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iPhone or Android in as few words as possible

It’s a dilemma? Which to choose?  How does one decide without a few days of hands on experience with both?

I’ve been an iPhone user since the 3G, and have been very happy, but recently Apple has been trying harder than ever to drive me away. Their customer service offers tons but delivers little.  More on this another day when I’m not trying to keep it short.

So in a fit of pique I purchased a Nexus 5.  It’s a sensible price, it has a five inch hi-res screen and it is a wonderful phone.  I spent the weekend or a good chunk of it setting up gmail, exchange email, and all the things I thought were essential.

It’s a truly delightful phone to use and to own – I had the red one – but, and this is only relevant if you are deeply embedded into the Apple ecosystem, it’s not a iPhone.  There are so many apps that I take for granted on my iPhone I would have to buy again from the Play Store.

If I used a Windows PC, I’d probably still use an iPad but I definitely would switch to an Android phone – probably the Nexus 5 and I’d immerse myself in the Google ecosystem.  However, I use a MacBook Air; the link between computer, tablet and phone is just too strong to ignore.  The Nexus is going back.

I felt guilty talking to the very pleasant Play Store chap and found myself saying over and over again I liked the Nexus 5 phone. If the phone itself ran iOS8 I’d have it, no question.

The Nexus 5 is more similar in size to the iPhone 6 Plus so I know which one I’m choosing.

As a simple summary, my suggestion: If you use Windows go for an Android, if you use a Mac pay the price penalty and go with the iPhone, and hope the customer service improves – or you never need it.

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Are your LEDs too bright?

A recent product received for review made my listening room at night look as if it was flooded by daylight.  The designer had chosen LEDs that were far too bright, I guess, to make the DAC concerned jump off the shelf in a retail environment.

A quick Google search found Lightdims the answer to problems I didn’t even know I had.

Not expensive and easy to purchase, a quick bit of dual factor authentication with PayPal later and I’d received confirmation that they had been shipped.

Have a look at this TV ad.  Subtle it isn’t, but it does explain the product well.

They have arrived and they do the job well.  My room is now lit by a subtle blue glow at night. They are a bit fiddly to fit as they don’t come off the backing sheet that easily, but ultimately they are in place and reducing the glare.

Here’s the video I should have watched after they arrived, it does help.

Strongly recommended

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Interactive version

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