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(Part II) The Grinch and I, An LG Watch Phone, Samsung i8510 INNOV8

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So, in the middle of writing my last blog, the Grinch came home. The apology letter that i left for her may have gotten through to her a bit. I wrote an apology letter on Sunday night and left it by the stairs on Monday, when i left for Nikki's house after my G2 Test. She came home and i think the letter lifted her normal grumpiness and we are now talking to each other. I can now refer to her as my mother, instead of the Grinch. And we all lived happily ever after... for now that is.

Anyways, more LG news, wowzers. LG has developed a watch phone. "It features a touchscreen LCD, 3G data, a 1.43-inch screen, and a built-in camera for videoconferencing. [Unfortunately] No price yet." A watch phone, wow. It has plans to release in Europe and Japan, but there is no news on it being released in the U.S. (or Canada) as-of-yet. Hopefully, it'll come out in the U.S. so that maybe i'll be able to see one in my life. It will be shown at CES 2009, just like their upcoming (really thin) LCD TV.

Last (phew!), but definitely not least, the Samsung i8510 INNOV8. This phone will now hit American soil (and maybe even Canada's). The FCC revealed that it now supports North American 3G bands, namely AT&T and Rogers. This phone packs a lot of features, which i will go through. But, G4tv.com puts it best when it says, "It's even got 3D surround sound...in a phone?!" This is one of the phones, i've had my eye on for months now, but a real turn-off to this phone was that it doesn't have a touch-screen. This phone is mighty on specs, seriously mighty. It has a 2.8 inch screen, 8-megapixel camera, 3G and Wi-Fi, 128 MB RAM, built-in GPS, 8/16 GB internal memory and a bunch of other mumbo-jumbo. I'm not going to go in-to depth too much, like i did with the HTC Touch HD, simply because this phone will not break-up my love triangle with the Nokia N97 and the HTC Touch HD. It could've been a love square, but no touchscreen equals a no-no for me, nowadays.

Finally, finished! I hope that was a good read because i really enjoyed writing it. Anyways, time for my nap.

LG Watch Phone (and picture): http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/692056/Cool_New_LG_Watch_Phone_.html?utm_source=g4tv&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=TheFeed
Samsung INNOV8 (and picture): http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/692060/FCC_Approves_Samsungs_INNOV8_Phone_.html?utm_source=g4tv&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=TheFeed
Samsung i8510 INNOV8 (review): http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i8510_innov8-review-302.php

(Part I) G2 Test and Nikki's House [Monday], Rogers Internet Issues [Tuesday], Gizmodo's iPhone Pro, Triple-Screened Gaming Laptop, Samsung S8300, Is LG's LCD TV the Thinnest yet?

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I didn't get to blog yesterday because of Rogers Internet. I didn't have Internet for the past 40 hours because Rogers really fails. Anyways, i'll talk more about that later, let's talk about Monday and my G2 Test. So, Monday i woke up at around 11:30 a.m. and had an hour and 15 minutes to spare until i was going to get picked up for my G2 Driving Test. With the G2, i can drive by myself, even though i currently don't have a car to drive... Fail. Well, anyways, i showered and before i knew it, i was on my way to the Driving Test. I got there at about 1:30 p.m. and me and my driving instructor talked in the car until about 2:01 p.m. That's when i was about to do my test. I talked to my driving instructor for almost a half hour and i was getting quite nervous, to be honest. So yes, 2:01 p.m. and my G2 Test starts. I start off with a left turn out of the parking lot and the examiner tells me to make a 3-point turn. I do so in a mere perfect manner (LOL!) and then shortly after that he tells me to parallel park in between 2 pylons. I do so, but then he informs me that next time, i should park closer to the curb. So, i nod and away we go again. I come to a stop sign and i end up stopping too late, leaving me with no choice, but to end up stopping a couple of inches ahead of the stop sign, which was on the sidewalk. He tells me that i shouldn't do that and that's when i started losing confidence. I ended up driving too slow (40 km/h) on a 50 km/h speed limit area. This is when he tells me to get rid of my jitters. I listened to him and about 8 minutes later, i finish the test, quite smoothly. Going into the test, i thought that it was going to take 45 minutes - 1 hour, but in reality, it was all of about 10 minutes. Anyways, after i finish, he tells me that i should be more observant while driving and that all-in-all, i passed my G2 Driving Test! Woohoo! I can drive alone, now i just have to ninja my mom's car. After passing my test, i went to my girlfriend, Nikki's, place. We watched 'King of Queens' for an hour and after that, Ashlee came by. The three of us watched Family channel and we went on the Internet for a bit. This is where it all starts. Time for some Cranium! The teams were me and Jeff (Nikki's younger brother) facing off against Nikki and Ashlee. It was really, really fun. Me and Jeff were ahead pretty much the whole time, until the end. Nikki and Ashlee ended up making a dramatic and miraculous comeback to win the game. Unbelievable. We demand a rematch! Anyways, after that, i bussed home and ended up going to sleep at about 3:15 a.m.

