A New Phone

Last week my almost 2 year old phone decided to reject any ability to contact the outside world. It could still be contacted, but refused to let me get out.

So, instead of looking into the problem, I just paid out the rest of the contract and got a new phone. New provider.

The Sony K800i is nice. Very nice. It’s got apparently one of the first 3.2 mp cameras, which doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. Or so I thought.

Then I started taking some photos, and BAM .. compared to my old NEC i-crap, it’s worlds apart. As you would expect. But still, it’s cool to see such a difference.

Installing the software could have put a dampener on the whole process. Apparently, I found out as I was experiencing driver troubles, you aren’t supposed to touch the cd that comes with the phone. Taboo! Instead, download the software package from the Sony site, install the unpackaged driver exe, and then, once the drivers are in, connect the phone (oh, this is USB config). Once that’s done, then you can install their PC Suite. Of course, you don’t have to, the phone runs like a USB key, so if you just wanna fiddle through windows explorer, it’s cool.

I wanted to see what their software suite had to offer over that. So I installed it.

What I’ve discovered so far is that it’s okay. The one *cool* feature is that you can tell the music copying software what bitrate to push across songs. That’s nice. Means I don’t have to worry about it. Of course, the 8-bit (lowest) mp3’s were, well, lame. As can be expected. Then again, maybe they aren’t lame. Back in the Bard’s Tale (IGN’s game site, since Interplay’s site doesn’t really exist anymore) days, they would have been more than awesome.

Anyway. Cool phone. I’m very pleased.

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