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Belkin WeMo Switch and Motion Sensor

Written by itsbigbigworld on August 21st, 2014

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After owning two other Belkin WeMo Home Automation devices, this is my favorite.  Have you ever walked into a dark house?  Now with the motion sensor and switch, it turns on the light!  I love it!  You can plug anything to it!  You can program it to notify you as well.  Let’s say your kids walk in the front door and it will notify you that the motion sensor was triggered as well as turn on the light.  You can also put it on a schedule.  I have mine turn off the light after 15 minutes from being turned on so it’s not on all day.  You can always turn back on with your phone if you want.  Another nice option is creating a IFTTT account that will allow you use it too it’s fullest potential.  with this app you can set certain triggers to happen.  Perhaps a reminder to tell you to clean the litter box when you get home.  Take out the trash reminder as you walk out the door.  The possibilities are endless.  The app works on both the iPhone and Android.  These run around $75.00 but includes the motion sensor and the switch.  There is no fee for the service.  Just buy the device!  Keep it coming Belkin! :)

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Belkin WeMo Light Switch

Written by itsbigbigworld on August 21st, 2014

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After falling in love with the Belkin WeMo Insight Switch, I had to see what else they had. I wanted to be able to control my light switch on my front porch.  With the Belkin WeMo Light switch, I found it could do just that and a lot more.   There is nothing worse then coming home to a dark porch and you can’t find your keys or see anything.  With a push of a button on your phone, you can turn on your porch light!  It also has a scheduling option such as sunrise and sunset.  I swapped out my regular bulb for an LED bulb and have no worries keeping it on at night.  They even make a bug LED light bulb and now no more bugs flying around. :)  I also love using it when I hear something near the door and can turn it on for security.  Away at vacation or off to work and forgot to turn your porch light off?  This takes care of that.  A very worthwhile investment.  These usually run around $49.99 but a steal since you don’t have a monthly fee.   If you buy multiple switches, it allows you to label them and you can turn on whatever light you want.  The App is available for both iPhone and Android.  Questions?

Belkin Wemo Insight Switch

Written by itsbigbigworld on August 21st, 2014

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This was the first Home Automation device I purchased.  I instantly fell in love with it.  There has been so many uses that I have found.  How many times have you wanted to turn on a light in a room but the switch is on the other side and you are surrounded by darkness?  Grab your phone and push the button.  You can plug anything into this device(Lamp, Fan, Crock-pot, TV, etc.)  It still leaves enough room for the second plug to be used.  It even tracks your energy usage for whatever you have plugged in!

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It runs around $59.00 dollars but there is no monthly fee.  Another nice feature is that you can even set schedules for it.  Let’s say you get home around 9pm at night and don’t want to come home to a dark house.  It also works great for when you are out of town and you want people to think you are home.  Another favorite I love and you parents will as well.  How many kids want the light left on?  You just settle down for bed and hear…Dad!  Dad!  You forgot to turn the light on!  Now you can just grab your phone and push the button!  Don’t forget to use the timer so it doesn’t stay on all night. :)  It works on both iPhone and Android. A must have device! :)

Updates to come!!

Written by itsbigbigworld on August 13th, 2011

Sorry I have neglected this site for so long.  I will try and get some new material on here as soon as I can.  Thanks for stopping by!  I am going to review some items I own first to give an honest long term ownership experience.

Sprint Service/WIMAX

 

 

Nexus S 4G

LG 47LW5600

Logitech Revue  Google TV

Roku

Acer Iconia 500 Tablet

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is coming!!!

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 15th, 2011

I have owned many Sidekicks.  This is by far the best line of phones I have ever come by when it comes down to texting and typing on a qwerty keyboard.  It was always a solid design and far less quirky problems that we have today like freezes, resets and delays.  I hope they keep some of it’s originality.

