Most used phones in my collection

I have many phones in my collection, as well as iPods and tablets, although I am still looking to expand my tablet collection (Nexus 7 and iPad 1st gen are tablets of which I am planning to buy at some point). This blog post, however, is about the phones (and one iPod) of which I use the most often. Please note that my Galaxy S9 does not count since it is not a backup/collection phone at the moment and is currently still my daily driver, not to mention that I am writing this blog post using DeX on it so I’d say it’d be quite hard to get pictures of anyway.

iPhone 4S

This iPhone 4S has since been downgraded to iOS 8.4.1 using the iOS 6 OTA method since I purchased it on iOS 9.3.5. Most of the time I have to resort to downloading old, previously compatible versions of apps such as Pages, WordPress, and Opera Mini, but some apps still support iOS 8 even on their current version. iOS 8 runs fairly well on the 4S, but not as good as iOS 6 did. I managed to buy this iPhone for £25 although it did originally have charging issues which were fixed by the shop when I brought it back in.

iPhone 6S

I was given this iPhone 6S for free and it had a shattered screen and at the time it ran iOS 11.0.1, but Touch ID did not work and even if it did, considering how unstable iOS 11.x was, I would probably have upgraded anyway.  Upgrading to iOS 12.2 (latest iOS at the time, I think) fixed Touch ID. I tried replacing the screen myself but a cable connecting the screen to the board snapped and in the end I got it professionally repaired and decided that if I wanted to start repairing phones, I should start out on less complicated ones, such as the iPhone 4 and old Samsung phones. I have not attempted repairing another phone yet but at some point I will but it definitely won’t be anything post-4S or post-S4. When iOS 13 was released as a public beta, I downloaded it but later switched to the developer beta instead and am currently on 13.1, dev beta 4.

iPod Nano 7th generation

I bought this iPod Nano 7th generation for £75 from a local second hand gaming shop.  I use it mainly for listening to FM radio, as well as listening to music and downloaded videos on the go.

Galaxy J3 (2016)

I was given this phone for free and the first thing I did was install LineageOS 14.1 (Android 7.1.2 Nougat) on it. It now runs fast but it does have a couple of scratches on the screen and doesn’t vibrate when someone calls or I get a notification. Whether this is a universal J3 (2016) issue, an individual hardware issue, or an issue with the ROM I’m using I don’t know. But this made me realise that this is an unreliable backup phone and my backup SIM card goes to… my 6S.

Upcoming devices for my collection

I do plan on expanding my collection in the future. Who knows what good offers on phones I will find. My tablet collection is also lacking with only one tablet in it at the moment, two if you count my daily tablet driver.

  • ASUS Nexus 7
  • iPad 1st generation
  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy A3 (2015)
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS

My plans for the Nexus 7 is to test it on all of its available Android versions to see how slower/faster it gets as it is updated. For the iPad 1st generation, I plan on installing an old version of OneNote on it as well as Apple productivity apps and using it as a notepad and portable but fairly large productivity device. For the Galaxy S II, I plan on debloating it to make it look like stock Android 4.0 rather than TouchWiz. For the A3, I honestly don’t know what my plans are for that yet but I have heard of some good custom ROMs for it. For the iPhone 3G, I plan on downgrading it to iOS 2.x, getting a box for it, and putting it on display as a collector’s item. As for the 3GS, a downgrade to iOS 4.1 seems likely and then I’ll test out some old apps and games.

What devices do YOU own and what do you use them for? What phones, tablets, and iPods do you plan on adding to your collection in the future and why? Leave your answers down below in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

-Chas

 

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Living with the iPhone 4S as a main phone in 2019 (iOS 6)

My current main phone is a Samsung Galaxy S9. However, another phone I own is an iPhone 4S which I have downgraded to iOS 6.1.3. iOS 6 is the last iOS generation that has the classic user interface which iOS 7 abandoned for a more modern UI.

The current stable version of iOS (at the time of writing) is 12.4.1, and the latest available version of iOS is iOS 13.1 beta 1. iOS 6 is several major versions of iOS out of date. As you can guess, not many current versions of apps work on it. Any app that requires iOS 11 or later or does not support the iPhone 4S on its current version will refuse to offer an older version either for some reason, probably something to do with iOS 11 being 64-bit only and iOS 6 never having run on any 64-bit device.

First selection of apps I downloaded were games from developers such as Ketchapp, such as Twist and Stick Hero. Games like PAC-MAN and Stack did not support iOS 6 with their current version of apps but did have an older version which did. Apps like WordPress and Google, which demanded at least iOS 11 on their current versions, refused to even offer an old version and had to have an older version downloaded using a trick in iTunes and then sideloaded.

I’m actually typing this from my 4S now on iOS 6 using the WordPress app and so far it’s working fine. Viewing Notifications in the WordPress app, however, causes the app to break completely and the only way to get it working again is to reinstall it.

