The Galaxy Nexus Experience, 8 Months Later

Samsung and Google’s second child in the mobile department, the Galaxy Nexus has been around for almost two years now and although the Nexus 4 improves on many of the gripes I have with the Galaxy Nexus, I never made the switch. That’s partly due to the fact that I picked up the Galaxy Nexus a week before they announced the Nexus 4. Even though the GNex has been around for quite a while we can’t necessarily call it “old-gen”. With a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 720p display, the GNex is probably the best mid range android handset around today. Having said that there definitely were a few instances where I’ve wanted to bang my phone against the wall.

Let’s start with software. The biggest advantage to buying a nexus device is that you get the assurance that your software is probably going to work better on your phone as compared to anything else you might pick up as it is maintained by google itself. It runs the latest version of android (4.2.2) and its smooth, most of the time. My biggest problem with the phone is probably the battery. Not the battery life (which is abysmal) but the battery itself. My battery is constantly at 38 degrees but more that often above 47. That not only makes the phone really hot but also causes an immense performance drop. Swiping through home screens takes long and it takes the phone about 3 seconds to register touches. Apps like the gallery and browser are unusable and often force close. Apps that are more power hungry refuse to even open and often cause the phone to just crash.

The thing I love the most about my phone is how customisable it is. Rooting and tinkering with a nexus device is a breeze, especially with Wugs toolkit. There’s nothing about the phone you can’t change. When I got the phone I went crazy with all the things you could customise. I was running CM10.1 with Franco’s Kernel, used ROM toolbox pro to root and configure the little things, changed my font, my boot animation, my softkeys and made many other customisations. This however brings me to my next point.

At the beginning when I had the phone it was flawless. No lag, never force closed, no issues. However, after a while, one by one issues started to arise. It got so bad that I had to do a complete wipe of the phone and go fully back to stock. I’m now on the stock ROM with the stock kernel and action launcher + flatro icons on the front end. Things were never the same however. It could be due to the battery over heating or maybe some other issues. I tried loading Paranoid Android over the weekend to try out the ‘HALO’ feature, much to my dismay my phone was beyond unusable. I went through all the checkpoints (wipe system, cache, dalvik, etc.) but nothing worked. The phone booted up fine but navigating through the home screens and menus were a nightmare. Everything lagged like it never lagged before. I couldn’t open any apps and when some would open I wouldn’t be able to use them (like the settings app).  So alas, I restored my nandroid backup and even though its running well now on stock android, I steel feel like I’m a burger without fries or like SpongeBob without Patrick, I feel like I’m missing a part of me.

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What I just realised about the POP Debacle

You guys remember POP right? The kickstarter funded portable charger that got canned by Apple, and then was mysteriously allowed back on the market? Well if you don’t we have a post for you on right here. So I was just sitting down the other day and thinking about this, when I realised, why was Apple so panicky about it? Well in my opinion, Apple found out about the project later than they had hoped, so they panicked. Why, you ask? Isn’t it obvious? They wanted to produce it! Think about it, a design language so close to Apple’s, along with the amount of people interested in it, Apple must be kicking themselves wondering why they didn’t come up with it in the first place!

Look at it in this perspective, the POP charger wouldn’t have even seen the light of day if Apple heard about it before hand, as they would have purchased everyone involved in the project, taken the pop charger, slapped an Apple sticker on it and broadened their product portfolio. Of course they would have changed something, such as maybe making the plugged in version of the POP aluminium based, or maybe even called it the iPOP. But alas, before any of that would or could happen, the project was funded on kickstarter, much to Apple’s dismay. Thus they panicked and thought that maybe if they got the product banned, perhaps by suing POP or something of the sort, they could get the product of the market and still get their hands on it. Sadly that didn’t work out, firstly because I’m not sure how that would’ve held up in court given that there are so many other third party 30pin cables and because of all the contributions they had gotten from numerous different donors would have been quite arduous to return. Worst of all, if Apple had decided to go forward with creating a similar product, the controversy surrounding that would have been tough even for the cupertino giants to evade.

