Oct 18

Beware Cygnett cases will damage and destroy iPhones

Beware Cygnett Apollo case damaged my iPhone for all the wrong reasons.

This is just going to be a quick review on the Cygnett Apollo iPhone 5/5s Case. As you can tell from the title not all is well. I have been using the Cygnett Apollo iPhone case for about 8 months and it was doing the job of protecting my iPhone 5. So I thought.

So after having the case during this time I decided to remove the case and clean my iPhone. Once I took off the case I was surprised to see abrasions all the way around the iPhone. At first I was fairly confused as to what had caused this damage. After all the iPhone had been in the case since the phone was purchased. At first I though there may have been some rocks that had lodged themselves into the back of the iPhone and scratched the aluminium exterior of the iPhone.

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After looking more closely at the case I could see silver marks all the way around the interior of the case. Mmmm that is strange. Once I saw this I started playing with the case and noticed when bent that there were some hard plastic spokes that revealed themselves. So the cause was found and is put down to very poor design that has essentially destroyed the exterior of the iPhone. This has pretty much ruined any possibility of resale down the line. From the photos its hard to tell but the abrasions on the iPhone are VERY deep as if someone has used a file.

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This Cygnett Apollo case will “protect” your iPhone while also damaging it. Overall very poor design that has not been fully thought through, so BEWARE! If you have had a similar experience or have another Cygnett case please share your thoughts below.

Oct 16

iPhone 5 speaker and sound review

iPhone 5 speaker and sound review

After owning my iPhone 5 for 2 years I have decided to write a review on the speaker and sound performance. Over this time I have used other phones such as the Galaxy S range and the HTC one.
Pros
  • Crystal clear sound.
  • Good depth and mid tones.
  • Sounds are well played.
  • Performs well with nearly every genre from classical to dub step.
  • It doesn’t have the tinny cheap feel that you get from the Samsung Galaxy range.
Cons
  • Although sound are great it does lack that extra punch that you would get on a HTC or Samsung Galaxy.
  • The speaker is based in the bottom of the phone instead on the exterior back which some people see as a negative.
  • The speaker itself tends to get quite dirty as fluff and dust gets lodged in. This can can muffle the sound but is only minor and hard to pick up. Also this can be fixed just by maintaining your iPhone and keeping it clean.
It comes as no surprise but the iPhone 5 has great sound quality and good depth. What I really like about the iPhone 5 sound is that Apple decided to not compromise on the quality. It may lack that extra oomph but it makes up for it in the sound quality. This comes as no surprise  really as its what Apple is notorious for, good products. Considering its a device that fits in your pocket it really is hard to go wrong with the iPhone 5.
What are your thoughts? Have you experienced something different? Comment below and share!

Mar 19

iPhone 5S Specifications

Here is a up to date list of specifications for the recently released iPhone 5S from Apple. With its new camera sensor, intelligent flash and its most popular accessory is the finger print recension.

iphone 5s specifications

 

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all models
CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – A1533 (CDMA), A1453
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – A1533 (GSM), A1453
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – A1533 (CDMA), A1453
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – A1457, A1530
4G Network LTE- all models
SIM Nano-SIM
Announced 2013, September
Status Available. Released 2013, September
BODY Dimensions 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in)
Weight 112 g (3.95 oz)
- 500 dpi pixel density fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
DISPLAY Type LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 640 x 1136 pixels, 4.0 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating
SOUND Alert types Vibration, proprietary ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 16/32/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM DDR3
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (True Tone) flash, check quality
Features 1/3” sensor size, 1.5 µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR panorama, HDR photo
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps, video stabilization,check quality
Secondary Yes, 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular
FEATURES OS iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 7.1
Chipset Apple A7
CPU Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
GPU PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML (Safari)
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Space Gray, White/Silver, Gold
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– AirDrop file sharing
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– iCloud Keychain
– Twitter and Facebook integration
– TV-out
– Maps
– iBooks PDF reader
– Audio/video player/editor
– Organizer
– Document viewer/editor ((Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
– Image viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial/command
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 1560 mAh battery (5.92 Wh)
Stand-by Up to 250 h (2G) / Up to 250 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 10 h (2G) / Up to 10 h (3G)
Music play Up to 40 h
MISC SAR US 1.12 W/kg (head)     1.18 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 1.00 W/kg (head)     0.80 W/kg (body)
Price group
TESTS Display Contrast ratio: 1219:1 (nominal) / 3.565:1 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 68dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 69dB
Audio quality Noise -93.6dB / Crosstalk -90.3dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life Endurance rating 54h

Aug 09

Samsung Galaxy S4 Specifications

Galaxy S4 Specifications 

Samsung Galaxy S 4 is the successor of the Samsung Galaxy SIII. It is powered by Samsung’s latest Exynos 5 Octa 5410 Octa core processor and 2GB RAM. It comes with 5 inch 1080p display, 13MP Camera.

