Xiaomi RedMi Note 4G Review

Ever since I first started using a developer port of Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 on my HTC One M7, I’ve found myself wanting to give Xiaomi’s devices a try. I ordered a Xiaomi Mi4 in black, which should be arriving by the end of this week, if not next week. My review on that will be up within the coming weeks. The seller generously sent along with it the Xiaomi RedMi Note 4G, the first iteration of the RedMi Note series, to review. This is the first time I have used a phone with a screen size over 4.7″. The RedMi Note features a 5.5″ 720p display, a Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM, a 13MP shooter on the back and a 5MP front facing camera. It also supports MicroSD expansion up to 64GB. It was nice to throw in my old 8GB MicroSD card from my HTC Desire Z days to get the added storage.  The battery is 3,100 mAh, and I’ll get to that a little bit later in the review. I’m currently using the latest global MIUI 7.3 stable build. For a budget phone, with an unbelievable price point now that it’s been out for a little while, I am highly impressed. Read More


Why I switched to the MIUI Android Rom on my HTC One M7

After getting my second Android phone, the HTC T-Mobile G2, or Desire Z known internationally, there was one custom Android Rom that stood out to me. That rom was called MIUI. For those who don’t know or have ever heard of MIUI (pronounced me-you-I), it is a custom Android-based Rom developed by a Chinese team called Xiaomi that received a lot of english ports to now close to 300 or more phones, who later went on to form their own company that features phones, smart appliances, and more. Read More

Nokia Lumia 520 Review

Windows Phone is something that not too many people have even heard of, unless you’re keeping up with technology news often and see the name splashed in a headline here and there, or if you know someone that has a Windows Phone device. I have now seen three of them in the “wild”, per se, but it’s nothing compared to how many Samsung devices and iPhones I see out and about. I decided to go ahead and buy the Lumia 520 because I’m someone who as much as I like the latest and greatest devices, I try and buy cheaper phones, or used phones in good condition. Read More

One year with a MacBook Air

A year ago to the day of this writing, May 2nd, I first started using my MacBook Air. I originally went to purchase a refurbished MacBook Pro, due to not wanting to spend the extra $300 at the time for a brand new one, and Apple does quite a good job with refurbished products that it really doesn’t seem like they were used in the past at all, but when I went to purchase it, they were sold out and had the MacBook Air at the same cost refurbished, so I decided to buy it instead of waiting for who knows how long for the Pro. I was a little weary at first, not too sure how I would like it since I’ve used Pro’s in the past, but after a year’s use, I can say it’s been the best purchase computer-wise I’ve ever made. The way things are set up are quite simplistic, and since it’s based on Unix I’ve learned a lot of command line things to use in Terminal to speed up certain tasks, such as emptying the trash quickly instead of waiting for the actual trash program to empty and take it’s time when there’s a lot of things to get deleted, and I could go on but I won’t. I do still use Windows 7 and Ubuntu within a Virtual Machine, the program of choice for me is Parallels. But when it comes to day to day use, OS X is my operating system of choice. I do have a purpose for using a Mac as well, not for the “cool” factor just in case there are people out there thinking an average user gets a Mac just for that. I use Logic Pro for music production, Aperture and Pixelmator for photography, and for those who don’t want to pay for Photoshop and want a cheap (very cheap) alternative, Pixelmator is the way to go, just a side note. There are still quite a few things I’m still learning, and the same can be said for both Windows and definitely Ubuntu since I’ve had limited experience on it. All in all, after a year’s use, I can’t see myself buying another Windows-based laptop, not because I hate the platform, I’m still quite fond of Windows since it’s what I grew up using, but because of the build quality of MacBooks. The only problem I’ve had with my Air is the screen had very, very bad graphical issues and was rendered useless (I’m going to place the blame on it being refurbished, haha), but a quick call in to customer support, and within a little under a week I had it sent out and returned, and thus far I haven’t had a single problem with it. I honestly think this will be the first laptop that I own that will last me for more than a year/year and a half without having to replace it. Here’s to another year with it.

HTC Desire Z/T-Mobile ROM Review – G2Slim

G2Slim has to be one of my favorite Gingerbread ROMs for the HTC Vision, hands down. It’s Gingerbread 2.3.x based off of the stock T-Mobile G2 update, and it’s stripped down to the bare essentials with all of the bloatwear removed essentially making it pretty much close to a stock Nexus device running the same version. The launcher is replaced with Launcher Pro, but personally I flash the stock Gingerbread launcher so I can get the full experience.  It’s very fast, and very stable. The boot up time probably takes roughly anywhere from 15-40 seconds (after the HTC screen), depending on your homescreen configuration. The battery life of this ROM is incredible, I manage to go through a typical day of use for me, which is the occasional call, texting, twitter and playing Dots here and there, and end up with anywhere from 60-80% battery left over and go the whole next day without needing to charge it. The only thing I remove on the phone is T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling app, since I’m on AT&T’s network and have no need for that. Some of the downsides in my opinion is there are no live wallpapers, because I enjoy having a live wallpaper here and there, but a simple download of Nexus Revamped from the Play Store fixed my want for that. For someone that doesn’t mind using older software and wants the most they can get out of their battery life, then I highly recommend this ROM. All the links you need are below!

Official XDA Thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showt…

Download: http://nfo.webs.com/apps/blog/show/11…

Stock Gingerbread launcher for those interested (flash in recovery): https://www.dropbox.com/s/kqwv4d5nsac…