06 January, 2015

New smart-phone

Due to certain circumstances (shattered my Nexus 4 :P), I had to get a new smart-phone. I had already pre-chosen my make and model after testing a buddy's Nexus 5.

:) Massively content with CPU and memory performance, coupled with 4G (LTE) network-capabilities; a definite must-have for superusers and devs :D

It is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.26GHz Quad-Core processor coupled with an Adreno 330 GPU supplemented by 2GB of LPDDR3-1600 RAM, 16 or 32GB internal storage and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and an 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

It is also a rather great smart-phone for those who are tired of the typical bloatware (mostly user interface additions / modifications / replacements, and some resource-heavy services) on manufacturer-branded sets (Samsung, HTC, Sony, etc.).

"About" menu-page on Android L.
I wasn't in any way disgusted when it got upgraded to Android 5.x "Lollipop", also known as "Android L". But the 5.0.1-bugfix was dearly appreciated after struggling with battery-trouble on 5.0.
Software update popup on Android L.
Additions and modifications:
  • GUI-modifications (there were a few, notice the navigation-buttons on the screenshots)
  • new and better security-features
  • and function-rewrites (I'm used to it, been using Android since v1.5).
Actually I was really impressed by the speed and performance of the totally re-written runtime format : ART (AndroidRunTime), which replaced DALVIK (from earlier Android-versions 1.5.x to 4.4.x) in v5.x and up.

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