Monster Beats mini review

Written by admin on April 29, 2010 – 4:36 pm -

I’ve been eyeing these beats for a while now and when my Sony XB20 earbuds went south on me I decided to spring for the most expensive earbuds I have ever purchased to date. These buds will set you back USD160 a pop.

On the outside these buds sport a tangle resistant cable, a mic with remote controls that work with the latest iPods and the iPhone 3GS. A neat feature I like is the voice control feature on the iPhone 3GS which means I don’t even have to take my phone out of my backpack to control the iPod or to pickup calls.

The buds come with an assortment of silicone earbuds but I find the rounded ones to the most comfortable and provide a snug fit for my ears. Sound quality is a very subjective area so let me just say this, if your kind of music is dance, hip-hop or rock then you won’t be disappointed. Some people have been complaining about call or voice quality on these buds, well there are a little bassy for voice calls but it doesn’t really bother me.

The downside as I have feared and read from all the reviews is the chaffing of the cable itself near the mini jack. Sad to say but it is true. I’ve had mine for over five months now and I’ve been extraordinarily careful in handling and storing my Beats but I noticed that the insulation has started to crack on my pair. I can only attribute this to the fact that the cable is too flat and probably the material. The only fix I can think of is to put some shrink wrap tubing on it to prevent the tear from continuing. Disappointing build quality for such an expensive pair of earbuds.

The Monster Beats get these scores from me :

Cool Factor   9/10 – eye catching red colored cable, cable is soft and manageable and love the in-line mic and remote.

Sound Quality 9/10 – especially if you love your bass.

Build Quality 3/10 – cable prone to cracking or chaffing.

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My view of digital point and shoots

Written by admin on April 28, 2010 – 6:01 pm -

When I was packing for my new assignment in Mumbai I left my D-SLR’s at home thinking to myself that I would not have the time or the inclination to get out of my house to shoot photos. Instead I brought my old but reliable Kodak v610 dual lens point and shoot with me. Incidentally I bought this Kodak camera in 2006 when I was in Mumbai. The camera had served me well shoot well over a thousand photos and a hella of a lot video’s. So when a colleague of mine was happily showing off his brand spankin’ new Canon S90 I didn’t even pay attention thinking to myself how different can it be from my Kodak.

A few weeks later we were out having dinner and again he was showing off photos on his S90 which he had taken in Goa (Goa is a beach on the southwest of India). I took a peek and immediately noticed the impressive low light capabilities of this little camera. After closer inspection I noticed it had an f2.0 lens all throughout its 24-105 zoom range. No wonder this little bugger shot so well in low light, plus it had image stabilization as well. To further things, we both shot underneath our dining table using my Kodak and his Canon S90. My Kodak V610 came out with nothing but black and noise, the Canon S90 was able to capture some detail in our shoes albeit it was a little noisy but still sharp thanks to its image stabilization.

This changed my perception that high end digital point and shoots have come closer to D-SLR’s in terms of performance and image quality. They shoot a lot faster, focus faster and have less shutter lag than models from 3 years ago.

Time to find a replacement.

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Coffee Haven

Written by admin on February 21, 2010 – 7:43 pm -

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has just opened a new outlet along Linking road in Bandra West very close to Shoppers Stop.

Personally I’m not much of a coffee drinker but I do love their Mango Ice Tea and their pastries. Don’t forget to try out the Chicken Lasagna while you’re there.

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How Vodafone India never ceases to annoy

Written by admin on December 2, 2009 – 6:38 pm -

Not part of my regular posts but I just couldn’t resist. If you read my previous post regarding Vodafone India’s horrible customer support, I’m very sarcastically happy to tell you that when it comes to paying your bill Vodafone India is very much in touch from continuos reminders via SMS to customer service reps calling you reminding you of the upcoming due date.

If they only put as much effort in getting touch with you during times that you actually need help.

If you’re planning on calling 111 or 98200 98200 to talk to a help desk person forget it, save youself the time and trouble as their system will constantly loop you back to the main menu when you select the option of speaking to a support rep.

Quick update : My GPRS EDGE connection is finally up, well after a week and half of calls.

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Comfy Kicks

Written by admin on December 2, 2009 – 4:49 pm -

Before coming to India I wanted to get a new pair of kicks, something that I would have to worry about keeping clean all the time. I also wanted one that was militarily inspired as I have to let go airsofting.

I had my eyes set on Merrell’s Sawtooth hiking boot. After trying it on, my better half didn’t like it, she said it made my legs look really thin especially when wearing shorts. The deal breaker was it wasn’t waterproof.

The sales associate then whipped out a pair of Merrell Chameleon II Stretch hiking shoes. It wasn’t exactly what I had in mind but I did like that shape of the shoe.

I tried it on, and it fit like a glove. No laces to worry about with this shoe as its got a self locking cinch. The shoe was breathable and waterproof at the same time thanks to its gore-tex lining. The vibram sole had a pretty good grip but I’d be a bit careful when the surface your treading on is wet.

I’ve been using it for over a month now and its fully worn in and it feels great. Great for the the dusty roads in India. We’ll have to wait for the next monsoon season before I can field test this shoe in wet weather conditions.


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