Day 699 – Phone trouble

My Sony XZ Premium is 5 years old and in phone years, that makes it 100 years old. I’m sure that you can do the rudimentary calculation to switch between actual years and phone years, despite it being a concept I just made up. Anyway, as with many things 100 years old, my Sony XZ Premium is struggling a bit with getting things done, it’s running out of energy and it’s not always able to connect wirelessly to my car anymore.

Sadly, its life is nearly at an end.

I’m not one for paying our local cellphone companies through the nose (or any other orifice) for the privilege of buying a new phone through them, so I’m looking to buy a handset outright and just lob my existing SIM card into it.

First thought, (obviously) a new Sony, but then I saw the price. I know that this switch was going to be expensive, but that was clearly (a long way) out of reach. Samsung doesn’t interest me, Huawei is a no go and I would rather be strung up by cheese wire around my nether regions than ever own an iPhone.

Not even joking.

Suddenly, the playing field is narrowed somewhat. The Google Pixel 6 Pro seemed to be an obvious choice, but The Guru reports some nasty bugs, even though we’re several months down the line from its launch.

And so, with limited time in which to get this organised, I are back to the drawing board. Am I looking at the Poco F3 (another The Guru suggestion) or a more basic Sony?

For me, the camera is probably the most important part of the whole phone, and the Pixel wins hands down on that, but there’s no use in having a great camera and getting great images when you can’t access them because the fingerprint sensor doesn’t work. But then is there any point in having easy access to your images, only to realise that they’re all rather crap?

Ugh. Such an important decision and nothing is jumping out to assist me.

Sony ad

Sony are advertising their Xperia cellphone range with a photo of an Xperia cellphone taking a photo of an incoming beagle and for the first time since 2005, I’m considering switching brand.

While the Xperia is undoubtedly brilliant at taking photos (and videos) of approaching beagles, the happy-go-lucky, blue sky, not-a-care-in-the-world imagery portrayed by this advert masks the dark reality, continuous hassle and huge expense of actually owning a beagle.

So very misleading.

On a more serious note, I love my Xperias and it would take more than a beagle on one of their ads to get me to move. I’m getting the XZ Premium next month, and I can’t wait.

Sony Smartband

Is this really the way that tech is going now? Do we really need to log our lives and track every step in order to remember each moment?

Surely when you take that photo, you know who the people are and where it was taken (and if not, your phone can already tell you).

Life bookmarks lets you catch that special moment by simply pressing the associating key on the wristband, so anything happening at that particular moment will be caught and remembered forever.

Yes, but MY BRAIN DOES THAT ALREADY! Does it really have to be recorded again by pressing a button on my wrist?
And note that this is additional technology – it’s not some new software that integrates into your existing (and very good) Sony mobile phone or tablet.

No, I simply cannot see any way this piece of technology would improve my life.

However, I am craving one more than you could possibly contemplate.