Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Droidless



My Galaxy Nexus developed a hardware fault over the weekend and it is now in for repair. As a result I reverted to using a candybar phone for the first time in 3 years. I dug out my old Skypephone S2, swapped SIM and charged it up first thing Monday morning.

I'm keeping a record in Evernote of the things I miss, but after using for a few days I'm impressed at how little I'm missing my fully featured smartphone.

The obvious candidates are missing Tweetdeck for reading the news in the morning and a home budgeting application to record purchases when they occur. But, there are other more subtle things like not having Evernote on my phone for snapping photos and recording notes when out and about or my password app (which I needed once to get my Google password).

However, the most significant gain so far is the complete lack of any battery anxiety and the halt of the stream of notifications. Might seem trivial, but it is surprisingly relaxing not having to clear them regularly.

So far, most of the things above can be done on a small tablet either at work or at home and are not really needed on the move. I suppose with the big exception of Evernote...

Spotify presents an interesting problem too as I like to listen to that in the car - although not missed at the moment as I'm using a different car for commuting which doesn't have an aux input. Maybe I can find a candybar phone with Spotify...

Incidentally, I originally chose my phone for the large screen for reading eBooks on it and the desire not to carry multiple devices. Whilst the Galaxy Nexus screen is good for this purpose, looking back I've found myself reading either at home or at work - i.e. not on the move - and perhaps a Kindle or Kobo Glo would be better.

I'll put another post up when I get my Android phone back, but in the meantime I'm quite enjoying checking email when I choose and not when I'm told.

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