After having owned the first-gen iPhone for almost 2 years now, I decided it was time for an upgrade and purchased a iPhone 3GS (white) from Apple’s online store. Having owned and tested it for the last two hours, a few thoughts:
Definitely worth the upgrade. It feels like Apple’s learnt some things from the first-gen and used that to make a more solid, finished product. As a comparison, this feels a lot like an upgrade from the old white Macbook to the new aluminium one. Just something more solid.
Speed: Apple claims 2x, but I say it’s 10x faster. Things just load and work smoothly. No more waiting for the camera to click, for Settings to start up, or for it to look endlessly for Wi-Fi connections. A time-saver, and therefore in the long-run, a money-saver.
Video: One of the primary reasons I chose to upgrade was video. I had to sell off my Creative Vado HD camera because of it, so I bought it with high expectations and a blind trust in Apple. Safe to say, I think I made the right decision. The quality is almost as good, and the very power of having video capability on your iPhone makes it worth it. I carry my iPhone everywhere, where as I’d have to think twice about carrying the Vado to specific places.
Camera: The new camera is drastically better. Before, I’d regret not having carried my digital camera to events and locations, and coming back with crappy cell-phone like photos. Now, the iPhone is almost as good as a camera.
Speaker & Audio Jack: This is a huge one for me. I like to listen to music without headphones, but with the Apple-only audio jacks on the first-gen, I’d been unable to plug it into the speaker in my room. Now, not only does it have flush jacks so I can plug it in, but the speaker is so-so much louder! I just compared and couldn’t believe the difference — it’s almost as loud as my MacBook. That said, I’m not sure whether I need to use my speaker any more.
Tethering: Another device I sold off to upgrade to the 3GS was my 3G modem. The first iPhone, obviously, didn’t have 3G, so I wasn’t able to use it to tether Internet on my laptop. This caused a ton of hassle in terms of switching sim cards from the modem to the phone, etc. etc. I just tested tethering from the phone, and it works almost as well as the modem.
GPS & Compass: I don’t live in a big city so I don’t have much use for this, but the times I have visited big cities, I’ve had to load up the instructions before-hand, try co-ordinate my physical compass to the instructions on the iPhone, etc. Now, I’ll just be able to stare at the dot on the screen and keep walking. I’m going to Auckland on the 27th of next month, so this will be one to test.
Case: I literally spent hours researching on the best iPhone case, and decided on the Marware Sportgrip judging from the reviews, look, material, etc. It arrives in a week, and I’ll be sure to post what I think of it. I’m not a fan of cases in general, but after seeing how my previous iPhone turned out, I figure I might as well give one a try this time.
"The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.
Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
And always remember: life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
If you want to supremely reduce your ignorance when it comes to topics like the Universe, Pluto, astrophysics, blackholes, and asteroids, you need to get familiar with his work.
What makes him so special, like the Radiolab guys, is that he (a) takes science seriously, (b) is passionate about the education of science to the (vastly stupid) public, and (c) is extremely funny and entertaining. You may have also seen his show, NOVA, on PBS.
Here are his interviews, talks, and lectures I recommend watching. All around 1 hour each, but all very, very worth it. Some of them have some repetitive stuff (like Pluto), but then there is a slider you can use to skip ahead, right?
As an aerial photography enthusiast, this is the most amazing thing I’ve seen all day. Nicholas Chorier takes incredible pictures of places — India is what his first book is on — using a kite he designed himself and an attached remote-controlled camera rig.
Ever since it came out, this one’s been hyped like crazy. So, in an attempt to not repeat my ‘I Love Man’ experience, I decided from the get-go that I would watch this movie at the theatre with some friends or not at all (as opposed to watching it by myself, or the cam-rip.)
Was it worth it? Hell yes. The hype was true. Don’t try and be a skeptic/opposist and let the hype hurt your experience. If it does, watch it a couple months later and see if you still feel that way.
This movie has by far the most quotable and memorable lines than any comedy I’ve seen in the last couple of years. Some of them I can remember right now (spoiler alert): “Re-thaard”, “Fat Jesus”, “Rapies”, “To-da-loo, motherf***a!”, “Doctor Faggot”, “No, it’s a satchel… Indiana Jones has one,” “I hate Godzilla too!”, “It’s funny because he’s fat!”, “You can find it at the corner of ‘get a map’ and ‘f*** off’.”
The Mike Tyson cameo was probably the un-funniest part of the movie, mostly because there is so much good stuff before and after (sets an expectation), and also because the scenes with him have no punchlines or unexpected jokes. The director relies on Mike Tyson’s presence itself to create the laughs, which would work if it was surprising or unexpected, but we’ve already seen him in the trailer or heard about it from our friends, and he doesn’t pull anything else to break our expectation (as compared to say, Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.)
I like comedies which don’t get too outrageous or cartoonish, and those which I can imagine taking place in the real world. This was one of them, thanks to its get-shit-faced-and-do-stupid-things theme. On the other hand, Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder from last year were still funny, but they weren’t plausible for a second, which is what makes this one so superior to them.
I also liked how it broke the cliche of a typical one-night-adventure movie, by fast forwarding the actual events and making it more about them trying to uncover what exactly happened. It plays out like a detective movie in that respect, and works in the favour of its comedy because it’s much more funny and interesting to hear about or see something after it happened than to watch it unfold before you.
The way I know this movie worked with my audience is because they seemed like they weren’t easy to please at the start. The Bruno trailer only pulled a couple of laughs, as did The Ugly Truth. But from about half an hour through the movie, they were all in splits and enjoying themselves like it’s the best comedy they’ve ever seen.
People should go see this a second time instead of Transformers 2.