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Chromecast and an Inexpensive Phone Are An Excellent Way to Watch TV When The Cable Provider Decides to Have an Outage!

So yesterday while watching the British Open the cable company suddenly loses the feed from NBC.  Oh my, disaster had struck and the cable company had failed again!

This is not a new situation around here and they always seem to have an excuse, the reality being that they don’t know how to do their jobs.

But since my internet was still available I pulled out my Chromecast, plugged it in to the TV and then downloaded and installed the NBC Sports app onto my BLU Studio Energy 2 phone. Less than a minute later I was once again watching the Open.

Suffice to say the Chromecast I bought earlier this year has been worth every penny I paid for it.

That is all for today,

Tim

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My First Review of The BLU Studio Energy 2 Phone! The battery on this thing is a monster!

Originally posted 2016-03-08 22:26:12.

29% battery left after 3 days!
29% battery left after 3 days!

As I mentioned a few days back I ordered a few items from Amazon and have been trying them out for the past several days.

The first one I shall talk about is the BLU Studio Energy 2 phone. The screen is incredibly bright and sharp and the Super AmoLed display is a noticeable improvement over my older BLU Studio X. The one piece aluminum chassis is solid and not all that heavy.

The expanded storage space with 16gb on the phone and an additional 32gb microSD card that I took from my old ME572C tablet is a bonus.

The WiFi works great with my new TP-Link AC1200 router and I can’t go anywhere around my house or yard, out to about 100ft, without getting 135mbps. The extra ram is a great improvement also, 1.5gb ram really speeds the phone up over the Studio X’s 1.0gb ram.

The camera software is far better than what was on the Studio X and the front camera has been bumped to 5mp. Pictures are good, but not great and it does a very good job of shooting short videos.

All of those improvements are great, but the star of the show here is a 5000 mAh battery. I am at roughly 3 days of solid use and the battery is at 29%. I rather expect it to be near dead sometime tomorrow afternoon. That would be nearly 4 days folks!

Yes, the phone has one issue and that is it absolutely refuses to run the KSWeb Server app for android that my old BLU Studio X ran perfectly. I am guessing it is either the A5 Cortex processor versus the A7 Cortex in the Studio X or a change is the Android on the product, although both are Android 5. This would be a big deal if I did not have a shiny new Asus Z580CA tablet with 4gb ram to use as the occasional backup for the Dragon Touch here.

Last but not least I decided to try the phone out with my Logitech K480 Bluetooth Keyboard and a wireless Logitech mouse plugged in via a micro-full USB adapter. Yes folks…if you want to run your very own 5 inch notebook, this phone can do it for you! The crappy video below will show the short test I did…

All in all I would give this a 5 star rating for anyone looking for a well-built phone, with a decent size screen, decent cameras, plenty of storage and a battery that you can ignore for days at a time and never have to worry about!

Tim

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I Know I Promised to Not Brag About That Battery Life on My BLU Studio Energy 2 Anymore…But…

Tonight I was once again looking for a reason to upgrade my phone. So I did a quick search to see if perhaps I could put Android 6 on the old beast.

I did a bit of reading and it is possible and you know what? Yeah, it would improve performance marginally and battery life would be extended by a whopping 90 minutes! Sure, if you are one of those idiots who bought into these super thin, anemic battery Samsung or iPhone type smartphones that might sound good.

To someone who averages roughly 3-4 DAYS, yeah, we ain’t talking hours, DAYS, 90 minutes is hardly worth my time to keep up with the the latest trends. So am I gloating again? Look at the graph above kiddies, almost 2 days and at least a day left and I didn’t even fully charge it the last time…

Oh hell yeah!

Tim

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Chapter 3: Kodi, Chromecast and the Chuwi HiBook is a Beautiful Combo (Video)

Android and Chromecast are perfect together.

Just the other day I picked up a Chromecast and I have to admit it was just about the best $30 I have ever spent. It is easy to setup and works very well with an Android device. Works sort of okay in Windows, but not nearly as slick.

So using my Chuwi HiBook tablet in Android I am easily able to find content and stream it to just about any TV with an HDMI port. I won’t say all TV’s because I simply don’t have access to all the TV’s on earth.

I finally have a reason to boot my HiBook to Android, since I usually use Win 10 for all the productivity stuff and the web server of course. I simply run Kodi 17.0 and an app called LocalCast and I can easily cast to the Chromecast. Bonus here is that if I also open up LocalCast on my phone I can  pause and stop the stream from that device.  The other bonus here is that either device can still be used as a phone or tablet during casting.

Below is a short video showing Kodi and LocalCast on my BLU Studio Energy 2 Phone, works exactly the same on the HiBook.

Incidentally, you can still get a Chuwi HiBook Pro for only $184 until February 12th. Currently they have 38 pieces left.

That is all for today,

Tim

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This is simply amazing! BLU Studio Energy2 is Currently Charging This Server!

BLU Studio Energy2
BLU Studio Energy2

Hello students, read and learn now…The BLU Studio Energy2 phone that I have been singing the praises of for months now has really impressed me today! You are probably thinking battery life gloating again?

That would be dead wrong. But how about charging up the server that this site is running on right now? I have plugged in the OTG cable provided with the phone and the plugged in my USB charging cable into that OTG adapter. The result? Uh, yes kiddies, we now are showing that the Asus Z580CA is charging via my smartphone! Can you iPhone/Samsung owners  do that? …      …     ….crickets…of course not!

So while my phone is a bit “fat” compared to the idiot crazy paper thin phones of these last few years, let’s face the facts, a big battery is worth every extra millimeter of thickness!

Tim

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