Tag Archives: portable device

My table tennis racket sized phone

I upgraded my Nexus 5 to a Nexus 6 the other day. It is a biiiig phone, and just to show you how big I made a little picture showing all my Android phones so far using the correct relative sizes. It certainly isn't very far away from a table tennis racket in size now. My Android track record so far goes like this: HTC Magic, HTC Desire HD, Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and now Nexus 6.

my-androids

As shown, this latest step is probably the biggest relative size change in a single go. If the next step would be as big, imagine the size that would require! (While you think about that, I've already done the math: the 6 is 159.3 mm tall, 15.5% taller than the 5's' 137.9mm, so adding 15.5% to the Nexus 6 ends up at 184 - only 16 mm shorter than a Nexus 7 in portrait mode... I don't think I could handle that!)

After the initial size shock, I'm enjoying the large size. It is a bit of a clunker to cram down into my left front-side jeans pocket where I'm used to carry around my device. It is still doable, but not as easy as before and it easily get uncomfortable when sitting down. I guess I need to sit less or change my habit somehow.

This largest phone ever ironically switched to the smallest SIM card size so my micro-SIM had to be replaced with a nano-SIM.

Borked upgrade procedure

Not a single non-Google app got installed in my new device in the process. I strongly suspect it was that "touch the back of another device to copy from" thing that broke it because it didn't work at all - and when it failed, it did not offer me to restore a copy from backup which I later learned it does if I skip the touch-back step. I ended up manually re-installing my additional 100 or so apps...

My daughter then switched from her Nexus 4 to my (by then) clean-wiped 5.  For her, we skipped that broken back-touch process and she got a nice backup from the 4 restored onto the 5. But she got another nasty surprise: basically over half of her contacts were just gone when she opened the contacts app on the 5, so we had to manually go through the contact list on the old device and re-add them into the new one. The way we did (not even do) it in the 90s...

The Android device installation (and data transfer) process is not perfect yet. Although my brother says he did his two upgrades perfectly smoothly...

Tonium’s Pacemaker has little point

I happened to read an article on idg.se (in Swedish) that talks about the people behind the company Tonium and their portable music device called "Pacemaker".the pacemaker

The description on the site says: "the world’s first pocket-size DJ-system – a superior portable music player enabling the playing of two tracks simultaneously, equipped with an extensive range of professional audio manipulation features allowing for creative mixing between two independent channels. Any mix created can be saved for legal sharing. "

Having been involved and hacked on portable music players for a few years by now, I can't but to wonder exactly who this is targeted for and what they are supposed to do with it? I do like the pictures on their site showing business-style persons using it, but why on earth would any ordinary human want to mix songs while on the go?

The IDG article says (translation by me) that (talking about Jonas Norberg the CEO) "it was in January 2005 when he realized that the computing power required to playback video should suffice to play back two simultaneous audio streams". Yeah - and that was all we had to know in order to quickly see that this guy certainly is not an engineer... 🙂

Of course, there's also this possibility than I'm just an old grumpy whiner.