Thursday, October 31, 2013

How Would You Rank Your Phone?

One main topic of conversation is who's phone is better.  Which one has the best display, the best camera, outperforms all the others.  Some of us just plain have our favorite brand - everyone knows someone who has to have the latest and greatest Apple or Samsung Galaxy S or Note.  I found a site that did their own benchmarking.  I found it of interest and think you will, too. 


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Begging You

Please remember, some of us just don't want to hear your personal information. There are medical, personal and business issues I now know about people that I just never wanted to know. I try to wipe it from my brain, but some of it just s...its there. One woman got very personal on the sidewalk about a very personal medical problem she has. Eeeeeeeeeeew. From another, I heard all about her sex life while entering a building. Again, eeeeeeeeeeeew. If you don't want to hear it about me, I don't want to hear it about you. Please be a bit more considerate. Please.

Monday, October 28, 2013

LG Introduces Curved Phone

The new LG Flex is being introduced in Korea this November before going out "into the world."  This new cell phone is actually curved.  LG says it should make talking on the phone easier as you would have one part at your ear and the other closer to your mouth.  Most of the people I know, use their cell phone mainly for texting and searching the internet (so they can prove you wrong right then and there).  I'm curious as to how this curve will help or hinder. 


Friday, October 25, 2013

Coming Soon . . .

Stay posted for the GRAND OPENING of our 2nd store.  This location will be on Dixie Highway.  We are planning on a mid-November open date.  I will keep everyone updated.

Phone or Tablet or Both?

One thing to remember with these larger phone/table combinations - they are harder for smaller hands to hold.  I just picked up various phones in our store.  I found that anything wider than 3" will not be gripped safely without the possibility of dropping.  I have both a tablet and a cell phone.  I use one for everything but calls.  I use the other for calls and the occasional directions and, of course, for texting (though not while driving - ever).  Remember to buy a protective cover for something that may slip out of your hands.  Should you crack that screen, remember we fix screens. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Last Year's Model is Your New Phone

Cell phones are like golf clubs and cars.  New ones come out all the time.  As mentioned to me once, waiting for this year's golf club to become last year's golf club is just as good but so much less expensive.  And, when I wanted a new car, I bought that year's model in September instead of the new model on the floor.  Right now, there are people buying that new Samsung Galaxy S IV and Apple iPhone 5S or 5C.  And, you know you would love to upgrade.  Meanwhile, we have the Galaxy S III and iPhone 4 and 4S available at our store, on eBay and on our web site.  Check us out at our store or our website.  We buy those phones, refurbish them and sell them.  The prices are great!  And, you get a new phone without paying a lot of money for this year's phone.  Our eBay account is:  cellphonedoctor2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Automatic - New iOS Driving Assistant

There is an iOS app called Automatic that just launched.  If something like this had been available when my kids were teens, it would have weighted my decision to buy Apple vs Android.  Automatic uses hardware (Link) to attach to your car's OBD-II port, which is available in most cars built since 1996.  It will translate onboard diagnostic information to monitor your driving habits; including, when you are driving on your brakes or riding your gas pedal. Should your Check Engine light up, it will give you a "best guess" as to cause.  If the cause is something fixable by you, it will help you turn that light back off.  Really, what more could a parent with a teenager(s) want.  The app is bound to be so much less a backseat driver than any parent.  Cost is reasonable at $99.95 and is available at Apple's online store - today.  Will it work with your vehicle - check it out at automatic.com/cars.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bigger & Better

Again, bigger seems to be better. Nokia announced their new Lumia 1520 with a 6" HD LCD made with Gorilla Glass2. Will debut November with a full retail price of $749.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Android Security

I've mentioned before about the lack of privacy there is with cell phones; and, I'm not talking about over hearing other people's personal issues.  (We need an app for that - maybe a speaker so everyone in the restaurant/mall/store can hear - might, maybe, embarrass them enough to stop.  But, I digress.)  I've posted links to how people can use your GPS to track you and your kids.  I've posted how cell phone info can be copied by others in the vicinity trying to get your banking info and credit card info with passwords.  Now, one of the best programs out there for computers has gone into the Android business.  Malware has created Malwarebytes.  And, it is FREE!  It, of course, protects you from Trojans, worms and other malware.  It will now protect your privacy from apps that are pulling your personal info, and Malwarebytes will show you which apps have access to your personal data.  You can download this app at the Google.com store:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.malwarebytes.antimalware

Friday, October 18, 2013


And we thought cats were only guilty of opening drawers, stalking prey (and us), figuring out how to get the pizza box open, etc. Now, there's one that smuggles pot into jail. At one point, there was one that smuggled in cell phones.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Need Energy? Call Mom!

