Most user-friendly: Android
Most used phone: Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Most used app: WhatsApp
Most overrated app: Snapchat
Just because they are busy driving their fans crazy with their talents and have a schedule that leaves them no time to breath does not mean that these gentlemen do not enjoy simple things just like the regular folks do; latest applications to the most advanced technological gears, these actors are just like any other boy who loves gadgets. MAG talks to a few leading men of our entertainment industry to find out how much of a gadget nerd are they.
I have a few phones, including a Samsung Galaxy Note and an iPhone 7. I love the former because Android is so user-friendly and the phone has a stylus as well, which I love using for various things, like graphic designing. I absolutely hate iPhone; it is so self-centered, it has its own app store, charger etc that you can’t use for any other phone. I mostly get it as a gift so I feel like I might as well use it [Laughs] but the only thing I love about iPhone is its exclusive FaceTime application. I recall getting my first phone back when I was still studying at NCA, Lahore. It was a Nokia 3310 that looked more like a cell phone made out of stone [Laughs].
I have a Samsung and an iPhone 6 Plus, but I prefer Android because that’s manageable and makes it easier to connect to family. I bought my first phone immediately after they came out, but my first gadget was a Game Boy. I had it when I was about 13 or 14. Around the same time, I also had a video camera. I love using WhatApp and Instagram, but I also find gaming apps to be very useful for when I’m stuck at the airport or when I need to pass some time. Vivavideo (video editor) is an app that I recently downloaded, and I’m really liking it. However, there are a few TV-viewing apps that I deleted because I didn’t quite find them useful. I think Snapchat is quite overrated, too. Next, I would love to get my hands on virtual reality goggles.
I have a few cell phones, but I like using iPhone 7 the most because I find it very easy to use. I got my first phone in 1998 or the year after that, it was a Sony Ericsson. I love using Twitter and Instagram, it makes it easier for me to interact with my fans. Recently, I downloaded an app called Houzz. It is an interior designing application and is very helpful for whenever one can’t decide how to modify interiors. I find SoundCloud very useful, too and love using FaceTime to connect with my friends and family when I’m away from them. Often, you need to see the other person’s facial expressions when you say something, talking on the phone is not enough, that’s when the app is most useful. I also have various applications for following current news. I even have Netflix because I don’t get time to follow seasons properly, so I just watch them on the go. I love equipment that can give me good sound quality, so I keep buying high definition headsets, as well, but next I’m looking to get my hands on Camera360.
I am using Samsung Galaxy Note 5 these days. It has excellent battery time, it doesn’t die on you and is very user-friendly. I’m also loving my wireless Bose headphones, which people often pronounce as ‘boss’. [Laughs] My first phone was ages ago! I’m an 80s kid and had an Ericsson, when it wasn’t even ‘Sony Ericsson’ yet. It was a flip phone, I think T-26. At that time there were no SIM cards, your numbers were saved on the phone itself. Have you ever heard of any such thing? [Laughs] Among apps, I love foodpanda! I can’t stress on that enough. Anytime someone says to me, ‘we can’t decide what to have’, I immediately refer them to the app. It’s a very good example of how organised everything can be. I use it regularly to order food; it has the smallest restaurants listed on it, so there is no hassle of searching for a good place to eat now. Some other apps that I use the most are WhatApp and Facebook Page Manager; you need to own a page to use the latter, but the former is literally where I conduct business. Directors send me entire stories via voice notes, my assistant sends me pictures of what I’ll be wearing in a scene. For me, it’s not just for socialising, it is where I make all my decisions. I love using Instagram more than Facebook, though because you can just share the link of your Insta post on your Facebook page, and you won’t have to re-share it. It’s more convenient that way. I keep a bare minimum of apps on my phone. Even if I’m playing a game, I’ll keep only that one. Recently, I downloaded several online shopping apps. One drawback of being an actor is that you have to have new clothes all the time but don’t get time to do the shopping. So I have daraz.pk now. I also recommend everyone to get online banking apps that make it so easy to make transactions on the go. I find Snapchat to be the most overrated app ever! It is a waste of time, I find the dog filters derogatory and I judge girls who use the flower filters [Laughs].
I am a complete gadget freak! I have so many different gears that it would be impossible to name a favourite. I have a few cameras, sound mixing equipments, gaming consoles and DJing gear. These days, I’m loving my new iPhone 7 Plus. I just bought it and I love it’s camera results. The first phone I bought was in the late 90s, but if you and I talk about gadgets, it would have to be my first computer. I have owned all generations of them; commodore, attari etc. I’m a Twitter person, but apart from that, I love using photo-editing apps like Frappé, and Snapchat. Google planner can be most effective for planning out your day and keeping a track of your schedules. I don’t rely on apps for organising things, but I use that one regularly. Opera, on the other hand, is something that I find the most useless. It is even in my car, I don’t know why it’s there, I have never used it. Snapchat is the most underrated app; people are still so unfamiliar with it, they don’t know that you can transfer money and even Shazam any song you want through it. I specifically love capturing nature, especially clouds. I think Karachi has beautiful clouds, so picture-editing apps, like VSCO, help me a lot. I think it’s great that with technology things are advancing so quickly now. Before, it would be a hassle to go live but now, you can do that through Facebook, SoundCloud and Instagram. I’m looking to get into flying as well, so next I’m thinking of getting apps and gears that would be useful to a pilot.