I love my phone. It was one of those items I lusted after for ages before my contract would let me get it.
I’m still not using all the features of my Galaxy Samsung Note II but the holiday pushed me to my limits and I learned a few things about the phone along the way.
We had a big, ring-bound map of France but in ring-bound tradition where we wanted to go was always on the spine. We relied on the Google Maps navigation on my phone for both walking and driving and it never let us down. The pronunciation of the French streets made us laugh a lot but then maybe the guy was saying them phonetically in a dead pan English accent so we’d understand him.
What impressed me most was being on the website of a museum which had a link asking if I wanted directions. I was expecting a jpeg of a map with written directions but no – it linked straight into the mapping on my phone. Two seconds, bisch, basch, bosch. Food for thought for our responsive design website.
The other thing I used a few times was Google Translate which was quicker than me trying to make out the miniscule writing in my Collins mini French dictionary.
When we were out and about the camera on my phone was also much less hassle than my DSLR. Aside from the speed of taking photos on my phone, they are so much easier to post on Facebook, Twitter and WordPress – the Canon requires a cable, a PC and non-temperamental photo management software. I used it for the photos about WW1 but that’s only because they’ll be used in various publications and need to be hi-res.
The other nifty thing is the Paper Artist app that came with the phone. It does similar effects to the artistic effects on Photoshop but is much easier to use. Even rubbish photos take on some kind other life that makes them useable.
From all that I have learned:
- sometimes the things you didn’t know you needed are the things you need most
- some people think it’s OK to ‘enhance’ a photo taken with a DSLR but diss phone cameras. Seriously – take a look at yourselves
- I hardly ever use my phone for what it was invented
Serves 2 – 3
1 pork fillet
sesame or peanut oil for brushing,plus some for the sauce
1 garlic clove, chopped finely
1 tsp Lazy Red Chillies
1tbsp soy sauce
5 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
half a tin of coconut milk
Method: Slice the fillet to half centimetre thicknesses. Place them a few at a time between to pieces of clingfilm and beat with a rolling pin or meat tenderiser until very thin.
Heat the a little oil in a heavy-based pan and cook the onion and garlic. Add the chilli, soy sauce, water and peanut butter and mix well. Bring to the boil then stir in the coconut milk.
While that’s being made heat a griddle or a large frying pan. Brush the pork pieces with oil and flash fry on a high heat. Serve with rice.