My iPod Nano 4G


I ordered this a couple of weeks back now, and it took two weeks to ship from Amazon and another week to arrive from Aramex. I kept hearing good reviews about it and how the build quality is high.

The package arrived and it weighed less the 1 lb, 0.65lbs to be exact. The best thing is unpacking an Apple product, they do know how to make simple and quality packaging. I liked the color of the Black or more like Dark Grey iPod Nano. As soon as you open it you realize how then it is. I couldn’t believe they fit 16 GB into something that thin, and its extremely light. I needed an mp3 player to use when I’m riding and this turned out to be the perfect player, you don’t even feel it in your pocket.

The screen quality and brightness are amazing, I haven’t seen something such as this before. You can clearly see the screen in bright day light, I was changing songs looking at the screen while wearing my motorcycle helmet during broad day light and I have a tinted screen. The scroller feels very nice and precise so I was clicking away. Surprisingly this mp3 player is louder through the same headphones then my iPod Touch. I usually set the volume just below the maximum when I’m riding to be able to hear it when its windy, but this was clearly louder and I was enjoying that.

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Apple iPod Nano 16GB

I checked ou the Apple iPod Nano 4G and I liked the specs, so I decided to order one. I was looking between the red one and the black one, and I really like the red one. I ordered it from the Apple website, entered all my information and they said they would email me a confirmation. About a day later I get an email from Apple saying they don’t send to APO boxes, from last time I remember someone telling me that they can get Apple shipped to their Aramex account, so that really annoyed me. Luckly for me Amazon accepts anything so I ordered it from Amazon but since Red wasn’t available I went with Black instead. Its the perfect mp3 player to take with me riding this coming season and I hope it cools off soon. 

 

Review: BMW iPod Interface

I have been using my iPod Touch for some time now, and thought to use it with my car. After some search I found a few units, but it turns out there is an OEM unit from BMW meant to integrate with the system.

This is the break of audio controls from the BMW Audio Interface, it replaces the CD Changer menu:

  • CD1 – Playlists
  • CD2 – Artist Names
  • CD3 – Album Title
  • CD4 – Music Genre
  • CD5 – Pod Cast
  • CD6 – Displays a certain amount of songs from the music library

Pros:

  • Excellent Sound Quality – Fiber Optic Connection
  • Easily installed – Took about 50 mins
  • Works with all iPods
  • Relatively cheaper then other iPod integration units
  • Uses BMW audio control to interface with the iPod
  • Loads items relatively quickly

Cons:

  • Replaces CD Changer but can easily be returned without any issues. Personally it has no affect on me since I still have 2 slots in the center console, one for DVD/Navigation and one for CD.

These aren’t the best pictures in the world, it was probably because we were cramped and it was humid outside so we just kept on snapping away and wanted to finish it as fast as possible. Now after getting it all done, I wanted to take step by step shots but we wanted to finish up and go somewhere cool.

Overall I think this is an excellent unit, easily installed and it requires no changes to your OEM system. The only real issue I have is the BMW Audio interface itself, so doesn’t matter which unit you install this is the drawback of them all, I wish it would be a little quicker or easier to go through. I do recommend this unit to anyone who wants to use their iPod with their BMW, it works perfectly.

Price: 125 KD from Dealership – $300 Online

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My iPod Touch

I have to admit after trying out so many mp3 players the iPod Touch is the best mp3 player I have used by far. The sound quality is very good, but I wish the volume could be a little louder. The best part about it is all the applications that you can now use with the 2.0 upgrade. I have some productivity tools, information applications, and some games. I think what makes it great is what it can do other then being an mp3 player.

