Saturday, December 17, 2011
I just finished reading a post in one of my favorite Tech Blogs about what phone people should get, I thought it was going to be a nice informative post but turned out to be crap. The guy basically says he recommends people the iPhone because there is a chance of having less questions with it.
So I figured I'd make a post with my own views since Christmas is almost here and some of you probably still want to get new phones. I will say this however, all my experience is with iOS and Android, I don't know anything about the Windows phones other than the fact that being called "Windows" is probably hurting them. I'm also not that familiar with Blackberry phones. But the right phone for you may very well be a Windows phone or a blackberry.
That's actually the first thing you need to understand, there is Apple with iOS, there is Google with Android, there is Research in Motion (RIM) and Blackberry OS and there is Microsoft with Windows Phones. Windows Phone is just the name of their mobile operating system, it is NOT phones running the windows you see on your desktop. There is others but I'm not going to sit here and mention all the others because honestly they don't matter right now.
Apple makes the iPhone which is the only phone using iOS.
Research in Motion makes the Blackberry phones and they are the only ones running the Blackberry OS.
There is a lot of manufacturers making either Android or Windows phones.
So right away we need to understand that if I make the phone and the software, then everything is going to work better because I had full control. If I just make the software but others make the phones, then things might get more difficult. That's certainly the problem with Android, too many phones out there running it so it can be more problematic.
So once again, which one is the right phone for you?
If you are the kind of person who just wants to make phone calls and nothing else, then by all means stay away from any smart phones. I have yet to see a smart phone that worked for making phone calls as good as the old flip phones. Seriously, too many times the touch screen opens up and you start clicking on things with your cheeks. Also during the winter unless you have special gloves you wont be able to do much with your phone using regular gloves. So I'd save myself the frustration and just get a regular flip phone or something like it.
If you are the kind of person who wants to make phone calls but wants to do the occasional web browsing maybe to check on your teams scores. Or you want to be able to play some games while you wait for something, or you are a big iTunes fan but you are just not that much into technology and you don't care to do anything out of the ordinary with your phone, then by all means get an iPhone.
If you are the kind of person who is really into music and really into games and is not afraid to do anything with the word "hack" in it, then I still recommend an iPhone. Android has come a long way with games but I still think the iPhone has the best games.
If you are the kind of person who just loves to push your limits, you love to learn more about how things work, you like to web browse a lot and you like to completely customize your phone, you like having a lot of options for whatever you are going to do, then Android would certainly be good for you.
If you are the kind of person who is always on the go and needs to be able to do a lot more from your phone, then Android may also be the best thing for you. With services like Google Voice being so integrated with Android and having the ability to so easily access files it's easy to kind of run your little office from the phone.
If all you want is your work Email on your phone, then by all means I'd say go with Iphone again. I would have said Blackberry but honestly there is nothing I can think of that blackberry would be better for. I should mention that Android also does handle Enterprise email just fine, but if that's all you want then why bother with any of the other Android issues?
So there you have it. Think about what you want and then if an iPhone can satisfy all those needs then I certainly would recommend one. However, I always have to strongly recommend you check out what an Android phone can use, because too many times I see people who got an iPhone because it was great for them but then later on realized Android did things they never even though about, but now that they know about them, they seriously want them.
As much as people HATE hearing this, because they usually want a simple answer, my best recommendation is go to store with someone who is familiar with phones and try out the phones, see which one you like best. But make a list of what you MUST be able to do first.
But, a lot of times people want to know why I feel about them the way I do so I figured I'd make a post about it, so that in the future I can just copy and paste.
The dislike really started back in the Personal Computer world. Apple computers were always so expensive and I just couldn't understand why people wanted to buy them when they could buy a much cheaper much better PC. Better in my opinion anyway. A lot of people were always under the belief that if you want to do work in things like Photoshop or video editing then getting an Apple computer was a must and that's simply just not true, Photoshop works perfectly fine in Windows and there are many very good video editing programs out there.
