Whatever happened to? – Panasonic Eluga and Eluga Power

Vapourware? This was announced at the start of the year and looked promising, initial reports said it would be coming out in April/May but it never materialised although I recall Expansys having a few EU units up for grabs around the same time. Initial reviews were decidedly lukewarm, no flash, seriously? plus it was slow and laggy. It just seems to have vanished as did its bigger brother, the 5 inch Eluga Power.

Thing is, it’s still showing on the Panasonic website in the UK although I don’t think you can buy it anywhere here, mind you would you want to as its specs are now a bit mediocre looking. It might have done okay 6/7 months ago but it’s probably dead in the water now.

Incipio Faxion Case for iPhone 5 review

I bought this case from here a few days ago and have been pleasantly surprised by how decent it is. Incipio are a very well know brand and for iPhones, their “Feather case” is probably the one that they are best known for. I’ve had a couple of them myself down the years…

The Faxion is a very sturdy case with a hard plastic that is glossy, not grippy, covering most of the case. The grey colouring is a softer material and adds grip. Here’s the official blurb:

“The slim durable Faxion case fuses soft and hard materials into one co-molded form. The inner layer of the form fitting case is manufactured from TPU, providing excellent shock absorbency whilst the polycarbonate-like Plextonium exterior adds additional strength and impact resistance to the case”

Yikes. The grey soft material encroaches over the edge of the sides and onto the screen, which I kind of like actually as it means all the iPhone is effectively covered/protected. The volume buttons and power button are also covered but have a very nice tactile feel, Incipio have done a good job here in keeping the responsiveness. I also like the fact there is no play in the grey material that covers the screen edges. You read about some other cases where the covering is loose, that’s the sort of thing that would annoy me hugely but the Faxion case, if you try to pull the top sides away.from the phone..well, you can’t as it so firm and solid. The drawback here being that the case is a total bugger to get off as there is so little give once the phone is in the case.

Still, I’m pretty sure this case would give some very useful drop protection as it feels so solid. It has the advantage of not feeling hugely bulky though and also offers “on the table” laying protection. The interior has a nice soft finish and the little “spots” are raised, probably with the aim of keeping the iPhone’s delicate back away from any scratching potential from the case inside.

Pro’s – very sturdy, great fit, nice two tone design, lay on the table protection, tactile buttons, lined interior should prevent iPhone back from getting scratched

Con’s – not easy to get off, makes the iPhone a bit thicker (adds another 4mm), glossy and slippery?

Samsung S3 mini – mini specs too

What a load of old cobblers, if the “leaked” specs are correct. What a pointless device, with a distinctly last gen screen when everyone else is moving up to hi res screens and minimum 8 mega-pixel cameras.

When this device was first mooted a couple of weeks or so ago it was claimed or suggested rather that it would be a mini version of the big and bold S111. This was important as it suggested that it would have the same top notch specs if the S111 but in a more compact form factor. Sounded appealing. Disappointingly however the leaked specs suggest considerably otherwise, its more like the Samsung Galaxy W specs of over a year ago…..pointless. I can’t believe that it would launch with such mundane hardware, if it’s being touted as a mini S111 then it needs to mirror the bigger brother’s stuff.

City 3 Sunderland 0

What are we to make of this performance and result, bearing in mind how lacklustre Sunderland were and how easily they surrendered their previously unbeaten league record? I suppose you can only beat what is put in front of you and if you use mantra then we beat them pretty soundly.

Mancini made a substantial number of changes from Wednesday night, 7 in all and I was saying to my fellow City chum before the match that it was a real chance for the likes of Kolarov, Milner, Mario and Micah to stake a claim for a regular place bearing in mind how disappointing some of our recent performances have been of late. Only one failed to seize the chance, was subbed within an hour and then had the further embarrassment of seeing his replacement score within a couple of minutes.

