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Galaxy Note 4 keeps rebooting during charging, cannot connect to 4G LTE, other issues

Welcome Note 4 users! Here’s another list of Note 4 issues and solutions for this week. Don’t forget to visit our main Galaxy Note 4 troubleshooting page should you not find anything useful in this material.

For now, these are the items that we’ve covered for you:

  1. Galaxy Note 4 does not ring when there’s incoming calls | incoming calls ringtone not working
  2. Blocked numbers on Galaxy Note 4 can continue to leave voice-to-text messages
  3. Galaxy Note 4 lost 4G connection | Cannot connect to 4G LTE
  4. Galaxy Note 4 won’t charge and shuts down on its own when battery level is at 25%
  5. Home and Recent apps buttons stops working after using the phone for a few minutes
  6. Galaxy Note 4 keeps rebooting during charging

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When describing your issue, please be as detailed as possible so we can easily pinpoint a relevant solution. If you can, kindly include the exact error messages you are getting to give us an idea where to start. If you have already tried some troubleshooting steps before emailing us, make sure to mention them so we can skip them in our answers.


Problem #1: Galaxy Note 4 does not ring when there’s incoming calls

I have only had my phone less than 2 months. I got the Note 4 because I wanted one with a replaceable battery and memory card. Suddenly yesterday, I noticed my phone does not ring on incoming calls. I have tested this from several phones in different areas. If I’m not looking at the screen, I will miss the call, because it doesn’t even vibrate. It was working just fine the day before and I didn’t add any new apps in that period. I have wiped cache (with T-Mobile assist on the phone with me) rebooted, taken battery out, everything short of a master reboot. I want to avoid that if at all possible because I’m not sure that will even work and I have to redo everything. In settings, if I go to Sounds>Ringtones, none of them play. I have system sounds, game sounds, video sound, music- everything but incoming ringtone. I can hear and be heard fine on calls. Can you help? PLEASE?? Thanks. — Olivia

Solution: Hi Olivia. If you’re positive that you did not change or install anything before this problem occurred, an update from one of your apps may be to blame. Though you didn’t install any new app, one of your third party apps may have automatically updated, especially if you set Google Play Store to do so. To check if our hunch is correct, you want to restart your phone to safe mode. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Turn off the phone completely.
  2. Press and hold the Power key and the Volume Down key.
  3. When the phone starts to boot, release the Power key but continue holding the Volume Down key until the phone finished restarting.
  4. Safe mode will be display at the lower left corner; you may release the Volume Down key now.

Bear in mind that safe mode won’t help you pinpoint the particular problematic app. It’s main function is to prevent all third party apps and services from running. This means that if your problem won’t happen while safe mode is enabled, it’s a confirmation that one of the apps is causing the trouble. In that case, you want to identify it by uninstalling apps one by one, making sure you observe how the phone works after every uninstall.

Remember, if nothing changes and your issue continues even when you’ve booted to safe mode, your next move is factory reset.

Problem #2: Blocked numbers on Galaxy Note 4 can continue to leave voice-to-text messages

I have an issue with trying to block certain numbers on my Galaxy Note 4. I can block and then mark the phone number as spam, however a blocked caller is still able to leave a 10-second Voice-To-Text message. This service is provided free of charge by my carrier and as far as I am aware cannot be turned off. This service is quite handy when I am unavailable to take a call. My issue is that as the blocked caller (nuisance) is still able to send Voice-To-Text messages even when blocked. I assume the caller thinks I am reading their VTT messages. I would prefer that a blocked nuisance caller were unable to leave messages at all. The calls are not actually blocked. As I see it the only way to block a nuisance phone number with my carrier is to change my phone number. — Mr. Smith

Solution: Hi Mr. Smith. This is an issue that no third party troubleshooter can help you with. You must talk to your carrier about it so they can give other options on how to avoid blocked contacts.

Problem #3: Galaxy Note 4 lost 4G connection | Cannot connect to 4G LTE

Galaxy Note 4 duo with 2 SIM cards, both active on unlimited data T-Mobile. I bought it new from China about 9 months ago and it was working fine until about 2 months ago. Here are the problems: First, the LTE/4G are not displayed at the top of the screen and I am completely unable to surf web, download anything, and Google maps is offline.

Also (and not sure if related), around the same time I started having problems with all the media on the phone having silent playback and a red media volume bar. This is true for already downloaded books from Audible, downloaded videos and podcasts, and music that’s already on my phone. Connected to a wireless network, all is completely normal/all problems resolve completely. Other volume/sounds such as phone calls, not affected. These are troubleshooting steps I’ve already taken: 1) checked to make sure mobile data is on, verified correct APN settings, and called T-Mobile to make sure everything on their end is normal (it is- they took me through a number of troubleshooting steps). 2) checked in safe mode…problem persists. 3) soft and hard resets of phone…problem persists. Would you advise about other troubleshooting steps I can take to diagnose the problem (s)? Thank you so much! Best. — Lil

Solution: Hi Lil. Like any other Android issue, yours can be due to either a software glitch or a hardware malfunction. To address possible software causes, we recommend the following:

  1. wiping the cache partition
  2. observing the phone in safe mode
  3. re-entering of correct APN settings
  4. installing all app and system updates
  5. factory reset

Any of these four items should have fixed the problems you’re describing here if the cause is software in nature. This means that the reason for your problem can only be bad hardware. The thing is, there’s no direct way for an average user to test possible components that are failing. There’s a chance that the network chip may not be working properly. To address the problem, we suggest that you replace the phone.

Problem #4: Galaxy Note 4 won’t charge and shuts down on its own when battery level is at 25%

I’m not entirely sure which version of Android I’m on, KitKat, Lollipop or Marshmallow. I’ve had so many issues with my phone not being able to update that I’ve lost track.

