Posts Tagged ‘#mobile’

Windows 8, Part I

Helpful Hints, News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis December 2nd, 2012

I’ve already had a lot of customers asking about the new version of Windows.  This will be a series of posts about the new operating system from Microsoft, and some details you should know both before and after buying.  First of all, this is really just a cosmetic build On TOP of Windows 7.  Unfortunately it is only an advantage FOR TOUCHSCREEN DEVICES.  If it doesn’t have a touchscreen, DON’T BUY IT with Windows 8.  For a normal desktop PC, it’s much more trouble than it’s worth.  Not only does it FORCE the large “Metro” screen on users, but they have disabled some of the handy desktop features that we’ve all grown accustomed to.  I’ll elaborate on that later.  Another thing to beware of before purchasing is that there is a second version for tablets called Windows 8 RT.  For the first time ever, this is based on architecture other than x86 (ARM-based).  The bottom line:  it won’t run any of your old PC apps!  You must get all new apps from the Microsoft store to run on this version.  I started to buy one of the new Surface tablets from Microsoft (see photo), but found out that the x86 version won’t be out until Spring.  Currently they only have the Windows 8 RT version for sale.

Android update

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis April 23rd, 2012

I’ve been using the Samsung Intercept for about 8 months now, along with Virgin Mobile’s (VM) pre-paid service.  I still like it, mostly for the price.  This Android phone (and service) have issues that make them both mediocre at best, but I feel like I’m taking a stand against outrageous fee practices with the other “mainstream” companies.  If you’re interested in cutting your monthly mobile bill in half, VM has several new Android phones available that are getting much better reviews.  The one I’m eyeballing is the LG Optimus Slider.  My wife bought the Optimus V, and it’s better than mine.  But I REALLY like having a slide-out keyboard, so the new slider phone fits me to a tee.  (See it here)  It has a faster processor than most of the other offerings, which will be a much-needed improvement.  The only other (repeated) gripe I see is about battery life.  I’ve said it before, but just a reminder:  On ANY smartphone, you will greatly improve your battery time if you’ll disable the GPS and WiFi features.  Just turn them on when you need them, and you’ll get hours instead of minutes of phone time.

Google and Motorola

News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis August 15th, 2011

Bad news for AndroidThe big news of the day is that Google just bought Motorola’s mobile phone division.  I think this is bad news for the Android market.  Google’s only vested interest, up until now, of supporting Android devices was to steer people to their CLOUD, with all its apps and the search engine, calendar, etc.  BUT with this latest acquisition I’m afraid that Open-Source may fall by the wayside.  Of course, they promise this won’t happen.  APPARENTLY at this point the main reason they did it was to help them in the multitude of patent lawsuits that have been leveled against them.  But NOW they own a phone company, why wouldn’t they leverage that?  I guess we’ll see.  Meanwhile you can read the full CNN article here.