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  1. Max Revson

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    Hello everyone, I'm from Singapore and just got my very first Android phone ever yesterday. After watching a couple of my friends play with their Galaxy Notes, I decided to take the plunge as well. I've spent the better part of yesterday and the whole of today setting up my Note just the way I like it. So far so good!

    To any Blackberry owners looking to take the plunge, I say go for it. Admittedly, BB's email functionality is still king, but Android's isn't too far behind. If instantaneous split-picosecond email-access isn't your raison d'
     

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    I was never a Blackberry user, but nevertheless thanks for taking the time to share your experiences. Welcome to our community ;)

    I hope you continue to enjoy your new toy.

    Regards,
    Eric Ritchie.
     
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    Thanks Eric for the warm welcome! :)

    Another tip for ex-Berry owners, if you're very used to Profiles in your BB, download MyProfiles. The functionality of this FAR surpasses anything I've seen on a BB.

    Oh, and the Note's GPS walks all over my Torch's. :D
     
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    I'm trying out another profile app, Profile Scheduler. This app allows rules to be set by GPS coordinates rather than just network-cell location in order to auto-switch profiles depending on my location.

    For instance, I've set a rule so that once I leave home, the Note's GPS picks this up and automatically switches to the Outdoor profile which enables mobile data and disables Wifi. Rules can also be set according to battery status, external power source, calendar events, etc.

    I'll test-drive this and if all goes well, will buy the paid version of the app.
     
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    To follow up on my last post, I'd test-driven a couple of profiling apps and was not fully satisfied with the results.

    And then I came across what is considered to be the Holy Grail of all profiling apps: Tasker.

    Tasker allows the Android phone owner to completely automate tasks that would otherwise require manual intervention. This is how I've set Tasker up in my phone (edited 13 May '12 to remove superfluous profiles):

    Profile Name: Not Home Vicinity

    What it does: Turn off WiFi.

    When it kicks on: When I'm out of my home vicinity.

    Context
    01. State -> Phone -> Cell Near (cell towers in my area) INVERTED

    Entry Task Name: Not Home Vicinity Value
    01. Net -> WiFi -> Off



    Profile Name: Home Vicinity

    What it does: Set WiFi to toggle.

    When it kicks on: When I'm in range of my home vicinity.

    Context
    01. State -> Phone -> Cell Near (cell towers in my area)
    02. State -> Net -> WiFi Connected (SSID: my router's ssid) INVERTED

    Entry Task Name: Home Vicinity Value
    01. Net -> WiFi -> Toggle



    Profile Name: At Home

    What it does: Turn on WiFi & Auto-sync, turn off gps and mobile data when at home. Do the reverse (less WiFi settings) when leaving home.

    When it kicks on: I'm connected to my home WiFi AND one of the GSM cells in my area

    Context
    01. State -> Net -> Wifi Connected (SSID: my router's ssid)
    02. State -> Phone -> Cell Near (cell towers in my area)

    Entry Task Name: Home Values
    01. 3rd Party -> WidgetLocker -> Suspend
    02. Variable -> Variable Set -> %atHome To 1 //tells phone its at home for use in later profiles
    03. Net -> WiFi -> On
    04. Net -> Mobile Data -> Off
    05. Net -> Auto-Sync -> On
    06. Plugin -> Secure Settings -> Edit -> GPS -> Off //requires Secure Settings Plugin & rooted device
    07. Display -> Display Timeout -> 1 min.
    08. Misc -> Say -> "Welcome home!"

    Exit Task Name: Exit Home
    01. Variable -> Variable Set -> %atHome To 0
    02. Net -> Mobile Data -> O,
    03. Net -> Auto-Sync -> Off
    04. Plugin -> Secure Settings -> Edit -> GPS -> On
    05. Display -> Display Timeout -> 30 sec.
    06. Misc -> Say -> "Have a great day."
    07. 3rd Party -> WidgetLocker -> Resume




    Profile: Jabra Bluetooth Audio

    What it does: Kicks on Poweramp, sets BT Voice and Media volumes to maximum. Turns bluetooth off and kills Poweramp once headphones are disconnected.