Of course the real story could be completely different and this is just my opinion, but it would be interesting to see how this plays out and also come to think about it, which of Apple’s current products do you think were actually designed by someone else? Sound off in the comments below!

catch ya later folks

Exams Tips for the TV Addict

Last year, for my IGCSE’s, I promised myself I wouldn’t watch TV regularly in order to focus on my studies. Everything worked out well in the end, but I didn’t exactly keep my promise. I ended up watching 3 full seasons of ‘2 and a half men’ – a show I don’t even watch by the way.

With exam season right around the corner, i’d thought i’d offer some suggestions that could help you during your dreaded exam months. If you’re like me, you have to watch TV no matter what. Quitting is not an option because, let’s face it, it doesn’t work. What you need is self-control. This is generally proportionate to how much you care about your exams. The more unprepared you feel, the more control you will have (this will be extremely evident the day right before the exam, procrastination is a b*tch).

There are two ways you can go about this, each with its own advantages and disadvantages:

1. The Top 5 Method – pick five of your favorite shows out of the lot and focus on those only, nothing else.

If you can manage to figure out which 5 you care about the most, the rest are simply irrelevant.You won’t be itching and going crazy reading tweets on other shows because you’re in the loop with those closest to your heart.

2. The Quick Escape Method – cut out all drama shows and watch only comedies. It’s quick, easy, and very rewarding in a stressful atmosphere.

Comedies last  on average 20 minutes and that is the perfect time for a study break or to grab a meal. The fact that you can watch while performing other tasks makes you less guilty about not studying. When your brain has turned into mush after a few hours of studying, doesn’t Modern Family sound like the perfect glass of lemonade on a hot day?

The Quick Escape method will probably let you log in more TV time (depending on the number of comedies you watch), while the Top 5 is much more concentrated. What’s important is that you do not stray. If you need to watch more, whatever you do, do not watch any of the shows you usually watch. Stick to old episodes/reruns or just starting a random new show you will not care about (i.e 2 and a half men). Once you start a show already on your schedule, you will have to tune back in every week which can be disruptive. I never used to watch 2 and a half men, and I just started on a random episode. It had no hold over me, and I was able to just watch it whenever. You need that because the TV shouldn’t control you, instead it should be vice versa.

It is fall, so a truckload of new tv shows are being dumped on our laps. Do not start any of the new shows. They are very unimportant in the scheme of it all and an added advantage is by the time your exams are done, you’ll know which are really worth watching from the reviews. Another tip is to be prepared for spoilers. Whether you like it or not, it’s going to happen, just don’t let it affect you that much. Accept it and move on. Whatever you read, it’s nothing like actually watching it happen. So when you do catch up after exams are over, I promise it’ll be okay.

That’s all the tips I have for now. I hope they are helpful, and most importantly, GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR EXAMS!

P.S: how great does Adam Scott look this season on Parks&Rec??! I know right!

Fall TV Pickups: What I’ll Be Watching

When Fall is here, new tv shows are thankfully here as well. A lot of new shows have been picked-up and from that lot, I’ve taken the ones which I’ll most likely be watching and split them into 3 categories: For Sure, On the Fence, and Let’s see how the first episode goes. The first category includes the shows I’ll definitely be watching. The second category for shows which look very promising but I’m not too sure it’s my cup of tea but it might be for you. The last and final category for shows that look okay, sort of like a wildcard – the trailers don’t stand out that much but maybe a full episode would make me come on board, who knows. I’ve included links to trailers/previews for the shows that have been released them so check em’ out.

For Sure

Arrow (The CW) (Extended Preview)

Based on DC comics superhero Green Arrow, Stephen Amell plays Oliver Queen –  the billionaire playboy that was presumed dead until now. Katie Cassidy plays his love interest, and Paul Blackthorne plays her father the detective that wants to arrest the new vigilante in Starling City.

Stephen Amell’s abs and kick ass fighting scenes with arrows being shot perfectly make this very entertaining. He’s rich by day, and helpful by night. Add some drama into that and what you get is an awesome new show.

