So my year of study comes abruptly to an end. It is extremely pleasing to have maintained a 100% first time pass record for all of my marine studies. Those in the know, will be well aware how hard I have worked this year to achieve them all.
Earlier this week I overcame the last hurdle and passed my oral exam in Hull. Very rapidly posted my documents off to get them upgraded and then at 6am the very next morning, got on a plane to Italy for a month of work.
Back to the grind for a month – while I continue the search for something .
I was also fortunate enough to be able to sit a speed awareness course. You may remember I got flashed (sadly a speed camera – not a naked wench) while driving up to Newcastle earlier in the year for two of my exams. It was an eye opener but not for reasons you may suspect.
There was a girl there that was telling a story about two guys that were crossing a road when they were hit by a car and killed. She said the car was reportedly travelling at 50mph and she was shocked that a car hitting a person at 50 would be enough to kill them. My thoughts – can people really be so stupid?
I blame Hollywood. See, in the movies, you can be running a marathon, get hit head on by a speeding bus, bounce across the roof and over the side, brush off the dirt and finish the race while still setting a new world record time. A bit like the A Team back in the 80’s – all those gun shots and no-one ever got hurt. Makes the yoot of today think they are invincible.
Any road up – I am now more wiser to the operations of those new smart motorways – and I still have a clean licence.
Now, telephones – lets talk. I dropped apple some time ago now and favour the Android system because of the freedom and options it gives you over iOS. What miffed me though, was just how easy my Samsung ‘Gorilla Glass’ broke on my phone 4 times in one year. Now, I am not generally a heavy breaker of phones. In all the years with iPhone, I only ever broke 1 screen – in fact, I had only ever broken one screen since I got my first phone in 1995.
The Samsung replacements were not cheap either, nearly £200 for a front and £80 for a rear. Add that to the £750 purchase cost and you have a whopping £1310 over two years – if you ask me, that is taking the piss, plain and simple.
It gets worse – for each repair, expect to be without your Samsung for a full week. That would be a real shitter if you didn’t have a spare. You can’t walk into a repair shop with them, you have to courier them away.
I chatted with the guys in carephonewhorehouse about this. The spotty little oik had an answer for me – buy insurance at £80 a year! Now, I very nearly told him to fuck off but instead, I tried to explain.
I shouldn’t have to buy insurance for something when it is made with ‘Gorilla Glass’. The name implies a significant inherent amount of strength – correct me if I am wrong. I would never expect a phone glass to break while it was in my front pocket and I was laying on the floor.
They didn’t get it. I wilted a little.
I had a cunning plan though………..NOKIA.
Remember them? Those tech geeks from Finland are making a bit of a come back. I have been checking out their product for a few weeks now. Their offering, a Nokia 6.1 plus comes with 64gb of internal storage, expandable up to 400gb, yep 400 – that’s enough memory to put everything I have on my macbook pro onto, 4gb RAM and a 1.8ghz processor. 16mp front camera and a 5mp rear will capture your wrinkles in every selfie. It also boasts dual sim capability although I am not sure if that is at the demise of the expandable memory but time will tell because I ordered one. It runs on Android so that means I can pick it up and it will work exactly like my Samsung – no need to learn a new operating system.
Do I sound excited?
Honestly, I am a bit. The biggest part of that excitement is because of how much it cost. I bagged all those specs, that will compete with any iPhone or Samsung for a fraction of the price. Yep, my new Nokia rolled in via the postie at a tad under – yes UNDER …………………………….£250.
There is one downside – not splash proof. My theory is at that price I can afford to buy a new one every 6 months for the next 2 years and still save over £300 on the Samsung experience across the same time period.
There was another angle I considered. The new Samsung Note 9 with 1TB of storage and a Dex system and then when my Mac dies, I can do away with a laptop altogether. Downside there is the Mac still works well enough even if I do believe it is on its last legs – the new Samsung is over a grand though – and as Mike Skinner so famously said – ‘A grand don’t come for free’.
Now based on my experience with Samsung after sales and the running costs – I opted for the Nokia – I will update you soon on the demise of Samsung.
I found a little note tucked in my shoe of the morning of my oral exam earlier this week. A little surprise from the missus as I was getting dressed for battle. She likes to do that when I am travelling, just to remind me she is there – waiting patiently. I thought I would share it with you.