Me and my gadget - Huawei IDEOS X3
Hamilton school teacher Ken Setiu tells Chris Gardner why his phone is so smart.
What's your favourite gadget?
My first smart phone, the Huawei IDEOS X3 running Android 2.3.
What do you mainly use it for?
The primary use of the phone is to strengthen meaningful relationships with my whanau and close friends via texting and phone calls. After this it's all about being informed and having a good laugh. Seventy per cent use of the phone is for texts and calls. About 25 per cent is for internet use and email activity. The remaining percentage for taking photos and playing distracting apps like the now deleted Angry Birds. I use Wi-Fi at home for the internet but occasionally I need to use the 50MB of my monthly plan.
The smart phone effortlessly syncs my school Gmail and home Gmail accounts to my Google Calendar and also to my Contacts. My ISP email is very handy when out and about. I like that I can have fun finding songs using YouTube. Another main use is updating my Facebook and shares (jokes).
My sons are impressed when I tell them the latest weather forecast or news headline from their dad's phone. To a lesser degree of use is the 3.2 megapixel camera, which incidentally includes a forward-facing camera. To other people's dismay I've only used that feature twice! Overall I think it's a gadget that's going to stay my favourite for some time.
What would you change to make it better?
A cosmetic change of moving the volume buttons away from the on/off button. Apart from this, for the price, features, and usability, it doesn't need any real changes.