666 Park Avenue (ABC)

Cast:  Dave Annable (Brother & Sisters), Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), Mercedes Masohn (The Finder), Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives), Terry O’Quinn (Lost)

Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor become managers of the apartment building owned byTerry O’Quinn (main antagonist) and Vanessa Williams. The show focuses on the tenants and how the new managers uncover the mysteries of this building, including its demonic forces.

I can’t really ignore a stellar cast like that, it was the first thing that drew me to this show. I will be thoroughly freaked out because supernatural drama and horror is not exactly my genre, but I’m pretty intrigued about this apartment building.

Partners (CBS)

Cast: Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), David Krumholtz (Numbers), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), and Brandon Routh (Chuck)

FROM THE CREATORS OF WILL & GRACE, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan brings you something that will totally remind you of Will & Grace – and I say that as a good thing. I loved Will & Grace, and this is Verion 2.0 for me.

Louis (Michael Uri) and Joe (David Krumholtz) are BFF’s and partners in their architecture business. Sophia Bush plays Joe’s fiance, and Brandon Routh plays Louis’ boyfriend.

The Goodwin Games (Fox)

Cast: Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), Scott Foley (Felicity), and Jake Lacy (Better With You)

FROM THE CREATORS OF HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas alongside Chris Harris bring you The Goodwin Games – a show about 3 estranged siblings who come together when their rich father dies. Who’s going to get the inheritance? Whoever wins the games, of course. But that’s not entirely the point, the games are supposed to bring them closer together, duh.

It’s such a cute little family show intertwined with flashbacks of their childhood memories and hilarious personalities.

The Mindy Project (Fox)

This comedy centres around Mindy played by Mindy Kaling (The Office), the OB/GYN trying to get her personal life on track. Trailer is hilarious, I can’t wait!

Go On (NBC) (Extra clip) – reminds me of community a bit

Matthew Perry (Friends) plays Ryan King, the sportscaster who joins a support group to help deal with the loss of his wife.

Reminds me of Community a bit in the sense that he and his support group will become a family soon. Besides that, I am a bit worried that Go On will suffer the same fate Mr. Sunshine did.

On the Fence

The Carrie Diaries (The CW)

Sex & The City Fans, this is for you! AnnaSophia Robb plays the young Carrie Bradshaw as we follow her life and learn how she turned into…adult Carrie Bradshaw. Sounds fun, and people are pretty interested to see 1980’s fashion.

Elementary (CBS)

Modern day take on Sherlock Holmes. Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) plays Holmes while Lucy Liu (Southland) portrays Watson.

Revolution (NBC)

J.J. Abrams serves as one of the executive producers on Revolution. It focuses a future without electricity. With power-hungry warlords everywhere, the show centres on the Matheson family who may hold the key to reverse the effects that happened 15 years ago.

The Following (Fox)

The Following revolves around blue-eyed man Kevin Bacon, an FBI agent forced out of retirement to catch a psycho serial killer (James Purefoy).

The Mob Doctor (Fox)

Due to a family debt to the mob, Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) has no choice but to be their doctor. It’s dangerous and wrong, but they’ll probably kill her brother if she doesn’t follow through, thus major conflict arises.

Last Resort (ABC)

A navy team forced to survive on their own when their country turns on them. Definitely check this trailer out, this show is really something.

Let’s see how the first episode goes

Chicago Fire (NBC)

Jesse Spencer (House) and Taylor Kinney (The Vampire Diaries) play the two macho firefighters at odds with each other after their fellow firefighter dies. Other than that, the show follows the Chicago fire department as they fight fires.

Do No Harm (NBC)

Following the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde complex, Steven Pasquale is a neurosurgeon who struggles to fight his dangerous alter ego.

Guys with Kids (NBC)

A story about 30-year old “kids” with kids of their own.

Emily Owens M.D. (The CW)

Mammie Gummer comes to grips with the fact that her new adult life is just like high school all over again. Justin Hartley stars as her crush.

With a slew of new entertainment heading our way, it’s no wonder why Fall is my favorite season. Post your thoughts in the comments below on which show you’re more excited for.

