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December 21, 2011

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review

 BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It’s now been a week since I got the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which I LOVE!  Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly.

Overall it’s a solid device, and the best part of the phone is Android 4.0; Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).  I love the face unlock feature which is a new feature in ICS. It’s really cool but it’s more of a show feature. After about two days, I got sick of looking at myself every time I had to unlock the phone and eventually reverted back to the old school slide unlock. The other thing that I really like a lot is the speed of the speech to text feature. With the improved speech to text feature it’s pretty much real time and you’re able to indicate punctuation and emoticons 🙂 Google has also improved the camera, pictures now snap instantly. In fact it was so fast, I took the same picture a couple of times thinking that it wasn’t working!

As for the hardware, the phone feels solid. I LOVE love LOVE the 4.65 screen size. At first I was very worried that it would be too big, but when you hold it in your hand it feels comfortable. The extra real estate is much appreciated when I’m surfing and watching TV on my phone (yes I use my phone as my primary device). Also, it doesn’t feel clunky when you’re actually talking on the phone.

Now for the bad. As many people have complained and Verizon has acknowledge, the signal strength on the phone is not awesome. Considering that I moved from T-mobile because I had issues with dropped calls, I wasn’t too thrilled when I found this out. Although, the signal is weak I haven’t had any dropped calls yet (knock on wood) and voice quality is good. Verizon has pledge to fix this issue with a software update so I guess I can live with it for now and shack it up as the price to pay to be an early adapter.

As for the ugly, the battery life on the phone is HORRENDOUS and I’m extremely disappointed from this aspect. Although, I have to say it’s improved over the week. Earlier this week I managed to get 3.5 hours of battery life out of the phone, I was on LTE and was heavily using my phone. So here are some tips and tricks to help improve your batter life on your Galaxy Nexus.

  • Turn off haptic feedback- I heavily use GTalk on my phone so I found this really helped. To turn this off go to Settings-> Keyboard ->Android Keyboard settings (or the keyboard of your choice) -> uncheck vibrate on keypress. Additionally, you can turn off the haptic feedback on the menu buttons by going to Settings-> Sounds-> uncheck the vibrate on touch 
  • Turn off WiFi- Turn off WiFi when it’s not needed. I installed Llama which is a location profile app and have set it to turn off WiFi when I’m not at home. 
  • Set WiFi to never sleep when your phone is in the away mode (Settings -> WiFi->Advance->Keep WiFi on during sleep (always))
  • Use auto brightness on your phone
I know that the reason that the battery life is so poor is mainly due to the fact that I’m using LTE. You can always opt to not use LTE but one of the reasons why I got the phone is for the improved data speeds so that wasn’t an option for me. Also, Google is soon releasing an update which should help battery life. With the small improvements I managed to get 10h 8 mins today with 14% left. Also, I didn’t use my phone quite as often today but I’m much more happier that I was able to go a full day without charging it.
With that said, if you’re not willing to live with the minor issues then hold off on getting the phone. Otherwise, I would jump on it right away 🙂


 

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September 19, 2010

Android not ready for Tablets?

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

This news is from the horse’s mouth itself. Hugo Barra, Google director of mobile products, recently said that “Froyo is not optimized for use on tablets. If you want Android market on that platform, the apps just wouldn’t run, [Froyo] is just not designed for that form factor.” However, Samsung claims that the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be compatible with 85-90% of the Android programs.Well, for all that advertising Samsung has done, the Tab better support that many apps.

Isn’t it really depressing to hear that the most anticipated Galaxy Tab may not be quite ready for the tablet market yet. With a flood of Android tablets coming out, Google better start working hard to get those 80,000 apps working on the tablets. If they don’t,  GoogleChic, you wont have much to grapple over and I will be really bored without an iOS competitor to diss. 😉

Samsung has announced that the device will be upgradeable to Android 3.0 (Gingerbread).  However you wont be able to upgrade it to Android 3.5 (Honeycomb), since there will be new hardware to support that. With the blazing speed at which Google is releasing software updates, GoogleChic, would you still want to buy a device which only gets one software update in its lifetime?  Geez, you fAndroids must be really very rich!


