Sunday, 29 November 2015

Thermomix - Can a 14 Yr Old Teenager make Ginger Beer?

Based on our plan, in our first of the practical tests we have our Guinea Pig making some Ginger Beer.

(Find out more about the Guinea Pig)

Watch the video to see how he manages:

We will not be posting the offical results just yet as we have a plan! All results will be part of the final conclusion to be released when all meals are cooked.

In the meantime please feel free to post your opinions and suggestions below!

Back to the Plan

Thermomix - Who is our Guinea Pig?

A picture of a Guinea Pig looking straight on. He looks cute but a little dumb
A Guinea Pig

In our quest to justify our existing Thermomix and possibly upgrade to the new version we have asked a 14 year boy to cook using the Thermomix.

This photo shows a teenage boy looking bedraggled and incapable. He needs help.
Our Guinea Pig
At the beginning of our test the Guinea Pig showed some capability to look after himself. He was able to make cordial and cereal. He also showed, to some degree, the capacity to reheat frozen pizza in a microwave.

A picture of a pizza in a take away box
Take Away Pizza

The Guinea Pig was selected because he showed much potential. He appreciated the better things in life, however, almost certainly due to sheer laziness, he was content with pulp.

Given the choice of a) a small amount of token effort and quality, tasty, food or b) no effort and basic, bland food, the subject would invariably choose the later.

Have a look at his bedroom floor if you don't yet understand how lazy this teenager can be!

A picture of a laundry floor covered with dirty clothes, but the title says 'Guinea Pigs Bedroom'
Guinea Pigs Bedroom

We wanted to change this, so we set up a series of Thermomix recipes that we knew the subject was partial to. You can see the plan here. We wanted to see if we could convert this typical cheeky, lovably yet lazy, teenager into a healthy, active & appreciative young man using the power of the Thermomix!

If he ends up cooking the final dish on his own then he (and the Thermomix) has succeeded!

Good luck Guinea Pig!

Back to the Plan

Thermomix Questions - The Plan to get the Ultimate Answers

This is a photo of my Thermomix looking very nice
My Thermomix

Thermomix Questions

  • Was the $2000 Thermomix, I bought some months ago, worth it?
  • Should I sell my Thermomix and upgrade to the latest model?
  • Should I buy the latest Thermomix and keep my old one?

These are the burning issues of the day. So lets find out!

This photo shows the Thermomix Web Site Benefits Page that read "Save Money, Save Time, Simplicity, Healthy"
Thermomix Claim These Benefits

NakedMidLife is about using technology to make life cheaper, easier, healthier and a lot more fun. So when an expensive German designed food mixer claims the following I reckon it needs investigating!
  • Save Money
  • Save Time
  • Be Simple
  • Be Healthy

Pure & Applied Thermomix Analysis

The photo shows a chemist analysing some chemicals
Thermomix under the microscope

As an owner of the first incarnation of the Thermomix I have some empirical evidence to answer my questions above. In order to collect the evidence I am going to conduct 2 main areas of study. First of all, the Theory. This is the Pure part. It's numbers and boring facts, sometimes (but by no means always) seen as the male point of view. Secondly we have the Applied, or Practical part. This is testing whether the Pure actually happens in real life.

Both parts will involve separate areas of study so I have split the whole thing up in to two small manageable parts. Feel free to skip straight to the Conclusion! It's all very serious, can't you see! Here is the plan:

The Plan to get the Ultimate Answers

The photo shows part of a house plan

(YP: Yet to be published. This is a work in progress!)

  1. Study 1: Theory: Some good old fashioned analysis. 
    1. Costs
    2. Benefits
    3. Summary of Cost and Benefits
  2. Study 2: Applied: Do we actually walk the walk rather than just talk the talk? In order to see if we actually apply the benefits to real life we are going to use our 14 yr old boy as a guinea pig.
    1. Who is our Guinea Pig?
    2. Can we get our Guinea Pig to make Ginger Beer?
    3. (YP) Can we get our Guinea Pig to make Pizza? (To be reviewed)
    4. (YP) Can we get our Guinea Pig to make Muesli Bars?
    5. (YP) Can we get our Guinea Pig to make Risotto?
    6. (YP) Can we get our Guinea Pig to make Some really flash!?  (To be reviewed)
  3. Conclusion
    1. (YP) All Questions Answered 

Friday, 27 November 2015

How To Avoid Speeding Tickets - Technology Being Useful, Don't You Just Love It!

