- the palm and other fingers should have “stickier” padding;
- the touchscreen element should wrap around the index finger and thumb so that you can use the sides of these digits;
- the glove should expand to the size of the users hand to ensure a tighter fit.
Posts tagged: Android
- There are numerous apps (some free) that view the camera from an array of different platforms (iOS, Android, PC). On the iPad at home I use SecurView and I can even look in when I’m out and about using my Google Nexus 4 using TinyCam Monitor Free.
- Once I no longer need a baby monitor, it easily becomes a home security camera.
- It’s a cheaper than most baby monitors.
The picture quality is not bad either and it’s a Day/Night cam so it works even when the room is dark.
More info on the TRENDnet TV-IP121WN 640 x 480 MAX Resolution RJ45 SecurView Wireless N Day/Night Internet Camera:
- Very easy to set up. If you know how to set up a router, you can set this camera up pretty easily. Once it’s on your wireless network you can view the video on any number of devices.
- It has other functionality such as motion-detection capture, it can even email you (I haven’t yet tested this).
- Cons: The main complaint with the camera, which I knew about prior to purchasing, is that the colour is a little off. For some reason the video comes out with slight pinkish hues.
After mulling it over for a few months, I decided it was time I got a new phone (a Google Nexus 4). I’d been using a Blackberry for a while now and although things started out rosy, it was time to move on to a better smartphone.
Since I typically write about some product about a month or two after I acquire it, I don’t often comment about durability or ownership over an extended period of time; that is what I’d like to do with this post. Here are a couple of products I’ve written about in the past and some quick comments about how I feel about them now.
- Lack of app support
- Poor quality camera (the delay makes it difficult to take pictures that aren’t blurry unless you own a blackberry yourself and are used to it)
- OS seems to hang intermittently when context-switching. This is a deal-breaker for users who are heavy multi-taskers
Recently I explored upgrading to an iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S3 but didn’t feel either offered enough value to jump to without a full phone upgrade credit from my provider (Telus). The maps issue I find disconcerting on iOS while the Android phone just didn’t inspire me to part with my money. Anyway the longer you wait for technology the more you get. It’s rather amazing to me how the smartphone market has evolved into such a state where people treat these expensive, sophisticated devices as so disposable.
So that was the first logical question: What are her needs?
- reading personal & work email
- surfing the Internet (searches)
- social networking (Facebook)
- games (like mahjong, scrabble & Angry Birds!)
- There are so many Android apps (and lots of free ones). There is no submitting your application to Apple for approval. You can create your own app and install it on your machine. You know, that practice software developers have been doing for decades. (Of course this could also be in the cons category since you can make the argument that more poorly developed, less QA’d apps will make it into the Android Marketplace vs the App Store).
- I like that I can browse the device’s filesystem. I installed an Android App called Astro and I could see all the files on the tablet which I was able to copy using a standard USB connection rather than the proprietary, must-connect-to-itunes, iPad-to-computer interface.
- I could watch any video file I wanted without converting. Again, there was an app for that, I installed Mobo Player and I could play AVI’s. Seems like such a novel concept.
- Integration with Google accounts
- The keyboard input is sometimes slow and unresponsive. At times I found it excruciating trying to highlight text and cut/copy and just resorted to backspacing chunks of text and retyping.
- The browser will sometimes lag which results in screen taps being buffered and then multiple taps happen all at once. You won’t want to open more than three tabs when browsing.
- No Dragon Dictation for Android (yet). If I can’t use one of my favorite apps, that hurts. Android Evernote looks good though.
- I missed Apple’s smart gestures, still have to try SWYPE.
- a case/stand
- a speaker dock
- full-size keyboard attachment
- Car charger
This works out to being >$100 cheaper than the comparable iPad (since Apple products never come with peripherals or other useful adapters).
The verdict? I could see myself owning a Xoom (or other comparable Android tablet) over an iPad. The experience was very comparable despite all of my dislikes. I will say that an iPad still seems much more intuitive. Xoom does show Android as a very promising platform.
After my recent purchase of an iPad, I found myself now looking for files on four different devices (the others being a desktop PC, a laptop PC and a Blackberry Torch smartphone). That was until I installed two apps on all of the devices, Evernote and Dropbox. (Both are FREE!)
Evernote is good for saving just about any media. If I see a picture of something, if I want to save a weblink bookmark accessible from anywhere, if I start thinking of a new blog post or new ideas, I put it in my Evernote. It has tremendously simplified my ability to maintain multiple lists.
Dropbox is essentially a universally accessible file folder. You can copy any file you want to share (including publicly). Hook me up with a referral if you decide to sign up and they will give both of us extra space. :)
Like any kind of cloud-based technology, Evernote and Dropbox have their own limitations. Your ability to upload and synchronize is dependent on your connectivity. Though an Evernote Premium Account allows you to access your notebooks offline which is handy.
In terms of bugs, the only thing I’ve encountered with these two applications thus far are errors accessing and editing files from Evernote for Blackberry.