Archive | January, 2012

Giving the iPhone a little personality!

I upgraded to the iPhone 4S from the 4 to purely mess with Siri.  Other than a desperate need you may have to use Siri it’s not worth it in my view.  The 4 is a perfectly good phone and I really loved it compared to the 3GS so my advice would be to hold out for the 5.  Don’t get me wrong Siri is pretty damn amazing but it’s still very much a tech at the beginning of its capabilities.

However once I got my hands on this new device I wanted to personalise it just a little bit with something other than a run of the mill cover as iPhones are everywhere.  I decided to add the Apple light logo and change the rear cover on my white iPhone to black as with the black rear the light stands out a lot better.  To finish it all off a black gloss bumper and some protective front and rear covers.  So it’s not exactly high Diamond encrusted gold fashion but enough of a change to be mine.  More money than sense I hear you say but the whole lot cost me about €60 euro so not too bad considering some of the nicer covers cost as much and more than that.

I love the Apple logo lighting up.  I am surprised Apple don’t offer this as an optional extra as many that have seen it really like it. It doesn’t impact the battery too much that I have noticed although fitting it was a little bit more of a challenge than the website might have you believe but still worth it.

I wonder when the day will come that these devices are not such a throw away item.  Instead of upgrading the whole thing we can swap out parts like what Samsung plan with their new smart televisions.  We can change the processor, add more memory or upgrade the wireless antennae. Like Lego pieces we could customise and personalise these powerful pieces of tech while being just a little bit more responsible with our rare natural resources (Yes I know if I really cared I wouldn’t have wasted resources on modding this device but boys will be boys!)

For anyone interested here is a link for the Luminescent Logo Mod Kit for iPhone 4/4S

Netflix comes to Ireland\UK but was it worth the wait?

After a long wait the streaming service Netflix launched earlier in January in the UK and Ireland.  I have been using Apple TV for movie rentals for the past year on a charge per item basis so the idea of streaming all my content for a set monthly fee was very appealing.  €7 euro per month and watch as many movies or TV series as you want.  As soon as it became available I was on the site to see what they offered and was very disappointed with the content.  It seemed old and had a relatively small collection in the library with a very small number of recently released movies.  I was left a little frustrated but I took advantage of the first month being free to try it out.

However, though many items are a few years old I am thoroughly enjoying the service.  I had a good browse at all that is available in their library and there were quite a number of movies or series I have wanted to see but as I am not much for scheduled TV I have never seemed to catch or bothered to rent or buy on DVD.  Dexter, Firefly, The Inbetweeners, Wallander, Warehouse 13, Saturday Night Live, Hitchhiker’s Guide, Dune, The IT Crowd, and the list goes on.  I can watch Netflix on the laptop, AppleTV, iPad or iPhone.  While stuck in the car a few days after signing up I decided to give it a try across the 3G connection on the iPad.  I watched 2 episodes of The IT Crowd in perfect quality.  And that generally has been my experience, whether it’s the kids popping on a movie or me grabbing an episode of Firefly or The IT Crowd it is just great.  No matter what I access my account from it remembers exactly where I stopped watching which is great.  I start watching on the iPad and a couple of days later I can turn on the AppleTV and continue from exactly where I left off.

A good broadband connection for home is needed and it will impact your download allowance if you are limited.  Other than that if you like TV on demand from any of your devices then this set fee per month is well worth a look.  For now they have a customer in me and I will recommend it to others as I do believe its good value for money.  I hope that as the weeks and months go by they update the content so I can stay a customer.  Never having to purchase or rent a DVD, box set, or other medium is hugely appealing for many reasons.  Just select what we want from a list and watch it, whenever, wherever and on whatever device we want.