Bye Apple


My departure from Apple devices this time around might be a permanent one. One of the reasons I never associated myself with it was purely because it was just too expensive. Over the years, extrinsic circumstances made me a part of the Apple family. As late as last month, I made the big decision to part ways with Apple. It started with my Apple Series 4 watch upgrade to watch series 7 which turned out to be a big disappointment. The lack of Apple’s desire to provide many of its services (Apple pay, Fitness +) prompted me to leave this ecosystem. Remnants now are just the M1 Macbook Pro, air pods and some old gen Ipads/Ipods.

I made the jump to an M1 book purely because I was using an iPhone and was missing out on the integration and seamless communication with my DELL XPS 13. Dell XPS 13 still is a beast of a machine with great battery life and top-notch PC performance.

I am considering selling my M1 if I get a good deal. I sold my wife’s S20+ and my iPhone 12 mini to get a used Note 20 Ultra 5G. The purpose of getting this phone is one, it gets me back to android, two it allows me to enjoy the awesome camera capabilities and the lovely display screen. The S pen is an added bonus to typing on a big screen. I am very satisfied with over two weeks of use of this device. It definitely is bulky and protrudes through most of my pockets, yet am comfortable not having a smartwatch constantly beckoning me to open my phone.

My new Garmin Forerunner 55 aqua colour is a standout and is purely utilitarian for my fitness needs. Departure from ‘rings of fitness’ on iPhone has also allowed me to drop 4 kilos in the holy month of Ramadan, something I did not achieve tracking my fitness in Apple. Garmin of course plays a key role in enabling me to make me find my feet when it comes to calorie intake and burns.

Google Pixel XL – 32GB – Quite Black – Unboxing


I had to anxiously wait for over a month after the release for it to appear in the Middle East. As soon as it popped up on the online market, I ordered it from Souq.com. It took them 3 days to get it to this country but thanks to the hopeless service of Postaplus I had to personally go and pick it up from their office in Dajeej.

But it was obviously worth getting it in my hands. I will let the pics do the talking in the unboxing. This is not a feature review nor to discuss the pros and cons. Purchase of the phone has an emotional sentiment attached to it. The earnest Google fan boy that I am clubbed with the fact that this device finds it’s hardware origin from HTC – my first smartphone (Legend A6363) and one of the first players of the smartphone game.

When online reviewers mock the plain bezel at the bottom of the pixel XL, it reminds me of the angled chin I had in my Legend 8 years ago.  2 years I have been using the iphone 6 which continues to run without a single glitch. But it’s time to return to home base :D.

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Ordered from Souq.com (my iphone 6 in the background)

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12 month souq.com warranty

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The new USB cable

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Two new USB cables with an ‘I can transfer my iphone data to android’ adapter 😉

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A complimentary Nutrient Valley crunchy?? Seriously Souq.com.. wth!

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Yea, step 1. Move your stuff from iPhone

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Pretty simple and to the point. Welcome home Google Assistant.

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Free Google Music trial for 3 months?

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Yea, the glass coating is a fingerprint magnet. The fingerprint sensor isn’t. #Irony

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Never has the 3.5mm got so popular in the 21st century.

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Boo hoo.. no stereo speaker 😀

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Just to show the XL size compared to my iphone 6

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Nougat!! Hit it up.

 

The MOTOway


Two years ago, one fine evening I accompanied my friend to the Samsung Store to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note. I was randomly exploring the phones on display as we waited for the purchase to be completed. Little did I know that I would be falling in love with a windows phone in a store riddled with Android agents!

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VBDSC_0773Omnia Wonder, the sequel to the Omnia, the only two Samsung smartphones to ever carry the Windows Os is likely to never ring a bell to the smartphone user world. When I came across it, I had not even heard of it. And even to date, not many know it exists.

What started off as googling up this phone after loving the lightning fast screen response, moved me into saving a month’s salary to buy this innocent beauty.

VBDSC_0774For two years, it performed with ease. The last 6 months I struggled to find a genuine battery replacement. Muddled by the success of the Android market, Samsung obliged to forget this phone. I had to opt for a fake battery eventually, but the OS never wavered. Never had a single crash. Dropped it a few times, but it came unscathed. Left it in my pocket for two years, just a single 5mm scratch.

I was seriously contemplating moving back into the world of Google, my first love. Moto G impressed me as the tough, rugged fellow, born out of Google’s womb with all its natural flavors. I added it to my wishlist on flipkart.

Five days ago, I received an SMS alert. Exchange your old and get 4000/- off the Moto X . I did not hesitate. I knew the time was right.

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For a person who always loved the freedom of the Android, Kit Kat is awesome. To see notifications on your phone by merely holding it in your hand is remarkable. Good riddance of hitting the power button everytime to take you to the display. The ergonomics of the body is perfect grip for a single hand. Voice clarity is something that I missed. The dual core processor goes beyond its expectations. Am yet to test battery life and push the RAM. But I am happy with a not so big 4.7” screen with appearances pretty similar to my predecessor phone.

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