Ostrich Phone

I told you the good news, now the bad news.

If you are Malaysian and you have been paying attention to Facebook the past couple of days, I’m pretty sure you can imply something from the title. But first let me tell you my story.

I have already told you I was on leave yesterday, and I got a call from the YES guy, so I headed to Queensbay Mall early in the morning to collect my wireless router. I have also already told you that I was made to do some heel kicking and wait, and that I was able to catch a movie featuring The Rock.

So… it all began after I purchased my ticket using GSC’s mobile app. While waiting for the movie to start, I decided to take a picture of the Toilet-Closed-For-Renovation signboards at the nearby toilet because it had been around for months and I wanted to complain to their management (via Facebook, of course).

The camera came on, lasted for 5 seconds, then gave me a warning prompt saying it was shutting down because my phone was overheating. Goodness me, I did feel my phone was getting hot.

It was time to enter the movie halls, so I launched the mobile app, scanned my way in, and while waiting for the movie trailers to start, I thought maybe I should turn off the phone and wait a few minutes before restarting it.

I waited for a couple movie trailers (they are going to doย a re-adaptation of Ben Hur! Hopefully it won’t be crap, fingers crossed!), then tried to switch my phone on.

Nothing. The phone refused to come back to life. Shit…

I told myself not to panic and to just get on with the movie. Maybe after a couple hours the phone would be alright again. And thankfully the movie was a comedy so I quickly forgot my troubles.

Then the movie ended and I remembered my phone refused to turn on. So I tried again, and it remained dead.

So I took it to the Sony Center (my phone was a Sony for those of you who did not know, Xperia Z3) to get some professional help.

After confirming that my phone would not turn on under normal mode and safe mode (I didn’t even know smartphones have safe mode), he connected my phone to his laptop and did some magic and got my phone to boot up so he can run some self diagnostics.

10 minutes later, he stared at me rather glumly and said (the actual conversation was long, so I’ll paraphrase it for you): “The main board’s fried, mate. Nothing I can do. You’ll have to send it for repair. Gonna take weeks and it will cost RM 1.5k. I think you’re better off getting a new phone.

I’m not going to tell what went through my head at that point of time. It was ugly and full of profanity. But one thing I would tell you was, this was the first time my phone actually died on me and gave me ZERO CHANCE OF SELLING IT ON EBAY TO RECOUP SOMETHING.

You know I loved this Z3. It was a great phone. Decent size, good processing speed, great camera, excellent battery capacity, waterproof… it ticks all my boxes! But it was also the first ever phone I owned that died less than 2 years.

So… no. The Sony guy was understandably disappointed, but I was so NOT getting another Sony as replacement. I couldn’t stomach my own disappointment.

So I went looking for my new smartphone. You know I already had something in mind for quite some time, I’m not going to lie. But I had absolutely every intentions to hold out for at least another year before I changed phone yet again.

Sadly, it was not to be. I think some of you at this stage would try to tell me that I should be happy to have a new toy. I guess I should under normal circumstances, but this ain’t normal circumstances. My phone died and I was forced to spend a big chunk of money, unplanned! And this is disastrous, because I am actually saving for a big ticket thing next year, and now I’m being set back a couple months. Which is why me purchasing a new phone this time, is BAD NEWS, and anyone who would suggest otherwise would earn my ire so, don’t.

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Anyway, here’s the phone

Huawei P9 Plus, the 5.5″ sibling to the standard Huawei P9. As far as I know, both of them are essentially the same except the Plus has a bigger screen, bigger RAM and ROM and an even bigger battery.

This phone is actually quite strongly marketed in Malaysia quite recently. I’m not sure about TV, but I’ve been seeing this advert in the cinema for the past couple of months. I mean, they even got the Black Widow and Superman to endorse this phone, I wonder how much this commercial costs!

The key feature of this phone that they keep trying to hard sell is the fact that it has dual camera lens, and how the phone’s photography aspect is co-engineered with Leica.

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What the dual lens does, as explained by Huawei P9 Plus website

Leica is, well… I don’t want to get too technical here, but let’s just say Leica is a German manufacturer of very expensive cameras and lens. Much more expensive than your typical Canons and Nikons. You know, I think I should point you to a very good source of Leica reviewย by a proper professional photographer, instead of telling you things that I myself might have trouble understanding.

