Vertical Videos are the worst🙄🤦🏻‍♀️, but IGTV might be the solution…

For those who know me personally, or have read my blog posts for years know that I really dislike Vertical Videos (VV or VVS for short). It might, in my opinion be the worst thing about having smartphones and every “Idiot” having a camera in their pocket. It’s also only getting worse. I remember when VV started to become a thing, back in like 2012 or something. Then people screamed like crazy and wondered what the fudge was wrong with people. YouTube channels made videos after video, asking people to turn their phone 90 degrees and that kept going for years. And then I guess it all went silent. Instead of 8 people out of 10 screaming their heads off about recording videos vertically, 9 out of 10 people now gladly or preferably record vertical videos instead. It’s horrible!

I’ve always said, that if I ever got an iPhone, I’d be like one (of the other 10 or so) out of thousands, or millions of people using iOS that would ALWAYS record in landscape mode, and I am keeping this promise. If not for everybody else, then at least for my own sanity. I find that hilarious and of course I know I’m exaggerating. Its at least a thousand people with iPhones who think like I do in this matter 😂. Ok, jokes aside, but vertical videos are no joke for me. I really fricking hate it! Ok, I’ve calmed down a bit these past years. Instead of nagging and complaining to people to stop record vertically, I’ve instead tried my best to avoid watching videos that are recorded in that horrible manner. Unfortunately the problem is getting bigger everyday and I’ve actually had to force myself to accept that my friends, family members and even my BF records a lot of vertical video. The reason as to why I’ve stopped complaining to them is because it’s useless and I’m sick and tired of turning my arguments into a meaningless fight or something. People still just doesn’t get it!

They say, that’s it’s easier to hold that way. We always use our phones like that, so why not record that way? “Isn’t that the way you’re supposed to record videos on smartphones?”. And the list goes on and on. Well, if it’s so hard for you to hold your phone in landscape mode – get a gimble! Buy a selfie stick! Problem solved! It also doesn’t help when I watch movies or TV series where people record vertically and the video still comes out in landscape mode. That’s not good at all… It’s a straight out lie when I see that in movies etc. I get that it might be meaningless to complain if the video is only meant to be shared locally on your phone, or at least mainly to be watched on your phone if the video is shared on other platforms, but I still see a huge problem with vertical videos. The only time I might accept it (but not really) is maybe if somebody records a close-up video of the Eiffel Tower or something, but then it’s probably possible to record in a different angle and still get the whole view. Buy a wide lense or something! Problem solved. There’s just so much you’re missing when watching a video if it is recorded vertically. Now, for photos I do not complain, because photos are… well, photos! You can and we have watched photos in “portrait” mode or whatever since forever. Portrait photos in vertical ways or whatever are still a problem sometimes, especially if used in blog posts. That’s because then the image is cropped, or just looks weird when a blog post is shared to Facebook, G+ or some other platform. At least for now, so I try to avoid using portrait photos in my blog posts. They’re fine to watch however on whatever platform there is, but videos recorded vertically really freaks me out, even if I do not say anything about it. I’ve simply just stopped bothering people about it, but we, the rebels have lost the battle. Hopefully we haven’t lost the war on vertical videos!

Personally, and for good reason – I do not use any platform that provide vertical videos. By that I mean I do not use that service on Facebook, called stories. I do not use the Instagram version. I have a Snapchat account, but I only got that because a friend of mine told me that it was possible to record landscape videos, but that turned out to be a lie or something. I do not blame my friend for that, I blame SnapChat! Now, Instagram has come out with IGTV, short for Instagram TV. It’s a platform made for vertical videos. To this I say both “Great” as well as “Oh noes!”. Its great in the way that now we have a video platform for all those who love vertical videos. Its great, because then we might see a whole lot less of that crap on YouTube or other video platforms. It is a bad thing because it means that vertical video recording is growing and won’t stop, and that is a thing I really dislike. I shall personally try and avoid using that service at all cost!

Now, if you’ve ever watched the linked video above from Glove and Boots, and you’ve seen the presentation from Instagram, there is a hilarious clip in there that is just too funny not to comment on. In the video from Glove and Boots, they have a character with vertical eyes. He says he loves vertical video, and why wouldn’t he? He’s got vertical eyes FFS! Instagram stole that clip, but the point made from Glove and Boots is like the total opposite of what Instagram is trying to achieve here. That’s how I see it, at least…

Vertical videos look horrible. Always! When they are shared on Facebook for example, they’re often pixelated and never in HD. You miss like 66% of all the action when you record or watch it, even if it’s just for a few seconds. That goes even if it’s your pet you’re trying to record. I wanna see it all! Not just the nose on your dog… I don’t care if the phone is easier to hold like that! When you record video, you do it in landscape mode. Please. Just please. FFS!

