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Nexus 5 Review

26 Dec

I must have looked like a weirdo during the last couple weeks of December. Thanks to one of the podcasts I do, Android Visionary, I was able to get my hands on a Nexus 5 for a few weeks to review and since I’m already glued to my cellphone, being glued to two probably got me a few odd stares. Unfortunately I wouldn’t know if I did, you kind of have to look up for that. Using the Nexus was great, and also a painful reminder of how slow my old Galaxy Nexus is.

(It boots up so much faster than my Galaxy Nexus, I really felt sorry for the old guy)

The first thing I did when I got ahold of the device was load all of my favorite apps on it. I’m constantly on Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Pintetrest, Instagram and whatever other social media site you can think of. These sites are fun, but having all the notifications running in the background drains the hell out of my battery, on top of my constant usage. So for the first few days, I was on a rampage on twitter. On a 10 hour shift at work, with constant usage I was able to go about 8 hours before having to plug it in. Next I wanted to see how long I could leave it alone before the battery went out and it lasted for a few days, even with the notifications going in the background.

Although it’s bigger than the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 is extremely light. The phone with its case weighed less than my Galaxy Nexus without anything on it. 4.4 Kit Kat is amazingly smooth. It works continuously between apps without pausing, and on the 5 inch screen typing on Kit Kat is extremely easy. Apps startup quickly, and changing between apps or even turning them off in the task manager doesn’t have the half second pause that the Jellybean update did.

As a Vanilla Android phone it doesn’t have some of the cool features that the new Galaxy Note 3 or S4 have, but it’s definitely worth the purchase.


Philips Fidelio AS351

25 Jun

Last November I’d selfishly made a Things I Want post about the Philips Fidelio series of Universal Android Docks. I wanted one so bad, and luckily for me a few weeks ago ThingFling had them on sale for $50 plus shipping and handling. Being that I’m a fairly broke nerd I hopped on the opportunity to get something I wanted without having to pay a tremendous amount of money for it. It’s a good thing I did, because after toying around with getting a Motorola specific speaker dock for months before finding this deal, I dropped my phone twice the week before I received it and now have the most inconvenient spots of dead pixels one could have on a phone. After being so proud of myself for being able to keep a phone past an upgrade, and convincing myself that my Motorola X was still in good enough condition to keep for as long as possible, I manage to put myself in need of a new phone within a few days.

But I digress.

So on Friday, after a delivery mix up, I got my Philips Fidelio AS351 and so far I love it. Although it took a bit longer than I expected to get set up (which I’ll admit is probably because of how hard it was for me to SEE anything through the dead pixels and all) I found it pretty easy to use. At first I thought I was going to be disappointed, because the app that I use for music on my phone is the Google Play Music app, because it gives me access to literally ALL of the music on my harddrive at home from anywhere. But after awhile I figured out that not only can you exit the Fidelio app screen and still keep the phone connected to the speakers via bluetooth, but you also don’t need to have the USB connected to the phone for the speaker to work (something I’d forgotten since my first post). The sound is amazing, and there isn’t any sort of weird lag between the speaker and the phone when the music starts and stops. The only thing that I wish it had that is doesn’t is a remote control for the speaker so I could control things that way, but I won’t ask for too much. I’m happy I made the purchase, and I would definitely recommend others check out ThingFling for deals on other Philips phone docks as well, just in case the specs on this one don’t intrigue you as much as they did me.

Wow Apple, That Was Kind Of A Dick Move

20 Dec
While procrastinating on perusing the internet (more specifically the thousands upon thousands of articles I have in my Google Reader queue) I came across this interesting article via Gizmodo about the lawsuit Apple has against HTC.
Apparently a few of the important things that all smartphones do (like make clickable hyperlinks for websites, phone numbers and maps) are under a specific Apple patent that the Android OS violates, which means with the success of this lawsuit against HTC, Apple could go after other cellphone manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola that use the Android OS.

Hopefully this doesn’t stick, however if it does maybe Blackberry will make a comeback.
Or Windows Phone 7s will get popular.
Or not.