Fly or Die

  • 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

  • Fly or Die Qwikster Review

    Fly or Die: How Long Is Qwikster For This World?

    If you get your DVDs from Netflix, soon the name on the familiar red envelope will be Qwikster. But how long is Qwikster for this world? In this episode of Fly or Die, John Biggs and I dig into the pros and cons of the service. Read More

  • Fly Or Die: Premature Opinions On Windows 8? We Got ‘Em Here!

    Fly Or Die: Premature Opinions On Windows 8? We Got ‘Em Here!

    Erick and I did a quick Fly or Die on the Windows 8 pre-release tablet they sent along with us from Build this year and we were split right down blue (screen of death) state/grey (screen of death) lines. I found the pre-release to be lacking and buggy (I’m not alone) but I know the future when I see it. Like it or not, this is the next Windows 8 and, as I noted, this is a… Read More

  • Fly or Die Gadget Week

    Gadget Week On Fly Or Die (TCTV)

    In this episode of Fly Or Die we go through a few popular gadgets including the MacBook-alike HP Probook 5330m, the EFun Nextbook, and the Nokia N9. We found most of the devices to be acceptable but we were in agreement about the crablet EFun Nextbook which is about the worst piece of garbage imaginable (based on our extensive test that involved us looking at the thing as it crashed constantly.) Read More

  • Fly Or Die: Guess Who Doesn't Like The HP TouchPad?

    Erick is a cruel man. Known throughout TC HQ as the “Iron Stampede,” his rages against technology products are epic and legendary. You should have heard him go off on Google+ yesterday. He was livid. That’s why it’s interesting to see him calmly dismantle the TouchPad in this episode of Fly or Die. Gone is the red faced anger, the spittle, the curses. Instead, he tries… Read More

  • Facebook’s Secret iPad App Exposed

    Fly Or Die: Guess Who Doesn’t Like The HP TouchPad?

    Erick is a cruel man. Known throughout TC HQ as the “Iron Stampede,” his rages against technology products are epic and legendary. You should have heard him go off on Google+ yesterday. He was livid. That’s why it’s interesting to see him calmly dismantle the TouchPad in this episode of Fly or Die. Gone is the red faced anger, the spittle, the curses. Instead, he tries… Read More

  • Fly or Die on Color: The Ishtar of IPhone Apps

    Fly Or Die: How Color Became The Ishtar Of iPhone Apps

    Ever since Color launched its photo sharing app, the $41 million startup has been having a rough time. John Biggs and I reviewed it on Fly or Die back in March, when CEO Bill Nguyen joined us to defend the app ( you can watch that episode below, we both gave it a “die”). The company continues to struggle, so we decided to revisit our assessment in the new episode… Read More

  • Fly or Die on Blackberry Company's Financial Prospects

    Fly Or Die: Can RIM Survive?

    Hot on the heels of my scathing diatribe against the once-mighty Blackberry empire, Erick and I explore the current financial and development situation that has befallen our neighbors to the North. Plus, we have an extra special guest who, as Erick notes, will “build an app for any platform, even Windows Phone 7″ but bailed on BBOS. As I wrote in my post, I wish it didn’t have… Read More