Google’s Nexus versus the iPhone

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Google’s touchscreen smartphone will be launched in June loaded with hi-spec features but how does it compare to the upcoming Apple iPhone 8?

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Both have capacitive touch screens, this means they use a weak electric field on the surface and you interact with the phone by using another electric field i.e. your finger! Capacitive screens are crisp and colourful and will respond to the lightest of touches. Both handsets have wireless and 3G connectivity for Internet access on the go and both are available sim-free or on contract.

Nexus One

Nexus One is currently available from Vodafone visit www.vodafone.co.uk  where you will find that the guide price with contract is approximately £100 or £250 pay-as-you-go. It has a great 5megapixel camera with LED flash. Extra features are interactive wallpapers such as rippling water and waves which react to touch. It has a weather widget to give you an immediate forecast for your precise location. Nexus One has voice recognition for text messages, emails, Facebook updates and Twitter as well as search Google, call contacts or obtain driving directions by speaking into the phone. It has easy access to Google functions such as Maps navigation, Gmail accounts and YouTube.

The Apple iPhone

The iPhone 3GS (available on Orange , Vodafone, O2 and Tesco Mobile) is the coolest handset but is pricier than Nexus One; it costs from £274 depending on contract or around £538 on-pay-as-you-go (visit www.macbroadband.co.uk to check out deals on their ISP news – Smart Mac users buy an Apple  iPhone). The iPhone camera is 3megapixel. However, it is the extra features where iPhone beats Nexus One- hands down – with more than 100,000 applications, users can take their pick of guitar lessons, football games, weight loss apps, live flight information and so on and on. The iPhone has some other real smart functions too, such as if you are listening to music on your phone and you receive a call, the music fades out for the duration and then fades in again. When looking at your photos, if you flip your iPhone onto its side, it senses this and responds by showing your photos in landscape mode.

Our Verdict

The Nexus One is rich in features and looks great, it is a fast and powerful mobile excellent for web surfing and watching films, but its lack of apps and multi-touch screen means that iPhone owners will still be feeling pretty chuffed that they prefer their Apple Iphone. Google meanwhile have some catching up to do.

Shopping for a Plaid Top

Plaid button-up tops seem to be everywhere. Thankfully, these are a bit of a spin from the grunge-era style that everyone used to wear in the 90s. Plus, a lot of retailers carry fun colors rather than the more drab tones most people associate with plaid.
Here is a list of plaid possibilities that can carry you into spring and still be used come fall and winter as a layer under a jacket or sweater. Make sure you prepare for the winter with LipSense.

Ladylike: This Ellavie cotton voile plaid top is good for spring with its puffy short-sleeves in a black and white plaid. School girl-inspired, this top could be paired with dark denim for a casual look, or worn with slacks for work.

Price: $69

Where: Dillards.com

Traditional: Urban Outfitters “boyfriend buttondown” flannel shirt takes the more classic approach to plaid shirts. Luckily, the cut is a little more fitted than the traditional plaid shirt style with a curvy hem (rather than straight across) and front flap pockets. You can roll up the sleeves to three-quarter length to make the look less stuffy in appearance, or layer it under a motorcycle jacket for an edgier look. Dress up the shirt with dark denim rather than pairing it with the looser-fitting, boy-cut jeans that are starting to creep into some people’s wardrobes. After all, you don’t want to come across as a slob.

Price: $48

Where: UrbanOutfitters.com

Availability:XS-L; navy, pink, purple

Fun: Delias’ “Elisa” plaid shirts have the more updated approach to the plaid trend with bright colors like turquoise, yellow, blue and purple. The shirts have three-quarter sleeves with a roll-tab cuff. What’s cool is that the plaid print is larger rather than the finer line design most people are familiar with. This is good for someone that dresses loud and trendy. It’s definitely more stand-out than other tops.

Price: $39.50

Where: Delias.com

Availability: XS-XL; blue, yellow, grey, teal, white, purple

Campy: Delias also carries a more watered down plaid shirt, called the “Madison. It’s a long sleeve shirt that can rolled up to a shorter length. The plaid print reminds me of something old, and it doesn’t have that shadow stripe design that makes you think of the 90s. You can definitely picture yourself wearing this if you were to go camping or hiking and still wanted to do it in style.

