Go Go Grumpator Gadgets!
So I've had my lovely Dell Mini 9 for nearly 3 weeks and I gave it a workout at the Charleston Conference. My review: it is super awesome! It's light and easy to carry around. I worked on my probationary review letter on the plane ride, and I can't imagine trying to use a larger laptop on a plane in such a confined space. I took tons of notes at conference sessions. The battery life is good, probably about 4 hours (I got it down to 20% or so after 3 hours, but got obsessive and plugged it in). Because I'm a laptop newb, despite being such a gadget freak, I had been concerned about connecting to wireless networks, but it is very easy. It is everything I could ever want in a laptop, and it gives me extra geekery cred because it's so tiny - strangers come up and coo over it as if it were a baby. I love it!
One caveat - the 'u' key was defective and sticky - whenever I typed any key around it, I got an extra 'u'. However, I told Dell about it and they sent me a new keyboard within 2 days. We swapped it out (very easy), and I'm sending the defective keyboard back. No problem, and it says a lot about Dell's customer service - I'm quite pleased with such a rapid response.
In other gadget news, I drowned my precious HTC 8125 last week. It still works, but it hasn't fully recovered - it no longer closes completely (that's my fault), some of the keys on the keyboard don't work at all, and many of the buttons stick. Considering I've had my precious for over 2 years, I decided it was time to retire it and get a new phone. However, because I now have a laptop I have a hard time justifying another smartphone, including justifying the expense when I can get a new phone as a free "upgrade." So, I decided on the Sony Ericsson W580i. I chose it because it is green, and it will be nice to have a phone that is not the size of a brick.
I feel a little like I'm "upgrading" from broadband to dial-up, but I really do just need a phone. And a calendar. I'm hoping to find a way to sync my calendar from my computer. I'm sure the phone will be fine, but it will definitely take some adjustment.