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After a little longer with life using Android, I thought I should probably jot a few experiences down in case anyone else was thinking of swapping from WP and wondered at the differences. In a bid to avoid thus looking like a gigantic whinge, I'm going to try and add some structure to this post.

The good:
- Google apps. The photos app is superb. It has everything I want and is simple and intuitive to use. Chrome is superb. MS raised their game with a new version of IE for WP8 but it isn't in the same league as chrome.
- battery life has surprised me. I'm getting close to 3 days out of a second hand nexus 4 with WiFi and location enabled. Sure I'm not making a lot of phone calls but I'm browsing my usual social networks and taking the occasional photo.
- GPS seems to be good. I'm only comparing to a galaxy s2 but its noticeably faster to get a position.
- camera start up time. Its noticeably faster to start the camera than on my Nokia - even without a dedicated hardware button.

The frustrating:
- chrome! its good but why do I have different products for both mobile and tablet. On the mobile app there is a brilliant swipe gesture to kill tabs. Its a tiny little cross in the tablet and I am forever creating new blank tabs instead of closing tabs. Not so bad but then why won't the mobile app display pages that open on the tablet version. Its barmy!
- No hardware camera shutter button.
- Possible choice. I've complained before about having too many apps that makes it difficult to find the best ones. I've had a similarly frustrating time with hardware. I bought a USB OTG cable. Downloaded a bunch of apps only to find its not a compatible cable. The day before I tried to plug my tablet into the USB port on the TV and use it like a hard disc. No joy. Not a problem I think, I can borrow an MHL cable. Nope. That only works for Samsung phones. I'm left feeling a little flat that the possibilities are very high but with a correspondingly high level of incompatibility which makes me ask myself - is this too much flexibility in a phone?
- The stock phone dialer. I just don't get on with this. I keep hanging up calls when I'm trying to take them. Who thought it was a good idea not to show you which direction you need to swipe before you have touched the screen and covered up the correct option with part of your hand? I know you would get used to it but it still needs fixing. Any recommendations for a better one?

Halfway score:
I like both the phone and the tablet I'm using but it's too early to tell if I'll stick with them. I started this experiment because I felt limited by WP8 and I felt I was missing out but I can't help feeling the same is true on android. It seems you buy your hardware based on your criteria and accept that other hardware will do loads of other stuff you'll just never get working yourself 
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Nexus 4s rock ;-) welcome to the club
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Hooray! A new Martyn Ashton road bike video - and this time he's invited Chris Akrig and Danny Mcaskill along for the ride.

Road Bike Party 2 - Martyn Ashton
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Crazy! But truly amazing.
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So I'm having a problem where my 'ALL' stream in G+ is only showing my posts. And not all of my posts at that. I can see all the posts in the streams individually and the settings in the circles have the 'show posts in home stream' option enabled. 

Any ideas? 
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Can always keep the engine in the garage ;)
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Saw my first live siting of the Renault Twizy on Monday. Emerging from the Flowers estate of all places although I suspect it was just using a shortcut to avoid traffic. Looked a lot more practical than I suspected. I still really like the idea of one. Here's hoping the battery costs come down in price.
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I sat in one on display in town. I had my 5 year old sit in the front while I sat in the back. If you think of it more like a motorcycle pillion seat, it's surprisingly spacious and comfortable :)
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With the predicted snow tomorrow, I'm wondering if I should be looking to take the day off to go play in the snow.
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Starting day 3 of living with an Android phone (Nexus 4) instead of my usual nokia lumia. I don't think its been helped that our phone line (and hence broadband) has been down but its been an interesting trip so far. 

