Why my next smartphone will be the Samsung Galaxy SIII

On 1 may 2010 I bought the iPad of Apple. I was thrilled that iOS (operating system of Apple for the iPad and iPhone) was really userfriendly and decided quick after my purchase of the iPad to also buy the iPhone4. A purchase which I even now do not regret.. I’m still using my iPad daily and also my iPhone. I write also about my iPhone because this will change soon. I will explain why my next smartphone is going to be the Samsung Galaxy SIII :

1. Tired of Marketing Apple

When the iPhone 4S was introduced I was very disappointed. I expected a minimum of 720p HD ready front camera. The iPhone4 had a VGA front camera which is not enough to use it daily for video and photos for being printed later. Unfortunately the 4S had upgraded the back camera from 5MP to 8MP but didn’t upgrade the front camera. A reall misjudgement if you ask me as a lot of smartphones at that time already introduced till 2 MP as front camera.

I was angry when Apple crossed the time when they said the 4S was the only capable iPhone to run Siri because of it’s technical design. I was amazed that the jailbreak community made it possible to run Siri on a regular iPhone4. I have tested it and it worked well. It had even more features than Apple’s own Siri. Now I was getting annoyed at Apple who is limiting the usage of my device while it is still technical possible to use it. As technical consultant this kind of behaviour annoys me.

2. Not dependant on jailbreakers

Till now the jailbreak community managed to jailbreak the iPhone but I’m wondering if this is possible in the near future with the 4S as well with the succesor. I was amazed by the fact that Apple removed Wifi Scanner apps from their app store for iOS5 because of a so called danger aspect. With as result that I wasn’t able to perform wifi scans for my customers anymore. I used it to check wifi networks and their channels. Via jailbreaking this was still possible but because I don’t want to be dependant on this I also decide to go to Android.

3. Apps

Almost all apps which I use on the iPhone4 are now also available on the Galaxy SIII. A lot of technical apps like wifi scanning, sniffing, etc.. are available on Android. And let not forget the support of Adobe Flash Player.

4. Hardware

I choose for the Samsung Galaxy SIII because I like the technical specs. 8MP camera for photos with  3.3 photos per seconde. FullHD 1080p video. Frontcamera 2MP for HD ready video, chat and photos. You can expand the memory via microSD in the sizes 16 GB,32 GB (25 euro) of 64 GB. Thee HTC One and iPhones do not have this feature. At last also the quadcore processor, 1280×720 screen, microsd, induction battery charging, etc…

5. Samsung specific features

The features Samsung adds extra than Google on android appeals me. Allshare, for sharing your photos, music and video on your DLNA enabled TV via Wifi. And so on.

What I don’t like?

I find the evolution of Android reacting slow. There is no Siri competitor built in google’s Android. Rumors say this will appear in 5.0 but heh 4.0 is just rolled out and it took months before phones had it. This proces is awfully slow. Samsung has introduced S voice as Siri competitor. The question is how long it will take before Google will after a while getting more strict on policy and usage rules. You can see this with all their services and products. First lure everyone and later make more strict policies. Due to a lot of patent lawsuits new smartphones are not design by designers but by law departments but this limitiation applies for all brands.

Final conclusion

I’m curious how I will like the Samsung Galaxy SIII when using some time. Maybe I scream afster a month and run back to my iPhone4. We shall see. On paper the SIII is a damn good phone…

Posted by Ramond - 6 May 2012 at 16:26

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Computer slow, buy a new one?

Today it’s typical that someone tells that he/she is expert in ICT while in real it’s bit disappointing. They are able to change some setting by clicking but they don’t know what really happens, what happens in the background. A lot of people think that what they see is actually what is happening while in the background a lot of technical services are working on a deeper level. With google as searchengine those people think they found the solution while the cause is mostly something different.

Some competitors tried to solve a performance issue with Windows 7 clients and Windows Server 2008 R2 without success. The problem was that users complain about transferspeed issues while communication from server to clients (100-250 Mb/s on 1Gb/s network) not bad performed. The true issue was the communication from clients to server, this was at a non-acceptable 5-12 Mb/s on the 1 Gb/s network. The PC’s, server and switch all support 1Gb/s. There was something serious wrong and the users complain about a slow network. I would call it slow too, indeed.

