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

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…

T-Mobile G2/HTC Desire Z Review

My latest phone I purchased was the T-Mobile G2, also known internationally as the HTC Desire Z, or the HTC Vision. I know the phone is going on 3 years old but it still appealed to me, and as much as I loved my iPhone 2G, the lack of Apps even with third party modifications like Whited00r and 3Store was the only downfall of it. The crazy thing is a while back, at least a year ago, I posted about how I wanted to buy this phone. Read More