Summary:
- The keyboard. The best thing about Android by a mile. I remember thinking how much nicer the WP keyboard was when I moved from IOS. This is the same type of thing. Its somehow more accurate and quicker to react. 
- The camera. Bit of a dissapointment but I am moving from a mega camera to last years tech so its to be expected. Stock camera app is fine - if a little unintuitive. the Better camera app makes things a lot better. 
- Apps. Pluses and minuses here. Yes , there are lots of them. But you have to install about 10 and then work out which ones work. Can see why Microsoft execs are upbeat about things if only they could persuade the big companies to write for all 3 platforms. The easy way to discover apps is just to look at the Nokia recommended list. This removes all the fart apps and means that everything will have been through at least 2 sets of device testing before you look at it. 
- Social media. Retrograde step here for me at the moment. With the exception of the google plus app, nothing seems to be so well featured. The stock WP8 app amalgamates all the details together so well into a quick and easy to read stream, haven't found anything yet that works quite as well. I'm guessing that the manufacturers put something on with their enhanced products (Sense etc).
- Dialler. I'm not as keen on the stock android dialler. Its probably just what I'm used to though so Im not going to let this put me off.
- Maps. I miss nokia maps. I love having OSM maps instead. 
- Weather. Haven't found a weather app I'm happy with on either platform yet. The android ones do look a little more polished though.
- Tasker. This is brilliant! If I could take one thing back it would almost be this (the keyboard would win but this runs it close).

I'm going to stick with it for another 4 weeks whilst I adapt and make my mind up then.
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So a couple of months ago the +1 feature was changed. Being a little slow on the uptake and the type of person who would probably spam my feed as I tend to 'award' pluses for respect rather than want to necessarily share with people (I tend to use the share link for that) I was interested in finding out how to mute this feature.

Turns out the setting menus have changed since the helpful posts telling you how to do this. Anyone have any ideas how I can mute myself?
 
How to Hide Your +1's 

If you're really not into this new +1 thing, and are paranoid that someone will see that you are +1ing Hello Kitty images (you know who you are) here is how you can easily make sure nobody can see your +1s. 

Step 1: Go to your Settings tab in the left sidebar.

Step 2: Scroll down to the Apps and activities section and click the Manage apps and activities button.

Step 3: Click the Google tab at the top.

Step 4: Under the Visible to column click the Edit link.

Step 5: Click the drop down menu and select Only you from the list.

Step 6: Return to +1ing all the things you don't want people to know you like. 

This should completely solve your fear of being found out for your Hello Kitty +1ing obsession (or any other completely valid reasons you don't want people to see what you +1). 

Personally, I think this new +1 behavior is a great thing and if you don't believe me, you should read my follow up post to this:

Everything You Need To Know About The New +1 On Google+ - http://dustn.tv/google-plus-one

Was this helpful to you? Do you have any more questions about the new Google+ +1 feature? 

#googleplustips   #googleplushelp  
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Just to prove that windsurfing and kitesurfing aren't the only videos I watch. This is pretty awesome.
 
WOW.  Easily the most original flatlander bike tricks I've seen.

Original Bike Tricks from Tim Knoll
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That was awesome... and I never realised he was a singer!
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Seems I'm the only person in Britain a bit sad that Blockbuster look like they're going. Here are the reasons why:

1. Convenience. OK so this isn't universal but my nearest branch is a couple of minutes walk away and its easy to decide to watch something, get it and watch it.
2. The website. OK its not great but its usable and as you can prebook online its actually pretty good to be able to decide what to watch before going to rent it saving time if its out of stock. - OK so this is maybe just a way of working around a fundamental flaw in the rental process but its better than nothing.
3. Cheaper than pay per view. My local Blockbuster was renting blue rays for £1. 1080p regardless of your broadband speed or contention.
4. New films. As a PS3 owner I can't get Now so I'm left with Amazon and Netflix and the 12 month wait for new films. OK so I could use a laptop but as with the Roku player, I don't have an optical audio out, my amp doesn't have pass through HDMI and I'd prefer not to compromise on audio quality if I don't need to.
5. Space (and effort). I don't want a library of physical film media ( I subscribe to spotify presently for the same reason) and I don't want the hassle of selling films once I've watched them.

None of these obstacles are insolvable but I haven't yet found something 'Better' than walking to the rental shop for the way I want to rent movies.
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Been investigating induction charging after a bit of discussion in the office and the measured results have been suprising.* 

Power consumption fully charged but left plugged in.
Induction: 3W
Manufacturers power plug 2W

Power consumption Charging (from 70%)
Induction: 10W
Manufacturers power plug: 11W

Power consumption no device plugged in
Induction: flicked between 0W and 1W
Manufacturers power plug: 0W 

Now this isn't the most scientific set of results but I had expected the induction charging to be significantly worse - particularly as it was charging through a rubber case (recommended manufacturers case). Perhaps induction can be a cool new feature for all?

* All results taken using an HP touchpad with a touchstone dock as induction charger. Touchpad running CM9
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