Archive | October 2011

Have an Android phone but no idea how to work it?

     As is so often the case…people get new devices, but then have no idea how to use them to their full potential. Here is a simple and cheap solution, that is based on the web-based guide, but it puts everything right at your fingertips. Below is the description from the Android Market

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You’ve got your phone booted up. Now learn how to really use it.

Put the world’s best-selling and most up-to-date how-to guide for Android in your pocket for the introductory price of 99 cents. Or you can buy the eBook for $9 at

The Complete Android Guide app is the perfect companion to keep handy on your phone. Search through our extensive how-tos and tips to extend your phone’s powers, improve its battery life, connect to more pieces of your online life, and get the answers to the niggling questions not answered elsewhere.
Beyond the in-depth explainers on your browser, email, Gmail, and other pieces of your phone, our guide includes:
* 10 Things to Do Right Away on Your Android Phone
* 20 Great Android Apps to Check Out
* Fixes for the most common annoyances
* Guides to saving your battery and securing your phone
* Alternative recommendations to apps you might not love on your phone
The Complete Android Guide covers all Android phones, up through and including Gingerbread (2.3) on phones and Honeycomb (now at 3.1) on tablet devices.

Link to the app


Amazing time to be in the market for a new smartphone

     If you are in the market for a new smartphone, the next couple of months will offer you a great opportunity to shop around. For starters, there are still four major platforms to choose from: iOS(Apple), Android(Google), WindowsPhone(Microsoft), and Blackberry(RIM). These platforms are available on all of the major carriers (except there is still no iOS on Tmobile). Each has its pluses and minuses as there is no “one size fits all”- despite what Apple wants you to think.
     The top devices to consider are (in no particular order): The Galaxy Nexus, the iPhone 4s, the HTC Titan, the Blackberry Bold 9900, the Motorola RAZR, and the Galaxy S2. And while these are my top picks, there are a host of other phones that are also quite good.

Blackberry Playbook

Does the BlackBerry PlayBook have a future? Here is a great article  –
The Blackberry Playbook is an interesting device and one I would own IF I already had a Blackberry phone or planned on getting one. The build quality is top notch, it has a nice design, the interface is snappy, and it is the PERFECT size in my opinion. But without a BB phone to link up with the “Bridge” function, it is simply overpriced and not very functional.