Another question from Peter today. Has your device ever had a significant momentary impact on your life - saving you from a serious situation, etc?
Apparently Bond will have an Xperia T in Skyfall. Maybe it will save his life or save the world?
A slightly odd one from me, perhaps, and not necessarily quite what was envisaged by the question, but, here goes.
For me, it's satnav capability — more than anything else in the mobile device space, this has had a major impact in how I live my life. I'm highly competent at reading a map, and other, non-map, means of navigation, but I hated driving somewhere I did not know well. It had a real impact — I'd be invited to go somewhere and, if I had to drive and did not know where it was, I would make up an excuse why I could not make it, and would not go. This lasted for quite a few years.
When satnav came available to me, I leapt at it — it was on my Palm T3, with an external Bluetooth GPS, from memory, but I might be wrong. It had an immediate and very real impact on my life — for the first time, if I liked the sound of something, I'd agree to go to it, and be confident that I could get there. I wouldn't pretend I isolated before it, or anything that extreme, but it certainly improved my life.
For me too it has to be the SatNav capability. My wife is incapable of reading a map properly or providing decent map instructions, thus if we need to go somewhere or get lost it means she has to drive while I read the map - any other way around and it just gets viciuos (am being absolutely serious - we have a lovely marriage but put us in a car together and we get lost it just gets nasty and towards divorce material).
We have a satnav now but if that isn't in the car and we are going somewhere and we aren't quite sure where it is, thank god for google navigation on the phone. Has kept us together in a couple of rough times, and is one of the few times when I get my phone out that my wife doesn't have dig about being on the phone the whole time.
This one time there were these aliens knocking the crap out of the planet but I flew up to their mothership in an old crashed UFO and hacked their systems with my smartphone.
Sadly I forgot to say "It's a UNIX system; I know this". Been kicking myself ever since.
Still saved the planet though, which was nice.
I flew up to their mothership in an old crashed UFO and hacked their systems with my smartphone.
sudo shutdown -h now?
sudo shutdown -h now
Nah; I just installed Windows 8. They didn't have touch screens...game over! ;o)
I thought perhaps that having Bond use an Experia would have been a typical paid product placement, but considering the co-production is Columbia, a Sony subsidiary, perhaps not.
But I'll bet the phone can do more than the current shelf models; built-in weapons grade laser, EM Pulse generator, wide spectrum camera (infra-red to x-ray, in HD of course), trouble-free roaming, and satellite comms with hours of talk-time on a standard battery, and water / radiation / concussive shock - proof as well.