What’s in my backpack?
And my pocket…
I haven’t done any reviews since the iPhone 6 and I decided to fix that today by giving you guys a mini review of all the devices I carry around pretty much everywhere.
The iPhone 6S (64GB, Space Grey): The daily driver. Besides the love of my life (number 2), this is the device I use the most. It looks and feels almost exactly like the iPhone 6 before it but it’s a bit heavier and thicker. I’m undecided about the extra weight, sometimes I like it; it feels more “substantial” than the iPhone 6, like say something solid dey your hand. Other times it’s stress, weighing me down when I’m trying to send out an ordered array of tweets after a long day. I also wish it looked a bit more different from the 6, but that’s only because I like to show off without really appearing to show off.
Nitpicks aside, using this phone has been mostly pleasurable. It’s really fast, the pictures (both selfie and rear camera) are the best I’ve seen on a smartphone. And I use it for EVERYTHING; editing documents, creating invoices and managing tasks for Helloworld, watching Netflix, playing games etc. Touch ID is now insanely fast, you can’t even press the home button just to check the time anymore, the phone will unlock itself. It amazes me every single time it’s fast; fingerprint scanning is now a feature that’s been reduced to something happens in a second, something that is expected and well…normal. In other news, Always Listening “Hey Siri” doesn’t always work like it’s supposed to, probably because I sound Nigerian but that doesn’t stop me from calling out to my phone from across my room and telling it to play “Panda” whenever I get the chance to. 3D Touch is another feature I love to use whenever I get the chance, which isn’t very often because there aren’t just many uses for it just yet. I mostly use it to read messages without marking them as read, switch apps and play AG Drive. Hopefully, it’s a feature that becomes as ubiquitous but not conspicuous just like Touch ID is.
(3D Touch is a feature that lets the 6S respond to pressure on the screen. It lets you do more stuff by applying a little more pressure on your iPhone screen. I’d like to think of it like the “right click” for mobile devices.)
MacBook Pro (Retina, Early 2015, 13 inch): The love of my life. First and foremost, you need to know that when you go Retina Display, you can never go back. Everything just looks way better, colours are more colourful, black is more black and so on. I didn’t get the most spec-ed out Pro, mine is a modest 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM and Intel Core i5 one. But it’s hands down the best computer I’ve ever used. It simply doesn’t give me stress, it doesn’t scream like my old Air used to when I have three instances of Android Studio running. Now I can have Android Studio, RubyMine, two WEBrick servers running, 20 tabs open on Google Chrome without breaking a sweat. It’s really light and compact (for a Macbook Pro) and the battery is excellent.
This device is where all the magic happens, where all the code is written. I feel quite powerful and useful when I’m seated facing this bad boy while orchestrating some Ruby magic at > 60 WPM. Also, I’d like to thank Apple for letting me make/receive phone calls, send/receive text messages with my MacBook as long as my phone is somewhere around me. The only problems I’ve had with this baby is that Force Touch doesn’t find much use (I have to make conscious effort, like I do with 3D touch, to use it) and my ridiculous bad luck with the MagSafe power adapters.
(Force Touch is a feature that’s quite similar to 3D Touch. There are now two levels of pressure on the MacBook’s trackpad, letting you do stuff like preview websites when you click a bit harder on the url)
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime: The lab rat. The major purpose of this device is testing. I use it to test android apps after I’ve done all the emulator rounds. My previous lab rat was a Moto G but that went missing, so I ended up stuck with this. It’s nothing remarkable. I never use it for pictures or anything major, except when I’m in the mood to play Game Boy Advance games using My Boy!. It has also served as a good enough interim phone when I was in the transition period between the 6 and the 6S. Samsung’s skin (TouchWiz) still annoys me, so I slapped on Nova Launcher and disabled as many Samsung stock apps as I could. There is a possibility that this phone will soon have an egbon lab rat; The Galaxy S7 is really hard to ignore, even my iPhone should be worried.
(Egbon is Yoruba for older sibling, uncle, cousin…)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2012 Edition): The Sketchbook. This was given to me by dad after he got the iPad Pro. The short term plan for this is/was to rekindle my passion for drawing (digitally). The plan is working out but it’s doing so extra slowly.
I can’t help but blame the snail speed on the fact that the S-Pen isn’t an Apple Pencil and the Note isn’t an iPad Pro. I also hate Samsung’s UI. I’ve slapped Nova on it too but it can’t make it all fade away. When I don’t feel like playing GBA games on my small screen phone, I prop up the tablet with the with the “Book Cover”, pair my Gametel Controller and have a go at Mega Man Zero or Pokemon. The long term plan is to replace this baby with a 9.7 inch iPad Pro and call it a day.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013): The Library. This was where I read the six The Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones for you plebeians) books. I generally don’t like actual books anymore, because they’re heavy and large for nothing.
I also can’t tap on a word and get it’s definition. My Kindle lets me do all of that while the screen still reads like it’s paper. It’s also really lightweight, so I can read for hours without any form of strain. The battery also lasts for weeks, about 6 weeks so it’s pretty much perfect. It’s so awesome that I didn’t feel like upgrading when the Kindle Voyage was released. But the 2016 Kindle Oasis is chooking my eye. We’ll see sha.
Gametel Bluetooth Controller (2013): I really wanted a controller for my android and iOS devices. So I did some research and got me a Gametel. It’s pretty lightweight, battery lasts a long ass while and the nifty clip at the top works for most reasonably sized phones (I’m clearly not including those multipurpose beds with screens like the 6S in this demographic). It also works with Mac OS and (ew) Windows. I use it to play Limbo on my MacBook and hook it up to a Gameboy Advance Emulator on them mobile devices.
It has a few drawbacks however; because of its small size, it doesn’t have analog sticks or more than one pair of bumpers (lmao forget triggers this guy). It also isn’t compatible with that many native iOS and Android games. I mean it’s got a good number under it’s belt, like every other controller, but I’m not even sure we should be using controllers for games made for the touchscreen. It’s definitely one of my favourite things, doesn’t get much use anymore these days because I’m becoming such a dead guy with gaming.
Symphonized NXT Bluetooth Speakers: This sexy wooden baby is a wonder. It so small, yet so LOUD. The magnitude and quality of the sound it produces is beyond anything I could possibly expect from something it’s size; it fits in my palm!
Since I’ve been recently obsessed with all things wooden and brown, it’s certainly nice to look at.
The ONLY problem I have with this device is that it doesn’t let one connect multiple speakers for extra loud fun. That would have been such an awesome feature because at $50, I could have easily bought 2 or 3 of these babies.
Monster Diesel VEKTR On Ear Headphones: Preppy Timi is merely a new born. The Timi that loves ripped jeans, sneakers and T-shirts is still very much alive and these headphones appeal a lot to the muthafucka. I mean look at this bad boy. It looks like a Decepticon laying low. The only very tiny issue with it’s looks is that it picks up fingerprints like forensics.
As for sound quality, it satisfies me. I’m far from being an audiophile but it’s definitely one of the best sounding headphones I’ve ever used. It shuts out pretty much all noise, nothing is enhanced or boosted, and one can hear a whole lot of detail. For a $150 or less, this is definitely a steal.
Apple Watch: This is loading. Money never complete.
That’s all folks. I plan on updating this list as time goes on, I think.