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Xiaomi Mi2 Android

Xiaomi Mi2 (S/A) camera review/test

For those of you interested in the camera of the Xiaomi Mi-2 smartphones, be it the regular version, the S or the A version, here is a quick review of the camera-app and the camera in general.

Please know that this was shot using a Xiaomi Mi@ with an 8 megapixel camera. The biggest/most expensive version of the Xiaomi Mi2S has a 13MP camera (although slightly less fast lens-wise) and thus differs. The software stays the same.

Xiaomi Mi2 Android

Xiaomi Mi2 Android smartphone videoreview

The Xiaomi Mi2 smartphone is an imported smartphone from China. It is on par with some of the highest end smartphones available now in both Europe and America. If you feel this phone is too slow, you can even go for the Xiaomi MI2s which has just been released.

I have been using the Xiaomi Mi2 (or mi-2) android smartphone for several months now and it has been wonderful. I am using the custom Rom from MIUIandroid.com. This enables an internationalized version of the standard MIUI rom from XIAOMI. Not only the languages are changed to the one you desire (I am using Dutch) but also the apps are optimized for use outside of China.

I have made a quick introduction/review video on this phone. Hope you guys like it as much as I do.

Xiaomi Mi2 videoreview

The Xiaomi Mi-2 is highly customizable. This goes a bit beyond the standard customization Android comes with.

I am running the V5 version of the MIUIandroid ROM. This is based on:
Android 4.1.1 JR003L
MIUI: MIUI-3.4.5
Quadcore @ 1.5ghz
2GB RAM
32GB internal memory

I paid 350 euros including shipping etc.

If you want to see more features of this phone, please let me know in the comments below!

Cheers!

Xiaomi mi-two smartphone

First Qualcomm quadcore APQ8064 smartphone will be released in Europe

Xiaomi mi-twoLasBekijk in het Nederlandst Thursday a relatively unknown smartphone manufacturer from china, Xiaomi, announced the first smartphone featuring the new quadcore processor of Qualcomm. The new processor features an improved graphical unit, the Adreno 320-gpu.

The Xiaomi Mi-Two smartphone

At first it was thought the new smartphone announced by Xiaomi would only be released in China, but sourced over at Engadget have indicated that this phone will most likely also be released in Europe. The phone was announced to cost about 255 euros in Chinese currency. It still remains the question if this price holds when it is released in Europe.

The phone, the Mi-Two, is the first to feature the new Qualcomm soc with the new 28nm architecture. The processor features four cores and a fifth core for graphics, the new Adreno 320. This should result in much better graphical performances compared to the old Adreno 220 and 225 from earlier releases. The APQ8064 does not support any mobile networks itself, but needs a separate chip to make these connections.

Later this year it is expected that more smartphone manufacturers will be releasing phones with the new Qualcomm chip. HTC and LG are presumably working on phones feature the new chip which should outrun the Nvidia Tegra 3 which is the current standard for mobile devices.

The Mi-Two will feature a 4.3” ips-lcd panel with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The camera will feature an 8MP sensor and is able to record video in 1080p. 3G networks are supported and are able to reach speeds of up to 42Mbps and with this it is one of the few smartphones out there supporting this high data transfer rate.

It still remains a question when and if the phone will be released in Europe for sure, and what the price is going to be, but this ‘speculation’ sure makes me want to watch out for this newcomer on the European market.

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Android – Samsung announces the long awaited Galaxy S III

Samsung galaxy s 3Bekijk in het NederlandsThe long awaited follow-up of Samsung‘s very successful Android flagship has been announced and will be released later this month. The Samsung Galaxy S II will be followed up by the Samsung Galaxy S III which will be a lot faster than its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III was announced during the unpacked event and will feature Samsung’s own Exynos 4 Quad core processor. The Quad-soc runs on 1.4 GHz which is the same as Nvidias Tegra 3 chip. The Samsung Galaxy S III will feature a 4.8″ Super Amoled HD screen with a 720p resolution of 1280×720. It is 8.6mm thick and weighs 133 grams which is just a bit heavier than HTC’s counterpart the One X. An optional gadget is a styles which can be used to control the phone, but that needs to be purchased separately.

Besides running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0 the Samsung Galaxy S III runs Samsung’s very own touchwiz skin. The skin features several new features, like a siri-like voice control and software that tracks the user’s eyes in order to see if the screen could be turned off to preserve battery life. Popup video enables video content to pop-up even if a different app is running in the foreground.

Galaxy S III Specifications

Samsung galaxy s 3The Samsung Galaxy S III is packed with the newest technology out there. The 2100mAh battery will supply all those gadgets with juice. Amongst those tech-gadgets are Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n-wifi, NFC, DLNA and two cameras, an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.9 megapixel camera on the front to allow video calls.

The NFC function allows you to pay small transactions in shops using your phone. Galaxy Beam allows you to connect two phones directly where the transfer of data is sent through wifi-direct to increase speed. DLNA allows your Samsung Galaxy S III to connect and stream to several different devices to play music or show video or pictures on a big screen wirelessly.

