Charnell Lucich

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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.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

From time to time I get coupons for Six Flags Fiesta Texas. My kids have season passes so we rarely if ever use the coupons I get. Rather than just tossing the coupons, I post about them on Twitter to my friends, they send me a direct message with their e-mail addresses and I forward them the coupon. Well, I received another one today and there’s a couple of offers in this one that I can’t share on Twitter in 160 characters or less so I’ve decided to create this post.

I currently have a coupon for Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Buy one ticket, get one free, good now until November 23rd.

In addition to the November offer, a lot of the stores have items that are up to 75% off. If you’re one of the first 50 people to make a purchase at the Mercado store on November 8th or 9th they’ll give you a free t-shirt.

Get your 2009 Season Pass Now:
Here are 10 reasons why getting Season Passes gives you thrills and so much more.

1. Lowest Price of the Year
2009 Season Passes are now on sale for $59.99 — just $10 more than a one-day ticket.

2. FREE Holiday in the Park 2008.
Buy your 2009 pass early and get free admission to Holiday in the Park 2008, November 28 – January 4.

3. Wiggles World — Coming in 2009.
Sing along with Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus and other Wiggles pals in the all NEW
Wiggles World children’s area.

4. Five FREE Tickets for Friends.
Pick up your Passholder Value Book in the spring with five FREE tickets for friends to use on select days.

5. Pays for Itself.
A Season Pass pays for itself in less than two visits.

6. FREE Water Park.
Your Six Flags Fiesta Texas Season Pass includes FREE admission to White Water Bay water park,
open May through Labor Day, so bring your swimsuit.

7. Exclusive Passholder Perks.
Get over $400 in discounts on food, games, souvenirs and more, plus access to an exclusive Season Passholder Night on September 11, 2009.

8. FREE Special Events and Concerts.
We host more than 20 concerts and special events each season, including the STARBURST® Concert Series.

9. Visits to Six Flags Theme Parks Nationwide.
Your Six Flags Fiesta Texas season pass ID is accepted at 15 Six Flags theme parks nationwide.

10. Special Email Offers.
Be the first to hear the latest Six Flags news and receive exclusive email offers. Sign up for passholder emails when processing your Season Pass ID.

There are a few more offers in this e-mail, but you’ll have to click the link inside the e-mail to get them. If you’re interested in this coupon, you know the drill. Just send me a direct message on Twitter with your e-mail address letting me know you’d like the coupon and I’ll forward it along to you.


I don’t think so. According to Gizmodo and a few other sites around the Web, people analysts are speculating that the good old computer mouse by will be replaced with touch screens and facial recognition within the next 5 years.

Steven Prentice, vice president and Gartner Fellow, told the BBC that devices such as Nintendo’s MotionPlus for the Wii and Apple’s iPhone point the way to the future, offering greater accuracy in motion detection.

Prentice goes on to say, “However, while the mouse’s 40 year-old reign is coming to an end, the keyboard is here to stay. For all its faults, the keyboard will remain the primary text input device. Nothing is easily going to replace it,” he said. “But the idea of a keyboard with a mouse as a control interface is breaking down.”

Say and predict what they will but being a creature of habit, I will always hang on to my Logitech TrackMan Marble FX. Well, as long as I can continue to replace it in the years to come.

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