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HTC Desire VS Google Nexus 6P VS iPhones

No, I am not an idiot. I do know that it’s not a fair comparison. However, it should show that how much Android has progressed. Before I bought HTC Desire, I looked at the specifications and thought, it’s as good as an iPhone at the time but¬†without the couple hundred more pounds. There also had been rave reviews on HTC Desire across most review websites. Well, most people were wrong then. The specifications mean nothing.

After using HTC Desire for a year, I switched to iPhone 5. I have been happily using iPhone 5 for almost four years. As mentioned in my previous post, I made the switch from iPhone 5 to Nexus 6P because Mee found Android complicated after a week of use. To be honest, I am still quite happy to use iPhone 5 now if we hadn’t bought Nexus 6P. I didn’t even think about moving on to the new iPhones when they were out. The only thing that I wish my iPhone 5 had was fingerprint, but then again, it’s not essential.

Coming back to HTC Desire, even though it came with a 4GB microSD card which is expandable to 32GB, the real space that can be used to install apps and games is the internal RAM; 576MB. In actual fact, I had so much fun trying to find ways and means to utilise the 576MB and using apps to move apps to microSD in order to free up the 576RAM. However, as hard as I tried, I was always on the verge of using up the whole 576MB because not all apps were happy running on microSD. The most significant disadvantage of running apps on microSD was the speed. It lagged the phone so much. Anyway, the fun stopped when the day my HTC Desire told me that it failed to recognise my microSD.

I had to try iPhone, I thought to myself. It’s expensive but maybe I would get more out of it. Indeed I have. Before that, I couldn’t imagine myself owning a phone for more than a year, let alone four years! Well, I am still using it once in a while and I have even upgraded it to iOS 10. It just keeps going. My iPad 2 has been terrible since upgrading it to iOS 7 but that’s another story. Thinking about it now, it would actually save me a lot of time had I gone for an iPhone in the first place. By the way, the apps on Android were actually kind of horrible when compared to apps made for iOS.

Moving on the Google Nexus 6P. It’s like a whole new world again. At first use, it’s fast and complicated at the same time. When I first tried to setup the phone, I actually stopped for a few moment trying to think where to go. What I am about to say may come as a surprise. I don’t actually feel Nexus 6P a lot faster than when I was using iPhone 5. As always, iOS apps are better than Android’s apps. I use Flipboard a lot and I enjoy using it on my iPhone 5 than Nexus 6P. I think the biggger screen and Android OS are just about the difference between the two. Oh, 64GB definitely feels good compared to iPhone 5 16GB.

iOS is very good indeed. Android is an OS that tries to do too much. The Android customisation is to no end. I still don’t like the look of iPhones after iPhone 5S. Maybe iPhone 8 will change my mind but if my Nexus 6P is still as good as now, I will stick to it for many years to come.

Cleaning up HTC Desire again

Just yesterday, I was saying how I managed to solve the issue I had with my HTC Desire. Immediately after that, I found out that all the apps that I had installed and moved to the second partition would not work after a restart. It seemed that the second partition had corrupted as every time I tried to access it using an app, it asked me to select the partition type and then tried to reboot my device. I ended up having to wipe drive clean and that gave me a chance to install the latest ROM. Well, not necessary the latest ROM as it must have been a year since I last updated my HTC Desire Cyanogenmod ROM.

Everything is well and fine with my HTC Desire. I don’t really know if there’s any difference with the latest ROM, I just simply go with it. After updating, I removed some unused system apps by typing in some commands using the terminal emulator. The last app that I removed was the camera app that came with it. The original HTC Desire ROM camera app allows zoom of up to 5 times but this app that comes with Cyanogenmod only has 2 times zoom. I figure out it would be better to use other better quality camera app. The next thing I knew, the barcode scanner didn’t work as it utilises the camera app. I then had to search for it and put it back again. It’s quite a long process but I am glad that it is all working now.

It’s funny that I am already using iPhone 5 but I can’t still part with my HTC Desire. I still very much like to be a part of Android. There are things I like although not as much as I like the ease of the integration between iOS and OS X devices.

com.android.media …

I had to format my HTC Desire yesterday. An annoying message stating that a com.android.media process is causing an error. It got to a stage where the phone has to be rebooted every now and then to clear the error message temporarily. During the last reboot, the phone just kept looping the startup screen. I had no choice but to format the whole thing. Surprisingly, the error message still prompted even though everything has been wiped clear in recovery mode. All the apps were gone and I had to reconfigure it with my gmail account and reinstall my apps. Before I could start installing my apps, the error message prompted again. I googled for solution and found out that it was as easy as clearing the cache of Android media app. I can’t imagine why I didn’t google for solution in the first place before formatting my HTC Desire.

Anyway, the phone runs a lot smoother now and I got rid of apps that I didn’t really use. One thing I like about Android is that you can login to Google Play website on your computer and install apps from there. On Google Play website, it also displays the apps that I had previously installed. When I click on an app and then install, my HTC Desire magically starts to install the said app. Weird enough, some apps cannot be installed as it says that it doesn’t compatible with my HTC Desire. There is not definite answer to this but there are discussions that it may be custom ROM to blame.

Paradise Island HD …

I have been playing Paradise Island HD on my iPad for quite sometime now. I actually first started playing the Android version of Paradise Island on my HTC Desire and I just found it sluggish and difficult to control. Eventually, I uninstalled it but I never really knew why I went on and downloaded it on my iPad. I guess I just want to finish the game. Well, it improves over time and it’s not quite possible to complete the game now that it has expanded to two islands and the quests are getting tougher and tougher to complete.

Worst still, the latest update doesn’t work at all. It hung while trying to install and a message asking whether it’s done or to retry prompts. Retry while just keeps failing. There’s a workaround which I haven’t tried yet. I will just leave it alone for the time being. I can’t be bothered really. I am not even sure if it can be fixed at all without the workaround.

Spams …

Even though my iPhone 5 is my main phone now, I still use my HTC Desire pretty much everyday. Whatsapp is still active and I still use it to communicate with my friends and there are a few apps that are available on Android and not on iOS. In addition, I have some mobile survey apps installed on my HTC Desire which allow me to collect points and rewards. One of the apps actually require my HTC Desire to be an active mobile. Hence, I requested a free SIM card from Orange and installed on it. So far, I have not made any calls using the Orange number. In fact, I don’t even top up my account and it has been ¬£0 since the day I installed it on my HTC Desire.

Oddly enough, I received a missed call from the number 08434102339. By doing a search in Google, I found out that it is a phone call regarding Payment Protection Insurance. I never use the number to make any phone calls and I never use it to register any websites. So yes, it is highly possible that Orange itself provides its customers’ details to various companies. Are all mobile network companies doing the same thing? Should they be allowed to do such thing? I always thought that I got those nuisance phone calls is because I registered my mobile numbers in various websites. My new Orange mobile number seems to suggest otherwise.

Battery endurance test …

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This is not so much of a battery test. I just fully charged my iPhone 5 the other day and resisted from recharging it until the battery icon turns red. Somehow, I managed to let the battery to go down to 1%. The screenshot was taken at 2309 as you can see, and it still allowed me to run a few apps until I plugged in the lightning cable at 2316. I am quite impressed considering that my HTC Desire will turn itself off automatically at 10% – 15%. Either iOS is very good at manipulating the battery percentage or the battery management is really that good. I believe in the latter since a single charge lasted me 2 days and 21 hours of standby and 9 hours and 21 minutes of usage. That’s pretty good!