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10:15am on Saturday, 12th April, 2014:

New Phone


I went into Colchester yesterday to buy an orchid to give to my mother for Easter (her having asked for one after I'd already bought the diabetic Easter egg...). Her particular choice of orchid wasn't on offer, so I went to Vodafone instead to get a new phone.

The contract I have with Vodafone gives me a new phone every 2 or 3 years or something. They send me a text message when it's time. This, they did about 6 weeks ago, but I had a lot of work on at the university so couldn't go into town to pick up my phone from the store. When I was in town a couple of weeks ago (getting the diabetic Easter egg), there was a power cut for the Vodafone shop and the electricity people were digging up the street to fix it, so I couldn't get my new phone then, either.

Anyway, yesterday I thought I'd try again. The shop was open. It was also day 1 of the Samsung Galaxy S5 release in the UK and they said I could have one. I knew the S5 was out soon, but was expecting they'd give me an S4 instead. No, they gave me an S5. I wasn't expecting it at all.

First impressions: the voice recognition Google search works well; the detect-your-face-so-don't-power-down option seems ineffective; the feature whereby you just have to put your finger near the screen to read emails and swipe photos must need switching on somewhere I haven't found yet; the camera is a better photographer than I am; I really shouldn't have let Google import my G+ contacts into my phone's contact list.

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