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Do you really think that Samsung who manufactures quality products will release a crap tablet like it’s counterparts Augen? Heck no! Of course they thought about the new screen resolution on its tablet. Come on, in the technology world everyone knows that you just don’t go poof and everything will magically appear on a new device. Samsung has been working with Google to identify apps that will not work as in on its new Tab and have been in contact with those developers.

If you look at the iPad, there are apps specially made just for it to take advantage of the larger screen. AppleGirl, were you depressed when the iPad came out on day one and not all the apps was working as you expected ;)? As for the 80,000 apps, Google doesn’t need to lift a finger, that’s not their responsibility. Each developer should go back and make their application compatible (much like the Apple process). However,  to Hugo Barra’s point, there is an easier way to make all of these Apps compatible, “we want to make sure that we’re going to create a application distribution mechanism for the Android market, to ensure our users have right experience”. This is something that Google is already working on with Gingerbread (Android 3.0) .

As for Honeycomb, Samsung is planing to release a full tablet portfolio in 2011 which supports Honeycomb. So, you could wait it out until then but the Samsung Tab is about portability with the 7 inch screen size and if that’s what you like I would say go for it! I somehow have a feeling that the tablets released by Samsung in 2011 will be larger than 7 inches.

For now, check out the hands on video with Samsung Tab, it sure looks sweet to me!

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September 18, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab- take your pick!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It looks like it’s going to be a full house  again with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung announced yesterday that the Galaxy Tab will be available via  all major US carriers (T-mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint).

Samsung also announced that a WiFi only version will be available! This means no service contract and data plans (Whoop!)! However, there’s no news on the pricing for any of these devices just yet.

One odd thing is odd is that the US version of the Galaxy Tab will not have telephony capabilities unlike its European model. Am I going to cry over this? No! That’s what a phone is for, and don’t forget you still have the VoIP option if you really want to use it as a phone.

Lastly, movies and next day TV shows will be offered via Media Hub. I think Media Hub is a very nice feature for movies, but I’m still not jumping up and down for joy about the TV shows. I mean Android does have Flash so you could wait for the shows to be posted online to watch, I guess it’s a nice to have if the network doesn’t offer online episodes.

Watch out AppleGirl, with the Samsung Tab being readily available with on all of the major US carriers, do you still think the iPad will dominate?



BY THE APPLE GIRL

Is this going to be another round of device dwarfing just so the Samsung tablet fits into the carrier plans like the Galaxy phones? Sprint customers; don’t hold your breath expecting another Epic 4G, because Samsung is not releasing a 4G version of the Galaxy Tab. T-Mobile customers, you won’t be getting the Tab on T-Mobile’s HSPA + network as well. That leaves Verizon and AT&T. You think AT&T customers would buy an Android device when they have an Apple device at their beckoning?

GoogleChic, I am glad you are not crying over not having voice call functionality on the Tab because I think Samsung and the carrier networks should be beating themselves bad over that blunder(esp if its available in UK). If your Tab is extremely portable because it is 7 inches (maybe you don’t have the extra 3 inches space in you handbag or manbag to hold an iPad), a good smart phone-mini tablet is what we don’t have in the market (Intentionally ignoring  Dell Streak here).  Want to get ahead of the iPad? Launch a device into an untapped market. But instead, Samsung insists on being the best knock-offer (Does the word knock-offer exist? Nevermind, I just made it up). Elaborating on the knock-offer attributes, Samsung makes a device just like an iPad (only 3 inches shorter), makes Apple like accessories, and top it all off gives you video conferencing on Wi-Fi only. GoogleChic, isn’t that what we call Facetime on iPad? Yes, the same Facetime over Wifi you keep cribbing about. 😉

Wow, you get a Media Hub as well? Anything compared to the iTunes store? I’m not even going to draw a comparison here since we all know who wins this round hands down.

As it is, the battery life of the iPad is super trumping the Samsung Tab (iPad has 10 hours video, 140 hours audio playback , one month standby  and Samsung Tab has 7 hours video). Hmm, I wonder if that 7 hours would be any shorter with GoogleChic watching videos on Flash websites.

