Monthly Archives: September 2012

Excitement..

So I’ve got my iPhone 5.

I’m very pleased with it indeed.  I wasn’t expecting a revolution, I was expecting significant evolution from my previous phone that was 2 generations older.  That’s what I’ve got, and it’s splendid.  Once the Three network resolves whatever gremlins prevent me sending MMS messages, I’ll be sorted – even then, I don’t send them that often.  Three doesn’t have a great signal at home though, so I might be lured into spending a bit more on Orange who do have decent coverage here – and of course offer the promise of 4G in the future.

In terms of the silly hype that comes with Apple devices, I won’t deny I was excited by the prospect of the phone – but it seemed to me that there was more fervour from people who laud other devices to disparage it.  Odd behaviour.  It reminds me of the kind of ‘banter’ we indulged in as children when some of us had Amigas and other kids had Atari STs.  Of course, back then it was excusable as after all we were children.  And Amigas were clearly vastly superior and if you had an ST you smelled of wee.

Anyway, I digress.. I was excited to get my nice shiny iPhone 5, and having had a week of using it I feel that excitement was justified – and if anyone wants to try to piss on that particular bonfire then that’s their prerogative.

To build upon this excitement I’ve got an awesome weekend lined up – tomorrow Cat and I are off to Buxton where I’ll hook up with lots of my Levellers friends to see, unsurprisingly – the Levellers – play an acoustic gig at the Opera House there.  We’ve booked lunch on the way, and got a hotel to stay in once we get to Buxton.  They’ve just played Exeter and Salisbury cathedrals – I kinda wish I’d made the effort to get down to one of those, what a great opportunity to see them in an unusual and dramatic setting!  Mustn’t be greedy, though!

Saturday is a return to Nottingham, and with Rich, Rich and Chris and assorted Ferocious Dog friends I’m off to see Ferocious Dog play the Bodega which will be awesome.  I’ve seen them rock that venue before when supporting 3 Daft Monkeys, now they’re headlining it and it’ll be brilliant.  Then of course there’s the small matter of Forest hosting our dear neighbours Derby County on Sunday.

Hopefully good things come in threes and the Reds can get a favourable result to make amends for last season!

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Gimme Five..

The countdown is on for the iPhone 5 arriving – according to my order from Apple it should be delivered on launch day when, helpfully, Cat will be at home so able to take delivery of it.  It seems to be most uncool to consider the launch exciting, but I am anyway – so there.  I’d planned to upgrade to this version for some time, and saved up the cash to do it direct from Apple rather than tying myself into a lengthy contract.

With that in mind, I’m going to move away from Giffgaff and use Three.  Giffgaff were okay, but the coverage where I live isn’t that good – and since they’ve started considering capping their data allowance, and they can’t get hold of nanosims for ‘a week weeks’ it would render me unable to use my new phone.  Annoyingness unbounded!  Three’s coverage looks like it should be okay (home might be sketchy, but we are in a dip), and they offer all-you-can-eat data for £13 a month.

I was cunning enough to sign up to a phone recycling place before Apple announced the iPhone 5 so got a decent price for my iPhone 4.  Whilst my phone is in good nick and working okay, the home button does get sticky so I’ll be glad to upgrade.  iOS 6 looks to have added some nifty features – not least I’ve enjoyed using Siri on my iPad.  That’s probably something that will have the novelty wear off, but I’m not so sure – I found a few genuine uses.

It does have an annoying voice though.  I think, much like with sat nav, I would prefer the ladies voice – the trouble is the only way to do that would be to switch to Australian or American – in which instance Siri would respond best to me speaking in an American or Australian accent.  Damn!  Ya flamin’ galaar… hmm, it could be tempting, after all!

The other idea I liked was the option for shared Photostreams – Photostream is something I’ve found quite useful for not having to worry about moving photos between my own iDevices, but if I were to – for example – set up shared Photostreams with friends with common interests it could be a really nifty way of us sharing photos of common events – e.g., football matches, gigs, nights out, etc.  iPhones are becoming quite ubiquitous amongst my assorted social groups so it could happen.

So even for those of you not partaking in iPhone 5 action later this week, wednesday’s iOS 6 update should give you a few interesting tidbits to play with too.  The 3D maps look ace (if limited on locations – New York looks nice though, which is sod all use to me!), the default map views look not dissimilar to Google Maps.  One thing, a small thing, but something that has delighted me – you can finally reorder your mailboxes if you are using several of them.. that was a serious vexation.

So yeah, lots of gadget ponderations.  I’m such a fascinating person, aren’t I? Sigh!

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