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So you buy the wristband and get the Up app on your iPhone. When you first connect the Up wristband to your iPhone it will give you a brief rundown on how it works and setup an account for you. After that it starts collecting your data.
Here is how it works... You wear the band 24/7. During the day it records when you are doing nothing, doing a little, and when you are doing a lot of activity. I tested the distance calibration with a GPS and it is actually fairly accurate; so it also records the distance you walk or run. All this happens without any input from you.
When you go to sleep... You press a button (on the band) to switch to sleep mode. When you wake up you press the button again to tell the band your day has begun. While you slept Up recorded information about your rest. Using Up's sensor the band knows how long you took to fall asleep, how many times you woke up, and whether you were in deep or light sleep. It also knows how much time time you spent in these different states. Now you connect the band to your iPhone and all your data is loaded into the app, which on my iPhone 5 runs very well. The Up app gives you visual and numeric representations of your data. The data is actually interesting information, especially relating to how you currently feel. The more days you log the clearer picture you get. This is the basic utilization of the band and app. You have to do at least this much.
And the Up band extras... It can be used as an alarm clock to silently wake you up. It can also alert you if you have done nothing (idle alarm) in a set amount of time during specific hours. For activities that the motion sensor will not represent well (like biking) you can press the wristband's button to record an activity. This activity can be viewed or edited separately from the other activity information. This is helpful. The only other thing the band does is wake you up from a mid-day nap if you need one. This PowerNap feature takes into account your sleep history, then monitors your nap, and wakes you up at an optimal time to be refreshed in the shortest time.
And the Up app extras... The app is organized very well, but also fairly limited on what you can do. You can set your current mood with emoji type smily faces. You can connect with other Up users and if you like, share your information with them. You can edit your activities, set goals to meet, and review your data. Graphs and charts can be utilized to look for trends over days, weeks, or months. You can also log what you eat using the app. This final piece of the Up app is also the most difficult to use and understand. While the food logging part of the app is extensive and powerful, everything else is so simple and easy to use, making it seem daunting. You have to put some time in to figure it out. Once you figure it out you can track your food intake and all the nutritional information that goes with it.
The wristband is very light and comfortable to wear. Without bluetooth wireless syncing it has an incredible 10 day battery life. Syncing via the headphone jack on the iPhone takes just seconds and only needs to be done twice a day. Personally I prefer a few seconds syncing rather than charging the band every few days to accommodate bluetooth. Overall the Up band/app combo is good and a decent starting point. And the one characteristic of the Up wristband I appreciate the most... people don't think it's electronic! Without this added attention it disappears into your everyday life, which I believe is the whole point of a device like the Jawbone Up.
I bought this case for my iPad 3 on Otterbox's good reputation only to be dissapointed. For some reason Otterbox defender case users defend these cases like it's their first born child. Reading their reviews you can feel their emotion behind them. Strange.
I found this case to be thick, bulky, cheaply made, and uncomfortable to hold. Maybe if I did not buy the GumDrop case to try as well, the Otterbox would seem better as the GumDrop is much thinner, nicer to hold, and has better sound. Even the home button works. But this is about the Otterbox iProtection Defender Case, so here we go...
The plastic has a cheap look and feel to it. Also the front bezel is almost all plastic making the front ugly and uncomfortable to hold. The home button is unusable with this case (yes if you push hard enough it works, it is just unacceptably bad). The silicone cover is also very thin. Thin enough to slide around over the plastic back as you hold it. The silicone doesn't even evoke feelings of great impact protection as the GumDrop or Survivor cases do. The flaps covering the headphone port and dock connector don't seal perfectly. Close enough maybe, but not perfectly as I expect and certainly not as good as the other protective cases. The new Otterbox case is also very thick, it feels lighter than the GumDrop, but it is much thicker. And with the extra cover/stand that comes with it, the case is huge!
The screen protector is ok. Actually it is better than most options out there even though it doesn't sit flush against the screen in the corners leaving a small gap. Not that it matters anyway as this case is just plain uncomfortable to hold, which is how tablets are meant to be used. Also if you grip it tightly the plastic creaks and it is very difficult to remove your iPad from the plastic pieces. I am glad I found the GumDrop. I very happily packaged up this ugly, cheap case and sent it back.
Yes the Otterbox will keep your iPad safe. Yes it has a stand that adds considerable bulk to an already thick case. Yes somewhere there is an emotional Otterbox user who just had their feelings hurt with this review. Yes you can push really really hard and have the home button work. But why?
This is a great case for any iPad owner who needs or wants impact protection.
