What's Your New Shiny?


#1

I thought I might as well kick off the topic here, so…

Nexus 7 LTE, 2013 edition along with a Qi charger and case. The charger is the Zens Universal, and they got the design there right - no noises and an LED that’s not too bright. That’ll make the 90 minutes a day sat on the train far more pleasant…


#2

You have a link for the Qi charger? I picked up the 2013 Nexus 7 to replace my 2012 edition and I’ve been contemplating picking up a Qi charger to keep on the desk at work or something.

Would be nice if I could get a backplate for my Galaxy Nexus to do Qi as well, but the only route I have for that is hardware-hacking one in, which would be a pain.


#3

The only working link I’ve got is for the UK (http://amzn.to/14nJGMv), which may not help you much (not sure where you are). It’s listed on Amazon US (http://amzn.to/1aWUUwJ) but showing as unavailable.


#4

I’m waiting in line for an iPhone 5s so I can do some weekend review content to go up on the Ars front page on Monday. So I guess my new shiny is about to be a 5s. I’ll be upgrading from a 3-year old iphone 4, so it’ll be a nice little bump.

No gold. The baybrook apple store only got 4 gold handsets, and there are about 150 people in line.


#5

Don’t get the black 5s, otherwise it will make people think you’re a lesbian.


#6

I don’t get it. Isn’t he a lesbian already?


#7

I was referring to someone @Lee_Ars overheard at the Apple store. If I wasn’t afraid of getting caught by the firewall here, I’d link the tweet.


#8

That was funny as hell. I was reading through that this morning while waiting for the conference to start.


#9

I truly did not understand the line of reasoning going through that person’s head when she uttered those words. Just…wow.


#10

Drank a little bit more kool-aid…

Upgraded from a Kyocera Cyclops flip-phone to an iPhone 5s.


#11

Is it just me, or is there no compelling reason at all to buy an iPhone?

My android has more features than the 5S, has a bigger screen, is far more customisable, and isn’t locked into the Apple ecosystem.


#12

Ehh, different folks value different things. I’m not a fan of Android at all; I prefer iOS. I’m also too set in my ways to change, so iPhone it is!


#13

This is how I view it, and is why I’ve only ever had Android devices since the original Droid launched.

I just wish smartphones were a little cheaper off-contract. My Verizon Galaxy Nexus is aging and I’ve still got quite a bit until my upgrade time is available, but I can’t exactly throw $600 at a new phone. Especially not since I’m in a house with oil heat now and I’m going to need to do the pre-winter tank fill relatively soon.


#14

iPad Mini 32gb wifi. I hate winning prizes in random work raffles. Glad I spent the 30 secs to fill out the entry form……


#15

I agree there - different strokes for different folks.

People see my MacBook and iPad and ask when I’m getting myself an iPhone. They’re really surprised when I say ‘Never’.

I used to be very much pro-OSX / anti-Windows, but now I just don’t give a damn. Use whatever the hell you want to use, because they all do the same thing at the end of the day.


#16

Reaper Bones II Kickstarter Early Bird sucker right here! 134 minis for $100 so far.


#17

Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Tab 2.


#18

I wanted to play with Amazon web services (at their free tier), so I created a Debian micro server and slapped Citadel on it. Because. It has no purpose.

You can interact with it if you want. There is nothing really there except me testing stuff.

I much prefer the latter interface, but apparently the web is a thing now. I wouldn’t mind, but it’s ugly and I don’t understand CSS enough to make it not ugly.


#19

Some carbon-fibre bling goodness for my bike. It will save all of 100 grams. :stuck_out_tongue:


#20

Tesla Model S, P85+, almost all options. 416 horsepower, dead-flat torque curve. $120,870.

No, sadly, it’s not mine, but I did get to put about 500 miles on it between Thursday afternoon and Saturday evening. My review will be forthcoming.