Imagine forking out for a Ferrari only to discover it can't get out of first gear on most of Ireland's roads.
That's the reality of buying early into the 4G mobile phone revolution, which launched here this month.
Make no mistake, 4G will transform how we use our phones and the mobile internet in years to come. But like 3G when it first appeared here in 2004, the coverage of 4G is spotty – much more so in fact.
Meteor/eMobile has been the first to the consumer market with 4G – but its coverage map is limited so far to greater Dublin (with some blind spots, particularly indoors), Cork, Limerick, Galway and the, ahem, metropolises of Athlone and Carlow.
In contrast to Vodafone's data-only 4G plan, Meteor/eMobile offers voice and data plans with or without a new 4G phone (of which there are only a few). They start at €30pm SIM-only and €50pm for a 4G phone with a long contract.
In optimum conditions, the raw speed is frighteningly good – my record was 50Mbps download and 20Mbps upload late one night in Dublin city centre. But, typically, you'll get about 20 to 30Mbps down – still 10 times faster than 3G.
Right now, though, particularly on a phone, the extra download speed is less noticeable than the big upload increase, which is great for sending photos or videos.
In truth, services justifying investing in a 4G phone are thin on the ground just yet – though you could make a case for tablets using 4G because bigger screens demand more data for the likes of video.
Lone Survivor: Director's Cut
Any fan of great horror movies will tell you what you don't see is scarier than what you do.
Sure, the splatter-fest tactic can be gorily entertaining but nothing terrifies more than when a nameless horror is left to the imagination. Lone Survivor adopts the minimalist approach in its retro-style eight-bit visuals and hidden among the murk is an unsettling tale of desperation and despair. That's a good thing, though!
This Director's Cut brings the well-received PC original to PS3 and Vita with some extras. But, fundamentally, it remains a grim trudge through a world desolated by – sigh, yes – a zombie plague.
It treads some well-worn ground – you're the lone survivor (apparently) plus ammo, food and light is in short supply.
But what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in atmosphere, all droning noises, faceless monsters and oppressive darkness, bags of it. Play it with headphone and lights down low.
Inazuma Eleven 3: Lightning Bolt
FIFA meets Pokemon in another instalment of the barmy Japanese football RPG.
Lightning Bolt serves up a strange brew of hokey storyline, turn-based soccer with special moves and Ultimate Team-style player recruitment.
Anyone older than about 12 will find it simplistic, but younger fans may get it.