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This is a comprehensive list of the Galaxy S4 Specifications

Network

Technology / Frequency Bands GSM : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz HSDPA : 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

Battery

Type Li – Ion
Capacity 2600 mAh
Standby 370 hours
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Aug 09

Rumored “cheap iPhone 5C”

These are the new rumored photos of the a cheap iPhone 5C a plastic alternative compared to it predecessors. It is understandable that Apple is making a strategic move to a cheaper iPhone as they have lost there dominance in the smartphone market place.  With this device hopefully they will be able to memorize the more price savvy consumers that have alluded the iPhone bandwagon in the past.

cheap iphone 5c

cheap iphone 5c

Jan 22

iPhone no service solutions

iPhone no service solutions

After hearing some problems about the iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone, iPhone 5 , iPhone 5S and 5C service problems and no service at all I thought I would inquire on the Internet to find some solutions. Here is a list of of iPhone no service solutions and steps that will hopefully fix the issue if your iPhone has no service. None of these are in particular order of what works the best so try some out and comment below on how you went.

iPhone no service solutions #1

A simple fix for iPhone no service is to simply restart the iPhone. Hold the power switch and home button together for 10 seconds. This is done in case you went into any signal dead areas, sometimes the iPhone will think it is still in the location where there is no signal and does not update the signal strength. This will restart your iPhone but you will not lose any media, contacts, data, etc.

iPhone no service solutions #2

This problem is widely known by iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S owners as the notorious service drop out caused by holding the iPhone antenna firmly. This is a design flaw on Apples behalf as when your holding the iPhone firmly it completes part of  the antenna  circuit through your hand and causes the signal to drop. The black lines that separate the aluminium antenna is meant to prevent this but can be problematic. The simplest way to bypass this is to use a iPhone case or bumper so that your hand does not touch the actual antenna.

iPhone no service solutions #3

According to a post by iphonehacks a sim card tray issue may be causing complete service drop off, partial drop off and slow download speeds. “The metal part of the sim card is not centered and is contacting the sim tray. The sim tray is steel and the sim tray is contacting the outer antenna band. Once you touch the phone, this could be causing a sim issue. If when you touch the antenna line on the lower left it changes the state of frequency, power or what ever, it might actually be messing with the sim card. The metal on the sim is connected to the sim tray, the sim tray is connected to the antenae and the antenae is connected to your hand when you touch the phone. Take a look at your sim card and see if the metal is just off center enough to touch the tray.” 

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Jan 16

iPhone 5 resemblance to TV remote

iPhone 5 resemblance to TV remote

iPhone 5 TV remoteAfter months of waiting for the new iPhone 5 release I was highly disappointed when it arrived. After seeing the already leaked photos of the new device of the aluminium backing and front I was truly hoping that this was not the new iPhone 5. But you cant always get what you want.  It seems that apple has lost there wow factor on this iPhone 5, on first impression I think of a TV remote from its long thin body design. I see no reason to buy this new iPhone 5 when it only has slight modifications from the previous iPhone 4S. Apple has always been known for providing products that the customer does not know they have a need for yet but this doesn’t seem to be the case with the new iPhone. I am now stuck in limbo as a potential smart phone customer, the Android market is starting to seem very appealing to me at the moment. I still haven’t given up on Apples consistency Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 02

iPhone no signal solutions

After having some problems with my iPhone signal dropping out I thought I would inquire on the Internet to find some solutions. Here is a list of of iPhone no signal solutions and steps that will hopefully fix your no signal problem. None of these are in particular order of what works the best so try some out and comment below on how you went.

 

 

 

 

iPhone no signal solutions #1

A simple fix for iPhone no signal is to simply restart the iPhone. Hold the power switch and home button together for 10 seconds. This is done in case you went into any signal dead areas, sometimes the iPhone will think it is still in the location where there is no signal and does not update the signal strength. This will restart your iPhone but you will not lose any media, contacts, data, etc.

 

 

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Jul 31

How to add forecast weather to jailbroken iPhone iPad lock screen

How to add forecast weather to jailbroken iPhone iPad lock screen

For this forecast weather tweak you will need a jailbroken iPhone iPad iPod so you can access the Cydia app store. To jailbreak your iDevice follow my beginners guide to jailbreaking which will set you up in 5 minutes.

To get this awesome tweak open up Cydia and search for Forecast> download package> then respring. Now all that’s needed is for you to enable the tweak which you will find under settings> forecast. The good thing about this tweak is that it gets its data from the pre loaded weather app on your iDevice so you will be able to choose your location there. Also you can add the forecast graphic to your drop down notification centre by enabling in notifications. Hope this helped you to add forecast weather to jailbroken iPhone iPad iPod lock screen. For more how to see me posts.

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