A lot of times I'd hear talk about how when you get a computer with Mac OS you get so many things for free like Garage Band and iPhoto and a video editing program. But when you are paying hundreds of dollars more for the computer, it's not exactly free.
My biggest issue with Apple came with the smartphone and tablet world.
Imagine you buy a new computer. You paid good money for that computer, but now the company you bought it from is telling you that you can only install programs that they approve of and you can only buy them in their store. So if you find something that's interesting outside of their store, too bad, you can't have it.
This is the case of the iPhone. I used to have an iPhone and I hated the idea that I could not load anything outside of the App Store. True there are ways around that and I sure as hell did it, but normal users shouldn't have to go doing all that.
Then there is all the bullshit that comes with Apple, here are a couple of examples:
Example 1: When I had my iPhone 3G I could take pictures but I could not record video. But later I did jailbreak the phone and found out that the phone could certainly handle video. Apple just wouldn't allow that application in their market because they felt it didn't work good enough. I didn't care if it didn't work 100%, it still allowed me to take some pretty good videos.
Then when the iPhone 3GS came out, they advertised the crap out of the fact that it could do video. And I had to listen to all these people talk about how great this new phone because now you could record video. And yes, it recorded video better than the 3G did but again using it on the 3G should have been my choice.
Example 2: Good old Flash. Steve Jobs didn't like flash content on websites, therefore you couldn't use Flash at all on the iPhone, still can't. Steve felt that HTML5 would be replacing flash. And he was right, HTML 5 will indeed replace Flash as the standard people use for videos and other things online, but at the time flash was still the most used method. It still is today, it will be dead in a few years but it is still very widely used.
Now, I'll agree with Steve on the fact that flash uses too many resources and would just slow down the phone. It's true, my Android phones have been able to do flash and it always slows them down. Now they are fast enough that they can play most of it fine but it used to be slow. But at least I had the option of using flash on a website if I wanted.
Example 3: Siri, yes, Siri. This is nothing but just another App, a pretty cool one if I may say so myself, but they make it seem like phones could never do any of this stuff before, Android has been doing voice commands for ever, but I'll admit that Androids voice command don't come close to what Siri can do, yet. However, that's not my point here, my point is the fact that Siri can work on previous generation phones just fine. We've seen siri run on an iPhone 4 and we've seen it run on an iPod Touch 4th generation and I do believe I've seen it run on older stuff. However up until recently Apple had been blocking these hacked versions of Siri from using their servers. They finally recently opened up their servers, although we still don't know if that was just a mistake.
Point is, they have made it look like Siri could only be powered by the iPhone 4S (Even though the iPad 2 is more powerful) when it could run on older hardware just fine if they wanted to allow it. It's not even an issue of it being too much work to let it happen, it's an issue of they just plain don't want other people using the service. Like their old customers are not worthy of using their new thing.
Basically: To put it in very basic terms, in my opinion, Apple treats their customers like dumb idiots who MUST be protected because their are too stupid to figure things out on their own. Like their customers just bother them. Lets not let them use their cameras to record because they are just going to complain about it being laggy under low lights, lets not let them use flash because they are just going to complain that it's running slow, lets not let them use siri because otherwise who's going to buy our new phone?
And you know what? This is both good and bad. Obviously when you make sure that you only put things that work good on your phone, then things will mostly work good on your phone. It provides a good experience for the user and that's a great thing. But in return there is so much that people are giving up on. The iPhone has an amazing little screen, something like a live wallpaper would look amazing there. Having an App Tray and being able to organize all your icons however you want shouldn't be so difficult to do, but they just don't do it.
Some of us are fine with just being able to do a few things. But obviously a lot of us feel like if we paid for the phone then let me just do whatever the hell I want to do with it. Give me the options.
This is why I like Android, even though carriers and Phone makers keep trying to mess it up. Android is supposed to be open, a do whatever you want kind of thing. But the carriers and phone makers always want to impose their own regulations, which I dislike as well. But at least I still get to do a lot more than I ever could on an iPhone.
