Posted December 18, 2011
On November 6, 2009 the original Motorola Droid was released. It was the first phone that I ever woke up for and went to Verizon store about 30 minutes before it opened. I joined 8 other people outside. I got that phone because the iPhone was only on AT&T. That phone served me well in the 2+ years I had it and helped me do things that the iPhone probably couldn’t do… like the time we were on vacation in Maine and I needed to fix something on the server. I was able to tether my phone to my laptop and fix it right there and then.
Posted November 16, 2011
Not too long after I bought my Droid Bionic, every cool phone in the world was either release or announced… the iPhone 4S, the Galaxy Nexus, Droid Razr. Looking back, I’m happy with my decision to get the Bionic. One thing that I found today was an FM Radio App. Apparently, older phones use this app but they for some reason omitted this from the Bionic. The app requires you to plug in your headphones because it uses the headphones as the FM antenna. I’m not sure if it’ll work with other Android phones but I’m enjoying my Bionic more and more. I should be finally releasing some apps as well in the next few months.
Posted November 8, 2011
After a little over two months of having the HP Touchpad, I decided that the experiment is over. I recently sold the Touchpad on Ebay. I did sell it for a profit and I have been contemplating whether I should get the Amazon Kindle Fire. Unless the reviews for it are mind blowing, it doesn’t look like I’ll head that direction. Why did I sell the Touchpad? Was it the fact that it didn’t have an extensive eco system like the iPad? Did it have anything to do with the pretty cheap hardware? I would say that these had a contributing factor, but I would say the main reason is pretty much the same reasons I gave when the iPad first was released… I’m more of a content creator than a content consumer. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely consume a lot of content, but I need something that I can program with while I’m consuming content at the same time. Now that I’ve sold my Touchpad, HP can officially kill the WebOS division… or at least sell it.
Posted October 28, 2011
I love kick starter. Here’s a project that I browsed upon. This product takes care of the complaint of the lack of tactile feedback while typing on an iPad 2. I just love the use of the iPad’s magnets to align the keyboard.
Posted September 20, 2011
About a month ago, I was one of the lucky ones to pick up a $99 HP Touchpad. I wrote before that I dodged a bullet not buying it earlier. Why did I go ahead and buy it? For $99, let me just tell you that it was well worth the price. If I had to choose between a $99 Touchpad and a $499 iPad 2, I would definitely go with the $99 Touchpad. Yes, the iPad has more apps and yes the hardware is amazing on the iPad, but as far as overall value, you can’t be the $99 price point. Your mileage may vary but for my own use, I mainly use it for surfing the web and playing the occasional casual game for killing time. Even though I love WebOS, I may wait for the Android port to be fully baked.
Posted August 29, 2011
It was a strange week last week. First we had an earthquake that was felt up and down the east coast. Then hurricane Irene came through as well. It was interesting to see the reaction for both events but I’m glad we made it through both just fine. I know certain areas were hit pretty hard, especially by the storm. I don’t want to make light of the situation but there was one particular comment that stood out to me after the earthquake.
I was at the coffee shop working when the earthquake hit. I said out loud, “I thought I got away from California.” Then the girl next to me asked me, “You’re from California, what are you suppose to do in an earthquake.” I told her that it would be probably best to get under the table. Then she looks at me with a serious face and asked, “What if the ground opens up?” I had no answer for her.
Posted August 19, 2011
Let’s just say I dodged a bullet. Ready this on Engadget but HP is going is going to discontinue operations for their webOS devices. This means that they are going to give up on the phones and tablet products. A few weeks ago HP did a price cut on the Touchpad and then there was a deal floating around for an additional $100 off, bringing the price down to a total of $299. I eventually didn’t get one because I couldn’t find the cheaper 16gb version and the Staples stores that I went to wasn’t going to honor the additional $100 off. I’m relieved that I wasn’t able to find one but I am still hopeful that webOS will emerge with another manufacturer. I still think that it’s a legitimate competitor to Apple, especially as it relates to tablets. To be clear, HP is not getting rid of webOS (at least for now) but they are getting rid of the hardware products. They are going to license it out. I’m hoping that someone like Samsung or HTC will pick it up.