Samsung Dive

Samsung Dive seems to be very interesting addition to my Galaxy S3. I had a cheap ZTE Blade and it didn’t have anything like this, I’m not sure if my Asus Transformer TF101 has anything like this either pre-installed. Dive is just so fantastic in a case if your phone gets stolen or you lose it. I have always wanted a program that does that. Luckily I don’t have a habit of losing my phone, but it would be a shame to lose a piece of hardware that cost me 600 euros.

New Phone: Samsung Galaxy S3

I bought Samsung Galaxy S3 yesterday and I fell in love with it. Hooking up my google account made it install about 40 apps straight away. After fiddling with the settings, it’s starting to look like my own phone. 50GB of space in Dropbox for two years is also a good addition to the phone. Especially when you can make it even bigger by referrals and doing the free bits on Dropbox site.

I gave the camera a small test run and image quality seems to be good, for macro photography as well. Even my bluetooth headset, Nokia BH-217 works flawlessly with Galaxy S3, which is awesome.

Photo of our puppy outside yesterday. I was just testing the camera.

Me testing the macro option in camera today. I’m used to low quality cameras on my old Nokia phones and on my ZTE so the quality on this looks fantastic.

I can say good bye to my old ZTE Blade. No bad feelings towards you after a year of use. Now I’m sitting and waiting for Jelly Bean update to land on S3. I wonder how long it will take Samsung to release OTA update for it. Maybe two months, half a year? Who knows. I know one thing though. I’m enjoying fully of my new phone for the next couple of years.

Dropbox vs Google Drive

I was wondering if I should move from Dropbox to Google Drive. One day later I installed Drive application on my PC and I noticed Google Docs apps on my android phone was updated to Drive app. It gave me instant access to the files I already had in my docs account, which is good.

Dropbox has Public folder, where you can share documents, images and other files to your friends easily. Google Drive lacks this kind easy “right click file -> copy public link” feature. This alone will make me stay with Dropbox, for now. Who knows if they implement such feature in the future.

Ice Cream Sandwich on Asus Transformer

I bought my Asus Transformer TF101 on August 14th. It was running Android 3.2 aka Honeycomb. I had used Android before, so using the Honeycomb version of Android wasn’t that much different to Gingerbread. I had waited for Asus to release Ice Cream Sandwich for their TF101 model. Transformer Prime got it earlier, but the owners of TF101 had to wait for Google approval process to end. Well, enough of that now, because this post was supposed to be about my user experience of ICS on TF101.

My first thought about ICS on a first boot was “Blimey this looks fantastic”. I looked around a bit in the menus and saw that the menus look a little different. Things had changed places, icons had been changed. It felt faster than it did before the update, which was a really good thing. The next thing I noticed was that the X’s on a single notifications had disappeared and there was a single X where you could clear all notifications. This seemed like a bad thing, but I tend to forgot that you can swipe the notification to clear it off. So no complaints there either, just my own forgetfulness. ICS has also added the smaller setting buttons in the notification bar. You can set WiFi off or on, disable bluetooth from there and so on. Honeycomb didn’t have this, so it is a nice addition to almost perfect tablet OS. The other new thing I like in this OS is the Data Usage. It shows how much data different applications use. I like to see how much data I use on different things. I didn’t miss this feature in Honeycomb, because I couldn’t even think that something like this could exist by default in tablet operating system.

Me and Dropbox

I have been using Dropbox since 2009, so I’m no stranger to it. I am using it to share random files and screenshots with friends, but there is one thing that bugs me when it comes to Dropbox. There is no internal way to see how many people have clicked the public link to a file hosted on my Dropbox account. I know you can use URL-shortener to see how many times a link has been accessed. Even though there isn’t a feature like this implemented in Dropbox, I’m not going to stop using it, but it would be great tool to have. I’m a fan of stats.

While I’m on the subject, it’s good to have it added for Playstation 3. I like this addition and most likely I will use it a lot when I need to move files from my laptop to my PS3. I have also linked my Android tablet, Asus Transformer and my cellphone, ZTE Blade to my Dropbox so I can easily move files between them. It’s so easy to move pictures taken with cellphone to Dropbox so I can share them instantly with my friends. Dropbox introduced a new instant upload feature in their new Android app, which I like. They are going to right direction with the features!