I have a newfound love for craigslist. Usually I can be found knocking it because of how unsafe it is. In today’s world, meeting up with complete strangers just isn’t safe, even if done in public. Not only that, but people use craigslist as a platform for setting up scams; Just look at any “too-good-to-be-true” real-estate listing and you will find that it is a scam designed to steal your rental deposit. I guess there are ways to play it safe, but in general I avoid using the service. Levi, on the other hand, does not share these feelings with me. He browses craigslist all of the time looking to save money, most of the time on stuff he doesn’t need to spend money on to begin with.
Yesterday, he and a coworker were looking at cellphones and he found an amazing deal on two Motorola Droids. The advertised price was two of them for $400. I was very skeptical at first, because at a price like that the phones usually end up being stolen property. Given the fact that stolen phones can not be activated on the cellphone network, buying them ends up being a huge mistake. We asked the guy if we could activated them infront of him and he said that it would be no problem. When we got to the place we would meet him, he turned out to not be an axe murderer, which was great. The phones themselves turned out to be in perfect condition, they had not even had the protective film removed from the glass yet. They activated without any trouble, and we ended up with two brand new phones for less than the price of one off contract.
On the topic of the phones themselves, they feel really solid. I would have to say this feels like on of the best felt phones I have ever used. The slider mechanism works and seems sturdy enough, the screen is crisp and shows beautiful colors, and the keyboard isn’t hard to use at all. As for the android operating system, it has some pitfalls but it is nothing that can’t be lived with. Some of those pitfalls include misaligned text on buttons, inconsistent styling, and sometimes feature immaturity. The phone is much more powerful than my previous Palm Pre Plus and the HTC Droid Eris before that. I am very happy with the phone, and with the incursion into the world of craigslist bartering. Will I do it again? Probably not; I’m not too fond with the idea that I may someday make the evening news as another craigslist murder victim.
Who knows, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit. The one thing I do know, is that I am still alive and my exaggeration has definitely contributed to this fact. Nobody can argue with being alive, can they?
I’ve been testing out Google Buzz lately…and I am just not really sure about it. The concept is nice, but really it’s what Facebook has been doing for years. I feel the same about Twitter. I suppose it doesn’t help that my friends find it stupid as well. So you want to follow me on Twitter, or Buzz? Don’t, because I’m not doing it anymore. You can find me on Facebook, or here. You can also find me on World of Warcraft, but that information will remain a secret.