I don’t know what it is with Balotelli and Dzeko. They both look like game changers when they come off the bench and have the useful knack of scoring too but then, when a chance presents itself of a starting run in the first team, neither does much to make you think we can’t afford to leave them out next week. Mario has so much going for himself. At the home games that I went to last season with my son, he played in every one and indeed started in three of them. When you see him in the flesh he’s big and powerful and quick and makes a lot of good runs off the ball…when he can be bothered. He has more talent than Edin but does not work as hard as him, most of the time. You look at Mario and think, there is a guy blessed with all the attributes and talents you could wish for in a top class player but he can’t seem to use them all constructively for any sustained period of time. He seems to be perfectly happy to get the ball, move forward, beat a guy and then look for the foul from the next player who comes near him.

Anyway, the forums after the match were awash with good vibes. Many seeing the team and performance as vindication of a return to last seasons formation and personnel. There are a lot of Gareth Barry and Milner fans out there and even the much maligned Kolarov received much praise.

Another iPhone 5 update

Okay, another week passes with the iPhone 5 and it continues to be a decent experience. My last iPhone, version 4, was jail broken and there are some things that I am already starting to miss…no, make that pine for, for version 5. Tethering for starters, which I also miss badly from Android and am thus reduced to carry round my HTC One S so I can use it out of the box for providing internet access on my Nexus 7 on the go, as they say. I’d completely forgotten actually that tethering was a no no on stock iPhones. Ouch.

I also miss not being able to reply to text messages directly from the pop up notification like you can do on Android (using mainly 3rd party apps) and on a jailbroken iPhone 4 through the likes of BiteSMS. It is actually really annoying having to go into the actual messages app to do this.

However, this can be partly balanced out by being able to backup apps and the data contained therein within iTunes making subsequent restoring much easier than on Android, please don’t tell me about the fairly awful Android backup application, I forget it’s name as I stopped using it, which doesn’t back up app data and which when it restores your apps manages to take them out of the update info in Google Play. I did like Titanium Backup but you have to root your phone to use that.

I do like the iPhone 5 but find myself casting somewhat envious eyes at the Sony Xperia T on a near hourly basis.

iCloud Storage free bump…hmmmm

Hmmmm. Got an email, as many other ex-MobileMe members did, extending my “free” iCloud storage for another year or so. This was rapturously received by the Apple faithful as a great gift and further evidence of the great value that Cupertino extends to its loyal minions. I’ve currently got about 350kb of stuff up there and not much stored anywhere else in the cloud, Dropbox aside.

More likely it’s a way for Apple to further tie you in to their Eco-system. If you start uploading heaps of gigabytes of music and files and stuff to iCloud in the next 11 months then when your free storage runs out and you then have to start paying for it, it’s likely a whole load of customers will take the lazy boy approach and just start paying for it instead of moving it back and looking elsewhere for alternative and possibly cheaper options. Or perhaps I’m just an old cynic.

Lost in Mobile

Just happened to pop over to LIM a few hours ago. Must admit, I stopped visiting LIM a month or so ago as there are a few posters on there who just annoy me too much. You can sort of guarantee that if there is anything remotely anti-Apple (and there is usually a post or two every few days with a negative slant, like Apple is the only tech company out there with slightly less than angelic track record) then the same sad names will be straight in there….Bug Blatter and Mr Fathead…sorry Mr Fatuous with their words of wisdom. They must just be sitting there waiting for some anti-Apple story and then bang!, they’re straight in there with the same comment they’ve made about 245 times before. Yawn…

Oddly, Shaun seems to attach a lot of credence to what Bug Shagger, sorry Blatter, says when it seems quite clear to me he’s just a bit predictable and has an unnaturally strong aversion to Apple…a tech company. Perhaps he just needs to get out more?

LIM prides itself on its friendly nature but now and again feels the ned to remind its readers to cut back on the vitriol between Android and iOS which is a bit ironic as the iOS posters are always unfailingly polite and tolerant whereas it is the Android users, the two named above being two of the biggest culprits, who are the most confrontational and who regularly feel the need to point out where iOS/Apple is lacking/sinning.