Enter the Nexus 5X

It’s that time again where my phone contract had expired and my Nexus 5 battery was spending more time on the charger than active use. So I was going to look into replacing the battery, but the last time I got a so-called OEM battery (Galaxy Nexus) I got something that said one thing but its actual capacity was something totally different.  So I was cautious about getting stung again, plus there was the possibility that I’d bugger up the replacement process and end up with a phone that’s only good for a paperweight!
So I decided to look at what my provider had on offer and was surprised to see that they had the Google Nexus 5X and 6P. I’m not interested in a phone that is borderline to the size of a tablet so we went with the Nexus 5X. I was a little hesitant at first about the Nexus 5X because I initially just thought it would be just a re-release of the original Nexus 5. I was wrong! it’s a new phone altogether and with some noticeable differences.

imageThe next thing to decide on was a suitable case to protect the phone from the day-to-day abuse it will endure. After looking at what was available from the Google Play Store. I was surprised at the costs! really they were expensive with prices ranging from $34AUD to $59AUD. Because you have to purchase them sight unseen, I wasn’t keen to shell out for say the most expensive without seeing some kind of review or similar. Now this is where YouTube is your friend! so after watching several videos on all of the cases, I opted to go with the Adopted Case.

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Tasmanian Internet (or lack of)

This started back on December 21st 2015 when it was reported there was a failure in the Basslink HVDC cable.  This links between Loy Yang Victoria to Georgetown Tasmania.  At first Hydro Tasmania believed the issue would be resolved within 60 days.  So all should be good… not to be, after delays in locating the cable, then not being able to ascertain where the fault was, the initial cutting was delayed until a better idea of where the fault was.  When the Basslink HVDC cable was laid down, this also included a Dark Fibre cable that would be run by Basslink Telecoms. This was to be a crucial new link for Tasmania as a way of not being held to ransom by Telstra, who have a monopoly on the wholesale of data passing to & from the state at the time. Basslink announced on February 22nd that the revised timeline for the cable repair was unknown.

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So we jump forward to March 11th, this is where things get interesting! Basslink Telecom switched off the fibre at 08:15 and services that had made prior arrangements with Telstra were transferred. This is the moment when Tasmania’s internet slowed to a crawl, with customers on iinet, Internode, Westnet affected the worst. This naturally sparked an immediate social network backlash on Twitter and Facebook with customers venting their complaints.

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So how did it come to this? How could a situation that’s been known about be left like a last minute suck it a see approach? The fibre line had to be cut so repairs could take place on the HVDC line. It’s not like it was going to be left in situ while the other was repaired, after all the HVDC cable is 60kg/meter so it’s heavy and requires special teams to do the work  Well this is where things get a little messy, there’s been claims that helpdesk staff have been saying that the problem has nothing to do with Basslink, or that the helpdesk staff had no idea about Basslink and it’s effect it was to have.  Now I can’t vouch for such, I mean after all you can’t believe everything you read on the internet right? 😉

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Galaxy Nexus Sales Prohibited?

With Apple’s monolithic mindset of litigate don’t innovate recently got the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Google’s development phone) added to the never ending list of common features that make up a phone (my way of putting it) all sales were halted in the USA. But did this action extend to Australia? (I don’t know the answer to this) I noticed that currently there’s no option to purchase a Galaxy Nexus from the Telstra Shop Online, so does this meanthat the injunction applied here?

 

If so then how long has it been since the US law or the US patent office dictated Australian law?

Well I’m confused 😐

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Galaxy Nexus Day 3

Well on Tuesday (5th June) I finally got my mitts on the Galaxy Nexus (i9250) This now brings about retirement of my HTC Desire (A8183) this was my launching into the world that is Android! and once my contract was up I knew that I wanted the development phone from this point forward.

Ice Cream Sandwich is a nice layout from that I’m used to with earlier versions of Android 2.1 – 2.3 and as I’ve used Cyanogenmod for about the last 18 months I prefer the native android look and feel over the stock version of HTC Sense that originally came with the Desire. The Nexus had a slightly modified release of ICS 4.02 (Telstra customised with Australian English) that I replace with the current (at the time of writing) 4.04 development build of Yakju and I’ve added SuperSU (root)

One of the main issues with the HTC Desire was its lack of storage space (a total of 148Mb with stock Hboot) but now with the Nexus that’s no an issue as it has a comfortable 13Gb to play with. The only part that I didn’t realise was the lack of an SDcard slot, but I don’t see that I’ll need to add more storage to it anyway.

With the lack of any hardware buttons this gives a nice smooth appearance but I was at a small loss as I tended to use the optical pointer, so I’ve found myself floundering a little if I need to change the cursor or place but I soon learnt that by holding you finger down on the screen you get an arrow that you can the move about any text. This will take a little getting used to but I suppose I was a little spoilt with that feature on the Desire!

So after only having the nexus for 3 days I’m very happy with it! You can expect more posts about my journey with the Nexus as I discover new things. At this point I’m sticking with Jakju, but I will no doubt experiment with other custom roms in the future… 🙂

Anticipation is Killing Me!

I know that by writing this entry is going to jinx the outcome, but this Saturday (June 2nd) I will be getting a new mobile phone. I’ve been using a HTC Desire since August 2010 and it’s time to update to a newr handset. My phone of choice is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus! Now although this phone isn’t the latest an greatest handset, for me it is more important that I can customise the phone to my liking without any barriers that are imposed on most android phones (locked bootloader)

Now I’m sure that I’ll be posting many items about the nexus as I explore the possibilities that are available. So watch this space! 🙂

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