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Unlock Samsung Galaxy S, T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate For Free

Yesterday, A hacker at XDA Developers, dagentooboy discovered that the unlock codes for all Samsung Galaxy S devices, including the T-Mobile Vibrant and the AT&T Captivate, are stored on the phone itself.

The unlock codes for Galaxy S devices are stored in a .BAK file on the device itself, which you can read using a HEX editor. You can then obtain the code, key it in and unlock the device to use any SIM card of your choice.

There are many ways to get unlock codes online, but all of them cost between $10 – $20. This method is free to use and involves only a few easy steps. You don’t even need to root your phone and can always lock your phone back using the same code in case of any warranty issues. It can’t get better (or easier) than this.

To know how you can Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy S (T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate) for free, check out this Galaxy S Unlock tutorial by XDA Developers.

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Source: Engadget

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and Samsung Captivate on Amazon for $49.99

When it was first announced, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was one of the best Android smartphones. However, soon after its launch, Samsung, Motorola and HTC came out with their own Android superphones which were much better than the Xperia 10.

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The Xperia X10 has been available on AT&T for $149.99 with a contract since quite some time now. Now Amazon is offering the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 for only $49.99 with the contract. It is the best pricing you can find online.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 – $49.99 – Amazon

You can check out the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Preview here

Even the Samsung Captivate, AT&T’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S is available for the same price — $49.99 on Amazon with a contract. It is easily one of the best Android smartphones out there, and at this price, it’s an awesome deal.

Samsung Captivate – $49.99 – Amazon

Check out the Samsung Galaxy S (AT&T Captivate) Review

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Stock Android 2.1 On Samsung Galaxy S

AndroidThe Samsung Galaxy S was launched with Android 2.1 and will soon get the official upgrade to Android 2.2. However, the Galaxy S, like all other high end Android phones, came with a custom UI — TouchWiz 3.0. TouchWiz 3.0 is nice and flashy but some users, like me, prefer the raw, untouched, stock user interface of Android. It’s usually much faster than the loaded custom UIs, relatively minimal and free of bloatware. Android 2.1, unlike the previous versions, has a very nice stock interface.

Some XDA devs have managed to get the stock Android 2.1 build up and running on the Galaxy S. There are still some kinks in the build, for instance, the camera doesn’t work, but they should soon be ironed out. The stock Android 2.1 build should be available soon.

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With Android 3.0 Gingerbread, the UI will be improved greatly obviating the need for custom jobs by manufacturers. This will help provide a consistent experience for all Android users and will speed up the upgrade process to newer Android versions.

Source: TheGadgets

Root Samsung Galaxy S In A Single Click

Two weeks ago we told you about two applications which lets you root your Samsung Vibrant or the Samsung Captivate in just a single click. Now if you’d follow our site, you would have noticed that TGA_GunnmanSamsung Galaxy S commented on that post saying he has released an application which allows you to root the Galaxy S in just a single click. Now, the one-click application to root Galaxy S has been updated, and works under Windows as well as Mac. Yes, now even Mac users can root their Samsung Galaxy S in just a single click.

The application supports rooting both Android 2.1 Firmwares, and Android 2.2 firmwares. Along with rooting, this application also installs Busybox Installer and SuperUser on your phone. Here is the link to the thread.

TGA_Gunnman has also promised to release an application to root the Samsung Vibrant in a single click, whenever its launched.

Deal of the Day: Samsung Vibrant For $99 from T-Mobile

T-Mobile has unveiled a great deal for the fence-sitters who are still debating whether or not to buy a Samsung Vibrant on contract from T-Mobile.

You can buy a Samsung Vibrant from T-Mobile for just $99 today, down from the original price of $199. The deal is offered online only for just one day. So act fast, and get in on the Android action.

Samsung Vibrant for $99

The Samsung Vibrant (Galaxy S) is one of the best Android smartphones and offers a lot of excellent features.

4 inch SuperAMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels
1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor
512 MB RAM
16 GB internal memory
5 MP camera, 2592 x 1944 pixels with autofocus, 720p video recording
Android 2.1 Eclair (Upgradeable to Android 2.2 Froyo)
GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
GPS transceiver with A-GPS
Stereo FM Radio with RDS
1500 mAh Li-ion battery

Check out this link to buy the Samsung Vibrant for $99: – T-Mobile – Samsung Vibrant

Samsung To Fix Galaxy S GPS Issues in September

The Samsung Galaxy S is easily one of the best Android phones to date and has record sales across the globe. There are many variants of the Samsung Galaxy S, namely the AT&T Captivate and the T-Mobile Vibrant. Even the upcoming Sprint Epic 4G is based on the Galaxy S.

