• Thermodo - tiny thermometer for your phone

    Thermodo was a cool looking gadget. It would shine over most of gadgets you have on your desk. Anodized aluminum casing with a good looking brand and name, who could deny that? Basically, what it did was reading room temperature and displaying on your phone since very few set of phones had thermal sensor inside.

    Cool Looking Green Thermodo

  • MicroSD sloppy review

    I don’t know if I could call this a review, but I would like to show how they performed.

    microSD

    I bought these two at Kingston costs 700THB (~22.5USD) SanDisk costs 490THB (~15.75USD) considering Kingston was twice the size, I didn’t expect much from it. However, my jaw was dropping and conducting test again and again to see if I was wrong.

    I know this is just a sloppy test of how it performed:-

    For Kingston one.

    root@840evo:~|⇒  dd if=xubuntu-13.04-desktop_armhf_odroidxu_20130917_HDMI.img of=/dev/sdd bs=4M
    1410+0 records in
    1410+0 records out
    5913968640 bytes (5.9 GB) copied, 408.31 s, 14.5 MB/s
    

    SanDisk one.

    root@840evo:~|⇒  time dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdd bs=4M
    3799+0 records in
    3798+0 records out
    15931539456 bytes (16 GB) copied, 1520.28 s, 10.5 MB/s
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdd bs=4M  0.00s user 16.73s system 1% cpu 25:20.28 total
    

    It didn’t matter how large file was, Kingston was definitely better. I had tried many times with wide ranges of files including /dev/zero, results were just the same. I have used the same card reader, Lexar USB3 one, same adapter. Maybe I was wrong. I thought SanDisk was always superior to Kingston, esp. at the same class and pricier.

    I hope this help change someone’s mind out there thinking like I did.

  • Google Nexus One -- a trend setter for all Android

    This might be the last review of Nexus One on the Earth since no one would care about abandoned phone no more. Some say Nexus One is not a great phone; some say other phones are just better. I don’t deny that and more importantly none of that matters. Nexus One, as of now, is the only phone that can do play smoothly regardless of how much better newer phones are. Yes, there are Froyo custom ROMs for some Androids, but those are just unofficial—it doesn’t indicate anything in market perspective as a whole.

    IMHO, Google just wanted Nexus One to be the new bar as far as android hardware spec is concerned. As you may notice, after Google have Nexus One on January 5, 2010, there are a pile of similar spec coming up, e.g. HTC Evo 4G, HTC Desire, Dell Streak, Samsung Galaxy S, Motolora Droid X and so on. Have Google achieved what they wanted? I would say so. Nevertheless, it’s probably financial issue alone that made Google decide not to continue having Nexus One on their virtual shelf.

    Since Palm OS day, I never ever used anything for long since none of so-called new generation smartphone achieved what I need, being organizer. Even Android can’t do a simple calendar as good as Palm OS. And that included iOS, Maemo, and everything. None. Believe it or not, I still had to carry Treo 755 with me in 2010. However, I ditched that for Nexus One. Can Android fulfill what I need? read on.

  • Epik case for Nexus One

    Epik case

    Although Google (or HTC?) give us pretty cute android pouch, it doesn’t give you a peace of mind when you hold the phone or you accidentally scratch the phone to any surface. Can this case be the savior?

    I was looking for skin case? or silicone case that I still could see my engraving and Epik was what I found very first on eBay. Plus, it is not expensive—as usual, cheaper when you buy more.

  • Nexus One Car Dock

    Nexus One Car Dock Nexus One Car Dock is available through Google checkout for $55. Google, however, does provide so little of information about this dock. You will see whether or not it’s worth to grab one for your Nexus One. Okay, let’s start with unboxing experience. The package is the same as Nexus One’s which I really like.

    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock
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    Nexus One Car Dock

    The package contains dock with windshield mount, dashboard mount pad, micro USB car charger and documents. That’s basically all you need.

    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock
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    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock
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    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock

    For the adapter, I found that wire is on the side is pretty convenient, but not a big deal. For dock, you can choose whether you want to mount on dashboard (via mount pad) or windshield. It’s up to personal preference at this point. Dock is pretty stylish and neat. I was surprise that there is no messy wire or anything at all. All 3 pins on the bottom are for power and dock signal. Speaker and volume control are available also. Although many users reported volume control malfunction for many apps. we’ll talk about that issue later.

    In action:

    Well, what do you expect with car dock? It can hold your Nexus One firmly and doesn’t seem to let loose any time soon. Moreover, you can do both landscape and portrait depending on what suit you best =) pretty awesome.

    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock

    The most interesting of this dock might be how it and Nexus One interact to each other. They talk via Bluetooth. Well, it might sound complicated. However, even I didn’t realize that at first. You just put Nexus 1 on dock, then it will communicate and connect to dock (as a headset) automatically without any hassle. All you can see is Bluetooth icon in notification bar above the screen. You don’t even have to turn on/off Bluetooth manually, pretty awesome job IMO. About volume control buttons on dock, I was confused by how that works too since it didn’t seem to respond to any apps but some Google apps like Music. After trial and error for a while, I just found out that it works flawlessly with any apps. However, there is no UI or sound indicated. That’s why it made us believe that it didn’t work. By the way, you have to press and press and press continuously; holding button will not do the trick since it would register only once. If you get the idea, it’s working well.

    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock
    Nexus One Car Dock

    One thing I noticed about this Bluetooth dock is blue trackball. It looked much better in person though. You might have seen that if you use BT headset all the time, but for me, I don’t have that anymore. So far, I expect Google to have this custom trackball color. For example, red trackball for Gmail, blue for phone call, white for something else.

    Summary

    Is it worth exchanging with $55? hell, yes. If you are reading until this, there is no doubt since you are interested in this. You will find a good use of it and be enjoy using as much as I am.