Review of the Nokia Astound from T-Mobile

Camera

First thing first, the camera. I love a good camera and that is what attracted me to this phone. I have a five year old at home and a new baby due in about 13 days. I wanted to have a good camera phone so we could take pictures of the baby and put them on-line, send them to family and continue to text our parents pictures of our son Logan. The number one thing that attracted me to the Nokia Astound was the fact that it came with a 8MP camera with flash. Not only did it have an awesome camera, it has a front facing camera as well that we can use to video chat with one of the apps from the Ovi Market. I can’t begin to say how the pictures turn out. The HD 8MP camera records in HD and takes crystal clear HD pictures. It even has a cool picture editor that you can edit pictures, add captions, draw, create 3D, sketch and so much more. Definitely an A+++ for the camera on this phone.

Platform

The platform the phone runs on is the Symbian platform. It’s not Android, but it still runs smooth, has great apps to choose from in the Ovi Marketplace, and seems (at least for me) not to bog down as much as when I had an Android phone. I can run several apps at once and it still runs fine. I like the fact that I can be in a phone call, go on the internet to look something up, and still be in that phone call. I work from home and can actually log into my web app work page and take a phone call at the same time. I love it!

Screen

The screen size is fantastic! At 3.5 inches, this screen is bright, crisp and shown in a resolution of 16:9 HD. Sometimes depending on how bright it is outside, I do have to put the screen at the maximum brightness to see the screen, but that was never an issue for me. I just switch the brightness level and I’m happy. The screen size makes it easy to view the internet and rarely do I have to scroll all over a page like I had to with smaller screen phones.

Sound

The sound is alright on this phone. It’s not as loud as I would like it to be (I’m a bit hard of hearing) but my husband says he has a hard time hearing on the phone as well. The speaker phone is really not that loud either; however, if you have a wireless blue-tooth in the car to play the phone through the speakers, it works better than just the regular speaker phone. Playing music when you have earphones on is fine as well. It just seems to be an issue with the actual speakers on the phone itself.

Email and Social Networking

Another thing I love about this phone is you can have more than one email account and more than one social network set up. I have both of my Facebook accounts (personal and business) set up on my phone. I have all 5 of my email addresses set up and never have an issue retrieving my email or updating Facebook. If you’re a socialite you can add your Twitter account(s), Yahoo! Messenger, work email, personal email like Yahoo!, Ymail, Gmail, even Cox and AT T; email addresses and so much more. I never miss a moment now that I have it all on my phone. If your friends add their birthdays on Facebook, you can even add them to your phone calendar with the tap of one single button. How cool is that? Now I won’t forget anyone’s birthday, and believe me, I forget everyone’s.

Web Browsing and Connectivity

Browsing the internet with this phone is a breeze. It is very simple and easy to use. You can add your bookmarks with the tough of the screen and again with only one touch you can bring up all your bookmarks. You can also set your home screen to what you like and choose who your search provider is. Since this phone supports two finger touch as well, it is very simple to zoom in and out to view larger text or make the text smaller. Turn the phone sideways and you can pretty much get an entire webpage and you won’t have to scroll all over just to read or look for something.

Texting and Swipe Feature

What I love about this phone is the Swipe keyboard. I love that I can just slide my finger around on the virtual QWERTY key pad and type in what I want. The predictive text is pretty much dead on for me. My fingers are not fat, but not small either, and I can text quickly and easily. You can use the Swipe to email, type in the internet, text and so on. What I also love is the fact that the more you text or use the Swipe application, the more words that you use get’s stored in the phones memory. Therefore, it will automatically predict what you want to say and bring it up for you. All you need to do is press a button and it inserts the word for you.

Battery Life

When I first got my phone I let the battery drain all the way till it was dead and the phone shut down, then charged it to 100 percent. I again let it drain till dead and then charged to 100 percent. I have not had a problem with the battery. I hear of people complaining about the battery life, so maybe they did not let the battery drain and then charge. With Lithium batteries to make the most of them you should let it drain completely and then charge it. This is what I do every day, and I never have a problem. I use it all day, let my son play games on it and it will last anywhere from 9 to 12 hours with heavy use. At night it usually almost drained, so I just let it power off on it’s own then charge it overnight. This also lets the phone reset it’s internal memory, just like you shut down your computer and restart it. Doing this will help save the battery life and phone memory.

Overview

All in all this is a great phone. I am in my mid 30’s and I love it. It’s really easy to use and set up. I love the screen size and color it has. There are some really great apps and games. My son is addicted to the Angry Birds game, and plays it on my phone all the time. This phone is so easy to use, that literally, my five year old can pick it up, unlock it, scroll to his home screen, and select the game he wants to play. One really cool feature I did not mention above it this flashlight on the camera. The flash can be used as a flashlight. So all those times that your power went out and you couldn’t find a candle or flashlight…..Well on this phone all you do is hold down the side slide button and the flash becomes a powerful flashlight! If I had to give my Symbian powered Nokia Astound a star rating I would give it 4.5 stars, only because of the sound issue not being loud enough for my ears.

