Sunday, August 28, 2011

Windows Phone 7: 72 hour impression

I purchased a Windows Phone 7 HD7 for T Mobile to test drive for a month or so before I go to Korea. Click past the break to see my impression of Windows Phone 7 after 72 hours.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Weekly update 20 Aug 2011

Here is a video of my review of the tech world for the last week or so.  I touched on a few topics such as:



Google buys Motorola Mobility
HP kills off webOS
Nexus Prime rumors
WP7 Mango coming soon
RIM BlackBerry OS7 Torch and Bold phones
iOS announcement in Oct

If you have an question please feel free to hit me up via email, blog, twitter, about me, youtube, or facebook.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cinch (OS X application)

Here is a quick demonstration of an application called Cinch available in Apple's App Store that allows your Apple computer to resize windows like you can in Windows 7.  It costs $6.99 which does kind of suck considering you can get the same for free with a Windows 7 computer. Check out the video after the break.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Back up your SMS and reply from your desk

Here are a two good Android apps that can allow you to be more productive with you phone by backing up your SMS messages and allowing you to receive and respond to SMS messages from your desk.



The first app is SMS Backup+. Once you set up the app with your Gmail account, it will automatically send your SMS messages to your Gmail account and label them "SMS".  You can also set up the app to archive (mark as read) your SMS messages so they won't show up as new messages in your email.  This app will forward both incoming and outgoing SMS and MMS message. The added feature of sending MMS messages is great because now when someone sends you a picture of your sweet niece or nephew, you don't have to worry about saving it to your phone, then emailing the picture to yourself just to get a copy on your computer. Just wait 3 minutes and the photo will be in your email, waiting for you to save it to your computer from your email.  Having an archive in your Gmail of all incoming and outgoing text messages is great to have in case you need to "refresh" someone's memory when they deny that drunk text that they sent you last week.  Another feature of this app is that you can restore you messages if you need to.  Have you factory reset your phone?  Did you lose your phone?  Either way, using SMS Backup+ you get all of your old text messages back on your phone with little hassle.  You cannot respond to text messages from your email so this app will only back up and restore your messages which can be a life saver.




Next up is DeskSMS.  This app is from the popular clockworkmod group and it will allow you to send and receive SMS messages from your desk.  Right now the app is in beta but you can still get it on the Android Market.  With DeskSMS, you can get your SMS messages, sent to your Gmail account, Gtalk account, via a web page or even a Chrome extension.  With this amount of variety, you should be able to get your SMS messages at home using your Chrome browser extension or even at work where you're probably not the admin and not able to install any add ons.  Simply go to http://www.clockworkmod.com/desksms/ and log in with your Gmail account.  This app works flawlessly from what I've experienced with it and now that the Chrome extension is available, I won't ever have to leave my desk to see who just sent me a message.  This app will not forward MMS messages but with SMS Backup+, you'll have those in your email already.  This app will work wonders for those who work in buildings that act more like a Faraday Cage then an office.  Leave your phone by the window where you get signal and you won't walk out the door and get bombarded with text messages that you've missed while you were at your desk.


These two apps provide Android the type of versatility that neither iOS nor Windows Phone 7 is providing right now.  I'm sure you can jailbreak an iPhone and find something similar to these apps in Cydia's app store but you have to void your warranty to get them.  I don't think WP7 has anything like but I'm sure someone from SMR will correct me if I'm wrong.  Both of these apps are readily available in the Android Market and you don't need to void your warranty to get them working.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Dell Steak 7 Reveiw

I call the Dell Streak 7 the little tablet that could. It's not the best tablet on the market but it gets the job done for cheap. I look at it in terms of vehicle shopping. Yes their are Ferrari's and Porsche's out there and they are no doubt great cars. But the average American gets to and from work in their Honda Accord just fine. That's where the Dell Streak 7 comes into play. It's not the greatest tablet out there but if you want to save some money and still do 90% of what anyone can do with an iPad or Galaxy Tab 10.1 then the Dell Streak 7 is the tablet for you. If you want to carry your tablet without a big bag, case or excessive bulk, the Dell Streak is for you. Everything is great about this tablet except the Screen resolution (800 x 480 pixels). Webpages and pictures are pretty grainy but it's nothing you can't overlook by its cheap price. The Dell Streak is a great device for what it is, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to get something to chill on the couch or by the pool with.

Dell Streak 7 at Amazon