Published on October 31st, 2013 | by Rich Bishop1
The Nexus 5 turned Rich into a fanboy
Earlier today I was flicking through Twitter and having a chat with my colleague Josh about the Google Nexus 5, the latest addition from LG to the Nexus phone range. As we’re chatting, Josh spots some tweets and news articles appearing online. And then the next thing you know I’ve clicked “Buy Now”.
I’ll be honest, I’m still not sure how it happened.
As some of you will know, I spent a lot of my time and many a debate mocking the “iSheep” (or as my friend Jake put it better, “Apple Tarts”) for just blind buying the next “i” device, just because it exists. And now… I’ve gone and done the same.
I’m not proud of myself.
Here’s the upside… the latest version of Android KitKat 4.4 will be preloaded on (but my Nexus 4 will get it in a few weeks anyway). It has automatic voice recognition… I just say “OK, Google” and I can start having some kind of conversation with my phone – just like I’ve always… erm… wanted?
The downsides… I’m going to need bigger jeans. This thing will come with a 5 inch screen… yeah… 5 inches. I haven’t bought a phone, I’ve bought a phablet. It also looks like it won’t have an IR blaster (you remember them off of phones off of the 90s… well, they’re back) so I won’t be able to use it as my TV remote. Overall… it’s not going to be an “amazing” step-up. Oh, except the 4G support… that’s big, but not big enough on it’s own… and I’m now £349 lighter.
So… why have I bought it?
I’d like to say “I’m a gadget man – this is what I do”, but I’ve never been that much of a “must have new gadget” man. My old Nexus One did me proud for a good couple of years without complaint, I haven’t felt the need to replace my Nexus 7 with the new one, and my Ultrabook is still going strong. I could say it was all the media hype – but, unless you went looking for it, there wasn’t much of it. So… there’s only one conclusion…
I’ve become one of them.
I’ve bought the latest version of a phone, just because it exists. It’s not going to change my life, but it will now impact it massively as I justify my decision to everyone… and the only way I can justify it is to say… “Well, I’m a fanboy. I had to buy it.”