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Not long ago I wrote about my dilemma: Apple or Android, the iPhone 6 or the next Nexus (not knowing what it would be at the time). Oh Nexus 6 how I love thee. Yep. I’m in love. I’ve had the Nexus 5 for a while now and I absolutely love it. I was also the one who went around saying that all these huge cell phones look like mini iPads attached to peoples faces. The Nexus 6 is also huge. And I’m okay with that. I’m looking forward to joining the league of people with mini phablets attached to the side of the face.

My reasoning for this first of all is simple; my eyes /need/ a larger screen. I find myself needing my glasses more and more each week, struggling to see the screen on my phone, and of course, kicking and screaming every minute of the experience. Looking forward to the 6 quad HD display.

Getting back to my geek-girl roots…

  • The Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz processor and the Adreno 420 GPU will be amazing.
  • An f2.0 lens with a 13 megapixel camera because you know…selfies it’s all about the camera today.
  • 6 hours of use with only 15 minutes of charging? Yes please.
  • 3220 mAh battery; bigger is always better.
  • Looking forward to the new multitasking experience because I’m always all over the place.
  • Lollipop! Android 5.0 will be welcomed with open arms.

I’m really enjoying Android, which I never thought I would after being an Apple girl for many, many, years. But not being in a box anymore, the customization, the apps that are useful to me that aren’t available with Apple, and not being locked in really is great. Don’t get me wrong, I really loved my iPhones. They’re sexy. But I’m loving Andriod much more and I can’t wait to get my hands on the Nexus 6.

I’d love to hear others thoughts who have the iPhone 6 or the Nexus 6.




I have been an iPhone user since the first iPhone came out. Until a few months ago. I made the leap over to Android and picked up a Nexus 5. I tried to use Android a few years ago, was pretty miserable with it, and quickly ran back to cuddle with my longtime buddy – Apple.

Over the last 10+ years my cell phones get heavy use for work related things and I’m accustomed to using my phone and not carrying around a laptop or a tablet. It’s convenient. Since I made the switch to Android this go-round, my work life has been much easier. Much. My e-mail client Nine is my new best friend, Google docs is my savior, and other apps I use for work along withvthese two are just simple and work flawlessly together. Android has come a long way over the years and I’m loving it.

So what’s the dilemma?

I keep up with tech. I’m a gadget girl. I stalk technology 24/7/365. I dream technology. Okay..maybe I don’t go that far. Maybe. I sold my iPad (that I’ve also used continuously since the beginning, upgrading to the latest and greatest year after year), and purchased a Nexus 7. Love it. I use an Apple laptop for work. I use Android for personal everything.
I love both, but I feel like I get so much more with Android. Then here comes the iPhone 6 and now I find myself struggling. Being a techi-gadget-geek-girl, an Apple and Android lover, what is a girl to do? #firstworldproblems (yes, I did it.)

Now let me say that I am _not_ the techie who has to show off all my latest and greatest gadgets. I’m not the “ooooh…look at me! Look at the new coolness I have!” I research and buy my gadgets wisely based off of what will work best for me then keep them to myself and enjoy them. I mean, there have been times that I’ve researched for over a year and end up purchasing something that’s a little dated – and that’s okay because the latest model wasn’t a good choice.

I’m keeping up with all the rumors and speculations of what’s to come with the iPhone 6 and I’m drooling. I’m seeing the pictures of its beauty. I’m glancing over at my not-so-fancy/kind-of-plain Nexus 5 and understanding that while it’s not sleek, nor fancy, it’s done everything I’ve wanted it to do, easily. But I’m a gadget girl! I want to play with everything new and cool! Everything! What if the iPhone 6 with the new iOS 8 can do everything that I need it to do with ease and grace?

I’m pretty sure I won’t go out and buy an iPhone 6 when it’s released. I’ll watch it. Read the reviews from real world users. And wear a bib…

I would love to hear others opinions on both Android and iOS, what you primarily use it for (work or personal), and why you’ve chosen it. You may offer reasoning that I haven’t thought of (for either) that will help make decisions easier in the future.

This commercial cracked me up the first time I watched it on television. Every time I hear it, I stop what I’m doing to go into the living room and watch it. I love it!

Marketing today is difficult. The public needs to be entertained and if you don’t have something to keep people entertained, they get bored…quickly. Commercials, videos, and much of marketing today has become comical and eye-pleasing and it works. It gets people talking. Like the T-Mobile commercial below. I can’t count how many times I’ve asked people if they’ve seen it. It’s funny. It’s generating viral buzz. Again, it works.

T-Mobile has done a great job with this one.


Many people have an issue with purchasing “refurbished” items. I’ve never really understood why and I’ve never had a problem with it if the price is right. I’ve also learned that a lot of people have a misconception of what exactly “refurbished” means. Taken from wikipedia:

Refurbishment (restoration) is the process of major maintenance or minor repair of an item, either aesthetically or mechanically.

