Monday, 2 January 2012

New Year, New Phone

I remember when I got my first phone 3 years ago. It was an LG Rumor, first generation. Even by the time I was getting it was bordering obsolete. But I didn't care, I was satisfied I'd finally be able to call and text people on a whim, due to the age of the phone I wouldn't have to pay any extra with a plan AND it had a physical keypad that slided out. Very important because I can't stand the touchscreen ones.

Fast forward a year and a half later and I'm wishing my plan would end already.

Even the keypad couldn't save it from its failings.

The problems were small but they continued to add up over time. First the battery had issues, the phone couldn't make up its mind on how charged it was. It would jump from full or 3 bars, to 1 bar, no bars, 2 bars, back to 3 and so on and so forth. The thing was that it loved pretending it had no energy even if I CHARGED IT THE NIGHT BEFORE. And it beeped every 5 seconds that it thought its battery was going to die.

And then the phone would suddenly shut down if you poked it every so slightly. Sometimes I would put the phone in my pocket, pull it out, and it would be dead. This resulted in a lot of missed calls and text messages. Other times I would slide the keypad out to type a text and the phone would go NOPE and shut down.

And of course the time the stupid phone almost cost me an interview.

Yes that is a phone going through a wall. Yes I wish that was my phone.

But fast forward to 2012. My plan has ended and that has allowed me to get something (hopefully) much better. I am the proud owner of a Samsung 551. It's an Android with touch screen capabilities AND a slide out keypad. Because I love being able to actually feel the keys when I press them.

I know it looks similar to the Rumor but I assure you it's not.

It's almost the same as the Samsung Gio except that the 551 has the keypad. So far I'm liking it. Still getting used to all the new functions and settings but I'm liking it so far. I haven't got any apps for it yet but I plan to soon.

Oh and before I forget. I have chosen my 4th resolution based on comments on my New Year's post. I'm actually combining D4's and Heddin's suggestions. So I'll be either reading a new book and/or finishing a game from my massive backlog of computer games per month.


And I eat too slowly so Mark's suggestion of eating flaming endangered animals becomes eating ash.

I'll see you guys Thursday.

79 comments:

  1. Man I absolutely love this phone, it's pretty damn awesome looking. I love slide keyboards like that. A touch phone without a keyboard isn't that good in my opinion. Here's hoping 2012 is a good one for you buddy.

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  2. Congrats on the new phone! I have a blackberry, and I'd kill for an iphone. I'm terrible at touch screens right now, but I'm certain I'd adjust. Good look with the reading!

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  3. I lold. Go get an Nokia 3310 :)

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  4. Good for you for upgrading your phone. I'm still under the opinion that all phones now are made to be broken, meaning that they have a limited life span before they decide to crap out on you, causing you to violate your contract and go broke buying replacement phones.

    But that's just me.

    Hope you've had a nice start to the New Year!

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  5. Ah phones. I have a thing. It wasn't even capable of text, I still have it it just wont turn on anymore. But then the contract expired last summer..

    And woop, book and or game sounds fun. Badass.

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  6. Nice phone! I want a new phone, too! :)

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  7. samsung phones are sweet indeed. wish you best luck with this one than you had with the old one, pal! :D

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  8. Man, I'm still using a Sony Ericsson T230. Let me tell you, it's slow and really, really laggy.

    However it's incredibly sturdy, considering my phone change policy is "whenever it breaks". It's not going to go anytime soon.

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  9. I got my phone not even a year ago, and I want a upgrade with it's problems.

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  10. I don't even have a cellphone. ;)

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  11. I just got a Samsung Galaxy S2. I don't know how I've lived so long without a smartphone... It's awesome!

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  12. mine is pretty much broke too. need to get it fixed soon.

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  13. I would be very impressed by your retro phone, were it not for the major problems you've had with it. I've had a Sony Erikson K750i for about 5 years now, before this smartphone fad caught on. It is brilliant.

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  14. Amazing durability is always important but how well will it survive in outer space?!?

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  15. I've heard good things about the phone and the Android software is always updating so can only hope that it works out well for you and that you aren't ready to throw it through a wall as well when this plan ends!

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  16. Well I guess you can enjoy your winter and smash a phone..haha

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  17. I am totally with you n the physical keyboard thing. I have a lg optimus v and I love it EXCEPT for the gott-dang touch screen keyboard. I am with virgin mobile, who I love, but their phone offerings are limited. And this one ha la free wifi hotspot app that I need. Anyway, congrats!

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  18. Physical keyboard? Good, good. I'm no hater of touchscreen keyboards, but they sure are overrated. Getting feedback when typing is extremely important!

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  19. Haha. I swear it doesn't matter how near your phone is to being obsolete they are meant to torment you. I gave in and got the iPhone 4 and it is driving me mad with lots of problems, which is annoying as nobody else with one seems to have them. If phones weren't so damn expensive out of contract I would definitely be hurling it through a wall....

    Good luck with your New Years Resolution. The reading aspect is my favourite by far...but that's because I spent a lot of the festive season reading whilst my boyfriend playing COD.

    Laura x
    http://firstclassramblings.blogspot.com

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  20. I think you took a great choice!

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  21. Well you can still eat ash, but I like the little shout out. I'm glad you got a good phone. I got a Blackberry for Christmas, and it was much better than my old phone. I also really love having an actual keyboard, which is why I don't really want an iPhone.

