Friday, 7 October 2016



The Note 7 Saga

The Galaxy Note 7 saga even continues to take time in our feeds. We see that even the replacements are now exploding, and its apparent that a second recall is in the mix. 

I had my daughter drop her Note 4 and we got a payment from the insurance company to get up to Note 7, as yet this has not been forthcoming. As it is it seems that the Note 5 is the best option being that the Note 5 has none of the issues that the Note 7 has. 

I would suggest steering clear at the moment until Samsung can come up with a solid solution. 

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Note 7

Samsung has launched the new Note 7. The aspect is almost the same form factor as the s7. Comes with Exynos 8890 chip and 4GB ram. It has all the edge features of the Edge 7.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Random Restarts on Samsung

The random Restarts on Samsung has happened on my s6 and s7. I was doing the same thing. Using the Samsung browser. There must be a memory issue. 

Saturday, 28 May 2016

s7 Review


Due to my s6, which I have had for a year, since which the software went down whilst browsing with Samsung Browser. It went down, I tried to go to Recovery, could not, tried to flash the stock rom and nothing. The conclusion being is that it was to go to repair. Went to O2, but O2 said that the repair was not going to happen alleging the phone had been tampered with. So I had to upgrade to the Galaxy S7. 

The phone is a beast of a phone. Performance is beyond belief. The system is buoyed with 4GB of RAM. This amount of memory was a dream a few years ago. Running Android 6.0.1 out of the box. Already the first software update has been issued. 

In terms of the camera, focus and detail is the most incredible. Whilst the s6 had 16mpixels the shooter is now down to 12. This means that the new software tweaks has brought this up to the s6 standard if not better. 

Email and social media is so quick, applications launching in 1 second. The Exynos chipset here in the UK is the most rapid of any phone configuration. 

I have had the phone 2 days now, and I cannot believe the difference between this and the s6. 

The notification shade is so good, receiving colourful and detailed notifications. Email delivers quickly, and photos upload to Facebook and Instagram so fast, and to cloud services. 

I estimate that with further software updates the platform becomes more and more optimized. 

There is no doubt, the s7 is the best smartphone around. 

Thursday, 26 May 2016

S6 to S7

Last week the software on my s6 died in mid browsing. I tried to boot it up but to no avail. Tried to flash through download mode. No joy there either. The rom would not boot. Took it to a mobile provider to be fixed.  They refused to fix it. Instead I refreshed the account with a s7. Wonderful machine of a phone.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

S6 died

Was browsing the net when the S6 went down and did not reboot no matter how much flashing was done. Awaiting repair.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Windows 10 Event Tracing Stop error

I had a stop error, the computer could not boot, not even with a repair. So the only resource available was reset and reinstall the system...best thing I did, with new functionality added to Windows, it is the best ever. Sometimes an error, however grave, we can get a benefit from.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Apk mirror Google Play Services update 9 PLEASE DO NOT INSTALL

The update to Google Play Services on Apkmirror.com is giving an update error loop. Please do not update

Windows 10 event tracing fatal error.

I had a stop error and trawled the Internet for a solution. There were several solutions but could only guide me to the final conclusion. I had for whatever reason installed a broadcom driver. Broadcom drivers do not go well with Windows 10. Uninstalled it. Now boots up fine.

BE AWARE BROADCOM DRIVERS ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS 10.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Windows 10 switch

I have recently made the switch to Windows 10 whether it be mobile or PC. The architecture has matured and the interlinking is good. I love the email structure of both Mobile and PC versions. Mobile apps need optimisation to speed up their launch and data access. I have had 5 updates since I got the mobile. I love Android but Windows 10 has matured.


S7 FM radio activated through update

FM radio activated with update to T-Mobile Galaxy S7, S7 edge http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/pocketnow/~3/vCD8B8--dfs/fm-radio-activated-with-update-to-t-mobile-galaxy-s7-s7-edge

S6 clearout

Samsung wants to clear out T-Mobile Galaxy S6 generation with $150 rebate http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/pocketnow/~3/lszcJp0c4Bw/samsung-t-mobile-galaxy-s6-rebate

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Windows 10 phone

The new Windows 10 ecosystem is now more consistent than ever. The only drawback is the lack of apps and slowness of them in some circumstances.  The only area I feel as a personal opinion that Windows 10 excels is in Calendar; email and Office apps. So far as 3rd party apps are concerned there is some way to go to offer that speedy app launch that you get with some Android apps. Just to say compared with how Windows 10 mobile started out and the updates that have brought extensive optimization Microsoft has a chance to regain Market share.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Microsoft Lumia 650

The Microsoft Lumia was sent to me to test. It's a great phone. Great build and great software.  I will write a full review soon.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

HTC HD2

The old handset from 2009 is making quite a comeback due to the fact that it is so versatile that you can run about whatever rom type you want.

