Boston to NYC day 6: Activity Started

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A motley crew indeed


Nothing quite like a 5am start to get you moving. It had rained heavily throughout the night and continued to do so. This was definately going to be a wet start to the run. I started pottering and packing while Richard was on porridge duty. We left Simon as long as we could as he wanted to basically get up, eat, leave and run.

Simon set off running from the runkeeper office in Boston with a bunch of the runkeeper staff, some guys from Twitter Boston and a few others. We were overwhelmed by the support. This was apt because runkeeper were a big part of what has allowed Simon to run. Simon set off from outside the offices and started running the Boston marathon route but in reverse, and on a weekday, without the benefit of closed roads, in the middle of commuter traffic. So yeah. Rough. Richard and I arranged to meet Simon, Neil and whoever was left running with him 10 miles out of the city. The plan is to meet up every 5 miles but that would have put us firmly in the city so for day 1 section 1 we figured this would be best.

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Simon, Neil & some guys from runkeeper


The rain was really heavy, when Simon met us at the ten mile mark he got in the mini van and changed into some dry clothes. He was pretty cold so we tried to get him as warm and dry as possible before setting off again. Three of the runkeeper guys were still with them which was cool because some of them said that they would not be able to make it that far. They called an Uber car and got in to go back for a day at the office.

Alli from air bnb joined them at this point though so yet again Simon and Neil had somebody to talk to. Richard and I drove on through the pouring rain feeling slightly guilty about the how dry we were. We arrived at Wellesley and the 5 mile marker was right by a library. We took advantage of the car park and waited. We tried to make sure we had considered everything Simon and Neil might need. The weather had dried up so we were hoping it would hold off all day. Richard and I were chatting when a runner approached and asked if we were with Simon. We said yes and that was when we met Nicole.

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The guys running in with Nicole


Nicole is a runkeeper user that had heard what Simon is doing and wanted to join in. This is something Simon wants along this journey. To meet lots of people. Simon and Neil came onto sight and said they only wanted a quick stop and to be off. They met Nicole and after a quick drink and snack, away they went. It was cool to meet Nicole as she was the first person to join in that was just a regular person wanting to be a part of this mammoth feat. Again Richard and I drove off ahead to find the next rendezvous. We passed a Dunkin Donuts, actually we went in the Dunkin donuts as we thought it would be good fuel for Simon and Neil.
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Mmmmmmm Donuts


At the next stop Simon, Alli and Neil stopped for a bit longer. The donuts were saved as the guys wanted something savoury. We sadly said goodbye to Nicole and off Simon, Alli and Neil ran to the next stage. We really lucked out as every stop we made nearly always had a car park. Richard and I wanted. The weather had been so changeable it was crazy but those guys just powered through. As we saw them approach we noticed that they had other runners with them. 2 runners from a local running club had been running the course trying to find Simon they had joined in between stages. We refuelled the guys and they were ready for the off. This was the final 3 miles as this day should be our longest day. I decided to run the last 3 miles with them. We also kept Alli from airbnb and the local runners.

Richard drove ahead and we started pounding the pavement. It was cool to see the actual running going on and be a part of it. Up to now I had only really been in the minivan and offering food and drink to the runners. There were a cone of complications on this stretch. A diversion from the main road due to Road works. Luckily it was only for a few hundred yards. We crossed the finish line and their were a few people waiting for us. Our finish line is the Boston marathon start line which is permanently painted on the road. It was cool to have a proper finish line to cross. After speaking to some people it was time to head to our new airbnb house. Tonight it was just Me Simon and Richard at this house.

Our house host was fabulous, she is called Philomena and originally from Ireland. Despite living in the US for 19 years she had retained her accent. After Simon had an ice bath she served us tea and cookies. We chatted for some time with her, caught up with our wives, put some washing in and then left for the meal at a local restaurant we had been booked into.

Philomena came too and we met some guys from team with a vision (a group of visually impaired runners and sighted guides) . Nicole the runner from earlier in the day also came. It was a really nice meal and the conversation flowed between everybody round the table. Anybody who didn’t know any better would have no idea what had happened today, and what that was only the beginning of.

We returned to the house and were all so tired we pretty much crashed straight away despite it only being around 9.30pm. Philomena’s daughter said she would join us on the run in the morning too which was welcomed by the group as we had no idea who would be there in the morning. Off to bed, ready to tackle another day.

