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BlueAnt SUPERTOOTH 3 and S1 speakerphone review

Here it is, my review and comparison of the BlueAnt ST3 and S1. I thought both of them were pretty decent.

3 comments November 3rd, 2009

Congrats to our HowardForums Giveaway Winners!

Okay our giveaways are over (for now anyways). First off I want to thank our sponsors for the prizes:

HTC, Jawbone, T-Mobile, LG, RIM, Sandisk, Samsung, Virgin Mobile, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola, TELUS, Rogers and Microsoft.

You guys rock!

I also want to congratulate our winners… you lucky devils!

stansjt      HTC Touch Pro
beyondthesmile     Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset
jalexand69       Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset
ckochkah    T-Mobile G1
stormtech    Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset
al_capone_x3    T-Mobile Sidekick LX
zefrench    LG Rumor
pdg        HTC Dream on Rogers
HDClown        Blackberry Bold AT&T
the.gosine    Blackberry Storm TELUS
motoraway    Sandisk 16GB SDHC
CutNAction    Sandisk 8GB SDHC w/reader
oZo        Sandisk 8GB SDHC w/reader
blkballoon925    Sandisk 16GB SDHC
redrazr7791    Sandisk 16GB SDHC
wnyzfinest    Sandisk 16GB SDHC
mred13        Sandisk 16GB SDHC
supapuffy    Samsung Omnia TELUS
Kazushi Erukima    Virgin Mobile BlackBerry Pearl Flip
PJnc284        Sony Ericsson c905
DonaldMick    Nokia n96
devadoll    Samsung Magnet
dubohio        Samsung Epix
vudugan        Motorola SD9 HD
griesr        Motorola MOTONAV GPS
evilbaby    Samsung Omnia Bell
Sil369        Samsung Vice
Underoath87    Motorola MOTOROKR S9-HD bluetooth stereo headphones
thumper80    Motorola H560 Bluetooth headset
rjbu        Motorola H690 BT HS
chaoss        Motorola H620 BT HS
D K N Y        Nokia BH701 BT HS
Eyecon82    Nokia BH804 BT HS
fonemaker    Nokia BH804 BT HS
Ltvscout    Samsung t349 on T-Mobile
tderosa65@sbcgl    Samsung Trance on Verizon
wellduh11    Samsung WEP850 BT HS
astatos    Sandisk 8GB microSDHC with reader
Dliquid1    Sandisk 8GB microSDHC with reader
baudboy    Sandisk 8GB microSDHC with reader
themobilekid    Sandisk 8GB microSDHC
nx2k        Blackberry Pearl on TELUS
ivwshane    XBox 360 with GTA 4

1 comment September 24th, 2009

My DLNA demo

Here’s my DLNA demo. If you don’t know what DLNA stands for check it out.

If you don’t feel like watching I use a Nokia N85 and Samsung Omnia to take some pictures. Then I get a DLNA enabled TV to grab photos from them without using a computer, TV out cables or memory card reader. The only thing connected to the TV is a network cable and power cable. The TV is a LCD LED edge lit Samsung UN55B8000 TV.

4 comments September 24th, 2009

Jawbone Prime vs BlueAnt Q1 Shootout

Looking for a Bluetooth headset? Check out my Jawbone Prime vs BlueAnt Q1 shootout. Please note I’ll have unboxings and probably more detailed reviews for these headsets later.

6 comments September 8th, 2009

HTC Touch Pro 2 on TELUS unboxing

I just got a HTC Touch Pro 2 on TELUS. Here’s my unboxing video along with a quick comparison with the SE Xperia x1, Blackberry Tour and Storm, Samsung Omnia i910 and HTC TyTN.

1 comment August 14th, 2009

Blue Lounge Sanctuary Review

Here’s my review of The Sanctuary from Blue Lounge. I test it with a bunch of phones including the iPhone 3Gs, Blackberry Tour, Storm, 8900, Nokia N97, N85, HTC Magic, etc, etc, etc

Add comment August 6th, 2009

Sony Ericsson Xperia x1 review

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When I was looking for an upgrade for my HTC Tytn 2, the other phone that I was considering other than the HTC Fuze/Touch Pro was the Sony Xperia X1. I was really excited when Howard asked me to review the Sony Xperia a few weeks ago. Everyone was envious when I tweeted that I finally got my hands on it and was ready to review it. At first glance, the first thing that comes to mind when you look and touch the Xperia is that it is very stylish indeed. It’s got very streamlined lines.

Unlike the Fuze, the Xperia actually feels very solid. It’s a good weight. I’m one of the few people who don’t really care for a light phone. I like my units with a little heft in them. It’s mostly metal with the exception of the silver edge around the phone. Another thing that’s really interesting about the Xperia is that it’s the most un-Sony like phone I’ve ever met.

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It takes a standard Mini USB cable to charge it, it takes standard MicroSDHC cards for memory and it takes a standard 3.5 mm jack for headphones.

