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I'm having fun with it as a change of pace, but functionally it is of little import to me. I think releasing it was a petty ploy to Thunderbolt users whose contract is coming to an end soon.

weswilson wrote:

I'm having fun with it as a change of pace, but functionally it is of little import to me. I think releasing it was a petty ploy to Thunderbolt users whose contract is coming to an end soon.

Yeah. My contract is actually up already. Reality though is I don't use my phone for enough to justify an upgrade even if it is slightly annoying now. It spends a huge amount of time in airplane mode anyway so the battery life is a non-issue.

My contract comes up in July, I think. I will likely want a new phone. I might stick around for a while with my Thunderbolt, but that's because I rarely use it right now. When I do, it's in short bursts. I'm probably going to have to buy some kind of USB charging battery for PAX East, as it likely won't last 3 hours without being plugged in if I'm actually using it.

I'm pondering a move to T-mobile since I'll likely lost my unlimited data.

I was lazy and used the toolkit to unlock it and flash ClockworkMod, then I just flashed CM from their site.

The Razr Maxx I bought last year is still pretty awesome. You have to work pretty hard to drain the battery in a day! (3300)

Does anyone have experience with the HTC Droid DNA? The thing looks like a bit of a beast. I'm not in the market for a smartphone right now, but.. my girlfriend had a crazy attack and bought one of these things. She wants to use it as much as possible, and, since we both love retro gaming, I'm looking into the feasibility of turning it into a swanky mobile 8-bit/16-bit emulation powerhouse. I'd hoped to use the Bluetooth+Wiimote Controller app to use the Wii Classic Controller as a... err, controller, and hook the phone up to our 40" LCD TV with this adapter .

However, I've heard that the HTC's senseUI wreaks havoc with Bluetooth Controller adapter apps (or, at least "WiiMote Controller"). I don't want to buy a bunch of stuff and find out that it's not going to work, so I thought I'd see if anyone attempting similar usage ran into ideal implementations/problems.

So sometimes I'm filling out Web forms, forums, online shopping, etc., and then whichever field I'm typing in will refuse ANY further input. With online shopping this means starting over, which blows. With forums I usually have to reload the page in a new tab or restart the browser. It drives me crazy.

Is this just an Android thing? A Dolphin browser thing? I'm using Swiftkey but it's happened to me with other keyboards too, including the default.

Has this happened to anyone else?

It hasn't happened to me since I was on Gingerbread. Switching keyboards always fixed it for me so I'd swap to the default, then back to Swype and type away merrily again.

MannishBoy wrote:

Next up, Samsung should announce the G IV soon. I'm thinking unless they screw that up or the release is too far out, I'm going to have to go that route soon.

What have you read? I've been off contract for months, and I'm keenly interested in the Galaxy s4.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

Next up, Samsung should announce the G IV soon. I'm thinking unless they screw that up or the release is too far out, I'm going to have to go that route soon.

What have you read? I've been off contract for months, and I'm keenly interested in the Galaxy s4.

Announcement supposedly around March 15.

Yup, yup. Ides of March.

RE: Browsers, I tuna'ed Dolphin once Chrome came out.

LiquidMantis wrote:

RE: Browsers, I tuna'ed Dolphin once Chrome came out.

Ditto.

Switching keyboards doesn't seem to help, at least in Dolphin. Swiftkey is also shifty at detecting a login field. It constantly autocorrects my email addresses.

ccoates wrote:

So sometimes I'm filling out Web forms, forums, online shopping, etc., and then whichever field I'm typing in will refuse ANY further input. With online shopping this means starting over, which blows. With forums I usually have to reload the page in a new tab or restart the browser. It drives me crazy.

Is this just an Android thing? A Dolphin browser thing? I'm using Swiftkey but it's happened to me with other keyboards too, including the default.

Has this happened to anyone else?

I'm not sure if that's a Dolphin thing but I have noticed that the browser is becoming buggier and buggier on my iPhone and Nexus. I'm about to give up on it and use Firefox instead. My biggest problem is that sometimes it just won't open new links even though it registers the click.

http://penny-arcade.com/report/edito...
I think this is the kind of thing I'd really like, controller mode for playing games, but tablet form for almost everything else.
Anybody know of similar combos?

I don't think LTE is that big a deal; the Nexus 4 will support HSPA+, and that's really fast. Unless you're doing something absolutely bizarre, I can't see needing more than that for a phone -- the last time I was tethering, I was getting something like 20 megabits. Through the air. It's really fine.

Plus, with the ludicrously low data caps, LTE just means you can blow through your monthly allocation in five minutes instead of ten.