Price: $39.50

Where: Delias.com

Availability: XS-XL; blue or ivory

Details: If you are looking for something different, BDG’s plaid flannel tunic is definitely that. While, the plaid is the typical plaid in relatively reserved colors, this shirt has a v-neck. It’s a tunic style-so it fits almost like a baby-doll style dress or shirt. Additionally, there is pintuck detailing on the front and back for added style. The shirt has short sleeves with a rolled-up hem. Because this shirt is cut longer, what is nice is that it has a tie at the waist so that you can cinch in the shirt rather than looking like you are wearing a blanket you just pulled off the couch.

Price: $58

Where: UrbanOutfitters.com

Availability: XS-M; red/black, green/purple, green/red

Vintage: Want something soft and worn in that is truly vintage? Try sifting through a local thrift shop or goodwill store. You are bound to find something. You might also try Buffalo Exchange, which veers on the trendier side and may have something wearable that doesn’t need to be tailored or cut.

Price: Varies

Where: BuffaloExchange.com

Sporty: Vans’ plaid top is on the boxier side (for roominess), but what’s different is that it has a hood. The long sleeve shirt also has to chest pockets with Velcro closures. This is more of a tomboy look meant to be worn with jeans or Dickies. It’s not really something you would wear to work – unless you’re lucky enough to work somewhere where there is no dress code.

Price: $38

Where: Vans.com

Spring: In pastel blue, this is definitely a top for spring and summer. This gingham top from Gap is lightweight with flutter sleeves. This would look good with jeans or a denim skirt. For a dressier look, pair with starched khakis.

Price: $48

Where: Gap.com

Availability: XS-XXL; blue, yellow, pink

Corner bookshelves

Corner bookshelves do not only add that sense of sophistication to your house but also have the sense of smartness and neatness that you would like it portrayed to your house guests. The bookshelves allow you the benefit of owning collections unto collection of books without it looking like you are hoarding. Listed below are some of the best corner bookshelves designs currently in the market.

To initiate with is the invisible bookshelf is a Miron Lior creation that can only comfortably accommodate books weighing a maximum of 15 pounds. The shelf has a maximum height of 16 inches. One need only has a screwdriver as all the hardware is included .The bookshelf has won several awards for its high level of innovativeness and imagination.

Have you ever wondered what to do with that conspicuous iron piping hanging on your walls? Well, the Industrial corner pipe shelf is the idea for you. This bookshelf only requires some DIY and you are good to go .The bookshelf has that chic ancient feel to your space. This phenomenal design is accredited to KKatz.

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The cut shelves are a Tembolat GugKaev that allow you to easily access your bookshelf at night due to their lighting.
The Malaga: Equilibrium bookcase is a splendid invention by Alejandro Gomez. This bookcase is made of modules that are artistically and neatly stacked on each other at a specific angle. The bookcase can only accommodate 120 lbs of weight. Having this bookcase will certainly add that beautiful appeal to your house.

It would be right to assume that the inspiration behind the Handmade stacked Teacup shelf was a drone from the experience of one reading a book over a cup of tea .The above is a Scott Blackwell creation.

The Mebrure Oral creation is a bookshelf designed to help those who find the completion of an entire book quite a task no wonder its name has been read or will be read.

The Book tree bookshelf is one that will probably click with the nature lovers. The bookshelf takes the form and shape of a tree .The above is a Kostas

Syrtariotis creation .Like the Bookworm shelf by Ron Avad, the design is exquisite.

The check bookshelf is one with the shape of a tick or a right. The symbol shows the importance and meaning of a book. The V-shape design by Jongho Park is a design you will probably fall in love with.

The K-Workstation is a Miso Soup design with shelving and desk space incorporated as one .The above bookshelf helps one maximize on his or her workspace .It is made of bamboo making your space even neater.

Last in our list is the book seat bookshelf, one which is designed to have the shape of a seat .The urban design was ranked as one of the ‘ten must sees’ at the Toronto International Design show in 2008. The design went on to bag the award for best design at the Montreal International Design Show. The design’s creativity also won the SIDIM 2008 at the fishbowl.