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12 Jun 09 Extend Your iPhone’s Battery Life

Anybody who uses an iPhone as their primary personal organizational tool for your business and personal life knows that the battery life of the unit leaves something to be desired.  And that’s putting it nicely.  Really if you’re relying on your iPhone to manage your life, and you rely on using 3G to do so, that battery is going to die very fast.  But there are a few things you can do to at least prolong your battery’s life, in the long term and short term.  Some of them you probably didn’t even realize would help.

Such as leaving your iPhone on all the time.  Take advantage of the sleep mode, and don’t turn your iPhone off when not in use, as it takes more extra juice to turn the unit on and off than if you had just left your iPhone on in the first place.  Also try to consolidate your personal and business emails into as few email addresses as possible.  This way there are fewer email addresses to check, meaning your iPhone won’t have to burn energy tapping into the network to keep up with them.

Edit your brightness settings so that your auto brightness is turned off, this way you won’t burn power by keeping your device monitoring your surroundings and automatically changing the screen brightness accordingly.  You also want to keep your screen brightness as dim as possible, but so that you can still see everything just fine.  This way you aren’t consuming any extra power by lighting the screen more than is necessary.

And finally, if you rely on Wi-Fi often for many of your iPhone tasks, make sure that you use it sparingly, and remember to turn Wi-Fi off after use.  Keeping an internet connection like that is a huge power drain on your little iPhone, and you’ll find the battery dying very quickly should you leave Wi-Fi on for long periods of time.  But make us of it sparingly and you’ll be fine.

Beyond that you just want to ensure that at least once a week you’re using up almost all the battery power in your iPhone’s battery to just about the point it runs out of juice.  Then you want to charge the unit until it’s back at 100% power, that way you’ll extend your battery’s long term life, and will consistently reset the device so that your battery won’t lose it’s charge as quickly as it would otherwise.

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21 May 09 Is A Netbook Right For You?

Not everybody has the same high demands for computer usage.  In fact most need a home comp just to check email, chat online, and perhaps do a little banking and shopping.  If that’s all you’re doing at home a desktop or fully outfitted laptop seems a little pricey for the privilege.  But there is another option that’s been growing in popularity for some time now.  And that is the Netbook.

A Netbook is basically a smaller laptop, outfitted with less hard drive, processor power, RAM, and a smaller screen, just to outfit you with the basics necessary to use the internet.  As that’s essentially all a Netbook is for, but they are remarkably useful in that sense and purpose.  You don’t really need a load of extra features for your computer if all you’re going to do is use the internet, otherwise you’re paying too much for extras you don’t need that are only designed to jack up the price.

The other great thing about some Netbooks is that many of them have built in internet connections, meaning they go through a wireless network, like a cell phone on the 3G network, so that you can connect from anywhere.  Given a Netbook’s fantastically long battery life, you’ve got a machine that can connect from anywhere for long periods of time, making them extremely versatile and useful for conducting basic business on the go.

But then there’s the major problem with a Netbook.  They’re really only useful for conducting basic computer tasks, like your internet needs.  Anything to do with multimedia, games, or business that requires the use of different applications such as Microsoft Office Works becomes really difficult when applied to a Netbook.  The smaller screen makes using anything like Word a huge pain, as you’ll need to scroll around your typing a ridiculous amount.  And the smaller processor and storage space just doesn’t allow for running any program that requires a lot of real time memory.

So I would say Netbooks are all well and good for accessing the internet, but not really anything else.  Which is exactly what you should think about before purchasing one.  Sure a Netbook will end up being half the price of a much better full size laptop, but with that price difference drops off more than half the tasks that the laptop would be able to excel at, that you’ll find your Netbook can’t handle.

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15 Apr 09 Does iPod Touch or iPhone Provide A Better Media Experience?

Who doesn’t want an awesome portable media outlet?  Something on which to either play the odd game, or watch a few videos whether you be stuck in standstill traffic, or have some down time on the train.  There are plenty of options, most notably the new iPhone and iPod Touch, the only problem is deciding which is better for your needs, as they both offer relatively different features, each with their own pro’s and con’s.

A few downers on the iPhone for using it as a portable media outlet more than a phone, is that you’ll kill your battery ridiculously fast, making the thing practically useless when you actually want to call or text someone.  Apple is sort of becoming notorious for manufacturing products with disappointing battery life, not to mention the fact that Apple doesn’t manufacture replacement battery packs, or anything else of that sort to replace your electricity on the go.  Well nothing besides a car charger anyway, but you’re not always in your car when you need a charge!

Not to mention the biggest iPhone storage capacity is 16gb, not a lot if you’re not planning on doubling your iPhone as a video/game center.  But you would be incredibly surprised at how fast you’ll fill that 16gb, especially if you’re considering buying  few seasons of your favorite television show to pop on your iPhone.

Which is why I say, and prefer, the iPod Touch as a much better outlet.  A much more reasonable and manageable 32GB of storage space, allowing for twice the content of the iPhone.  You won’t have as many battery issues either, as you’ll only be using this device for media, which is exactly what iPod Touch is designed for.  All the same games, video functionality, photo storage, music storage, only better battery performance and more space for all those things you love.

Of course Touch isn’t as convenient as iPhone considering the fact you can always surf the internet and access the iTunes store via the 3G network.  Whereas with Touch you have to be near a Wi-Fi hotspot.  But then it’s all about what you’re looking for.  If you want to play a lot of games and watch a lot of videos on your mobile device, you’ll find better performance capabilities from the iPod Touch.  Whereas if you want a phone with the best gaming a video watching capabilities on the market, but you’re not going to use those things too much, then by all means iPhone away.

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