So… umm…

(Blushes…)

I did get a Galaxy Nexus.

Yes, yes, I’m pretty much the king of ‘whatinhell does anyone really need the latest and greatest for, when smart fingers can make any old tech do miracles?’. But my old Nokia S60 smartphone thing (yes, I actually own one… an XPressMusic 8500… just possibly the last one actually operating in this hemisphere) was getting beyond flakey/annoying (weird h/w glitch… or I think it was h/w… video kept going all illegible, like it was repeating the same scan line for the whole screen, and you’d have to bang on it and unlock/lock it repeatedly sometimes for minutes to make it stop and work again… and this was particularly annoying when trying to take video of the little guy’s last race and I’m trying to do this and follow along down the mountain at the same time) , and I got to thinking, shopping ‘round for the next thing, gee, wouldn’t it be cool to have something for which the local shops actually stock stuff, and for which people actually write software?’ As that was really getting to be a problem for the Nokia….

The punchline: it’s been really hard getting a second battery for the Nexus. Damned thing’s too new. Local shops are all like: ‘What? It’s out now? Damn. No… no battery… but can I see that thing?’

So… umm… on balance: still kinda annoying, but yes, when I can actually keep it powered (more on that in a sec), it’s very cool. Got the whole Android SDK thing set up on a laptop, seeing now just what one can do with such things.

Oh. But yeah. About that battery? It really (expletive deleted) needs one. Seriously. There’s articles on the net on how to get a whole day out of the battery (by shutting down auto update stuff, turning off 4G, perhaps just getting out of the high tech industry entirely and into a monastery and taking a vow of network silence) like that’s some kind of marathon endurance goal thing to shoot for, and I’m rapidly grasping that yeah, with 4G and a dual processor, I’m afraid it is. Contrast: my now-too-jittery S60 thing would run for all of a week sometimes, depending on how much I put it through… And it did have a (tiny, resistive) touch screen and a browser and a note taking thingy and a JVM and a video camera too…

Anyway, yes, apparently this is progress… and now I can either go for the massive 3.8 Amp Hour aftermarket battery (and the pickup truck to carry it… and maybe a driver for the truck to chase me down the mountain, and thus keep phone and battery reasonably handy) or I can get used to charging a second one and keeping it in reserve… or I could just get used to staying off the mountain and perhaps in a coffee shop with lots of outlets or something and thus close enough to something I can charge it from…

Still, okay, sure, it is blazing fast, where the network supports that. And the screen is pretty. That’s totally worth having to plan your life around places to plug it back in, right?

Oh. Wait. I know… I’ll get a little obsolete S60 thing… get Joikuspot for that… and the Nexus can borrow its connection via wifi…

I kid. I kid. It is impressive. Fast, pretty, programmable. And I can now get a new stylus that works for it in any damned ‘The Source’. Could be worse, I guess.

(/… also, I’d like to point out that even Stross’ ‘Bob Howard’ eventually succumbed to a Glamour-enhanced Jesus Phone. So I figure I’m in good company here, at least.)