I probably owe some kind of commentary on the year in Danish politics but for the moment you will have to make do with my reflections about the gadgets that were added to my earthly possessions this year.
To be perfectly honest, I blame Nikolaj Sonne – and the fact that I bought the phone before the presentation of the iPhone 3GS or the Android handsets – for the phone. It’s quite okay for my uses, so I don’t really have any regrets here if the thing is viewed in isolation. Syncing it with a Mac works very well indeed. I don’t understand the pre-installed browser so I fetched Opera Mini. Not perfect, but okay. The operating system hasn’t screwed up. Yet.
The TV decoder/recorder does what I want it to. End of story. Well, mainly.
And then there is the iPod Touch. You see, as it was I bought it because I was interested in watching movies and TV shows when I was travelling and a big screen iPod seemed a practical device. It hasn’t happened yet, and I doubt if it ever will. Bad buy. In fact, a total failure. Not that there has been anything wrong with the iPod – except that my inner cheapskate didn’t listen to reason: I should have gone for the 64GB model.
That said, the iPod was a brilliant buy. You see, it lacks the phone functions but has just about everything else an iPhone will give you – and the iPod is a bit cheaper. So once you have access to a wifi network, you have full access to the internet. You know: Facebook, Twitter, browser, e-mail, the works. It even serves as a remote control for my AppleTV (Fanboi? Moi? No way…). I do wonder, though, how long the battery will last – my 2007 iPod Classic is still alive and well (which is slightly frustrating as I would like a 160GB model) but the Touch goes through more loading cycles. Other than that, it is one of the cleverest devices, I have ever seen or owned.
So: The winner and the loser of the 2009 contest is – the iPod Touch.
Bonus: The second best thing gadget-wise was installing Ubuntu Linux on the eeePC I bought last December. Ubuntu is much more potent and flexible than the stripped down system Linux eeePCs came with. And no: You do not have to be a software engineer to perform the operation.