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T-Mobile 3G iPhone Speed Test

November 7th, 2012 No comments

As it was noted on various blogs from official T-Mobile announcements, an upcoming spectrum revamp will help subscribers take full advantage of 3G internet on their non T-Mobile branded unlocked devices. Today was a very special day for me, because I have noticed that a 3G sign popped up on my test iPhone unit, that I use to debug and test my new apps. “Hooray”, I’ve said to myself, and immediately pulled up my useful needy-greedy Speedtest app, which showed me an astonishing result of over 6Mb/s. If you are as happy as I am, and cannot wait to see it in action, please check the link to the video, below. And be sure to leave comments with
what you’ve experienced thus far, dear readers. I am curious to know how my result stacks up against your results.

Link: Tmobile 3G on an iPhone 4S

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Iphone 4s speed test

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 ICS Update 4.0.3

June 11th, 2012 No comments

Behold, T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 owners!!! The long awaited day has come upon you. T-Mobile has pushed an Ice-Cream Sandwich update for Samsung Galaxy S2. The Update has been pushed out via Kies, which could be downloaded here. It’s set to bring about many improvements and features to the table. Below are some of the improvements, which one would see after updating the device.

As listed on Google’s ICS page here, the improvements are as follows:

  • Refined, evolved UI
  • Home screen folders and favorites tray
  • Resizable widgets
  • New lock screen actions
  • Quick responses for incoming calls
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs
  • Improved text input and spell-checking
  • Powerful voice input engine
  • Control over network data
  • People and profiles
  • Unified calendar, visual voicemail
  • Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor
  • Live Effects for transforming video
  • Sharing with screenshots
  • Cloud-connected experience
  • More powerful web browsing (with desktop page display)
  • Improved email
  • Android Beam for NFC-based sharing
  • Face Unlock
  • Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth HDP

Pleas note that some of these fectures may be masked with the Samsung TouchWiz interface. The update is still pretty fresh and more information will be coming soon. Follow the link for an immediate update or wait for the OTA update. Be sure to comment and share with your experience, positive or negative.

If the laundry list of improvements hasn’t made you salivate over the update and get on the download bandwagon, below are the some screenshots to make you realize what you’re missing.

 

 

How fast is your T-Mobile 4G Smartphone Internet?

April 26th, 2012 No comments

Several phone providers claim to have the highest Internet speed around. This time we would like to turn our heads to the community and ask you, simply how fast is your Internet connection? This poll is for T-Mobile users only, and here we would like to know just how well does HSPA+ stack up against the competition? Poll will be open for a month, so please hurry and run a speed test on your mobile device. If you’re and Android user, we recommend a cross-platform tool called “speedtest”, and for Windows and Blackberry users www.mobilespeedtest.com will do the job.

 

What is the highest 4G downlink Internet connection speed you have experienced on your T-Mobile smartphone?

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Evernote For Windows Phone 7.5

April 24th, 2012 No comments

Evernote For Windows Phone 7.5

 

Have you ever been in a situation, when you took several notes on your cellular phone, and after a while, when came time to reset your phone for various reasons sudden amnesia along with a lost phone, took your precious information away? If you are that person, then fear no more. Gone are the days when information is stored exclusively on the device. If one has been lying under a big rock, for the past couple of years, then I am here to assure, that the entire world of consumer electronics, is making big steps towards moving precious user content to the cloud! If you can name certain ones, who haven’t made the switch yet, be sure that they too will evaporate into the cloud, very promptly, just like H2O at it’s boiling temperature. Let’s talk about the app.