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Once the unit is turned on, it works like any standard Windows 6.1 device which is unfortunate. After being used to TouchFlo 3D on the Fuze along with other add-ons from other Windows ROMS, it makes the Xperia experience almost inadequate. The one thing that really didn’t work well for me was the design decision for this device to be a stylus- driven device. First is the physical aspects. While the unit itself is beautiful to look at and beautiful to touch, I really didn’t like the fact that the raised edges of the screen. It made it very difficult to get to menu items close to the edge of the screen. This problem was compounded by the very small size of the standard menus. Another thing that didn’t work well for me was how cumbersome it was to get to common apps like email, contacts and calendar. I either had to click on start menu and select the app I want or press the panel button, select a panel that had quick access to the information I want and then click on the icon that represented the information I want.

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When I first looked at the keyboard for the Xperia, I was really looking forward to using it because in comparison to the cramped keyboard configuration on the Fuze, the Xperia looked like it was going to be a lot easier to type with. I quickly learned this was not necessarily the case. Granted, it takes a bit of adjustment to get used to a new keyboard but I found typing on it a bit clumsy. A couple of things I really missed when in comparison to my Fuze was arrow keys and shortcuts to apps like contacts, calendar and email. I found having to take my fingers off the keyboard to access apps very inefficient and resulting in a lot of frustration. Sony also implemented a feature called the optical joypad. The joypad basically sits on top of the directional pad giving the user the option of either using the raised edges as a standard directional pad or the recessed plain as a touchpad. Unfortunately I found myself constantly selecting the wrong menu choices because my fingers would accidentally slip just before making the selection causing me to do something unexpected frequently. The good news is that you can turn off the option. I can’t really think of any circumstances where the joypad would actually be usable because of the raised edges for the directional pad.

Outside of the hardware and operating system issues, the default software that comes pre-installed with the Xperia is both old and unimpressive. Outside of the standard Windows Mobile offerings (i.e. Microsoft Office for Mobile), the only 3 applications that come preinstalled – Handango InHand, Google Maps and Opera. The problem I have with Handango InHand is that it doesn’t allow you to try the software before you buy. There’s only the option to purchase. I love Google Maps and Opera but the version installed was about a year old and so was Opera. Given that it’s supposed to be a premier phone, I would have expected that newer versions of both those software would have come pre-installed. The Panels concept is great in theory but the implementation of it was really poor especially when you compare to other choices that you have in terms of Today Screens like SPB Mobile Shell and PointUI. I didn’t like any of the default panels and the one most useful for me was the Facebook panel.

My impressions on sound, RF and screen were neutral. I liked having the standard 3.5 mm jacks for headphones but the sound quality while playing MP3s were neutral. This is partly because I’m not much of an audiophile. Testing RF on the phone is tough because it’s not one of the things I notice with my phone. In my day-to-day life, I get constant signal or it doesn’t degrade enough for it to make a big difference for my use. The spec on the Xperia X1 screen is a mind-blowing 800 x 480. Unfortunately, it was quite underwhelming. My impression when I first go the Fuze was that I was completely in love with it. I didn’t get the same feeling looking at the Xperia.

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But all is not lost. There are several things that work really well. The GPS on the Xperia was incredibly fast. This is the first phone I’ve had that I was able to get co-ordinates while not being outdoors or sitting next to a window. Another qualitative thing about this phone is that it seems to download information much faster than any of the other phones I’ve had. RAM usage for this phone is really low. It typically takes only about 40% of available RAM unlike the Fuze which takes close to 51% on boot up. Since I usually have my phones charged all the time, I was quite surprised when the Xperia reported about 50% use of battery after the end of the work day.

In summary, I don’t regret buying the Fuze for my use. It’s much better suited for how I use my phone. The hardware is quite nice and the drivers that come with the device drivers make this an exceptionally quick phone. I also like the fact that it’s an HTC built device so the community support for the phone should be good. Hopefully most of the issues outside of the raised edges can be dealt with through community developed apps.

Kelvin Kang
thekunit.com
07.25.2009

3 comments July 25th, 2009

HowardForums 1 millionth member give away day 4: Sony Ericsson c905, Blackberry Pearl Flip on Virgin Mobile Canada, Nokia n96, Nokia BH701

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Check it out here.

Also, I haven’t heard from all the day 1 winners yet. If they don’t respond soon, I’ll be picking a new winner for a Jawbone Prime headset.

6 comments June 11th, 2009

HowardForums 1 millionth member give away day 3: Blackberry Bold on AT&T, Blackberry Pearl Flip on TELUS, Blackberry Storm on TELUS, Samsung Omnia on Telus + 11 Sandisk SDHC cards

june10

Check it out here.

Also, I haven’t heard from all the day 1 winners yet. If they don’t respond soon, I’ll be picking new winners for a Jawbone Prime headset.

Add comment June 11th, 2009

HowardForums 1 millionth member give away day 2: LG Rumor, Rogers HTC Dream

june09

Check it out here.

Also, I haven’t heard from all the day 1 winners yet. If they don’t respond soon, I’ll be picking new winners for the T-Mobile G1, Sidekick LX and 2 Jawbone Prime headsets.

1 comment June 9th, 2009

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