That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more! So said Popeye anyways. I’ve been with Virgin Mobile for a number of years now. I did like their customer service and low cost phones. However, when I got my first Android about 2 years ago, I learned that their 3G service in my area just sucks eggs. It rides on the Sprint network and around Hampton Roads, it’s so over sold that a person is lucky if they get 0.1MB download speeds on average currently. It was around 0.5MB at first, but as time went on, it got much worse. To the point it was completely unusable. My Waze app would always have a hard time keeping up to date.
That and with my up coming move, Sprint’s network barely covers Gaylord. Most of the county is not covered at all. Upon doing some research, Verizon and AT&T have the best to offer in my home town. There was only one thing left to do. Switch.
Although I couldn’t go for the phone I wanted because I wanted to keep most of my money in the bank, I did get this nifty little number. It’s not super powerful or flashy, but it’s pretty solid. A Samsung Galaxy Proclaim (a.k.a. Illusion clone).
I do like this version of the unlock and notification screen Handy to be able to swipe directly to a text message (orange circles) or missed call (red circles).
According to the coverage map for Verizon, I shouldn’t have too much trouble in Northern Michigan for service. As well as it certainly is nice to get some decent 3G speeds while I’m still stuck for the next month. There is no point in going to a 4G or 4G LTE phone, since there isn’t any 4G yet in my small home town. There is in Traverse City, but I’m not going to live there. Just visit… Frequently…
Got to readjust to small town life. Now I just need find an affordable place to live up there that has high speed internet. So I can telecommute to my job here in Virginia.
Seems that the need for apps on different platforms is just going out of control from where I sit. I talked about this before. Apps being on all different flavors of smartphones from Android, to iPhone, to Crackberry. With tablet versions of each for the respective mobile OS. Then the need to support old and new versions of each OS as they update every few months unlike a computer OS. Although, that seems to be changing as well with Windows and OS X doing more frequent updates than they used too.
With all the different OS options a developer has to deal with, it’s amazing they have time to make improvements. It seems they would end up spending all their time patching issues rather than developing new software.
If this type of thing hasn’t already proven itself a bad idea with the load of different Linux flavors out on the market today; with their different install methods and variations of how they present things to the end user… It’s a wonder they gain ground at all. To the average Joe, that’s just confusing.
Granted, installing apps on a mobile device is just tap and done usually. Thus the wide spread popularity. It’s easy to use. (knock, knock, knock Mr. Penguin)
And speaking of Linux, the boys and girls at Ubuntu have decided to throw their hat in the ring. Making their own Mobile OS. Also, the folks at the Mozilla camp are poising to release Firefox OS. Both will of course have app stores. So developers will have to learn the new OS’s if they want to grab a slice of that audience for their wares.
Oh and of course we can’t forget that great new Operating System all my customers hate… Windows 8… Now you have desktop programs and Metro apps!! Yippee! You can have Internet Exploiter as an app, and Skype as an app. I guess having the desktop programs wasn’t enough. Now we have 2 of each installed on the same PC. You know Ma and Pa kettle haven’t a clue they only need the one. And it’s likely they won’t share info between two. Did you know favorites in Internet Exploiter Desktop are not available in Internet Exploiter for Metro? So I’m told anyways. I don’t use it. Still not a Metro fan.
Oh and let’s not forget your TV, Media device and Blu-Ray player has apps too!
Question that I see is…. When do app developers finally say enough of this nonsense!?!?? There are so many platforms they have to write the same software for over and over. It’s freaking delusional that they have to put up with this so their fans can have their software. How about a little cross platform love? Or a few less damned platforms… I’m glad I’m not an app developer. As a Web Designer, it’s hard enough to make sure that my sites look good on Chrome, Firefox, Internet Exploiter, Opera and Safari web browsers. Although I’ve considered developing for Android apps, but then my audience would only get the one platform. I don’t have the time, patients or money to learn iPhone, Crackberry, Metro, Chrome, Ubuntu, Firefox OS and all the others…
It’s Nuckin’ Futs!!
