It’s a matter of degrees

14 06 2016

It’s never below zero but often above 40C.

I’m talking about Thailand (ประเทศไทย) the country well-known for its excellent spicy food.

It will be my residence after saying Goodbye to Germany in late August 2016. My wife already moved over to here native country with her iPad Mini and the awesome iPhone SE.

What about stores?

The temperature for our iLoot isn’t the only problem we are faced with. There is an Apple Store website but Apple won’t deliver its high-tech products to a small village (called MOO) some kilometers away from Khon Kaen, the main city in Thailand’s ISAAN region. Furthermore, I can’t pay with my credit card connected to my German bank account.

What about connectivity?

In Thailand we have 10 Mbit/s WiFi at home and a quite stable mobile data connection outside. So it’s no problem to be creative. In most cases it’s not a question of high-speed Internet. You always need more time to write down your thoughts than uploading them to social networks. And moreover my rhythm of live is not controlled by Apple’s processors.

What about battery life?

Devices suffer from higher battery drain in Thailand than in countries with lower average temperature. 
Like humans, batteries function best at room temperature. Warming a dying battery in a mobile phone or flashlight in our jeans might provide additional runtime due to improved electrochemical reaction. This is likely also the reason why manufacturers prefer to specify batteries at a toasty 27°C (80°F). Operating a battery at elevated temperatures improves performance but prolonged exposure will shorten life.
To be on the safe side I use the ‘Techlink Recharge 12000′ powerstation with 12000 mAh. Recharging is fast (1%/min) and may be applied up to 4 times before recharging it or 2 times with 2 devices being charged simultaneously (2.4 A/1.0 A).

The human brake …

Clammy fingers are like brakes when using gestures like drag, flick or pinch.
That’s definitely the most annoying bug in the design of bio-machines and there is no update available neither via cable nor OTA.

Fortunately there is a way to at least use Touch ID with sweaty or oily skin. If you failed using your thumb to unlock your iThing just add this finger in addition to the dry copy of the same fingerprint for future authentications.

Other problems?

Well, I don’t know. Hopefully I won’t get into trouble after inserting my Thai SIM card. I already checked that all my accounts secured with 2-Step Verification have to be modified to provide the right information.

Sadly I don’t have access to the Thai App Store to get some country-specific apps not offered in the German App Store.
We might live in an international world, but if you’ve ever tried to switch from one App Store to another, you’ll have a pretty good idea what it means to keep up with Apple Service-Jet-Setting.

Summary …

Use your AC, stay cool, enjoy the delicious food and fruit, use your GTD app and if something doesn’t go your way ignore it.

Related …

The Thai Apple Store

Change your iTunes Store Country

Thanks for reading.


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