March 28th, 2011


New Android phone

Oh dear.

The insurance company have come to the conclusion that they cannot do a like-for-like replacement for the Google Nexus One, so they're going to credit me with the amount instead.

So I'm looking for a new Android phone. Initial thoughts are the Google Nexus S, the Samsung Galaxy S (almost the same, but having removable storage is nice), and the LG Optimus 2X. Nice big screen (4" of larger), decent resolution (i.e. 480x800) wanted. Android 2.2 minimum version. Any phone doing SDXC cards yet?

(timill: I don't the HTC Thunderbolt is an option in the UK.)

Any thoughts on other alternatives?

(nwhyte: we know you really, really didn't get on with Android. That's fine, there's no one-size-fits-all solution.)

ETA: oh, no hardware keyboard desired.

ETA: also avoiding Sony every since their rootkit malfeasance. I trust Sony corporate ethics pretty much not at all. (This means the PS3 won't get replaced by Sony product, nor will the eReaders. Also and alas, the Sony Ericsson phones were, in my experience, somewhat mechanically unreliable.)

Deja vu

On Saturday night, I did something I've not done since 1981. I slept in college.

My goodness, the rooms are much nicer than they were in my day.

And I did wonder: what would a tourist pay for a room in the heart of Cambridge, facing out across a narrow lane at Queens' College, with King's College also visible? I suspect it would be a lot more than the £27 per night B&B (and that being a hot breakfast) that I paid per single room.

(Conceded - the views are not of the pretty aspects of either college. But for location, unbeatable.)