Alas, Samsung couldn’t get their hands on Apples iOS, so they decided to stick the Tab with another copycat, Android OS. Apple’s newest updates including Airplay wireless streaming and the colossal giant App store with Apps made to render to the 10 inch iPad, sets the Tablet software bar higher than Android.

Last but not the least, let’s talk about the price. Although Samsung hasn’t released the price point in the US, here’s a feeler about how it is faring in UK. Amazon has listed the product for  a mind boggling £800 as compared to £529 for a 16 Gb Wifi-3G  Apple iPad.  Amazon has also listed a 15% discount which brings the Tab down up £680. Of course, with carrier subsidization, the price may vary in the United States. But if the Tab is going to cost more than an iPad, GoogleChic, really I don’t think even you would be buying the Galaxy Tab! 🙂

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September 14, 2010

Facetime on the new iPad and Mac?

BY THE APPLE GIRLIf you are holding off on buying an iPad just yet, here’s some good news for you! Apple might be releasing the new version of the iPad with a front facing camera in the first quarter of 2011. Another rumor is that Apple is getting ready to ship Face Time version of iChat with which you could make Face Time calls from any Mac. FaceTime might be the next thing in vogue; GoogleChic, unless you buy an Apple device, you are going to be left behind with your wannabe “Face Time” flimsy video chat software on your Android!Front facing cameras on any Android device including your most favorite Samsung Galaxy Tab might only give you the hardware to do video calls. But what you really miss is the beautifully integrated Face time software that Apple has done so well.

Steve Jobs was critiqued when he claimed back in June that Apple would ship tens of millions of Face Time devices this calendar year.If FaceTime comes to all Apple devices, Steve Jobs might be keeping his word. A writer at Fortune has added up all the numbers and turns out Apple might have roughly 48 million Face Time devices in the market by the end of this year. Albeit, Face Time is currently allowed only on Wi-Fi, with 48 million Face Time devices, Apple is just unlocking the video telephony potential.

Girls, go get some make up on. Your next FaceTime call might be any minute now!

BY THE GOOGLE CHICIf the hardware allows for a front facing camera, do you really think there’s no software to go with that? Of course not! Qik is a video chatting application that allows for you to video chat to your heart’s content. In addition, it’s a video sharing software app, you can upload videos to Qik and share them with your friends. Obviously, you can do this all over 3G 🙂Don’t be jealous AppleGirl because you can’t Facetime over 3G. There’s an alternative solution for you. You can Fring and video chat with me over 3G. However, as you will see in the demo below you may have some issues on your end 😉

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September 7, 2010

Android web usage climbs, Apple’s slip!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Check out the pretty graph below. While Android web usage steadily climbs, iOS drops (and this includes the beloved iPods and iPads).  Maybe, Apple’s investors should take a look a closer look and study the Quantcast chart and invest wisely!

I’ll leave you pondering with this thought. “In business you either lead, follow, or get out of the way.  A steamroller driven by a friendly green robot is coming through, and that huge user base some others have been enjoying isn’t going to be enough to stop it.”

Source: Android Central, tgdaily

BY THE APPLE GIRL

GoogleChic, its funny you should leave us pondering with that thought! It aptly describes Apple as a leader and Android as follower. Is’nt that the trend? Android following Apple’s innovative smart phone solutions, and the the bevy of handset makers, copying every single curve on the iPhone. GoogleChic, Do Galaxy S phones look like the iPhone to you? 🙂

Your chart indicates that iOS web consumption has been going down while Android web usage is going up. Are you telling me that Apple has miraculously got the web consumption down while still selling more devices than the Android? I would say that is ingenious.

Now here’s a thought for you to chew on. 10 users could each be using 1 unit of data on their iPhones and a single Android user could be using 100 units of data. With all the tethering allowed on  Android phones, I won’t be surprised if this is true. Does that indicate that Android’s market share is bigger than Apple’s?


August 25, 2010

Fastest Texting on the iPhone!

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

GoogleChic, don’t be under the illusion that Swype helps you type faster!