In Layman’s terms, Evernote is a note taking app, which allows you to take notes in form of a text, pictures or voice. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, the real magic starts when those notes are pushed to the cloud, or simply saved online for future access, editing and sharing. This is why I recommend Evernote, and use it on daily bases. Being a geek that I am, and also a student, I find Evernote to be particularly useful due to it’s cloud capabilities. Text editing is very nice, too, but the biggest advantage is in the fact that, once the notes are taken and saved, they can be accessed from anywhere, not only the phone. Nice folks at Evernote, have though of, literally, any platform, in this case. After signing up for a free account, one can access the notes from their Windows, Android phones, Android Tablets, as well as their iDevices (aka iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). The list doesn’t stop there; there is also a Windows and an OSX version of the app. And finally, if you just don’t like apps on your computer, you can access your stuff, navigating to Evernote.com through your browser. In terms of sharing options, it is logical to assume, that Evernote users can share their notes with others. It is indeed the case. Evernote allows it’s users to collaborate and edit notes as they are created. This feature is only available to premium users, which must pay a premium, that comes with several other neat features. to name a few, there is OCR, there is also indexing of PDF with ability to search for text in those documents. Head on over to www.evernote.com for more information about their premium services. When sharing a note, you can set the permission parameters that way that the person, who will see the note, could also make modifications to it (premium version). That is indeed a very compelling reason to find an alternative to Google Docs, which is first and foremost non existent on the Windows phone platform, for a very versatile and simple app.

People of various professions, material level and status will find this service very useful. As soon as the note is taken, it is synchronized to the cloud either via your data plan or Wi-Fi, making it instantly available for a download or editing on any of the aforementioned platforms.

Now, that we have taken a look at various advantages of Evernote, let’s turn out attention to the interface and the usability.

1) Live tiles. First thing that was unique about the Evernote on Nokia Lumia is the presence of live tiles. It is possible to pin a live tile of a note to your main screen, as if you were to pin a note to a board.

2) Audio, Photo, Text Note Creation. Evernote will allow the user crate notes in nearly all possible media formats. The site service will also allow for automatic text recognition, where a picture file can be converted into text.

3) Notebook Organization. All of the notebooks are organized and synchronized to the server on the same layout. Notes to self can be made of the phone and edited further on a computer or vice-versa.

4) Geotagging. Notes can be geo tagged as they are taken, to save to location information as well.

With rapid proliferation of mobile devices, which were at some point called PDAs for a reason, our productivity possibilities are increasing exponentially. Several years ago, a person could’ve only dreamed about a freely available unified multiplatform application, which would allow it’s members to remember everything in any way imaginable. Now, with Evernote, it’s possible. We no longer have to worry about backups, because they are done at instant. Users no longer have to think about a possibility of losing their precious information with a phone loss, or being away from a computer. Cloud storage based solutions will dominate the world in the near future, and any progressive individual must be able to find means for online content creation through collaboration. That just makes things faster and simpler. All of that is possible with Evernote and that’s the reason I like this service and would highly recommend it.

 

The full version of this post is also available in a nice PDF brochure format right after the break. Please post comments about the article and suggest what can be do to improve the quality of future posts.

Evernote for Windows Phone 7

Facebook Android App Gets an Update

April 21st, 2012 No comments

As it was confirmed, the Facebook app for android just received an update, introducing minor fixes and added functionality. For the full changelog, refer to the screenshot. In order to get the update, head on over to the Google Play Store.

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HardwareSavvy Forum Is Now Live

December 12th, 2010 1 comment

Dear users. The administration of the site has been working hard to bring a highly anticipated and requested forum page. The new forum has been constructed and will be available to answer your questions in the main page, under the “Forum” tab. Feel free to ask questions and let the community answer them for you.

Unofficial HTC HD2 Guide

September 21st, 2010 18 comments

THE ULTIMATE HTC HD2 GUIDE

The HD2 Hardware Guide


The original image of HTC HD2 was referenced from www.htc.com

In the rapidly evolving world of telecommunication, things change very rapidly. Several months back, HTC introduced a flagship device named HD2. It’s been crowned to be the direct successor of the HTC HD. Among many features, this “monstrous” device offers a 1024 MHz Qualcomm processor, 576MB of RAM and a 4.3” display with about 2.5x the resolution of the iPhone 3GS. Besides the amazing hardware the phone offers a great amount of features, which are expanding every day. There are so vast, that in this guide you will only learn about some of the few most interesting ones. More information will follow in future. Stepby-step instructions in this guide will make it’s usage of HD2 easier, more interesting and productive. In fact, vast majority of elements discussed here will not be found in your manual. Consider this guide your unofficial “missing manual”. Have fun learning about this fascinating piece of engineering and direct your comments or feedback to us below, after the break.