I confirmed with GumDrop that the iPad 3 case is the iPad 2 case without any changes made. So you can buy this case for either model. It fits my iPad 3 perfectly and I am very pleased. My first out of the box reaction was the plastic seems cheap (until I tried the new Otterbox case, now it doesn't seem as cheap). The plastic fits on the front of the iPad and has a few places where it wraps around the iDevice, mainly the rear camera, headphone port, dock connector and the orientation/mute switch. The plastic piece holds the iPad very tightly. Next a rubber piece covers the back, sides, and most of the front bezel. Compared to the new Otterbox iProtection Defender Case this is one of the areas the GumDrop shines.
This case feels great in your hands. Considering how tablets are meant to be held, this is very important. The rubber has a nice grippy feel with out being too sticky. The tire tread texture on the sides and back is addicting to hold with your hands. The home button is easy to find and press as well as the volume switches. The orientation lock switch is behind a flap so you have one extra step to use it. As far as style goes, I think the iPad looks good in this case and it is much thinner than the Otterbox or Survivor.
As much as I love the naked iPad I need a protective case. I bought both the new Otterbox and GumDrop to try out. The Survivor was going to be my fall back if one of these two didn't work out. I have experience with the Survivor on my iPhone so I knew what to expect there. The Survivor is serious protection that I need for my phone but not so much with my iPad. With the Survivor your device is 100% sealed from dust. For my iPad I need impact protection, a screen protector, grippyness to prop up to watch shows, and the best dust/dirt protection I can get without the cameras, microphone and speaker being covered. Both the GumDrop and Otterbox delivered that for me. After trying both cases on my iPad 3, I can say without a doubt the Gumdrop is a much better case than the Otterbox. The Otterbox looks cheap, feels cheap, is uncomfortable to hold and is much thicker. The Otterbox's thin silicone cover would slide around on the case's plastic back and the front bezel is almost all ugly plastic. The Otterbox also rendered the home button useless and the screen cover did not fit against the screen in the corners, leaving a gap.
So the GumDrop is just what I am looking for in a protective case. The screen protector isn't the best. It feels good and sits flush with the screen, so no decrease in performance. It just has that speckle to it that most screen protectors have. It is removable, but I believe it is removable to be replaceable if scratched. Using the case without it would leave an odd gap around the screen. So if you wanted to use your own screen protector you still need to peel it from the plastic. Another inconvenience is the design of the opening for the ambient light sensor. The cut out for this sensor is narrow and deep, therefor in bright light you have to hold the iPad in the direction of the light source for a second. Not an issue if the source is behind you but if the light is in front of you, the iPad needs to be tilted towards the light when first unlocked. I would also improve the hinge of the dock connector flap. It is very stiff and puts pressure on the cable when connected, but at least it is secure.
Overall this is a great protective case. I love how thin it is compared to the other protective cases and it just feels great to hold. The speaker is covered with a waffle pattern of cut outs that protects it and makes it sound better than without any case on. And now this is the longest review I ever wrote. Oh well.
I use these headphones with the 64 GB iPod Touch and love them. I am someone who appreciates great audio quality. All my music is recorded lossless using Apple's lossless encoder. I own several of Shure's products and various over the ear headphones for home listening. The Klipsch IMAGE S4i are by far the most comfortable and easiest to insert earbuds i've used yet. Even during prolonged listening they remain comfortable well beyond the point the Shure's would hurt. The sound isolation is fantastic as I have used these while mowing the lawn with out having to turn the volume up.
Why buy the Klipsch IMAGE S4i? To use during activities and on the go. The sound quality is good, not superb. These are not the headphones you use when you want to relax and listen to every last detail in your music and have it reproduced perfectly. These are the headphones you use while jogging, walking, riding in a car or plane, using lawn mowers; basically any active pursuit where decent sound quality, ease of use, comfort and noise isolation are important. Your iPod or iPhone can now stay in your pocket as you can control your device through the remote. The remote's controls are simple to use by feel and do the job well. Combine easy access to play/pause, skip/skip back, and volume controls with Apple's voice control feature and now the whole device can be controlled through these headphones! That is why they are so good! And voice control... wow. I can tell the iPod to play certain playlists, artists, albums, songs, even commands such as "turn on/off shuffle", "what song is this", and "play more songs like this" to use the genius feature.
Anyone in the market for headphones has a lot of choices to make. For this price range there are better alternatives for sound quality, but right now there is no better choice then the S4i's for active listeners who benefit from leaving their devices in their pockets. Get the Klipsch IMAGE S4i if decent sound quality and comfort are important as well as full control over your music and phone functions using the inline remote.