Even if you do not care, there might be others who feel awful and can’t enjoy the video fully if it’s been recorded in such an awful way. I don’t even understand how it’s even possible to record vertically. I never have! It should have been banned by the phone makers from the start! In the beginning, however Android phones within the camera app, told people to record in landscape mode, but that only lasted for like 6 months or something and nobody cared. Now I even think Google themselves promotes vertical videos whenever possible. I’ve seen special TV’s at train stations with vertical commercials on them, as the screen is also vertical. It is such a mess! But I guess I have to learn to live with this awfulness.

Maybe someday people will wake up and realise that VV is absolutely horrible and does not belong in any situation, but that’s just utopia or something… I know it will never happen. It is far more likely that we will go to the movies and watch vertical films instead within 10 years. With huge black bars on the side, or a 300 feet high ceiling where everybody gets a stiff neck at the end of the movie. Soon Netflix and other streaming platforms will make TV series in vertical video format. Soon, it might be impossible to even record or do anything in landscape and there we will be. Watching, missing 66% of everything, just because that’s life or some shit like that.

I am not looking forward to that. Are you?

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Guess what?! It did end with an iPhone!!!

Yes, what you’ve read in the title is true. I am now an iPhone user and it happened in a way I never thought was possible. My boyfriend bought me one! He’s said that I won’t be getting another phone from him, but since I managed to pass my math class, I got one as a gift last Thursday and I couldn’t be happier. Well, I could, but like I wrote in my last post about payment plans, you know where I stand. I got an iPhone SE, and because that’s an iPhone – I am thrilled! I love it, and I’ve gotten used to the tiny size of it.

How it happened…

Last Thursday, the day after I found out that I passed math, I spent the afternoon with a friend of mine who was gonna babysit our cat over the weekend. We went to the mall that’s nearby, bought a smoothie and I spent most likely a half an hour nagging about how iOS would be so much better than Android for so many reasons and why I wanna switch over to it. My BF was on his way home and I had a secret plan of going into the Apple store and play around with all the stuff in there, but I still felt a bit ashamed of my Apple obsession, but in the end I never went in to the store. A few minutes later me and my friend met up with my BF. He said he could be a bit late and when we met him he said that he’d been to a store to look for a thing. My first thought was – “Did he just buy me an iPhone?! Nah…” I still hoped it was true, but I figured that it was probably something else he bought. If I was wrong, I did not want to feel disappointed. My memory sucks these days so I could very easily have been wrong. When we got home a bit later, the first thing that happened after we went into the kitchen was that he handed me the box that contained an iPhone SE. I was so happy I cried and jumped around like crazy!!!

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The Space Gray iPhone SE is now mine! I was so happy that he got me the right colour as well! I do not like the white front on iPhones that much…

The photo above is from when I got it out of the box. You cannot believe the happiness I felt!!! It was so tiny and it weighed nothing compared to my Lenovo P2, but I spent the whole evening, basically setting the phone up. It went great, apart from me not getting the chat history from WhatsApp in it. Apparently it can’t be done without some no-name software that I do not want to download, so I guess I just have to start from scratch with my conversations with the BF on that platform, but that’s fine.

So far the phone works great, but I’ve had some hiccups with it. Most of the disturbances lies within the battery life. That sucks! But it’s probably because I’m used to not having to worry about it. Also I sort of can’t stop using it which drains the battery faster as well. The stand-by time is however great. If I don’t use it, basically no battery is used (unless I listen to podcasts for some reason?!), but if I start to do anything it drops really fast. I’ve had to charge it twice, pretty much daily except for Saturday, because then we were at a wedding all day and I didn’t wanna be rude and stare at my phone all day then. The other hiccups I’ve noticed is that it’s sometimes hard to press buttons to go back, but I’ve guess I figured out that I’m pressing wrong. I’m used to pressing exactly on the “X” or whatever button there is, but apparently you’re supposed to press a little bit on the right or the left of it if you want to go back or exit from where you are. Also I’ve notices that some apps tend, not to crash, but I have to press some apps multiple times in order to get in to the app. This mostly happens with communication apps, like FB messenger and WhatsApp if I open them from the lock screen or right after unlocking the phone. It’s a bit strange, but it hasn’t happened for a few days so that could’ve been temporary.

