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Make your 4G WiMax Faster and connect Quicker on HTC Evo 3D 4G

You know when you are driving, the 4G connections can be challenging if at all working on the HTC Evo 3D or 4G. Well, this is because Sprint sets default for 4G WiMax, and these certain defaults are hindering connection and signal strength.

I did a little research on 4G Wimax and its software settings to make it work at its most optimal state, I love tinkering with this stuff, it gives my brain something to do. Warning though, it will make your battery life a little shorter due to the additional power consumption it will be using to add more gain to your signal and connect faster.

 

First off, your MSL code is needed which is around 6 digits and will be required one you get into your EPST settings and select edit.

There are 3 ways to obtain this code:

1. If you havent updated your phone and you have the older firmware on your phone, you can simply enter into your phones EPST settings in view mode and search for your MSL code under each of the tabs, most commonly under data profile

 2. You can call sprint’s support dept and tell them that you need the MSL code for your device, sometimes they will give it to you, sometimes they wont.  But when they take you to the steps to resetting your internet connection, they will have to give you the MSL code to do so.

3. You can go to a few websites, root your phone and download MSL Reader in the Google Play marketplace and once your phone is rooted, it will be able to retrieve the MSL code for you.

Once you get the MSL code or password, get into the phone’s EPST settings by dialing ##3282#.

Choose “Edit Mode”.

Enter the MSL code you got earlier for password.

Choose “WiMax”.

Change “WiMax Standby Time” to 20

Change “WiMax Entry Rx” to -110

Change “WiMax Idle Sleep” to 10

Change “WiMax Entry Delay” from default 300 seconds (5 minutes) to 0

Change “WiMax Scan Retry” to 15

 

Once these settings have been changed, touch the icon at the top right hand corner of the screen to “Commit” the changes.  Your phone will restart and you are good to go…

 

Google’s Android OS: The Best Selling Smartphone OS in the US?

Second Quarter sales figures from Canalys put Android Sales at 34% of smartphones shipped in the US market with RIM at 32.1% and Apple at 21.7%. The United States alone accounts for 23% of the global smartphone market so Android’s push for the top position is one that could see it also gain a larger market share internationally. The Canalys report is from second quarter and doesn’t take into account iPhone 4 sales.

Gartner, a foremost consumer research firm is also predicting Google’s Android OS to become the number smartphone OS with 92 million smartphones shipped in 2011. Both the Android OS and iOS are expected to overtake RIM as the number one and two OS’s of choice for US consumers.

The reason for Android’s fast growth in so such a period is short of phenomenal. Remember, Google first put out the Android OS late 2008. It picked up throughout 2009 with more OEM’s signing up to the smartphone OS for their devices. Developers have also picked up on Android with more than 50,000 currently in the App Store. Google’s Android OS has pretty much seen a 851% growth rate over the previous year with ever more manufacturers looking to port the OS to their devices.

Where does Nokia’s Symbian OS Fit In?

Apparently, there’s still hope for the Nokia platform as Gartner’s predictions see is still maintaining the top two spot internationally on market share. This is probably due to the fact that Nokia devices are widely available being officially sold in far more countries than Apple or Android devices, and also that Symbian devices range from high-ends like the Nokia N8 comparatively priced to compete with Android devices and the iPhone, to lower-end less powerful smartphones designed for the ah, less tech inclined populace.

The Meego OS Nokia and Intel are both working on (first seen on the Nokia N900) got a mixed reaction from users and analysts and it’s still not where they probably want it to be. We will probably see more Meego devices launch throughout the course of 2010 and into 2011.

For now all bets seem to be on Google’s Andriod OS. Only time will tell who gets to take the top prize.

Comparing the Galaxy S and iPhone 4

The Galaxy S and iPhone 4 from competitors Samsung and Apple have more in common than you think. They were released in June both have similar touch-only form factors, support GSM & HSDPA networks rather than the alternative CDMA option, and the two phones were drawn into the ‘antennagate’ scandal with Apple seemingly listing the Galaxy S as amongst numerous other smartphones with the left-hand grip problem.

Since its release Apple’s iPhone 4 has gone on to sell over 3 million units, and it’s sure Samsung’s flagship Android smartphone has also sold units on the AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile networks as well.  A comparison between both phones is therefore a handy decider for those looking to get one of either phones in coming weeks.

The Galaxy S and iPhone 4 are compared over a number of benchmarks and here’s what they reveal.

Physical

The Galaxy S weighs less at 119g compared to the iPhone’s 137g. Physical dimensions are 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm    for the Galaxy and 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm for the iPhone 4 proving a slightly thicker body frame for the Samsung phone. The Galaxy bundles a 1Ghz snapdragon processor same frequency for the iPhone 4 A4 processor also at 1Ghz. There also have similar RAM pegged at 512MB. Similarities in hardware properties make phone handling, smooth and real quick on both phones. There’s really no difference here.

