gingerbread – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:05:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/chris.pirillo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/cropped-37b9d6c24a61d1dd94c262aae9077715.png?fit=32%2C32 gingerbread – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com 32 32 Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? gingerbread – Chris Pirillo Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? gingerbread – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chris.pirillo.com 32776375 What are Your First Impressions of the T-Mobile myTouch 4G? http://chris.pirillo.com/2011/02/22/what-are-your-first-impressions-of-the-t-mobile-mytouch-4g/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2011/02/22/what-are-your-first-impressions-of-the-t-mobile-mytouch-4g/#comments Wed, 23 Feb 2011 03:58:33 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=24176 Continue reading What are Your First Impressions of the T-Mobile myTouch 4G? ]]>
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Jake Ludington shares his first impressions of the T-Mobile myTouch 4G. The myTouch features HSPA+ 4G broadband service, both front and rear facing cameras, 720p video, Qik for lifecasting, and a number of other enhancements over 3G phones. In comparing speeds via Speedtest.net T-Mobile was at least twice as fast as Sprint 4G in side-by-side tests during this 48 hour period. myTouch also includes some features to track actions of your friends, as well lock the dialing and SMS features if small children are using your phone.

Jake is switching up to the myTouch from the Nexus 1. He says that this phone is much faster. Please don’t give him any flak about his choice of carrier. That is a no-brainer for Jake and his family. He does not receive any service at his home with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon… but he does with T-Mobile. You use what works best for you, remember?

He loves being able to shoot 720p video with his phone. He says it’s not “better” than the iPhone 4 video quality, but is definitely on par with it. The front-facing camera on the myTouch is not very good, with poor resolution and quality. The rear camera is far better, and gives him everything he could ask for.

This device came with Froyo out of the box. Jake would have preferred Gingerbread, of course. To that end, it seemed to him as though all of his software was instantly out of date. Several apps which ship with the phone needed an update in order to even work.

Another thing that bothers our friend is an experience that leaves much to be desired when it comes to music and apps purchased. With the iPhone, you can buy a new model and sync to your iTunes account. Everything you’ve purchased or downloaded in the past (so long as you backed up and sync’d at some point in time!) will automagically download to your new phone. This is not true with the Android devices. You have to figure out which apps are missing and re-download them again. That’s very frustrating and time-consuming.

One feature that Jake is very happy with is the Kids Mode. He has a young daughter who likes to watch videos on his phone. He doesn’t want her to accidentally send a text message or dial a phone number. Kids Mode will prevent this problem. Set it up to allow the kids to interact with the phone features that YOU choose.

T-Mobile has done a few things to go beyond the Android experience. Some of those things are great – and some not so great. However, those little items will boil down to a matter of preference, depending on the user.

Overall, Jake is pretty happy with his upgrade. Have you used a myTouch 4G yet? What are your thoughts?

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Which Android Tablet Should You Buy? http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/11/29/which-android-tablet-should-you-buy/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/11/29/which-android-tablet-should-you-buy/#comments Mon, 29 Nov 2010 19:56:04 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=23376 Continue reading Which Android Tablet Should You Buy? ]]>
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Someone recently asked me which Android tablet I feel is the “best.” I admit to not having much experience with Android tablets as of yet. What experience I have had has been okay. They’re functional, and they work.

However, I feel that they will really start to get interesting (and become more viable) once Google releases the Gingerbread update. This is when Google will be optimizing the Android system specifically for larger-screen devices. This optimization hasn’t yet happened at the software layer. It doesn’t matter if you have widgets and ports and other doo-dads.

When the software has been optimized for tablets, then I will likely pay a lot more attention to Android tablet devices. Until then – they’re nice toys.

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Google Music Service Coming to Android http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/07/05/google-music-service-coming-to-android/ Mon, 05 Jul 2010 21:01:53 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=20833 Continue reading Google Music Service Coming to Android ]]> According to an executive at Google, their much-anticipated music service will be launching later this year. It’s also purportedly going to be a big part of the next version of Android. This move by Google follows shortly after Apples announcement that it too will be launching a new streaming music service of its own linked to iTunes in the near future.

There is sadly not much more information to be found. I ran a check on about thirty other blogs. All of them say pretty much what you found in my first paragraph. The good news here is that info should start trickling in soon. The new music service is slated to hit during the 4th quarter. The first half of this year is already a thing of the past – yes, seriously. Time has flown by that fast.

Android has built a user-base that is growing rapidly. There are around 160,000 new Android devices being activated on a daily basis. Even though those numbers are nowhere near that of the new iPhone 4, it still shows that Google is steadily gaining ground. I fully believe (as do others) that a Google music service could give a similar Streaming iTunes application a run for its money.

What are your thoughts? Do you believe that you will become a dedicated listener to a music service from Google? Does having this capability baked into Android “Gingerbread” make you think about purchasing a device for that reason alone?

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