I’ve also gotten used to the size of it now. I tried using my BF’s phone the other day because I wanted to look for something on Android, and his phone felt huge. A few minutes later I used the iPad and that felt enormous! The iPad still feels enormous! Having a tiny phone has its advantages, though, but if I could I’d really go back to having a bigger one. Maybe not iPhone 8 plus size, but at least a bit bigger then the SE. If not for the bigger screen, then at least for the battery life. I am however sick and tired of constantly getting new phones, so I’m hoping and planning that the SE will last me at least two years or so and then I hope I’m able to buy a bigger iPhone – if I’m still that pleased with the experience. By then Apple would most likely have released several improved versions of the iPhone X and hopefully the price will be better in the future for all iPhones. And it actually fits in my pocket!

So far, over all I’m in love with it. The seamlessness between the iPad and other Macs is amazing! We were traveling over the weekend and with a click I could share the wi-fi with the iPad from my iPhone. Absolutely amazing! Among a bazillion other cool stuff I’ve noticed. Apps in general look gorgeous on the iPhone!

The typing experience has also been pretty much amazing. iOS in itself does a better job with typing then Google’s Gboard. The only thing that feels weird while typing is that it’s a whole lot different from the iPad. The iPad has so called “key flicks” or something like that, which makes typing letters, numbers and other special characters a whole lot faster. The iPhone does not have that and even the “.” character is nowhere to be found, normally when chatting with a friend. I guess that’s also something to get used to and I have and overall it’s working beautifully to type on such a tiny screen!

Last Friday, after arriving in Stockholm I went right into a store and bought a case for it. Of course I could find a super pink one in silicone for cheap, and so I bought it. I’ve also today ordered a custom printed case with one of the biggest cuddle bugs ever on it, Gandalf – the Great Dane with a glass screen protector. I’m looking forward to having that case. The pink silicone one works ok. It does not sit that tight as I want it to, but it looks gorgeous and feels great in the hand. I personally prefer silicone cases to my phones, and I hope that the custom case I’ve ordered is in better quality then the pink one. I’ll of course save the pink case and switch between them whenever I feel like it and it feels great to have a phone that’s easy to accessorise.

I’ve switched around as well with the app placements and now I believe I’m sort of finished with that. All my apps are in different folders on the first home screen and categorised and that’s great! I could sure use some widgets, but I guess you can’t have everything…

It basically all feels like a dream, and now I finally feel like I can relax a bit. My obsession with Apple will not cease to exist anytime soon, but what I mean is that it’s now “fine” or whatever to talk Apple products, watch Youtube videos and listen to podcasts etc about Apple without feeling that much shame. It has helped my mind to focus on this anyways and it’s been a silent motivator to help passing with math class and looking forward to the future. Also my mom got an older Macbook Pro as a birthday gift the other week and we helped her out with setting everything up and that felt great. I was able to freely talk about Apple products and even my parents several times mentioned why they are so happy with Apple. The reason for it is because it is simple, reliable and works seamlessly between devices. Before, my mom had a really bad Windows laptop and she’s gone nuts with using that computer. It’s basically due to the laptop not having enough RAM or an SSD, but even with macOS, everything will be a lot easier for her and the family. And that’s something I’m looking forward to as well, because if I can decide as of now, I’ll officially never go back to using Android and Windows full-time ever again. Of course I’ll keep my old desktop PC, because who knows how long the Mac mini will hold, but I’m hoping it will last until I myself have the money to buy an iMac or something in about 3-4 years depending on what will happen the upcoming years for me.

I am now “fully emerged” into the Apple ecosystem except for the Apple Watch, AirPods and an Apple TV, but who’s counting?! However, I don’t think it would be that hard to leave it as of now. As long as I keep being an iPhone user, everything should be fine. The only thing I’d miss as of now is iMessage and the seamless experience that’s come with that since getting an iPhone. It’s absolutely amazing to answer phone calls and SMS on my computer, just because I have an iPhone! On the other hand, I still use Google drive for documents and I can reach those wherever I am anyways and iTunes is available for Windows as well. Also the seamless experience I’ve noticed using photos is also pretty great. It makes me somewhat interested to stop using Google photos and start using iCloud instead, but if I do that I’d have to pay for it. However, in the future when I might afford it and I know I’m staying with Apple I might switch, but for now I’m pleased with having Google Photos, since it’s a free service and works fairly well. The only downside to it is that it takes ages for it to sync across all my devices. iCloud photos syncs seamlessly without me barely noticing. Also,  the iCloud photo sharing and photo stream thing works anyways, without me officially storing all the photos in iCloud so that’s a great workaround as of now as well.

