Doogee S88 Pro Review – 4 days in, haven’t recharged yet.

God it’s a brick.  I mean it’s HUGE – and very, very heavy.  There is no way you’d keep this beast in a trouser or jacket pocket – seriously, you just would NEVER.

This isn’t a review – just a few notes, some of the specifications of this phone are truly exceptional – so please go and read them!

  • CAMERA
    Dreadful.  Sorry, it’s horrible.  Download the free Open Camera App and use that. It at least makes some sense of the 21Mp available.
  • SOUND
    Actually very good, especially since there is just one loudspeaker.
  • PORTS
    USB – C, no headphone jack (but an adapter comes supplied).
  • Android 10 – fine I guess, as long as you want to do ‘Gestures’ to go back, or release a page or App from the screen – otherwise a rather naff option quite honestly.  One number ‘up’ never always means ‘one number better’.
  • Programmable buttons (“quick access”) buttons – don’t use them!
    Whatever thing you assign to these buttons will unfailingly be there waiting for you to dismiss once you can read the screen – as you just cannot help pressing these things when you pick up the phone.
  • Side-Mounted fingerprint reader – patchy performance.
    Actually, because of its positioning – it’s more likely to be a thumb-print reader.  When it works it’s fast.  But it doesn’t always work – honestly – sometimes – it’s . . just . . . nothing.

Shopping

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/31/if-getting-back-to-normal-means-mindless-shopping-forget-it?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Lovely sentiments Suzanne.

And hundreds of thousands of us agree. Also Millions won’t read this, won’t believe it, and can’t wait to ‘get back to normal’.

I’m afraid it would take an astonishing shift of power, and brave power, to change anything now.

Covid-19: UK economy plunges into deepest recession since records began

20 years ago, as we slid happily into a “service economy” and a few pundits dared suggest ‘we (UK) don’t make anything anymore’.

I recall my agreement – and here’s the way to think about it. The vast majority of UK JOBS – are based solely on SOMEONE ELSE HAVING A JOB.

So as jobs shrink, service jobs shrink out of all proportion. That is why the UK now sees headlines such as those above. Simple.

Covid-19: UK economy plunges into deepest recession since records began https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/aug/12/uk-economy-covid-19-plunges-into-deepest-slump-in-history?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

The Shit we do

Just realised that practically no-one I know, knows about this:
Ever since I was at school the “funny bit at the end of the news” was the ecology bit  – ‘ this was what the men in sandals with beards were saying now’.
That was the early 1970s and ever since then I’ve recognised that we’re going to be in trouble but no  political will to do anything about it.
Politically, this would mean risk takers – up against the most powerful companies and lobby groups on the planet, it means almost certain political death, and there is no World Power, with enough clout to hammer it home, and the only world superpower we have – in denial.
I found myself almost shouting at the TV, “5 years to end plastic packaging???  how about NEXT MONTH???”. Similar outbursts about Diesel cars, Coal fired power stations, Fishing trawlers with 2mile long nets . . . . . It’s a massive list of real “hates” of mine.  Thought I’d type some it out to bore you guys with!