To the Dark Side…

After 10 years of running with an iphone I thought I’d try an Android. The Huawei p20 Pro got some great reviews so I thought I’d buy one and jump in. I’d used a Huawei tablet for over a year with no issues so maybe it could be time to dump Apple and go exploring. Here are my thoughts after a month of using it

Huawei p20 pro – The Positives

Face unlock – this works well. Fingerprint id is pretty useless for a retic bloke who regularly has glue on the finger.
Camera – top notch and definitely the selling point.
Battery life is excellent – 4000mh gets me thru a day no trouble
Google maps has been good – I used Navigon before, but I like google maps – also the timeline that shows me where I have been. Great for invoicing time accurately
Messaging feels better – I just like it better than the iphone

Huawei p20 pro – The Negatives

Minimal after market cases – I like the phone to feel like it isn’t going to slip out of my hand. I bought a couple of cases on eBay but none were brilliant. My local stores don’t have any.
A little large – that said, I have small hands, but its barely manageable with one hand
Auto AI can be a bit over the top – My pics sometimes look like I have edited them to max saturation when I enable AI.
A few moments of lag – that aint something you want to hear in a new phone… But I have had a few moments where it dragged its feet.
Brightness not so good in sun – definitely a struggle to see it even on full brightness
Random Car Bluetooth problem – I just had to do a factory reset as it lost bluetooth car audio on phone only. My music still played but nothing I could do would fix it. Forums showed it as a known issue, but no one had a solution. A factory reset is a bit of a pain as it means a lot of messing around.

Is it better than the iphone?

I dunno – I could go either way. I like bits of it and other bits not so much. I picked it up second hand for $750 from a bloke who had used it for a week and moved on so the price was a winner. Iphones have just become way too prohibitive with price.

I think I’d probably like a smaller phone, but with the same camera capabilities, so maybe a pixel might be worth a look…

Then again I may just roll with this one!

Wisdom From the Blue Table

Last weekend my friend ‘J’ took his 14 year old son out for a weekend of ‘initiation into manhood’. He had him sleep out in the bush alone on Friday night and then spent Saturday and Sunday with him as he drove him to spend time with different men around the city. 

I was one of those who had the privilege of spending time with his son. The brief was simple – impart some wisdom – share some learning. Nothing concrete or specific, but just whatever you feel is going to be helpful.

To be honest I was drawing some blanks as I don’t know his son that well. But I finished up with a rough plan.

We would go to the ‘blue table’, a spot at my local beach where I often go to pray, think or just chill and I’d give him a couple of things to ponder. I chose the blue table because I reckon we all need a space where we go to enter a different headspace. In Lesmurdie days I had the ‘Lion’s Lookout’ on Welshpool Rd, in Butler days I would take the 4WD down the undeveloped bush tracks to the beach and up here in Yanchep its become the blue table.  I encouraged him to find his own ‘blue table’ where he could go to pray, chill and connect with God.

So we went there and I gave him two things to do. The first involved figuring out the ‘big rocks‘ in his life and drawing a picture to show how these were connected. He got that idea pretty quickly and then we moved on to discuss the ‘end game’ – how he wanted his life to look when he was my age. I figure mid 50’s is time time when you have probably made the best of your life so I was wondering how he would frame his life up.

The big rocks stuff was a pretty stock conversation, but then I left him to consider how he wanted his life to look in his 50’s. Stop for a moment and consider what you would write in response to this. And then ponder what you’d imagine a 14 year old boy might say.

I imagined we would be chatting about career, family, faith and achievements. 

Not so.

I gave him as long as he needed to sketch out what he wanted his life to look in his 50’s and after 5 minutes he called out ‘ok finished’.

I came back and he had written just 5 words.






Wow!… I didn’t anticipate this response at all. I hadn’t considered that someone might frame life this way. He had told me the kind of person he wanted to be rather than what he wanted to have done or accomplished. 

Honestly – I was inspired! Rather than listing the Ferrari, big house and hot wife, he went for character qualities. I dunno if he understood just how significant his response was, but if he becomes this kind of person in his 50’s then he will have lived life well.

So we went on to chat about how you become generous, kind, selfless and wise – the practices and disciplines you build into your life now to ensure it reaches this destination in 40 years time.

Couldn’t the world do with more generous, kind, selfless, wise men and a few less Ferrari chasing types?

Go well Z!