I am really enjoying everything about my Galaxy Note 3. The only thing I was missing that my BlackBerry devices did was let me set my own ringtones for SMS and messenger apps and other things. My BBM for Android wasn’t the same without the familiar BBM tone. Sure, my Note 3 had built in notification tones but not ones I liked. I needed my own tones. Well, today I figured out how. Use your file browser and go to your device storage then go to your media/audio/notifications and move whatever tone you like. I’m not sure yet if there is a length restriction. Will let you know.
As many of you know, I have always been a hard core BlackBerry user. I have loved BlackBerry devices for many many years and still do love my Z10. As the uncertainty of BlackBerry looms over all users of the device and the mobile world, I made the decision to go full time with another platform. I really was trying to hold out for the release of the Z30 but the news for prosumer hit the blogs, I decided I was not going to hold out for a device that may not even be sold by my carrier. I mulled it over and over on what to do… I knew I had some experience with iOS, that I really didn’t want to do again. I also had many HTC Android powered devices I had played with. Knowing that the Galaxy Note 3 was soon to be released, I went to my laptop and pre-ordered it. I hadn’t been on contract for about 8 years so I knew I could get it cheaper by going back on a 2 year contract. That’s what I did.
The anxiety waiting for my brand new device was over whelming but I made it through. I opened the box and I thought it was a very nice looking device and couldn’t wait to get it out, battery in and activated. The set up was so quick. All my contacts were waiting for me in Gmail. No problems there syncing then to my new device from my backup of my Z10 contacts. Since, I was familiar with Android, I knew what apps I wanted to start with. SwiftKey was my very first download. Then came Check and then Box, Dropbox and Evernote, those had all my ringtones and family photos and music stored for my switch.
I am not by any way going to talk bad any BlackBerry, I still use my Z10. I am going to do a little comparing, my own thoughts. I love that I can just download anything I want. I could get anything I wanted for my Z10 with 10.2 but still had to convert some and sideload. Not a hard process at all but one I grew tired of. I came to a point of my mobile life that I just wanted to enjoy what I have.
Hangouts and G+ have been great. Now I see the use for G+, lol. If only AT&T would let me video chat with my group of friends over their network, I will be really happy. Supposedly that is coming. For now I just #BlameItOnBrock (my group of friends know what that means). I can control my Vizio TV, my Suddenlink cable guide and DVR AND my Roku Box with my Note 3. Oh and play music and pics and videos from my device to my Vizio TV and my Samsung smart Blu Ray player. Pretty nice! The battery life is amazing. I’m a heavy user and can easily get 10 hours from a full charge. That’s with my screen as bright as it can go.
The customization on this device is way beyond themes on BlackBerry legacy devices. I use Nova and Beautiful Widgets and Zooper to make my Note 3 mine.
The S pen is the one thing that I thought I wouldn’t use. That’s old school to me. A stylus, really? Boy was I wrong. It is so quick and easy to take a quick note or a phone number, even a tag number if you need to do that. Take a screen shot with your pen and write on it then share to pretty much anything social site you have connected. I always share to Plume or BBM or Line or Hangouts, etc. Blackberry HUB really has nothing on how connected my accounts are on this device.
Photo and video taking is just as simple as any mobile device. The quality is amazing. You really have to see it for yourself.
I am still learning things about this beast so I am going to leave you with those thoughts. The Galaxy Note 3 is fast, smooth, elegant and earns to be called a flagship device. Glad you stopped by. Thanks for reading.
After getting my Galaxy Note 3 I found myself wanting a case to protect my new device. I got many suggestions from my friends, like the Urban Armor Gear. I ordered it but because I got my Note 3 early it was 4 weeks before shipping. I went browsing the Web and found Spigen. Looking through the cases on their site I found the Neo Hybrid. I ordered through their store on Amazon. 2 weeks after ordering, my case arrived. I took it out of the package and slapped it on my Note 3. It’s been about a week or so and I like the case. Fits like a glove. Easy to put on and doesn’t add any bulk to the device at all. Adds a little weight but for me it makes my Note 3 feel sturdier. I would suggest this case. It comes in a variety of colors, I chose the black.
UPDATE: BBM roll out continues today. Get the details here: http://blogs.blackberry.com/2013/10/bbm-android-iphone-launch/ -- Donny H., October 21, 2013
That’s right BBM fans -- the iconic mobile social network will begin rolling out for Android and iPhone customers around the world from September 21. Soon, you’ll be able to easily connect with friends on different platforms. As you may know BBM was previously exclusive to BlackBerry smartphones, and it will be available as a free download in Google Play and the App Store.
