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Monday, December 23, 2013

Nexus 5 Review Day 3: WiFi Charging

WiFi charging is one of the feature I want to try on my Nexus 5 as it already come with the capability to accept WiFi charging without any other add on except of course the WiFi charger.

With my limited budget, I got a WiFi Charger to try it out.

This WiFi charger was stated to be compliance with Qi standard

There were discussion if WiFi charging is an efficient charging as the power turn to WiFi and WiFi back to current to charge the internal battery. My base question would be how long does it charge my Nexus 5.

So I did an experiment with my timer of 10 minutes with my Nexus 5 at ON state without mobile or WiFi activation. That mean if someone call in, I still can pick it up.

After 10 minutes of charging, the battery indicate that the device has charged to 7%. That isn't too shabby.

Some pointed out the best way to charge the lithium battery was not for it to go real flat but around 20% and to charge to 80% for longer battery life. For me I charge it to 100% with my phone off with WiFi charging.

Just like any charging with cable, the device do generate heat in some way but nothing to be too concern.

WiFi charging is a great alternative if you want to reduce plugging in the cable to charge every time that may result in running the risk of the mini-USB damage point in long run.

So far I am loving WiFi charging.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nexus 5 Review Day 2: Battery Life

I am into my first week of usage...well not really a complete week yet. I have been hearing mixed review on Nexus 5 battery consumption. Now I know everyone has their own lifestyle in usage but not much review on an individual usage on the battery duration.

So I decide to share my finding on Nexus 5 using stock 4.4.2 Kitkat started my day with a full charge overnight with power off. So when I wake up, I power up my Nexus 5. Time to start my day.

Here is my battery consumption around my lunch hour at remaining 56 percent of battery left.

You can see above in the beginning of the day I have a higher screen time as on my traveling I was browsing the web using mobile data in 3G and doing some social media stuff.  That take quite a lot of power. When in office I just check my phone once awhile. 

Four hours later, I was knocking off my work, the battery level goes to 38 percent as I did some interaction, checking email and stuff.

You can see more power being drained as I was using intensively again on my way back to home from office.

So around 8pm, my Nexus connected to WiFi is about 10 percent battery level left.

So what is the conclusion? I think the information capture to day is not far from my expectation as I did use around 5 hours of intensive usage on mobile data.

Do note that I did not charge my phone in the office on that day as I want to see how far it goes. Usually with my old Galaxy S3, I would have charge using USB from my laptop while I was working.

So it is pretty decent to me for the battery.

What do you think?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Nexus 5 Review Day 1

This is my first Google phone and I get this phone out of curiosity.

I went through  quite a length to get this phone as it is currently not selling in Singapore. Thank to a friend, I finally got hold of it.

The selling point of Nexus 5 was a budget phone with high end processor and the latest Android OS 4.4 Kitkat. For my Nexus 5, it was suppose to be selling at USD$399 for 32GB capacity. Out of America because of taxes, it was not really consider as cheap as it should be. I cannot imagine if this is selling in Singapore officially...

Well that being said, if you intend to get the US set to be used in Singapore. Do not do it as the mobile data seems to be different. Getting the Asia set would be more fool proof (India, Japan, HongKong, etc).

Getting a phone that is not selling in Singapore could be a pain as there not only does not have the warranty but getting accessories like screen protector or casing is almost impossible. Thus don't be surprise if you see I still have the original screen sticker on this review. I am waiting for the screen protector from oversea to arrive.

The hands on experience of Nexus 5 is great as it is light in weight, the feel of the back cover was good and most of all the response of the movement thru Apps and screens are so fluid.

The stock or some call it vanilla Android was something I have to get used as it is very basic and stripped down. Nonetheless it was better as I am tired of having a phone which slow down in loading and switching from Apps to Apps.

I calculated to cost for switching to this phone as most review said the camera and battery life was not ideal. It turned out that the quality of the camera although in 8 Megapixel isn't that bad after updating Kitkat 4.4.2 which came out just a few days ago.

* Yes I have not take out the sticker on the lens yet.

