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Old February 7th, 2013, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Just Got the Note II - FoxFi, other Apps and Battery

Hey guys,

First of all, hello, I'm a new user!
Secondly, I'm (yet another individual) giving up my iPhone for the Note II.

I had a few questions...

First, in regards to the app Foxfi, I was interested in downloading it for wireless tethering. But I've heard conflicting reports as to whether it works or not for the Note II. In particular, a search of this forum showed some individuals saying it doesn't work with Jelly Bean, but then a Google search yielded results insinuating it can be used (in particular a droidforums thread which features 3-4 users all saying FoxFi works for them). Can anyone speak to this; does FoxFi work with the Note II?. I don't know whether carrier information would be relevant here, but I am a Verizon customer.

Secondly, are there any non-preinstalled apps that use the S-pen that anyhone would recommend for downloading? I'm looking for new apps.

And thirdly, a simple battery longevity question; when you get a new phone (or any electronic device for that matter), it does come with some charge; is it best to simply charge the phone before even using it the first time and waiting for the battery to be fully charged (and then depleting it and repeating this process), or can one use the phone straight out of the box and drain the battery, and then recharge and use again?

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And thirdly, a simple battery longevity question; when you get a new phone (or any electronic device for that matter), it does come with some charge; is it best to simply charge the phone before even using it the first time and waiting for the battery to be fully charged (and then depleting it and repeating this process), or can one use the phone straight out of the box and drain the battery, and then recharge and use again?
I don't have a GN2 so I can't comment on the other stuff, but with the new Li-ion batteries in phones now, it doesn't matter if you charge your phone up to full before you use it for the first time. Either way will work just fine.
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Hey guys,

First of all, hello, I'm a new user!
Secondly, I'm (yet another individual) giving up my iPhone for the Note II.

I had a few questions...

First, in regards to the app Foxfi, I was interested in downloading it for wireless tethering. But I've heard conflicting reports as to whether it works or not for the Note II. In particular, a search of this forum showed some individuals saying it doesn't work with Jelly Bean, but then a Google search yielded results insinuating it can be used (in particular a droidforums thread which features 3-4 users all saying FoxFi works for them). Can anyone speak to this; does FoxFi work with the Note II?. I don't know whether carrier information would be relevant here, but I am a Verizon customer.

Secondly, are there any non-preinstalled apps that use the S-pen that anyhone would recommend for downloading? I'm looking for new apps.

And thirdly, a simple battery longevity question; when you get a new phone (or any electronic device for that matter), it does come with some charge; is it best to simply charge the phone before even using it the first time and waiting for the battery to be fully charged (and then depleting it and repeating this process), or can one use the phone straight out of the box and drain the battery, and then recharge and use again?

Thanks folks!
DO NOT USE FOXFI. It USED to be everyone's favorite hotspot app but that has changed, thanks to the developer's greed. there is a BETTER app, which I now use, simply called Portable WiFi Hotspot Free. It works. It creates connectivity faster than foxfi. connections are fast. Get it, use it, enjoy. ( I just used it yesterday while testing wifi connectivity issues at my home with a wifi thermostat, so i turned on the hotspot and my laptop auto connected, so i checked speedtest--it was 23MBs with a decent ping time)
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DO NOT USE FOXFI. It USED to be everyone's favorite hotspot app but that has changed, thanks to the developer's greed. there is a BETTER app, which I now use, simply called Portable WiFi Hotspot Free. It works. It creates connectivity faster than foxfi. connections are fast. Get it, use it, enjoy. ( I just used it yesterday while testing wifi connectivity issues at my home with a wifi thermostat, so i turned on the hotspot and my laptop auto connected, so i checked speedtest--it was 23MBs with a decent ping time)
I just downloaded the Portable WiFi to try. I have the paid FoxFi since the free version became totally useless and it does work but not even as good as the free version did before they screwed it up.
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+ 1 for Portable WiFi Hotspot Free. I've had it installed on my VZW Note II since day 1 without any issues. Tether my netbook and iPads regularly.
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Thanks for the rec. on Portable WiFi Hotspot Free
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I found the combination of the app "Write" (very few permissions required) for the notes app with it set to ignore all touch input (still registers the pen touch), "Adaptive Rotation Lock" app (very few permissions required) to turn the screen upside down putting all the buttons at the top so there is nothing for my hand to touch and the BoxWave Samsung Galaxy Note 2 ClearTouch Screen Protector which has a little tooth so it gives the screen just enough feel so it's more like paper.

