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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-06-23 11:39
Subject: New shiny means ...
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Tags:akicilj, android
... questions on apps

The new shiny in question is a Nexus One phone, with which I'm so far very happy. The ability of bellinghwoman to upload calendar updates to my phone is rather magical. As a smartphone, it's a whole level further one from the Nokia E61i that I was previously running (excepting battery life - but Nokia have some sort of fetish for high battery life: if you'd ever seen the lakes and forests around the town of Nokia, without a single tree-mounted charging point to be seen, I think you'd understand why).

However, while it is a vastly superior MP3 player (though I will be buying a 32GB card to get a decent proportion of my collection on it), and the connection to the GMail cloud makes much sense, the one app on my E61i that I want an equivalent to is my password keeper. So, the question is:

What do Android users recommend for holding passwords on a phone? It should be able to sync to a Windows desktop app, and it shouldn't be too expensive. Ability to generate secure passwords a bonus.
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User: furrfu
Date: 2010-06-23 12:51 (UTC)
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I looked at the Nexus One, but it's so pricey for what it is. Given that the new iPhone is £500, unlocked, and technically vastly superior. I'll stick to my ageing Nokia N95, I think.

(I sync my Google calendar automagically with my iPod Touch; the iPhone can do likewise albeit over 3G as well as Wifi.)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-06-23 13:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
'technically vastly superior'?

For that price, it'd better be.

(Wanders off to see what prices unlocked N1s are.)

Good grief, there's one hell of a price range for unlocked N1s! Some of them vendors are charging almost as much for the phone unlocked and no connection as my total TCO for the next 24 months.
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User: furrfu
Date: 2010-06-23 13:12 (UTC)
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When I looked, the Nexus One was about £500 unlocked.

I don't want a contract, because I use almost no call minutes, and not that many texts either, usually using the internet instead (one advantage of working for the University -- Wifi coverage in a lot of Cambridge).
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-06-23 13:56 (UTC)
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When I looked, the top end of the range was ~£600(!) And the other end not much more than half that.

Part of what I wanted to do was to take my existing contracts and merge them into one. I have ... had ... a bottom end SIM-only 30-day SIM, and a USB 3G dongle, which gets used rarely, but when it does get used, it's often saving £10 a day (hotel WiFi ranges from free to stupid). I'm collapsing the pair into a single contract costing pretty much the same, and paying a small amount for the new phone.

Actually, a quick check on my account indicates that I should end up paying less per month than I did before. Over the 24 months, that saving will more than pay for the hardware (~£100).

(Moral: check one's plans occasionally.)

For your case, yes, the Cambridge Cloud effect will cause a different balance.

Oh, and I expect Vodafone's price plans to change. The one I picked comes out as a nice round figure once VAT at 17.5% has been added. Guess what? VAT at 20% produces a totally different, and not round at all, figure.
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