However, most of the Galaxy S phones have been having GPS issues. The problems range from not being able to get a lock on any satellites, bad GPS reception and GPS not functioning properly when using apps like Google Maps.

Many users have been complaining about it but there hasn’t been any response from Samsung’s end. Today, however, Samsung let out a tweet which said that

“We’re testing software to optimize GPS on US Galaxy S. Expected updates avail. in Sept. Details & download to follow.”

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Even Carla Saavedra, Samsung Web Product Analyst tweeted the same thing.

“#Samsung is testing software to optimize #GPS on Galaxy S phones. Look for updates in September. Details & download instructions to follow.”

It’s a bit late, but it’s good to know that Samsung is working on it. How has your experience been with GPS on the Galaxy S? Leave a comment to let us know.

Fix Samsung Galaxy S Stalling Issue

The Samsung Galaxy S is one heck of an Android phone. For me, it is without a doubt the best Android phone in the market right now. However, the phone has one irritating problem. If you guys had read our Samsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy S S review, you would have read about the stallingissue the phone suffers from. However, the stallingissue was considerably reduced in the latest firmwares. Nevertheless, the modding community started working like crazy to fix this stalling issue. Mimocan’s lag fix solution was quite a popular one until now. His lag fix uses a modified kernel to move the /data files into the ext3/ext4 partition on an external microSD card. Without his lag fix, the Galaxy S scores anywhere between 800-900 points in Quadrant benchmark. With his benchmark, this scores jumps to 17xx points!

Nevertheless, the modding community was still not satisfied with this solution. Now a new lag fix solution has come up which pushes the Quadrant benchmark score to a whopping 22xx points! This new lag fix does not even require an external microSD card to work with. This new lag fix is pretty complicated to work with, so folks like Chainfire and RyanZA came up with one click lag fix applications. In fact, Galaxy S owners can now root and fix this stalling issue in just one simple step. Here are the two is the link to the different lag fix applications.

Samsung Captivate Overclocked to 1.2Ghz

The Samsung Galaxy S is one of the best Android phones in the market right now. The phone has a 1Ghz Cortex A8 based Hummingbird processor, and 512MB of RAM. The Galaxy S features the best combination of CPU + GPUSamsung Captivate on an Android device. The Galaxy S is sold in the U.S under different operators and under various names like Captivate and Fascinate. With the various lag fixes available for it, the Galaxy S beats all other devices in Quadrant benchmark irrespective of their Android OS.

However, for some developers this was not enough and they have gone ahead and overclocked their Galaxy S to 1.2 GHz. The Hummingbird CPU inside the Galaxy S can be overclocked to 1.6 GHz safely. Interested readers need to flash a modified kernel to overclock their CPU to 1.2 GHz. They also need to download SetCPU from the Android Market. Here is the link on how to overclock Samasung Captivate to 1.2Ghz .

Keep in mind that the above link is valid only for Samsung Captivate owners. Samsung Galaxy S owners need to check this thread on how to overclock their CPU.

Root Samsung Vibrant/Captivate In A Single Click

Last week we told you about an application which lets you root the Motorola Droid X in just a single click. Now, TGA_gunnman over at XDA-Developers has developed an application which allows Samsung Captivate users toSamsung Galaxy S root their handset in a single click. The application offers the ability to both root and un-root the phone in just a single clock.

The Samsung Captivate is the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S. The application will work on any firmware for the Captivate, but only on an Android 2.1 based ROM. Here is the link to the thread. Another version of the application is also available for the Samsung Vibrant. However, none of the application will work for the European version of the Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Fascinate.

Hopefully, the developer will soon release an updated version of the application which will allow users to root the Fascinate and the Galaxy S in just a single click.

Samsung Galaxy S To Get Froyo Update By End Of September

Over the last few days, 3 firmwares for the Samsung Galaxy S were leaked. The main thing about these firmwares are that they all are based on Froyo. However, all the three firmwares are alpha builds, and so there are still someSamsung Galaxy S performance issues. These leaked Froyo based firmwares got all the Galaxy S owners interested, as visible from this thread over at XDA forums.

Many people were curious to know when the final update will be rolled out, and now Samsung has officially given a time frame for the Froyo update. Samsung UK announced through their official twitter account that the Froyo update will be released to all the Galaxy S phones by end of September, irrespective of their network provider.

