Journal #8609

Posted 3 years ago2015-09-27 03:45:38 UTC
If anyone even cares and had been following, I now have one of these.

Comes with Android 4.4.2, it updated to 4.4.4 but hasn't offered me 5.x yet. After fiddling with it for a few hours now, I can say the following:
  • My older phone has a 140dpi screen. After two years of use everything was good. The new one has a 330dpi screen. After two hours of use, there was no turning back. Everything looks so bloody fuzzy on the old one.
  • I actually liked the 3x4 keyboard on the old one. The new one only has a QWERTY keyboard which I find much slower and error-prone. I'll look into installing a custom keyboard or something.
  • It's pretty snazzy but I have one gripe: On the contacts list, the old one has an option labelled "Only show contacts with phone numbers". Which is pretty nice. The Moto G has no such option and it displays every Google contact ever. I do not like that. The list gets a bit long.
  • It's pretty nice to have more than one app installed at a time.
  • I probably don't need to worry about it freezing or hanging for several minutes every time I try to do anything, including nothing.
Conclusion: I like it. It's affordable and good. I'm happy with it.


Commented 3 years ago2015-09-27 10:07:41 UTC Comment #62773
Welcome to the club.
Commented 3 years ago2015-09-27 17:55:18 UTC Comment #62782
Aww yeah! Bet it feels awesome to be able to finally get an upgrade! My latest upgrade was an iPhone 4 but then again I barely use my phone other than for calls, texting or social media, but yeah. ^^ Congrats on the new phone Stu! Expecting a review video from you.
Commented 3 years ago2015-09-27 18:18:16 UTC Comment #62766
Ah, you finally got your new portable Whatsapp device ^_^
Commented 3 years ago2015-09-27 19:16:24 UTC Comment #62774
A video review showing Stu's face would basically mean that the LHC enters an acceleration runaway, creates a black hole and the Earth is sucked into the void.
Commented 3 years ago2015-09-27 20:42:37 UTC Comment #62775
Video review? This already is a review. :P
Commented 3 years ago2015-09-27 22:49:44 UTC Comment #62769
Hungry for apples?
Commented 3 years ago2015-09-28 20:00:04 UTC Comment #62776
Uh... no? Don't follow.
Commented 3 years ago2015-09-28 22:17:11 UTC Comment #62770
Yeahh sorry, it's a non sequitur Rick and Morty. I have Rick & Morty on the brain lately fsr...
Commented 3 years ago2015-09-29 05:35:06 UTC Comment #62767
Probably because it's currently the best show on TV, interdimensional or otherwise.
Commented 3 years ago2015-09-29 15:26:14 UTC Comment #62771
Hell yeah Archie, LOVE me some Rick and Morty! :P
Commented 3 years ago2015-09-29 15:55:58 UTC Comment #62777
Fun facts about mobile internet:

The HSPA+ standard has a nominal data transfer speed of 21mbps. My old phone had a max speed of 7mbps. I used to think I was missing out until I found out my carrier caps 3G at 1mbps anyway. Now it makes sense how my friend in the US can do video calls on Skype through 3G and I can barely get a single page to load.

The LTE standard has a nominal data transfer speed of 150mbps. I thought that was pretty fancy, until I found out my carrier caps 4G at 5mbps. That's right, a quarter of 3G speed in other regions.

I can't come up with a single reason to do this. Isn't it better for everyone to leave data rates uncapped? Transactions finish faster, which causes less network congestion, which in turn results in a better service for everybody. I guess not understanding it is probably the reason I wouldn't be a good businessman.

Glad I only wanted 4G as an extra lane to get around network congestion, otherwise I'd probably be really pissed.
Commented 3 years ago2015-09-30 15:22:34 UTC Comment #62783

Is it only me that misses a smartphone already? Dayum.

I want Whatsapp! :(
Commented 3 years ago2015-09-30 17:43:20 UTC Comment #62778
...I wasn't the last person to have one?
Commented 3 years ago2015-09-30 18:47:40 UTC Comment #62784
Seems not, SugarMan.
Commented 3 years ago2015-10-01 01:19:43 UTC Comment #62768
Stu, there might be another contact manager app. check the play store.
Also, that's a huge bummer on the Carrier caps :( sorry to hear
Commented 3 years ago2015-10-01 02:53:12 UTC Comment #62779
I might look around!

As for the caps, I don't mind, it works for me.
Commented 3 years ago2015-10-06 08:47:37 UTC Comment #62764
So uh, do you guys think I need a new phone?
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Commented 3 years ago2015-10-06 18:38:28 UTC Comment #62780
Strider wins.

If that was mine, I'd have changed it even if I wasn't into the smart features, if only because it's held together with sticky tape. See, Captain? Mine wasn't so bad.

I'd be sticking with this type of phone but sadly I have already been absorbed into convenient things like group chats in WhatsApp and other equally convenient features. But they're better.
Commented 3 years ago2015-10-07 21:36:16 UTC Comment #62772
Yeah no, Strider are winnar :)

Aw nostalgia! I miss the golden age of flip phone and actual buttons :o
Commented 3 years ago2015-10-08 06:44:03 UTC Comment #62765
Physical buttons forever!

That thing is nearly a decade old and I've replaced the battery once and taped the back cover down a few times. It's an ugly, battered old trooper that won't give up.
Commented 3 years ago2015-10-08 15:56:18 UTC Comment #62781
That is exactly the reason to keep them around. And that they don't get poorly-thought forced software updates that make them a worse product.

I did get the (almost forced) update to Android 5.1.1 a few hours after getting the update to 4.4.4, after which somehow word prediction got worse.
Commented 3 years ago2015-10-14 05:22:07 UTC Comment #62785

That's why I kinda hate smartphones. I also prefer actual buttons too (I usually type without looking; which is not possible with smartphones afaik).

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