Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Humpday Humor: Friendship-Men vs Women

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Galaxy Tab Battery Life

I suddenly remembered yesterday that I hadn't charged my Galaxy Tab in a while and a quick check of my battery stats showed that it was nearly 3 days since my last charge. In those 3 days I had used it to watch 1 show during lunch, used it as I worked out each evening for music and reading (via Kindle app) and playing various games (mainly WordFeud and Angry Birds).
The idea that this Tab can go so many days without a charge is exciting- to be able to toss it in my purse without worrying every day about battery life is a dream I've not yet realized on any of my mobile devices.
I don't really employ any battery saving tricks, except to keep it on airplane mode so I can use the wifi at home and at work. Overall I have to say I'm impressed with the technology that the Tab employs to sip on the battery rather than gulping (I'm looking at you, Motorola).

Thursday, November 18, 2010

How To: Remove DROID Startup Sound

One of the most annoying things I've encountered is the loud obnoxious 'DROIIIIIID" sound (from the TV Commercials) that my Droid Pro makes when it starts up. I've been determined to find a way to shut it off, and finally I figured it out:

1. Download Z4Root from the app market and root your phone.
2. Once rooted, download Root Explorer from the app market.
3. Open Root explorer and navigate to system>media>and then rename the droid.ogg file to droid.old (also at the top make sure you click "mount R/W" or you won't be able to change the name)

And that's it! You'll have yourself a nice quite startup the next time you reboot your Droid Pro. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nexus One to Droid Pro: What I Miss and What I Don't

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Its been 3 full days with my Motorola Pro and so far I'm pretty optimistic about the experience. Battery life is the one gripe that I have- 10 hours with moderate use- but I have decided that I will pick up the extended battery when its available and that should boost it to a satisfactory level.
Here are some of the things I've observed as differences:

1. The screen resolution for the Droid Pro feels....rough. Just not as smooth as the Nexus One or the Galaxy Tab. To be expected for sure, but still...
2. Keyboard on the Droid Pro is fantastic. It felt a bit stiff on the first day but either I got used to it or it loosened up.
3. I do miss the trackball on the Nexus. I never noticed a million different ways that I use it.
4. I don't miss the blinding trackball notifications at night. The notification light on the Droid Pro is much more subtle and doesn't light up the entire bedroom if it goes off at night.
5. Battery intervals: I really don't appreciate the Droid Pro only reporting battery life in increments of 10.
6. Volume: The volume on the Pro is louder and clearer than on the Nexus. At max levels, it doesn't sound tinny at all.
7. Oddities: I've noticed a handful of small odd things on the Pro: Contact images don't show up on my Exchange contacts, BeyondPod installs a khaki colored widget instead of the normal black version. So far nothing earth shattering- just things that make me go 'hmmmm'.
8. Droooooid! I really want to remove that startup sound. If you know how to please let me know.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Houston, We Have Root!


I am one happy camper right now- I have the 2 gadgets I've been dying to get my hands on for months, and now I found a tip on how to get them both rooted with no fancy footwork required! This tip from Android Central works not only on the Galaxy Tab but also on the Motorola Droid Pro. You should get Z4Root from the marketplace and root now if you need to! My Tab got rooted in about a minute, but my Droid Pro froze the first 2 times so I did battery pulls and tried again and the last time it got rooted quickly too. Now that I'm rooted I can do screenshots (yay!) but more importantly I can restore some of my precious backup data from my Nexus One using Titanium Backup.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Eye Candy: Droid Pro and Galaxy Tab

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Droid Pro...Keyboard, How I Missed You!

