Iphone 7 Plus vs Android (Galaxy 6 Edge)

I wrote the review I did below after only a few days with my new phone, and I think three months (and a bit more) is a good time to review what I first wrote about it – particularl with the arrival of the Galaxy S 8 next week. New comments in red 🙂

After my Blackberry (2011-2013), I always had Galaxies, and now, I finally treated myself to an Iphone.

I cannot say that it is better or worse than Android, but I can say it`s different. I got some nice new things but also lost some.

My personal verdict is as follows:

Lock Screen

Galaxy blinks with notifications, until I open it. Only text messages and WhatsApps show on my lock screen, so I always wanted to look at my notifications (and if I didn`t, the flashing drained my battery). Iphone shows all incoming messages on lock screen, but flashing lights are available for those who want them as well as.

Iphone wakes up as soon as I lift it up, and because my home screen can recognise my fingerprint, I don`t need to bother with annoying pass codes.

Iphone 1  : 0  Android (this should actually be double points as so great!!!) 

yes! It`s so easy to check (either by having my phone beside me or by just briefly waking it up by simply lifting it), the battery lasts such a great deal more than the one of my Galaxy (which would blink for ages in my handbag and then had to be completely wakened for me to see the message), too.

Home Screen

Fully customisable on Android. On Apple, you can set a background picture and reorder the apps.

Iphone 1 : 1 Android

Yes. Mind you – I still haven`t customised my home screan.


see also “Lock screen” and “Homescreen”. I like the Iphone`s Notification Panel on the side. Although its customisation could be improved (but hey, it`s new, so maybe it will) it wins over the Galaxy Edge. The Notification Centre which you drag down from the top is similar, but slightly better on Apple. It seems a silly thing, but Apple gives me a separate notification for each person who liked my Instagram photos, while Samsung will only say “Marvin + 3 other people”.

Iphone 2 : 1 Android

yes again 🙂

Battery Life

Because of the things raised above, I don`t need to switch on my Iphone that often, and neither have I got lights flashing in my handbag if I don`t check it. Can`t say whether the Iphone battery is really better, but I can easily see why it lasts me longer (charge every second day rather than daily). Lost Fast Charge.

Iphone 3 : 1 Android

as said – this one still valid, too 🙂

Alarm Clock

Can be put off with one tap on Iphone. Samsung requires me to get into the Clock App, which is annoying when you`re still half asleep

Iphone 4 : 1 Android

Yes, great improvement on the Samsung, for said reason – so easy to simply switch off.


Extremely easily accessible on Android from homescreen via customiseable dash board. Iphone requires me to go into Settings, where I don`t find it particularly intuitive to find certain things. Some settings are available from the lock or homescreen (drag up from bottom). I like to use flight mode during the night (where on my Galaxy, I would have switched off WiFi and Data) Still…

Iphone 4 : 2 Android

Yes. Apple settings are really annoying. It was, for example, so easy on the Samsung to switch off and on WiFi or log into new networks. This is annoying now, plus, I seem to be really having a hard time with WiFi (other than at home) in particular. 


This is really important for me, and I love the Portrait Mode of the Iphone which blurs the background. However, I lost the Beauty Setting in Selfie Mode, which blurred my skin and made me look at least 10 years younger. I know there`s apps for that, but… I prefer Apple`s inbuilt filters to Samsung`s, but there are several third party apps which I prefer to both.

Generally, with both phones, I`m happy with all photos in good light but less so in low light. Apple`s Live Photos are quite cute, but really just a toy.


Iphone 5 : 3 Android

Still yes, plus I would give Apple an extra point now that I found their own photo editing mode and also discovered that, if you keep your thumb on a Live Photo, it plays the whole video rather than just recording one movement before (which it shows when you are flicking). It`s really cute 🙂


You know what really bugs me about the Apple Gallery? You can share a pic to third party Apps (take Instagram), but you cannot then edit them there. To do that, you first have to go into Instagram and fetch the picture from there. With Android, you pick your photo, share it to Instagram and arrive at your usual editing screen. And that`s how it should be.

Iphone 5 : 4 Android (this one should get double points, too!!)

I found a function where you can move photos to Instagram and then edit it, but this is not there all the time??


You can get GooglePlay on Apple (but you don`t get Itunes on Android), so don`t need to transfer my Google music to Itunes and can now chose where to buy from, as prices can differ. Android has its own music player, too, which I hardly used. I however downloaded two MP3s onto my Iphone via mail, and still haven`t found them. Nevertheless…

Iphone 6 : 4 Android

yes 🙂

Third Party Apps

Most third party apps are available on both Operating Systems, and with most, I prefer the ones for Apple (although not hugely).

Iphone 7 : 4 Android 

Apple apps cost, though, and they`re not cheap. What I really dislike is that I can`t always see how much I am being charged – it just asks me confirm that I want to buy the app and then asks for my password re payment. Surprised this is allowed.

Health App

I`m grieving for the Samsung Health App, which had everything (step counter, exercise, food diary and several other things including weight and sleep) in one place. The step counter was on my home screen, which I adored. Apple has a health app, but the only thing which seems automatic is the step and exercise counter. Although I was told you can put those on the side panel, I`m yet to find out how. A real loss.

