Posts From Oskar Danell

Oskar Danell
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Economics student who's hooked on caffeine and all things customization. Buys phones on two-year contracts despite knowing the itch to upgrade will start a few months later. Often finds himself in the constant struggle of deciding between Material Design white and AMOLED black for longer battery life.

An iOS Confession from an Android Lover

I’m just going to go ahead and say it. iOS devices are not bad. To be honest, as a huge Android fan, it’s something of a secret I’ve carried for the past few years. I had an iPhone 4S after recoiling from the utterly horrible experience that was the Xperia X10 Mini. I’d be back...

Marketing and What it Says About OEMs: Who Targets it Right?

Whether we like it or not, advertising and marketing affect us all. Ranging from subliminal to as in-your-face as a building-sized billboard, they help convey products in a very specific way. The smartphone market is no different. However, marketing can be more than just a nuisance; it can also be very revealing by its very...

Deceitful Black Borders Around Screens Need to Go

Let me set the scene for you. You’ve just gotten home after purchasing a new phone. The static electricity makes the plastic bag cling, with an almost supernatural will, to the box. You run your fingers over the embossed letters as you open it. The plastic is carefully peeled back as you reveal the phone...

LG Taking Break From Nexus Line to Focus on Own Brand

If you’ve been looking forward to the next LG Nexus, you’ll want to brace yourself, as there are bad news coming from the Korean OEM. At MWC 2016, a spokesman for the company said that LG will not be making a Nexus this year. Rather, and as CNET reports, “LG needs focus on its own brand”...

ZTE Reveals Blade V7, Yet Another Low-Priced Phone Trying to Look its Best

Without much fuss, ZTE revealed the Blade V7 as part of its MWC 2016 promotional website. This is a phone with clear influences from both sides of the smartphone war, but we won't hold it against it. That said, it’s clear that the days of low-end and mid-range devices looking like a heap of plastic...

Smartphone Christmas: The Transition to New Devices

While getting a new device is always exciting, it can also be a very daunting experience. All in all, it’s a hassle, and doubly so if you aren’t entirely sure of what brand or features to go for, and - for me at least - it involves a lot of anguishing over what to pick,...

Make Sure Your USB Type C Cable is Standard-Compliant, Lest Your Device Gets Fried

Ever the aficionado with a passion for making sure products are conforming to the right type of standards, Benson Leung is a Google Engineer who has devoted much of his time to truly testing out cables and accessories since the move to USB Type C started. In the past months, he’s reviewed a plethora of...

Witch-hunts and Wizardry: On Community Reactions to Blunders and Shortcomings

When was the last time a company, app or product that you have praised left and right in conversation - and online - did a full 180 and set spark to your wrath? There might have been a small oversight at heart that caused the outrage, but with enormous consequences in the end, warranting an all-out...

Ode to The Bricks of Old: How Nostalgia Shapes Today’s Expectations

When the first mobile phones came out, simply the fact that it was cordless was enough to amaze. It cut the umbilical between the wall and the rest of the world. The race was on to squeeze that technology into a smaller and smaller size for ease of use. The first truly iconic phone (in...

A Case for Unlockable Bootloaders: How Could Everyone Benefit?

OEM’s provide a service. Your device is a way to access that service, and whether you agree with the conclusion or not, you can see why they might want to limit your access to modify that service. However, there is a difference between modifying, tweaking and tinkering with your device to match your exact personal...

Of Drives and Clouds: Surrendering Control in a Low-Storage Era

Almost a decade ago I went from using an off-brand MP3-player with about a gigabyte of storage to my first iPod. It was an iPod Classic; a solid chunk of technology that packed 80 gigabytes of just about any data you felt like loading onto it. I, like just about everyone else, proceeded to pack...

Old HTC Bravery: A Look at Financial Hurdles & Lost Inspiration

HTC now needs a winner more than ever -- that’s what an AnandTech review brilliantly summarized. Not in 2015, mind you, but in 2013 while reviewing the first successful phone of the HTC One line. And a winner they got. The M7 and the M8 reminded us of why the Taiwanese company used to dominate. So...
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