I have a speeding problem. Here's a 39 second video of me speeding!

Here's another 45 second video of me speeding past a red camera!

I'm a good person, honest

I am not someone who speeds. I have kids, I know how dangerous speeding is. I couldn't live with myself if I hurt someone when I was speeding. I pride myself on being a positive part of the community. I'm no hoon!

A picture of a red car going fast through some green woodlands
Speeding Car!

I am Human. I am not a robot

Sometimes, when I am concentrating on one of the many other important tasks necessary to drive safely, other than watching my current speed that is, sometimes just sometimes, my speed creeps up a little. Just a tad. Sometimes it goes just a tiny bit higher than the speed limit. We're talking 69 km/h, at most, in a 60 zone.

"Rules are Rules"

"If you don't want a ticket don't speed"

Yes yes, but I am human. I am not a robot. Sometimes I speed! 
There are tens of cameras surrounding my house like big brother waiting 24/7 for any minor mistake. 
There are hills. Hills that silently, slowly, bit by bit, make me go faster. Even the darn cruise control speeds down hills! 
There are distractions. Distractions that ... What shall we have for dinner tonight ... ... distract you..... 
There are dogs barking in the back. 
There are kids in the back shouting, squabbling over a single peanut. 
There are kids in the back choking, choking on peanuts.
There are kids in the back playing with buttons, playing with stereos, playing with loud games on their phones. 
There are kids in the back asking stupid bloody questions! "Why is Jonny's face all red?"
There are roads that look like they're 60 roads, but a small sign, a sign that you missed, says it's a 50. 
There are tailgaters who beep their horns if you dare go a K lower than the speed limit. 
There are lane swappers who will push in in front of you if you leave a micro millimeter more than a cars length, sometimes less. 
I am human god dam it! I am not a robot. Sometimes I speed!

A photo showing the speedometer in a car
Watch Your Speed

Speeding Tickets

Unfortunately for me I have been human enough to have sped, more than once, past policemen sitting in their cars holding their cameras pointing straight at me. 

Flash! $150 bucks please. 
Flash! Another $150 bucks thank you very much. 

It's like I'm stuck in a bad game of monopoly where I have a dog kennel on Old Kent Road and I'm facing Donald Trump and his city of hotels lined all the way from The Strand to the distant, but ever so enticing, Mayfair! 

Shake - That'll be $700 please. 
Shake - Oh and $950 for that. 
Shake - Oooh that's $2000! 

Thanks. Thanks a lot. Great game. Now piss off.

Help Me! Please, Somebody, Anybody, Help Me!

So, when it comes to speeding, I want to stop, I need to stop, I will stop. 

I have tried a multitude of things. For example, there's a primitive speed alert system built into my 2010 car. It has 3 settings. 60 k, 100 k and 110 k. Do I need to explain how useless it is? Why oh why did anyone think that was a good idea. Did I pay for that when I bought the car!

I've tried telling my passengers that I don't speed, just to reinforce the idea and remove any expectations of not being constantly honked for driving like my grandma and going too slow. It doesn't work.

I've tried relaxation techniques, affirmations, meditation, hypnotism, uppers, downers, electric shock treatment but nothing, nothing works! Somebody! Anybody! Help me!

How to Stop Speeding. The Solution

Fortunately, I have a discovered a solution. A good solution:
Every problem in today's modern world has an app which solves it.

It is my pleasure to introduce you all to 'Sygic's Speed Cameras & Traffic' app!

This is a photo of the Speed Cameras & Traffic app from Sygic. The photo is from the Google App Store
Speed Cameras & Traffic Sygic

Problémo Solvédo.

What does it do? Why this app? What's so great about it? Good Questions, let me explain.

What Does 'Speed Camera & Traffic' App Do?

This app uses the exceedingly accurate GPS on your phone to find out which road you are on and track how fast you are going. It knows the speed limit of the road you are currently driving on. Your speed and the current speed limit are clearly displayed on your phone so you can see them easily. The great thing is, that if/when your speed exceeds the current speed limit a warning message will be blurted out to you. "You are exceeding the speed limit!"

This photo shows a man driving with the Sygic App running on his phone. The current speed and the current speed limit can be seen.
Sygic App in Action

So Why this App: Why Sygic?

