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Last year I wrote about my Nexus 5 and how pleased I was with it. Well a year on and I’m even happier and will tell you why.
On the 11th April I decided to take the family away to the French Alps for a weeks skiing. I’ve also said before I’m a Three (3) mobile convert and was keen to test their new service that means I can use my mobile in other countries and France being one of those. I’m also a Google Play Music user and have been given a free 2 month trail of the Spotify equivalent.
So this meant connecting the Nexus 5 via Bluetooth to the car audio and listening to whatever we wanted. I love the way the GPS (Google Maps) mutes the music to update us on our journey. We also get the old radio traffic interrupts from local radio stations. Having an adult family means everyone has their own mobile devices and so the Nexus 5 is now a wireless Hotspot (tethering) for the iPad (x2) to play games and watch movies. I can’t believe the Nexus 5 is doing all this.
We get to the ferry port and need our booking reference number. This is stored in Google Calendar and pops up 10 minutes before it’s needed just as we arrive in Dover.
Once on the ferry a quick Google+ post and then mid channel we are off the air. I think I might have a bit of an addiction, as I didn’t like not being online. Probably good for me and should ‘step away’ from the phone more often!
Calais appears on the horizon and we have a connection and no text advising of additional charges…I’m liking this. So now we need the details for the hotel and up pops up another calendar reminder with the booking details.
In the morning the Nexus 5 gently wakes me, within a flash we are up and on route to the Alps. GPS check, music check (albeit) a little intermittent, and no tethering. Apparently you can’t tether outside the UK which is not the Nexus, it’s a condition of the mobile operator (please fix this Three). Travelling around 900 km it’s nice to be given options to reroute if an accident lies ahead thanks to Google Maps. Well today I mostly be driving, we arrive about 8 hours later in the Alps with a holiday booking number in hand thanks to my lovely Nexus 5.
The next day I download an app called Ski Tracks, 79 pence what a bargain. We upload our Go Pro HD videos to Google Drive via a Chromebook which is connected to my Laptop using Connectify. Now we can watch our videos on the Nexus 5 streaming directly from Google Drive. Another must have tool is F-Secure Freedome not only does it protect your mobile devices but means you can watch BBC iPlayer when abroad if you want to.
On the Friday morning I had a Google Hangout, I like using back-drops and the Alps provides one of the best. I’m using a Logitech HD USB camera connected to my Toshiba Laptop when it crashes. I quickly grab the Nexus 5 and I’ve rejoined the Hangout. Can you really use a mobile phone for this? I struggle to believe it, but the answer is yes you can.
Saturday morning and we have to say goodbye and start heading north again. Before we leave I download the Brian O’Driscoll autobiography using Audible onto my Nexus 5. This will be interesting two adult boys have never shown me their ability and sit still and listen to a book, and this one is 10 hours long. I’ve a captive audience and a long drive so I’ll take my chance. We are travelling home via Metz so we can watch a live game. The French often play matches kicking off at 8 pm on Saturday which is perfect for us. When we arrive in Metz thanks to my Nexus 5, my eldest son said “That made the journey go really quickly” and 6 hours later with another 4 hours for the next leg of the journey we have arrived.
Building on our Google+ post, we simply had to update you with the latest exploits of the marvellous Nexus 5 mobile phone. Here at Webster Consulting, we have been using Google Hangouts to reach out to a much wider audience than would be traditionally possible. Hangouts on Air allow you to communicate via audio andRead more about Google Hangouts On Air – Using A Nexus 5[…]
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The countdown clock has been ticking on Windows XP for a couple of years now, but the end is coming into view. There are only 140 days to go before Microsoft ends its extended support, and that means no more patches and no more security fixes. Given that XP is not exactly famous for itsRead more about Microsoft’s Windows XP Time Bomb Is Ticking (from 500 to 140 days)[…]