Hello guys! How is it going?
I recently downloaded a WordPress Android App on my phone. This app is really cool. I thought of posting a new entry immediately just to check the app. So this new entry is created. I just can’t help.
I also just purchased Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, a Christmas gift for myself and I love it. Thank you Lord for these blessings.
Going back to the WordPress Android app, its a great app to manage your WordPress blog while you are on mobile. Because of this app, you can approve comments, reply comments, view your site stats, post new entry or page etc. Like I said, its a great app!
You probably need to download the app if you are using WordPress and an Android phone usize of the application is only 1.4mb and can be downloaded through the Android Market.
Below are the screenshots just the time I post this entry:
Google Inc. recently launched a new technology called Google Cloud Print. This enables your printer to be connected on the internet. Before, our laptops/computers need to be connected to a Local Area Network so we can get access to a printer but now we have another way to print using Google Cloud Print. Just be sure you are connected to the internet. Well, not only you can print from your laptops or computers but you can print from your smart phones.
I posted a video, courtesy from Google, to give an idea how this Google Print Cloud works and how is it important.
How To Enable Google Cloud Print?
You need to have Google Chrome browser and of course a Google account so you can use this technology. I’ll help you how to set up Google Cloud Print on your PC.
1. Open your Google Chrome. Click the Wrench button and then click Options. (Refer to the illustration below.)
2. Click Under the Hood on the left side bar then click Enable Google Cloud Print.
Manage Your Printers and Share It To Your Friends.
So you want to help your friends print their documents for a fee? Your friend does not need to come to your office or house to get his/her documents printed. You might just share your printer to him/her and after then you can just give the printed docs later during your shift or next meeting.
To manage and share your printers, go to http://www.google.com/cloudprint/manage.html Just follow the illustration below.
SO what are you waiting for? Try it now. This application is free.
I have this Android smart phone for the first time ever in my life for a month now. And to tell you, using this phone is just awesome. I keep discovering new features of Android everyday and I am loving it. Android by Google is one of the best OS cellphones out there in the market.
So the phone model is the newly released model by Samsung, like it was just announced last January 2011. They called it Samsung Galaxy mini GT-S5570. It runs the Android 2.2 Froyo version. It supports Flash 10.1 which is why you can definitely watch Youtube videos on the phone. These are the key features of the phone:
- Network & Data HDSPA 7.2Mbps/3G/EDGE/GPRS Class 12^
- Operation System Android v2.2.1(Froyo)
- Weight 108.8g
- Display 65K Color TFT Full Touch Display, 240 x 320 pixel, 3.14″ capacitive touch screen
- Camera Resolution 3.0 Mega-pixel
- Video player H.263/H.264/MPEG4/WMV
- Music Player MP3/AAC/AAC+/e-AAC+/AMR/MIDI/WAV
- FM Radio Yes(RDS)
- Messaging SMS / EMS / MMS
- Connectivity Bluetooth # v2.1(A2DP/AVRCP), USB, WiFi
- User Memory 160MB(Built-in)
- Expandable Memory up to 32 GB
- more features? go to http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_mini_s5570-3725.php
What are included in the box?
The device is sealed in a small box. Inside the box are: 1 charger, 1 USB cable, the head set, 2GB Samsung micro SD card with the SD adapter, 1 copy of quick user guide, installer of KIES for PC syncing and the cellphone unit.
All I can say is…
The cellphone is cheaper (but it is not actually cheap though) compared to other Android devices in the market. I bought the unit for only PhP 9.6K and it was a good deal. In some stores, the unit costs around 10.2K I thought of buying the Samsung Galaxy 5 but my friend who went with me that time suggested me to buy this unit with only a difference of 800 pesos. Comparing Galaxy 5 and Galaxy Mini, I thought that the difference of 800 pesos made sense after all Galaxy Mini has more features compared to that of Galaxy 5. If you know what I mean…
The battery would last for more than 24 hours, at least 36 hours an average of my daily usage. I do not text and make calls a lot but I use the unit for surfing the net, playing games and playing music. The capacitive screen makes it easier for me to type the text. It is more convenient compared to typing on the actual keypads. I prefer using the numeric keypads in texting than the QWERTY keypads as I am used to it with my previous Nokia phones. So in this phone, you have an option to either select the QWERTY or numeric key pads.
