New Phone New Tricks

10590665_10152884832536528_7760098708300314309_nHaving been reluctant to upgrade mobile phones (as my old nokia did everything that a mobile phone should, battery lasted for days, & I could make & receive calls). It was time for it to go, the screen was badly scratched, so badly in fact that you couldn’t read it in any kind of light. So I upgraded to a smart phone, the Sony Xperian M2, and it has opened a whole new way of doing things. With a couple of Eye-Fi cards (which I have had knocking about for a couple of months, unused) & a couple of apps downloaded from google play, as well as shooting RAW, I now also save a small jpeg to the eye-fi card, which within moments of tagging is copied to my mobile phone ready for sharing.

I am not sure that I will use it very often, but it will be nice to tweet Guildford City FC photographs during the game. Some of my other clients will probably not wish to see their images shared, at least until after publication.


Finally Got Pissed Off

I finally got pissed off with the Sony Ericsson W660i mobile phone that I have been using for the last 18 months or so. It was really a combination of things. Firstly the phone would mute the radio in the car at random (as near as I could tell, it was whenever it swapped transmitter cells) and the fact that that the screen was so scratched that I could barely see the display in anything other than complete darkness. I replaced it with the Nokia 6700 Slide.

First impressions are that it works welll with the hands free kit. it is a nice size and feels well made. The key pad is a little small for texting. The battery life is quite good, the data rate is very good, although it is not a touch screen, web navigation is Ok. There have been reports of the operating system being a little laggy, I haven’t noticed it yet, but then I have very little data on the phone, other than a couple of hundred contacts. More news in a few weeks, when I have used it more.

Vodafone 3G Broadband

I have used the Vodafone 3G datacard since its launch a couple of years ago, however after a colleague mentioned that there was a brand new 3G Broadband card launched recently I decided to upgrade, especially as it was a free upgrade.

The difference is impressive, although the card looks identical to the original card the speed is significantly improved. There has also been a significant update to the Vodafone Connect Software for the Apple Mac, even though it falls someway short of the functionality of the Windows version.

The upload speed difference is remarkable; I have just uploaded 3 images to an FTP server, all over 1mb each in a matter of a minute.
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“I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now”

‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!! © Monty Python

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Nokia 6310i

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Still the phone of choice for many press photographers, and despite it being something like 4 years old, there is nothing yet on the market to compete with it. The phone is compact enough to be used with the Lowe Pro S&F Phone pouch. And even with the longer life battery, it is still very lightweight.

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