Samsung Galaxy S6 Ramble

My review will be coming later but I wanted to get this into a post.

Okay, so I have had the S6 for over 8 months now. There are some things that I like about it and there are some things I hate about it. Let the rambling begin!

Okay, so I got the s6 after I failed to root the G4 and install cyanogenmod on it. I ended up bricking it. It was a shame, I loved the battery life. So when I got the s6, I immediately loved it. Compared to LG, Samsung really does have a lot less bloatware and changes to android. For an example, I can set a live wallpaper as my lockscreen background.  Its just all those minor things that add up to big things. Seriously LG, why can’t I set a live wallpaper as my lockscreen? My old gingerbread phone from 2010 could do it!

I really wish that I could install cyanogenmod on it. I had the s4 for 3-4 months before getting the s6. I really loved CM 12.1. By far the best ROM I have ever tried. It is ashame that the s4 died on me. The first thing I noticed when I got the s6 was the horrible battery life. Even with UPSM enabled, it still does not last very long. However, the quick charge feature does make up for it (as long as you have a charger on you!)

The durability of the s6 is not so great. To put it simply, I dropped my s6 onto a garage floor and instead of just the glass shattering, I killed three birds with one stone. The digitizer, amoled, and glass broke! I dropped my s4 many more times than the s6 and sure, my s4 did end up shattering but it still worked! Honestly there is something about the garage concrete that really hates phones. I dropped my HTC Hero in the same garage and part of the digitizer broke and the screen was cracked badly.

So I have mostly only talked about the bad things about the s6. Mostly because those are the things that have really bugged me about it. Honestly all the things I just complained about were #firstworldproblems lol. It works great as a phone. It gets much better coverage than any other phone I have used. The battery life is decent as long as you are not doing anything CPU intensive. The speaker is very nice, although it has a little to much bass for me. The camera is AMAZING! I love the camera on the s6 it takes great shots. The video quality is also very nice unless you record in 60fps, then for some reason everything looks less sharp and less realistic. I don’t know why this is.

My s6 is currently running Android 5.1.1. I tried 6.0 yesterday and HATED it. Just like my Nexus 7, it is full of bugs and performance issues. I reverted back to 5.1.1 and oh, so much better! One thing to note, the Good Lock UI looks more like stock android than the default UI. But I am not a fan of the color choices they give you nor the fact that you can’t make the notification area look like stock android. For most people 6.0 is not a problem. But for me, I really hate change. I don’t know why but something about me just really hates it. I just really did not like how samsung changed the lock screen to be more stock like. I do not like all the minor changes. I am sure I could have gotten use to it but I just wanted 5.1.1. Its also way more stable and offers a better battery life.

Anyways, that was my ramble. That’s the way my mind flows basically. Actual review coming soon. (Sorry for poor quality on this, it’s hard to make a ramble look anywhere near professional)

Poebat 7/12/16

Nexus 7 2013 Review

The Nexus 7 2013 is a great tablet. Even though it was released in 2013, I still highly recommend it. There are rumours about a Nexus 7 2016 but at this point, its looking unlikely. Honestly, I don’t think a new Nexus 7 is needed. Nothing else can beat the Nexus 7 2013 for under $150. In this post, I will go over what my thoughts are on the Nexus 7.

Media

The Nexus 7 is great for consuming media. I personally use my Nexus 7 to watch videos and play some intensive games on it. Even when playing games that require a lot of performance, the battery life is not bad. I don’t game for more than an two hours at a time on any mobile device because most mobile games are intended to be a pickup and go. They are not really like console or PC games. When I do play games on it for long periods of time there is a lot of app switching and with 2GB of ram, it is really good at being able to pick up where you left off (something that *cough* samsung *cough* can’t seem to figure out to do) For watching videos or movies, the Nexus 7 is great also. The 1080P screen is a nice touch. I don’t normally watch 1080P videos due to my internet connection however, I have tried watching 1080P videos on it and they look gorgeous. Everything looked fuzzy when I went back to 720P. If you watch YouTube, you are limited to watching 720P (only if the video was shot in anything higher than 30FPS). I don’t know the explanation behind this but I am assuming that the hardware might struggle trying to display 1080P 60fps (Considering some lower end computers struggle on 1080P 60FPS I don’t think this is to far off.)