Display

The iPhone 4’s retina display was center for much of its buzz and ad campaigns till its antenna problems took over and Apple had to deploy some damage control notably by synching it’s reception issues to every major smartphone around. A 960 x 640 resolution fitted on a 3.5 inch touch screen renders the highest quality image views on a phone. Text reading on the iPhone is crisp and highly visible; it’s same for videos and photo views. You don’t get any much better than this.

On another hand, Samsung’s Galaxy S (tagged the Samsung Captivate on AT&T’s network) features a 800 x 480 pixels 4.0 inch touch screen that does appear just impressive until you consider its screen is actually a super-AMOLED. Both displays are capacitive touch screens with support for up to 16 million colors.

Comparing the Galaxy S and iPhone 4 1

This comparison photo with the iPhone 4 to the left and Galaxy S to the right shows some difference in both screen technologies. S-AMOLED’s give deeper color contrasts and shaper colors than any. Compare the phone icons on the lower left corners of both screens and you’d notice the sharp difference. Colors in general appear to be much sharper on the Galaxy S.

Comparing the Galaxy S and iPhone 4 2

A second pic shows both phones at a slight angle to compare the visible angles on the screens. Again, the S-AMOLED screen comes top. You still see a sharper display that remains highly readable whereas the iPhone’s screen would take considerable effort.

OS Comparisons

This is more or less a straight comparison between Apple’s iOS 4 and Google’s Android 2.2 OS. It’s important to note the Galaxy S ships with 2.1 but the Froyo update is now available and there’s no reason comparing with 2.1 since most users end-up upgrading anyway. For fairness sakes the iOS 4 is bumped to 4.0.2 and features from this version are mentioned wherever applicable.

Starting with the basics, there’s multi-touch input, landscape to portrait mode with accelerometer sensor, proximity sensor to prevent accidental input during calls common to both phones.

Multitasking is possible on the Android and iOS platforms although Apple’s version of multitasking is more of fast app switching than true multitasking (running more than one app in memory at the same time). There’s almost no difference to the user though and an iPhone 4 does a good job of giving you the benefit of different apps without closing any. Android provides true multitasking with the OS automatically ending applications to suit its’ memory needs.

True multitasking gives Android the slim edge here.

Browser. When compared with RIM’s webkit and iOS4 browsers, the Android 2.2 browsers came a distinctively first. It’s worthy to note though that users on 2.1 still lag behind as the same tests show the 2.1 come lag place compared to the other two OS browsers. Of course browser tests do not usually include ease of use where the iPhone 4’s browser could gain a higher voice. There’s also no mention of the Flash app been a benefit as it’ll depend on the user. Mostly iPhone users already accustomed to non-flash browsing will willingly forgo this option when making a decision.  If the desktop browsing experience is preferable, then the Galaxy S’s android browser supporting Flash 10.1 makes mobile browsing a joyable experience especially on its 4.0 inch display.

Usability. Voice search, multi-notification are notable OS miss outs on the iOS. Users also forego the endless personalization options available to Android users. There’s no dedicated screen with facebook, twitter for social users and RSS, Gmail and Email for the business types. I conclude that many iPhone users have come to live with this and that you might not necessary be unsettled by these absences especially coming from a previous iPhone 3G or 3GS.

Camera. Not entirely away from OS comparisons, the Samsung Galaxy S and iPhone 4 both feature the same cameras hardware spec-wise, 5 Megapixels, Autofocus, except for an unforgivable lack of LED flash on the Galaxy. Both cameras support High-Definition video recording at 720p 30f/s. Consumer Reports acknowledged the iPhone 4 camera as being the best in the industry although the eventually failed to recommend the device due to its antenna problems.

Battery Life

Samsung rates the Galaxy S/Captivate for five hours and 50 mins of talk time, 340 hrs standby while the iPhone 4 has a seven hour talk time and 300 hour standby rating.  This is a sort of mix match on both phones with the captivate doing better on standby while the iPhone 4 performing better on calls.

Comparing the Samsung Galaxy S or Captivate as it’s called by AT&T to Apple’s iPhone 4 also exclusive to AT&T reveals a tight match between both. For the user it all bores down to the specifics, agreed, the lack of flash is a huge turn off for photo snapping buffs, the iPhone platform would also be a considerable turn off for people who love to play with their phones. You can’t root the iOS for better performance and yet again you don’t have to go through a desktop software (iTunes in this case) to install new software or transfer songs from a PC. Now, that’s a big ‘no’ for buffs like me.