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There is so much to unpack, and not just what came home with me in my suitcases.
(yes...plural.)

But I think that post will require a bit more in the way of mental chewing, and certainly more/better sleep than I've had the last few days.
No, this post is about how I totaled my smartphone and what's to come next.
Patty will back me up on this when I say that my phone damn near leaped out of my bag on Thursday morning as we walked the scenic route to the convention center. It has one singular crack in the gorilla glass, which is apparently enough to short out the entire touch-screen interface.

Oh the rest of it works. It connects to both Wi-Fi and Cellular systems, as evidenced by the blinking light telling me I have new messages of all sorts. What it doesn't do, however, is allow me to interact with either network. I can't even shut the damn thing down, because shut down is a touch-based operation.

So after much swearing and pouting and eventually lunch, Patty trekked with me to the closest T-Mobile store. I've been with them since they were Voice Stream, and I've never had a problem with either the service or the service providers. I asked the guy behind the counter for his cheapest phone to get me through the weekend, and not only did he refer me to a local Tech Fix-It place, but also to the fact that I could get a burner phone for way less than the $60 lowest priced phone they had in-store.

So off to the Fix-It place we went...in 90 degree Southern California heat.

Im'a pause here to complain about how the weather all month told me it was going to be highs in the low 80s last week in San Diego.
LIES.
LYING LIARS WHO LIE!

The Fix-It people were very nice when they informed me that if my phone were the next in the line they would have been more than happy to help me, but...no dice, because old phone is old.

So off to the first 7-11 we went...and then the second 7-11, because the first was out of burner phones.

Pause again here to whine about how much texting with T9 sucks. And how my weekend plans of leveling up on Ingress were instantly dashed. Not to mention all the Pokemon that I'd not get to catch.
Every Pokestop in San Diego had a lure on it all weekend.
ALL WEEKEND, PEOPLE!
sigh.

I kept telling myself that at least I had a method of contact, and that I should be thankful for that. And in truth I am, but I'm also really kind of butt-hurt still.
More so today because my local Fix-It place pretty much told me the same thing.

I can repair it, but why bother?
Not when I can get the same outdated phone on Amazon for less than repairing my refurbished phone would cost.
So now I'm left with a conundrum:
  1. Buy another Nexus 4 real cheap from Amazon.
  2. Upgrade to either the Nexus 5X or 6P
I'm pretty certain I can have either option delivered to me by week's end, which is nice.
I'll be honest, I'm leaning towards the 5X, but it looks like there's some sort of connectivity issue with T-Mobile's 3G network, and I'm not entirely sure what that means.

Either way, both phones have way more hard drive space than the one I've got now, so that'll be nice, given how I've begun to rely on my phone for podcasts and the whole addiction to Ingress/Pokemon. What the 6P has over the 5X is that apparently this connectivity issue doesn't exist, but the 6P is bigger to the tune of half an inch and I have doll-sized hands.

If anyone has any input either way, I'd love to hear it!
Suggestions are not just welcome, but encouraged.

Date: 2016-07-27 03:20 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry you are going through this again!! I have an iPhone, so I don't have much of an opinion on the Nexus, but I know that upgrading to a larger hard drive was SO helpful.

Date: 2016-07-29 08:37 pm (UTC)
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As a fellow old-phone-haver (in my case an iPhone 5) I'd advise going for an upgrade, for the best deal you can get. My phone is almost four years old, and part of what's made it last so long, imo, is that I bought the newest model available at the time so that my hardware would last through as many software updates as possible. (It has, in fact, done so, it's just that the cameras are both borked and it's 100% not worth it to pay for repairs.)

So yeah, I don't know particular Samsung models well, but I'd strongly recommend some sort of upgrade. As for size, maybe talk to Heather? I know she recently got a larger phone and has been really happy with the increased screen size.

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