I have an Honor 8 smartphone, that I’ve just retired from daily service as a phone. In its place I am now using a OnePlus 3T ($HOUSEMATE upgraded to a 7 Pro, and due to OnePlus’ craptacular instructions on resetting their OWN PRODUCT the trade-in value was reduced to ‘don’t bother’ so now I have the 3T). I set it up rather slowly (Ox slow, yes.) and finally had most applications I figured I truly needed installed.
Then I set about doing what was necessary to make it work with the Superbook. It seemed to almost work, but it took an extra step (as if the ADB setup wasn’t ‘extra’ enough – the future phone-laptop system cannot help but be more user-friendly. This wasn’t actively user-hostile, but “Plug and Play” it ain’t. DisplayLink is nice, but not quite automatic, let alone “automagic” (that’s when it works so seemlessly that even us jaded Ancient Creatures are in genuine awe of the expertise that achieved it. This Ancient Creature managed to avoid LOUD cussing. Good, but FAR from the Grand Ideal. When Ancient Creature has no reason to cuss – that’s the Ideal.)
So for a while, the Superbook was a keyboard and a trackpad (that is a bit impressive – whether the trackpad works or not seems almost random in many cases) but no display. Once DisplayLink was forced and then permissions/conditions set, things “Just Worked” — as they damn well should. [NOTE: There are those who denigrate ‘Just Works’ but considering how UNUSUAL that is for new-ish technology, they are full of [FERTILIZER]. When a new(-ish) technology ‘just works’ it’s NOT ho-hum, it’s FREAKIN’ ASTONISHING! As in, if it “Just Works” every time, buy EVERYONE in the design/engineering/support group a bottle of $FAVORITE_BEVERAGE_OF_CHOICE price be DAMNED! Oh, Alright, nothing over $1,000 a bottle – GREAT cognac gets insanely expensive. Go with Great Scotch – it’s less expensive. NOTE: If anyone wishes to send me a sample of something to convince me I’m full of manure… we can talk, aye.]
But, getting the Thamn Ding working, I did. Thus I shut down both the Honor 8 and the OnePlus 3T and transfered the SIM card from the Honor to the 3T. I likely still have a few things to set up or add or such, but the truly critical ones are taken care of. The rest is mere details and (hopefullyu minor) annoyances.
Oddly, one minor detail that annoys me considerably is something as minor as alert tones. The Honor 8 had an “arrow” sound (THWIPAW!) that the 3T lacks. Might need see about rectifying that. And the Honor has an annoying classic electronic clock alarm sound that was if not exactly, close to, my Westclox alarm clock sound. I’ve woken up to that since… 1985? Annoying (to others, anyway) and now “ancient” but it’s effective if no other reason than I KNOW it means “WAKE UP!”