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    Tricia
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    Husband has just bought one and is already addicted.
    He has ordered one for me, but I don’t think my visual and fine motor skills will cope.


    Tricia

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    Chanceux
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    I admire your patience, C. The key to learning how to use one of these extremely handy gadgets is to have a tame teenager within easy reach!

    As for the phone app asking for permissions – there is no reason not to allow those.

    Somewhere you have a weather app or widget that is sending you updates – if you can find it either turn off updates or delete it. You can also turn the device off at night. Alternatively, if you reduce the volume to zero it should also not disturb you – just remember to turn it on again when you need it. In fact if you flick down the quick settings feature (put finger at top of screen and flick down) you will see a greyed out setting called ”Do not disturb”. Tap on this and you have the otion for total silence and you can set how many hours until the do not disturb switches the phone back to normal. It will then return to the volume settings you had before activating the do not disturb. It’s a handy feature.

    Thanks for your kind words JSKS, no teenagers in reach!

    I have had to be 100% autonomous for over 12 years now in France and without blowing my own trumpet I have done a very good job of it with the exception of computers, I have made major strides with this device though and am quite pleased, the déclic moment was to not consider it a phone and to retain my old one and its sim for that purpose, today was like the first solo trip without stabilisers, I wobble to much and still need them but will eventually just use the smartphone, in fact its imperative as without it I have no liberty all the time I have apartments unlet.

    I think I did find and disable the weather thing, it was buried deep inside something else not sure where but tonight will tell, I also found the do not disturb thing and set it for 23.00 to 09.00 but TBH it looks like its disabled all the time and I’m not sure if the phone will still ring, I guess its all or nothing, I’ll try calling it tonight.

    I used it today to see what time La Banque Postale closed, checked out my own web site to see what it looks like on a mobile device, – K-rap :cry: Definitely must get on with that, in town I connected to mobile data and not wi-fi for the first time only to open one app just to see if I had a connection and hence would get notifications but my gawd does that use up the battery.

    As a phone it will never compete but as a phone alone its autonomy is excellent but just having one app remaining in contact really hammers the battery and I can see that if I use it to remain connected, which i must then I will be with the rest of the world and charging the thing every night which is such a shame given its autonomy as a phone.

    The muppets that walk around glued to their screens and whose phones are tweeting all the time must have to charge their phones several times a day, indeed I send out texts and also phone on the day to arriving customers to advise their arrival time (they never do) and they arrive after I have waited up to 6 hours always with the excuse that their phone was flat, where can they charge from a USB socket, in fact most people I call these days it goes straight to voicemail.


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    jsks
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    If you are out and about and not, therefore, using wifi, then turn the wifi off on that drop down quick settings thing.  If the phone is not connected to wifi but the wifi is switched on then it constantly hunts for a wifi signal which uses battery – not forgetting, of course, to turn the wifi back on when you get home.

    The more processes that the phone is using the more battery it needs but it’s fair to say that most phones will need recharged each day.  I know you have an older car; most new cars have a USB socket so you can charge the phone while driving.  You can get a charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter socket and connect a USB cable to that, for example:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Compact-Quality-Charger-Adapter-Blackberry/dp/B015YPMC4M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501617812&sr=8-1&keywords=12+volt+car+%2F+usb+charger

    Up to date phones tend to have decent battery capacity and the latest operating system (Android 7) has some cute ways of conserving battery without your needing to fiddle with it.

    A last resort is a rechargeable power pack that can give a couple of charges to the mobile via USB eg:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Poweradd-Portable-Technology-Lightning-Included/dp/B00MWU1GGI/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1501618027&sr=1-2&keywords=phone+power+bank

    If you are looking for a recharger power pack then bear in mind that a charge takes about 2500 mA/hrs.  So that one I’ve linked to (5000 mA) would give 2 charges BUT the charge rate is about half as fast as a normal charger.

     

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    Chanceux
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    If you are out and about and not, therefore, using wifi, then turn the wifi off on that drop down quick settings thing.  If the phone is not connected to wifi but the wifi is switched on then it constantly hunts for a wifi signal which uses battery – not forgetting, of course, to turn the wifi back on when you get home.

    Good tip,it was doing exactly that!

    2 other things I have had to enable for the SumUp card-reader will I guess be using battery power all the time, bluetooth and the GPS locator, I guess I will have to get in the habit of turning them on and off.

