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How to ruin an otherwise damn good phone - or my OnePlus 3 Review

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I don’t get. No! Seriously! I really don’t get it! Neither OnePlus and, more importantly, all the high praise from all the ‘authorities’ on smartphones.

To be fair – AnandTech got it right.

The all new Flagship Killer from OnePlus is a damn good phone completely ruined by a shitty display; and shitty is the nice word.

Awesome build quality, one of the rare phone nowadays you actually want to hold in your hands, you just want to love it – and the moment you turn it on you immediately need to bang your head against … well, the actual phone.

The display is terrible! And I’m not talking about the resolution here.

They delivered a great phone with a good camera that allows to save images in DNG format and it’s all down the drain because all you can use the display for is as a prime example for a shitty display but not for judging pictures and not at all for editing them.

I don’t know where to begin? Let me put it this way: I’ve 50 bucks China Phones lying around here that have a better display!

I tried to take pictures so that you can see for yourself that don’t look like I deliberately ruined them; this is the ‘fairest’ I managed to accomplish:

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It’s washed out, blue shifted as hell, I have problems to use the word brightness when talking about it and the colors, well – I can’t use that word either.

Anyone that order 10.000 business cards online for 4.99 would return them when the colors turned out that awful and wrong and the moment you rotate it for more than two degrees to one side all you see is a blue-greenish blur.

So, why do all the reviews, reviewers, and website babble on about the OnePlus 3 and only one single person – who than gets booed at – calls it, how he sees it?

And that’s the important part. You have to see it. The moment you turn it on.

Does saving a couple of hundred bucks make people really that blind?

It’s such a shame. And I know for a fact that a much better display wouldn’t have cost OnePlus a single dime more – so why the hell did they went with this complete and utter failure of a display?

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I guess they’ve settled, like the rest; just quicker and that’s unfortunate. Or wise, since people clearly don’t seem to care.

Well, I do. Unfortunately for me, I know; since it means I have to return it and the quest for a really good phone continues.

I’d settle for the OnePlus 3 with the display form the MI5 in a blink. That would be the perfect phone for me. I’d also take the iPhone 6S running Android, by the way :–)

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Control Spotify with your Mac’s Keyboard Media Keys

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I haven’t used iTunes for years now. But I constantly launch it by accident because I hit one of the ‘Media Keys’ on the keyboard.

I found a way to disable it and the added benefit is that now you can ‘Play/Pause/Next/Previous’ Spotify in case it is already running.

All you have to do is to open the Terminal and copy and paste following command:

launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.rcd.plist 2> /dev/null

Please note that /dev/null means your flushing it down the digital toilette; so only do this if you know what you are doing and you really don’t want to control iTunes anymore!

The Daily Ollerum

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The (almost) Double Lottchen

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Who would have thought?

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It is fucking unbelievable! There is actually an alternative for the ugly, old, and feature-creepy Thunderbird available. Who would have thought that there are people out there able to write functioning, good-looking, and well thought out software for Linux?

Yes, as it turns out – it is actually possible to write decent open source software that’s not ugly as hell and usable without getting lost in the underbelly of the Terminal! So, start taking notes!

Nylas N1 – The extensible, open source mail app.

And could someone now (and finally) please just write a decent Twitter client, a decent calendar app with CalDav, and a Free alternative for Linux; so that I can finally use my beloved, ugly, clunky ThinkPad for everything not Mac and Xcode?