So I treated myself to a Nike+ Fuelband SE today - they are far cheaper in the US than the UK and I’ve been hankering after one for a while now.
First impressions - its a really nice piece of kit. Well made, sturdy and surprisingly comfortable to wear (coming from someone who gets annoyed at watches very easily). I won’t go into the concepts of how it works or what the features are, there are loads of YouTube videos that explain it far better than I can. 
As you can see from the photo, the device charged from a built-in USB connector which is an absolutely killer-feature if you ask me; no need to worry about proprietary chargers and cables. 
If you’re interested in fitness, how active you are or want to a bit of incentive to exercise more I’d recommend looking into getting one, especially if you can pick one up at a discount price. Just make sure you get the ‘SE’ version - which is the newer model with updated Bluetooth and far better battery life.

So I treated myself to a Nike+ Fuelband SE today - they are far cheaper in the US than the UK and I’ve been hankering after one for a while now.

First impressions - its a really nice piece of kit. Well made, sturdy and surprisingly comfortable to wear (coming from someone who gets annoyed at watches very easily). I won’t go into the concepts of how it works or what the features are, there are loads of YouTube videos that explain it far better than I can. 

As you can see from the photo, the device charged from a built-in USB connector which is an absolutely killer-feature if you ask me; no need to worry about proprietary chargers and cables. 

If you’re interested in fitness, how active you are or want to a bit of incentive to exercise more I’d recommend looking into getting one, especially if you can pick one up at a discount price. Just make sure you get the ‘SE’ version - which is the newer model with updated Bluetooth and far better battery life.

Norwegian’s 787 Dreamliner

So my experience of flying from London Gatwick (LGW) to Los Angeles (LAX) via Norwegian’s 787 Dreamliner is as follows.

The good:
  • The flight was on time and managed to depart before the thunderstorms hit Gatwick (causing other flights soon after to be delayed according to the captain)
  • It’s a new aircraft and it’s all very modern as you’d expect - very clean with large windows and comfy(ish) seats. My seat on the very last row at the back of the plane has ok-ish leg room (what you’d expect for economy really) but strangely has a large space between the seat and the window. Useful for storing hand luggage, shoes, etc and doubles up as somewhere to stretch my left leg.
  • The entertainment system - powered by Android - has plenty to watch and listen to that’ll help pass the time. Don’t go expecting the very latest movies as you get on some flights (especially internal US flights) but there’s enough to keep you amused. There’s a selection of TV shows if movies don’t float your boat and a choice of music to listen to. Don’t forget your headphones because they don’t come free with this airline. It’s also got a neat flight tracker system that allows you to view a Google Earth-style map with the aircraft’s position shown in realtime, as well as a cockpit view that shows altitude and some other neat things - airplane nerds will love it. It’s all a bit crash-happy though so expect it to reset itself occasionally (which takes around 30 minutes but at least it does come back to life)
  • Spacious cabin - usually when flying I’m never far from hitting my head on something - no such issues with the Dreamliner so that’s a nice bonus.
The bad:
  • Cabin temperature - it’s absolutely freezing. Stupidly when dressing comfortably I didn’t expect to have to bring a jumper. Big mistake. I imagine that the blankets they have for sale are their best selling item. My fingers are actually freezing typing this right now. I’ll be buying a hoodie for the flight back.
  • The food - horrendous. I can’t stress how bad it actually is. I’ve no idea how they get away with dishing this shit out but I wouldn’t be cruel enough to feed it to an animal. I’ve barely eaten anything now for nearly 10 hours so the first thing I intend to do after arriving at LAX is eat something that resembles food. I’ve survived on an emergency box of crisps ($4) and water. Might as well have been fasting. Never have I been on a long-haul flight that serves food this bad. If you’re going to fly with Norwegian then stock up fully at the airport before you board, trust me - you’ll thank me later.
  • No power socket - I’m pretty sure it’s advertised that there’s a plug socket available for charging devices - but there isn’t. You do get a single USB port which works nicely for charging your mobile but laptop owners will need to ensure that they’ve got sufficient juice before boarding.
All in all, not a terrible experience by any means - they’ve done a lot right (especially for a budget-centric airline) but they’ve really let themselves down with the utter dogshit they pass as food and the sub-zero cabin temperatures. Would I fly with them again? Yes - though I’d dress for winter and bring a lunchbox. Premium economy upgrades might be worth a look if you can get yourself a good deal though the economy seats aren’t terrible. 

Tech and Gadgets update

Its been a while since I’ve posted anything about my miscellaneous devices and gadgets so here’s an update for anyone interested.

• Mobile: Since parting ways with my Galaxy Note 3 in exchange for an iPhone 5S I haven’t really looked back and the iPhone has been my daily driver ever since. I think I’m getting past the point of caring about customising my device and flashing roms every other day. While you don’t have to do this with Android phones there’s something to be said for a mobile that does everything very well - and the 5S does that. Decent battery life, great build quality, good screen with superb resolution, excellent and very consistent camera, great performance, useful features and an unparalleled catalogue of optimised and polished applications. I don’t even mind the size of the screen that much, the device is far more practical than the Note 3 or Z2 ever was. I’m also finding that I quite like the iOS-specific features like iMessage and Facetime. The fact that both my girlfriend and best mate have iPhones goes some way towards influencing this. While you have very similar functionality within Android via Hangouts its nowhere near as well implemented and seamless. I’ve been testing the new iOS 8 betas and really like some of the features Apple are bringing to the iPhone. Do they steal ideas from Android? Yes. Do I care? No.
• PS4: It never gets used, I’m thinking about selling it as it’s just sitting there as a rarely-used expensive Netflix and iPlayer box. Apple TV or any other decent device can do that at a fraction of the price. Any takers?
• Tablet: Need to start using my Nexus 7 (2nd Gen) device otherwise I might as well sell that too. It’s got the Android L developer preview on there but I’m not blown away with it (there’s still a long way for it to go yet). I’d quite like an iPad Air but can’t ever justify one.
• Laptop: I’m using a first-generation Surface Pro for work. It’s alright. The screen resolution is superb but the screen is that little bit too small. The device is too heavy. The hinge is crap. Battery life is hit and miss. All these things are fixed in the Surface Pro 3 and I wouldn’t turn one down but there’s one very big thing that is still a problem - its running Windows. I’d much sooner have a 13in Macbook Pro with a retina display. In fact I’m bloody tempted to pick one up for myself when I’m in LA should I have the cash left over… Which I probably won’t. I’m running Mac OSX on my i7 desktop machine at home and it rarely gets booted into Windows (except to play games). Yosemite is bringing some awesome new iOS integration features too which tempts me even further.
I’m sure there’s more to add but I’m too damn tired to think.