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The requirement, smiley-faced emoticon turns 30 this month, and to celebrate the occasion, The Independent interviewed its creator, Professor Scott Fahlman, of Carnegie Mellon University. Fahlman is credited with creating the typical: -) hieroglyphic when he included it in an e-mail on September 19th, 1982, however he never ever envisioned that it would become an universal criterion. In fact, he has some problems with the more visual variations that have actually given that emerged, including the common, yellow-faced emoji. “I think they are ugly, and they wreck the difficulty of trying to come up with a smart means to express emotions using common keyboard characters,” Fahlman stated. “But maybe that’s just due to the fact that I created the additional kind.”
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Always wanted to look like a dildo from the future? Well you’re in luck thanks to this soon-to-be-released $ 70 R2-D2 “full-face” hoodie from wholesaler Mad Engine (and sold at a retailer near you). Not the droid you’re looking for? SHOOT ME IN THE FACE DO IT NOW DON’T BE A SISSY. No worries bro, they’re also dropping Storm Trooper, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Chewbacca designs. They all zip up over your face and have mesh you can see out of, making them perfect for robbing liquor stores. Plus yearbook photos! Did I ever tell in my senior picture I had my eyes closed? It was embarrassing. You know what all my friends nicknamed me? Friends, LOL.
Hit the jump for the other designs, including a faceless Chewie for some reason.
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The Stix project is just a concept now, but what a concept it is. It’s essentially a way for glasses-wearers to enjoy 3D movies without having to put on oddly-shaped and potentially ugly 3D glasses.
The Stix peel off a piece of backing plastic and fit right on your real glasses. When you’re ready to face the real world again you simply peel them off. Lucy Jung and Daejin Ahn designed the concept because Lucy found herself having to wear her contacts when she went to the movies.
She writes on Yanko:
The product is obviously still in prototype stage and, although it’s cool, I wonder how many movie houses actually care if their four-eyed patrons don’t like the big, goofy glasses for which they charge a premium.
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The LG Spectrum has spent a long while with me. In fact, LG’s asking for it back, saying that my review period has come to an end. I didn’t get around to the full review until now because (to be perfectly honest with you) I didn’t really want to sit down and talk about the LG Spectrum for X amount of hours.
True, there’s nothing necessarily “wrong” with the phone. It’s got solid specs, performs alright (I guess), and has a downright gorgeous display. But at the same time, there’s a long list of issues that I have with the phone, and most center around design.
- 4.5-inch 720×1280 True HD IPS display
- Verizon 4G LTE
- Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 8MP rear camera (1080p video capture)
- 1.3MP front-facing camera
- LG UI
- MSRP: $ 199.99 on-contract
- This is a stunning display, without a doubt
- Camera gets the job done
- 4G LTE speeds are fast
- Poor battery life
- Creaks and cracks when stressed
- Ugly: Too light and plastic-y to feel premium
- LG UI is equally ugly
Ah, where to begin?
The LG Spectrum isn’t the prettiest phone I’ve ever laid eyes on. In fact, it doesn’t even really compete. In a world of sexy iPhones, captivating Galaxy Notes, and compelling Nokia Windows Phones, the LG Spectrum likely won’t even get your attention. It sports some of the same design language as the Nitro HD, but for some mysterious reason LG chose to put a nasty plastic panel across the backside. It has a little textured print on it, but feels slick and cheap like plastic. The 4.5-inch display is surrounded by a black bezel and gunmetal silver tapered edges.
Every part of it soaks up your fingerprints like that’s what it was built to do. This, of course, only lends to that cheap feel I mentioned before.
Then there’s build quality. The Spectrum creaks and bends when stressed in a way that makes me highly uncomfortable. People have dealt with cheap-feeling phones for a long time now, and if you’re upgrading from something two years old that may not bother you so much. But if you’re moving from an iPhone or any of Samsung’s or HTC’s newer devices, you may be disappointed at just how creaky this little guy is.
MicroUSB access is square on the top of the phone, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack and the lock button. The volume rocker can be found on the left hand side, and three capacitive home buttons are down at the bottom. I’m not a fan of this plastic cover LG likes to put on the MicroUSB port — it’ll surely break off at some point — and it doesn’t help that the port is right where your hand would be if you chose to play around with the Spectrum in landscape while plugged in.
We usually reserve a place in our reviews for that extra something special a phone has. The Note had its S-Pen, the Droid 4 had its amazing QWERTY keyboard, the GalNex had ICS and NFC, and the list goes on and on. Almost every phone has some extra umph, whether it’s by way of a really cool feature, interesting design, extra hardware or a first-of-its-kind spec.
The Spectrum has nothing like that, and thus I’m left filling up a review section with nothingness.
Let’s just start out with LG UI. I’m going to be upfront when I say that all of the manufacturer overlays are awful. I’d say that Samsung’s TouchWiz (or whatever they’re calling it these days) and HTC’s Sense are the most visually appealing and useful, while Motorola’s is meh. LG’s sucks.
