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Cell Phones

The Motorola RAZR has a built-in menu option for wiping the phone clean and resetting it to factory specifications, with all of the default settings it came with out of the box.

Cell phone camera technology is changing rapidly, and manufacturers are starting to bundle higher resolution cameras with their cell phones.

Sanyo’s M1 and Apple’s iPhone both include 2.0-megapixel cameras that take decent quality photos, and Blackberry phones include a built-in flash with their 2.0-megapixel cameras.

More recently the Samsung Flipshot hit the market with a high quality 3.0-megapixel camera; putting it head and shoulders above typical camera phones like the Motorola RAZR V3 with it’s low-end 1.3-megapixel camera.

In fact, most cell phones still come with low resolution 1.3 megapixel VGA cameras that take low quality pictures; just enough to capture the moment, but nothing you’d want to show off in a photography contest.

You can still pull off a little magic though with your existing camera phone, provided you follow a few simple guidelines:

1. Samsung Flipshot U900Stillshots are better than motion shots

If you can get your subject to hold still, the picture will turn out sharper and more recognizable. Action shots - especially with the slight delay inherent to digital cameras - will turn out very blurry or bitmapped on a camera phone (that choppy look you get from a low-res camera).

2. Lighting is everything

Take your photos outside with plenty of light. Most camera phones don’t come with a flash, which means they’ll use a longer shutter time indoors to capture more light - resulting in an overall blurry picture, since subjects will be moving while the shutter remains open.

Avoid too much bright sun however, since it can create unattractive deep facial shadows if your shot is taken into the sun. A good rule of thumb is to always keep the sun behind you, which will illuminate your subject and get rid of ugly shadows.

3. Close-ups are better than long shots

Question: "My cell phone lets me browse the web, so it seems I should be able to use that connection from my laptop. Is there a way to connect my laptop to the Internet using my cell phone?"

Question: How can i transfer my Videos taken/captured on my Cell Phone Sanyo M1 and transfer them to my PC? Your input will be greatly appreciated.
Chaloo

Answer: The Sanyo M1 is a great phone, and you can transfer videos to your PC by using a USB Data Cable that provides a link between your phone and PC, or with Bluetooth that gives you a wireless connection.

USB Data Cable

You can transfer as many videos, photos or ring tones as you like to your cell phone for free using a USB Data Cable that connects your computer to your cell phone.

Windows XP or Windows Vista don't come with software to recognize your phone and handle the file transfer, so you'll need a copy of DataPilot, which works with all major phone types.


Fire up DataPilot, and plug one end of the usb data cable into your phone and the other end into the usb port on your computer. DataPilot will display a list of the existing photos, ring tones, and videos on your cell phone.

Choose the folder on your PC that contains the files you want to move, select the files (or folders) and click the transfer button to copy them over to your cell phone. You can also copy the other way, and use DataPilot to transfer photos or ring tones from your cell phone to your computer.

You can buy a usb data cable on the DataPilot website if you don't have one already, and their software works with all major phone types.

Some people might think there's a catch when they see an offer for a free cell phone, but it's really just a matter of knowing one key piece of information: Wireless providers such as T-Mobile and Verizon make the vast majority of their money on monthly service rates - not on the phones they sell.

For example, if you pay $59.99 a month for a basic calling plan with T-Mobile, that adds up to about $720 a year (far more than the one-time price of a new phone)! Compare that to a new cell phone priced at around $200 and it's easy to see where they make their money - monthly subscriptions... not phone sales.

Can you see now why they're so willing to hand out free phones?

When considering where to look for free cell phone offers, you can go directly to a wireless service provider or look for an authorized wireless reseller.

  1. Direct through Wireless Providers
  2. Wireless service providers like T-Mobile make a lot more money from your monthly subscription than from the sale of a phone - so much so that they're always running promotional sales on brand new phones, complete with free shipping.

    Wireless from AT&TYou get to choose the monthly plan that works best for you, and you can carry over your current phone number from another wireless provider.

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