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iPad3 coming next week …

Yeah, it’s almost official. Apple is most likely going to announce iPad3 next week. There are already some technology blog posts stating that iPad3 already shipping out of China to US. True or not, I will still stick to my iPad2. The reason is simple, it costs too much to keep up with these technology that introduce a new version every year. I am satisfied with my iPad2. There will come a day when my iPad2 couldn’t support apps and games anymore and that will be the day I buy a new tablet. Unexpected event might happen but I won’t go into that.

As iPad3 news bombarding most technology sites, I start to think about iPhone5 or whatever Apple going to call it the next generation of iPhone. Will I be getting one? To be honest, I almost went out and bought iPhone4S. Yes, I was very determine to own an iPhone. However, it is not the case now. Having both iPad2 and HTC Desire Android phone made me think that I can do so much more with two different devices. If one won’t work, I have the option to try the other. If I ended up only using iOS, I will be stuck.

Android is good and it’s perfect for me. But I am just disappointed with its performance against iPhone. Technology improves on a daily basis and considering my HTC Desire is already one and a half years old, it’s still keeping up well. I read many reviews about dual core and quad core Android mobile devices and all were talking about how fast the devices performed. I went to the Carphonewarehouse and picked up a test unit of Samsung Galaxy SII and it was disappointing. It was slow and sluggish. Maybe it was battered being a display unit, I thought to myself. Even the Nokia Lumia 800 sitting beside Samsung Galaxy SII running on a single core processor was faster. When I went to the Apple Store to try out the iPhone 4S, it was clearly faster than iPhone 4. I still very much love how things perform quicker on iOS compared to Android but I found a new love too, Windows Phone. Well, anything that’s fast is welcomed instantly.

I always like to compare between Apple Store and Android Market. It is so much easy to update apps and games on Apple Store while updating apps and games on Android Market makes the phone almost unusable at times. Having said all that, I might still go for an Android phone the next time I think about upgrading. Might be a Windows Phone too.

Paradise Island, again …

Paradise Island
Paradise Island

Paradise Island is lovely simulation game. Build your own empire!

“Paradise Island” is the game for all sun and sea lovers!
Tear yourself away from work and build your own sunny island!
Is it time to make your own business? Just have some practice! Rich tourists are just about getting to your warm beaches! Entertain them in casinos and entertainment centers, build hotels, restaurants and discos! Build your own empire of entertainment! Turn your island into best resort empire and learn to manage your own business.

Of all Android games that I downloaded and played, Paradise Island is the one that I played since the day I downloaded it. From the beginning, it’s all very simple, build buildings, achieve some missions and earn money from visiting tourists. However, the game keeps expanding and now, we can visit friends’ islands, clean their buildings and other various little games to build special buildings. Even though the friends function is there for quite sometime now, I have only just started using it just to see what I can get out of it. Well, it turns out pretty addictive and every now and then, I am adding friends and visiting friends’ islands. Sometimes, I wish that the gameplay could go faster but on the other hand, I think the pace is quite spot on as it just keeps me going back each day for something different.

I tried the iOS version of Paradise Island on my iPad but I wasn’t impressed by the graphics. The thought of having to replay the game instead of continuing on my Android device has put me off. I wonder if there’s a way to transfer the saved game from Android to iOS. But having Paradise Island on my Android phone just means that I can play it whenever I want which is a good way to collect money and experience.

If you happen to play Paradise Island, leave a comment here with your username and friend code. My username is myi4u and friend code is fe7d53.

Android Phones …

I have been using my HTC Desire for quite a while now. The only complain that I have, is the internal memory space. I have talked about it over and over again but I believe that I have more understanding now than before. Honestly, it is a good looking phone; solid and the screen size is about right. It doesn’t have a dual core processor but 1GHz Snapdragon processor performs quite sufficiently. The multitouch screen problem is also annoying but I am fine with it. The internal memory space is still my main concern.

Well, HTC Desire has only about 120MB internal memory space available for apps and games. When I first got the phone, everything had to be installed in the internal memory space. The 4GB microsd card is only for storage purpose. Soon, the App2SD was developed and apps and games can be moved to external storage. However, there will still be some bits of data installed in the internal memory space. I then rooted my HTC Desire and apply the S-OFF to pump up the internal memory space to 200MB. To date, I have about 130 apps and games. It sounds a lot but it’s not. I wish for more.

Why would anyone design a phone with so limited internal memory space available for user to install apps and games? I have read the specifications of a few newer HTC phones and while they have about 4 – 8GB of internal memory, only 1GB is available for the user. Is it a problem with HTC or Google’s Android?

In addition, the speed of the phone is also very much dependent on where the apps and games are installed. As most of my apps and games are installed using App2SD, my HTC Desire performs sluggishly at times. I had tried moving some frequently run apps to the phone in the past. While it improved the performance, the internal storage space soon became full.

My next phone may probably be an Android phone; and it might be HTC too. However, I will be making sure that I will not be troubled by the lack of internal memory space and the phone will be free of multitouch screen problem. The latter should already be solved since a lot of users had pointed it out but I am still very wary about the former.