My current issue is that my phone was in the charger and all of a sudden said it was downloading. it gets to 25% and then just shuts off and is unresponsive. i take out the battery several times and when it finally responds to the power button it either goes back to the same cycle of downloading to 25% and shutting off or i get the following screen: in the top right corner: Could not do normal boot. ddi :mmc_read failed ODIN MODE (HIGH SPEED) PRODUCT NAME: SM-N910T CURRENT BINARY: Samsung Official SYSTEM STATUS: Custom REACTIVATION LOCK: OFF KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0X0 QUALCOM SECUREBOOT: ENABLE (CSB) RP SWREV: S1, T1, A1, A2, P1 SECURE DOWNLOAD : ENABLE UDC START in the center of the screen is the green android guy and under that it says: DOWNLOADING… DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!! i have tried all of the troubleshooting methods talked about on this site and I’m wondering where i should go from here? — Kaitlyn

Solution: Hi Kaitlyn. If you’ve tried all the troubleshooting steps we normally suggest in our blog, we don’t expect you to ask what to do next, unless you haven’t the submitted the phone for repair yet. After you’ve exhausted all software troubleshooting, you’re supposed to either replace the battery or find a way to have the phone repaired or replaced. An issue like this is not caused by software alone. A lot of times, users end up with repair or replacement, especially if the phone has been around (at least 2 years), been dropped, or exposed to liquid. Like any other computing devices today, a smartphone can degrade fast depending on how you take care of it. For some, one accidental drop can permanently brick their device while others can do it several times.

Before you consider sending the phone to a technician, Samsung, or store, make sure that you also try to recalibrate the battery. There are times that an operating system simply lost its ability to keep track of the actual battery level, resulting to random shut down. In this case, you want to train the OS again on how to detect battery level correctly. It’s a simple process so we highly recommend that you do it:

  1. Use the phone by playing games or doing tasks to hasten power discharge, until the phone turns itself off.
  2. Turn the phone on again and let it turn itself off.
  3. Charge the phone without turning it back on.
  4. Wait until the battery says it fully charged to 100%
  5. Unplug the charger and turn the phone on.
  6. If the phone says it’s not 100% anymore, turn it off, plug the charger back in and wait until 100% charge is reached.
  7. Unplug the charger the turn the phone on again.
  8. Use the phone until you drain the battery down to 0.
  9. Repeat the cycle once.

Problem #5: Home and Recent apps buttons stops working after using the phone for a few minutes

Home button and left touch button stops responding after some minutes of using, back touch button works everytime. I restart the phone and it starts working again until some minutes pass, i have to restart everytime to resolve the problem for just some minutes. Phone has android 6.0.1 latest update, it was bought recently on ebay and it came like brand new factory erased, first 3 weeks no problems were shown until now. It’s very frustrating to keep restarting every half hour or so. Please help!!! Btw, phone was gsm unlocked on the first week, now running claropr from Puerto Rico. i think is similar to T-Mobile. Thanks! — Edwin

Solution: Hi Edwin. The first thing that you want to do in this case is to wipe the cache partition. This will tell the device to delete the old system cache and make way for a new one. Your aim here is to ensure that the system cache is fresh as it can cause all sorts of issues when it is otherwise. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Turn off the Galaxy Note 4 completely.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up and the Home keys together, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Note 4 vibrates, release both the Home and Power keys but continue holding the Volume Up key.
  4. When the Android System Recovery shows on the screen, release the Vol Up key.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, highlight the option ‘wipe cache partition’ and press the Power key to select it.
  6. When the wiping of the cache partition is finished, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and hit the power key.

Once you’ve wiped the system cache, restart the phone and check if the issue remains. If it does, a good next move is to observe if the problem will persist while the device is in safe mode. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Turn off the phone completely.
  2. Press and hold the Power key and the Volume Down key.
  3. When the phone starts to boot, release the Power key but continue holding the Volume Down key until the phone finished restarting.
  4. Safe mode will be display at the lower left corner; you may release the Volume Down key now.

Should nothing change, the ultimate software troubleshooting that you can do on your level is factory reset. With this process, you are basically reverting all software settings back to their known working state. You are also removing apps that you’ve installed after unboxing the device, leaving only pre-installed ones. Factory reset, thus, transforms the entire software environment to its default state, free of customizations and bugs that developed later. It is therefore imperative that you observe how the problematic buttons behave after performing a factory reset right away. Make sure that you don’t install anything during this time. If the problem was caused by an unknown software bug, the buttons should work normally. If they don’t bad hardware may be to blame.

To factory reset your Note 4, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the Galaxy Note 4 completely.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up and the Home keys together, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Note 4 vibrates, release both the Home and Power keys but continue holding the Volume Up key.
  4. When the Android System Recovery shows on the screen, release the Vol Up key.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset’ and press the Power key to select it.
  6. Now highlight ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Vol Down key and press the Power key to begin the reset.
  7. When the master reset is complete, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and hit the Power key.
  8. The Note 4 will restart but it will be longer than usual. When it reaches the Home screen, then begin your setup.

In the event that your Note 4 is rooted or running custom firmware, you can also try to unroot and flash a stock ROM to it first. This will perform a similar function to a factory reset, with the added advantage of ensuring that the device only uses official software. Unrooting and flashing methods vary so try to do some little research on how it’s done on your particular phone model.

Should factory reset and/or flashing won’t help at all, the last ultimate test that you can do on your end is to check if the two buttons are defective. To do that, follow these steps below:

  1. Load the Phone app.
  2. Dial “*#0*#” (without the quotes).
  3. Tap Sub key box.
  4. Tap the problematic buttons and see if the screen will react (by changing to a different color). If the buttons work intermittently even in this state, that’s a sign that it’s defective. You must find a way to have the phone repaired or replaced.

Problem #6: Galaxy Note 4 keeps rebooting during charging

Hey DroidGuy. I love Galaxy Notes. I had the Note 1, 2, and 3. Now i have the Note 4. This morning i notice when charging it that sometimes the battery percentage would freeze. So i would have to unplug it & plug it back to the charger for the correct battery percentage to register. Later on today, when my phone needs to be recharged again, i noticed that sometimes it reboots while charging this time. Now when it’s not charging and with light usage of texting, Facebooking, and using other apps it will sometimes freeze & reboot. Sometimes while typing, it will freeze & reboot. I tried soft reset, wiping cache, removing SD card, removing battery for 10 seconds, etc., and I’m still having the same problem. I was looking on Youtube and someone else seem to have the similar problem. He fixed it by getting a new battery because he noticed his battery usage status had a few gaps indicating 0%. i was wondering if that was my issue too. ( i just recently updated to Marshmallow by the way). Please help! I attached a screen shot of my battery status. — Princess Lavonnah

Solution: Hi Princess Lavonnah. As mentioned earlier, almost all Android issues can be caused by either a software problem or a bad hardware. In order to get to the bottom of the issue, you must do a number of logical troubleshooting steps. Below are some of the things that you must do, taking into consideration that you’ve already tried some of them before contacting us:

  1. wipe the cache partition (refer to the steps above)
  2. observe the phone in safe mode (refer to the steps above)
  3. recalibrate the battery (refer to the steps above)
  4. use another USB cable and charger
  5. remove the battery and wait for 30 seconds
  6. reseat the SD card
  7. perform a factory reset

If all these seven steps have been tried but the issue remains, that the time that you must try another battery. Lithium-ion batteries like the one in your Note 4 degrades over time, meaning it loses capacity to hold a charge as it ages. The rate of capacity loss can be hastened by poor maintenance or mishandling so even if your Note 4 is only under a year old, there’s still a chance that the battery may no longer be performing properly. Once you have the new battery installed, make sure to calibrate it properly by following the steps above.

