smartphones

Samsung S6 Smart Phone

My wife and I own Samsung S6 smartphones. We’re not unhappy with them, but they do have their quirks. But nothing you can’t usually get past. Like for instance, the HORRIBLE Samsung spell checking mechanism. It changes words it does not need to or makes “fixes” that aren’t needed.

Here are some classic Samsung spell check snafus:

  • If you type “C section,” it will change that to “Christian section.”
  • “Westworld” becomes “Westwood.”
  • “Aveeno,” becomes “Ave enough.”
  • “Zigzag” becomes “zag ginger.”
  • “Expediently” morphs into “expedient lying.”
  • “Pre-rain” gets changed to “pre-painted.”
  • Or if you have a three letter word, sometimes it expands on those first three letters, making it into another word all together.

Yes, the phone is trainable to specific words but you would think in this day and era, they’d have this spell check crap down a little better.  Before I dumped my Motorola phone because of it’s suspicious behaviors, AKA, “Planned Obsolescence,” you have to give it kudos, it had fairly superior spell checking. That spoiled me.

But last week both my wife and I got updates delivered to our phones. It was known as G920VVRS4CPL3. Woo boy, were we in for different surprises!

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Fixing the power/lock button on my Motorola RAZR

The following is my own consumer experience, opinion and reaction on what has become a most unfortunate product experience with my Motorola Droid smartphone.

I have been a faithful Motorola phone consumer ever since I had my first cell phone. I took a one-year break to check out what smartphones were all about, but my Samsung Omnia had frustrated me so much that I swore off smartphones and anything made by Samsung. That was eight years ago and I still have zero Samsung products in my home because of it. (I have a problem letting go.)

Anyone who follows me personally, this site or its associated social networks might have seen my yakking about the issues with our Motorola phones. Oh yes, plural. The issues I bring forth are experiences from myself, my wife’s phone, and three peers who own the same phone. It’s weird how when you grumble about your phone’s failings and others pipe up, “Me too!”

If it were only myself, I could explain it off as a unique and unlucky consumer experience. But when several friends are saying the same thing about our aging Motorola phones, I get suspicious and start looking for the corporate “black helicopters.” Or as I discovered during some research, I encountered the premise of “planned obsolescence.”

Did you know that Motorola Mobile is now owned by Lenovo? (Bought them from Google in January 2014). Yep, Motorola is only that in name.

I’ve been frustrated with many facets of my phone of late but the last straw hit recently when it took nearly ten minutes to try and get a decent, focused, indoor pic from five feet away of two dogs sitting on the couch. But that’s one of a multiple number of issues I’ve been having with my phone.

Battery

The battery drains out even if you don’t use the phone.

One day I decided to see if my battery drain was from my usage, so I abandoned my phone for a single 24-hour period. When I came back to it the next day, it had burned through 75% of the charge.

Albeit that may be a function of apps trying to do things behind my back, but still.


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Is Your Smartphone Part Of A Planned Obsolescence Life Cycle?

December 29, 2014

I originally started this piece out comparing the shortcomings of my aging Droid to consumer expectations. From apps that test my patience to a horribly performing Motorola phone’s camera. But in my research, I discovered the phrase “Planned Obsolescence” in regards to smartphones. And suddenly I stopped comparing and started getting a bit aggravated. Wikipedia’s […]

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Amazon App: Is It Helpful or Insidious?

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Disclaimer: I love my Amazon. yet pragmatically speaking, sometimes even the best of love is outweighed by illogical behavior and bad results. With that said, ever since my Motorola Droid updated itself, my Amazon app has been “unexpectedly quitting” roughly 16 times an hour. What this means yo me is that… 1 Despite actively turning […]

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Continue the Fun of Your Favorite TV Shows With These iPhone Games

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There’s a reason they call it brain candy. Popular television shows are simple to digest, fun to watch, and are great to experience with friends and family. When the show is over you can watch reruns on your mobile device, but what about a little bit of interactive fun? Developers have come up with iPhone […]

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Things You Can Do With Your Old Smartphone Once You’ve Upgraded

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Don’t Throw Away Your Old Smartphone Yet! (What You Can Do With Old Smartphones!) The other day I upgraded from a Droid X to a Droid RAZR M.  It’s pretty cool and jumping a few years in technology between phones is a pretty impressive experience.  But more importantly, with my old phone still hooked up […]

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Cinemark Offers Rewards To Non-Texting Movie-Goers

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Cinemark theaters are trying to help movie goers have a better experience! Sad times indeed.  I truly do not understand the mentality of an individual who must check their phone during a movie but there it is, more and more folks seem to be doing it.  In fact every time I hit up a movie, […]

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What’s The New Threat To Pedestrians? [Consumer]

August 1, 2012

The Tuesday edition of my local paper had a headline that was left of logo, and it read, “New Threat to pedestrians: The iPhone.” Never mind the privacy concerns of the user tracking that smartphones do. (It’s called cookies on a desktop/laptop.)  Never mind that the Motorola Droid‘s camera took five steps back at their […]

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Is Your Personal Data Truly Safe on Your Smartphone?

February 20, 2012

I’m sure you’re aware, but if you’re not, today I chat about some smartphone apps uploading personal data, evil QR code or financial apps with tiny flaws…

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More Privacy Concerns With Everyone’s Smartphones, & This One Is Big

December 3, 2011

While tinkering around with his Android based phone, Trevor Eckhart discovered something interesting underneath the hood. A piece of software underneath it all that…

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Apple Privacy Issue Gets Expensive

August 1, 2011

Apple Privacy Issue Gets Expensive

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Motorola Droid X Final Review & Gingerbread Update Info [Consumer Bits]

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Motorola Droid X Final Review & Gingerbread Update Info [Consumer Bits]

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Speeding Up Your ‘Droid X’ Camera Shutter [A Consumer Product Review]

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Speeding Up Your ‘Droid X’ Camera Shutter [A Consumer Product Review]

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Is The Smartphone Privacy Issue Getting Overblown?

April 29, 2011

Is The Smartphone Privacy Issue Getting Overblown?

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Consumer User Product Review – Motorola Droid X from Verizon Wireless – Pt 3 [The Left Menu Screens]

November 11, 2010

Consumer User Product Review – Motorola Droid X from Verizon Wireless – Pt 3 [The Left Menu Screens]

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Motorola Droid X from Verizon Wireless – Pt 2 of a Consumer User Product Review

November 10, 2010

Motorola Droid X from Verizon Wireless – Pt 2 of a Consumer User Product Review, a new user who is really enjoying this intuitive experience with a new phone/mini-computer.

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DROID X 2-Hour Review plus ‘People Are Awesome’ YouTube Video [Consumer Product Review]

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DROID X 2-Hour Review plus ‘People Are Awesome’ YouTube Video [Consumer Product Review]

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My Updated Samsung Omnia Smartphone Consumer Experience

October 26, 2010

My Updated Samsung Omnia Smartphone Consumer Experience

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