Phoneism http://www.phoneism.net Covering tools, hacks, solutions and apps from iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry world. Mon, 13 May 2013 13:18:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 How did we ever manage without mobile phones? http://www.phoneism.net/2013/05/13/how-did-we-ever-manage-without-mobile-phones/ http://www.phoneism.net/2013/05/13/how-did-we-ever-manage-without-mobile-phones/#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 13:18:28 +0000 Saad Hamid http://www.phoneism.net/?p=4322 The mobile phone may be one of the greatest inventions of our time, and often brings with it... Read more

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The mobile phone may be one of the greatest inventions of our time, and often brings with it varying reactions from many people. For example, many will panic on the realisation that they have forgotten to charge their device on leaving the house. If at work for eight hours or more, this lack of charge may mean that we are unable to contact friends and family until we source a power point.

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We are practically attached to these phones, and some appear terrified that life will grind to a halt without them. This is after all where we store a multitude of friends’ numbers, our latest snapshots, imperative emails, pin codes and a variety of our favourite pastimes – it is no wonder that the new smartphones are being labeled as ‘mini computers’.

Without our cell phones, we can feel totally isolated, panic sets in as it dawns we are unable to speak to our friends at the touch of a button. And in an emergency, it seems no longer possible to deal with a crisis without phoning for advice. A day without our handsets can have the effect of us feeling alone, angry and miserable.

How did we once survive without mobile phones?

Some of us grew up without this clever invention, and had to use our wits to cope with numerous problems. Some households had only the one standard phone, which was to be used for short and important phone calls only. Talking to friends for more than a minute would lead your parents to go berserk and the only other option was a trip to the nearest phone box, where pennies were to be inserted for another quick call.

Past generations were used to making arrangements and sticking to them. There was no option to be late and without chopping and changing, people actually knew where they stood.

Their rate of growth

Mobile phone manufacturers appear to be releasing new handsets on a yearly basis and due to the appeal of a new design, better technology and amazing graphics; most tech-savvy individuals will drop their old phone in place of a shiny new handset.

Due to this factor alone, most households have several unused mobile phones, shoved in a drawer somewhere. However, there is a way to free up a little space, as just because the phone is no longer of use to you, it doesn’t make it invaluable. You can in fact sell samsung tocco and other mobile handsets online, thus making a extra cash in the long run.

The benefits

Of course should you break down in a car, mobile phones are a handy gadget to have, yet without such a device, it would still be possible to get by. Both garages and the traffic police would easily assist you in getting the help required, which leads us to believe that maybe we have become a little too reliant on these gadgets and also, lazy. They have the effect of allowing us to avoid contact and also, situations we could deal with alone.

Despite this, mobile phones are an amazing invention, allowing us to stay in touch with anyone in any place, meaning it is sometimes it's good to be connected.

As a tech-savvy individual, Hillary Green is constantly updating her handsets, which more often than not leaves her with a backlog of unwanted mobile phones. She has therefore researched a number of ways in which to sell samsung tocco mobiles and other handsets. Such tips can be applied to any unwanted handset you may own.

 

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BlackBerry will Not Launch in Japan http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/09/blackberry-will-not-launch-in-japan/ http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/09/blackberry-will-not-launch-in-japan/#comments Sat, 09 Feb 2013 06:54:39 +0000 Saqib http://www.phoneism.net/?p=4292 Following their recent re-branding, BlackBerry seemed pretty pumped for heading into the world and... Read more

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Following their recent re-branding, BlackBerry seemed pretty pumped for heading into the world and capturing a significant market with their new line of phones and an all new OS.

However, all that zeal was not enough to make the firm realize of their negligible phone demand in Japan. The land of the rising sun is a major phone market in the eyes of the world but BlackBerry believes that their phones have no business there. Hence, they have announced their new line of phones to skip out on Japan.

Speaking to AllThingD, a BlackBerry spokesperson said: "Japan is not a major market for BlackBerry and we have no plans to launch BlackBerry 10 devices there at this time."

The announcement followed shortly after it was confirmed that the BlackBerry's market share in Japan has dropped down from an already low 5% to a mere 0.3%. The firm saw those numbers as a hopeless cause and someone higher up probably realized that nothing they do right now can fix their situation in Japan.

Another factor for the phones to ditch Japan is the sheer cost of translating BlackBerry 10 when considering their current market figures. To put it simply, it's not productive to spend so much on something you know will never give back the initial investment.

The spokesperson for BlackBerry confirmed though that they will continue to support their phones which are already in the region. Hence the few people who do own one should probably be happy.