 


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Printing Photos Directly From Samsung Galaxy S4

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galaxy s4 printing

We recently received this question in TheDroidGuy.com Mailbag:

“I am just wondering whether I can do certain things using my Samsung Galaxy S4 GT 9505. I would like you to help on how to use the phone to print out hardcopy pictures using a printer or any software that can be connected to a printer and how it’s going to be done. Thanks in advance.”

How to Print Picture with the Galaxy S4

Here is how to print the pictures stored in your Galaxy S4:

1. Tap the Gallery icon.

2. Select the photo that you want to print.

3. Press the Menu button.

4. Choose Print from the selection.

5. Tap the Settings icon, the one with the gear symbol on the upper right corner of the screen.

6. Go to the Printer option.

7. Hit Refresh which will display the printers connected to your Galaxy S4.

8. Select the printer that you want to use.

9. It will go back to the previous screen which will let you configure your output.

10. Lastly, tap the Print icon located on the upper right corner of the screen.

Printing a Webpage Using the Galaxy S4

You can also print a webpage using the Galaxy S4, here’s how:

1. Open the Internet browser of the phone.

2. Enter the URL of the webpage that you want to print.

3. Once the page loads completely, press the Menu key.

4. Scroll down the options until you find the Print command.

Reminders

Before printing, make sure that the IP address used by your printer and phone are the same. If you do not have the IP address or password, ensure that the Direct Printing option under the Wireless Setting configuration is enabled.

Video

For a hands on demonstration about how this works, check the video below which was posted by one YouTube user:

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Problem When Powered On

Unstable Galaxy S3 Wi-Fi

Galaxy S3 Charging Problem

Recently, we received a message in The Droid Guy Mailbag that reads, “Hi, I am experiencing a Samsung Galaxy S3 charging problem. The issue is that the phone only charges when it is switched Off. When I try to plug it into a power source while On, the Battery indicator does not show that it is charging. Also, its charging, even when turned Off, is so slow. Please help me with this. Thank you.”

Upon researching the problem, it was found out through various online forums dedicated to Android phones that this is experienced by a number of Galaxy S3 users. In fact, I would like to note also that I have experienced the same problem with my Android tablet before. So, I would like to share how the technician fixed my tablet because it may apply to an Android Smartphone too since the architecture of both devices are nearly similar.

Possible Solutions to the Galaxy S3 Charging Problem

Basically, the first solution he came up with is a Factory Reset because he suspected that it might be caused by a RAM-hogging app or a rogue app.

However, if by chance, there is a way for you to identify the app triggering the system error, simply disable or uninstall it to do away with performing a Factory Reset.

The problem persisted, so that got him thinking that it is probably the battery. As a result, we bought a new battery for it and even a new charger.

Still, the Galaxy S3 charging problem recurred. And that’s where he found out that there is an issue with its circuits, which also explains its frequent overheating as of late. He fixed the issue with the circuitry, and after that, the device can charge again even when plugged in while powered On.

Other Recommended Solutions

The article Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Slow Charging Problem [How To Fix] might also provide possible remedies to your Galaxy S3 charging problem.

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How to Fix the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Copy-Paste Bug

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samsung galaxy note 2 copy paste problem

There is a random bug that Samsung Galaxy Note 2 users encounter when copy-pasting texts. Some users shared to us that during the copy-pasting process or after doing it repeatedly, their phone crash.

It should be noted that this is not only limited to the Galaxy Note 2. According to Android forums in various websites like XDA Developers and Android Central, this affects not only the Galaxy Note 2, since this randomly occurs in devices running in TouchWiz and the Android 3.0 OS. Thus, this supports our theory that this is due to a software limitation on the part of the phone. Another reason is due to the excessive amount of texts being copied.

Possible Solutions to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Problem During Copy-Paste Process

Here are the solutions that you can use to avoid this problem:

1. Clear the Clipboard

A simple solution for this is to clear your clipboard. However, there are reports that there is also a bug associated with this step because the files simply remain in the clipboard even hitting Clear.

2. Use a File Manager

If you cannot perform the first solution because your phone does not have such option that will let you clear your clipboard, root your device and install a file manager. Be reminded though that rooting is a risky process if not done properly because it might brick your smartphone. So, be sure to do your research properly before trying this out.

3. Avoid Copy-Pasting

If you are really bothered by this problem, why don’t you just disable the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 copy-paste feature? All you have to do is set the /data/clipboard folder of your device to Read Only. This will no longer allow you to copy-paste anything but this will also save you from all the hassles brought about by a randomly crashing phone.

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Solutions to the Galaxy S3 Brightness Issues

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galaxy s3 auto bright

If you are having problems with the brightness of your Galaxy S3 during certain times of the day, like when it is too bright during daytime or too dim during nighttime, all you have to do is fix its Auto Brightness settings.

Activating the Galaxy S3 Auto Brightness

Here’s how you can go about it:

1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.

2. Go to Settings.

3. Scroll down and tap the Display option under the Device section.

4. Select Brightness.

5. Just put a check in the box in the Automatic Brightness by tapping your finger on it. This will immediately let the screen adapt to the lighting conditions in the Galaxy S3’s environment.

6. Finish by tapping the OK button.

This will surely let you save a lot of battery power by minimizing the energy being used by the display of the Galaxy S3. This will optimize its brightness when in poorly lit areas or minimize its brightness when in illuminated areas.

Auto Brightness Still Not Working Well

If you notice that the Auto Brightness feature of your Galaxy S3 is not adapting well to its environment, something might be blocking its sensors located beside the front-facing camera.

