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.