Blast From the Past: The iPhone 4G has Been Leaked

These previously leaked images of the iPhone 4G have turned out to be more than just Chinese counterfeits. They are the real deal. That’s right, this is the new iPhone 4G.

The new additions to the phone include:

  1. A Front-facing video chat camera.
  2. Improved regular camera as well as flash.
  3. Micro-SIM
  4. Improved display.
  5. Split buttons for volume.
  6. Metallic power, mute, and volume buttons.
The new iPhone now boasts a square design but I doubt that that will stick after the official release of the phone. Apple is all about aesthetics meeting innovation. This design is neither aesthetically pleasing nor innovative. This design actually takes a step back. Although it makes the phone thinner it makes it harder to fit the hand and it doesn’t match the design of all of their other gadgets.
The iMac has a rounded back, the Mac Mini is rounded, the whole MacBook line is rounded, and all the iPods besides the oldest –the classic– have curved backs. Why would Apple ostracize it’s highest profit gainer with a whole new design?
I choose to stay optimistic. I believe that Apple has way more up their sleeves then we can possibly imagine… Don’t they always?
To think, I actually really love the design of the iPhone 4 now.

I Went With Last Year’s Model!

I went a little crazy this weekend and decided to treat myself to something big… I bought myself an iPad. With careful consideration I decided to go with the original! Although I was really enticed by the iPad 2’s thinner body, and 2 cameras the $180.00 discount I received on a Refurbished iPad was definitely calling me a bit louder.

I have quite a few projects coming up and this device will allow me to be so much more productive, and organized than before, and after all, that’s what I’m trying to accomplish!

GTD with iPhone apps

Iron Man always gets things done.

Although I love social media it is not my first priority. I have a family to spend time with, a job to attend to, classes to study for, and seeing as I’m college bound in only one year scholarships to apply for.

That has all changed with the power of technology! I am just now starting to integrate the GTD mentality into my workflow and lifestyle. I am currently using 3 apps that are beyond incredible. All of them suit a different aspect of my personality:

  • Do it (tomorrow): my procrastinating habits,
  • Wunderlist: my obsessive need to have things organized and
  • Dailydeeds: my horrible memory.

They are all simple intuitive apps that I have found can be applied to any lifestyle.

Wunderlist

Not only does this app allow you to make a to-do list with alerts and time frames, you are able to seperate it for the different parts of your life. For me: Blog, Work and Personal and in each category you add your to do lists with time frames, or none its all your preference! Just remember to check back on each category if you don’t set a deadline! This is usually the last GTD app that I check because it’s used for more long term tasks. I update it at night so as to not feel overwhelmed by the tasks I need to get accomplished.

Daily Deeds

This app is simple. Add things you do everyday and give them a color, then check them off as you complete them. They also offer a calendar view so you can see when you did and didn’t do one of your tasks (from that view you can easily update what you forgot to to check off).

Do it (tomorrow)

My favorite GTD app. A simple app with a few innovative features. You add your tasks regularly, but if you don’t finish them within the day they move to the next, or you could move it manually. It reduces my stress level, which can never be a bad thing! Of course because of the fact that you could just push any task off until 2015 it should only be used for tasks that can be neglected… heavily.

How do you stay productive?

A powerful Collaboration: Samsung

Samsung is the jack of all trades. They create everything from tablets to T.V’s but I find that their happy medium is the cellphone. Their designs are distinct and hardware reliable. The Optimus S is a prime example. It is the perfect concoction- great software, service, and like stated before hardware. Although its just an entry level Android phone you can’t tell from it’s exterior.

The Optimus S boasts a 3.2 megapixel camera- something of an industry standard in this day and age- that is placed on the top center of the phone; and although that doesn’t sound like something great… it is. I was able to take pictures with the phone in landscape without once worrying that my finger was in the way. I was able to capture the moment, minus the black spots.

The touch screen was extremely responsive. It registered my taps, flicks, and thumps. I rarely had to touch anything twice. The physical buttons, although very few, were helpful also. There were only nine around the phone, including volume rocker (which surprisingly didn’t work when the phone was locked) that were all used when I was putting the phone through my tests- everything was needed. This proved to be one of the very few cases where having extras was a bad thing.

Although there were a few things lacking on the Optimus S like a better, longer lasting battery overall the hardware was superb and would be great for any casual smartphone user.

A Powerful Collaboration: Android

Android, a world leading mobile operating system, second only to iOS has come a long way in a short amount of time. Android is a sleek operating system that has done a great job at integrating social networks like Facebook and Twitter, something that iOS and many other operating systems are beginning to do. This social integration among other features instantly makes the Optimus S their own.

Android allows different home screens which can be used like categories; one page for all games, one page for all utilities, one page for all GTD apps, and one page for everything else, everyone needs a little leeway 🙂

Android allows for widgets (small constantly running apps) that make it that much easier to navigate your phone, and pass information onto others.

Android allows for multitasking- the real kind- not just fast switching like iOS, it came in the original Android platform and it’s only gotten better with time.

Android allows you to return apps, think you made a mistake in a purchase? Don’t worry about it. The marketplace has you covered.

Android allows for customizability so your phone could actually be your phone.

A Powerful Collaboration: Sprint iD

Photo courtesy of Phonedog.com

The Optimus S is one of very few phones that has Sprint iD enabled which is a huge surprise seeing as the software kicks major butt!

Sprint iDs are much like themes but they do more than just change the appearance. It adds, and takes away widgets based on your interest, and preference. It can even change your ringtones!

I’ve only played with a few iDs but they definitely add an appeal to the phone. Instead of having to go through all of your settings to change your options you just click one button and BAM everything is done for you. In this day and age- instant and impatient- that’s a major plus.

As a Latino it was nice to have a simple way to switch languages and appearance to proudly show off my heritage.

As a blogger, I am constantly on the lookout for ways to remain in the loop, so when I saw the entertainment pack, I was ecstatic! There was no need to look for any apps or widgets! It was all done for me. I was impressed but more importantly I was satisfied.

Next to the Swype keyboard, Sprint iD was my favorite feature on the Optimus. It was one of those things that you didn’t know you needed but once you have it, you never want it to go away!

A Powerful Collaboration

A few months ago, Sprint provided me with the Optimus S to write an in-depth review (you can find it HERE). It was a joy to use and had surprisingly exceeded my expectations for an entry level Android Phone, so when I had won the phone at a conference I was ecstatic!

Although I had already provided a review, I hadn’t really discussed how the collaboration between LG, Android, and Sprint made this phone great! Android brought in the superb Operating System, Sprint, the amazing service and socially equipped Sprint iD, and LG, the amazing build!

Check back for the next three Tuesdays to see how these collaborators made a truly superb phone!