id America sent us a pair of their new Metropolitan “In-Ear” Headphones. I’m very particular about inner-aural ear buds. If I’m going to be shoving something INSIDE my ear canal, I expect a certain tier of performance, fit, and finish. I’m not one to be satisfied with the disposable buds that usually come with our phones and MP3 players.
In this day and age, the idea of reviewing a standalone MP3 player felt a bit dull. I mean, I haven’t even been in the market for one since I got a smartphone. However, after years of owning big smartphones, they aren’t always a great solution for going on a long run. Ever wreck a phone with sweat “water damage”?
The notion of going back to a standalone MP3 might be a bit “old school,” but niche solutions can sometimes work surprisingly well…
The ability to use my high-quality earbuds WIRELESSLY with my smartphone to not only listen to music, but to also make and receive calls. Outdoor Technology has a solution to this dilemma, but will it be right for everyone?
No really, I make most of my living directing and producing voice over sessions. There’s been a severe lack of high-quality audio software on Android. Thankfully, Soundcloud has updated their social audio app, giving us droids a compelling option for not only recording and editing, but for sharing our audio as well.
The app is nicely laid; simple tabs direct you to either listen to audio you’ve subscribed to, or to record your own audio.
During the recording process, you have the ability to pause and resume–a nice feature if you need to burp or are otherwise interrupted.
Editing is very simple and resembles my current fave audio app, TapeMachine. I wish there were more options (like noise reduction), but it’s still a very functional workflow.
So how does it sound uploading something from your phone?
Well, here’s me talking into a Motorola Photon Q:
It’s a great update providing a LOT more functionality, and fans of the service will definitely want to check it out.
1. Though at $299 we felt that the P5 was a bargain, that price point may still be a bit high for folks on a budget who still want to experience Bowers & Wilkins audio.
2. While the P5 headphones are quite compact, many consumers are still looking for headphones that are more portable.
Now on the surface, B&W’s C5 in-ear headphones seem like the perfect solution–featuring a lower price ($179.95) as well as a much smaller in-ear form-factor; but the simple truth is that while the C5′s are a fantastic in-ear audio solution, some folks simply prefer on-ear or over-the-ear models. So what did Bowers & Wilkins do? What they always do–they outdid themselves. Read on to learn why the P3 headphones are the perfect compromise…without having to compromise.
First off, I’d just like to day that I’ve owned many name brand headphones and ear buds in my day; from Skull Candy to Beats by Dre, I’ve definitely been around the block a few times when it comes to listening to music. So, you can imagine my skepticism when I come across a brand I’d never heard of, such as Jays. One of the reasons this company is unfamiliar to me is because it’s a Swedish company and isn’t sold in many of the retail stores that I shop in. But this is one of the reasons why I love being a tech reviewer–I get to discover some amazing companies that I wouldn’t otherwise know about–and I feel very fortunate to have discovered the amazing brand that it is Jays, and their amazing earbuds known as the a-Jays One+.
I’m a pretty connected guy when it comes to the social media. I’m pretty much on all of them (and yes I think I still do have logins for Friendster and Orkut), but I’ve never been much for combining my service– especially when it comes to location tracking. I like participating on Foursquare, but it’s rare that I’ll share that location data with Twitter and Facebook. Location is probably my last stand, and I get frustrated watching the GPS icon fire up on my phone everytime I launch the Facebook app.
However, there are times I do want to share my location with select people, and lately I’ve been using Gylmpse…