A few days ago, a British woman named Melissa Thompson walked into a Samsung roadshow and beat the current Guinness World Record for fastest texting and she used Swype. I can see GoogleChic glowing with pride. But it sounds like a well laid out publicity stunt to me!

An iPhone user came across this news and tried his hand at it. Check it out! He beat the British lady  by more than 3 seconds!

GoogleChic, do you need more proof that the iPhone allows faster texting than your Swype? There goes your coveted feature on Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy phone! iPhone texting beats Swype any day! Plus no learning curve that comes with Swype.

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

AppleGirl, of course I’m proud! She used an Android device to beat the Guinness record :). Supposedly, Melissa was out of shape with texting and still beat the Guiness world record.

As for the iPhone user who beat Melissa’s record by 3 secs, think if they were to use Swype on the Samsung Galaxy S. Maybe they’ll shave another 5 secs off, and be the ultimate fastest person in the world! Just something to ponder about.

Try it for yourselves, how fast can you type this?

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August 24, 2010

Samsung eye candy!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

The Samsung Galaxy Tab looks delicious! Yes, I’m drooling over the Samsung Tab yet again, but with the new teaser video and new leaked pictures I just couldn’t pass it up. I’m sure AppleGirl can’t wait till September 2 for the official launch so that she point out every detail that she doesn’t like about the Tab 😉

Highlights:

  • 7 inch screen
  • Running 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Swype (loving this one!)
  • 3G
  • GPS




BY THE APPLE GIRL

GoogleChic, of course it is eye candy! Because the looks imitate the iPad! And did you steal “delicious” from the Apple iPad ad too? 🙂 I am sure you would love an iPad as long as it was not made by Apple!

Did you see the monster hand holding the 7 inch Tab in the video? It is giving me a very ugly Dell Streak vibe (Streak has a 5inch screen). If it has FLASH, you can say buh bye to the battery life!

Showing off teasers is not going to help Samsung sell millions. GoogleChic, I hope you don’t go into mourning with disappointment when the Tab is released on Sept 2. Hold on tight! I need you here to write the blog 😀



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July 26, 2010

Samsung vs iPhone


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

The rumors are confirmed! Samsung is giving out free Galaxy S for frustrated iPhone 4 users.  Hey AppleGirl, maybe they can convince you to make the switch, I’m sure a day with it you’ll fall in love!  The Galaxy S spots an amazing 4.0 SUPER AMOLED screen (yes I’m drooling!). The Galaxy S can do everything an iPhone can do and even better! Swype comes preloaded, if you’re not familiar with Swype check out the video below (it’s Swype versus the iPhone and Swype is kicking butt!).Check out the Samsung Galaxy S video below and see for yourselves. Would you switch?

P.S Samsung, wat the hey! where’s the flash? I would have called it an iPhone killer if that wasn’t missing! (arrggg I can see the AppleGirl glowing now)

Source: CNN

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Samsung has been making the most of iPhone antennagate buzz with their twitter campaign and advertisements. What Samsung seems to forget is that it might soon be payback time when Apple decides to include Galaxy on the “all-smartphone-antennas-suck” page. 😀

Moreover, GoogleChic why would Samsung want to give away free phones? Is it because they are  not super confident  about attracting customers using the AMOLED screen? Also, its a bummer to hear HTC acknowledge the over saturated color on AMOLED (Considering the fact that HTC  seems  to be the Android flagship nowadays).

Technically speaking, , the resolution on the iPhone is 640×960 pixels and the Galaxy only provides 480×800 pixels. There have been mixed reviews on which one is better and it appears that Galaxy is putting up a fight for the spot.

Galaxy is far from beating iPhone 4 in the hardware section. Critics claim that Galaxy has a cheap plastic case with noisy buttons that vibrate, no front facing camera among other issues.

GoogleChic, dont get carried away with Swype. Would someone buy Galaxy just for the swype feature? I would say Not! Although your video makes it appear as though Swype allows much faster typing. It might actually be more confusing than helpful. The lines that show while the finger is moving hide the other letters. That means in order to use Swype effectively you should know the position of the letters by heart.

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