I did just have a bad battery day on my Galaxy Nexus, which surprised me. It's never done that before, but I went in to get it a day or two ago, and it was out of juice, and dead, when I was expecting it to be at like 80%. I'm wondering if maybe something in 4.2.2 doesn't like it.

The big difference between the S3 and the Nexus 4 is probably the screen; the S3 uses Samsung's Pentile OLED, which as you noticed, can do slightly funny things to colors, because it's sharing subpixels in a strange way to make the screen cheaper. AFAIK, the Nexus 4 just has a standard LCD screen, and it's apparently much easier to read in sunlight.

Anyone have an older GSM android phone I could purchase?

I'd like to unlock it and use it when I'm in Europe this summer.

A local on G+ got a Nexus 4 and we don't have HSPA+ around here in the boonies, whereas LTE has pretty decent coverage, surprisingly. So personally, that's a pretty good case for LTE.

Sadly.

Lester_King wrote:

Anyone have an older GSM android phone I could purchase?

I'd like to unlock it and use it when I'm in Europe this summer.

I have an already unlocked HTC Aria ("world phone"!) which is not being used. My wife has successfully used it in Russia and Germany last year, but since then has replaced it with an Xperia U.

My crappy laptop was kind enough to die last week and, as it was really only used for web browsing and light word processing, I decided to replace it with a Nexus 10, as . . . you know, I don't care, I just wanted the damn thing. Any advice on stuff I should get for it? In particular, I'd like a decent folio case of some sort, plus any other neat apps and such. I've got an original-run Kindle Fire I like but I didn't want to be utterly chained to Amazon's ecosystem on this one, so went the Full Google.

I don't have a Nexus 10, but I have a Nexus 7. I bought a cheap case I'm pretty impressed with for it, especially considering the price. This looks to be basically the same thing for the N10.

I assume the N10 does the same magnetic sleep and wake thing as the N7, and this includes it. It also gives a couple of angles of tilt stand, and it doesn't wrap over the top of the screen to attach, but instead uses claws on the corners to hold the tablet.

Around the house, I probably won't use it as much, but if I'm putting it in my bag to fly or something, it's nice without being too bulky.

MannishBoy wrote:

I don't have a Nexus 10, but I have a Nexus 7. I bought a cheap case I'm pretty impressed with for it, especially considering the price. This looks to be basically the same thing for the N10.

Yeah, I have the same case too. It is pretty solid for the price.

Suggestions on bluetooth controllers? I like the fact the Nyko Playpad has the analog sticks in the same orientation as the 360's controller (which I greatly prefer over the PS' configuration), but its reviews are less than stellar. I'd like to toss my emulators on the thing and turn it into a nostalgia station in many ways, but I've never found a touchscreen control scheme for an action game that I can even vaguely stand, so most definitely want a controller for it.

Herschel makes really nice bags, sleeves, etc. I have one of their bags and it is really high quality. Price isn't too bad either.

http://shop.herschelsupply.com/shop....

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Suggestions on bluetooth controllers? I like the fact the Nyko Playpad has the analog sticks in the same orientation as the 360's controller (which I greatly prefer over the PS' configuration), but its reviews are less than stellar. I'd like to toss my emulators on the thing and turn it into a nostalgia station in many ways, but I've never found a touchscreen control scheme for an action game that I can even vaguely stand, so most definitely want a controller for it.

I use my Wii Classic Controller Pro with my phone for that. Works great.

Andy Rubin steps down as head of Android. Sundar Pichai, who was in charge of Chrome and Apps takes over.

Really, really anticipating the Samsung Galaxy s4 pressed tomorrow. I want a big, sexy screen to replace my iPhone 4.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Really, really anticipating the Samsung Galaxy s4 pressed tomorrow. I want a big, sexy screen to replace my iPhone 4.

Yeah, me too. And from the leaks, it seems to also carry on the swapable battery and microSD Card, which make me want it over the HTC One.

Really needing to upgrade my old HTC EVO 4G. It's getting an issue where when the radio goes active for awhile (GPS, podcast downloads, etc), it will reboot.

Stele wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Suggestions on bluetooth controllers? I like the fact the Nyko Playpad has the analog sticks in the same orientation as the 360's controller (which I greatly prefer over the PS' configuration), but its reviews are less than stellar. I'd like to toss my emulators on the thing and turn it into a nostalgia station in many ways, but I've never found a touchscreen control scheme for an action game that I can even vaguely stand, so most definitely want a controller for it.

I use my Wii Classic Controller Pro with my phone for that. Works great.

Based on very quick googling, to use that thing for Wii, you have to plug it into a Wiimote; does it require the same if you're using it as a generic bluetooth controller? That seems a bit unwieldy, if so.