Fresh off my brain: House Finale

I am not a critic, I do not remember things that happened years ago to a character, and I what I say isn’t necessarily important. This post will not make you believe my views, which may or may not even be correct. All I know is that I just watched the final episode of a beautiful show – an intelligent show, and I have a few thoughts about it which are probably really obvious already. But that doesn’t matter. I am going to go ahead and be ‘Captain Obvious’ because I just feel like it, people.

David Shore and Katie Jacobs, creators and showrunners of House, are never bored with House. 8 seasons of him and their still not done learning about him. And isn’t that how you feel after watching the ending? That even though they practically spread out what makes House House on the floor of a burning building, we have no idea. That’s what makes Gregory House great. I never knew how Chase, Wilson, Foreman, and Cameron could just go “because that’s what House wants us to think” in ever episode. I never got that, maybe because I was naive but honestly not knowing just made watching House so much more better of an experience.

[SPOILER ALERT] When he “died” in that building, I knew that wasn’t it. There was no way that could just be it. Then he lived, because he “went out from that the back”, like it was so simple. He picked friendship over escaping the pain even though Wilson is going to die – which by the way, I am so glad they didn’t show us; that would not be a fun ending. We know that Wilson has five months to live, but isn’t it nice remembering House as best friends riding off in their sick motorcycles? I’m feeling pretty grateful about that.

The finale, like every other series finale, brought back the old and the dead for one last hurrah. They hit through every check point of bringing the show back full circle by talking about House’s care for the puzzle only and mentioning time and time again that ‘Everybody lies’. They tied up all the loose ends and showed us how life went on for everybody else. David Shore, Hugh Laure, and Katie Jacobs gave us closure AND endless possibilities to do whatever we want with House and Wilson.

The part where he faked died and then lived his life as a dead man to be there for Wilson was genius and made Wilson so happy. In a way though, I feel like we could take that and make it bigger. Imagine you, the audience, as Wilson and House representing the show in general – and that’s basically what I think about the ending.

My emotions/thoughts throughout the course of the finale went from denial, to scared, to sad, to bewildered, and then to happy (but still slightly bewildered – you need a lot of time to process something like this). The important part is that I ended happy. That’s how I know that I enjoyed this ending, no matter what other people are saying, I am happy that House ended this way.

All of that was just feeling all zen from the finale and en ending to an 8 year long show that has received so much praise over the years. In a few days, I will probably be mad that the show’s gone and will continuously wonder: Where else am I going to see Hugh Laurie’s blue eyes? Who will teach the people everybody lies?? How will we know that it’s never lupus??!

Oh House, I will miss you. P.S: Wilson, your black leather jacket was slick!

Remember that time when…..#I<3OTH

Hey Internetz! I miss talking to ya, it’s been so long – so soorryyy. May brings season finales, but it also drags intense (because I procrastinate a lot – what do you think i’m doing now?) exam weeks along with it.

Anyway, this random post exists because I cannot spam my twitter followers with what I’m going to proceed to type – they might think I’m crazy. I love One Tree Hill like so many fans out there. A day doesn’t go by where we don’t think about Tree Hill. Lots of things have ended this year, and we’re only 5 MONTHS in – it’s crazy.

Besides OTH, Chuck and Desperate Housewives have ended, and House is ending in a few days :'(. If you go beyond series finales, there’s also a slew of cancellations to the point where I even felt sad for shows I didn’t even watch before. All in all though, I am not going to apologize for feeling smug that Hart of Dixie & Nikita LIVE ON – sacrifices needed to be made (R.I.P. The Secret Circle and Ringer). Shows I did watch that unfortunately got the ‘falling axe of doom’ were The Finder and Alcatraz. Not really affected by the Alcatraz news to be honest. The plot was definitely thrilling, and the season finale had a good cliffhanger, but somewhere along the way I just lost interest. The show wasn’t bad, maybe it’s just not my genre. Regarding The Finder – that sucked. It was just your regular everyday show, nothing that great, but it was relaxing and there was every element of quirky attached to it.

