android, Phone

Otterbox Commuter Case for the HTC One – Thoughts

Well you know I always judge a case by how well it stands up to the test of time, so thats why I’m not going to call this a review, just a few thoughts.

Before I jump into my impressions though a heads up on why I went for this one in particular is important. For anyone who has ever traveled in a bombay local the answer will be clear. Great protection from bumps and falls was my main priority, not keeping scratches away though that is important, however having dropped a bomb on the phone and combining the hazard of the local train I went through multiple reviews and decided on this one.

So coming to the case. Well I messed up and couldnt put on the screen protector as my do-it-yourself skill failed me badly, though it seemed to be well cut and shaped so it would have fit properly ( Should have waited for a professional aargh)

The cover it self comes in two pieces, a silicone shell which the phone fits into and a then a hard shell case which fits on top of that to make it even more impact resistant. It adds a lot of bulk to the phone in terms of weight and thickness so if your looking for something which allows people to go wow at the design of the phone look elsewhere, many of my friends who saw it for the first time with the cover on actually went “meh” believe me this is not the cover to impress people with, it is strictly utilitarian, when I took it off though the reaction was amazing though, so something to raise the wow factor I guess 😛

(Will add a few photo’s soon 🙂 )

The cover comes with tabs which cover the micro USB port and Headphone jack and seems to be made or really good quality material which should stand up to the test of time well, without becoming loose or flimsy.

The only quibble I have is that the cover is super duper hard to get off and on, so I really can’t just pop it off to show off now and then, but then that’s the price to pay for this kind of impact protection I guess.

Solid tip would be to order it from http://otterbox.asia if you live here, its pretty cheap to ship and is an all inclusive shipping price.

If you have any questions about it feel free to drop a comment I will try my best to answer them 😀

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What I Want in Sense 5.1 and future editions

Well I have been using my gorgeous HTC One for almost a week now and let me say I am massively impressed with just about everything.

From the super smooth almost buttery performance to the great music player with those amazingly clear stereo speakers its a phone that truly raises the bar in a lot of ways.

However as I have discovered in my life long obsession with mobile devices there are always things to improve.

Im going to deal with the software aspects of it cause well there is no way for them to change the hardware now is it 😛

1) The Music player should have the ability to pull lyrics from other sources cause Gracenote’s selection is just too limited, having used used tunewiki on spotify I think that would be a perfect place to start.

2) The notes application while already amazing for having Evernote baked in, needs a widget or at least an awesome shortcut

3) Way for Power Saver mode to automatically activate when the battery falls below a certain percentage, leaving it up to the user is just too unpredictable. Obviously there should be a option to disable it too.

4) Blinkfeed needs to have way way way more sources to become truly accepted. I know this one is a really tough one but I’m sure if they work with someone like News 360 they can pull it off.

5) India on their TV App regions, I mean come one HTC we are a 1 billion strong nation who adore out TV series don’t exclude us! Just give us a chance to show you our love.

6) This one is a universal worry for me specifically but it would be great if HTC could address it. – Make contacts easy to manage, tying in all the services is great and also offering the linking solution so that the address book is a little bit more streamlined but it doest solve the main problem that the details are still all over the place. Make it super easy to cohesively collect all the info in one place and keep all that collected info backed up.

7) Dash Clock integration please HTC, I’m waiting for this one for sure. I already love the existing Lock Screen options HTC please make them even more powerful with Dash Clock integrated right into your default ROM.

Well for now this is about it. I do finally have a weekend coming up so will be able to test it out fully and hopefully update this with even more things I want to see. Lets hope some of the Software designers get a hold of this little list in the meanwhile 😉

P.S. If you want to add anything please leave a comment, will make me discover my phone better.

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Flashing The Galaxy Spica My Bumbling Journey Part 3

This is fresh news for me cause I just read it today having the time and the motivation to go across to the Samdroid.net forum today after what seems like ages and guess what I found AUDIO (albeit only the speaker) and multitouch is finally working for the froyo update and it seems huge massive ginormous strides have been taken since the last time I visited… still no reply from the moderator LeshaK for my request for help and have now sent a request to another moderator lets hope he replies…..

Sorry for not updating since a while if I wasn’t so lazy then i might have finished my guide till now…

have exams now so no updates till then but the week after that I should be full steam ahead in bugging people to reply to me and finishing this guide so that it helps absolutely everyone…. cheers till then…..

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Flashing The Galaxy Spica My Bumbling Journey Part 2

Well my research for the guide to flashing my Spice has been involving a lot of reading and while this is just a short post to update you guys on how its going here are a couple of links on what all I had been reading with respect to that

http://forum.samdroid.net/f26/i5700-how-flash-your-phone-odin-113/

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=662312

http://mesonprojekt.com/blog/root-your-samsung-spica-with-lk208

and a few more which helped me in small ways which I will try and include in my final guide when I write it.

Along this journey I also learnt a few other things along the way too…

Flashing a kernel is different from flashing a firmware or lets call it operating system for those not in the know…
flashing the kernel gives you root access and a host of other benefits while flashing your firmware/OS itself will be the thing which changes everything like giving you live wallpapers etc.

Well on to more reading then and then lets see how much further I can go..

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