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Boston to NYC day 5

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Setting up

Finally. I managed to sleep in till 6am. Hurrah. Although I will have to be up before that from tomorrow so my achievement is for nothing. This morning we knew that after breakfast a film crew would be coming to the apartment. Airbnb are documenting the trip and wanted to get some shots of Simon at one of the airbnb properties. Simon and Richard had met some of the film crew but they were new to me. It took quite some time to set up all of the gear for the interview with Simon, but once the interview piece was handled quickly and Simon spoke really well. Next the crew wanted some natural shots of Simon, Richard and myself being all natural hanging out in the apartment. This involved pretending to drink tea (all natural like) and sitting on the sofa and chatting, it’s tricky pretending that a cameraman and other crew members aren’t staring at you while you have a fake natural chat.

Some other shots were done of Simon in the apartment and some exterior shots of us recreating arriving at the airbnb listing. Again all naturally fake and a bit weird pretending to walk into the building for the first time ever 5-6 times. Finally the crew wanted to get shots of Simon running along the river in Boston. They took us down there and to save on time Richard went to Trader Joe’s for some groceries, mainly nutrition. On arrival at the river Simon did some short bits of running up and down for the video cameraman and also the still cameraman. I played coat stand as it was pretty cold and Simon put his coat back on between takes (talk about glamerous).

Warming Simon up we went back to the apartment and said goodbye to the film crew, we will see them again first thing in the morning anyway. Richard had made us some Grilled Cheese and Turkey sandwiches for lunch and prepped some pasta bolognaise for our late tea later on. We knew we would be back home late and wanted to be able to eat asap. After lunch we did some pre packing ready for the following day as this our last night in this apartment. As of now we will be in a different property everyday for over a week. The time slowly approached and we got ready to leave for the runkeeper event at Greater Boston Running Company. The drive there was eventful, the gas kept dropping out, but we got there in the end.

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Simon at the Greater Boston Running Company

Once there Simon was able to pick some running kit as RunKeeper were kindly paying for some for him. He tried on some new running shoes and picked two pairs along with some other bits and bobs too. Shortly after this Simon was introduced to somebody. Simon recognised her voice. Her name is Kat and she is the voice used by runkeeper for the audio feedback telling the user their time and pace etc. It was weird listening to her speak, I had assumed it was a “robot voice” used on the App. Being a runkeeper user also I too was a little taken aback. Kat was lovely and she told us she was a singer in a band also. Simon has spent hours with Kat’s voice guiding him, reassuring him along his route. It was a great opportunity for him to meet the woman behind that voice.

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Simon with Kat

Simon spoke to the people who had come along to the event and told them his story. I have now heard this story many times but it’s always nice to see people’s first time reactions to it. Simon fielded a few questions and snacks and drinks were on offer. It was a nice evening and it was clear that the guys from airbnb, runkeeper and general members of the public are behind Simon. And wishing him to do well on this journey.

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Simon speaking at Greater Boston Running Company

We left at 7pm to get home in time to eat and do some last minute prep work before tomorrow. This is it. This is the moment everything has been leading up to, so why would it not start raining really hard and being really windy. The conditions are not ideal as they are. The hope is they will improve slightly by morning but either way tomorrow, the real adventure begins.

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Boston to NYC day 4

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Simon talking at Twitter Boston

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Another early morning. 4.30 am and awake. A pot of coffee brewing and Richard made Porridge with granola and banana for breakfast. We had no plans today until 11am so we tried to kill a little time before then but because we woke up early it seemed to take forever. We decided to go for a walk to keep moving. What seemed like forever later we set off for Montague bikes who were kindly donating a folding bike to us for use during the run. This means that one of us support guys could cycle along or run ahead if there were issues etc. It was very generous of them to do this and we were really appreciative. At the offices we met up with Alli from airbnb who has done a lot of the organising for the trip.

What surprised us was that it was a full size bike. The automatic assumption from me was that it would have small wheels and look like a folding bike. It didn’t. This was clearly a very nice piece of kit. The guys at Montague were really nice and encouraging. We had to say goodbye however as we had another appointment to get to.

