Sony Fangirl

Everything about Sony gadgets and some other stuff

Cell Phone Signal Booster

I’ve previously talked about cell phone signal boosters, well, for those not in the know, here’s a quick info of what this device is. A cell phone signal booster is a device that can amplify your mobile phone’s signal. This device usually has a very large internal or in some cases, external antenna in order to receive signals properly.

Although sometimes, it’s not your service provider’s fault that you get a lousy signal. Mobile phones have become more of a fashion icon that’s why instead of external antennae, manufacturers opt for internal ones and these antennae sometimes cannot get a proper reception. That’s why if your friend or family member has a different mobile phone model, you’ll notice that they get a stronger or weaker signal than you do.

A cell phone booster is very easy to install. These devices are usually pretty compact though still bigger than your mobile phone, thanks to advances in technology. You can get some pretty cheap cell phone booster on eBay.


March 19, 2009 Posted by | Sony Ericsson | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Changing cell phone signals on Sony Ericsson Phones

I’ve previously played with my cousin’s windows mobile phone and I couldn’t help but notice that they have a way of switching cell phone signal from GSM to WCDMA or choose it automatically. My Sony Ericsson Phone doesn’t have that option. Yes, I can choose GSM only or GSM or 3G but no option for choosing 3G only signal.

I wish Sony Ericsson would remedy this in the near future. I’ve always tethered my mobile phone to my laptop and sometimes, my phone constantly changes from 2G to 3G and the result is that I get intermittent Internet connection. If I could choose to get 3G signals only, that would solve the problem even if it means, I only get 1 bar of signal. Of course, I can always use a 3G cell phone signal booster but those things costs a lot.

A cell phone booster is a device that would allow you to boost the signal that you’re mobile phone is getting. We all know that indoor signal quality of some providers are crappy so some people would buy these devices.

March 19, 2009 Posted by | Sony Ericsson | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Online Safety Concern

I’ve just watched this video of John Walsh and his Tips for Online Safety and it made me wonder of WordPress’ privacy policy. I know that I didn’t give out that much personal information but I remembered giving out my email address and I wondered if WordPress would give that away to third parties.

There’s a reason why I chose WordPress’ free blogging platform rather than set up wordpress on my own domain and webhost, it’s because I know that my personal information would be on the Whois database. I guess I have to look up WordPress’ privacy policy.

March 11, 2009 Posted by | Other news and gadgets | | Leave a comment

Getting ready for the digital TV transition with Bravia TVs

Okay, so I’ve been ready for the digital TV transition ever since I’ve purchased by Bravia TV LCD TV a few years back but for those thinking of buying an HDTV instead of a TV with a digital tuner then it doesn’t hurt to look at Sony’s Bravia TVs. Yes, according to Consumer Electronics Association, you can get a DTV ready TV for as low as $200 but add around $200 more and you can get a spanking new Bravia TV and you’ll be more than ready to meet the DTV transition.

Of course for $400, expect to just get around 19 inch of LCD TV from Sony but I assure you that you’ll get more than DVD standard signals with HDTV and once you go High Def, you never want to turn back. So throw away your analog to digital TV converter voucher and just splurge on an HDTV.

March 11, 2009 Posted by | Bravia | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marine Audio

If you’re a Sony fanboy/girl and you own a yacht, you might want to rethink getting Sony car audio for your boat. There’s a reason why boat ladders and boat seats are made of different materials compared with cars, it’s because being in the high seas will expose everything on your boat to a damp and corrosive environment that’s why boat manufacturers opt for specially made products for their yachts.

So even though I always recommend Sony products, for your boat’s audio system, you might want to opt for Clarion. Clarion has an exclusive marine audio system line and you can bet that their audio systems would last you a long while since these are specially designed with the high seas in mind.

March 7, 2009 Posted by | Others | Leave a comment

Why I’m sticking with my VAIO instead of a MAC

One of my friends asked me why I chose to be a Sony fan rather than an Apple fan. Well, I know I’m not being fair since I haven’t tried using a Mac PC but it’s more of an OS thing really rather than the hardware thing. In terms of products and design, Sony and Mac are both offering their products at a premium compared with similar consumer electronics but the thing is, I’m just more comfortable using Windows than Apple’s OSx.

Besides, I’ve already a couple of expensive software and games installed on my VAIOs running Windows so I don’t want to have to buy a different license just so it would work on Mac. True, there are also some free mac games floating around the net but even the best mac games and software that are free, I still don’t have the time to learn OSx.

Besides, it’s not like I’m completely boycotting Apple, we do have one iPhone in our household and we constantly download iPhone mobile games for that so you can’t say that I’m not buying Apple products.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | Other news and gadgets, Others, VAIO | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

TomTom One First Edition

Though I’m a Sony fangirl Sony’s in-car navigation is pretty expensive even for my taste. Besides, my very first in-car navigation device is the TomTom One which until now still proves useful.

The TomTom One has a very Sensitive SiRF Star II GPS chip which means it can easily lock on to the GPS satellites and pinpoint your exact location in a few minutes. The 3.5 inch touch screen is sensitive too and it has a very simple and easy to understand interface. Even my grandmother had no problems using this nifty little device.

The navigation system is pretty accurate and their map coverage of Great Britain is pretty awesome. I wish our GPS maps here in the US could be that accurate. The TomTom One first edition navigation system also has an integrated Bluetooth which means it can connect with your Bluetooth compatible mobile phone so you can use it as a handsfree device.

I got the TomTom One years ago and it was a bit expensive then but there are some refurbished TomTom Ones selling on the net which are refurbished by TomTom and sells under $100. If you’re looking for a cheap and reliable GPS navigation system, then you might as well go or the TomTom One. It’s reliable and will fit anyone’s budget.

February 16, 2009 Posted by | Others | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PSP Pandora battery

If you own a PSP and you’re looking to learn how to unbrick or unlock your PSP, you’ve probably heard of the infamous PSP Pandora battery. Why the PSP needs that particular kind of battery, I do not know. Unbricking or unlocking your PSP is a bit too technical and even I haven’t tried it because of the complicated procedures.

If you want to know how to unlock your PSP using the Pandora battery, you can visit a lot of popular PSP forums. The benefits of unlocking or unbricking your PSP? Well, some say if you unbrick your PSP, you’ll be able to customized the firmware and when you do that, you’ll be able to load a lot of cool applications for your PSP, one of them is the PSX or PS1 emulator which lets you play PS1 games on your PSP.

February 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Sony Ericsson C905

The Sony Ericsson C905 is Sony’s newest cybershot phone that boasts an 8 megapixel camera! 8 megapixel, that’s a lot of camera power, plus it has autofocus and lots of other camera goodies. Sony Ericsson’s previous camera were only 5 megapixels and their latest include the Sony Ericsson W902, a walkman phone with a 5 megapixel camera.

Sony Ericsson C905 reviews say that image quality wise, the C905 is superb. Though of course, I don’t think that this will be enough for photo enthusiasts to throw away their stand alone digital cameras.

January 26, 2009 Posted by | Sony Ericsson | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sony’s need for dedicated servers

One would wonder if a big company like Sony utilizes dedicated servers for their Sony Playstation Network website. It’s just that every time they announce a firmware update, I have to wait a few months since I could hardly get hold of their site because of the traffic. Thankfully, there are some gaming websites and forums wherein you can download the files and their server is a Los Angeles dedicated server so I accessing their websites and downloading files is very fast.

Maybe it’s time that Sony transfers some of their funding and invest in bigger servers, preferably with R1Soft Backup so that they could cater to the growing Sony Playstation Network community.

January 24, 2009 Posted by | Other news and gadgets | Leave a comment