A friend who’s a long-time iPhone user just asked for my advice about whether to get a Samsung Galaxy S3, a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, or a iPhone 5.
Advantages for Android
I think that liberty should be the first consideration, I’ve previously written about how Android phones won’t necessarily give you as much freedom [...]
For some time I’ve been wondering how the wire size for power supplies limits the power. So I’ve done some quick calculations to determine if it’s a problem.
The first type that is of interest are the “Inverters” that are used to convert 12VDC to 240VAC (mains power) to allow electric devices to be operated [...]
According to the bureau of meteorology today is 39C. But mad dogs and Ingressmen go out in the midday sun, so I took advantage of some spare time to capture a couple of portals.
After that my phone battery was apparently at 46C and my phone refused to charge.
It seems that in addition to [...]
My new Samsung Galaxy S3 has support for “Multi Window Mode”, here is a video which shows how to use this, Multi Window Mode starts at about 2:30 .
A common complaint about Android is the lack of multitasking, which is partly true and only slightly alleviated by Multi Window Mode.
Running Multiple Programs
I recently had a chance to briefly play with the new Samsung Galaxy Camera . The Galaxy Camera is an Android device with a 4.8″ display (the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S3) that has a fairly capable camera (IE nothing like a typical phone camera). It runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and the [...]
My new Samsung Galaxy S3 phone takes a micro-SIM (see the Wikipedia page about Subscriber Identity Modules for details ). All my other mobile devices take a mini-SIM so I can’t just put the SIM from my old phone in my new phone. I’ve just made my second application to Virgin Mobile for a new [...]
My new Samsung Galaxy S3 arrived a couple of days ago. Kogan added to the weirdness in their shipping that I documented in a previous post  by shipping the two phones on consecutive days with separate invoices for $789 each (as opposed to the $449 that I paid). This means that if customs were [...]
I have just ordered two Samsung Galaxy S3 phones and matching cases from Kogan. The price was good and Kogan gave me 30 cents discount as part of a verification process. Instead of billing the full amount for a large order (for which the cutoff is somewhere between $25 and $1014) Kogan will deduct a [...]
I have decided to return the 7″ Android tablet I bought from Aldi last week . I still think that the tablet isn’t all bad, but the main problem I had is the short battery life. The battery can be entirely exhausted in less than an hour’s use. Another problem is the fact that most [...]
Today Google sent me an invite for Ingress – their latest augmented reality game . The fact that they sent me the invitation while the Google Play store page for Ingress  tells me that it’s not available in my country (Australia) is interesting. Google obviously aren’t using their Big Brother powers effectively!
The way [...]