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Montague folding bike

Runkeeper has special significance to Simon, it is the app he used to enable him to run unaided on the street. Visiting their headquarters was a real treat as a result. They invited us all in and gave us some lunch of barbecue, coleslaw and cornbread. Simon’s running partner Neil (another Neil) met us at runkeeper too. Simon then gave the staff a talk about his journey as a runner up to this point. Some of the staff were aware of Simon because of his relationship to the app and it was nice to see them be so enthusiastic about his adventure. Eventually it was time to leave. Yet another pressing engagement on the other side of town.

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Simon with some of the guys from Runkeeper

Twitter Boston had invited Simon to give their staff a talk. I was quite excited about this as I kinda love twitter. Simon’s talk appeared to go down really well and their were plenty of questions for him to answer afterwards. Some staff joined us for a group photo and we got given some free tee shirts. The staff here appeared very inspired by Simon and we’re really accommodating. Alas it was again time to move on.

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Simon, his crew and the guys from Twitter Boston

The last stop for the day was a meal with friends of Neil’s who live just outside Boston. We were honoured to be invited into their beautiful home and we were given a fantastic meal too. I feel like I haven’t had a bad word to say about anybody we have met on this trip and the reason for that is because everybody has been great. Neil’s friends treat us like we were part of the family and the conversation flowed all night. The most common themes of this trip so far are saying hi to people we don’t know only to say goodbye to people we don’t really want to say goodbye to shortly after.

We drove home chatted for ten then all crashed. Ready for the next day.

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Boston to NYC day 3

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Goodbye to Danele at the Keepers Inn

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Still unable to get used to the time difference I woke up at 4.30. Conscious that Danele had children I stayed in bed till I heard people moving about. Simon Richard and I came downstairs and sat in the lounge talking. One of Danele’s children came in and asked if we wanted some coffee. Before you knew it there was a little bit of a competition as to which of the kids was trying to impress us the most. Their parents tried to reign them back in and calm them down so they could get them ready for school. We felt a bit guilty for distracting them from this but at the same time they were so sweet we wanted to spend time with them.

The children went to school and Danele had offered to make us pumpkin Pancakes for breakfast, how could we say no. Danele was a fantastic host and chatted to us while serving up more coffee, OJ, pumpkin Pancakes, sausage and syrup. It was a breakfast of champions. Danele was in her running gear and ready to go so after a chat and letting our breakfast settle we headed out. This run was nowhere near as hilly as the previous run which was great. Danele, Simon and I ran down Danele’s Street which was really long, straight and quiet. It was perfect for a run, we chatted along the way and we’re running for fun not pace. When we got back to the Keepers Inn we got Richard and took a host photo with Danele.

After showers we ended up sitting and talking to Danele some more. A big part of this trip so far has been sharing stories. People are fascinated by what Simon is doing but we have been equally interested in their stories. Danele offered to make some lunch so we had a Grilled Cheese and soup and continued to chat. The problem with talking to interesting people is we end up setting off later than we want to. Eventually we had to say our goodbyes and headed out.

Richard drove to Cambridge, most of the journey was on a toll road. We were freaking out a bit about how much it would cost as we would be on it for over 50 miles. When we reached the toll booth we were ready to hear a real high number, the lady on the booth told us on was $2.90. Not quite the crazy expense we were expecting so we all had a chuckle as we drove off.

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Hello to Kimberley and Kevin

We arrived and met our new hosts Kimberley and Kevin who were really friendly and told us they had watched some YouTube videos about Simon. Their apartment is gorgeous and we have the entire thing to ourselves as they were staying elsewhere. Despite being here for 3 days we may not see the again so we made sure to get a host photo with them before they left us. Simon had been booked in for a haircut with a local barber so Richard went to whole foods to get groceries and Simon and I went to the barbers which was only about 3 minutes away on foot.

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Airbnb logo by Sly

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Sly and Simon

Sly was expecting us and greeted us warmly to his barber shop. Simon had the idea to shave the airbnb logo into the back of his head before then clean shaving his head. Sly was up for this and did a great job. After Sly gave Simon the cleanest shave of his life we headed back to the apartment where Richard was making chilli. After a load of laundry was put on We settled in for some food and football. It’s been really nice having hosts to entertain us and we have thoroughly enjoyed talking to everybody we have met but it was really nice to just slob out on the sofa and chill.

