Mobile devices in continuous use?
My old Samsung Galaxy I usually only used to make phone calls, from time to look at Twitter and maybe eMails. eMails write? Unthinkable, way too complicated. And anyway, the constantly empty battery. Pretty often, I just had the phone off - especially at home.
Since I moved to Berlin, I've been wondering about the long-term use of mobile pocket computers, also known as smartphones. Berlin has probably the largest smartphone density in all of Germany.
So while in the subway, in cafes and restaurants or elsewhere, all stare at their small appliances, I always wondered why these people do not get along without their mobile companions.
Smartphone with addiction potential
Now I know why. The HTC Desire S has addiction potential. In both the positive and the negative sense. Because it fulfills all the requirements I have had so far on a smartphone - and some more.
A great keyboard, on which one also longer eMails quick and easy typing, an integrated office software, a clear handling and especially Android 2.Damit me it is finally possible, for example, to use various timetable apps, read e-books, scan business cards - and me in the mirror look, a camera on the front makes it possible.
The women's mobile phone?
Now please do not laugh, I know, this is a typical women's problem: I am quite a lot on the road and do not always have time to look after me - and above all I did not always have a pocket mirror on hand. The problem is finally solved by the second camera on the front and the associated mirror latch finally! Thanks HTC!
Apart from the fact that the phone can of course also all the great things, my old cell phone was already synonymous (Google Maps, listening to music, take pictures and watch, video and sound record, etc.), but I'm really thrilled by one thing really : The social media integration.
The perfect address book comparison
This does not mean that I have Facebook, Twitter and co. with a few apps easy and fast. No: The address book of the mobile phone also displays all contact data from the address books of different social networks and also links identical contacts. This is so hot that I can not put my enthusiasm into words!
This means that if I have the same friend on Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Google+ and Xing, the HTC asks me if I want to link the contacts together, one click is enough - and already the device unites all available data to a contact, which it now indicates to me. Why is there not something for the PC?
For Linux at least I have searched so far in vain. The mobile phone has good chances, also at home (where I had it so far mostly from!) In the period of time ready to stand.
The required user?
The thing has, of course, also disadvantages: My mobile phone address book is now miserably long and unclear. And there are certainly some people who do not like this automatic synchronization of all contact data. Anyway, complaining that the mobile phone simply needs its users various functions - more about this in the next post.
However, there is a remedy: Under Settings -> Accounts and synchronization you can set the networks from which the data should be compared with the address book. And the automatic linking of the address data can also be set very easily and just as easily canceled. To do this, click on the three lines in the address book below that stand for further settings, then on “… More” and then on “Linked contacts”.
The end of the data synchronization?
There are other things that bother me more: For example, that this nice advantage could soon be a thing of the past. The culprit is the war between Google and Facebook. Because apparently at least a data comparison is no longer possible for me from the contacts on Facebook on other devices for Android 2.3.
This works for the HTC Desire S, but it still shows how stupid the dependency on individual companies is. And the Article At Netzwelt, it also gives me a hint as to why I can see and link the address data on my mobile phone, but then cannot export all the address data to the PC:
Export addresses - but only for Google
Apparently, if I understood correctly, the data are provided by Facebook and Co., but not stored on the mobile phone. In the following, I can use the thankfully provided impor export function of the contacts only for the Google address book.
Or does someone know a different solution?
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