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My iPhone Review Thus Far

I converted over from and Android phone to the latest iPhone, and these are my thoughts in the week and a half that I’ve had the phone. Please bear in mind that my use of the iPhone is still very limited, and there may be ways to tweak the experience that I haven’t discovered yet. I’m definitely open to suggestions.

The camera is incredibly responsive and takes clean shots, one after another. That’s something I could never get the camera on my Droid to do. However, the lack of any zoom and weak flash make the iPhone camera still just a phone camera. The arguments made about point-and-shoot cameras becoming obsolete is still a ways away. It has no ability to compete with a point-and-shoot unless everything you take a picture of is within a ten foot radius and in decent lighting.

Inside each iPhone app I’ve used the¬†experience¬†is great because it’s uniform. In some Android apps, there doesn’t seem the be the same uniformity of user interface.

Outside the individual apps, however, there isn’t enough integration. When I am sent a Facebook link, the Facebook app should open. A Google Maps link should open my maps program. There doesn’t seem to be a way to do this. That’s disappointing.

The screen is smaller than the screen I had on my Droid. Where this becomes most apparent is the keyboard. It’s got a smaller area to display, and it makes the keys smaller. Not only are the keys smaller, but there is a lack of punctuation characters available on the first keyboard screen set. It’s odd to me that something so common as the period or question mark is placed on a second screen.

GPS navigation is sorely lacking on the iPhone. I was spoiled by Google Maps on Android. It was incredible. The search results were accurate. The turn-by-turn navigation was solid as well, and you can’t beat a free price tag. The free navigation apps are not very good on the iPhone, either missing some key features of navigation or trying to make me drive the wrong direction on a one-way street. I ended up settling on MotionX-GPS Drive, an app that costs only $.99. Thus far it’s been good on navigation but the interface is quite confusing. I’m still getting used to that.

I dislike very much that the only really easy method of pushing files to the phone is via iTunes. I really don’t use iTunes for anything except playing my music catalog. Instead of using iTunes to push my songs to my iPhone, I’m currently pushing my library up to Google Music. I’ve also sync’d up some of my files using Dropbox.

The iPhone really excels when it comes to battery life. I am getting 60% more life out of my iPhone than I was getting out of my Droid, even when it was new. All the things I dislike about iOS are probably contributing to the longer battery life.

Overall I’m very happy with my iPhone. I would have been pretty happy with a new Android phone too I’m sure. Still if I have to suggest a phone for someone to get, the answer would probably be an iPhone. I know there are other good phones out there, but if you don’t want to do the research, you know the iPhone will be solid. Plus, I won’t have to pay for my text messages if you have iMessage.

My one wish for the iPhone right now is better Google integration. Come on, Goople! Appoogle? Whatever. Make friends and make apps.

This is why Android > iPhone OS

Google just announced some official features that will be released on their next version of Android. Versions 2.2 will have, among many other cool features, the ability to turn your phone into a wireless hotspot and Flash support. While all the cool features are impressive, individual features aren’t what make Android better. What makes it better is the development speed. Every software that comes out leapfrogs another piece of software in becoming the leader, but with the Android developing so quickly, there’s little chance for other platforms to keep up. Plus it helps that I don’t have to have Safari and iTunes to use the damn thing.

The iPad? Well that’s a whole other ballgame. We will see what Chrome OS has to offer.

Remember when Apple was cool?

I’ve been an Apple user for a long time now. I’m not one of those people that was using a IIe. I’m not even one of those people that were using the first iMacs that looked like rainbows threw up on them, but I am one of those Apple users that had a Mac before everyone and their mother had one.

My first Mac was the Titanium PowerBook. OS X hadn’t even been released yet and OS 9 was terrible! The processors were PowerPC processors. They were slow and ran hot. All the good games were written for Windows back then too. Still, when people saw me sitting on campus with that bad boy, it drew stares especially from the ladies.

Apple products have come a long way. They are leaps and bounds better than when I first started out with them. Still there’s part of me that longs to be a part of that club that wasn’t all that cool but it was special. Now you can’t step foot into a coffee shop without seeing a few glowing apples.

Maybe I’ll get a Dell. No one has one of those.

Snow Leopard

While Microsoft is still hurrying to fix their Vista fiasco with Windows 7, you can get Apple released it’s latest OS and kept its flaws hidden. It’s not too expensive either. Grab it here. Get a Family Pack. It’ll save you money.

Snow White MacBook

I stumbled across this on a Flickr account from one of my friends shared items on Google Reader. I’m not a big fan of Disney, but this laptop artwork is incredible.

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Shouldn’t she be asleep by now? These chloroform apples never work.

Skinnier

Michelle has already told the world that we are in a battle for sexiness, both for ourselves as well as against each other. It’s time to get back in shape. So far, not so good. We had an after Christmas party. Why? Pretty much because we had the option.

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At least there’s salad and fruit there, right? I didn’t touch it.

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Vegetables and split pea soup. Nope. I went straight for the ribs.

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Chocolates, crackers, chips, dip, and cheese. Awesome.

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This is filet mignon seasoned with bacon salt. It really is awesome. I no longer regret my purchase.

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Chicken, also seasoned with bacon salt. Delicious.

