HTC Sync Manager – No backup found yet

The HTC Sync Manager could not find my iPhone backup.  The Sync Manager is supposed to allow you to transfer content from your iPhone backup to your HTC phone.

Yet, I kept getting “No backup found yet”.
HTC - No backup found yet

I did have iPhone backups, but they were set to be encrypted.
iTunes - encryption selectedAfter de-selecting the encryption option, I did a fresh backup, and HTC Sync Manager was able to find the backup.

Yay!

The first few days of carrying the Griffin Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof Case for the iPhone 5.

GSC_Boxed I’ve never owned a phone case/cover with an "Owner’s Guide", so the Griffin Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof (GSC) case is a first for me.  The folks over at MobileZap were kind enough to send me one for review.

I’d buy one as the review case saved my iPhone 5 from damage.  Worth the investment at $88.49.

The GSC brings back memories of Panasonic Toughbooks, and how rugged they were.  Griffin have rated the drop performance of the case at 2 meters, and my own experience backs that up.  The case allows you to submerse the iPhone and use it as an underwater camera.  Down to 3 metres.

GSC_o-rings

(five o-rings)

Setting the case up.
The case ships was an ALERT! warning placard inside it.  Directing you to look at the 72 page "Owner’s Guide":

"Failure to follow all installation, maintenance and operating instructions while using the case may destroy your device."

Indeed.

One of the first things the Owners Guide tells you to go, is to test your case by soaking it for 30 minutes.  I did, and no water got managed to get into the case.  I’m not surprised as the case really is sealed that well.

GSC_30 minute soakAfter I dried the case off, I opened the case up to place my iPhone 5s into it.  (yes, the Owners Guide has instructions on that too).  The large o-ring detached itself when I opened the case.  After having a flip though the Owners Guide, I found out how to reposition the o-ring.  I don’t see that being a major problem, as I don’t plan on removing the iPhone from the GSC.

Carrying and using the GSC.
GSC_Headphone socket It doesn’t feel any different to carrying an iPhone 5.  If you have an iPhone 5s, the fingerprint recognition won’t work.  You might think enclosing the iPhone in a polycarbonate case would affect the sound quality.  I didn’t notice any difference.  Griffin supplies a waterproof headphone jack/socket plug, for those times when you want some privacy by plugging in your earphones.

I’ve dropped the GSC once so far.  I occasionally inspect fire stairwells.  I take my iPhone along to photograph any problems I find.  I dropped the GSC, and it bounced down several concrete steps.  My iPhone 5s survived undamaged.  So did the Griffin case.

If you have a number of older iPhone compatible devices (speaker systems, clock radios etc), and have one of those Lightning adapters, you’re going to be disappointed.  The charge point is only wide enough to fit a standard Lightning USB cable.  Not a big issue for me, just something to be aware of.  (the Apple Lightning “Cord” adapter would be a workaround for this problem)

In conclusion.
Having destroyed a previous smart phone, a Palm Treo, by leaving it unprotected in my computer briefcase, I know the importance of protecting your smart phone.  Having dropped my Griffin Survivor + Catalyst protected phone, just reinforces that for me.
I’d strongly recommend the Griffin Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof iPhone 5 case.

Pros
Light weight, only 100 grams
The Griffin website, which has instructional videos.
It saved my iPhone 5s from an actual drop.

Cons
O-ring pops out when opening case.
The Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter doesn’t fit.

The Nixon Carded iPhone 5 case.

C2034-307-view1 It was time to replace my iPhone 4s, with the newer iPhone 5s.  The sales chap at Telstra had a Nixon Carded case.

The beauty of the Carded case is that you can store up to 4 credit card sized cards in it.  The case is moulded out of polycarbonate.  It has a matt finish.  And it costs $29.95.

What I like about it is that I can store my commonly used cards in it.  It provides some drop protection.  When you load cards into it, the case warps a smidgen.  I can live with that.

Nixon Carded iPhone caseTelstra don’t sell Nixon products.  I had to go to the Nixon shop to get one.  Or I could have brought online from Nixon or from (the slightly cheaper) Amazon site.

“50% fill for non-spill feature”

Camera 360
Try saying that really fast, I dare you.

Camera 360I thought it was a bit of a con on behalf of Selley’s.  Sell a half full bottle of “Super Glue”, and call it a feature.

But it works extremely well.  Being able to brush the super glue stops the things I’m joining, from ending up like a water soaked girl.  Which incidentally, looks like this.

Downsides?  None that I can think of.

Lets all follow the GPS, and to damn with situational awareness

Driver turns into a one way street, the wrong way, and it’s the fault of the GPS:

… Unfortunately, police said, drivers use devices almost like a Bible and listen to their directions, word for word. Police said drivers need to be very careful, always be aware of their surroundings, and don’t totally rely on technology.

Dunmore police said the crash happened near the intersection of Route 435 and Drinker Turnpike in Dunmore. Police said around 5 p.m. on Monday, Robyn Oelke, 27, of Kingston pulled up to a stop sign in her car, looking to go south on Route 435.

Police said Oelke’s GPS told her to make a right, even though there are nine signs telling drivers, "Do Not Enter" and "You Are Going the Wrong Way."

Oelke told police she didn’t see those signs, and made the right-hand turn into oncoming traffic. That’s when Michael Mastillo, 39, of Roaring Brook Township, was coming northbound on Route 435 and slammed right into Oelke head on. …

But not just drivers taking the word of the GPS, and to damn with what the outside world is telling them.  From to this article in the Jan-Feb 2011 edition of Flight Safety Australia ("Mixed Blessings")

… There is a strong perception among general aviation trainers that some private and commercial pilots are letting GPS do what they should be doing – or should at least be aware of – themselves.

‘If there is a crisis in flight planning, then it’s GPS that’s the culprit,’ a chief flying instructor (CFI) with a university-linked flying training organisation says.

Another CFI mentioned being in outback Queensland, and talking to the pilot of a light twin who had flown there from the east coast with no charts, relying instead on a GPS receiver. ‘He was only a battery failure away from being totally lost,’ the appalled instructor said. …