Archive for the ‘Shopping’ Category

Indochino
September 7, 2008

“Cheap suit!”
“How cheap?”
“Cheap suit!”

That pretty much sums up Indochino. They create a variety of suits that are cut to your measurements ensuring a perfect fit and they do it for pretty cheap. I haven’t updated my suit in some time and am thinking about placing an order once I get myself measured up.

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iPhone 2
June 9, 2008

It’s here. And well, woopty doo.

I was really hoping for a lot more from Apple’s second iteration of their iPhone. Don’t misread me here, I’m still going to get one come July 11th, but I was just hoping for iPhone 2.0 to be well spectacular. But instead, we’re reintroduced to an old friend.

I guess I should just be happy with the short list of new features like 3G and GPS. But that’s really nothing new. Us Apple fanboys and fangirls have known that this was coming for months. It’s the things like the flush headphone jack and improved battery life that’s providing me with any amount of excitement.

So here’s the super-breif rundown:

The iPhone 2 is thicker, faster (cause of 3G), and available in black (8GB, 16GB) and white (16GB). It has all the features from the first iPhone as well as GPS, a flush headphone jack, iPhone 2.0 firmware, a price of $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB) and a release date of July 11th, 2008.

See you in line.

Polaroid PoGo ZINK Printer
June 4, 2008

Earlier this year, I reported on the Poloroid ZINK Zero-Ink Printer. In theory, it was brilliant. With its release (slated for early July) coming up, more details about the device have begun to circulate around the blogosphere.

Now if you still don’t know what the ZINK printer is, let’s quickly review. Imagine a portable printer, no larger than your standard Kafka novel–and has no need for ink. Rather the color is contained within the paper–think Polaroid instants, but with far more sophisticated technology. You can send your camera phone pictures to it via Bluetooth or connect via USB cable. Now that you’re caught up, we can discuss the new and horribly disappointing details.

The printing process is slow. Each 2×3-inch sticker-backed print will take sixty to seventy-five seconds. And after the process is done, you’re left with a image of questionable quality. On a two-hour charge, the rechargeable battery will only develop fifteen prints before giving out. Lastly, the device isn’t cheap, the unit itself costs $150. Bear in mind that you’ll also need to pay $10 for every 30-pack of refill paper.

In my opinion, I don’t think it’s worth the buy. Wait until the next model comes out.

Flip Mino
June 4, 2008

Last week, I purchased a Flip Ultra camcorder. It left me $120 poorer, but I know it’s going be worth every cent. Its design is clever. The simple interface, convenient all-in-one form, and affordable price has allowed the company to take close to a fifth of the camcorder market. No easy task, I’m sure. Yesterday, Flip announced their latest product, the Flip Mino.

Great. Now I’ve got buyer’s remorse.

Fortunately, after reading a bit more about our new Mino, I find relief for my case of BR. The new Mino is powered by a sealed rechargable battery. This is commonplace on any gadget of this day. It’s a great money-saver, but loses in the convenience arena. I love the idea of being able to pop in a fresh pair of AA cells into the Ultra whenever I need and resume recording immediately. Having to find a USB port and then wait three hours for it to charge–well, that’s just against what the Flip is all about.

Though the Mino is not without aces up its sleeves. It’s now even smaller than the Ultra. Huge plus. Smaller form equal easier pocketability. The buttons have been replaced for a touch-sensitive matrix. Desperate to cure my BR, I’m going to see this as a con. The lack of haptic feedback is not worth the clean look.

Now, if these things don’t phase you, buy a Mino. It’ll be available tomorrow at the price of $180.

Panerai Radiomir Black Seal Watch
May 19, 2008

The Panerai Radiomir Black Seal Watch is based off the design of the first Panerai, a watch designed in 1938 for the Royal Italian Navy. The black ceramic case is five times harder than steel, giving you that piece of mind knowing it will stay in great shape wherever you may choose to wear it.

Urwerk 202 Hammerhead Automatic Watch
April 17, 2008

We’re all used to reading time with the two-hand method or with a digital readout. It’s nice to read something fresh on your watch face.

The “new Urwerk 202 Hammerhead Automatic [implements] a unique winding system regulated by compressed air. Instead of a traditional rotating vane, the 202 uses miniature twin turbines to control the rate of automatic winding. Plus, the level of air compression generated by the turbines can actually be controlled using a 3-position selector switch… The watch utilizes a rather elegant series of rotating hour blocks built around hands that automatically adjust their length to mark the minutes.” – Gizmodo

The Sanctuary
April 2, 2008

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We live in a wireless age. Things like laptops, iPods, mobile phones and Wi-Fi surround us everyday.

So why are we still plugging in to charge our devices? If we could only just eliminate those power cables. Well until that day comes, we still need to find ways to eliminate that dreaded tangled mess that these cables inevitably form.

Here’s one solution: the Bluelounge Sanctuary. In essence, it’s a valet tray slash charging hub. What I like most about it is that built-in factor. There’s no need to bring your own cable, it’s already there. It’s even ready for the future being that most major cellular phone manufacturers have already decided on micro USB to be the universal charging connection of the future. And guess what is available in The Sanctuary’s arsenal of plugs? Yes, you’ve guessed it: micro USB.

The Sanctuary hits the wallet hard at $130.

Sigma DP1
March 4, 2008

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My family has had three of those Sony CyberShots–the T-series. You know –the crazy slim ones. Yeah. After purchasing all of them, I’ve come to realize something. They all suck. The picture quality is horrid and blur seems to always taint your subjects. On the other side of the scale, I have a Nikon D70. It’s a digital SLR which takes fabulous photos, but it’s a compromise for its bulk. So, there lies the dilemma. Is there a compact camera with decent picture quality? Sigma seems to think they’ve cracked it.They call it the DP1.

A permanently fitted prime 16.6mm lens sits in front of a Foveon X3 sensor. A sensor designed for superior color replication. It gives you control of ISO, white balance, shutter speeds and focus. So it’s designed for a photographer who doesn’t want to lug around an SLR.

It retails at $1090, but it’s easily found at $800.

Mimi et Vivi
February 25, 2008

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My dear friend has just opened shop over at Etsy. The shop is the collaboration of two artists, Camille Villanueva and Vivian S. Chen, who are currently studying Art at UC Los Angeles. Their line of products currently consists of a handful of one-of-a-kind hand-cut cards. I expect that they will eventually diversify and carry other great products. Best wishes to them!

Check them out at http://mimietvivi.etsy.com!

CustomXMetal.com
February 2, 2008

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Okay, they’re not Oakley in-house HDO lenses and that may scare off any Oakley purist, but I’m willing to throw them a chance just because they carry a line of exciting lens colors for my Juliets that are not made available by Oakley themselves. Among the options for Juliets are Ghost Purple, Magic Potion, +Red, Hyper Green and Liquid Metal. Please check the website for the full list of lens options available for all applicable Oakley sunglasses. They are pretty much in my neighborhood but unfortunately CustomXMetal.com doesn’t do walk-ins so I won’t get a chance to check out the lenses in person before dropping anywhere from $35 to $190 depending on color I want.

I’m just holding off a little because I heard a rumor Oakley is about to release their Spring line including a new X-Metal model, called the Half X.