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Boston to NYC day 2

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Goodbye Pete and Carin

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Sleep was a luxury none of us could afford. Richard and Simon woke up at around 4am and inadvertently woke me up. I attempted to get back to sleep but they went downstairs. I followed suit at about 6am to find Richard had made a pot of coffee, sweet.

After some granola and a chat with the hosts Pete and Carin, Simon and I went for a run. We had discussed possible routes with Pete and Carin but hadn’t anticipated how hilly it was in their neighbourhood, nevertheless it was a good run and I saw lots of Halloween displays in front gardens.

After the run and getting cleaned up we got in the car and found a store and bought some things and Richard made some omelettes back at the house. We packed up and chilled for a bit as Pete and Carin had gone out and we wanted to see them again before we left. We had another nice long chat with them before saying our goodbyes. It was sad to leave them because they really had been so welcoming and nice to us.

Back in the car and on the road again. The trip took a little longer than anticipated due to getting lost a little bit, but not too much. When we pulled up on the driveway of the Keepers Inn, our next destination, we were greeted by Danele our next host and her son. We chatted with Danele for some time and were entertained by her three adorable and incredibly friendly kids. Danele told us that she runs a little and we arranged to go out for a run with her the following day. We asked where we could eat and got directions to a local bar.

We sat in a booth and looked at the expansive and really cheap looking menu. The staff were really friendly and nice and when the food came it was proof that quantity plus quality does not necessarily equal costly. The food was great and the bar had a really good atmosphere. Having never been to America before I remember thinking that sitting in a booth, eating a burger while watching American football and listening to Bob Dylan was definately the most American thing I had ever experienced.

We returned back to our lodgings sorted out who was sleeping where and spoke about staying awake for a few more hours to beat the timezone differential. Before long I was nodding off earlier than I wanted with a full belly and a smile on my face. Everybody we have met so far has been really friendly and nice and we’ve barely started. It can only get even better.

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Boston to NYC day 1

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Pete and Carin's place


After traveling to London on Friday to meet Simon and Richard, Saturday was an early start. Up at 6, quick shower and off to the tube dodging people who appeared to be just leaving the night clubs. The tube journey was exactly that, we were on for around 20 stops. We were all in good spirits and the journey didn’t seem to take as long as it probably did. Heathrow is a pretty big place but it’s laid out well so we found stuff really easily. Again my experience of airports is boredom and waiting. We did our fair share of waiting but it seemed to pass quickly. We flew Delta, being 6’7″ i was expecting an 8 hour flight to be uncomfortable but it was actually pretty good. The only problem was by hour 6 it was getting a bit much (this may have been the fault of my movie choice however).

We’ve arrived, America. We thought Heathrow was big. JFK airport is enormous. Simon and Richard have been to America before but I haven’t. This means that they got the really cute, tiny little immigration line and I got the enormous dormant snake that is for first timers. I didn’t keep track of time for how long I was in line, I’m pretty glad about that because it was a long time.

Rental mini Van paper work done and off we drive. It’s a real strange experience driving on the opposite side of the road. It feels so unnatural but I think I basically got the hang. Driving to our first airbnb destination, zip code in Google maps and off we go… to totally the wrong place. A few readjustment and 15 minutes later we are in the right place. The house is stunning. We were met by Samson the dog who was lovely, his owners are pretty nice too. They made us feel so welcome after around 15 hours of travelling. To sit down with tea and cake and chat was really great. They directed us into town so we could go and get food. We stumbled across a Barbecue place that had ridiculous portions for not a lot of money and I wolfed it down. All three of us figured we would stay up till 11pm-midnight local time to adjust time zones. At 9pm I was crashing badly and we all went to. Bed.

Day 1 done. It was a massive day, it’s starting to sink in where we are and what Simon is going to do. It’s really exciting and I can’t wait to see what happens to us all along the way.

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Boston to NYC Adventure

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I’m staring down the barrel of nearly 3 weeks off work and away from my family. I still can’t fully contemplate what is going to happen after my shift finishes on Friday but it’s going to be one hell of an experience. It’s not a holiday, it’s barely definable to be honest, but it’s really exciting. I’m lucky enough to have been friends with Simon for knocking on 15 years now, it’s all been an adventure in it’s own way but this, this is the traditional definition of an adventure.