Iphone 7 : 5 Android

yes. Now RunTastic as well, but Samsung had this all in one. 

Phone Design

Okay, it`s a bit too big, but I wanted the camera which the small one does not have. Galaxy 6 Edge was the perfect size, with the edge providing a larger screen and additional functions.

Iphone 7 : 6 Android

Cracked the screen about 3 weeks ago. Thankfull, it was only the protector 🙂

… and it`s almost a draw! Some may want to consider things like price, image, processor and accessories, but I focused on which one is the better phone to use. I was craving a change, but I really wouldn`t be able to recommend one phone over the other.

At the moment, I’m definitely enjoying the novelty factor, though 🙂

12 vor 12 in December or: just an ordinary day in 12 pictures

I start work at 9am and live 20 mins away from it. Especially in winter, it would be tempting to stay in bed till 8, but during 8 months of not working mornings, I really grew to appreciate some me-time before work and faithfully set the alarm for 7.

My husband, who is retired and does not want to fall into the trap either, gets up with me. He feeds the cats while I take my shower, and when I come down, he will have coffee ready. I am not a morning person, but the sound of our Gaggia right underneath me is enough to bring me to life.


That was Leo (below) with his tail.

Still dark outside, but betterment is imminent. Every year on 21st December, I`m having a party inside my head because we`re over the worst and will be gaining 2 mins a day all the way until June.


I admire Mosili`s work on her planners, and was growing to like the idea of a paper diary again. I liked the clutterfree-ness of smartphone apps, but there is no one app for all my planning needs, so I had to record my stuff in 5 different places, which I could only be bothered -sorry!- to do sporadically). So I bought a planner and now enjoy creatively reflecting the day before as part of my morning ritual:


Traffic jam:


The joys of working in a place with a kitchen:


I rescued this lovely necklace from the Christmas Tombola. Not wanting to buy tickets and then win chocolates and soap, so I just made an offer and bought it. I`m having an old fashioned style phase just now, which can probably be attributed to the music and pictures I`m exposed to at work. I cant wait to wear it, but it`ll remain on my desk until I pay for it.


Look at that picture!! Do you see the difference to this one?


After years of thinking “One day, I`ll have one of those, but not yet”, I finally treated myself to an I-phone yesterday. After visiting 5 shops, I manage to secure what seemed like the last one in town – the last one of my desired specs anyway. I actually went back to the Apple-Store and waved it to the guy. Some places didn `t have any I-Phone 7 Plusses at all, so seems like a lot of people in and around Edinburgh are in for a wonderful treat this Christmas.


So far I can`t say that it`s better than Samsung, but it`s different, which is what I was craving. Smartphones are one thing I really get bored with easily.

All photos in this blog have been done with my new phone, and while I`m really happy in good light conditions and with the portrait mode, I`d still want to pull out my camera in lower light, where it matters. The moment can be over by the time you managed, though (cats!!).

Some studying at night. Statistics comes easy, but Accounts is something I have to work really hard at. I`m glad that I`ve chosen it, though. This course really highlights that I have gaps, but it`s also filling them all at the same time.


What I`m looking at while working hard…


Oh, and I was gonna show you what I did with my kitchen, was I? Tadaaaa…


Transferrable tiles, available from ebay or Amazon in various mixed designs, ÂŁ8.oo for 26 tiles. We used three packets – two would have been enough, but they are a bit heavy on blue, and I was wanting something really colorful, as inspired by a Jerusalem restaurant kitchen and the beautiful houses in Portugal. Of course, they all use real tiles 🙂


Was this last picture cheating? Probably… I usually sneak in a selfie, but I forgot, and now, I`ve taken off my makeup. But take a picture of my outfit:


The skirt is a tight fitting pencil skirt with a fish tail. Charity shopping rocks! 🙂


Airbrush apps and thoughts about beauty and perfection

Below, a fab post about a topic which I was wanting to write about, too, for some time.

It`s about apps which beautify your selfies, and about what they do not only to our own self esteem, if we cannot keep up with our own selfies or if they show you “imperfections” of your natural self, which you never cared about before.

I also think it raises expectations which are both unrealistic and dangerous. As Paleica writes, social media became so popular, because it was authentic. But is it still?

There was that rather catty remark from a colleague about a friend, whose facebook photos were always looking so  much better than her real self: “I saw her in the street last week, and she looks nothing like that!” My initial thoughts were to defend her – if you are really that plain, but once in a while, you get a really good photo of yourself, of course, you`ll want everybody to see it.

On thinking a bit deeper however, I don`t think it`s all that cute. The woman who saw her in the street was now, in other words, telling everyone she was an imposter. And imagine she was invited to a class reunion and felt she could not live up to her own selfies. Would she still go, or would she find an excuse? Even though we all know about the apps, we kind of expect each other, and ourselves, to look like that in real life.

What I often think is that there now seems to be an expectation that you photoshop yourself. Everyone can do it, the tools are for free – there is no “excuse”. If you don`t you stick out for being mediocre – not only don`t you look good enough, you also cannot possibly value yourself, otherwise you`d at least try. It`s the same phenomenon which has been raised numerous times in relation to cosmetic surgery. The sheer availability of it has raised standards for everyone.

