Phone Replacement

I have had my SE T700 for about a year and a half now, I update the firmware but the phone has pretty much gone into crashing spiral. If I call a number that isn’t stored it rings but the screen hangs, and if I go into sms it takes a minute or two to load up, it has its moods when it wants to work. I have to admit though that it has survived some pretty damaging falls and lasted a while but I need a replacement.

I was thinking for a while not to take a chance get a completely different phone but I’m a bit put off:

Garmin G60 – Linux based Garmin phone with simple functionality and Garmin map functions.

I’m not getting it because of the horrible reviews that it has gotten as it seems to have issues.

HTC Hero – I have always wanted to try an Android phone and the HTC UI is appealing but I’m very hesitant.

I’m avoiding all Windows phones at all costs, I took that road a long while back and I refuse to do that because of the hell that I went through with their crappy products and even their new Windows Mobile OS is crap. So after all that I’m left to go back to Sony Ericsson phones even though I think they are great phones and do the job as phones.

(iPhone is not an option, I would break it in one day)

iPod Touch – New App Download List

I think Apple has gotten flooded with tons of Apps that you don’t really know the good from the bad and which one exactly fits your need and the rating system is too simple for how complex some of these applications can be. I have managed to find some apps that I will be downloading, some are games which I really want to try and some are useful apps for my use, this isn’t even including the ones I currently have, I wish they would get Google Latitude already loaded as an app.

  • NFL Mobile (Down side is you have to be a Direct TV subscriber with the sport package, but I want an NFL App so I’m gonna try it out)
  • Need for Speed: Undercover
  • Blades of Fury
  • Madden NFL 10
  • Modern Combat: Sandstorm

iPod Utilities – Track and Playlist Duplication (Copying) & Music Back Up

A lot of people have been in the situation where they have lost their music library one way or another, but thankfully they have it all on their iPods. Now the issue is getting it back to the PC and acting all normal again, so how exactly do you go about it without erasing the damn thing. Another situation is when you want to just duplicate your friend’s iPod, some people just aren’t good at making decent playlists when they have thousands of songs. I know I forget a few songs, and making playlists gets annoying with that many songs, but worth it in the long wrong. So are are a few useful software that you can use “expand” the usage of your iPod.

Disk Aid (Freeware)

This is a really useful software, some people have the very large 80 – 160 GB iPods which they haven’t completely filled. Disk Aid turns your iPod into an external hard drive that you are able to drop items into without having any affect on your current files, unless you delete something. Works really well and its free.

Tune Aid ($25)

This one of the first applications which I think is a must for anyone with an iPod and its worth the $25. You can copy your whole iPod to your iTunes including Playlists, Album Art, Number of times played, and all the other details. You can keep adding your iTunes library by doing this to multiple iPods and copying it to your PC. Also it doesn’t matter if the iPod was Mac or PC formated, Tune Aid can read it. Also you can be specific about certain songs or videos, and you can leave out the rest. Its an amazing piece of software which is worth the $25, it works with all types of iPods. It is also able to recover songs from a corrupted database/iPod.

iPod 2 iPod ($39)

Copying between two iPods is a hassle, especially playlists and all the other items. Specifically if you don’t want to copy the items to your iTunes library. The usually problem anyone faces is that iTunes will format an iPod which isn’t connected to it previously, so you have to make sure you set it so that you Manage the Library and switch off Auto Sync. You can plug both iPods to the PC and it will recognize it, the best part about the software is that its very simple to use. You select the tracks you can to copy and copy it over to the other iPod, and you can do that with the Playlists as well. The freeware version can only do 100 songs, but the main one can do many, I tested it already with about 7000+ songs. Its an extremely useful software if you do this a lot, I do this because I take friend’s iPods and copy them back and forth, but is it worth $40 I don’t think so, I think its worth about $15 max. But it is a very clean piece of software that doesn’t involve any complications.

iTunes Apps 12/08

 

I think I have managed to take some advantage of my iPod Touch with some interesting Apps and filling it up with music. I still have some ways to go to organize my music completely the right way, I am happy with some of the playlists that I have but I still have a lot of music that I’m surprised that is on my iPod after pressing the random shuffle button.

 

I have filled about 95% of my iPod Touch with music and 2% with Applications, and some of these Applications are pretty damn good. I have mentioned some small comments but all are pretty good, and the higher it is the more I like it.  

Applications:

  • Fieldrunners (This Game is Fantastic)
  • BattleAtSea (Who doesn’t love playing battle ships)
  • Bloomberg (Keeping up to date on the latest financial news breaks, and there are lots of those these days)
  • Texas Hold’em (Some poker fun with different levels)
  • SportsTap (Keeping tabs on NFL, and NBA teams)
  • Now Playing (Its excellent in the US for movie times, I also get movie info from it)
  • Crash Bandicoot Nitro (Fun Driving Game)
  • Cro-Mag Rally (Fun Driving Game)
  • WordPress (If I just want to write the text while in a waiting room)
  • Yelp (Restaurant info and more)
  • Dynolicious (HP, Torque, and Skid Pad when your driving, pretty good)
  • iPray Pro (Pretty good with prayer times)
  • JellyCar (Pretty funny car when playing)
  • WeightTracker (Literally what it is)
  • Units (Great for different types of conversion, great on the run)
  • Mobile Banking (For those with a Bank of America account)
  • The Weather Channel (For more detailed weather information)
  • BA Flights (When you fly BA a lot its helpful, I’m not flying BA that much these days)

SimCity iPhone

There are a few games on the iPod Touch that I am really enjoying, its meant to burn some time whenever waiting. And there are a few games that I do look forward to but this is something really different. A full featured SimCity for the iPhone/iPod Touch and somehow they managed to make it work the Apple Touch instead of being a problem. It seems they have made it work and its going to be released this month, I will want to try it out but would probably require a good amount of time to get things going in that city.

link: Kotaku

iPhone Picture Patchwork

The one thing or really one of the things that people complain about the iPhone is the camera and how crappy it is. But this guy took some interesting pictures and manually stitched them together to create these patchwork panoramas. I would try taking shots like these but it would be really tough to stitch them together to get the creative image because I am horrible at photoshop.

Link: Flickr

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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

The Sanctuary

This is probably one of the best products for a tech junkie, I have a ton of wires all over the place just to charge all the gadgets. A storage solution which solves your everyday need. You can place 99% of all your gadgets in one are with your keys and wallet while it gets charged, you don’t have to have so many wires for all your gadgets. This can work in the kitchen, bedroom, desk or anywhere you want to organize. It works with 120 or 220 volts, and with that one unit it can provide power to all the items below. This really would solve a lot of my problems, the only thing is that I would want it a little bigger, that would really be cool.

Brands Supported: Apple, Audiovox, Belkin, Benq, Blackberry, Creative, Dell, Dopod, Garmin, Grundig, Helio, HP, HTC, I-Mate, Jabra, Krome, Kyocera, LG, Logitech, Mio, Motorola, Netgear, Nokia, O2, Palm , Qtek, Samsung, Sanyo, Sony, Sony Ericsson, Tomtom, Toshiba, Ubiquio

Price: $130
Link: BlueLounge