I’m not the kind of person who stays blindly entrenched in a position just so I’ll never have to admit that I’m wrong.
So it is without reservation that I state that the Samsung Galaxy S III, which I just got the other day, isn’t that bad.
It’s no iPhone, to be clear, but it is a feature rich, fairly simple to use device.
I got the SIII from the job.
I wasn’t about to buy that ish with my own money.
And I’ve picked it up, here and there, over the past few days.
Although I’m no expert, by any means, I can share you with my initial pros and cons.
Massive Screen. The screen on this thing rivals the screens on a few net books I’ve seen. Makes for really good video viewing.
Fast. I can’t front, swiping between screens, calling up apps, navigating the web…everything feels so fast.
It’s a 4G phone so I’m not surprised, but damn!
It could just be that new toy joy I’m feeling.
Like after you wash your car.
Doesn’t it feel like its faster?
Is it just me?
Google power. One thing that the S III does, hands down better than any other smart phone I’ve used to date, is integrate seamlessly with Google.
Contacts? Sucked in no time flat.
Search? Right on the home screen.
Flimsy. When I first took the S III out of the box, put the battery in and replaced the backplate, I felt like I was handling a toy, not a high end smart phone.
The phone is so diaphanous that I’m scared to put it down, or in my pocket, or let it frolic among the other kids on the playground.
If you’re going to rock the S III, might I suggest a case for it, lest it shatter like delicate glass.
Strange UI. Having been an iPhone user for the past five years, I’m just so used to the iOS user interface that anything else seems…foreign.
Trying to understand how to navigate the various screens, settings, and buttons makes me feel like I’m learning a new language.
I’ve seen other Android users baffled by the UI, so I know I’m not alone. There are so many different options that it’s easy to be flummoxed.
Small buttons. I’m not really checking for the Chiclet-sized keys on the S III’s keyboard.
The predictive word completion is nice, but not when you’re typing fast and are presented with options that are nothing close to your intended word.
I felt like a Neanderthal with this thing. I’ve been reduced to meticulously typing each letter to avoid striking the wrong key and sending long strings of garbled nonsense in texts or emails.
But like I said, I’ve only had the S III for a couple of days.
Today is the first day I really went in.
I suspect my attitude towards it will soften (or harden) after I’ve lived with it for a while.
So check back for an update!
Want straight talk on politics? Tune in to Rachel Maddow
This chick knows her ish!
I usually don’t ‘do’ politricks because (IMO) its all just a farce.
We elect figure heads who promise us the moon when they’re campaigning, ignore us for the majority of their term, and come abegging for our votes at the end of their respective terms.
Rarely do they keep their campaign promises.
Rarely do they exude the steely fire and commitment (in office) that they demonstrated while stumping.
Rarely are they the same people they presented themselves to be, before they took office.
It’s not surprising, then, that many are disenfranchised and disillusioned after their heros get elected to office, and then turn their backs on their constituency.
I’m a registered Democrat, but I’m not some fanatic that supports Democrats just because.
Nor do I tow the party line on issues.
I generally think that most politicians are liars, not to be trusted.
Kamau bigged her up so much I had to watch the show.
So it was with great interest that I listened to Rachel Maddow, first on Totally Biased, with W. Kamau Bell show, and then again, last night on The David Letterman show.
For those of you unfamiliar with Rachel, she is an American television host, political commentator, and author.
Her nightly television show, The Rachel Maddow Show, airs on MSNBC.
She also has a syndicated talk radio program which airs on Air America Radio.
What I found particularly captivating about Rachel is that she’s just so friggin’ smart!
I mean seriously, this chick has something special going on in all that grey matter between her ears.
Her perspective about the upcoming presidential election, the respective candidates and their parties, was unquestionably, one of the most concise, objective commentaries I’ve heard in a long time.
Even more impressive, was her passion about the subject, and her ease addressing whatever was thrown at her.
To be fair, she was talking to two comedians.
It’s not like either W. Kamau Bell or Letterman were dropping bombs on her with the questioning.
But it was clear from her responses, that she knew what the heck she was talking about, and she wasn’t merely parroting some liberal party line.
I’ve never watched the Rachel Maddow show.
I was am so disgusted with the state of politricks, that I really don’t care what either side has to say about anything.
So it stands to reason that none of these political talking heads (Wolf Blitzer, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter) have ever really resonated with me.
But with Rachel Maddow, I might actually have a reason to tune in and pay attention.
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