See to it that the sensors are not covered a protective casing or invisible film. You can also wipe them dry using a soft cloth to remove any foreign objects blocking them like dust, moist and gel.

If you think that the Auto Bright function of your Galaxy S3 is still not functioning according to your liking, you can also download apps from the Google Play store that will make up for the limitations of the Galaxy S3 sensors.

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Galaxy S4 Problem in Pairing with the Nokia Bluetooth Headset

Galaxy S4 Problem Pairing

There have been numerous complaints about the Galaxy S4 problem in pairing with Nokia Bluetooth headsets. Apparently the issue occurs as an irritating buzz or crackling noise. This is especially true when the volume is tuned high.

The Possible Causes of the Galaxy S4 Problem in Pairing with Nokia Bluetooth Headset

The people at Android Central forum and XDA Developers forum tried to tackle this issue before. But none of them seem to agree with its source.

Some of their people say that it is software, app or OS update related while others claim that it is a hardware issue. But both agree that the Galaxy S4 problem with the Nokia headset or headsets from other manufacturers is very prevalent with the GT-I9595 model of the S4 carrying the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor.

We have also featured a similar story here about the crackling noise when using third-party headset. In that report, Digital Times claimed that aftermarket headphones that possess frequencies lower than 32 are prone to this issue.

But it should be noted that there is one thing that makes the cause of the Galaxy S4 problem when pairing with other headsets hard to pinpoint. That is, some units are capable of working well with third-party headphones even with Nokia. Android Authority bets though that this factor scales down to a hardware issue.

The Possible Causes of the Galaxy S4 Problem in Pairing with Nokia Bluetooth Headset

The most recommended solution for the problem is by sticking with the headphones produced by Samsung specifically for the Galaxy S4. It wouldn’t hurt also to check if there are any other apps causing the issue by entering Safe Mode and by trying out your Nokia Bluetooth headset under that setting.

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Verizon HTC Droid DNA Problems: Most common problems users are complaining about

The HTC Droid DNA is one of Verizon’s best offerings in 2013. Others call it a muscle phone because it has a quad-core processor, has lots of RAM, big display with high resolution, 4G and NFC support. It is a great phone, however, it also has some errors and problems users have been complaining since its release in November 2012.

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What we are trying to accomplish here is to provide some sort of support for owners who may had their shares of disappointments over recurring problems and whatnot.

Verizon Droid DNA No SIM Card Error

When you Verizon’s tech reps, you would probably be told there is no “known issues” about the Droid DNA. Partly, that’s true. In order for issues to be considered “known” there should be thousands, if not millions, of people calling the hotline asking help for the same problem. Otherwise, it would be considered an “isolated case.” The Droid DNA No SIM Card Issue exists; it’s not just as popular as other problems.

Neither Verizon nor HTC provide an explanation why this problem happens but according to reports from users who have experienced it, out of the blue the phone says a SIM card not detected or inserted. Luckily, it’s not really a serious problem, it’s just annoying.

A reboot can often fix this problem. Yes, I may sound like a tech rep advising callers to reboot their phones almost every time an error occur but I want you to understand a reboot is a powerful thing. When an error occurs while the phone on, it could be some system files failed to function the way they should be, in this case, it could be a file handling the detection of the SIM card.

If reboots cannot fix it take the SIM card out and reinsert it. One more reboot to see if this solves the problem. If not, then you should back up all your important data and reset the phone to its Factory Settings (also called Hard Reset).

Verizon started rolling out an OTA update about a couple of days ago. Try to download and update your device as it is believed to be containing bug fixes. And so far, owners who have already updated their devices said the No SIM Card Error is gone.

But if the problem persists even after this, call Verizon and have your phone replaced.

Verizon Droid DNA Wi-Fi / Internet Connection Problem

This is a general problem and it’s vague as the problem may because of an outage, a network problem, a router issue, a settings in your phone, etc. First thing you should do is try to connect other IP-capable devices to the internet to see if there’s a connection. If there’s none, call Verizon to ask about it or just wait until you could connect. However, if other devices can connect to the internet, continue troubleshooting.

If you are using mobile data (3G or 4G) to browse the web, first thing to do is check if your phone is receiving signal feed from Verizon’s tower. Reboot the phone if there’s no signal. Otherwise, check the Settings and see if it’s messed, i.e. some variables are lacking or incorrect. If you don’t know the settings for your phone to connect Verizon network, call Verizon and ask for it. Or, you can try these:

  • Name : Verizon
  • APN : Verizon or vzwinternet
  • Proxy : null
  • Port : null
  • Username : Mobile [email protected]
  • Password: vzw
  • Server :
  • MMSC : https://mms.vtext.com/servlets/mms
  • MMS Proxy : null
  • MMS Port : nul
  • MCC : 310
  • MNC : 012
  • Authentication type : Not Set
  • APN : Not Set

In case you’re using Wi-Fi, try to forget the network you used to connect and let your phone detect it again, then try to reconnect. Even Wi-Fi data can get corrupted over time; refreshing it from time to time surely wouldn’t hurt.

Verizon Droid DNA Drains Battery Fast

One of the most common problems users report online is that the battery life of their Droid DNA lasts shorter. The device is really powerful with quad-core processor and all that. But the culprit is the high-resolution display. Having a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor would always open the possibility for manufacturers to give their devices considerably higher resolution with denser ppi (pixels per inch). That’s the case with the HTC Droid DNA; it has a 5-inch screen featuring 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. And one thing you should know is that when the screen lights up, the graphic processor that comes packed with the main processor works hard to provide the picture quality both the manufacturer and carrier boast about.

If you use Droid DNA for gaming, which requires the screen to be lit up all the time, the device’s 2020 mAh battery could be drained in 4 to 5 hours only; this estimate is based on expert reviews. However, when used browsing the web, receiving calls and text messages, or listening to music, the battery can last a day or two.

To even boost DNA’s battery life, switch off unused networks and services, adjust the screen brightness, reduce data syncing, and don’t use the phone for extensive gaming. Also, watch out for software updates as they often contain bug fixes and could help last the battery longer. Basically, take care of the battery and don’t abuse because it’s not removable.

Verizon Droid DNA Runs Very Slow

This problem is quite alarming considering the phone is built not to lag or stutter. Yes, that’s the fact. If you read reviews of the phone, you will know it is one of the fastest phones in the market today with all its features. So when a user reports his Droid DNA is running very slow, laggy and freezes most of the time, something is wrong with.