Everything’s bubbly, round, and it looks like a children’s version of a user interface. Of course, these are just aesthetic preferences, so if you like the look and feel of LG UI then boo on me. The only problem is that it has no real use. The trick with a custom UI is adding value. Users will get over the fact that you’re snatching away their pure Android if you give them something cool like HTC’s weather widget or Samsung’s special contacts scroll feature. It’s the little things that count.
With LG UI, the only “little thing” I can find is that apps are automatically categorized by type. Unfortunately, I would rather arrange apps on my own and keep the little headers out of it. LG also included a little media carousel in the UI, which would be much more pleasing if it wasn’t the laggiest thing on the phone.
Pre-loaded apps include Netflix (which should be nice on that gorgeous display), ESPN ScoreCenter, Amazon Kindle, BlockBuster, NFL Mobile, and a handful of Verizon apps like VZW Navigator, V CAST, and Verizon Video.
I’m actually quite impressed with the Spectrum’s 8-megapixel camera. It seemed to reproduce color slightly better than my iPhone 4S, which was a pretty big shock after dealing with this phone for a couple weeks. The shutter’s not nearly as fast, and I’m not a fan of the camera app UI, but I still give the Spectrum camera a fly.
It does have more trouble in low-light than my iPhone 4S, but perhaps not in the way you’d expect. Sometimes you take pictures in a dark environment to recreate that eery, dark look. In fact, that’s the only reason you should take pictures in a dark environment. The Spectrum tends to brighten pictures automatically, even with the flash off, and it makes anything taken in a cloudy bar or dark room look awkward.
Video capture was fine, but nothing to call home over. Switching between low and well-lit areas takes some time, and playback was a bit grainy for what I was expecting. But on the whole I think the LG Spectrum camera is just fine.
Comparison shot between the LG Spectrum (left) and the iPhone 4S (right):
Go ahead. Breathe a sigh of relief — you’ll get all love and no hate while we chat out the display.
The Spectrum’s 4.5-inch 720p display is everything and more. I tend to lean toward Samsung’s displays, especially of the Super AMOLED Plus persuasion, but LG’s TrueHD screen is seriously beautiful. Blacks are sharp and deep, text is crisp, colors feel real… I mean honestly, it doesn’t get much better.
There is one thing that’s sticking out to me, but it’s not necessarily make or break. The display sports a 16:9 aspect ratio, and while many phones share this trait, the Spectrum display seems awfully long and skinny. This wasn’t so apparent when watching videos in portrait (and you’ll have to excuse the fact that I’m coming off of a Galaxy Note review, which obviously makes a difference), but I just thought it worth noting.
The display is coated with Corning Gorilla Glass so there shouldn’t be any huge scratching issues, but as I mentioned before, you’ll be hard-pressed to keep your finger prints off this thing.
Generally speaking, this phone didn’t live up to my expectations in the performance department at all. Laggy? All the things!
Let’s just start with the most basic actions, scrolling between home screens and opening apps. More than once (in fact, more than a handful of times), I clicked the apps icon… waited… and clicked it again. Of course, this led to the app tray opening and closing in a flash. It was so slow, that I had closed it before I opened it.
This is the kind of stuff that happens over and over with the Spectrum. Pinch-to-zoom… wait… double-tap to zoom… zoom in and out in a flash. It’s hella annoying.
But it gets worse.
There’s some strange flaw in the Spectrum that has to do with Car Mode. Basically, the Spectrum decides when you’re in a car, whether you’re actually in a car or not. When it makes this decision, as displayed by a tiny steering wheel icon up top, the phone reverts back to the home screen and flashes black. Repeatedly. To make matters worse, you can’t really access the car mode app within Android as far as I can tell.
Oh, and I’m not the only one to notice.
The problem persisted so much that I couldn’t complete my testing. Usually, I like to run each of my three tests three times each, just to be fair, but this Car Mode bug made that impossible. So unfortunately, I’m going to have to hit you with the results from the first of each test. In Browsermark, we saw a score of 57573, which is nice compared to the Note’s score of 48,610. The Spectrum unfortunately did not test better than the Note on Quadrant (a full-fledged benchmark program), scoring 2448 compared to the Note’s 2703.
In the data department I was seeing an average speed of 4.5Mbps down and 1.6Mbps up on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. That’s not so hot knowing how fast Verizon 4G can be.
And as we migrate into the battery department, the disappointments only persist. I was shocked to find that the Galaxy Note, with its massive HD Super AMOLED screen and 4G LTE radio could hang with me all day. After reviewing the Note and the Droid RAZR Maxx, I had hoped that phone makers were starting to figure out how to make 4G a viable option with solid battery life. I was wrong, at least about LG.
The Spectrum doesn’t last all day with me. In fact, it barely makes it to dinner time. I’ve been fiddling with settings for the past few days and I noticed I can get just a little bit of extra life with certain services, like location services, shut down, but I’m still not pleased. And on top of that, I don’t know where the hell I am.
