Cover photo
Sander Deryckere
Attends KU Leuven
Lives in Oostnieuwkerke, Belgium
3,103 followers|376,845 views


Sander Deryckere

Shared publicly  - 
Testing the HTC one - English

Thanks to +Bart Stoffels from +Androidworld, I got the chance to try out the new HTC one. Their new flagship phone. Yesterday was the touch&try event, so today I'm testing it a bit more. I'll give a short review of the phone.


The hardware is in one word splendid. The unibody aluminium case makes it very strong. The screen is so sharp it's unbelievable.
The camera has a flash, but I don't know why you would need it, as the lens is so great the photo quality is perfect, even in quite dark environments. The speakers are just amazing, I'd even say they're better than my laptop speakers, and they're on the front (finally!).
The antennas are also great. You might expect some problems due to the aluminium case, but this isn't the case, the WiFi reception is even better than my laptop's WiFi reception.
The speed is also great, but I guess everyone expected that from this phone.

The only hardware disadvantage I can think of is hackability. You can't open it, so it's certainly impossible to change the battery.  Also, the default charger cable is 1m, a bit short to me (I like to charge it in the sofa, while playing with it). Luckily, we have other chargers with longer cables.


The also changed a lot to the software. A first thing they added is BlinkFeed. That's some collection of all things you'd want to see: mails, appointments, news, TV shows ... It's more customisable than Google Now (which also shows the things you might want to see), but it also has some minor annoyances. The search button is less handy to reach (requires a dual action), and it doesn't immediatly show web results, only results from blinkfeed resources. By default, it's on your left homescreen, so it's also a bit harder to reach. Sometimes you need to press home, and then swipe left to get it, while going to Google Now only requires a long press on the home button. I don't know if there's a good solution for this, but it's certainly worth looking at it. It also doesn't support G+ yet, but I'm sure that's coming with an update.

They also changed a lot in the camera software. With Zoe, you can take a picture, and afterwards choose the right frame you want (to even some frames before you pressed the button). This does seem to use a lot of battery, but it works great. You can also upload multiple frames to G+. The photo you see below comes from a Zoe.

They also create highlight films from your events. Those are 30 sec movies showing your best pictures from an event. You de need to take more than 13 pictures, as otherwise, I've found it will also include pictures from other events. Those highlights are awesome (right mood, good panning/zooming, moving images thanks to Zoe ...) but there seems to be a problem to share them to G+ (or it's because I haven't taken the time to enable the HTC share function) . So I can't share them yet, but I'll look into it.

I must say, their camera software improvements are really great. You can take great pictures, and you have an easy way to show them (instead of letting someone look at a boring dia show) without any extra work.

HTC TV is also something unique. The phone has an infra-red light, so it can control your TV. Combine this with a TV schedule in the app, an you have a wonderful remote control. There's only one problem with it that makes it unusable to me. But I'm also sure they'll solve it in the future. For now, you can't change the number of the channel. It's set to the cable distributor's default (f.e. TV One is on number 2, Four is on number 3, Five is on number 6), this is a bit illogical, so everyone from where we live have their TV stations rearranged (One is on 1, Four is on 5, Five is on 13, that makes a lot more sense ;). The ability to change the channel number is IMO the only missing functionality, And I believe it will be easy to add. So that will make my phone the perfect combination of TV magazine and remote control.
Sander Deryckere's profile photo

For the GPS, I tried it on two positions this far (Antwerp and at home), and both times I got a fix within a second or two. Even from inside. Although the GPS antenna did get some help as I was connected to a localised WiFi network in both cases, I still think this result is quite spectacular.

To do a better test (and I will), I'll have to drive to a spot out of reach of a WiFi network and try again.
Add a comment...

Sander Deryckere

Shared publicly  - 
I really wonder how many kings and queens we'll have on July 21st. In any way, Albert did a good job of reading his papers, lets see how Filip will be as king.
Tony “Grefix” David's profile photoFrédéric Hannes's profile photoSander Deryckere's profile photo
+Tony David , it looks like it's going to be 2 kings and 3 queens indeed. 
Add a comment...

Sander Deryckere

Shared publicly  - 
When I wear my "Ireland" T-shirt. I always end up with British people sitting in front of me on the train O_o

This time, it was a Scot.
Juha Siltala's profile photoWolf Weber's profile photoSander Deryckere's profile photo
If I would have said "English", then I doubt I would get off the train alive. But British is at least geographically correct :D
Add a comment...

Sander Deryckere

Shared publicly  - 
So, Bertha, the 90 yo, 16 pints a day lady, is becoming popular on that other social network.

My original post:
Harry Fabel's profile photoThomas Heine's profile photo
Glad I am here...
Add a comment...

Sander Deryckere

Shared publicly  - 
One of our queens is celebrating her 85th birthday today. What do they do at Studio Brussel radio? They play Queens of the Stone Age.

Well, almost right, isn't it?
Luc Suy's profile photoThomas Delemarre's profile photoSander Deryckere's profile photo
I forgot which song it was. It was this morning, but I just remembered it because Marcel Vanthilt mentioned it again on TV.
Add a comment...

Sander Deryckere

Shared publicly  - 
An old lady got 90 crates of beer for her 90th birthday.

She says it's thanks to the beer she's got that age. Since her 17th birthday, she drinks 16 pints a day. She starts at 11 AM and stops at 8 PM. But strangely, she's not addicted. When she was in the hospital for 2 weeks lately, she only drunk water, and had no problems with it.

Now, I know a lot of old people that like their daily portion of alcohol (be it an elixir, a pint or a Trappist), but I don't know anyone of 90 who can drink 16 pints a day, and still claim not to be drunk.
Negentig bakken bier. Dat cadeau kreeg Bertha De Bot van haar familie voor haar negentigste verjaardag. En of ze daar blij mee was. Al sinds haar zeventien...
Daniel Sjöblom's profile photoSander Deryckere's profile photo
I do prefer variants of the sport (no Jupiler, but other beers), but I agree with +tom verlinden :D
Add a comment...