While we cannot pinpoint where the problem is, more often it is software-related. The most common culprit is the Sense UI. The lags and freezes that users may experience when they wake their phone from sleep are often caused by it. The problem is, there’s no way you can remove it unless your root your phone.

If this is the first time (or the second time) the phone feels laggy, try rebooting it as that would always solve this problem. If it persists, try to find other apps that might also be causing the problem; clear their data and force close them one by one or better yet, force close apps running in the background to see if there’s an improvement in the performance. If it continues, then there’s no better way than to reset the phone to its original settings and clear cobwebs in its memory.

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Reader Question: Will Samsung’s Dominance Continue in 2013?

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Samsung, no doubt has emerged as the number one manufacturer of smartphones across the world. Its Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S series of smartphones have taken the world by storm within a span of just three years. Such is the marketing and the standard set by the South Korean manufacturer. Companies like HTC, Sony, Motorola and others who were long in the game before Samsung had no answer to the company’s sudden arrival in the market. This brings us to our next reader question. It’s quite an easy question to answer really, but considering the kind of ups and downs the companies see these days, it is hard really to predict anything.

What does Samsung have to do?

In my opinion, Samsung’s dominance in the field in the current year will heavily depend on the smartphones that it launches. The company is known to be very unique and special with its devices, as evidenced by its recently launched smartphones. Companies like HTC on the other hand, have had to finish second ever since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S in 2010. We’ve really loved HTC’s offerings over the years, but it’s just that Samsung smartphones offer more bang to the buck and always have that WOW factor compared to other competitive offerings. The company’s dominance is such that, HTC had to report dismal sales figures in its quarterly earnings during the holiday season, although smartphones like the Droid DNA and the One X+ did help its cause a little. Samsung on the other hand only had the Galaxy S III (May) and the Galaxy Note II (September) as major flagships of 2013. These two smartphones were more than enough for the company, as these smartphones still managed to sell despite the arrival of the Apple iPhone 5 which is often considered a nightmare for competitors. In fact, one report suggested that the sales of the Galaxy S III increased post the launch of the iPhone 5. It doesn’t take a genius to guess that Samsung has left no stone unturned in making its devices a success and needless to say we should pretty much see the trend continue in 2013 as well. Bear in mind, Samsung also has plenty of low end and mid ranged devices as well which attract to a specific buyer segment.

What to expect?

The company has plenty of things to show us this year. We are already teased to a few of the low end and mid ranged offerings from the Korean manufacturer, but what we’re all looking forward to is the Galaxy S IV and the Note III in the coming months. Samsung is always known to be a perfect company with all its bases covered in the world of Android, so we should expect a flurry of tablets arrive in the scene too, beginning with the Galaxy Note 8 at the MWC. After that comes the major announcement of the Galaxy S IV which has managed to get us all excited already. This is something we’re all keenly looking forward to and as usual we have our own list of expected specs from the next Galaxy flagship. It should most probably feature the Exynos 5 Octa chip which the company showed off recently at the CES event along with a Full HD 1080p display panel which is the current standard for flagship smartphones. And of course, some unique feature like the ones launched with the Galaxy S III (Smart Stay, Pop Up Play etc) will have to be onboard. Samsung should have the device running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which will be almost six months old by then. And that is precisely when Google is believed to take the wraps off the next major version of Android. So there are plenty of changes coming our way in the next few months. We can be assured that the next Galaxy flagship will be filled with grandeur and flamboyance much like the rest of its flagships, and Samsung will leave nothing to luck to make the smartphone a success.

A leaked roadmap of Samsung suggested that it has smartphones like the Galaxy Xcover 2, the Galaxy Pocket Plus, Galaxy Young were breaking cover in the first half of 2013. We have information of all these devices except for the Galaxy Young. Most of these devices should be unveiled at the MWC 2013 event, so all eyes would be set in Barcelona to see what Samsung has to offer.

Samsung vs Apple

Well, Samsung’s legal battle with Apple is a never ending one, it seems. The two companies have been fighting it out in the courtrooms now for quite some time and we’re yet to see a resolution to these issues. Samsung has added the iPhone 5 to its recent filing to the court and Apple has followed suit by adding some of Samsung’s devices to its list of infringing devices. We should see little come out of this even this year, where the two companies will be more focused on bringing superior smartphones to the fore. Samsung however will more likely receive a major setback from Apple when the company announces its partnership with TSMC to make the next gen A-Series chips for Apple devices. Up until now, it was Samsung who manufactured these A-Series chips. So that will reflect in Samsung’s overall revenues, but the company should make up for it with the sales of the upcoming Galaxy devices. So overall, Samsung’s future does look pretty bright, at least in the current year. Sure, competitors like Sony and HTC will give the Koreans a tough fight, but given the company’s worldwide reach and the marketshare it enjoys, we don’t think Samsung will be too worried.

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Reader Question: What’s the Right Size for a Smartphone?

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Smartphones these days are an integral part of our lives and do a lot more than just answering calls or sending text messages. There are plenty of activities we can do with a smartphone like assigning appointments, setting reminders, and basically do anything a computer can do albeit with a slightly cumbersome display to see things. So basically, it is almost impossible to even imagine our lives without smartphones.

How It All Began

With the kind of evolution we’re seeing in the smartphone industry in general, it is inevitable that some of the manufacturers will try to bring something new to the fore which hasn’t been tried before. There was a time when a 3.5-inch display panel was considered big enough for a smartphone. But today, the benchmark has been raised substantially and we’re seeing smartphones packing 5.5-inch displays, which is enormous in every sense of the word. But the thing about us humans is that we get used to it very quickly and immediately ignore the fact that it’s too large, which is a good thing. But is there really a perfect size for a smartphone? The one which isn’t too big, nor too small to handle? Well, it’s pretty easy to just say something like that, but do we know which is perfect and which isn’t? This to be honest is a very subjective issue and one which cannot have an easy conclusion. For an Average Joe, the perfect smartphone would be the one that fits perfectly in his palm and lets him do all the operations with relative ease. In my opinion, any smartphone which lets the user operate it with one hand can be considered an ideal size for a smartphone. I know a few of the Galaxy Note/Note II owners would have some harsh things to say about that, but as I said, it’s highly subjective. I’m personally not open to the idea of using a smartphone with two hands, because that’s clearly not how it was intended to be. This is not to say that a smartphone should be too small either. I’ve personally hated the size of the iPhone which is probably too small for watching videos and playing content, but Apple changed that with the iPhone 5. Not that it’s any bigger now.