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HTC Thunderbolt Users Complain of Performance Issues with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 Update http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/09/htc-thunderbolt-users-complain-of-performance-issues-with-ice-cream-sandwich-4.0-update/ http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/09/htc-thunderbolt-users-complain-of-performance-issues-with-ice-cream-sandwich-4.0-update/#comments Sat, 09 Feb 2013 06:40:38 +0000 Saqib http://www.phoneism.net/?p=4290 Three days ago Verizon officially released the long awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update... Read more

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Three days ago Verizon officially released the long awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Thunderbolt. A lot of users quickly scrambled to the opportunity to take advantage of the latest update. However, reports are coming in today that the new update might not be boding well with the HTC Thunderbolt.

Some users are complaining that their phone has literally died in performance after the update. One user claims that it now takes at least a minute, if not more, to simply undergo a screen change. While another talks of his experience with the 4.0 update by saying: "I’ll probably die before I can call 911 if I have an emergency."

Note that not all users are complaining of a drop in performance. In fact some are even reporting an increase in performance, such as an increase in the 4G signal, improved battery life and a faster boot time by around 35%. Suffice to say that this specific circle is all smiles.

So what's causing some of the users to face issues with update 4.0? HTC USA has yet to officially comment on the problem. Unless they are working on weekends, we predict them to narrow down the probable software glitch next week and release a small fix. Hopefully by then all effected users will be cured.

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Rumor: Galaxy S IV to Feature “Gesture Controls” http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/09/rumor-galaxy-s-iv-to-feature-gesture-controls/ http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/09/rumor-galaxy-s-iv-to-feature-gesture-controls/#comments Sat, 09 Feb 2013 06:28:12 +0000 Saqib http://www.phoneism.net/?p=4286 Here's another rumor floating on the web for Samsung's new Galaxy S IV. This one though, I'm pretty... Read more

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Here's another rumor floating on the web for Samsung's new Galaxy S IV. This one though, I'm pretty excited about.

The word on the Internet is that Samsung's new flagship phone is going to boast a "floating touch" feature. The firm calls it "gesture control" and it allows users to use their phones without ever touching the display.

The feature would be perfect for when you're eating a nasty dish where all your fingers are stained with sauces. Simply hover your tainted fingers over the display to navigate through without ever coming in contact with the shiny display.

Samsung is reportedly using Atmel's newest maXTouch S controllers, which could allow you to quickly answer a call, see the contents of a photo gallery before you open it and scroll without ever touching the screen.

Previously another rumor had the Galaxy S IV featuring a flexible and bendable display. While this feature would have consumers more excited than the gesture controls; it has to be said that a floating touch interface seems more plausible at this point.

We'll know for sure what's true and what's not when the firm officially announces the S IV in the coming months. We hope the phone incorporates both features and hence pave a way into the future.

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Samsung Announces Galaxy Young and Galaxy Fame Budgit Smartphones http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/06/samsung-announces-galaxy-young-and-galaxy-fame-budgit-smartphones/ http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/06/samsung-announces-galaxy-young-and-galaxy-fame-budgit-smartphones/#comments Wed, 06 Feb 2013 07:33:47 +0000 Saqib http://www.phoneism.net/?p=4282 While we wait for the official announcement and unveiling of Samsung's Galaxy S IV, here's a... Read more

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Samsung Galaxy Young

While we wait for the official announcement and unveiling of Samsung's Galaxy S IV, here's a look at their two new budget Galaxy smartphones that come with optional dual-sim functionality.

Called the Samsung Galaxy Young and Galaxy Fame, the phones target the youth market who would love to become a Samsung consumer but cannot pay a premium for the high-end models.

Both phones will come with a 1 GHz processor, 1,300 mAh battery and will be accompanied by 4 GB of internal memory that can be further increased through a microSD memory card. Finally they will be powered by the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

Additionally they will come preloaded with Samsung Game Hub Lite as well, which allows you easy access to fully optimized games for these devices.

The camera is one of the differentiating factors between the two models. The Galaxy Young has a 3 megapixel camera at the back but the Galaxy Fame boasts an improved 5 megapixel shooter. The Young will also be available in white, deep blue, wine red and metallic silver colors; while the Fame will come in pearl white and metallic blue shades only.

Samsung has not revealed the price and availability on both models.

Here are the specifications for both phones.

Galaxy Young

  • Optional dual-sim functionality
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Touchwiz UI
  • Weight: 112g
  • Thickness: 12.5mm
  • 3.27 inch display with resolution of 320 x 480 pixels
  • 1Ghz single-core processor
  • 768 MB RAM with 4GB internal expandable storage
  • 3 mp fixed-focus camera with VGA video recording
  • microSD card slot, Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB 2.0, Wifi, Wifi-Hotspot, GPS
  • Samsung Apps
  • 1300 mAh battery