Well, I’m happy as hell. How about you? What were your thoughts if you’ve ever switched from Android to iOS? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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!

The Blackberry KeyOne makes me want an iPhone. Seriously.

This is a post about Android vs. iOS. And how much I have come to realize that I may want to try the dark side once more. First a bit of history.

iPhone 3GS and following nightmares of smartphones…

Back in 2009, me and the BF ordered ourselves an iPhone 3GS. It was our first real smartphone. My boyfriend, Henrik got it first. I had to wait for another couple of months until I could afford it. Until I got mine, I played around a lot with his and I think I liked it. I mainly used it to record videos and I started my first YouTube channel. At least until I got my own. Then I got bored so fast I don’t even remember what hit me. I remember the typing experience most, and how ridiculous it was that it was impossible to create custom ringtones for calls and texts. So we jailbreaked them. To type on the phone was the worst. Basically every word was misspelled. It was a huge nightmare. Back then, Android was simply the best operating system for smartphones. Maybe it still is? And Android phones also had physical keyboards. Just a couple of months later, after I got my iPhone 3GS, we bought the Milestone 2, I think it was called. That one sucked balls! I could type. Yes. That worked wonders, but the camera was crap (as pretty much all smartphone cameras was back then), but it really was not a good camera. Henrik’s Milestone worked ok. My was in the shop more than I had it in my hands. It was really awful.

I don’t remember as of now what phone we got next, but we sometime later got the HTC Desire Z. That one was absolutely amazing! It also lasted a pretty long time for a phone. After that, we bought into the Google Nexus line, and we started with the Nexus 4. That was even more amazing! Things had really changed with that phone, and typing on a non-physical keyboard was great. Of course words were misspelled, but it was not as horrible as the iPhone 3GS. I think we kept that phone for over 2 years. When Nexus 6 came out and it turned out to be a phablet, be bought the previous years model, the Nexus 5. I first thought I’d regret that, since it was an older phone, but it turned out to be an even better phone than the Nexus 4. I was amazed at everything. That phone worked for almost 2 years as well I think and then we bought the Nexus 6P. Yeah. We actually bought a phablet. But it worked.

The end of a beatiful Nexus era…

My 6P worked so beautifully, that I had planned to keep it for as long as possible. It was a bit of a challenge, getting such a huge phone to fit comfortably in pockets and in the hands, but for the most part it worked. During this time, I gained some more weight and for a time during spring of 2017 I had huge troubles finding pants to wear which resulted in destroyed pockets and me buying pants at least once a month, because my huge phone was simply to big for those pockets and badly sewn pants from H&M. At that time, those were the only type of pants I could wear, since my butt was to big for men’s pants, but finally I could fit into a pair and the pant problems have been gone ever since. I’ve even lost weight since then and I’m down a size in pants as well.

Also during that time, the rumors of the Blackberry Keyone started to emerge, and my BF was really keen on getting a phone again with a physical keyboard. I was not that interested, for good reasons, but then something happened with my 6P. All of a sudden it started to act weird and typing was a mess. Maybe this was something unconscious that I did, knowing that I might be able to type on a physical keyboard again, but none the less – my 6P started showing off many other types of problems as well. The battery life on that phone was ok. Not great and amazing. Especially not while traveling, but luckily Androids often have fast charging and I got pretty used to carrying my charger with me if I was gonna travel by train for a day.

During the fall of 2016, the Nexus era had officially ended and Google came up with their own kind of iPhone. The Google Pixel. At first I was sort of excited, but when I started to realize that this phone was NOT gonna be released globally (I live in Sweden), I was horrified and that set of something I probably still have not settled with, or something. Can’t really find the correct words for my feelings here. I hated the fact that it was not gonna be released globally and also that the price had risen from pretty cheap to “holy-crap-that’s-expensive!” price. iPhones are expensive, but now Android phones are that expensive too? What’s happening with the world?! That year, Google also became boring when they spent all of I/O with releasing a gaziliion messaging apps, when they could just upgrade Hangouts and make sure more people would use that platform more. I am still disappointed with Google for all their crap they keep doing. If Gmail wasn’t so amazing and I did not have a YouTube channel, I’d probably delete my Google accounts, because I’m getting so bored with Google these days. Ok, I admit – Google Drive and Google Photos are still amazing, but you get the point. I am not that huge of a Google fan that I used to be. And that is so sad. And boring. And no, I will never delete my Google accounts, because that would be stupid.

