The Phones Show – No.124

04/11/2010

The latest ‘Phones Show’ No.124 from Steve Litchfield is out now and in this episode, features two Android Smartphones, the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro and the Orange San Francisco.
Published from my iPhone 4.


iPhone Video/Audio Composite cable

02/11/2010

I pop into those bargain ‘pound shops’ now and again to see what I can pick up for use with my latest gadget. Past bargains have included:ย USB data cables, chargers, cases, mini-tripod stands ๐Ÿ™‚ and recently a composite cable for the iPhone/iPod Touch with the three phono (red, yellow, white) plugs.


So, I was keen to get home and plug it in. How great would that be to be able to watch my HD videos and photos recorded on my iPhone 4 on my 42″ TV. Unfortuneately, audio worked but apart from a quick flash of video appearing on the TV screen, oh and the statement on my iPhone telling me that the cable was not compatible! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ now, as I saw a flash of the video on the TV screen, it makes my think that what I experienced was Apple’s powerful software restrictions. It picked up the fact that the video signal was being outputed and decided, heh no! That’s not allowed ๐Ÿ˜ฆ watch this space, I’ll see what I can find on eBay…….


Poor Wi-Fi coverage with Sky Router!

30/10/2010

Back in June, I finally left BT’s Broadband service and moved to Sky Broadband, the deal with Telephone & TV was good and the broadband gave aย truly unlimited download; no 100GB fair use policy etc.
The Sky Broadband service has been very reliable BUT, with their supply of an old ‘G’ type router (of >54mbps), the Wi-Fi coverage in my three bedroom end-of-terrace house was NOT good. So I decided to replace their Sagem ‘G-Type’ router with a much better ‘N-Type’ router (>150mbps). So I picked up a NetGear Wireless-N 150 Router from Maplins. Having done a bit of research, ‘N’ routers give a MUCH wider Wireless coverage and 3x faster than the older ‘G’ type routers. Now, is when my grief started, as I disconnected the Sky Sagem router and started the install of the new NetGear router, the installation wizard asked for a PPPoA login username and password. I could find this anywhere, so I started a search on good old Google. Oh dear, I found SO many sites/forums etc that had all sorts of bad news stories of what I was trying to do. So, I called Sky Customer Services on two different occasions asking/pleeding for the PPPoA details but nope! they said they couldn’t tell me!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So, when I almost decided to give up, I wrote a strongly worded letter to them, again asking for the needed PPPoA details. After a few weeks, I got a call from a helpful Sky agent and he took me into the router setup/config from IE using an address of http://192.168.0.1ย and triedย getting me to change several settings but nothing improved the Wi-Fi coverage! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ so he said he’ll escalate my issue further. Then a week later, I got another call from Sky yesterday, this time with a suggestion to ‘piggy back’ my new NetGear router on to the Sky Sagem router, turning off Wi-Fi on the Sagem router and instead using the NetGear router for my Sky Wi-Fi…………. YES!!!! It worked and I’ve now got a strong Sky Wi-Fi signal, ALL over my house ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


The Phones Show Audio Chat 60

29/10/2010

The latest audio podcast No.60 is now out and features: Nokia N8, Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro, Orange San Francisco (Android), Motorola XT720, iPhone 3GS and much more. Subscribe to this and other great audio podcasts from http://3lib.ukonline.co.uk/sshow/chat.html.


The Phones Show 123

29/10/2010

The latest great ‘Phones Show’ video podcast (No.123) from Steve Litchfield is now out and covers: A hands on review of the Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type, plus news of Steve’s Top 5 phones in Europe for October 2010.


Nokia E7

21/10/2010

Now here’s a nice new device from Nokia, the Nokia E7. A nice large colour capacitive touch sensitive screen and a nice QWERTY keyboard; yeah! long live keyboards on smartphones ๐Ÿ™‚
So the basic spec: Symbian 3 OS, 176g, 124 x 63 x 14mm. Virtual alphanumeric keyboard on screen, 4″ (640 x 360 pixel) 16 million colour screen, 1200 mAh Li-Ion Battery, Wireless, 16GB, Bluetooth 3.0, Micro-USB data/charging, 3.5mm AV connector, FM radio, Quick Office Premium, normal full suite of PIM.

What Psion owners dreamed of…..????


iPhone Lanyard Case

21/10/2010

When I get a new smartphone, the first thing I do is get a few cases for it, to keep it in pristene condition. So, I’ve got the rubber bumper to solve the ‘iPhone 4 signal issue’, I’ve got a leather horizontal belt pouch that I wear when I’m at work, BUT, what I haven’t found until now that is, is a case that hangs on a lanyard/neck cord, that I can use whilst I’m shopping with my iPhone. Ticking off shopping in my ‘Toodledo’ To Do list app.
Today on an iPhone Forum, I’ve found what looks like a great case, that’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! ๐Ÿ™‚
Beautiful one-piece flexible rugged design made of a High Density Silicone Polymer. No more looking for your phone in your pocket, purse, on your waist or wherever you left it and take the risk of getting it bumped or scratched!
Key Features: iPhone installs in seconds in the upside down position so when your looking down at the phone or when your holding it in your hand the phone is always in the upright position for ease of use. Rugged soft, flexible, sleek form-fitting slim design. Slip-proof properties for hassle free handling. Shock-proof, covers entire phone to protect against scratches, bumps and debris.
Access to all controls, sensors, touch-screen and charging port with openings for speakerphone, microphone and camera(s). Adjustable 36″ silicone lanyard with cord lock makes the length and fit absolutely perfect every time. No gaudy logos, smooth lint-free design.
Solves the recent reception issue announced by Apple. 100% washable and tear resistant. Checkout www.lanskin.com. I just ordered mine! ๐Ÿ™‚