Being a mobile gadget reviewer can be a glamorous affair. I mean how many people won’t be thrilled to get their hands on the latest shiny gadgets on a regular basis? But I can assure you that like every other vocation or job, it has its unique hazards. I will say that the vast majority of pains that a reviewer like myself experiences is from having to switch phones so often. Yes; the pains come from the same source as the glamour. I know: life is a pot of burnt beans.
Years ago, it used to be a pain switching from phone to phone because of the frustrations involved in transferring contacts from one phone to another. Thankfully, that has been resolved and is a non-issue today. Another challenge used to be how to move files. That is also now a minor matter.
My present pains are from the different SIM standards available on different phones. Some devices still ship with Mini SIMs (the regular size SIM), while many new phones now ship with a micro SIM. But that’s not all. A few devices – especially flagships – also now ship with the nano SIM standard.
Right now, my nano SIM is in the HTC Desire 816, but I have two other smartphones lying around that need my attention. One uses a micro SIM slot, and the other a standard (mini) SIM slot. My primary SIM is a nano SIM. I have not been able to get my hands on a nano SIM adapter, though I have a micro SIM frame from which my nanoo SIM was cut months back. If you have considerable experience with phones, you know that both adapters and cut frames are not always ideal. Sometimes, you end up damaging the SIM slot.
No; I do not want to put another SIM apart from my primary SIM into it. I love to take phones for a spin using them as my daily driver for the duration they are available. That is the best way to get a fair feel of each device.
I do have to write my reviews though, so I shall have to keep playing Transformers with my SIM card. Yes; it is a bit tedious. That is the dilemma of this mobile phone reviewer. Of course, I will find a way. I always do. Have you faced this sort of situation before? Share your experiences please.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.