Someone read this blog post and asked me: “What do you mean by Gunnerization??”
It is just a fancy word created by me to describe what I do to setup the phone to my requirements 😉
My phone is pretty basic when we talk about the setup and the apps. Unlike most people who install everything they can into their smartphones, I prefer to keep things simple.
Home Screen – I like my Home screen to be near blank. It makes me stressful if my Home screen is filled with icons and apps. Only the clock and a few essential items can be found here: Camera, Gallery, Settings and Task Killer. On top of the 4 default applications that sticks at the bottom.
Cold Palace Screen – The screen where I put the stuff that I mostly neglect. Cold Palace is a direct translation for 冷宫. 打入冷宫 whacked into cold palace describes the majority of the Emperor of China’s concubines. You know the more lavish emperors is always said to have 3000 concubines each, most of them is absorbed into the palace and then neglected until once in a while, the emperor remembers one of them and visits them for a night, and then neglect them again. The apps in this screen is in similar situation as far as I am concerned.
Office Screen – This is where I store the apps that I use all the time. As you can see, it is not much too.
Home screen in the middle, Cold Palace screen on the left, Office screen on the right. Only three pages, nothing more.
APPS THAT I INSTALL AND USE LONG TERM:
I don’t think I need to tell you what I do with Instagram, Whatsapp, Waze and Torch. Do I?
GSC Cinema – Ever since I have this, I have never ever ever queued up to buy movie tickets anymore. Why should I spend 30 minutes queuing up and then be assigned random seats? With apps, I can buy movie tickets from the comfort of my home/office/chair/bed, select the seats myself and arrive at the cinema just in time for the movie to start. Sometimes (most of the time) it feels awesome watching people queue up for tickets and queue up to have their tickets checked while I flash my phone out and scan my way into the halls with no queue at all.
ConvertPad – I mostly use this at work. We use the metric system, but we work with Americans who mostly still uses the imperial system. It is sometimes necessary to have an app that can do the conversions for me immediately.
Google Play Book – Book reader app for eBooks purchased through Google Play Store. The good thing about this app is, it lets you choose whether to download the books into your phone or to read it online. Do you know when you purchase a book from Google Play Store, you don’t even need to deal with pdf files, let alone physical books. The eBooks will be available through your Google account, and you can access them from any PC/tablet/smartphone in the world as long as you have an internet connection.
Don’t focus on the content of that particular book and be misled, the book is a perfectly normal romance novel by an Australian author 😉 .
GAMES THAT MANAGE TO STAY WITH ME LONG TERM:
Over the years, I have installed and tried playing countless games. Most of them (including Draw Something and Candy Crush) did not last more than 3 months.
These are the only few games that are permanent fixture in my Android phones. They are all simple games that do not require high processor speed to play. That’s how I love it, powerful device to play simple games to get the smoothest gaming experience instead of stressful gaming experience.
Big Big BIG 2 – Also known as 锄大地 Chor Dai Dee. I love card games, I also love using my brain instead of luck to win. This game is the perfect combination of both.
Blocks – A puzzle game that I have been playing sporadically for the past few months. Again, this is a game that stimulates your brain. There are 3 levels: Novice, Intermediate, Expert. Each level has 300 stages. At the moment I am at Expert level, Stage 45. Don’t be fooled by the simple looks of the game, this game is properly tough! I spend an average of 40 minutes to clear 1 stage now.
2048 – This is a rather popular game. I actually stopped playing it on the Note, but since I am on my new phone now and all the records are wiped clean, I need to start over again for my ego’s sake.
Basketball – Playing sports is good for your health. That’s why I play Basketball. It trains my hand-eye coordination 😉 .
Major Mayhem – This is the only shooting game that I can tolerate. I have never crashed once when on this game. The same cannot be said for the more sophisticated shooting games. I play this game when my stress level is high, getting my machine gun or bazooka to blast some ninjas’ and mummies’ heads off.
Real Steel – When I installed this game, I did not expect it to be a smooth gaming experience, but it is. It did not crash on my phones so far. The graphics are quite nice and real compared to the movie. The game is just like what the movie is about, robots whacking each other and progressing from the underground scene to the World Robot League. This is a game I play when my stress level is beyond high. What better way to release steam than to pound and whack and tear off other robots’ heads?
So, what do you think of the way I use my phone? When I am using my phone for entertainment, it is always these few lousy games, or reading romance novels. Boring, isn’t it? Nothing much happens on my phone.
I once had a girl in my car from KL back to Penang, she wanted to explore what games I have on my phone, but she was dismayed to find so few games and none to her liking. So she said “Your life must be very boring..” and went to sleep. Ouch!