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Day 6 with Nexus S: Apps heaven, no 3G video call #Maxis10

Experiences in Day 6

Day 6 with Nexus S, and I think I really liked this phone. Slick outlook, smooth Gingerbread, high end specs – I am sold. Since it is a Gingerbread Android phone, one of the advantages is the Android Market which contains thousands of good apps and games. Therefore, it is totally reasonable to fill up the phone with tons of apps, err… good apps.

So after a few hours of installation and testing, here comes the list of apps (more to come for sure!) that passed my strict tests, in terms of usability and user experience:

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Day 5 with Nexus S: Lasting battery, Fingerprint magnet #Maxis10

Experiences in Day 5

Reflective Back Cover of Nexus SDay 5 with Nexus S started off with 66% of battery life, which is merely 1% drop in battery life after 7 hours – couldn’t ask for more. Similar to Day 4, the settings are remained and the usage of the phone are pretty much the same, so it won’t be surprised to have it last for another day.

One thing I really liked in Nexus S is the cool effect when the screen turning off – something that you can’t usually seen on most of the phones. I must say that it feels so natural with the screen and backlit touch-sensitive buttons on the Nexus S.

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Day 4 with Nexus S: Average GPS, Bad Speaker Location #Maxis10

Experiences in Day 4

Google Nexus S - BackGoogle Nexus S is fully charged on day 4, and it is ready to go for a *rough* battery life test under optimized settings and average usage. The optimized settings I am talking about including lowest brightness (thanks to the Super LCD, it is still very viewable at lowest brightness), no vibration, no 3G mode, no push email, no auto-sync. With these settings, the phone is used for a few callings, text messaging, manual email and calendar synchronization with WiFi, some gaming, a few photo shooting etc.

Well, you might think that this test isn’t too useful to tell the battery life of Nexus S since 3G mode is turned off. However, it really depends on the end user. I believe some of the end users will have wireless internet connection for the entire day – both in office and home, without the need of the mobile internet, therefore I believe it is still an interesting test, though I am sure it is not for everyone.

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Day 3 with Nexus S: Good gaming capability, SIM card import bug #Maxis10

Experiences in Day 3

Dungeon DefendersInitial plan for testing out the maximum battery performance is decided to be postponed as I have decided to test the gaming performance of Nexus S. With the Quadrant score of unofficial 1402, I am very interested to see how Nexus S can cope up with the latest 3D games in Android, such as Need for Speed Shift and Dungeon Defenders, as well as the battery performance in gaming.

I got the phone installed with Angry Birds Season, Need for Speed Shift, and Dungeon Defenders. The latter took quite some times as it is a quite a huge game, and not to forget it is the first game in Android which is powered by Unreal Engine 3 Technology. It is a little bit disappointing that Nexus S doesn’t comes with the new nVidia Tegra 2 chip for maximum gaming performance, but the PowerVR SGX540 GPU on the Samsung Hummingbird won’t be too disappointing either.

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Day 2 with Nexus S: Camera is OK, Impressive Battery Life #Maxis10

Experiences in Day 2

After an overnight charge, Nexus S is ready to be used with 100% battery life. Just so happen that this day is my convocation ceremony, so Nexus S can be a perfect companion for calling and photo/video shooting. And this day I have decided to use the phone at full brightness (the auto-brightness is turned off), just to see how well can the battery performed.

Google Nexus S - Screen OnCall quality is really good, as mentioned in Day 1, and the user interface for calling is pretty intuitive. Texting with this phone is not bad with the new keyboard in Gingerbread, but it definitely wasn’t designed to be used with one hand. When I am texting one-handed, my thumb always tend to touch the smiley key on the keyboard, which considerably delayed the texting process. To resolve this issue, I decided to install Swype beta in the Nexus S, and this is no longer an issue. However, I have to say the default keyboard definitely works well with two-handed texting, both in landscape and portrait mode.

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Day 1 with Nexus S: Smooth, Bright, and Good Call Quality #maxis10

This is a really great stuff happening in Techie Talkz. After months of hoping and waiting, the author of Techie Talkz finally get selected for the famous Maxis10 Reviewers Programme (and it’s the 10th!) to review the long awaited, second official phone from Google and the first phone running Gingerbread (Android 2.3) – the Google Nexus S. In this review programme, the author is given a chance to hold the new Google Nexus S for two weeks to do reviewing and experience sharing about the phone, without bias. As a tech blogger (as well as a end user), I will be focusing on the technical review on the phone, as well as the daily experience that Google Nexus S provides me.

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Monitor temperature of your computer [How To]


No, the above photo isn’t showing you some kind of powerful dust accumulator; they are dusts on a laptop CPU heat sink after three years of use that has made the laptop unusable due to the frequent thermal shutdowns.[Source] It is not uncommon that the computer breakdowns (especially desktop with ATX chassis) are associated with overheating problem, and most of the time it is due to the long term accumulation of dusts within the desktop chassis (unless you have a dust-filtering chassis). If you have no idea on how the dusts can cause overheating, I would suggest you to read this article in Wikipedia, there’s lots of information related to the computer cooling. 

Thus, overheating is one of the major issues that can cause the computer lifespan to be shortened. To prevent the shortening of the computer lifespan, one can always remove the dusts accumulated within the chassis (including the dusts stuck on the active cooling fan) frequently; however, it is not too ideal to do the dust cleaning every single week (because I know you have some other better things to do), so you would require some indicators from the computer itself, telling you that a dust cleaning is needed, and for this purpose, temperature monitoring software comes in handy.

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