Pride goeth before a fall

At the beginning of the month I wrote about Android Pay coming to Canada, and I pondered what the benefit of paying with my phone vs. paying with my credit card were, given that the physical complexity of paying with each was about the same. What I learned in the interim is that if you have an unusual-looking phone, like my Nextbit Robin, you get a lot of “hey, that’s a cool looking phone” comments when you pull it out to pay. Which, if you are prideful, is self-reinforcing behaviour: who doesn’t want to be that person with the cool looking phone, after all.

On Sunday night, on VIA Rail Train № 14 from Montreal to Sackville, I set up a complex nest of devices–two phones, two laptops, an external battery pack–to charge on the table in our room. As I did this before the train started to move, I paid no heed to the fact that these devices would be in motion as the train moved, and that this motion might result in disaster.

And, sure enough, when I woke up at 6:00 a.m. the next day, they’d all tumbled to the floor. Fortunately, the only casualty was my phone: Oliver’s laptop and mine were fine, as was Oliver’s phone and the battery pack. My Nextbit Robin, however, had a cracked screen. It still worked, mind you. It’s just that using it ran the risk of embedding glass shards in my fingers:

My dead Nextbit Robin

While this was a (preventable) accident, I can’t help but thinking that it ultimately amounts to punishment for my prideful attitude. At least that’s what my more religious ancestors would tell me if they were still alive.

So, for now, I’m back using my 8 year old Nokia N95 (I used it to take the picture of the shattered Robin). As much as I’d like to keep using the N95 forever, it’s just one generation too old to bear the complexity of connecting to the Internet, typing T9 style, and so on. That said, having a dedicated camera button, and dedicated slide-out audio controls was brilliant at the time, and I miss these dearly.

And as much as I’d like to be able to go phone-free, or to revert to a flip-phone, there are just too many aspects of my mobile lifestyle that require ready access to the Internet, and so I’m looking at my options. Repairing the Robin might be possible, but there are also newer sexier phones that have come along since that attract my eye.

Oh, right, pridefulness.


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Peter Rukavina on June 27, 2017 - 17:00 Permalink

Update: I purchased another Nextbit Robin for $180US from B&H Photo in New York (I’ve purchased from them before and have always had good service and easy Canadian shipping).

Before I made this decision, I looked at the OnePlus 5, the LG G6, the Moto G5 Plus and, through the corner of my eye, the iPhone 7. But I just decided, yet again, that I couldn’t abide carrying around such a precious object in my pocket, and the snazzy features that all of these offered weren’t worth spending $800 to $1500 on a phone.

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Oliver Rukavina on June 27, 2017 - 19:45 Permalink

And also: Steve Rukavina

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Peter Rukavina on June 27, 2017 - 21:00 Permalink

Scratch that: Nextbit (now Razer) support got back to me to tell me they’ll replace the screen (actually they’ll replace the entire phone itself if I send them the broken one) for $99US. So I cancelled the B&H order and opted for that. Things are underway.

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Oliver Rukavina on June 27, 2017 - 19:36 Permalink

Correction: 9-5 Year Old (2017 - 2008 = 9 not 8) (2017 - 2012 = 5 not any other Number)