Windows Phone 10.1 – SAM’s New Concept

The idea of landscape mode was to make the phone syncable by wallpapers we use on desktop version of #windows10 … when you login to your smart phone device, even your wallpapers would be synced there . Btw this is for who that couldn’t understand the idea.

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This is SAM , An Architect , CG Artist and a crazy Technology Geek , which just couldn’t wait for 21th January and #nextchapter conference and started to Design the UI for OS on its own. This Concept Design is what SAM likes and needs in Windows Phone , and let’s just dream that the real OS will be something like this or even much better, so let’s see what’s SAM’s Concept for Windows Phone 10 ( or Windows mobile 10 )

This Project designed and demoed during nights in my free time, took some months, including designing a Surface Phone, and is my first experience in designing UI and also first touch of AE . So i’m quiet sure there will be some mistakes and maybe forgotten things, But I did my best in designing a full detailed OS that I loved and tried to show it to you guys. Hope you like it.

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How to SIM Unlock your Apple iPhone 5S VIDEO

I found myself with a T-Mobile iPhone 5S and since I use an AT&T SIM card a lot nowadays (and didn’t want to buy another iPhone), I figured it was time to unlock it (we can talk about how ridiculous it is that we lock phones to carriers some other time). For anyone else curious about how to do this for themselves for whatever reason, here’s how.

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iPhones are unlocked in a slightly different way than most devices. For any other GSM device, you just give an unlock code supplier your IMEI, wait for the unlock code to be sent to you via email, and put it into your device. For an iPhone, you give your IMEI, they send you an email when the unlocking is complete (usually a few days to a week later), you plug it into iTunes and wait for iTunes to tell you it’s unlocked.

Now, it is important to note that these unlocks cost money and that the amount they cost fluctuates depending on a lot of factors in the industry (I can remember a time when AT&T iPhone Unlocks cost $0.99, sigh). Right now, unfortunately, they aren’t cheap, in fact, they’re pretty expensive. Most companies I’ve found charge close to $100 for an unlock code (prices vary depending on the original carrier it is locked to though). If this is still worth it to you, here’s how to buy an unlock and how to unlock the iPhone once it’s complete.

*Important Note: Not all devices can be used on all carriers (i.e. an AT&T or T-Mobile iPhone, even when unlocked, will not work on Verizon or Sprint). Read this for more info.

I. Find your IMEI
1. On the phone, go to Settings > General > About.

2. Look for your IMEI there and write down that number (without any spaces).

II. Purchase your iPhone Unlock
There are plenty of places to buy unlocking services from. You can google for unlocking service, or buy an unlock from us if you want by heading to our Unlock My Phone section.

1. Head to your unlocking site of choice and follow their steps to purchase an unlock (if you don’t use my site just make sure you choose an unlocking service that offers a refund and has some good reviews).

2. Once you give them your IMEI and make payment, the waiting begins. Allow however many days they say it takes for them to unlock the device.

II. Use iTunes to Unlock the iPhone
1. Once you get the email saying that the iPhone is unlocked, on the phone, go to Settings > iCloud.

2. Sign in with your Apple ID an password if prompted.

3. Turn off Find my iPhone.

4. Take out the SIM card.

5. Put in an unauthorized SIM card (any SIM card that isn’t the one the iPhone came with).

6. Turn it on.

7. It should tell you that you need to activate it.

8. Connect to Wifi and let it activate.

9. Your new carrier’s name should be in the status bar. If so, you’re all set.

If that didn’t happen, plug it into the computer, open iTunes and wait for it to confirm your device is unlocked (or require you to restore and then it’ll unlock).

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Giveaway

Our friends over at Alcatel OneTouch sent us two Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3s to give away to the PhoneDog community! There’s a bunch of ways you can enter, so check out the widget below. The contest is open to anyone around the world.

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Entries will close on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Winners will be chosen at random from the pool of entries. There will be two winners in total, and each winner will receive an an Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 smartphone. You must reply to us from the email you entered with to claim your prize. The winners will be emailed and announced on Facebook (make sure to like us on Facebook!).

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BlackBerry Leap Review Video

BlackBerry tried to reinvent itself with its new touch-optimized operating system, BBOS 10. It came alongside the first all-touch phone since the Storm – the Z10. But sadly, since then, it’s still the devices equipped with the physical keyboards that are selling which makes the company’s decision to launch the Leap quite intriguing. At $275/£199 it’s priced like a low/mid-range phone. But is it worth buying?

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Design

Unlike every other current BlackBerry, the Leap looks like a standard smartphone. It’s a rectangular device with nothing but screen on the front. Just a straight, no-frills, flat glass panel accompanied by a front facing camera, earpiece and LED notification light.

At 9.5mm thick, it’s not the thinnest smartphone in the world, but it’s far from being too thick. What’s more, the slightly curved back – near the edges – and the grippy, dimpled rubber on the back make it comfortable and pleasant to hold. Although this finish doesn’t exactly make the device seem luxurious or high-end, I still like it. Instead of being delicate or pretentious, it says “let’s get to work”. Like it wants to be picked up and used. Not left on a surface or held out in full view to be admired. It’s a work phone. Not a poser’s phone. It feels pretty solid too, despite being made primarily from plastic.

