Readers offer their best tips for testing the convenience of large smartphones, splitting up large SMS threads, and quickly typing secondary characters in Swype.
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Create a Fibreboard Phone to See if it Fits in Your Pocket
McMike shows us how he pocket-tests today's large phones like the HTC EVO:
Moving to a larger smartphone is full of tough decisions. Will it do what I want? Will it be easy to use? What will the network coverage be like? How long will the battery last? All these answers can usually be found online with a little research. The one thing that you can't research is if it will fit in your pocket. Will it work in slacks, jeans, shorts? Front pocket? Back pocket? What about on the motorcycle? It would be a shame to sign up for two years and dread carrying it around.
I am thinking about an EVO 4G, and read that it was 4.8"x2.6"x.5". I had some half inch MDF (Medium-density fiberboard) in the workshop and spent the last week performing the "pocket test."
Mark SMS Messages as Spam to Split up Unruly Threads in Google Voice
TheDharmatist ets us know how to contain out-of-control SMS threads:
If an SMS conversation is becoming to bulky in Google Voice, try marking it as spam. When the next text from that users comes in, it will break off into a new thread. Mark both conversations as not spam and then you can continue on from the new text without the delayed load time caused by the bulky thread.
Quickly Type Secondary Characters in Swype
Nicholas Barry shares another great shortcut for the Swype Android keyboard:
Swype tip (Android keyboard alternative): Does it bother you to press-and-hold to get a question mark, explanation point, hyphen, or apostrophe?
I just found out that by swyping from the question mark to the spacebar, you get a question mark and a space. Likewise with the explanation point the hyphen (above the comma), and the apostrophe (above the period).
Use Coloured Binder Clips to Organise Cables
Photo by Teo.
Steve.koehler shares another clever use for binder clips:
I tend to carry a lot of cables with me, and I tend to keep them in a repurposed pencil case. So to keep all of these cables from getting too tangled, I have started using binderclips to keep them wrapped. This has the double advantage of keeping the cables separated and giving you a way to label your cords should you want to. You could also get the different coloured binder clips to colour code your cables.