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!

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My wishlist for my next phone (OnePlus6)

Yeah, I’ve talked a lot about phones lately, but I have a very short wish list regarding my next phone, that’ll probably be the OnePlus 6, and not 5T, since I’ve decided to keep the Lenovo P2 for a bit longer. It’s a decision I feel somewhat comfortable with, since the Lenovo P2 is slowly growing on me.

Another macro shot of some sushi. Taken with a Lenovo P2. The images keep getting better!

Specs & shit…

Like I said in an earlier post, I’d like to have smooth and reliable phone that I don’t want to upgrade soon after I’ve gotten it. It has to last me like 2 years or so before I feel I want another phone. It’s pretty much always been like that for me before and I like to continue that trend. Of course it has to be as close to (if not actually) stock android as possible. The only choices I have there are the Pixel phones (which do not sell officially in Sweden, and probably never will do), maybe the Essential phone or the OnePlus phones. From what I’ve learned, I would really like to try out the OP family and hope it will be to my satisfaction. OP phones are not expensive either, so that’s good. In Swedish money, the current OP5T is like at just the right price point I think. It’s about a $100 more expensive in Europe than in the U.S, but for me it really is an ok price for the specs you get.

I really do not care that much about chipsets, RAM or storage, but it would be nice to try OP’s gigantic 6 or 8 GB RAM models, just to see if it makes a difference in the android experience. Some have said that more RAM helps with typing, and apps not reloading if you leave it. Like if you click on an article you’d like to read in your Facebook feed, and when you return to Facebook, you’ll have to start at the beginning again, because FB has very much conveniently forgotten where it was that you left. I hate that! One huge minus on the Lenovo is that it keeps happening over and over again, so reading articles on FB is something I take huge risks on every time I’d like to read something that has been linked to a blog or website.

The only two things I’d like.

Let’s play and say that the OP5T is the perfect phone. Or at least almost the perfect phone. At least we have something to start with here… Without having to tried it, held it or played around with it, the only thing I’d like to add to the OP5T’s features are OIS (with EIS also) and stereo front speakers. At least that is what I’d like to have right now. Huge bonuses would also be if the phone would come in more really colorful colors. The Lava Red version will soon be released in China. That gave me an idea that I’d like the OP phones to come (even if it’s limited edition versions) in a lot more colors – or if it was a lot easier to find colorful cases for the phones. I’m talking Hot Pink, Midnight Blue, Really Green, Purple Poison etc. Not my choice of names. They’re just to give you an idea on what type of colors I’d like the OP line of future phones to have. I’d love to have a truly pink phone, or a really pink/Magenta case, but if I’d have a Samsung or an iPhone – that problem would be solved ages ago. Unfortunately, OP or the Lenovo are not that big, so finding the perfect cases for those phones is pretty hard. I’d also would love to be able to print my own case. There are a lot of places that offer that service, but only to Samsung or Apple products, and that also sucks.

The camera question

Lots of people say that the only thing letting the OP family of phones down is the camera. I don’t know what I think about that. I’ve probably seen every available video about the 5T these past few weeks, and I’ve seen my share of photos and videos. Sometimes the photos look bland, terrible, blurry and oily. Other times they look absolutely stunning! Same for the video. Then I saw this video (seen below) of the OnePlus 5 (not the 5T!) and my mind was blown. It probably has a perfect camera, at least for me. When I take photos I basically take macro shots of my food or selfies. When I record video, at least videos that are meant to be shared, I use a tripod or something like that. In the future, when I actually have a Great Dane, I might buy a Gimble or something to go along with it. I basically never take photos in HDR mode. Some people in the OP forums have mentioned that if you turn of HDR, the photos will improve a whole lot and that’s good news. I really do hope that in time I’ll buy my next phone, whether it will be the OP6 or perhaps even OP6T (if I really can last that long), that the camera will be absolutely amazing. If the camera is basically anything like the video below, it is really good enough for me.

Conclusion.

Well, only time will tell when I’ll get my next phone and hopefully it will be sometime next year. I like the Lenovo P2. It’s a good phone. The battery is the nicest feature about it. The performance is ok, but I do not hate the phone. I would never go back to the Blackberry, unless the Lenovo really breaks really bad in the future long before I can get a OP phone.

Let’s just say that 2017 has been a really strange year… Smartphones included.

A Lenovo P2 to the rescue?

Yes. And I’m staying with Android. Confused? You probably should be, but that’s just me.

The same day as I wrote my last post, I got to borrow my boyfriend’s phone that he bought in spring of 2017. It’s a Lenovo P2, and he bought it only because of the battery life. It was only supposed to be a phone he was gonna use temporarily until he himself got a Blackberry Keyone. He liked the phone and it lasted for like 3 days with normal to heavy usage. Plus it’s an Android phone and that is also important.

Now I’m using it and how do I like it? Well. I like it a whole lot better than the Blackberry. That’s for sure. There are,  however some things I do not like. It stutters and lags a lot and it also has a lot of bloatware and apps I do not care for. Thankfully you can easily disable most of them, and so I have.  I prefer a clean android experience, and the Lenovo is like only half way there. The camera is ok as well. A real downgrade from the BB phone or any of my previous Nexus devices, but it works.

Closeup macro of some veggie sushi. Ok, image quality but not as much bokeh as I’m normally used to.

