Earlier this week, I was buzzed up by long time mobilista, Oday Saleh AKA NaijaBature. He has followed MOBILITY.ng for years. Forget his skin colour; he is 100% Nigerian. He was born and raised here and has lived all his life here. He knows the corners of Lagos better than I do, and his pidgin English no get part two, as we say around here. Anyway, Oday invited me out and treated me to a rich lunch and even richer discussions.
We talked for hours about MOBILITY blog and about Nigeria. He is a fan of BlackBerry and loved my Passport at first sight but refused to touch it for fear that he would have to return home to explain to madam why he broke his savings to buy one without telling her. He is no fan of Windows smartphones though, especially because of the bright colours of most Lumia devices. But he did say that my white Lumia 930 looked the part.
One of the things we talked about was his preferred phone. NaijaBature is a good story teller. Without naming the device and while keeping it out of sight all that time, he dived into the account of how he is unable to bear with poor battery life in a smartphone (me too!), and how as a tech worker, he also needs a phone that lets him do everything possible. He found his platform of choice in Android OS, but found that most of them were crappy when it comes to battery life. He recounted his woes with one phone or the other dying out on him after 3 hours of non-stop use. All this while, we are tucking away at a huge pizza, fries and drinks.
Finally, he spoke of his current device, a smartphone that takes him through two to three days on a charge, while letting him do everything he needs to do. NaijaBature told of how he goes out without his laptop, but is able to get his work done without the fear of the phone dying out on him in a day or of needing to carry a power bank around. Having tortured me with the well-built anticipation, he whips out this amazing smartphone – the Gionee M2. The M2 has a 5-inch display, a 4200 mAh battery and is powered by a Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor.
Any manufacturer that is able to replicate the same battery life as the M2 in a slimmer profile gets my vote. Simple. In the meantime, let’s just call the Gionee M2 the Wonder Phone!
Quick Question: What is your current smartphone and why did you choose it over others?
FYI: a “mobilista” is a fan and follower of MOBILITY.ng.
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.