Heritage Dr. Pepper with Real Sugar and Vintage Design

Those that know me know that I love Dr. Pepper. If I ever needed a blood transfusion, you could literally pump me up full of Dr. Pepper and that would keep me alive. So while at Albertson’s tonight with my dad, I saw a bunch of vintage looking Pepsi products. Apparently they’ve released Pepsi, Mt. Dew, and Dr. Pepper products made with real sugar in some sort of “heritage” series with vintage designs on the packaging. Edit: I believe they are calling this “Throwback” or something along those lines.

Heritage Dr. Pepper!

I’m not an expert at soda but a lot of it today is made with high fructose corn syrup. But “back in the day”, soda was made with real sugar. Not sure which is worse for you, they might be equally as bad for you. But after a sip of Dr. Pepper with *real sugar* I could feel a slight kick – my mouth tingled. It was like a blast from the past although I never experienced growing up on soda with real sugar. I thought this was neat that Pepsi and Dr. Pepper are doing this and I am a huge fan of their vintage designs they are using with this heritage “series” of soda.

By the – Dr. Pepper is celebrating 125 years of awesomeness. Note to Dr. Pepper – PLEASE make your downloadable wallpapers in much higher desktop resolutions. 1024×768 just doesn’t cut it anymore.

My dad is pissed – he’s a Coke fan and has been writing to Coke telling them to use real sugar (and glass bottles) officially in the U.S. (instead of relying on imports) and he even received a response to one of his emails that is along the lines of “thanks for your idea but we get too many ideas”. He emailed them back tonight asking why they let Pepsi beat them to doing something cool in the soda market.

I took the above shot of the Heritage Dr. Pepper 12-pack packaging with my HTC HD2 and uploaded it to Flickr. Having a 5 megapixel camera in a mobile phone is absolutely awesome!

Interesting discussion regarding using HTC Sense VS Not

Yesterday night, I posted a photo of my new HTC HD2 Windows Phone to Flickr. You’ll notice from the shot, I’ve turned off HTC Sense and gone back to the default UI seen in Windows Mobile 6.5 (Professional).

New Windows Phone: HTC HD2

Nothing against HTC’s hard work at providing a fantastic looking UI to run in Windows Mobile but I find that the Sense UI is overly complicated and too “busy” for me. I feel like its information overload. I would much rather have a much simpler UI. I hate to use this as an example but if you look at the hottest phone on the market today in the eyes of consumers – the iPhone – it’s UI is very simple and easy to use. I bet if you gave a consumer a phone running HTC Sense, they might find it complicated too. But again, I applaud the hard work HTC has done in this space and look forward to seeing where they take it. They have done a lot of great work here.

There is an interesting discussion taking place within the comments of my Flickr photo about running with HTC Sense on versus not.