Namdaemun, best nose job yet!

Namdaemun rebuilt.jpgTravelling to a chance meeting in Seoul, I managed to snap a photograph of it as I rode by in the taxi. I have to say that the Samsung note 2 takes good photographs, even under fading light.

Burnt down in 2008, Namdaemun in Seoul has risen from the ashes. Newly rebuilt, I can find no better citation than the wikipedia website. To have left Naedaemun in a state of disrepair would be like painting the face of a person without a nose. I have to say that I was pleasantly  surprised to see the rebuilt the way it is.Namdaemun, old.jpg

 

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Nightmare child of a cellphone and a PDA; big, bright and handsome

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I remember when I had a Nokia 3210. It was a GSM phone, and a simple design to boot. Aside from being able to programme your own ringtones, it was a no frills device, and it fit comfortably into the front or back pocket of my Levi’s jeans. About a week ago my wife bought online the Samsung Galaxy note 2. Even with the progress of time and technology, this phone was a step up with what either of us had, an Apple iphone 3GS, and a Samsung sliding phone. The term ‘phablet’ does come to mind as it presents a big, colourful screen, wide and handsome to behold. Going to the other end of the spectrum, my  old Dell Axim X5 (now serving out it’s retirement in my old computer bag) a bonifide PDA, served admirably as an e-reader, movie player, primitive games console and even little black book.

The Note 2 is a combination of all of these, and more. As equally the key selling point is the screen , so does the operating system have a lot to do with usability. Equipped with Samsungs touch wiz, some people hate it, as for me, it’s okay so far. It allows me to surf the Internet while watching a pint sized version of a movie. Overall, I think it’s a good device with no caveats so far.