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Foose’s new phone: iPhone 5


As stated on my previous article on the AT&T Impluse 4G, I am the semi-proud and confused owner of an iPhone 5.  Be not afraid though, the Impulse 4G is safe in case the worse could happen.

Modes: LTE 700/850/1700/1900, WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Weight: 3.95 oz (112 g)
Dimensions: 4.87″ x 2.31″ x 0.3″ (124 x 59 x 7.6 mm)
Form: Factor Bar
Internal Antenna
Battery Talk: 8 hours max. (480 minutes)
Standby: 225 hours max. (9.4 days)
Display Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
Resolution: 640 x 1136 pixels, 4″ diagonal
Colors: 16.7 million (24-bit) IPS
Platform iOS 6
Processor Apple A6
Memory 64/32/16 GB internal storage, raw hardware
FCC ID BCG-E2599A » (Approved Sept 12, 2012)

GPS /Location
 Type:  A-GPS  Supports LBS Navigation / plus compass / photo, video geo tagging
Bluetooth Supported Profiles: HFP 1.6, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC 1.4, HID, PAN, MAP 4
Camera Resolution:8+ megapixel, auto-focus, LED flash, f/2.4 lens, panorama, HDR, touch to focus, face detection
Email Client Protocols Supported: Protocols Supported, POP, IMAP, Gmail, Exchange, built in attachment viewer (Microsoft Office, PDF)
Hearing Aid Compatible Rating: M3, T4 (very tele-coil compatible)
High-Speed Data Technology: LTE plus HSPA+42
Mobile Hotspot:  Carrier dependent
Text Messaging (SMS) View Style: Threaded
Touch Screen Type: Capacitive multi-touch
Video Capture Resolution: 1080p HD with photo capture, stabilization, and face detection
Voice Dialing Type: Speaker-independent (automatic) and Siri voice-controlled assistant and full dictation
WAP / Web Browser Browser Software:  Safari

I recommend:  Getting a good case for it, but not something too bulky.  I got an Otter box case and I had trouble working the keyboard because that case is bulky and I swear it could stop a bullet.

My opinion on this phone:  This is my first iPhone, so I think it is an incredible piece of art and technology.  I do empathize with the 4S users that this phone has no ground breaking piece of software or technology, just a mere improvement over the 4S.   I do miss the SWYPE function from the Android, the keys are kind of weird on the iOS as they have odd detection.  The phone is incredibly fast and smooth operating.  I will have to say I expected more from Siri, and that there is good competition for it out there.  Overall, a great phone.


Foose’s new phone: AT&T ‘s Huawei Impulse 4G

UPDATE:  I am sorry everyone, but I jumped on the Apple bandwagon and I am now the semi-proud/confused owner of an iPhone 5

Good morning.  I spent almost all yesterday figuring out how to work my new phone, the Impulse.  Its been a while since I’ve had a touch screen and a smart phone.  But after much time spent with it, I can finally write a review:
(If the alarm clock doesn’t wake you up, try these alternatives)

Modes:  GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 WCDMA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Weight: 4.41 oz   (125 g)
Dimensions: 4.72″ x 2.56″ x 0.46″   (120 x 65 x 11.6 mm)
Form: Factor Bar
Internal Antenna
Battery Talk: 4 hours max.   (240 minutes)
Standby: 240 hours max.   (10 days)
1500 mAh   LiIon Battery
Display Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels, 3.8″ diagonal
Colors: 262,144 (18-bit)
Platform / OS Android version 2.2
Processor 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7230
FCC ID QISU8800 » (Approved Oct 19, 2010)
QISU8800-51 » (Approved Jul 19, 2011)

Bluetooth Supported Profiles: HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, OPP, PBA, A2DP, AVRC Version 2.1+EDR
Camera Resolution: 5+ megapixel, auto-focus, LED flash
Email Client Protocols Supported: POP, IMAP, GMail, Exchange
GPS / Location Type: A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Rating: M3, T4 (very tele-coil compatible)
High-Speed Data Technology: HSPA 14.4
Memory Card Slot Card Type: microSD (TransFlash) 4 GB card included / supports up to 32 GB
Mobile Hotspot up to 5 devices
Real-Music Ringers Supported Formats: MP3
Text Messaging (SMS) View Style: Threaded
Touch Screen Type: Capacitive
Video Capture Resolution: 720p HD
Voice Dialing Type: Speaker-independent (automatic)
WAP / Web Browser Browser Software: Android browser (WebKit-based)

Other features: Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Custom ringtones and graphics, digital TTY/TDD, Flight mode,
FM Radio, Games, 3.5 mm jack, Instant Messaging, MMS, Music player, Pic ID,
Predictive entry swype, Ringer ID, Streaming Video, Speaker phone, USB mode/storage,
Vibrate modes, and Wi-Fi

SUMMARY: By far one of the most interesting phones, and I’m in some position to make this call, since I went through about 11 phones while with Sprint (Only 1 survived intact)  The Android OS is definitely a new experience for me, a good one too.  The battery life is questionable, the background stuff uses a lot of juice, like the location services for example.  On that note, there is an app that displays each service that is consuming the most amount of battery, so you’ll know which ones to stop to save your battery.  Another cool feature is the Swype input feature, basically you “swipe” over the keys you want to enter, so if I wanted to type in “Skyline” I’d start at “S” and swipe my finger to “k” then to “y” then to “l”, etc etc and it’d come out as “skyline”

What’s a phone without apps?  Well, after testing a good bunch of them, I personally recommend:
Flashlight by Nikolay Ananiev – A great app to turn your LED flash into a flashlight!  Or a strobe light, or whatever you feel!
Vlingo by Vlingo Corp. – Pretty much the Siri of the Andriod world.  Has an in-car mode, customizable spoken greeting, and is amazingly accurate voice detection!

Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G (SCH-R920) Specs, Features, Review


It is now out for MetroPCS! The Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G smartphone — a 4GLTE smartphone that uses Google Android 2.3 OS.

This touchscreen smartphone rocks! It’s fast and with expandable memory support (microSD), Bluetooth support, Wireless Internet support (WiFi), and more. It’s great for social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), watching videos, listening to music, and just as a general cellphone.

Check out our Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G Review for information on the phone, specifications, and pictures of the device!

Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Phone’s Battery Life


I was bored the other day so I decided to write an article on how to get the most, or extend, the battery life of your cellular phone. A lot of these are obvious tips that that you may know already, but it may be worth looking at anyway.

So check out Getting the Most Battery Out of Your Cell Phone.

Quirky little adapter turns your iPod touch into a full phone


Well not so much little, per se. The “Apple Peel” 520 is a case that fits around an iPod touch and plugs into the bottom, adding a microphone, SIM card slot, speaker, and various apps that apparently turn your iPod into a fully functional phone, with SMS and voicemail and whatnot. The price? $70 USD, although only available in China right now.


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