For the most part:
If I want to switch the battery I use, I can do that.
If I want to switch the desktop (Launcher) that I use, I can do that.
If I want to copy files directly from a computer to the device, I can do that.
If I want to change the keyboard I use on the device, I can do that.
If I want to view flash content, I can do that.
If I want to try out a file from a website that may or may not be safe, I can do that.
If I want to install a different application store, I can do that.
If I want to have different SD cards for different things. . . . well I used to be able to do that, my new phone doesn't have an SD card :(
If I want to drain my battery by downloading stuff on a blazing fast internet connection like 4G, I can do that.
If I want to set a live wallpaper that may also drain my battery if it's made wrong, I can do that.
If I want to have cheap micro usb cables all over the place so that i can always keep it charging, I can do that.
If I want to get turn by turn directions on how to get somewhere, I can do that.
If I want to organize the files in the device, I can do that.
If I want to download things right in the device and move them later to my computer, I can do that.
If I want to completely change the lock screen of my phone, I can do that.
If I want to be dumb enough to use a pattern to unlock my phone, I can do that (seriously though, don't do that, smudges on your screen give your pattern away).
If I want to switch my Images application or camera or text messaging or so many others, I can do that.
If I want to browse the files in my phone from my phone, I can do that.
Basically, if I want to modify just about anything on my device I can do it. But I can also completely screw up my device, although to completely screw it up, you'd have to actually try to be screwing it up or be very very dumb installing things from places that don't look legit at all. But if that's the case then you probably mess up plenty of computers as well.
I've recommended Apple products to plenty of people for plenty of things. If you know exactly what you want to do and an iPhone or iPad can certainly handle those needs, then I have no problem recommending those. And there are certainly people that ask me what I think they should get and if I know these are not computer savvy people at all, then I'll gladly recommend an iPhone or iPad. What I really hate is when I see very smart people buying those simply because they are not aware of just how far Android has come.
Of course there is always very tech capable people out there that prefer an iPhone or iPad, again, this becomes a personal preference and I'm cool with that, at least they know of the options.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Ok so I'm still keeping an eye on the Google 10 for 10 for 10 deal where for 10 days they would be offering 10 premium apps for 10 cents.
The last couple of days have been kind of dissapointing since all I see are games that I don't really care about.
But I did want to let it be known that today Beautiful Widgets and Sound Hound are up for 10 cents again. They were 10 cents a couple of days ago and if you missed them then this is your chance now. Along with those I'd also pick up the Flight control game and maybe Doodle jump or Block Breaker 3. The rest are other games and that i'm not that familiar with, but hell for 10 cents why not?
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The Place: Ashley's Barbecue
The Location: 1501 W. Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53206
Contact: (414) 372-7666
Again, I'm no food critic, but I do like to eat BBQ from time to time and I've gone to plenty of good places, and this is certainly one of the best places I've been to if not the best. The flavor is not really something I can describe, it's this tangy, smokey flavor, it's just really good. The ribs although not as soft as you find them in some other places, they are still very soft. I think if you make your ribs in some other way and then throw bbq sauce on them you can certainly get the falling off the bone experience so many people like, but when you slow smoke them this is really as good as it gets!
For the birthday party we were having we decided to get 2 family meals which are around $35-$40 each. We did this because we had NO idea how big or small the portions were. They say it's for around 7 people but you know how so many places say something is for X people and it's really not. So we wanted to be safe. Well, we ordered WAY too much, these pans are actually pretty darn big and 1 pan of ribs can certainly easily feed 10 people, 7 really hungry ones. So seriously, $40 may sound like a lot, but when I order pizza or chicken for a few friends it usually ends up being around $30-$35 anyway. For $5 more you are getting the damn best ribs you can get in Wisconsin and many other states. The family meals do come with a side of coleslaw and baked beans, if you like either of these things, you may want to order extra, those portions are NOT very big.
