After all this blog has been through– Exposing Creationist plagiarism and idiocy, laughing in the faces of anti-vaxers/HIV denialists/GMO alarmists/other anti-science quacks, effectively eradicating a ‘retrovirus’– This might be one of the most controversial posts on ERV, ever.
I got a Nexus 4.
“*rolleyes* Yes, Android vs Apple, how ‘controversial’. And by ‘controversial’ we mean ‘a tired cliche'” some of you might be thinking.
No, I dont mean Apple vs Android. I love my Apple products, a Macbook from 2007, and iMac from 2008. I just gave them both $50 memory upgrades, and they run like brand new. Other than some cracks in my Macbook Ive toted everywhere, like a 5 year old and his stuffed bear, considering their age, these computers have held up *much* better over time than the PCs I built myself (please note: PCs I build myself have caught on fire, so, yeah…).
What I mean is, my last phone was a Blackberry Pearl. Yeah. I got it 2008-ish, I think. Ive never had a smartphone, because I couldnt afford it. The Blackberry worked, my cell bill is like $20 added on as a family line to my parents bill. Compare that to the the cost of the new smartphones, plus somewhere up to $100 a month for a data plan? No thank you.
But my Blackberry is finally dying (NOOOO!), there are lots of alternative options to traditional overpriced phone plans (T-mobile $30, Straight Talk $45), thanks to Obamacare Im not paying for birth control every month now, and the Nexus 4 was coming out. A high-end phone at a relatively low price ($299 vs its $550 ATT Optimus G counterpart), that gets upgrades straight from Google.
So I got one.
I got one.
Because of Google Play store issues, lots of people couldnt get their orders to go through, ever, and then it sold out.
In addition to that, lots of people who got to place an order got emails saying ‘Yeah, you know how your order went through? Yeah, well, we kinda ran out. Youll get your phone in like three weeks. Maybe? Thanks.”
Lots and lots and lots of people, dedicated Android users, hardcore phone connoisseurs, and good-ol-fashioned fan boy/girls didnt get a Nexus 4. And people are pissed off.
But I did. It actually came on Friday morning.
Yeah… This is me playing with my Nexus 4:
Like I said, this is an upgrade from a Blackberry Pearl. I have no idea what Im doing.
I got Netflix to work (it looks great!). I figured out how to get the voice feature to type messages out for me on Facebook. Ive probably had the most fun with the voice feature– Im asking it stupid scientific questions, it totally gets it, asking it for directions to wild places, it get it, but it has no clue what my partner, who has a thick Spanish accent, is saying. Weve had a lot of fun with that.
And thats it.
Im sure there are lots of cool features for Jellybean 4.2 (I did figure out how to install the upgrades! by accident!) and must-have apps and amazing stuff… that I dont even know exist. Im hoping any Android users out there will have some tips for me, and can forgive me for getting a Nexus 4 before you– I know youre mad, but have pity on me! I had a Blackberry Pearl!