The only buttons are the usual, volume up and down buttons separated by BlackBerry’s special quick-access key which launches BlackBerry Assistant as default. Just like the Classic and Passport, the Leap has a non-removable battery. This means external entry ports for your Micro SIM and Micro SD card, placed – rather unimaginatively – behind a flimsy plastic flap on the left edge.

Saying that, I appreciated its overall build quality and pocket-ability. And while its bezels a necessarily large to cater for the built-in touch sensors, it’s not a bad looking device either.

Display

In today’s competitive mid-range market, it’s commonplace to see 1080p screens being used at the $250-$300 price point. Think of devices like the OneTouch Idol 3 or OnePlus One. Both with big, full HD displays. That’s why it’s a little disappointing to see a 720×1280 resolution 5-inch LCD panel on the front of the BlackBerry. At 294ppi it’s still plenty sharp enough, but you’d expect more for this price nowadays.

Content on screen is generally sharp and clear at arm’s length, but bring it closer to your eyes, and you start to notice flaws. Fine text looks jagged, as do the “rounded” corners of app icons. Granted this is nit-picking, but in today’s market, I think that’s perfectly acceptable.

All in all though, this screen has its qualities. Colors seem natural enough and contrast levels are respectable for an LCD panel. In fact, it’s nowhere near as washed out as I’d expect. Still, the overall tone is a little cool for my liking. Overall imagery has a blueish tint. It’s only very slight, but I noticed it. Thankfully, you can change its white balance if you so wish.

I was also surprised by just how bright it could be. I barely needed it above 60% to meet my needs. Sadly though, its daylight visibility isn’t the strongest. But, being 5-inches diagonally, it’s plenty big enough (and more importantly – the right shape) to enjoy media. For the BlackBerry loyalists who want a great movie-watching or gaming experience, this is really the only option out right now and is easily the best for that. Square screens really don’t lend themselves to multimedia consumption.

Performance and Battery

Those of you familiar with BlackBerry OS 10 will know that it’s designed to be quick and snappy. Getting to your home screen is one swipe away virtually regardless of where you are in the phone’s interface. The hub where all your notifications sit is a swipe from left to right. It doesn’t matter where you want to go, you’re almost never more than two swipes away. For iOS and Android users, it could take a little time getting used to, but once you do, you’ll realize exactly how fast it can be and how intuitive it is. Not to mention, you’ll probably spend less time in between apps and screens, and more time being productive. What’s more, BlackBerry’s software keyboard is one of the fastest around – again – once you get used to its method of predicting words.

As you’d expect from a BlackBerry device, it handles its operating system with ease. There’s no noticeable lag when moving in between layers of the UI, or scrolling up and down through lists and messages. All the important stuff is swift and painless. When you consider that it’s only using a Dual-Core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, that’s pretty impressive. That said, there is noticeable sluggishness when loading games. At least, during the actual initial loading stage. Once your game gets started – I used Asphalt 8 to test – the Leap handles it surprisingly well. I didn’t notice any severe frame-dropping, stuttering or freezing.

Things get even better when switching to the discussion on battery life. The 2,800mAh battery inside the Leap is fantastic. In fact, I’d almost go as far as saying it’ll give you similar performance to the Passport. On a full charge, I regularly got to the end of a second day’s usage without even trying. If you’re a heavy user you should be confident of getting to the end of your workday without needing to top it up later on in the afternoon. Some might complain that you can’t remove it, but when performance is this good, you really don’t need to.

Camera

The camera, like the display and design, isn’t particularly noteworthy. As things go, the 8MP shooter is good enough for taking shots in good daylight to share on social media. Unless all your friends are particularly judgmental and overly critical photographers, you’ll be fine. Colors are good, and sharpness to and it has just the right amount of options to ensure you can get a decent shot. It even suggests when you should switch HDR on if it detects appropriate lighting contrast.

That said, there’s a flip-side. Using the camera can be a frustrating experience. Getting it to focus where you want can be a challenge and takes more than one go, particularly if – like me – you love shooting up close and personal. If you love macro, you’ll hate this.

Wrap Up

As an overall package, it’s hard to recommend the Leap at this price. Unless you’re an absolute BlackBerry diehard fan who won’t buy any other manufacturer’s products, it’s hard to see the value in the Leap. Its display and camera are poorer than a handful of great Android smartphones like the Idol 3 or OnePlus One, and with it running on BlackBerry, you’re limited by the number of apps that run well.

For me, BlackBerry’s strength has always been creating devices that inspire productivity and don’t distract you. With the Leap, the company has succeeded with that. But I can’t help but feel they could have included a better display and camera to give regular consumers a reason to buy it. Right now, the only people I’d imagine buying a Leap are BlackBerry lovers who – somehow – hate physical keyboards. And I’m not sure those exist.

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