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  22. Everytime I get a new phone, I end up not using it. It just remains in one corner of the room and then suddenly my brother or my sister is using it, and their reason? Because I'm not.

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  23. Android FTW, I have an Xperia Arc!

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  24. Funny I had the rumor before and went to an Android...but a touchscreen smartphone. Don,t know how I lived without it before.

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  25. That Samsung 551 looks good, I hope you have fun with it.

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  26. I am sooo jealous. I have an old Android POS from T-Mobil. I can access the web on it; but it is slow, beyond slow, and I'm not due to re-up for almost a year. This sucks.

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  27. this LG is pretty nice :) I like this phone :) now I have Samsung Wave and u know what ? F*CK BADA ... Android Rulez..

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  28. greaaat blogg ,interesting post =)hope you had really good begginig of the year =)i want that phoneeee

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  29. congrats, DWei, I also use a Samsung :)

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  30. Yay for a new phone, and great idea to be reading a book :)

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  31. Hm, that is a decent resolution to follow. I too have an ever growing back log of games and books. Plus films and TV shows. Work ruins all this loafing time I could be having.

    As for phones, mine is a relic. I really have fallen behind when it comes to tech.

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  32. and now you can use the tips from my blog XD

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  33. Don't waste your money, only buy a new phone if you will save money or your old phone is broken. I have a Straight Talk phone for $30 a month.

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  34. I had the Rumor 2 and it had the SAME EFFING PROBLEMS! I thought I was the only one.

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  35. I once blew up a friend's cell phone with a dry ice bomb. It wasn't so much a 'science experiment' as it was a testament to his hatred for that piece of junk. Muy successful.

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  36. Ever so jealous of your Android. I was supposed to get one a month ago.

    ...Yeah. Still waiting.

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  37. My first phone was a blue Nokia one with Snake. Yeah, I was the coolest kid in school

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  38. I've had to eat my words. Is that like eating ash? LOL. You have a cool blog. I followed over from Alex's, Roland

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  39. I recently replaced my phone with a new one. I don't remember what model, but it's better. I feel your pain dude, crappy phones are never good. I'm glad I got mine replaced.

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  40. I've reverted back to the most basic of phones. I had one just like your first one, problem after problem until I started losing my mind!

    Weird Interesting News

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  41. I still have an unsmart phone. It will text but I dont. All the rest of the fam have the smart phones.

    Maybe one day I will take the big step.

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  42. Oh you kids and your fancy phones
    Back in my day we walked 15 miles in the snow just to talk about the weather.
    /rugrats grandpa

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  43. Congrats on the new phone...it can't help but be an improvement :)

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  44. ever since getting a touch screen phones, it seems ive forgotton how to use every other sort of phone. still remember how to use the rotary phone though.

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  45. looks like a feature phone, I stopped buying those and jumped the smartphone wagon. I've never looked back.

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  46. Cell phones are the devil man. I'm telling you.

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  47. the world of phones is tricky. I like my iPhone but really, it could be anything as long as it works and I'm cool.

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  48. Once you've got your new phone in use, eat your old phone!

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  49. i confess i want a smartphone. but i might hate it if i ever get it.

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  50. everybody's into these Android phones, but I just got my first iPhone. It seems fine to me... so far! And read a book, derp.

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  51. Wait, shit, I got noticed AND my idea counted as a good one? This is the happiest day of my life!

    Also, my phone is so old, it's almost not even funny, except it's funny. The face is falling off and I've lost half the buttons!

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  52. I also got an android phone they really good. Enjoy the phone.

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  53. I've never had a good phone my WHOLE life. Lucky you :P

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  54. Congrats on your new phone!

    I just made the switch from the Iphone to a Samsung Galaxy S II and I love android!

    So many free apps!

    +following

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  55. I swear I posted a comment on this post already.. :/

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  56. Good luck on your resolutions.

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  57. I've actually been looking for an android with a physical keyboard. I'm gonna have to look a little more into this...

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  58. im jelly i want a super phone. my phone right now resembles your first phone. I don't have the same problems but I sometimes feel like throwing it through the wall too

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  59. i wanted a droid with a physical keyboard too! i am going to look into this as well

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  60. I am also a worried university student :(

    +Follow :)

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  61. I'm the same, don't like touchscreen phones, I love having a Blackberry for the qwerty keypad :) plus its pink!

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  62. My old phone had physical qwerty, but now I use swiftkey X. It does the job. But nothing beats a physical qwerty keyboard when gaming (FPse, NESoid, GAMEboid)..

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  63. lol for the picture of the phone trough the wall

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  64. Congrats on a new phone - you've had to wait a long time. I totally get the physical keyboard too. The touch screens are touchy.

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  65. That new phone looks pretty awesome. let us know how it's working out! I need to start looking at new phones (mine's kind of a spastic), but I really hate the droids and iphones and blackberries give me migraines...

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  66. Was your old phone real? I heard it was just a rumour.....

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  67. Ah, I remember a day without cell phones.
    It was also a day with polio and Lyndon Johnson.
    So, cell phones are probably wayyyyyy better.

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  68. Getting a new phone is such a great feeling.

    I have to admit, I sometimes miss the physical keyboards of my old phones.

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  69. Phones are for squares. Real men uses their fists to deliver their message.

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  70. The older phone sounds like a cranky character, huh? Hope you enjoy the new phone... I'm still stuck with an old 3G phone which suddenly decides it can't read my sim card every now and then, but since I hate phones in general, I couldn't care less.

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