darxus: (June 2012)
"Replicant is a fully free Android distribution running on several devices."

- http://replicant.us/about/

"The F-Droid Repository is an easily-installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform."

- https://f-droid.org/

Since I really don't trust google anymore, I'm very happy to see these things.
darxus: (June 2012)
USB standard power is 0.5 amps x 5 volts = 2.5 watts. That's what you get when you plug into any computer, or an old car USB power adapter.

With that much power, trying to use my phone for GPS navigation results in draining the battery.

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darxus: (June 2012)
For a lot of people, right now this is going to come down to HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (GS4), so I'll start with that.

In most ways, I prefer the HTC One (love the case). But I don't see how the un-replacable battery is forgivable. I saw one guy say by the time his battery isn't holding a solid charge, there will be ample info for a handy person to replace their own battery. And I did replace an un-replaceable battery in a heart rate monitor. But that person clearly didn't read the ifixit teardown for the HTC One. Just beginning to open it requires horribly mangling that beautiful case.

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Edit (2014-04-17): Another feature I'd like is more powerful vibration. After you notice it sucks, you can find lots of people complaining about the weak vibration of the GS4. But no reviewers commented on it? And how much better are the HTC One's speakers?
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First models expected in the second half of 2008.
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/wheres-my-gphone.html

The platform is called Android.

"It is built to be truly open."
"Android is built on the open Linux Kernel."
http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/android_overview.html
darxus: (Default)
"Despite Steve Jobs comparing the iPhone in his keynote to a variety of smart phones, the truth is that at this point the iPhone just doesn't belong in the same class as phones like the Mogul from a features perspective" - wirelessinfo.com
darxus: (Default)
"Developers could easily sell the applications on their own without Apple taking its cut (which is guesstimated to be about 2/3rds of the take)." - http://9to5mac.com/apple-adopts-sidekick-application-distribution-model-234545623

I'm clearly just not the target audience.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] n_tropy for the link.
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I went through and figured out the minimum monthly cost for minimal voice plus unlimited internet access (unlimited data, without tethering*) on a PDA phone for each of the four major providers (without tethering / laptop connection). It was kind of painful, so I'll share:

T-Moble: $50, Sprint: $55, AT&T: $95, Verizon (sucks): $80 )

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