Quip – Productivity Tools Review

Quip on different screens
Quip on different screens

I love productivity tools!

And there seems to be endless options of tools available online now. Some tools able to stay alive (Evernote, Wunderlist-now owned by Microsoft) some others are not so lucky (Springpad, Astrid).

Now I’m using one of the new tool called Quip, and I like it! Continue reading “Quip – Productivity Tools Review”

Bose QuietComfort (QC) 20 Noise Cancelling Earphones

Last month, I travelled back to Indonesia after a few years here in US and I was looking for a good earphone to accompany me on my 33 hours one-way flight.

Naturally, noise cancelling earphone or headphone is the first thing that came to my mind, and what company have the best noise cancelling product other than Bose.

I was glad that Bose produced QC20 that promised all the noise cancelling goodness of their long reigning QC15 noise cancelling headphones, all in a a lot smaller (and definitely lighter) form.

I ordered QC20 and put it to the test. Here’s the review.  Continue reading “Bose QuietComfort (QC) 20 Noise Cancelling Earphones”

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Cheap Android Phones (for Developers)

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UPDATE: For more resources about how to develop Android apps, check my “Learning How to Create Android Apps Series“.

Just last week I got myself a Samsung Vitality Android Phone from Cricket, then just now I saw an article with a title “Top 5 Reasons You Should Avoid Cheap Android Smartphones” in AndroidAuthority, I can’t help myself to not write a post with counter arguments. 😀

I believe the author has valid reasons, so although some of the reasons I have below can apply to most people in general, this article is actually targeted toward the software developers who are just starting to develop app for Android phones. Continue reading “Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Cheap Android Phones (for Developers)”

Create Android Apps Series: Best Cheap Android Phone for Development – Samsung R720 Vitality Phone (CDMA) Review

Samsung R720 Vitality Phone from Cricket

UPDATE: For more resources about how to develop Android apps, check my “Learning How to Create Android Apps Series“.

As I’m starting to get serious with Android app development, I realized that using the Android Virtual Device (AVD) is really not the way to go. Until now, it’s very slow to start (snapshot helped a bit), and it’s prone to problems.

I told myself that this can’t go on like this, and I should get myself an Android phone.

Why not use the Asus Transformer tablet I have? Because I’m still learning how to develop apps for phone screen size, not tablet. Besides, I need to test the apps I made in the Android Gingerbread, which is the most common Android version out there (58.6% distribution), while my Asus Transformer is installed with Ice Cream Sandwich already (1.0% distribution).

So the search for Android phone was on since last week. The problem is I already have a phone, and I don’t plan to shell out too much money for a new one, so I was looking for a non-contract Android phone.

Quick search on Amazon resulted some options, but in the end I bought this Samsung R720 Vitality CDMA Phone yesterday from BestBuy for $50, and it’s really a steal.

Check out my review below.

*Since this post is more about how the phone perform for developing apps, I will not review much about it’s other specifications. Continue reading “Create Android Apps Series: Best Cheap Android Phone for Development – Samsung R720 Vitality Phone (CDMA) Review”

Wacom Bamboo Capture Tablet Review / Buyer’s Guide

Wacom Bamboo Capture Tablet
I’m going to be honest with you, a Wacom tablet is one of my dream gadget of all time. Eversince I was in college, I always wanted to buy one. It wasn’t so cheap back then, and I wasn’t an art student so I couldn’t really justify the need to my parents.

Fast forward to 2012, finally I afford to get one, yey! 😀

Surely enough, it’s not the professional-grade Intuos series, I still can’t justify that one even until now. The one I bought is the middle model of the Wacom Bamboo tablets series, called Bamboo Create.

I’ve played around with the tablet for a few weeks, and I think it’s time to write a review. Continue reading “Wacom Bamboo Capture Tablet Review / Buyer’s Guide”

Asus Transformer TF101 + Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update = Awesome!

UPDATE: For more resources about how to develop Android apps, check my “Learning How to Create Android Apps Series“.

Just updated my Asus Transformer last Friday to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) and I couldn’t be any happier.

I was hesitant at first since my experience with OS upgrade for my iPod touch 3rd generation to iOS 5 equal slower response. So I thought maybe the same thing would apply if I upgraded my Asus Transformer tablet to ICS.

Yet, the upgrade notification bugged me, and I read some people response were good last Friday, so I thought “Whatever.. let’s just upgrade it!”. And yes, it was great! So let’s check what changed..
Continue reading “Asus Transformer TF101 + Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update = Awesome!”

Asus Transformer Android Tablet (TF101) Review

Asus Transformer Android Tablet TF101

UPDATE: For more resources about how to develop Android apps, check my “Learning How to Create Android Apps Series“.

I’ve bought this tablet for more than two months but I just got a chance to review it, for some reason I don’t review gadget as fast as I used to. :p

But yeah, as tablets are getting more ubiquitous around us, I hope this review can help you to decide if Asus Transformer is the right tablet for you. Continue reading “Asus Transformer Android Tablet (TF101) Review”

Bose AE2i Headphones Review

Bose AE2i Headphone

Well well, just on my last day of work in my co-op semester, I found out that one of my office friend has the Bose AE2i headphone.

What a pleasant surprise, it’s about time for me to post another headphone review also before the year 2011 ends. So I immediately borrow the headphone and give it a quick test. So, does the sound quality justify the price tag? Let’s see.. Continue reading “Bose AE2i Headphones Review”

Learning Agile (Scrum) Video Tutorials by Rally Software

For the past week, I’ve really into Agile software development practices, especially Scrum.

So far, to learn more about Scrum, I’ve read the Scrum Primer (which I believe is still the very best brief introduction to the Scrum world), Do Better Scrum, and What Every Product Owner Should Know. If you’re interested, you might check them out. Continue reading “Learning Agile (Scrum) Video Tutorials by Rally Software”