The physical keyboard experience was not what I expected.

In may I got the Blackberry Keyone as a birthday gift from my BF. At first I loved it, but it was a bit of a hassle of typing on it. Due to my fibromyalgia, my fingers really don’t like to type on hard surfaces. The keys on the Keyone are pretty soft, but my fingers hate it. I haven’t had this much issues with my fingers since I started using the Keyone. During the summer it also started having several bugs with push notifications and other problems emerged as well. I don’t remember all of them, but let’s say that this reminds me a lot of when I had the Milestone 2. This phone I do not like and I now regret deeply of getting one. I’d rather have kept my 6P. I still have it, but due to the battery life being better on the BB, I’ve chosen to keep it anyways. For now. The only thing that I genuinely like with the BB is the camera. It has the same camera as the Google Pixel, and it shows. The image quality is amazing! Just look at the sushi photo below

Closeup of sushi. I love the blurry effect with the Blackberry Keyone. And that’s basically all I like with this phone.

Every fall I temporarily turn into a somewhat of an iSheep…

When Apple releases a new iPhone, at least ever since they finally changed the look of the phone with the iPhone 6 lineup with bigger screens – I get so curious about iPhone that I basically decide to switch over again. But, a few weeks later I get the latest Nexus phone and problem is solved and last year, my 6P was still so amazing that Apple really couldn’t sway me that much over to the dark side. Except for the 7 plus and portrait mode! But I got over it. The 6P rocked! And kicked ass!

This year, everything is different. This year I might actually switch over to the dark side. And perhaps stay there.

This is due to several reasons. This year has officially been the year of emotions or something like that. I have moved two times in less than 8 months. I have said goodbye to several of my “friends” and I’ve been generally alone a lot of the time this year as well. I almost hit the wall, working my ass off with crappy crap stuff at work and I was really close to getting burned out. I have decided to be a programmer and I have spent pretty much every waking hour (when I do not think of Great Danes, Apple products or like when I’m doing the dishes) looking for educations and how I best can be a developer of some sorts in the future. All this with a stupid Blackberry phone that does not work properly. Not to mention the really frickin’ awful reception we have in our new apartment! It is truly horrifying!!! We can only use it for calls if we’re on the balcony. Fucking crap! Switching over to the dark side might not help with reception, but our building is lots of concrete and metal, and the phone is basically just all metal. The iPhone has a glass back that will probably help a lot with reception is my guess.

I have spent a lot of time recently looking for information on Apple products. I also have an old iPad Mini 2 that I’ve been playing around with, to explore iOS more and I’ve found that I actually can live with the “limitations” of that OS. The iPhone 8 plus (or X if I could afford it) has really caught my eye, and if I could get one – I definitely would. Problem is even though I technically can afford it (I have the money to buy it), I also made the decision that every bit of money I can spend – will go to our new apartment. Getting new appliances such as washing machines, dryers, dish washer, stove and freezer a fridge. Also we are planning on changing the floors and perhaps to a little bit of painting as well. All my money will go to that, and that’s fine and dandy. Really! Also I will lose maybe half of my current income for the upcoming years due to me going back to school. This is if worse comes to worse. It might not be that bad. Therefor I can’t afford an iPhone as of now. Not unless a miracle happens and get a lot of money from nowhere or my BF says it’s okay to spend my money on a new phone (even though he hates iOS!).  And I refuse buying one with a payment plan of some sorts either way, just so you know.

iOS is really not that bad. At least not on an iPad…

I have discovered that iOS is really more customizable than one might think.  For starters – just think of all the cases you can have!!! You can have custom ringtones for calls, texts (iMessage), mail, reminders, calendars and a few more. You can have a custom background for your homescreen. You can put apps in folders and place them in the dock if you want, and clear up your homescreen if you want. You can have like one app on your homescreen and 25 or something on the 2nd screen and so forth. You don’t have to have Apples default apps installed. You can delete them. The only downside I’ve noticed is that with iOS 11, you’re not able to customize ringtones (alerts) for all apps. If the app itself, like Viber have builtin alert tones, you can change those, but Facebook, Messenger and Twitter do not (at least that I’ve found out) have the option as of now to customize the alerts for push notifications. And you also can’t set the “do not disturb” feature to be different on weekdays and weekends. It’s the same for all days. However, there’s a physical mute button that silence your phone if you’d like not to be disturbed, so I guess that’s something you’d get used to.

