3 Useful Windows Phone Apps You Have to Try Out

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If you are using an Android device, there are plenty of apps out there and all sorts of tips and tricks on how to use them to enhance your user experience. But, while I was surfing the internet, I didn’t come across a lot of articles which dealt with the same subject matter, albeit featuring Windows phones. Of course, this is due to Android’s enormous popularity, and the lack of apps for Windows cell phones.

But, when Windows Phone 8 appeared, the situation began to look a lot better, and the prospect of buying a Windows phone, became much more appealing. Personally, I’ve been on the bandwagon for years now, but for those of you who are new to Windows Phone, or if you are thinking about buying a device which runs it, take a look at these useful bits of advice.iphone apps

Capture What’s on Your Screen

Taking a screenshot is finally possible with Windows Phone 8. All you have to do is press the Home and Lock buttons at the same time, which is miles simpler than the stuff you had to do before in order to capture a screenshot. Before, you had to have developer privileges, and then you had to use a developer-specific app. Needless to say, anyone can do it this way.

What Was the Name of That Song?

If you have a bunch of songs on your Windows phone, but don’t know any of the titles, you no longer need to download a dedicated app, such as Shazam for instance, in order to find out the name of the tune. Windows Phone 8 comes with a built-in song-recognition feature. To use it, tap the hardware Search button, and then the music icon in the bottom toolbar, and that is pretty much it. Let the phone do its magic, and come back with the exact title of the song. You will also be given a link where you can buy the song.

Battery Low…

My battery has a knack for running low at the worst moment possible, so this power-saving feature is one I can’t do without. To access it, go to Settings and activate the Battery Saver. What it will do is stop all the automatic syncing processes, such as email, and prevent any apps from running in the background. The basic functionality will still be left intact, and it will still do what it’s supposed to do – make and receive calls, send and receive texts. Of course, you can still choose to sync any app, but you will have to do it manually. What I also like is that you can choose to use the Battery Saver mode not only when your battery is critically low, but you can also keep it active all the time. If it’s active a little heart will appear over your battery indicator.

Top 5 Android Phones That Won’t Break the Bank

The good news? Phones are getting more inexpensive. The bare minimum phone, even the free phone at your local mobile dealer is exceedingly better than phones of just 3 or 4 years ago. If you have access to a regular mobile flip phone, odds are that for a little more money, you can upgrade to a smartphone.

Android is the leading competitor with Apple for creating quality phones. Android just happens to be open source which means many companies have created devices that will use the operating system. iOS, however, is far more proprietary and does not allow for other manufacturers to create mobile devices using their software. This gives the Android market a huge variety of devices for customers to choose from – at different price points and with different benefits. Below are 5 affordable phoneinhand14Android phones that won’t put a strain on your pocketbook.

1. Huawei Ascent Mate

This phone has a large screen and functions well as a tablet and mobile device in one.

Price: $344.99


  • Screen: 6.1-inch IPS (1280×720 pixels) with Gorilla Glass
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Quad-core Huawei K3V2
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Camera: 8 MP rear (1080p videos), 1 MP front (720p video)
  • Memory: 8 GB internal, microSD up to 64 GB
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4
  • Battery: 4050 mAh
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

2. HTC One X

Not the most current phone, but certainly a great phone. These babies come unlocked to use with most mobile carriers.

Price: $243.81


  • Screen: 4.7-inch Super IPS LCD 2 (1280×720 pixels) with Gorilla Glass
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Camera: 8 MP rear (1080p videos), 1.3 MP front (720p video)
  • Memory: 16 GB/32 GB internal, no microSD slot
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4
  • Battery: 1800 mAh
  • OS: Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean

3. LG Optimus Vu

This phone is very similar to the Nexus 4 in every way except the screen, which is a bit wide for some users’ preferences.

Price: $261.40


  • Screen: 5-inch IPS (1024×768 pixels) with Gorilla Glass
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Camera: 8 MP rear (1080p videos), 1.3 MP front (720p video)
  • Memory: 32 GB internal, no microSD slot
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4
  • Battery: 2100 mAh
  • OS: Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean

4. Motorola Moto G

Now that Google owns Motorola, you can get the most updated Android software for this device.

Price: $199.00


  • Screen: 4.5-inch IPS (1280×720 pixels) with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Camera: 5 MP rear (720p videos), 1.3 MP front (720p video)
  • Memory: 8 GB/16 GB internal, no microSD slot
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4
  • Battery: 2070 mAh
  • OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat

5. Lenovo P780

This phone is ideal for people who are heavy-users. The large battery keeps this device alive longer than any other.

