Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tab Switcheroo

About 2 months ago I found myself upping my Verizon plan since I've had to use my phone a lot more for work. I wasn't really too concerned as my job covers most of my phone bill but I did note that I was now on one of the infamous share plans. My Tab 7.7 is on a cheapo $15/250mb plan on AT&T so it wasn't really feasible to share it on Verizon. However, once I took a look at how little of my 4gb I was using on my Droid Incredible I felt drastic action was in order. For a few weeks I made a point of using the hotspot feature on my phone since I don't have a wifi connection available to me at work.
Soon though, the necessary manipulation of both devices to make that work became a bore. I decided that it was time to spend some money and get a Verizon Tab 7.7. I love my device, and have since I've had it even with all the newer tech released. So I scoured eBay and found one with enough extras to sweeten the deal. Looking forward to getting it this week then putting my unlocked version up for sale. More once I get it activated and added to my plan.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Health Tech


Today on a trip to Best Buy I decided to pick up a FitBit Ultra. I've been reading TrentSense blog for a while now and have been amazed at his transformation over the past year. Now, I don't imagine I will suddenly morph into Jane Fonda or anything but I certainly could be healthier overall. I was really impressed with the sleep tracking feature because I could really use the assessment.

I'll post some more after I've had some time to make some headway. So far I've set up my account and downloaded the FitBit app to my Droid and Tab 7.7. I'm kind of excited to see if this gets me motivated to get fit.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Incredible vs Razr M

Sigh.

It never fails. I finally decide to upgrade my phone and there is a new one announced right after. I have a short window of time (2 days) to decide whether I want to swap my Incredible for the new Razr M....pros and cons

Razr M
+ Larger battery
+ Edge to edge screen
+ $50 less than the Incredible
- Accessories (dock) not yet available
- So much work involved in exchanging (phone wipe)
- If I don't like it I can't switch back 
- Don't like body (back) style

Incredible 4G
- Smaller battery
- $50 more than the Incredible
+ Already bought desk and car docks
+ Love the body style
+ I know I like it
= Features are the same as the Razr M

Hmmm, this decision may be easier than I thought....

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Phone Upgrade: Take Two!

In the almost 2 years that I've had my Droid Pro I've only had 1 truly close call where I contemplated upgrading to a newer phone. You will of course recall Admiral-gate of late last year which sent me scurrying back to the Pro. But a nearly crippling lack of memory had me back in the market to upgrade. I already made my peace with not having a good QWERTYBar option, but I was determined to steer clear from the behemoth phones. 
After careful inspection of all of Verizon's offerings, I decided to go with the.....(drumroll please!)....Droid Incredible 4G LTE!


It's a powerful little machine with a similar footprint to my Droid Pro. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my company discount dropped my accessories by 25% so I picked up a car mount and a desk mount. 
So far, it's been a lovefest with my new incredible. Its so nice to have apps open instantly again! I haven't strayed much from my usual settings, except that I am using SwiftKey as my main typing app. As always, here is a little homescreen pr0n:



And how's this for LTE 4G speeds:




Sunday, August 26, 2012

How I Spent My Summer

This summer has been, in a word, busy. Last summer we built a pool in our backyard so this year we updated our kitchen.The white appliances with off-white acrylic countertops just weren't cutting it anymore. So, we went from this: 


To this:


And we absolutely love it! 

In addition to the home improvements, I've also developed a rather alarming case of 'fashionitis'. With unimpressive developments in the tech front, my wardrobe sort of became my new passion. Not to worry, I've used lots of tech in the process! 
 I've also been thriving at my new job-it's been very challenging but in a way that makes me feel a huge sense of accomplishment when I get a solution in place. 
More soon, watch this space for updates!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

ICS on Tab 7.7

July 4th brought a wonderful gift this year- Ice cream Sandwich for my Galaxy Tab 7.7. Sure, I had to go through ODIN to perform the update (KIES did not recognize an update) but it was worth the effort.
The best part to me is that I did not have to lose my data- much like the Honeycomb update on my old Flyer, this update kept my info intact. Things are moving along much smoother and it makes my Tab feel like a brand new device.
Although I found I had to ditch ADW EX launcher (suddenly having crashes) I am having more app stability overall and much better performance. I lost root access but really for me that's not a big deal.
Now I'm eagerly awaiting the ICS update on my Droid Pro which desperately needs a breath of new life to keep going. And as I haven't seen any promising QWERTYbar devices on the horizon, my DP may actually make it to the 2 year mark!

