In AppMinute #216, Nemo flies through three recommended product reviews, and sparks fly wirelessly.

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First comes FlyGrip, a clever and secure way to hold and use your iOS device. Then he raves about id America’s Spark in-ear headphones and microphone, with very good sound quality at a real bargain price.

The main event is iHome Audio’s new cubist iDM11 Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Speakerphone for iPad/ iPhone/iPod. Use it as a portable Bluetooth speaker, home speaker, party speaker, and portable speakerphone. iDM11′s capabilities are extensive.

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Nemo has three quick speakerphone test conversations with Cindy from Line2, a new VoIP full-feature Internet telephone subscription service.

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He calls her first from his boring old land line using a Uniden cordless handheld phone on the Century Link (Qwest) network. Then he calls her using his pink Motorola RAZR ancient cell phone. The final call is with the Line2 iOS app via Wi-Fi, from a current model of iPod touch.

Questions: Which calls sound best to Cindy at the other end? Is Line2 worth $9.95 per month or $99.50 per year for potential customers who have reliable Wi-Fi but don’t want or need to use iPhones? And would Nemo’s voice quality be improved by using a headset, or earbuds with a better mic than the inferior one built into an iPod touch?

Listen for four minutes and find out.

 

Nemo grabs four new titles from his groaning bookshelf. Listen to his subjective and biased opinions on books covering iCloud, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and all the current iPods. Tom Negrino’s iCloud title gets the strongest recommendation, followed by David Pogue’s iPhone Missing Manual.

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iCloud Visual QuickStart Guide

 

iPhone Missing Manual, 5th Edition

iPad Missing Manual, 3rd Edition 

iPod Missing Manual, 10th Edition 

 

Nemo is using a better microphone now, the Samson CO3U, instead of the portable Samson Meteor Mic, in his new home office recording studio. Does he sound better, or just as funky?


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Sam Levin, Vicki Stokes, and John Nemo present eight exciting interviews live from the Macworld | iWorld Expo showroom floor, in this monster 30 minute action packed super special edition of AppMinute.

Featured are: Filmic Pro, Notion Music, iFixit, Polkast, LifeProof, Nomad Brush, MicW, and Qmadix.

Don’t miss a moment of our live coverage from San Francisco’s Moscone West Hall.

Here are links to the companies and products:

Filmic Pro

Notion Music

iFixit

Polkast

Lifeproof

Nomad Brush

MicW

Qmadix

 

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