It has been a while since I reviewed any products, so I was pleasantly surprised to have the opportunity when RAVPower sent me a tweet a few weeks ago. Fast forward a week to the delivery of my very first wireless charger, I am giddy with new gadget excitement(a bit odd to feel this way about a charger…)
Taking it out of the box, I was quite taken with how thin and light the charging pad is, it certainly won’t be causing any spacial concerns on my night stand. I had assumed the large “Power” symbol in the middle of the charging pad would serve some sort of purpose, however it does not. RAVPower describes this large icon as a target to make it easier to place your device properly to start charging.
I have been using this charger as the primary bed side charger for my Nexus 7(2013 Version) for several weeks now and while I like it quite a bit, it is not the ideal charger for a tablet that gets quite a bit of use, especially if you play battery draining games on your tablet. I have a habit of playing Clash of Clans quite a bit on my tablet and usually end up opting for a standard micro usb charger in order to get continuous power while I play. Even if you could maintain power input while playing, the RAVPower charger only puts out a 1 amp charge. It takes quite some time to fully charge a tablet on a 1 amp charge.
One feature of this charger that I find a mixed blessing but probably a necessary one is a beep that is emitted when a successful connection is made and charging begins. There is no indication that you break connection though, so theoretically if you bumped it the connection could be broken and you may never know. However I have had a full charge every morning without fail so I do not believe this is an issue. Since the grey ring around the power symbol is a grippy surface that keeps your device from slipping, you have to have some intent or at least some force to jar it loose.
In a nut shell this charger works exactly as advertised, it provides fully wireless charging capabilities to a wireless charge ready device. I can’t say that I recommend purchase or not purchasing, I feel that with this particular device it’s a matter of what you’re looking for and how you’ll use it. The $39.99 price tag on Amazon seems a bit high to me but I’d say is probably comparable to other market pricing.
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There is also a 4800 mAh external battery version of this charger as well and at $56.99 this feels like a much better value to me since it adds the rechargeable and portability factor.
I made 2 new widgets to go with an icon set I have been working on(the orbs on top and the road/text in the center of the image on the left), and wanted to share them with anyone who’s interested.
Last week BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins announced that even though it was promised, the BlackBerry PLayBook will not be getting updated to BlackBerry 10. A few days later on a whim I was flashing the newest Jelly Bean version of SlimRom onto my 3 year old Samsung Captivate. As it was flashing, it occurred to me how bad it looks for BlackBerry that the Captivate, which is over a year older than the PlayBook can still be updated to a version of the most current evolution of it’s operating system. I suppose it is important to mention that SlimRom is obviously not created or maintained by Google or Samsung, it is managed by 3rd party developers (2 points for Open Source!).
||July 18th, 2010
||April 19th, 2011
||Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8
||Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
||512 MB RAM
||1024 MB RAM
My second thought was to simply wonder whether this is more about killing the tablet business off than performance. Thorsten has not been shy about saying that he thinks there’s no good business model for tablets. I personally think he’s flat out wrong. BlackBerry had a truly unique offering with the ability to pair a handset and tablet together utilizing BlackBerry Bridge. I guess all of this is moot for the most part, but I think it’s time to officially declare my feeling that the company formerly known as R.I.M. can R.I.P. As far as I’m concerned they’re no longer a relevant player in the smartphone business.
Vindicated(Formerly Resonate) is the base upon which I build all of my themes, allowing me to create a continuity between everything I put in the Play Store. It is also part of my personal obsession with making sure every app installed on my phone has a themed icon so that they all match. It has been a while since I published an update to the core theme and there are lots of new icons, the images above merely show the newest additions.
Newly Themed App Icons:
- AT&T Drive
- Polaris Office(The newest version)
- LG Tasks
- AT&T Family Maps(The newest version)
- Lux Dash
- Ninja SMS
- Evernote Food
- Wifi Analyzer
- Android Central
- Jo Frost Rewards
- My Firestone
- Volume Butler
Google Now is obviously a huge focal point for Google right now, and it’s surge of popularity lately coincides with the massive adoption rate of Jelly Bean in the consumer market. It seems at the same time the new design focus for graphical styling is flat design. Google Now’s subtle colors and light text have begun to bleed into other areas and are showing up all over the Android world in home screen layouts.
A few weeks ago I got a request on Twitter to make an APW Theme with the Google Now style, so I set to work on it right away. I thought it would be easy but as usual it’s not as easy as you’d think to make something look good and simple. I think it turned out pretty nice in the end, you can get it from the Google Play Store by following the link below.