Monday, July 2, 2012

HBO Go on Tab 7.7!

Yes, I'm so excited I had to come out of my cave to post this. Hbo has finally released their app for android tablets. It's absolutely perfect and it's in the Play Store now.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Life Update

Professionally, I am an ace at what I do. I mean, I am someone who re-reads emails I sent out 2 years ago and challenges myself to find better ways to have communicated the same message. I am constantly striving to improve my craft. So, as you can imagine, I have little tolerance for foolishness. And in the past year my job, there had been a fair amount of that going on. Fictitious positions were being created to 'place-hold' people who had no discernible skill sets, and they were being paid good money for the pleasure. And, as usual when people have lots of free time on their hands they spend it finding ways to annoy and irk others. This, combined with a huge amount of thankless work which seemed to keep getting bigger and bigger made me finally hit a wall. I looked from all angles and realized that I couldn't stay with the company anymore. And you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that service company with about 40% of its staff in management may be a tad top heavy. So, I handed in my notice and resigned- I had no plan, no idea what I would do next, but I was so close to a nervous breakdown that Dean encouraged me to just take time to get to my mental ground zero.
After about 3 weeks of relaxing, regrouping and recovering I was ready to see what the job market looked like- I had a comfortable 6 months in cash to find something new, beyond that would involve dipping into savings. Last time I was on the hunt, it took a long time for me to get an offer. This time it took me 2 weeks on the market to get an offer from a company who's corporate culture I have admired from afar for a long while now. In fact, I had a choice of locations to choose from within their organization, and a few offers that I had to turn down! I start on Monday, and am extremely excited.
So, the lesson I have learned here is that there is no reward for being a martyr- I was smart enough to pump the breaks before I completely wore myself out and, by not doubting myself I got what I really wanted- to work for a great company, join inspiring leaders and the icing on the cake is making much more money for the pleasure. Nothing wrong with that at all! :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

App Snap: Plume 3.0

I got a hot tip today Plume (formerly Touituer) had been updated to 3.0 so I was eager to give it a shot. I've been on the hunt for a great Twitter experience on my tablet.
First impressions are good: it has themes, inline image prevew and a crop of other great features as well as an overall facelift. Time will tell if this is going to be my permanent Twitter replacement. More later...

Closet Addict

Hi. My name is Lulu and I'm a closet addict. Seriously. I've had some down time over the past few weeks (more on that in a later post) and I've been spending an inordinate amount of time getting my closet inventoried. My app of choice is PersonalCloset (http://sites.google.com/site/smarteasyapp/) , which is made by a fantastic team which has responded to issues and released several improvements over the last few months.
This app not only tracks what's in my closet but when I wore it,  how often its in rotation and how much I spent on the purchase. Altogether I think it's a fantastic way to tame my addiction...or feed it, depending on how you look at it.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Droid Pro Update 4.7.3

Woke up this morning to the 4.7.3 for my Droid Pro. Its not ICS but I noticed that it helped with the issue I was having with the glitchy keyboard backlighting. On the downside, it did lose root so I need to figure out how to get rooted on this version.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Galaxy Tab 7.7 Car Dock

One of my favorite accessories on my Nexus One was the car mount. Unfortunately, the maps app on my Droid Pro is virtually unusable with its low memory issues so it stood to reason that I would lean toward using my Galaxy Tab 7.7 as my GPS. I decided to order the car dock and see how well it would all work out.

