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[Video] iPhone 5s in Gold!

January 22, 2014 in iPhone, Main Blog, Phones, Product, Slideshow, YouTube

Check out our unboxing video of the new iPhone 5s in Gold!

Review of a Dead Tablet: HP TouchPad

January 22, 2014 in Android, iPad, Main Blog, Product, Slideshow, Tablets, YouTube

You may be surprised or confused about this post. Yes, we are about to review the HP TouchPad. A tablet that had its hype from the Palm Inc. brand, and was quickly destroyed by the release of the iPad 2, followed by the trashing of HP’s consumer electronics business by then-CEO. The HP TouchPad does have some things to offer, but it is nothing compared to any generations of the iPad.

The Good

- webOS has a great card user interface with proper multitasking.

- Adobe Flash Player built-in.

- Ability to install Android is a huge-plus, making the tablet suddenly extremely capable.

The Bad

- Very thick, heavy and a finger-print magnet.

- Extreme lack of apps. No dropbox, Evernote, Twitter, etc.

- Apps with access to Dropbox will turn out as no-access.

The Bottom Line

The HP TouchPad is a dead product. The lack of big apps makes the tablet hardly useful. However, if you are just looking into web surfing and checking emails, this is a capable tablet. However, for those of you who want to just make this an extremely useful tablet, we suggest users to install the Android operating system. This will allow you to access the big apps, and the buttery-smooth Jelly Bean experience with Widgets on home screens. The TouchPad is available to purchase via eBay via auctions, and they are offered at very low prices between $80 to $140. This tablet is a good buy compared to buying a cheap Android tablet. We will be reviewing Android Jelly Bean on HP TouchPad very soon.

Watch our full video review to find out what this tablet offers, and whether it is worth buying even after 3 years of release.

A Case Built To Withstand A Tantrum

June 25, 2013 in Accessories, Android, iPhone, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Main Blog, Phones, Product, Slideshow

As much as I appreciate the beautiful curves of the iPhone, I cannot help cover it up with a case. How some people can tolerate using a shattered iPhone when I can’t even stand a tiny scratch I will never know. Literally the second I took my iPhone out of the box I popped it into a case. Although I do want to protect my phone as much as I can, I have never opted to put it into an Otter Box. I just find that cruel and unusual to wrap Jonny Ive’s masterpiece in a fat suit. I mean you would never wrap a Lamborghini in bubble wrap would you? There is a Kickstarter Project, that is in it’s final stretch that is near indestructible, but still keeps your phone looking sharp. Introducing The Tantrum: The Indestructible Case for iPhone and Galaxy phones.

Design: 

The Tantrum is an all aluminum exoskeleton case that is capable of withstanding several thousand pounds of force.The case is held together with stainless steel posts. The case boasts that unlike other cases that use the phone as part of the support system and that bend and fold without the phone inside; the Tantrum case provides all of the support. Any shock is absorbed and distributed though the case instead of your phone. The Tantrum can withstand drops, throws, and even being run over by a truck.

 

So go back this awesome kickstarter project. You can do so here.Or hit up their website here.

Jackery Air, The Perfect iPhone Companion

June 19, 2013 in Accessories, Android, Business, iPad, iPhone, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Main Blog, Phones, Product, Productivity, Productivity, Productivity, Slideshow, Tablets, Travel, Travel, Travel, Uncategorized

If you have read some of my other posts, you would have discovered that the only thing I hate about technology is the constant need to charge devices. I am always on one device or another and the fact that I have to worry about finding an electrical outlet or getting tangled up in a series of extension cords so I can charge and use my iPhone at the same time is a major nuisance. May I introduce to you, the Jackery Air a new project on Kickstarter. While I have yet to get my hands on this new power pack, I think it is worth looking into.

Design:

The Jackery Air comes in a beautiful orange color, and is made using the same aluminum molding process that Apple uses. This not only makes the device look sleek and sexy, but also it looks like it belongs next to your Apple devices. The Air measures only 4.9×2.4×0.3 inches and weights right around 5 ounces, meaning that it can back up its claim for being “The World’s Thinnest Portable Charger”. The Air has a three-color LED status indicator tells you how much power level is left. It’s so powerful that a fully charged Jackery Air contains enough power to charge a typical smartphone two to four times.

Specs: 

The Jackery Air has two power options: 2800 mAh and 5000 mAh, depending on the amount of charger you want the device to hold. The Air is capable of charging all of the most common consumer electronics including:

