Friday, December 30, 2011

Mophie Juice Pack plus for the iPhone 4s

This is a review of the Mophie juice pack plus for the iPhone 4S. The juice back plus includes a 2000 mA rechargeable battery inside the case. Like the juice pack for the old 3GS it is a two-piece hard case that slides over the housing of the iPhone. The exterior finish of the case includes a sort of soft touch plastic finish that is less slippery then the old 3GS case. In addition the iPhone 4S case feel substantially more solid than the older model. It's still is no match for the durability of an OtterBox, but it is more likely to protect your machine than the old style Juice Pack would. Like the previous model it relies on a mini USB cable for charging. There is a switch on the side to turn the battery on and off and a tester switch on the bottom that activates a row of LEDs to show the relative charge level. My initial impression is quite favorable so far. The fit and finish appear excellent and the cutouts on the case back for the camera seem to align quite well. The case should prove quite useful in those situations where a lot of power is going to be needed. Like the older model it does add considerable bulk to the iPhone. I consider that an acceptable trade-off for the utility that this case provides.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Working my way up the best seller's list

My first royalty check. A whopping $10.57. Got to start somewhere I suppose. I think I'll have it framed :)

The book, (ahem...shameless plug) is called Marking Time, A Guide to Russian Watch Collecting. Available from for the kindle.


Monday, December 05, 2011

Well, so much for that

My iPhone 4s will be arriving in a few days. The Vivid worked beautifully for two days and then began randomly resetting itself. I poked around some droid forums and this is apparently a known issue. No good. I'll miss the big screen and the LTE connection but if it doesn't work reliably, none of it matters.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

HTC Vivid! My first Droid phone

Just switched from an iPhone 3gs to the Vivid. This thing is very impressive. There is a learning curve but it isn't terribly hard. I've only had it for a few hours and I've already figured out how to blog with it.

First off, the screen is amazing. My middle aged eyes really appreciate the size. It is a lot larger than the iPhone screen. Then there is LTE. Wow! The Vivid is roughly 3 to 5 times faster online than my 3gs. My son has a 4s and it beats that too. AT&T just turned on LTE here in NYC and it really works quickly.

I was pleased to see that Otterbox has a Defender case for the Vivid. Like its iPhone counterpart, it really provides superior protection to the phone.

The droid app store has a large variety of applications to choose from. Most of my old iPhone favorites are all there.

To sum up, I am very impressed with this smartphone so far. Looks like a lot of useful fun to be had.

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