hood and doors. Check this guy out here. It’ll set you back $250, but who can deny how cool this would be sitting on your desk, and be an office tool!
For anyone looking to win my heart, this would be a way to do it!
Just wanted to share this. One of my favorite people that I see and help in my area insists on still using the keyboard she started out with! Its an old IBM keyboard, with the function keys on the left in 2 columns rather then on the top row, is rather clunky and loud as well. Its been some struggles at times, including being used with a KVM switch, systems that no longer have PS2 ports and more hurdles. I do what I can to keep her happy and keep this keyboard working, and now it’s working with Windows 7! (The bad boy has been working since DOS!)
Okay, up front, I have been an AT&T customer for the past 6 years, and have been an iPhone user for the past 2. With that said, this review is meant more towards the overall experience with the Droid X and Verizon’s service rather then with the technical specifics, you can get those anywhere.
I live in a small town in Kentucky, off of I75, and my job has me travelling across at least 36 counties in the southeastern section of the state, through the Daniel Boone forest and the Appalachian Mountains. The general range I have to travel allowed me an opportunity to not only test a device, but I wanted to test a different service then just AT&T which I have been accustom to. Verizon Wireless was gracious enough to give me an opportunity to not only demo their service, but also the Motorola Droid X for a couple of weeks. My first venture with an Android based phone and Verizon.
The first and initial impressions I had of the phone was not only its screen size, but the phone’s overall size. When looking at the side by side, the Droid is noticeably larger then the iPhone, and to some this might be a negative, but after using it, I’d being willing to argue that it is a plus. Not only was the screen very sharp, maybe not as sharp as the iPhone 4, but sharp none the less, and the larger screen made it nicer to watch videos, look at photos and play, yes; Angry Birds!
The phone comes with four basic function buttons at the bottom of the screen; Menu, Home, Search, and Back. As a constant iPhone user, this took a little adjusting to, I found myself having to remember to hit the Menu button for certain options to appear in apps that I was used to bring up with the swipe of a finger. Nothing really to complain or fuss about, just the nature of the beast and difference between devices. Call quality was fine for me, and I have no complaints in regards to the quality of the calls.
The device itself runs fast and responds quickly to commands and opening of apps. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in terms of performance, but was impressed by the phone. The interface took a little getting used to, but it didn’t take very long to grow accustomed to it. I realize it’s a custom UI for the phone, and differs from other Android based phones, but as this is my first, I have no basis to compare, and won’t attempt to. I found the IU extremely reasonable on how it functioned, and really have no ill regards towards it in anyway.
Another feature, which I was impressed by somewhat, was the camera. Pretty much standard for any smartphone anymore, the camera worked well for the shots I took with it, including the built in flash, which was nice being that I’m still in the dark ages with my old school iPhone 3G and am not used to having a flash available on my phone. One thing that truly impressed me was the video taking capabilities of the phone, as I recorded a few minutes of a basketball game, and had no problem with the video quality and fast movements that came with that recording.
The one draw back, which is something you will see mentioned on nearly all reviews, is the battery life of the phone. I do a lot of texting, internet, and heavy emailing during the day, and my iPhone has been through the paces. I have to charge it at least every night, if not plug it up at some point while travelling on the road to ensure I get through the day, so poor battery life is something I’ve just learned to live with currently. That is one thing I did notice with the Droid X. I didn’t use it near as heavy as I would my normal phone, and the battery would need to be charged by the evenings, especially if I did any heavy net surfing. I would say its equivalent to the battery life I currently have on my iPhone 3G, which, isn’t that great, to say the least, but considering some of the aspects of the phone itself, I can see where it would get into having battery life issues.
- Verizon Motorola Droid X
- Android 2.1
- 4.3” LCD 854×480
- TI OMAP 3630 1Ghz
- 512MB RAM
- 8GB Internal, 16BG/32GB (microSD)
- 8 Megapixel camera
- 3G, Wifi b/g, BT
- FM Radio
- TV Out (HDMI)
- 4.6 x 2.3 x .047”, 4.6oz
- 1540mAh battery
This is the nuts and bolts of why I truly wanted a chance to do this. I’m going to be very candid and say I’m accustomed to AT&T’s service. I only have 3G speed available in one small area of my entire 36 county region, and that is in Somerset, KY. I have grown accustomed to not only random quick dead spots that will cause dropped called, but full blown dead areas, not only in Rockcastle County, but throughout Eastern Kentucky. Its something I’ve just learned to live around and know. I’ve traveled the same roads so much the past few years, I know when and where I can make a call or need to end a call early, and the worst part? In 6 years, nothing has been done to improve the signal quality.
When I received the Verizon phone, I wasn’t only surprised, but I was amazed. The data speed in which the phone had, sitting in my living room was above and beyond what I received with my iPhone. Even in the only AT&T 3G area I’m typically in, the Droid X moved faster on data then my iPhone. Most dead spots that I had grown accustomed to, were none existent with the Verizon phone. No dropped calls either.
One hiccup I did have, was while attending a college football game in Lexington, the Verizon service did seem to have a few hiccups while I tried to use it in the stadium, but so does my iPhone unless I turn off 3G, so there isn’t a big surprise there which the crowds at Commonwealth Stadium, I just felt it was something to note.
One other candid comment I’d like to make. I sent the same request to all major Wireless providers in the area, including a few smaller ones. I only had 2 respond to my request (One where I voiced desire to not only test a device, but their service in the region). Verizon was the first to respond and have been very gracious in their support, I hope to work out another deal with the other company (Appalachian Wireless) to demo a product and give a similar report to their service soon.
As a iPhone user for the past few years, I was impressed with the Droid X’s design and functioning, not only as a phone but as an overall device, as I’m the type that expects a lot out of his device, and will milk it for everything it has. For now, I’m personally going to stick with my iPhone, mainly because I have a few apps that I rely on, that are not currently available on the Android market. Although with that said, let me also point out that I found some of the apps available on the Android market, very desirable, and unavailable to myself on my iPhone (NFL anyone).
As for the service. I came in expecting it to be a little more reliable then AT&T, simply by word of mouth, but I was blown away by the difference between Verizon and AT&T’s signal strength and cell reception in what are typically weak and dead zones, not to mention the data speeds I was able to get around my test area. When it comes to the iPhone being available on Verizon, I very well could be one of the first in line when it becomes available.