Tomtom XL IQ Routes Edition 2 …

Tomtom XL IQ Routes Edition 2
Tomtom XL IQ Routes Edition 2

This is my new Tomtom XL IQ Routes Edition 2. Well, it’s new for me but it’s a refurbished unit. However, I have to refund it. I tested it today but it just couldn’t pick up any GPS signal at all. I tried my HTC Desire and it was able to get a GPS signal in less than 30 seconds. I was impressed though because it used to take a lot longer than that. Anyway, I like to think that I am not refrained from buying Tomtom again as this is a refurbished unit. But I would have thought that a refurbished unit should be thoroughly tested before it’s for sale again. Clearly they didn’t do a good job on this particular unit. On the other hand, I must say that I am satisfied with the way the customer service handle my case. They clearly know what they are doing.

Returning the item is also quite easy. I was given a UPS number to call and also an account details which I believe UPS will charge Tomtom for the delivery using that account details. So, UPS will come tomorrow morning to my place to collect the Tomtom XL IQ Routes Edition 2 and all I need to do is to write the address and put the Tomtom into the parcel.

Even though it’s a not working unit, I am still quite pleased with this Tomtom XL IQ Routes Edition 2. The 4.3″ screen is a plus and the battery life seems to be better than my previous Tomtom One, which got stolen on a trip to Italy. I like the handle that fix the Tomtom to the windscreen too. It’s attached firmly to the Tomtom body which makes it look like one whole unit. I like to try other models of Tomtom like the Tomtom Start 25 but it’s over £100. I don’t see any point in getting a navigator for over £100 as I don’t really use it a lot. I think I will go out to high street and purchase myself another Tomtom XL IQ Routes Edition 2.

On another note, the picture is taken using my HTC Desire WordPress app. I haven’t been using the WordPress app for a while now though I keep updating it whenever there’s a new version. Well, the latest version looks really nice and easy to use. It does improve a lot and I hope I will make use of it more often in the future.

HTC Desire Android …

Android
Android

My relationship with my HTC Desire is all love or hatred at times. Some interesting Android apps are what keeping my love for it while the hardware limitation is what I hate about it. I wish that the internal memory could have been a lot bigger than 200MB. In fact, it was only 140MB before I rooted it. This internal memory space is where Android installs the apps. In the specification sheet, it states 576MB of there are only 140MB available. The worst part is that older versions of Android do not allow user to install apps on external memory card. Though new Android allows the use of external memory card for apps installation, it still installs bits and pieces onto the internal memory. Eventually, Android will still use up the internal memory in my case.

Having said all that, I must admit that I have done a pretty good job in maximizing it’s potential. To date, I have just over 200 apps installed.

One advantage of Android over iOS is the ability to add widgets on the front screen. However, I kind of like the idea of iOS which is all icons and no widgets. In my case, what’s the point of having dozen of widgets but slowing down my HTC Desire? From now on, I will be configuring my HTC Desire with icons and leaving only the task manager, weather and todo widgets in the homescreen.

If you search on the internet about managing apps, lots of people or even expert will say that you do not need to have task killer app. Android is capable enough in managing memory efficiently. I beg to differ. On many occasions, I have to use task killer app in order to speed up my HTC Desire. It’s true that after a while, it will become slow again but that’s just prove that Android is not good at memory management. Okay, some say that Android app will close itself after the process completes. I know the logic but when will it finish? Most apps seem like taking a second to run but forever to close.

When I reboot my HTC Desire, there will be about 200MB of free memory. After a while, it will drop to 60MB depending on the tasks that I do. Using the task killer app, I could bring it back up to 200MB. However, the longer I use my phone, the less free memory I get. Some apps just run in the background all the time after using it just once. They would not go off unless a reboot. I cannot say that it’s all Android’s fault. It could be all down to the programmers who might not have thought about programming the apps thoroughly. Anyway, I do not know how to create an Android app, I cannot really comment.

I still love my HTC Desire and I do not see any reason why I should change it at the moment. Dual core or not, it does not seem to matter too much for me. It’s running apps happily and I do not suppose Android apps have too much problems like when iOS4 moves to iOS5.

Apple …

Sometimes, things just happen. Last night, right before I went to bed, I turned on my iPad2 and ran Flipboard. Flipboard is an app that allows you to read your feeds from facebook, twitter, and any other feeds like a newspaper. I think it’s cool and actually, I prefer it to Pulse, another app that does almost the same thing. Anyway, while flipping through Flipboard, there was one post that caught my attention. Steve Jobs has passed away. I looked at the post and stopped a few seconds. I just thought, is it real or hoax? Well, it was tweeted by TechRepublic about 8 minutes ago and I don’t think it will be a hoax. Immediately, I searched the internet and things become clearer and it’s true.

I am just starting to like Apple products though the iPhone 4S is a bit of a disappointment. By now, you must have read the difference between iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. In my opinion, I just can’t think what else can new iPhone outdo older iPhone except adding better functionality. But they will always create something that people like me can never thought of which is why I am always the users. Well, I am always in a dilemma. My theory is always not to use the same brand for every product that I use. For example, I use a Mac and iPad2 but an Android phone. It’s good to have something different. However, at the back of my mind, I kind of like having iPhone 4S simply because Mee has an iPhone 4. Don’t take me wrong. It’s just that Mee has an iPhone 4 and I could see how different it is compared to my HTC Desire which has almost identical specification. iPhone4 is just stronger. Even though iPhone 4 processor is an A4 chip while my iPad2 is an A5 chip, I can’t really notice the difference. iPhone 4S could be interesting.