The Location is the one thing that may scare a lot of people. Ashley's is a small place in the middle of a not so nice area. The parking lot is not very big and I had to park on the street next to some shattered glass. Inside it is a carry out only place, there are absolutely no tables, just some chairs for waiting and a couple of really old arcade machines, and Mrs Pac Man was out of order which pissed me off! Inside you will also find that all the workers are behind bullet proof glass. You pay through a little door kind of like at some banks or doctors offices and they have a rotating bulletproof glass to give the food to you.
With all that said, the time I was sitting there waiting all I saw was some nice local people come in. They all seemed to be regulars who knew exactly what they were coming for. So all the bulletproof stuff is a little intimidating at first but they've just been there for a very long time and sadly reality is that they need the protection because in that area stuff could happen. But honestly I wouldn't be afraid of going in there during the day. At night when there are more drunks out there I'd be more weary, but than again that's just a rule you should follow anywhere.
Knowing that this is a small place that has been there for ever and that probably gets really busy, I was a bit worried making my first phone call. Because I had some questions about what I wanted to order and honestly I was expecting some rude jack ass one the phone who just seems to be in a hurry and makes me feel like I'm wasting his time. But to my surprise, when I called the guy sounded super nice, he was very professional answering all my questions and he was very honest with me, I told him I wanted to pick up my order at around 3:30 and he told me I'd most probably have to wait a few minutes, which I did but not too much more.
When I got there the guy remembered my order without problems. Since my sister wanted to pay for half of it and I wanted to pay for the other half we asked if they could split the bill and the guy did it without any problems. At the end, once my orders were done, two of the guys actually came out of their protected environment to bring the orders to my car for me. I thought that was so extremely nice of them!
My conclusion is that we had a very fun birthday party for my brother in law, and we had some seriously good food and I was afraid of ordering from here because I had never done it before but the service was so great that at the end I felt like I had always been a regular at this place.
They sell a LOT more than just ribs by the way, some day I'll have to check out their cat fish, but they have ribs, tips, shoulder, outside, and a ton of other stuff.
If you live in the Milwaukee area and you like good food, I'd certainly say check out this place if you haven't.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
For 10 days (which already started on Tuesday) they would sell 10 paid apps for only 10 cents each.
On Day 1 they had some very good apps like Swift keyboard X which is my personal favorite keyboard App. They also had the Sound hound program which is amazing and finding the music you are listening to for all those times you know a song but can't remember who sings it. The Mine craft game and a few other games were also in there.
On Day 2 they had Beautiful Widgets which basically has a lot of very good useful weather and clock widgets. Also has some very nice toggle widgets to change things like sound or WiFi or Bluetooth. They had Airsync which is an application that allows you to sync your iTunes library with your Android phone via WiFi. They had games like Fruit Ninja and NFL Rivals and even a very neat and beautiful Christmas Live Wallpaper!
Today on Day 3 they have the ADW Launcher EX which is a very good Launcher Replacement for phones or tablets and they also have a bunch of games. Tetris, Can Knockdown 2, Reckless Getaway, Space Physics and more.
Most of these are applications that normally sell for a lot more than 10 cents. I've already purchased a lot of these but I'm taking advantage of getting all the ones that I haven't. Remember also that even if you don't need a specific program now, once you buy it, it's yours for good so paying 10 cents for it now may be better than paying who knows how much for it later.
I do have to mention the fact that the Amazon App Store does give away 1 paid app for free every day all year. And while usually whatever they give out for free tends to be crap, every once in a while you get something really good. I am pretty sure that most of these apps, if not all, have at some point been the free app of the day at Amazon. So even if you can't enjoy these deals now, you should still install the Amazon App Store for Android on your phone and check it daily.
I will try to keep you all updated on the deal for the next 7 days :)
Monday, November 28, 2011
Thanksgiving day came and went and I have to say I had a great thanksgiving weekend. There was lot of great food and there was lots of friends and family time. I am specially thankful for that last one, my family and friends are just the best out there.