Sygic was not the first app I downloaded and installed. It was not the second or third either. I lose count. There were many to choose from, most of them claim to stop you speeding but they just don't work. There is always something that makes the app too much trouble to bother with. Maybe the app works well and good in California, but not so great where you and I live. Maybe it worked last year, but not this year as the developer has gone AWOL as it all got too much. Maybe it worked well but unfortunately the warnings were in Hungarian, great if you are Hungarian, but not so good for the rest of us. 

Some of the apps required a constant data connection. This is fine for some, but not me, too messy. 

This solution needed to be simple and reliable.

So Sygic was the only app I found that:

  • Downloaded speed limits once and
  • Didn't require a constant data connection
  • Maintained accurate speed limits that matched the actual real limit
  • Had current and active support
  • Had sound alerts as well as visual alerts
  • Was as configurable as you would expect from a well designed app
  • And, at the end of the day, actually worked

After all the fuss I had with all the other apps I was quite amazed at how Sygic simply worked. I am confident my mother could use it. That's not an insult, my mother actually loves her technology gadgets, she has tons of them, however she doesn't have the patients of Dr Kildare.

I'm not going to throw in lots of screen shots for you here as the best place to look at the app is on Sygic's website. Go and have a quick look and then come back and listen to me getting excited about emails from the support team and the school zone detection.

School Zones are more important than Police Radars

A photo of a road with School Zone painted accros it warning drivers
One of the better School Zone Signs
Welcome back.

Sygic also manages to warn you about red light cameras and, most crucially, school zones! Let's face it, if you are in an unfamiliar location, maybe a little lost, it is easy miss the small school signs and not realise it is 2:30 pm already. However, with Sygic, a woman's voice (configurable) politely, but abruptly, announces "School zone ahead!" The speed limit is automatically reduced and if you don't slow down you'll get an equally polite and abrupt "You are exceeding the speed limit!". I am not sure if she only shouts out during school times. I will check. I'm afraid I've been too busy driving safely to notice! 

On a very serious note, we can forget about ourselves here for a moment, and how we avoid speeding fines. We should spend a minute and realise that this setup will save lives! It has cost me $6 to buy the app for life, and an old phone, and in return I will no longer speed. Technology being useful, don't you just love it!

Thank you Sygic!

I was, and still am, so excited to get a solution that worked and worked properly that I emailed my gratitude to the support staff to congratulate them. We so often forget to thank strangers when they have helped us. Quick to complain, but slow to compliment. Anyhow. they replied within hours to thank me for my feedback. It is so nice to know there's help on hand if you need it.

This is a photo of the email I sent to Sygic and their reply. My email says thank you for an awesome app. Their reply thanks me for my compliment and lets me know I can contact them any time if I have a question
Sygic Feedback

Practical Tips When Using A Speed Alert App

To get the most from this app here are some practical tips:
  • Plug your car charger into your phone. The app uses a fair amount of power
  • Mount your phone properly in your car
  • Connect your phone via Bluetooth to your car. Alerts will be louder
  • Make sure you set your Location settings on your phone to 'accurate'
    • Open settings on your phone, Find the "Location" entry and tap it
  • Use an old phone, rather than your current phone, as a permanent, dedicated, speed detector
  • Start and stop Sygic automatically when you are driving (it's an option in settings)
  • You do not need to have a data connection i.e. no sim card required! ie no ongoing costs!

My Setup - Use An Old Phone

"I don't have to think. I just drive and if I speed I get told to slow down"

As you may be aware I have just upgraded my phone to a OnePlus 2. It's an awesome phone. This means I have an old spare phone. I decided to put Sygic's app on the old phone rather than the new one. I did this so that I have a permanent dedicated setup in the car. I do not have to do anything when getting in the car. The speed detecting system is always there, it is always charged, it is always watching for my foolish heavy lead foot. It means I don't have to think. I just drive and if I speed I get told to slow down.

Using a spare phone also means, when I am in a friend's cars, my phone will not warn my friend about their speeding. This may or may not be a good thing, but to me it is a little annoying and I get tired of explaining that it was my phone telling them to slow down, not me!

Another reason for using a spare phone is the battery. Sygic can use up a fair amount of juice depending on how you choose to set it up and of course, how much you drive.

