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  1. paholman added a post in a topic TomTom for Android is 40% off for a limited time   

    @Matchstick, absolutely. I forgot to mention I purchased my UK maps on CoPilot via iOS, and only realised after purchasing US maps for CoPilot on Android that my UK maps were still available via the same CoPilot username I'd setup previously. (oh ok, in all honesty, I thought it was a mistake, but I kept quiet about it)

    With TomTom, I've already had to buy it 3 times, twice with Windows Mobile as you could only use your activation key on x amount of phones, of which, I updated mine regularly, and once again for iOS. I don't particularly want to buy it again.

    As much as I like the idea of using my phone for everything, GPS is a battery drainer, and I am tempted to buy a standalone Sat Nav unit.
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  2. paholman added a post in a topic TomTom for Android is 40% off for a limited time   

    I had TomTom on iOS for years and it was brilliant. Before that, used it on Windows Mobile.

    I wanted the same for Android since buying HTC One but the user reviews on Play Store indicate it's very poor compared to iOS version,with constant crashes, long loading times and intermittent voice/muting issues so I declined.

    CoPilot was cheaper, comes with 1 year free traffic updates, and works just fine in both US and UK as I bought both versions (US maps were £7). Plus, with CoPilot, you can buy US or European maps, but choose to install only certain States/Countries saving disk space.
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  3. paholman added a post in a topic How do you change notification sound to a custom one?   

    Thanks everyone for their replies and I apologise for not responding sooner, as I assumed I'd receive an email notification when my post was responded to

    I'll give your suggestions a go and report back

    Thanks again
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  4. paholman added a post in a topic Sony Xperia Tablet Z review   

    Is there really a need for a tablet to be waterproof?
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  5. paholman added a topic in HTC One (M7)   

    How do you change notification sound to a custom one?
    I apologise if this has already been answered elsewhere but I can't find a solution.

    I have the HTC One which I've not rooted.
    I want to use custom notification sounds and not one of the fruit n veg named sounds HTC provide but I can't seem to do it. I've copied my custom sounds to /sdcard/Notifications, /sdcard/Ringtones, /sdcard/Media/audio and rebooted, but none of them show up in the list for "Notifications".

    Incidentally, Ringtones is not an issue as there is a "+" button where you can add your custom ringtones, but for notifications, there is nothing.

    Has anyone managed to do this?
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  6. paholman added a post in a topic Three introduce new 3-2-1 PAYG plan   

    From a customer point of view, that's how PAYG should be. Well done Three
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  7. paholman added a post in a topic Glamour Red HTC One available to pre-order exclusively at Phones4U   

    Did Modaco review the HTC One Paul? I can only find reviews of the "One X" and "One X+" (With this many models, why are they called "one" ?) :-)

    Although I've read reviews elsewhere, and as a Modaco reader for years, I would love to read about why you at Modaco feel this is the best device on the market.

    Thanks
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  8. paholman added a post in a topic HTC One and Galaxy S4 Google Play editions available in the US   

    I assume for the HTC One that Zoe (plus other camera features), Beats Audio and the IR blaster would not work on stock ROM without some additional software?
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  9. paholman added a post in a topic HTC One and Galaxy S4 Google Play editions available in the US   

    I read HTC would be releasing the stock ROM for unlocked bootloaders.
    It would be good if Sense/Touchwiz could be an optional "launcher" add-on for those that want it. At least then we wouldn't have to wait for HTC/Samsung to release the Android updates
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  10. paholman added a post in a topic HTC One and Galaxy S4 Google Play editions available in the US   

    I wonder if the HTC One from the play store is "flawless" in build quality department. I bet returning it would be a nightmare, if not. :)
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  11. paholman added a post in a topic Does variable HTC build quality turn buying a 'One' into a game of Russian Roulette?   

