Bose MIE2i mobile headset

bose mi2i packageHad some frequent flier miles expiring and I am anyways stopping using Lufthansa completely but more on that on a later post so I spent my miles on something less exiting (Cusinart cookware) but my wife in turn spent her points to get me a Bose MIE2i mobile headset.

I just love my Bose QC 15 noise cancelling headphones so I was already pretty sure that these are going to be great.  The problem with regular Apple headphones is that they are pretty unconfortable and during any activity they often pop out of my ear. I have both the standard ones that came with my iPhone and the more expensive in-ear ones.

These Bose headphones fit very nicely in my ear and with the silicone tips they actually stay in my ear very confortably. It comes with three different sizes of those tips so they fit in anyones ear. The package also comes with a protective carrying case for the headphones just like my QC15 did. It’s pretty clear why Bose headphones are so expensive. They’ve thought of everything and everything is really high quality.

bose mie2iI tested them against my old Apple headphones and the sound quality is amazing. It’s rich and crisp. You can hear the smooth low frequences as well as the crisp high frequences well as well as my ears can hear them. I’m no audio snob that claims to hear the subtle differences but with these headphones you can clearly hear the difference.

Amazon and Apple are both selling these headphones for $129.95 USD. That’s $50 more than the Apple in-ear headphones and I must say that they are worth every cent.

Trigger Happy Camera Remote has arrived

trigger happy cableThe Trigger Happy Camera remote I blogged about few weeks ago has finally arrived. The packaging was just a padded envelope with the trigger happy cable and a thank you note. Of course it didn’t work with my wife’s 4th gen iPod Touch so we had to check it with my iPhone with which it worked. Apparently there’s a software update coming soon so that it works with iPod touch.

Any way I’m glad it’s finally here but the whole process left a bit of bad taste. I’ll let my wife write a better review once she gets to play with it more. You can follow her blog at here website great use of pixels.

Trigger Happy Camera Remote Kickstarter project

trigger happy remote.jpgIn last March I discovered a cool Kickstarter project called Trigger Happy Camera Remote. It’s a DSLR camera remote that you control with a iOS or Android device. I immediately thought that it would be an excellent gift to my wife who is photographer.

The project looked like it’s going to be funded well in advance of the May deadline and they were estimating shipping in June. Seemed like all was good and the project got funded with almost 10x what they were asking. After the funding goal was reached there were no updates for a month and a half and finally mid June got an update that it would be ready soon. Still no indication of when it would actually ship.

In beginning of July we finally got an update that there was a manufacturing defect and they would have to delay for few more weeks which is perfectly understandable. As I’m writing this another deadline went past without any updates on the progress. Another bad move they made is that they lowered the retail price to $49.95 even before shipping the product to their backers who paid a minimum of $50 + $5 for shipping. Some people even paid $100 to get dips on the first batch.

Now even if the final product is awesome I highly doubt I will ever back any projects by these guys due to their lack of good communication skills.

The new 1080p HD Apple TV

The new 1080p HD Apple TV package from Amazon was waiting for me yesterday when I came from work to home.

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The package looks the same as previous version and contains the same things: the sleek black apple tv, aluminium IR remote and power cord. When you put the old and new side by side you can’t really tell which one is the new one though my old one was a bit dusty. The only other difference I noticed is the model number.

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I really love Apple TV. I rent movies through it, stream music to my Harman Kardon home theater system and stream Finnish TV using TVKaista iPad app which also support AirPlay. I was going to buy a second Apple TV to my bedroom to connect to my 32″ LG LED TV along with DirecTV HD DVR but since I heard there was a new version of Apple TV coming so I waited awhile for it. Now the 1080p gets it’s home in my living room next to my second DirecTV HD DVR and 55″ Samsung 1080p LED TV.

LifeProof case for iPhone

lifeproof-whiteMy old iPhone case broke sometime ago and I need to protect my iPhone 4 so I thought I’d give LifeProof a try since it  is supposed to make it water, dirt, snow and shock resistant.

Check out the video where the guy demonstrating it goes snorkling with his iPhone and even uses it to film underwater.

Before putting your iPhone in the case you need to do a 1 hour long water test to make sure there’s no defects in the case and you know how to properly seal it. After that’s done you need to clean your iPhone with the included microfiber cloth and make sure there not dust, hairs or anything extra in your iPhone or the case and then you can seal it.

After using it for a while it seems pretty responsive and sound quality seems okay. The only immediate downside I could detect is that it is quite a bit bulkier than my previous case but it does provide a lot of extra protection. I will post an update once I’ve actually used it for a while.