From my experience, if you want this to work, I would dedicate an old phone to the task. We have a new 2015 Mazda 3, it has the latest speed detection system in it and it is very good. However the system I have setup in the other car is better. It is more configurable and I can email the support staff with ideas and get prompt responses. 

Seriously though, the configuration of Sygic's app is brilliant. It is intuitive and easy to use. For example, if you don't mind going 2 k over the limit, or maybe 5%, then you can set it up this way. Our Mazda wont do this. It's good, but fairly basic and I don't expect it to be updated every few months.

If you have an old Android phone with Android 4.1 or above on it, or an old iPhone with iOS 8.0 or later then you are in luck. I hope you give it a go.

As I said, the development team support this app really well, so direct any specific questions to them on their website here. If you have any issues setting it up generally then feel free to post me a comment and I will try to help.

I'm a good person, honest

I'm an honest person, so if this solution fails and I get a ticket I will let you know, however I think I may have got my last one! I am now safe to be back on the roads!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Smart Watches

A smart watch is designed to make life easier by removing the need to remember your phone. Having a device strapped to your wrist should mean it is with you most of the time.

So what can a smartphone do for you? Well in theory it should be able to do some, if not all, of the following:
  • Tell you the time! 
  • Alarm clock, stopwatch, timer etc
  • Make phone calls and let your hands be free
  • Use SMS, MMS, Email
  • Use Social Media for example, Facebook & Google+
  • Access your Phonebook & contacts 
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Sleep Monitor
  • Pedometer
  • Sedentary reminder (After a sustained period of sitting, your smart watch can remind you to have a stretch
  • Infrared remote controller, for your TV and air conditioning
  • Remote camera: Control your smart phone to take photos so you can make selfie by yourself.
  • Find your phone when it's hidden under the bed!
  • Access your call log
  • Water resistance 
  • Dust resistance
  • And obviously, just what you need, a Compass
Sounds like fun to me!

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I wanted to buy a smart watch. I said I would wait until after Christmas because there were some new models coming out and bargains should be aplenty in the January sales.

Need To Buy

However, having started the research, my 'need to buy' thought entered my brain. It wouldn't go. I had to listen to it. It made me buy. So I've bought myself a watch.

Before I tell you which one, I thought I would share my research notes so, if you are interested in buying yourself a smart watch, you can benefit without having to read all the small details like I did. Essentially I created a spreadsheet with all the important details as per my blog How To Choose A Phone.

Smart Watch Analysis

You can see my spreadsheet here: Choosing a Smart Watch

This is a picture of the spreadsheet I created to analyse all the different smart watches
Choosing a Smart Watch

Note that there are 3 Sheets in this spreadsheet, Branded Watches, Old Branded Watches & Unbranded Watches.

Old Smart Watches


My first port of call was to read reviews and specs of branded watches. Along my discovery path I soon realised that old smart watches were still being reviewed and sold. With the rate of improvement so high in new models I certainly didn't want to accidentally buy last years model. So I listed them as I found them allowing me to ignore the little blighters as they invariably tried to sneak into my short list.

Branded Smart Watches

So I managed to create a list of recent branded smart watches. Branded smart watches are normally fully up to date with the latest Android Wear OS (well mostly, but not all!) and they generally have the best specs. I'd expect the UI of a branded model to be well thought out and considered.

Here's the list of watches I looked at:

I soon narrowed my target down to the LG Watch Urbane.

LG Watch Urbane LTE

I liked the fact it was round. Watches should be round. It looked good. It had a heart rate monitor. It was up to date with Android Wear. The UI had been improved upon since it's previous model. There was no GPS, but I guess I could manage without out that.

But I couldn't bring myself to buy it.

Smart Watches Are Still A Bit Shit

To cut a long story short, what I discovered from reading the reviews, was that Smart Watches are still disappointing. They have some excellent functionality, like notification sending and receiving, but they are awkward and clumsy. Even though Android Wear is rapidly being updated, it still has a long way to go. Unfortunately for me, I don't have the patients of Dr Kildare, which means any smart watch I buy will soon be collecting dust along side my unused, good as new, Kindle Reader. Yet I wanted one!!!

Unbranded Smart Watches 

In light of this discovery, and a strong desire to not take any one else's word for it, I reluctantly decided to investigate unbranded watches. Mainly because the price was so much cheaper. I know that the user experience will be even worse, however I would prefer to spend less than $100 and receive a dust collector rather than $350.