    A question regarding apps communicating with the device, for most people it will be Fessbook or Twatter updates, in my case it is new reservations from Booking.com, I have the alert enabled and it beeps to alert me and I can see on the screen the update of the new or modified reservation.

    I have found that the E-mail sent to my computer arrives immediately but I have to be there looking at hotmail to know it, the alert on the smartphone is some considerable time later, my question is does the phone look for updates at a certain frequency or is it in permanent contact/communication?

    If the latter then I can see where the battery power and data goes.


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    2 other things I have had to enable for the SumUp card-reader will I guess be using battery power all the time, bluetooth and the GPS locator, I guess I will have to get in the habit of turning them on and off.

    Leave them on.  The GPS is a very low drain on the battery and the bluetooth only uses power when it’s actually talking to the other bluetooth device

    A question regarding apps communicating with the device, for most people it will be Fessbook or Twatter updates, in my case it is new reservations from Booking.com, I have the alert enabled and it beeps to alert me and I can see on the screen the update of the new or modified reservation. I have found that the E-mail sent to my computer arrives immediately but I have to be there looking at hotmail to know it, the alert on the smartphone is some considerable time later, my question is does the phone look for updates at a certain frequency or is it in permanent contact/communication? If the latter then I can see where the battery power and data goes.

    Email apps check for new emails at intervals that are determined within the software of the app.  Yes, that does use some battery power but very little.  Email apps are notoriously unreliable but if you actually open the app it should show new emails.  If not it might be worth deleting and reinstalling the app.  I use yahoo mail and the app frequently fails to notify of new emails but if I open the app any new emails are displayed.

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    Chanceux
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    I dont even have an E-mail app, I look at them on my computer, it is the Booking.com app Pulse for hoteliers that sends me notifications of new same day bookings but as I thought, it doesnt actually send, its my phone that checks in every now and then, it does send the e-mail instantly and most of the time its recieved instantly its the app that lags behind, I understand why now with your explanation.


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    Mrs I Trellis
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    I don’t really know what a “smart phone” is nor do I understand the term “smart motorway”. I do know that whatever a smart motorway is it cannot be worth the debacle which is towards the top of the M3. I may even be move to write a letter about it!


    #1789818
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    Hey chancer, your avatar is not working. :smile:


    I would lie on top of the stairs and smell the cigar smoke of Castro.

    #1789825
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    Chanceux
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    I didnt have an avatar!

    Anyway no-one would know as the forum can no longer be accessed via the active topics page and as no-one except yourself can get in there aint goin to be many active topics.

    Perhaps its yet another new and enhanced user experience as a nice surprise for us if it ever works.


    #1789832
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    Sorry my bad.
    But the good is there have been 5 “active” posts this morning.
    You, me, Lindale and veem on a black caterpillar. :grin:

    P.S can I do you an IOM four legger as an avatar. :lol:


    I would lie on top of the stairs and smell the cigar smoke of Castro.

    #1789835
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    Lindale posted a long boring post this morning.
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    Citizens rights post brexit

    Of limited interest to I and thou!
    :lol::lol::lol:


    I would lie on top of the stairs and smell the cigar smoke of Castro.

    #1789836
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    Hey C!
    Having difficulty navigating your favourite forum.
    SCREWFIX/SCREW FIX will help.


    I would lie on top of the stairs and smell the cigar smoke of Castro.

    #1789983
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    fittersmate
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    I don’t really know what a “smart phone” is nor do I understand the term “smart motorway”. I do know that whatever a smart motorway is it cannot be worth the debacle which is towards the top of the M3. I may even be move to write a letter about it!

    <hr />

    Who on earth who will take the blindest bit of notice are you going to write a letter to Mrs Trellis?

    The editor of the Times perhaps?


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    Chanceux
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    Loopy.

    I give up, what is an IOM 4 legger when its at home?

    The access difficulty would appear to have silenced HandyAndy unless the Duracells have finally expired or the energy is being offloaded on a hamster wheel.


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    fittersmate
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    “I give up, what is an IOM 4 legger when its at home?”

    The motif or avatar of the Isle of Man is the “three legs of man” – the Triskelion, and Bretagne has the similar Triskell as a regional symbol also.

    Add an extra leg – you know you want to!

     


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