So... airports... hanging about... I decided to buy a game for my iPod Touch and chose Bejewelled 2. It's nice looking, fun to play, it reminds my why I should never go near that game on my computer because it's a huge time sink.
I guess I played for about 40 minutes before my fully-charged touch batteries were down to <20% and I got the battery warning.
I don't own a DS but I hear you can get in the region of 10+ hours of play time, maybe as many 14 with the brightness down. My Touch could maybe do an hour. Battery life seems fine for other things: browsing, watching movies, playing music. But whatever Bejewelled was doing (using the 3D processor maybe?) ate the battery with fava beans and a nice Chianti.
Maybe the iPhone has a better battery than the Touch but I can't imagine it's much more than 2x better. My Touch is also getting on for 9 months old so it's battery is probably 15% from it's new capacity. Even so you're looking at a device that may go 3 hours tops.
I don't think Nintendo have much to worry about at this point.
In yesterdays chaos having a good information source at my fingertips could have been a help in giving me some options. Unfortunately I had my Nokia N73 on T-Mobile.
Between getting "No network" messages (despite the phone claiming to have a full 3G signal) and the craptacular browser on the N73 I was able to get nowhere at all.
Whatever mobile gateway T-Mobile uses is utterly shit. Mobile gateway errors have plagued my entire year of service with them.
This combined with the small screen, unfriendly browser, and ridicuolous pointing, clicking, and hapless text entry make it a most frustrating device to use.
Pre-iPhone you could live with that because you knew there was nothing better (Windows mobile? Please be serious...) but it's a whole different deal to live with it now.
I still wish there was a more expensive 12 month contract option or pay&go but with my contract coming up on August 3rd I am wavering again.
Yesterday I was supposed to meet R in Paris. I had debated taking Eurostar but it's no cheaper than flying, no quicker, and I only live 25 minutes from Heathrow.
I was duly at Heathrow at 5.40am for the 7.40 AF1781 flight to Paris and, despite the chaos that is Air Frances so called "check-in system" I was in the departure lounge in good time for the, then 20 minutes delayed, take-off and looking forward to being there.
We pushed off and rolled onto the jetway. Where we sat for about 20 minutes. I was trying to doze anyway so it took me a while to notice that something was amiss. This was as close I would get to Paris that day.
After some time the captain came on to say that the engine ignition computer had failed and that they would be towing us back to the stand to get an engineer on board to fix it. What followed was a cycle of ever more depressing announcements about some issue that would be known in 5-10 minutes and, 25 minutes later, coming on to say it hadn't worked and they were trying something else. All the time I was willing the engines to start.
To no avail. In the end he announced that a new engine computer would have be flown in from Paris and fitted and we had to get off the plane. At this point I think we all sort of expected we would be kept together and made comfortable until something could be done.
It is at this point that Air France totally and utterly failed every single passenger on board.
We were instead directed back through the border and all the way back to the Air France ticket desk where we assembled into the hugest queue you can imagine. I spent two and a half hours shuffling along and I wasn't even at the back.
By the time I got to the front, hours after I should have landed in Paris, the best flight on offer was a 6pm departure. And I was lucky, lots of other people had missed connecting flights for holiday or home. The family in front of me had two very disappointed children.
Maybe it was having served a lot of, increasingly ill-tempered people for 2.5 hours, but I didn't feel a lot of sympathy for my position when I reached the front of the queue. It's entirely Air Frances fault though, I had no sympathy for them at all.
There were lots of Air France people in the terminal but frankly they all seemed pretty blasé about our problems. We were given £10 food vouchers which was fine for those people who could actually leave the queue (i.e. not me) but other than that they did nothing.
In particular they didn't offer drinks, didn't help anyone to sit down who might need it, and made no attempt to optimize the process (a first plan might have been to separate those heading to Paris from those flying through Paris for whom there might have been alternatives). The only information we got was handed down from those ahead of us in the queue.
I left LHR some 8 hours after I arrived, exhausted and thoroughly dejected. I've flown Air France a few times but have no intention of doing so again. You see what a company is really like when things go wrong. Today Air France failed every single passenger of that plane and made no attempt to fix the problems they caused.
Thanks for nothing Air France.