Hopefully, the international version of the Galaxy S will also get the Froyo update within the same time period. If end of September is too far away for you, then you can download and flash your Galaxy S to one of the leaked Froyo firmwares.

Samsung Galaxy S Hands-On Review

Apple has been a runaway success, but Android phones are also selling like hotcakes with over 160,000 device activations per day. Most of the high-end phones are similar to each other in terms of hardware. They feature the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, and an AMOLED/TFTscreen with its size varying from 3.7-inch to 4.3-inch.

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The only exception to my last statement will be the Samsung Galaxy S. The Galaxy S is a true high-end Android phone with many new features, which are yet to be found in any other Android phone. I have been using the Samsung Galaxy S phone for more than a week now and here is a hands-on review of the phone.

Unboxing And Build Quality

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The retail box of the Galaxy S has a pretty much O.K. size. I would have preferred a smaller box, as it would have been a bit eco-friendly but then Samsung would have had a tough time packing in the charger, and other accessories of the phone. The retail box consisted of:

  • 1x Samsung Galaxy S
  • 1x Travel Charger
  • 1x G7 1500mAh battery
  • 1x USB Data Cable
  • 1x In-Earphones
  • 1x Leather Case

The build quality of the phone is pretty ok. The handset is primarily made up of plastic, with just a metal frame running across the body of the phone. The back cover of the phone is way too thin. In fact, the first time I opened the back cover I thought I would break it in a week or so. Thankfully, I have been proved wrong.

The back cover is made of tough plastic, and will not break off on a day-to-day basis usage. The phone has a very slim waistline of 9.9 mm. Even though the phone has a 4-inch screen, it is extremely light. Stats say the phone weighs in at 119g, but when you hold the phone, you will surely doubt the stats! Galaxy S gets an extra brownie point point for the nice mircoUSB sliding cover.

Hardware

Samsung Galaxy S is the first Android phone to feature a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen, and it is just BRILLIANT! The blacks on the Super-AMOLED screen are even deeper than my black hair. The screen has a very wide viewing angle, and has great sunlight legibility. I had no problem whatsoever in using the Galaxy S under direct sunlight.

The Galaxy S is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 1 GHz. The Cortex A8 processor is better than the Snapdragon in all the benchmarks we conducted, but not by a huge margin.   The 512MB of RAM also make sure that the phone is never low on RAM. The phone comes in two storage capacities of 8GB or 16GB. Of the available space, 2GB of the space is used as the ROM of the phone. So users never need to worry about running out of free space while installing applications and games from the Android market.

The Galaxy S is also the first Android phone in the market to feature Bluetooth 3.0. The back of the phone features a 5MP camera, with touch focus and smile detection.

Software

The Galaxy S runs on the Android OS v2.1 (Éclair). On top of the Android OS, Samsung has loaded their TouchWiz 3.0 UI as well. TouchWiz in its latest form has improved a lot. TouchWiz has added options to switch on – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Silent Mode and Vibration mode to the popular Android notification bar, which is definitely very handy. TouchWiz also automatically imports your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google Contacts. Another nice feature of Touchwiz is that a right swipe on the contact will initiate a call and a left swipe will message the selected contact in the Contacts application.

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The 1 GHz processor ensured smooth operation of the phone. The phone never felt slow, except sometimes when the stallingissue occurred. Sometimes, the messaging, contacts application on the phone takes some time to open up, whereas third party applications work just fine. At the time of writing this article, new firmware for the Galaxy S was released. The stalling issue has been fixed to a certain extent with this new firmware.

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Samsung has also pre-loaded the phone with quite a few applications. There is a third party eBook reader on the phone – Aldiko eBook. Samsung has also loaded the phone with the AllShare application which makes your phone acts as a media server. Other pre-installed applications include Layar, ThinkFree Office, Daily Briefing, File Manager and Social Hub.

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Along with the Android Market, there is also a Samsung Apps store. As of now, the Samsung Application store has only 5 apps including Asphalt 5. The phone will get some extra brownie points for the support of Xvid, DivX, and mkv codecs. The phone easily played back a 4.7 GB mkv file without any hiccups.

The music quality of the phone is decent as well. The Galaxy S also features an equalizer, along with 5.1 channel Dolby surround sound and music effects. The music player of the phone simply looks outstanding on the 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen.

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Camera, GPS And Internet Browsing

The Galaxy S features a 5MP camera at its back. Sadly, the phone lacks a LED flash so night photography with this phone is a strict no-no. The 5MP camera is a decent performer in good lighting conditions. A major problem is that the 3D Gallery of the phone does not show you the camera pictures at their full resolution.

