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I Got Myself A Google ‘Pixel 5’ To Replace My 13-Month Old ‘Pixel 4’ & I Continue Using ‘Google Fi’ As My Carrier.

by Anura Guruge



First & so far ONLY Picture With My Google Pixel 5.
Straight out of my ‘office’ window.


Though I still take as many pictures as ever, & post at least 7-a-day, I have basically stopped using a dedicated camera — though I still have two ‘new’ Panasonics.

So, if my phone has become my camera THEN I have to stay on top of camera technology. While I appreciate that the Pixel 5 did NOT offer much of an upgrade re. the camera, it is still new camera hardware & software. Plus, Google gives me a 24-month, 0% APR deal.

PLUS, I wanted to go back to a fingerprint reader!

2020 was a REAL bad year to have ‘face recognition‘! Why? Masks!

After saying that setting up the fingerprint reader was one of the few hiccups with the new phone. I finally managed but it took quite a few tries.

I also had trouble downloading the ‘Google Fi‘ APP from the ‘Google Play Store’. Other than that, it was a breeze.

Impressed.

So far, so good.

Actually bought TWO Pixel 5s — one for one of my daughters too.


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by Anura Guruge

I Switched To A Google ‘Pixel 4’ From A ‘Pixel 2’, Continuing To Use ‘Google Fi’ As My Carrier — And It Was Painless.

by Anura Guruge


 


First 2 Pictures With The Google Pixel 4.


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Confirmation on ‘Google Fi’.


The offer from the ‘Google Store’ I couldn’t turn down.

Click to ENLARGE. Oh, and I got 0% APR for 2-years. SMILE.


First Pictures of the Day with Google Pixel 4.


This, believe it or NOT, is but the 2nd (as in ‘second’) smartphone I have ever had! The Google Pixel 2, that I treated myself to at Christmas 2017, was my first. So, this was my first time transitioning from one smartphone to another. The only part that I was leery about was how things would work out with ‘Google Fi‘. Of late, I have had some issues with ‘Google Fi’ transactions and support and as such had fears that transferring my number from the Pixel 2 to the Pixel 4 might be problematic and that ‘Fi’ would force me to get a new number. Not so. That went very smoothly. I was glad.

Superficially, other than the unmistakable camera ‘cluster’, the Pixel 4 looks very much like the Pixel 2. But, that is deceiving. Quite different animals, both in terms of hardware and software — though I had Android 10 on my Pixel 2. The latest Android on the Pixel 4 doesn’t have the ever-so familiar ‘<< (back) & ο (home)‘ buttons on the bottom. You swipe-up for home. That works and I got used to that easy enough. I, maybe, even like that. ‘Back’ is more problematic. You have to SWIPE ACROSS the screen and, in my experience, it is hit-or-miss. I need to look into that further.

The camera works. That is ALL I can say for now. Pictures are ‘OK’. Haven’t seen anything spectacular as yet. But, at the same time, I have also only taken less than 30 pictures.

Pairing with my Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Titanium has been a HUGE problem. Very disconcerting. Yikes. Hope I can sort that out.

Face detection is cute, but also hit-and-miss. I re-registered my face. Might have to do it again.

So, therein lies the first 1/2 day so to speak.


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by Anura Guruge

I Ordered A Google ‘Pixel 4’ On Thanksgiving Day & Got $300 Off From The Google Store, With 0% APR.

by Anura Guruge


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Oh, and I got 0% APR financing for 2-years!

How could I refuse? SMILE.

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The Google Store & I go back a long time — back to 2012 when I was one of the first to place a pre-order for the Nexus 7 pad. During the course of the last 7-years we have done much business.

I don’t care what folks say about the new Google Pixel 4. There is no other phone I would buy or own! Yes, I am a BIG fan of Google and Pixel phones. I had reasonably good luck with my Pixel 2 which I treated myself to for Christmas 2017. It was the first smartphone I owned. I used it mainly for the camera and by-and-large I have been reasonably happy with the camera. The Pixel 4 has an even better camera.

