These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Phones, Phones, Phones

I just looked at DHL tracking and my new phone, although bought from the Canadian online store, is being shipped from Los Angeles. It was just about this time of year, eight whole years ago that I was waiting on DHL for the arrival of my first smartphone.

Only eight years? Doesn't it seem as though we have always been carrying around the Internet in our collective pockets? Actually, it doesn't. We viewed the movie, Dazed and Confused, for the very first time last week. It was refreshingly familiar to remember being a kid in 1976 dealing with life in high school without phones!

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My first phone with a screen was a Google Nexus One. I held onto it for four years and replaced with a Nexus 5. Now it appears as though many generations have come and gone. There are no more Nexuses and I find Google Pixel devices may still set a standard, but they are no longer value priced. So, this will be my first foray away from stock Android.

I have ordered a OnePlus 6.

When I bought my former phones it was not easy to get an unlocked one. Doing so meant I could swap out a SIM when travelling. (In fact, during an extended stay in Sri Lanka in 2012, my phone's hotspot provided our primary access to the Internet via 3G.) Fortunately, legislation in Canada mandates that all carriers unlock phones now for free. When DHL finally hands me my package, I will pop the SIM out of my present phone. The OnePlus site says I might have to wait until May 30th, but DHL is optimistically forecasting an arrival date of tomorrow!


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