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Orange (EE) Updating Samsung Galaxy Note 1 to 4.1.2 :-)

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At last!

About time Orange!

Just saw that AT&T in the states was rolling out an update a few days ago, I wonder what the connection is…

Maybe EE were just embarrassed about being so late?

Anyway Samsung were so lucky… as I had just made a promise to myself that I would be going Nexus 5, as the carriers were so slow with updates.

So to recap I have had 2 updates one to 4.04 and another to 4.1.2 in the 13 months I have had the phone.

They were pushing things this time but… OK.

The plan I have been following is:

Go with a flagship phone from a successful company, who updates.

Go with a phone company that updates.

Next time? 

Well if the Nexus 5 is a good phone, in 11 months, Google may have another customer.


  1. Big hi-resolution screen with LTE.
  2. Removable battery
  3. Upgradeable storage

1 is a dealbreaker, but 2 and 3, I think I can (possibly) live without.

4.1 9 July 2012
  • Smoother user interface:
    • Vsync timing across all drawing and animation done by the Android framework, including application rendering, touch events, screen composition and display refresh
    • Triple buffering in the graphics pipeline
  • Enhanced accessibility
  • Bi-directional text and other language support
  • User-installable keyboard maps
  • Expandable notifications
  • Ability to turn off notifications on an app specific basis
  • Shortcuts and widgets can automatically be re-arranged or re-sized to allow new items to fit on home screens
  • Bluetooth data transfer for Android Beam
  • Offline voice dictation
  • Tablets with smaller screens now use an expanded version of the interface layout and home screen used by phones.[86]
  • Improved voice search
  • Improved camera app
  • Google Wallet (for the Nexus 7)
  • High-resolution Google+ contact photos[87]
  • Google Now search application
  • Multichannel audio[83]
  • USB audio (for external sound DACs)[83]
  • Audio chaining (also known as gapless playback)[83][88][89]
  • Stock Android browser is replaced with the Android mobile version of Google Chrome in devices with Android 4.1 preinstalled[90]
  • Ability for other launchers to add widgets from the app drawer without requiring root access
4.1.1 23 July 2012
  • Fixed a bug on the Nexus 7 regarding the inability to change screen orientation in any application
4.1.2 9 October 2012[91]
  • Lock/home screen rotation support for the Nexus 7[92]
  • One-finger gestures to expand/collapse notifications[93]
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements

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May 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

Firefox Aurora Android Screenshots – Looking Good

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This is a great way to handle tabs on Android.

Of course this is a pre beta :-)
Very fast but there are checker boarding issues being worked on atm.

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April 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

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The Lumia 900 – A really Ugly, under spec’d, Low Res., Square phone, For too much money …

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The Nokia Lumia 900 review

Its really weird, most of the reviews seem to be in the line of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.

I cant work out if this is just the result of “Group Think”, or if the reviewers are aware that outright criticism of MS/Nokia is not allowed and dance around giving the reader hints instead.

Also this review is interesting because after reading it my takeaway was:

A really Ugly, under spec’d, Low Res., Square phone, For too much money …

Now the ugly is personal preference, but something I would stand by, this thing is ugly.

Now the under spec’d, Low Res is born out if you research the phone and I think the reviewer does touch on this but again this odd reticence to take MS/Nokia to task for it.


It feels bigger in hand than you might expect.

“Due to the screen margins and casing overhang it feels bigger in hand than
you might expect of a 4.3-inch-screened phone. ”

Its Fat.

“The Lumia 900 is not pushing the limits of thinness at 11.5

The Galaxy Note is 9.7 mm and the iPhone 9.3 mm

It can be hard to hear.

“The Lumia 900’s single speaker is pretty quiet, even at the loudest volume
setting. […] but it can be hard to hear without the volume turned all the way
up. ”

As for storage, […]16GB—unexpandable.

As for storage, the Lumia 900 comes with a flat 16GB—unexpandable,

The Lumia 900’s screen is 800×480 pixels.

In 2012???


What is this the Windows95 Phone?

It gets Dirty real fast.

“the Lumia 900’s screen holds onto grease and fingerprints like

“Fingerprint grease slicks can accumulate to the point that light coming
from the screen underneath strobes. The grease buildup gets so rich and
plentiful, you could identify a murder suspect from these fingerprint

Landscape orientation sometimes seems half-baked.

“with buttons that stay portrait-oriented next to the horizontal keyboard.
The phone is also a bit finicky about scrolling. ”

Ouch – I mean that is pretty basic!

Windows Phone notifications are poor.

The reviewer dances around this but does say:

“the OS needs to play catchup in other notification measures.”

The browser is, unfortunately, one of the phone’s weaker points.

Yes if you look at the screen shots its pretty nasty.

And slow:

“over three times slower than the iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus”

Too much swiping – too little info per page.

“Often apps split too much between too many menus, requiring several swipes
to access all of the options. In other cases, the large fonts that characterize
the OS take up too much valuable screen real estate.”

This is a conscious design decision and a bad one.

No replaceable Battery & recharge takes approx 4 hours.

This is a deal breaker for me what use is a phone that I cant use?

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April 5, 2012 at 8:49 am

Bought the Samsung Galaxy Note – The deal was too good to pass up

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I have been watching the price on the Note and saw a special offer for £20.50

Too good a deal to pass up :-D

100 cross-network mins + Unlimited texts + 500MB Anytime Mobile Internet Browsing + FREE BT Openzone WiFi + One FREE Swapables • 24 months
• Magic Numbers • Orange Wednesdays

Well its all over bar the shouting ;-)

Deliver due this Saturday, and we will see if it is >Too BIG< or rather >Just Big Enough<

Also will need to pay £58 for terminating early and all that… messy messy messy.

Details: £492.00 total cost. Nearest offer is £624.00 and £684.00.
The Official Orange deal was miles out.

So I get a premium new phone for a pound or two more than my current deal YEAH!

When I first looked at pricing this phone was £46!!!

I also get to stay on the Orange network which is great, and one swappable… hmm Times Or Deezer… decisions decisions.

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An update on my smartphone research:

I dropped in at a couple of Phone shops yesterday and here are my thoughts.

Not too impressed by the Samsung Galaxy SII (but it had been “got at” by some kids so not a fair test).

Hugely impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, I had written this one off but its definitely a contender once you go hands on.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a fantastic phone and as expected actually a mini-tablet.

So it looks to be a contest between the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung Galaxy Note ATM.


At present I use a HTC Desire which is the best phone I have ever owned.
The research I put into the decision to go with the HTC Desire paid off handsomely, as its still a better phone than most even after 2 years.

Factors to consider:

A bigger HD screen is a must, as I have found that carrying two devices is a pain.

e.g A Kindle Fire and my HTC Desire.

So the idea is to get the biggest practical device that will fit in my pocket.

The Note looks like a shoo in but the Nexus is a beautiful device with great build quality.

Also the Nexus has the guarantee of constant OS upgrades direct from Google, unfortunately the camera supplied looks poor compared to the latest in the Note.

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March 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm