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Note to self: voice commands are getting interesting

I may have mentioned (quite a few times) that I just purchased a Nexus 4. Perhaps seduced by its shininess, and definitely provoked by a novel operating system, I’ve found myself exploring its features like a… well, like a nerd. And against my expectations, it’s the voice command that has got me most* excited.

The killer feature, for me, is the ability to tap the mic icon (it’s right there on the home screen!), say “note to self” and have an email sent to yourself with your subsequent note. I email myself maybe four times a day with reminders. Now I can do it with one tap. It also attaches a sound file of your dictation to the email. Is this a gimmick? Maybe. But I have been genuinely using it. And to be honest, it’s a silly over-simplification to call this the ‘killer feature’. It’s more symbolic of the joyful interactions that are peppered throughout the Nexus 4 experience.

*There are other features I love too, but this one needed a blog post. I know, because I had a reminder to write one ;)

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Google, I succumb

I just bought a Nexus 4. Look, case there it is, clinic in a box, unhealthy in my hand. But that was yesterday — today we are locked in a nerdy skin-on-screen embrace.

The Nexus is a wonderful thing. It is also tipping me over the edge of the privacy-personalisation quandary. The moment I booted the thing up [Booted up? Is it 1997 again?] all my *shit* was there. My calendars and mail, my browsing history — even my holiday photos. It works. Beautifully.

I succumb! Google, you can have all the data you want, just keep giving me fluid, connected experiences like this. Screw privacy. I’ll tell you the colour of my underpants if it will help you make my day a little better. (Black).

I have only one niggle about the otherwise glorious handset: The volume buttons are opposite the power button, which means it’s difficult to turn it on/off without changing the volume with your opposing digits. Not the end of the world though. Let’s not let a bit of volume trouble get in the way of making a noise.

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