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My dock arrived today and I decided to mount it to my windshield. There is no audio function on this one and I decided not attach the power cable as it would interrupt my Flexsmart. Once mounted, it holds tightly and securely and I love how it complements my car.
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I highly recommend going the car mount route for 7-inch tabs. Unlike a 10-incher, which would get in the way, 7 inches is the perfect size for improved visibility and map view.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Galaxy Tab 7.7- Month One

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I had 2 main concerns when I got my Galaxy Tab 7.7- connectivity and pen input. The connectivity issue was a big concern for me- I had already decided to get an AT&T sim card but I had no idea about what my connection options would be. As it turned out, a week after I got my Tab, I was able to get the sim card set up with only a minor snafu. If you are having similar issues, check out my post at XDA forums for a walk-through. I don't have 4G speeds on this, but so far not an issue as I mostly kept it off on my Evo View to preserve battery life.
Next was getting over the pen input that I had gotten used to with my Evo View. Turns out, that was easier to get over than I thought. I really haven't missed it much at all.
The things that I have been enjoying about my Tab have far exceeded the trade-offs. The screen is unbelievably crisp and clear and the size has made it so convenient for me to tote it around and use it for hours on end:

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In almost every situation I reach for my Tab over my phone (except, of course, for calls). Today I ordered the car dock so that I can use it for in-car navigation. Unfortunately the GPS on my phone has a tendency to lock up- most like due to the low memory on the Droid Pro. I haven't found a phone worth upgrading to but my Tab makes the wait more bearable.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

AppSnap: Another Use for Evernote

I started using Evernote over 4 years ago now and have been extremely thrilled. Now that Seth is 4 years old I've found another way to reduce the clutter around the house. A lot of his 'artwork' from his daycare ends up on the fridge for a whole then relegated to a pile in his room. I recently decided to take pictures and store them in Evernote which would allow us to recycle (read: chuck out) a huge amount of the stack.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Galaxy Tab 7.7-Absolute Perfection

After several days of false starts, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a Tab 7.7. I was going to get one from Negri Electronics but after the Engadget review they sold out within a few hours. I braved it on Ebay and got a brand new import that promised delivery by Friday. Yesterday my new Tab was home and I was excited to get it fired up.
The much discussed screen really can't be put into words. It is simply gorgeous! The other thing which really jumps out at you is how thin and light it is- I'm glad I picked up the case because I would feel nervous tossing this in my purse. So far, I'm in love.
My connectivity plan is still in the air. My game plan is to get an AT&T sim and do a tablet plan off-contract. We'll see how that goes. Here are a few shots- more later.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Waiting Game.....times 2

It feels like all I've been doing for the past 2 weeks has been refreshing my Google search of the Verizon Galaxy Tab 7.7. I do have an action plan- if it ever comes out, I plan to get the Tab 7.7 in conjunction with the shared data plan.
On the phone front, I have high hopes for MWC. I went to Verizon to get a hands on with the Razr Maxx and it is just too large for my comfort. I also really like the keyboard and I am not at all willing to give that up. If there is a Droid Pro Maxx announced I'll be in seventh heaven!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sirius-ly Surprising

I was surprised to find my husband rocking Sirius radio in his Jeep the other day. I had bought him a radio and a 6-month subscription about 7 years ago but hadn't given it much thought since then. It seems that somewhere along the line, his little first-generation hardware has still kept the signal even though we haven't had an active account all this time. I guess sometimes there are perks to be an early adopter. And quite frankly, Sirius already got a couple of bucks from us- we lost a pretty penny on their stock back in the day!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Happy New Year!


Yay for 2012! So far, it's shaping up to be an awesome year! I've been overwhelmed by work lately as I led a hefty software transition- fortunately it went splendidly, and it seems that my life may soon return to the pace it was at 5 months go.

On the tech front I have had some minor flirtations with the Acer Iconia A100 and more recently with the Galaxy Tab 7+. I liked the Tab, but in the end I decided to wait for Verizon to release the 7.7 model to see if that is right for me. I really hope so- the non-functioning StylishGirl app is really bothering me more than I thought it would. I'm also convinced that my Evo View is slightly too heavy for my wrist....I know- tech girl problems.
As far as a phone, I really need a QWERTYBar to be released. I was surprised that nothing in that design came out of CES this year! Just more slabs yet again. So, I'm still in the market for a phone- I've had the same phone for a 14 months!! Not that I don't love my Droid Pro, but it has now slowed to a virtual crawl.
I'm excited to see what this year brings!