Siri works fine; of course, features like ‘Hey Siri’ are missing and some languages only support one gender’s voice. However, testing out Siri, she appears to be capable of opening apps; stating her loyalty to Apple when I asked her about her preference between iOS and Android; sending text messages, and searching the Internet for definitions.

I chose Opera Mini as my preferred web browser. From my experiences with old iOS devices, Safari always lags and crashes on older iOS devices but Opera runs smoothly and rarely crashes. Some pages don’t display properly but quite a lot do as well. Opera Mini is amazing on old devices; it even runs well on my ZTE Racer, an Android phone from 2010 which wasn’t even a flagship at the time!

How well does it run? The iPhone 4S started off on iOS 5 and iOS 6 is its first major OS upgrade. It’s actually very snappy and opens some apps almost instantly but others like games take a little longer to load. Most apps run well and I can hold several apps in the background without lagging, unlike the exact same phone running iOS 9, which stutters when switching between apps and multitasking while keeping a smooth experience is almost impossible!

If you want the better app support, there’s always iOS 8.4.1, of which can be updated to from the Settings menu of iOS 6. I decided to stay on iOS 6 for the nostalgic user interface and snappy performance, but for some people, iOS 8 may be more suited to their needs. iOS 9, however, is near unusable on the iPhone 4S and that suits nobody unless you love waiting for ages for an app or webpage to load and you love that feeling you get when an app crashes, which you probably don’t.

Anyways, what iOS version does your older iDevice run and how well does it do so? Make sure to comment on this post. I did hope you enjoyed!

-Chas

The Return of this Blog

Hello everyone, Chas (or EpicChasGamer as you previously have known me). I’m sorry for not posting for over a year. I really am. I just didn’t know what to post and eventually gave up. But I checked out my blog today and it really brought back some great memories. Such as almost three years ago when I got hundreds of views on my blog and comments, some from famous people.

I’ve grown up a bit more from since when I last posted, and I am wondering whether to keep the name of this blog as EpicChasGamer or change it. I’m much more into technology now, and I still love Linux, but I have gotten more into mobile phones and have started a collection of them. My favourites are: iPhone 4S, Galaxy J3, iPhone 6S, and Galaxy S9.

Chances are I’ve lost a few followers from my massive break, but hopefully more people will stumble upon this blog and follow it and like the posts.

Expect more posts about phones and technology, but I’ll continue posting about Minecraft. I’m still enthusiastic about the Raspberry Pi, and will be looking into the Raspberry Pi 4 at some point to buy and review one. I wonder how well regular Ubuntu will run now that we have 2GB and 4GB RAM options and an upgraded GPU.

I also discovered Samsung DeX earlier this year and found out about Linux on DeX which allows you to run Linux with DeX. I was delighted when Samsung announced they would support the S9 with Linux on DeX a few months back and have since been using Linux on DeX and regular DeX frequently.

I have also gotten into Garageband. I’ve enjoyed making music on it and may make a few tutorials on here so others can master it as well.

Regarding SeaSurf I’m not so sure. I loved the idea of making a web browser but I also recall some stressful moments when encountering errors when I was just trying to add simply functionality to it especially on the PC version. Development of the mobile version wasn’t so tough so there is a chance SeaSurf will continue but as a mobile only browser.

Here are a couple of polls:

Anyways, I hope you’re looking forward to this blog resuming, and get ready for new, amazing posts!

-Chas

Slope

Hello everybody.

A few months ago, I found a video game called Slope, which can be found at Y8.com. The game is where you have to move your ball around and jump from wall to wall without falling off. My best score ever was around 130, and you should concentrate on the game if you want to get a great score.

The game is found at y8.com/games/slope.

Enjoy!

Epic Chas Gamer 😀

80 Followers + Wormax.io

Hello everyone! Recently, I stumbled upon a game you can play in your browser called Wormax.io. It is similar to slither.io but the snakes are replaced with worms and they look different. Here is a screenshot of my worm growing large in it!

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this game I found!

-EpicChasGamer

PS: Also, I have hit 80 followers! Thank you to everyone who followed this blog to be notified of new posts via email.

This blog has been running for years now

I am fairly sure this blog was created in 2013/2014. Sure, I didn’t post anything on here at all in 2015, but I sure had fun when I reached over 700 views on October 8th 2016. Now, it is 2018 meaning this blog has ran for five or four years.

I am planning on blogging more frequently and finding new stuff to post about, so keep in track!

I hope you enjoy the upcoming blog posts!

Chas

XRacer on Y8

Anyways, I was looking for fun games to play and I found this cool game called XRacer.

Basically, you have a spaceship and have to avoid the obstacles and get as far as possible. If you go through a red ring, your spaceship gets slower, if you go through a green ring your spaceship gets faster, and when you pass through a blue ring you get extra points.

The obstactles get harder as you continue playing. I recently reached a high score of 9224m, my best score as of now, and that is a very hard score to achieve.

Play the game at http://www.y8.com/games/xracer

Enjoy!

Epic Chas Gamer