One of the things I found funny is how packed all the stores parking lots were around here when I was coming back from my sisters Thursday night/Friday morning. I know it happens every year but it just seems like each year it gets crazier. On black Friday I did stop by Best Buy at around noon after a nice ihop breakfast just to see if there was anything left. Honestly I was hoping they still had some of those $200 Blackberry playbook tablets. I had been wanting a 7 inch tablet for a while because sometimes my 10 inch tablet is too big. But I wasn't totally convinced on the Amazon Kindle Fire. Don't get me wrong, for $200 it's a nice price, but it's really more for people who aren't familiar with Android OS or iOS. I already come expecting certain things from a tablet and the fact that this one is only $200 doesn't seem to blind me from the other things that I wish it had no matter how unrealistic my expectations may be. But a Blackberry Playbook for $200 would have been nice.
Well, surely enough there were no Blackberry Playbooks left, however, while looking for a playbook, I saw something that caught my attention. They had a bunch of Asus A100 tablets for $190! These are 7 inch Android Honeycomb tablets that are in my opinion much better than even a Playbook. So I was very happy to get a hold of one! I've been using it probably more than my 10 inch.
Another thing that I got to do this weekend was play the Super Metroid game with my friends Luis, Victor and Elijah. Now, I'm not saying we played the game on an emulator, noooo, I had purchased a Japanese Super Famicon version of the game (because a Super Nintendo version costs too much in good condition). So I modified one of my spare Super Nintendo consoles so that it could play the game (really it's just cutting two things), and we played the original game on the original console. We spent a good chunk of Friday night playing and a bunch of time on Saturday. In total we finally beat the game in 7 hours. Of course not in a row, we took breaks. We took a moment to enjoy some good food at the Tilted Kilt. . . yea. . . the food. .. .
On Sunday I got to enjoy another Thanksgiving dinner at my sisters house, a smaller one this time because we wanted to do something with my brother in law whom was unable to join us on Thursday. It was just a very good weekend and I just wanted to share some of it with you all.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Anyway, today Google announced their Google Music app is available to everyone and they now have a music store. There are quite a few labels already in the store so finding the music you like shouldn't be too much of a problem. The big question is, are they too late?
We all know that this is Apple's land. There are many music stores out there but for a lot of people i-Tunes IS the place to go for music. On top of that, you already have Amazon who has been in the market for a bit as well and then you have companies like Spotify also competing. So, why would Google even want to get into this market? Well, why does Google do anything they do? They tend to just try things. They seem to believe that if you never try then you'll never know if you could have done it or not.
Honestly I don't see Google now becoming the place to go for music, I see music services like Spotify becoming more popular than music stores. But fact of the matter is that a lot of people out there hate Apple, and if they can go buy their music elsewhere they will. I may not see Google taking over this market, but I can certainly see them becoming a big player.
Prices of songs vary anywhere from 99 cents to 1.50ish. Just like on Amazon when you buy a song it automatically goes to your cloud drive where you can then listen to it on any of your devices.
Remember, Google Music started out as a cloud music service where you needed to upload all your music files to them and then you'd be able to stream them to your phone or pick some to download to your phone. They were allowing you to upload thousands of your songs to the cloud for free as a beta tester. Well now that it's off beta, the service is still free!
The other good news is that just like Spotify and iTunes Match, if you have a song that Google already owns, it will not need to be uploaded, it will simply let you stream the one they already have, which should be a nice high quality 320kbps song. That should save a lot of time!
Google Plus Integration
A lot of times we have a Song that we want to share with friends. Most of us tend to go to youtube and find some video with the song and post that on our social networking sites. With Google Music you will be able to share your music in Google +. Your friends will be allowed to listen to the song only once however. So I'm not really sure how this will work out. Yea it's nice that you'll be able to easily share your song, but the whole friends only listening to it once thing kind of sucks. And yes I understand that the music labels wouldn't want to have people sharing music like crazy and have Google + become some sort of Kazaa or Napster, but again that's what people do with videos in Youtube and that seems to be ok.