They also work great with my MacBook Pro allowing me to control iTunes with the remote and use Skype because of the microphone. I have been using the Klipsch IMAGE S4i for three months and recommend them to anyone who will use them as I detailed above. May be in the future a $300.00+ pair of audiophile earbuds with the remote will be released and everyone will be satisfied... until then I'll be happily listening to my tunes on the go with these.
I use this for a 64 gb touch. When I buy a thin and well designed product, the last thing I want to do is put some ugly bulky case on it. Enter the Sena Ultra Slim Case. Crafted of fine leather it protects your iPod in a minimalist way. This slip case barely adds any depth to the device and is perfect for those of us who carry our iPods in pockets. When needed the iPod slips out very easy by holding the sides and pressing the bottom. I even place the iPod on the case when I set it on a table. When listening on the go I insert the iPod upside down so the headphones can be attached. I change the music mostly using the Voice Control feature, but if necessary I can slide it out quickly to access the controls.
I have been using this case for a few months now and it still looks great. The leather has softened to form completely to the iPod. I use my iPod every day and I am very happy with my purchase. If you share my thoughts of enjoying your iPod in its natural state but want protection as well, I highly recommend this product. Oh and it works too, my iPod is completely scratch free!
If your child is crawling and starting to pull him/herself up to standing, buy this! The joy of seeing your smiling child walking around is priceless. We got this for our son when he turned one. He loves it! He keeps many of his favorite toys in the wagon and stops to play with them, pulls some out, puts new ones in. He can pull himself up by the handle and the wagon has never tipped up from it. Look at the design closer and you will see the handle is actually forward of the rear axles. We brought it to a wedding and all the 2 to 4 year old toddlers couldn't wait to get their hands on it and run around, which gives us lots of hope for the longevity of the wagon. The Radio Flyer Walker Wagon is a well built toy every kid goes crazy for!...Read more
My first impressions of the Sound ID 300 were good. I was very happy with the fit and ease of use. The size and weight are perfect and the battery lasts a long time. The first call I made using the headset the person on the other end asked "where are you that the connection is so bad." I switched to the phone and I was clear and natural sounding. Every call is like that. Sometimes people can't understand what I am saying and the sound seams to fade in and out on my end. My experience with the Sound ID 300 summed up in two lines...
Comfort and Style = Great
Audio Quality = Very Bad
The HTC Droid Eris surprises you with an amazing operating system and well built hardware. Comparisons are hard to avoid with the iPhone, which has proven to be the benchmark for touchscreen smart phones and the overly hyped Moto Droid. I went to the Verizon store to buy a Moto Droid and found it to be poorly built. It looks terrible, feels terrible, and I couldn't type anything on that keyboard. Then I noticed the Droid Eris on the same shelf and before I picked it up I could tell the Eris was a solid phone. I have owned it for a week now and I'm still impressed.
The build quality is fantastic, clean lines, feels good in your hands, brilliant screen, thin yet solid like a brick, and a wonderful rubberized matte black finish, which does not show fingerprints or scratches and will not slide around on smooth surfaces. This is my first HTC, but it won't be my last.
The phone is well thought out. Android is great and with HTC's Sense UI it is slick, completely customizable and easy to use. I'm a Apple guy, I like their products. I own a 64 gb touch and have used the iPhone before. The Eris's only flaw compared to the Apple products is the music player. I want my phone ready to answer calls so I don't want it connected to my home or car stereo anyway. I use my touch for music and movies and use the Eris for everything else. I couldn't be happier.
I have multiple email accounts and with the Eris they can all be managed easily and separately for notification options. HTC includes many widgets for email, txt mssging and my favorite, your favorite contacts widget, all phones should have that one. I use google voice and android's integration with it is seamless. There is just too much good stuff packed into this device to tell here.
With all phones like the Eris, battery life is an issue. You can't have a device like the Eris or iPhone 3GS and not have to charge it everyday. It is just that simple. Sure you could dim the screen, keep the WiFi and Bluetooth shut off and only make calls to get normal battery life but why own a smart phone then? Learning how to use the Eris I spent 5 hours straight making calls, browsing the internet, using WiFi and Bluetooth, syncing my email, playing with every widget, changing all the settings, downloading apps and using them... Basically worked the phone as hard as possible and I needed to charge it when I was done. That said, with typical usage it lasts all day. I like full batteries so I will charge it at night and every time in the car. For a sleek, fully customizable phone on Verizon, look no further than the Droid Eris.
Also, HTC will be updating the Eris's operating system to android 2.0 or 2.1 soon.