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Entries in iphone (3)

Thursday
Oct252012

Purple spots on iPhone 5 photos, camera related issues

First off I want to say this problem is not the purple haze problem Apple has already admitted to. Which involves pointing the camera at a light area like the sun. This is completely different in the fact that after taking a random picture today, I noticed a dark purple stain in the frame. After taking several photos, I realized it was a stain within the lens. I cleaned the outside of the lens thoroughly and still no resolve. I immediately jumped on the Apple forums and to my surprise...I was not the only one. Other have also complained about the dark stain on their photos as well. Interesting enough it only appears on the rear camera photos, the front camera lens is clean. I take pretty good care of my phone, so this is not due to a dropped device. A trip to the Apple store is in my near future and I will let you all know what the outcome was. Below are some shots I took after realizing the problem.

Sunday
Sep162012

Why I chose the iPhone 5 over the Samsung Galaxy S III

  Up until a month ago I had been using a Iphone 4 on AT&T for quite some time. I skipped the Iphone 4s just because Siri was not a determining factor for me to upgrade. With all great the reviews (and specs) on the Samsung Galaxy S III I went ahead and sold my wife's 8gb Iphone 4, then gave her my 16gb Iphone 4, which in turn allowed me to use my upgrade to purchase the Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S III was $50 cheaper at Walmart compared to the AT&T store, Best Buy, Target etc. They only had the white version available (which I rather not have, but I put a case on all my phones anyway) so I went ahead with the 16gb white Galaxy S III. My first impressions of the phone were great, the bigger screen real estate was excellent for browsing the web, watching movies or podcasts. Android Ice Cream Sandwich was very fluid and quick. The free navigation app that is included was very user freindly, which previous iphones did not offer. The speed of the AT&T network in my area on the S3 was also a boost from the 3g that I was getting on my Iphone4. I was averaging 15mbps down and 10mbps up on AT&T's so called 4g network. So far the Samsung Galaxy S III didn't disappoint. But when it came to storing the 4.8inch Galaxy in my pocket...it was a whole other story. I work outdoors mostly so keeping the phone safe is a priority. The Galaxy S3 did not fit in my Dickies cellphone pocket for one, which is my preferred pocket for cellphones. Given how big the screen was, it was dificult to stowe it without risking cracking the screen in half. Also typing with one hand was a challenge with the bigger screen. The iphone 4 felt a bit sturdier and robust compared to the plastic feel of the S3, due in part to the iphone4 front and back glass slabs. I will say that spec wise, the Galaxy S3 is superior to my iphone 4, but with the annoucement of the iphone5 I had to decide which to keep. I stayed with the S3 for about two weeks before returning it to Walmart, which was a smooth process that didn't even require a restocking fee. My upgrade was reinstated with 48 hours of returning the S3. At this time, the waiting game began, I had to use an old Blackberry 8310, which is torture, especially when coming from using an S3. 

 When the Iphone 5 was announced, everything pretty much fell in line with all the prior speculation, slightly taller screen, thinner body, faster processor. Ok the taller screen thing, I am completley cool with due to the experience I had with the S3. In the end, I had to go with the iphone 5 simply because I am invested in the Apple product universe with such apps as iMovie, iPhoto and various other Apple devices. The new iPhone is basically the upgrade we would have wanted after the iPhone4 instead of the 4s.

  Armed with a Google Chromebook, a Macbook Pro and an Iphone 4, woke up 5 minutes before  midnight on Thursday the 13th, at the stroke of midnight I refreshed all three devices for about 5 minutes until the winner by a tap of f5 was... the Google Chromebook! hmm... I was unable to reach the preorder page on the Macbook Pro, though I did have better luck on the Iphone 4 App Store App but I ended up placing my order on the Chromebook. The result will arrive sometime on Sep 21, the initial iPhone5 stock was sold out a little after an hour after midnight, shipping dates are now at 2-3 weeks. I will post a clearer review once I recieve the new device. Though I liked the S3, I wouldn't be able to make a full decision without trying both devices.

Tuesday
Aug162011

Get Free Google Voice SMS on in flight WiFi (Hack or Loophole?)

 

On a recent trip from San Diego to New York City, I thought I would mess around with the in flight WiFi provided by GoGo Inflight WiFi. While on the round trip Delta flight, I didn't really need internet access simply because I had already loaded up my ChromeBook with movies. But at one point I was thinking about purchasing the inflight WiFi plan just to surf the net. I did not feel like paying the $7.95 GoGo mobile rate nor did I want to pay the $12.95 rate for my laptop. But upon connecting to the Hotspot any attempt to pull up a browser without paying simply redirected me to the GoGo site for access. I noticed that during that time I received a notification of a missed call on my Google Voice App...So I launched the app and noticed it refreshed with no problem. The light bulb went off at this point and I immediately sent an SMS to a couple of my contacts and to prove my theory correct they both answered back. The Google Voice App allowed me to send and recieve text messages without paying for the inflight WiFi. I then turned on my Chromebook and tried to open up the Google Voice page but I was redirected to the GoGo inflight pay to access page. I then thought my iPhone was only capable of this until I tried the Google Voice widget in Chrome, which worked beautifully. The only way I was able to get it to work was using either the Google Voice App on the iPhone or the Google Voice Widget in Chrome. I can only assume that the same trick would work an Android device. I tried to research what protocol Google Voice SMS uses but found to many conflicting responses, I'm thinking that the GoGo inflght WiFi is only blocking port 80 (internet port) communication. It will be interesting to see if this works on other inflight WiFi providers. I realize that many airlines offer free wifi but when they don't...try it out and let me know if this little Easter Egg worked for you to.