All good things have the beginning and the end (and sometimes the beginning is the end). The final season of the Dark came out yesterday and we already watched the whole season. It was so captivating you just had to keep going. Given all the mysteries introduced in the previous two seasons one would have assumed the final season would be spend just explaining all those loose ends.
I just finished reading Neal Stephensons book Cryptonomicon. It waited a long time on my reading list and I had high expectations for it.
There is a lot going on in the book right from the start. It's a bit hard to get grasp of all the different timelines and characters, but after a while it all becomes familiar enough to follow through. It even gives high hopes for where this story is heading.
Just received the latest addition to my modest boardgame collection today. A Kickstarter campaign by Awaken Realms delivered it's first wave of shipments, the game Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon.
Upon opening the package I was already impressed. A lot of material with a nice added bonus for the backers. Everything seems to be of good quality, and the game itself appears to be interesting as well.
I think I have finally managed to write everything there is to say about the phone so far. After this short period of time using it I'm really happy and satisfied with it.
There was couple of things missing that I would have wanted from my perfect phone. But as none of the currently available phones offer everything I think this one is more than good enough compromise.
OnePlus ship their phones with OxygenOS as an operating system. It's their version of stock Android.
Unlike many other mobile phone vendors, who add or replace many parts of the Android system, OxygenOS tries to stay as close as possible to the stock version.
While I was still happy with the performance of my old phone I'm sure if I had to use it again after this time with the new one it would feel sluggish.
This thing is blazing fast! Good thing the screen has that nice 90Hz refresh rate so it van keep up with what's going on. Everything is fast and smooth.
Before diving into the internals and software of the phone I need to talk a bit about the battery and charging of the phone.
First of all, unlike almost every other flagship device today, this one doesn't have wireless charging capability. That was one of the "nice to have" features on my original wantlist, but not required so it's ok.
Few more physical things about the phone before I can move into talking about the internals.
The power button on the right hand side is conveniently placed just a bit over halfway through the side. This makes it much easier to reach for it than having it on top. There is a slider to silence the phone in the traditional power button place in this phone. A feature that surely is useful, but I still prefer the control of profiles based on whether I'm wearing my watch or not.
There is so much new with this phone I have to continue from where I left yesterday.
In addition to huge display the body of the phone is quite sleek overall. The material is smooth which, in addition to it's size, makes it quite hard to keep at hand. It feels like it could slip out from my hand at any moment. So case is a must have with this phone. It offers double protection when you are less likely to drop it in the first place and protecting it even if you do.
Now that I have had time to play around with my new phone it's time to write some first thoughts about it.
First thing that is apparent when you pick up the phone is that it's huge. Or at least it feels like it. After all, comparing to my previous phone it's just few millimeters more here and there. But all that space is occupied by a gorgeous curved screen. There are no bezels, notches or even punch holes. It's literally all screen.