Galaxy Fame

  • Optional dual-sim functionality
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Touchwiz UI
  • Weight: 120.6g
  • Thickness: 11.6mm
  • 3.5 inch display with resolution of 320 x 480 pixels
  • 1Ghz single-core processor
  • 512 MB RAM with 4GB internal expandable storage
  • 5 mp auto-focus camera with VGA video recording and LED Flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wifi, Wifi-Hotspot, GPS
  • Optional NFC
  • 1300 mAh
  • Samsung Apps
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Rumor: Motorola X to Feature Massive Battery, Kevlar Casing and Latest Android OS http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/05/rumor-motorola-x-to-feature-massive-battery-kevlar-casing-and-latest-android-os/ http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/05/rumor-motorola-x-to-feature-massive-battery-kevlar-casing-and-latest-android-os/#comments Tue, 05 Feb 2013 07:34:42 +0000 Saqib http://www.phoneism.net/?p=4278 Speculation is a minor word now for Google's impending announcements on May 15. Consumers and... Read more

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Speculation is a minor word now for Google's impending announcements on May 15. Consumers and fan-base alike are pretty much convinced that the firm is going to unveil their next version of Android - the 5.0 Key Lime Pie, as well as new Nexus tablets and a Motorola phone, currently codenamed the Motorola X Phone.

The latter if true will mark the device as Google's first official collaborative work with Motorola after they bought it last year in May. Earlier this year a job posting confirmed the phone's existence and since then bits of rumors regarding the specifications of the phone have been popping up on the web.

An anonymous source claiming to have spent time with the device has tipped Phone Arena, saying that two of the major feats of the Motorola X will be concerning battery life and durability. The phone will match Motorola's MAXX line of handsets, as far as battery life. A Kevlar casing will protect the phone from scratches and force.

The source also added that the phone will feature a quad-core processor, a 4.8" display, a microSD card slot (which is rumored to be expandable to 128 GB) and a camera with a Sony sensor.

As a cherry on top it will be the first phone to feature the new Android OS - 5.0 Key Lime Pie. I can already see Android fans drooling over the prospect here.

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Samsung Galaxy Q to Feature a Flexible and Foldable Display http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/05/samsung-galaxy-q-to-feature-a-flexible-and-foldable-display/ http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/05/samsung-galaxy-q-to-feature-a-flexible-and-foldable-display/#comments Tue, 05 Feb 2013 07:10:08 +0000 Saqib http://www.phoneism.net/?p=4274 Samsung just might give one of its biggest announcements of this year at the upcoming Mobile... Read more

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Samsung Galaxy Q

Samsung just might give one of its biggest announcements of this year at the upcoming Mobile World Congress. We're off course referring to the game changing Galaxy Q or GT-B9150 for that matter.

A lot of rumors have been swirling around the phone these past few weeks. What's true and what's fiction remains to be seen. However, if they do turn out to be true then Samsung is definitely going to pave a way forward with a horde of fans behind Galaxy Q's fold-able Super AMOLED HD display.

The smartphone is allegedly said to come with dual Super AMOLED HD displays that can be folded to the most extremest of angles. The first question that pops up in our minds is off course whether the folding notion will compromise the visual quality of the display? That's a negative.

This one of a kind fold-able display will feature a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and run on a dual-core 1.7GHz Exynos 5250 processor. Accompanying the dual core processor is 2 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera at the back and a 2 megapixel camera in the front. The battery is pretty much packed with a nice 3,500 mAh which should be more than enough to satisfy an enthusiast for his/her day's use.

Finally it has been confirmed that the Galaxy Q will be powered by the latest Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

This year's Mobile World Congress will take place later this month from February 25-28. We'll finally be able to witness the fruits of Samsung's R&D in the flexible display technology. I just hope the price range is reasonable.

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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S IV To Release in April http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/04/rumor-samsung-galaxy-s-iv-to-release-in-april/ http://www.phoneism.net/2013/02/04/rumor-samsung-galaxy-s-iv-to-release-in-april/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2013 07:47:10 +0000 Saqib http://www.phoneism.net/?p=4272 New reports put the release of Samsung's new Galaxy S IV smartphone in late April. That's... Read more

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New reports put the release of Samsung's new Galaxy S IV smartphone in late April.

That's according to a leaked raffle document from a New Zealand smartphone retailer, which suggests that the Galaxy S IV will be available for purchase from the first week of April. Alongside another tip has been reported from a UK retailer that puts the release of the Galaxy S IV to the third week of April.

The official unveiling of the phone is highly expected to happen on 22nd March in the US. Hence the S IV will start hitting shelves of retailers some time in April.

Consumers fear Samsung of replaying the S2 episode where the phones took their sweet time in reaching all of the US carriers. With the Galaxy S3 though, the story was different. The smartphone entered nearly every market shortly after launch. Considering Samsung learned to coordinate their phone release after S II, we can safely assume that S IV's launch will be similar to the S III if not better. Expect a full world wide launch shortly after it's initial unveiling in March.

Samsung's launch of the S IV is for sure going to be an exciting event. Fans will have to wait anxiously to know what the firm has packed in their new phone.

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