June 14, 2013

Android Phone charging too slow?

For last two days my Samsung Galaxy Note2 was taking way too long in getting charged, so much so that even on overnight charging it'll be at around 80% in morning.

This was strange as Note 2 charger is really good and charging usually used to be really fast.

To my surprise the issue was really small:

Check the Battery Use screen carefully and next to Charging within Brackets it mentions the mode of charging (AC or USB)
Even though i was using the original charger it was showing USB.

I found online to plug out and plug in the charger micro USB pin in phone 2-3 times but it didn't work.

Then i checked the other end of charger and the whole issue was because the USB end of the data cable that goes in the power adapter was half inside and half outside. (Samsung gives one of those Data cable + power adapter type chargers)

I just plugged it in correctly and USB changed to AC.

:P

June 11, 2013

iOS7: First look instant view

Well i am confused, it looks beautiful and stupid all at the same time, Apple has copied all the features from every ecosystem around but has done it really beautifully. No doubt whatever Apple does is really classy but somehow i feel it is not enough. So even though iOS7 is a great change (much better than the disappointment iOS6 was) it still left me asking for more and something different.

Not saying Google does a great job its just that Google has a lot of supporters in terms of Handset manufacturers who are bringing innovation independently and together they do a brilliant job.

I do wish Apple adds some options in terms of screen size, without that the entire iOS7 experience will not be that great. to all those saying 4" is sufficient well i think to each his own, having used Note 2 iphone looks so tiny and there is a big gap between iphone screen size and lowest tablet screen size and that gap is all about user preference and not from where to where your fingers can reach :P

P.S: I feel this is the most neutral view i have given ever in terms of mobile OS.

June 6, 2013

Save those Precious Moments..

I don't know about you but my biggest fear is loosing my photographs, no matter how safe you think you PC or that external HDD is might just crash someday and all you'll be left with is nothing.

Thankfully i realized it long back and have since uploaded all pictures in my PC on cloud solutions.

Ever since our Mobiles have replaced the digital cameras our precious moments stay inside them for days and often some of the good ones gets uploaded to Facebook while we keep on planning to transfer all other pics on our PC someday.

The problem with smartphones is they are not that smart to tell you when they might fail and are prone to getting lost more than your old phones.

Let's discuss some of the ways to save those precious moments from getting lost and uploading them to cloud solutions directly from your mobile phones.

1. Google+ / Picasa: Picasa web was always my preferred choice to backup all my pictures on my PC, later it was skinned with Google+ so now even though your pics are on picasa web you can access them privately from Google+ add them into albums and share with your friends.
If you are on Android i am sure Google+ comes pre-installed on your phones if not it can be downloaded from here.
Just hit the Settings>Camera&Photos>Turn On Auto Backup
You have the option to save photos at a optimized size which is not bad for a normal mobile picture and you can save unlimited pictures at this resolution but in case you want original size pictures the storage is limited to your Google Drive storage quota which is around 15GB
You can also select you want the backup to be done on Celluar data, only wifi or both. Also you can choose to upload only when phone is on charging.

The backed up photos and videos can be accessed privately on your Google+ or on picasaweb and also in your android phone's gallery (used on Samsung devices)

2. Dropbox: Most of the Mobile companies now offer a bundled  Dropbox storage of around 50GB free but otherwise drpbox offers 2 GB of free storage which expands to around 6GB if you enable Photos backup.

The dropbox app for Android can be downloaded from here.

The best thing about dropbox is you can access the photographs privately on their website or download the dropbox app from your Windows PC and have it synced so all your mobile pictures stays in sync on your mobile, web and desktop.

All photos are stored in original size. you can manage when to upload the pics (wifi, cellular or both)

3. Facebook: Facebook for android also offers the option to sync all your pictures privately on Facebook which can then be shared with friends or posted in albums.
The Storage is limited to 2GB only at the moment and photos are optimized in size.

Google+ is the best option if you are looking for securely keeping backup of all your pics including them ones collected on your desktops for years, while drop box is a solution if you are looking for something to sync your pictures with your desktops in case you are too lazy to do it manually. Facebook solution is for those who are looking for option to share pics on facebook only and it can not be treated as a complete backup solution.

Besides these there are some solutions offered by the mobile companies and other websites but they are limited in sharing options and features.
Flickr has also recently made a comeback with a whooping 1TB of storage while i tried to include it in the list above i didn't see any option to have auto backup of pics in their mobile app and couldn't spend more time on it to give a fare review.

So choose whatever option suits you but do have at least one (I use all three) option enabled to save those precious moments.