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 do 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.
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.
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 review 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… 🙄
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.
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:
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.