This makes using the Note 2 almost like having a 3x5 inch spiral paper note pad in your hand but better.
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Portable wifi is a great app. I just wanted to thank you for the suggestion... It's been working out great for me
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Some S-Pen apps I use/used are:
S Note (default app)
Papyrus (note taking, doodling) - Google Play
Jotter (paid app; got it when I had my Note 1) - Google Play
SketchBook Mobile (paid app - drawing/doodling) - Google Play
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DO NOT USE FOXFI. It USED to be everyone's favorite hotspot app but that has changed, thanks to the developer's greed. there is a BETTER app, which I now use, simply called Portable WiFi Hotspot Free. It works. It creates connectivity faster than foxfi. connections are fast. Get it, use it, enjoy. ( I just used it yesterday while testing wifi connectivity issues at my home with a wifi thermostat, so i turned on the hotspot and my laptop auto connected, so i checked speedtest--it was 23MBs with a decent ping time)
Which wifi thermostat do you use?
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What the heck is a WiFi Thermostat?
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It's a thermostat that lets you connect via wifi and control the temperature in your house
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Which wifi thermostat do you use?
the icomfort wifi from Lennox. I paid $250 from my installer, but was told MSRP is much higher.
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DO NOT USE FOXFI. It USED to be everyone's favorite hotspot app but that has changed, thanks to the developer's greed. there is a BETTER app, which I now use, simply called Portable WiFi Hotspot Free. It works. It creates connectivity faster than foxfi. connections are fast. Get it, use it, enjoy. ( I just used it yesterday while testing wifi connectivity issues at my home with a wifi thermostat, so i turned on the hotspot and my laptop auto connected, so i checked speedtest--it was 23MBs with a decent ping time)

I'm confused. What exactly does Portable Wifi Hotspot free do?

Maybe it's confusing because I'm on verizon and since they went with tiered data plans, they unlocked the ability to make the phone a mobile wifi hotspot.
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I'm confused. What exactly does Portable Wifi Hotspot free do?

Maybe it's confusing because I'm on verizon and since they went with tiered data plans, they unlocked the ability to make the phone a mobile wifi hotspot.

I have Verizon with unlimited. use Portable Wifi hotspot to use the feature, for free, unlimited.
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the icomfort wifi from Lennox. I paid $250 from my installer, but was told MSRP is much higher.
Oh wow. I'm good. I'll just walk to the thermostat lol.
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Oh wow. I'm good. I'll just walk to the thermostat lol.

Even when you are across town? It's mostly for setting the thermostat when you are nearing home, or when you want to check on the temp, or when you want to set the temp down because you remember that you hadn't turned down the thermostat when you left home. I just got it a week ago and really like it. besides, the screen is the same 7" as the Nexus 7, making it easy to touch, unlike the other touch thermostats out there.
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Even when you are across town? It's mostly for setting the thermostat when you are nearing home, or when you want to check on the temp, or when you want to set the temp down because you remember that you hadn't turned down the thermostat when you left home. I just got it a week ago and really like it. besides, the screen is the same 7" as the Nexus 7, making it easy to touch, unlike the other touch thermostats out there.
Sounds ridiculously unnecessary lol. It's cheaper and more efficient to set the thermostat to a constant temperature vs lowering and raising. But I can kind of appreciate it for emergencies like if I left town for a week and forgot to shut it off. But a full size lcd display sounds l Iike an energy drainer.
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Sounds ridiculously unnecessary lol. It's cheaper and more efficient to set the thermostat to a constant temperature vs lowering and raising. But I can kind of appreciate it for emergencies like if I left town for a week and forgot to shut it off. But a full size lcd display sounds l Iike an energy drainer.

what are you talking about:??? it's hooked up to 110.

I suppose cars are unnecessary too. you can always just walk or saddle up a horse.

you obviously don't think much about energy conservation and saving money. HINT: when you are away, you have the heat DOWN. then when you are getting close to returning home, you have it turn up the heat so its warm when you arrive home. it beats relying on a FIXED heating schedule (known as "setback").
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what are you talking about:??? it's hooked up to 110.

I suppose cars are unnecessary too. you can always just walk or saddle up a horse.

you obviously don't think much about energy conservation and saving money. HINT: when you are away, you have the heat DOWN. then when you are getting close to returning home, you have it turn up the heat so its warm when you arrive home. it beats relying on a FIXED heating schedule (known as "setback").
I think someone is just lazy if they prefer to use an app to control their thermostat vs standing up and walking to it. Just saying. But I agree with some other things.
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I bought a Honeywell WiFi Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat from Home Depot, $149. Works great and I have the app on my Note II and iPads. I travel a lot so I like being able to control the temp in my house from anywhere, even if its from the couch.
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what are you talking about:??? it's hooked up to 110.
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I bought a Honeywell WiFi Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat from Home Depot, $149. Works great and I have the app on my Note II and iPads. I travel a lot so I like being able to control the temp in my house from anywhere, even if its from the couch.
or my office, or from bed...people who haven't owned a wifi thermostat don't have a clue how handy it is (given the clueless response from people on this thread. (no disrespect, folks--just saying "clueless" instead of "ignorant" even though using that word ISN'T rude, but some people seem to think it is. it just means they aren't aware of certain facts. )
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