Original Press Release:

T-Mobile Sidekick Is Reborn

New Sidekick 4G is a Lightning-Fast and Stylish Communication Hub, Delivering Evolved Messaging and Entertainment at 4G Speeds

BELLEVUE, Wash., and DALLAS – March 15, 2011 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.,1 today unveiled the new T-Mobile Sidekick® 4GTM by Samsung. The new AndroidTM-powered smartphone pays tribute to its heritage with its stylish good looks and a killer keyboard while redefining messaging and upgrading to 4G speeds. One of T-Mobile’s fastest smartphones running on America’s Largest 4G NetworkTM, the new Sidekick 4G is capable of delivering theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

The T-Mobile Sidekick has long been known for its innovative and distinctive design, and the Sidekick 4G does not disappoint. The 3.5-inch display marks the first Sidekick to feature a touch screen and its sturdy “pop-tilt” hinge reveals the previously acclaimed, five-row QWERTY keyboard that has long been a Sidekick hallmark and the reason behind its status as an exceptional messaging device.

The new Sidekick 4G leverages its quality keyboard along with Sidekick Group TextTM and Cloud TextTM to redefine messaging. Sidekick’s Group Text feature lets customers create, name, manage and participate in reply-all group text conversations, enabling them to lead their network in conversation and social planning. Group Text breathes new life into one of the most popular forms of messaging allowing Sidekick 4G customers to initiate and share the benefit of the application with SMS-capable devices from flip phones to smartphones. In addition, Cloud Text provides the option to text with friends or groups across platforms, whether from the comfort of their PC’s large screen and keyboard, or from their new Sidekick 4G.

“Backed by the faster speeds on T-Mobile’s 4G network, the new Sidekick 4G offers customers both speed and style,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “We’ve reinvented the messaging experience that made the Sidekick such an iconic device, and supercharged it with communication and entertainment experiences that take full advantage of our 4G network.”

Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile, said, “We are proud that T-Mobile selected Samsung to help create the next-generation Sidekick and carry the iconic Sidekick brand and device to the next level. Samsung redesigned the new Sidekick 4G with our best-in-class hardware, combined with T-Mobile’s 4G network speeds, the Android operating system, and unique messaging and entertainment features, to make this a perfect match for both loyal Sidekick fans and new Sidekick owners.”

The new Sidekick 4G also comes preloaded with Facebook® and TwitterTM applications, and provides easy interaction with customers’ social networks by allowing them to update their status from the notification pane and browse their feeds from the home screen. They have the ability to sync their social network contacts to the phone’s address book, which lets them post to their friends’ walls or comment on their status. And multitasking is easier than ever with the Sidekick 4G’s jump key, an easy-to-access physical button that enables customers to quickly switch between active applications, even during a phone call, or assign keyboard shortcuts to their favorite functions or applications.

In addition to a communication hub, the new Sidekick 4G is now an entertainment hub. With speeds as fast as home broadband, enjoying a favorite TV show or surfing the Web on the go is a breeze. Sidekick’s Media Room features one place to enjoy music, videos, movies, YouTube®, T-Mobile TV® and Slacker Radio, and to search for content regardless of the source. The integrated media player, also accessible through the Media Room, spans across all media including music, video and Internet radio. Customers also have the option to rent or purchase their favorite movies and TV programs directly from the Samsung Media Hub, which offers a robust collection of movie and next-day TV show titles from CBS, Fox, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Customers now have the option to place Media Hub charges directly to their monthly T-Mobile service bill.

Complementing the messaging communication features, the new Sidekick 4G is equipped with a VGA front-facing camera and pre-installed T-Mobile Video Chat powered by QikTM, to ensure you are always present with your social circle. Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) and a speedy 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, so consumers can keep up with their favorite blogs while on the move, search for the must-try dinner spots and map the way to their next destination – all at blazing fast speeds. The new smartphone will also offer dynamic media features and integrated GoogleTM services, including GmailTM, Google MapsTM and access to thousands of applications on Android MarketTM.

