GAD­GET GURU’S MAGIC BOX

Australian T3 - - GADGET GURU -

GaGu just had to take time out of his day and use up pre­cious self-pro­mo­tion space from the Magic Box to tell you about the GoBone. It’s the world’s first SmartBone. Isn’t that just fan­tas­tic? $180 worth of rub­bery elec­tron­ics that you con­trol with your smart­phone to be­fud­dle your hound. You don’t even have to be there – you can set it to an­noy your dog on a sched­ule. But that doesn’t mat­ter, be­cause the fun will only last un­til your dog de­stroys it. Judg­ing by the Ama­zon com­ments, this will hap­pen within min­utes of the Kick­started non­sensema­chine en­ter­ing its en­thu­si­as­tic jaws.

You may have no­ticed that Ol’ Lov­able Un­cle Guru is a tad an­gry this is­sue. It’s not you, reader (well, it prob­a­bly is a bit) but a com­bi­na­tion of tech-re­lated hangups. The Man took back GaGu’s long-on-loan and ab­so­lutely tremen­dous Linksys Velop ($649) mesh net­work­ing setup, forc­ing your favourite cur­mud­geon to ei­ther cough up and buy one for him­self or put up with in­ter­net black spots. He has cho­sen the lat­ter op­tion, mainly be­cause his trusty An­droid hand­set has fallen vic­tim to an ob­vi­ously com­pletely un­re­lated ac­ci­dent whereby it is now in two dis­tinct pieces.

But what to get? Guru’s cash al­lowance is rel­a­tively small given the cir­cum­stances, so he’s lean­ing to­wards China for his next An­droid – the Huawei Nova Nova 2 lite ($299) is un­be­liev­ably cheap and, it seems, rea­son­able in terms of specs. With the cam­era mus­cle of the Huawei P20 Pro (p80) out of fi­nan­cial reach, do we look at the Honor 10 (price un­known as press time)? Per­haps the Nova 3e, to take ad­van­tage of about as much power as GaGu’s likely to get for $400? Who knows. You’ll know, when Guru makes his mind up.

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