Moving to Apple – A 5 month review

Five months ago, when my mobile kit was due for renewal, I looked at all the options. The new Samsung Edge Phone was not going to last very long in my hands and there new tablet devices were “not doing it for me”. So I ended up opting for an iPhone 6s. I was previously using a Samsung Galaxy S4 and a Samsung Galaxy S3 Tab. I once swore blind I would never have an iPad but prefering to have my tablet and phone from the same vendoe meant that an iPad Air would be forthcoming. I had visions of this switch over being an unmitigated disater, how wrong I was. It took 4 hours on a Sunday afternoon, to get everything configured just the way I like it. So has the new kit performed so far? Well pretty well to be fair. I apreaciate the iPad’s screen size and it feels much better as a day to day companion than the Galaxy. Microsoft have even got the Office apps for the iPad spot on and the spreadsheets I have that use lots of macro’s work fautlessly. So what is wrong with this kit? Only one thing! An over optimistic Siri! The other week I had to take an Uber to central London because I was having a lot of trouble walking. Home wise I am based 13 miles from this office. At 8 am onn this particular morning, Siri informed me that it would take 21 minutes to get there in the car! Try an hour and a quarter stuck in South West London’s finest traffic! In all I am quite happy with the new kit and Apple seem to have sorted out battery life issues as well!  

Well it worked!

in 2012. I set myself a challenge to replace the usual contents of my briefcase with something a lot smaller for a week long business trip to Luxembourg for SystemNet Data. I went from this:2012-08-25 08.54.07to this: 2012-08-25 09.17.50I failed on this attempt badly. I wasn’t prepared enough. Last Sunday I tried again. I left home for a business trip to Prague carrying a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 with a Belkin Keyboard case. A Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone. 2 Sandisk Cruzer 64 GB memory sticks, my passport and my wallet. Thanks to innovative private cloud solution from Wimbledon Systems and Portable Apps on the memory sticks. The challenge worked for the most part. The only downside was running out of battery a few times. All in all a good week 🙂

For Sale

I have selection of old kit for sale and I am open to offers so please contact me if you are interested in any of it. The list is as follows:

  • Blackberry Curve
  • Samsung Galaxy 1 phone
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 1
  • Google Nexus 7 (dead)
  • Acer N270 netbook (Red)
  • Seagate 750 GB Thunderbolt hard drive
  • Apple Mac Macbook Pro (4GB RAM, 320 GB Hard drive, screen has a vertical hairline crack in the middle of the screen).
  • Gen 1 8GB iPod touch.

All sold with mains adapters and USBIMG_20130915_123622[1] leads.

Top Tip For Samsung Galaxy Tab Owners

I have been using a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for just under a year and have had to live with some serious limitations with regards to functionality from the Samsung build of Android 4.03 (Ice Cram Sandwich) such as no support for App2sd. My Galaxy tab is a part business device and part play device. The other day I came across the Cyanogen Mod kit for “rooting” the Galaxy Tab. I rooted the device and installed Cyanogen and then the Google tools. I have to say I am so impressed. Performance has been increased by about 40 %, usable on board disk space by about 50 % and battery life has increased by 30%. The interface is slicker and friendlier too. If you have become disenchanted with the Factory installed operating system on The Samsung Galaxy Tab devices in a similar fashion to which I have I do suggest you give Cyanogen a try. I really rate it! I shall be taking delivery of a Samsung Galaxy S4 shortly and the first thing I shall do is to replace the stock operating system with Cyanogen.  

Mobile Technology has it got better or has it got worse. Part Three.

Following on from parts one and two of this blog we move closer to the present day. After a Nokia disaster and the falling from favour of the Symbian operating system it was time to move to Android and a Samsung Galaxy followed. Still converged onto one device for the time being. Apple were starting to shift the ipad and then Samsung were hot on their heels with the Galaxy Tab. I had to have one and I was back to two devices again. This suited my always on the road lifestyle much better. Apps were getting better and more plentiful this was good. The original was a 7 inch device and I regretted going to a 10 inch Motorola Xoom, so much so that I swapped it for a 7 inch galaxy tab 2. But what they didn’t tell me before I bought it was that it didn’t support apps being run from external memory. I have been reliant on this function for years as I have a lot of apps and files mobile devices. Bummer. This to be fair is the only downer on this device which along with my mobile now goes everywhere with me. The Kies syncing software hasn’t yet addressed the problem with Syncing software which has got slower and clunkier since Psiwin 1.1. So syncing software has got worse, what about other things? Well apps have got progressively better but battery life has definitely got worse. I also think that these devices are not as rugged as my first Psion 3c and have become a style statement as much as a tool. On the train I see more people using these devices for games, music and reading books and opposed to work which is what I use the device for 70% of the time. I once tried to replace my full work rig basically the contents of my briefcase with just the tab and a few other must haves. It didnt work for a week but for a week end or an overnighter its fine. My only final gripe concerns the software available that replaces Microsoft Office specifically Excel on these devices. I do like QuickOffice Pro. I have a number of complex spreadsheets that effectively run my business and are used to provide advice and information to clients, these have complex controls and macro’s embedded within them. Unfortunately these seem unable to run correctly on anything else but a proper Microsoft Device. I am not yet convinced my Microsoft’s Tablet offerings.