The new Sidekick 4G also comes equipped with DriveSmartTM from T-Mobile, a first-of-its kind service from a U.S. carrier, that helps prevent distracted driving. When initiated, DriveSmart Basic provides automatic incoming call and message management, sending a customizable note to callers and senders, letting them know that the recipient is driving and will respond when it’s safe. DriveSmart Plus offers the same functionality, with the added capability to automatically activate when the handset is in a moving vehicle, as well as advanced parental controls for enhanced peace of mind when teen drivers are behind the wheel.

Offered exclusively to T-Mobile customers, the new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is expected to be available later this spring in two stylish colors – matte black or pearl magenta. Customers can visit http://sidekick.t-mobile.com/ for more information.

Source: T-Mobile

Apple iPad2 vs Motorola Xoom vs HP TouchPad vs Blackberry Playbook

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 3rd, 2011
Apple
iPad 2

Motorola
Xoom

HP
TouchPad

BlackBerry
PlayBook

Platform iOS 4.3 Android 3.0 webOS 3.0 BB Tablet OS (QNX)
Display 9.7-inch
LED-backlit IPS LCD
10.1-inch 9.7-inch 7-inch LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1024 x 768 1024 x 600
Processor 1GHz dual-core
Apple A5
1GHz dual-core
NVIDIA Tegra 2
1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz dual-core Cortex-A9
Memory ? 1GB RAM 1GB RAM 1GB RAM
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 32GB 16GB / 32GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Front camera VGA 2 megapixel 1.3 megapixel 3 megapixel
Rear camera 720 / 30p video 5 megapixel AF with dual-LED flash,
720 / 30p video
none 5 megapixel,
720p video
Cellular radio Quadband HSPA or
CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A
3G with free upgrade to 4G LTE 3G and 4G 3G and 4G
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
Battery 25Wh 6,500mAh 6,300 mAh 5,300 mAh
Thickness 8.8mm 12.7mm 13.7mm 10mm
Weight 601g (WiFi),
607g (Verizon),
613g (AT&T)
725g 740g 425g

Source: Engadget

Below is the difference between the old iPad and the new iPad2

iPad
iPad 2
Display 9.7-inch
LED-backlit IPS LCD
9.7-inch
LED-backlit IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768
Processor 1GHz Apple A4 1GHz dual-core Apple A5
Graphics PowerVR SGX 535 ?
Memory 256MB RAM ?
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Front camera none VGA
Rear camera none 720p
Cellular radio EDGE plus triband HSPA EDGE plus quadband HSPA or
CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis
Gyroscope No 3-axis
Thickness 13.4mm 8.8mm
Weight 680g (WiFi),
730g (WiFi + 3G)
601g (WiFi),
607g (Verizon),
613g (AT&T)

Sony Makes Fun Of Wii and XBOX 360

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 18th, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0puP8nrIU8&feature=player_embedded

The new Playstation Move Commercial using Kevin Butler makes fun of the Wii controllers and Xbox 360 Project Natal.

MD500 Tablet – iPad Enemy?

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 11th, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXmWFn2m4Rk&feature=player_embedded

Android device with a 4.8-inch, 800 x 480 screen with an ARM Rockchip based Processor that is supposed to “play any codec”….Going anywhere from $92.00 to $120….Much cheaper then an Apple iPad…that is for sure…What’s your take?

PrimeSense = Microsoft Project Natal????

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 11th, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzLKsex43zI

Is it just me or does this nearly duplicate Microsoft’s Project Natal???  It is pretty cool technology that won’t need an Xbox….  You simply have to love how fast technology is moving… :)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2qlHoxPioM

Verizon Wooed Skype

Written by itsbigbigworld on March 10th, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhBfA2rkZvM&feature=player_embedded

Call anywhere to anyone in the world for free!(With Verizon Wireless Phone and Data Service along with a Free Skyp App).  You can send unlimited messages too…Even have multiple conversations at once.  Check out the video for more details. :)