Jul 03 AT 9:41 AM Nick Sarafolean 15 Comments

Meet Android and Me: Nick Sarafolean


To some people, I’m known as the Gentle Giant, professional nerd, or Nicki among many others. But to most, I’m simply known as Nick, a tall guy who loves all things coffee and tech. And yeah, that sums it up pretty well. I also like to tweet pretty much anything that floats through my mind. (Follow me. @Zricon15). Some of that stuff includes (predictably) tech, coffee, photography, music and other miscellaneous things. Now to jump into my actual life.

Simply put, I’m a high school student. Approaching my senior year, life is becoming busier than ever but I’m still managing to cram most of what I want into it. But let’s back up a few years. My tech addiction really got started in ninth grade when I got my first smartphone, a Samsung Fascinate. But then, it was just an interest. I really liked the phone and all but it hadn’t become an integral part of my life yet. My first foray into the blogosphere was when I began to watch some of the YouTube videos that were coming out of PhoneDog. I grew interested in them and began to read the articles on the website. Eventually, I joined Twitter and began to follow the people who wrote for the site.

Being only a young teenager, there wasn’t much that I could do at that point. I didn’t have a job and couldn’t get new phones nearly as often as I wanted because of that. Nonetheless, I borrowed a family member’s upgrade and after exactly a year with the Fascinate, I graduated to a DROID RAZR. I began to get more involved in the blogging world and began to get to know some of the people who would later become my coworkers. By the beginning of that summer, I’d finished my sophomore year of high school and just turned sixteen.

It was at the beginning of June 2012 that I saw a call for a news editor at DroidDog.com. Thinking that this was at least a chance to get my name out there, I shot Joey an e-mail to let him know that I was interested. Imagine my surprise when I was offered a position as a news editor at DroidDog. Sure, it was unpaid at the time but I’d made it into the field and that was what mattered to me. I continued to write throughout the summer until school resumed and I had to drop a routine schedule. Throughout the school year, I pitched in if help was needed and I was around while occasionally writing up an editorial or review.

This summer, I began a regular shift at DroidDog again. But after just a few short weeks, Android and Me was bought by PhoneDog Media and we of the DroidDog team transferred over. And here I find myself, now a part of the incredible Android and Me team. In complete honesty, I would have never thought that I’d be working at Android and Me someday. I wasn’t even sure that I’d still be in the tech field for this long but here I stand, still a part of this thriving community.

Now you know a little bit about me and how I got into this whole tech blogging thing. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time or space to go into much personal detail, but please know that I do indeed have a life outside of the internet. In the coming months and hopefully even years, I hope to continue getting my type on with Android and Me and continue to provide you guys with content.


What I’m most excited about

College. There’s not even an ounce of doubt about that. In an interesting turn of events, I have actually become the single kid in my grade at the private school that I attend. Due to that fact, I became an honorary senior last year which has begun to make this year feel as though it’s entirely unnecessary. Of course, it’s not at all unnecessary but once it’s over, I’m headed straight down to Georgia to study business. Lest you think I don’t care about the site though, I’m also extremely excited about that. Delivering custom content right to your internet doorstep is one of my favorite things to do and as such, I’m very excited about doing just that.

What I’m going to be doing with Android and Me

For now, I’m going to be mostly writing news. I’ll occasionally throw in an editorial or review to shake things up, but my main focus is pumping out news for you early risers in the morning. When summer winds down to a close, we’ll see what happens with my schedule. I’m hoping to at least get some news writing in during the school year.

What devices have I owned?

Surprisingly, not too many. Just listing in chronological order: Samsung Juke, Samsung Fascinate, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola DROID RAZR and a Samsung Galaxy S III. And yes, all of the phones have been on Verizon.

What phone do I daily drive? 

At the moment, I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon. I picked it up in October of last year and haven’t really found a reason to get rid of it yet. Speaking software, I’m currently rooted and running a stable version of CM10.1. That’s a very recent acquisition though and before that I simply ran stock TouchWiz with the occasional launcher. However, when the HTC One comes out on Verizon, there’s a very high chance that I’ll be picking that up to replace my Galaxy S III. If not that, then most likely the next iPhone.

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Facts about me:

  • I’m ridiculously tall at 6’5″ and still growing. That’s where Gentle Giant comes from.
  • I’ve recently discovered that I have a passion for coffee that’s quickly spiraling out of control.
  • Outside of Android and Me, I run a small photography business.
  • My taste in music is extremely diverse as long as it’s not hard rock, metal or most country.
  • I’ve been playing the piano for around nine years now.
  • I love playing video games. My heart nurses a soft spot for most things Valve.
  • I’m probably the only teenage guy that I know who watches both zombie thrillers and chick flicks. I also have a thing for singing shows such as American Idol or Glee.
  • I have an infectious laugh that occasionally causes me to break down into laughing fits because I’m laughing at my own laugh. Yeah, it’s that bad.

How to get a hold of me:

Twitter: @Zricon15
Google+: Nick Sarafolean
E-mail: [email protected]

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • LukeT32


    The next iPhone?!?!?! What would make you post that filth on an Android news site?

    • Joakim

      Narrow minded much? Here’s to hoping most people are tech nerds and not brand patriots!

      • steve

        I guess the point is that if you are an Android reviewer, commentator etc , you would expect someone to be using a bunch of Android devices – not an iPHone as their daily phone. You want someone experienced with the OS and knowing the ins and outs. If youre using an iPhone every day, thats hard to do.

        Plus, knowing how angry the Phandroids can get, it was a strange thing to come out with on your first post

        • classic_hero

          Experienced with the OS? Dude has four android devices, I think he knows how to use the OS. Also, it’s not terribly difficult to figure out anyway.

    • jonathan3579

      I don’t find it offensive that a write of an Android site would own an iPhone.

  • nauman

    so u are new here welcome to androidandme i request more coverage on games as a gamer and hope u didnt gave ur bio on this site TO GET A GIRLFRIEND……..(u know teenagers these days)

    • http://www.androidandme.com Nick Sarafolean

      Thanks! And I kind of already have a girlfriend so no, I didn’t post it to get a girlfriend. ;-)

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      That would be a first. We should start an Android dating site to give all the only Android bloggers a chance to find love.

      • nauman

        you just stole the thoughts of my heart………here you go android lovers

  • Matthew

    It is interesting that youre writing for an Android blog and you say your next phone will probably be an iPhone. What does that say about iPhones? Its like the time I once called Samsung technical support for one of many crappy Samsung devices (only 7 Samsung exchanges for devices and accessories in 18 months) and the rep told me he couldn’t help me cuz he used an iPhone and wasnt familiar with that feature. LOL. I dont think most iPhone and Apple bloggers are using Androids. Interesting.

    I still dont understand why DroidDog bought Android and Me and shut down its blog. Just one less source of information. I assume this blog had a larger readership although I never knew that. Hopefully the original founders got some coins to leave.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Nick Sarafolean

      My main reason as to why I would get an iPhone is the build quality. After reviewing the One, I got super spoiled about the build of the phone. That’s why it’s a battle between the One and the next iPhone. They have the best build quality out of the manufacturers.

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  • RED

    I am a long time iphone user since 2007, but I have gone threw like 20 phones and that means android phones too. I have come to the conclusion why my favorite OS is android, I have tried to go back to apple and even my wife cant make the transition back to apple cause it is just to simple like a child’s book. Not to beat down on apple, the phone is beautiful like a lady but dumm as a blonde. Enough, of my jabbering. Welcome Nick, to Android And Me.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Nick Sarafolean

      Interesting story. Thanks for the welcome!