Tag Archives: Android

Nexus 5 Review

26 Dec

I must have looked like a weirdo during the last couple weeks of December. Thanks to one of the podcasts I do, Android Visionary, I was able to get my hands on a Nexus 5 for a few weeks to review and since I’m already glued to my cellphone, being glued to two probably got me a few odd stares. Unfortunately I wouldn’t know if I did, you kind of have to look up for that. Using the Nexus was great, and also a painful reminder of how slow my old Galaxy Nexus is.

(It boots up so much faster than my Galaxy Nexus, I really felt sorry for the old guy)

The first thing I did when I got ahold of the device was load all of my favorite apps on it. I’m constantly on Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Pintetrest, Instagram and whatever other social media site you can think of. These sites are fun, but having all the notifications running in the background drains the hell out of my battery, on top of my constant usage. So for the first few days, I was on a rampage on twitter. On a 10 hour shift at work, with constant usage I was able to go about 8 hours before having to plug it in. Next I wanted to see how long I could leave it alone before the battery went out and it lasted for a few days, even with the notifications going in the background.

Although it’s bigger than the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 is extremely light. The phone with its case weighed less than my Galaxy Nexus without anything on it. 4.4 Kit Kat is amazingly smooth. It works continuously between apps without pausing, and on the 5 inch screen typing on Kit Kat is extremely easy. Apps startup quickly, and changing between apps or even turning them off in the task manager doesn’t have the half second pause that the Jellybean update did.

As a Vanilla Android phone it doesn’t have some of the cool features that the new Galaxy Note 3 or S4 have, but it’s definitely worth the purchase.


Video How-To: Checking for Software Updates

23 Nov

I made a video!

Nexus Updates!!!!!!

2 Nov

Everyone already knows about my love for Skynet Google products. If you’ve listened to the podcast you know that I’ve been geeked about my Galaxy Nexus phone and my Nexus 7 tablet (even if I’ve failed at writing the blog posts I’d promised to write about them). So imagine all the warm feels I caught on Monday when Google announced their new Nexus products.

THEY’RE FINALLY HERE! With all the accidental shipping of a 32GB Nexus and the rumors of a Nexus 10 device, it’s nice to finally know that all of those rumors are true. Google announced on their blog Monday that there are 2 new Nexus devices out as well as price and storage changes for the Nexus 7.

The Nexus 4 is the new vanilla Android phone coming out unlocked and ready for any carrier. This phone is made by LG (possibly to avoid any of the legal issues Samsung has been dealing with against Apple), and although it’s prices are really good ($299 for 8GB, $349 for 16GB) it doesn’t have as much space as the Galaxy Nexus.

The Nexus 10 is the first full sized Nexus tablet coming from Google. Google’s blog talks a lot about its use for entertainment such as magazines and movies, but it also talks about the tablet’s ability to have multiple profiles on the single device. Working a lot like a computer the Nexus 10 lets you sign in to your profile and use your apps while you’re signed in on it and lets you sign out and let someone else use their profile the same way. This would be good for families who can’t afford multiple tablet devices but still could use the portability of one.

The Nexus 7 had gotten a couple good upgrades in all of this. For one it’s gotten more storage space without going crazy with the price. The 16GB tablet is now only $199 and if you want more space (like I definitely do) you can get a 32GB tablet for $249. Also now, if you’re ballinoutta control like that, the 32GB Nexus 7 can go mobile with AT&T or T-Mobile.

So if you’re looking to buy a tablet without falling too deep into debt you should definitely go to the Google Play Store and see what they have to offer.

(Crossposted from Nerdgasm Noire Network)

Galaxy Nexus

14 Jul

I got a new phone.
Although there was the legal hiccup between Apple and Samsung I was able to get my new toy.
In fact I’m posting this post from my new toy now!
A review will definitely come soon. Also maybe some more nerdy lifestyle updates.

