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Week 34 – 2014

This week has been very little of productivity. I took the dogs for a walk almost every day, but for the most part – I have been in a bit of pain. I have also been working on a document which I will like to publish in a month or two. Otherwise, little much else has happened. On a side note, I acquired a Nexus 16GB which will hopefully be a gift for my brother, and his family. However, my brother will have to pay the money he owes me from other issues, otherwise – the tablet will for my own benefit. The only reason I acquired it when I really don’t have the funds is due to the fact the tablet was almost half of the new price. Therefore, if it becomes a gift for my brother’s family, then it would have been an investment worthwhile. Otherwise, it will function as a second tablet in the home.

As for plans for next week, not much will be planned as the end of the month is coming. I am still waiting for Assurant to refund the money from return of their inferior tablet they tried to pawn off on me. I will also need to add funds to my Connect Card especially since I have will have a number of things I will need to address in the first week of the coming month.

Assurant’s Bait and Switch Scheme

On Thursday August 7, my Nexus 7’s screen cracked. This was due to my ankles giving way, and in turn – the Nexus 7 falling out of my hand and hitting the ground. Yes, I was pissed. Not only do I have to come up with money for Talisa’s test – but now I had to come up with money to pay the deductible. You see, I pay $10 for T-Mobile’s Jump program which includes Premium Device Protection with Assurant Solutions. Now, my brother and his girlfriend each had to use the insurance service because they are careless with expensive things – however in the 6+ years I had T-Mobile, and been using smart devices (first one being a Blackberry 8320 – pre Apple/Android days), I had never broke a device.

So, I find out how much the deductible is, and I pull funds out of 2 credit cards to fund $100 on my Google Wallet Card. I tried to file online, but it was not successful – so I called them. They had the claim, and it would seem as if the system had problems with the Google Wallet Card. The system did accepted it, and Assurant informed me that they will be sending me the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 – 7.0 because it is a comparable model to the Nexus 7. I disputed with the representative and informed them that I had the Nexus 7, and that is the item I want. It is still available on the market, so it is not a legacy device. I bought the Nexus 7 because I get a reliable update path, and prefer the stock Android over the UI interfaces that other carriers give. I was told that I would have to speak with T-Mobile about it. And so the madness begins

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Week 9 – 2014

This is my first weekly update which replaces the daily update. This week could have been better. I received my T-Mobile bill, and noticed there was a discrepancy in my data for my Nexus 7. After talking with a half of dozen people (literally), and went through a range of email communications, I have the problem partially solved. It would seem that 30 days after I activated the tablet, my data is terminated even though I am supposed to get 200MB for the life of the tablet. A support ticket was sent to the engineer, but this could be as late as the first Monday of March for someone to address it. In the meantime, I am stuck having to get a 500MB data added to my bill, and the representative couldn’t even do that correctly. Email support fixed that, and promises to refund the charges for the 500MB while I fight to get my 200MB for that I am entitled too.

It got extremely cold this week again, but I managed to walk the dogs a few time. However, there were also a couple of days where it was dangerously cold for them to be going for a walk. Of course, they got to play indoors which is nice and warm. Talisa especially loves to sleep under the wool blanket at night. The dogs are doing well, although one of them misplaced the Kong toy again so I had to put the other one up until I take the time to look for it.

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Nexus 7-32GB with LTE (2013 Edition)

About a month ago, I purchased the Nexus 7-32GB from T-Mobile. Obviously, this is the LTE version, and it is the 2013 Edition which means it is the thinner one with a camera in the front and the rear. I bought this tablet for a couple of reasons. First, I think I should have something relatively nice once every couple of years without a “need” or condition. My last major purchase was my notebook which replace the one that died, and the one before that was my Nexus 4 which required a 2 year contract. Now with the tablet came a down payment which was pretty much the $10 SIM card, and sales taxes on the price defined by T-Mobile. With expedited Shipping, I paid $50 and will be paying $16/month for 24 months. In addition, there is a $10/month service charge for 200MB, but since I am a T-Mobile customer, there is a $10 credit that will be applied to the bill.

The tablet has a Snap Dragon S4 Pro running at a 1.5Ghz Quad Core CPU. This is a little slower, but more cores than my notebook that I am typing this posting on. It has an Adreno 320 GPU running at 400Mhz which is sufficient for tablet games. There is 2GB of memory, and 32GB of storage with no micro-SD card slot. There is a 3950mAh battery which does about 8-9 hours of active use, and can go a day with casual use. The micro-USB2 port supports for both charging, HID (Human Interface Devices), and Slim Port for media. This port is located on the bottom with the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top. Both power, and volume is located on the right hand side along with the Micro-SIM tray. The screen has full HD with 323ppi, a 1.2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera. There is no LED flash however. It supports Dual Band Wifi-N, Quad Band GSM-2, 850/900/1900/2100 HSPA+ as well as AWS 1700/2100 (used by T-Mobile) for GSM 3G. It supports 700/850/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHz LTE, and Bluetooth 4.0LE. Obviously, it also has GPS, and NFC.

