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How to add memory to a Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung's Galaxy S4 comes with 16GB built-in device storage, which is fine if all you do is check email, facebook, and take a few pictures. If you want to start watching videos or storing songs though, you'll quickly reach the 16 gig memory limit.

Fortunately, you can add up to 64GB of additional memory. I bought a 16 GB SanDisk microSD card yesterday for $19.99 at Best Buy, which is plenty for what I do with my phone, and very affordable. You can find even better prices on Amazon, like this 32GB card for less than $25.

To install the SD card...

Change lock screen shortcuts on a Samsung Galaxy S4

Android mobile phones have a lot more configuration options than an iPhone, which is one of the reasons I love my new Samsung Galaxy S4.

Take the lock screen - the screen you see when you first press the home or power button on an Android mobile device. When you first buy the phone, you'll just see a blank screen with the time at the top, like this:

Just like with an iPhone, you swipe to the right to unlock the Galaxy S4, but the iPhone has a camera icon on it's lock screen that lets you jump right to the built-in camera on the iPhone without unlocking the phone.

The Galaxy tops that by letting you configure multiple shortcut apps, and letting you vertically swipe them to both unlock the phone and jump right to the application.

To add shortcuts to the lock screen on a Samsung Galaxy S4...

Traded my iPhone 4S for a new Samsung Galaxy S4

I switched to a Samsung Galaxy S4 yesterday, after owning 3 generations of iPhones for several years. I've been pleasantly surprised at how much more I like this smart phone than my iPhone.

Better is of course relative, but I've been impressed with the larger and brighter screen, expandable memory options, far better camera (records in HD, and both front and rear cameras can record at the same time) and numerous configuration options.

AT&T also has a $200 iphone trade-in program, which made it an even swap for the 16-GB Samsung! Saved me the time and hassle of placing an ad on craigslist, and paid for the new phone in one shot.

Loving my Samsung. Not missing my iPhone. Lots of new things to learn (and to blog about along the way), but I like what I see so far.

Why You Can't Watch Netflix on a Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tabs run on an Android 2.2 operating system, and Netflix doesn't currently have an app for viewing Netflix movies on android devices.

UPDATE: You can now download the Netflix app and run it on a Galaxy Tab.

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You can manage your Netflix queue and search for the latest movies using the Galaxy's built in web browser, but you won't be able to watch movies through the browser because that requires MS Silverlight (which can't be installed on an Android).

According to Netflix, they are working on an Android app that will let viewers watch movies like they can on iPhones and iPads, but that was posted way back in November 2010 so I'm not holding my breath 5 months later: http://blog.netflix.com/2010/11/netflix-on-android.html.

How to clean the screen on a Samsung Blackjack

Question: I recently purchased a Samsung Blackjack II. I have had it less than a week...there is so much dust that has accumulated under the screen and it is driving me crazy. I carry it in a leather case all the time. Is there a safe way to clean the screen and once I do, how can I prevent this from happening!! I have never had this problem with other cell phones I have owned. Thanks so much!!

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