New Blog Address

Posted: September 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

PLease update my blog address. The new address is

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Carrier Agents

Posted: September 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

One of the best pieces of advice I can give people is when shopping for a new cell phone or new carrier DO YOUR HOMEWORK. I noticed while out today that a certain Verizon agent that I will not name has put a new sign up advertising both 4G and 3G speeds. That is funny since Verizon is only testing their 4G network in certain markets and this is not one of them. I guess this agent decided that by getting ahead of everyone else they could bring in more business, Please do your research on where you plan to spend your money and who you give your business to. Just because the sign outside says Verizon does not mean you may not getter a better deal down the street on the same phone. Just my 2 cents.

Droid R2-D2 Dock

Posted: September 4, 2010 in Uncategorized


Verizon’s teaser site for the Droid 2 R2-D2 edition has been teasing a series of locked spokes, accessible by all as soon as anyone in the community solves the "puzzle." We don’t know exactly what the magic code was, but regardless, thanks to David H. yesterday, we’ve got a new gallery of devices pics and — oh, lookie — a special edition Droid R2-D2 dock. We don’t see room for a hyperdrive anywhere, nor wings, proton torpedos, or a cockpit for future Jedi to blast orbital space stations. So, let’s just call it a vacation home for astromechs needing a respite.

Lest all the paper-based leaks weren’t sufficient evidence for you, we’ve now got ourselves an insider at one of Verizon’s brick-and-mortar outlets informing us that Fascinate launch kits are being distributed. VZW is said to be training up its staff (presumably that involves more than just pointing out where the above puzzle piece should go) and the whole thing’s looking “right on track” for the mooted early September launch. So that basically gives us about a week’s time to kill with 21:9 HDTVs3D prototypes,slinky tablets, and whatever else we can find at IFA. We might just be able to manage it.
Courtesy of EngadgetMobile

Impressive Android App

Posted: September 3, 2010 in Uncategorized

Anyone who has ever spent much time around me knows how much I am into how the various wireless networks work. I’m always trying to locate what tower I am currently registered on and when the handoff to the neighboring tower occurs. I have played around with several programs from the Android Market but never found one that actually worked as advertised. That is until yesterday. While I was doing a search I came across Net Monitor. It had 4.5 stars and over all good reviews.
First thing you see when you launch the application are 3 tabs along the bottom of the screen. Home, log and map. The home tab tells you what network you are currently registered on and the system id as well as the tower id number. You also get the signal strength in –dbm which is constantly updating. ( The lower the number the better signal. -70 great signal, -100 not so great.) Where this app really shines is the map mode. It will show on the map the tower you are picking up and the tower id number. As you travel it will show you when the tower hands you off by changing to red and the new tower changing to green. The other great thing that I really like is that it keeps all the towers you have ever registered on located on the map. Changing from green to red and so forth as you travel. This gives you a great way to actually map out a wireless network.
My rating for this app is 5 stars. Look for it in the Android Market under Net Monitor.

Samsung Gem for Verizon

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

We’ve heard talk of the Gem before, and a new listing for the phone in Best Buy’s September buyer’s guide confirms the existence of Verizon’s new low-end Android piece that’ll likely slot in below the Fascinate in Sammy’s lineup for the carrier. Looks like it’s slated to launch with Android 2.1, not 2.2, and will include both TouchWiz 3.0 and Swype — both Samsung staples at this point — along with a 3.2 megapixel cam and 16GB of microSD expansion (though it’s not clear whether they’re going to do you the favor of throwing a card in the box). Despite the high-end name, we’d argue pricing is definitely going to determine the success of the Gem, especially in a world where Vibrants go for next to nothing on contract. $79.99 at launch, perhaps?

HTC Incredible

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

HTC  Droid Incredible.  First off I will give you the specs.

CPU Speed Qualcomm® QSD8650, 1GHz Snapdragon™
Platform Android™ 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense™
Memory Flash 8GB + 512MB/RAM 512MB
Dimensions (LxWxT) 4.63 x 2.30 x 0.47 inches (117.5 x 58.5 x 11.9 mm)
Weight 4.6 ounces (130 grams) with battery
Display 3.7-inch touch-sensitive screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution
Network Dual-band (800 and 1900MHz) CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO/1xEVDO rev. A and IS-95A/B voice or data with up to 1.8 Mbps uplink and 3.1 Mbps downlink speeds (Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)
Onscreen Navigation Optical joystick
GPS Internal GPS antenna
Sensors G-Sensor
Digital compass
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Connectivity Bluetooth® 2.1 with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
3.5mm stereo audio jack
micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0)
Camera 8-megapixel color camera with auto focus and flash
Video capture
Audio Supported
Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma
Recording: .amr
Video Supported
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv
Recording: .3gp
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1300 mAh
Talk time: Up to 313 minutes
Standby time: Up to 146 hours
(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)
Expansion Slot microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
Up to 32 GB card support. No pre-installed card.
AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A
Email Push Gmail™ and Exchange
Special Features Friend Stream
In-Box Content Main unit, Micro USB cable, Battery (1300 mAh), AC adapter, RF Brochure, Product Safety & Warranty Statement, Quick Start Guide

As you can see the Tech Specs are very impressive on the Incredible but what about real world use.

I have been using the Incredible for 3 weeks now and overall I am satisfied. I tend to do a lot of milti media during the day so the battery life for me hasn’t been that good. After a full nights charge I am usually down to 50% by lunch. But I do love my Pandora and email. Voice quality is great. One feature that I rarely use on a phone but have with this one is the camera. The pictures turn out great*. For a phone to use every day for calls and email this is one of the best smart phones on the market.  Pair that with the Google calendar and contact integration and you have a very powerful handset.


2010 Android phone’s Roadmap

Posted: September 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

Some of you with HTC Sense-enable devices might notice that HTC Peep or FriendStream isn’t allowing you to do anything. If you haven’t already read the news, Twitter is suspending all other authentication methods in favor of the more secure OAuth as of yesterday. They’ve been drumming up to this change since Fall 2009, and they’ve finally made it a requirement for any Twitter application that wishes to access a user’s profile in any way. The problem with this and HTC’s Twitter-enabled apps is that they haven’t updated their application to use OAuth in any versions of HTC Sense – including Android 2.2. We’re not sure what happened in the software development process where they seemingly overlooked OAuth, but it’s a feature-breaking problem that we hope they’ll be able to resolve shortly. They’d need to issue updates to any phone to date that has come preinstalled with HTC Sense to ensure service is restored to people who actually use Peep over market offerings. It may not sound like the most serious break in the world, but it’s still pretty big. Most people will head to the Android market to try out a free app anyway, but there will still be a lot of people left in the dark. We’ll keep an eye on this to see how HTC will handle and respond to the situation.

[via Androinica]