  • Apple: iPhone 5 4s 4 3g / iPad 4 (Retina display) 3 2 1 / iPad Mini
  • Samsung: Samsung Galaxy S4 S3 S2 S / Galaxy Note 2 / Galaxy Nexus / Ace / Focus
  • Google: Nexus 7 / Nexus 10
  • HTC: One X, S, V / Sensation XE XL / Inspire / Droid / ThunderBolt / EVO / Radar
  • Amazon: Kindle / Kindle Fire
  • Motorola: Droid Razr Maxx Bionic / Triumph
  • Sony: Sony Xperia Z J P
  • Blackberry: Blackberry Z10 / Curve
  • LG: Nexus 4 / Optimus / Touch
  • Others: PS Vita / MP3 MP4/ GoPro
So you do not have to worry about compatibility when using the this power pack.
The Packaging: 
 I for one, am a strong believer in the aesthetics of product packaging. And though I do not know what magic the interior design of the box holds, the outside is quite appealing which in my opinion is the mark of a good quality product.I also like judging books by their cover, so there you go.
Inside this box you will find the Jackery Air of course, as well as a high speed usb charging cable that can also be used to charge most Android devices.
Also to note, if you back them on Kickstarter you can also receive a dual USB car charger as well as other rewards.
The Conclusion: 
So the Jackery Air looks like it will turn out to be a welcome addition to the device family of anyone looking to extend the battery life of their smartphones and tablets. With a combination of design and power that cannot be beat, I know that the Jackery Air will definitely be soaring to the top of everyone’s wish list.
Check out their Kickstarter page here or connect with them via one of these channels:

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Bolt, A Revolutionary New Way to Charge Up

June 18, 2013 in Accessories, Android, iPad, iPhone, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Main Blog, Phones, Product, Productivity, Productivity, Productivity, Slideshow, Travel, Travel, Travel, Utilities, Utilities, Utilities

I recently came across a new Kickstarter project that has great potential. It is a charging block with a twist. This little guy, by the name of Bolt can plug into your wall like the standard Apple charging block, but then when it’s time to go the Bolt can come with you and still charge your phone. You see, the great guys at Fluxmob have found a way to pack a 3000 mAh battery into this small rectangle giving you the ability to charge on the go. What is great about the Bolt is that it can be charged up with a standard outlet, no more carrying around a separate USB charging cord. Hopefully I will get the chance to do a more in depth review on the Bolt later on, but until then go check out their Kickstarter campaign here or there website here. I believe this will be a revolutionary new accessory that definitely deserves funding, so go help them out! 

 

Apps That Replace Default iOS Apps

January 30, 2013 in iPad, iPhone, Product, YouTube

Throughout the past years, Apple has updated iOS to include more productive and useful features such as multitasking, iCloud, notification center, and more. However, if you look at the core apps, or built-in apps, those aren’t really updated much. Take Notes, for example. Nothing much has changed other than 2 new fonts and iCloud integrations. Weather doesn’t seem to have any functional changes. The Stocks app was only updated to be able to view graphs in landscape mode. The Calendar app has gone through no real cosmetic change, other than the integration of iCloud. Yes, they may be great apps already according to Apple standards, but many of us have to agree that we are all bored with how they look and act. Today, I will be talking about 4 apps that have replaced the default Safari, Mail, Music and Maps app.

First of all, Safari. Safari is a great browser. Now with integration of iCloud, with bookmark syncing and iCloud tabs, it’s a great browser. Even better, it also has offline reading lists, and a Reader view to make it easy for the eyes. However, I have made the switch to using Google Chrome. Why? Simply because I have also switched to Chrome on my Mac. Safari is a great browser, but it is really slow. My Mac is close to unusable when I have more than 10 tabs opened. Whereas with Chrome, it manages them very well to maintain the performance. Google Chrome for iOS also had bookmark syncing even before Apple made it available. Google Chrome in my opinion is simply the fastest browser on the planet. And same goes true with the iOS version. What I love the most about the iOS version is how easy it is to switch between tabs. With Safari, you would have to tap onto the tabs icon, and then flick to choose which tab you would like to switch to. With Chrome, you can also tap on the tab icon and view all of your tabs. But instead, you can just simply flick from either edge of the screen to switch between tabs. Just as simple as that. Much faster, much snappier than having to go through annoying taps.

The Mail app has had a few big features in the past years, such as a unified inbox, more than one exchange accounts, flagging and VIP inboxes. However, it never really made use of the multitouch user interface of actually swiping. Now I use an app called Sparrow. Sparrow is a famous Mac app that also landed on iOS not too long ago. It has unified inboxes, it has attachments, it has flaggin and starring. But is also has a great swiping feature. If you are in your inbox, you can just swipe to see the options of what you can do with that specific message. You can delete, archive, star, flag and so on. Because you can view these with a swipe, that allows you to save some screen space on the bottom, allowing you to view more messages at a glance. When you are in a message, and you would like to go through your messages, you don’t have to go back to the inbox again to see view each message. All you have to do is just swipe up or down, to go through your messages. Just like how you switch between tabs in Chrome for iOS. Very simple and easy. There are some drawbacks though. Sparrow does not do push notifications, which kind of sucks, and it does not have support for exchange accounts. And, because Sparrow has recently been acquired by Google, we will expect no future updates in terms of new features. Plus, the upcoming, widely discussed Mailbox app will be arriving the App Store soon, which is also promised to revolutionize your inbox.