Also thanks to the Super-AMOLED screen,   any snap you click from the camera looks good on the phone. It is only when you view the picture on your PC, do you notice how the picture has come out in reality.The phone is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. The quality of the videos is pretty decent, and the fps of the videos shot hovers around the 30fps mark.

Here are some camera samples of the device :

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The GPS of the phone is a mixed bag. Using Google Maps, I was never able to get a satellite lock inside my house. Outdoors, I was able to get a GPS lock in less than 10 seconds.

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The Galaxy S is made for Internet browsing. The superb web-browser of the Android OS and the Super-AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S are a match made in heaven. The web-browser also supports pinch to zoom. Pages load quickly, and text reflow automatically adjusts the text on the screen for easy readability. The web-browser has a minimalistic interface, which certainly works in its favor. The only downside of the web-browser is that it lacks Flash. However, the phone will get Flash support with update to Android 2.2 (Froyo).

Battery Life And Conclusion

The Galaxy S is a super-phone. The Super-AMOLED screen, and the 1 GHz processor make this phone a must buy. The pros of the phone easily outweigh the cons of it. The battery life of the phone is also pretty remarkable, even though the phone has a 4-inch screen and a 1 GHz processor. The phone lasted me a day of heavy usage on a single charge. This is definitely better than most of the power-packed Android phones like the HTC EVO 4G, Incredible etcetera.

The 16GB version of the Galaxy S is available in India for Rs 28,500. At the current price point, I don’t think there is any other phone which can offer a better VFM than the Galaxy S. If your budget permits, go for the Galaxy S without a doubt! The phone definitely lives up to its tagline of Future Beyond.

Rumor: Samsung Already Working On a Galaxy S Successor?

Samsung had launched the Galaxy S just a few weeks ago. The Galaxy S is currently one of the best Android phones in the market right now with a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen, 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor and 512MB of RAM.Samsung Galaxy S I9200 The device has got ravishing reviews all over the interwebs. Samsung has even managed to sell around 200,000 Galaxy S in 10 days in South Korea. Now it looks like Samsung is already working on the successor of the Galaxy S.

A leaked picture of the successor of the Galaxy S a.k.a Galaxy S I9200 has been found on the internet. The phone is rumored to feature a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280×720. The phone will be powered by a 2 GHz processor (!), and will have 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of ROM. The camera at the back of the device will be an 8MP one, with 1080p video recording capability.

The phone will also be one of the first phone t be released in the market with Gingerbread pre-loaded. According to me, the specification of the phone surely seems to be cooked up. It is way too early for Samsung to even start working on a Galaxy S successor.

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Top 10 Android Phones In The Market Right Now

is the next big thingin the mobile operating system field. The Android OS has been successfully able to compete with the Apple iPhone OS/. At present, the Android operating system share might not be much but the pace at which it has been gaining market share is something which surely has been troubling Apple. Currently around 160,000 Android handsets per day are being activated all over the world.

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The Android Application market is also the second largest in terms of volume, only behind the Apple App Store. The Android App Store has more than 55,000 applications, and currently more than 8000 applications are being submitted to the Android app market every month.

I am sure the above facts would have made you check out some of the Android phones out there. Well here are the Top 10 Android Phones in my opinion :

#10 HTC Legend: The HTC Legend is the successor to the highly popular HTC Hero. The HTC Hero was one of the highest selling and the most popular Android handset ever produced and had also won the Best Mobile Handset award at the Mobile World Congress 2010. The HTC Legend features a 3.2-inch HTC Legend capacitive touchscreen having HVGA resolution. The processor of the Legend is clocked at 600 MHz .The phone packs in 384MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM. Along with this, the 5MP camera and the aluminum body of the Legend acts as an icing on the cake. The Legend also runs on the popular HTC Sense UI, which is the slickest UI I have ever seen on a mobile handset. Readers can purchase the HTC Legend from here.

#9 Motorola Droid/Milestone: The Motorola Droid was launched in late 2009, but it is still an awesome handset. The testimony to this is that the Motorola Droid is still selling like hot cakes. The Droid features a 3.7-inch TFT screen with WVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz ARM-A8 Cortex, and has 256MB of RAM. The main selling point of the Droid is that it is one of the few Android handsets out there in the market that has a full-QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola Droid won the TIME Magazine Gadget of the Year Award 2009 as well. Interested users can purchase the Motorola Droid from here.

