Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gadget Goodies 23

image used under Creative Commons license,  photo by Flickr user pestoverde
In the last two Wednesday posts, we reviewed the Sony Xperia Z Ultra phone and a few cases for it.  With a screen size of 6.4", it's closer to a tablet in size while retaining the usability of a phone sized device.  Our beginning illustration Shows the Z Ultra with a Z1 for size comparison.  And the Ultra is still comfortable in the hand.

Today, we want to look at three more accessories.  One is a Z Ultra specific case.  The other two are more generic, but come under the "must have" umbrella.  So, let's look at today's goodies.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gadget Goodies 22

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photo by Flickr user pestoverde
Last time, we reviewed the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.  That's one to the left.  We thought we'd talk about Z Ultra accessories, this time.  But there's a little more we wanted to say about the phone.

If you notice the water in today's first illustration, that should make a point. The Ultra meets protective standards IP55 and IP58.  Which means, when the covers are properly closed, the phone is dust and water resistant.  Further, with the covers closed properly, it's usable in up to 3.28 feet of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.  We've all been around a klutz who knocks over a beverage.  Sometimes, we are that klutz. With the Z Ultra, we can worry less about the phone being damaged by liquid spills.  That's good news.  Let's move on to the accessories.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gadget Goodies 21

image used under Creative Commons license, photo by John Biehler on Flickr
It's been awhile since we did a tech post.  And a recent change created another opportunity.  The image to the right is a Samsung Galaxy Note 2.  I chose that image because it's being held, which gives some relative idea of size.  That was the phone I had and recently sold.  I didn't sell it because I was tired of it or disliked it or it wasn't working right.

I had the Note 2, plus a Nexus 7 2013 tablet.  Both are awesome devices, both work well, and I'd recommend both any day of the week.  And, if you have both devices pretty much mirroring each other, you can switch between the two, using standby to preserve battery life on both.  That's a win/win.  Or is it?