When i finish work on Friday afternoon i will be getting on a train to London. This will be the first leg of a trip to America, New York and Boston to be more specific. Simon is going to run from Boston to New York culminating in competing in the New York Marathon. Running a Marathon alone would be an achievement in itself for most people. Simon isn’t most people, he never has been, that’s why he is going to run in The New York Marathon AFTER running over 200 miles in the preceding days. It’s like one of those things that you hear about on the internet, pretty much like you’re doing right now. I’m lucky enough to be one of the people supporting him in this endeavour and travelling to America with him.

Over the next few weeks i’m going to try and keep a daily blog of what’s happening along the way and also tweeting and finding other ways of keeping people updated through Social Media as to Simon’s progress. There is an official website hosted by Runkeeper, a product Simon is an ambassador for and uses on all of his runs. Its a big part of what has enabled him to achieve so much. Please visit the site here as you can learn more about Simon and his story.

As it says in the video, if you live between Boston and New York and want to host Simon during his run then airbnb want to hear from you.

If you have any cool ideas of ways that we can update people on social media or utilise apps (Android and iOS) to track where we are and what we are doing or update people to Simon’s progress let me know and we will consider them at the very least.

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Regularly Consumed: The Giant Bombcast

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Bombcast

Bombcast is the official weekly podcast for the gaming site Giant Bomb. It’s quite the beast of a podcast and can be over 3 hours in length making it a real time sink, however it is well worth it, not only because of the news and reviews aspect of the podcast itself but also cos its damn funny. The emails section at the end specifically is a window in to the world of bizarre that is both the Giant Bomb staff themselves and the listener/ reader/ viewership to.

Bombcast regulars Jeff Gerstman, Brad Shoemaker and Drew Scanlon have recently been joined by new staff member Dan Rychert who helps turn the crazy up to 11 with revelations such as he had not tried a salad until he was 25 years old and my recent favourite comment “I’m smart enough to know how stupid I am” in relation to his attitudes towards food. As it may be apparent, video games are the focus of this podcast but the meandering fun nature of the show (can podcasts be referred to as shows in the same way TV and radio “shows” can?) makes it an enjoyable listen.

Just like the weekly podcast the website itself is bulging with content. In addition to the reviews and quick look videos premium members to the site can access tons of other content like Alt F1 a podcast about formula 1 motor racing, Unprofessional Fridays and Metal Gear Scanlon which is Drew Scanlon playing through Metal Gear Solid from the beginning for the first time ever with commentary. The quick look videos tend to be peoples first look at a game or them showing the game to somebody for the first time. As a result the reactions seem very natural and a lot of humour comes out of it. While these videos are informative, well produced and professional they are also daft mates dicking about and making each other laugh. Its a great balance.

If you like video games and laughing then Bombcast comes highly recommended. Enjoyable and generally weird while still being informative.

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Technically New: garmin Vivofit

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My weight has fluctuated quite a lot over the years. From being a very skinny and very tall teen to being 6’7″ tall and 23 stone in my mid twenties. I managed to sort out what I affectionately refer to as my fat ass period and now sit at a weight I’m not entirely comfortable with but don’t really have the time to do anything about. At least that’s my excuse.

Due to my lack of time (and even further lack of effort) I liked the idea of activity trackers to try and increase my regular everyday movement in order to try and keep a bit fitter and burn a few extra calories. Overall I think they work and have usually encouraged me to do more than the needed extra 20 minutes or so of walking a day needed to hit my goal.

I had a fitbit which I really liked until it met an untimely death in the washing machine. I then went wrist mounted with the Nike Fuelband. I loved this but had 3 die for no good reason in 18 months. Thankfully Nike replaced them all, their customer support was excellent but I couldn’t face replacing another. I took the advice of The Wirecutter which had positives to say about all the market leaders but the most convincing argument was a battery that lasts a year.

I’ve been wearing the Garmin Vivofit for a few weeks now. It’s comfortable and actually useful as a watch due to having an always on display. It gets around the trappings of other fitness bands poor battery life by not having a back light. This means that where I could squeeze a maximum 5-7 days out of the Fuelband I’m never worrying about whether I’ve charged it or not. The other thing being that when your not wearing your tracker because it’s charging your not tracking your activity, this is not a problem with the Vivofit. Having said this I don’t know what type of battery the Vivofit takes, how to change it or if there is a low battery indicator. But I’ve got a year to figure those things out.

