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

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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!

Over Clocking the Nexus 7

*had trouble posting this ended up using different browser (shitty IE)

Back Story

I have had my Nexus 7 for awhile. I love it! It may be old, but old is gold (hehe). The Nexus 7 isn’t showing its age even with Android Lollipop and over 100 apps. Of course someday it will begin to show its age as apps update and require more power. I only noticed some sluggishness when I was playing 2D games. I do not know what caused this but it was very annoying. It went from anywhere between 15-60 fps. It would purge real fast and slow down too. I noticed the occasional lag when multitasking. None of these things really bothered me at all.

Over Clocking

I decided to overclock my Nexus 7 mostly for the fun of it. I was interested to see how much I could get out of my tablet. The Nexus 7 has a Snapdragon 600 (I’m pretty darn sure) that is under-clocked to 1.5 GHz and marketed as a S4 Pro. I am not sure why they do this. Maybe it is to keep the heat down or maybe it’s because the Nexus 7 uses a chip that had issues running at 1.89 GHz and they just under-clocked otherwise it would be a waste just to throw the processors that still could be used. How did I do it? To do this, I installed ElementalX. I downloaded the recovery installer. ElementalX uses that aroma installer which makes it easy to select the settings that best fit your needs. I set my CPU clock to 1.89 GHz and my GPU clock to 490 MHz. Changing the GPU clock speed for what ever reason boosted 2D games FPS significantly. I disabled the swipe to wake-up features but kept the double tap to wake enabled (It is really nice especially if it’s on a desk and you want to change the music while holding a calculator or whatever you are doing with your other hand) I also installed the ElementalX app. It allows you to change all of the things that the ElementalX kernel offers without having to reboot into recovery and reinstall the ElementalX kernel just to tweak something minor. The tablet did get a little hotter during more demanding tasks (to be expected)

The Result

I got quite a bit more performance out of my tablet and I really did not loose that much battery life. I did some benchmarks and beat the crap out of the stock Nexus 7. The ElementalX kernel also has a lot of other features too in case you don’t feel like overclocking. There are features like faster battery charging, battery saving mode (it makes the battery charge to 97% ish to save the overall battery life), double tap to wake, dimmer back light, and make your speakers MUCH louder. I made the speakers over 50% louder than they where originally attended to do. The entire tablet vibrated….. I strongly advise you NOT to do this though.

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. 🙂

Uses for android device with broken digitizer

I just broke my Nexus 7 2012 screen. My laptop was in a backpack and my Nexus 7 was under it. The screen was shattered right where the micro usb port is. The digitizer dead. Now, I recently bought this Nexus and I don’t want to get rid of it. I don’t want to fix it because I could buy a new Nexus 7 with that money. I just see no point in buying a new one.

Just because your device does not have touch response anymore, it can still be used.

Here are some uses of a device with a broken digitizer.

I have a Micro USB to USB adapter. I can use a mouse with it. I have hooked up a mouse and from there connected a Bluetooth keyboard. For gaming, I connected a PS3 controller to my device. If you are interested, look it up on google. Then go to the Android TV game section in the Play Store. You can download most of the games in this section and use a game controller to play the game.

I use this device now for watching YouTube videos, Netflix, Hulu, and playing music. I also use it for my chrome cast. Although the main reason of me having this device has been mostly defeated (gaming), I think I will be able to use it until I rack up enough money to buy a new tablet. I don’t have any intentions of buying a new tablet any time soon.

I am sad that my Nexus 7 has broke but I am happy my laptop is still okay. 😛