The Screen

The screen on the Nexus 7 great.  Although for most things you probably will not notice the 1080P, when you watch videos you can really see the difference. While the colors are nothing amazing compared to say, a the amoled screen on the s6, they are still incredibly vibrant. The glass on the Nexus 7 doesn’t scratch that easily from my experience. There are a few scratches on the screen you can not see them unless you view the screen from an angle. One thing to note is that the screen is fragile. If enough pressure is put on the screen (not much is required) you may see pink or purple “blobs” that are especially noticeable when the backlight is turned down and the screen is displaying a darker color in that area. This may slowly fade away over time but never fully. On my unit, putting a small amount of pressure on the screen will cause all of these “blobs” to show up from previous pressure that was put on the screen. Just make sure not to put anything on your tablet’s screen and you will be good. Overall, the screen is really good for the price. It is not cheaply made and the colors are not dull at all. Asus did a nice job with the screen.

Battery Life

The battery life on the Nexus 7 is spectacular. I can binge watch videos / play games on my Nexus 7 for over two hours without any issues. I don’t normally use my tablet for much longer than that so I don’t really know how long it lasts doing these types of things. One thing to note is that I have overclocked my tablet so your results will vary. Even with it being overclocked the battery life is not that badly affected. One thing to note is that the Nexus 7 does take awhile to charge. It can take 3-7 hours to charge. If you use the official Asus charger that the tablet comes with, it takes 3-4 hours for it to reach 100%. Other chargers (chinese knockoffs, car chargers, PC USB port, etc) can take a very long time.  But the battery lasts much longer than the charging time so it all evens out.

Durability

The Nexus 7 is a budget tablet. Asus did have to take shortcuts to achieve such a good tablet at a low price. A thing I have noticed about all Nexus devices are that they really are not durable. My Nexus 7 2012 broke from being in my backpack and was crushed by my laptop. Digitizer was killed :/. I know a friend that dropped his Nexus 6P and the digitizer cracked.  They just are not meant to be used without a case (as most devices are). The Nexus 7 2013 if fairly durable. I have dropped it a couple times on hardwood floor and carpet. Luckily, it never experienced any major damage. I would recommend a case just to be safe. The Nexus 7 is really easy to bend also. I have noticed a couple times that it does not sit flat on a table. It is easily bent back but just look out for that. Compared to the Nexus 7 2012, it is much more durable and can take a lot more abuse.

Final Thoughts

I love my Nexus 7. It has been the best tablet I have ever owned. I have two Samsung tablets (Tab 3 7.0 and tab 4 7.0) both I got on two separate occasions. I never really liked them. They are really low quality for the price.  Samsung is really ripping you off on those FYI. Both of them have never seen a software update (come on samsung). Anyways, I decided to buy a Nexus 7 2012 and I was amazed at what difference the speeds were. Unfortunately it did not last long. I ended up using my Tab 4 for a while and then went on eBay to find a Nexus 7 2013 for $160. I bought that ASAP (most sellers asked for $200 and up!). Well turns out a few months later my local Microcenter changed the price to $150 😐 But honestly, it was worth it. As stated before, I love the Nexus 7. I have given it a beating and it still works. The size is just right. The battery life is perfect for my needs. The screen is a huge step up from the Tab 4 screen (not hard to beat). It is thin, portable, light and feels well made. Only problem I have is that my 16gb model runs out of storage thanks to my obsessive screenshotting addiction 😛

Thanks for reading my post! I tried to make this the best I could to make up for the inactivity lately! Let me know in the comments what I should improve! I am always trying to make my writing better! Thanks 🙂