Sander Deryckere

Shared publicly  - 
Just heard on the train: "Belgian countryside is gorgeous"

Well, thank you British tourist.
Robin Jacobs's profile photo
He's probably never gone to the UK countrysides :P
Add a comment...

Sander Deryckere

Shared publicly  - 
After almost 100 years of war, we still find bullets on our small piece of ground (even after years of manual labour on this ground).

This one suddenly arrived at the surface after a mole dug it up.

In less laboured grounds, farmers still find bombs.
John Lewis's profile photoSander Deryckere's profile photoAndrew Craucamp's profile photoSimon Degryse (Imrahilion)'s profile photo
unless he means he's warring with the ground for a 100 years already
not very likely, I admit
Add a comment...

Sander Deryckere

Shared publicly  - 
Was promised 33°C for today.
Looks at the weather report now, sees 20°C and intermitted clouds.
Sits inside with the lights on and hears the wind blowing around the house.
Looks at the real temperature outside, sees 15°C.

Can't the weather report be correct for once? 
Antoine Saroufim's profile photoL. Vopička's profile photoSander Deryckere's profile photo
We still haven't seen the sun today.
Add a comment...

Sander Deryckere

Shared publicly  - 
Dear lazyweb

Is there a way to have different settings for vim vs gvim? When I'm working on the command line, I do it via vim, so when execute :q, I'm back where I left at the command line.

But when I do long editing of files, I use Gvim. The problem is, I normally browse in gvim via the :E command. But on an odd time, I accidentally execute :q, which closes Gvim, so I need to cd back to the right directory.

That way, I would like to disable :q for Gvim (as I can use the Window manager commands to close Gvim when I really need to). But of course keep :q for vim (so I can still close vim).
David Oren's profile photoSander Deryckere's profile photo
Wohoo, it worked. No more accidentally closing gvim.
Add a comment...

Sander Deryckere

Shared publicly  - 
I had such a wonderful internet yesterday. This was loading.

After about 15 minutes, I did get most of the layout, but the main flash component was still missing, so I gave up.

+Dick Thomas, beat that with your 2MB/s speed.
Oya Şanlı's profile photoGertjan Lettink (Knurpht)'s profile photoPaul Hovell's profile photoSander Deryckere's profile photo
And no images.
Add a comment...
Interested in about everything with some relevance
  • KU Leuven
    Math, 2010 - present
    Math, 2008 - 2010
  • VMS
    2002 - 2008
Basic Information
Other names
Mostly known under the name sanderd17, just google that and you'll find me
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Oostnieuwkerke, Belgium
Sander Deryckere's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
SMS Backup +

Automatically backup SMS, MMS and call log entries using a separate label in Gmail / Google Calendar. It is also possible to restore SMS and

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.

Google Music

Shop music on Android Market and listen instantly using the Google Music app. Google Music is a cloud-powered music player and storage servi


The free wiki world map

Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog

WebUpd8 is an Ubuntu / Linux blog which delivers daily news, tips and application reviews. We follow the Ubuntu and GNOME development and ke


Real-life sharing rethought for mobile. Google+ (Google Plus) is still in active development and not yet available to everyone. You need an

ArchWiki Viewer

A simple viewer for the ArchLinux Wiki online. Page content is formatted for optimal mobile viewing.


DuckDuckGo. About | Settings | Goodies. We don't bubble or track you! See our privacy policy.


Want a fast, smart, and safe web browser? Install Firefox for Android free!Firefox for Android is the free mobile web browser that puts the

your 3D in the cloud

Arch Linux

A simple, lightweight distribution. You've reached the website for Arch Linux, a lightweight and flexible Linux® distribution that tries

YouTube - Pink Floyd HD - The Wall Movie (COMPLETE)

Create AccountSign In. Home. BrowseUpload. Hey there, this is not a commercial interruption. You're using an outdated browser, which You


Map Viewing & Navigation based on Open Street Maps for Android devices

Turn Off the Lights

The entire page will be fading to dark, so you can watch the video as if you were in the cinema.

Firefox Beta

Help refine and polish the newest features almost ready for prime time. With Firefox Beta, you get to test the latest performance, customiza

Arity calculator

Scientific calculator with complex numbers and graphing of user-defined functions. v1.27: fix sign(NaN), add im() and re() functions. Don't

I think Ubuntu is better than Windows. What's your favorite?

Windows vs Ubuntu. The place to choose, the place to argue, the place to stand your ground. Fun Clash. We are holy wars.

How did you contribute to OpenStreetMap ?

How did you contribute to OpenStreetMap ? (OSM) - Pascal Neis (

Wat denkt Google van jou? - help -

Google probeert zijn advertenties af te stemmen op je interesses. Maar wist je dat je de onderwerpen kan zien waarvan Google denkt dat ze je

Verkeer naar Google+ mindert al - news -

Google+, het sociale netwerk van Google, ziet in de VS al een terugval in het aantal bezoekers. En wie er toch naartoe surfte, bleef minder

Lekkere lasagne en enorm vriendelijke bediening. Gewoon perfect om eens op je gemak naar toe te gaan.
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
De slechtste bediening ooit. Het ziet er goed uit op foto's, het eten is redelijk, maar de bediening is onnoemelijk slecht. Onvriendelijk, zelfs agressief. Roepen voor het volledige restaurant e.d. Zelfs het slechtste wegrestaurant heeft een betere bediening dan dit. Ik weet het zeker, daar ga ik voor geen geld nog terug.
Food: GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
2 reviews