All competitors had suggested the most strange solutions, I suspected they all used google in stead of looking at the real problem. They told the customer things like IPv6 (they didn’t use it). advice to disable RDC, advice to disable the receive windows autotuning option and some more silly things. Sounds all technical and complex (=expensive).

The error was in my opinion in the basic settings and really easy to solve. You should follow steps to check the networksettings and find those mistakes easily. That’s the reason why I suspect those people didn’t know what they actually were doing and found complex solution on google and tried those. WINS, DHCP and Netbios over TCP/IP had to be configured well and the result is perfect. The clients do now manage to achieve 700-920 Mb/s downstream (well on 1Gb/s) and upstream doing 400-500 Mb/s. That’s 50 tot 100 x faster !

I told them with buying new PC’s you normally don’t get those kind of performance gains.

Consultancy and maintenance done by competent people give the users back their joy in working with computers. Calculate the time gain which normally in this office every day was lost. Case solved!

Posted by Ramond - 25 April 2012 at 20:47

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Did privacy ever exist?

I’m in the IT world since a while. More often people are using their computer for business occassions as well for their leisure. In the media more and more article are published about big companies who don’t respect our privacy. Is this a mistake of those companies? Is it something new or is it as old as the companies?

The problem is that lot of people, consumers, often forget why a company is on the market. A company, according Western measure, has the goal to make profit. They achieve this by adding value to the market and in exchange for this they receive a compensation. A lot of consumers are confused who these companies customers really are. A motto which describes everything and often forgotten by people is “free doesn’t exist”.

I will explain what I mean with this.

In the previous century, long before internet was accepted by the mass, companies tried also to market their products based on your privacy information. The problem was that not everyone understood or saw the manner they achieved this with.

Years the Dutch Chamber of Commerce sold, which were ‘free’ in their database, addresses to other companies so they could use these addresses to send them marketing letters. You could state which criteria they had to met like which area, how long the company exists and how much the maximum distance of your postal code could be to be included.

Later on the dutch phonebook as the yellow pages saw a big market in this. You now understand why those companies were sold for enormous sums. This is valuable information for marketeers.

In the past also big companies let consumer fill in and send forms so the consumers receive an amount of their money back on their bank account. Did they do this because you were such a nice customer? No, they did this because it was cheaper and more accurate than buying those addresses. Most of the times those databases with addresses were obsolete and expensive.

If we now look on the current examples of big companies:

  1. Google
    • Who doesn’t know them… the ultimate example of free… it is free, isn’t it. Google sells ads to the highest bidder. 9 billion US$ in 1 quarter is not because of giving things free, see here. You are NOT the customer of Google. The buyers of advertising are. They have special departments for servicing their customers. You try to call Google.
  2. Facebook
    • Lately the king of privacy marketing mentioned in the media. This company should have a value, according analysts, around 100 billion dollars. That could not be the case if everything was free. Their customers are also the ad buyers. You can use the system for free and they can show you their ads. Everything is mentioned in their policy and user license agreements, which nobody reads. If you accepts those terms, you can use it, if not, then not. Easy like that.
  3. Groupon
    • Discounts, discounts and discounts. People are in love of discounts and coupons. Again as visitor of this website you are not the customer of Groupon. The companies who offer you their services and products are the customer of Groupon. They have to pay an amount to Groupon, and not that little percentage. It’s working well but sometimes the offers outside Groupon are even better.

And there are so many to mention. But Ramond, is this all bad? No, of course not. The searchengine of Google works well, Facebook is handy to keep in touch with contacts, especially international and yes sometimes even Groupon has a nice discount. But what the issue is that all those companies use your personal information to make more profit. Is that bad? In my opinion it is not because you are not forced to use their services. Nobody force you to use Google or Facebook. You can also visit the library and search their. Wait. In NL they also keep track of the books you have read in the library, mandatory by government rules. Nobody speaks about privacy here…

Free doesn’t exist…

But it’s not that bad…

Posted by Ramond - 27 February 2012 at 20:00

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