S4 Update…

My S4 recently decided to commit suicide. Well, it was kinda my fault. After a long hard life I managed to kill it by plugging it into a faulty cable *sigh*. I ended up plugging it into a cable I knew was damaged. I plugged it in for a week or so just to let it charge for the next time I might need it. Fast forward a week or so and it would not turn on. I couldn’t seem to find why it wouldn’t turn on… I thought the battery went bad. It would not respond to anything… Turns out the cable kept going “off! on! off! on!” Yeah, a week of that… Oops. I tried my S6 “fast charge” power adapter and it started up. After a lot of crashes and unexpected shutdowns I made it to the home screen. I could tell something was fried. Everytime I restarted the phone it would tell me a different battery percentage. It was bouncing all over the place. When I unplugged it, it would immediately shut off. Every time I powered it on it would last shorter than the last time until I couldn’t even get past the bootloader… I did not manage to get any data off… :/

The s4 is a great device. I really hate that it died. I do have a Nexus 7 that has the exact same specs so I still have a device that is just as capable as my s4 (and better for consuming media with the larger screen)

Bottom line

Check your cables! If you know that it is damaged don’t just brush it off like I did!

Nexus 7 2013 Update (Over Clock)

So, I still have ElementalX  installed on my Nexus 7 2o13. I bought the app in the play store called “EX Kernel Manager“. It basically allows you to manage the kernel within the OS. A little while ago I returned my Nexus 7 to stock speeds to see what difference overclocking actually made. Much slower. Games dropped in FPS and things loaded slower. Now, overclocking it for so long has taken its toll. When I open the back of the tablet, there are some very visible burn marks on the metal. For some reason, (this just started recently) when I try to load anything, it takes wayyy to long. My Nexus 7 2012 can beat it! I uninstalled Ex and everything went back to normal (besides the lag due to the slower CPU and GPU times). I still can’t figure out what is causing this. For an example, if I open YouTube after removing it from memory, it takes a long time to load. If I open a a game, say Clash Royale (I like it, your opinion may vary) it gets stuck at 81% and very slowly climbs its way up to 100%…. I timed it and it took about 45 seconds. For reference, my S6 can do it in around 15 seconds. That really is the negative part of my rant. On to the positive!

ElementalX has a lot of neat features also (the reason why I have not uninstalled it). I have already mentioned a few in a previous post (Here). The main features that I use in everyday life are Dimmer Backlight, Overclock, and Fast charge. There are a lot more that I occasionally use. The speaker boost feature is nice in loud situations. You can disable the magnet sensor that turns the screen off/on. I used to use “Swipe to wake” and “Double tap to wake” however, I stopped using this because of a digitizer issue. I would still use that feature if my Nexus 7 didn’t have that issue, although I am pretty sure every Nexus 7 has that issue (Leaving the digitizer on for too long causes some funky side effects). Alot of these features honestly should have been enabled by default honestly. Overall, after using ElementalX for almost 7 months, I would still recommend it!

Got a N7 2013! Short overview.

Hey guys, it Poebat! (Yes I still am posting, slowly but still)

Compared to the Nexus 7 2012, it feels at least 3x faster. I have CyanogenMod 12.1 installed on it. I have cm 12.1 install on my Nexus 7 2012 too. Things like opening the camera is much faster. Booting times is also much faster. We are talking 5 Minutes for the Nexus 7 2012 vs 1 Minute for the Nexus 7 2013. Playing Goat Sim I get 60 fps on the 2013 model but on the 2012 I’m hitting around 20-40 FPS. Overall game play on the Nexus 7 2013 is much faster. On the Nexus 7 2012 once a game is loaded it is okay, but loading took forever on the nexus 7 2012. The overall feel of the Nexus 7 2013 feels much nicer than the 2012. It is much slimmer and the back feels nice when you are holding it. The Nexus 7 2013 has a okay back camera but compared to no back camera on the Nexus 7 2012, it is so much better. Overall I love my Nexus 7 2013. Hopefully it will last longer than my last Nexus. 😛 If you still have a Nexus 7 2012 for some odd reason, it is really worth the upgrade to the Nexus 7 2013 unless you only use it for light things like reading and music. Even watching YouTube is better on the Nexus 7 2013 as it has 5ghz WiFi and watching 720P does not buffer.

That’s it for now 😛

Sorry for the scrambled writing, trying to get back into blogging. Ce ya 😛

CyanogenMod review

CyanogenMod is based off of android and is basically a mod. You can flash CM to your device if it is supported. Most devices are supported. CyanogenMod offers roms way after a device is discontinued.