Suffice to say, my new phone’s got a damn good camera! I hope… ๐Ÿ™„

Also, my new phone is supposed to be very good for selfies. After all, it’s got a 8 megapixel front facing camera. I did test this feature out somewhat, but I don’t think I’m going to show you my big head here.

Here, see? The official selfie picture from the website is better. Much better!

It’s just that, you know, when I brought the phone (and my wireless router) home and got online, the first thing I saw on Facebook was this:

Bloody f**k! How quickly of them to capitalize on this! They don’t muck around do they?

I was devastated! Because apparently they first posted this the day before! Now I’m feeling lame. It was as if I rushed to buy this new phone after seeing this stupid ostrich ad! WTF?!

I swear I was not aware of this ad before I bought the phone. No way I would by a phone due to an ostrich! I’m not that stupid!

In case you’re not Malaysian and you’re wondering about this ostrich talk, a couple days ago there was an ostrich who “escaped” from a car and ran a long stretch of a highway before being cornered into safety. The entire process was captured on video and it became a viral video in Malaysia. Ostrich’s name is Chickaboo and she is one famous chick in Malaysia now.

Anyway… here’s a couple of pictures I took with my new phone. I’m still familiarizing myself with it.

No ostrich here, just road
Chicken chop with sausage
New Yorker from US Pizza (the chain’s name) – Hmm… not as nice as it used to be…


  1. wokay a new PHONE!!!! looks sleek and has an ostrich ad…hahah! seems like all ur mobile phone died so fast….I remembered u have one tht ‘broken’ jst after a few months…well, u shld be happy that these last more than a year!

    • You have good memory! Previously it was a Xiaomi with cracked screen, but I was able to change the screen and then trade in the phone at a good price (to get the Sony Z3) so not all was lost. This time, ZERO trade in value. Ouch! ๐Ÿ™

  2. It’s certainly bad news to have your phone die on you in less than 2 years and have to spend money (that you didn’t budget for) for a new one. But look at it from a different perspective…at the end of the bad news is good news…you’ve got a new phone! Actually, I didn’t know about this phone until I saw the ad yesterday featuring Henry & Scarlett. If the camera is supposedly better than your old phone, I’m afraid I couldn’t see the different in the first 3 photos you captured (ie. the last ones in your post). Maybe you’re still getting the hang of it and we’ll see better photos later…hehe! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Well, that’s because the Sony camera was a damn good 20.3 megapixel Cybershot already. Also, you know my photography skill is as good as nonexistent most of the time, so… yeah maybe after a few rounds of practice, my new Leica inspired smartphone camera will rock the world more. ๐Ÿ™„

      Also, good that you learned of this phone’s existence through Black Widow and Superman, as opposed to Chickaboo. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. I already got a feeling you will buy new phone after the guy told you that the repair is RM1.5k, haha.. Phone overheating, that’s dangerous.. You’ll never know what’s gonna happen, if exploded halfway during sleeping, then jialat.. But quite canggih, overheating and the phone can off by itself? I wonder whether my Xiaomi can be like that also or not.. It’s wise not to get TOO expensive phone, you buy #7 now, later blink 1 eye, #10 lioa, how to catch up.. hor..

    • No lah, I off the phone, and it refused to be on again. And… the Sony was #7, now I’m on #8 already ๐Ÿ™ .

  4. I am just wondering did you play any games on your Xperia phone? Or uses any apps that are cpu intensive? Or executed any dodgy stuffs ppl sent you via messaging or whatsapp?

    This is because I don’t think you can have such bad luck to be the only person whose Xperia hp mainboard burn out in less than two years unless there are many other people out there having the same problem. If that is the case, Xperia hp can still sell meh, (if this is a common problem with their hp).

    • I had a grand total of 3 games: Basketball shooting, BigBigBig2, Captain Mayhem (gun shooting). These 3 games followed me since HTC Wildfire time (meaning 4 phones) so I don’t think it is the games. And my IM are only with people I know so…

      Can sell? Yeah, right. The phone cannot turn on anymore. Cannot turn on = cannot sell, except for RM 50 as scrap material to dodgy second hand phone dealer. I’ll see what the Lowyat guys can do on my next trip home to KL.

  5. Okay lah. The phone is worth an ostrich. Eventhough you did not purchase it bcoz of the ostrich but at least it is one of the first who capitalise on the ostrich before the rest of the brands jump on the bandwagon. I pray for your boss to give you a bigger bonus this year so your plan for the big ticket wont be effected.

