Rocky7

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  1. Rocky7 added a post in a topic Samsung Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6+ cameras   

    Can't put my finger on it but there is something horrific about S6 Good Light & Iphone 6+ Good light shots
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  2. Rocky7 added a post in a topic The sorry state of retail   

    Yes it is the case that people steal them. They even steal dummy ones of new phones!
     
    The reason Apple can do this is that they control the end to end lifecycle of the device.
     
    Nick a phone from a CPW store and buy a SIM and use it, you might get caught with the stolen phone lock if the network you go on bothers to process the IMEI.
     
    Nick an iPhone from Apple and then try and use it, you have to use iTunes to activate it which talks to Apple and pow, you're nicked.
     
    In addition I believe Apple control the s/w that runs on that demo phone, it's not standard iOS, it's tweaked a little.
     
    Also Apple control the supply chain so it doesn't "cost" them to put phones on display. If Phones4U wanted to put 18 iPhones on display then they would have to buy 18 iPhones to do just that, Apple just get them for "free".
     
    It's a sad world. If you want to see how desperate people are for the latest phone then head into a Carphone Warehouse at lunchtime after a new launch, you'll see cut / broken security devices dangling from the slat walls where people have stolen the working / non working demo units of the latest phone.
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  3. Rocky7 added a post in a topic The limits of Google’s openness   

    I think this is the result of playing silly buggers and poking the bear for years then wondering why the bear bit back.
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  4. Rocky7 added a post in a topic TU Go from O2 - brilliant idea, flawed implementation   

    Hi "The Soup Thief"

    Yeah TuGo is an extension of your mobile number and is O2s attempt to supplement their network in dead zones (ie your house).

    One thing I forgot to add in the article is that there is a desktop version and it only supports Windows7 and requires a download and installation of a native app. Macs are not supported.

    Matt
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  5. Rocky7 added a topic in Android News   

    TU Go from O2 - brilliant idea, flawed implementation
    TU Go is O2's solution to poor network coverage. A brilliant concept that allows the phone to continue to receive calls and texts while it has no cellular coverage. The implementation? Not so brilliant.

    To use TU Go you must be on a pay monthly O2 plan then you simply download the app from the Play Store and register. Registering took quite a while and it didn't work first time for me, but then again just about every process in the O2 system failed at one point during my testing with systems regularly tripping up due to them not properly supporting Number Porting.

    And We're Off

    And We're Off

    No, that wasn't a typo - it's what will happen very quickly. TU Go runs a separate inbox, call log and dialler and the first problem you experience is duplicate text message notifications. O2's suggestion is to turn off the stock notifications which is not a great solution at all.

    As I said, you are running a separate dialler and text message app so you will not be able to use your normal dialler or text message app - you are stuck using TU Go and it is an unmitigated UI and UX disaster. That brand new phone you just bought with all those professionally designed apps? Scrap them, you are using TU Go.

    The app's layout is taken 100% from an iPhone with the buttons, badges, tabs etc. all copied across lock, stock and barrel. There is no Holo theme here, in fact there is no Android here at all - it's iPhone all the way, There don't appear to be any high resolution graphics in the app leading to an "out of focus" experience and the colour choice is bizarre. The final result is a muddy, messy and badly designed app.

    There has also been zero attention to detail, notifications show the wrong size icon and the text gets chopped off halfway down, the badly drawn speech bubbles around the text have no smooth edges and are so close to the text that sometimes it's unreadable.

    The app is just horrific.





    OK, so looks aside, how does it work?

    As good as it looks, unfortunately. I was getting double notifications for just about everything and when I used it for calling the call quality was poor, delayed and very echoey, when it worked.

    Texts continued to be a mystery and i was getting texts in my TU Go inbox and texts in my stock inbox but neither place had the whole text conversation meaning you had to flip backwards and forward between the two apps to read the whole conversation and try and work out where each piece went.

    When I received a MMS it never arrived in my stock inbox but TU Go helpfully delivered it as a text message and stripped the picture from it.

    In summary

    O2 claim it's just a first release and the app will only get better. Fair enough, but it's so flawed in execution that I can't see it getting better very quickly, especially when no real effort has been put into making an Android version at all.

    If you have absolutely no O2 coverage at all at home then something is better than nothing and TU Go will "solve" this problem to an extent and it's portable too, all you need is WiFi and you are good to go. I'm guessing that this would allow you to use your phone abroad as if you were at home - just turn the cellular radio off - but I wasn't able to test this.

    However, a far better solution would be to switch networks to one that has coverage or, failing that, switch to Vodafone and purchase a £50 sure signal box (femtocell) which "boosts" your signal in your home without having to run any extra apps - it's the only system that gets anywhere close to working.

    Poor show O2, you've lost a valuable customer inside his first week.

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  6. Rocky7 added a item in Android   

    TU Go from O2 - brilliant idea, flawed implementation
    TU Go is O2's solution to poor network coverage. A brilliant concept that allows the phone to continue to receive calls and texts while it has no cellular coverage. The implementation? Not so brilliant.

