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Garmin Nuvi 265WT GPS

I recently purchased a Garmin nuvi 265WT GPS for work. And I have to say that the Garmin brand really stands up to their reputation.

I suppose first things first. The only bad thing I can find about the Garmin GPSes are the map updates. You’re allowed two months of free updates once you register the product. But from there on out you have to pay a fee for any maps you download or pay a “lifetime of GPS” fee which would run you around $100+USD. Total rip-off in my opinion and I believe that the maps really should be free across the board since you’re really buying a hardware product with features that accentuate the mapping tool.

The 265WT comes with a 4.3 inch screen. Very useful since if the screen is too small, the entire user interface is difficult to navigate since it’s completely touch-screen driven. Unless you have fingers the size of a child’s, I would fully recommend getting a wider screen if you’re out to purchase a new GPS. Garmin’s interface has got to be one of the easiest ones to learn. After playing with a multitude of GPSes at stores, you find that navigational and everything else, Garmin’s wins out on ease of use. And that’s very important since you really don’t want to be frustrated while moving a ton of steel at sixty miles per hour.

Directions wise, it seemed to be pretty decent and had a number of food points of interest that were up-to-date. I have to say that part of the traffic transceiver or what not was off with older map data or something since when I went to a chinese restaurant down the road and decided to change the route, it told me to make a big circle to get back on course instead of just finding another way into the parking lot. Also, the map data being off since Peters Creek Parkway is fifty five miles per hour for the speed limit but the GPS showed fifty. Outside of that, it’s extremely accurate. The way it picks up the satellites is also very quick and nothing like the Garmin III Street Pilot I had back in the day that took a while to actually sync up.

I haven’t fully tested the Bluetooth features of handsfree dialing but I can say that it was very simple to pair up my phone to it and it seems to have decent sound coming from it to the phone. It’s basically an extension to the phone and I was able to make a call from another room with just the GPS unit and still hear quite clearly. I’m not certain what others would hear on the other end and that’s the reasoning for not having a “fully tested” review on the handsfree side.

The GPS itself also has the ability to give you text-to-speech road names, speak in multiple different languages for directions (useful for immigrants or going elsewhere) and can pick up on a FM band, traffic patterns if it’s available. It also can do things like link pictures with locations, give car tours (purchased) and a whole slew of other things like calculate about how much a trip will cost from the ecoRoute meter.

Overall, this is a very useful tool on any sort of trip where you’re not definite about the place you’re going and gives you a lot of leeway on where things are including hotels, food, and other things. It’s like buying all of the AAA maps and putting them in the palm of your hand. If you’re trying to decide over a basic model or a more extensive one like this, take a look at your driving patterns. For some, they don’t need the handsfree dialing and usually just need something to keep them in the general area or direction. Then a basic model is fine. If you happen to drive in the states that holding a phone next to your ear is a fine, then the more advanced models would come into play. In any case, it’s probably worth your while to get a GPS if you travel; if you’re looking for one that’s easy to use, choose a Garmin.

Polaroid PoGo Printer

Polaroid has come out with a new portable printer for those that are always on the go. And this one uses ZINK (Zero Ink) technology and Bluetooth. Basically, hook this baby up to your cell phone, and transfer over the pictures, and voila! You’re printing these tiny sticker pictures right from your phone! Nice part about this, is that ZINK uses color heat crystals so no smudges, no yuckies and no ink cartridges to change in the printer.
For $149USD, it’s a little pricey, but being that it’s available at Target and Best Buy, I would imagine that it’ll actually drop in price at some point. What’s more interesting is that the whole sticker-picture thing is very similar to a thing Polaroid did a while ago called the Polaroid i-Zone Pocket Instant Camera. Postage sized film that had sticker backing.


blueproximity_conlogo.png For those of you that have gawked at the fact that there are devices out there … yes, bluetooth devices, that allow you to step away from your computer and have it lock up but only for Windows? Look no further, BlueProximity brings that functionality to linux.
Usually set to a device such as your mobile phone, when your mobile phone leaves the vicinity, the computer will automatically lock itself. When the phone comes back? Bam! Computer is back in action. Amazing eh? It’s got to be one of the most interesting ways of locking a device and now it’s for linux and open source. Totally neato skippy.