CyanogenMod also has a lot of features that stock Android does not have.

Themes, Customization (lots), OverClocking (with a custom kernel as most Stock roms do not support), no bloatware, Speed, Root, and loads of other things.

I have been using CyanogenMod since 2012.

Should you use CyanogenMod?

CyanogenMod is great. It offers so many features that stock Android does not have. Those features are hard to live without. You do have to know what you are doing. I have ran into many problems (user’s fault). I soft bricked my Nook HD and had to put Android 4.4 (The only version of Android I could flash) on it :/. I got my Nexus 7 to not boot, and not be able to read the / directory. I had to rework some code to get it to startup :/. CyanogenMod nightlies are unstable. My Phone (HTC Evo 4G LTE) is stuck on Android 4.3. I really wish I put 4.4 on it when I had the chance. GPS does not work, 4G crashes my phone constantly, screen does not turn on sometimes, touch input does work, and a few other bugs. If you get a stable build of CM, it will be better than the stock rom on your device. I am not saying that nightlies are bad and not to use them. I have CM 11 on my Nook that is a nightly. It has no problems at all. My Nexus 7 2012 with CM12, has no problems at all. Bottom line, it’s up to you. I personally love CM. You should do more research in it if your are not sure. Beware, installing CM or any other rom, will void your warranty. If you are interested in installing CM for your device, there are lots of YouTube videos and forums to get you on CM. 🙂

WinBook Review

The WinBook series is a line of tablets sold at Micro Center. They Run Windows 8 32 Bit With Bing. Its basically full windows without built in games and such. I have the 7 inch model. It has a Intel Atom and I spent an extra $30 for an extra GB of ram. It has 2 GB of ram. It plays 720P videos just fine. Doing some minor gaming is fine. Playing BroForce has very little lag if any. Playing Garry’s Mod is playable, but it is a tablet. It comes with a 32 GB SSD. There is no options for storage. The 1 GB of ram comes with 16 GB of storage whereas the 2 GB of ram has 32 GB of space. It runs programs like Open Office, Steam, Chrome, Minecraft, Internet Explorer, CPU-Z, Speccy, and even Movie Maker just fine. Playing Minecraft 1.8.3 In a single player world is fine. It gets 60 FPS unless generating new terrain. Garry’s Mod plays at a decent 20 FPS with all my mods. BroForce plays at 60 FPS with some lag when loading levels. The WinBook is great for web browsing and watching videos. I use my Nexus 7 for watching videos and I don’t plan to change that. But the WinBook can do it just fine. In fact I prefer web browsing on the WinBook because it can load the full desktop page without any problem. Running Chrome is fine too. Chrome is getting pretty greedy. Taking more RAM and CPU cycles. Web browsing with Chrome has no problem. Even loading big websites I find no lag. There is a 10.1 Inch version of the tablet with the same specs. The only real difference is the screen is stretched out and instead of a glass screen it has a plastic screen. The 10.1 tablet is better at web browsing because of the bigger screen. But using the screen is a little weird. The plastic is a very low quality plastic so it feels weird using it. The 10.1 tablet does have an option for a keyboard and mouse case for a $50 bucks. Its a pretty high price for a mouse and keyboard. But the Microsoft Surface doesn’t do much better either. Plus the 7 Inch Tablet with a warranty plus the 2 GB upgrade was $110. Micro Center makes the money off of the 10.1 tablet. The 10.1 tablet has what seems like a shorter battery life than the 7 inch tablet. The keyboard case is also a somewhat low quality. But for a $110 tablet it is really worth the price. If you are looking for a good tablet, I think you should consider the WinBook. It can do more than a iPad or Android Tablet depending on what you need it for. But then again, it really depends on what you need it for. Maybe in the near future someone will find out how to put Android on the WinBook. But I really think that the WinBook is worth the price. I have had my WinBook for four months now and I have not had any problems. It is probably one of the most powerful tablets for the price on the market right now.

Thanks for reading 🙂 I am trying to catch up on the lack of posts 🙂