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HTC Desire - Still the best choice for me but.... Now that the Iphone 4G is out, along with the new Droids from HTC like the Desire HD and the Desire Z, I can safely say that in my opinion, the Desire is still the best phone for me. The Galaxy S is still...

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Notes about my Samsung Galaxy S

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Posted on : 24-05-2011 | By : admin | In : Uncategorized

It’s been a while and a lot has happened in the Android world. The current version is now Gingerbread and it brought a lot of much needed improvements to my Android phones most especially the Desire.
However, I will leave the benefits of Gingerbread to my Desire for another day. What I want to cover today is the rapid progression of my introduction to the Android world.
While I cannot see myself going back to a non-android mobile operating system, my experience with my phones has not been all that stellar. However, I must point out that they are, for the most part remedied with relative ease.

One example here is the case of my Samsung Galaxy S. I got this on a plan and I have been very happy with the phone. Except for the lack of a flash, the multimedia capabilities of the SGS are better than those of the HTC Desire. While the lack of a flash is one factor why it has not replaced my Desire as my main phone, the bigger problem then was the infamous lag. For a while I thought that my SGS was saved from the lag problem but it turned out that this was due more to the lack of usage. As I used the phone more, I began to experience the maddening pause or screen blackouts. So I had to admit to myself that my SGS had the lag issue as well.

At first, I thought of selling the phone, but I had become attached to the excellent camera, video and media player, as well as the form factor and memory space. So the next best thing was to install the lag fixes that were showing up all over the net.

So after judicious research, I was able to understand the process well and I was able to decide which lag fix to use. This required rooting the phone, a process that had much in common with jail-breaking an Iphone. I will discuss rooting in another post but in the meantime, I want to share the resources I used in fixing my SGS.
First, here is the page of the Speedmod kernel creator. Here you can find information about the lag fix and other innovations made by the extremely talented developer Rodney Chua, to SGS functionality. After applying this fix, my SGS no longer suffers from lag of any sort. Plus I got a whole boatload of system improvements!

http://touristinparadise.blogspot.com/p/samsung-galaxy-s.html

After applying this fix, I also got curious about the other ROM builds available so I did some research and after much reading, I decided to go for what is called a ROM Kitchen by Doc and Stefunel. It’s an extremely delightful experience of “cooking” putting together your custom ROM by making selections in the ROM generator.

You can read about their work on the XDA forum:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=817703

And here is the link to the ROM Kitchen:

http://romkitchen.org/sgs/?s=home

All the resources posted here should keep you Android fans busy reading for a while.

Enjoy the resources and learn them well because they will serve as a teaser about what the Android world holds for your smartphone’s future.

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Posted on : 06-11-2010 | By : admin | In : Uncategorized

HTC Desire – Still the best choice for me but….

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Posted on : 06-11-2010 | By : admin | In : Uncategorized

Now that the Iphone 4G is out, along with the new Droids from HTC like the Desire HD and the Desire Z, I can safely say that in my opinion, the Desire is still the best phone for me. The Galaxy S is still the second best and I am just waiting for the Froyo update which is coming any day now.

There are a few problems with my Desire which I hope can be eliminated soon.

Now that I have an unlimited data plan, the inadequacy of the battery is rearing its ugly head. I can just make one full day if I stay online the whole time. Since I noticed that Wifi consumed less energy, whenever I am in my office, I switch over to Wifi. When I do this, I can get up to a day and a half worth of power.

This is the reason why despite the high probability that I will get the Desire HD, it will not be my main phone. I have an HD2 and seeing the difference in screen size between the Desire and the Desire HD, I am almost sure that I won’t be able to go a full day.

The only other problem I have with my Desire is it’s tendency to get uncomfortably warm during normal use. It’s pretty minor though, and I mention this only because I have nothing negative more to say about the Desire.

The Top 5 Android Phones from the past and present along with other phone related thoughts…

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Posted on : 27-09-2010 | By : admin | In : Uncategorized

The Android market has been growing in leaps and bounds with good reason. The OS is a remarkable one which runs so much faster and it gives you access to a whole treasure trove and excellent applications.

It took me quite a while to make the jump to Android, not because I was not convinced, but because I had just made a significant in Windows Mobile phones for my work.

It took several months before I could make the plunge but today, I am the proud owner of two Android phones.

So I want to share with you the short list of candidates I had before, and my list today of  the Top 5 candidates.

The candidate list of Top 5 Phones 1 month ago:

1. HTC Desire

2. Samsung Galaxy S

3. Sony Xperia X10

4. HTC Legend

5. HTC Wildfire

Today’s Top 5 Android Phones:

1. HTC Desire

2. Samsung Galaxy S

3. HTC Desire HD

4. HTC Desire Z

5. Sony Xperia X10

It is quite telling that HTC dominates the list during both periods, with good reason.

First, the HTC Sense interface, combined with the Android system is a pleasure to use.

Second, HTC  makes really good phones.

Disclaimer time:

1. I don’t work for ANY phone manufacturer

Some facts:

1. I own 2 Samsungs, 2 HTC’s , 1 Sony Ericcson (p1) and 1 Nokia (E71)

2. If I can help it, I would be owning 3 Samsungs, 5 HTCs, 2 Sony Ericcsons and 1 Nokia

3. In my list of 11 phones above, 6 would be Androids, 2 would be Windows Mobile 6.5, 1 would be Windows 7 Mobile, 2 would be Symbian

4. I don’t hate Apple but when I pay premium prices, I would like to know what the heck I am paying for.

It all starts here

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Posted on : 12-09-2010 | By : admin | In : Uncategorized

All things related to Android begins at the developers site:

http://www.android.com/index.html

Then here are some excellent Android related links

25 Awesome Google Android Sites

http://www.androidtapp.com/25-awesome-google-android-websites-you-should-follow/

Android App Reviews

http://www.androidtapp.com/

Droid Den – Great Source of phone guides, news and reviews

http://www.droid-den.com/

From Mashable: 7 Ways To Find Amazon New Android Apps

http://mashable.com/2010/06/05/android-app-discovery/

Android News

http://androidheadlines.com/

Welcome to How To Android!

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Posted on : 12-09-2010 | By : admin | In : Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to HowToAndroid.

We are beginners in the world of Android and we want to use this website as a way to catalog our journey.

It is our belief that there are many voyagers 0ut there who wish to follow the same path so we hope that this will be a place where we can share notes, tips and experiences while we travel the road from Android newbie to (hopefully) Android Wizard!

Once we do reach that goal of being a wizard, we will post all our Guru tips on a website which is waiting for us at journeys end, http://androidwiz.info

So bookmark this page and visit often.

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