Looking for phone advice!

29 09 2012

In November my current phone contract runs out, and as the signal is rubbish where I currently live I’m looking to change networks and get a shiny new phone!

For the last two years I’ve used an HTC Wildfire which runs on Andriod 2.2 (Froyo) and I’ve loved it! It’s slowed down a bit before the end, but I know for sure I want my next phone to be an Android, but other than that I’d love some input.

The three main Android phone handset manufacturers at the moment are Samsung, HTC and Sony. Obviously Samsung are doing very well at the moment, HTC seem to be fading, and the new Sony range is so new I’ve heard nothing about them (I guess that’s the main reason for this post!)

I’m not looking to spend too much more than £20 a month, so I’m not looking at big flash phones. On top of that, I don’t really want a massive phone as I like to be able to fit it in my pocket.

The three I’ve been looking at have been the HTC Desire C, the Sony Xperia U, and Samsung wise I really have no idea.

I’d like to go for as new an operating system as possible so that it can last the two years that most contracts seem to require these days. The current OS is Ice-Cream Sandwich, v4.0 (at least, I’ve not seen anything on Jelly Bean, v4.1 yet).

Has anyone tried the new Sony phones yet? If you were to recommend Samsung, which handset would you recommend? Does anyone have any advice or opinion on these various bits and pieces? 🙂
Thanks in advance!





We’ve got work to do

22 09 2012

As mentioned previously, I’m currently using N.T. Wright’s bible study books for my quiet time, and I’m on Philippians at the moment. (and still looking for good Old Testament equivalent recommendations 🙂 )

This week I reached a pretty familiar verse,

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” – Philippians 1v21

A lot of the time this is quoted it’s on it’s own… but just to add to this, further down the paragraph we also read,

“I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.” – Philippans 1vv23-24

What Paul is saying is that he’d rather be in heaven, but there’s lots to be done here on earth for now. So if our time here ‘in the body’ is only limited, shouldn’t we be making the most of the time we have? (And I’m speaking to myself here as much as anyone else!)

I was chatting to some friends a while ago and we were trying to work out and clarify what it is that Jehovah’s Witnesses believe (bear with me, I’ve got a point!). I think we agreed that they believe only a limited number of people get into heaven, and yet they spend all their time making sure other people know what they believe to be the truth, because that’s what they do with their time on earth. Now it may be that the more people they “get into heaven” the higher up the priority list they get to get one of the coveted spaces, we weren’t completely sure on that point, but isn’t it great that they’re so passionate about sharing what they believe while they can?

In our limited time here on this suffering planet, where there is death, mourning, crying and pain, shouldn’t we be doing all we can to share the good news? As a Christian, I believe there’s no limit on the number of people who will fit inside those pearly gates, so why on earth am I not telling everyone I see? Completely strangers, let alone those I’m close to and love!

What a challenge – a bit scary, hey?





OT Bible study book advice please!

21 09 2012

About a year ago, I starting using N.T. Wright’s “for everyone” books for my quiet time, I’ve worked through “Matthew for Everyone”, and one or two “Paul for Everyone” books, but after a year I’ve been a bit challenged by some gaping wholes in my Old Testament knowledge! I honestly have very little idea of the story of Daniel, and several others. Now much as I really like the format of the “for everyone” books, they’ve not done the whole Old Testament, yet.

So my question is, can you recommend any Book by Book Old Testament personal study books?! 🙂





Wisdom from a bookmark

1 09 2012

The last couple of weeks I’ve been clearing out my room at my parents house, and also had a bit of a clearout here as a result of that, which obviously was going to mean I found some fun bits and pieces in the process. I’m not sure there’ll be much worth sharing, but here’s a quote from a bookmark we kept in the office where I had my Saturday job:

“The customer is always right!
Mis-informed perhaps, inexact, stubborn, fickle, ignorant, even abysmally stupid, but never wrong.”