Did I hear anyone say Gadgets !!!

Oh yes, finally I am sitting down to pen some of my thoughts on what’s new, what you should go for, how it works and why is it the best.
Not that I am too busy but yeah when it comes to gadgets you can just go ga…ga… on everything and anything that’s on its way.

Technology can be boring if you don’t know how to use it and what’s it for.
People who refer to me or my friends as techies aren’t aware they are using technology every moment. They find it interesting and useful only when they come to know what it is for.
Let’s call it “What’s in it for ME?” principle and then its going to be easy to decide if you should go for it or not.

M U S I C & L Y R I C S

Couldn’t think of anything better to start with. Something that unites us all and has no barriers of language, culture or ethnicity.
But now it’s the age of “Music on the Move”. Gone are the days of carrying a discman or walkman dangling on your waist, what’s in is the iPOD culture.

Most of us on the first instance when we look at an MP3 player jump the gun and refer to it as “cool man, you got an iPOD”.
I agree it’s the most popular and best selling product but yeah it has its cousins, to name a few big brands Creative, Sony, Philips, Transcend… (phew, need to catch my breath) and the list goes on.

iPOD – Why not start with the largest selling brand :

Apple has been one of the best brands and popular digital player marketers for there innovative design and never ending range of products.
Apple started of with the launch of the iPOD classic range in 2002 and from there on they have never looked back.
They design there products for every genre.

For example,

iPOD Shuffle (2nd Edition) –

Clip it on to your waist or near the neck button of your shirt, so small you could even fit it to the 5th pocket of your jeans.
Apple made it available in Pink (color) to lure females to queue up and spend some of there own, brother, father, boyfriend or husbands money.
Still one of the most popular selling players.

iPOD Nano (3rd & 4th Editions) –

Want to stand out from a crowd, the best choice to go for… chrome back, easy to use interface, video capability and the smoothest small click wheel.
The look of it is attractive enough to convince you to spend your moolah. And like the shuffle easy to carry, very light not to forget the design is proportionate (I know what you are thinking but yes if you want to relate it to a beautiful sleek model that you want to rate a 10, you are talking about the right it…).

iPOD Classic (5th & 6th Editions) –

This one has been a hot favourite for office goers or music lovers who don’t want to spend a single minute of there life without the tapping of the feet or shaking their hips.
Known mostly for its macho (yeah… the Rab ne Bana di Jodi style “Maaaa..cho”) look and not to mention the Go on filling it Forget about the Space feature one of the most logical music machines to go for.

So WHY a No to iPOD, Have I got my reasons ??

Now… now… all happy things come with some limits, talking about iPOD as a whole, Apple hasn’t stopped its brand building by simply selling you the music machine.
The gadget can be considered absolutely worthless if you don’t have the software iTunes installed. iTunes software is free to download though I couldn’t understand the constraint of having limitless space but tying buyers to own homemade software. The software yes is easy to use but a pain in the neck if the installation fails.

It is very dependent on Java environment and .net framework 2.0.

The next thing in my list is the charger; most MP3 players come with a micro USB port which makes it easy for you.
At Nehru place you can find the cable for Rs 100 or if you have a Card Reader you could use it to either charge your player or transfer songs.

iPOD has also been turned down by many first time users because of battery issues. The advertised battery life on most models is different from the real-world achievable life.
For example, the fifth generation 30 GB iPod is advertised as having up to 14 hours of music playback. An MP3.com report stated that this was virtually unachievable under real-life usage conditions, with a writer for MP3.com getting on average less than 8 hours from an iPod.
In 2003, class action lawsuits were brought against Apple complaining that the battery charges lasted for shorter lengths of time than stated and that the battery degraded over time.
The lawsuits were settled by offering individuals either US$50 store credit or a free battery replacement.

iPod batteries are not designed to be removed or replaced by the user, although some users have been able to open the case themselves, usually following instructions from third-party vendors of iPod replacement batteries.
Compounding the problem, Apple initially would not replace worn-out batteries. The official policy was that the customer should buy a refurbished replacement iPod, at a cost almost equivalent to a brand new one.
All lithium-ion batteries eventually lose capacity during their lifetime and this situation led to a market for third-party battery replacement kits.

Apple announced a battery replacement program on 14 November 2003, a week before a high publicity stunt and website by the Neistat Brothers. The initial cost was US$99, and it was lowered to US$59 in 2005. One week later, Apple offered an extended iPod warranty for US$59. For the iPod Nano, soldering tools are needed because the battery is soldered onto the main board. Fifth generation iPods have their battery attached to the backplate with adhesive.

Reliability and durability too have been a nightmare for Apple. iPods have been criticized for their short life-span and fragile hard drives. A 2005 survey conducted on the MacInTouch website found that the iPod line had an average failure rate of 13.7% (although they note that comments from respondants indicate that “the true iPod failure rate may be lower than it appears”). It concluded that some models were more durable than others. In particular, failure rates for iPods employing hard drives was usually above 20% while those with flash memory had a failure rate below 10%, indicating poor hard drive durability. In late 2005, many users complained that the surface of the first generation iPod Nano can become scratched easily, rendering the screen unusable. A class action lawsuit was also filed. Apple initially considered the issue a minor defect, but later began shipping these iPods with protective sleeves.

Whatever said and done you must be kidding me if you would compare any other player as close to Apples iPOD when it comes to interface, design or sales. They have been able to keep there class one niche above by being one of the most consumer friendly producers. I can’t remember of anyother company coming up with a range of colors for their computers just to make sure people could match it to there wall color or drapes.

(Some references for the above topic have been borrowed from Wikipedia)

Why the logo “Apple with a bite”

Steve Jobs had worked during the summer at an apple farm, and admired the Beatles’ record label, Apple. He also believed Apples to be the most perfect fruit. He and Steve Wozniak were trying to figure out a name for their new company, and they decided that if they couldn’t think of one by the end of the day that was better than Apple, they would choose Apple. They couldn’t think of anything better, so on April 1, 1976, Apple Computer, Inc. was born.

But they needed a logo. The first design included Sir Isaac Newton, a tree and a banner that said “Apple Computer.” The motif of a multicolored apple with a bite taken out of it is a reference to the Bible story of Adam and Eve, in which the apple represents the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Jobs decided they needed a less busy logo, one that would signify a brand. The second logo attempt was very similar to the current logo, but without the bite taken out of it. Jobs thought this logo looked too much like an orange. The third attempt was the logo that Apple still uses.

D i s c l a i m e r : Please note the content available is purely based on my thoughts, perceptions and opinions and in no way demeans any product nor is aimed at influencing others thoughts, perceptions or opinions.

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