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Product Review: Samsung Epic 4G

September 24, 2010

Over Labor Day weekend, I re-upped my contract with Sprint, traded in my old Samsung Instinct and bought an Epic 4G, a member of the Galaxy S phone family. Before I go into the pros and cons list, I must say that I am very satisfied with this phone and it has saved me a lot of frustration in only the short month that I’ve owned it. Here’s my scoop:

Pros:

  • Speed- Fast doesn’t really describe it, I think instant is a better word. The hummingbird processor allows the Epic to have minimal if any wait time between selections.
  • Android Market- So many apps to choose from, most of them free, ready to be downloaded.
  • Screen- The Epic screen is brighter and more vibrant than every other phone I’ve held it next to, even on it’s power-saving mode.
  • Keyboard- After 2 years using the touchscreen on my Instinct, it didn’t always work properly, which could be really frustrating. I still use the touchscreen keyboard the most, but I’m glad I have the slide-out qwerty keyboard as a backup.
  • Swype- If you don’t know what Swype is, click here. This is probably my favorite feature on the phone. Not only is it convenient, but really fun to use. I feel like I text more now because of it.

Cons:

  • Size- The Epic is quite bulky. It really only fits into my pocket when I’m wearing sweatpants. For guys, obviously it’s another story, but for the ladies, I would say this is an “in-the-purse” type of phone.
  • Price- It’s the most expensive of all the Galaxy phones with an additional costly data plan. In my research, however, it was still comparable to the Verizon and AT&T – iPhone data plan.
  • Battery- With all the bells and whistles on the Epic, the battery does burn out quickly compared to older phones. I’ve combated this problem by getting an extra car battery charger, and it really hasn’t been that much of an issue. Also, using a task manager that kills your the apps you aren’t using is helpful.
  • Proximity- Even though I know the feature is included, I’ve hung up on several calls because my fat cheek hit end call on my touchscreen. It could just be my phone, but I’m a little disappointed in this feature.

Overall, I would absolutely recommend the Samsung Epic 4G phone to my friends that I know would take advantage of its features. Do you have an Epic or an Evo? What do you think?

*Photo credit: link.co.uk

Crowdsourcing has my mark

June 29, 2010

Image Source: Tangentism

Very recently, the project of developing a 12-page brochure for work was ever-so-lightly placed on my workload dinner plate. Working at an agency, I managed hundreds of design projects, however, it’s a teeny bit different at a small tech company – your million dollar budget and design team is missing. Not only did I have to produce 12 pages worth of content, but also create 6 professionally-designed spreads on a one-time graphic design pre-req class education on a limited budget? One might think impossible.

What’s is this? Crowdsourcing, you say? Sure, I’ll try it.

Basically, I typed up a detailed PDG (ad speak for project brief) and posted it to 99designs, including my $600 “prize” of how much I wanted to spend. The whole process took me about 20 minutes.

Time well spent…

I was blown away by the amount of talent I had access to. I received about 10 submissions from 10 different designers. I was able to cut designs right away that had completely missed the mark, or offer suggestions to the designs that were oh so close to what I had envisioned.

The final design that “won” exceeded my expectations on all accounts. Not only was his work phenomenal, he was very understanding with my multiple rounds of changes and nit-picking of his work. And (maybe the best part) he was Australian, which made him that much more fun to communicate with. It’s hard to get angry at messages in your inbox as you’re walking out the door when the subject line is “Good Morning, Love!”

I absolutely still see the need for design agencies and will continue to use them for large projects, however, this brochure would have easily cost me upwards of $2,000 and a month’s time if I would have gone down that road, and I wouldn’t have been able to have such a wide range of options.

I’ve also heard that Elance and Crowdspring are other good resources to use.

I absolutely recommend trying out crowdsourcing for your design projects.

What do you think? Have you used crowdsourcing before?

Building your Twitter and Texting Vocab

May 26, 2010

I’m mainly just including this post because my mother gets confused alot and likes to text me “Have a great8 day!” Shortcuts have been created due to character limits within your text box and twitter updates- although I’m a huge fan of abbreving in my everyday conversation, mainly because let’s be honest, who really has the time to say 4-syllable words anymore. For those of you who need a little refresher or a 14-year-old teenage girl in your back pocket at all times, here’s my list:

Bc = Because

BG = Background (Twitter background)

BRB = Be right back

BTW = By the way

EM = Email

FB = Facebook

F2F or FTF = Face to face

Gr8 = Great

IDK = I don’t know

IRL = In real life

LI = LinkedIn

LMK = Let me know

LMAO = Laughing my ass off

LOL = Laughing out loud (because we’re really all laughing out loud at our phones and computer screens)

NP = No problem

OMG= oh my god. gosh

PLZ = Please

PPL = People

RE = Regarding

ROFL = Rolling on the floor laughing

RT = Retweet

RTHX = Thanks for the retweet

TFLN = text from last night

TMI = Too much information

TTYL = Talk to you later

TY = Thank you

W/E = Whatever or weekend

WTF= What the fuck

= Text version of a heart.

Did I miss any? Any others that you use?


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