Due to not needing a way of charging the Vivofit it is a sealed unit making it far more water resistant than any of its competitors, the actual device itself is a small pendant size and the rest is a removable and interchangeable plastic strap available in many colours. Mines purple.

Like the other devices on the market today you can sync your data by Bluetooth to your phone or tablet. I have an LG G3 and after 2 days of trying gave up on trying to get the Vivofit to sync with my phone. I tried with my iPad mini and it works perfectly. There is something to be said for the unified hardware/ software of the iOS environment. It also comes with a small USB nub to plug into your PC to sync that way.

The Vivofit has a red bar that fills up when your not being very active and it acts as a very visible reminder that you’ve been on your fat ass too long. It also tracks sleep and gives you a nice graph of your sleep patterns.

Overall I think my favourite fitness tracker would be the Fuelband but that decision is largely down to the ecosystem and style. The Vivofit does everything I need it to and looks pretty good to boot. A more expensive package is available, the only difference being it comes with a separate heart rate monitor strap. I would definitely recommend the Vivofit to anybody who purely wants to track steps. It is supported by myfitnesspal to inorporate calories consumed vs calories burned though which is really useful.

The only draw back I have noted thus far is occasionally (and it is only occasionally) the lack of a backlight is inconvenient, but I can live with the trade off.

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Technically New: LG G3 Smart Phone

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In 2007 I got a Nokia N95. I thought it was amazing. It had a 5 megapixel camera and GPS. My aim with buying phones back then was to have the most exciting phone I could find. That’s exactly what I had, I was ahead of the curve in a big way! Then the iPhone was announced.

It was clear from the get go that buttons were pretty much a thing of the past immediately. I waited out my contract (back then you could still get 12 month contracts) and got an iPhone. I never looked back, I barely looked sideways. This was the future and I was excited.

Several years later and other phone companies are catching up. Android is going from strength to strength and I’m getting a bit bored. I’m not excited by the iPhone or its OS anymore. The openness of Android appeals to me and my contract is due up. It’s not the first time I’ve considered jumping ship, when my contract was up in 2012 I considered it but with a lack of knowledge about Android and the iPhone increasing its screen size I stuck with what I knew. All this changed this year. Now I have an LG G3, I’ve been using it for a few months and these are my thoughts on it.

The G3 has 5.5 inch screen, a 13 megapixel camera and is running Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. It’s a nice piece of kit in general. I’m loving having a larger screen. My one big complaint about the iPhone for years has been the piddling little screen. A big screen isn’t the best for everybody but it suits me perfectly. The screen is really clear and colours look great on it as they should with a 1440 x 2560 better than HD resolution. Personally I would have preferred a standard HD screen to save on battery but then I’d prefer companies use the Street Fighter naming method for resolutions beyond HD (Super HD + Turbo Championship Edition for example) so what do I know.

Android is great. My only experiences of android previously were quite some time ago or when briefly using my wife’s phone. I’d never had the opportunity to sit down with it properly. Kitkat seems to be a solid OS and I’m loving it. The openness of the platform and the way it lets everything talk to each other really highlighted how hampered the iPhone is.

There are some less positive aspects to it however. The LG software on the phone is in the main, bloody dreadful. Luckily I can avoid seeing it for the most part but it does pop up and irritate from time to time. Battery performance is terrible. You can watch the battery draining its so bad. This is apparently an issue with battery management software. I use a battery management app to close down unnecessarily running apps and set profiles for certain times of day to try and optimise. It works pretty well but it would be better if every time i switched the phone on I didn’t have to close 20 apps in fear of battery death.

LG put the volume and on/off buttons on the back of the phone which is a bit weird. You kinda get used to it but when operating the phone on my desk at work it means I can’t put the phone in standby without picking the phone up. A double tap of the screen brings it to life but this causes problems when it’s in my pocket. I usually turn the screen in towards my leg to protect it but when the screen rubs against my leg it comes to life, opens apps, skips tracks etc. I don’t want to turn the screen out wards as this feels a touch unsafe but I’m having to.

These are in the main niggles but what the G3 has shown me is that I don’t really want to go back to iPhones. With the iPhone announcement imminent of course this may change but I’m pretty happy with android at the moment. It’s a good job too being locked into a contract for the next 20 months or so.

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