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Friday, September 20, 2013

Samsung Google Nexus S - 16GB


Samsung Google Nexus S - 16GB
 
SPECIFICATIONS
Carrier
Open / Generic GSM
Color
Black / Silver
OS
OS Android 2.3, Gingerbread, Upgradable to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Size
Product Dimensions (inches) - 4.88” x 2.48” x 0.43”
Camera resolution
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(Rear)  5.0 mega-pixel Camera
(Front)  VGA Camera
Display
Main Display Resolution - 800x480
Main Display Size - 4”
Touch Screen- Yes


I bought this phone because I needed an actual phone (NEVER try to make an iPod touch work as an iPhone... It won't) and I wanted an Android. It's one of the earlier models, but it runs Stock Jelly Bean 4.1.1 BEAUTIFULLY.
One of the issues I have with the phone (and it COULD be just this particular phone... Not the entire Google Nexus S line) is that the function keys sometimes will not respond. I did find that the keys functioned BETTER when the WiFi was turned ON

Another issue is the battery charging. This particular phone line only charges to 94%-97%, depending on how much you want to play with it. If you charge it overnight, you will only be at 94% in the morning. If you charge it through computer USB technology, you can get it to 97% by unplugging and replugging the USB wire.

There is NO SD card capabilities on this phone, so the 16 GB is all the storage you will have... and only 1 GB of that is internal. So, you will need to watch your app sizes and move what you can to USB storage.


FINAL VERDICT 
Overall though, it's a great starter phone for those who are new to the Android OS platform.
STARS: 
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer


Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer
 
I bought 2 of these on eBay and was SO excited to get them.

And now, I'm VERY disappointed.

We used them 3 times and by the 3rd use, they wouldn't let all the water through, and what water it did let through had GROUNDS in it. It made a big mess.

We rinsed them after each use and used fresh filters and grounds for each cup.


FINAL VERDICT
I would have fought for a refund for these, because they DO NOT make my coffee enjoyable. But it wasn't worth the argument.
STARS: 

WOULD RECOMMEND: No

Starbucks Natural Fusions - Cinnamon


Starbucks Natural Fusions - Cinnamon
 
My roommate and I bought this flavor of coffee from eBay. We are normally ALL OVER anything Cinnamon flavored.

We've heard SUCH good things about Starbucks brands of coffee, and having tried the VIA instant variety of Starbucks coffee and enjoying it, We figured this would also be a delicious and enjoyable cup of coffee.

It's not.

We brewed the coffee as directed on the package, like with all other ground coffees. It tasted VERY bitter and nasty. Only way to disguise the bitter taste of the coffee is by using copious amounts of sugar and milk.


FINAL VERDICT
I'm not sure if this is a trademark taste of Starbucks ground coffees, or if it is just the Natural Fusions brand, but it has changed my opinion of the Starbucks brand as a whole. I don't see us purchasing this brand again.
STARS: 
WOULD RECOMMEND: No

Apple iPod Touch 4th Generation

 
Apple iPod Touch 4th Generation

SPECIFICATIONS
Device type
Tablet
OS:
iOS (6.1, 6, 5.1, 5, 4.x)
Dimensions:
4.40 x 2.30 x 0.28 inches (112 x 58 x 7 mm)
Display
Physical size:
3.5 inches
Resolution:
640 x 960 pixels
Pixel density:
326 ppi
Technology:
LCD
Touchscreen:
Multi-touch
Features:
Light sensor
Battery
Capacity:
930 mAh
Hardware
System chip:
Apple A4
Processor:
Single core
Graphics processor:
Yes
System memory:
256 MB RAM
Built-in storage:
8
​ GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, ​64 GB
Camera

​(Rear)​ 0.7 megapixels
(
​front) ​0.3 megapixels VGA​
Camcorder:
1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
Features:
Video calling, Music player
Connectivity
Bluetooth

2.1, EDR
Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n
USB 2.0
Other
Computer sync, OTA sync

Bought this as an alternative to a cell phone, since I knew of apps that would work for a phone/texting for free. Not so fast. The item REFUSED to connect to even PUBLIC unlocked WiFi networks, such as Applebee's WiFi. 
The battery life is AWFUL. I found myself charging every other day, if not every day. I may have used it a total of 5 minutes every day to check the built-in Weather app and still the battery drained REALLY fast. Also, unlike a cell phone, the battery is NOT consumer-friendly. If the battery ever becomes unable to hold a charge, you would need to send it to Apple or take it to a Genius Bar to have the battery replaced, something I'm guessing would NOT be free.
Apple devices are also VERY restrictive as far as the apps selection goes. It's fine if you want to stay within the realm of Apple and their App store, but if you want an app designed by a third-party developer, you better hope they submitted it to the App store or you feel comfortable about voiding the warranty and jailbreaking it.
Overall, it's good for children and teenagers if you want to control their mobile device usage but still allow them to play games and have social contacts


FINAL VERDICT
If you're looking for a music player and nothing more, I'd suggest either the iPod Shuffle or the iPod nano.
STARS: 
WOULD RECOMMEND: Depends of what your needs are

Changes...

Changes are coming to this blog... The idea of doing JUST geek/technology reviews is hard to do, when you don't have the FUNDS to purchase all the newest tech out there to review.

So, Now, I'll be reviewing various things... yes, some of it WILL be technology related... but it will also be food, websites, housewares, etc.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Becky