Back to Android with a Redmi Note

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G became available on the Mi Singapore store recently and I managed to get one, yay! At S$229, it wasn’t bad (around PhP 8k). I wanted to get a bigger phone since it seems to be a trend and I want to study/understand/experience it myself. The Redmi Note seems to be a mid-range phone which performs decent enough. I’m not listing down specs because specs are only ingredients to the experience, so I’d rather talk about how I feel about using the phone.

(You may also want to read: How come the iPhone’s 1 GB RAM is touted to be able to compete with more than 2 GB RAM of Android phones?)

As a phone, it’s waaaay better than my old Alcatel (which I very rarely use for testing stuff, before it housed my PH sim after moving to SG). Let’s just say my Android experience benchmark is low enough that I really found the Redmi Note to be a huge upgrade, haha. My iPhone 5’s battery also only lasts me 4-6 hours at a time with 3G on, so trying out a new device seems like a good idea at this point in time.

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Beginner front-end resources for HTML5 mobile/web apps

I’ve been doing front-end code for a Cordova/PhoneGap app. Despite the whole debate on Native vs. HTML5/hybrid, there are just some projects wherein I have no say when it comes to the client’s preferred language to use (I agree that 100% Native code is better, but like I said, the decision isn’t mine to make).

On the bright side, I’m learning a lot of things when it comes to coding mobile HTML and making apps with Cordova/PhoneGap, so I might as well do my best on my first project (and do better on the next).

Some resources that I found useful

  1.  A Beginner’s Guide to Perceived Performance
  2.  The Pains and Remedies of Android HTML5
  3.  Crossing Platforms between iOS and Android. Extending PhoneGap project
  4.  Essential PhoneGap CSS: WebKit Tap Highlight Color
  5.  Remove Gray Highlight When Tapping Links in Mobile Safari
  6.  FancyScroll.js: Add an iOS/Android Overflow Scroll Effect

Other interesting things to check out

  1. PhoneJS
  2. Topcoat