The Current Smartphones

We have smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X which are quite too large for an average user but are still pretty usable with one hand. The moment you use two hands to handle or even hold a device, then you know you’ve got yourself a tablet and not a smartphone. The Galaxy Note in my opinion strikes a perfect balance of size and weight, but although it’s pretty easy to handle, it can be a tad too large sometimes. Especially when the phone is held against the ear. Back in the day, people would usually get plenty of stares for carrying a phone that large, but with the popularity of the device, people have gotten accustomed to it. However, when we hear of devices like the Galaxy Note 8, we just wonder if there’s no bar or threshold for a smartphone’s display. The Galaxy Note is awkward to hold against the ear as it is, and manufacturers just don’t want to stop. Having said that, I’m sure there’s a market for these smartphones too, so I’m waiting to see the Galaxy Note 8 in real before actually passing judgment.

Smartphones like the Galaxy S III strike a perfect balance of height, weight and width and is ideal for easy operation. The fact of the matter is that our tastes change every year, depending on what the manufacturers come up with by then. Perhaps one day we can stop and say, yes this is the perfect size for a smartphone. But alas, that day isn’t even close to coming near yet. Until then, we can merely bask in the glory of smartphones that surround us 24×7.

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Reader Question: Will the Surface Tablets Pick Up Pace in the market?

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This one’s off the Android topic too, but of particular interest to us all. Microsoft’s Surface tablets were formally announced in June last year and brought to the market in late October, although only the Surface RT was launched. The tablet has found critics right from the start, be it for its poor timing or its nature as a tablet/computer overall. To begin with, the Surface RT is NOT a netbook replacement, which Microsoft made steadily clear in its presser back in June. For those seeking a replacement to the notebook, the Surface Pro would suffice. There’s a very distinct reason the Windows RT running Surface tablet cannot be called a notebook in any sense of the word. And that is due to the fact that the Surface RT runs on an ARM CPU which means it is more on par with the current generation of tablets than a complete notebook replacement.

What this means is that the Surface RT is incapable of running regular Windows software or non-Windows Store apps. Although there’s a way to make some tweaks to the device (via Jailbreak) to make of these functions possible, Microsoft doesn’t necessarily intend it to be that way out of the box. This quite essentially is the root of all the cause, the fact that it doesn’t run Windows software but is still considered a Windows device. We can expect many consumers to simply take no interest to this device or probably just wait for the real thing a.k.a the Surface Pro to arrive. So far, the Surface RT sales have been abysmal and Microsoft has only itself to blame for the delay in launch in key countries and the hesitance to partner with retailers to bring the device. If you might know, the Surface RT was only available for purchase on Microsoft kiosks or its online store, and nowhere else. This can be another major reason why the tablet didn’t get the attention it probably deserved.

The Stronger Surface

But we have to bear in mind that the Surface tablets consist of two devices, the other being the Surface Pro. This tablet or netbook if we can call it that, is a more worthy buy for people looking for a full-fledged notebook replacement. The screen size is the same as the Surface RT, but the resolution is Full HD instead of just HD, plus there are plenty of other additions to this tablet which make it a more than attractive purchase at this price point. What strikes as resounding to us though is the fact that how much of a difference a change in chipset and CPU architecture can do. Prices for the Surface Pro starts from $899 which immediately puts it in the expensive notebook category, but that crispy display and the dual digitizer (usable with a pen stylus) will certainly justify the price tag. And unlike the Surface RT, the Windows 8 Pro running Surface Pro comes with support for all the standard desktop apps, so that’s not an issue at all. The RAM is upgraded as well, as the Surface Pro comes with 4GB of RAM compared to the 2GB of RAM provided on the Surface RT. So all in all the Surface Pro is an ideal device for someone who works more often and does CPU heavy stuff like editing and what have you. The Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU isn’t all that bad either, so I guess the Surface Pro is a better bet right now. This tablet is expected to break cover on February 9.

The Future?

Now for a bigger question about the future of these Surface tablets. Well, honestly I don’t see a bright future for these tablets. Sure the Surface Pro could be the rejuvenation which Microsoft desperately needs at this point, but at its price range it certainly won’t attract the tablet crowd. That’s what the Surface RT was supposed to do but miserably failed. The Surface Pro will sell, no doubt, but only a few elitists out there wanting to replace their notebook would be interested in something like a Surface Pro, and believe me it will suit their needs perfectly. But the bigger issue is how Microsoft dealt with its products and the initial hiccups it faced in the industry. In my opinion, had Microsoft launched the Surface RT and the Surface Pro together, there would be much more noise and excitement for these devices, whereas now, people hardly seem to care about Surface RT. There is certain amount of excitement for the Surface Pro, but we are fairly certain that will pass too. Is it really worth the $899 price tag?

Now that’s a question the customers will answer, but a steady increase in Surface tablet revenue can be expected, mostly due to the Surface Pro. This was more of a rant than answering a question really, but I guess that’s the situation Microsoft is in right now. There are several people calling for the head of Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft. The ex-president of the Windows Team, Steve Sinofsky recently left Microsoft to pursue other opportunities. On the other side, the Windows Phone marketshare hasn’t seen a giant increase either. So one can say that Microsoft is currently in shambles, and it needs to put its house in order for things to begin picking up pace. Either way, I feel it’s a little too late for the company to make any impact on the market. Windows Phones are aging and the Surface tablets hardly manage to excite us. Also, one of Microsoft’s signature businesses, the PC market is taking a hit.

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Features We Would Like to See on the Nexus 7 Successor

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The Nexus 7 tablet is without doubt one of the best tablets money can buy right now. The device features a 7-inch 1280×800 resolution display, 1GB of RAM and with the quad core 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset and a 1.2MP front facing camera. But many of us have a wishlist of the features we would like to see in the Nexus 7 successor, and plenty of our readers had their own thoughts to share about what they would like to see in the next iteration of the budget Nexus tablet. So with that in mind, we decided to compile a little list of what we would like to see in the Nexus 7 successor. Beginning with the display.