When we did the official battery test, we found that the Spectrum only lasts a little over three hours. Of course, this is a restless workout for the Spectrum. We run it through a program that constantly loads Google Image search pages, but at any time I can pop out of the browser and play a game, make a call, etc.
Still, I’d like to have seen more out of the Spectrum. The Droid 4 only hung in there for three hours and forty-five minutes while the Droid RAZR Maxx (Motorola’s battery beast) stayed with me for a staggering eight hours and fifteen minutes.
Head-To-Head With The Galaxy Nexus And Nitro HD:
Check out our thoughts on this match-up here.
Hands-On Video: Initial Impressions
The problem with the LG Spectrum is that it’s a sheep dressed in wool. I hoped against hope that the performance of the phone paired with an amazing display and 4G connectivity would rid me of my desire to hurl something so freaking ugly against a wall. But it did not. There was a bug that lasted through the entirety of my two weeks with the phone, it soaks up prints, lags like a fat man in a marathon, and is just plain ugly.
The phone looks cheap, and performs like it’s cheap, and no one deserves to live through two years of frustration like this.
Die. Die. Die. Die. Die.
Check out all of our LG Spectrum review posts here.
We knew it was coming to that broad area we like to call Europe sometime soon, and now Panasonic’s sharing the details on its Android-based return. Details about the 3.6 ounce (103 gram) device include that it’s packing a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) screen that’s wrapped in a dust and water-proof shell. It’ll also be able to throw audio, video and web content to HDTVs of the same branding. Of course, a device like this deserves an equally enticing name, so you’ll be delighted to hear that the handset’s going to be called, oh, really? Eluga? Wow.
However, that’s not where the story ends, because we also received details about a phone that’s just arrived on Japan’s NTT DoCoMo. The Next Series P-04D is a “deep purple” (hush, now) handset that measures and weighs the same, has a 4.3-inch qHD OLED display, is running a 1.0GHz dual-core OMAP 4430 CPU and was also manufactured by Panasonic. We might not be so bold as to suggest both handsets are the same, but we might think about importing the P-04D just so we never have to say Eluga out loud.
Mat Smith contributed to this report
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I hope you’re not eating anything because you’re about to see some real Jame Gumb stuff in a second. Vibram, famous makers of Sergey’s crazy monkey shoes (that I actually wear while running, much to my wife’s chagrin), have released two new models, the acceptably styled Trek LS, a lace up trail shoe/sneaker, and the absolutely abhorrent (yet strangely alluring) Bormio boots.
The LS shoes are more like a sneaker with Vibram soles and toe pockets. They’re actually quite classy if you ignore the monkey-feet aspect and, if you’re man enough to wear them on the street you may actually get compliments as opposed to smacked. They cost $ 139 and come in brown and black.
And here are the Bormios:
If you’re anything like me, you’re imagining Hobbitses in their holes right now. These are basically boots with toepockets, which makes them pretty much amazing. BirthdayShoes notes:
As Vibram FiveFingers go, the Bormio is surprisingly not as eye-catching as it appears at first blush — this assumes you’re wearing them with jeans or pants. Obviously, the ankle-height design makes them look very unusual when they’re sitting “empty” on the floor (like leathery or frostbitten feet chopped off at the ankles), but as Mrs. BirthdayShoes put it, when they’re on, the Bormios just look like any other pair of Vibrams.
That is, except for one thing, which is that the understated design of the Bormio FiveFingers also makes it harder for folks to discern that you’re wearing shoes. Clearly no one has flat black feet (save Mr. Deeds), but smooth, matte leather looks a little like skin, particularly as with the brown Bormios. You could have feet that were dark brown, and I say that because I had at least one person double-take on my brown crazy horse Bormios thinking I had tanned bare feet. I’m not very tan in case you hadn’t noticed (Desk job FTL!). I had another fellow — a VFF fan at that — remark, “You’ve got lion feet.” I liked that better.
If you’ve been going through life thinking “I’d like lion feet,” you’re clearly in luck here.
These demonic things cost $ 160 and are available in brown and black. Both are made of kangaroo hide and, personally, I wonder where they’re getting all the kangaroos for these things.
So there you have it: these are the shoes Tim Ferriss, Sergey Brin, and every sycophantic SXSW-bound SEO/Social Media/Google+ Guru will be wearing next season. Geeks, prepare to get your monkey feet chic on.
We understand that it’s hard to take two steps rather than one, but a solid list of specifications isn’t going to make the Torch 2 look any less last-decade. For whatever reason, RIM’s design department seems to be stuck in an era where last-generation is the new next-generation, while it’s internals team has seemingly managed to escape. For those who couldn’t disagree more regarding the exterior, you’ll likely be elated to know that the impending handset will boast a blisteringly fast 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 8GB of internal storage, 768MB of RAM, a microSD expansion slot, 5 megapixel camera and a 35-key backlit keyboard. You’ll also get a microscopic 2.8-inch LCD with a woeful 640 x 480 resolution, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.5mm headphone jack, A-GPS, dual-band 802.11b/g/n WiFi and a 720p movie mode. So, one down, one to go — time for a reread, is it RIM?
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