Fly or Die

  • (Fly or Die) Ploom Pax Botanical Vaporizer

    Fly Or Die: Ploom Pax Botanical Vaporizer

    For those of us who enjoy the occasional puff of sumptuous greenery, whether that’s flavored tobacco, leaves of mint, or good ol’ wacky tobacky, the Ploom Pax may be just what you’re looking for. It’s a botanical vaporizer, meaning that it doesn’t combust the materials you intend to smoke, but rather vaporizes them offering a much cleaner, less smelly smoking… Read More

  • (Fly or Die) Google Nexus 7

    Fly Or Die: Google Nexus 7

    Ever since I/O and the unveiling of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the blogosphere has been measuring Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet. The verdict in almost every case is good, including our very own iPad lover’s take. John and I thus found it only fitting to bring the little 7-inch tablet into the studio for Fly or Die. The tablet, with a 7-inch IPS 1280×800 display, a Tegra 3… Read More

  • Fly or Die: The MacBook Pro With Retina Display

    Fly Or Die: Retina MacBook Pro

    The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Sure, it stands to fudge up the Internet, but boy is it pretty! The display boasts 5.1 million pixels, with a bump from 1440×900 (on the 15-incher) to a full 2880×1800 resolution. It brings Apple’s laptops into the display big leagues with the iPhone and iPad, and gets a bit thinner to boot. Plus, you’ll get an HDMI port instead… Read More

  • Fly or Die: AR.Drone 2.0

    Fly Or Die: Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

    Let’s just cut to the chase. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is awesome. Pricey? Sure — it’s $300. It’s a toy that costs as much as the smartphone you’d be controlling it with, but it’s a grown-up’s toy, and one that makes a jaded John Biggs very happy. This is far more than I can say for most of the gadgetry on the market today. But John’s opinion… Read More

  • Fly or Die: Olympus OM-D E-M5

    Fly Or Die: Olympus OM-D E-M5

    The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is arguably the best micro four-thirds camera Olympus has to offer. We’ve had issues with past m4/3 iterations like the EP1 and EP3, like awful color reproduction and slow auto-focus. The same problems don’t persist here, and anything that impresses John on the photography front is a rare gem certainly worth consideration. Read More

  • (Fly or Die) Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight

    Fly Or Die: The Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight

    It’s a bit hard to officially review the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight as it’s almost exactly the same as the previous version but with one important improvement: it glows. Arguably, the Nook and the Kindle are equal contenders in the race to the e-reader throne and although I do prefer the Kindle Fire over the Nook Tablet, I feel the Nook Simple Touch is still an excellent… Read More

  • Highlight App Review

    Fly Or Die: Highlight

    Opinions on the new break-out social location app Highlight certainly aren’t in short supply. Alexia thinks that friend-of-friend notifications should be customizable and that women may have trouble getting on board with the idea of constantly broadcasting their location. Eldon thinks that Highlight goes past social networking to be a potential business card swapping service, leaps ahead… Read More

  • Nokia Lumia 800 Review

    Fly Or Die: The Nokia Lumia 800 “Flagship” Windows Phone

    Two weeks ago at the Crunchies, Dan’l Lewin, Microsoft’s top executive in Silicon Valley, came up to me and handed me a Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone. It was out of the box, fully charged, and ready to go—alive in my hand. It’s a beautiful phone. Thin, solid, bevelled, and bright. Later that evening, I pulled it from my pocket and I’ve been playing with it ever since. Read More

  • Fly or Die - Future of CES

    Fly Or Die: Does CES Have A Future?

    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is packed this year, yet its relevance seems increasingly in decline. Microsoft is bailing, no iconic products launched this year, and Apple’s presence can be felt everywhere even though they don’t exhibit at the show. In this episode of Fly or Die, TechCrunch Gadgets editor John Biggs (who is running our CES coverage) joins me remotely from… Read More

  • Nokia Lumia 710 and Meizu MX Phone Review

    Fly Or Die: The Nokia Lumia 710 And The Meizu MX

    I’ve been playing with the Lumia 710 for a week or so now and I’m pleased to report that Nokia may have a chance. The phone, while a bit chintzy, is inexpensive, fast, and feature-rich. I doubt you’d be able to find a device as easy to use and comfortable as the 710 at a $50 price with two year contract. We also tried the Meizu MX and came away, well, un-awed. It’s a… Read More

