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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 RETRO

Posted in Android, Technology with tags , , , , , , on 2019/01/25 by rmolby

In my previous post I reviewed the possibility to use a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (abbreviated as SGN4 fron now on) as a daily driver.

I think this is totally possible if you root and flash a ROM like LineageOS, however, it IS an old phone and it does show it at times.

So what had percolated in my mind since acquiring the SGN4 has been the severe lack of viable phones with removable batteries!

I was thinking, I really like how my wife’s Samsung Galaxy S9 (SGS9) performs, if we could just possibly get it in a package like the SGN4, then we would have something!

So, with this said, I setup up a petition to see how many people would be interested in buying a new phone that has the following parameters:

  • Exact same dimensions as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 so we can use already available protective cases
  • Exact same removable battery so we can use the plethora of available batteries
  • a modern HD display
  • a modern phone inside akin to the Note 9 or upcoming Note 10
  • USB-C
  • Wireless Charging & NFC back cover as a default
  • 256GB or better SD Card support
  • Dual SIM support for North America (shared with SD Card slot)
  • Support all AT&T and T-Mobile and International LTE Channels (like the current SGN9

I would call this phone the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 RETRO!

If you would be interested in buying such a phone, please head over to the petition so we can get enough votes to send this idea to Samsung!

Is using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in 2019 possible?

Posted in Android, Technology with tags , , , , , on 2019/01/25 by rmolby

So, I have been hunting around for cell phones with removable batteries, because I want to have the option of swapping batteries when I don’t have a charged powerpack available, or be able to remove the battery to reset the phone!

Using GSMarena and PhoneScoop I have been searching high and low, and few viable phones are to be found!

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on GSMarena

I keep coming up with one notable hit every time I search – the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – unless I select LTE channels 66 and 71 as an option!

You might think – WAIT – the Note 4? A four to five year old phone? YUP!

So I decided to look to eBay to acquire a used but working SG Note 4, and eventually came across a deal where I could get an AT&T and a T-Mobile version for $100.

I sprang for the deal and was pleased with how well taken care of the phones were, and I got 4 hard shell cases and 6 batteries to boot!

So I went for the T-Mobile version first, and realized it had been rooted, something I wanted to do anyway, and it already had TWRP, and a recent version, so I jumped right in and flashed the phone with LineageOS with Android Oreo 8.1 (I had to use the unofficial release from xda-developers).

After a little trial and error and re-reading the instructions a few times I got the phone working perfectly and to my amazement, it runs Oreo quite well.

I installed a bunch of the apps I use, and eventually I also got a SpeedTalk Wireless SIM card, and signed up for the $9 plan that includes 500 Voice Minutes, Unlimited SMS, and 500MP Data!

It works great, and if the phone is used with care, it will run all day on a charge and I can do most things I want to do with it – AWESOME!!!

So, yes, it is possible to run on a former flagship model of a phone that is 4 to 5 years old if you can find a aftermarket ROM for it that brings it into the modern world.

Ramblings for 2012.11.26

Posted in Android, Blogging, Economy, Technology with tags , , , , , , on 2012/11/26 by rmolby

Well, just a quick blurb about Cyber Monday.

I had been thinking these last few weeks about replacing my iPhone 3GS with a Samsung Galaxy S2 for $0.99 today on Cyber Monday, but by the time I was able to get logged into AT&T or Amazon, they were all gone.

I also visited the store I usually take my phone issues to and they didn’t have any decent deals.

The front and base of the iPhone 3GS.

iPhone 3GS. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This just proved to me that these so-called “deals or sales” are not really all that good a deal. I did find out that AT&T currently offers a deal where you get $100 off one phone if you get two Samsung Galaxy series phones at the same time, so I will try to talk my son into a Galaxy S3 instead of a iPhone 5.

We shall see how well that goes over, LOL.

Ramblings for 2012.11.25

Posted in Blogging, Economy, Misc, Technology with tags , , , , , , , on 2012/11/25 by rmolby

The front and base of the iPhone 3GS.

The front and base of the iPhone 3GS. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alright,

first of all, I’m glad we got through the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday without any incidents in our immediate and extended family (as far as we have heard as of this morning).

Next, I tried out the iPhone version of the WordPress.com mobile app, and I’m both impressed and disappointed  Let me address the disappointed part first.

As I detailed in my previous post I was out of town and wanting to make a blog post, so I tried out the current version of the iPhone WordPress.com blog CMS app. I worked great for doing some basic posting and I may not be totally impressed with it because I was operating on the AT&T Edge network out in the boonies, where part of our extended family lives.

That said, the biggest issue for me is being able to create or look up the related content links and references I usually include in my posts. Also, adding pictures or logos provided or linked by WordPress.com seemed to be lacking/missing/not obvious.

Now, on to the good part(s), I like the app and hope the Android version is just as good or better. The app will allow me to create more posts and I can always edit them later for layout and additional content. I like the fact that I can now post anywhere, any time, as long as I have at least Edge Network access. I’m sure as I use the app and get more familiar with it, I will find many other things I like about it and maybe even figure out how to overcome some of the issues I listed above.

Overall, I will give this app a 4.5 star rating when I get time to write a review.

Next, on Black Friday. The only thing I am interested in for the November holiday period is to replace my aging and under-classed (in performance  iPhone 3GS with an Android device. Currently I am contemplating the Samsung Galaxy SII (GS2 for short) because for Cyber Monday AT&T will be offering it for a penny with a 2 year contract!

I like the penny part, not so much the contract, though. But, the two phones I really would like to have, are the Samsung Galaxy Note II (G-Note2) or the Samsung Galaxy SIII (GS3). Either are too expensive and I cannot afford to shell out that much money for a device that will be out of date in only 3-4 months.

With a ROM update to Jelly Bean Android OS, the GS2 should serve me well for the next two years, and maybe if I get a bonus or something over the next few months, I can just buy a unlocked G-Note2 when they become available on the surplus market for a reasonable price.

Now, back to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday issues. I really hate all the sheeple that crowd to the retailers to “get a deal” just to get a sale deal, not because they “need or really, really, really want a device” bad, but just to get the savings or deal, because it’s not really a deal, if you shop around throughout the year, you can get just as good or better deals. I have passed up almost two years of upgrade deals and pushed my iPhone 3GS to it’s operating limit and it is starting to not work correctly due to its age and lower performance specifications.

So, for all you sheeple out there, wake the F%^& up and don’t fall for all the hype. It’s really only there for them to sell the older stock of products, and the new stock of items at still profitable levels. They are luring you in to bolster their profit margin, and to reduce their older inventory, so when it comes time to report to the IRS, they don’t have to report stocked inventory which is more expensive than to report profit, which they can offset with tax credits and tax shelters.

You are playing into their hands at your expense. Don’t. If you are like me and have a 3+ year old device that is reaching end-of-life, go for it. But don’t hesitate to check your carrier/vendor for deal throughout the year. Like many carriers, when they get a new flagship model, the older ones are reduce in price or put on sale usually the same day or week. Those are the true deals, because you can get what used to be the flagship, top of the line model, and still very capable device for a much lower price than someone paid for just a few days prior to the release of the new model.

Alright, enough ranting. Ya’ll have a good day/week/remaining year.

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