Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Sentient Being In My Pocket

   Back in June of 2013 I wrote this post about how awesome it was to have computing power in the palm of my hand. At the time I was using an HTC Evo 4g LTE, which, while only being about 8 months old at the time, was not the latest and greatest. But still, it was a powerful tool and continued to be one of my greatest resources up until last week, when Eva the Droid began her death throes.
   To be fair, this wasn't the phone's fault entirely. I could have put more effort into nuking the unnecessary apps and deleting the thousands of random pictures that were already stored in the mythical cloud. I probably could have also figured out a way to remove some of the bloatware that was added by my network and the manufacturer. But I didn't. Honestly, I was too fed up with missed texts, so I went a'shoppin'.
   I got a new phone. Not just any phone. I got the Nexus 6.
Bitchin' street art sold separately

   I won't pretend that I put a lot of time and thought into researching different models in order to come to the conclusion that this was the best phone for me. I already own a Nexus 7 tablet and what I really enjoy about it is the simplicity of the pure Android operating system. My two biggest issues with my previous phone were HTC sense and Sprint Zone, which are both unnecessary overlays that continually gave me update notifications and errors when I didn't want to update. The only thing that made me jump on the Nexus faster than the promise of direct from Google updates was the reviewers' 'complaints' that the phone wasn't equipped with the Sprint Zone feature.
   And I'm not going to pretend that the name itself wasn't a factor. Just the fact that this shows up on the wiki puts a smile on my face:
Wiki's are like any other website, they're either a benefit or a hazard. 

   You should already know by now that Blade Runner is the best Sci-Fi movie of all time and you should also know my views on machine sentience. I've named my phone Roy, though with the big ass neon pink case I threw on it, I have to wonder if Pris isn't more appropriate. And if this phone doesn't last me at least four years, I am going to have strong words with the Tyrell Corporation Google.
   As for the phone itself, It's pretty bad ass. It has the most memory and fastest processor of any computer in the house. That's kind of scary when you think about the fact that I use my laptop to write and my husband uses his computer to record and mix music. It is really freaking powerful. Even the My Fitness Pal app, the bane of every phone and tablet's existence, doesn't lag or hang up. That is how powerful this thing is. (Seriously, app developers, make an ad-free paid version of this!!! I will give you money for an app that doesn't suck!!!)
   I've carried a smart phone for roughly seven years now. Prior to that, I carried a Wi-Fi enabled Palm device since the early '00s. Yet here I am, still awed by the amazing power at my fingertips. I refuse to take for granted how cool this is. There are those who will complain that the more connected we are, the more disconnected we get from reality. I disagree wholeheartedly, but that is another post for another day. Right now, I have 32gb of storage that is just begging to be filled with 13megapixel pics of my smelly dogs.
You are lucky we cannot yet smell in HD.

2 comments:

  1. I so enjoy your blogs and posts. Keep them coming.

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  2. If you ever want to feel even better about modern technology and how it really does make us more connected, not less so, I highly recommend the movie "Craigslist Joe."

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