By the way, just thought i'd tell you now, this blog post will be quite lengthy [I, actually, ended up breaking the long post, into 2 separate ones]. As i said earlier, i didn't have Internet for the past 40 hours because of Rogers screwing it up. On Sunday, the phone wasn't working, so a technician came in. He ended up messing up both the Internet and didn't even manage to fix the problem with the phone. So, on Monday, the phone magically starts working again and the Internet was still down. So, Tuesday [today] another technician comes in. He arrives at my house at about 10:00 a.m. to fix the Internet. So, time flies by and everything is up and running by about 1:00 p.m. So, he tells me that the Internet will work as soon as i restart my computer and laptop. In my head, i don't believe him, but he is the technician so i took his word for it. Just in case though, i restarted my laptop as fast as i could. He exits the house and enters his vehicle. I run upstairs and check if my Internet is working and what do you know... it wasn't. I run back downstairs, put my shoes on and knock on the technician's van window. I tell him that the Internet still wasn't working and he comes back inside the house and we both try to figure out the problem. We were working on finding the solution when all of a sudden UFC came on the TV on The Score. We both stop and watch briefly. After about 2 minutes, the UFC highlights finishes and we continue trying to find out what was wrong with the Internet. After about 2 more minutes, we figure it out and my Internet is finally back and stable. That was 3-4 hours ago. So for the past 3-4 hours, i've done nothing but Neopets, eat and i skimmed through my Google Reader which had 1000+ unread items.

This is one of the most interesting things i have seen on Gizmodo.com. The iPhone Pro. This is a concept from Gizmodo, which would turn the iPhone into the ultimate phone. Please keep in mind that these are not real pictures and that Apple is currently not developing what you see in these pictures. Although, with technology, it's always a possibility in the future. Anyways, this new 'iPhone Pro' sports a true 16:9 aspect ratio, 60GB of storage, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a camera on the front for iChat and a high quality camera on the other side (with optical zoom and all that stuff). This is an amazing idea and i think that Apple really should get their hands on these concept pictures. This is probably the best idea i've ever heard. When you reveal the QWERTY keyboard, you will also spot a directional pad (on the left side) and 2 buttons (on the right side). These would be fully functional in the game applications that users are creating. I feel that this definitely would be a serious competitor to anything, including: game handhelds (Nintendo DS, Sony PSP), new cell phones and even new PMP's (Portable Media Player's). I think this would crush everything in sight.

Just when you thought Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds, would be the only one coming up with dual-screens for laptops, think again. Kidding. But, a recent concept design of a new gaming laptop, created by Kyle Cherry, dubbed the name 'The Prime Gaming Laptop' is "ridiculous." Again, keep in mind, this is a concept, just like the (above) iPhone Pro. Kyle Cherry designed this laptop which sports triple-monitors. Yes, 3! This concept design is also amazing. You can use all 3 screens, which will reveal to you about 26 inches of OLED's, or you can fold up those 2 side-screens, to convert it into a 13-inch notebook. This is really nice-looking, but Gizmodo.com says that it may be another "5-10 years [before] we'll see stuff like this." Although, it does look amazing, don't count on this one being too close in our future.

This new, Samsung S8300 will be an upgrade to the current Samsung Soul. This phone will sport a "2.8 inch AMOLED touchscreen, [and an] 8-megapixel camera." There were a bunch of other features, like on-board GPS, but that really doesn't interest me too much. It looks like a superb phone, maybe because it is an upgrade to the Samsung Soul. I had my eye on the Samsung Soul for a while, but that was a long time ago. In my next post, i talk about the Samsung INNOV8, which i actually like more than this Samsung phone. They're both worth a good look though.

2009 looks to be a strong year for LG, so don't give up on them yet. LG is going to shock the crowd at CES 2009 by unvealing the world's thinnest LCD TV. Although, the viewing size is still to be determined (or just not listed on the site) it will sport a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio and will be just 24.8 mm (0.97 inches) at it's thickest point. Quite sexy, but will likely be expensive. Why does everything i talk about have to be so expensive for?

Part 2 is coming up next... this is what happens when you don't blog for 2 days.

Beige Corolla picture: http://www.desimotor.com/Vehicles_Sold.html
Rogers picture: http://www.xmradio.ca/partners/partners.cfm
Gizmodo's iPhone Pro (and picture): http://gizmodo.com/5119445/the-dream-iphone-pro
3-screen Gaming Laptop (and picture): http://gizmodo.com/5119803/three+oled+screened-28+inch-gaming-laptop-sure-is-a-nice-idea
Samsung S8300 (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2008/12/29/samsungs-s8300-slider-packs-amoled-display-8-megapixel-camera/
LG LH95 (and picture): http://gizmodo.com/5120397/lgs-upcoming-lh95-is-the-thinnest-lcd-tv-yet