PADACS Rubata Keyboard:“PADACS’ Rubata Keyboard is the best iPad keyboard we’ve seen yet. It’s not perfect, but if you’re after a productivity boost for the normally consumption-centric iPad, it’s a good option.”
It’s a question with an ever-evolving answer, but the broad answer is usually that as a freelancer, I’ll work for anyone who’ll pay the bills*. Which is why I’m concurrently across so many titles, both online and in print.
As an example, this month’s PC User magazine has a lot of my content. I’ve tested twenty-five smartphones for the cover feature, ranging from the high end hero models right down to the entry level cheap and cheerful types. To compliment that, I’ve also done a run of testing the 3G networks that those same smartphones rely on, although via USB modems just to mix things up a bit. In standalone review spaces, I’ve also tested the Clickfree Transformer, Plantronics Gamecom 777 headphones, Aximcom MR102N portable 3G router and LG’s Optimus 7Q Windows 7 smartphone. Which means I’ve actually tested twenty six smartphones across the span of this issue. And there’s more to come next month…
Meanwhile, at PC Authority, I’ve contributed brief thoughts to the cover article there, dubbed “50 Expert Tips”. Which presumably means I should add “Expert” to my business cards the next time they’re reprinted. My particular expertise on call here is to do with Apple, and if you’ve ever wondered what I look like, there’s even an accompanying headshot to go with the tech tip. Although I’m not usually quite that blue-tinged in real life.
*There are exceptions to this ‘will write for anyone’ rule. They know who they are, or at least should do.
The sticker shock of the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab took a lot of people by surprise, myself included.
Then I discovered that it’s actually slightly worse than it seems. I should tip my hat in the direction of fellow journalist Darren Yates, as the article spun out from a Twitter discussion I was having with him this morning. That led to this story at PC Authority:
That’s the question posed by my review today at CNET.com.au. Along the way, I discuss the old round mice that DEC used to ship (remember those?), tiny accordions and the infamous head explosion scene from Scanners. I’m nothing if not varied.
X-mini II Capsule Speakers:“The exterior packaging for the X-mini II Capsule Speakers warns that they’re “unbelievably loud”, which gave us some pause for thought. We’ve got a pretty wide and often interesting imagination, and this made us worried…”
So far, so good. I’ve got a main character, a plot arc, the final chapter is at least sketched out, and I’ve variously researched models of Jaguar motor vehicle, UK Prime ministers of the 1950’s and exactly what makes up a mullioned window. I can also state with some certainty that the 18th of June 1963 was a Tuesday.
Not sure how I can turn that thrilling information into actual paying work, mind you.
There’s the gadgets. Like this Bluetooth headset that I’ve reviewed at CNET.com.au:
Jabra Go 660: “Those who need both softphone and smartphone connectivity out of their Bluetooth headsets will be well served by Jabra’s combination Go 660 set.”
Now, who wants to volunteer to be Robin? (nb. The role of Robin may involve being beaten to death by the Joker. Always make sure you have sufficient insurance cover before donning the silly tights.)
OK, maybe I’m not actually Batman. Perhaps I’ve just been playing too many Batman games. Again, at CNET.com.au:
Batman: The Brave and the Bold:“The Batman of the Brave and The Bold cartoon is a square-jawed, justice-obsessed crime fighter of the Adam West type, rather than the dark and brooding Frank Miller inspired vigilante…”
Or perhaps I’ve just been playing too many Batman games.