My Galaxy Nexus unfortunately Died The Death. It’ll boot and seem to work, but as soon as you try to open an email or whatever, kiss it goodbye. So I rummaged through the back of the closet and, well, it’s amazing how little you can get by with.
I’d like to replace the GNexus with one of those pure-Android HTC Ones they’re talking up, but you can’t get those yet so I needed a stopgap. The closet yielded an old Nexus S which I put my SIM in and turned on; up come some antique Android version.
Also, it was broken; probably this is some best-forgotten engineering build from three years ago. The keyboard keeps vanishing while you type on it, and basically nothing works.
So I ran out of patience and erased all the accounts and turned off WiFi and mobile data and now it’s a dumbphone er I mean “Feature Phone”; it makes and receives phone calls and SMSes and does that just fine. I’m OK because my Nexus 7 with 3G keeps me on the Net when I need that. The combo will get me through till I figure out how to score that HTC One.
But wait... just now I checked into some hotel or other on El Camino in Silly Valley and its Internet wasn’t working (they rarely do). But it dawned on me that the dumphone can still get 3G and make a hot spot, and so I can still talk to the world.
I’m sure there’s a lesson to take away from all this; you figure it out.