    I feel your pain. I'm on my second HTC One. The first I bought the day before I went on holiday, the white one. Used it on holiday and took some excellent pictures and video on it (I'm very pleased with the camera). Then on the way home, I noticed the screen gap at the top on one side. You could run your finger nail down it. Now, I'd been abroad for two weeks, so when I got home the 14 day money back/grace period had gone. I looked on t'interweb and found many unsatisfied One owners regarding this gap and build quality, with some saying the black one doesn't have this problem. I went to Carphone Warehouse to exchange it and I had a different experience to "Michelle My Bell" above, They just weren't convinced this was a fault. They checked their demo unit, same issue, and they also opened a black version in the shop and this had the same problem, in fact, the quality on that one was very poor, plastic blobs, visible glue down one side, sim tray was not flush, power button lop-sided and the gap issue. The guy just would not accept that was a fault. They said they could not swap it for a black as it's not "like for like" and it's over 14 days old, so the system wouldn't let them. They said I could have another white one, but only if I promise not to try and return if that had the same problem. They weren't going to open any more boxes to check the build so I said I'd take it further up the chain. They made me think I was making a fuss over nothing, despite the fact I paid what I feel is a large amount of cash for a SIM free version, no contract, superb quality phone and wasn't happy with the sub-standard one i'd received. In the end, I had to call their Customer Services to get them to approve a black replacement on their system Once they did, I went to a diff Carphone Warehouse branch and finally got the replacement phone, which fortunately for me, and them, happened to be a flawless one when they opened it. I dread to think what they'd have said if that one was crap too.
    I still have the white box and charger as they weren't allowed to give me the black box due to their returns policy. Instead they gave me a receipt to show the IMEI number change.

    I'm frustrated not only because of the after sales service I received from Carphone Warehouse, but with HTC too as they're advertising a supreme build quality that is just not evident on the devices in the shops. I can understand the odd duck every now and again, but if most of their devices are like this, something is wrong, and they should be recalled. The fact they're cellophane wrapped is seen as good as it's not been touched since leaving the factory but this restricts the shops from checking them before sale. It's as if HTC are skipping Quality Control in order to meet the large demand. I even called HTC, and they made out they'd never heard of the "gap" issue. A quick google search on "HTC ONE build quality flaws" and there's loads of unhappy customers but they're either dismissing these as the minority, or somehow they're unaware of the problem, which I found very hard to believe.

    Another reason I'm a bit gutted is if I come to sell this in the future, I now have to explain why it's a black phone in a white device's box and why the IMEI numbers don't match.

    It's a shame this has happened. It's a great phone, brilliant in fact, but I agree with the author of this article, it's russian roullette to find a flawless one. Even now, although I seem to have found a rare decent one on the outside I'm a little paranoid that I may still find I hit one of the other, internal faults that have been reported such as faulty speakers, dead pixels etc. I've not got piece of mind at all which you can accept when buying pre-owned, but not when buying brand spanking new from a retailer.

    EDIT: Oh, and while I'm on my soap box about HTC, why is 4.2.2 update taking so long, eh?
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  12. paholman added a post in a topic Microsoft Surface RT Review   

    Nice review.
    I initially felt the Surface tablets would be a promising alternative to the Android tablets/iPads out there but now feel disappointed.

    Perhaps the upcoming Windows Surface Pro tablets would address some of the concerns if it weren't for the hefty price increase.

    One very small criticism/correction in your review...



    Are you sure you have "portrait" and "landscape" in their correct place in this sentence? :)
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  13. paholman added a post in a topic Why is colour and good design only allowed on Windows phones?   

    I'm not keen on the bright colours either. Besides, you need to take into account your personal choice of colour will limit it's saleablity in the future as it may not appeal to others. Personally, I think it's better for the vendor to sell the black/white phones, and let the buyer fit a coloured case to it. A generic colour will appeal to more people when it comes to selling it. Either that or bring back the switchable covers to personalise them like the old Nokias.
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  14. paholman added a post in a topic We have 5 copies of CoPilot to give away!   

