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Sep
14

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I have now spent enough time with my iPhone to give you a review.

So let me break this review down to you by comparing the iPhone to my last phone…the Motorola Razr V3. I loved that phone… for a while. I loved how slim it was, and the screen looked great. It was a huge step up from my phone before that, which was just some cheap flip phone that came free with my contract. As cool as the Razr was, it started to suck…really fast.

CALL QUALITY:

The first thing that I noticed with my Razr was the call quality. I kept getting a buzzing noise in my ear that the caller could hear too. It was annoying. I haven’t gotten that with the iPhone. I can hear the other person very clearly. I am also impressed with the volume coming out of the ear piece. Sometimes I could barely hear the person on the other end with the Razr. So thumbs up for Apple making the ear piece loud enough.

DESIGN:

When the Razr came out, it was the coolest looking cell phone out there. Now, not so much. I still like flip phones, but the iPhone is by far a sexier phone. As I told you in another post, the iPhone helped my friend get a date. So…yeah… it is a sexy phone.

INTERFACE:

The Razr’s interface was pretty standard. I liked it, but it was nothing to write home about. Now the iPhone is in a whole other league. The touch screen is AMAZING! I love being able to “pinch” photos and websites. Plus, all the icons and transitions look great. Most of the time, I just want to pull out the phone to stare at it. I never felt that way with my Razr.

HACKS:

Now, I am not sure if you could “hack” the Razr. If you could, I really didn’t care, but I know you can hack the iPhone, and I have. There is a program called Installer.app. If you have an iPhone, just type that into Google and download it. This makes it super easy to customize your iPhone. I love the fact that there are hacks out there to make an already great phone even better.

VERDICT:

The iPhone is by far the best phone I have ever owned. I love getting my email, surfing the web, listening to music, and watching videos on my phone. If you have the cash, I say go out and buy an iPhone. It is worth it!

Sep
11

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I saw this on digg, and I thought I would share. This is just some awesome art. Taking pictures at the second they hit the ground… brilliant.

Here is a link to the site.

Sep
11

Sorry I haven’t written anything this past week. I went on vacation and didn’t have time to write.

Last week I had bought a TomTom Go700. I was looking forward to using it on my drive to Michigan, but UPS was lying to me when the said 2 day shipping. Instead it took 3 days, and by that time I was already back in Michigan. Since returning, I have opened up my TomTom and so far, I like it. I believe I will be taking another road trip in a few weekends, so I will write a full review after that.

While I was home, Apple had a few announcements. New iPods and cheaper iPhone. I was really getting excited for the iPod Touch, because my 3rd gen iPod is looking kind of sad. So I was planning on buying a brand spanking new iPod, but when I heard that it would only hold 16Gb, I decided to pass. Although, since I was planning on spending some cash on an Apple product, I decided to get the iPhone.

I LOVE my iPhone so far. Since I was already an AT&T customer, the activation process was easy and painless for me. The interface is great and very easy to use. I wish I could mass text message though… but besides that, I really love the iPhone. Oh, and I went with the now discontinued 4Gb iPhone, because it was cheaper. I don’t plan on really using my iPhone as an iPod, so I am ok with the smaller size.

I will write a full review later this week.

Well now that I am back, I need to make some money because I spent way too much of it over my vacation.

I hope everyone had a great week while I was gone, and thanks again for reading Tech Alchemy.

Aug
29

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OK, this doesn’t really have to do with tech, although you could most certainly argue otherwise, but I really want one of these. This is the Retro Motorcycle from URal. Ever since I saw Garden State, I have wanted an old school motorcycle with a sidecar.

I don’t have much of anything else to say about this. It looks awesome, and I want it.

Aug
29

This will be a bit of old news for some of you, but for everyone else, this will be AWESOME news.

There are two great programs for the Mac to ensure you never miss your favorite TV show. They are called TV Shows, and Transmission. Now let me tell you what they do.

First you start with TV Shows. It has a list of shows that you can subscribe to. TV Shows takes the hard work of finding the torrent file of last night’s episode of Hero’s (or whatever your favorite tv show happens to be) and does it for you. As soon as someone posts the torrent, TV Shows finds it. Then it hands it off to Transmission, or any bittorrent client you have, but I use Transmission.

Then Transmission downloads that tv show for you.

It’s simple really. I just thought I should share this knowledge with everyone. Enjoy!

Aug
28

Whenever I find great web sites, I like to pass them on to my friends. So I am going to drop some knowledge on your ass.

These sites are great for cables. What kind of cables you ask? Well all kind of cables, like audio cables, video cables, and computer cables.