The Android phone will be available at the end of may. The Samsung Galaxy S III will be a direct competitor of the HTC One X which costs around 550 Euros. It is expected to be priced similarly.

 

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Android Supercharger – Supercharger Scripts Speed up Your Phone!

Supercharge AndroidBekijk in het NederlandsI have been using the Android platform for quite a while now, and while I love it I hate the fact that my 3-year old phone is not receiving updates anymore. I fixed this by installing custom roms, but those are sometimes a bit much for my old and slow phone. Overclocking works wonders for this, but to speed up Android even more, it is time to install a Android Supercharger Script!

What is an Android Supercharger Script

Speeding up a phone always sounds good, but running scripts? Android Supercharger? what in the world am I talking about and what are the downsides? I’ll explain it nice and simple. A supercharger script is a script that completely redo’s the way your Android phone handles it’s memory. It adjusts values for when to kill apps, and rearranges the priority and maximum load. I have to admit, I don’t know how it manages, but when running a supercharger script my Android phone become more stable and considerably snappier and faster!

The best part is that this android supercharger script will work for every Android based phone out there! And there are no downsides!

How to apply an Android supercharger script to speed up your phone

My phone becoming faster and snappier without any downsides? It must be immensely hard to install! False! It couldn’t be easier! When you have the proper files it just as simple as installing an app. Before we continue make sure you install the following apps and have root access:

busybox installer

Script manager

And you should download this android supercharger.txt file and place it on your SD-card preferably in the root folder.

Android SuperchargerAfter that you should run busybox installer and install version 1.8.2 of busybox. After it installed run script manager. Select run as root and load your supercharger.txt file. Of course you need to allow the root access. If needed reselect run as root, but NEVER select run on boot. Save the settings and select run. After that you will get a screen that reminds of the old DOS with its black background and white text. First it asks you what scroll speed you want to use. it doesn’t really matter which you choose, but I usually go for 0 because this sets everything to instant. You can enable your onscreen keyboard by tapping the screen. on the next screen you get 19 options on which kind of memory optimalization you want for your phone. It is pretty much a trial and error for which ones work best for your phone. The aggressive ones make your phone even faster but may cause slight instability. I usually choose option 9 – MegaRAM 2 which keeps your phone stable but speeds it up by quite a lot.

After selecting the option you want it is needed to reboot your phone. Keep the script running in the background and reboot the phone. After it is booted back up again redo the entire cycle from when you first used script manager and this time it should say that it is ‘bulletproof’. Basically it is saying that it is working this time around. Close the screen but select ‘run in background’. You have to run this script every time you reboot your phone. Therefore I would suggest installing the Script Manager widget to enable quick activation of the script. You can do this after you completely installed the script and have it up and running. The widget is available in the market.

Make sure you remember to give the supercharger script root access and rerun it every time you reboot your Android phone. Find the official XDA-Forum topic here!

Which option was the best for your model phone and how much faster did your phone become? Please let us know below in the comments!

 

extend your smartphone battery

Mugen power extended battery for smartphones review

Extended battery smartphoneBekijk in het NederlandsSmartphones are becoming increasingly popular. People have to be connected 24/7 and the closest the phones get to shutting down is the silent mode. There is however one big drawback to all this. The battery life of your smartphone cannot keep up with your social life. You phone has be plugged in every 6 hours and you can’t go anywhere without your charger. After I pretty much destroyed my previous battery, I decided not to go back to this sad excuse for a battery, but upgraded my stock battery to a custom extended battery. Read how it holds up in this post.

Extended battery life with Mugen Power

I decided to order the Mugen Power 1550mAh Extended Replacement Battery for my HTC Hero. I somehow shipped this extended battery to a wrong address, but I ended up with this battery after about 12 days. It cost me only $30,- which is about €23,- and this includes shipping from the other side of the world. Peanuts! I received the extended battery in a bit of plastic with a very short manual. It looked rather cheap, but heck, it was cheap. I read that you should charge it first for about 5-6 hours and repeat that for about five times. When I charge my phone I usually keep it charging overnight which is plenty of time.

I plugged it in and found out it was already half charged. I decided to go with it and find out how long my phone would last on half a battery. A few hours later it was almost completely drained, which was quite a disappointment. I charged it overnight and the next day my phone stayed up for the entire day. At the end of the day however the phone warned me that it was about to shut down. No harm done, the day was done anyways, but still it was a bit disappointing yet again.

After another night of charging I let it run for another day. This time the bar was still green by the time I was home again! A big improvement! The next day went even better and now the phone is still half charged when it is time to go to bed. Even when I use it extensively listening to music while surfing the internet for longer periods of time a day the extended battery doesn’t budge.

This extended battery didn’t come with a custom cover for my phone because it was just as big as the normal stock battery, but there is even a bigger version out there which would last even longer. You will end up with a thicker phone, but if you use it a lot and travel for many hours without the possibility to charge it, this might be a solution for you.

All in all this was a very good investment. I hardly have to worry about the battery life of my phone now, where I previously had the hook it up to a socket every time I traveled for more than an hour. I tested the battery for the HTC Hero, but I would recon this would go for many other smartphones with replaceable batteries as well.

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