Posts Tagged ‘Motorola’

New battery for my Motorola Defy

24/01/2016 Leave a comment

My Motorola Defy is five years old this year, still running on Android 2.2 and I might add, still going strong. I love this phone because for one, it is a rock solid phone and still ticking. This phone has outlived all the batteries that I bought for it and like I said, it is still ticking, acting as the backup phone for my wife. So I went online and bought this battery because I want to give my phone more “mileage” This battery cost me all of US$12 but it came promptly and so far, seems to be doing well. I had to spend several days making sure that it was well and truly discharged before I charged it up. It is a habit of mine with new batteries…you have to totally discharge them and then you charge them for a greater part of 10 hours. Then you start the total discharge cycle once again. You have to do three charge  and discharge cycles. This is to prepare the battery…to make it “learn”

In any case, I have a further use of this phone. My prepaid card is on the 2G network and in 2017, Singapore will stop all 2G services. I will have to get my prepaid card changed to a 3G one and thus, this phone will house my newly-minted 3G prepaid card. Thanks Motorola. I have said it before and I will say it again…I love your phones.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2 smartphone

14/01/2016 2 comments

I have realised that I have to get a new smart phone to replace my Samsung Galaxy Ace 3. I have had to uninstall apps and such because the thing is just running out of memory. It really starts to become a joke when you realise that your smart phone is not really “smart” if it does not have much apps on it. Now it only has apps that I really need and that makes me less productive. I do not need the latest and greatest and I do not need bells and whistles in my phone. That is why I am seriously thinking of changing my current Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 to a Xiaomi

First things first, it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 1.2-GHz CPU Adreno 306 GPU. The one I am looking at getting is the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Enhanced. That means it comes with 2Gb of RAM and 16Gb of Flash memory. That is heaps better than my Samsung with only 4Gb of flash. This phone takes two micro SIM cards. Camera-wise, it has an 8MP camera for the back and a 2MP camera for the front. I am not really a person who buys a mobile phone for its camera so that is not a moot point. Display-wise, it comes with a 4.7″ 1280 x 720 resolution, 312 PPI HD display made by Sharp. We are talking quality here!

So will I get it? Most likely. Unless Motorola releases their new Droid here in Singapore. I have always had a soft-spot for Motorola phones but right now, this looks good,

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Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

02/07/2015 1 comment

This phone has a strange story. I bought it for my wife in December 2013 but she was not used to it. Who can blame her…she is so used to her Apple iPhone that using a Galaxy was quite confusing. So this got relegated to a backup phone until I replaced my Motorola Defy with this one. Don’t get me wrong. I still love my Motorola Defy but it reached a stage where Android 2.1 was causing me issues, the chief of them being no support for 2FA or 2-Factor Authentication. So I clipped my SIM card to a micro SIM and inserted in this phone

Now this is an inexpensive phone from Samsung and one of the cheapest of them all. The major con I see with this phone is its laggy operation and the lack of storage. Every now and again, a warning popup appears, telling me that I am low on storage, despite the fact that I have a 16Gb micro-SD card installed in the phone and all photos from my camera automatically get stored on the card when they are taken. That is the major bugbear and that is only 4Gb of phone memory. The Android operating system uses quite a bit of it, almost half. And whatever that is left gets used up pretty quick

And while we are on the subject of storage, be careful with your WhatsApp images. They take up a sizeable chunk of your phone memory. Always copy them to your external storage when you can. I get lots of funny images from my friends sometimes and they just take up lots of space on my phone – space that I need for more important things. So every now and again, a cleanup is needed.

But one thing I like about this phone is the battery lasts for some time, and is quick to charge. The battery is not huge but it is enough to see me through the day. Plus, I have an external battery charger that I carry with me and that helps to charge up the phone when the battery gets flat. Oh. And while on that subject. Your battery will start to get flat at 20% and when you reach 15%, the phone dies. So charge it when you get to 30%. That is my advice.

Other than that, basic phone. Do not expect great things from it. You do get what you pay for. Camera is pretty good too. I will use it till it breaks and then maybe will get a better phone.

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Nokia micro-USB chargers

31/01/2015 Leave a comment

These are the kind of chargers that come with Nokia phones nowadays. I cannot remember when but at one time, many of the phone manufacturers agreed to have one type of charger to prevent charger wastage. They were right. I have so many of the old type of Nokia charger and I seldom use all of them. At least with this one I can charge my Samsung, my Motorola, and my Nokia 130, which the charger came with. The only grievance I have against this charger is the cable. Its mighty flimsy and I do not think that it will stand up much to harsh handling. But its a darn sight better than the old Nokia chargers!

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Motorola MT350r walkie-talkies

10/03/2014 Leave a comment

For a greater part of a week, I was using these Motorola MT350r walkie-talkies while doing an installation. I must say that I was very impressed with what these walkie-talkies had to deliver but one thing I did not like about them was the fact that if you pressed the PTT button too fast, the receiving [party would not know what you are talking about. But I have been meaning to get myself a pair of walkie-talkies as they would prove to be an invaluable tool to have while doing events.

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Motorola Moto X Android smartphone

07/10/2013 Leave a comment

I feel in love with this phone when I saw it. It’s the Motorola Moto X. This phone is made in the USA and unfortunately, its only for use in the USA…for now hopefully. According to the website:

Moto X is ready when you are. It responds to your voice—no touching necessary. Twist your wrist twice, it becomes your camera. Information quietly appears on the screen—it doesn’t interrupt and it’s battery friendly. Moto X is also the first smart phone ever to be designed and assembled in the U.S.A.

Its sporting Android 4.2.2 so its pretty up-to-date. I happen to like it because I have been using a Motorola phone for some time…almost two-and-a-half years and t is still going strong. I would not mind another Motorola phone and this one looks like a real good one to take over from mine…when she croaks! Unfortunately, you cannot add memory to it with a mini SD card. It apparently has memory built-in, either 16Gb or 32Gb. And you cannot change the battery…like mine.

Well, we shall see. I hope it gets available soon. It looks good!

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SanDisk 16Gb MicroSD card

04/08/2013 Leave a comment

About a month back, I decided to go with the flow and buy a new microSD card for my Motorola Defy. The Motorola Defy had inherited the old 8Gb card from my old Nokia E51. That was two years ago when I switched phones. The problem was that my 8Gb card was getting full of MP3s and movies. I decided that an update to the phone was needed so I got myself a 16Gb card. Its the largest microSD card that I have to date. I have a lot of 1Gb and 2Gb cards…cards that came with my phones when I bought them but not big enough to hold many MP3s. I like this card…its going well and I now have heaps of space. I wonder when I will go up to the 32Gb card?

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