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Having used my iPhone for lots of things that i would normally have booted up the Macbook Pro for I made the decision that when I went on my trip I would just make use of my iPhone and nothing else.  It would be my entertainment, camera and way of communicating with friends, family and for use helping me booking tickets, directions etc.

iPhoen Cinema

iPhone Cinema

Of course my girlfriend still took her camera and iPod but my goal was to use the one device.

Before leaving I made sure that the iPhone was unlocked by inserting a simcard from another service provider just in case OPTUS hadn’t come good in the unlocking department, all was fine.  I then made sure that it was filled with sufficient music, podcasts, video and applications that would see me through the 14 weeks that I would be away in total.

I had made a decision not to activate international roaming on my OPTUS account and settled for purchasing a local simcard from the county that I would be spending most of my time, in this instance India.

First port of call Borneo, Malaysia.  I found myself really loving the fact that I had everything to hand in one device, OK the camera is not great but for recording the days activities it was just fine, to be honest when you have good light the camera for shots that are to be posted to the web are pretty dam good.  Although the one thing I did start to find annoying was that I did not have any means of connecting to the web, easily rectified of an evening because as in many places there was lots of unsecured wi-fi that  I was easily able to latch on to.  Meaning that emails got through, pictures could be posted to the likes of Flickr and the big thing was that we could make Skype calls to family via the iPhone app Fring.  Things were going well.

As well as the great ability to communicate for free I was finding the games that I had loaded onto the iPhone pretty enjoyable as well.

Next location Nepal.

Once again the iPhone proved a very capable bit of kit taking great pictures and helping me relax at night with a great selection of music, plus in the more populated areas such as Katmandu and Pokhara once again wi-fi connectivity was never an issue.  I was really glad that I did not commit to bringing my big heavy MBP with me.

Once we headed into India it was time to grab a local simcard, this was really cheap to purchase as were the calls, txt’s and data.  Easy to set up on the iPhone and worked just as good as it does in Australia, there is no real 3g coverage but gprs and edge served me well to keep the emails coming in and wi-fi was always pretty easy to find especially in the more populated area’s, which is pretty much everywhere.

So in summary the performance of the unit, its ability to take over the tasks that would normally require a laptop with internet connection or a cyber cafe was simply awesome.

Is the iPhone rugged?  I happen to thing it is, the invisable shield kept the wear and tear to a minimum and protected both the screen and case with ease.  having also dropped the unit a few times I was pleased to find everything held together with no issues.  I did however in a moment of madness throw my bum bag at the wall in a temper from not being able to unlcok my back pack, not realising that my beloved device was in the bag.  It did recieve a bit of damage but everything is still working 100%

So next time you go on a holiday/trip that you were thinking of taking your laptop on, maybe travel light and just go the smartphone option.

Applications I used.

Fring – skype client, also supports msn, google talk etc

Maps – Helped me find my way many a time.

iBlogger – ability to post to your blog away from your computer.

Twitterific – keeping upto date with the world of twitter

Facebook – Letting people know whats going on.

Currency – Ideal for keeping track of the excchange rate

iShoot – to relieve the stress.

I also have to say that the guys at mactalk.com.au did a great job of keeping me upto date with there podcasts.  Its nice to keep in touch with the things you enjoy, makes the whole time away feel less foreign.

RunKeeper App update

Posted: September 22, 2008 in app store, apple, iphone, iphone 3g, runkeeper

Also there has been an update to Runkeeper, which I use to track my runs, there is a review of the app on the blog in a previous post.

This time you have more control over your workouts, plus the ability to upload manually rather than whilst your exercising, this means that you can now wait till you go home and upload the route via wi-fi rather than using your data allowance.
Also improved GPS fix and a signal meter so you know how strong the signal is. Not a massive upgrade but non the less a worth while one.

Ok I thought I would review my latest App Store purchase, Run Keeper.  Its a GPS based training device designed with runners in mind.  I do a little running, not much maybe 30k a week on average, I’m no expert or am I into it that much, however the app seemed appealing so I thought I would fork out the 12 bucks for it and try it.

The main features of the product are :-
  • Map your runs using GPS in Google maps on a personalised web page
  • Tracks speed and pace
  • Tracks distance.
This product will only work with 3G iPhones.
Ok so here goes.  I set ou ton my first run with Runkeeper yesterday just to test it out.  My usual 5k or so around the local oval was an ideal test run, as it just a short jog to get a feeling for the device working.   
First up open the App by clicking on it, you will then be presented with a initial screen asking you to input an email address and a password, this is used to track and log your runs at the end of your session should you want to.  Once that has been completed you will be presented with the actual screen that is used to start and stop your session.
The program will then start to report, several things which are of interest to runners, speed, pace and distance.  They are all displayed and updated in real time, although I just used my arm band and let it do its thing until the end of my exercise.  The app must remain open during your activity, however you can also listen to your ipod part of the iphone whilst using it.
The program also gives you a graph for every minute of exercise you have completed, showing average speed and pace for that minute, something that is handy to see where in your run you hit a low point.