Voice Commands


Imagine having your own personal assistant, who will perform all of the common tasks such as phone calls, get calendar information, start programs and even play or control your music. Well, Windows Voice Command, which is a state-of-the art speech technology, transforms your mobile device into a personal assistant and helps manage your digital lifestyle more conveniently. The only thing you have to do is press and hold the call button, in order to activate the Voice Command feature! Below are some common Voice Command features you could benefit from.

Spoken e-mail notifications

You can now configure Voice Command to speak the subject and sender of incoming e-mail messages and the content of SMS messages as they arrive.

Spoken caller ID

Windows Mobile smartphone users can take full advantage of incoming caller ID without ever looking down at the screen. Incoming call information is announced as calls are received. Users who think they may have missed a call can simply ask, “What calls did I miss?” and Voice Command will recite the time and phone number of missed calls.

Have a voice-controlled, hands-free phone

You can simply say any name from your contact list with the appropriate command. Voice Command will even announce incoming calls.

Use a Bluetooth headset for a better hands free experience and for enhanced privacy

Place phone calls to people who are in your address book by using

your voice

Just say “Call Nancy Anderson” to place a call or include “at home,” “at work,” or “on mobile” if there is more than one phone number listed. Voice Command will even tell you which numbers you have for Nancy Anderson and let you decide.

Dial your phone by voice using the phone number

If you need to call a number that is not in your contact list, just say the phone number; for example, “Dial 425 555 0137.”

Call back or redial the last caller

Use “callback” to call the last person who called you and “redial” to call the last person who you called.

This feature simplifies returning calls to people who are not in your contact list. Missed calls are announced by name or number with a single command: Ask “What calls have I missed?”

Use your voice for contact and calendar lookup

Voice Command makes it easy for you to view your contacts with one command. If you want to view the details for a contact named Nancy Anderson, say, “Show Nancy Anderson.” Similarly, you can easily view your calendar by saying, “Show calendar.”

Have the subject, time, and location of upcoming appointments read to you

As you are running out the door, you can easily have Voice Command read the details of your upcoming appointments out loud so you do not have to look at the screen to find out what is coming up. Check the time and location of your next appointments by saying, “What are my appointments” You can ask about your next appointment by saying, “What is my next appointment.” Or, have Voice Command read your appointments for tomorrow by saying, “What are my appointments tomorrow.”

Control your media player with your voice

Use your voice to choose the music that you want to play from your collection by album, artist, or genre. You can select the music that you want to listen to the way you think about it. You can even ask Voice Command to “play everything” in your entire music collection, turning your smartphone into your own personal DJ. You can say “Play artist” or “Play album,” and Voice Command will list all of the artists or albums that are on your device and let you choose one of them to create an instant playlist. You can choose to control your music with your voice or use the button interface. If you are listening to new or unfamiliar music, you can ask “What song is this,” and the name of the song and artist will be read to you.

Use utilities with spoken commands

With Voice Command, you can use spoken commands to start any program that is on the Start menu or in the Programs folder, such as Inbox, Calculator, or Solitaire. You can even start additional programs that you added to your device. Use one button to start any application with a single quick voice command, including signal strength, battery level, time, and date. You can even set ringer level and low-battery alert by voice. * Voice Commands were obtained from Microsoft.com.