Now to me, that says that the item has been restored and repaired of all defects both aesthetically and mechanically so essentially – it’s back to it’s original, new-like condition. Not to mention, most if not all refurbished items always come with some type of warranty so what have you got to lose (especially if you’re saving a few dollars)?

I’ve discovered this morning that AT&T now has refurbished iPhones that they are selling; the 8GB iPhone for a very cheap price of $99.00 and the 16GB iPhone for $199.00.

According to the MacNN website, AT&T is offering an additional $50 discount, bringing iPhone prices to as low as $49 and $149 through December 31st. These iPhones come with a 3 month warranty and at this price, if you’ve been dying to get your hands on one, you just can’t beat the deal.


Sigh. Why…why…why?!?! A few months ago I made a post titled “Cool Tech Toys for the Ladies“. I’m always on the search for cool tech toys and gadgets and get easily frustrated with the things that I find geared towards women. Several months later and I’m just browsing around online again, looking for cool stuff and I stumble upon this pitch towards the ladies regarding Samsung’s new G600 cell phone –

Samsung’s “for the ladies only” burgundy G600 comes with free matching nail polish

Now, before I read any further – I keep re-reading the title of this article, blank faced, blinking stupidly. After I snap myself out of the “oh my god, I feel just a little bit dumber after reading that” mode, I then read on to find –

What a better way to entice women to buy their mobile phones than to release something that would suit every woman’s fancy. Samsung seems to have a woman adviser in their manufacturing division to have come up with the pretty cool idea of releasing a new burgundy colored version of the previously released SGH-600 mobile phone.

What the hell? You mean to tell me…wait. OK, had to take a breather for a second before I said something I shouldn’t have. Now, I realize that there are a lot of “girly-girls”, but will these women _really_ go out and buy the $$$ cell phone because it comes with matching fingernail polish?? Apparently Samsung missed the boat, forgetting about the high-tech, savvy women out there who want functionality, ease of use (especially when you’re in a hurry), and something that just works, not giving a damn what the color is or how cute it is.

But what’s even more interesting is what Samsung did to make the G600 really appealing to women, Samsung partnered with Nails Inc to release the burgundy colored G600 with 3 bottles of nail polish that are included inside the phone’s box. And mind you, those 3 bottles of nail polish are not just your ordinary nail polish, they are color matched with the G600 itself.

“Oh…my…gawd! Jenny look at my new nail polish! It matches my phone, my car, my earrings, my bra, my….isn’t it just fantabulous?!??! I only had to pay $$$ for the phone and $50 a month for 2 years!! And it came with THREE bottles of polish, can you believe it?!?!!!” *blink*blink*blink*sigh*

For women, this might be the answer to their lifelong prayers. A mobile phone that matches the color of the clothes but the color of their nails as well.

Lifelong prayers. I’m not sure about other women, but I can say with certainty that my lifelong prayers have nothing to do with praying for a cell phone that comes with matching nail polish. And here folks, is where I had to stop reading the article.


Phil Zimmermann, the creator of PGP has always had the ability to combine politics and technology. In the 1980’s, Zimmermann was a software engineer by day and pulling a double work load as a military police analyst for the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign. By doing this, he saw the need to develop e-mail software encryption as a means to protect human rights efforts both overseas and at home.
In 1991 he created PGP and published it free on the Internet.

His latest project is Zfone which provides secure telephony on the Internet:

Zfone is a new secure VoIP phone software product which lets you make encrypted phone calls over the Internet. Its principal designer is Phil Zimmermann, the creator of PGP, the most widely used email encryption software in the world. Zfone uses a new protocol called ZRTP, which has a better architecture than the other approaches to secure VoIP.

* Doesn’t depend on signaling protocols, PKI, or any servers at all. Key negotiations are purely peer-to-peer through the media stream
* Inter-operates with any SIP/RTP phone, auto-detects if encryption is supported by other endpoint
* Available as a “plugin” for existing soft VoIP clients, effectively converting them into secure phones
* Available as an SDK for developers to integrate into their VoIP applications
* Submitted to IETF as a proposal for a public standard, and source code is published

Read more on this here. There is also a good read in VON Magazine.

I remember back in my younger years the time when owning a Polariod camera was awesome, cool, and convenient. Being able to print your pictures out right there on the spot, how cool was that! Remember waiving the pictures around or blowing on them, trying to get the picture to hurry up and develop?

Well, this article on CNN announces that Polaroid is going back to it’s roots and plans to start selling a portable printer for images on cell phones and digital cameras.


Just like the old Polaroid instant-film cameras, they require no ink! The tiny printer will use thermal printing technology from startup Zink Imaging Inc. And to make it even more convenient, it’s said to weigh only 8 ounces and the size to be no bigger than a deck of cards.

You can read more on this here.


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