Archive | March, 2012

The Blackberry 9900, an iPhone too late.

 I was initially a big Blackberry fan but unfortunately in recent years I lost faith like many others.  However, for anyone out there looking to Blackberry the newish model 9900 is the first one in a while that seems worthy of a recommendation.  Forget the Torch, or Curve or any other model and get the 9900 (if that doesn’t sound too arrogant!) .  So it’s not full screen like the Torch but it is a great little performer and its back to Blackberries best if a little too late.  The Torch (in its various guises) always feels a little lagging and I don’t like the size and balance of these devices.  The 9900 however is very well-built, nicely weighted and perfectly balanced in the hand. Thus a great device for typing with its superb keyboard.  The screen resolution is very good and the screen touch sensitivity\responsiveness is the best on any BB in my opinion.  It is also a very fast little device with items opening up immediately on touching.  Combined with a very good camera it’s almost perfect or at least for many who like a proper keyboard and can live with the resulting smaller screen.

The main downside is a lack of serious apps or at least serious options in apps.  However if apps are not your focus then this may just be the best business partner for you.  Pity it wasnt around a year or so ago it may have stopped many a person from jumping ship.  All in all it is a great little device and worth a consideration.

The need for more power and the recharging dilemma.

How frustrating is it just when you have to take a call you notice you have 1% left and no plug or charger around.  Yes every so often days don’t go to plan and that full charge the previous night didn’t get time to complete or you are out of the office using the iPhone all day and by 4pm it’s on 3% and you are still a few hours from home.  What are your options?

With the iPhone 3GS I bought one of those battery covers as the battery life was terrible.  Flicked a switch on the bottom and it started charging my iPhone and it was good for another few hours.  However I like the size, weight and shape of the 4S too much to compromise it with a big batter cover.  That combined with the fact I use my iPad so much meant I really wanted a solution that could work for both.  So off I went for a search.

After a bit of reading I decided on the Proporta USB TurboCharger.  It has a capacity of 7000 mAh which when translated means it has enough power to recharge a device a few times.  It has connectors for most devices so whether its my iPad or my kids Nintendo DS this will work.  It has an LED display that will show you how much power is left and at just 175 grams I can throw it in my bag and not even know it’s there.  It comes with 2 little extendable cables, a car charger (not shown above as it’s in my car), plug and little velvet case. Most days it just sits in my bag but those days when there is excessive travel involved or its jut been a busy day on the device this has come to the rescue.  It even has 2 charging ports if you really want need to charge 2 items at the same time. So if you sometimes find the need for more power then this little device is a very handy one to have sitting in your bag.