For more information and video tutorials consult

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/enus/downloads/microsoft/voice-command-features.mspx

Photography


The HD2 features a 5 Megapixel camera with dual flash. The LED flash is so bright that it’s impossible to miss a shot when you take a picture in the dark. Make sure to enable that feature from the camera menu.

Flash

To access the latter, tap the “Camera” icon, then make sure the little lightning icon is enabled and doesn’t have a line thought it.

Picture Adjustments

All of the rest of the adjustments can be done through the settings icon, located on the right lower corner. Things such as, shutter sound, resolution, contrast, saturation and many other settings can be adjusted hrough the camera settings menu.

Sharing

It seems that taking photos and sharing them with ones who matter the most is very easy with the HD2. After he photo is taken, tap and select via which service you want to share the photo.

Bluethooth Sharing

This feature is probably one of the most useful ones. When you want to share a photo via Bluetooth, go to tart > Multimedia > Pictures & Videos, from the dropdown, select the “Media Card” and voila, “long pressing” on the desired photo, will allow you to beam the picture or a video via Bluetooth! Note, that by selecting “Share”, you will get additional sharing options such as “Windows Live”, “My Phone”, “Flickr”, “Myspace”, which will not be seen through the Sense UI!

Manual Focus

Manual focusing can be achieved by launching either the camera or the camcorder, and while holding the hone in camera position and tapping on the object on the screen. This feature is particularly useful when trying to ocus either on the foreground or the background of the shot. It’s amazing how much of a professional look one can achieve just by using this feature on the spectacular HD2 camera.

Navigation

Several months after the release of the HTC HD2, Microsoft announced a new version of their search engine, which offers a turn-by-turn voice-prompted navigation. It’s the new “Bing” app for windows mobile. At the time when this guide was written, the most recent firmware upgrade from T-Mobile (version 2.13.531.1) didn’t offer new Bing integration. Here you will learn how to install it. The process is fairly easy. The app is now on the Windows Marketplace.

Bing_Screenshots_HTC_HD2

1) Go to Start > Marketplace.
2) Type “Bing” in the search box
3) Tap on the black “Bing” icon
4) Read the description and install the app.

RSS


The RSS is the industrial standard for news distribution on-line. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. This type of a new feed allows the end user to subscribe for new articles from their favorite websites. The news can be in form of a text, audio or video. One will benefit from this kind of a distribution by being able to ubscribe for news feeds from several sites simultaneously. Current laptop and desktop computers handle RSS feeds by means of an integrated RSS reader add-on in the browser. Almost all big name web sites and browsers support this types of aggregations. Luckily for it’s owners, HTC HD2 comes with an integrated RSS hub, which does all of the abovementioned functions right on the mobile device. It actually takes it to the next level of convenience by providing RSS feed search right inside the client. That means, that one can simply type the name of the site, or it’s URL in the search box inside the RSS client and get all RSS feeds relevant to the search criteria. For exambple, if Engadet.com is searched, the RSS Hub will allow the user to subscribe for the news feed. All that can be done without leaving the app. The second great feature, which is a huge selling point for the app, is the fact that video and audio podcasts are also supported. Thanks to multi-format support of the built in Windows Media player, which is several steps ahead of it’s competition, almost all video and audio feeds are playable on HD2.

The RSS Hub can be found under Start > Tools. It should look like so:

RSS_Hub_On_HTC_HD2

Below is the sample of the interface. So-called new feed subscriptions are displayed on the front section.

RSS_Hub_Screenshots_HTC_HD2

In the menu option, the user can set the frequency of updates. As the news arrive, they will be displayed in the notification bar at the top of the screen. When tapped, all of the most recent updates will be indicated in bold. As you can see on the image at the very right, even the video podcasts can be downloaded. I recommend saving larger video and audio files on the SD memory card, which can also be done in the settings menu. For your reference, I will provide you with all playable formats for video and audio.

