Use your Android smartphone instead of a media center PC, with a $5-$11 adapter, 720p High definition.

Micro USB to HDMI, HHL generic adapter from eBay playing movies from the phone onto a TV in 720p To watch Netflix and movies on your TV in high definition, I highly recomend the cheap no-name brand Micro USB to HDMI MHL Adapters being sold on Amazon or eBay. The video is full wide screen, and good quality.  You can even show your friends how good you are at Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja in full wide screen HDTV glory if you like :)  If you don’t use Netflix, an app that streams movies over Wi-fi from your desktop computer’s hard drive, and proper video player app and codecs to play H.264 and DivX movies can be useful, I will mention as well at the end of this article.  A quality Bluetooth keyboard and mouse such as the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution Bluetooth Mouse and Keyboard can also be added to the Samsung Galaxy S II to more easily control the phone if it is located near the TV and you are seated far away. Continue reading “Use your Android smartphone instead of a media center PC, with a $5-$11 adapter, 720p High definition.”

In my opinion, the best free offline GPS navigation with voice prompts with free maps for Samsung Galaxy SII

There are so many options when looking for offline GPS navigation on Andriod phones such as my Samsung Galaxy SII. There are at least a dozen free navigation apps that use some form of the OpenStreetMap maps (OSM). I wanted to be able to use my phone as a GPS device without a data plan if I am travelling out of the country, I don’t want to have to be restricted to having a data plan, and I definitely do not want to use roaming data which costs an arm and a leg. I also wanted to be sure I could find an app that had VOICE turn-by-turn navigation, in case I need to find my way somewhere while riding my motorcycle with a Bluetooth headset. I found a free app and free maps for my Andriod phone that seem to work not too badly.  But sadly, my Nokia E71 with it’s OVI software with free OVI maps is still way better than any free offline GPS system on Andriod, and my E71 properly communicates with my bluetooth headset too, not wasting batteries, AND OVI maps’ voice navigation doesn’t suck.  But I’m writing this article anyways to let you know what Andriod has to offer even though I am displeased with Andriod’s offline navigation.  If you have a data connection and are ok using online navigation, Andriod is fine, it’s got some good tools.  Offline is a different story sadly for travelers. Continue reading “In my opinion, the best free offline GPS navigation with voice prompts with free maps for Samsung Galaxy SII”

Changing the default Voice Talk app on Samsung Galaxy SII to one that is truly handsfree with Bluetooth headsets for free

Many people with the Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II have become very dissapointed with the built-in “Voice Talk” app that comes standard with these phones, this blog entry gives steps required to replace this app with something that works correctly with Bluetooth headsets.  The replacement app I suggest is only a voice dialing app, but the same procedure below can be used to replace with any app that you choose. Continue reading “Changing the default Voice Talk app on Samsung Galaxy SII to one that is truly handsfree with Bluetooth headsets for free”