Why am I showing the following photo? Is to show that this phone is from LG and it is made in Korea and that would be rather reassuring to some extend right?

My first experience of Nexus 5 was not to open up the phone but to insert the micro SIM into the phone. For that you need a special tools. It reminded me of iPhone. That lead me to think is the tool are in the same way can be use on the Nexus 5. The answer is No. Although the concept is similar, the size is different. Take a look.

Now there are news that the Nexus 5 has kind of improve some parts in the newer set. One of it was the hole at the base was larger. This improvement was to improve both mic and speaker volume.

From the look of my set, it was the older one. It was told the if your serial number begin with 311 and above, it is the improved version.

Mine was 310 so should be the older batch.

I have no complain on both the mic and speaker as I did a couple of phone call and play some music from the speaker. No issue so far.

As for battery life, I am still observing the usage to conclude. What I can share was the following Day 1 of my usage since it was a new phone, I never let it to be it's own. Here is the battery usage for you to judge yourself.

I have to be fair that maybe the battery was still new and not fully charge or optimize.

I will share more in the days to come as I just the phone more.

So far I am quite please with this phone. Let's see how it is in days to come.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Danboard 6000mAh Powerbank

If you a person on the Go and surfing the net as you go, it is essential for you to get a Power bank just in case you run low on battery. There are many shape and sizes of power bank in the market and here is one which I think will be popular.

Introducing Danboard Power bank from Cheero Power Plus.

You may have seen Danboard character before as he has followers on it model kits and toys.

The power back is 6000 mah which equate to be able to charge a iPhone 2.5 times of power cycle. The package will come with power bank, exclusive bag for the power bank and micro USB charging cable.

The power bank will come with it's own cardboard box like the following picture.

It has a micro USB charging outlet for 1A or 2.1A.

One feature is that there are power indicator by the color of the Danboard eyes. With the color LED indicator, you will know how much power you still have it.

You may find this gadget on sale in Japan Amazon ranging from 3250 to 4980 Yen.

If you want a power bank, why not get one with style and fun?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Wireless Charging

Many talk has been going on for Wireless charging. First impression when I heard about this, it was fascinating to me as I was thinking I can continue to use my phone while it is charging from wireless energy from the air. Little do I know how far I missed from the current technology limitation.

In order to have wireless charging to happen, you need a transmitter and a receiver. The receiver mostly are referring to the phone if they have the wireless reciever built into the battery compartment. In cases it does not have, you may source around if there are such adapter for your phone model.

Do note that there are different specs in the Wireless Receiver. You may need to match the voltage and current to match your charging.

If you are trying to get a Wireless charger, please check if it is according to the Qi standard.They comes with different shape and sizes. Just find one that suit for your phone.

Wireless charging you need to place the device at the correct position for optimum charging. If in between the layering is thick, it would take longer to charge the device. So if you have an additional chasing on your mobile phone, it may obstruct some of the charging power.

What happen will be the Charger will transmit Wireless energy and the wireless receiver will received the energy and convert it as charging power to the battery unit of the mobile phone.

While some after this understanding of how wireless charging works, they may turn away to go back to cable charging as it is more straight forward. However one has to consider that cable charging may affect the cable connection for a long run as you have to plug in and out. Most of the failing rate has to do with that cable connector.

Although Wireless charging has it limit as it is a new technology, it would be beneficial to give it some time for this technology to mature and hopefully in the near future charging can be easier as most may want to be charge over the air with no limits.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Do Not Call Registry Start Today in Singapore

Remember those unwanted telemarketing call and SMS? Well today it "Should" come to an end as you can register your number to request for a "NO" to the following
  • No Voice Call Register
  • No Text Message Register
  • No Fax Message Register
Do note that messages like pure market and research survey, promote charitable or religious causes, personal messages sent by individuals and other government agencies or political messages are exception. That mean it is not perfect but it surely done away Agencies asking you to buy insurance, sign up credit card for free and other investment out which is very regularly.

Also note that if an organizations that have obtained your consent to send marketing messages to your even if you have registered with the DNC Registry. So please be mindful on what you sign up online or offline.

On the other hand that mean less telemarketing job for some people.

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