    • Bigger bonus? Fat hopes. Maybe I should sleep earlier and hope for a nice dream instead. ๐Ÿ™„

  6. Huawei devices seems ok, many people are getting to get used to this brand.

    That ostrich thingy, really made me laugh la! How can this happened!! xD

    • Some say Chickaboo escaped from the car. Some say it was a deliberate act by Huawei. Who knows ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜› .

  7. Thank God I swapped my Xperia Go for the Samsung Note 2 a short time before graduating from Taylor’s – or it’d have been murderous if the Xperia died on me here. (I still have the Xperia Go; just that I’m keeping it as a backup)

    Oh, the runaway ostrich. =P

    • I’m not saying all Xperias are crap. It was probably my (bad) luck more than anything else. Still, not willing to risk my luck further. ๐Ÿ™„

      • Then again, seeing that a fellow Xperia owner having issues with his phone does make me worried that mine will decide to crash on me – the moment I decide to use it again. =/

        And I just realized – you posted pizza!

        • Heh… It was an okay pizza. Not as brilliant as I expected though. Standards dropped compared to the last time I had it. ๐Ÿ™„

  8. Oh yeah the Sony Xperia Z3…
    My wife got it as well and got the same issues with overheating etc, got some apps some time ago to shut off uneccessary apps running in the background and it worked wonders. At least she is lucky that nothing was fried thus far :p
    I have myself the Compact version of the phone and I was so happy with it until the last update, now I can’t switch off the alarm anymore as I get only a blank screen, after phonecalls I also get a blank screen…it is just so annoying after paying so much money on those things.

    All the years before I only had Nokia phones and was happy with them as I had never any issues. Well lets see what our next phones might be, who knows perhaps Nokia is back in the game till then ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • When you’re telling me this, it makes me wonder if this is all thanks to the new software update. You see, I never had overheating issue before. But then I have also never upgraded the software although the phone prompts me like a million times and I just ignored the prompt. Well, I finally did it a couple weeks ago, and now this bullshit. Maybe Sony’s “upgrades” are meant to ensure your phone don’t last so you can buy more phones faster? If that’s true, I will never buy any Sony phones again, ever! ๐Ÿ™

      Now that Nokia is under Microsoft, I’m not so sure. I mean, my laptop running on Windows is a data guzzler! Even being idle, it uses 1GB bandwidth within 4 hours. I don’t want my phone to do something like that, not when my mobile data plan is 3GB per MONTH. And who know what shit they do to us with all these hidden data transfers.

      • Your laptop running on Windows has a hidden trojan in it issit? Else why would there be online activities when it is supposed to be idle. Have you ran a healthcheck on it?

        • Nothing to do with trojan, it has been like that since Day 1. I think Microsoft has built into their Windows 8 and above a lot of hidden mandatory data transfer back to their servers that will kick on the moment you connect to the internet. I’ve checked a few laptops and they’re all doing the same thing. You normally wouldn’t notice it if you’re on unlimited bandwidth anyway, doesn’t make it alright though…

          • Indeed they transfer all the time data on windows 10. One guy (okay very old IT dude who still plays ego shooters though he is nearly 70) showed me some of those files which are constantly interacting and sending data…

            • See, I was right! And so far, I have not found any ways to turn all these sh*t off, except by disconnecting from the internet. Pisses me off, knowing half my internet speed is used for stupid Microsoft crap like this. ๐Ÿ™

          • How do you determine that the files that are being transmitted is something done by MS officially and not some hackers stealing data and info from your laptop?

            I kill all running processes on my laptop that I don’t know what they are for by using the task manager.

            • It’s something from Day 1, when the laptop was brand new with only Windows 8.1 and nothing else. If you are on Windows 8.1 or 10, you can go ahead and monitor your data usage (that Sent and Received) AFTER you killed all processes using task manager and left your laptop alone for an hour or two, and tell me if you see differently.

