Category Archives: Cell phone

Auto Reject Calls on the Samsung Galaxy S4

The concept is simple. I just want to block annoying callers like telemarketers. The feature didn’t exist a few years ago. I finally found it on Verizon. However, I could only block 25 callers. I think they designed it for failed relationship instead of persistent calls from telemarketers or collection agencies.

I thought it would be simple for and iPhone to handle a task like that. Nope. I was wrong. I finally found it on the Samsung Galaxy S4. It’s a feature built right into the phone. The feature is located in your phone app -> (hit the menu button) call settings -> Call rejection. The S4 will store a list of numbers to reject. The phone will not ring if you receive a call from these numbers, but will go to voicemail instead. It’s not perfect, but it’s one step in the right direction.

Watchon App on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

One of the more unique features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the inferred sensor at the top. The built in Watchon app and IR sensor makes the S4 a pretty useful universal remote. You can set up individual rooms. The code base is pretty extensive. The app had no trouble finding the code for a very old Viewsonic TV in my bedroom. The app also makes recommendations for you based on what you like. It also can show you HD channels only.

Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Disappearing Playlist

I was scratching my head I discovered my playlists disappeared on my Samsung Galaxy S4. I wasn’t used to the quirks of my S4 yet because I only had it for a few days. The strange part was that I was listening to one of them.

To correct this problem, you just need to update your library. I store all of my music on an external micro SD card. I added a few files the night before by connecting the phone via USB cord. Once you updated the library, the playlist should be restored.

Tired iPhone 4

My iPhone 4 is tired. It’s been in more than 6 countries and have done a lot during its prime. It was great when it was new. However, it was having a little trouble keeping up with me. There was noticeable lag running certain apps. The small screen hindered productivity. But for the most part, it performed like a champ.

In upgrading to a new cell phone, I’m basically looking at the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S4. I’m well aware that Apple will be releasing the iPhone 5S in the near future. The iPhone has basically remained the same, for the most part, since the iPhone 4. Sure, it’s faster. It’s got a better camera. The screen grew. But that’s it. There has been very few and meaningless innovations. The rumored fingerprint reader is the new “it” feature? Really?!?

My decision to upgrade to the S4 was basically to work with new hardware. The S4 packs a lot into the phone. The memory card slot and the USB host function was enough to get my interest. A 64 gb card with all my music sounds pretty good to me. The phone is also packed with a lot more useful sensors and functions over the iPhone. Right out of the box, I can see it integrate with me more than the iPhone. It can control the TV and keep track of my diet/exercise. The bigger screen will definitely help me be more productive and make watching videos a little more enjoyable. I’m already used to the Android OS because I have a Nexus 7 v1 doing all the work duty. Travel will now come down to only one device because it can do everything.

My trusty iPhone 4 is not going away. I’m not going to sell it either. Why would I? It’s still plenty useful to me. My iOS apps are still there. Since I rarely do work on the iPhone due to the small screen, most of the apps were used to fight boredom. It’s going to be sticking around until it dies.

Nokia E71 – Battery Drain

Do you own a Nokia E71?  Has the battery been acting up lately?  Does it barely make it through the day before you need to plug it in?

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My E71 has been going through that.  The battery barely lasts a day.  Changing the battery will result in the same problem.  I toyed with the idea of sending the phone to Nokia for them to take a look.  However, that didn’t quite sit well with me because they’ll always send it back with another issue.

Recently, I went out of the country for 3 weeks and didn’t need my phone.  I just let it sit at home so that the battery could complete discharge.  When I got home, I plugged it in and charged the battery overnight.  Now, the phone will go about 4-5 days, depending on usage, per charge.

Nokia E71

In my search for a new cell phone, I considered many.  The iPhone was appealling, but I can’t stand using iTunes.  After my T-Mobile Dash, I think I’m done with Windows Mobile too.  My Dash held up for 3 years, but it’s performance was slowing and eventually, freezing.  Yes, I was running WinMo 6.1 Kadana.

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As you can see, I’m already using a BlackBerry for work.  Don’t need two berries in my life.  I wanted something unique.  Practically everyone I know has an iPhone.  No thanks.

Enter the Nokia E71, sleek, thin, beautiful, and fast.

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It runs on the Sybian S60 Platform.  I’m still learning all the features and add ons.  My first impression is that the phone is fast.  Menus appear as soon as you press the button.  The sound quality is just amazing.  Everything sounds crystal clear.  With built-in GPS and WiFi, I’m all set.

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I’ll post more about the Nokia E71 as I learn.  Right now, I’m still making the transition from my Dash.