Next up, the Music app. Simple sentence. The default Music app is ugly. It has been great in 2007. But not in 2013. ALthough with iOS 5 and iOS 6, they have refined the look of the Music app, it still is the same process of going through a long list of artists or albums or songs, just to reach your favorite song. What if you were able to browse your music more graphically? What if you can view your history? Your newest? Your most played? Well that’s what Track 8 does. It is a Music app that does all of that, with an interface that copies Windows Phone. You have the album art as tiles, and once you tap on the, there is an animation effect that takes you to that album. From the Home screen, you can see your history, newest and most played, which will allo you easy access to your most favorit and newest songs easily. All I can really say is, you just have to check it out. It even beats the music app in Windows Phone! Although it is a paid app, it is definitely worth it!

Last, but not least, is the Maps app. We all know that the Maps app in iOS 6 has caused a lot of trouble for many people. It’s not accurate, not Street View, and it’s just… crap. Even the Maps app before iOS 6 with Google’s backend was better. But now with the introduction of Google Maps for iOS, made by Google themselves, things have really changed. It is simply the best maps app ever. Normal view, satellite view both look awesome, with vector rendering and 3D capabilities. Navigation is easy as expected, and Street View is back. It’s free, it’s awesome, and it’s a must have.

Those have been the 4 apps that have replaced the default iOS apps. Do you have any other suggestions, or with any other apps? Please let us know in the comments section. You can also watch our video discussion about this topic on the top of this article.

Light Up Hoodie Will Electrify Your Wardrobe

January 21, 2013 in Accessories, Main Blog, Product, Slideshow

Ever sense watching TRON, I have always had a special place in my heart for jackets; take one look at my closet and you would know straight away. I also love anything that lights up. So when I found ElectricMVMT’s Delaware st. hoodie I almost fainted. Finally a company bridged the gap between technology and textiles. Since I recognize that I might never get to ride a Light Cycle, this is the closest I will ever come to being TRON.

 

The Product: 

ElectricMVMT’s jacket is pretty simple, yet amazingly elegant. The Delaware st. hoodie is a zip-up design that follows the standard construction of a jacket. However, that is where the similarities with a normal hoodie end. Along side of the zipper and continuing up around the hood is a rope of EL Wire. The wire then connects to a controller box that is stored in a pouch on the inside of the jacket. The remote has a slide off back where you install two AA batteries. On the other side of the controller is a single button that activates the El wire.

The Function: 

The Delaware st. hoodie is actually quite functional. Depending on the mood you are in, or the atmosphere you inhabit, the EL wire canbe set to different modes, four if you include off. As you press the button, the controller cycles through the different modes. First there is steady on, then there is a slow blink, next there is a rapid blink which I like to call “Rave Mode”, and last it is back to off. I found that steady on actually makes a great deal of light and looks pretty neat at night. Rave Mode is also fun because it is like having your own wearable strobe light; it is quite effective when clubbing or having a dance party. It is also entertaining to light up the jacket while watching a movie during class just to see the reactions of my peers.

As for normal jacket functions, they are pretty standard. The jacket is pretty warm, but I would not recommend wearing it out in the snow. The hood is decently sized and having the EL wire in it keeps it firm so it always looks nice. The controller box easily disconnects from the jacket allowing you to wash the jacket easily. The hoodie is durable, so it does not feel like it will fall apart any time soon. The zipper especially feels really solid, which is something I always look for in a jacket.

The Good: 

Beautiful Light: The EL wire produces an awesome glow that can be seen from a distance.

Multiple Modes: I love “Rave Mode”

Surprisingly Warm!

Solid Construction: Quality is excellent.

 

The Bad:

The controller box is bulky: I wish it was a little smaller because it sightly weighs down one side.

The hoodie is a little pricey: $90 is steep.

My teachers do not like rave mode.

 

 

The Overall:

Overall I definitely enjoy wearing the Delaware St. Hoodie; It adds a touch of technological magic to any outfit. The EL wire catches the light during the day when it is off, so you can still wear the hoodie and look awesome.  It comes in either White or Black with Blue or Pink El wire and in my opinion is the jacket is worth it especially if you want to stand out at a club or concert. You can get one here.

 

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Plomocast Episode 12

January 12, 2013 in Android, iPad, iPhone, Mac, PC, Plomocast, Product, Slideshow, YouTube

In this episode, John and I will be covering our Top 5 Products of 2012, and the Top 5 Apps of 2012. Stay tuned and enjoy!

Hosts: Kenta & John

You can reach us at kenta@plomonet.com

Plomonet Discussion: Tablet vs. Laptop (2013 Edition)

January 11, 2013 in Computers, iPad, Mac, Product, Tablets, YouTube

Here at Plomonet, Kenta discusses a lot about Tabler vs. Laptops. He has made many videos in the past about his thoughts regarding the two, at that point in time. This year, with the inclusion of the new iPad mini, he has some new thoughts he would like to discuss. The video is available below.

2013 Apple Predictions

January 11, 2013 in Accessories, Computers, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Music Players, Phones, Product, Tablets, YouTube

We have made a series of videos discussing what we think at Plomonet about the possible upcoming products from Apple. Categories are divided into Macs, iPods & Apple TV & iPhone, and iPad. Videos are available below.

Mac Predictions

iPod, Apple TV & iPhone Predictions

iPad Predictions