Generally, unbranded Smart Watches have a lot less RAM and ROM than branded ones. Considerably less. Most branded have 4 GB RAM and 512 Mb ROM, whereas unbranded have 128 Mb and only 32 Mb! I don't fully understand yet how they can be so different. I will almost certainly find out when my 32 Mb watch arrives in the post. Obviously I will post an update as soon as I can.

Another big difference was the processors. Branded watches generally had a Snapdragon 400 whereas unbranded sported MKT2502 and similar lesser known chips. Again, I have no real knowledge yet of the differences other than guessing the Snapdragon will be superior.

Chinese Online Retailers To The Rescue

So, after realising I wasn't in the market for a branded smart watch just yet I checked out a few Chinese online retailers. eBay started me off, but I soon realised I needed more details and more watches to choose from. The bulk of eBay was international only and re-sellers of branded watches, often with silly price tags attached.

A photo of Chinese Online Retailers working hard

Chinese Online Retailers

I slowly centered in on GearBest. Simply because I have used them before. Their postage times use to be horrific, but I'm hoping they have solved that because otherwise they seem quite solid and trust worthy.

Most of the Smart Watches on GearBest are under a $100 and I decided that would be my limit. After all, this was a toy I was buying, the real Smart Watch I want will not be available for another year, maybe two!

Although I know that cheap heart rate monitors are not worth the money or time spent using them, I still couldn't buy a smart watch without one. I know it will be crap, but I like to be optimistic. You never know!

I also soon realised that many of the cheaper smart watches don't actually allow you to have phone conversations! They just notify you that a call is coming in. This again makes a watch pointless for my usage.

With only these two requirements the choice came down to just a few watches.

Photo of the DW360 MTK2502 smart watch
DW360 MTK2502

Photo of the Ordro V360 smart watch
Ordro V360

Photo of the RWATCH R10 Smart Watch

I ended up buying this watch!

Photo of the SMA-Q E - Paper smart watch
SMA-Q E - Paper

Photo of the W001 Bluetooth V4.1 smart watch
W001 Bluetooth V4.1

Admittedly some of these didn't have heart rate monitors, but they caught my eye so I added them to the spreadsheet.

They all looked pretty cool if you asked me! Whether I remain thinking that when one of them is on my wrist remains to be seen. At least I have low expectations.

Here are the links to each watch on the GearBest website.

DW360 MTK2502
Ordro V360
SMA-Q E - Paper
W001 Bluetooth V4.1

From this list it was just a process of elimination.

The SMA-Q E - Paper was ruled out because it can not make or receive calls.
The Ordro V360 was ruled out as it had no heart rate monitor
The W001 Bluetooth V4.1 was ruled out as it also had no heart rate monitor
At just under the $100 the DW360 MTK2502 became too much of a gamble. Too expensive.

So it came down to the R10 versus the R11.

Watches should be round.

We have a winner!

So I bought the RWATCH R11 for $62.84 AUD

I ended up buying this watch!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Volunteer Work for Christmas Helping Homeless and Those In Need

Happy Christmas!

**** If you want to sign up click here ****

I thought I would stop thinking and start doing. So I volunteered to do some volunteer work!

Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas

******* HaPpY ChRiStMaS *******


I have signed up to pack & deliver food parcels to needy people on Christmas Eve. 

I wish I had a delivery van like this to do the volunteer work. It is a proper delivery van
Delivery Van


Volunteer work is good for the soul. Giving to others without any expectation of return is a natural thing to do. We do it for our close family. We do it in times of crisis. Yet sometimes in our busy lives we forget that our family extends beyond the four walls we call home, and that crisis is all around us. 

Lets face it, it's not going to cost me anything, apart from time and petrol. I will get to use anyone of my many GPS's, my speed detectors, my radar detectors and my traffic monitoring devices. Hopefully I will meet some genuinely decent people and most of all, I'm hoping it will be fun. Maybe even the kids will come with me!

Could you refuse to help this poor little puppy in need?
Could you refuse to help?


I chose Micah Projects on the south side of Brisbane.  I know next to nothing about them other that what I just read in 2 minutes on their web site. I am willing to commit a day and a half to them, and if I like what they do, I will offer my services on a more regular basis. I chose them because they focus on the homeless and they are affiliated with the government, which I hope means they have some guidelines and rules to follow.

