Friday, February 23, 2018

The new phone

So, my new phone is a Samsung Galaxy S8 or . It is not so different opeationaly from my old S6, thanks to frequent system updates, or R's S7 for that matter. This feature I really like, which is also on R's phone. I don't wear a watch and I always had to press a button to see the time. I no longer have to.


The phone I bought from the same company for R defaulted to Chinese and there is still bit of Chinese writing to be found on his phone, but nothing that causes a problem. Mine came with the default of German, but I had no need to call German speaking Gattina in the middle of her night, as it was easily switched to Australian English. Perhaps even River might have been able to help. Or even the very fluent Friko.

I had already done a little research, and downloaded a transfer app to my old phone. I placed the phones side by side and followed the app instructions and my contacts, phone history, my text messages, my photos and my apps all transferred to the new phone in about five minutes. The apps were disordered and in a mess, but all there. Then they all needed updating.

It connected easily to our home wifi, and the next day to the work wifi. I inserted the SIM card, and it connected to my phone network without another thing to do. I meant to do it today, but I am sure the connection to the car Blue Tooth system will be just as painless.

My old phone had a glass back and I dropped it a couple of times and the glass cracked. I would have had it repaired, but Samsung was the only company that I could find who would do it, and I would have paid, but I would have been without my phone for two weeks! Then I dropped it again and resulting in a small crack on the screen glass.


I've never used cases for my phones, but I did buy one in advance to use this time, which will hopefully stop my phone looking 'knocked around', but I really don't like phone cases.


While I am not sorry I bought it, it is rather underwhelming as it is just not so different from my old phone.

Oh, there is one really significant difference. The charging plug and socket is different. The correct lead came with it, and also an adaptor plug to transit from the old socket and plug to the new. This had required some rearrangements with the charging points in the bedroom of the west wing of The Highrise. The beauty of the new plug is that it does not matter which way you plug it in. There is no right or wrong way up.

I am not sure if was the new phone wot dun it, but even though I did not have to start work yesterday until nearly 10.00am, and I did not go to bed the night before until after 11:00pm, I was wide awake by 5am and could not go back to sleep. I used the time to sort out the apps to my convenience, log in to various apps with usernames and passwords, somewhat of a trial, but my record keeping is not too bad. So many apps asked, have you logged in using a new device.

Yeah, so all good, and I am not so time poor as I thought I would be. I bought my first mobile phone in the mid 1990s, and the stress and battle to change to a new phone was unbelievable. Mind, the only thing to transfer back in the 90s was the contact list and my first phone had a limit of 30 contacts. My first couple of phones could not text and I would not have even known what texting meant. It is not so now. The kiddies are so spoilt by the ease of the transfer from an old phone to a new one, and I feel I am a bit too, the truth being that getting a new phone was once such a special thing and a good bit of hard work. It wasn't this time.

It's new. It's good. It's a bit better. That is all.

16 comments:

  1. Glad to hear it was an easy conversion.
    I need a new one but will probably hold out till this one dies. I hate switching phones.

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    1. Sandra, it can be hard to switch but worth it in the end. Harder to do when the old one fails.

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  2. Anonymous9:44 am

    Aussie English? Wow! As opposed to the Queen's English and American so called English. I'd like to see how google translates Aussie English for those who don't speak it. - Ian

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    1. Ian, I doubt there is much difference between Aussie English and the Queens English but it makes us feel better.

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  3. Sounds as if you have mastered your new phone - though not a lot to master really as phones don't seem to alter much these days with smartphones.

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    1. Margaret, you are correct. Just minor changes.

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  4. I also upgraded but I got the s7 this time. I've bought a wireless charger thingy so I do not have to bother with plugs anymore, I am like the worlds worst at that.

    New phones are not especially exciting anymore and to be honest I would not want them to be. I know how to use this one already because all Samsungs work the same and I don't want to have to learn how to use a new one. Plus I have the Samsung tablet which is the same operating system.

    I mostly have it so I can take photos and message family and friends. It is a rare thing for me to make or receive a phone call. I do way too much of that at work.

    I also am very anti phones while driving. My phone is in my handbag and that is where it stays unless I am pulled over to the side of the road with the engine off. :)

    I found it difficult to find a pretty case for this phone - you would have better luck with the s8, one friend got a gorgeous sparkly gold Otterbox case for that. :) I have a pretty plain UAG case but they are very good in case you drop your phone.

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    1. Snoskred, we like plain cases for ours. R had no problem getting one for his. Yes, save the excitement for other things. I agree about phones and driving.

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  5. You seem to have had a seamless transition from one phone to the other Andrew. I used to own a pre-smart phone, no colour, no photos, no net...but I hardly ever used it anyway I thought it was a waste to get a smartphone. Eventually my husband gave me a HTC maybe 5 or 6 years ago and now I don't know how I managed before I had it, as even though I still don't get many calls, I check my emails, facebook and blog on it, take photos, etc.
    Enjoy the new phone!

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    1. Sami, HCT were big a few years ago. They were good. You are making yours last.

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  6. Perhaps if you stop dropping them, you won't need another new phone for quite a while. Good that it's so easy to work though.

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    1. River, in two and a half years, I have dropped it three times, well bent over and it fell out of my shirt pocket. Each time it broke a bit more. Hopefully this one will last.

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  7. My son has that version too, and says he likes it. Glad it was an easy conversion and it meets your time requirements. Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, your son is all class.

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  8. I don't use my mobile phone. If I need to take a phone with me when I go out I just connect my landline phone to a long, long extension cord. :)

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    1. Lee, I suppose that would be one of the spiral stretchy cords. Take care to not get a kink in it. They are so hard to repair.

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