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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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2014-01-24

A bit happened today. I started with part of the day sending someone an SMS to wish them well on their birthday. I also called T-Mobile to inquire about support for the 1900Mhz 3G band for Pittsburgh, and T-Mobile does offer 1900Mhz for 3G. In addition, the representative was kind enough to send me a free Micro-SIM card. If I was to get the card in the store, they would have charged me $10. Next, I went to the grocery store to get some food for myself, and for the dogs. After that, it was a trip to the pharmacy to get my prescription filled. After my prescription was filled, I purchased a couple of other things that was only available at the pharmacy.

Once I returned home, I fed the dogs, and placed an order for my niece Alexis which if everything works as the representative claims, it would be something that will benefit her. In addition, Alexis tends to appreciate the things I do for her when I can, so it will be just an issue of financial cost. Later on, I received a notice from HUD for an inspection which is not an issue neither. However, the vast majority of my day remaining was in a bit of pain.

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A Nexus 5? Not from T-Mobile

T-Mobile decided to offer the Nexus 5 16GB model for an easy payment plan of $42 + 24 payments of $17. This comes to a price tag of $450 + sales tax. However, this is a serious issue, especially when you consider other factors.

First, if one was to pay full price for the phone upfront, they will have to pay $450+sales tax. At Google, the 32GB model is $50 cheaper than what T-Mobile will sell for the 16GB model. And since they may no mention of the 32GB model, I will only presume that T-Mobile does not wish to sell a Nexus 32GB for $550 which seems to be what T-Mobile will likely do. However, this major discrepancy of price is not the only issue.

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2013-11-04

Not much happened today. I went to the grocery store to pick up dog food and a couple of other things. I received and wrote a few emails, and of course fed the dog. It was a bit cold and wasn’t really interested in giving them a walk. I will have to give them a longer walk tomorrow.

Not much else happened today. I made arrangement with my carrier to address an unexpected charge which was Andrea’s fault. I am going to have to deal with her on that, but at least the arrangements were made.

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2013-10-21

Today was a little bit of a busy day. I took the dogs for two walks today which they didn’t behave either one. I also had to go to the grocery store to get a couple of groceries, and dog food. While buying my dogs their food, I also bought a 20lb bag of food for Nippers (my brother’s family dog). I did a little more work on my a web site, and will be making a few adjustments.

And alas, after a month – Blackberry decided to release BBM for Android/iOS. However, registrations are being phased in. Those who already signed up for BBM notices will be allowed to sign up early. Not that anyone would care, my BBM PIN can be found on my Contact Directory’s IM page.

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LG F6: Final Review

Yesterday late morning, I returned the LG F6 from T-Mobile back to the store. The reason of why was in the 10 days I had the phone, it has proven to have a couple of good points, but mostly bad points. The LG F6 was $290 which I paid $50 down, and would have paid $10 for 24 months. I also had paid the taxes on the $290 as well.

When I looked at the phone, it had the LG UI on it, which I wasn’t fond of, but willing to tolerate it (otherwise, I wouldn’t have purchased it). However, in the time I had it, the phone locked up on me a number of times, disabled its own Wifi – therefore in one instance burned through the data within a couple of days as I expected it to be on the home’s wifi network. Programs that didn’t even started will close due to an illegal operation.

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2013-10-10

Not much happened today. I returned the LG F6 which I will be giving a blog posting about it tomorrow. The store charged me a $50 restocking fee even though technical support said I shouldn’t be charged. After that, a $57 refund on my bank card will be returned within a week.

Once I returned home, I called T-Mobile, and disputed the $50 restocking fee. I also cancelled the phone line that was associated with the F6. The line has been cancelled which means I have 4 lines on my account rather than 5 lines. My EIP should also be reduced to about $700.

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Phone Service by Freedom Pop

Yesterday (2013-10-01), Freedom Pop made it known that they will now offer extremely low cost phone service. There are some catches, and some information I didn’t find out as of yet, but here is the idea.

You will first purchase the Wimax enabled phone for $100 (no contract) which the phone itself is about 3 years old, so you won’t get much out of it. You can get 200 minutes/500 SMS for free, 500 minutes/unlimited SMS for $8, or unlimited voice/SMS for $11. For those looking at price only, this beats out Republic Wireless – which they will both use the Sprint Network. As for data, all plans offer 500MB per month.

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2013-10-01

Today was a very long day. I left about 9AM and didn’t get home until almost 5:30PM. Look at all of the things I do for family. First, Andrea needed a replacement phone, so I needed to make those arrangements. This was done in Downtown, and while I was dealing with the phone, I also paid the bill. Once I finished that, I sent Chris’ defective phone which was to be sent via UPS.

I then arrived at Andrea’s place which my youngest nephew for the second day in a row has been nothing but mean and miscreant to me. I am not taking it personally, but if it was my child, there would have to be a bit more discipline with him. I even caught him kicking Nippers (the family dog) which I really set him straight about that.

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First Impressions: Huawei/T-Mobile Prism 2

Earlier today in the same delivery as my replacement Nexus 4 which has given me problems again (T-Mobile – fix that issue please), I have also received the T-Mobile Prism 2 which is manufactured by Huawei. While this does not have standard stock Android which puts me in fear of it never receiving updates, there is a reason why I would choose this.

First, the reason why I bought this phone is unique to me, and will not likely be the same rationale as most other purchasers. However, my nephew whom is on my phone account is using this same phone, and according to Andrea (his mother), he loves the phone. So, I will consider that in my recommendation. However, the reason I bought this is as a second line that I could simply turn on and off when I don’t want to be bother by telemarketers, creditors, and just people who are too stupid to know how to use the telephone. However, with that in mind, one could use this as a primary, but basic smart phone. In this regard, I will have to pay +$10 per month on my phone bill. While I could technically spread the cost over the other people on the Family plan, that would not be ethically sound.

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