OnePlus 3 – First Impressions

OnePlus likes to talk a big game, but sometimes the company fails to live up to expectations. The OnePlus One offered solid specs at a low price, but it was hurt by scarce invites and the collapse of the Cyanogen partnership. The OnePlus 2 struggled with hardware and software issues throughout its life as well. In fact, that phone just got Marshmallow a week ago. That brings us to the OnePlus 3. Again, OP is making big promises, but at least it’s not threatening to kill other phones this time. This is a big departure for OnePlus in terms of design, and for once you don’t need an invite to buy it. I’ve been using the OnePlus 3 for a day, and I have some initial thoughts to offer.

The first two OnePlus phones had a black sandstone material on the back, though the panel was replaceable on the OP2. This phone ditches the sandstone for a more mature unibody aluminum frame. There’s no weird texture or coating here, just bare metal. It feels and looks nice, but it’s also a less distinctive phone now. It’s sort of a cross between the iPhone and an HTC One M7. OnePlus is selling snap on covers with sandstone and other plastic patterns. They sent some of these with the phone, and I don’t feel like they’re worth the $25 cost.

While I’m happy to see the camera sensor in a less awkward location compared to the OP2, the OnePlus 3 does have a camera hump—it sits a few millimeters above the rest of the phone. The company avoided this in past years, but its given into the “thinner is better” crowd. At 7.35mm thick, it is a very svelte phone, but it seems like it’d be smarter to drop a larger battery in and just make the back panel flush with the camera sensor.

The hardware alert slider is back this year, which I know will make fans of the OP2 happy. I was not personally enamored with this feature last year and I think I still don’t care for it now. It basically requires a custom implementation of Do Not Disturb mode. There’s no scheduled downtime and changing the notification mode via Android Wear does not work. It’s a very awkward solution to a problem no one has.

My experience with the fingerprint sensor has been the polar opposite. OnePlus seems to have nailed this. I still prefer rear-facing sensors ergonomically, but the front-facing sensor on this phone is every bit as fast and accurate as Nexus Imprint on the 6P. I don’t care for the capacitive buttons on either side of it, though. They’re just tiny dots now, barely visible in bright light. On-screen nav buttons are an option, at least.

The display is a bit contentious—OnePlus is sticking with 1080p resolution, but moving to an AMOLED panel. This is apparently a Samsung panel, but that doesn’t guarantee it’s a good one. I worry this panel might exhibit burn-in over time, and it’s not like OP has a reputation for great warranty support. This is also a PenTile sub-pixel array, as are most modern AMOLEDs. My first reaction is that it looks solid on its own, but next to a Galaxy S7 the OP3’s display doesn’t hold up. It’s only 1080p at 5.5-inches, so you can see some slight PenTile fringing if you look hard. OnePlus had to make some tradeoffs to get the price down, though.

This is the third phone to launch with OxygenOS pre-installed, and it doesn’t look like much has changed. It’s based on Marshmallow with all the 6.0 goodies, but OnePlus has added just a handful features to the experience. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; sometimes a hands-off approach can be good, but several of the changes seem to have been made just to be different. For example, the Shelf UI on the left of the home screen. It has a photo at the top and a few custom widgets, but it’s essentially useless—I can put widgets anyplace on the home screen, so why bother with this? I do like the option to change the app drawer grid size, and the easily customizable quick settings are appreciated. Oh, and a dark system UI? You got it.

It’s too early to pass judgement on performance or battery life, but I will say the OP3 doesn’t seem slow at all. Multitasking is snappy and apps stay open well with 6GB of RAM. Although, I have encountered a few instances where an app or game closed itself in the background when I really think it should have stayed open. There may still be some weirdness with memory management to be hammered out in future OTA updates. The camera will need a lot more testing as well, but the first few photos I’ve taken look good. It’s not going to be a disaster like the Xperia X camera was.


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Home Is Where The Heart Is But Check Here First!

It is about time for you to get started improving the interior designing of your home.

An excellent interior decorating hint is to always considering the purpose of a room will be. If it is a kid’s room that you’re designing, you want want brighter colors that will match their bubbly personality. But you don’t want to use overly casual furniture in an elegant dining room.

You should decide what type of mood you want to do with a room to have before you begin to make changes to it.Moods can be bold and outrageous to calm and soothing.

It is very important to choose the best color scheme when planning a redesign any room in your home. You should think about what looks good together and what will not clash. It also important to stay away from using several bold color in a single room.

Many professionals have many things to say when it comes to interior planning, which you might want to listen to some degree only. You can create a space that you will like living in if you trust yourself and your own personal tastes.

When designing a child’s room, make it fun! It is easy to overlook the fact that kids will not see it as they do. You need to make all items accessible to your children. Look at everything from the child’s point of view and remove potential hazards.

Pay close attention to everything including the little details. You can create a good look by using small elements of decors or creating color patterns with different small items.

If you have floors that are made of tile, stone or concrete, area rugs that are stylish will make the space seem warmer on your feet and keep you feeling cozy. Rotate rugs as the seasons change to incorporate a fresh and tear evened out.

Make each room with your style.While you may want a room that your guests would like, remember that you’re the one living there. If you have a particular style of decor that you like, purchase it to individualize your area.

Try to avoid outrageous wall colors and wallpaper that may be a detriment when you sell your living space. It is a good idea to add some of your personality to your home decor, but avoid doing anything outlandish that becomes a permanent fixture. If you plan on selling you house, unusual decor might deter buyers. If you really would like to decorate in your own style, just remember that you may have to remove it later on.

If you own a lot of things, make sure you keep things simple when it comes to your walls. Some individuals just have more stuff than others. If you are the person who collects everything and wants it all displayed, keep your walls somewhat plain. Too much can give your home and makes it more difficult to enjoy what you have.

This area of the darkest given that there are usually no windows.

An excellent way to develop your design ideas is to watch TV specifically related to homes and gardens. There are lots of television programs out there that can show you many great ideas and teach you can make them a reality in your own home.

A fun way to liven up rooms on a budget is to decorate or paint flower pots for use in decoration. You can even have your kids to paint their own pots that they can use in their bedroom for toys or stuffed animals.

White tiles in your bathroom can go good with vibrantly colored walls.Consider a deep red, bright green or deep red to accent the tiles. It also allows you to change in the future if your taste should change.

Now that you understand interior planning a little better, you can use what you learned. You should not be scared to redecorate you will love the changes you made.

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B.A.P Won ‘Best Korean Act’ in the First Round of the 2014 MTV EMA Voting

B.A.P won the Best Korean Act, in the first round of the 2014 MTV EMA.

B.A.P has the opportunity to be voted into the Worldwide Act award category. The winner of the Worldwide Act will be revealed during the 2014 MTV EMA in Glasgow.

B.A.P. are now competing against Japan’s Daichi Miura. You can cast your vote here.

Voting for the nominations for the Worldwide Act category will close at 5.59pm (Singapore time) on Wednesday, 29th October. The final list of 10 Worldwide Act nominees will be revealed on on Thursday, 30th October.

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