My review of the iPhone Xr…

I’ve had this new phone for a little over a week and I love it more and more. I’ve almost gotten used to the size of it and the pop socket helps a lot with that. It’s getting smaller by the day, haha!

The battery life sure is amazing!

The battery life is more than amazing and I’ve actually started a little experiment where I will charge it less. I mean, I see no point in charging the phone where I got more that 80% left after using it normally for a day, so I shall wait and see how many days I can get from normal use. Normal use for me is mostly about checking social media a few times a day, perhaps taking a photo or two and surfing the web and perhaps doing something else. Since I started college again, being hotspot and listening to hours of music on Spotify is also regarded as normal use. The same day I started this post, which is also the same day I started my little experiment, I got like 8 hours of use with 30% left and that means it lasted for like 40 hours! I left it fully charged on Monday morning at 6:30 AM and at 11PM on Tuesday night I had 30% left. If I wouldn’t be a person that get’s freaked out when the battery goes below 50%, probably could’ve waited another day for it to charge, because it would probably last like three whole days with normal use for me. Yesterday I spent the whole day almost on LTE because I was at the hair dresser becoming a blonde person again, and so I used my phone a lot while I was sitting in the chair becoming a bit prettier.

The finished result of my hair. The photo is a portrait mode taken with the TrueDepth selfie camera on the iPhone Xr.

Usually I get about 2-3 SOT’s when I use a phone normally for a day with somewhere between 75%-85% left with this phone. The battery status is different for each day since I got the phone but I have noticed clearly that I get a whole lot more battery life out of this phone than probably any other phone I’ve had. The biggest change is on foot. Also I do not game on this phone. I’ve started using my iPad for that purpose instead, because of the bigger screen.

Listening to music on Spotify for an hour on the train with my iPhone SE usually dropped the battery life with at least 25% and over 30% if I’d been hotspot. The other day I listened to music and was hotspot for an hour and I lost about 10% so that’s a huge difference. With my usage I probably could get between 12-16 hours of SOT and that’s amazing!

My only complaint?

The only problem I have with this device is that I can’t use it even more than I’d like too. As of now I’d like to be glued to it and to everything on it, but that’s almost impossible even if it’s doable. To help with that I am actually writing the beginning and maybe the whole post on my iPhone Xr. It’s going great thanks to the predictive typing apple has but the bigger buttons also help a lot with it. Believe it or not but I do think that the popsocket also helps with the typing, but I could be wrong.

The screen is more than good enough.

The screen is great, not blurry at all and it looks awesome. Since I came from an iPhone SE it looks the same and I had no complaints at all about that screen either. I like that it’s changing the brightness automatically without getting to bright or dark depending on the situation. It’s especially nice at night since I have not yet been blinded by the brightness when I wanna check the time at 3 AM.

Those amazing-OMG-fantastic photos… ๐Ÿ˜

The camera, oh my god – the camera! It’s so amazing I hardly know what to do with myself. It’s a freeing feeling to know I can take amazing selfies and photos no matter where I’m at. Most of the selfies I’ve started taking lately with the iPhone SE has been taken against the best white wall in my apartment but with this awesome camera I can take them anywhere. Even in low light. That’s great! Finally I can write blog posts without leaving the couch! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Me doing a funny faced selfie on the train. I love the portrait mode features on this phone!!!

Face ID is far better than Touch ID.

Face ID continues to amaze me as well. It recognizes me in the dark as well as when I have something on my head or my hair not in a ponytail so that’s also great. Not that I really had an issue with Touch ID, but Face ID is certainly a lot nicer.

No sign of touch decease or anything else.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that the touchscreen in general works better. One thing that almost bothered me with the iPhone SE was that pressing where you’re supposed to in order to go back or somewhere else rarely worked. In order to get it to work, you usually had to press beside the button. This is not true with my iPhone XR and that’s good. That must mean that the SE might’ve had a mild case of touch decease or something. I can’t say for sure but since I’ve used this new phone I have noticed that I can press where I should be pressing and pressing beside the buttons does not work and that’s good. Aka it works as intended.

The gestures feel so much better than to deal with double pressing the home button in order to get around. Since I already knew how to do all of the gestures from watching too many YouTube videos about iPhones they felt normal to me from the start. Even though I usually suffer from having very wet fingers from sweaty hands, the gestures work wonderfully.

The price is a problem? At least outside of the U.S…

Basically I have no complaints at all about this phone. Well, perhaps the price but that’s not Appleโ€™s fault. I even got it at a cheaper price since I did not buy it from the Apple store, but it was still very highly priced. Still, if my plan works as I want it too, this phone will be my daily driver for like three years. If that’s gonna be true, it will be the phone I’ve had for the longest time. Still I believe that it is a great investment for the future since I really don’t think the next years iPhones will bedazzle me away like this years models have. If they do, I’ll be surprised since I do not care for AR, 3D stuff etc regarding camera features.