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My Droid Pro came yesterday afternoon and I spent the rest of the evening happily configuring all my apps. I absolutely love my Pro! The keyboard is exactly the same as the Blackberry 9700 with one minor annoyance- the 'alt' and 'caps' key are inverted locations which require a bit of re-learning to remember each time.
The physical hardware is flawless. Its just about the same silhouette as the Nexus One but it is thicker and denser. The screen is smaller, and it definitely feels a bit cramped at times, but I suspect that might be magnified after coming from the Nexus (I looked at my old Blackberry 9700 and the Pro is luxurious compared to that screen).
Another small gripe is that the battery life seems to only be reported in 10% increments. I can't comment much on battery life at the moment, especially since I just noticed that I had accidentally set up Twidroyd to update every 5 minutes! I'll also feel a lot better when there is an Invisible Shield available for it-the back is very glossy and looks smudgy.
You should know going into this that the Droid Pro is not going to be your multimedia powerhouse. The camera is ok, the speakers are loud enough, but with the lower resolution everything is 'popping' quite as much as it does on some of those other 'all screen' phones. For me, I think its the excellent companion for my new Galaxy Tab.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Pad- First 24 Hours

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Yesterday morning I went to the Verizon store and finally got my Galaxy Tab! First impressions are extremely favorable:

-Love the size- its thinner and sleeker than the Cherrypad and the body feels more comfortable
-Capacitive screen- I will never again underestimate the importance of not using a resistive screen.
-I was able to get it with a $20 plan off-contract which is a plus; I thought the plan would be $30 for some reason.
-Slingplayer works perfectly on it in full size- that is exactly what I was hoping for.
-Its fast- no lags or pauses while moving back and forth. That may also be because of the extra memory which means that I don't have to move applications to the memory card.
-I ordered this lovely Zenus case and I'm excited to receive it:


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More details later, but I'm very pleased overall!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Humpday Humor: Halloween Edition

I didn't have a chance to share Seth's Halloween get-up from a few weeks ago. Introducing, Dr Feelgood:


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Why Can't It be Easy?

I woke up at the crack of dawn and was excited to be able to finally be able to place my pre-order and get my Droid Pro shipped, hopefully for delivery on the 11th since Dean is off. So far, I haven't gotten any confirmation email and now trying to use the search portal now brings up '0' instead of the previous message "order received, being processed". I'm starting to suspect the worst.
All I wanted was to get my Droid Pro.......arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Monday, November 8, 2010

"It's Not Me,It's You"

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January 11, 2011 will mark exactly 10 years that I've been in the mobile market. I remember heading to Target and picking up the Handspring Visor- I spent the rest of that weekend consolidating every post-it note and address book I had. But now, over 2 dozen mobile devices later, I wonder why I've never found the perfect one that has the ability to hold my attention for a long period of time.

-Moved from Handspring Visor to Visor Platinum for more memory after 3 months
-Moved from Platinum to Treo 180 for included telephony after 2 years
-Moved to TMobile Pocket PC Phone edition for color screen
-Moved to Treo 600 after 4 months because I hated the Tmo Pocket PC Phone.
-Moved to Treo 650 after 7 months for Bluetooth and improved resolution
-Moved to Cingular 8125 for Windows Mobile. Palm was getting old after a year.
-Moved to Samsung Blackjack after 8 months to get away from sliding mechanism
-Moved to Ubiquio 503G after a year to go back to touchscreen WM.
-Moved to HP 910 after 8 months due to issues with the Ubiquio (memory leaks, low-res camera)
-Moved to HTC Fuze after 3 months due to memory card issues on the HP 910
-Moved to Blackberry Bold after 3 months for QWERTY Bar form factor
-Moved to Blackberry 9700 after 10 months for improved camera, memory and size
-Moved to Nexus One to get Android experience after 4 months

Wow. That's a whole lot of transition! Now I need to take a look at what I hope to get from my next move to the Motorola Droid Pro:
1. QWERTYBar form factor
2. Android OS
3. Good camera
4. Good screen resolution
5. Decent amount of memory
6. Decent battery life

In conjunction with my tablet, I hope that I can settle down for a while with the same device.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

CherryPad Market Problem

After successfully downloading a few apps from the app market, the Cherrypad has suddenly developed an issue with downloading new apps. It seems like whatever method used to give it access to the market has stopped working. Waiting for more information and hopefully a fix from the support team....