BTW, apparently, the selfie culture has significantly increased demand for facial surgery…


Heute stelle ich euch eine App vor, die mich selbst sehr zwiegespalten hinterlässt. Auf der einen Seite finde ich sie genial, auf der anderen Seite aber “horrifying”. Warum stelle ich sie euch dann überhaupt vor? Weil ich selbst bis vor kurzem nicht wusste, dass es diese App gibt und ich denke, dass es nicht schadet, wenn man sich dessen bewusst ist, dass es heute kein Photoshop und ausgefeilte Retusche-Kenntnisse mehr braucht, um entweder das Beste aus sich rauszuholen oder im Kleinen und auf die Schnelle ein sehr unreales, halbwahres Bild von sich zu erschaffen.

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Kindle vs Paperback

How do you prefer to read?

I`m torn between Kindle and paper. When it first came out, I thought I`d never buy a Kindle, but eventually, I did, and from then on bought everything I could electronically (apart from cookery and other picture books).

Over the last two or three years however, I`m slowly going the other way again. I often find myself paying more for an e-book than a second hand paperback, plus, I cannot pass it on to other people. Graphics, particularly those with small font, are often illegible on Kindle, and while it`s usually (but not always – see picture ` below) better on my tablet, I do not want to add yet another thing to do on a computer screen.

Anyway – I started to buy paperbacks again. Although buying from Amazon, I often have to forego the buzz of instant gratification, ÂŁ2.81 (1p for the book plus ÂŁ 2.80 p&p) compared to the ÂŁ4.99 Kindle edition is hard to beat. Slowly, my shelves are starting to fill up again after I worked so hard to downsize my book collection.

Why, by the way, is it so hard for some people to part from their books?

I`m starting to prefer paperback again, although I still wouldn`t want to dispense with my Kindle – I like the portability, the ease of buying foreign without paying postage and waiting for ages, and yes, very often the instant gratification. At first, I also said I like the space on my shelves, but I think we now have a library that`s quite reasonable, and I have to agree with my husband that books displayed on a shelf look nice (just not as many as we once had).

Samples from my Kindle and the same pages on my tablet:




Decluttering 2016 (day 2) – my smartphone

Yesterday, I cleared and packaged my mobile phone, for handing into the pawnbroker`s on Monday.


BRILLIANT phone, which I can wholeheartedly recommend, but as I started to use it less for internet (got myself a tablet) and more for telephoning, I became increasingly frustrated with its size.

A couple of days ago, I saw the S6 edge (which I always liked, but couldn`t justify the price), in the pawn brokers` window for an amazing price (scratch at the back, and locked to my network), so I bought it, and also had my Note 3 evaluated. And here, there was a really pleasant surprise:

  • Carphone Warehouse: offered ÂŁ90.oo (if I buy a new phone from them)
  • Amazon: lowest selling price for used ÂŁ158.oo (with their commission still to come off)
  • Pawnbroker: offered ÂŁ135.oo (independent of me buying the other phone, actually)

Really, really pleased, and will definitely keep them in mind if I ever want to sell electronics again! And I used to think they are a service for people who are broke 🙂

Anyway, although I`m extatic about my own bargain, I also want to take this opportunity to recommend the Samsung Galaxy J5, which we found for my husband. His budget and requirements were much lower than mine, and I couldn`t believe it when I discovered this phone, which was launched in June 2015. I actually considered getting one for myself. For ÂŁ169.00, you`ll get a 13MP camera, 5MP front camera with flash, same operating system, AMOLED screen and interface as S6, brilliant battery life. 8GB storage can be extended. He doesn`t use it for music and games, so can`t comment. Yet again, it requires its own charger, and if you care about appearances, you may prefer something more expensive looking. The back side in particular doesn`t look that substantial, but you`ll put a case around it, anyway. As hubby always says himself: “Cheap watch tells the same time.” Final note – I don`t get paid for this post, but genuinely adore the Galaxy range 🙂




The best advice I ever received from a saleswoman (!!) was with regards to upgrading my camera. She said: “Get to know the one you`ve got, I`m sure it`ll give you a lot of pleasure!”

What she meant was that I`ve got a good camera, and buying an even better one won`t help me if I don`t know how to use it properly. Ever so often, I still look for improvement, but deep down, I know the woman was right: The best way to improve my photographs is to improve my skills.

I should stick to the resolution I made back then when I spoke to this lady, which was to use my little Coolpix for learning, and then upgrading, when am in a better place to assess what I need and want. I only just bought the Coolpix this year, moving on from – my smartphone.

I kept upgrading my phone for a better camera; but now that I bought the digicam I`ve got peace of mind that there`s no more need to. That alone makes the camera a worthwhile investment. And it does indeed make better pictures.

Today, I discovered yet another function: increase ISO to get a better picture in low light conditions. (My 2013 smartphone can do that as well, but not as much). Also, there is shutter speed and aperture, and I`ve just bookmarked this article here for my lunch break tomorrow.