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Even if the OnePlus 6 has a notch, I’ll probably buy it…

It’s been a while since I blogged here again, and for now, we’re gonna let go of the veganism styled posts and talk a little bit more about phones and other technologies. Or just phones. Either way it’s good, right?

My “review” of the Lenovo P2

I’ve had the Lenovo P2 for about 5 months or so now. In the beginning I loved it. Then, as per usual it started to lag, just like all Android smartphones tend to do after a certain amount of time. And all of a sudden, it sort of stopped lagging as well and it has been a pretty reliable experience so far. Now I’m just waiting for something better.

The downsides.

It’s a cheap phone, so as always, you’ll get what you pay for. The camera is not good. It’s maybe marginally ok or something like that, but definitely not good. It basically always have trouble focusing, the background tends to get pixelated, it has no OIS or EIS, so videos are shaky (see evidence of it below). In the video where I filmed my cat Maja using the Litter Robot for the first time, I held it in my hand and when I watched it later on I noticed how shaky it was. Next time I’ll record something, I’d have to use a gimble or a stand for it. Also I’ve noticed that Google Photos only works if I manually go into the app to upload my photos and videos to the cloud. When I first got the phone and set it up as well, it did not remember my apps at all or my launcher settings, so I had to import them manually as well. My BF had the same problems as well when he first started using it. I use the Google now Launcher, in case you’re wondering. Love it!

I’ve also noticed that it is pretty bad in bright situations. Normally when I’m indoors, I rarely have the brightness (on any phone) set to higher than like 10 or 15%, but that’s really noticeable when the sun is shining. Then I can’t see shit. Even with the brightness well up towards 100% is not enough sometimes, so that’s pretty shitty. The only reason why I mention this is because during the wintertime I rarely go outdoors and it’s also really dark here during this part of the year so I haven’t noticed it that much. It’s only after spring is coming closer that I’ve noticed the huge problem with it.

Also the phone is filled with garbage, a custom launcher and some apps I do not care for.

The battery life.

The phone’s battery is the main reason why we have this phone in our possession in the first place. Personally I love that I don’t have to worry about battery life any more, but it does not mean it’s a perfect phone. During the days when I do basic stuff and do not play my favorite games as much, then the phone could probably easily last me 3-4 days. The thing is I basically never go below 40%. If a phone has a battery under 50% or getting close to it, I start to panic and decide I have to charge it. It’s been like that with all my phones. So, on a normal, basic day I get about 2-3 hours of SOT (Screen on Time) and have about 80-75% battery left. If I play a lot, the battery is more likely close to 60% or so. Some days I’ve left it uncharged when the battery is to low and that’s when I end up with less or around 40% battery life. I basically have to charge this phone every other night, so that’s good. Another downside, though with the charging is that it has a red light shining in the right top corner. Aka the notification light. It turns green when it has finished charging. The problem with the light is that I can’t turn it off and when it turns green, it lights up the whole bedroom, so I have had to put the phone front facing down when I charge it overnight, otherwise my darling has trouble sleeping because the light will wake him up. It’s not such a big deal, but still big enough to be a “not likable” feature with the phone. This is also why I really prefer stock android and I hate the fact that it’s basically impossible for me to buy an affordable stock android phone nowadays, since the Pixel is really expensive and does not sell officially in Sweden. I really miss the Nexus line…

About the OnePlus 6…

Like I’ve said in an earlier post, I really hope and plan that my next phone will be the OP6. No matter when it comes out, I’ll probably buy it, but it’s generally no rush. My wish list of that phone has remained the same, with OIS, EIS and front facing stereo speakers and I also hope that it will be made in a bunch of cool colors. With the recent rumors going on, and a leak of a OP6 with a iPhone X like notch at the top, I’m personally really hoping that this is just another one of their prototypes and that it will nog be the final result of the OP6. Either way, I’m probably gonna buy it. I’ve never tried using a OP device before and I hope it will be awesome.

What will be your next smartphone? Let me know in the comments!

The difference between a really good Match 3 game, and a really, really bad one…

First of all – there is, as far as I know, no such thing as the perfect game on Android. At least not for me. However, there is a genre that I just love and that is Match 3 game puzzles. There is a difference, though within that genre as well. Personally I dislike the Candy Crush type games, the ones where you replace one block with another in order to match the colors. I don’t know why I do not like those types of games, but my stupid brain find them boring really fast.

There are several games I’ve tried during the years on my Android phone and besides those I’m gonna mention a lot in this post, I’ve tried Bee Brilliant and Cookie Cats, and some others I don’t remember the names of. Bee Brilliant is however a Match 3 game where you move your fingers to connect the same colors of blocks. At first I liked that principle more, but when I started to play Angry Birds Blast earlier this year I really do prefer when you just have to touch the same colored blocks instead of connecting them.