I have tried a lot of mp3 players and I have to say that Apple got it really right with this one. And one more thing I have to admit to is how well iTunes works, it does take over the computer which is very annoying but overall it helped me clean up my library. It is mostly on the network and a few different places but I have made leaps and bounds worth of progress with it, that I have tried months with other programs. A software called Tune Up does help as well to clean up ID3 tags, I think I am at the 60% which is great, I just have to clean up the tracks a little bit more and complete a few albums then download all the Album art for my Music. iTuens does hang every once in a while, and if you leave the computer on for a while it acts up for some reason, it eats up some resources. The most annoying part about iPod/iTunes is that I can’t sync the information to another computer without having to format the iPod, I know there are ways around this but it is just annoying. It is a very good program but Apple really has a lock on everything so you have to find ways around, or else I can’t really fault it too much.

iPhone/iPod Touch: Disk Aid

The annoying part of the iPhone and iPod Touch is having to use iTunes to make any changes on it. But this piece of software helps resolve a lot of these issues. Turns your iPhone/iPod Touch into an external HD so you can drag and drop files into it, music, video, documents, pictures, anything. It doesn’t require Jailbreak to work with your iPod Touch/iPhone.

Link: Lifehacker

Sony Ericsson C905

I’m always on the lookout for a good usable phone, and over the past few years I have switched from being a Nokia User to a Sony Ericsson user. And let those Apple Phone users get lost with their iPhones, I will be enjoying this phone. Sony Ericsson went all out with this phone, and I really do like how it is the finish of this phone. Every once in a while they come out with a very nice set of phones, and this one is leading the pack, its supposed to be priced around the same as the K850 when it first came out. I’m not usually into sliding phones, but this one seems to fit the bill.

Features:

  • HSDPA
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, image stabilizer, video, xenon flash; secondary videocall camera
  • Built-in GPS receiver
  • A-GPS function
  • Camera images geo-tagging
  • Java MIDP 2.0
  • FM radio with RDS
  • MP3/AAC/MPEG4 player
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Picture editor/blogging
  • TV out
  • Organiser
  • Built-in handsfree
  • Voice memo/dial

Link: GSMArena

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Apple Support Conversation

I decided to call the Apple store in Marina since I was told they could probably fix the problem. It was an interesting conversation for sure.

Me “Hello is this the Apple Store in Marina”
Her : “Yes”
Me “Can I speak technical support?”
Her “What?”
Me “Can I talk to the fixing people”
Her “Call 224737”
Me “Just a question how long would it take to fix an iPod Touch”
Her “Warranty or no”
Me “Yes Warranty”
Her “3 – 5 Months”
Me “What?!?!?!?!?!?! Ok, never mind”

Then I call technical and they told me it takes 3 months for the Apple Warranty claim which is nuts, so I told them I would pay for the fix, but they don’t fix Apple iPod Touches in Kuwait, they fix them in Dubai. I said fine as long as I receive my iPod Touch in a timely manner, but 3 to 5 months is just ridiculous.

Apple iPod Touch – DOA

So for the first time I have decided to order an iPod Touch, and in my case I really have no luck. It arrived DOA, I ordered it online and its a bit of a special case, I’m not going to send it back, I would prefer to be able to fix it in Kuwait if possible. It wouldn’t even start up or charge or anything, right away from the box, right now its just an expensive paper weight. I’m going to take it to the Marina store based on a friend’s recommendation but that doesn’t mean that they would be able to fix it. I’m going to cross my fingers and hopefully they can fix it.

Intelliscreen

For all those iPhone users out there I think this is a very useful software to make use of the “Slide to Unlock” Screen. With Intelliscreen you would be able to customize the objects that appear on that screen.

Features Such as:

  • Email (Gmail or otherwise can appear on screen or snippets of messages)
  • Calendar Updates
  • RSS Feeds
  • SMS Messages
  • Local Weather

Link: Lifehacker

Black iPhone Custom

The iPhone is one the nicest looking products yet from Apple, you wouldn’t ever think that there is a lot of room for improvement, but a few tweaks here and there could make it look better. With this you have Knights Creation’s Black iPhone Custom, they don’t paint it for you, they upgrade the parts of the iPhone with anodized aluminum, and TIAN treated logos. You can buy one ready made from them or send yours in to be upgraded. It takes about a week to have the upgrade done, and if your phone is a bit scratched up this makes it brand new. They can also do it for other Apple products, to give it the black treatment, black 16GB iPhone($299 yours/$849 new), black iPod Nano ($99 yours/$329 new) and a black iPod Touch ($129 yours/$539 new).

Link: Gigapascal