Jul 04 AT 11:00 AM Dima Aryeh 19 Comments

Meet Android and Me: Dima Aryeh

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Hey, guys. My name is Dima Aryeh. My life story is pretty simple. I moved to the US from Ukraine when I was three years old, so I’m fluent in English (you won’t be seeing grammatical mistakes from me!), but I can also fluently speak Russian. I was raised in a strict Russian family, so you can imagine how fun that was. But I ended up pretty badass and hard working, so it turned out well.

I currently spend my time working for Android and Me and spend all my money on women and cars. And by women, I mean woman (I swear, honey). I met my girlfriend on the first day of high school, and immediately became best friends with her. Almost four years later, I successfully broke out of the friend zone. So alpha. Here is a photo of us at prom a few years ago:

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What I don’t spend on her, I spend on my car. I drive a 1996 Toyota Corolla, which is my pride and joy. Not content with US parts, I’m in the process of doing a JDM conversion. It’s been expensive to say the least. Plus, the car was abandoned for 6 years before I got it, so it took quite a bit of work to get it running perfectly. But here she is, running like a Swiss watch.

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I got my first smartphone in freshman year of high school, almost five years ago, when I upgraded to an iPhone 3G. That day, knowing nothing, I managed to jailbreak it and began my journey into smartphone modification. I knew about Android, but it was simply too unpolished for my taste at the time. But with the release of the HTC Hero, my interest was piqued.

My first Android phone was a Samsung Galaxy S, and yes, it was rooted almost immediately. Then came the adventure of dealing with slow Android updates, flashing experimental ROMs from all sorts of other Galaxy S variants, making themes and making a lot of friends in the rooting community. It was an incredible experience, and my passion for Android exploded.

I moved on to the Galaxy S II, then the Galaxy Note II, and fell in love with the giant form factor. I stick with Samsung due to their use of microSD slots, unlocked bootloaders and good update policy. My old Galaxy S II got the update to Android 4.1.2 with the version of TouchWiz from the Galaxy S III, and with that, Samsung really earned my loyalty.

What I’m most excited about

After joining Android and Me, I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of comments we get. I love interacting with my readers, and the comments section and the forum on Android and Me is perfect for that. I am very excited to socialize with you guys much more and tailor my content to your liking!

What I’m going to do here at Android and Me

I’ll be doing everything I always have: writing good content. This will be news, editorials, reviews and various other things. I look forward to throwing up controversial pieces and having all of you rage at me; it’s the fun of the job!

What devices have I owned?

Looking back, my first phone was the Nokia N-GAGE QD. I still adore that thing. Then I got a Motorola SLVR L7, an absolutely gorgeous phone and my first taste of metal construction. Good times. In terms of smartphones, I went from an iPhone 3G to a Samsung Galaxy S, then to a Galaxy S II, then Galaxy Note II. Just waiting for my next purchase: The Note III.

In terms of tablets, my first was a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (I know, Samsung fanboy!). The form factor was unrivaled, and I still miss that thing. So thin and light! Then I managed to pick up an I/O Nexus 7, which was great. Now I’m content with a Galaxy Note 8.0, which is a great size and thinness. Gotta have that S Pen.

What phone do I daily drive?

I adore my Samsung Galaxy Note II. Running on AT&T LTE, this thing is literally perfect. I can’t even complain that it isn’t 1080p. The size, S Pen, features, giant battery and expandable storage all come together to make the perfect device for me. I don’t plan on switching phones until the next Note comes out, or something game changing is released. Samsung, goddammit, don’t let me down!

Facts about me

  • I’m Russian. I mean, that’s the most important fact.
  • I’m a huge Monster Energy devourer.
  • I am now a huge nut for JDM parts, so I’m importing a ton of rare original Toyota parts from Japan. JDM GOODNESS!
  • I’m somewhat of an audiophile and really enjoy a good set of speakers.
  • I’m an avid gamer, with an Xbox 360 and an Alienware M14x filled to the brim with games. I even needed to get a second hard drive.
  • Even to this day, I miss webOS greatly.
  • Photography is a big passion of mine. If I find a beautiful area, I’ll go run around it with a DSLR.

Did I forget something important? Do you have any questions for me? Leave a comment, and tell me what you’d like to see in the future! If you’d like, follow me on Twitter and feel free to send me some messages. And most of all, stay tuned and enjoy!

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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