Apple iPod Nano 4GB – 2nd Generation

Apple iPod Nano 4GB – 2nd Generation enables you to create a music library from which you can easily access the songs and hear it again and again. Maintain your own personal DJ playlist and make a favorite playlist where you can store a lot of selectable songs. It has a unique feature called Genius click that helps you select the frequently visited songs. Album art could be viewed through a cover flow feature and it has intuitive and easy to operate control buttons that help choose your song quickly. When you keep pressing the center button, this iPod Nano lets you to browse by artist and albums.

The display screen shows the videos and songs in both landscape and portrait form when you flip over the iPod in any direction. When the right song is reached during search of an artist or albums you can easily add the file to your playlist. It is easy to shuffle through the playlist and move on to the next song. This iPod automatically shuffles your music list in the library when you give it a simple shake. It quickly responds to your touch and lets you freely move and tilt for interactive game play. This iPod Nano is built with special intuitive controls for playing games.

This iPod shows photos with 320 x 240 of display resolution and you can download games from iTunes. It features a 2 inch screen that shows high quality images.

The Apple iPod Nano 4GB is available in 9 different colors and is made with an aluminum body structure with a glass curved design. This Apple iPod 16GB Nano features in-ear headphones with mic and remote. It looks both beautiful and intelligent, and can be carried in your pocket wherever you go.

This iPod Nano has a calendar, volume limiter, Cover Flow, Motion Sensor, Nike with iPod support and is designed with USB 2.0. It features a built-in alarm & stopwatch, digital clock, and shows the battery level using an indicator light. It supports Windows Vista and has 3 hours of recharge time.

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DIY Helmet Cam and Shock-Proof, Splash-Proof Camera/Phone Case is Free and Beats the Real Thing

I recently made this helmet cam out of parts I had lying around the house. I used packing foam, hot glue, duct tape, velcro, and a piece of plexiglass (acrylic).  I used an X-Acto knife to cut the foam, hot glued it together, and then used duct tape to create a better seal. The plexiglass goes against the camera lens. It’s big and ugly but it works, and it’s free. This was a concept that was made without any plans, so a lot of improvements can be made. But it still works well.

I can mount it to my helmet, handlebars, or almost anywhere you can use two straps to hold it. Since this was a prototype, I made it for my phone instead of my real camera, to test the sturdiness. The phone is an Ericsson P1i, and the quality of the video is better than most $50 helmet cams. Below are pictures of the prototype case and a video of it attached to an RC car. This case offers protection similar to the $30 cases found online or in stores, and with those you most likely won’t find one that you can mount anywhere and have it be compatible with your camera.

The next version will look much nicer, be more compact, more waterproof, and better overall.

Headphone controls are useful for the new iPod Shuffle

Apple’s new iPod Shuffle uses controls located on the headphones. Everyone knows that the stock headphones that come with all Apple products aren’t that good. However, is having easier to reach controls worth it? No, but it’s still a great idea.

It is annoying to reach into your pocket every time to you want to pause the music or change the volume. It’s more annoying when you have a bunch of things in your pocket. Having controls on the headphones themselves fixes the problem of reaching into your pocket to take out your iPod. And that is about the only problem with the controls on the iPod itself.

Having fixed the problem of reaching into your pocket, the issue now lies with the quality of the stock iPod headphones. They’re not as bad as the Sandisk Sansa e250 headphones, but they’re pretty bad and a lot of people upgrade them. Having controls on the headphones won’t let people upgrade, and a lot of people are already complaining about this.

However, according to Gizmodo, Apple will sell an adapter for third party headphones. This fixes the controls being in your pocket problem and the bad quality problem. The adapter will most likely cost at least $20, so that might put a few people off. But even with a price tag, it will be worth it to some people. And Apple will never give a free adapter with the Shuffle or any iPod, because it would cost them money.

So while the stock headphones having controls is a not-so-good tradeoff, third party headphones with controls on the headphones will be a great feature of the new iPod Shuffle. No more digging around in your pocket to find the buttons. Good job, Apple.

On a side note, Apple yet again oversimplifies controls and makes the interface complicated for no reason other than looks. (Apple+click, one button mouse, anyone?)

