Bought myself a Christmas gift and last minute write off for 2011. Barely unboxed it and the battery is charging now. I was going back and forth between this ($549) and the NEX 5N ($699)which is a $150 more expensive and the difference is mainly the touchscreen and 1080HD video recording. Going to try the NEX C3 first and possibly exchange to the NEX 5N if necessary.
I have two main laptops and two laptop bag configurations for two different situations. If my day involves going from office to office or if I have some serious work to do, this is what I carry (as shown on the left)
- An old Kenneth Cole 15″ Laptop Bag (pens, USB cables, power adaptor, and some documents inside)
- MacBook Pro 15″ 2011 2.2Ghz i7 8GB RAM 500GB Hard Drive
- iPad 2 64GB (works great as a second screen)
- Mophie Juicepack Plus
- iPhone 4S
- Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse 5000
If my day involves going from airport to airport, being on the road all day, or if I feel like going minimalistic, this is what I carry (as show on the right)
- Kenneth Cole 11″ Laptop Bag (pens and USB Cable inside)
- MacBook Air 11″ 2010 Ultimate
- Verizon 4G Mobile Hotspot
- iPad 2 64GB
- Apple in ear headphones
- MicroSD USB Adaptor
- iPhone 4S
What’s in your laptop bag?
I moved from Guam to California in 1998 and to this day, still haven’t gotten used to the dry air especially at night when I sleep. I’ve have pretty bad allergies and the dryness of the air makes it very difficult to sleep several nights which makes me wake up feeling tired. Now that it’s winter, this is when things get really bad. Allergies act up and skin gets really dry especially with the heater being on to stay warm.
I finally got around to getting a humidifier and chose something small to start out with and boy what a huge difference it made! I slept for 9 hours straight without needing to wake up with a clogged nose and my skin isn’t as dry when I’m at home! I bought the Holmes Ultrasonic Teapot Humidifier for $29.99 and it’s perfect for nightstands in the bedroom or in a small office. I’m thinking of getting one more for my home office (so I don’t have to switch back and forth with the bedroom), and one for my office at work. I may even invest in a much larger humidifier for the living room. Highly recommended! Totally improved my life!
Chrono Trigger is out for iOS! Just loaded it and played for about 15 minutes and so far it feels really nostalgic. Supposedly this has the add-ons from the DS but unfortunately doesn’t control as well. I think it will take awhile to either get used to the D-Pad on the touch screen or become frustrated with it (happened a lot when I played Secret of Mana) but for an iOS device, this seems like the only option. Music sounds excellent but the graphics are not really optimized for the retina display. Hopefully they will fix that on a future update. I’m just excited that I get to relive some of my childhood this weekend!
When I first got the first HTC Evo in June 2010, I was blown away by the massive screen size (4.3 inches) and I thought having a phone so big that it had to have it’s own kickstand was the coolest concept ever. The Evo in fact overshadowed any desire that I had to get an iPhone 4 at the time. The large screen size was great and was appreciated but there were some occasions where it was just too big to carry around. I also do a lot of international traveling and the CDMA-Only Evo 4G wasn’t that useful to take along with me when I go overseas. Now here comes the HTC Evo Design with a beautiful 4 inch qHD display, world phone capabilities, and running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Why wasn’t this baby around LAST YEAR?!
I was asked to do a rewrite of my first iPhone 4S review for Brighthand and it’s now posted on there. Check it out here!
I was thinking about doing an in depth review of the new iPhone 4S but almost every publication and websites have said similar things about the iPhone 4S. On the outside, it looks no different from the iPhone 4. On the inside however, are some hardware and software upgrades that make this Apple’s phone for 2011. Every benchmark shows that it is noticeably faster than the iPhone 4. It takes sharper pictures and improved photos at night. Video recording is now at 1080p resolution and you can edit your photos natively without any third party apps thanks to iOS 5. In my opinion, the biggest selling point is Siri, the digital assistant exclusive to the iPhone 4S (although a hack is in the works in the time of this writing).
What I’m going to do is a brief rundown of the device and review on real world usage instead throwing up the charts and benchmarks…
I’ve been a fan of 13″ notebooks for the past few years because portability is most important to me. Then came the iPad and MacBook Air and it was almost pointless to have the MacBook Pro 13. It’s been acting as a file server for a couple of months and hardly left the house. I bring my Air out to the office and leave the 13″ at home and there are times when 11 and 13 are just TOO small. Continue reading
The ear cushions arrived but I didn’t get a chance to test drive these till this evening. The way this works is that they go into the headset before adding the eartips and these cushions hang onto your ear much better. Continue reading
I was actually in the market for a new case for my iPhone 4 because the Griffin Reveal case had the “flash ring” problem when taking pictures at night. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an awesome case and it would have been the PERFECT case but this review isn’t about that. The mophie juice pack plus (yes it’s written in lowercase on the box) is the latest impulse buy when walking into a best buy late at night and it has been impressive for these past few days of usage. Continue reading