    The name's Paul, and I love all gadgets that make my life easier.

    Most memorable drive, well if I were to pick one, it would be on one of the most important days of any man's life, getting the heavily pregnant missus to the ward in time. It was an ordinary morning, I was working from home on the days leading up to the expected date, and was awoken to a grunting/coughing/choking sound. Now I know what you're thinking, but no it wasn't her, it was our pet border collie who'd swallowed a bit of string from the rope toy she was chewing. The wife was breathing quite heavily at that point, but she said she was fine so we agreed we had to take the dog to the vet. I say "We", but it was "me". The vets is only down the road, but by the time we got there, without going into detail, let's just say the dog wasn't very well on the journey and lost control of its bodily functions. Anyway's, I left the boot open for it to air a bit, and got the dog to the vet who checked her over. They said the incident in the car on the way over must've cleared up whatever it was she was choking on, so all great. Phew! Or so I thought. The mobile rang, and after a few seconds, I was about to hang up on what I thought was some pervert heavily breathing down the line, when I realised it was the missus, and was past the "early signs" of labour and wanting to go to the hospital. I made a quick call to the "in-laws" to check their availability for "dog sitting". Now, I said "sitting"!!!, although with what had happened in the boot that morning, I could've easily said something else, ahem. They also lived round the corner from us, so after dropping the dog off, I rush home, and gently put the missus in the passenger seat, and set off towards the hospital. "Deep breaths" I said before showing her what I mean. We were both inhaling deeply, before the wife, after almost throwing up, asked about the pungent aroma in the back of the car. We wound the windows down, and continued on the journey. I'd done this route many many times, but for the life of me, I don't know why I decide to do a left a the wrong roundabout. Whether it was the aroma in the car, or the carbon dioxide the wife was exhaling with her breathing exercises, I don't know, but what they say about heavily pregnant womon is true, I was called something I'd thought I'd never hear from my wife's pretty, tender little lips. Any other day I would've been deeply offended, but it shocked me to the point, I had to get my act together. I turned around, and finally remember the way. We made it to the hospital with no subsequent mis-haps, thank goodness. It would've made it more memorable if it had, but I think this was bad enough.

    Needless to say, the mid-wives checked her over and said she was still "not ready for delivery", so they sent us home. I won't go into the details, but the journey home was just as bad. It was another few hours and several phone calls later to the "labour ward" before we could finally do the trip again, but I did managed to get the car cleaned prior to that journey.

    It was a stressful day to say the least, but 30 hours after that, we were rewarded with, our first son. The pressures of that day just didn't matter after that. Any parent reading this would agree that you're lost in the magic and wonders of life at that moment, full of joy and happiness and nothing else matters.

    My subsequent memorable drive was bringing my wife and son home a few days later where our life as parents started.

    We have two boys now and have since had many more memorable journeys.
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  15. paholman added a post in a topic T-Mobile supplying UK customers with iPhones   



    Slightly off topic here, so apologies in advance, but it's rumoured O2's exclusivity with the iPhone ends 9th October. Normally with network locked phones, the network charge a small fee to unlock the device if you want to leave and use your phone (which you've now paid for) with another network. Wishful thinking I know, but anyone reckon O2 will do this, or be forced to? Some of us on a contract ending soon may wish to move to another network, especially being as the 3G coverage with O2 is utter sh**e. We want to unlock it permanently as opposed to relying on TurboSIMs or a Dev Team software hack each time a firmware update is out.

    I think it's locked on the baseband chip itself, so unlock codes are out of the question, unless Apple plan to end all network exclusives in the future, and via a firmware update, offer the ability to network unlock devices via a pin code, just like every other device out there.

    I just want to use the device to it's full potential, i.e have 3G coverage at least where I live, and I think there's more dodgy hardware unlock solutions than there are genuine ones so difficult to find a place that would do it properly.
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