This is the Micah Projects Facebook page
Micah Projects


Christmas Eve Eve & Christmas Eve. Currently this is a one off commitment for me. I'm sure once I'm there, there will be further opportunities!

This is a picture of some tins. Tins are usually added to hampers as they are non perishable.


As their web site says 'families and individuals experiencing poverty and social isolation in Brisbane'. 

I don't want to make any assumptions about the people who need help. I am aware some people may take advantage of other people's charity. I will judge with my own eyes after I have helped. It is too easy to sit down in your expensive designer suits (men & women) at exclusive restaurants serving overpriced fancy meals, preaching to your equally rich friends claiming "lazy benefit bludgers need to get off their own asses and help themselves". Frankly, if this is your opinion, I suggest you get off your own pampered little ass and say this to one of those such bludgers directly rather than sit in your safe restaurant reassuring yourself that your worthy and pointless lifestyle is truly deserved. At least then, if you are correct, you will be doing society a favour rather than just blowing hot pointless air into our faces.

Obviously this was my conscience speaking to me.

So there you have, 'families and individuals experiencing poverty and social isolation in Brisbane'.


Well I'm just going to turn up and be ready to do anything. I have volunteered to pack hampers and deliver them in and around Brisbane. I guess I'll be driving around a fair bit. They do suggest to take a passenger to carry heavy hampers. I have a feeling the real reason may be safety. Regardless I will enjoy it whatever I end up doing, even if it is running from large aggressive dogs!

I will possibly have to be careful when delivering!
Aggressive Dog!

Why, Again?

As I said at the start, volunteer work is good for the soul. Giving to others without any expectation of return creates warm feelings and memories that last for ever. In modern life we are surrounded by selfish motives, isolation and a latent need to look after number one which invariably gives rise to depression, anxiety and general miserableness. I don't need a doctor to prescribe this free medication, I just need an ounce of effort. 

So I guess I am doing it for very selfish reasons!

Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas

******* HaPpY ChRiStMaS *******

Friday, 20 November 2015

OnePlus 2 Quotes From Around The Web

With the OnePlus 2, we have something bold to say. We believe that great products come from great ideas, not multi-million dollar marketing campaigns. We believe “that’s just the way things are” is almost always the wrong answer. Most of all, we believe that great things should be shared. This is the OnePlus 2.
We Have Something To Say

OnePlus 2 64 GB Storage, 4 GB RAM $ 389.00
Buy A OnePlus 2 Now for $389

However, though the OnePlus Two is the bulkier device, it also offers something the iPhone can’t – customisation. The OnePlus Two has a range of StyleSwap covers available for the OnePlus Two, which allow you to swap out the standard Sandstone Black back plate for something more to your personal taste. The StyleSwap covers include Bamboo, Rosewood, Black Apricot and Kevlar, and cost around £20 each to buy.

We don't usually get too far through a day without seeing at least one person claim an Android phone assumes dominance over the iPhone for one reason or another, but rarely do you see the company making the hardware focus their energy on the same claim. OnePlus is such a company, and they don't just focus on claiming their hardware is better than Apple's. OnePlus is in the Flagship Killing business, it seems. Not just this year's devices, either. The branding attached to the launch of the OnePlus 2 makes it clear this phone is going to be better than all of the phones that come out next year as well. Brazen doesn't even begin to cover it.
Flagship Killer

Storage 64 GB 64 GB RAM Leaked: 2 GB 4 GB Screen Size 5.5" 5.5" Resolution 1920 x 1080, 401 pixels per inch 1920 x 1080, 401 pixels per inch Main Camera 12 megapixel, LED flash 13 megapixel, dual LED flash Wi-Fi 802.11ac 802.11ac Processor Leaked: 1.7 GHz 4-core Apple A9 1.8 GHz 8-core Snapdragon 810 Battery Capacity Leaked: 1,715 mAh 3,300 mAh Price $849 $389
Comparing specs from Oneplus 2 to IPhone 6s

I digress. For that low price-point you get Qualcomm QCOM +2.08%’s 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, 3300mAh battery, USB-C, a decent camera and a slick design. Not bad for a ‘killer’ of smartphones that are yet to be released in a year that hasn’t come around yet.

