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Its been a while since Blackberry z10 have been released and many having been having issues with migrating their contacts to the new Z10. What Im about to explain is not Z10 specific actually its the method i always use to keep my contacts synchronised across all my mobile phones which is pretty simple but unfortunately not explain much so no matter whether you are using a Blackberry, Android or iOS you may use this method to transfer your contacts between those platforms.
The first step you will need to do is to transfer all your contacts from your old phone to your PC or Mac using (iTunes, OutLook, Kies) depending on what you your old mobile is, its a bit of a hassle but trust it you wont have to suffer from it again.
Back on your PC open Outlook ( if you are using Windows) or Contacts application (if you are on a Mac) Go to File Export Contact vcf File. This option will export all your contacts in One file and please please try to remember where you are saving that file.
Now go to your email account, I prefer using an email account that you dont have Contacts already stored in it so you dont mix up your mobile contacts with email contacts. I would highly recommend using Gmail, OutLook or Live cause through my experience they work great with syncing. Go to your email account and choose the Contact tab and choose Import Contact , when promoted choose the file you have saved in the previous step.
Your contacts should be now saved on your email address and as you add your email to your new phone just choose to sync contacts & email
We have all been there, driving in own car stuck in traffic fed up with listening to music and maybe looking for something more informative to listen to and feed our mind while wasting those minutes. We waste precious minutes of our lives driving, waiting inline, waiting for a friend to arrive, many minutes through the day get wasted and the first thing anyone does to waste time especially when driving is to turn on their radio and start listening to some kind of horrible radio show no matter whether they like it or not and frankly between all the radio shows we have here in Kuwait I can only name a couple that really worth listening to, some are funny and some are just discussing whats going on in Q8 and the rest are cheesy horrible shows that should get banned. So what if you wanted to listen to a show talking about a specific topic that may intriguer your interest Technology, engineering, marketing or even just a video game show we dont really have this kind of shows, not to mention those horrible cheesy radio commercials that are all preformed by one guy who is always amazed and shocked by the latest offer from X company and the typical woman talking to her friend about X company offer. OMG those ads are so freaken horrible.
I know I went off topic with those ads but the solution that i was surprised many dont know is called Podcast, Podcast is a prerecorded radio shows inorder for you to get the latest news, reviews, general talk or even professional analysis of a certain topic some famous networks have their own podcasts like CNN, ESPN, Engadget, and many other. The purpose of a podcast is to feed your mind by listening to something that interests you or even entertains you in your own time you just download or even stream the episode to your mobile/laptop/iPod and listen to it whenever suits you. Ive been a podcast listener for 3 years now and Im so surprised that some dont even know what it is so i had to at least try to explain it in this post.
Many podcast apps are available in the Apple Store, Google Play Store & Blackberry World Store so to help you out and not make this post long I’ll mention my favorite Apps that I personally use and the same thing apply to all of them just open the app search for a certain topic that you like Football, Technology, Fashion or search for a certain network like CNN and add it to your list and listening.
My favorite apps PocketCasts available on iOS and Android & if you are using Blackberry Z10 try Nobex and AntennaPod.
Do you agree with me that most of our radio shows are just cheesy and not worth listening to ????
Many have been busy celebrating our National & liberation day & forgot that Mobile World Congress is being held in Barcelona. Its a huge fighting arena where mobile manufacturers show their newest and latest gadgets that gonna be released duirng 2013 and between all of those NEC caught my attention with their dual screen Android phone called Medias. Its a dual 4.3″ screens that may seem crazy but really so useful during daily use where most of your day you may use the 4.3″ screen & while you watch a video or browse the internet you use it as a 5.6″ screen simple Amaaaaazing
what do you think of the dual screen mobile concept in general down below ????
Its been a while now since Blackberry10 got released and I’ve been using it since the launch date on Jan 30. Many have been waiting for the review but I had to take my time with the device using it as my daily driver to know how much usage it can take before starting to freeze and run out of memory space and now I can honestly publish my review.
As I mentioned many times before and we all know that its a totally new Blackberry device (Hardware & software wise) unlike the old generation and in my opinion it finally puts Blackberry back into the competition, so lets start with specs and Im not gonna go into all the specs but if you want to check the full Z10 specs click HERE. The Z10 is powered by a dual core Snap Dragon S4 & 2 GB of RAM which from a hardware prescriptive is a performance BEAST and I can vow for it. Multi-Tasking is incredibly fast no hang ups or slowness what so ever thanks to the S4 & the 2 GB of RAM.
I remember when I arrived from Dubai after attending the Blackberry10 Launch event and my friend came to pick me up from the airport, the first thing he said to Come on show it to me I wanna see it & as he held the Z10 in his hands he got so amazed by the form factor and how it felt in the hands. Personally I had the same feeling when I first got it, usually htc & Apple rulled the market for the best build quality but the Z10 really now on par with the iPhone & the htc One X build quality, it felt good in the hand with the right amount of weight not too heavy nor too light.
The Z10 comes with a 4.2″ screen and since I upgraded almost a year ago to the htc One X I really liked the 4.7″ screen rather than the 3.5″ iPhone 4 but sometimes it felt too big in my jeans especially coz i carry 2 phones now i came to realize that between the 2.8″ Bold, 3.5″ iPhone, 4.7″ htc One X & 4.8″ Galaxy S3 the 4.2″ is the best for a day to day use not too small nor too big to hold and easy on the eyes for viewing videos & reading. The screen has 1280×720 and a pixel density of 356 which leads to a higher resolution than the iPhone retina display.