Conclusion: just like humans, tv shows die – it’s the circle of life. One thing I refuse to get over is the cancellation of FlashForward – why network executives?? WHY?!

I’m ranting…and have lost track of the main point of the post. Without further a do, do you Remember that time…..:

  • when Nathan and Lucas take a road trip to Charlotte and the cassette gets stuck in the stereo. Then at the end they start singing “Holiday. Holiday, it’s the best day, it’s an ice cream day. I’m only happy, when I have, Holiday holiday holiday holiday”
  • when Brooke, pregnant Haley, and Quinn dress up as “superheroes”
  • when Quinn makes POT BROWNIES!
  • when Logan calls Quinn “mom” *singletear*
  • when Quentin and Jamie dance to “In the Ayer”
  • when Lucas sits in the airport and imagines his life with either Brooke, Peyton, or Lindsay
  • when all the girls get trapped in the library while the game is going on
  • when the Tree Hill Ravens win the championships and throughout all the chaos Lucas and Peyton kiss
  • when Keith gets shot *alotoftears*
  • when Chris Keller was there (every moment of him is awesome, duh)
  • when Brooke and Julian got married :’)
  • when Julian saved Brooke and Jamie from drowning
  • when the car crashed off the bridge in the season 3 finale
  • when Whitey and Keith would share a drink in his office (basically every moment when they were together in his office then)
  • when Dan and Rachel were married! (ew)
  • when Nathan stripped at the boytoy auction
  • when Peyton and Brooke teamed up to take down PsychoDerek (girl power all the waaayyyy)
  • when Millie debuts as a model with “ZERO IS NOT A SIZE”
  • when Chase makes a bad drink (every time – love him!)
  • when Brooke was a CLEAN TEEN!
  • when Jamie competes in a race car competition
  • when Mia asked the girls to pick her new album cover at Peyton’s baby shower
  • when Brooke adopts a sick baby (isn’t she the best?)
  • when Lucas and Peyton rode off into the sunset with their new baby (Y U NO STAY TILL SEASON 9?!!)
  • when Nathan starts playing slamball (like…wuuttt?)
  • when Lucas and Peyton divide the house into their own respective sides
  • when all the girls dance to “Wannabe”
  • when Mouth would be a commentator of the games at the Rivercourt
  • when Jamie was the smartass kid with the best one-liners and the advice to solve all the adult problems
  • when the gang takes a trip to that place which snows (thus resulting in a “snow day” montage)
  • when Nathan and Haley first kissed
  • when Clay proposed to Quinn with a Green Lantern ring

And that’s just off the top of my head! I have YET to complete my One Tree Hill marathon (currently at season 2), so stay tuned for more ‘why i love one tree hill’ memories 🙂

Tell me your favorite moments in the comments below!

glee: I actually think this is a good idea

glee has actually got me to believe that this whole Puck-Shelby-Beth thing is a good idea. It makes sense. Puckerman is right. Beth needs a daddy, and if it’s her real daddy won’t that just make it better? Quinn’s crazy, and is nowhere near stable to actually raise a child. Puck don’t mind dating a cougar, he practically loves them! plus doesn’t he just always seem a bit bored with people who are actually his age?. I don’t know how, but this could seriously work. Puck is great with Beth, he’s “in love” with Shelby. Shelby just has to believe it to, and also move past the whole teacher-student dating thing (ew). They would be the ultimate mashup family, and Quinn would go all berserker but really wouldn’t that just make for more good tv, people?

On the subject of glee, the Adele mashup the Troubletones did was really phenomenal (yes I’m know I’m late on this discovery). This mashup was probably the driving force that made me sit through five episodes of glee and all those West Side Story/Broadway songs (which I skipped, i’m sorry I don’t know anything about that sort of thing).

I’m also loving all the Santana drama, she’s one of the most interesting characters in McKinley High. Santana and Brittany (and Lord Tubbington) could have their on web series or something.

P.S: Vote Brittany for Senior Class President! Woo! – sure, her promises are full of lies but the whole ‘girls need to run this world’ thing was cool.