    When it kicks on: Once bluetooth connection to Jabra headphones is established

    Context
    01. State -> Net -> Bluetooth Connected (Name: Jabra Halo)

    Entry Task Name: Home With Bluetooth Values
    01. Audio -> BT Voice Volume -> Level 15
    02. Audio -> Media Volume -> Level 15
    03. Misc -> Say -> "Bluetooth audio activated." (if %pAmp = 0)
    06. App -> Load App -> Poweramp (if %pAmp = 0) //so that it doesn't try to load Poweramp if it is already loaded
    07. Variable -> Variable Set -> %pAmp To 1

    Exit Task Name: Exit Bluetooth Audio
    01. Task -> Wait -> 5 sec.
    02. Net -> Bluetooth -> Off
    03. Misc -> Say -> "Bluetooth headset disconnected."
    04. App -> Kill App -> Poweramp (if %pAmp = 1, Use Root On) //so that it doesn't try to kill Poweramp if it is already killed
    05. Variable -> Variable Set -> %pAmp To 0

    Note: Both "At Home" and "Jabra Bluetooth Audio" are active together when listening to music wirelessly at home. When outdoors, only the latter is active.



    Profile: Vibrate Only At Client's Place

    What it does: Set phone to vibration mode only, disable GPS.

    When it kicks on: When the GPS picks up my current location as within a 30-meter radius of my client's office building.

    Context
    01. Location -> New Location -> Client's Office Location (name: <insert your preferred location name here after browsing to said location on map>)

    Entry Task Name: Vibration Values
    01. Plugin -> Secure Settings -> Edit -> GPS -> Off
    02. Audio -> Silent Mode -> Vibrate
    03. Misc -> Say -> "Vibration mode active"

    Exit Task Name: Exit Vibration
    01. Plugin -> Secure Settings -> Edit -> GPS -> On
    02. Audio -> Silent Mode -> Off
    03. Misc -> Say -> "Vibration mode deactivated"



    Profile: Goodnight!

    What it does: Set phone to silent mode when its time to go to bed.

    When it kicks on: When the room is dark AND phone is facing up. The latter prevents this mode from kicking on when in my holster or pocket.

    Context
    01. State -> Sensor -> Light Level (from 0 to 1)
    02. State -> Sensor -> Orientation (Face Up)

    Entry Task Name: Night Mode Values
    01. Task -> Wait -> 15 sec.
    02. Variable -> Variable Set -> %sleepOrAwake To 1 //tells phone I'm asleep for use in later profiles
    03. Audio -> Silent Mode -> On
    04. Display -> Night Mode -> On
    05. Display -> Display Timeout -> 30 sec.
    06. Misc -> Say -> "Goodnight and sweet dreams!"

    Exit Task Name: Day Mode Values
    01. Variable -> Variable Set -> %sleepOrAwake To 0 //tells phone I'm awake for use in later profiles
    02. Audio -> Silent Mode -> Off
    03. Display -> Night Mode -> Off
    04. Display -> Display Timeout -> 1 min.
    05. Misc -> Say -> "Good day!"

    Note: For afternoon naps, all I have to do is draw the curtains and *BAM!* night mode kicks on. You might have to play with the Light Level value to get something that works for you.



    Profile: Urgent Calls

    What it does: Always receive phonecalls from chosen loved ones.

    When it kicks on: When chosen loved ones call when the phone is in "Goodnight!" mode.

    Context
    01. State -> Phone -> Incoming Call -> (magnifying glass) -> A Single Contact (repeat for all desired contacts)

    Entry Task Name: Urgent Caller Value
    01. Task -> If -> %VOLR < 5
    02. Audio -> Media Volume -> Level 15
    03. Media -> Music Play -> (your chosen ringtone music file)
    04. Task -> End If

    Exit Task Name: Urgent Caller Exit
    01. Media -> Music Stop



    The next 3 profiles work together since the first of these cannot have an exit task.

    Profile: Announce Caller

    What it does: Announces the name (if in contact list) or number of caller when at home AND awake.

    When it kicks on: When the phone is ringing.