Google Music is probably not the best music service out there, but it's 100% free, so if anything I'd at least try it :)
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Religious Arguments are Stupid, so quit fighting with people about them.
Ok that's all I have to say about that one. Ok I'll elaborate a little just to make the click worth it.
I have my beliefs that I feel very strongly about. You probably have your beliefs that you probably feel very strongly about. They may not match on everything or anything. Nothing makes my belief better than yours. Nothing guarantees me 100% that what I believe is true. That's why it's called a belief, because you just believe in it. When God himself shows up to the whole world and makes it very clear that he is God and he tells us things himself, then we can go and call those things facts.
So have your believes, it's great to believe in something, even if your belief is that you don't believe in anything. But quit trying to force everyone to have the same belief as you. I'm not saying don't preach and don't have debates. Debates are fun if both parties can remain civilized. And when preaching, it would be really helpful to learn the difference between saying "If you do this you'll go to hell" and "It is my belief that if you do this you will go to hell".
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Biography of Steve Jobs is now the number 1 selling book. Now, don't get me wrong, Steve Jobs was certainly an interesting character and all, but do all the people who buy this book really care? Or are they buying the book because that's what the media has been talking about? Is Steve Jobs even the person we should be trying to learn more about? The man cared about his company and making money, that was his whole world. He worked there till he could no longer work. Meanwhile you have people like Bill Gates out there who decided to leave his company and start spending Billions of his dollars helping his wife try to solve world problems. Bringing much needed medicines to poor countries, hospitals, education. The things that Bill and Melinda are doing for the world are amazing and extremely needed, but no one cares, no, lets focus on the guy who said he'd spend all 40 Billion dollars in Apples arsenal in trying to fix the wrong that Google did to them by "Stealing" their ideas.
Now we also have the Herman Cain thing. I don't really care if he had to settle a sexual harassment allegation in the 90s. Hell I wouldn't care if he had to do it last year. I mean seriously, we all do stupid things at different points of our lives. If you look deep enough you'll find something bad about anyone. Also I've seen plenty of people get away with large settlements for things they didn't really have much of a case on but they lied good enough. Point is, I don't care about this, but I've had to hear about it over and over and over for way too long already.
Then there is the Kardashian thing, I mean, seriously, who cares. I don't care about her. I don't care to know if Michael Jackson killed himself or not either. These are all things that really are not in any way shape or form important to me.
I want to hear more about things that do matter. Like the stupid things politicians say and do that we hardly hear about. And I'm not talking about tweeting a picture of their penis to anyone, I don't care what they do in their private time, I'm talking about dumb decisions they make in their jobs. I want to know about why certain laws pass and why others never make it. I want to know more about just how much profit companies make from the stuff we buy.
Why is it that lately if you want real news you have to look for bloggers online rather than the big news networks?
Remember people, don't allow the 24 hours news stations tell you what you should be thinking about, reading about, watching. I don't care what color, religion, class you are or what political views you have, you should always remember to think of something because you want to.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Lets start off however with a little bit of History. As we all know, Apple made the current tablet system we have now popular with it's iPad. Ever since then all these companies have been trying to make an iPad killer. Just that tablet that will make people say "I want that instead". And just like with the cell phone market, these companies have looked towards Google and Android to help them with this vision.
The biggest problem in my opinion is not that these tablets they are making are not good, I have a Motorola Xoom and I love it. I think the real problem is that they keep wanting to make as much money off them as Apple does. I feel the main purpose of a tablet is to read emails, browse the web, maybe read some books and play a few movies. And the iPad does all this just fine. So when I'm trying to tell people why an Android powered tablet is better for them, it makes it a lot more difficult when the option I'm presenting costs as much as the option the media has been telling them to get. You can not try to fight Apples marketing department with a product that costs the same.
