Red Bull Simply Cola Review

What do you do when you’ve created a brand new product and not many people are buying???

Well you distribute free samples, of course!

So, Red Bull gave us a few crates of their new Cola.

I’ve never done a cola review before; forgive me if I get the technicalities wrong 😉 😛

The tins are larger than the usual Red Bull ones and contain 355ml of cola. Their height and the contrasting Blue & Red colours on it are sure to make it stand out in the retail outlets while the Bull cut-out on the opener is neat touch.

The drink seems slightly less sugary than the ones you’d buy from their competitors and having had a few cans of the new Pepsi RAW, I can definitely say, this seems a bit less sweet.

You can really taste the cardamom and that’s the first thing your tongue tastes and brain senses, followed by the deep cola taste. The sensation of the bubbles on the tongue is very different as well – probably due to the caffeine levels in this drink. The Strong & Natural printed on the front of the face does seem true after you’ve had a few sips. The drink tastes quite different over the other colas as its less sweet & thumping dense cola taste to it. A bit bitter too. I guess there’s no easy way to describe it – you’ve got to have yourself to realize how different it is.

Verdict: While I’m not a big cola drinker – mainly due to the sugar levels in other drinks, I’m pretty happy to recommend a drink of this if you’ve never tasted natural colas before. However, if you’ve tried the Pepsi RAW and hated it, please don’t.

Public domain info:

A can of Red Bull Simply Cola contains:
* Water
* Sugar
* Carbon dioxide
* Natural caramel color
* Natural flavors from plant extracts (0.37%): galangal, vanilla, mustard seed, lime, kola nut, cocoa, liquorice, cinnamon, lemon, ginger, coca leaf, orange, corn mint, pine, cardamom, mace, clove, and lemon juice concentrate
* Caffeine from coffee beans.

Red Bull Simply Cola also has slightly more caffeine, at 45 milligrams per 355ml (12-ounce) can, than Coca-Cola (34 mg) or Pepsi-Cola (37.5 mg), but less than Diet Coke (47 mg) or Pepsi One (54 mg) or Mountain Dew (54 mg). The cola contains significantly less caffeine than Red Bull’s eponymous energy drink (80 mg per 8.2 ounces). It also lacks the artificial flavors, colors, and phosphoric acid commonly used in commercial colas.

Set a default number on your phonebook contacts on your Nokia phone

Got a new Nokia phone?

Try making a call, takes a few secs, getting the contacts app up, searching for the contact, clicking on the ‘call’ button. Can’t be avoided unless you’ve got the contact in your last dialled list of entries or have got voice calling activated.

What’s next is most annoying though… the phone asks if you want to dial the contact’s mobile number, home number or  business number if you have multiple entries against it.

Try sending a text… if the contact’s got an email address assigned to it, the phone asks, do you wanna send it his mobile number or his email address!!?!?!

You don’t want options when sending a text message, do you? All you want to do is to type a message a send it to their mobile number.

If you’re got a recent firmware you might be able to set a default number for activiaties like SMS and call for your phonebook contacts.

How-to:

–> Contacts

–> Contact Name

–> Options

–> Defaults.

Set a default for Voice calls, Video calls, messages and e-mail.

Once done the default will automatically be used in each case.

Makes life a bit easier :-)

Google launches Navigation App for Andriod 2.0 – TomTom and Garmin shares drop 20%

The inevitable has happened.

We’ve used Google Maps for mobile since the last few years to navigate using our mobile phones – the primary gripe being – no voice navigation!

Sooner or later, google was going to come up with this and it has. Yesterday in a blog posting on the official Google blog, they announced the new google maps navigation, although currently only available for Andriod 2.0 users in US.

Here’s a video from the search kings.

Features & more details on the Google Navigation App page

No need to cheapskates to hack GarminXT or the (now very old) TomTom app for mobile phones or to pay Nokia £££’s for their miserable attempt at the voice navigation market.

Long live Google :-)

3D Navigation

Street View

Street View

Can’t wait for this to be launched on Symbian & I’m sure sonner rather than later we’ll get the Apple adverts singing and dancing that they’ve got an app for this.

In other news, TomTom & Garmin shares have dropped 20% since this announcement. I can’t even think what impact this will have on their business. Andriod has an open SDK on the market and the OS itself that SatNav manufacturers can load onto their devices and offer maps stored locally on the dedicated SatNav device. Surely, Google have a large number of fanboys that’ll buy them just for their love of Google, not to mention that Google app uses both TeleAtlas and NavTeq maps that every other app provider lacks.