The camera of the Z10 is an 8 MP with flash & a time shift feature which helps you catch the right moment before someone blinks. Its really useful in a group photo coz there is always someone not smiling or blinking when everyone else is not :p . Comparing the Camera to previous Blackberrys its more than great but compared to the iPhone 5, htc One X or Galaxy S3 its good but not great.
One of the things I really fell in love since I started using the Z10 is the Active frame feature, it keeps your 8 latest apps open so you may switch easily between them. Its true multi tasking unlike Android & iOS where you waste a couple of seconds waiting for the app to open. I found myself switching so often between my latest apps it truly made me feel that Im spending less time getting things done.
My next favorite thing in BB10 is the Blackberry Hub or some may call it a unified inbox for Emails, Twitter, Calls, Messages & BBM. Whats really cool about the Hub is the ability to check all your messages, emails, tweets & BBM and reply or compose without the need of opening another app, it really adds to the productivity factor. I often find myself replying to emails, tweets & BBMs much much faster than I used to do on other platforms, think of it for a second you are gonna loose some seconds opening your email app to check that important email then closing it to go to twitter to reply on a mention & the cycle goes on and on opening and closing while on the BB Hub you are just a swipe away from checking your message and replying without the need of going into another app.
Things that you need to know about BB10 and many have been asking about, you dont need a special Blackberry subscription plan from your mobile provider in-order to use BBM and any feature on the device unless you are using an enterprise email & I think no one uses in Kuwait. The other main point many have been asking about is Whatsapp & according to Whatsapp Developer Team they are committed to release their famous app soon on BB10 also Skype & Instagram. You may side load Android apps on your Z10 but not all of them may work, Whatsapp Android version is working & about Instagram I have published a temporary solution for those Instagram addicts out there and you may check it ————–> HERE.
The main disadvantage that the Z10 suffers from is the lack of Apps in their store although it may contain more than 70,000 Apps which by the way is an impressive number for a new OS. We have reach a point in our mobile life where apps play an essential role in our day to day use and we keep downloading an app or 2 everyday. Keep in mind its a new OS and I remember the days when I first started using Android in its early days and more and more apps kept developing till we reached a point now where Android and iOS has the largest number of apps. I dont really wanna call it a disadvantage but for the time being it is but with developers support I really have high hopes and believe Blackberry can gain a huge market share again.
Finally a small feature that I always find important is the speaker location most mobile like the S3 have their speakers on the back side which muffles the sound only the iPhone had its speakers on the bottom side and now the Z10’s speakers are on the bottom side. This simple feature can be negligible by some but I think its the perfect position to have a clear sound.
Continuing my Best Of series, here is my best mobile’s list for 2012. My phone’s list will go through best screen, best battery,best phone for hacks, best camera, best highend smart phone with a friendly budget and best luxury phone but before I start just a simple reminder that all the phones mentioned are my personal choice and not based on any other list made from any tech sites, all the mobile phones are available in Kuwait and Ive tried them personally.
Best Phone’s Display
Its really easy to determine which phone has the best display in 2012 , it hosts the same specs as the famous Samsung Galaxy S3 but unfortunately havent had the huge media spotlight or mania as Samsung had. The phone Im talking about is the htc One X beautiful android with a solid build, if compare its 4.7″ display to the Galaxy S3 or the iPhone 5 its like comparing a 2 year old displays to a true HD display its truly AMAZING.
No matter what smart phone you have in your hand and how pleased you are with it at the end of the day it comes to how much battery you still have to make those urgent calls or check those important emails. I actually didnt buy this phone but I’ve used it during my business trip to Istanbul, I accidentally forgot my Blackberry back home and I was planning to use it with a Turkish sim so a friend of mine offered me his motorola Razr Maxx to use it during my trip. He is also an iPhone user and when I asked him why he is not using the Motorola he simply replied its my travel phone, and I came to realize what he meant when I kept using it excessively. Im always connected to the internet checking my work emails, twitter, whatsapp, Google+ you name it plus phone calls of course and at the end of the day I return to my hotel with a 40 % charge. All day long heavy usage and a 40% remaining now thats a BEAST. It also felt so durable in the hands with its kevlar back. The camera is not that great but the battery in this beast is phenomenal a 3300 mAh.
Some may argue that Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 3100 mAh battery plus great specs and awesome display but in my opinion the motorola may claim this category because its much smaller in general, cheaper 90 KD and The Note 2 is a Phablet not a smart phone.
Best Luxury Phone
Hands down it is the BlackBerry Porsche Design P9981, check out my review on the P9981 Here. The design is extraordinary as if it came out of a sci-fi movie.
Best Phone for Hacks
Its so obvious its gonna be the Nexus 4, a pure android experience and a device loved by developers. Usually Nexus phones has a massive number of ROMs that can be installed on it but since its not available in Kuwait yet and the Galaxy Nexus is pretty old now Im gonna choose the htc One X again coz I know its loved by developers and I’ve tried so many ROMs on it.
Although i didnt use it but its the only phablet available in Kuwait till now of course it the Galaxy Note 2.
Best Camera Phone
It cant be a phone list without having the iPhone 5 in it, some may claim it to be the best phone of the year but actually I wont specify a certain best overall phone especially coz we had some great phone in 2012. Back to the iPhone 5, although its just an 8 MP camera but we all know its not always about the number of pixels the camera optics and software play a huge role in picture quality.
Best High End SmartPhone & Budget Friendly
The Samsung Galaxy S3, its the best selling smart phone for 2012 and a great overall phone. Quad core, 4.8″ display, 8 MP camera and it retails for only 160 KD. It hosts almost the same specs as the htc One X & performance wise its a beast. For only 160 KD & 6 colors compared to the iPhone’s starting price of 200 KD or htc’s 190 KD Samsung wins this category. Its not a cheap phone but a high end smart phone with a reasonable price.