They say sometimes worms get into my head and stick there for a while. It’s like one of those moments I’m going through when two worms are troubling to survive inside my head. Let’s talk about them.
If you would take a look at my 2011’s resolutions that I wrote on January 1st, 2011, you would see that I had a DSLR camera in my wishlist next to a laptop. I was fortunate enough to buy myself a laptop computer and I was lucky as I was picked up as the first runner-up in a blogging competition and was given the prize of a Samsung digital camera.
I loved the camera. Well, I still love it. But after trying out to shoot photos in multiple programs including concerts, I figured that compact digital camera was not my piece of cake. I mean, I love the portability a point-and-shoot provides. It’s good. But my particular camera troubles when shooting portrait photos. If I turn off the flash, it gives a very low-light output. ISO can be set manually but it doesn’t help much. If flash is turned on, the subject face is burned out. I’ve seen other point-and-shoots including an Olympus one that doesn’t have the same problem.
When it comes to landscape photography, I must say that I’m happy with it. But if I were to take outstanding photographs, indoor photographs, my camera doesn’t quite get the job done. It still is useful if you want to keep any photographic evidence of something. But if you wish to be creative, you wouldn’t rely on my camera if you want to play with settings. Above all, it doesn’t deliver sharp photos. Here are some of the photos I loved that were taken with my current Samsung ST60.
I’m not blaming my camera. I love it and I’ve taken outstanding photos (in my opinion) with this one. But my expectation from a camera is a little bit more than what this particular point-and-shoot has to offer. You can say that I should sell it off and get another point-and-shoot. But all point-and-shoot has its limitations. You know that, don’t you?
So, long before I even possessed a digital camera, I wanted a DSLR. I admit back then I loved the body and the quality a DSLR offers. After about a year of experience with my point-and-shoot, I think I now want a DSLR. But, like someone said, it’s not cheap to get into the world of photography. I searched for the best entry-level DSLR and came up with Canon EOS Rebel T3i and T2i. T2i costs more than $600 and T3i costs even more. But I personally liked Rebel T2i.
I have like $300 and within a month I expect it to be $400. This money is outside my usual expenses like Internet bill, transportation cost and so on. But do you know what I’ve been messing with for past week? An android phone.
I practically don’t really need an Android phone, but I thought, an Android phone would be great with all those apps and functionality. I would definitely not go for a pricey android device so I was looking for a low-cost “entry-level” android phone. Samsung Galaxy Y caught my attention. For about $162, you get a nice little android phone. But I heard that it sucks due to low resolution and many apps don’t even work due to that. Added to that, I figured that a 300-something MB of RAM and 800 MHz processor is just too low. If I’m getting an Android device, I’ll sure install lots of apps. No wonder they’ll require a higher RAM and faster processor.
Then I stumbled upon the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini. It costs about $218 and comes with faster 1GHz processor and 512 RAM. It’s very compact. I have seen my friend using it and he said it’s awesome. But some other folks advised me to try out Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman which costs about $243. I’m still wondering if it’s worth the extra money for a punk style and additional 0.2″ screen. If you talk about smartness, Xperia Mini beats it. If you talk about bigger screen, your choice should me Live with Walkman.
Drawbacks of the Phones
Unfortunately, both of the phones have their own faults. I’ve linked the reviews of both of these phones so you check it out. When it comes to Live with Walkman, the reviewer said that it has random reboot issues. Many commentators supported this. So, it readily gets out of my list because we don’t get warranty for these devices in Bangladesh.
On Xperia Mini, check out this thread. The comments left on the review page also talk about this vibration and application opening issue. I can’t take the risk for $200+ with no warranty. So, I’m stuck with my worm.
I would love to go with Samsung Galaxy Y if it had better specifications. No wonder it has its own issues as well. It sucks when it comes to battery life and resolution. So, practically, I’m not buying any smartphone right now. I’ve always thought smartphones are way too messy. Lately, it turned out that unless you spend a lot of bucks, you aren’t gonna get a good phone anyway.
So, what does that leave me with? DSLR? $400 for a DSLR isn’t enough either.
Looks like being a gadget geek is useless unless you have a lot of cash. 😐