Ok, so I’ve put about 500km on the Symba since it became mine, some of that is commute and the rest joyriding.
I’ve had two cars try to change lanes through me, been cut off by a bus merging from a side street and have had a variety of insects trapped inside my helmet crawling around my ear.
In general, I’m becoming quite attached to the little bike.
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with any cellphone I’ve owned, generally speaking this was because of the calls I would get on them and had nothing to do with the technology involved.
I expected a cell phone to be, well…a cell phone.
My last phone, the hunk of junk that is the LG Neon promised to deliver a host of extras for a non-smart phone, and seemed like a good acquisition when I first got it. I soon discovered that it had a few quirks like randomly turning off (this resulting from a poor battery connection, and a known defect of this design), had a neutered browser which was incapable of handling all but the most rudimentary websites AND could not handle any web based email client, AND if I used the onboard app for email I would get charged on a per-email basis.
My distaste for this phone was without boundaries.
An upgrade was inevitable, and I started research. The three main contenders appeared to be the IPhone, the Blackberry and Android. All have their proponents, and in the end I went with the most user-configurable option, and one that promised apps to fully integrate with my home security and surveillance systems.
I chose Android, the Nexus S was supplied by my cell provider, and I immediately immersed myself in the phone, annoying everyone around me with alarming regularity.
It’s done. With little effort in setup I can now check my alarm systems status online and watch the surveillance cameras in real time. There is an almost limitless series of projects that I can embark on to bring greater remote functionality to the phone, but for now I am satisfied with a handheld link to the security measures at the house.
Oh, and it hasn’t turned itself off once.