I hate you, smartphone!

Something snapped today in my head. My Smartphone did not really factory reset itself, it just lost the sd-partition and fucked up some file permissions. By deleting an empty partition and restoring some permissions via clockworkmod I could access most of my data (at least the improtant stuff). The phone (HTC Desire btw.) never really worked well after it was hit by a heavy metal object with pointy ends. I replaced the cracked digitizer but messed up on gluing it in probably so dust is building up between the lcd and the digitizer. Sometimes it’s not ringing and it really got me upset by various bugs. I don’t know if it’s the cyanogen mod, the hardware or whatever. Since I carry it in my jeans pocket and don’t like extra shells it looks really torn up because sometimes it has to share the pocket with extra change, keys, bottle caps, …

I love to have the power of the interwebs at my disposal at any time. Especially combined with a gps and a compass. You are somehow unstoppable in an unknown town. But I hate it that the battery always runs low or is empty and that these things are not rugged at all. Also the screen size is to small to actually enjoy the thing and the size of the device is almost too large to put it in your pocket.

If you want to retain a proper condition to sell it after a year or so you have to handle it like a raw egg. From my point of view phones are more like tools, so they get an unintentional beating from time to time and I touch them with without washing my greasy hands before… Also the price of a decent smartphone actually would buy you a decent pad…

So I made a decision: I will buy a proper phone and a pad/tablet. Hmmm. iPad? Nope, I hate apple. Galaxy Pad? Nope, old processor, no hdmi. Nexus? Nope, no sd-card. Acer A700? Well, not too bad. But expensive and no gorilla glass. Asus Transformer Infitity? Well. It is expensive. But it’s supported by cyanogen mod, has hdmi, a sd-slot, gorilla glass and (drumroll) a keyboard. Now we are talking! Since my trusty T61 is also pretty used up I need a new notebook as well. I thought I’d go for a subnotebook but maybe the pad is the better choice… Ok, it runs android instead of ubuntu which means I can’t use it for software development. But when I do software development I need a decent resolution and screen size anyway so I could go for a bulky notebook. Hmm. Sounds worth a try… Uh. One moment. There is something vital missing.. IT HAS NO 3G! Are you fucking kidding me? 600+ smackers for a mobile device and no mobile internet? Alright, what else can I buy. Hmmm. The TF300TG Transformer has 3G. It’s 200€ less. Only an ordinary 1280×800 display. Asus, I really like your stuff, especially mainboards. But you just lost 200€ by not selling your top end pad with mobile internet in germany. I would have bought it. Really!

Anyways, lets order the cheap one…

 

 

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