The phone is not just for texting and calling but it is enriched with applications. Many thanks to all the Android developers out there. You can install many applications found in the Android market.
Because of this phone, there are things that I can already make it happen which are not so possible before. For example, I can control my laptop using my phone connected to the local WiFi. Before, I really need to sit in front of the laptop to navigate and play a movie or change music but now with my Android phone, I can lie down on my bed and with just a view taps on my the phone, I can definitely control the laptop and play a movie or change a music… while lying on the bed, I said that already. This is really helpful especially if you are tired. (I guess you can also do this with iPhone?)
The 3.0 megapixel camera is fine. Though having a camera button on the side part of the phone to take a picture would be more helpful rather than tapping a button on the touch screen.
Examples of the pictures taken using the phone camera:
SO the camera is not that bad. What do you think? Learning how to use Android could be not that friendly to some but I think that is just for the beginning… as you continually use the OS, you will learn to love Android. In my case, it took me one time 5 minutes on how to unlock the screen. And it also took me a day on how to manually lock the screen. Seriously. Like I said, I keep on discovering new features everyday. I did not know all about the QR codes before but now, thanks to this phone, I now have the opportunity to explore other technologies.
One I can think a negative side of this phone is the limited colors of the screen. It has only 65K colors which is very unlikely to most smart phones out there. Also, some applications would need to be forced closed especially when it is no longer responding. I always experience this when using the Android browser. Also there are times when I need to restart the phone to be able to connect to WiFi. Keep getting a WiFi error if the phone is not restarted.
Other than that, the phone is just awesome.
Screenshot pictures of the apps:
So guys what do you think of the phone? Please let me know and leave a comment. Thank you for reading.
As you probably know I was a Smart Bro canopy subscriber… that was a year ago when I was in Bohol studying college. College graduation came and got a job here in Cebu. Then God blessed me and I was able to purchase a laptop. Having a laptop with no internet could not be of use at all (well maybe for playing movies and music) so I thought of getting internet again.
I planned to get Smart Bro in Cebu but I am into downloading torrents, and based from my previous experience with Smart Bro, I was not that happy in terms of downloading torrents. So my friends told me that I should get a wired DSL internet. I got three choices: Globe Broadband, PLDT and Sky Cable Internet. I am renting a room in Lahug. Sky Cable Internet does not offer service in my area so I got two choices left: either Globe Broadband or PLDT myDSL. I researched about these two Internet Service Providers (ISP) on the internet to gain insight what would work best for me. Both have negative and positive reviews. It does not matter then to what ISP should I subscribe.
To make the story short, I signed up for Globe Broadband Internet Plan 995 with up to 1mbps speed.
My Installation Story? HORROR!
Monday, I submitted my application at Globe Telecom Center in Ayala Mall. They only required two valid IDs. In my case, I submitted my TIN ID and Company ID. I drew a sketch of my location and they confirmed that it was serviceable. I signed up a contract stating that I should keep the service for one year or else I will have to pay the early termination fee which is worth of two months service (PhP 2,000). I paid PhP 500.00 for the deposit. The representative then told me to wait for a call that should inform the date of the installation.
2 days after, Wednesday, someone called and told me that my internet should be installed Thursday in the morning. I declined. I said that I have other commitment and if it would be okay to have it installed on Friday. The rep gladly said that it was okay.