Price: $263.99


  • Screen: 5-inch IPS (1280×720 pixels)
  • Processor: 1.2GHz Quad-core Mediatek MT6589
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Camera: 8 MP rear (720p videos), VGA front (VGA video)
  • Memory: 4 GB/8 GB internal, microSD up to 32 GB
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

That’s five to get you thinking … of course other phones are available! Don’t forget – have you got antivirus software on your cell phone?

Top 5 Retro Video Games – Going Back in Time

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Games have come a long way in the last 30 years. From first person shooter games to MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing game), there is an entire world of video games tailored to every need. But what about the old games we grew up with? The ones we know and love? They aren’t obsolete. They’re just facing fierce competition. These simple oldies but goodies are just as fun as you remember.

If you find yourself in need of some arcade or old-school console game time, here are a few that might fulfill your retro gaming needs.

1. Tetris (1984)

Challenging and fun to play at any age, Tetris is IT. The music alone is an element in pop culture all over the world. It was originally played in arcades and handheld devices in many countries, but the game itself originated in Russia. Updated versions are available, and you can even find them for your Android device. Check out a free online version here.

2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)

This third Zelda game was released on Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and re-released on Game Boy Advance in 2002. The RPG-like game has a complicated and interesting storyline. Like a good book, you keep playing along just to see where the story takes you. Wizards, a quest, and a damsel in distress: all the essential ingredients for an awesome story.

3. Doom (1993)

This is where first-person shooter games got their start. Doom is a sci-fi/horror game featuring a space marine who has to fight his way through hell spawn and demons to complete the game. Doom isn’t for kids though, the scary satanic imagery and gore is meant for mature players. Here’s what it looked like back in the day:

4. Day of the Tentacle (1993)

This cult classic from LucasArts is the follow-up to Maniac Mansion. This point-and-click game is also known as a graphic retro video gamesadventure game. It features a wacky cast of characters and puzzles that lead you through space and time. The game was originally released for PC on floppy disk and CD-ROM. Day of the Tentacle continues to delight players even 20 years later.

5. Super Mario 64 (1996)

Super Mario 64 was the game that was released with the console along with Pilotwings 64. This open-world, 3D platform was one of the first of its kind. Gamers everywhere were impressed with the freedom it gave them. There is no one linear way to complete levels, and game play is far more dynamic. There are puzzles, bad guys to beat, and courses to complete. Super Mario 64 is fun for all ages.

This is by no means an extensive list, but it’s a great jumping off point for folks who want reminisce.

Reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Series

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In the past few product releases, Samsung has been lagging behind the iPad somewhat when it comes to the tablet market. However, with its recent release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, many think that the gap between the two tech giants is slowly closing. Especially, noting that one definitely comes at a lower price tag! The contents below will review the new device of Samsung, and what you, ‘the consumer’ can expect from it!

The Unveiling – Inside the Box!

As with most Samsung products, the packaging for the Galaxy Tab 3 was quite minimalistic, and inside the recycled

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box were the following (all items that can come in handy):

  • USB charging cable
  • Micro USD charging wall adapter
  • Various documentation e.g. accessory guides, Quick start guide, Galaxy Perks etc.

External Specs…

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes in three different sizes – 7inches ($199+), 8 inches ($299+) and 10 inches ($399+, which definitely adds value to the device, knowing that it can come in all different shapes and sizes, therefore appealing to all users.

You can also choose from two colors – Gold Brown or White, which also positively adds to the sleekness of the gadget.

Internal Specs…

All sizes come with the latest Android operating system (4.2.2) and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Wi-Fi and rear-facing cameras. It is important to note the rear-facing camera does go up in mega pixels (3.0MP – 5.0MP) depending on the device. This is also true with the resolution quality, with the minimum being 1024 x 600, and maximum going up to 1280 x 800.

The 1.5 GHz dual-core processor allows for the device to maintain its speed whilst allowing the user to be able to multi-task within its battery life of eight and a half hours.

In terms of memory, this ranges from 8GB – 16GB, with a further increase of up to 64GB, if you purchase a micro SD card.

Additional Great Features Include:

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series also includes all additional features that come with the Android software. For example; Google+, Google Maps, the Google Play Store etc. Many popular and cool apps, such as YouTube is already pre-loaded onto the device even before it’s registered by a user!

Another cool application that users should definitely look forward to is the Peel Smart Remote App. A nifty idea, that allows the user to use their Galaxy Tab to plug into new TV shows based on their tastes and preferences. The app recognizes this when the user first programs their TV into the app accompanied by their zip code. You are instantly given a list of TV shows and channels, instead of having to flip through the TV trying to find something to watch. What is also fantastic is that you can use your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to switch channels, or turn on or off the television once you have the app up and running successfully.

Overall Thoughts – to buy or not to buy?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is definitely worth a look and a purchase, especially if you are a big fan of Android devices. It is definitely comparable to the iPad, and the various sizes of the device are attractive for everyone.