  • Fly or Die Review of Mid-Size Tablets

    Fly Or Die: The Mid-Size Tablet Revolution

    There’s been a recent interesting trend in the tablet market: devices 8 inches and smaller that are as powerful as their bigger cousins but considerably more portable and convenient. In this episode of Fly Or Die we talk about the mid-size trend and decide whether a smaller tablet makes for a better tablet. Read More

  • Fly or Die on the New Twitter Design

    Fly Or Die: The New New Twitter

    In case you haven’t noticed, it’s a new, new Twitter world out there and we’re just living in it. The new Twitter interface is very, for lack of a better word, “appy” and although the desktop apps are abysmal, the website is pretty strong and interesting. This week Erick and I take a closer look at this improvement and assess its value in our lives. Read More

  • Fly or Die LeapPad Tablet Review

    Fly Or Die: The Leapfrog LeapPad

    Erick and I are both parents so we know from tablets. The $99 LeapPad from Leapfrog is cool, to be sure, and fun if junior’s aunt or uncle is picking it up, but we both found it lacking, especially when compared to other devices. Obviously if you don’t want the wee ones slobbering all over your iPad, this is a huge winner. Otherwise, the lack of apps, especially for geeks like us… Read More

  • Fly or Die Xbox Metro UI Review

    Fly Or Die: The New Xbox “Metro” UI

    Erick isn’t much of a gamer, which is why he’s particularly suited at assessing the new Xbox 360 UI, dubbed Metro by those in the know. Aside from the obvious changes in design, the UI actually makes it easier for guys like Erick to use the Xbox to watch movies, Youtube videos, UFC fight, and other media ephemera that thus far has been lacking in the Xbox experience. Microsoft… Read More

  • Fly or Die Path 2.0 App Review

    Fly Or Die: Path 2.0

    The new Path app has been out on the iPhone for about a week, and it’s been getting good reviews among the early-adopter set. In this episode of Fly or Die, John Biggs and I go through the pros and cons. Read More

  • Fly or Die Review of Flipboard App for iPhone

    Fly Or Die: Flipboard For The iPhone

    Last night, Flipboard released its long-awaited iPhone app. The app is a companion to its popular iPad reader which renders feeds and realtime streams into a magazine-like experience. The iPhone app is already so popular that it took down Flipboard’s service earlier today. In this episode of Fly or Die, John Biggs and I take the iPhone app through the paces. The app is gorgeous, as you… Read More

  • Fly or Die Striiv Pedometer Review

    Fly Or Die: The Striiv Fitness Device

    What are your goals? To walk the length of the Golden Gate bridge? To run a 5K? To plant a tree in a magical forest? The Striiv lets you do all of those things and more. This wee device is a fairly basic pedometer that measures your steps as well as flights of stairs taken during the day. However, there’s a bonus – it has a nice, bright LCD touchscreen to display your current steps… Read More

  • Fly or Die Batch App Review

    Fly Or Die: Can Batch Find Its Own Path Among The Photo Apps?

    Does the world need another photo-sharing app? That is the question John Biggs and I debate in this episode of Fly or Die (watch the video above). We take a look at one of the latest photo apps to hit iTunes, Batch, which launched ten days ago and is currently one of the Top 50 photo apps for the iPhone (currently at No. 48). The mobile app is a new product from DailyBooth, whose CEO… Read More

  • Fly or Die iPhone 4S Review

    (Fly or Die) iPhone 4S

    Erick and John take the iPhone 4S and its built in voice activated personal digital assistant Siri, for a spin in this episode of Fly or Die. Right off the bat Erick says he is impressed with reception he receives when using the iPhone 4S and points out how the iPhone 4S streamlines notifications from various sites (Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram) by having them scroll in one fluid… Read More

  • Fly Or Die: The Compex Sport Elite

    Fly Or Die: The Compex Sport Elite

    With Halloween around the corner, what better way to celebrate than to watch us animate my desiccated, lifeless limbs with jolts of fiery electricity? In this episode of Fly or Die, Erick and I look at the Compex Sport Elite. It zaps muscles to improve fitness, recovery, and general strength and it can, in a pinch, stand in for a massage. It also looks wildly freaky when turned on. Read More

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