Wacom Graphire Bluetooth tablet

It’s been a while since I’ve purchased a tablet. The last one was a Wacom Artpad II, and I can tell you that I don’t believe there’s much that supports serial ports anymore.
In any case, I needed something that worked with my Mac well and I could flow freely. Since the Wacom Graphire Bluetooth 6×8 Tablet was wireless, it was a perfect match. The price was a bit more hefty than I would have liked but for the size of the tablet, it was definitely worth every penny.
The package comes with a charger, the tablet, a Graphire pen, pen stand, Graphire mouse, and manuals and software. Software is both the Mac and PC edition so that was nice. The Graphire mouse, I hardly use mainly because I use my Macbook Pro for most things and only need the tablet for design work.
The one thing that I love about this tablet is the size and that it’s wireless. While there’s some range on the device, you really don’t need to be sitting too far away anyways unless you have such a massive monitor that you might as well be purchasing a Cintiq.
For those that are considering to buy a tablet but have never used one before, this is just some advice on how tablets work. When you draw, your screen is proportional to your tablet. So therefore, the top left corner of tablet is the top left of your screen and so on so forth. Thus, if you are getting a smaller tablet, you will be making a lot finer changes for details than a larger one. Obviously the best would be a Cintiq since it’s a 1:1 ratio of drawing to tablet since you’re using a monitor sized board, but outside of that, to each their own. I chose the Wacom Graphire BT because of both size and wireless and so far I have been extremely happy about it.

Motorola Miniblue H9 Bluetooth Headset

icon I recently got my hands on a Motorola H9 headset. There isn’t many that can compare in size when it comes to the H9, and of Motorola’s, it’s definitely the smallest. Yet, don’t let the size scare you. It actually packs a pretty wild punch when it comes to voice quality and sound control.
The unboxing of this headset was very interesting as it seems that Motorola has been focusing on their packaging style. The boxes were similar to the style of boxes created for their S9 ROKR Bluetooth headphones. It seems like they had some design influences by Apple’s iPod boxes by placing the documentation and software in one end with a cardboard flap and the actual product in the other end of the box in a molded plastic shell. Instead of having to rip open a flap or something, the box opens by pushing the top inward and the bottom slides outward (towards you). It would have been nice if these boxes were a bit more clearly marked on how it worked since the first time was always a surprise and not very intuitive. I only knew from my previous experience with the S9 box. The package came with the headset, the portable charger, a mini-USB charger, three extra (different sized) flanged tips for the headset, documentation, and a mini-CD of some tunes with David Beckham, one of Motorola’s latest celebrity spokespeople.

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MarcoPolo is a cool little application for MacOSX that allows you to do automatic location switching. What it does is that it looks at your current connection state and then takes that and saves it into a location. Then it uses profile matching to see if you match up to certain locations based on the connection profiles. If so, then you’re automatically connected to that particular location. Call it educated guessing.

Motorola Bluetooth Stereo Headphones MOTOROKR S9

The Motorola S9 is the most lightweight of all of the headphones produced by the Chicago based corporation. Created for working out, it is water resistant and sweat resistant and is an in-ear type of form factor but also wraparound so that it stays snug on the head. With a six hour playback time for music and seven hour talk time, this pair of headphones can last you a pretty long while if you’re out and about. And almost a week of standby time.
Like all Bluetooth headphones, talking on the phone is a bit different. Since the S9 only has the conversation go in your left ear, it’s not too much different from holding the phone to your ear. Testing shows that the microphone quality of sound is actually very good and most people don’t realize you’re on headphones and that is consistent with usual Motorola products.

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Motorola S805 DJ Headset

The S805 is definitely your DJ style headset. But on top of the quality of a Motorola product, you also don’t need to fear that you can’t be spinning your beats and not be able to take that important call when it comes. No problems there! When the phone rings, it’ll just pause the music and ring through if you want it to do so.
The headset is a bit bulky just like those regular headphone type sets, but the ear pieces swivel so that you can listen to only one and hold it up, like you see so many DJs do. The volume control is also right there on the the ear piece, with a nice forward/backward motion to actually get the volume to turn up or down.
The skip forward and reverse for music is also on the same forward/backward track but on the the other (right) ear. It makes maneuvering around without looking at your headphones a breeze. Trying to pause the track? Just click the big round button on your right ear. Trying to take a call? Click the big round button on your left ear. Pretty straight forward.

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Motorola Bluetooth Portable Hands-Free Speaker T305

The Motorola T305 is the second handsfree speaker set that I’ve actually had a chance to play with. For a portable speakerphone device, this is a great early adopter device but it seems like there’s something that could be a bit better although there are vast improvements on earlier models.
That said, it is still probably the best portable speaker phone device out there outside of the luxury vehicles that have the built-in Bluetooth consoles.

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Motorola HT820 Stereo Bluetooth Headset

The Motorola HT820 is basically your typical good wraparound comfortable headphones with Bluetooth capability. The beautiful part about these headphones though? You can jam to your tunes, and still take calls. In stereo.
That’s right. Motorola has built in an in-line system so that your music will be placed on pause or mute when a call comes through. You can take the call, or ignore it and then go back to your tunes like nothing happened at all. And it comes with the Moto quality that you find in their phone designs.

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