Once you have completed your run, just hit save and your information will be saved to the device and also uploaded to your personal webpage, this time giving you  a map showing the route and KM/Mile markers along the way.  

All up this is a great way to track, runs, bicycle rides and even walks.  It gives you a pretty accurate picture of how your performing on your activities, the big plus for me is that I can se if I am improving, I can compare my performance for say a morning run  to an evening run.  I can compare how fast I am on one route to another of the same distance.  
There are a few things that I would have liked to have seen in the App, it would have been awesome if it could have pulled in data from the weather app and recorded the weather against each activity, as again the weather has a bearing on sports performance, also the ability to out put a file that is Google Earth compatible.  Maybe these are things that will appear in future releases.
But for now I am very happy with how it has turned out and for 12 bucks its something I will use more than Super Monkey Ball.
My score 8/10


The Guys over at foofpod.com did a great job with postage on my foodbag and foodpod ordered late Wednesday and arrived early this morning.  They arrived well packaged and I was very excited to receive them so quickly.

The quality of the product is very high, great quality material and manufacture.  The sizing is also spot on, both units fitting snugly but not to tight so all your expensive tech goodies remain safe and well.
I placed the Macbook Pro in the bag this morning and it will now be the resting place for it when its not being used, just to keep it safe from dust and scratches.  Its a worth while addition for transporting your MBP whilst in a laptop bag as well, I like the extra confidence the foofbag provides when carrying the computer away from the home.

The foofpod for the iPhone is awesome.  I really need something extra above and beyond the bodyguardz that I have on the rear of my iPhone, mainly because I commute to work on the bicycle and it gets places in a pocket of my Crumpler messenger bag, which although is safe there is a large potential for damage and from the elements when the weather is bad.  Again this product gives me extra confidence that my iPhone will be safe.  I also like the open end so that again when the iPhone is tucked up in the pod the speaker is not obstructed meaning you can hear the phone ringing without any problems.
Although not the cheapest method for storing your products, quality, service and style that is provided by the guys at Foof is second to none.  Thus I highly recommend these products with no problem.

Ok having been bored today I decided I needed some excitement, so I set about reading the guide over at mactalk.com.au written by WhiteiPhone which is easy to understand and so so quick and easy. You can find the guide here.
All in all it takes about 10 mins after you have downloaded the files, both of which have links to them on the guide. There is not much on CYDIA but who cares, I put myself a custom operator logo and I will wait for more programs to come as time goes.

All in all pointless really but at least I’m equipped for the apps when they arrive

Ok so I thought I would write a small review of Twitterrific on the iPhone 3G.  Its  a great application that allows you to read and write “tweets” for Twitter, a micro blogging social network site that has taken off in a big way.

First of all you will need to sign up for Twitter, an easy and simple process that will, in the end give you a twitter user name and address such as twitter.com/durx which is mine.  You then start typing tweets, basically short bits of txt limited to 140 characters , very similiar I guess to an SMS message.  Anyone can read these tweets in the public timeline, or if you have friends that are using the service they can “follow” you meaning that everytime you post a tweet it will appear on there friend feed, a list of tweets from everyone that they know on the site.
Sounds boring but its highly addictive and great fun.
Ok so thats twitter out of the way, perfect when your at home or work.  However twitter works best when your out and about, when funny or weird things happen to you.  Twitterriffic allows you to post your tweets from your iPhone.  You can also post pictures directly from your iPhone camera or photo album.
You will have full access to your replies and direct messages as well.  Direct messages are pretty straight forward, same as emails I guess only you can see them, great for sending something private that you do not want to share with the rest of your friends or followers.  Replies are a way of communicating something directed at an individual, but everyone else can also see it.  You can direct a reply at a follower by using the @ symbol, so for example you could direct something at me by entering the following…. @durx what you upto …… then I would know someone is asking me a question.
I find twitterrific a great way to relieve the boredom if I am catching the train or want to get  a message to someone when a call or SMS is not really worth doing.  When you post a picture to the service on the go, the program will upload and shorten the url automatically for you allowing you to simply type your message with no real knowledge of how it all works.
Below is a screen shot from the service taken today.  If you want the application for your iPhone download it directly from the iTunes App Store today, the free version is obviously free, it has small ads every now and again which don’t really get in the way.  If you like and use the application regularly then you should consider paying the $12.99 for the full version where the ads are removed.