Need a boost during the day? Reaching for that coffee, again? Research is starting to show that all you need to do is Call Your Mom. OK, that isn't always possible - sometimes things are a bit stressed between you and your Mom. But, get...ting on the phone and talking to a loved one for a few minutes has been found to be more energizing than a cup of coffee or walking up the stairs. This is almost as exciting as when they found out chocolate is good for you! So, grab a little more energy and call someone you love!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

To Publish or Self-Publish

Self publishing of books has always been around.  Usually a bit costly, so most didn't.  The original Eragon book was self-published. The kid was a teenager and it got passed up by many. It took off, he got a publisher and proceeded to write 2 more books.  One of my favorite e-authors self publishes through Amazon by the name of John Locke.  Those are the pluses of self-publishing.  But what happens when places like Amazon, Nook, etc. decide to let anyone and everyone self-publish.  They both found out just how much slime is out there just waiting to rub off on them.  There can always be rules, but until a computer can totally understand what it's reading, a variety of self-published items will get by.  On the whole, people who self-publish e-books ignore grammar, spelling and ethics.  A book should be something someone out there wants to read, not just shock tactics for the rest of us.  I'm not talking sex here.  Any romance book these days has more sex in it than most X-rated movies.  I want to read a good book, not get shocked by someone else's ability to perverse the written word.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Smaller? Bigger? What is your choice?

For the longest time, we worked to make our cell phones smaller and smaller.  In fact, there is now a smart watch.  I saw the commercial last night and mentioned it here on Sept. 16.  Anyway, HTC has now jumped on the 5" screen in competition with Samsung Note and a fingerprint scanner competing with Apple.  Most cell phones aren't used for making calls anymore.  We use them for texting, looking up our bank balances, asking Siri to marry us and verifying anything and everything anyone tells us (which is rude, by the way - we all like to exaggerate some).  A small phone was nice and easy to carry, but looking at any data was causing eye strain.  Compromise (something our Congress doesn't know the meaning of) was a larger cell phone and a smaller pad.  If I didn't carry my Kindle everywhere, I would be interested in any of these products. 

Here is the HTC version:


Friday, October 11, 2013

Pay Attention ... Please

Thursday, October 10, 2013

LG Pro Lite

LG is competing for the Samsung Mega crowd.  They have the new LG G Pro Lite with a 5" screen a Dual SIM (with Hot Key) and an embedded stylus pen.  This cell phone is being introduced globally this month. 


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Be Prepared

How to use your smartphone as an essential part of your disaster kit.  This is a must read.  It tells you about different apps that can be downloaded; including one for First Aid.  "Be Prepared."


Do you remember ...?

Some toys are worldwide favorites.  Other toys are area favorites.  A hospital in the UK requested a photographer decorate their ER for the children.  They've been around 145 years.  The photographer used toys to represent each decade there had been a children's hospital.  I found it cute, interesting, and some of it took me back on a nice visit to old favorites.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Microscope vs Monster

The monsters from horror movies have nothing on reality. The first time I looked through a microscope was for a science class. The nucleus of the paramecium looked like an eye looking back at me. I have not liked paisley prints since. W...hen I see paisley, I see paramecium. Take a look at these real microscope pictures. I stopped after a couple - don't need the nightmares.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Personal Favorite

I am a big Amazon Kindle fan.  I bought the version with the keyboard below some years ago, and I updated to the Fire (pad version) last year.  I've been buying books from Amazon since that was all they sold, and they sold them out of the garage (I know - a long time).  Now, they have a new version, the HDX, out.  I hear they have created a better product, learning from previous issues.  Now, if they would just add some of the Apps I would like to learn to not live without, I would be ecstatic.  But, if you are still trying to decide, the Kindle, in any version, has my vote.


Friday, October 4, 2013

See Venice ...

Who is responsible for sinking Venice?  Will you make it there before it goes under totally?  Will we be able to save Venice?


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Chatting & Driving

I can't tell you how many people I see trying to drive while having "intense/angry" conversations on their cell phones. And, believe it or not, once saw a woman applying mascara while on her cell phone and driving. I didn't know whether to be impressed or scared, so I made sure to get far, far away from her.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Want & Need = Inventors & Inventions

The inventor that succeeds with his/her new invention is usually due to "want" and "need."  A 13-year-old in Houston wanted to make a game easier.  Ends up, the International Space Station needs that kind of thinking.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Help! I've Been Banned!

Many of us buy and sell through eBay, Amazon, etc.  Sometimes we get banned (permanently) for something that just doesn't make sense.  One Friday, I sold some items, didn't get them shipped out until late Monday.  Was informed I was banned for not shipping in a timely manner.  Then my money was held for 90 days.  And, no, I'm not going to name names as I hope to one day be "forgiven" and un-banned.  Meanwhile, here is an article that will help some of you out there to get un-banned.  Good luck!