The Apple ecosystem.

iOS works a whole lot better if you have more Apple products to sync your stuff with. If you have a Mac, either laptop or PC you could use AirDrop to send videos to easily edit videos for YouTube without loosing image quality or waiting for cloud services to upload and sync stuff for you. The list goes on and on, and from what I have learned I hope that I’ll be able to work with Apple products when I get my first real job as a programmer/developer. I think it would be good to be able to work and use multiple platforms and be flexible.

The conclusion.

I could basically say; Give me an iPhone 8 plus, and I’d could move on. I’m getting pretty sick and tired of me getting obsessed with tiny crap, just because of logic stuff that has happened to me lately.

Basically it comes down to me wanting a phone that works. That does what it should and would last for a long time if I want it to. Every person I know that has an iPhone uses them for like 3-4 years without any problems. If you have an Android, you’re basically forced to buy a new phone almost every year, because of lag and other issues. Only really “poorly technical” people keep their android phones for longer than they should, and I’m sick of that. I want something that works perfectly.

Yes. Iphones are more expensive, but people also have told me, if you pay more for a phone and it lasts at least 1 or 2 years longer, doesn’t that make it better, or perhaps even cheaper? Also the resell value of an iPhone is a lot higher than for Androids. My Blackberry Keyone is only worth a fifth of the price – 6 months later, if I’d use it to get a discount on an iPhone 8 plus. That is ridiculous! I bought it for ~$780 from the UK and now it’s worth like $140. Blargh! An iPhone 7 plus from last year is worth at least $530 if you’d use it in Apple’s renew program. That makes me angry! And hopeful. If I hate the iOS experience if I decide to get an iOS device, I could easily sell it or use it to buy another phone a lot cheaper.

My brain decided a few months back that I should learn about Apple, instead of reading manga, books or learn C# at a slow pace which would be a lot better, but no. Let’s focus on expensive stuff I probably do not need anyways. Yeah. That’s how my brain works. Isn’t it wonderful?

I am seriously thinking of switching over, and if I could get a green light for this – I’d walk over to the Apple store now and buy one. I live 10 minutes away from one! And then I’d hopefully brag and teach people that iOS is not that bad (or perhaps it is?) and make people become more open about different platforms. There are cons with iOS and there are cons with Android. If I would buy a new Android phone, or like get one as a gift, I’d probably also “forget” a lot of my thoughts I currently have about Apple, but I do not see why that would happen. Therefor I really do think that within a couple of months, weeks or even days – I might sit here with an iPhone 8 plus in my hands and I will then have joined the dark side. Until then. I’ll sit happily and continue to be displeased with a phone I do not like and dream of the days when I can afford everything I want and use both platforms in some way and be happy about that.

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…

 

The dangers of caring way too fucking much…

I haven’t written a single goddamn thing in this blog for almost 6 months or so. Nobody cares, barely a visit since the last post, and that’s all fine and completely normal. This post will be a little about blog stats, and other shit that’s been going on in my life since I last wrote something of use here.

Ze blog stats.

Yeah. I really don’t give a flying F*ck about not getting readers to this blog. It’s pretty rational since I have written basically nothing since the blog started somewhere during 2016. Basically I’m just happy I’ve got my domain back, and I intend to keep it no matter what. When I went back to WP for the last time ever during the summer of 2014, I made a personal commitment that I’d stop caring about readers, getting comments, and people caring in general about my posts. It has worked, at least for my blogging. Not so much for my disastrous YouTube career, but I don’t have the strength to care, really. Haven’t uploaded a video since May 2016 either, even though I’ve tried. Every time I do try to make a video or do SOMETHING, some thing has to happen, which means that I am unable to create a video at that point or do something else I’d like to do for that simple moment. It’s like fate is trying to intervene with whatever I want in life sometimes. It’s really frickin’ annoying when it happens as well.