I only have two of these sites for you as of now, but they are both great. The first is MonoPrice.com. I have bought some HDMI cables from them, and they have been great. I believe I only spent $10 for a 6 foot HDMI cable. That might cost you close to $100 at Best Buy.

The second site is Blue Jeans Cable. They also have similar deals, but I have never used them.

So if you just bought that awesome HDTV, get all your cables for cheap from those websites. You will save a TON of money.

Aug
28

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I knew there was a reason I subscribed to the Buy.com news letter. They are selling a refurbished TomTom GO700 for $180. That is an AWESOME price. I got my dad a Garmin GPS for Christmas, and he loves it. I have used his Garmin, and I really liked it as well. So, I think I might just pick up this TomTom, because a GPS in car unit for $180 is just too good to pass up.

I will give you a review of it later…well after I actually buy it.

Aug
27

Just a quick post. I am looking for a new mouse. I currently use the Apple Mighty Mouse. I know…I know. A LOT of people hate this mouse. I don’t mind it. My favorite feature of the Mighty Mouse is that the scroll “wheel” scrolls right and left as well as up and down. Is there another mouse out there that scrolls right to left as well as up and down? If there is, I will buy it. So hit me up if you know of a mouse like that.

Aug
27

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This weekend I spent a little time with a friend’s iPhone. Before this this, I had only gawked at a co-workers iPhone. Now that I have spent some quality time with Jesus phone, here are my thoughts.

**Disclaimer**First off, this is not a review. If I ever decide to drop some serious cash on a phone and buy one of these things, I will be sure to give you my review. This is just what I liked and didn’t like about the iPhone from playing with it for a few hours.

Design:
I really like the way the iPhone looks and feels. It is very slim and the screen is amazing. My friends iPhone even had a case around it, and I never really knew it was there.

Features:
I played around with the camera, Safari, Google Maps, and the phone book. (Hey, I only had like an hour with it, and for part of that hour, I was out at the bars.) I thought the camera took some decent pictures, better than my Razr at least. Safari was BUTT SLOW using AT&T’s EDGE network. I didn’t use it with WiFi, because there was no open network at the time. Google Maps was kind of neat, but I didn’t spend much time with it. Finally the phone book was nice. Very much like the Phone book application on OSX.

Call Quality:
I made a few drunken phone calls in some loud places. It sounded like any other phone I have done that with. I had a hard time hearing who I was talking to, but that was because of the external noise, not the phone. I think all phones should have louder ear pieces. I have a hard time hearing when it is quite. (No, I am not going deaf.)

Cool Factor:
Well the iPhone is so cool, it helped my friend get a date. Well, maybe it was the fact that he ran into an Apple fan girl that helped, but I like to think the phone did most of the work for him. If a phone can help you get a date, well, that is just rad.

Overall impression:
I really like the iPhone. At first I wanted to wait for the second generation iPhone to come out before I would consider buying one, but this weekend’s experience has changed my mind a little. I already have a contract with AT&T that runs out in November, but I was sort of looking forward to getting away from the evil empire. If I do decide to go with another carrier, I was leaning towards Helio. I really like the Ocean… well I say that, but I haven’t played with one yet. I like the way it looks and it has a coolness factor all it’s own. But until I can get my hands on an Ocean, I won’t be able to decide if I want to stay with AT&T and get the iPhone, or go with Helio and get the Ocean.

So if anyone out there would like to send me a Helio Ocean to play with, that would be awesome.

What are your thoughts? iPhone or Ocean?

Aug
23

I consider myself a very fortunate person. I have a great job, I have great friends, and I have no illness at the moment. So this rant on tech blogs is only because everything else in my life is going well.

So on to my rant.

I love tech blogs. I spend most of my day reading the latest news. I go home from work and watch podcasts about tech. I can’t get enough. And there in lies my problem. I just can’t get enough.

I start my day off with Digg, then move on to Engadget, Gizmodo, Uncrate, Kotaku (I know thats a video game blog, but I like those too), and repeatedly refresh those pages to make sure I see the newest stories. Most of the time, these sites can’t update fast enough. I feel like I have seen everything they have to offer… and this makes me angry.

Not “Hulk Smash” angry or anything like that. It’s more like I am angry because I am bored. Maybe that is why I started this half-assed blog…but even in doing that, it is not like I can make the tech news come any faster.

So I guess I need your help. What are your favorite tech blogs out there? I love the ones I go to currently, but I need something new. Help me feed my addiction.

Leave a comment of your favorite tech blog.

P.S.  Thanks to everyone who have said that they enjoy this blog. I don’t really know how people stumble upon Tech Alchemy, but I am glad that you have found it.

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