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Android Versus iOS: An App Developer’s Comparison

Thinking of writing mobile apps? The biggest two platforms right now are Android and iOS, and most people already have one platform in mind, based on personal preference or experience. But if it looks like it could go either way for you, here’s what I’ve discovered about Android that might help with your decision making!
Note: I am not currently a mobile app developer. After a lot of consideration, I’ve decided to learn Android programming, but I see a lot to like in iOS. I’ll try to share Android’s good and bad points in this comparison.

Advantages of writing mobile apps for Android

Android is, arguably, the easiest mobile OS to get started with as an app developer. Unlike Objective-C, which you would use to write iOS apps, Java has garbage collection. This means you don’t have to allocate memory manually … and if you don’t understand what that means, just take my word for it that it makes your life easier.

You don’t need a Mac or a Windows PC (although you can use either), just a machine that can run Eclipse. And putting apps on the Android Market couldn’t be simpler: Just pay a $25 one-time fee, plus another $20 if they’re pay-for. After that you can upload whatever you want, however often you want, without needing to go through an approval process. Other app stores, like the one that Amazon’s planning, will have different policies, but the Android Market’s on pretty much everything out of the box.

Newer Android handsets have NVIDIA Tegra chipsets and dual-core processors, for increased power to run games. Plus, with Android you can use the Android NDK, to write apps that use native code … and Android 2.3 Gingerbread just recently introduced even more capabilities to the NDK. Unity 3d, the popular C# 3d game library for iOS, has announced that it will support Android soon, and the upcoming PlayStation Phone may give even more leverage to Android game developers.

Disadvantages of writing mobile apps for Android

Android’s human interface guidelines aren’t as consistent as iOS’, and as of this writing they don’t have a drag-and-drop interface builder the way XCode and Visual Studio have. So while it’s easy to make an Android app, it’s harder to make them look right.

Because of the low barrier to entry to the Android Market, it’s easy for apps to get buried in spam and ringtones … or even cheap knockoffs and name grabs, like how dozens of “Angry Birds” apps flooded the Android Market before Rovio got into it. Moreover, you pretty much have to put out a free, ad-supported version of your app if you want to make money from it.

Why? Some people say it’s because the people who use Android and Google services expect to get stuff for free. This is partly the case, I imagine, but there’s also the fact that in order to buy pay-for apps you need to sign up for Google Checkout. Not only is that an extra step that buyers have to take, but it’s also not supported in many countries yet. And since most Android phones can install apps from outside the market — a feature I’m totally in favor of — it also means that it’s easier to download pirated copies of Android apps.

The Upshot

Android’s greatest strengths are also its weaknesses. The openness that’s allowed Android to spread across carriers, handset makers and hardware form-factors also means not all Android apps will run on all Android devices. The people who buy Android phones don’t have as clear of an expectation of what they’ll be like, and they don’t seem as inclined to pay for Android apps, either. And frankly, it’s Android’s low barrier to entry that’s the real reason for the huge number of apps on the Android Market.

It’s that diversity, though, that gives amateur app developers a leg up. You don’t need an Intel Mac or an AT T; contract … all you need is a 5-year-old PC box and a free copy of Eclipse. You can even write apps for the emulator, if you don’t have an Android phone yet. And while your apps may not look as nice as iOS ones, with Android running on over 40% of new handsets sold your friends and family members — and customers — just might be more likely to be able to appreciate them.

That’s part of why I chose Android … that, and the fact that it’s “organic,” open-source software. Clearly I’m in the minority, but what do you think? Scroll down and leave a comment, perhaps … and whatever you write your apps for, I hope you and your customers have fun with them!

Dragon Boat Race Festival 2015 Flyer

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Our flyer for Saturday, September 19th, 2015 Festival. We will appreciate it if you download our flyer and share it with others, thank you!!
Please click on to the image below for a pdf file.

 

Dragon Boat Racing Schedule

Racing Schedule Time for the 2016 Port Jefferson Dragon Boat Race Festival

**Please note the schedule is only tentative, it may change during the day of the race**

 

 

 

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ROUND 3 and on will be announced during the day of the race.

Dragon Teams Participating for this Year’s Event, 2016

Here are the teams that will be participating for this year’s Port Jefferson Dragon Boat Race Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17th

 

 

 

Arowana Dragon Boat

Brookhaven National Lab
Crave the Wave

Confucius Institute of Stony Brook
Golden Dragons of Stony Brook

Drs. Sabo & Reinecker – Orthodontic
Harbor Hunnies

Enviro Trac
ET Rebels

FDNY Phoenix Society
FDNY United

Friends of the Port Jeff Library
Paperback Paddlers

Half Hollow Hills School District

Hope for the Warriors

Islandaire
Dragon Slayers

Mather Hospital
Shrink or Swim
Kitchen Sync
Life Savers
In Sync
Blazing Paddles
Voyager to Excellence

Melville Surgery Center
Melville Maniacs

New York Community Bank
NYCB Queens Dragons

NYPD

Pat & Mike Carpenter
Team ORCA

Port Jefferson Lions
The Pride of Lions

Port Jefferson Village Teams
Port Jefferson Dragons
Port Jefferson Yacht Club

Setauket Fire Department
The Screaming Seagulls
Perfect Storm

St. Charles Hospital
Seas the Day
Bad 2 The Bone
Rapid Response

Stony Brook Chinese School

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook Seawolves

Suffolk County Police Asian Jade Society
Team Asian Jade