Now, int he past there have been a lot of Android powered tablets out there that were cheap, brought to us by companies like Archos. But it's hard for me to recommend such devices because I'm not even sure where to go buy them myself. Not only that, but I used to have an Archos Internet Tablet and the updates were always so behind where everything else was. They also tend to get abandoned pretty quickly.
On November 15th however here comes Amazon with the Kindle Fire!
This tablet comes with a very nice screen similar to the one on the iPad, so you'll be able to really enjoy magazines and movies. It runs Android but it runs a totally modified for Amazon android. This tablet will not look like any other Android device out there. You also get free cloud storage in the Amazon cloud, so you can use services like the Amazon MP3 Streaming, or just keep your books in the cloud. You also get 8GB of actual storage to keep any MP3s you want to keep in the device or books or movies. You have access to Amazon Prime, which is like Amazon's Netflix service that allows you to stream movies or TV shows. Lacking a little but for $75 a year it's worth it. With an Amazon Prime account you also get free 2 day shipping on most items. Don't forget that Amazon is mostly a bookstore so there will be plenty of books to chose from.
There is also the Amazon App Store for Android. Since I said this was a VERY customized version of Android, there will be no signs of Google here. So you will not be seeing an Android Market. Instead you'll get your apps from the Amazon App Store for Android. Which has all the apps you could possibly want along with the Daily free paid app. Basically every day they have a new paid app that they are giving away for free. If you don't have the amazon app store for android on your regular android device, I'd go ahead and get it, because it's actually kind of fun to see what surprise you'll find when you wake up and check what the free app is. Sure, most of the time it's crap, but every now and then there will be something pretty awesome. Once you download a free app, it's yours for ever. So if you delete it, you can still install it again later.
The Kindle Fire also has a dual core processor, so this thing runs pretty fast. It also has a new kind of browser technology where the Amazon servers do most of the hard work for the browser, allowing web pages to run faster. Honestly I have no idea how good that is.
So what is so special about this Amazon Kindle Fire that I have to write this post about it? The Price. The Amazon Kindle Fire price is $199. Paying $499 for a table that we'll probably only use for email and some web browsing may be too much for a lot of people. But at $199, the Kindle Fire does start to look a lot more interesting.
Keep in mind, this is certainly not going to be a tablet for heavy users. You wont be able to take pictures with it, which no one really does with their tablets anyway, but a front facing VGA camera would have been nice, at least you'd be able to skype with people. But if you are just looking for a device to check emails, browse the web, look at pictures, listen to music, watch some movies, play some games or read some books with, then this is certainly something to think about.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Today I was reading a blog about battery life on cell phones and decided I'd like to make my own post about this because I think this is certainly something we should all be demanding.
Apple keeps adding useless stuff to phones and calling them new. Motorola now is going to be selling the Razr, a very thin phone. Samsung is working on Flexible displays. You know what? I'm pretty happy with phones the way they are now. We don't really need quad core processors, we don't need our internet to be any faster, we don't need our displays to be any fancier right. How about, instead of focusing on all these things right now, we take a break from all that and we all work together on making a battery that will be able to handle all of our needs?
I've made posts about how to save battery life on your Android phone. Keep the screen light low, use less widgets, sync less accounts, bla bla bla. These are all great things to do in order to get a better battery life, but I shouldn't have to do any of this. If my phone can handle syncing all my emails then it should do so. If my phone can handle a bunch of widgets then it should have a bunch of widgets. My screen should be able to go around at 100% power showing off how nice it is. But no, we can't do that because we'll run out of juice.
Seriously, we need to let these companies know that we are pretty happy with our phones the way they are now, they are so much more than what they were 3 years ago. So just take a year or two off and come up with a really good battery. A battery that will allow my phone to work at 100% power for at least a full 24 hours.
