Fat Batt

LI-ION BATTERY PROBLEMS

My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. I bought it as a refurb and it came with two batteries. I shipped one with the old S4 phone when I sold it and kept the original battery from that phone. The battery on the right is that battery. Back in the summer the phone started losing its fatbattcharge more quickly. So I decided to change the battery. I’m starting to think the problem back then was some app that was updating too often. Everything seemed to be okay until about a month ago. I noticed the phone still plugged in and charging but only showing 97 or 98 percent. Then yesterday the display showed 50% when I walked into a restaurant and after watching a 3 minute YouTube video the phone shut down. I plugged it in when I got to my car and it seemed to recharge faster than normal. Then later, off the charger, the phone dropped rapidly to 60% and shut down. When I got home last night I took the battery out of the phone. I noticed it was swollen. I had heard of this problem with a friend’s iPhone 5S. Customers cannot change the battery in that phone, just as we can’t in the newer Samsung and many other brands. I had the old battery here, so I put it in the phone and charged it. I will probably keep this phone a while longer, so I’ll order another battery in a couple of months and see how it performs.

Personal Electronics: Migration to the Tablet

Back in June I bought an Android tablet. It was a good deal at the time but later the same new ViewSonic gTablet came on sale at $10 then $20 then $30 less than what I paid. A friend suggested that I switch from the tower to the tablet. I haven’t decided exactly how and when I’m going to do that. I have things a certain way with the tower and I’ll have to come up with a different method set for that.

I sleep with something playing, either a video on the computer or audiobooks playing on my iPod. I don’t want to do that with the tablet. I’m not worried about it wearing out this soon. I guess at this point I don’t want to charge it up all the time.

Right now I do the following with my electronics:

PC (Ubuntu Linux OS/Win7 dual boot):

  1. Watching videos
  2. Bill pay/Financial Stuff
  3. Photo editing
  4. Blogging
  5. Games (very rarely)

iPod:

  1. Listening to music and podcasts
  2. Running various apps
  3. Internet functions

gTablet:

  1. Games
  2. eBooks
  3. Internet functions

Under the new setup:

gTablet:

  1. Watching videos
  2. Bill pay/financial stuff
  3. Blogging
  4. Games
  5. eBooks
  6. Internet functions

iPod:

  1. No change

PC:

  1. Backup and file storage.
  2. Photo editing
  3. Syncing and updating mobile devices

I plan on trying out a USB or bluetooth keyboard for the gTablet. The tough keyboard in the GUI is hard to operate at least while holding the tablet. I wrote a blog post a few days ago from it and had to do a lot of extra keystroking to accomplish the same things. I’ll have to try laying it flat and typing on the screen.

Apple’s proprietary arrangement has been tiresome. I am also looking at a handheld Android device to replace the iPod. I am going to save up and get the handheld and then sell the iPod. I’ll see how things work out regarding overtime. It’ll mean less storage space but that’s not a problem anymore.

iOS5

I am installing iOS5 on the iPod. This is not an upgrade. So it does a full restore to factory settings. Right now we’re about 43% done restoring the music and videos. Next come the apps. I wasn’t expecting this. Normally I’d have finished syncing and restarted the machine into Ubuntu. I keep Windows on a very short leash as it likes to attract a lot of crapware.

Since Apple won’t support Linux as far as iTunes is concerned. I think I’ll look for an Android-based media player…maybe get a phone off eBay that works with Sprint.