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An Update on the GripGo

Ok , a few weeks have gone by since I wrote abt the GripGo. It is no longer sticking for me. Even after washing it , it no longer holds up my BlackBerry Z10 phone. I’m thinking about recycling it by creating some sort of holder or pocket that attaches to the sides of it so not all is lost, but I’m not happy about it.

 

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GripGo , A Musicians Tool ?

Have you tried the GripGo yet ?  If you’re a musician you drive A LOT, to gigs, interviews/auditions, meetings with prospective employers. If you’re a Musician and a Mom like me  you drive a lot (with kids too) and want to utilize that time to get some tasks done, like talking to bandmates/agents/mgrs., listening to & learning new tunes, recording ideas on the voice recorder,  watching a music video ( at the red lights of course) With the GripGo you can do it all hands free. There are some conditions though. Read on.

I read some awful reviews about it not sticking to dashboards. Others said it was either too sticky to phones or not sticky at all when it came to phones with hard to remove “skins” or curved backs.  It would stick to windshields then fall off.

After using my husbands GripGo in his car and becoming intrigued, I purchased a GripGo for myself at Bed Bath & Beyond for $10. I attached it easily to my Volvo dashboard a few weeks ago and it’s been there ever since. After reading numerous reviews of pros and cons I have to say that they’re both right in a few ways.

It does work well on my Volvo dashboard. It didn’t work well with other dashboards in reviews I read. It didn’t work well with my BlackBerry Bold phone. GripGo was so sticky it kept removing the back cover every time I tried to pull off the phone and the battery would fall out as well, almost every time. I got a new BlackBerryZ10 phone and it works beautifully now because there’s no easily removable back cover.

I noticed that if the weathers very hot 80’s – 90’s the sticky stuff doesn’t work as well sometimes. My husband attached his GripGo to his car windshield and has an iPhone and its working well for him.

So , it seems that it works best under very particular conditions. I found what works for me and I’m LOVING having the GripGo. It keeps my eyes at dashboard level & my hands free, so I don’t look down as often trying to grab my phone. I get a bit more done so I’m not so grouchy about having to spend so much time in the car.

Wired review: http://www.wired.com/geekmom/2013/03/gripgo-phone-mount/

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Where’s the Voice Recorder on the Blackberry Z10 ?! LOL !

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So we’re musicians, writers, singers, and we use voice recorders ALOT !  We get ideas in the shower, while driving, cooking, walking , and floating in the pool !  We need convenience.

We went from huge cassette tape recorders (like the one the Long Island Medium uses, LOVE her ! :), to hand held tape recorders, to small digital recorders and now we have phones w/ built in recorders. My Blackberry Bold has bitten the dust. A corrupt app has screwed it up somehow. I have hundreds, maybe thousands of voice notes , song & lyric ideas on it. The best thing since sliced organic dried mango.

I had to buy a new phone and decided on the BlackBerryZ10.  I have a BB playbook, I’m BB entrenched. Well, I got home and realized there was no microphone icon for a voice recorder, only the one for voice texting! I almost flipped! By the way my first flip was when I saw the price.  Oy! I have good credit so it was the installment plan for me.

So I called the BB tech at my phone company and he knew nothing. He suggested I shop the app store.  I checked the manual found nothing, looked online, I was on my own. So I decided to google the phrase “preferred voice recorder app for Blackberry Z10” and I found this forum and “cracked up.” http://forums.crackberry.com/blackberry-z10-f254/why-does-bb-not-have-voice-recorder-app-preinstalled-807027/index2.html

Turns out the voice recorder is located in the “Remember” note app right there on the phone!! You can also turn it on by pressing the button on the right side of the phone,between the volume buttons ! Duh!

Now, don’t ask me why they made us play hide-and-seek this way. Is it the thrill of the hunt? I like a good puzzle or mystery now and again, especially in my younger years.   However I’m at a time in my life where I HAVE NO TIME ! This was a bit frustrating, so I thought I’d share with the hopes that I can save someone the effort and add a few more minutes of chill time to someones already hectic lifestyle. I have to say, I do feel a bit smarter now, but I could’ve written & recorded a new song in the time it took to find that darn app. 🙂 Still Love ya Blackberry, All in all a very cool phone !

Cheers!

:Deborah ❤

 


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