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Today I was reading a bit more about how Steve Jobs hated Android and felt Android was ripping off his iPhone ideas. In a Steve Jobs Biography that should be available to the public soon, Steve Jobs is quoted saying the following:
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Friday, October 14, 2011
One of the things that I do like about Android is the fact that it's a OS that we have really seen evolve. I joined the Android bandwagon when it was still in version 1.6 and each new version I always see something new and exciting. However, I do understand that someone who used a Android 1.6 phone at some point, may think Android is simply the worse thing ever. I honestly feel that if these people would try out one of the newer phones they would be very surprised.
The other big reason I believe people have issues with Android is the lack of knowledge on how to use it. So here are some tips.
Task Killers: All these apps that kill tasks you are not using in order to free up more memory for the phone. These are horrible things to use. Android DID have the need at one point to use them, however Android does manage all of it's memory by itself. When you use a task killer you are running the risk of killing very important system task. This of course results in a phone that doesn't work very well.
Live Wallpapers: They are nice aren't they? But they can also be very bad for your phone. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of very good very well made live wallpapers out there that wont bog down your system and steal it's battery power. However I would say the vast majority of the ones you find out there are very poorly made and even though they look great, they are most probably killing your phone. Personally I prefer to either stay away or use one of the google provided ones.
Widgets: Widgets are one of the main things I like the most on my Android phone. I love having all this information right there when I turn on my phone. But with widgets, you also need to be careful. It's more of a "Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should" rule. Having a widget there displaying statuses from your Google + account is most probably ok. But if you have one widget showing Google + statuses and another one with Facebook statuses and another one with your Twitter and another one with your emails and so on, then you are killing your phone. Can the phone handle it? Sure it can, but it will use up a lot more data trying to keep all these things updated and it will also use a lot more battery power. Too many people complain about battery power and then you look at their phones and they have a ton of widgets there.
Accounts: Be it a Google + account or an Email account, every time you add more accounts to Android it is more things that it assumes it needs to sync up for you. You need to go into the settings and tell it not to automatically sync whichever you don't really need it to automatically sync up. This is once again for the same reason as the Widgets, more emails that it has to download = more data and more battery used. Another thing to keep in mind is how often these accounts are set up to sync up. You have to ask yourself, do you really need to know what your friends posted every 15 minutes? or would you be ok knowing once every hour? Or maybe once every 2 or 4 or 6 hours. Or maybe you could just have it set up to manually check only when you feel like checking.
Screen Brightness: This is not really an Android thing, more of an overall smartphone thing. But with widgets Android does make it super easy to change the brightness of your screen. So I strongly recommend downloading a brightness selection widget and keeping your brightness at a rather low setting unless you really need it to be higher. This will go a long way in saving battery power. Personally I use a widget called "Brightness Level", it's very good and free if I remember correctly.
3G is not so bad: Most of us in the Android world live in a 4G world. And we LOVE our 4G speeds. However, keep in mind that if you are going to be away from a desk most of the day and you don't think you'll be doing any heavy web surfing, then switching your phone to 3G mode might be a good idea. 4G is fast, but it also requires a lot more battery juice than 3G.
So basically LEARN how your phone works and how you can make it work better. Unlike Apple and iOS, Google doesn't assume it's users are idiots that will simply mess up their phones if allowed to do certain things. Google gives you the option of doing a ton of different things to your phones, but obviously if you do them all then you will have problems. Apple doesn't really want to hear people complaining so they just limit the hell out of iOS. Apple also doesn't like bad marketing. So yes, their phones usually work better because they don't have a whole lot of anything to process. And Apple LOVES to have people talk about how their phone just works.
Now I'm not going to bash the iPhone. The iPhone 4 is an amazing phone and I'm sure the iPhone 4S will be as well. Android is certainly not for everyone. Plenty of people out there need something like the iPhone, simple and easy to use without too many bells and whistles. But when I see a young smart person follow apple simply because they believe all the hype, that's just sad in my opinion.