About 3 hours ago, I have took the plunge, and replace my T-Mobile MyTouch (rev 1) with the G2X (LG Optimus 2X). This phone will come at a price of $60 walking out the store, and about $25/month for the next 19 months. However, I needed something that would work the way I feel it should. This was the best option. And while I am sure I will notice more things in the near future, This will be a first impression. There are good and bad things. There are also a couple of things I would have liked, but knew it didn’t have it.
First, the G2X is an Android 2.2.2 phone with a 1Ghz2 CPU. It has a good bit of memory, and good size storage, although the numbers seems to be a bit different from my impression. Further research will have to go into more detail. The phone has a 4” screen, a 1.3MP front-side camera, and an 8MP camera with flash, and 720p recording. The top of the phone sports a 3.5mm headphone jack, mini HDMI port, and power. The volume are at the top right, while the charging port is at the bottom. There are 4 capacitive buttons which lights up with the phone, although I am not sure how the phone behaves when someone calls.
Continue reading T-Mobile G2X–First Impression
A couple of days ago, I moved into a new apartment. This apartment is a bit of a change from the previous apartment. The unit itself is actually an old house converted into two units. I of course with the strong consideration I will be in a wheelchair would be on the first floor. The neighborhood – while good wouldn’t have been my first choice. I have usually lived in the central – East side of the city, and now live on the Northern side where there are fewer buses. As for why I had to move, it was because the company that owned the building wouldn’t have been accepting Section-8, and I wouldn’t have made another lease year before they would have stopped accepting.
Finding the place was a tedious trial to say the least. It took 6 months to find this one, and most other places either wouldn’t have accepted Section-8, on a higher floor, or on a property with too many steps. A few other places were in neighborhoods with a higher crime rate or no realistic access to buses. So out of 6 months of looking, this was really the only available place. And while I am sure I could have continued to look, it was more of an exhausting process as all of the realistic conventions of hunting within my limits was thin. So, while this place isn’t my first real choice, it is acceptable.
Continue reading Life in the New Apartment
First, I have ordered this notebook from Fingerhut, and I am not going to go into detail of how I basically bent over and said Ahh by paying almost twice as much as the fair market value, nor will I have to pay high interest. I figured this is simply the price of doing business with Fingerhut. My intention is to go into my first impression of the notebook based on what I received. First, I had three choices as for manufacturers. I could have chosen a Acer, but with past experience with them, that was not going to be an option. I could have also chosen Lenovo. However, I have chosen HP simply because all of my experience with them have been good.
As for the specs, it is a bit basic. The notebook has an AMD Athlon P340 CPU which is a 2.2Ghz dual core processor. In comparison, my desktop has a Pentium 4 – 2.8Ghz. The notebook has 3GB of memory, and integrated graphics. The screen is a 15.6” 720p LED screen. The computer has an Media Card reader, microphone/speaker, 2 USB ports, RJ-45 at 1GBPS (assuming), HDMI, and a VGA port on the left side, and the optical drive, USB, a closed RJ-11 port, power, and Kensington Lock on the right hand side. The closed RJ-11 port is there to prevent openings for models that will not have a dialup modem (custom machines). The hard drive is a 320GB, but there is only in reality 290 as some of it is due to base8 math, and a partition for the recovery.There is also a Lightscribe DVD Writer, and wifi-N. I am assuming that I could possibly replace the wifi-N module with a better wireless module, or one with bluetooth. The PC will accept up to two 4GB DDR3 SODIMM modules, and has an integrated webcam. There is a 101 keyboard, and a touch pad that is hidden within the body of the notebook towards the center with a single button support right click.
Continue reading First Impression: HP G62-340US
Today, I went to the only apartment I found that would hopefully meet my needs. I spoke with the property owner, and he would have to install a ramp for the time I would end up dealing with a wheelchair. In comparison to what I have now, this is a downgrade, but considering that this unit will no longer accept Section-8 in the next lease year, and a 1BR is more than my month’s income + utilities, I definitely can not even think of this place.
So, what is my initial assessment of this apartment? Well, the owner seems pretty reasonable, and seems as if he is willing to work with me. I have informed him that I can not afford to pay more than what I am paying now. As for financial considerations, my hopes is to get the utilities included, and get the security deposit waived (unlikely), or reduced. However, there are other considerations too.
