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Colin McMillen Dec 5
Pixel 4 initial impressions live-tweeting first of all: THIS PHONE IS HUGE (i have been a happy iphone SE owner for almost 4 years, but it's showing its age and nobody make a small phone anymore, so welp)
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
Replying to @mcmillen
the short link , printed on the most prominent packaging insert, purports to tell me whether my carrier supports eSIM, but doesn't actually really do that
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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it is ridiculous that a phone which costs $800 retail and doesn't work with any of my existing headphones, doesn't even include a dongle
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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why does the sim card holder have google's address on it
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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i guess this is useful if you're a google employee and need to remember your employer's address and are unable to find it on the search engine of your choice???
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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i hate haptic feedback so much and i can't wait to get through the setup process as fast as possible so that my phone doesn't wobble every time i touch it
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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logging in using bluetooth security key worked surprisingly well the first time
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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i don't know how to answer the "back up to google drive" question because it sounds like a good idea but also i'm afraid that answering yes will like, doom future phones to accidentally have a wrong protobuf field set at restore time by some backend somewhere and behave oddly
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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fuck this but there is an opt out at which i an saving for later
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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this "learn more" touch target is way too small
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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this phone is huge
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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I will really miss having a hardware mute button
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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"squeeze for your Assistant" is some odd phrasing
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
Replying to @blendoku
extremely happy to have my old content back
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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I can't get rid of Android Auto? I don't have a car
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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i thought I disabled autocapitalization but apparently not, so now I sound like a cop
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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this phone is huge
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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i was hoping to finish setting my phone up this afternoon but i have RSI from how huge it is, so it's time to take a break
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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forgive me father, for i have simmed
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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i'll need to port my folder of shitpost GIFs
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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time for a break! let's grab a snack, plug in some headphones, and-- oh
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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is there a way to get rid of this? I never want the Assistant, but especially not in one of the few easy-to-reach screen regions
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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GET THIS MAN OFF MY HOME SCREEN WTF why is Fox News
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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okay the waving your hand in front of the screen to next/prev music is actually a pretty cool gimmick
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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I've found the Most Important Setting, navigation in eg Slack was basically unusable until I found this
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
Replying to @SlackHQ
why are cowards who don't let me choose a font size in-app any more? having to make my entire device font huge in order to correct for their tiny fonts is annoying
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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my various houses
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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the ability to rename Bluetooth devices is great
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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the power connector location seems to be exactly where my pinky wants to rest when holding this giant phone and it's scraping my skin lol
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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why is it even scrapey, seems like shoddy build quality. I hold the iPhone in the same way but the power connector there is metal and smooth instead of plastic and scrapey
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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apps really only get 6-idh characters before having their names truncated, which is weird because my smaller iPhone can for like 10-12
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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iphone se home screen for comparison
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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the biggest OS level thing I'm missing from iOS is control over notifications. my personal belief is that only like 4 apps should make noise ever, and that's very hard to enforce on Android and extremely simple on iOS
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
Replying to @mcmillen
relatedly I miss app badges with the numbers of unread messages (which I vastly prefer over notification tray spam)
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
Replying to @mcmillen
Dashlane works a lot more smoothly on Android, which I suspect is because Android provides better hooks for it to be able to fill in passwords
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
Replying to @killedbygoogle
it is hilarious that Google Play Store's autosuggested list of apps to install includes a dead Google product
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
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I love dark mode but it is extremely jarring when an app doesn't support it (and particularly disappointing when it's a Google app)
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Colin McMillen Dec 5
Replying to @mcmillen
it's funny: I didn't know about "swipe on spacebar to move the cursor" until really recently but it's become so ingrained in my muscle memory that it's really messing me up on Android (it exists here, but it behaves very differently)
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