I badly wanted a tablet for fulfilling my social networking and net surfing needs while on the bed or on couch. The priorities were simple, a tablet with Android running in it, it should work on Wi-Fi, no need of a cam, good display and battery life, no Chinese thingy, oh and yes it had to be cheap too. So began the search for a tab that had to meet these conditions. Begorra, the net was surfed to its entirety, friends were consulted, re-consulted and called at odd timings, forums combed and after much tweeting and Facebooking, a dear friend told me to go for the Kindle Fire (Basic version). Lucky was I to get it at a throw away price.
Sometime back I did a post on how to read Urdu SMS on an Android mobile phone. Actually at that time Android smartphones did not support Urdu fonts and reading an Urdu/Arabic SMS was a nightmare. One of my cousins had found a solution to this problem. By keeping two cellphones, an Android and a Nokia (running Symbian) he would forward the Urdu SMS to his Nokia phone and read them on it.
I was pretty much satisfied with my Q Mobile A10 and had not planned on getting a new one. But nature has its own ways, so one fine evening inadvertently I left it at the counter of a bakery while paying the cashier. By the time I came back to get it, the brickly thing was gone. And along with it was gone my 4 GB of digital life, contacts and pics. Damn! But then there was just no way to get it back the best I could do was to have it blocked. And that’s just what I did. Next thing, I got new SIMs issued in my name and finally looked for a cellphone. I did not want to spend a lot of money so Huawei Ascend G510 was the logical thing to buy as it would do the job and leave not that big a dent in my pocket.
Here’s the worst situation one can come across. Your Q Mobile screen is broken, it isn’t working and you have to get it to the repair shop for a new touch-screen. But you need to reset the phone and wipe out all data. What to do? Even the front screen buttons aren’t working. The only thing working is the volume up/down keys and the power button. Fret not, just follow these steps.
Pakistan Elections 2013 is an amazing Android app for keeping yourself abreast with the Pakistan Elections 2013 details. It has been developed by Suave Solutions to work with Android devices running version 2.1 and above.
Islamic Prayer Times is an Android app for keeping track of prayer times. The app works worldwide. You just have to set your location (once) after installing it. After that it shows you prayer times of that location. You can also set alarms to ring before prayer times. The app also has a built-in Qibla direction indicator. It has been developed by AppFlute to work with Android devices running version 1.5 and up. To download the app click here.
Weather Channel for Android is a very useful app for getting weather updates from around the world. It is free to download and use. I have been using it for a year now. It works with Android version 2.2 and up.
Big Font is a very useful app for increasing font size on your Android device. It is designed to work with Android 2.3.3 and up. The app itself is very easy to use. Download it, install it, and run it. Slide your finger to the desired percentage of font size from 100 % to 115% or even 130 %. I think its very good for people with weak sight. It’s available for free on Google Play. You can download it from here.
Firefox for Android is free to download and use. Before this I have been using Opera Mini for Android and found it to be very user friendly. Firefox lets you have tabbed browsing on your Android device. It takes a whopping 17 MB so you better have enough space on your smartphone or tablet before installing it. But what I liked most about Firefox is the ability to sync my Laptop and smartphone. So now all my tabs, bookmarks, accounts info and even history in synchronized on both devices. This way I do not have a problem when I am using Firefox at home on the lappy or during move in my car.
One of the things I don’t like about Android phones is their inability to show Urdu or Arabic fonts. This becomes really annoying when one has to read an SMS sent in Urdu or even Arabic. Although I am hooked to Android smartphones since last two years, but I just do not like this shortcoming. There is good news for all those who want at least to read Urdu or Arabic SMS on an Android smartphone.