Looking beyond the innards, both phones come with very modern sensor packs. The OnePlus 2's fingerprint scanner has been every bit as reliable as the ones found in iPad 3 tablets. The motion detectors and ambient light scanner also held up very well under heavy use, always providing a snappy response. Apple's sensors can certainly do the same, but it would be hard to actually beat the OnePlus 2's sensor performance.  As for design, some iPhone fans will surely turn up their noses at the OnePlus 2's plastic back. But the ruffled surface of my Sandstone Black handset actually feels great in my hand, and is less likely to crack and chip than the iPhone's all-glass surfaces.  You could also pay up for back plates made of Kevlar or a variety of exotic woods. And the OnePlus 2's frame is made from a tough but lightweight aluminum-magnesium alloy. Even my wife digs it, and so do her iPhone-toting friends.
Can the OnePlus 2 compete on looks? Surely not!

The onplus 2 has a range of Covers to choose from

"What is most definitely in the OnePlus 2's favour is its 4GB of RAM. And not just any RAM either – we're talking super-fast LPDDR4 RAM, the likes of which made its way into the Samsung Galaxy S6 and similar to the ZTE Axon. That's if you go for the 64GB model though with the 16GB version opting for 3GB RAM although that's still pretty impressive to find packed into a smartphone. It shows as well. You can throw most things at the OnePlus 2 and you won't see any signs of sluggishness. By contrast, the iPhone 6's 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM looks more than a little puny but shows little signs of a struggle as well."
4Gb super-fast LPDDR4 Ram


NETWORK Technology  GSM / HSPA / LTE LAUNCH Announced 2015, July Status Available. Released 2015, August BODY Dimensions 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm (5.98 x 2.95 x 0.39 in) Weight 175 g (6.17 oz) SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) DISPLAY Type LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Size 5.5 inches (~73.3% screen-to-body ratio) Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density) Multitouch Yes Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4   - Oxygen 2.1.2 UI PLATFORM OS Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop) Chipset Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 CPU Quad-core 1.56 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 GPU Adreno 430 MEMORY Card slot No Internal 16 GB, 3 GB RAM 64 GB, 4 GB RAM CAMERA Primary 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, optical image stabilization, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, check quality Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR Video 2160p@30fps, 720p@120fps, check quality Secondary 5 MP, 1080p@30fps SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Loudspeaker Yes 3.5mm jack Yes COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS Radio No USB v2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email Browser HTML5 Java No   - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic - DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player - MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player - Document viewer - Photo/video editor BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery Stand-by  Talk time  MISC Colors Sandstone Black SAR EU 0.43 W/kg (head)     0.20 W/kg (body)     Price group 6/10
OnePlus 2 Specs

I just love the box it comes in. Oneplus has spent time looking at the details, and it shows
The Lovely Red Box

Thursday, 19 November 2015

OnePlus 2 Unboxing

Guess what arrived in the post yesterday? Answer: My new Oneplus 2!!!!! I waited 24 hours to open it as I was busy. I wanted quiet time where I could be on my own and enjoy. Just me and my new OnePlus 2. Of course my OnePlus 1 would't be far away as it was videoing the whole opening ceremony. It was worth the wait. What a fantastic phone!

NakedMidLife is now on Youtube!

I have uploaded the unboxing onto youtube hereI hope you enjoy watching it:

The video features:

  • Opening the lovely red box for the first time
  • A quick look at the contents of the red box
  • Removing the back cover
  • Inserting the sim card
  • Screen Protector
  • Solved: Minor issue with Oxygen OS when starting "Checking connection This can take up to 2 minutes"
  • A quick glimpse after it is fully setup

Introducing the OnePlus 2!

Have you heard of the OnePlus 2? Many people haven't. Its not even for sale here in Australian! Some would have heard of the OnePlus One. Both phones are famous for being so called "Flagship Killers". Well the OnePlus one is anyway, it remains to be seen for the OnePlus 2.......

OnePlus is a small Chinese company that made a phone last year (the Oneplus one). It featured similar specs to phones around the $900 mark at the time. Yet it cost less than $400! It was a huge success. Those of us that could get an invite and didn't mind risking importing it to Australia (risked because it meant the warranty was about as useful as a one-legged man at an arse kicking contest - Rowan Atkinson) were mightily impressed.

Well this year, back in September, they bought out its successor, the Oneplus 2. 

