Remember The Milk

I have been using this on the iPhone previously and now on the HTC Hero. I paid for the Pro version a few months back as I wanted to keep using the iPhone application. You can trial it on the iPhone but it expires after a while unless you sign up for the $18 a year Pro version. There is also a nice version available for Android and I’m fairly sure but not 100% certain that it is free whether you are a Pro user or not.

The interface on both is quite nice although I think the Android version just edges it, changing existing todos is easier and quicker on Android whereas it is a bit too convoluted on the iPhone app. The best thing is that both version sync directly with the RTM website therefore it does not matter whether I enter new stuff on the website or either device as all three can be kept in sync via wifi. I’d love to get a version for the Palm Pre but the way things are going that would be unlikely so in the meantime will continue using Fliq Notes from MarkSpace.

Having said that, the website interface is not good and it took me ages to work my way around it, trying to fathom how to edit stuff. Adding new todos is easy enough and with the “smart” system in place you can enter new tasks quickly. For example, entering “Clean kitchen Friday” gets translated into a task for the next Friday with the date added.

Palm Pre Patches post 1.3.1

Ah well, at least some good has come out of the recent Web OS updater. I managed to finally install some patches that I wanted but which were previously not compatible with the previous version installed on my Pre. Chief amongst them being the 4×4 v3 patch which re-arranges your application launcher to show applications icons in a 4×4 grid instead of the 3×4 system. This is beneficial purely because it means less scrolling now.

I also added a patch that allows the LED to flash for notifications as it doesn’t do this at the moment and two patches for the email application. One replaces one of the email message buttons with a “move to folder” button, when viewing a message, and the other adds a swipe to delete an email as I find it a little too easy to delete emails by mistake without it. Or I think I installed a patch for that, I did under the previous Web OS version anyway, removed it prior to upgrading and then reinstalled it….

One thing you do need to do though prior to updating the OS is to remove all existing patches. If you have the PreWare application installed this is easy enough as you just need to navigate to the Patches menu and you will see that any patches currently installed have a little green dot on their icon. Tapping the icon gives you the option to then remove it.

There are some other patches that I have been looking at and I may try out a few more, including one to add a numerical representation of the battery status. You can download the PreWare application from PreCentral.

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Motorola MILESTONE Android

Motorola MILESTONE Android 2.0 Smartphone (UK, Black, QWERTY) Larger Image – eXpansys UK.

Let’s face it, gold on a phone is not a good idea. In fact, it’s worse than that…it’s naff. Well I think so anyway. The gold on the back is not too bad as you wouldn’t have to look at it too often but that nasty blingy dpad is a different matter.

Anyway, the Motorola Droid is coming to the UK at some point and as usual eXpansys have it listed as coming soon. One thing is good though, it is good to see Motorola making a comeback with a device that has been very well received epecially as Nokia seem stuck in a rut with a seemingly never ending procession of bland phones, rehashing previous models with updated specs.

Palm Pre update

Hoorah…of sorts…up to 92 applications now, all of which are “free” because we still can’t purchase those enticing looking “paid” stuff yet.

So, this 1.3.1 updater added some new stuff, none of which I have found to be of particular benefit, and took away about 250 applications….that’s not a good swop in my book. One other annoying thing it added, for some reason, and I still cannot work out why Palm thought this would be a good idea is when you try and power the Pre off. Before, you just held down the power button and an option to power off appeared. Now, you get the same “power” off option but when you hit the button it takes you to another screen where you then get the option to restart or shut down/swop battery. You’d expect that hitting the latter button would then shut it down but oh no….it takes you to another screen where you then have to press the “shut down” button option before the damn thing finally goes off. It’s irritating.

Here’s a list of all the other changes made by Palm, there are quite a few improvements made to the Calendar application that some may find useful and a new search facility in the Email application for finding emails within folders. In the music application, quitting a track or podcast no longer means you lose the place when returning to it…or so they say. Actually, from reading through all the changes listed on the link there are actually a whole heap of good little enhancements there but the problem is, most folk will never know about them as they won’t bother to read the Palm updater notes link.

I don’t know what I think about the Pre, there are a lot of bits I like and a few I don’t. My biggest gripe is the lack of solidness of the whole thing which, after using solid bricks like the iPhone and Hero, is odd and a tad disconcerting. I like the keyboard but miss the auto-fill available on Android and BlackBerry devices. I don’t know why Palm haven’t implemented a similar system because if they did, the set up would be immeasurably better than the frankly awful Hero on screen set up. Battery life for me is okay, I’ve got most things I consider unnecessary, such as a permanent 3G connection and GPS stuff, turned off and I can scrape a full 2 days use. Power users would definately struggle though. Signal reception is good though as is call quality. I keep switching between it and the Hero, using them for a couple of days each and then swopping out the SIM. Overall, I prefer the Pre as I feel the app quality is superior, the Hero screen keyboard is disasterous for me and so far, the camera on the Pre with flash built in is better.

 

Samsung Galaxy and HTC Hero screens

The Samsung Galaxy has an OLED screen, the Hero does not. Before the Samsung arrived I had never had a device with an OLED screen before and I was pretty impressed by the clarity of the Hero one. Next to the Galaxy though it quite literally pales into insignificance. I tried to give you an idea by taking a few snaps with the Palm Pre camera  but unfortunately the pics came out poorly. The one in this post is the bet of a bad bunch. Unfortunately, the Galaxy screen is just too bright for the Pre camera even at less than 50% of the maximum setting. In the picture, the Hero’s screen is almost at maximum brightness but in real life, when next to the Samsung, it looks grey and washed out whereas the colours on the OLED screen, even at such a low setting really ping back at you and positively glow. Great when looking at photos and movies no doubt.

I think though you can get a good idea from the admittedly poor quality image of the difference. They say that another advantage of an OLED screen is that it uses less power and is thus kinder on battery life.

My Samsung Galaxy internals…

Now, isn’t that lovely? How sweet does that look? I could be starting a new trend here….go nekkid with your smartphone, smartphone “porn”. What a marvelous sight, the Galaxy back with full frontal battery shot…a real treat for all you battery lovers out there. I’m able to show you this wonderous image as the replacement battery cover has still not arrived and thus this is the view I get every time I pick up the Galaxy up and turn it over. Check out that sim card slot and feel the quality.

I can’t begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to being able to slip that back cover on when it arrives….mmmmmm. Mind you, I have been half thinking of just sticking the current one on and sticking it down with Blu Tak, which I sort of ended up doing with the BlackBerry 8900 however I don’t think the Galaxy one would sit as well.

Samsung Galaxy spare part arrives….

…….and it was in fact a replacement battery which would have been nice if I had asked for one but in fact, it was a replacement battery cover that I needed. Ah well, not to worry. I phoned the Customer Care line soon after and they were most apologetic and promised to get the correct part shipped out asap. They even declined my offer to return the spare battery which I don’t actually need.

All this is quite frustrating though as I’m dying to get using the Galaxy but I’m just getting this all round negative vibe about the Galaxy as if it is not meant to be. Coupled with the Palm Pre fiasco over the non-apps it is turning out to be a less than stellar week or so on the smartphone front.

In the meantime I have been using the Hero again thus taking a rather futile stance against “The Man”.