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Oct 302012

For well over a year I’ve had an Android smartphone.  I started with a Samsung Galaxy with my ill fated dabble on the Three network, followed by a HTC Wildfire S, on my O2 contract, then gave that to my eldest daughter and bought a Samsung Galaxy S2 unlocked to put my O2 SIM in.  Apart from the rubbish battery life, I was happy enough. 

I longed for a tablet though.  Around about 14 months ago I succumbed to the evilness of the Apple empire, and bought a sparkly new iPad2.

I was happy enough.

Even with the different look, feel, and app choices that had to be made on the different devices.  I was still happy enough.  I didn’t spend much money on apps on either of the devices, I kept things like Twitter in-synch by using Twitter clients that had Tweetmarker support.  I used Instagram only on my phone, since the iPad version doesn’t exist.

I was happy enough, but I wasn’t ecstatic.

Neither was my girlfriend.  For roughly the same length of time she had a nice iPhone4, and a few months later she got an ASUS Transformer TF201 (the tablet, with the keyboard that has an extra battery in it).

She doesn’t use the Transformer too much.  I figured out just the other day that one of the main reasons why was because of that ‘drift’, that ‘gap’ between what’s available for iOS and what’s available for Android.  She, like me, struggled with the differences between having a phone of one OS / manufacturer, and a tablet of another.

It just didn’t work as well as it should.

So today in a fit of ‘I must fix it’ I factory reset my iPad2, and factory reset my Transformer — for a brief period I owned them both .. mwhahaha.  Within about 30 minutes I had them BOTH up and running again with largely the same set of apps (both iTunes, and Play Stores remember what you’ve purchased).

Everything is good again.

I’ve still some gaps in apps that I’ve got to fill on the Transformer.  The WordPress app for blog is SHOCKING!!

If I can do it.. trust me, you can do it too.  Will you take the plunge?  Do you use different strokes on your phone versus your tablet?

Aug 052012

Following on from my previous post relating to the Samsung Galaxy S2 and little issue I had with locking on to a GPS signal, I have to say that I’ve used the maps/latitude/GPS-thing three or four times this last week, and it has been invaluable, and excellent.  I am not a big fan of London.  I haven’t visited many of the sites, but the last few days I’ve had a need to visit a couple of locations, and the GPS + Maps have been brilliant.  It is also great to be able to get walking directions, with pretty accurate timings too.  That’s helped me get from train or tube station to the place that I’m going quite easily.  I think it would have been a nightmare without a little device like this!  It’s not to say that my HTC Wildfire S wouldn’t have done the job, but the additional screen real-estate on the Galaxy S2 is valuable when it comes to moving around on the map.

I hope to put it to more use this coming week.

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Samsung Galaxy S2 and GPS


Aug 022012

When I first got my Samsung Galaxy S2 from Amazon UK, it had Android 2.3 on it.  My SIM is for O2, and soon afterwards (a day or two) I had an OS upgrade notice.

This took me to a world of pain!

It was the O2 customised Ice Cream Sandwich over the top of ‘stock’ 2.3.  A little while later, and with the use of Odin, and three strong cups of coffee, I reinstalled everything with ‘stock’ 4.0.3.

Life was good.

But.. I noticed when I went in to Maps or Latitude of even MyTracks that it would not lock on to a GPS signal.  I am sure (okay fairly sure) it was okay when I was on Android 2.3, but my upgrade issues.  A little hunting around on the internet led me to this post:


I simply did the first part of the steps in the article:

Settings > Location and security > ensure the the 3 boxes under My location are ticked.

Now download and install, free from the Market, GPS Status.

Put your phone into, “Flight mode“…

Settings > Wireless and network > Flight mode… check

Open GPS Status (preferably outdoors with a clear view of the sky) and select Menu > Tools > Manage A-GPS state > Reset

Now just leave it for as long as it takes to get a solid lock on at least 6 Sat’s (preferably more… 9->11 would be good). This can take 20 min’s or more but be patient,

When you have achieved this then select GPS Status Menu > Settings > GPS & Sensors > Auto-download AGPS data > choose how often you would like the data to be updated (1 hour -> 3 days… I have mine set for once a day) > tick the 3 boxes (GPS required/Lock to GPS speed/Filter the GPS speed, if required) and choose your Sensor filtering.

Now disable, “Flight mode, by un-checking the box and reboot your phone.

After this my GPS lock is about 3-4 seconds !