This is a photo of my new Oneplus 2 having been setup
My new Oneplus 2

For the offical low down check out the official OnePlus 2 webpage and/or the official OnePlus web page  (they have bought out another phone already, the Oneplus X). 

Here are its specs. 

OnePlus 2 Specs

Basic Parameters

Color: Sandstone Black

Dimensions: 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm

Weight: 6.17 ounces (175 g)

Operating System: OxygenOS based on Android 5.1 (Marshmellow upgrade in January)

CPU: 64-bit Qualcomm© Snapdragon™ 810 processor with 1.8GHz Octa-core CPUs

GPU: Adreno™ 430

Storage: 64 GB/16 GB eMMC v5.0 (available capacity varies)
Sensors: Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light
Battery: Embedded rechargeable 3,300 mAh LiPo battery
Max. SAR: Head: 0.795 W/kg, Body: 1.447 W/kg


Size: 5.5 inch
Resolution: 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 PPI


Sensor: 13 Megapixel (1.3um)
Lenses: 6 lenses to avoid distortion and color aberration
OIS: Yes
Laser Focus: Yes
Flash: Dual-LED
Aperture: f/2.0
Front Camera: 5 Megapixel - Distortion free
Video: 4K resolution video, Slow Motion: 720p video at 120fps

Why buy a OnePlus 2?

So what made me buy a Oneplus 2 (OPT)?

Well, unlike the Oneplus One (OPO), it wasn't the cost. To get it here in Australia I had to get it shipped to my friends house in the UK and then ask them to forward here to Australia. Also, the exchange rate has turned from the ever so favourable times when I bought the OPO.

It wasn't the invite system either. I tried and tried to get an invite early on but they were as rare as hens teeth. This really p**sed me off. 

To be honest, I bought it because I enjoyed the OPO so much and the spec of the OPT was even better. The OPO has little design features which I love. I installed cyanogen mod on my OPO and this has many awesome features too. They might appear small, but they make a difference. Being able to turn the torch or camera on using gestures. Configuring the rotation. I hate it when I read at night and the bloody screen flips. But with cyanogen/OPO I can stop it, but at the same time let it rotate the other way so when viewing landscape photos I can still use the while screen! Its these little things that make the phone so nice to have, and when I looked at other phones I simply couldn't do without them.

Delivery Times

A few people have asked how long it takes to get delivery of their Oneplus 2. I have included my tracking times below.

The delivery cost from UK to Australia was about 18 UKP.

05/11/15                Order date: That's the 5th of November 2015 for our American friends
10/11/15                UK Arrival Date:
10/11/15    15:33    SENT AT POST OFFICE
10/11/15    19:55    ITEM COLLECTED   
10/11/15    20:07    ON ITS WAY TOHWDC
11/11/15    01:29    ARRIVED (MDN) AT    HEATHROW WORLDWIDE DC
11/11/15                ON ITS WAY TO SYDNEY AUSTRALIA    
17/11/15    10:52    DELIVERED    AUSTRALIA

What To Do With The OnePlus One?

I can't sell it. Not because its broken or anything, it's in mint condition. I looked after this phone like I would a child. Actually better. Much of the phone has never been exposed to Earths atmosphere. Like mad Michael Jackson it was kept in a bubble. Was MJ in Bubble? That was his monkey right? Not a real bubble, I just mean it was always very well protected.

Anyway I have decided (and don't tell anyone this) to keep the phone in my car. I have been getting too many speeding tickets recently and so I have configured the phone to alert me when I'm going to fast. It has worked well. Now I can sit driving and be stared back at with admiration whenever I am driving. It's a great phone! Too good to sell.

Well, with a small set of photos of my new Oneplus 2, its over and out from me with a big thanks to Oneplus for making awesome phones! 

This is the box the Onplus2 comes in
The beautiful red box

This shows the Oneplus 2 with both of its covers on
This is how the Oneplus 2 arrives. It has 2 protective covers on it. The first one should be taken off.

This shows the OnePlus 2 Front View with the screen off
The front of the Oneplus 2

This shows the OnePlus 2 Back View with the screen off
The back of the Oneplus 2

This shows the OnePlus 2 Side View with the screen off. You can see the volume buttons and the screen on off toggle
The side of the Oneplus 2

This shows the OnePlus 2 Side View with the screen on. You can see the notification slider
The other side of the OnePlus 2

Thanks Oneplus! A wonderful phone. Never Settle.