I love music and am always making my self ringtones of songs that I like. A couple songs has been in rotation on my BlackBerry Z10 for a while so I made them ringtones and am going to share them here with you. Enjoy! Have a song you like? I can make it a ringtone for you, just ask.
I am always looking for a more complete, more accurate weather app. I also don’t like Android ports. Not saying they are bad, I just prefer apps built for BlackBerry on my BlackBerry Z10.
I have been a huge fan of BeWeather for years. I like the different icon sets you can use in it. Especially for legacy devices. I noticed way back that for my area BeWeather isn’t as accurate as I would like. BeWeather is a beautiful app on my BlackBerry Z10, I just want more.
last night as I was watching a storm come in on the local television news, I opened BeWeather to see what it said the temperature was and to check the map. The map is awesome but the temperature was off, which I have noticed before but it mostly didn’t bother me but this got me to thinking about other weather apps and a post in CrackBerry about Accuweather.Here is the post – Why I’m now using AccuWeather for BlackBerry 10 and why you should too | CrackBerry.com http://m.crackberry.com/accuweather-blackberry-10. I went on a search in BlackBerry World for weather apps, those built for BlackBerry. I downloaded 4 built for BlackBerry weather apps, Accuweather, The Weather Channel, y Weather and Weather. All these are free. I already had BeWeather Pro installed. Find it here – Check out BeWeather 10 Pro in BlackBerry World! You can find it at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/20355003
I’ve already went over BeWeather so here are some screen shots of it.
Next up is Accuweather. I think this weather app will be my main weather app now. It’s seems more accurate and has more information like UV, lifestyles and nice maps. It is ad supported. I would prefer a paid version but the ads aren’t that bad. Just my personal preference. Forgot to mention that BeWeather has push notifications for weather alerts that show up in HUB. Accuweather does this too. Find it here – Check out AccuWeather in BlackBerry World! You can find it at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/20143
Clicking on a lifestyle to get the information opens the browser. The main weather page is animated. Same for BeWeather. Also you can add locations in both.
Next Built for BlackBerry weather app I tried is The Weather Channel. This app has a nice current weather home page. It isn’t animated. This app is ad supported. I liked the app for the most part but last night we were in a flood warning and it never came up with an alert. The map needs to be zoomed out after opening or it just looks like a blob. Animated map when you hit the play button. Same with Accuweather, have to hit the play button. BeWeather is automatically animated. Not as many details of the weather on The Weather Channel app. You can find it here – Check out The Weather Channel in BlackBerry World! You can find it at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/3624
See my screen shots. Oh! You can add other locations.
Next is Weather app. This is another free built for BlackBerry weather app ad supported but to get to the maps you will need to pay for an upgrade. I didn’t so I can’t report on the maps. I didn’t like the main current home page. You can add other locations too. I didn’t spend much time with this one. You can find it here – Check out Weather in BlackBerry World! You can find it at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/2035619
Next I tried yWeather. Pretty basic app. UI is Ok but nothing fancy. It does have some weather details but to basic for me. No push alerts. No warnings at all. The maps take forever to load and I’m on WiFi at this time and last night. No radar in maps but it does have different types of maps and it’s of the whole US. This app is also free and built for BlackBerry. You can find it here – Check out yWeather – Weather Forecast for BlackBerry 10 in BlackBerry World! You can find it at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/25540900
As it stands right now. I’m going to use Accuweather as my main weather app and BeWeather as my second choice. Thank you for reading my opinions. Pick the weather app that suits your needs.
I would like to bring a little more notice to the IHeartradio app built for BlackBerry 10. I love every kind of music. I have used many many radio apps on my BlackBerry devices and my laptop and even my Vizio smart TV. Oh! Also on my Roku Box. Pandora has always been my personal choice for all things music. I even pay yearly. I have kept IHeartradio on everything but never really felt it. I was trying to get the feel for songza when the IHeartradio radio app came to my BlackBerry Z10. I have fallen in love with IHeartradio all over again. It’s a radio station streaming app, customize stations just like Pandora, and IHeartradio app even plays music for what activity or mood you are in. I can’t say enough about how good this app is. Go give it a try! Check out iHeartRadio for BlackBerry 10 in BlackBerry World! You can find it at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/32280895
Now for some screen shots. Thank you for reading.