Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Lumia I never spoke about

Dear Readers,

There are things we ought to be proud about in this life, some of them include your wife (if you're married), your God, your faith, taking a shyt.... Ok just kidding.

But! There's something i'm totally not proud of or cannot say i have an iota of pride for.

My Lumia 730 

Yeah I know people, I actually bought a Lumia device in November of 2014 and man was I pumped in the expectation of wanting to use a device with a beautiful interface and well crafted chasis. SO like two weeks after buying this device, i discovered to my horror that the well crafted windows phone i used to love (I was an early Windows Phone user) was now Crap to say the least.

People Hub
The people Hub now had no Facebook integration, we now have an utterly, completely, infuriating, totally clueless Facebook app to replace the once beautiful Facebook, twitter integration in the people hub. I mean why do i need have an app to do something that the phone already had built into it's core. Well done Microsoft you guys are so smart and thanks Fartbook for twisting the big Blue's arms.

Music Hub
The music hub almost drove me mad, where was all the artist backdrop we used to have, the beautiful interface is gone, all in the name of simplicity. We used to have the best looking and sounding music player now it's all gone. Microsoft Whyyyyyyyyyyyyy??????

You know how when you're new to Lagos and find yourself in an Oshodi or an Obalende with a swarm of people all around and you not knowing where to turn to or how to get to your desired destination. That's the feeling i got from looking at the settings menu on the current windows phone 8.1.

Utter confusion.

I wouldn't say anything again about this because if i do, I'd just keep getting angry over it.

Completely Ugly looking bunch of apps... i can mention a few - BBM, Vine, FARTBOOK, Twitter, all ugly (ok skype and whatsapp try small). Guys what happened to the WP design guidelines. Apps on Windows Phone 7 were much more better looking and worked much more seamlessly. Are you guys making it more difficult for developers or what?

I have a lot to say, but i wouldn't want to sound like a broken record... MS Fix your OS. What i have listed is just a few of the issues with the windows phone. The windows phone was very different and that's what made me run to the platform initially. Please MS do something about the platform. From the days of Zune i loved the interface now it's all gone.

I'm almost at that point where I would put the phone where it's name says it should be. On my window.

Sorry ladies and gentlemen i just had to vent.

Have a lovely day.

Friday, December 19, 2014

My Stupendous Galaxy Note 4

Ok. So i got meself a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and now i live in a different Galaxy. I need to express how i feel about this device and i'm gonna have to do it in three versions: 

Igbo - Nna men ife'a bu okoro... Whatever that means.
Yoruba - Kini yi oti ya were
Hausa - something something something... :)

This phone is absolutely Incredible and it's all I ever wanted in a phone. So i'm gonna put it in these few words. THIS IS THE BEST PHONE IN THE WORLD.

It's screen is amazing and it is a power horse of a device. Every task i throw at this big boy gets handled with inexplicable ease. Watching Youtube/Pre loaded videos is amazingly enjoyable. Multitasking using the split window is something i find myself using everyday cos really i can do almost three stuff at once. I've been able to play a video, have a floating Facebook window and also have my email client open at the same time and this dude handled it with ease.

I got the white version of this phone and I'm telling you it's something i always want to look at, the design is sleek and It's metal frame and chamfered silver edge is so pleasing to hold. The phone is sturdy and feels very premium in the hand. For a phone with a 5.7 Inch screen the Note 4 is surprisingly handy and easy to manipulate with one hand (that's to an extent though).

The one side i do have to make sure you know about is the fact that you have to pay a pretty steep price for this device. Secret: I traded in my iPhone to get this so it wasn't so bad for me.

For the Nigerian market you'd be getting this device between N120k and N130K.

If you'd like to do a trade in program you could visit obiwezyswap.com or walk into any Revive phone shop.

I'll leave you with screenshots of my Note 4 and some of the Apps i have installed. I'll also leave a link to an in-depth review on this superfluous device.

iDigitalTimes Galaxy Note 4 Full Review

My Note 4 Screenshots


Leave your comments and let me know if you'd be getting this.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Microsoft Lumia confirmed as new brand name for company's smartphones

It's not exactly a shock, but Microsoft has apparently settled on the "Microsoft Lumia" brand name as the new label for its smartphones that use Windows Phone, replacing the Nokia brand name following Microsoft's acquisition of that company's Devices and Services division in April.
The transition will take place slowly, beginning with changing over the Nokia Twitter and Facebook feeds around the world to the new Microsoft Lumia brand. The Nokia France Facebook page has already announced, "In the coming days, you will receive a message from Facebook on the renaming of this page. We are about to become 'Microsoft Lumia'! - Stay tuned to learn more soon...;)."
Microsoft has been busy redirectling Nokia website visitors to its new Microsoft Mobile page for the past month. It has also renamed nearly all of the Windows Phone apps that were developed by Nokia, replacing that name with "Lumia" in most cases. Microsoft may also be slowly phasing out the "Phone" part of "Windows Phone" in terms of marketing the OS to consumers in favor of a "Windows" effort that will cover all devices.
Do you think "Microsoft Lumia" is a good brand name for its smartphones or should a new name be used?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

And Jailbreak for iOS 7.1/7.1.1 is here

Celebration time everyone who is an iPhone jailbreak fan, we finally have a simple method to jailbreak your iPhone. In case you dont know what Jailbreaking means, let me help you... It basically allows you do stuff with your phone Apple previously locked out. Like sharing files via bluetooth installing paid for apps for free (via cydia - though i wouldn't advice you do this, please buy your apps from the App Store, support our developers). That said....