I buy Pixel for 2 main reasons: software and hardware! With Pixel, you, by definition, get the latest and greatest version of Android as soon it is released. Lot to be said for that. You also get the monthly security updates. So, there is that: Android software. Then there is also the Pixel camera software with all of its near-magical AI — and can I remind you of the fun I have had with the ‘Night Sight‘. The Pixel 4 camera software is supposedly even better.

Whereas folks are complaining about battery life on the Pixel 4, my experience has been that Google insisted on top-notch h/w components of its camera. You could tell. As some of you know I go through a lot of smartphones. Smartphones tax blacktooth, Wi-Fi and GPS hardware on the phone. The Pixel 2 always performed well.

So, that is why I am getting a Pixel 4.

Google tempted me mightily to get a Pixel 3 or 3a — earlier this year. But, I resisted. I knew I could wait until the new Pixel 4 with its new camera ‘bundle’. I hope I am amply rewarded.

Well, you will, of course, be able to see. SMILE.

P.S., I have been on Google Fi since Day #1 of the Pixel 2. Over the last month we went to the Google Fi GROUP PLAN, with 3 of us, now that they support Samsung phones. Yes, I will continue with Fi. Seems to work OK.


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by Anura Guruge

David Nix Of Belmont, NH: Finally A Competent, Credible & Reliable Computer Person In The Lakes Region.

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Anura Guruge


To say that I am fussy about my PCs, especially my main ‘work’ PC, would be beyond an understatement. Lets face it, one way or another, in essentially three shifts, the last ending well past midnight, I spend at least 10 hours a day on my main PC, often more. When I have problems with my PC I am not a happy camper. It ruins my day. Yes, I have two backup computers, but they are not as brawny as my main PC.

PC hardware is not my thing. All the wires, connectors and setup is way too tight and delicate for my liking. So I always have somebody, somebody good, do my hardware. Once Windows is up I can do the rest, but I won’t touch the hardware (other than cleaning it out with compressed air once a month). Suffice to say I am always in the look out for competent, reliable hardware folks that are reliable and trustworthy. In my experience this has been a scarce commodity in the Lakes Region. A couple of folks I have used in the past have moved on. Over the last 3 years or so I have had real troubles finding anyone.

I have given up on those that now advertise on Craigslist. I don’t know why they bother. You contact them and they are basically not interested. They say they will call or that they will come, but you never hear from them. Maybe they are just waiting to get calls from ol’ ladies that they can rip off.

I had ended up using somebody I had met at BestBuy, who lives in Hillsborough, to do my hardware. But, it is a 90 drive for him and he works crazy hours.

A couple of weeks ago, when I was crazy busy with the sede vacante, I started getting funny noises coming from one or more of my fans in the PC case — and the case alone has 4 fans, not counting the ones on the i7 chip, the video card and the power supply. I really needed somebody to come and look at the fans.

Tim Croes, of ‘The Baysider’, had just interviewed me and he was coming around on election day. I e-mailed him and asked if he, as a local, knew any good PC folks.

He e-mailed me back with David’s name and phone number. I called. He was very pleasant. He said he could come over in 2 days. That was fair. We got talking. I asked him if he was related to Stephen Nix, the Real Estate/Property attorney in Gilford. He was. Steve was his brother. I had used Steve, maybe 11 years ago, when I had a mooring buoy issue when I lived waterfront in Gilford. Steve took care of it for me very efficiently and affordably. I was impressed. This was a good omen.

David came last Wednesday. He cleaned, reseated and checked out all my fans. My rear 140cm fan was not working. I needed a new one. I ordered one. David came again today and put it in.

I like David. He is good. He is in his early 50s. So he is not a ‘kid’ per se. He knows what he is doing. He is careful. He is thorough. He is also very reasonable.

He is a musician, has been a ski instructor at Gunstock for decades and is from a local family. All around good person.

I am impressed. I recommend him.

If you need any computer work contact David. You will be glad you did.

One of the 7 fans in my PC, this the CPU fan on Intel i7 chip.