04
May
2012

Buying a Phone in Singapore

I love the Samsung Galaxy Note I purchased a few weeks ago.  It was not an easy product to buy.  Despite its general “First Worldness”, there are a whole bunch of things that Singapore has not yet figured out.  You cannot use any ATMs in Singapore except for the one that issued your ATM card.  Taxis are unavailable in the rain.  Customer service is frequently bad.  And its not so easy to buy a phone.

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24
Apr
2012

BlackBerry v. Android

I have been griping about my BlackBerry for years now.  How did it come to this?  How did the little magical device with the unidimenstional scrolling wheel capture my heart and show me the wonders of constant communication?  How did the company that makes the BlackBerry so totally fuck up their ownership of the market?  I am not going to spend much time thinking about it.

But now that I have a new phone, I will take a moment to give a spin-free assessment of the relative merits of my previous and current phone.  The previous phone, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry “Tour” 9700 was in my possession for about two years.  Its successor, Samsung’s “Note” GT-N7000 has been in my sweaty hands for about a week.  Let’s compare the two.

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