Here you go.

How To Jailbreak iOS 7.1 / 7.1.1 Untethered Using Pangu:

Before you begin, make sure your device is either running iOS 7.1.1 or iOS 7.1. Also make sure the latest version of iTunes is installed on your computer. Always backup your data to iCloud or locally via iTunes before jailbreaking.

Step 1: Download.

Step 2: Launch the tool with your iOS device connected to your PC, and uncheck the box as highlighted in the screenshot below, otherwise it will install a Chinese piracy app store.

Now click on the black “????” button to begin the jailbreak process. A popup will appear on the jailbreak software. This is a prompt for you to change the date and time on your iOS device.

Step 3: On your iOS device, navigate to Settings > General > Data and Time, and turn off Set Automatically. Set the date on the device to ‘02 June 2014’. Set the time to 20:30 (that’s 08:30pm for those who aren’t using the 24-hour clock on their iOS device).

Step 4: Go to your home screen on your iOS device, You’ll now see a new icon on your home screen called ‘Pangu’. Tap on it, and then wait a little, after a few moments you’ll be jailbroken with Cydia installed. It’s that simple. Note (your device may boot twice, thats normal after that Enjoy.....)

Here are screenshots from my now 'aweeeesome' phone with cydia installed and i'm running iOS 7.1.1 :)


Disclaimer: this can brick your phone, do it at your own risk....

If you have tried the jailbreak and it works for you leave a comment below... 

Nokia Announces the Nokia X2 Phone

Microsoft owned Nokia smartphone division late last night announced the Nokia X2, a follow up to the popular Nokia X phone release a few months back.

Featuring a “stylish exterior,” the phone is meant to appeal to people who like a little color on their phones. A translucent outer layer makes the phone glossy though, which Nokia thinks is a good thing — we’ll have to put it to the test to determine our verdict on that one.

The Nokia X2 has the design and durability that Nokia phones are famous for, and it can run your favorite Android apps. This video shows you all the new features coming with this new generation of Nokia X devices

See official Nokia video below:

iPhone 6 Mass production is about to begin

Apple's iPhone 6 release date is getting closer as each day passes, and there are preparations on both the software and the hardware side of things. Apple has recently released a second beta of iOS 8, and a recently leaked glimpse of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 was seen in the wild. Mass production of the largest iPhones ever will start in July, according to a recent report quoting “people familiar with the plans” - Bloomberg.
While there is no exact iPhone 6 release date yet, the sources claim that the smaller of the two, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 might ship to retailers around September. As far as the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release date is concerned, said sources claim that the Apple phablet might reach retailers at the same time as its “smaller” sibling.
Nothing is certain until the Cupertino company officially unveils the dates of its launch event, but following the recent number of leaks, we can say we are well on our way to seeing a new device pretty soon.

Source: Bloomberg

LG to ship the G3 globally from June 27

So! LG is sort of back in the mobile device business with their brand new LG G3 device which for lack of words i'd call a 'Beast' of a device. I'd sure like to get my hands on one but i guess i'd have to wait for it to at least get to Nigeria. I'll be putting up a full review of the unit once i get my hands on it and you my esteemed readers will be getting an update on what i think of the device.

The G3 packs a ton of features and hardware wise is bucking with power. Below is a breakdown of the LG G3 specifications:

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions
CDMA 800 / 1900 - CDMA version
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - D855
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - CDMA version
4G NetworkLTE 800 / 1800 / 2600
LTE 700 / 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2300 / 2600 - D855
LTE - CDMA version
Announced2014, May
StatusAvailable. Released 2014, June
BODYDimensions146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 in)
Weight149 g (5.26 oz)
DISPLAYTypeTrue HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.5 inches (~534 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
SOUNDAlert typesVibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
- Dolby mobile sound enhancement
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 128 GB
Internal16 GB, 2 GB RAM/ 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
DATAGPRSClass 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGEClass 12
SpeedHSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 21 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL/ EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
Infrared portYes
USBYes, microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort), USB On-the-go, USB Host
CAMERAPrimary13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, phase detection/laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality
Features1/3'' sensor size, simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR
VideoYes, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization, check quality
SecondaryYes, 2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801
CPUQuad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
GPUAdreno 330
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS (D855 model only)
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsMetallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- SNS applications
- MP4/DviX/XviD/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/WMA player
- Photo viewer/editor
- Document viewer
- Organizer
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
BATTERYLi-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Stand-byUp to 565 h (2G) / Up to 553 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 19 h (2G) / Up to 21 h (3G)
MISCSAR US0.39 W/kg (head)     0.48 W/kg (body)    
SAR EU0.23 W/kg (head)    
Price group
TESTSDisplayContrast ratio: 789:1 (nominal), 1.820 (sunlight)
LoudspeakerVoice 70dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 80dB
Audio qualityNoise -99.4dB / Crosstalk -100.0dB
CameraPhoto / Video
Battery life

If you'd like to know more about the LG G3 see a video of Android Authority's review of the device below....