Continue reading Progress on the Hunt
I had Toktumi’s service a long time ago, and canceled it because the forwarding options didn’t allow for pay phone calls which I will get to that in a moment. However, while there are still issues I have with it, I have different needs. So, I will define my needs, the good and the bad of it.
First, I wanted a phone line with the iPod Touch I have that will work well with the Google Voice app, and use my contacts within the iPod which syncs with my Google Contacts which I use with my Android phone. Essentially, the Google Contacts is a universal contacts and I wanted that reflected with the devices I have. I also wanted to assure that I had minimal surprise charges on my phone lines, and services. And last, I wanted to make sure that the family itself will have a uniformed telephone number.
While this may seem like overkill, it does keep in line with my needs, desires, and a budget. And while I am sure there are other solutions, I would rather deal with one company, as opposed to two or three.
Continue reading Toktumi – Attempt 2
No, this is not the newest and latest one. And yes, I knew there was one coming. However, when you need that music fix, and you don’t feel like killing the battery on the Android 1.6 phone, you get an MP3 player.
I had chosen this one because my options was limited. For my needs, this one was the best there was. So, do I regret the purchase, and exactly what am I doing with it? Well, in a short answer, I don’t regret it as much as I thought I would, and it serves for more than just playing music.
Continue reading 4 Months with the iPod Touch
It’s been 5 months since I had purchased the T-Mobile MyTouch (HTC Magic) to upgrade my RIM 8320. And I figured 5 months is more than enough time to give my perspective on the phone. First, this is a low end phone compared to what’s coming out. While the Nexus One has had more than its share of problems, it puts light that 528Mhz found on the MyTouch is actually on the low side.
So, with that in consideration, I do write this review with little regret. No matter what you would buy, or when you buy it, there would always be something better in 6 months. So, I would want to focus on two things. One would be the phone which is my first touch screen phone, and another is the OS which is one of the newest players in the game.
Continue reading A Perspective of the MyTouch
The online streaming music service available to many different platforms provides streaming music service based on your personal tastes from the names of musical artists, and songs you added. From there, it would also include many songs and artists that it thinks you would like. You could of course buy individual songs, and some interfaces have a means of getting information about the artist, or song.
You can also “thumbs up” add it as a song you like, or “thumbs down” note a song you don’t like, and never want to be bothered from hearing again. You can also skip songs, or pause songs. Sounds pretty great, right? Well, I love the concept, and the service is very good, but it does need a lot of room for improvement.
Continue reading Pandora – My Thoughts
It has been almost two weeks since I got the T-Mobile myTouch. Being on the T-Mobile USA Plus line of plans, I have to pay full price for the phone, however, I am fortunate enough to have the cost spread over 20 months. The myTouch is also known as the HTC Magic to the rest of the world. This is also my second smart phone I have.
The myTouch color I chosen was black, and I bought a gel cover that is as well black. Basically, I chosen this to prevent nicks and scratches. The phone has a Home button, Menu button, and a Call button on the left side. It has a back button, search button, and end/power button on the right side. In the middle is a trackball that is select capable (simply push). The screen is a nice size, and a beautiful screen.
Continue reading Touching myTouch
I went to the T-Mobile store on Forbes Avenue in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh PA for the new (to me) phone. Keep in mind that the myTouch is almost a year old, and while I would have liked a 3G phone earlier, it wasn’t until September of 2009. This would have defeated the purpose of having a 3G phone, especially since none as of yet supports UMA.
First, the phone, and included accessories comes in a bulky case. This makes it look important, but in the end, I would only use it if I intend to carry it in my backpack, or pack it away for a while. It also comes with a user guide, promotional material and a possibility for a free shell. As for the more useful items, an headphone which the pad anchors are a b**ch to get on, and of course the micro USB – 3.5mm headphone jack. Unlike the iPhone, or most other smart phones, there is no microphone on the headphones, but instead on the adapter. There is also a 4GB micro SD card which I would most likely give it when I sell the 8320.
Continue reading First Impression – HTC Magic (aka myTouch)