The long wait is over. For all us techgeeks, February 9th has been a long day coming. HP/Palm has slowly and excruciatingly painfully leaked out teasers for their big event today, which is known as the Think Big, Think Small, Think Ahead, Think Beyond event. Precentral is going to cover the event live, so keep checking back for the latest updates there! I know I’m going to hit the refresh button at work, every 30 seconds!!
HP/PALM THINK BIG EVENT LIVE!
Palm HP Pre 3. TouchPad. I’m literally getting goosebumps seeing these products unfold. I’m calling it now; 2011 is going to be HP/Palm’s year. You can quote me on that.
Today, I went to Best Buy Mobile in hopes of finding a decent screen protector for my HTC Desire. I am not a fan of cases, as they unnecessarily bulk up your phone and in my opinion, are useless. If you’re that prone to dropping your phone that many times to warrant buying an ugly case for a $500 investment, then just get a crappy flip phone.
The reason why I was interested in a screen protector is to maintain the resale value of the device, especially for pricier phones like the Desire or the iPhone 4. People really care if the phone is severely scratched, front or back, and that will set you back at least $50 in terms of resale value.
I set my eyes on the ZAGG invisibleshield front screen and back cover protectors. In terms of price ($24.99), it was fairly reasonable compared to similar options. I got to admit though, I kinda fell for their whole marketing gimmick. “We used these on military grade helicopter blades to protect them!”. Yeah, that kinda caught my attention. Plus, I remember watching a series of tests where Engadget or Gizmodo scratched an iPad with nails, keys, and rocks to test its durability.
The installation process was lengthy, and involved using their special spray on both the front and back side of the screen protector, which I found kind of odd. But it did make sense, because the light amount of liquid was used to make the process of aligning and shifting the protector to fit the screen much easier. Once the screen protector is applied, you use ZAGG’s squeegee to remove any excess liquid and air bubbles from the device. After that was done, there were still some minor air pockets/bubbles, but ZAGG assures you that these will disappear after a week or two due to heat making them go away. Let’s see if that holds true.
Besides the fact that there are still air bubbles on the screen and backside, ZAGG’s invisibleshield holds up to its promise. I purposely put my phone in the same pocket where I keep my keys, and after shuffling them around for about ten minutes while walking around, there were no visible scratches on the screen. I believe it will serve its purpose in the long run, but I guess only time will tell. Below is a cool video on how effective the screen is actually supposed to be.
I know most of you have heard about Oprah’s Favourite Things, which is a huge annual event in which the Big O showers her audience with lavish gifts. iPads. Cars. HDTV’s. It’s pretty cool.
The audience always goes insane when Oprah announces that it’s her Favourite Things show (I guess it’s a surprise), and their reactions are hysterical. Saturday Night Live recently made a parody of it, and I was in tears from laughter. It was unbelievable. Check it out by clicking here!
Here’s a video comparison of the Playbook (worst name for a product) versus the Apple iPad when it comes to rendering web pages (speed, quality, etc.). Can this actually be a BlackBerry product that is GOOD for once? The answer is a surprising yes, as I have been blown away by the specs and overall ‘oomph’ the Playbook (worst name for a product) has been showing so far. RIM had better release this soon, especially since Apple is likely planning on releasing the iPad v. 2.0 a day before the Playbook hits shelves to steal their thunder.