It originally shipped with Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional and although the handset is no longer supported by HTC, a very marketing malicious strategy, you can run Windows Phone 7.8 and yet you cannot access Live Services due to lack of a Activation Code from Microsoft. You can run Android roms also. Also Meego roms when they were all the rage.

When you consider that in 2009 the landscape was so much different with Android barely at Cupcake, when compared with Marshmallow today, who could have predicted the trajectory of a ground breaking OS that Android is. Whether you like it or not the Android OS is the only one that can take on IOS. Even Blackberry with their PRIV has conceded this fact.

The experience with the HTC HD2 has been interesting to say the least, in that I tried Windows Phone 7.8 but was stumped with the lack of Live Services, and yet performance was great. I returned back to Windows Mobile 6.5 with the use of a RUU utility which restored things.

I understand the cult following, how flexible a phone can be...this has to be it...so why would HTC or any other OEM want to leave behind possibilities which are endless...maybe the answer lies in the economics...hobbies are not for professionals, and they don't pay!!!

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Lookback

We are starting a new feature called Lookback. This is where we review the most famous Smartphones that marked the years since the original IPhone in 2007. If you desire me to do a review of a particular smartphone please write to russell.durose@gmail.com

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Marshmallow Beta s6.

http://www.androidauthority.com/android-6-0-marshmallow-update-649110/ In this post, which will be updated frequently, we are rounding up all the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update news, so you can get a good picture of what to expect.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

The Verge on Galaxy s7

http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/21/11081468/samsung-galaxy-s7-event-livestream-live-blog

Guardian article of the Galaxy s7 unveiling

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge waterproof flagship smartphones launched at MWC http://gu.com/p/4gptt?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Blogger

Galaxy s7 introduced by courtesy of Android Authority

http://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-galaxy-s7-edge-hands-on-first-impressions-675057/ We take a quick look at one of Samsung's latest flagship offerings, as we go hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge!

Android Authority MWC 2016 cover of LG G5

http://www.androidauthority.com/lg-g5-ux-feature-focus-674950/ Alongside its own massive design language overall, the LG UI is making some pretty bold changes, all in the name of creating one the leanest and most simplistic versions of LG UI to date. Join us as we take a look.

LG G5 review from MWC care of Pocketnow

https://youtu.be/QnEMXU1xdfo

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Android 6.0.1 official for Beta testers

Come on Samsung!
I was assured that after testing Android 6 since 25th December and getting the 6.0.1 version I was assured that last week my s6 would be updated!

I was informed there were delays. Just wonder if the delay has to do with the launch of the s7. Not all of us can afford the s7 when it is launched.

Please update as promised.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Official 6.0.1 delay for the s6

I got an email from Samsung saying that due to an internal issue the official update for the UK has been delayed.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Android 6.0.1 released for Galaxy s6 and s6 Edge

South Korea has released the full Android 6 update to the s6 and s6 Edge. It should from here be released worldwide.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Crashing apps on Android

There is nothing more annoying than crashing apps. To resolve without a hard reset try the following

1. Log out of the app and log back in.
2. Reset the permissions in Android 6.
3. Wipe the cache partition
4. Change your log on attributes in the offending app.

Hope this resolves

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Instagram 7.15

The new update to Instagram crashes. Until there is an update keep the 7.14 version.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Galaxy s6 Android 6 Beta has been closed

Bad news for those who wanted to test the beta for Android 6 on the Galaxy s6. It has now been closed. This probably means that the official update is about to roll out.

Monday, 11 January 2016

S6 6.0.1 beta

Beta testers for Android 6 for Galaxy s6 and s6 edge were treated to a update up to 6.0.1. My experience is that everything is smooth and fast

Motorola explanation by Android Authority

http://www.androidauthority.com/motorola-lenovo-rebranding-666669/ Today, on their official blog, Motorola posted a lengthy explanation of Lenovo’s actions and ensured audiences that the two corporate entities were working together.

S6 Marshmallow beta update

An update has been pushed to all beta testers of the S6 Marshmallow update.  Shadows have been taken off icons.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

CES 2016

CES 2016, Day 3: HP, Netflix, Dell, Honor, and more! http://www.androidcentral.com/ces-2016-day-3-roundup

Blackberry Bold 9900

Just got this handset through the post. It is the phone launched just before the new Q10 and Z10 were launched.

The new software did not have the same appeal than os7.1. Email however cleverly arranged in a hub did not capture. So much so that Blackberry has adopted it's own version of Android.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Blackberry Bold

I got a unit through the post yesterday. When you consider that Blackberry was king for its email services just 6 years ago shows the lack of today's innovation and the innovation of the competition. Blackberry was king and is no longer. It's time to innovate again.

Monday, 4 January 2016

January Android Patch

Google's January 2016 Security Bulletin is live — here's what you need to know http://www.androidcentral.com/googles-january-2016-security-bulletin-live-heres-what-you-need-know

Blackberry Bold 9900

Would you consider this unit today?

Is it still relevant?

Will review