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Phil Winstanley - British .NET chap based in Lancashire. Enjoys tea and tech. Working for Microsoft.

Plip’s Hardware Lineup for 2011

Inspired by Mike Taulty’s hardware lineup 2011 I thought I’d share mine.

As we go into 2011, I’m well and truely an apple fanboi in terms of their hardware. I love Apple kit and have always found it to be really stable. The only issue I’ve ever had is with *spit* iTunes and Apple’s fascist control of how their devices sync. You’ll see that reflected in my hardware below.

As I pointed out in my previous post I’m joining Microsoft as of 2011. Let’s see if that changes my love of Apple hardware. I will be issues with a non Apple Laptop for work I suspect and that’ll be a new one for me!

Car

My favourite gadget of all. My Jaguar XF.

As we speak it’s sitting in a garage having it’s internals taken apart piece by piece as it’s refusing to start, not the best experience! It’s a sexy beautiful car and it’s is SO much fun to drive, powerful, comfortable and not too flashy.

Verdict 9/10. Hold!

Phone

I’ve had an iPhone 3Gs since they came out in the UK and I love it as a device for playing music, tweeting, and generally faffing about. As a phone it’s bloody awful. 

I *love* Spotify and use it all the time on the Phone.

It’s the only phone of the two I have that will connect to my car over Bluetooth, that’s one of the main reasons I don’t use my WP7 device as my main phone.

Verdict 8/10. Hold (Until the WP7 is up to spec).

I mentioned I also have a WP7 device, it’s the LG E-900 Windows Phone 7. The device hardware is very nice, comfortable to hold and without weighing I think it’s lighter than my iPhone.

I had a torrid affair with this phone for a few weeks while I gave it a chance. I missed too much from my iPhone, at the time (November 2010) the apps were somewhat lacking, I missed a GOOD twitter client that handled the tombstoning properly and I was starting to go crazy without Spotify (all my music is streamed, I now don’t have any stored locally) and without a Spotify client for the phone I was musicless, so ended up carrying around my iPhone JUST for Spotify.

There were other issues with the OS that were frustrating me, I didn’t like the way it forced all my MSN contacts into the main phone book nor that it kept dropping the WiFi at my home (every other device is fine with it so it WAS the phone) where I have an atrocious 3G signal.

When the apps are there, the phone has multi tasking and the niggles are sorted in the OS I’m certain I’ll switch wholesale to the WP7 but until then the device can’t compete with my iPhone.

 

Verdict 5/10. Sell (Until WP7 is updated and the Apps are there which make me love it as much as my iPhone).

Music Player

Any device I can run Spotify on, so at the moment all of my computers (running Windows or OSX), my iPhone and my iPad. That goes in the car too, it’s either BBC Radio 4 or a Spotify playlist on the iPhone.

I’ve not bought a single CD since I’ve had Spotify. I was buying on average three to four a month.

 

Spotify Verdict 9/10. Hold. (Especially if they keep on expanding their Library).

 

Slate

I was furious with Apple back in April 2010 they brought in the infamous changed to their licensing agreement putting the future of Monotouch and other platforms running on their hardware at risk. At the time I vowed never to buy Apple hardware again.

Back at Barcamp Blackpool in July 2010 I was surrounded by people using iPad’s and I caved in and went out there and then during the conference and bought a 16GB 3G iPad.

I use the iPad for reading the EXCELLENT Economist and for playing Music via Spotify. I also use Echofon as my twitter client of choice on the iPad. In addition to that I check e-mail and occasionally browse the web. It’s also a great device to have in the living room when friends are over as you can quickly pull up things like Facebook and Flickr and pass the device around.

With travelling lots the iPad has become my travel companion, it’s revolutionised mobile computing for me, I no longer lug a laptop round anywhere – simply pickup my iPad and go.

I swallowed my pride with Apple and I’m glad I did, the iPad was my second best purchase of 2010 (after the Jag).

Verdict 9/10. Hold.

Laptops

I have two Laptops, they’re no longer used unless I’m giving a presentation. I use my iPad now for ALL mobile computing. They both have Windows 7 installed on them, the Air also has OSX Leopard.

Macbook Air

HP nx9420

 

Verdict 3/10. Sell. They’re good machines, they just don’t fit my work/life style now since the iPad came along.

 

Desktop

I’ve had a 24” iMac for a few years now and I love the beast. It’s not super powerful but it does EVEYTHING I need and more. It’s a beautiful device.

I dumped the Apple keyboard and mouse as they’re about as fun to use as a condom with a tear in it at a syphilis sufferers conference. I use a Logitech Wireless keyboard and mouse and have an old Dell Monitor plugged in as a second display.

I’m running Windows 7 Ultimate on the machine and it’s where I do all of my development work.

If I’m doing video editing (2-3 times a year) I switch into OSX and use Final Cut Express 4.

Verdict 8/10. Hold.

Home Media Player

Admittedly I’ve not used this in a year as I’ve not brought myself to buy a new TV which I can plug into the Mac Mini through HDMI. In my previous place I had a Mac Mini plugged into a TV running XBMC and Spotify – great setup and I’ll be resurrecting this in the next few weeks when I buy a new TV.

 

Verdict 10/10. Hold.

Printer

I have a Wireless HP Photosmart Premium 309a which is absolutely brilliant although the ink is bloody expensive Smile

It rarely screws up and it’s great for wirelessly scanning etc.

The iPad doesn’t support it which is a shame, but other than that it’s a great printer and was well worth the cash.

Verdict 8/10. Hold.

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