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2014-02-03

Today was my birthday, and not much happened. I made a deposit in the bank, but otherwise – not much else happened. Chris asked me to come over which he ordered a pizza, but that was the most exciting part. I did walked the dogs, and while they were a bit misbehaved on the walk, I was proud of them for behaving when I gave them free roam of the apartment for a little more than 30 minutes. Not sure if I could do that for a few hours, but I will like to see if that could be possible one day.

On some other events, I have been invested in a game called Injustice: Gods Among Us which is a pretty intense fighting game. I am sure for those that are big gamers – this isn’t much, but I still enjoy it nonetheless. I wouldn’t have played it if it wasn’t for me having the Nexus 7. The game will demand too much for my phone and will drain the battery quicker. Otherwise, not much else happened. As for plans for tomorrow, I will have an inspection with Section-8, but nothing else otherwise. If it is warm enough tomorrow, I will like to walk the dogs – but otherwise – it is going to be a quiet day.

2014-01-27

Today was a mostly positive day. I gave the dogs a short walk at 4:30AM which may seem outrageous, but it was the only time during the day that it was above freezing. However, the wind did hit hard, and I am assuming if it stun me, it would sting my two short hairs. The walk was less than 30 minutes. UPS came a little later than they normally did, but in turn – I got a few things that were ordered. Most of these things were for the dogs such as a new Kong Toy, two dog packs which they will carry the weights with, and dog shampoo. I also got a USB hub, but while reading the exterior, it mentioned it wasn’t meant for tablets – so it will be returned without me even opening it.

Another item I received was the Nexus 7 – LTE Edition. While I will be paying more in the long run with T-Mobile, it is broken into 24 payments of $15 each. This is acceptable especially since the tablet has the base 200MB of LTE connectivity with throttling afterwards and a $10 credit to offset the $10 monthly fee. Those whom might have read my First Impression blog post will assume I will be keeping this tablet. In a matter of fact, I ordered a case that has a Bluetooth Keyboard integrated which will allow the Nexus 7 to function a little as a productivity tool. The hub I am returning will offset some of the cost of the case.

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First Impression: Nexus 7–LTE Version

About 20 minutes ago, UPS came with a few items I had managed to get. The one in relation to this blog posting is the Nexus 7 with LTE. The reason of why I acquired this tablet was to have something that will supplement the demands on my phone, and provide a better experience with a larger display. The tablet has LTE, therefore, in the event that I should need LTE data, I have it available. And since this is a Nexus device, it will receive a reliable update path. This in turn will be my primary tablet – leaving the Hisense at home exclusively.

The Nexus 7 is $385 from T-Mobile, and will cost about $16/month for 24 months. For those that can afford it may want to just go to Google Play, and purchase directly for $350. Personally, if I had the $350+tax, I would have purchased that way. With it being T-Mobile, I had to pay the SIM kit ($10), and taxes (7%) upfront. I chose expedited shipping which is the only benefit over Google (their shipping of products takes longer). It is a 7” tablet with a 1920×1080 resolution for a total of 323ppi. It has a Corning Glass to help fight against scratches, a 1.2MP front + 5MP rear camera – however, there is no LED flash. It has dual band Wifi-abgn, but there is no Wifi-AC. It also supports all GSM-2G bands, as well as all GSM-3G bands. For LTE, it supports 700/850/1700/1800/1900/2100 Mhz bands. As with all Nexus devices, these are unlocked so I could theoretically take it to another carrier, and not have to beg T-Mobile to allow me to have the device I paid for. There is also Bluetooth 4.0 support and NFC.

The CPU is a quad core 1.5Ghz Qualcomm S4 Pro CPU. It has 2GB of memory, and 32GB of storage. There is no other option with the cellular edition device in storage. In addition as with all Nexus devices, there is no expandable storage. An Audrino 320 running at 400Mhz is the graphics GPU. Audio includes stereo speakers, and a 3.5mm jack. There is a power and volume on the right side, as well as a Slim Port enabled USB charging port on the bottom. The micro-SIM tray is located towards the bottom on the right hand side. A SIM ejection tool comes with the cellular edition of the Nexus 7.

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