Philips Fidelio AS351

25 Jun

Last November I’d selfishly made a Things I Want post about the Philips Fidelio series of Universal Android Docks. I wanted one so bad, and luckily for me a few weeks ago ThingFling had them on sale for $50 plus shipping and handling. Being that I’m a fairly broke nerd I hopped on the opportunity to get something I wanted without having to pay a tremendous amount of money for it. It’s a good thing I did, because after toying around with getting a Motorola specific speaker dock for months before finding this deal, I dropped my phone twice the week before I received it and now have the most inconvenient spots of dead pixels one could have on a phone. After being so proud of myself for being able to keep a phone past an upgrade, and convincing myself that my Motorola X was still in good enough condition to keep for as long as possible, I manage to put myself in need of a new phone within a few days.

But I digress.

So on Friday, after a delivery mix up, I got my Philips Fidelio AS351 and so far I love it. Although it took a bit longer than I expected to get set up (which I’ll admit is probably because of how hard it was for me to SEE anything through the dead pixels and all) I found it pretty easy to use. At first I thought I was going to be disappointed, because the app that I use for music on my phone is the Google Play Music app, because it gives me access to literally ALL of the music on my harddrive at home from anywhere. But after awhile I figured out that not only can you exit the Fidelio app screen and still keep the phone connected to the speakers via bluetooth, but you also don’t need to have the USB connected to the phone for the speaker to work (something I’d forgotten since my first post). The sound is amazing, and there isn’t any sort of weird lag between the speaker and the phone when the music starts and stops. The only thing that I wish it had that is doesn’t is a remote control for the speaker so I could control things that way, but I won’t ask for too much. I’m happy I made the purchase, and I would definitely recommend others check out ThingFling for deals on other Philips phone docks as well, just in case the specs on this one don’t intrigue you as much as they did me.

Android Voice Commands are totally a ripoff of Siri, right?

3 Jan

I don’t dislike Siri, in fact I think she’s a great addition to the army of useful things that the iPhone has at its disposal. However I do need to Apple fanboys and fangirls to stop acting as if nobody has ever done anything before Apple has done it, especially when it comes to voice commands.

When Siri debuted, every person I know who got an iPhone 4s raved about how awesome it was, and how my little Android phone was missing out on this technological breakthrough. I was a loser… nay…. THE ENTIRETY OF ANDROID USERS were losers because we didn’t have Siri to help guide us through our phone usage.

But we did.

No we didn’t have Siri, but our girlfriend Voice Commands has been good to us. We’ve been together since August of 2010 at LEAST, and anytime I needed her she was there to help me.

So no Siri, I will not leave my girlfriend Voice Commands for you and your legion of adoring fans. Stop calling me at 3am. It makes you look like a creepy stalker.

Wow Apple, That Was Kind Of A Dick Move

20 Dec
While procrastinating on perusing the internet (more specifically the thousands upon thousands of articles I have in my Google Reader queue) I came across this interesting article via Gizmodo about the lawsuit Apple has against HTC.
Apparently a few of the important things that all smartphones do (like make clickable hyperlinks for websites, phone numbers and maps) are under a specific Apple patent that the Android OS violates, which means with the success of this lawsuit against HTC, Apple could go after other cellphone manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola that use the Android OS.

Hopefully this doesn’t stick, however if it does maybe Blackberry will make a comeback.
Or Windows Phone 7s will get popular.
Or not.

Things I Want: Universal Android Dock

13 Nov

If there is anything that any other telephone or mp3 that isn’t the iPhone/iPod is lacking is a speaker dock. With Android it’s definitely a lot harder because Android is only an OS and has many different devices that it can be used on.

The Phillips Fidelio series of speakers (which I found through Gizmodo) has found a simple way of dealing with that by connecting the actual audio with the speakers via bluetooth, and leaving the micro USB purely for keeping the device charged.

As an Android fan I want and need this. The remedial set up I have in my home now is just an old set of speakers (which are plugged into a wall) that is set on top of my nightstand next to my phone charger (which is plugged into a wall) which I have to plug and unplug whenever I come and go. The wiring puts me at a discomfort when changing songs on my phone, and to have to have fewer things plugged into my outlet is also convenient. Plus it comes with a remote. I’m a sucker for a remote.

So the question is, who’s willing to buy me one?