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Personal Blog Update: Down to Business

I have a bunch of updates here that I wanted to share. It’s a very long post so I apologize. Hey, I’m a talker, I can’t help it.


My birthday was last month and I was very fortunate to rack up a good amount of Apple gift cards. My plan was to upgrade to the new iPod Touch (I got a quick hands on today at the Apple store and it was neat). I was interested in the updates that my 2G does not have.

BUT just recently, my cell phone broke so I needed to get that replaced. Now I am a PAYG AT&T user. I only use about $10 a month on calls.  I don’t want a contract and I am not really interested in paying for data (although I will use it if I need to). AT&T and Verizon are the only two carriers that have reception where I need it so I went with AT&T, as my wife has been a customer for a long time and reception is great here. Anyway, I decided instead of paying for a new touch (that I do not really NEED) I started looking for a used unlocked iPhone. My goal was to find one that I could use my payg sim card in and have the best of both worlds, BUT the prices I was seeing on Craigslist and eBay were short of highway robbery. So that dream of mine was shattered. Long story short, I ended up buying a new unlocked Nokia E71. It’s been out for a couple years now, but I get a lot of the hardware features I wanted that I would have with the iPhone (i.e., Wi-Fi, full GPS, BT, wireless keyboard support, PLUS full hard keyboard, FM radio, still/video camera and the ability to add memory, apps and sync. For a bonus, it was preloaded with a bunch of office really useful apps.)  It’s not an iPhone but it’s a very nice Symbian device that I am learning about. (PLUS I saved a hundred bucks over the iPod Touch).



I also decided that the honeymoon’s over regarding the iPad. It’s time to put that bad boy to more work. I used my touch for PIM management but transferred all PIM and office functions over to the iPad so I could use it with my other work oriented apps. I synced my calendar, contacts, notes and eWallet to the Pad the other night. The bigger screen is better for my eyes. I decided that I will use the Touch for games and music and I think I will actually be giving it to my son soon.

This post below is what I originally used the touch for that I transitioned over to the iPad.


I was at the Apple store today to see what goodies I could pick up. I decided that since I had the gift cards, I was going to treat myself to the Apple Wireless Keyboard. I will post more on that after I set it up and get a chance to use it.

Lastly, I am working on some reviews that I have listed below. In no particular order.


  • - STM’s iPad Jacket (I will be posting that over the next day)

  • - Just Mobile’s UpStand. (I just received it in the mail the other day and in the process of starting to take a look at it)

  • - Arkons’ New Fold-Up Stand for iPad (tablets), Slim Grip Mount for iPhone / iPod Touch, as well as their Sports Armband for the iPhone, Touch (and other devices). I just received those in the mail today as well.

  • - Kensington was going to send me some loaner units of their iPad Case that has the built in battery as well as their upcoming case which also has a built in keyboard (more to follow)



    I had previously reported that I requested a loaner unit for the XGPS300 from Dual. I never heard back after the initial response I received from them, and since I am not really seeing anything about their product in the news anymore, I do not expect to. It’s a shame, as I saw some potential there to add extra functionality in the iPod Touch.



    I also never heard back from Magellan for their Toughcase. I did get responses but it kept getting pushed back for whatever reason. That was back in August. At this point I am giving up on that and moving on. Maybe that review will happen in the future. That was also another product that I thought had some great potential.

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    Louis Senecal has been a mobile enthusiast since 2001 with the release of the HP Jornada Series Pocket PC. He reviews products for BostonPocketPC.com. He uses mobile tech to make his life more organized and entertaining. In addition to being a dad and a husband, Louis has a career in the Loss Prevention industry. He has been a volunteer firefighter for more than a decade and supports his community in various volunteer capacities.