Monday, July 26, 2010

Galaxy Q specs leaked

This is my new drool-worthy device! I will wait for this one to come down the pipes!

Galaxy Q specs leaked: "

Last month we ran a story about the front-QWERTY keyboard Galaxy Q phone that Samsung reportedly plans to add to their Galaxy line. More specs have now leaked out about the likely BlackBerry competitor.

The Samsung Galaxy Q will have:

  • 3-inch Super AMOLED screen (720x480)
  • 1 GHz Hummingbird processor
  • 8MP camera with LED flash
  • 1.3 mp front-facing camera
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Android 2.2
  • 16GB internal memory (Micro SD expandable to 32GB)

Since it is being touted as a BlackBerry competitor, it will most likely have the screen up top with the keyboard directly below. It sounds like a very intriguing phone, and it will be interesting to see how many BlackBerry users may be swayed by the Galaxy Q. [MobileCrunch]

Posted originally at Android Central

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mobile Hotspot

Over the past weekend I decided to take the leap and update my Nexus One to FroYo. I'll detail later how I finally got it done, but the feature I was most excited to try out was the mobile hotspot. Since I've been toting around my new Asus EEE PC, I'm very interested in any solution that will get me connected.
I tried it for the first time today and was very happy with the results. Its as easy as toggling the hotspot feature on, and then using the netbook to connect to the AndroidAP network. Connection speed was about 800kbps which is enough to get through a few light pages in a pinch.
Overall, I'm pleased at the option even though I probably won't be using it on a daily basis.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

eBuddy Android Update

One of my favorite uses for my mobile devices is instant messaging. Ever since Facebook chat went mobile, its been a part of my daily routine to keep my IM client logged in to catch a quick chat here and there with long lost friends. It hasn't always been an easy proposition: Beejive on Windows Mobile sucked battery life like crazy. Palringo was quirky and very beta-ish. On Blackberry I had better luck with Beejive, and it soon became one of my MVPs (alongside SocialScope). Fast forward to Android, and I decided to go with eBuddy. I've enjoyed it so far, even though I miss basic luxuries like exporting chat logs to Evernote, and sending files (seriously???!).
But lately there's been a nagging irritation with the connectivity that was driving me a little bit crazy. After a set period of time, Facebook chat would show me as logged off, even though I could see all my friends online. Eventually I made it a point to log off and back on again whenever I remembered to.
Well, yesterday the good folks at eBuddy released an update that uses Facebook connect to log in to Facebook chat and so far it seems to be doing a good job of keeping me logged in. This is one of the reasons I love the Android platform so much. I haven't had a day go by where there hasn't been at least one app update. Its refreshing, to say the least.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Shazam For Android: Good Practices

Yesterday I was prompted for to update Shazam in the app store and went to take a look at what had changed. Now out of beta, Shazam is now offering a free version with 5 free tags and a premium version with unlimited tagging. However, Shazam has made an excellent decision to automatically upgrade anyone who had tagged songs prior to July 13th to the premium version automatically.
I think this is a fantastic way to reward your beta testers and acknowledge that early adopters provide the feedback necessary to drop that beta badge.
Kudos to Shazam for great mobile practices, and more importantly, a great product!

Friday, July 9, 2010

The (Upgrade) Path Less Chosen

If no one has already told you- be nice to your company's IT guy; you never know when he can get you out of a jam! Greg (heretoforth known as my guardian angel) has been known to hook me up with all kinds of ridiculous goodies. On my HP Mini he upgraded my ROM to 2Gb and gave me a free copy of Windows 7 Enterprise (and lent me his DVD drive to get it installed!). So of course when I picked up my Asus I was excited to show it to him and see how he could 'pimp' my netbook. He was able to move the ROM from the Mini to the Asus (so that now has 2Gb) and he got me Windows 7 and Office 2010 for it. He also gave me an unallocated 3G Dongle with 5Gb free each month!
I got home and prepared for what I thought would be the reasonable straight-forward task of upgrading my Asus to Windows 7. About an hour later it had installed, but for some reason was showing at an 800x600 resolution, couldn't activate Aero and had no sound. I fought for another hour trying to figure out what the problem was and finally found myself on the support website for Asus. If you are in the same boat I was in and have video driver issues with your Asus EEE 1018p, you can go to this link on AsusTek and download the driver. Install, reboot, and you'll be just fine! Now I've got my fantastic sleek little netbook running full Windows 7, 2Gb of ROM and network connectivity wherever I go! Perfect!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Asus EEE PC 1018P- Super Thin, Uber Sexy

Yesterday I was browsing Engadget and noticed this article about the ASUS 1018p. It piqued my interest, especially when some research on the netbook revealed it to be one of the thinnest, and also to have about double the battery life of my HP 110.

