Excellent Piel Frama leather case for my G1

I have been a long time fan of leather cases by Spanish leatherworkers Piel Frama


My first case with them, was for my T-Mobile XDA, and then later for my MDA Pro and Ipod Nano 3th gen.

They are a luxury case manufacturer, so don’t expect these cases to be cheap. However they are a good investment, the quality is excellent and they will last a very long time.

What also impresses me every time is the packaging you receive the case in. They really understand the emotion and feeling of the first time you receive an item. The sense of luxury and privilege. I always find myself keeping these boxes for far longer than is necessary.

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The hard top cover may seem a little rigid and out of shape, but over time it will mold itself to the rest.

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I have removed the belt clip with included key, as this will be carried in my coat pocket. The only downside to this particular case is that its not possible to open the G1. It would have been impossible to design a case that would allow that I am sure, as the mechanism for opening is strange.

Yes, a case like this is quite an investment (70 euros), but bear in mind it will last me as long as the phone itself, and on average my phones last me 3 years. Personally, for me, the sheer pleasure of having a proper leather case is already enough to justify the price. What can I say, I am a sucker for good leather cases 🙂

T-Mobile phone plan screw-up: new mobile number soon!

So, the idea was that i would extend my old plan, refresh it to a new 2-year plan, and get the G1 phone.

However, something went a little wrong during the plan refresh. I am only assume I lost my way on the T-Mobile site somehow, but my refresh turned into an entirely new purchase of a separate plan.

So, now I have 2  plans, with 2 different numbers.

I was faced with a choice:

– Reverse the purchase of the new plan, and send it all back, including the phone. Then we restart the renew process and you get a new phone again
– Let the old plan expire, go with the new one from now on. Old cant expire till June though, so costs me more. Loose benefits from being a T-Mobile customer for 6 years on the old plan.

I was a little annoyed at this, but I can understand the problem. The phone is a package deal with the plan. They could technically pull the elements of the plan apart and recombine, but that is so much work on their side, I can imagine them not doing offering this.

Also, I have grown so attached to the phone the last day or so, I really don’t want to send it back at this point. The extra money it costs me to hold on the old account for 3 months, it worth the effort and pain to me.

The old plan one doesn’t expire for another 3 months, so I cant transfer the number yet. That doesn’t bother me that much, its not bad to change your number once in a while. Many people have my number, some of which I would rather they not have it. So, a good time to refresh.

The consequences for me though, is that I have to make it known to the people that I do want to have my number, that it will soon change. My old number is already pointing to my new one, so both will work fine for the next three months. This post is the first of a series of communications i will have to bring out, to let people know about my number change.

I wont post my numbers on my blog here (though you can actually find it here if you look hard enough), I will mail and text everyone I think needs to know in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, here is a picture I took of a car outside the flat:

Wrecked car, Outside the flat, airbag was out too on TwitPic

New toy: T-Mobile G1, unbox video and pics

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T-Mobile released the new G1 Google phone here in the Netherlands. Already had a long standing plan with T-Mobile, so ordering this thing and extending my plan was a no-brainer (now that I know I will be in the Netherlands for the forseeable future).

It was a bit of a toss up between the Iphone and the G1.  Most compelling features for me in opposition here where:

– Multi-touch screen (Iphone)
– Full physical pullout keyboard (G1)
– Developer community.

Now that last point is a tough one, very topical, as the Android marketplace has just opened to payed applications. There is a discussion around which model will be more succesfull: The closed, silo’d world of Apple, vs the open, open-source, unrestricted and unvetted world of Android Java development.

Gigaom has a good article on this.

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In the meantime, I made my choice based on the full keyboard, and my hope and confidence that the open marketplace of Android will, in the long term, spawn more interesting applications, an a more diverse array of them, than Apple would ever tolerate on the Iphone. Yes, you CAN Jailbrake an Iphone, I know this.. but you run the constant risk of incompatibility due to Apple clamping down and bricking your phone. This will remain for the foreseeable future. On the flipside, T-Mobile has even gone on record to say that they don’t care that much for the small minority of geeks that hack the Android phones, and that the will try to avoid braking that secondary market. What a refreshing point of view.
It makes the choice of the G1 feel –good- to my geek sensibility.

Anyway, now to the meat.

The UNBOXING video, which @Alachia insists I should call a “haul” video… whatever.


If you cannot see the video above, click here. (youtube) or here (facebook)

Next, I activate the phone and run though the initial stuff.


If you cannot see the video above, click here (Facebook)

Now for the pics:

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