Damn you, Indecision!


Happy Caturday from Pixel


Heh. Besides loving the optical zoom on my PowerShot N, it also has handy-dandy burst mode, which allowed me to capture Pixel’s tongue. 😀

Edited in Handy Photo.




=hee= This was a total fluke shot because my hand was covering the screen as I pointed the PowerShot N at Sprite (if you know how the shutter dial works this makes more sense). 🙂 Edited in Snapseed.

ZeroLemon 9300 mAh Extended Battery for LG Optimus G Pro – Quick Thoughts

I impulsively ordered the ZeroLemon extended battery for the Optimus G Pro after I’d read an article proclaiming their availability. They were pretty cheap on Amazon, so I decided to take a chance. I just got the battery yesterday and put it on charge as much as I could during the day and overnight. This thing is huge, obviously, considering the stock battery is 3140 mAh compared to the 9300 mAh of the ZeroLemon battery.

Comparison shot with the G Pro in the OEM “folio” case



With the battery and the flexible, but protective TPU case installed, the G Pro becomes quite a handful. I don’t mind the extra bulk if I can get multi-day use out of one charge, but the weight is a pretty difficult thing for me and my wrists to handle. I was going to try and use the extended battery during this upcoming week, but after just about a day of using the device with the battery installed, my wrists are crying. So it’ll have to be relegated to occasions where it’s absolutely necessary, like all-day trade shows, auto shows, or photo walks.

Although I obviously didn’t get to use the battery and run it all the way down, I noticed that only a few percentage points of battery level were consumed by my routine morning’s usage. This gives me confidence that using this battery would comfortably get me through a 12-hr day, even with a lot of network and camera usage, two huge battery-zapping activities.

The TPU case is decent, with its texture providing a lot more grip than either OEM battery covers/cases I have. With the battery and case installed, the phone feels solid and chunky. Perhaps those with larger hands would not be bothered by all the extra weight. Sadly, the new Joby GripTight Mount I bought would not be able to hold the G Pro + extended battery, but I could probably find an alternative.

I’m definitely looking forward to putting the battery through its paces sometime, but for now I have to give my wrists a rest. *ouch*







I love this Optimus G Pro… What a great camera!

I am not up for doing a whole write up at the moment, but suffice it to say that the camera on the LG Optimus G Pro is awesome. The macro mode is so great! Witness:


Edited in Pixlr Express.

Custom ROM experiment: a double-edged sword

I’ve been really happy finally running Jelly Bean on my Galaxy Note. Google Now is pretty useful. The device overall seems less crashy and more responsive. The tweaks added to some custom ROMs are really cool, whether it’s something like per-app DPI settings, or additions to the notification drawer. But of course these ROMs are beta products, so it’s not all kittens and rainbows.


Case in point, my GPS reception is absolutely horrible now. I have tried different ROMs and even a different kernel and still have GPS issues. It’s a major bummer because a) I play Ingress, so having decent GPS is key, and b) I do use nav and location-based apps a fair amount, so all of that is hugely affected by the poor GPS performance. Apparently Samsung devices were already kind of poor with GPS reception compared to other brands, but now running a custom ROM is making things worse. I really don’t want to go back to stock but I may just have to bite the bullet while I haven’t bought a replacement phone.

If anyone has any suggestions for how to fix my GPS reception and still run a custom ROM, that’d be greatly appreciated.