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Back to iOS?

Yes, I am an Android user…

But before that, I was a Windows Mobile user, a BlackBerry user and an iOS (iPhone 4/iPad 2) user.

So I guess switching (mobile) OSes isn’t new to me.

My first Android device was the Galaxy Note 2… Loved the size and I also immediately fell in love with Android.

Coming from an iPhone 4, I love the fact that you can use gestures to type, turn by turn directions thanks to Google Maps, launchers and themes to customize the look and the ability to assign other apps as default.

My Galaxy Note 2 was really abused. It geo-tagged my photos during vacations, used as a GPS when driving and personal hotspot. Thanks to its OTG feature I even used it to back up photos to Dropbox and even used it as a portable media player (using an MHL cable).

I then replaced my iPad 2 with a Nexus 7 (2013) since I wanted a smaller tablet…

Nexus 7 had it’s limitations (no OTG and MHL) but it received Android updates.

It was updated to KitKat (Android 4.4) months before my Note 2 received the update. My Note 2 also never received Lollipop (Android 5).

Here’s my problem with Android, you buy a current flagship device (I presently own an S6 Edge) then months later you’re never sure when and if you’re ever getting the latest Android version.

I know a lot of people who doesn’t care which version of Android their using, but I won’t be writing this blog if I was one of them… I want to use Now on Tap and I’m hoping for improved battery performance of my devices… Something Marshmallow (Android 6) will provide. Sadly, all I can do right now is wait.

Something I’ll never have to do when I’m using an iOS device.

When Apple announces a date for iOS, ALL qualified devices get an update.

But there’s a catch, my iPad 2 never received Siri when it got updated to iOS 5. my daughter’s iPad mini 2 did not get the Split Screen mode of iOS 9 and even if the 4S got iOS 9, it’s doesn’t support CarPlay.

When my Nexus 7 (2013) receives Marshmallow (Android 6), it will get all the available new features from the new OS.

So basically, you get a limited update on iOS… But you still get something new. With Android, you may never get an official update but when you do, its like having a new device again.

Another issue are cases, I’m unable to find a case for my 2 year old Nexus 7, even my wife’s Galaxy Note 8 (BTW, is presently stuck on Android 4.4) has very limited cases available! Yes, maybe not everyone will care about their device’s case, but if you travel a lot, having a case is very handy…

Do I go for the stability of iOS? The assurance of updates and accessories? The beauty of its Apps? And the one size fits all Apple approach?

Or do I go Android and have my device replaced evary 2 years?

I guess the best route is to have an Android/iOS combination… Since Google did not announce a Nexus tablet this year, do I go S6 Edge plus iPad setup?

Let’s see… I’m expecting to get Marshmallow for my Nexus 7 before the holidays… If everything goes well, I can wait for the iPad Air 3!

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Android Wear Lite?

I guess it’s time for me to give the “smart watch” another chance.

After giving up on the Pebble, I think the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) deserves a look.

Is Google in the right direction with Android Wear???

Well, YES and NO!

Here’s my take.

Google made an excellent OS to battle with Apple’s watchOS.

Android Wear is not perfect, but OEM’s can either build their own OS (like Samsung) or just use Android Wear and let Google worry about apps, and everything else.

Here’s my problem with Android Wear, it’s not teaching people to depend on a wearable!

When I first held a Smartphone, the HTC Tanager, it made me rethink about the gadgets I carry around everyday…

It replaced the CD player in my car, my MP3 player and my portable DVD player.

My Tanager was later replaced by an XDA mini, later paired to with an IR keyboard which almost replaced my laptop! (I was writing Word documents and replying to emails on a 2.8inch screen)

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Now for the subject of my blog post… Android Wear Lite!

Google must create a “Lite” version for Android Wear… Now before you declare that I’m obsessed with the concept of “Lite” you have to read what I’ve written below…

Google must make inexpensive smart watches (or maybe fitness bands, see Gear Fit), around the “impulse buy” price of $50-$100… This “inexpensive device” must have a minimum of 2 days battery life and a readable display in day light!

To keep costs low battery life decent, this device will definitely use an e-ink display and loose the touch screen…

Apple watch will always have mob lining up to buy the latest model. Something Google and their partner OEMs don’t have.

But once normal people learn how to use a smart watch, chances are they will upgrade to a better device later…

So again, Google must put Android Wear on as many wrists it can, hopefully they get at least half of these people to later upgrade to a device running a full version or Android Wear…

Choosing the right external Hard Disk

It’s that time again in everyone’s lives when we run out of space for our data.

Having 2 external hard disks at home, a 250GB (Seagate FreeAgent Go) and 120GB (Samsung), I always thought I will have enough space for the next five years!

But my projection was wrong by half!

Now, I am presently checking the market for an external hard disk with at least 1.5TB of space.

With my horror stories on using a Maxtor and Western Digital 5 years ago, I have always been a Seagate fanboy.

My brother’s 486DX66 PC at home uses a 400(++)MB Seagate hard disk and it still works! It has been around since 1994.

However, as we all know that Maxtor is now operated by Seagate, Western Digital seems to have made a big leap when it comes to quality.

I am presently stuck with the biggest dilemma on which brand of external hard disk to use.

To help me decide, I’ve started a thread in Clubsnap and Philmug to see which brand is more popular.

Seems like Western Digital has won the hearts of Filipino Mac users and Photographers in Singapore

Due to the large disparity in price, I find Seagate’s Expansion to be very appealing.

As of now, my decision is still not final but once I finally make a purchase it will be posted here!

Two Minutes with the Samsung Omnia (i900)

This year, we highly anticipated the release of a mobile phone, it has 3G, it has GPS and a lot more… The iPhone!

 

Before the 2008 WWDC, there were a lot of rumors of what the 3G iPhone would look like, there were even pictures of it having a Front Camera. Then came two men carrying a locked case and at the end of the TV ad came the new iPhone… With no front camera!

 

After the launch of the iPhone, came a lot of disappointments among bloggers and developers, it still cannot record video, still no flash and still the same memory (either 8 or 16gigs).

 

A couple of weeks later (before the iPhone hits the retail outlets, it will be available July 2008 something) came the Samsung Omnia (a.k.a. i900). You have to say that this phone looks like an iPhone. It almost has the same size and feel (The first time I saw it, I honestly thought it was the HiPhone from China).

 

Samsung Omnia (Oil Painting Effect)

(had to do the oil painting effect)

 

I was able to play with this phone for a couple of minutes only since it was only on display in the Samsung store at Vivo City (Singapore). Here’s my mini-review…

 

I won’t go too much of the things we already know. Just a fast refresher, we know its Windows Mobile 6.1, its got FM, GPS, 3.5G, video call and the other stuff you expect from a WM Device.

 

I actually liked the fact that every time you tap an icon on the screen (or the on-screen keypad/thumb board), the phone vibrates, Samsung’s UI is clean but I have to say that its too clean making it look like an iPhone’s UI (I honestly feel they wanted to achieve that).

 

You can assign icons on the “today” screen and it will look like Vista’s Widgets.

 

One thing that surprised me with the Omnia is that the famous “stop all running programs” is not available. Yes, I pressed Start (I had to open File Manager just to see the start button on top), settings, system then memory. Inside that tab are only two memory tabs, no stop all running programs. I was actually surprised with this and I’m not sure if this option was removed only in the Omnia or in all WM6.1 devices.

 

Pressing start then programs does not look like the normal WM device. It will go back to the programs menu of Samsung’s UI which I found to be surprising too since my wife’s LG KS-20 will show the regular programs list of a WM Device.

 

As for the external buttons, you will see that it has three (3) buttons in front, call, end and the one in the center. That button in the center works like the i780’s track pad and I think this feature is a very good addition to PDAs.

 

There are even more buttons on the side which I did not care to press since I do not have the luxury of time.

 

Compared to the iPhone (which only responds to your finger), you can use a stylus with the Omnia, but the phone will not come with a Stylus. Even person selling it is not sure if the box will come with a stylus but there’s no hole in the Omnia’s body where you can have the stylus inserted.

 

One drawback I found with the Omnia is that it uses a “Samsung” cable to connect to a PC and Charger. The people from Samsung actually told me that I was the first person who made that comment but I explained to them that maybe I am the only person interested on their phone who travels a lot. I cannot imagine carrying an additional cable in my luggage just to be able to charge this phone. I have too many cables already and a Samsung Cable will give me enough cables to make my own Suspension Bridge.

 

*****the people from Samsung actually told me that I will also carry another cable for the iPhone but the thing is we will already carry an iPhone’s cable since we will surely travel with our iPods. Imagine this in your bag… Cable #1. Laptop Cables, 2. USB – mini USB (it will connect to my Mobile Internet, charge my P525, Motorola Headset, Jabra BT Adaptor, 4. Nokia Chargers (company phone), 5. Digital Camera Charger, 6. iPod Cable. A Samsung Cable will required me to carry SEVEN (7) cables.*****

 

As a conclusion, the Omnia is a great alternative to the iPhone, LG KS-20 and HTC Diamond. Looks, Functionality and Entertainment. Each and every model has its own pros and cons. The only thing I did not like about this phone is that it looks like an iPhone! The person right beside me was holding it beside an iPod Touch and even the person from Samsung thought that he was holding two (2) Omnias side by side.

 

Here’s a picture of the Samsung Omnia beside my trusty old ASUS P525… look at the size of this thing!

 

 

 
 

 

Samsung Omnia and Asus P525 Side by Side

 

 

 

 

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