In show 125: Kev and Nick discuss the recent Apple iPhone 7 event. (more…)
In show 124: Nick picks up a bargain iPhone 5s and chats about 4g data in the West Country and Kev explains why the Apple Watch has become an essential part of his daily routine. (more…)
Sorry to be away for so long, work and play commitments got in the way.
Picked up a cheap pair of QC 25s, wired of course but £120, the QC 35s were sold as it’s actually not that hard for me to use a wire……until I get an iPhone 7 maybe?
In show 122, We discuss the recent news about iOS10 and MacOS from WWDC, Xbox at E3. We also chat about wireless headphones as Kev tries another pair, can they replace his beloved Sennheiser’s? (more…)
In show 121, Kev and Nick are back with their usual grumpy look at all things mobile, reminiscing about the networks of the nineties and Kev’s third Galaxy S7E has arrived could this be the one to finally replace his iPhone? (more…)
In show 120, who and what can see your Google account? Kev is looking at security on Android phones and explains how to check the apps, services and devices that have access to your google account. Meanwhile (once he got past some setup woes) Nick has been using a Lumia 550. (more…)
Have a look at the photo below for a good deal on some tech if you are prepared to do a tiny amount of work, and can pass a credit check.
Very, (which is probably due to them being Very Expensive) are offering 20% off your first *credit* order, but don’t worry about interest charges, as you can either use 3 months interest free or maybe even 12 mths buy now pay later, and if you clear if before that is up, you pay no interest all all.
So I just opened an account, got £1000 limit to spend right away, and ordered a Galaxy S7 for £459 brand new. It starts off at full price of course, but if you use the code at checkout (be careful its easy to miss that step) its takes 20% off.
You can’t use it for Apple stuff, and there are other exclusions. It runs to the end of July 2016 currently.
In Show 119, Nick and Kev are both trying out the WileyFox Swift with very different initial experiences and Kev tries a Galaxy S7 in his latest quest to replace his iPhone
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Errr, there was no Day 2!
I had yet to try the SU6 in the car, so set off for work with Google Maps guiding me, and a podcast playing, both over my car Bluetooth. I had actually established that the forward and back controls on the steering wheel worked how I like them, which is 30 seconds forward or backwards. Usually when this works, all other BT functions work fine.
One thing I really like about iPhone is that when I press “Media” on the car head unit, the iPhone this pretty much always restarts the audio of what I was listening to last, and the SU6 will not do this, (most Androids don’t) so it means reaching in your pocket or touching the screen while driving to start the audio. But that is not the deal breaker here, what happens is that every single time the Google Maps gives a spoken direction, it sets the audio back 30 secs, even though the podcast audio was playing under the maps voice. I know you can change this, but I simply turned the car around yesterday and went back for the iPhone!!!, experiment over for now.
Harsh? Very. There are almost certainly ways around it, but I simply can’t be arsed. The SU6 remains a fantastic buy, but its back to being my second phone, and when I go back to the iPhone, for a few days at least, I can not see myself ever leaving iOS as my main device.
Over the weekend I decided to try a little experiment. Could I use an ultra cheap phone as my only phone? My weapon of choice is the excellent Vodafone SmartUltra 6 which at around the £100 mark new, is simply superb value for money. There are usually examples of this on PSC Forum for around the £70-£80 mark, so its pretty easy for anyone wanting to try this.
When you compare it to the Moto X Style I recently tried again, at £300, and the Samsung S7 Edge I recently used as a main phone for around a month, you really can see just how cheap this phone is. Of course there are loads of even better value phones available to import from China, I really wanted to do this with a phone easily available to everyone on the High St.
A quick reminder of ‘specs’ on the SU6, it has a clear and bright 1080p IPS LCD screen, with frankly nicer whites and brightness than the Moto X. It runs a SD615 Quad Core CPU with the Adreno 405 GPU. It has 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage, you can up up to 64GB via an MicroSD slot, and it takes a Nano Sim card. Unlike most cheap imports, it has LTE Band 20, important in the UK for 4G, and it has NFC, less important but nice to have. It is on Android 5.1.1, and don’t worry too much about it being locked to Vodafone UK, it is less than £3 t0 unlock, and simplicity itself.
So, Sunday night, I shut down the iPhone, and went to work Monday with only the SU6. When I mention this on Twitter, the comments varied from “you will last only a few hours” to “give you a week”. While the former seemed harsh (but given previous lunchtime trips to get the iPhone, fair I guess) the latter did seem overly optimistic.
Of course these days I am very busy at work, so I don’t spend all day on the phone as I used to when I was in Sales, but I did need to use it quite a bit to plan some training and hotel booking, and I wanted a larger screen that the iPhone offers me. This worked out pretty well, and the phone is much snappier than I previously thought from just “playing” with it. I think you only get the full experience with a phone after a few solid days of using it, without have a flagship to just fall back on.
All in all, Day 1 was a bit of a revelation, and although I did turn the iPhone on last night, to compare some specific things, it is now switched off again, and I am about to start Day 2 with just the SU6. Come back tomorrow morning for an update, and place your bets on how long this little experiment will last.