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20 September 2013 @ 12:57 pm
Found Memes  
These two (public) posts just happened to appear right next to each other in my G+ stream, which i found very amusing :)

Moon Landing

(Just for the record, A: This is not intended as a pro-Apple post, i don't particularly like Apple, however, B: While playing with mascots can be fun, reality is obviously not constrained by art, and C: It can be amusing when through the process of synchronicity reality decides to contradict art directly.)

And just for the record, the two posts in question:



Cross-posted from G+
Current Mood: amusedamused
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on September 20th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
IJWTS Ben is on the same iPhone 4 he got 3 years ago, while I'm on my third Android. The first (Samsung) was a piece of crap (two warranty replacements in three months!) that I couldn't upgrade fast enough (still had to wait 20 months though); the second (HTC) decided it didn't want to read its SIM card anymore...a month out of warranty, and this was after a warranty replacement one month in because there was a dead zone on the touch screen; I hope my current phone lives past its upgrade cycle.

I don't personally like iPhones; I don't like the lack of buttons or the proprietary charger shape. (I can charge any of my phones and my e-reader from the same cable!) I'm writing this comment on my MacBook Air.
DonAithnen: blankdonaithnen on September 20th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
Wow, you've had some really bad luck with your phones :(

I got my Android HTC Nexus One in January 2010. 3.5 years after i got it the power button died and the volume rocker mostly died shortly thereafter, but it's still limping along two months later.

I've dropped it... four or five times i think? Once or twice that's involved the back cover popping off and the battery going flying, but they're designed to come apart so once reassembled it worked just fine. There's a couple scratches on the metal casing, but that's about it.

I've been _trying_ to upgrade, but just can't find another phone that's good enough =P

Given all the leaks about the Nexus 5 it's virtually certain at this point that it's going to be a gigantic 5" thing. I'm kind of hoping the local T-Mobile store will get a demo Moto X soon that i can try and that it doesn't feel quite as huge as the specs make it look. Otherwise i may do something stupid like import a phone from China =P
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on September 20th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not alone. For either phone.

I dropped my One X on the front porch, and I was lucky that it hit at such an angle that it didn't break the screen, but just put a tiny nick in the case. Then I dropped it a foot onto carpet and the SIM card reader busted. Both it and the One (my new phone) are solid case, so no battery compartment.

The Captivate gave me problems from about 20 days onward, and AT&T just wouldn't release the new OS update, so once it was out of warranty, I had a friend root it and put CyanogenMod on. Which made it relatively tolerable, but still sucky and slow.

Whereas Ben spilled beer on his iPhone 2 years ago, and it's still (mostly) working, except the button sticks. With increasing frequency of late, true, but it works. And it had better keep working until at least June, because I had to use his upgrade to get my replacement phone, and that's when my upgrade comes up.

Edited at 2013-09-20 09:40 pm (UTC)
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 24th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
Well my strategy of "buy the most expensive phone possible and then go off contract to make up the cost" seems to work pretty well... with a single data point so far =P I have wondered if the tendency for the back to pop off and the battery to go flying has actually saved my phone on the two or three occasions that's happened. Perhaps a lot of the energy that would otherwise be damaging the phone is getting converted into bouncing the battery out.

When i do get my next phone i'm going to look into switching form my current $65 a month plan to the pre-paid $30 a month plan, though from what i've heard it's not exactly trivial process.
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on September 24th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
"Spend $600 on a non-contract phone" isn't an option for me.
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 25th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it definitely helped that shelleycat was paying $200 a month in rent at the time, and once i had the phone i figured since i was saving money on the no contract plan i ought to put away $20 a month for the next hardware upgrade, so i've actually saved up enough now that i can just get the new phone in cash. If i actually do manage to switch to the $30 a month plan i probably ought to up the amount i'm putting away.
jon_leonardjon_leonard on September 21st, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
Well, my 10 still works, right? It's just a lot less pretty, and kind of hard on the fingers. Like various androids from fiction, it'll keep on going after it maybe should have died, at least for a while.

I don't have a lot of data points, but for the tablets/phones/related we have, it appears that anything that would damage glass is bad for them (minor scratches, one shatter), being immersed in water is bad for them (an iPod that lost some button functionality), and small batteries degrade annoyingly fast (one iPod that will no longer hold a charge).

That's not all that many failures considering how many device-years we've tested.