The general principle of all these types of games.

All of these games have several things in common. I’ll list them below:

  • You earn gold coins (or some other currency) in some way, either by buying them with real money or winning some in other competitions, connecting to Facebook or other ways.
  • You earn stars after every level, at the most you’ll get three. These stars define a lot for you as well.
  • You mostly earn some kind of currency (not the gold coins!) after each level, and the more stars you’ve managed to get – the more currency you’ll receive. With this you can buy awesome tools in order to help you upcoming levels.
  • You’ll have a total of 5 lives that refill every half hour (which means you’ll have to wait 2,5 hours for full lives). If you do not want to wait for this you can use your gold coins or buy more lives with real money.
  • There are lovely colors to choose from that you either blast or connect to match. Most often red, green, yellow, blue, purple and sometimes magenta (pink) and rainbow colored blocks.
  • The levels get harder the longer you play, with new difficult enemies to beat after a number of levels. The tutorial levels are often really easily beat and there are often really hard levels that might take days or weeks to finish – even if you use those “affordable” tools.
  • You can connect to social media platforms to play against your friends. Many of these games are playable as well on Facebook.
  • They drain the battery on your phone very rapidly. If you play more than 2-3 times a day you’ll probably have to charge your phone several times a day… Unless you have a huge battery!

There are probably more general principles with these types of games, but those above are the ones I could think of for today.

The reviews…

Paint Monsters

It’s been a while since I last played this game, but I remember it being fun, relatively hard but otherwise ok. I didn’t get very far. Perhaps 80 levels or so. Each level took a very long time, but they weren’t really evil. I found my old review and after reading that I remember that the reason why I stopped playing it was due to the game having many issues that were not fixed. It was laggy, the touch didn’t work etc. It was a fun game, but badly made.

Angry Birds Blast

This game was the best of the bunch. I started playing it in January of 2017 and I played it for over 4 months. It was hard, sometimes really frickin’ hard but not evil-ish hard. It was only evil on my bad days… Since you could earn fake money (silver coins) after each levels and you could play daily challenges to earn more silver and other cool stuff, it made the levels easier to beat. I played nearly 300 levels, which was until an enemy (that I can’t remember) was introduced and the levels basically got unplayable. It became impossible to beat levels and I refuse to spend real money on these types of games. It added a lot of stress, and my life at the moment is really effin’ stressful as it is and I did not need more crap to deal with. So I uninstalled it. I also could not during all of this time connect to Facebook, so if I will decide to play it again, I’ll have to start all over…

Toy Blast

Now this game is a crapload of poop-shit-fuck-asshole-crappy-crappity-crap anger and stupidity. Yet I can’t stop playing it. The reason for that is basically that if I do not have a “proper” fun game on my phone, I’ll lose my mind a lot faster. Even though this game sucks like crazy and is eeeeevil as hell, I need it. At least for now – but I hate it. I’ll might explain more in another post, but for now I’ll talk about games. This game is made for you to lose your mind, slowly but surely – unless you’re like me and you’ve sort of already lost the plot. It is so frickin’ hard or way to frickin’ easy that it’s like pure ridiculousness. I’ve played nearly 100 levels in just 2 weeks or so. In the first day I played probably half of that, but I got so pissed off that I uninstalled it. However, in lack of finding another similar game (trust me, I tried) I ended up installing it again, and now I spend about a half hour a day, swearing, getting totally pissed off and I’ve been like this close to throwing my phone somewhere due to all the anger this fucked up game brings. I know that it’s not my phone’s fault that this game sucks balls, but I get really angry. It’s like they want me to fail. Miserably. And pay real money for it. It really sucks that you can’t earn silver coins after each level either. I don’t know what the developers were thinking when they made this game. It’s basically a really frickin’ hard ripoff of Angry Birds Blast, because so far the enemies are similar. They probably thought “let’s make a AB Blast ripoff and make people empty their bank account in the process”. Because that’s what it feels like.

The solution

I would love it if some developer would make at least one of this kind of games, that are basically what I mentioned above, but the difference is that you’ll always get unlimited lives and you’ll never have to pay real money within the game in order to get tools and beat levels. The only money you’d have to pay for that is when you buy the game in the Play store. No matter the price of $1 or $20 – I’d probably gladly pay to have that – and decent semi hard levels in the form of a match 3 game like blast or a connection game. If some other developer does not make a game like this – I’ll make it myself when I know how to do it. That’s how much I need a game like this…

Either way, I recommend that you try these games I’ve mentioned and figure out which one you like best. This post was more or less a review and information about Match 3 games on Android, so I hope you’ll get some valuable information. If you do, write a thanks below in the comment section. Now, I’m off to lunch or something…