#8 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 features a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and packs in 384MB of RAM. The phone has a huge 4-inch TFTSony Ericsson Xperia X10 display, featuring a resolution of 852*480. The X10 is mainly a multimedia device. The phone has an 8MP camera, with a LED flash. The 8MP camera at the back is capable of taking decent snaps as well. The phone also features Sony Ericsson’s proprietary TimeScape and MediaScape UI. The only downside of the phone is that it still runs on the older Android 1.6 OS. However, Sony Ericsson has promised that the X10 will get the Android 2.1 update by Q3 of this year. Here is the link to purchase Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

#7 Google Nexus One: Google has not made the Nexus One. The phone has been manufactured by HTC, but is rebadged and sold as the Nexus One. Google launched the phone at the beginning of the year, in an attempt to promote the Android OS. The phone features the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 512MB of RAM. The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, which is great indoors but is a major pain outdoors. The Google Nexus One was the first phone to be running on the Android 2.1 OS. It is also the first phone to get the Android 2.2 a.k.aGoogle Nexus One Froyo update. Interested readers can purchase the Google Nexus One From Amazon by click this link.

#6 HTC Desire/HTC Incredbile: The HTC Desire is similar to the Google Nexus One. In fact, we can say that the Desire and the Nexus One are the same phone. The only difference between the HTC Desire and the Nexus One is that the Desire has 64MB more RAM than the Nexus One, and lacks the second mica for noise cancellation. The Desire also has an optical trackpad, instead of the trackball on the Nexus One. Being an HTC branded phone, the Desire features the highly popular Sense UI as well. Here is the link to purchase HTC Desire from Amazon.

People who live in the U.S, should go for the HTC Incredible instead of the HTC Desire.

#5 Motorola Milestone XT720: If the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 does not suffice your camera needs, the Milestone XT720 surely will. The phone features a 720MHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM. The device has an 8MP cam, along with Xenon flash. Yes, you read that right! The Milestone XT720 is the first ever-Android phone to feature a Xenon flash. The phone is also able to record 720p HD videos. The phone has a 3.7-inch TFT screen, and features multi-touch keyboard as well.

#4 Motorola Droid 2: The only phone in this list, which is yet to be officially announced. The only information available about the Droid 2 until now is through leaks. The phone in all probability will pack in a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and 512MB of RAM. The Droid 2 will be the successor to the original Droid. From the leaked pictures, we can say that the Droid 2 resembles the original Droid closely. Motorola has just tweaked the design, and have thankfully replaced the golden d-pad found on the original Droid keyboard, with four arrow keys. Motorola will officially announce the phone sometime within the upcoming couple of months.

#3 HTC EVO 4G: The HTC EVO 4G is a U.S only phone. The device is the first ever-mobile handset to sport 4G connectivity. Along with 4G, the device has a mammoth 4.3-inch TFT display, and the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. As of now, the device is available in the U.S on the Sprint network. Since it is a HTC branded phone, the device also features theMotorola Droid X slick and smooth HTC Sense UI. The phone has a decent 8MP camera at its back as well.

#2 Samsung Galaxy S: The Samsung Galaxy S is definitely one of the best Android phones out there in the market. The phone has a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen. The Super-AMOLED screen on this device has a better sunlight legibility than the AMOLED screen found on other devices. In fact, the Super-AMOLED screen is considered a worthy rival of the iPhone 4G’s Retina Display. The device also has a 1Ghz Hummingbird CPU that is better than the 1Ghz Snapdragons CPU found in most phones. The only downside of the phone is that the camera lacks an LED flash, and the plastic-y build quality of the device.

#1 Motorola Droid X: The Droid X was officially announced by Motorola just a couple of days ago. The Droid X is the king of all Android phones. Hardware wise the phone has a 1 GHz OMAP processor that is build on the 45nm fabrication process. The phone also has a 4.3-inch TFT screen, an 8MP camera with 720p video recording capability. Multi-touch keyboard or Swype, DLNA and a mini-HDMI port are present as well. The phone is currently only available in the U.S on the Verizon network.

Q. Why did not the HTC Incredible made it to the list?

A.  The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and an 8MP camera. The phone is available in the U.S only under the Verizon network. The reason the phone did not made it to the list because it is available only in the U.S. This severely limits the market reach of the phone. The HTC Desire can be said a worthy equivalent of the Incredible in the European, and Asian markets. Therefore, I have included the Desire in this list, instead of the Incredible.

So which Android phone are you going to purchase? Do you have any other suggestions that you would want to add to this list? Feel free to tell me about them through your comments.