Thursday came, I was happy with my workmates inside a van and we were on our way to Moalboal. I usually keep my cellphone in silent mode because of work and I don’t want to get caught, when an unknown number miscalled me like 5 times. I was worried. It should be from Globe. I borrowed a Globe’s handyphone just to call their Customer Service. The rep asked the account number which I was not given. I gave them my complete name and I had to spell them like a kindergarten so she can pull up my account. M as in Milk, A as in Apple, R as in Rain… Finally she was able to pull up my account.
And guess what? I was correct. They called me for the installation. I said why? I was really upset. The rep then assured me not to worry as she will schedule it on Friday, tomorrow afternoon that day.
Friday afternoon, I was waiting. Nobody called. Saturday came. I was waiting. Nobody from Globe. Sunday and Monda came, I went home in Bohol and nobody called. I nearly forgot the installation. Tuesday morning came and there I was in my room waiting for Globe. Still nobody called.
I chatted one of their analysts that day. “OUR SUPPORT GROUP was not able to find your address, Sir”. That was funny. Why they haven’t called me again? And what was the use of the sketch? Grrr….So I told the rep to cancel my application because I do not want to spend another time waiting for nothing. Gladly the rep had this retention skills and I was convinced to stay. I am patient you know. LOL After days of waiting and contacting Globe, 2 hours after I chatted the rep, someone from Globe finally called me…
Tuesday 1pm. They installed my internet. The technicians were friendly. I was happy.
Globe Broadband Internet 1mbps Comments
For 995 pesos per month, I was happy with the speed I got. It was always between 0.95mbps and 1.05mbps. I can download most seeded movies (700mb) in less than 2 hours.
What I do not like is that the internet would drop out like 5 times in a month. Sometimes it would not connect for 1 hour (sometimes for 4 hours) then it would fix by itself. They have Globe Click Fix software which is of no help. There was nothing wrong on my end, most of the issues were caused by them
As of the moment that I am writing this, I already experienced twice of having no internet for two days. They said that they would credit my account but on the first outage I received the previous bill which should reflect the credit, there was no credit applied. Okay I can pass the first time but for the second time, I would make sure that the credit will be applied in the next billing statement. I do not want to spend another PhP 50.00 to load my Globe Tattoo and just get a 1 GB limited bandwidth due to their outage.
Their customer service
My board mates are interested to get connected with my 1mbps internet. I think that if I share my internet with them I can save some of my money and in this way I can help them. We decided to rent a wireless router from Globe (PhP 350.00/mo for 3 months).
I called their number 211 to apply for their wireless router. The phone rep processed an appointment for the installation of the wireless router and advised me to wait for 7 business days. And guess what? I did not get a reply from Globe. I do not want to spend more time talking with their customer service representatives and bought a wireless router myself. If they do not want my business then I do not want their business too. I’d rather buy a router than spend my precious time communicating their reps.
We got a router. We are 5 users and that makes our internet slow. Not Globe’s fault though. I convinced my board mates to upgrade the speed from 1mbps to 3mbps (PhP 1995/mo). The upgrade is automatic and it would take up to 5 days.
Our internet is now 3mbps. I ran a speed test. This time without a router to ensure and check if I am really getting a 3mbps speed. OMG! Globe never fails to surprise me. See what my actual speed is? I ran a series of 3 speed tests and these are the results:
1.75mbps for 3mbps? You kidding me? LOL I began chatting their analysts about this twice and I got disconnected. I e-mailed them and no one seems to know and understand the problem. I am tired of complaining. If this is really what they meant for 3mbps then I will just accept it. Acceptance is the key.
Just a friendly reminder
I do not intend to hate Globe Broadband. It is not my intention to upset their fans. I just want to remind you that hey people this is how I experience from Globe. You are the consumer and you have the right to choose. As of the moment, I want to be happy paying 1,995/mo for 3mbps when my actual speed is only 1.75mbps but the idea that I am being lied, this is the fact that I am having a hard time to accept.
Anyway, at least I did not say anything bad against them. So guys, I am cool. LOL
Thank you for reading!