There are as follows:

Supported audio formats:

.aac, .amr, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .mp4, .qcp, .wav, .wma

* Supported Video formats:

.wmv, .asf, .mp4, .3gp, .3g2, .m4v, .avi

* Supported bitrates vary. With podcasts there aren’t subjects of a concern.

Adding Adobe Flash Functionality


Over the past several years, Adobe Flash has become increasingly popular on the interweb’s horizons.  Computer users can access video, audio, and game content from their web browsers, using a simple plug-in from Adobe, called Adobe Flash Player (formerly known as Macromedia Flash Player). As mobile devices with an Internet access became very abundant, and the devices became more capable of doing things pretty fast. The general public began seeing a need in having access to the same content in their mobile phones. Formerly, due to the lack of performance, developers haven’t thought of integrating Flash in mobile browsers, however now, with proliferation of smarter and more capable devices, it seems that things have taken a different turn. At the time when this manual has been published, Opera browser which comes preinstalled on every HD2, got an upgrade to a beta version named “Opera 10”. It supports Adobe Flash Light as a pre-installed plug-in. If you would like to give it a spin, follow the instructions below, to install Opera 10 on your HD2 and enable Adobe Flash Light. Firstly, because it’s beta software, it will not yet be available on the Windows Marketplace. In order to download it, we are going to have to refer to Opera.com.

Here are the steps:

1. Open your Opera Browser

2. Go to “m.opera.com”

3. Tap on “Other download options”

4. Select “Opera Mobile 10 for Windows Mobile, touch

phone”

5. Select “Download Opera Mobile 10 for Windows

Mobile, touch phone”

6. Select, “Save”

7. Then click “Save”, again

8. Double-tap at the “Opera_Mobile_10WM.cab”

9. Select to install on the “Device”

10. After the installation, go to Start > Opera Mobile 10 to

launch the browser

11. After it launches, select the wrench on the lower right

corner, and go to “Settings”

12. Select “Advanced”

13. And make sure “Plug-ins” switch is at “On” position

That’s all, now you can enjoy faster browsing and Adobe Flash Light support.

Optionally, the user could also scan the QR code, provided below, in order to download the Opera Mobile browser.

Opera_Mobile_WM_Downoad_QR_Code

Considering that the software is still on the experimental stage, it may lag and be unstable, however it will definitely get the job done. During testing, no issues were noticed, except for some dropped frames when watching a Flash video, but that’s normal, because the videos are optimized for a desktop computer experience and not for a smartphone. When watching a Flash video, the user can double-click on the video to bring it up to a full screen. Also note, that Opera 10 isn’t optimized for multi-touch, which means that, so far there is no pinch-to-zoom support when zooming in or out on a web-page. In order to illustrate the installation process, below are step-by-step screen grabs of the entire process (going from left to right).

Full Technical Specifications*


Operating System: Windows Mobile 6.5 Processor Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon Internal Memory ROM: 1GB;
RAM: 576MB Compatibility *
Wireless: WiFi: 802.11 b/g* GPS/AGPS
Email: One Exchange, up to 6 POP/IMAP
Dimensions: 122x67x11mm Weight 157g (with battery)
Display: 4.3-inch HD touch-sensitive screen with 480 x 800 WVGA resolution
Technology: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
WCDMA/HSPA: 1700 MHz (AWS) / 2100 MHz Battery 1230 mAh
Talk Time: 380 min (GSM)
Standby Time: 490 hours (GSM) (The above are subject to network and phone usage)
Speakerphone: Built-in microphone, speaker
Built in Camera: 5MP, including widescreen capture, digital zoom and 2x LED Flash
Audio/Video:
* Windows Media® Player
* Albums
* Pictures & Videos
* FM Radio
* Audio supported formats:
.aac, .amr, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .mp4, .qcp, .wav, .wma
* Video supported formats:
.wmv, .asf, .mp4, .3gp, .3g2, .m4v, .avi
I/O Interface: Bluetooth® 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate, WiFi: 802.11 b/g
Expansion: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible) (up to 32GB) Antenna Internal Antenna In Box Content
16GB
Other Features:
Travel Charger User Interface * HTC Sense user experience *Capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom and haptic
capability * G-Sensor * Proximity sensor * 3.5 mm headset jack *micro USB support
*Technical specifications were obtained from http://www.htc.com/us/products/t-mobile-hd2?view=1-1&sort=0#tech-specs

Thank you for reading this post. I hope that you’ve extracted something new and useful for yourself. Leave a comment and tell us how useful this was and what do you think about your HD2.