I hadn't planned on upgrading my netbook, but I started doing some thinking...if I plan to move from the Nexus to the Charm once that gets released, I'll definitely be needing a multimedia device to complement it. My HP 110 with its extended battery is not exactly the most mobile option in the world. (Side note: in Jamaica we wanted to try making a Skype call from the main building thinking the signal would be stronger than it was at the remote villas we were staying in. The size and weight of the HP turned us off so we ended up making a Skype call on a 17kbps was very interesting!)

So yesterday evening I took a field trip to Best Buy and found that it looked even better in real life than it had in photos. I immediately scooped one up, with the intention of throwing the HP up on eBay.

Here's a comparison of the thickness of both devices. It wouldn't be so atrocious except that I still only get about 6 hours despite the massive hump on the HP. So far I haven't had much time to really play with it, but I do plan to get into it once I bump the memory to 2GB and the OS to Windows 7 Home Edition.

My multimedia plan is to put Tivo Desktop on it and have it pull all my shows from my Tivo and be able to tote my Asus anywhere I go.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My Next Phone: Motorola Charm?

Here it is folks: the QWERTY Bar I've been waiting for. Its coming to T-Mobile in the next few weeks and I plan to pick this up even though it will mean signing up with TMobile in conjuction with my AT&T plan.
I'm trying to overlook the fact that I won't have a nice hi-res screen, but will instead be able to continue enjoying all my favorite Android apps.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ocho Rios- 5 Years Later

Its hard to believe that its already been 5 years since we went to Jamaica the first time to get married. Our experience at Sandals Grande Ocho Rios was nothing short of magical back then and this trip had a lot to live up to.
Let me explain some of my trepidation....early 2007 we took a vacation to Tulum, Mexico, expecting to have a similar experience to our time in Jamaica. Sadly, that was not the case. The underlying vibe that had seduced us in Jamaica simply did not exist in Mexico. Everywhere we looked, we saw people who looked put out st reven having us in their country, rather than pleased to show us their national treasures. The concierge at the desk looked at me as if I were crazy when I explained that the water in the bathroom would only come out in dribbles. By the time we left we had independently vowed never to return to Mexico again.
I was worried that our Mexican vacation was indicative of a new era. Perhaps no one was friendly and welcoming anymore. Well, as soon as we stepped off the plane in Montego Bay I knew that wasn't the case. Strangers greeted us with "Yeah mon!" and "Feelin' irie?" and huge smiles. Our 2 hour trip to our resort was sprinkled with conversations with our bus drivers and locals along the way. The resort was exactly how we remembered it!
In 2005 when we came to Ocho Rios my mobile device was my Treo 650. I remember I had cached some AvantGo pages to read and had some games and ebooks to entertain me for the duration of the trip.This time I came armed with my Nexus One and HP Mini 1000. Dean's mother was staying at our house watching Seth while we were gone and we planned to Skype with them as often as possible. The Wifi pass for a week cost about $40, and was strongest in the lobby of the resort where I could access speeds of about 17kbps. The speeds in our suite were even slower- but we still tried the Skype video call. The voices were barely audible, and it snapped 3 still images on the duration of the call- but it was enough to make much needed contact with our little guy.
This trip was about relaxing and unwinding- we took a boat ride, did a lot of swimming, played shuffleboard, and spent a large amount of time with our "Do Not Disturb" sign on our door. In other words, it was perfect.
The tech I've seen so far includes:
-2 iPads (both by fellow travelers.1 woman was watching a movie on the bus on the way to the airport, and the couple in front of us on the plane are at this very moment engaged in a game of Scrabble)
-Countless Nokias (just about every local Jamaican had some form of Nokia device. Our bus driver on the way to the airport was using his to play a song quietly to himself up in the front)
-Beatz by Dr Dre Headphones (fellow traveler on the plane is wearing them in white.They have a very distinctive look to them!)
-Blackberry devices (I noticed at least one resort worker, and one airport official using some older model Blackberry devices)
-3G advertising (we saw at least a dozen huge billboards advertising 3G coverage across Jamaica. From Claro, to LIME, it seems like telcos are big business there too)