Circumstances of an unfortunate situation has led me to get a new smart phone. My old LG Optimus V, while rooted and able to do my most needed functions, kept me at odds for lack of space every time my apps updated. I don’t know why and have been unable to find information on how to keep my apps under control. Each time my apps updated, I’d quickly lose space on my phone. In a week too two weeks, my phone would go from 45MB space free to under 20MB. I would reset my phone, reload all the apps by going through my handy list on the bottom of my freeware page. Only to repeat it within a week or so. As anyone can imagine, this is endlessly frustrating.
Thankfully, Best Buy happened to have one of the latest phones from my carrier Virgin Mobile on sale from $149 to $129. Cheaper than when I bought my Optimus V. (sadly it got lowered in price 2 days later) Of course, I ended up losing my phone having root. Though the only reason for me to root my Optimus V was so that I could get rid of the endless bloatware that came with that phone. So it’s not a deal breaker by any means. I also learned a hard lesson. I am a user of Quick Settings as it was handy, and FoxFi to turn my little phone into a wireless hotspot. I didn’t know that Quick Settings also had hotspot capabilities. However (comma), little did I know that using apps with hotspot capabilities would essentially destroy my new phone and disable it’s 3G capabilities. I imagine that this is not an intended issue, but more or less an incompatibility. So within a day, I had an error 67 popping up every minute or so. Making my new Optimus Elite unusable. Again, not a necessary feature. Knowing how dealing with mobile support techs is far more painful than the folks at Best Buy, I opted to return my faulty phone for an exchange.
Now that I have the replacement, this phone is much faster, and has enormous amounts of space to use. I simply moved my SD card from my old phone to my new one and now I’ve got space to burn. I’m sure that I can go a very long time now before having to reset anything. Other nifty bonuses include Flash support so I can use it surfing the net instead of using specific apps. I’ve only had the phone a few days, but so far I’m very pleased with it. Sadly, I still live in Redneck land, so my service is lacking but since I plan to relocate as soon as possible, there is no need to change services. Besides I love my no contract way of life
Plus I can finally play my Earth and Legend. If I used it on my old phone, it would be pretty much the only app I could have on it. Thankfully those days are now over. So far so good
Now, if only I can find a replacement app for Quick Settings as using the default settings system for Android 2.3.7 is a real clunky option. However, I don’t want it to have any kind of wifi hotspot capabilities for fear of dorking up my current phone. Suggestions are welcome in the comments here, facebook, google plus or you can email me.
Holy Mackerel! Everywhere I turn it’s apps… Apps! APPS!!! Talk about a run away train! You’ve got apps for your Smart Phone, apps for your Tablet or iPad, you’ve got apps for your PC and Mac, you’ve even got apps for your toolbars! Now, I opened up Google Chrome for the first time in days and I get attacked with “Get apps for your browser!”! Are you flipping kidding me? I need apps in my browser? It’s not good enough to have toolbars and addons, now I need apps? So I want to start my OS, get logged onto the internet and then start apps in my browser? It’s like having an OS inside my OS because for some reason I need to run programs inside of programs that are run from programs.
Then there’s this ever growing issue of you can use some of your favorite apps on your Smart Phone, but not your PC. You can use some apps on your Tablet and your PC but not on your Phone. You can use some apps on your Phone, iPod and Tablet but not your Mac. Or your PC, Mac and Phone but not your iPad. Or some other idiotic combination or other.
My head hurts.
Or this app can do this, but another does that for the previous. Like I see there is apps for Netflix for example that one plays Netflix, another organizes it and others let you do other things with Netflix. What the hell is that about?
Having so many different platforms and devices and this madness to have apps installed on all of them is mind wrenching. Makes me wonder how the everyday Joe that calls me who can’t tell me what version of Windows or Mac they use, gets by…