    To use TU Go you must be on a pay monthly O2 plan then you simply download the app from the Play Store and register. Registering took quite a while and it didn't work first time for me, but then again just about every process in the O2 system failed at one point during my testing with systems regularly tripping up due to them not properly supporting Number Porting.

    And We're Off

    And We're Off

    No, that wasn't a typo - it's what will happen very quickly. TU Go runs a separate inbox, call log and dialler and the first problem you experience is duplicate text message notifications. O2's suggestion is to turn off the stock notifications which is not a great solution at all.

    As I said, you are running a separate dialler and text message app so you will not be able to use your normal dialler or text message app - you are stuck using TU Go and it is an unmitigated UI and UX disaster. That brand new phone you just bought with all those professionally designed apps? Scrap them, you are using TU Go.

    The app's layout is taken 100% from an iPhone with the buttons, badges, tabs etc. all copied across lock, stock and barrel. There is no Holo theme here, in fact there is no Android here at all - it's iPhone all the way, There don't appear to be any high resolution graphics in the app leading to an "out of focus" experience and the colour choice is bizarre. The final result is a muddy, messy and badly designed app.

    There has also been zero attention to detail, notifications show the wrong size icon and the text gets chopped off halfway down, the badly drawn speech bubbles around the text have no smooth edges and are so close to the text that sometimes it's unreadable.

    The app is just horrific.





    OK, so looks aside, how does it work?

    As good as it looks, unfortunately. I was getting double notifications for just about everything and when I used it for calling the call quality was poor, delayed and very echoey, when it worked.

    Texts continued to be a mystery and i was getting texts in my TU Go inbox and texts in my stock inbox but neither place had the whole text conversation meaning you had to flip backwards and forward between the two apps to read the whole conversation and try and work out where each piece went.

    When I received a MMS it never arrived in my stock inbox but TU Go helpfully delivered it as a text message and stripped the picture from it.

    In summary

    O2 claim it's just a first release and the app will only get better. Fair enough, but it's so flawed in execution that I can't see it getting better very quickly, especially when no real effort has been put into making an Android version at all.

    If you have absolutely no O2 coverage at all at home then something is better than nothing and TU Go will "solve" this problem to an extent and it's portable too, all you need is WiFi and you are good to go. I'm guessing that this would allow you to use your phone abroad as if you were at home - just turn the cellular radio off - but I wasn't able to test this.

    However, a far better solution would be to switch networks to one that has coverage or, failing that, switch to Vodafone and purchase a £50 sure signal box (femtocell) which "boosts" your signal in your home without having to run any extra apps - it's the only system that gets anywhere close to working.

    Poor show O2, you've lost a valuable customer inside his first week.
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  7. Rocky7 added a post in a topic Android 4.2 - are you finding it buggy?   

    Found it buggy and inconsistent around the lock screen and general overall lag on the GNex.

    On my nexus 4 it's not bad, just gives the impression of being generally rushed and a bit of design for designs sake.
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  8. Rocky7 added a post in a topic Developers: Add support for Samsung Multi Window to your apps   

    and it is really that easy.
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  9. Rocky7 added a post in a topic Ears on with the RHA MA-350 earphones, can sub £30 really be THAT good?   

    Oh 2 more things.

    I struggled with my Sony & Sennheiser ear phones on the tube, even at full volume I couldn't hear them. These RH350s are loud and I can hear them on the tube even a couple of clicks down from full volume.


    Secondly the replacement ear tips are ridiculously cheap which is great if you are a clumsy idiot like me.
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  10. Rocky7 added a post in a topic Ears on with the RHA MA-350 earphones, can sub £30 really be THAT good?   

    The braid is the weak point. It makes them very tangly.

    Also, RHA are amazing at customer support. I had an issue with my set, contacted them and they sent me a new pair by return of post.

    The 450i are same headphones with a mic and remote on them. iPhone unfortunately but hey the pause / play works.
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  11. Rocky7 added a post in a topic #askmodaco - The Nexus 7   

    There was a huge difference between the firmware out of the box and the firmware once it had updated for the first time. This suggested to me that there was still a lot of changes ongoing.

    It was quite juddery out of the box.
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  12. Rocky7 added a post in a topic #askmodaco - The Nexus 7   


    I thought the screen was excellent too. The free movie Transformers dark side of the moon looked immaculate.
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  13. Rocky7 added a post in a topic #askmodaco - The Nexus 7   


    I can answer this one ... YES YES YES. very very smooth.
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  14. Rocky7 added a post in a topic #askmodaco - The Nexus 7   

    Oh and I saw someone using a mouse / keyboard combo on the USB port too
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  15. Rocky7 added a post in a topic #askmodaco - The Nexus 7   

    At Google IO we kept seeing them using the Nexus 7 with a USB ethernet dongle as the WiFi was patchy with 6000 geeks there.
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