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Project 365 #242: 300818 The Long Goodbye
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Short version: I have a new phone. I have mixed feelings about it.
For the want of a tweet...
This is my Nokia 920, and she's taking her final bow. This makes me sad.
I was surprised when I looked back at when I bought this phone, as I thought I'd had it for three years when I've actually had it for four. I really, really like Windows Phone. I liked it when I first used it and I still like it now. It still feels fresh, with a wonderful UI, and after years of crap it seemed that Microsoft finally nailed their phone software. Sadly the world didn't agree.
When launched in 2012 the 920 was a flagship phone which meant superb build quality, high specification and a great camera. As an overall package it's a wonderful device. It's hard to know where it all went wrong. Premium units were slow to shift, and while slashing hardware prices certainly moved more units it also hurt the marketing, with Lumia devices becoming perceived as the cheap handset you bought to take to a festival when you didn't want to risk your iphone, or even worse, the phone that your Mum had.
I'm not a developer, but I suspect that developing apps may have been needlessly complicated or convoluted. I can't think of any other reason why apps wouldn't be developed and then the 'app gap' became a problem.
It was never a problem for me, as so many of the apps out there are needless, pointless crap and all the core stuff that you might actually want to use was available and worked fine.
My 920 shipped with Windows 7, and in relatively short order was upgraded to Windows 8. Unfortunately, it didn't make it onto the list for the Windows 10 upgrade, and so it got parked with Windows 8. That wasn't a problem until June this year, when Twitter changed their authentication method to a type not supported in the Windows 8 version of the app. It took me a long time to come round to Twitter, which I initially dismissed as blogging for people with nothing to say. Whilst elements of that are still true, it offers a lot and whilst I far from live on it, I do like to dip in and out.
This meant change was needed.
After a bit of research I came to realise that just because the 920 wasn't on the list doesn't mean that it can't run Windows 10, and indeed with the right tools you can force an installation onto it, which I duly did. Sadly it was an earlier version which wouldn't support the latest Twitter app. Onto the next step. Using a registry hacking tool you could persuade the 920 that it was a 950, which is still on the list to receive updates. The hack was hacked and then I could log into Twitter again. Yey!
Sadly the tale doesn't stop there. Upgrading to a never intended operating system meant that the driver support in the new OS wasn't quite all there, and that broke a couple of things. One broken thing was that the maps software wouldn't render roads and paths, which is not desirable. The other broken thing was the Bluetooth discovery utility. This is a pain, as the main Bluetooth stack is working. When being connected to (by for example another phone) it works fine, but when you need to seek out devices (in this case the hands-free in the car) it bugs out. That meant that there were two problems with what I would consider to be core fucntionality and that's enough to replace the phone.
Now I could have still sought out an updated device that supports Windows 10 natively and is on the supported list. Unfortunately in October 2017 Microsoft decided that the game wasn't worth the candle and effectively halted development of Windows Phone 10, though they will maintain the platform with security patches, etc. Again, a tragedy, as Windows Phone 10 was a further improvement on 8 and a joy to use.
Well, the deed is done and a new phone bought. Alas, it's a Motorola. Heart really wanted a Nokia, but head won.
Nokia's range of Android handsets are boss! They're beautifully made and are Android One compliant. This means that they run a superclean version of the operating system with no bloatware and that means they get updates and new versions really, really quickly.
So why didn't I get one? Well, I'm tired of doing the drug dealer thing. I have a work phone and I have my own phone and carrying two is a pain, meaning that I carry one and miss things. I resolved that my next phone would be dual SIM. The Nokia 6 is available as a dual SIM, but it's quite hard to find and that dual SIM functionality raises the price an awful lot. The way things were looking, the choices were the Moto G6 at £200 or the Nokia 6 at about £280. The Nokia is slightly lower spec across most of the usual measures, and paying considerably more for something lower spec was a little too hard to justify.
In some ways then the circle is complete. My very first mobile phone was a Motorola (with a SIM card that was a full credit card size!), and whilst every phone since was a Nokia, I'm now back where I started. Not for that matter that Motorola is what it once was (a subsidiary of Lenovo now) or that Nokia is what it once was (a completely different company, but still very much based in Finland).
And so here we are. I've shelled out two hundred quid on a new piece of electronic hardware and it brings me no joy. Not even the tiniest frisson of shiny object syndrome. My new phone is better in every measurable way (bigger, higher res screen. RAM up from 1Gb to 4Gb, CPU cores up from 2 to 8, etc.) but I'm not feeling love for it yet. That said, I never was good with change...
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I took this picture with a BW conversion in mind and posted it some 4 years ago, and now I'm doing the opposite and posting it in color.
Anhangabau Station, Line 3 - Red of Sao Paulo Subway System, Brazil.
To the platforms...
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An unusually calm day at the Anhangabaú subway station in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil...
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