It also did not remember where all my apps were when I was setting it up, so, even though I got the Google Now Launcher, I had to reinstall all my apps the way I remember them. Hopefully, when I buy another phone later (android of course), I hope it will remember all my apps and layout from the Google Now Launcher. It’s not a biggie, but I’d sure appreciate it.

So my next phone will be a…?

Instead of keeping on watching a bunch of YouTube videos about Apple products, I’ve changed my focus to Android instead. It only took me hours to let go of the feelings of me wanting an Apple product and an iPhone after I got the Lenovo P2, and that felt wonderful. However, I like technology and my YouTube feed is pretty much dead, so then I started thinking about what my next Android phone could be. I kept thinking the same thoughts as before:

  • I want a smooth and fast, reliable phone that potentially could last at least 2 years without any hiccups.
  • Preferably as pure to stock android as possible without buying an old phone, like the Pixel 1 XL, that actually just came to Sweden – 1 year later after its release!
  • I don’t want to pay to much for the phone. My limit is at $780 at the moment, but since I “just got” the BB phone 6 months ago, and now a P2, I’d prefer if I get a new phone “soon” that it would cost a lot less than that. Preferably below $600 and still be a great phone.
  • I want great a great camera, and preferably with portrait mode features. Autofocus while filming videos would also be great.

So, how can I manage this? Well. I will probably get a OnePlus 5T. Or perhaps the OnePlus 6, if I wait longer.

The OnePlus hype I failed to notice…

It’s pretty amazing that, even though I really have heard a lot about this brand of smartphone manufacturer, I still did not know how this phone would basically solve everything. I would get the best of both worlds – if what people say are true. The OnePlus has really gotten great reviews, all of them, really and even though they are not perfect – I feel like this is what I’ve been searching for since the Nexus line ended and Pixel came alive.

I surely do miss the pure Android experience and I love the customization of it. Yes. I know I said that iOS is also more customizable than you might think and that’s true, but Android wins the race by far in that department. With android it is also so much easier to change the push notifications alerts. I do not need iTunes to do that. Yes. Android is not perfect either, but I love it more than I do iOS. That is true. And I would also not be sad or upset if I got to work or use iOS or other Apple products in the future, but for now, I’ll happily stay with Android.

The typing experience.

The big deal with having a Blackberry Keyone is the typing. Even though my fingers had trouble with that, due to my Fibromyalgia, it still perhaps was a better experience all together. But far from perfect. I’ve actually noticed that typing on a touch screen is really not that bad. Gboard has also learned a lot from only the 6 months or so I’ve been away from it. I have noticed several changes in Gboard that makes typing a breeze, and that’s awesome. The biggest change is that some words that are usually always together, even if they are spelled wrong, Gboard changes them afterwords into the correct sentence. That is great! I have also tried to type without the vibrations and it seems to generally work better.

Yesterday, I was riding the bus for a very long while and a friend of mine wrote to me. At first I felt a little bit of anxiety. Like, OMG, how am I supposed to type and chat with this person? All of the misspelled words etc. It will be a complete horror I thought. And then I started to type and we chatted for like at least 20 minutes. In that time, I’m guessing only a handful of words ended up misspelled. All the others were corrected by Gboard. It was amazing. Also, I’ve heard people saying that have been reviewing the OnePlus 5, that typing on that phone is even better. Something to do with more RAM? I have no idea. It is simply just better. Well, as long as I can use Gboard – I’m fine.

The money issue and the future of being a poor student…

Like I said in my last post, I cannot afford a new phone. I basically can’t afford a new OnePlus, even if it is a lot cheaper than most great smartphones out there. However, I could wish for one for Christmas, wait a little and buy one in a few months, or wait even a bit longer and buy one in spring or when the OnePlus 6 comes out in June or so in 2018. I do not know how my financial situation will be next year, or even the upcoming years. I just hope that it will not be as terrible as I once thought. It could be, but not necessarily. Also, basically all my saved up money will go to the apartment for new appliances and such, but that does not mean I can’t afford a new phone later on. With the OnePlus regime of things, or something like that – I am definitely a lot more confident that all will work itself out soon enough. The Lenovo P2 works fine as of now, but I’d like a more pure Android experience and less stutter and lag if I could. Until I know what will happen with my next phone, I can gladly keep this one and be satisfied. It’s not that bad of a phone and I actually do recommend you buy it – if you can find it and you want a phone with a better battery life.

The big battery question…

Battery life for me in general does not matter that much. I generally get somewhere between 2½ – 4 hours of screen time with my usage, and I usually never end up with less than 70% battery – no matter what phone I’ve used. Unless I’ve been traveling a lot and I’ve used my phone pretty much all the time during the train ride. During travels I easily get below 50%, and that is when I start to panic. My usage basically consists of a lot of scrolling through social media accounts, a little bit of gaming and sometimes I take some photos or record a video. I usually rarely get phone calls, but I call my family about once a week and talk for maybe 20-30 minutes or so.

So, basically I could get 2-3 days worth of battery life with any smartphone I think, and I really do not have any problems with carrying a charger with me when I go travel, since all trains in Sweden now have a lot of charging ports (or whatever they are called). Usually one for every 2-4 seats, depending on the train type.

I guess this smartphone rant is over, and I personally feel a lot happier now and I’m looking forward to my next android phone, and I hope that experience will make everything even more amazing.

If you have a OnePlus, please leave a comment below and share your experience with me. Thanks!