Friday, 27 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
Crikey talk about a turnaround at Samsung, frequent firmware updates abound lol.
no idea what the changelog is but I flashed anyway (using Kies)
from THIS LINK the changes appear to be
Samsung Apps has been updated
Picture in the Background Effect Menu has been changed
Battery Life seems to have been improved
More free RAM on start-up
Camera has been updated-The pink spot problem has been fixed, better image quality and improved zoom panel
Friday, 20 May 2011
which is exactly
1298 days or
112,147,200 seconds or
1,869,120 minutes or
31,152 hours or
from the day we picked her up on 30th October 2007.
which is an average of 38.52 miles/day or 270 miles/week
Monday, 16 May 2011
Just happened to try a speedtest on the s2 whilst at a pubic location, needless to say I was shocked at the data rate!
Test Date: May 12, 2011 10:25:00 am
Connection Type: Hsdpa
Download: 3373 kbps
Upload: 1577 kbps
Ping: 118 ms
Ookla operates Speedtest.net
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Kies download site
at this point I thought Id try it and it seems to work ok.
It mentioned a firmware upgrade
, so hell why not.........all went well until the final step (of copying update to phone) when it failed due to an uninstalled driver!
phone with green android fella saying 'Dont disconnect client' but it had failed!!!! genuinely thought wtf Ive just bricked my new phone .....
disconnected cable but screen remained.
Kies then indicates you can do an emergency firmware recovery, although to my mind this seemed a little excessive and i didnt want to loose everything.
So i removed the battery and just restarted the phone, thankfully it just started up .......PHEW
(at this point the failed driver now pops up to tell me its installed ok FFS!)
undeterred (and on the basis it seemed to have failed for an obvious reason) I tried again, eh voila worked this time.......
Improvements ? no idea , the only things Ive seen so far are
a) improved battery life ! crikey I was already impressed before but now it seems even better, easily a full day with 'use'
b) battery stats now seem to report correctly for each process , before they didnt seem to record half the stuff that id used.
Anyway that was me side tracked from my intial reason for downloading Kies!
As it turns out on my web travels (for other info) I found some S2 tips and tricks, the best one .........
Galaxy S2 can take screen shots on the standard firmware without root.
Just hold 'home' and quickly press camera button, eh voila job done. Even sticks the photos in their own gallery, SUPERB well done Samsung.
The general quality, lack of bugs etc shows that Samsung has certainly moved on from the i7500 days, by no means perfect but a LOT better.
Loving the phone so far, albeit that its already superceeded by an NFC version soon to be released , THANKS SAMSUNG!
Enjoy some links below
one click root
Firmware download links
UPDATE : It seems that if you are on Orange UK handset then DO NOT UPDATE for now!
Monday, 9 May 2011
386 miles @ 30.6mpg a very frugal tankfull
Good job as it was 57 litres and £83 to fill up!
Monday, 2 May 2011
Sunday, 1 May 2011
first off we had the Golf GTI minor service @ 49166 miles for the fixed price of £129.
Went again with Gilbert Lawton Manchester (original supplying dealer) and spent the day shopping with the family whilst it was being done.
Tried out a mk6 diesel courtesy car which wasnt too bad.
They did however have a lovely R Line Tiguan......but its a lot of dough £26k!
so not going to happen.
Also liked a Mk6 GTD 5 door, sadly the salesman was clearly disinterested and lacking any skills, very poor, so i gave up!
However the service went well and the service staff were great as usual.
Seat Ibiza 1.4 Sport 2nd service @ 12727miles £159 which includes a free code to extend the AA recovery for a further year FOC.
1. battery lasting around 15hrs with lots of playing and around 2hrs of nav use.
2. First bug appears to be the battery usage stats which just appear to be nonsense! Google nav use reported as co pilot ffs.
3. Big screen great for my 'old' eyes lol
found another useful app too
Of note AppBrain and Market both keep a note of the phone you sync with so I now have 2 profiles (1 for a Nexus One and 1 for the Galaxy S2)
also found out that my wife doesnt get 3G because she has an old SIM (no 3G in the SIM number), so that needs replaced before she can get decent data transfer for her Galaxy S
I have also found the merge duplicates feature of gmail contacts (on web) to be invaluable.
BMW M3 E46 M3 Touring article on bmwblog.com
image it with CSL wheels and a supercharger....
in fact a google search revealed someone did actually build one similar...
330ci M3 engine transplant