The Hardware

As mentioned in our response to a reader question about the Nexus 7 successor, there has to be a bigger display with a narrower bezel to give us a bigger tablet overall. This is what Apple did very well with the iPad Mini, which despite its big size was easily usable with one hand. However, these two tablets are far apart from each other in terms of price points, so it wouldn’t make sense for Google to go out of its way to make a pleasing looking device with quality materials. Regardless, we would like a slightly bigger display with a slightly better resolution.

Further, when we speak about the memory (RAM) of the tablet, we would like Google or the next manufacturer to bump it up as well. 2GB is the new standard now for tablets, and while 1GB is more than enough, it would behoove Google to upgrade the RAM which will give it that competitive edge over other budget tablets. And as far as the chipset is concerned, Google should benefit greatly from NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 chipset which packs a resounding 72 core GPU for that bit of intense gaming you’ve always dreamt of. The rear camera issue has been debated in the past, and it’s very subjective and can differ from person to person. I wouldn’t mind a camera on the next budget Nexus tablet but at the same time I would be easily able to live without it. The 1.2MP front camera on the current Nexus tablet does its job perfectly. So these are the things we expect from the Nexus 7 successor as far as the appearance and performance is concerned.

The Storage

One of the other problems with the Nexus 7 is its limited storage capabilities. Yes, the 32GB variant introduced by Google/ASUS partially helped with that, but it still doesn’t provide the versatility given by a microSD card slot. But rationally speaking, if Google were to add in a microSD card slot for the next tablet, there would be plenty of problems for them. For starters, there would be no need for a 16 or a 32GB version as most of the users would get the cheapest model and expand the memory without having to spend that extra 50 bucks for something with more storage. This certainly doesn’t go well with Google’s product structure and we most possibly won’t see this being implemented in the Nexus 7 successor, although plenty of our readers wanted this feature on board.

Last but not the least, people want some of the major issues of the tablet resolved with the successor. One such issue is the reset bug. The Nexus 7 has had issues with freezing with no warning whatsoever. In such instances, it requires users to jumble across a few key combinations to get it back to working state, but in some cases it just doesn’t work. So people want the next budget Nexus tablet to either come with a fix for this or not have the issue at all. We can certainly expect Google to work on this with the Nexus 7 successor.

So this is basically what we would like to see added/fixed with the Nexus 7 successor. Is there something you think we left out? Let us know by leaving a comment below or write to us directly at – [email protected].

Reader Question: What will the next iPhone be like?

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Well, we here at The Droid Guy make it a point to keep our readers educated on all things mobile, irrespective of the platform or the operating system. This I feel is something which everybody should do, not only to earn brownie points, but also to give the readers an unbiased and unhindered opinion about the plethora of smartphones/tablets surrounding us. And that brings me to our next reader question, which is with regards to the iPhone. This is often considered a taboo topic for an Android fan, but we love all sorts of questions and this kind of tickled my brain a little as it is being talked about so often these days.

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The bigger sized iPhone made quite a splash in the market within days of its launch in September which was quite expected. However, there were a few niggles with the smartphone and especially with regards to Maps. This issue was also popularly known as Mapgate. The sales though weren’t affected one bit by this particularly annoying issue with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 in general. And it’s been four months now since the launch of the smartphone in the U.S and we’ve already seen plenty of rumors surfacing about what the successor could look like. There have been plenty of claims made by analysts and rumor junkies, claiming that Apple will go with a 4.8-inch iPhone Math for a WWDC 2013 release along with a slightly upgraded version of the iPhone 5. This theory has to be taken with a dab of salt of course, but there’s no strong evidence to rule this out either.

Higher Resolution / Larger Screen Size

Now for the part where we speculate as to what the actual device will be like. The increase of screen size on the iPhone 5 was certainly a welcome addition. But will Apple be open to the idea of further increasing the size and most importantly the display resolution of the smartphone? Well, this seems like something Apple wouldn’t do unless it absolutely needs to. The change in screen size from the standard 3.5-inches was very welcome, and perhaps Apple will like to carry the current display for another year. Because the change in display resolution will create a flurry of problems for developers, which is something we’ve discussed in detail in the past. Sure, the developers can quickly resolve this issue, but what about older devices like the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4/4S and the current iPhone which all feature different display resolutions? Well, that’s the dilemma Apple faces and it’s honestly a pretty tough call for the company. Apple basically wouldn’t want to confuse new developers with too many display resolutions to work with.

We’ve seen with the iPads where there are only two display resolutions right now in the works, the one that works with the iPad 2 and the iPad Mini (1024×768) along with the Retina Display iPad resolution (2048×1536). While Apple can easily make up the developers’ mind about this, it won’t be willing to deal with the annoyed customers right at the start of the launch. So I’m sticking with the same 4-inch display for the next iPhone. Let’s hope I’m wrong though, as even though the iPhone 5 display is pretty impressive, it stands way below the competition in terms of real world performance. We’ll be seeing companies like LG, Samsung and Sharp producing spectacular 1080p Full HD mobile displays in 2013, so the competition will be really stepped up and Apple will have to do something to keep these rivals in check.

Pressure to Impress AAPL Shareholders

The company’s stocks have been falling since the past few weeks especially since reports of low demand for the iPhone 5 emerged. We’re not sure if those reports had any weight in them, but it certainly appears like the shareholders are beginning to get a little tensed about Apple and its future. But I guess there’s nothing to worry as long as Apple continues to go toe to toe with its competitors and we as the users receive new and innovative products on a regular basis. Because at the end of the day, it’s the customer who decides the fate of a company. So in conclusion, while we would certainly love to see a large sized 4.5-inch + display, it doesn’t necessarily mean Apple would go for it. More importantly, the Maps application on iOS 6 was heavily criticized by plenty of users. To an extent that Apple had to urge its users to switch to competitive offerings from the iTunes AppStore. This is something which led to the ousting of key iOS man Scott Forstall who was considered to be close to the Late Steve Jobs. The Maps debacle didn’t seem to affect much since the arrival of Google Maps for iOS as a third party app. But we should expect the stock Maps app to be better so that Apple can finally give its users a Maps application worthy of mention.

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Reader Question: Should and will Google go with LG for the next Nexus smartphone?

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Android smartphones have always had a leader, not in terms of hardware specifications but in terms of timely updates. Such devices are known as Google phones or more popularly as Nexus phones. These phones are pretty much everything an Android user can ask for, with all the native Google apps and no cumbersome custom user interface, these devices give the stock Android experience to the users which is also known as “vanilla” Android.

