Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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After being fully integrated in the Mac World with iPhone / iMac / iTunes and whatnot, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 caught my eye. I don’t use my iPad that much, and am constantly reading Kindle ebooks on my iPhone cos I always have that close to hand.

The Note 2 with it’s 5,5 inch screen will hopefully be a bit more easy on my eyes than the small iPhone screen.

I’m off to try something new ! I fully expect to have some troubles integrating with iTunes, but so far I’ve already seen 2 apps that allow me to do just that.

And apparently, I’m not the only one who is switching away from an iPhone.

Adobe Flex 4 or Flash CS5 To Be Used To Develop iPhone Applicaitons

Adobe is hard at work on giving developers the means to create iPhone application using Flash or Flex :

– how to develop iPhone applications using Flash CS5

– using Slider and Flex 4 to create iPhone applications

– Applications for iPhone Developer FAQ

While there are no public beta builds out as far as I know (the first one, Flash CS5 is promised for end 2009), this is exciting news for all of us using Flex or Flash to create applications !

iPhone upgrade : note to self

If you upgrade or restore an iPhone to any firmware version using iTunes (wether using Pwnage tool or not is irrelevant I think) you *must* have a phone sim card inserted or the upgrade will fail.
There were some scary moments before I figured that out…

Oh, and here are 10 tips for the iphone… there were a few I didn’t know about !

New iPhone headphones have arrived: V-moda Vibe duo

This monday, my new headphone set for my iPhone arrived, courtesy of UPS.

It arrived in a largish box with a very small box in there, which contained the headphones and the ear fittings. You get two colors for the fittings : black and transparant. I opted to stay with the black ear buds. The smallest of the black ear fittings are already installed on them. The wire itself is a fabric cable that seems to be very flexible yet strong, and looks more like it is a woven thread than an audio cable. The microphone thingie with button is made of smooth polished lacquered metal.

You get a small black bag with the earphones to keep them in.

When you hold the headphones plus rolled up cable in your hand, they weigh almost nothing, except that the ear buds look like some glinting pieces of (red, in my case) jewelry. They do look to be very solid made, and give the impression of being indestructible.

I have to admit that I thought the gunmetal rouge would be more, you know, red, like they were shown on the website, where they are a bordeaux red. Instead it’s a more palish red, even going a bit towards the purple-pinkish side. And I don’t want to walk to work wearing pink earbuds ! But you can’t really see them when inserted, and my wife assured me I looked manly enough wearing them…
:-)

How do they feel in your ears ? If you are not used to inner-ear headphones, in the beginning they feel slightly strange. It also seems that I have two different ear sizes : the smallest plug fit tightly in my right ear, and was loose in my left ear. I tried them like that for a day or two, but the uneven fit quickly became an irritant feeling of unbalance : after half an hour I wanted to yank them out of my ears.

So yesterday I changed the smallish plugs out for the medium black ear plugs. They are bigger, but the feeling of imbalance vanished, and they still fit in my ear. What really surprised and disquieted me was the feeling of disconnection you then get, once the plugs fit correctly, with the outside world. The regular iPhone headphones are very loose in my ear, and if I keep the volume to medium, I can hear pretty much everything that is going on around me. These babies isolate you from the world, you feel more remote is how I would describe it. I wouldn’t wear them when running, although they certainly can stand up to the running, I would be too afraid of being run over by car coming from behind me when crossing the road.

The sound itself is everything as described on the V-moda website : crispy, deep, bassy, and since you are more isolated, you really hear even the smallest sounds. I heard cymbals or other instruments in familiar songs that I never really heard until I heard them via the vibe duo headphones.

I also had to turn down the volume on the iPhones – my usual volume is about two-thirds of the iPhone volume slider, and it is now set to about half. Turning the volume up to full I can stand it for a minute or two, but then it becomes very uncomfortable.

Conclusion : I needed a few days to get used to them, but they are very comfortable now, and the audio quality is sublime (mind you : this is not coming from an audiophile, but from a ‘normal’ guy). Your mileage may vary, of course. I can only say that I really enjoy them and the sound they provide me.

iPhone replacement headphones

My original iPhone headphone set is wearing out after one year of daily use. They still work, but some of the rubber is starting to peal off around the headphones. Nothing major, but enough to start looking out for other iphone-compatible headphones.

The local shops in Brussels don’t seem to stock replacement iPhone headphone sets, only for the iPod. So I hit the webs, and found the v-moda duo headphones. I also found out that the local shops are charging a lot more (109 € at the time of writing) than when you order them direct from the States.

These look damn good on the V-Moda site, which, by the way, has quite a few good music samples playing on it’s website. And for a limited time, it’s only 5$ to send them (non-express).

I’ll let you know how they sound once they arrive…

iPhone tip : use different keyboards

On my iPhone I send emails and text in different languages, and I had started to really hate the auto-corrector in the iPhone. It was set to dutch, and it always wants to correct words that are correct in my English or French text.
That is, until I activated in Settings, Keyboards the different languages I needed.
Now I only need to tap the globe symbol on the keyboard and switch to the language I am using. And autocorrect works as it is supposed to !!

iPhone 2.1 firmware is out (and cracked)

The iPhone 2.1 firmware was made available last friday, and already you can quickpwn the iphone first generation devices.

The upgrade process went very smoothly for my iPhone :

  • I upgraded to iTunes 8 and the new Quicktime
  • Then I inserted my iPhone and iTunes upgraded it for me to 2.1
  • Reboot the iPhone
  • Unlocking the SIM (Base) worked !
  • Then I started up QuickPwn (mac) and it hacked the device for me in 10 minutes.

Done !

Iphone 2.0x upgrades are not worth it, so far.

I upgraded my original iPhone to 2.0, but so far the point upgrades have not tempted me at all. I’ll just wait a bit longer to get an upgrade that’s worth upgrading for. So far it’s all small upgrades, a bug fix here and there but nothing major getting fixed.

So far, I still don’t have the urge to upgrade to an iPhone 3G. I’m still very happy with my 8GB original iPhone. :-)

My family and friends are astonished that I haven’t upgraded, me, the gadget freak. But my rule is : if it is well made and works well and fulfills all your needs, why change ?