Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray: Almost Bought

December 26, 2011 · Filed Under Android, Gadgets, Mobile Phones, Technology

Lets me start off by saying this is the phone I almost bought, and is still at the moment, at the back of my mind, will buy in the near future.

The Sony-Ericsson Xperia Ray is an excellent mid-range android phone. The specs of this phone however if compared to the other android phones three months ago, I can say makes this phone also for the high-end tier especially judging by its looks.

Super/Smart phones of these days tend to be thinner yet wider with a wider screen, but for all casual users who want to join the foray of android powered phones, then you can’t go wrong with the Xperia Ray. The Xperia Ray is really by size and pocket-ability a mobile phone. If you want a phone that plays with the big boys but doesn’t forget its identity as a phone and not a computer. Add a sprinkle of design flair that rivals the iPhone in the “looks” category, then The Sony-Ericsson Xperia Ray is for you.

If you want the technical Specs of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, then jump over to GSMArena

If you are still here waiting for my personal take, then read on to the next page.

Android: To Root or Not To Root

December 23, 2011 · Filed Under Android, Gadget Tips, Gadgets, Technology

Many people were dismayed as to my somewhat beginners take on the subject of Making their Androids Run Faster. Some failed to read the most important line of the article in which I said:

I argue that for people technically capable, the best method is to root your android. However that’s the lamest suggestion you can give to hundreds of people who just want to make their phone run faster.

Now to proceed on a more positive note to the people who actually know what the term “rooting” is for. Rooting is basically in a definition is getting to the bottom of things, or the start of a tree.  The bare-bones, bare necessity or the way the system is without its Operating System.

So basically when you do “root” your phone, you are basically voiding your warranty for your device. That being said, if you are adventurous enough to try and root your phone, then I have a couple of hints to give away.

But first be warned, rooting your phone and making the wrong step in the middle of something (i.e. booting, installing and connecting) might turn your phone into an expensive paper weight. So be very careful and make sure you read everything about your device before attempting.

Breathe easy now, since the advent of modern Android versions like the Android 4, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwhich you might not need to root your phone. The main purpose of rooting is to optimize the way your device perform, but with devices like Samsung Galaxy S II on the block and a lot of Dual-core, high memory android devices coming out in 2012, you wont worry about rooting altogether.

The best suggestion I can give if you want to start rooting your Android phone is to visit CyanogenMod.

It is an aftermarket firmware (a software you run over your rooted android device) while still having the good backup of your stock Firmware. In my opinion, it is currently the safest way to experiment with rooting an android phone. So go there now and start investigating, this post was about putting you in the right, safest direction to rooting. But the question remains, “To Root Or Not To Root” that is the dilemma.

I argue that for people technically capable, the best method is to root your android. However that’s the lamest suggestion you can give to hundreds of people who just want to make their phone run faster.

Making Android Run Faster

February 23, 2011 · Filed Under Gadgets, Technology

I have been asked by my friends and family how to make their Android devices/mobile phones run faster than it currently is. I argue that for people technically capable, the best method is to root your android (this will void your warranty and is technically difficult and has a chance to brick your phone). However that’s the lamest suggestion you can give to hundreds of people who just want to make their phone run a little faster.

*note: check our post on To Root or Not To Root to learn more about rooting “Safely”

Don’t tell them to “root” their phone, they are happy not to tinker with the internal working of their phone. Just tell them the easiest, most “doable” way they can make their Droid run a little quicker. And that is what this post is about.

First Off, if you don’t need the auto-sync function of your android, then turn it off. It hogs memory and power, and if you can only activate it when needed, then you can save around 10% of your battery life and make your task switching a little faster. How to do that?

Go to Settings>Accounts and Sync and select the one you don’t want to run automatically and sync or just turn all auto-sync off.

2nd, if you are on Android 2.1 Eclair  and below then this does not apply to you. But if you have updated your android device to at least Android 2.2 Froyo, this tip should be applied.

Task Killers were useful back then, but by Android 2.2, google has installed a built-in task killer that automatically maximizes memory for you. Although if you need to turn off tasks or switch them, then a Task Switcher and Killer combo will prove useful.

But all in all if you have the Android 2.2 and above, remove and uninstall your Task Killers. It is known that Task Killers only slow down your system or cause some sort of issue with Android.

Android since version 2.1 has improved it’s running applications management. It automatically shuts applications down that hog too much resource. And to boot, if you don’t know yet, by default android has a built in Task Switcher which stores the last Eight (8) Applications running.

To Switch Tasks, just long press the HOME button of your device. To shutdown applications that run in the background and applications you need to stop, just click the Task Manager Bar after the Tasks Switching window pops-up, you can select each one you want to stop, or you can click the RAM tab on the Task Manager and select “Clear memory” and that will all stop the running Applications (*update: in recent versions of Android, once you long press the HOME button and the pop-up shows, you can now just simply swipe left or right in portrait or up and down on landscape to shut off or close the application you no longer want to use). But all in all, Android is smart enough to allocate memory correctly to you apps. The more your memory is nearly full, the quicker android is, the slowdown is most probably caused by your processor. To read more about Task Killing and what it does, scroll at the end of this post and see my links to other information resources. (*additional note: there are task killers that are not general task killers like before, but more for diagnostics and for usage threshold monitoring, which is an entirely different app than the previous ones, so read the details of the app first before installing.)

Third, uninstall Apps that you don’t use often. Yes we get a little trigger happy downloading everything we can on the App Store. However, some of the apps we install we even forget we had. Just delete and uninstall the apps you dont need on your phone. You can always install them again when you need to since the App Store will still be there and have the application you need when you get back to them.

Fourth, Save most of your applications on your SD Card, some applications use your internal drive space or storage memory to save some quick data and resource that are used while running the App. If the device storage memory is full, you’ll experience some slowdown. If you save your apps on SD, it will manage where to save it’s resources when running.

Fifth, Use wallpapers that are less taxing to your phone. Live Wallpapers are pretty, but they slow processing down. However, if this is not an end all be all solution, its just a quick way to make your Droid run a little quicker. You can save a black wallpaper and use that one to make your device a little quicker.

Sixth, If you can remove your battery, then try removing and reattaching them, this will definitely speed up your system. Just make sure you don’t have running updates on the background. Also it is best to just reboot the system by turning it off and shutting it down.

Task Killers and What they Do in Android

My Response to the comments:

If you are smart enough and my suggestions above don’t work for you, or you have a different android phone, UI and or features, please read the first line and just altogether “root” your phone to make it run faster, that’s what I did with mine and I own a few of these devices. I chose to use my Tab because of the larger screen for videos above so its easily viewable for this simple tutorial, it doesn’t have to be the same UI as the one you have but understanding the similar feature set and settings which you could apply to yours which is almost similar across most android devices anyway. Also read the article and you’ll see the basic tips that should be applied by most new Android users who are not as tech-savvy as others. Now one of the comments mentioned kids don’t own these devices, I get a bunch of emails coming from 9 to 15 year old, and they know more suggestions for android that are useful (please don’t underestimate our younger droiders), but still thank me for the post to get them started with their device which they later learn can be rooted and whatnot. If you need me to post the best way to make your Android Users who are advanced and knows how to hard code linux calls to make everything else run faster, then let me know.

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