Jun 03 2011

LG Optimus 2X revisited

Right, so I unrooted my Optimus 2X, flashing LG's own latest stock build, and sent it back to the shop with a full sheet of errors, reporting its more or less severe shortcomings. So what did LG do? They "updated the firmware" to the exact same one I had already just updated to, and sent it back to me.Same build, same kernel, same all.

So what did that solve? Well, much what you'd expect.

But you know, I gave it a shot, and after a week in LG's perverse version of FroYo heaven, I've had it. Maybe there's something wrong with my particular handset, maybe it's just a bad goddamn phone. Either way it's going back again.

I got my Galaxy SII today. Preliminary review says, "Nice !"

Oct 25 2010

The dumbest dumb-phone I've seen in a long time is actually pretty clever...

John's Phone (via Design Milk, Walyou and Gizmodo) is a completely stripped down cell phone, devoid of all and any but the core functionality of making and receiving phone calls.

It doesn't have a camera and doesn't offer sms/texting, email, chat, alarm clock or weather updates. The built-in address book is a paper notebook with a pen.

The web site claims that stand-by battery life is "more than three weeks", which is nice but not exactly stunning. John's Phone is roughly the same size as an iPhone, probably to accomodate that large keyboard - but since the phone has absolutely no features, not even a screen worth mentioning, it should be pretty much empty inside and therefore able to pack enough battery to last a year...

John's Phone is marketed as well suited for older people, which I guess would mean my grandmother, since the only phone my parents have ever been able to use properly is an iPhone - arguably one of the most advanced and powerful smartphones of all time :-)

The design is really cool, though, and I think that sheer anti-connected-ness of the thing would appeal to some people I know who feel that the technological advances of mankind should have been halted in 1970.


Legal mumbo: When the pr-people involved won't waste their time on individuals, said individuals have to make do as best they can. If anyone - well, the rightful owner(s), at least - take offense to me using the pictures displayed here to advertise their product for free, please let me know either here or in the comments section- I'll remove them immediately :-)


EDIT: And so they did, and so I did.