How to Check if Your Android Apps are Stealing Your Personal Information?

August 3rd, 2010 7 comments

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When you download apps from the android market, you may ask yourself whether or not some may collect personal data without your consent. Fortunately for Apple iPhone users, all apps on their market get handpicked and certified before hitting the App Store. Google is not as lenient with developers in this department, because of the “openness” of the platform. There were several occasions when a program was collecting user’s location and call information and sending it to a server in China. In order to avoid that, next time you download an app at the Android market, right after you hit “Install”, check the screen that shows which resources are going to be used by the application. If, for example, a Wallpaper app is designed to get access to your calls, messages or other resources, refrain from installing it. In order to check currently installed applications for possible malicious activities, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications and take a look at all of the permissions the app has. Again, if anything suspicious is spotted uninstall it immediately.
Hopefully this helps to shed some light at Android app  permissions management. Leave your comments and thoughts after the break.

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3.23 Mb/s Download Speed Achieved on T-Mobile in Los Angeles

May 19th, 2010 No comments

Nokia_Speed_Test_ResultsAs sensational as it may sound, but a 3.23 Mb/s download rate has been recorded on T-Mobile’s newly upgraded HSPA network in Los Angeles! Today, during a routine network test, on my Nokia N900, I have noticed an apparent speed bump. Conducting a test, using www.speedtest.net site services, it was reveled that download and upload speeds on the above mentioned operator’s network, have considerably grown. The result of the speed test was shocking. Up to this point, nothing, except for Sprint’s 4G network test results, sounded as shocking and pleasing as this. 3.23 MB/s was the reading on the screen after several runs. I will refrain from further speculations about the planned upgrade. However, it was recently said that T-Mobile will gradually upgrade it’s HSPA coverage to be able to stay on the competitive edge. And now, s bit later, we come to a conclusion that “big magenta” lives up to its promises. It seems like the upgrade begins to cover select areas of Los Angeles Merto region. Based on this example, I have experienced a speed bump of about 2.0 Mb/s, which represents an about 200% bump from before. Please note that the same test has been conducted on myTouch 3G and HTC HD2, using www.mobilespeedtest.com service, and the results were 1.1 Mb/s and 1.27 Mb/s respectively. Perhaps, at the present moment, Nokia N900 is the only device, compatible with high speed HSPA (see the 3.5G icon in the status bar). For that, I’ve consulted the specs sheet for Nokia N900 on www.nokia.com, which indicated a 10.0 Mb/s maximum down-link capability. Make your own conclusions and share your personal thoughts and experiences below. The video of the test is provided below. Enjoy!

T-Mobile HD2 Update

May 18th, 2010 13 comments

After a long wait, many proud owner of HTC HD2 were granted with a new update. The recent update version 2.13.531.1, which can be downloaded here, promises to fix some stability and performance issues. An official changelog hasn’t been posted, however right after performing the update, certain improvements became apparent. Here are some of them:

  • Touch screen sensitivity has been decreased
  • Threaded text and mms load much faster
  • Increased stability (no need to restart the phone very often)
  • Improved memory management. Seems like the the apps load a bit faster when loaded in the RAM, and opened again.

So far these changes were noticed. Feel free to add comments about things that you think were improved. Don’t forget to back up your phone before performing the update, because all information will be wiped. Windows MyPhone and Windows Life are very good sources for backing up user generated data, prior to performing the update.