Sandisk Sansa e250 Review

The Sandisk Sansa e250 is a budget MP3 player that can be had for under $30 if you know where to look. I got one from Woot.com for $34.99 shipped. I have had this MP3 player for almost eight months.

The build quality of the Sandisk Sansa e250 is good. It has a nice, sleek front cover that doesn’t scratch easily, and a matte dark silver back. Four screws are visible on the back. The scroll wheel on the front has a bright blue backlight. It looks like it’s lit in four places, and it’s not a perfectly even glow. This scroll wheel also wobbles a lot, and is the worst part of the build quality section. Everything else is solid. There is also a voice recorded and a slot for a micro SD card if you want to expand the memory. The stock headphones are terrible and belong in your trash can right away. They are worse than airline headphones.

On the software side, the e250 has a radio, and of course an MP3 player. The MP3 player displays the filenames of the songs, not the embedded artist and song name information like an iPod does. The software is also very buggy. It does not want to turn on a lot of the time, and sometimes it doesn’t turn off. When charging, it often doesn’t charge at all and flashes a low battery warning. Also when charging, the backlight on the screen stays on, which can be annoying if you want to leave it to charge overnight. And if you turn off your computer while charging, the backlight will stay on even though it’s not charging anymore – depleting the whole battery.

The software is terrible, and it makes the whole MP3 player terrible. Of course you can load up some custom firmware and software on it, but this review is for the stock MP3 player since most people won’t be changing software. The interface of the stock software is ugly, buggy, and overall crap. If it wasn’t for the software and the wobbly scroll wheel, I would say this little 2GB Sandisk Sansa e250 is a better buy than my iPod Nano 4GB was. Overall I rate the Sandisk Sansa e250 6.5/10. And this is because of the ultra low price. If you put custom software and firmware on it, along with some decent headphones, it would be 9.5/10. Read reviews, compare cheapest prices of Sandisk, Creative, Archos, Philips and Latest MP4 Players at MP4playerreviews.co.uk.

Is your iPod or cell phone scratched?

If you’re like most people, your cell phone and mp3 player is probably scratched and banged up. If this is true, I wouldn’t recommend spending $20 on a scratch filler or screen cleaner. Instead, why not spice your gadget up at the same time and get a skin for it?

What might surprise you is that you can get a skin for your phone or iPod for less than half the price you would pay for a scratch cleaner. And the scratch cleaner wouldn’t make it look smooth and it will still have small scratches.

A skin on the other hand will protect your gadget as well as give it a new bad ass look. Some sites you might want to check out that sell these skins are DecalGirl and GelaSkins. These skins can be had for as little as $5.99, and they are top quality and durable. Skins will protect your phone or iPod from scratches as well, giving it a new look and new protection.

Check it out and give your gadgets some fresh new looks.

image from decalgirl

How to save your electronics from water damage

Have you ever dropped a cell phone in a pool or spilled your Mountain Dew all over your keyboard? Here are some steps to save your electronics if you drop them in liquid or spill liquid on them.

  1. Rip out the battery. Well don’t actually rip it out, but take it out as fast as possible. And if it’s wired, like a keyboard, unplug it. You want to stop the flow of electricity to prevent a short from happening.
  2. Open it up. If you feel you are smart enough to open it up, go ahead and carefully disassemble as much as you can, making sure you will be able to put it back together. If you don’t want to open your laptop, cell phone, mp3 player, or whatever, then skip to the next step.
  3. Wipe off the liquid. Use a static-free towel to wipe off any liquid you see. If you did step 2 and opened it up, be extra careful not to damage anything. If needed, use a Q-tip to wipe off the liquid in tight spots.
  4. Let it dry, by itself. Don’t use a fan and definitely don’t use a hair drier. Put your item in a warm spot, but not in direct sunlight, and not on top of a heater or anything like that. Let it sit for at least 2 days. I recommend up to 5 days, if you can wait.

That’s about it. If you took the battery out quick enough, it should work. If you didn’t, it probably shorted out and died. It’s worth a shot anyway as most warranties don’t cover water damage.

Also don’t forget to dry the battery itself, if there was one. Hope this helps someone.