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iPhone 6 vs Android

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Apple has just released the latest in their iPhone line, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, last Friday, September 19, 2014. I’m not an Apple fanatic but I do enjoy playing around with Apple products. I do have an iPad, an iPod Touch, and an iPod Nano, but that doesn’t make me Apple crazy. I use the Touch and the Nano for listening to music, and the iPad was a gift which I am using right now to write this blog post. I’ve never had and I don’t think I ever will buy the iPod Touch or iPod Nano as new; I usually buy these Apple toys in “excellent used condition” mainly for a better price deal. For a phone however, I rather use an Android and wouldn’t mind paying for it brand new. Why? I think Android phones have better specifications and features than iPhones.

When the Android community released an infographic comparing the iPhone 6 with the Android two weeks ago, I found that funny. It is amusing to point out that many of the features in the new iPhone have already long been available to Android users. See the infographic below.

iPhone 6 vs Nexus 4

The iOS community responded with also an infographic pointing out that some features that iPhones have had for some time are just going to be released in the Android L software version. See the infographic below.

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Even though both sides have come out with features ahead of the other, I still think the features that were released first in Android were more significant than those which were released first in iOS. Like for example, Cloud photo backup is a definite useful feature and it’s awesome to know Android had it first, compared to the Phone rotation lock quick access feature available in the iOS first, which I think isn’t that big of a deal. But that’s just my opinion.

What do you think?

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S III

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Rooting your phone means modifying the operating system (OS) that comes with your device enabling you to have complete control over it by giving you root or superuser permissions on the Linux-based OS widely known as the Android OS. This would be like the equivalent of “jailbreaking” the Apple iPhone.

I am no Android expert. However, let me share here the steps on how I rooted my Samsung Galaxy S III (SGH- I747M). [Reference: XDA Developers Forum]

Before starting with the actual root process, make sure all necessary drivers for the Samsung S III are installed correctly. I use Windows 7 on my laptop and when I plugged in my phone, it automatically looked for the necessary drivers. If yours does not automatically download/update the drivers, get the drivers on Samsung’s website.

Also, if you do not have ODIN yet, you will need to download and install it. ODIN is the software that is used for Samsung phones to load updates, ROMS, etc. Click HERE to go to XDA Developers Forum to find links to download ODIN.

1. Download the stock odin tar that has a rooted system image injected into it. Check for download links HERE.

2. Extract the stock_root67.tar from the .7z file you downloaded.

3. Turn on your Galaxy S3 and go to Settings>Developer Options>USB Debugging > check USB debugging > tap OK to the security warning.

4. Turn your phone off.

5. Press Volume Down + Home (Center Button) + Power until the phone boots up to Warning screen.

6. Plug your phone into the USB port on your computer.

7. Open ODIN 3.07 and make sure Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time are checked under Options.

8. Once connected, it will show the COM port. In my case, it was COM 9.

9. Check the box beside PDA and click on the PDA button then select your .tar file.

10. Click Start and wait until it completes the process and the phone reboots.

Congratulations! Now you have finished rooting your Samsung Galaxy S III!

The above process is only for getting a stock, rooted phone with no custom recovery, no plans to flash custom roms, etc. If you wish to do more with your phone, check the XDA Developers Forum for more tips.

To check and confirm that your phone is rooted, download ConnectBot, SuperUser, or BusyBox from the Play Store (formerly Android Market). If you are not able to download these, then your phone may not be rooted properly.

(Above) Screenshot of ODIN 3.07 after the successful rooting process.

Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy S III

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I was due for a cellphone hardware upgrade since October 2011, but I just didn’t get it until recently. The reason why I didn’t get the upgrade right away was that I wanted to negotiate my contract first to see if I could somehow get it cheaper. I did get a few discounts for my cable/home phone/wireless bundle when I called in (internet used to be part of the bundle, but I switched over to another provider for that), and thought I would call in at a later time again to try to get a few more discounts. Anyway, since I have been very busy with everything else in my life, I didn’t get a chance to call in again. Now, the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) is out, and I figured, oh well, just go ahead with it and whatever you currently pay for, just renew the 3-year contract.

I picked up my 32GB Marble White Samsung Galaxy S III on July 3rd, and was in love with it when I got it (currently, the other colour option is Pebble Blue). I was a bit hesitant before that to switch to an Android, since I have been a BlackBerry user for over two years and I felt I did not want to part with my BBM and BlackBerry keyboard. Anyway, I’m fine with it now, although I haven’t actually started using it.

See below for the photos of the unboxing of my Samsung Galaxy S III. I forgot to take a photo of the back of it before I got it armored. Included is a photo of the back of my phone after I got a pink Ghost Armor [www.ghost-armor.com] for it (thanks to Steve L. at the Scarborough Town Centre location for the discount).

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The Samsung Galaxy S III is the flagship Android smartphone of Samsung Electronics released in 2012. Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the S III is a touchscreen-based, slate-sized smartphone, with a significant addition of software features, expanded hardware, and a redesigned physique. In particular, it employs an intelligent personal assistant (S Voice), eye-tracking ability, wireless charging, and increased storage. Depending on countries, the 4.8-inch (120 mm) smartphone comes with different processors and RAM capacity, and 4G LTE support.

Samsung Infuse 4G VIP Tour Party (Canada)

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I got an invite to the Samsung Infuse 4G VIP Tour Party held at Brant House on 522 King Street West, Toronto last July 19, 2011. It was one fun night – music, food, games, prizes – and of course we got to test out the various Samsung products including the Galaxy Tab, and phones (Galaxy SII, Infuse, etc).

The Samsung Infuse 4G is an Android smartphone which features a 8–16 GB internal Flash memory, a 4.5 inch 480×800 pixel Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen display, a 8-megapixel camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. In Canada, it comes shipped with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and capable of 720p video recording and was released in July 2011 by Rogers Wireless.