Tag: Samsung Galaxy Note

Listen To The Music, Ladies

Picture of Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy Note

This article is for my lady blogger friends who have yet to enter the twenty-first century, which is a great mystery to me. You see, these outstanding network nannies (Leticia, and Z) do not have smart phones, iPods, or even a cheap MP3 music player.

So, ladies, here’s my pitch for your technological redemption and explanation of what smart phones are all about.

Let’s take a look at what happens with my smart phone. It can do almost anything my computer can do.

1. Address Rolodex – All my email and phone contacts are in my Google mail (gmail) account, and I have my phone sync to gmail for phone contacts, email addresses, and Google calendar. Most smart phones will sync up with Microsoft Outlook, too. The smart phone is your portable address book, calendar, and birthday list if you wish. I have Google calendar send me a short text message to remind me of every appointment, prior to the appointment. This is the ultimate cool for forgetful old men, like me.

2. Music – My entire collection of music CD’s have been transferred to Apple iTunes, and from there to the iPhone. Since I got rid of my iPhone I have transferred all the music to my  new Android phone. All my music is with me, where ever I go, and I can listen to it anytime I want.

3. Books – My entire library of Kindle edition books (e-books) is available on my smart phone. I take my library with me, everywhere, and can read my current book anytime, anywhere. Not only do I have print books, but I also carry my Audible.com books, listening to them while I drive, and before I go to sleep.

4. Important Notes – With the note taking function in my smart phone, I have made list of my prescription medications. Also, I have my extensive list of pin numbers, passwords and usernames for my countless internet accounts. I have password protected my smart phone to keep busy fingers away from this information.

5. Google – Yes. I take Google with me. I can even talk to Google, and it will understand my search. Several times I have been lost, or could not find an address, and would speak that address into the Google search application. The result would be links and map references. Cool, huh? Now, us guys don’t need directions. They are always in our pockets.

6. Bank  – I use my Bank of America application to check my bank balance, move funds, and to find an ATM or bank branch. Everybody needs this one. There is probably an app for your bank, too.

7. Movies – I can stream movies over the internet to my smart phone. The small screen is not very satisfying, but if I really feel the need to see the Magnificent Seven, again, it can happen.

8. Text Messaging – You might think that texting is just for teenagers. Not true, girls. I used my smart phone last night to cast my American Idol votes for Skylar Lane a couple of dozen times. I voted for two others, also, many times. With a smart phone, you have a tiny little virtual keyboard that is touch sensitive, and you can actually get used to using it.

9. Camera – With my smart phone, I have a good camera with me all the time. My Samsung Galaxy Smartphone has two cameras built-in, one in front, and one in back. The eight megapixel camera in back is almost as good as my Nikon Koolpix camera for which I paid over $100. The pictures are about as good, and I can upload them to my computer via USB connection.

10. Picture Gallery – I have my grand children’s pictures on my smart phone. I do not carry pictures in my wallet. Pictures can be taken by the smart phone itself, or just downloaded from my computer.

11. Cell Phone – I take my telephone with me, everywhere. This feature was saved for the last because I wanted to enumerate many of other features, first.

There are two main types of smart phones, the Apple iPhone, and the Google Android phones. Several major manufacturers make the Android phones including Motorola, Samsung, LG, HTC, and many others. Android phones have been selling faster than iPhones, and they all do about the same things. Neither has an advantage over the other.

Microsoft Windows is late to the smart phone lineup. The first Windows Phones were recently introduced, and there are only a couple of manufacturers signed up to make them. Even at that, AT&T sells the Nokia Lumia series of Windows Phone, and has found it to be a great sales success. The Windows Phone does not offer any advantage over any other smart phone.

You can see that the primary benefit of a smart phone is that it is an all-in-one entertainment device. I always have something to do while waiting, driving, or walking, or even in bed before sleeping. Last night, I listened to one of my Audible books until I went to sleep.

If the features listed above don’t sell you on smart phones, I can’t help you. Maybe you are dead, and haven’t realized it, yet.

May The Blogosphere Forgive Me

Oh yea, oh yea, let it be known that the proprietor of this here blog has lied to the entire blogosphere. The much read and acclaimed blog about the new Windows Phone 7 should be struck down, and assigned to the circular file marked, Microsoft.

Yes, I did it. I took the new Nokia Lumia 900 Windows phone back to the AT&T store. After using the phone for almost a week, I decided it would not be adequate for my usage. The only problem I found was the battery charge did not last long, at all. A full charge was not lasting even 24 hours, and I am not a big user of talk time, either. After all the praise heaped on the device, I should have known that there was a problem, somewhere.

On the positive side, the phone is a very nice device, and the screen is dazzling. The AMOLED technology is very nice, but it does cause a heavy drain on the battery. The Windows phone is probably the simplest smart phone to use on the market, and Nokia has done a great job in the styling.But, even with all the usual battery saving moves, the battery appears to be a problem.

My replacement for the Nokia is the biggest, ugliest, most expensive and difficult to use smart phone currently on the market. I have bought the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Note has a 5.3 inch diagonal screen, about an inch diagonal more than other phones. Plus, it comes with a stylus and the appropriate applications to use the stylus to write or draw. Since the screen is bigger, the virtual keyboard is bigger, making it more usable for a guy like me with big hands and fingers.

The downside, so far, is that the thing is big. I mean, BIG. How do you carry it? Can you put it in your pocket? It becomes a bit cumbersome to carry, but I was willing to try to work out those details.

Oh, the battery seems to last a bit longer. It was down to about 50% charge last night as I went to bed, and this morning the charge level had hardly changed, at all.

So, I hope this phone’s battery will last longer on a charge. I will get a charge out of figuring out how to  use it.