I switched to Windows!?

In my previous post, I told the story of buying a new laptop [1].

I immediately burned an Ubuntu 16.04 ISO to a USB Flash Drive and began the installing process. I tried to install it several times, but it failed at the final stage of the installation process, saying that it failed to install the bootloader. Continue reading “I switched to Windows!?”

Features I don’t Use in My Smartphone

We don’t use all the features in our smartphones. Either we don’t need them or we don’t have time for that.

I bought my current smartphone Sony Xperia P on 1st December 2012 (Thanks Facebook Timeline!). Since then I have made a good use of it. It helps me to read mail, check-in to places, take photos, send and receive text messages, make calls and everything that a smartphone would do. However, I have noticed that I have never used some features packed with it. I am going to try and list them, so I can know what exactly I need from a smartphone, and that’d give me an idea of what should I look for in a future smartphone I might purchase.

Internal Storage

Sony Xperia P comes with a little more than 11GB of internal storage available for users. From that, I have only used about 2GB of that! This is because I don’t use my phone as a “file storage facility”. I don’t listen to music on phone regularly, so I don’t have to store music in it like most people do. I think an smartphone with about 8GB of internal storage would be more than enough for me.

Features I don't Use in My Smartphone - Internal Storage

WiFi Hot Spot

My phone can act as a WiFi Hot Spot if necessary. I have used it one or two times, but I decided not to use that ever again. Ever. Turning the WiFi Hot Spot drains the battery so fast and heats the phone too much. I could even fry an egg on the phone while the WiFi hot spot is on.

NFC

After testing the feature with Praboda’s Xperia V, I haven’t use NFC in my Xperia P. I know it’s cool when you can tap another device with your phone and send files, but the need never arose. And NFC enabled payment systems are at least a decade in the future for us Sri Lankans.

Ring and Notification Tones

This might not be a big deal, and may be just me. I use a plain ring and notification tones, and I never change them. So the dozens of different tone options go unused.

Pre Installed Apps

Here are a list of apps Sony had installed on my phone and I then uninstalled (Actually I froze them using “Titanium Backup”).

  • All the themes except the one I am using. I’d never change it.
  • Back Up and Restore. I don’t store any file in my phone. My emails are already backed up in GMail, and I save my text messages to PC once a month or so.
  • Stock Browser. I use Chrome and Dolphin.
  • Stock Email Client. I use GMail app, Outlook app, and SolMail for other email accounts.
  • Text Messenger. I used this for a long time. But as Google Hangouts now support text messaging, I said goodbye to the stock text messaging app.
  • SenseMe. I guess it is Sony’s alternative to Shazam. I use Shazam.usage-of-features-and-functions-in-a-software-system
  • Sony Select. Sony’s “recommended” apps can be found in this. Duh. Why waste time Sony? I know what I want, and Google Play’s own recommendations are better.
  • Timescape. Updates from social networks are displayed “beautifully” in this app. Why?
  • Voice Dialer. It can’t recognize Sinhala names, which almost all of my contacts have.

Features I don't Use in My Smartphone - Pre Installed Apps

Do you use all the features of your phone? What are the ones you don’t use?

PS:

The featured image was taken from http://www.softwareresults.us/2011/07/where-do-unused-features-come-from.html. It shows most of the features in a software system goes unused. I think it’s the same for phones.

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Samsung Smart Camera WB200F – A Newbie’s Thoughts

Thoughts about Samsung Smart Camera WB200F, from a newbie into taking photos with a digital camera, who previously only shooted with smartphones.

[dropcap style=’default’]I[/dropcap] am no expert in photography, I only shot photos with my smartphones, and most of them can be found in my Instagram profile. I have taken photos of various events I took part in, and they are stored safely in my external HDD. I am very sure that no one would find them “artistic”. 🙂 Continue reading “Samsung Smart Camera WB200F – A Newbie’s Thoughts”

Plum Switch – The All-in-One Internet Access Point

Are you a heavy Internet user with multiple devices, who can’t use a wireless router because you’re often moving or residing in some other place than where your fixed Internet connection is? Do you have to buy and maintain several mobile Internet connection because you can’t use a single connection for multiple devices at the same time? Plum Switch is the solution for you! Continue reading “Plum Switch – The All-in-One Internet Access Point”

Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad

I ordered a Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad from eBay, so that I can connect it to my Sony Xperia P through the USB On-The-Go cable I bought recently. The main reason I wanted a keyboard with a touchpad, is that I can only connect one device to my Sony Xperia P through the USB OTG cable. Due to that reason, I could only use either keyboard or a mouse at a time (I am yet to try a USB Hub with my phone.). So I wanted something that combines keyboard and mouse. Continue reading “Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad”

USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) Cable

USB OTG CableMy Sony Xperia P supports the technology called “USB OTG“, which stands for “USB On-The-Go”. This technology allows devices to act as hosts and connect to other devices through USB cables. Since the moment I got to know that my phone has the ability, I wanted to give it a try, so I ordered a cable from eBay. Continue reading “USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) Cable”