Monday, December 12, 2011

Xperia Ray – a Phone or a PC?

Thanks to my 15-month old son, Swaraj, three mobile phones went broke. I bought a cheap dual SIM phone and am still using it for one of my numbers. After mulling over my first Android phone for a long time, and bugging a few friends, I finally bought a Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray.

The deal makers for me were Gingerbird (Android 2.3.4), 8MP camera, HD video recording, and of course, the promised Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) update due in March-2012. As soon as I connected the phone to my PC, it flashed a message that Android 2.3.4 update was available and I went ahead with it. The whole process took less than 20 minutes.

The first 2-3 days were spent exploring the apps on the phone and on Android Market, installing/uninstalling many apps. Of course, a good Wi-Fi connection helped. I then enabled 3G with the starter package of INR 100 a month for 200MB data transfer limit. Oh, there’s an app to monitor the data transfer, and set alarms that trigger after a certain amount of data transfer.

Those Days and Now

I remember at the end of my first year in engineering, in Sep 1998. I was getting my first PC and was thrilled with Windows 95, 233MHz CPU speed and 256MB RAM. It had 4.3GB of hard disk space and the PC dealer was questioning several times, “why would you ever need 4.3GB of space?” I remember having fought for it, and had asked him to load mp3s, games, and software.

Today, I see the same scrambling over the which phone has 1GHz CPU and how much of RAM it has. My phone, Ray, is powered by a 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, and 4GB storage (external, micro SD). It cost me 20k less than my first PC, almost 15 years later. My official laptop has 8GB RAM Smile

Clearly, the phones today are what our PCs used to be in yester years. This trend would be blurred, with ubiquous data (on cloud services like Dropbox), Internet connectivity, and apps.

What do you think is the next big thing?

Psst: Sony has bought Ericsson, so I wonder what they make of their phones. Am game for a better camera Smile

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