iPhone 5

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Sep 21, 2012 in Apple, iPhone, Tech

Having been able to resist the iPhone 4S last year, I decided to take the plunge and get the iPhone 5. It seems Apple are releasing a ‘major design change’ version every 2 years, and just a tweaked version with only minor speed bumps and features, e.g….faster chip…Siri on the years in between.

Now I know by now you’re sick of reading blogs about to iPhone 5, so I’ll try and keep this more focused on my personal feeling on upgrading from an iPhone 4.

The most noticeable new feature is the screen, now I know they’ve only stretched it 1/2 inch, but that makes a huge difference. For example you now get an extra row of apps/folders on the home screen, as well as an extra 4 apps in each folder. Additionally with the like of the weather app, it utilises this extra screen by displaying an hour by hour forecast, as well as keeping the 5 day forecast. At the moment, there are very few apps that utilise the full screen size, and you do get a black border at the top and the bottom, however with having a black iPhone, you don’t notice it.

The next thing I noticed is how snappy it is, I upgraded the iPhone 4 to iOS6 the other night, and although it didn’t really slow the phone down, it didn’t feel that smooth. I’ve nearly reached my limit of songs on iTunes Match, and the iPhone 4 took a good 30 seconds to refresh my albums when I went into the music app….iPhone 5…instant! I noticed a similar experience with the Podcast App too. I let it sync with iCloud, and within seconds it had populated the app with all my podcast I subscribe too. I know I’ve jumped up 2 processors (the A4 to the A6), but using the apps that I’ve used for the last 2 years feel a hell of a lot snappier.

The design…I love it, the black outer trim, the non glass back, the speaker ports on the bottom…it looks pretty awesome, almost stealthy looking. I’ve currently got the 2 phones sat on the desk in front of me, and the thought that keeps coming to mine is the Robocop remake (weird I know), the iPhone 4 feels like the old Robocop that we know and love, the new one feels like the Remake…if you don’t know what I’m talking about, google it, but the phone is noticeably thinner and lighter too. I know these fact are already in all of the tech blogs you’ve already read, but they are quite noticeable.

I guess one of the features I’ve been looking forward to playing with in Siri, with only having an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2, I’ve not been able to use this feature. After playing with it for a couple of hours, I conclusion is….it’s ok. I think doing simple stuff like opening an app, booking an appointment, or anything that is on the phone should work ok, however ask it something simple like ‘What’s time is the next train from Rugby to London’, it just gets far too confused. I’m not sure if I’m not asking the questions in the correct word order, or it’s just not too smart in the UK, but it was attempting to search for events on the internet, and even thought I was asking about Rome at one point.

The camera has had an upgrade, and after a quick play, it looks like a huge improvement over the iPhone 4 camera, but I’ll have a proper play with it over the weekend and post these up later. I’m interested myself to see how the 1080 video records, as well as the new Panorama feature works.

I think the final thing to note is the new dock connector…it’s tiny! I bet it’s about a fifth of the size on the previous connector. This does mean that the 4 docks in my house are now useless…well, that’s unless I pay £25 each for the adapters.

All in all, it’s an iPhone, does what my iPhone 4 did, only a little quicker, with some additional features to play with, and hopefully it’ll keep me going until the iPhone 6 is released in 2 years time.

Below, you’ll find the unboxing pics.

p.s. this is the first time the iPhone 4 has been out of it’s bumper since I’ve got it, surprising how marked it’s got while being ‘protected’

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Philips Fidelio DS3020/05

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Aug 6, 2011 in Apple, Application, iPhone, IPod Touch, Tech

I’ve been looking for some kind of portable iPhone dock for a while now. I currently have the ability to charge my phone in most rooms either by docking it in an alarm clock, or in the front of a TV, or just by putting it in the dock connected to my mac. The only problem with the ones I have is, a, they aren’t portable, and b, the sound quality isn’t that great.

So….I was in Currys last night at this one caught my eye, as it had a sticker on the box saying “iPhone 4 Bumper compatible”. All the docks in my house currently don’t have any of the dock adapters in them, as this is the only way I can sync/charge my phone without having to take it out of the bumper cover. As you can imagine, seeing a device which catered for this was a massive win !.

Another major selling point for this, was it can be also powered from 4 AA batteries, making it something I’ll be able to take camping, or even just to take out in the garden.

So..what’s it like ?….well it’s surprisingly good, it does claim to have “Crystal clear sound” and that it does, even with the volume cranked right up, it doesn’t distort at all. The design itself is nice, the plus and minus buttons light up on the front in a pretty cool orange, when you doc your device, and there’s a on/off button at the top on the back.

As well as being an iPhone dock, it’s also got an AUX-in at the back to allow you to plug in external devices via a 3.5mm jack plug.

There is also the ability to have this as a dock connector for your PC/Mac as there is a USB cable connector in the back.

I think the final thing to note is the free App you get with it called Fidelio. Now you can use your normal media player on your iPod/iPhone, or you can use their application which gives you a few cools features. It seems to aggregate a few apps I already have, for example Tune-in Radio (a radio app) and AccuWeather (a weather app) and brings them all together into a nice little packaged.

All in all a decent piece of kit, I don’t currently know how long 4 AA’s will last, but will update the post once I’ve tried it.

As always, unboxing pics, and screenshots of the app below.



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Apple iPad 2

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Apr 12, 2011 in Apple, iPad, Tech

As you know, I already have the original iPad, or should I say, I had the original iPad (C is now the proud owner of a shiny, carefully used, original iPad).

I decided that due to my iPad 2 shipping early (the 9th, and not the 15th that they originally stated), and C was working away for a week, I could survive a couple of days without the iPad and handed it over on Friday night. To be honest, you don’t realise how dependant you become on tech, I felt like I’d lost a limb…..that was until today when my iPad 2 turned up 🙂

A few noticeable things,  it’s definitely a lot thinner, and seems a lot lighter….as for the speed…much snappier

Like most people getting the iPad 2, I threw on Infinity Blade to see how it looked. Infinity Blade is one of the games that has been enhanced for the iPad 2….and yup, the additional textures really do make it look at lot better, make me almost forget that it’s the same resolution as the first.

To be honest, I was slightly annoyed at the official announcement of the iPad 2, and how it was keeping the same screen and same resolution. Being an iPhone 4 user, the resolution difference is very noticable.

The only other real addition that affects me is the front and rear facing camera. I’ve had a quick go on Facetime with C, and all worked well, but I can’t see me really using it much. I currently have a front facing camera on the iPhone 4, but can’t remember the last time I used it, and with the recent purchase of the Panasonic DMC-TZ10, I don’t really see a use for the rear camera.

The improved gyroscope is a god send, as I couldn’t play Rage HD on the iPad as I’d got so used to playing it on the iPhone. As for the rest of the games, to be honest, it’s still early for the new hardware, and expect more developers to hit the “More Textures” button as time goes on, as they did with the Retina Display patches they provided. Right now, I’ve just got a thinner, faster, lighter iPad.

All in all, it’s new, it’s shiny and it’s Apple 🙂

One last thing, before I had the official case for the original iPad, this time I thought I’d give the Nude Case a go as it was meant to be lightweight…..to be honest I’m blown away buy it, you can hardly tell it’s protected 🙂

Unboxing photos below.

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