    Context
    01. Event -> Phone -> Phone Ringing

    Entry Task Name: Announce Caller Name
    01. Variable -> Variable Set -> %Ringing To 1
    02. Task -> If -> %atHome = 1
    03. Task -> If -> %sleepOrAwake = 0
    04. Task -> If -> %CNAME Is Set //i.e. caller exists in phonebook
    05. Misc -> Say -> "Call from %CNAME"
    06. Task -> Else
    07. Misc -> Say -> "Call from %CNUM"
    08. Task -> End If
    09. Task -> End If
    10. Task -> End If


    Profile: Call Answered

    What it does: To re-set the variable %Ringing, used above, to zero.

    When it kicks on: When the call is answered.

    Context
    01. Event -> Phone -> Phone Offhook

    Entry Task Name: CallFinished Value
    01. Variable -> Variable Set -> %Ringing To 0


    Profile: Phone Idle

    What it does: To re-set the variable %Ringing, used above, to zero.

    When it kicks in: When the call is not answered (missed call).

    Context
    01. Event -> Phone -> Phone Idle

    Entry Task Name: CallFinished Value
    01. Variable -> Variable Set -> %Ringing To 0



    Profile: Missed Call Reminder

    What it does: Our SGNs have no blinking LEDs to tell us if we've missed a call. This plays the "Notify Sound" at 2-minute intervals upon missed call and should do as a substitute.

    When it kicks on: When the call is not answered (missed call).

    Context
    01. State -> Phone -> Missed Call

    Entry Task Name: Missed Call Values
    01. Task -> Wait -> 2 min.
    02. Task -> Stop (if %PACTIVE Doesn't Match[!~] *missed call reminder*)
    03. Alert -> Notify Sound (Title: Missed Call Reminder)
    04. Task -> Goto (Type: Action Number, Number: 1)

    Exit Task Name: Clear Missed Call Values
    01. Misc -> Say -> "You have missed calls"
    02. Alert -> Notify Cancel (Title: Missed Call Reminder)



    Profile: Shake For Bluetooth

    What it does: To turn on bluetooth without having to pull down the notification bar.

    When it kicks on: When the phone's screen is switched on and phone is shaken left to right.

    Context
    01. Event -> Sensor -> Shake (Axis: Left-Right, Sensitivity: Medium, Duration:Short)

    Entry Task Name: Bluetooth Values
    01. Net -> Bluetooth -> On
    02. Misc -> Say -> "Bluetooth activated. Please turn on your device."

    Note: Once my bluetooth headset is connected, profile automatically changes to "Home With Bluetooth" or "Outdoor With Bluetooth" and kicks on Poweramp.

    Also note: "Say" in all the above examples will only work when the screen is turned on. It will not work when the phone is asleep.

    Many of these are examples taken from Tasker wiki as well as the huge Takser thread in this forum. Many thanks to the original contributors to the above ideas that were shared.

    Initially, I downloaded the trial version from the Tasker website but after trying it for 3-4 days, I've now purchased the paid app. Well worth the money!
     
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    I am from Singapore too and both my wife and I use Galaxy Notes. I got mine from India where it was released almost a month before it was in Singapore. My wife's unit was bought here in Singapore.

    I just upgraded both these Notes to ICS (the German one) using ODIN. So far, its been great except that my battery is draining ultra fast. I don't see that kind of drain on my wife's note.

    Would like to know if anybody else has flashed this ROM and if they are facing the same issue.

    Cheers!
    Krish

    @ Max Revson - We should meet up sometime and exchange our experiences
     
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    Hi krishrao. I am not on the official ICS ROM, but the TMT 1.1 ROM with full LP6 & modem(just flashed the last 2 this morning). TMT1.1 drains battery very fast, as noted by as ashwin123 a.k.a Cursed4eva in his review video:TMT 1.1 Review.

    However, the LP6 flash seems to have slowed the drain a little bit. I'm still monitoring. Maybe this might be a teething issue across the initial batch of ICS. On the other hand, what different apps are installed between your wife's and your phones? Check out which apps drain battery the fastest via Settings -> Battery. This is what mine looks like now:


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    In the last 4+ hours after the last charge, I've sent and replied a couple of Whatsapp messages, taken a couple of screenshots and read 5-6 emails. I've noted that Tasker was consuming a lot of battery power prior to this (up to 23% overall) but that was probably because I was extensively programming and testing it.
     
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    @krishrao: I just read this post, you might want to try the tips in there.
     

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