Another annoying thing regarding stats are those found on my profile and pages on Google+. It used to be my absolute favorite social network, but since people started to not give a shit about me, or anybody else (really? I have no clue), I have simply given up on that social network. From now on, and basically for the past months and year I’m gonna be using it the worst way possible, which is to just post links to blog posts I’ve written and keep not caring about if I get +1’s or not. It’s just to tiresome to even care, and I keep mentioning whenever I leave a comment on somebody else’s posts that I’m boring, nobody cares and that G+, regardless of the past years fantastic upgrade, has become a thing of the past and I miss the interaction I used to have with all my G+ friends over hangouts and such.

The secret…

I have a partial secret. Some people know this, but I’m really not allowed to talk about it officially, like it’s some big life-changing deal. The problem is that for, this “secret” is big. At least for me. It’s bugging the crap out of me that I’m not allowed to write about in in my blogs, or talk about it on YouTube. I have so many things to say about this, because it makes me so happy! Oh, well. Someday I’ll probably be able to let you all know what it is, and then I hope it’s another turning point in life, that’ll get me the attention I’m almost seeking, but more likely – to spread the news I’ve been wanting to spread for years now.

The fatness that is me.

I’ve gained more weight the past year and it makes me miserable for many reasons. I’m trying to do my best to make the pounds disappear, but since long, I’ve accepted this crap and I’m prepared to die young due to being overweight, with the dream of succeeding on losing weight if it’s possible. I know exactly what caused this weight gain, and I know exactly what I should do to get rid of them forever, but if that happens – we’ll see. There are too many obstacles in my way for me to be to hopeful about succeeding…

Why the F*ck isn’t the Google Pixel in my pocket?

I’ve ranted like crazy about this for the past months in my Swedish blog. The Google Pixel has not been released generally in Europe, like the Nexus series. My 6P is getting to big, due to my huge weight gain and now I’m going completely mad about what phone is gonna be my next one? I really frickin’ want a Nexus/Pixel, even though the price for the Pixel is batshit crazy high, but it’s most likely not to happen. I’m even thinking evil, pure evil thoughts about switching to iPhone, and it drives me nuts! I need a smaller phone, with a great camera and all other great stuff about smartphones, because if I do not lose weight, I can no longer have a bigger phone. I really like having a 6P, even though it’s starting to go “bad”. I’m having battery issues and I daily have to charge my phone twice now. That sucks. I’m also a bit curious about the next Blackberry phone, which will have a physical keyboard. I’ve missed that, but it’s far from important for me. I’m guessing that my next phone will either be the Samsung S8 or the horror of an iPhone, either the SE or the 7 or upcoming 7S/8. I really do not want an iPhone, but if worst comes to worst, it’ll have to happen, I guess, since iPhones are kinda good anyways. It just lacks the most used features I need, like the do not disturb system that can be set like a calendar, or sense calendar specific items. I also hate the iOS UI and all the struggles with logging in at the app store (I always have to log in a thousand times, and still not get access to the app store even though I have the correct password and username).

The move back “home”.

In the beginning of December of 2016, me and the BF moved back to Skåne, which is the most southern part of Sweden. We now reside between Malmö and Lund, and we like it here. The reason for moving back was because Henrik got a job at Unity 3d in Copenhagen, and I’ve been smart to save up my points so we could get an apartment pretty easily if we were ever gonna come back here. We’re not gonna stay in this apartment forever, though. The plan is to wait if it feels good and works fine for Henrik, and if it does, we’ll start looking for a new place during the summer of 2017. We’re really hoping to get a small house, like a town house (radhus in Swedish) and as close to Hyllie Station as possible, since it’s the closest one to Copenhagen from here. The next place, will however be as perfect as possible. Great Dane friendly, preferably with two large bedrooms, two bathrooms, storage, parking spot or garage for an electric car and also a lawn of some sort.

Generally, I’m fine. My life is pretty much exactly the same from when we lived in Växjö. I’m completely exhausted most days, yet still I have a new energy I haven’t felt for years. I guess it’s due to being back in Skåne again, with all the lacking snow and better temperatures, not to mention all the stuff that’s a lot easier to do now, like shopping online and eating out.

Oh, and to answer the title of this blog post? The stuff that has been happening to me for the past months are shit I shouldn’t care about at all, really. Everything will work itself out eventually, but personally I can not stop to care about the itty bitty things that keep annoying me, and that’s why I go nuts and get angry, disappointed etc. And like I said, even though I’m in this “mess” of stuff, I’m actually happy. Who could’ve thunk?

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