It’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised. Yay for international shipping actually arriving before expected, considering that the Southern Hemisphere is supposedly a black hole for any online shopping activity. Best thing is getting some new toys before a long weekend, so I actually have time to play with stuff. Yay for me!
I’ve had my vivosmart HR for… about almost 2 years now? It’s been pretty good… main petpeeve would have to be the bulk. And I would get the feeling it undercounts steps. The watchband keeper thing snapped about a year and a half in, but wasn’t the end of the world given a replacement on Ebay was cheap as chips.
Check out that slim sensor. The HR would leave a dent on my wrist by the end of the day since the bloody thing protruded that much. I guess the other issue was it was so bulky it was bordering on too big, so I would have to keep the strap tight which made the denting worse. The third gen is definitely more ergonomic.
Display-wise I feel it’s gone backwards a little, feels reminiscent of the first gen. Good legibility, low battery drain, but towards the end of my first vivosmart the pixels started giving out. I guess time will tell. The display is also smaller so more scrolling to get through notifications. Haven’t quite decided if I like the texture. The textured silicone feels a bit… cheap. Then again I managed to snag it on sale off Amazon and it ended up only being about $100 delivered, when normal price around here I’ve never seen it below $175.
And on bargains… got a new phone for under $230…
Have I even heard of Oukitel like 6 months ago? Yeah nope… but my ancient G2 was carking it battery-wise, it was dropping 10% every hour on STANDBY which meant going anywhere with it without a charger didn’t really last very long. Then I got the shits with current flagship prices… I was keeping an eye out on the V30 or the mate 10 pro but in the end I couldn’t do it. I haven’t paid over $500 for a phone in about… I dunno 8 or 9 years and I just couldn’t do it. Well I think I might’ve stretched to $700 if a good sale popped up. But none of the decent grey importers were part of any of the recent Ebay sales and the ones that were still had the phones for over $1k. So even with the discounts… yeah no… Thanks banggood for a random voucher code from signing up. It made my day.
Check out that shiny back. Figured it was now or never to pick up a chinadroid. The thought of ending up with a lemon or a malware bomb did cross my mind but then again expectations were low. I was expecting a piece of junk so I guess I was pleasantly surprised – much like the decent shipping times. Got here 1-2weeks early supposedly shipped from Switzerland. Yeah ok then… Funny thing is tracking disappeared after it “left transit country” whatever that means. Guess I should be thankful I’m holding it in my hands.
It has a brilliant screen, I’m trying out the whole 18:9 thing. Build isn’t too shabby, I guess the paint around the camera ring isn’t 100%, but that’s nitpicking for the price. Battery is awesome and so it should be, considering I just bought a brick. But hey double battery capacity of the G2, and triple the RAM. There’s also larger storage and bigger screen. And the fingerprint reader is still a novelty. Camera isn’t horrid, I did expect the second cam to be fake anyway so the whole dual cam thing wasn’t really a selling point for me. Focus is soft in poor light, white balance is a bit off. I’ve installed open camera so will see how that goes.
Not the easiest subject to keep still but at least I can test the camera on something…
Well decent post Xmas haul I would say. Here’s hoping nothing breaks anytime soon. Well if the phone does die in 12months I’ll see where flagship prices are then… if they ain’t nice then dabbling in chinadroids might become a thing.