I've only had a couple of hours to play with the Nexus 5, but it seems like a really decent handset. The whole Google Hangouts replacing SMS isn't a problem for me, as I use hangouts quite a bit.
As someone who has an iPhone 5, and am expecting to buy the iPhone 6 next year, I'm really having a hard time justifying the price difference of an iPhone over this. My girlfriend has an iPhone 4s and was looking at getting a 5s, but her time with the N5, and that price, has got her considering the move to Android.
A flagship phone with very little profit margin direct from Google like this could be a game changer.
Hey guys, I was just watching the Nexus 5 in depth review and Norm was talking about Google hangouts and how he doesn't like the service and it got me thinking...
More and more, the physical handsets that we have in our pockets are getting closer and closer together, and we find ourselves instead picking the best services to suit our needs, under the assumption that there will probably be an app for our chosen device to give us access.
For example, I (like pretty much everyone) have chosen Kindle for my eBook needs because of the quality of the online store, the availability of books, the availability of apps across all devices and the general quality of the apps.
For other services, like Rdio, spotify or Google Play Music, Hangouts or iMessage, Gmail or Outlook.com, twitter or app.net (haha) it would be interesting to see write-ups from the Tested crew and friends. I've probably done a huge amount of hours researching these things, because I enjoy that process, but I know that a lot of others just want to be told "what's best" by people in the know, and I for one would enjoy the conversation that follows.
Always be Testing!
A Tested branded Zojirushi is pretty much the dream. Mine is seriously battered from a couple of years of use!
I don't know how this happened, but can it please be a thing for Tested as well?
Hey guys, I only donated to enable your insanity, and of course to support the electrons, but the mention of a raffle for all that cool stuff piqued my interest! Did I miss that happening somehow or have you guys just not got to it yet?
Either way, I am down to the final hour of Octoberkast 2013 now! You kept me sane(ish) while I decorated my spare room!
Any company that will let you sell DVD's in bulk will rip you off, because the are going to put in the hours of listing them on ebay and shipping them one at a time.
The only way to get maximum value is to do that yourself. List them on eBay one item at a time and buy shipping material in bulk to save on P&P.
I on the other hand decided life was too short after I moved house, took my books to a charity shop, and all my DVDs to a second hand shop that ripped me of royally.
The space is worth more than the money. Embrace the media colonic.
I used spotify many years ago, but didn't really like the interface, and the lack of a library really didn't help. I don't have time for playlists!
So I picked up Rdio about 6 months ago and I totally love that service. Great apps, great web interface and a great selection. However, the one thing it lacked, was the ability to upload any gaps in it's service, and so I found myself using Amazon Cloud Player for this for things like the Hotline Miami soundtrack and Led Zeppelin. This worked okay, but having the music split between a few different places was just annoying.
Then a couple of weeks ago, Google released the Play music app on iOS and I think I am going to switch. For the same price as Rdio, I get a comparable music collection, but the ability to upload any gaps from my own collection and I can access it all in one place. The iOS app is a bit buggy at the moment, but I have faith that they will update that. They want to sell subscriptions after all.
I have dug really deep on both Rdio and Google Play Music over the last couple of months, so if you have any specific questions, fire away!
I've gone for a month for now, will grab a year once the Christmas/Girlfriends birthday combo has been and gone!
Seconding the SSD idea. having an SSD with your OS on makes a big difference.
I have an Intel 840 Evo 128GB in time and a pair of 2TB drives mirrored for storage. Definitely worth the extra $ for an SSD. Just don't skimp out and buy OCZ. I have had THREE die within 6 months of installing.
@norman: You're welcome, but there were 2 problems in that sentence! ""iPad Air is undeniable the best full-size iPad yet" :-)
A great article Norm. I am on an iPad 2 at the moment, and I am pretty tempted. But considering all the new stuff that is coming out at the moment, I might try and stick out the iPad 2 until the next Air hits next year. It is slower on iOS7, but hardly unusable. I imagine it will either not get iOS 8, or at the very least will have a drastically reduced feature set.
I spotted one wonky sentence @norman : "iPad Air is undeniable the best full-size iPad yet. There's not question about that;"
@Falcon: Which would be useful if they actually put Office out to run in metro. The lack of that at the Win 8 launch was really dumb.
Guns for kids! Guns for kids! Guns for kids!
Who cares if we break Joey, theres always a spare Joey or two lying around right guys?
I run a 500ish workstation Windows network in a secondary school and all my users are still on Windows 7. While I really like Windows 8 and use it at home, I really have to weigh up the impact on my users with the benefits they would actually see.
I think at the moment, because Windows 7 is so stable, that I am just going to hold out for another couple of years. By then lots of users will have Windows 8 laptops at home (regardless of what a lot of enthusiast sites say, most people don't even realise an operation system is something that can change) and there will be a built in support system with a few people per department having seen Windows 8.
I actually did a poll of my 140 staff on who had used Windows 8, and I got like 80 returns, 6 of which had actually used Windows 8 before...
Anyway that wasn't really on topic, but I am sure there are a lot of network managers in the same position as me, so I ask the question, What are the benefits of Windows 8 in a "business" enviroment?
A good shout on Night Watch. A fantastic book that I need to re-read.
I absolutely love American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice is pretty amazing.
Ultimately though my number one book has to be 1984 by George Orwell. Despite what people have tried to twist the ideas of that book into, it remains an incredibly prescient look at many features of modern life (though obviously exaggerated for dramatic effect) while remaining a completely thrilling read. The dread of room 101, and the fear and thrill that Winston Smith feels when he goes off the grid really is just fantastic.
I work in a school, and we just eat up iPad 2's for lunch. Plus, we actually get them much cheaper than the retail price when we buy in bulk, unlike most other apple kit. They work out at like £200 when we buy 30 or more as opposed to £350 on the Apple store.
I like what they are going for here, but I would really like to see how their haptic feedback works. If it can convey enough information through touch to make up for the lack of resistance on sticks, then this could be a seriously impressive bit of kit.
Oh and it has a Nikon standard 18-55mm zoom lens on it.