I’m sure some of you are looking at this and thinking, “Well it’s a lot of food, but you can run that off in a week or so. It’s the holidays. Live a little.” Yes I could do some exercise and burn the extra caloric intake. Instead I did this, because my friend was in town and wanted to hang out but do something low key.

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We’re all Apple users, except the poor sap on the far left. We even have a telecommuter on an Apple, coming to our social gathering via video chat. That’s me on the far right. I was doing some research. Apparently Google can’t find the droids I’m looking for either.

Just Call Me Boo Radley

I am a shut-in. I have been working all weekend on a design project for work. In the past thirty-six hours, I have been out of the house for a single hour. The family room has been my domain for 2/3 of that time. I’ve watched movie after movie while working. Combined with what I’ve watched earlier this week while working, the list really adds up.

The original Star Wars Trilogy.
Mission Impossible 1 & 2. I don’t own the third one.
The Wedding Singer.
The Rock.
Family Guy Movie.

I haven’t been alone. Michelle has been by my side for a good amount of the time, the whole while complaining that she is bored, but still by my side in spite of this. I did have to set up the Wii Fit for her to play a couple of times.

The only thing that made this weekend bearable was the fact that I got to stay on my computer the whole time, with my new sticker. Unfortunately as soon as I put it on, I realized I’ll probably be replacing this laptop within a year. Mell, I need another one!

Why You Should Run Firefox

Everyone and their mom has a browser out there now. So which one is best? (Save yourself some time, read the title, and scroll down to the good part.)

Firefox. It browses just as well as any browser, not really much better. So what makes it better? Add-ons! Third party developers can create themes and plugins to enhance the functionality of the browser, and they have created a lot. It could be something as basic as blocking ads that almost everyone can get behind, or it could be something specific like an iTunes controller in your browser so you don’t have to stop browsing to change the song playing.

Here are some of the plugins I use to make my browsing experience so much greater.

Foxmarks. Creat an account at foxmarks.com, install the plugin on a couple browsers, and you now have synchronized bookmarks. Bookmark a page, and when you get home you can browse the same page.

AdBlock Plus. Install and browse the web, free of advertisements. You’ll notice a lot of pages load faster with this plugin, because you’re not waiting for ad content to load before the rest of the page.

TwitterBar. This is not for everyone, but it adds the ability to post to your Twitter account, right from the address bar of Firefox. It’s nice and handy when you’re browsing the web and a thought pops into your head that belongs in a Tweet.

TinyUrl Creator. Hand in hand with Twitter, TinyUrl is necessary to keep yourself under the 140 character limit. The problem is the hassle of having to copy the address to your clipboard, load the TinyURL website, and submit the address. Now, you can be succinct AND lazy.

Firebug. This plugin is a must for anyone who edits or designs websites. It allows you to look at the code of a page while simultaneously viewing the rendered page to see how it’s built. Putting your mouse over the sections of the code shows you which section of the page it renders.

8aweek. I both love and hate this plugin at the same time. You know how you it’s supposed to cut down your food consumption if you took pictures of everything you ate? This is supposed to do that by showing you exactly how much you browse. If just the sheer number of minutes spent browsing weren’t enough to deter you, you can set up a list of restricted sites and limit your daily alotted browsing to them. Get you life back from your browser with the help of your browser.

Everyone has different browsing habits, but Firefox has plugins for everyone. Ask me and I can point some out to you or just take a look in the directory.

Interesting Web Finds

In my busy day at work I have found some time to bring you some news, because I know Moron Enterprises is where you all look for reputable news.

Prepare to get a kick to the nuts, Apple. Google’s Android platform will have its own application market. It is similar to the iPhone store, but it has more push towards open applications. Apple finally has some competition in the open development of applications with a centralized distribution means. More competition is better.

In other news, some of you may have to mourn the loss of tequila. With corn being a much more profitable crop as demand for bio fuel increases, farmers in Mexico are switching over to corn as their primary crop. This is no sad moment for me. Every time people bring up tequila, my stomach turns. There are no good experiences that I can recall that involve tequila. I’m sure the stories I do not recall are also bad ones.

People are always telling me that I should read more, and not just any reading. I should be reading real books. Unless the writing is on a computer screen, I can barely read. Give me a PDF manual for a piece of equipment and I can sit there and read it without any problems. Hand me a book or an actual user manual, and it’s snore town. Fortunately I found a great compromise, which allows me to read and get nothing done at work. I can now read at work.

Procrastination at Work

I have an addiction, and I’m sure many of you share this same addiction. The Internet is far too entertaining. With YouTube, Digg, Facebook, and many other sites, it’s hard to get stuff done. There are days I hardly get anything done. Those days I call weekdays. I kid. It doesn’t take much for us to admit that we all waste time at work when there is Internet available. As long as you’re being honest with yourself (and use Firefox), you can also fix your problem.

For those of you that don’t have access to enable content filtering on your firewall, you can install Leechblock, a Firefox extension which allows you to create a list of websites and set time restraints on when you can access them. You can even lock yourself out of the options during the time restraints. This still doesn’t stop you from disabling the extension or opening Safari, but it’s a start. If everyone installed this and used it during work, we could probably pull our economy out of the hole.