Posted by Dan Delaney | 24th Mar 2016 | Leave a comment
I spend a lot of my time with my phone, so I have all of my most frequently used apps in a series of folders on my one and only home screen.
Everything else is tucked away in the app drawer.
Posted by Dan Delaney | 3rd Jan 2014 | Leave a comment
Each year, my Fujitsu colleague Mark Wilson reviews his hardware lineup (Update: Mark's Hardware Review 2014).
Channelling Shia LaBeouf I've decided to shamelessly plagiarise this idea and release my own tech review for 2013 and outline some of the things I'm looking out for in 2014. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the gadgets I use, but includes most of the ones I care about..Read More
Posted by Dan Delaney | 7th Aug 2013 | Leave a comment
Over the past few weeks, I've been waking up to find my phone only partly charged. It's usually on the charger all night as I go to sleep. Perhaps not the best practice, but with modern smartphones the charger will stop feeding the device once the battery is full. My problem, however, is that the phone rarely gets to that point before I wake up anyway.
The phone tends to cycle between Charging (AC), Charging (USB) and Not Charging several times. Occasionally it will stay on AC (1A) but more often than not it'll revert to USB (500mA). When it gets in this state, the phone gets extremely hot.
Usually, the battery histogram would appear straight away. When the phone gets in this strange state it won't come up and sometimes will force close.
Having contacted Google, their customer representative was very helpful and after performing their recommendations - which were more to do with devices not charging at all - I have been advised to return my device. I ordered my replacement last night and I just hope the RMA process is as painless as Google suggest. The current delivery estimate is Friday 9th, so we'll see.
Update (9th August):
Well, true to Google's word, the replacement Nexus 4 arrived in the post this morning along with the returns information and a bag to ship it in.
Update 14th August
Well, TNT just collected my old Nexus 4, less than 2 hours after phoning them to book it in. Painless process thus far, lets hope the RMA process is fine and that's the last I hear about it.Leave a comment
Posted by Dan Delaney | 19th Dec 2012 | Leave a comment
As I write this, my new Nexus 4 is on a TNT van out for delivery. I'm one of the lucky ones who will get their phone before Christmas.
Posted by Dan Delaney | 5th Dec 2012 | Leave a comment
I am a massive fan of the 'stock' Android experience. As a result, and on the back of an incredibly low price point (£279 + £10 shipping) from the Google Play Store for the LG Nexus 4, I decided to sell the trusty Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 that I got on a 2 year contract in August. Whilst the S3 is a fantastic phone, I really dislike the Touchwiz overlay, and apart from the camera I found it incredibly frustrating to use and had to root it to install a ROM based on the stock experience. Having seen all the reviews and YouTube videos related to the Nexus 4, and getting to play with one from an early adopter who was lucky enough to get his shipped by Google after the original launch, my mind was made up.
As the phone was unlocked, I decided on selling via the Amazon Marketplace. It's very easy with Amazon to see what the lowest price is for the current used offerings for a particular product. eBay is great, but so inconsistent in terms of pricing! To be competitive, and shift the phone quickly, I listed mine on equal to the lowest price and threw in a couple of extras (a TPU case and microSD card). From there I was able to see upfront what I would make if the phone was sold. Taking into account listing and seller fees, I stood to make just under £295. Just enough to cover the change over whilst recognising that my phone wasn't brand new & therefore couldn't be sold at the £350 price point like many others are trying to sell theirs.
After 3 days, a few scamming attempts by the expected con-artists, some legitimate questions and a couple of picture requests, the phone sold. So much less hassle than trying to sell via eBay - my experience selling an i7 laptop last year left me determined to avoid it as much as humanly possible. Although I don't get the money straight away, Amazon handle the payment side of things so I just had to wait for their payment to clear and I got the 'dispatch now' email. On a 2 week cycle, the balance in your Amazon Seller Account gets transferred to your bank account.
The only thing I don't like about the way Amazon deal with Marketplace sales is they pre-determine the postage costs. For the phone, it worked out about £2 more expensive for me to post the phone with suitable insurance and tracking. It would make more sense for me that Amazon would allow you to choose from the popular local services (in my case, Royal Mail Special Delivery) because the prices are pretty static and available to check upfront. Having said that, I understand that if you're selling items regularly the professional accounts do allow you to set the pricing yourself.
At this point, I decided to wait for the Nexus 4 to come back into stock. My estimate was around December 13th, a month after the original launch of the device, however I did learn that there is an app to track availability on the Google Play Store called Nexus 4 Stock Alert. Very useful, although in the end I learned via Twitter that it would be going back on sale at 5pm GMT on Tuesday 4th December.
At 5.04pm, there was a mass scramble of users trying to buy the phone after the 'Sold Out' notice was removed. I kept clicking the 'Add To Cart' button only to be told that the cart was empty. Apparently this was pretty common. Fortunately for me, one time it stuck and I was able to continue on to order the device. I was one of the lucky ones that were given a 1 - 2 week lead time for my order. After my experience with ordering the Nexus 7, I'll take that with a pinch of salt.
Within just a few minutes estimated delivery times had jumped up to 4 - 5 weeks on the £239 8GB model and it wasn't long before the £279 16GB model was showing the same. As I write this, the 16GB version of phone is still available to order with a 5 - 6 week delivery estimate, whilst the 8GB version is Sold Out once more.
So now I will wait for my Nexus 4 to arrive. In the meantime, my old Desire HD has been taken out of its dusty box and replaced the Galaxy S3. What was once my pride and joy now feel old and tired, far too small. With a terrific sense of timing, my daughter threw it on the floor this morning and cracked the front screen. Fortunately there is no liquid damage but the touchscreen isn't working perfectly anymore. The Nexus 4 had better arrive quick, though I suspect I may invest in a protective case as the whole thing is covered in glass and therefore not child proof!Leave a comment