The Early Days

The LG made Google Nexus 4 is one of the most controversial Nexus smartphones of the four we’ve had so far. The Nexus One by HTC was one of the best smartphones of the time, and so were the Samsung made Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus. However, Google dropped the ball with the Nexus 4 and the problem had nothing to do with the device itself, strangely. When the smartphone was teased in late October, people were heavily anticipating the launch of the device. And it all went good, except for a few niggles. The place where it was supposed to be launched (Google’s Online Store also known as Google Play Store) faced issues when users were trying to add the item to their cart and checking out, which sounds a lot like a server overload but the real issue isn’t known till date. Bear in mind, this bug was merely seen in some instances and many were actually able to carry out the transaction with relative ease. The hype and demand for the Nexus 4 was so great that it was sold out in a matter of minutes. But the whole episode meant that some users didn’t even get a chance to place the order for the smartphone for no fault of their own. Google however was quick to rectify the server issues with the second coming of the device, but the bigger problem then came to the fore – the lack of supply.

LG clearly was having trouble keeping up with the supply for the smartphone as the demand for the Nexus 4 was growing enormously. Some said that Google and LG underestimated the demand for the smartphone prior to the launch, while a few others believed that LG was not willing to jeopardize the sales of the Optimus G which launched shortly before the Nexus 4. While both these claims could easily be wrong, it has made us all wonder whether LG is worthy of taking the Nexus brand forward, at least with regards to smartphones. None of us actually expected Google to go with LG for the Galaxy Nexus successor and it certainly took us all off guard. However, the announcement revealed a beautifully crafted smartphone with state-of-the-art specs as well, so we weren’t going to complain. The real question is, whether LG should be a given a second chance with the Nexus 5 or whatever the next Nexus will be known as.  The rational answer would be no, because we have already seen what the company is doing and we haven’t seen any proofs to substantiate the claims that LG is looking to increase the production of the smartphone. Let’s hope for the sake of the Nexus brand and Google that the next Nexus smartphone goes to Motorola, because this is the company which is currently under Google’s belt and they can basically craft a device out of anything they want with relative ease and no supplier issues to worry about. It’s high time we saw the Google-Motorola partnership reap benefits anyways.

What Will Google Do?

Now the question of “will” Google give LG a second chance. Well, it’s highly possible yet highly unlikely. We’ve already heard about the Motorola X Phone which Google is believed to be working on. We’ve also heard that this will not be a Nexus phone, so we’re not quite sure if Motorola is a contender just yet. But if LG manages to fix its supply issues by the next few months, then Google shouldn’t have a problem going with them again. However, it would make sense for Google to consider other manufacturers because change is the name of the game in Android and having partnered for two phones with Samsung, Google doesn’t necessarily need to bring out two Nexus phones from LG. It all depends on how the South Korean manufacturer goes about its business in the next few months. The company certainly has a lot on its plate right now with the upcoming MWC event where it is slated to reveal the global variant of the Optimus G Pro and several other smartphones that we don’t know of yet. So we’ll eagerly wait for the next few months to see if LG is actually capable or interested in producing the Nexus 4.  I would personally like a Motorola or an HTC come up with the next Nexus, because these two companies easily make the best looking smartphones out there. Considering how things have been over the last few days, we’re tempted to think of a Sony Nexus smartphone too, but that’s possibly not going to happen. Regardless, there are plenty of companies Google could look towards in order to replace LG, which I think is the right thing to do in the situation.

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Reader Question: What’s the Right Size for a Smartphone?

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Smartphones these days are an integral part of our lives and do a lot more than just answering calls or sending text messages. There are plenty of activities we can do with a smartphone like assigning appointments, setting reminders, and basically do anything a computer can do albeit with a slightly cumbersome display to see things. So basically, it is almost impossible to even imagine our lives without smartphones.

How It All Began

With the kind of evolution we’re seeing in the smartphone industry in general, it is inevitable that some of the manufacturers will try to bring something new to the fore which hasn’t been tried before. There was a time when a 3.5-inch display panel was considered big enough for a smartphone. But today, the benchmark has been raised substantially and we’re seeing smartphones packing 5.5-inch displays, which is enormous in every sense of the word. But the thing about us humans is that we get used to it very quickly and immediately ignore the fact that it’s too large, which is a good thing. But is there really a perfect size for a smartphone? The one which isn’t too big, nor too small to handle? Well, it’s pretty easy to just say something like that, but do we know which is perfect and which isn’t? This to be honest is a very subjective issue and one which cannot have an easy conclusion. For an Average Joe, the perfect smartphone would be the one that fits perfectly in his palm and lets him do all the operations with relative ease. In my opinion, any smartphone which lets the user operate it with one hand can be considered an ideal size for a smartphone. I know a few of the Galaxy Note/Note II owners would have some harsh things to say about that, but as I said, it’s highly subjective. I’m personally not open to the idea of using a smartphone with two hands, because that’s clearly not how it was intended to be. This is not to say that a smartphone should be too small either. I’ve personally hated the size of the iPhone which is probably too small for watching videos and playing content, but Apple changed that with the iPhone 5. Not that it’s any bigger now.

The Current Smartphones

We have smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X which are quite too large for an average user but are still pretty usable with one hand. The moment you use two hands to handle or even hold a device, then you know you’ve got yourself a tablet and not a smartphone. The Galaxy Note in my opinion strikes a perfect balance of size and weight, but although it’s pretty easy to handle, it can be a tad too large sometimes. Especially when the phone is held against the ear. Back in the day, people would usually get plenty of stares for carrying a phone that large, but with the popularity of the device, people have gotten accustomed to it. However, when we hear of devices like the Galaxy Note 8, we just wonder if there’s no bar or threshold for a smartphone’s display. The Galaxy Note is awkward to hold against the ear as it is, and manufacturers just don’t want to stop. Having said that, I’m sure there’s a market for these smartphones too, so I’m waiting to see the Galaxy Note 8 in real before actually passing judgment.

Smartphones like the Galaxy S III strike a perfect balance of height, weight and width and is ideal for easy operation. The fact of the matter is that our tastes change every year, depending on what the manufacturers come up with by then. Perhaps one day we can stop and say, yes this is the perfect size for a smartphone. But alas, that day isn’t even close to coming near yet. Until then, we can merely bask in the glory of smartphones that surround us 24×7.

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