      • Nah, Microsoft bought back them the Smartphone section of Nokia and by now the name Nokia is not being used by Microsoft anymore.
        End of this year (or was it beginning of next year?) Nokia is allowed to create its own phones again. It is believed that they will make some Android phones this time :)(no microsoft involved)

        • Really? Fingers crossed then. Hopefully they’ll come up with something good. Although I’m not feeling hopeful that they will make something that will last. The thing with gadgets these days, they just don’t last. They’re designed to be awesome but with limited lifespan, so people will keep buying new gadgets and money will keep flowing in… ๐Ÿ™„

  9. Emotional appeal of a Leica heh! Does it?โ˜บ๏ธ

    Over here, Samung Galaxy leads the way. iPhones are expansive.

    In the Gulf, iPhones are King of the Mobile world; one can get an older model at a competitive price during a sales clearance. The shop floor for the respective models and accessories are literally cleared out.

    I feel your pain about spending the hard earned cash. I’m having to dig deep in my wallet soon for a potential new posting in another country.

    • I actually don’t know much about Leica, except for the fact that it is in a bigger league compared to the commercially popular Canon and Nikon. So I think it was more ego than emotional working its tricks there. ๐Ÿ™„

      You know I used to hate iPhones on their earlier iterations (when Jobs was still around). They were super expensive, and their apps don’t come free of charge, and they have small screen, and of course the compatibility limitations (you need a Mac to be able to plug your iPhone in) so buying an iPhone also means you have to buy everything in Apple. Well, no thanks, mate. Whereas now, the other Android makes are getting there as well in terms of prices and iPhone now comes with bigger screens. I don’t know, maybe I’ll consider iPhones at some future point of time. Hopefully no within the next 2 or 3 years though…

      Well, I’d love to be able to be posted to different countries after some time. Assuming you are like me, congratulations! If not, dawwww sorry to hear that! ๐Ÿ™„

  10. Congrats on your new toy. Really, just forget about the ostrich, lol. Just hot talk and action at the moment and it will pass ๐Ÿ˜›

    Huawei isn’t marketed in Oz too much. For Android phones, Samsung and HTC seem to lead the way here. But buying them outright is expensive – looks like what you did there. Generally I like to buy my phones outright, and am hoping to use vouchers to buy my next one.

    • These phones, they are generally just getting more and more expensive. Couple years back, a RM 1.5k phone is considered marque. Now even those China brands are selling at 1.5k and it is considered cheap, after everyone got used to those prices, these big boys like Samsung and iPhone introduces the new marque pricing: 2.5k and 3k. That’s bullshit because we become so used to smartphones that we actually need these phones. D*mn it!

      • Sh*t, those are some expensive Android phones in Malaysia. Buying one the latest phones in Australia outright will set you back at least $1000. Well, what goes up never usually comes down.

        RM2.5k and up sounds like a lot of money in Malaysia, like it will take you a while to save up to that amount ๐Ÿ™

        • A$1000 is like RM3000, same! You should know that in Malaysia, only our salary are dollar to dollar (eg engineer in Aus makes A$5000, so engineer in Malaysia makes RM5000), but consumer items would be a direct conversion (A$1000 = RM3000). That’s just the way it is. ๐Ÿ™„

  11. Well this is bad news indeed. Less than two years and it died on you. You must be a very hot guy to fry your phone’s main board (ok this part is where I make some lame jokes about your phone being secretly in love with you because you are a hot guy and now you have broken its heart by not reciprocating its love…blah, blah, blah..)

    Ah, about the ostrich, so many jokes/ads/whatnots with the word ostric on instagram now. May your new phone serve you much longer!

    P/S Did you go back to the shop where you bought your new phone and seek out the saleperson who sold you the phone to tell him/her that “NO, I DID NOT BUY this phone due to the OSTRICH AD!!!!”

    • Your mind is so twisted! Maybe equally twisted like mine! OMG!

      No, I did not and will not go back to the salesperson to tell him that! Only a person who is guilty as charged will do that! Also, why would he care? If anyone does that (buy phone due to ostrich ad), it means the ad is successful and good news for him, so why would he even care, right? ๐Ÿ˜

      • Both our minds are not twisted. Did you watch the movie “Her” (2013) where Scarlett Johansson plays the voice of Samantha (the OS)?

        Very true, the salesperson would not even care but it seems you do as you say you felt lame after seeing that ad. Ok, I get it that you are just joking! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

        • Hahaha I did watch that! I recall feeling disappointed, because not once did Scarlett make a physical appearance. I thought she would materialize as an avatar in the guy’s PC or something. ๐Ÿ˜›

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