During the month of August, my phone contract had ended and it was time for a new phone. I’ve had my trusty Motorolla V3x for just over two years and it did have it’s ups and down, but recently it just stopped getting reception in a lot of places. But over the years, mobile technology has advanced in many ways with phones now packing a lot of features. Though before my trip to Japan, Apple had released their latest 3G iPhone in Australia. So my new choice for phone was pretty easy. Yes I got myself an iPhone.
Between the time of pondering of getting an iPhone or not, I never actually bothered looking at other phones. I’m not really a fan of the sliding screen type of phones and I wanted something different to the clamp shell phones I’ve had. My previous two phones were clamp shells (or flip phones as some call them). I was also in the market for a portable music player since using the PSP was getting rather annoying due to its chunkiness. With the iPhone it solved my two problems: a phone and portable music player in one.
After having it for a month now, I would say this is the best phone I’ve had ever. But of course it does come with it’s downfall. From what I have read of reviews many people complained of battery life, but I charge mine probably once every 2-3 days depending on how much I use it. Some apps do tend to load a bit slow and browsing the web can sometimes be a bit slow. However I love being able to check out my favourite sites on my iPhone, using Google Maps to get directions and even checking my email when out and about, and that is something very handy for me and work. So anyway, I’m stuck with my new phone for two years but I don’t really mind as it’s a nifty little thing and probably one of my favourite gadgets.
It has been a few months already since coming back to Australia and with a few more dollars in the bank, the iPhone wasn’t the only new tech. It was time for a PC upgrade. My old system of a AMD 64 3500+, 1GB DDR400 ram, and Nvidia 6600GT setup had served me well for the past three and half years but it was starting to choke when handling not just gaming, but also the many multi-tasking items I do for work. So I spent a weekend buying and building my new system and the parts consist of:
- Intel Quad Core 9550
- Asus PQ5-Deluxe motherboard
- 2x2GB G-Skill DDR1100 ram
- XpertVision Radeon 4870
- Corsair 650W power supply
- 500GB Seagate SATA hard drive
- CoolerMasterRC-T05 tower
Back in the days of high school and very early uni days, I enjoyed building PCs together. I also used to be up to date on the latest hardware and stuff but nowadays you don’t really need to know such things. Well you do if you want a really awesome system and are into getting the most out of your system. In the end I still got something decent and with something with more grunt, I have also made the move from Windows XP to Windows Vista. It took a little getting used to but there are some nifty things that Vista has over XP, but really, I should have installed Mac OSX as well for dual booting. Though the only annoying thing about building myself a new PC is rebuilding my siblings PC’s as the old parts are handed down.
So over the past few weeks I have been catching up on some gaming and its so awesome that I can run all these games at full spec without any issues.