A quick roundup…

It has been a while since I blogged, and that’s mostly because I am pretty busy with all manner of stuff. Much of it you might well consider to be not exactly ‘essential’, but that is beside the point.

So here’s some thoughts in a nutshell of sorts…

Loving right now…

The new ‘Hot Chocolate Cup Cakes’ served in Costa. Without doubt the nicest cup cakes around and I am completely addicted. Like the need to breathe. Go and buy them NOW, but make sure you leave me one (or 10).

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2. Finally a phone that is more optimized for use as a mini tablet, web and app access device that can also make the odd call. It is really helped by having a brilliant battery that can last as long as my day, well above what a typical person wants and fails to get with a typical smartphone. Add the pen which comes in handy (and was used to do a brilliant sketch by a friend) really sets the bar for mobile tech. Once coupled with 3s service, you get a blisteringly fast phone, on a blisteringly fast network (Sorry EE, your pathetic coverage and download allowances and high cost are beaten by 3 every time), and enough stamina to make full use of it. Awesome tech.

The Lenovo Idea pad Yoga. OK, I Have not got one yet, but that is more because Lenovo are not shipping than anything else. For me this device is likely to be the ultimate tablet/ultraportable laptop I crave. Tablets just do not cut it for me, iPad stinks as a device for real work,  my seemingly ancient (in modern tech terms) Motorola Xoom just not enough, and Microsoft Surface (Pro) both unavailable and expensive for the slightly disappointing spec when you consider key benefits of the platform are keyboards that cost 100 quid plus…

Stuff I don’t like so much…

EE, the most stupid brand ever (almost). I don’t like the adverts which imply you can do so much on 4G. I would not mind if it was vaguely possible but the coverage for 4G is lame, even at launch, the cost is high, and the amount of data usage pathetic. Actually the tariffs remind me of when 3 launched. Plenty of minutes and texts, but absolutely no proper data outside a horribly limited walled garden. In my view, the EE offering is a modern day equiv because the amount of data you get per month is so low, even on the most expensive tariffs, that you simply cannot take advantage of the speeds and capabilities properly (assuming you are in the tiny coverage areas). Fail written all over that. (Side note: apparently tariffs are getting a bit of a boost on data but by the looks of it still in the realm of poor). I doubt that 3 have anything to fear from the competition for now!

I’m not actually done with EE yet, because they have also made my existing service poor. As many know, I have lots of mobile tech, and my main phone number is provided via TMobile. At the time, this made sense, and for a year to 15 months, everything has been great. Since the we are rebranding in a half passed way scheme where I sort of still see TMobile branding but also have EE on phone and such, the reliability has fallen along with speeds. It could be a strange coincidence but my data speeds are notably poorer (confirmed by speed tests and comparison to tests done historically on the same handset in the same places on the same tariff etc). I have also had a few occasions where I just cannot send messages or receive calls for a few hours. Another coincidence???

I have a bunch more loves and hates but the above will do for now — annoyance vented :-)

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