|Earliest: October 20, 2015||Latest: September 23, 2018||Total: 36|
|September 23, 2018|
This weekend I upgraded my phone from the iPhone 6s Plus to the new iPhone Xs. The main reason I upgraded was to take advantage of the better camera.
I took a video holding the two iPhones so that you can see the difference between the iPhone 6s Plus and the iPhone Xs. I used Filmora to put together a side-by-side comparison.
Here's the image specs, of the iPhones that I have used in the past:
|iPhone 5||3264 x 2448|
|iPhone 6s Plus||4032 x 3024|
|iPhone Xs Max||4032 x 3024|
|Olympus XZ-2 iHS||3968 x 2976|
Yes, the iPhone Xs has the exact same dimensions as the 6s Plus. The quality of the videos and photos is much better.
My next assignment is a new phone case, but I don't want a "defender" type of case. The Tech 21 Evo Mesh Case didn't really hold up well.
During the month of October, I'll highlight many of the features of the phone and some tips and tricks. This officially means that I'll be retiring the iPhone 6s Plus blog category.
|June 24, 2018|
Did you know that iOS has a hidden 'Magnifier' feature? This allows you to see enlarge text and make the smallest size text to be easily readable. In addition, you can take a picture of the item so you don't have to hold the camera steady.
As it says on the screen, "Magnifier lets you use your device's camera to quickly magnify things. When enabled, triple-click the Home button to start Magnifier."
Test this by triple-clicking the round 'Home' button at the bottom of your iPhone and you'll see an interface similar to a camera. Simply move the phone over some hard to read the text and you should be able to read it a bit better.
This is a sample screenshot of the bottom of the Jockery USB device. It's much easier to read the Capacity using the iPhone Magnifier.
If you have Camera+, there is a macro mode, that allows similar functionality.
I have found that it's much easier to take pictures using Camera+ than with Magnifier. In addition, using the Magnifier, you can't save the capture. It's a one time snap and it doesn't save. Using Camera+ you can save the capture for other purposes - such as inventory information in Evernote, or if you need to check it again later.
|March 25, 2018|
We are heading to Aruba very soon. I thought I do an audit of all the various applications that I have on my phone. The goal is to clean out applications that I am not going to need on the trip so that I'll have enough space for photo and videos that I might be taking.
One of the applications that I like is ProCamera. There's a lot of different settings to help take good photos and videos with the iPhone 6s Plus.
One of the settings allows me to take good quality low light pictures, something that might be useful in Aruba. However, the LowLightPlus in ProCamera is an additional cost - $3.99. Not all that expensive, but the question is, is it really worth the upgrade price?
So, I decided to take the test and check to see how it compares to another application that I found in the App Store - Night Camera by Nico Schroeder. I picked a good night location with very low light and took a picture with the ProCam, ProCamera and Night Camera.
Here's the results:
It appears that ProCamera and ProCam is a much better option. I didn't use a tripod, which ProCamera recommends, so the rending might have been better with a tripod. However, the quality of ProCam seems to be just as good.
It was a bit surprising that the Night Camera app didn't perform well in my simple test.
Nice to see that ProCam offers quality night pictures without paying for additional add-on.
Most likely I'll be using my Olympus XZ-2 iHS camera to take night pictures. It takes much better night pictures than the iPhone 6S Plus.
I decided to check out the options on the iPhone since there appear to be more applications claiming to take quality night photos.
Obviously upgrading to the latest iPhone would help take better night pictures. The hardware certainly will make much more of a difference.
|February 11, 2018|
Here?s a look back at how my iPhone 6s Plus home screen looked like last year to this year.
|January 7, 2018|
Did you know that you can send a custom GIF in a text message?
Thanks to Tumblr, you can now send a short 3 second video clip. This is a cool way to send a quick personal message.
When you install the Tumblr app on your iPhone you'll see a new icon the next time you send a message:
Now you can transform any video or photo burst that you have on your phone into a catching GIF:
Send a GIF from the beach...
How cool is that?
Each message is about 2 MB in size. Keep that in mind - if your paying for text messages. Also, you may want to delete the GIF in your messages, a couple of days later, to prevent the GIF files from using up phone space.
|November 5, 2017|
One of the new features of iOS 11 is the ability to have 3rd party identify calls. This is extremely valuable when you get a lot of calls during the day. Are the mystery calls really worth your time?
Using iOS apps, such as Hiya, it easy to identify calls before you answer it. In addition, you also get a tag of missed calls:
If everyone had these applications on their phones and not answered the calls maybe, just maybe these calls will go away.
What do you think? Do you have an App that you like to help identify these calls?
|August 27, 2017|
In a few days Apple will be announcing the next generation of iPhones. I purchased the iPhone 6s Plus back in October 2015. This means that I am eligible to get a new phone.
As of now, there's no major rush to get a new one since the phone that I have works perfectly well. I am satisfied with the camera and battery life that. Unlike my old iPhone 5s, whereas the battery couldn't hold that long. The camera on the iPhone 6s Plus is much better than the 5s.
Here's a side by side comparison of my iPhone 6s Plus home screen in October 2015 and how it looks today.
Here are my most popular 3rd party applications that I have used over the years:
Tip Calculator - How much to tip and keep track of where I eat.
Brain Game - Would be good to play some good brain thinking game. A replacement for Brain Challenge - a great game just that I already played it several times over the years.
|February 4, 2017|
Have you wanted to see just the music that you have installed on your iPhone? Simple Steps to Only Show Downloaded Music on your iPhone music section:
Now when you want to see the music on your Phone:
|January 1, 2017|
One of the cool things about having a smartphone is that you are never out of the loop of what is going on in the world. When something major happens you can be instantly alerted to events that may concern you.
Apple has set up a couple of Government Alerts to help spread notification of important information:
The Breaking News app sent you alerts when something major happens. Which is good, because you never feel like your missing out on what's going on in the world.
According to the description, "Discover when news breaks 14 minutes ahead of other news apps on average." The app all-time customer rating was 4 stars by 2,238 subscribers.
Breaking News services no longer in service. From the Breaking News App/Website:
This is breaking news we hoped we'd never have to report. Our parent company, NBC News, has decided to shut down the Breaking News service at the end of the year. BreakingNews.com and the Breaking News app will stop providing updates and alerts on Dec. 31.
Our mission at Breaking News has been to help people and companies make smarter and safer decisions. For the last six years, we've been honored to serve you around the clock, and we thank you for your incredible loyalty.
There are lots of people not happy with NBC decision:
Tuttemarie review concludes with:
Of all the crappy things that have happened in 2016, this app shutting down is in my top 5!
Breaking News was great because you would get an alert when something big happened, such as when celebrities died or when something significant happened locally. You can get this same instant notification via Twitter Notifications. (In some cases, they broke the news before the Breaking News App)
Simple steps to setup up a Twitter Notification that works similar to Breaking News alerts.
CNN Breaking News does report more "Breaking News Stories" than was produced by the "Breaking News" app, so you may get notified a bit more often. You can search Twitter for different media outlets that may only report major stories that you might be interested in.
|November 19, 2016|
Xsight Technologies, has identified three ways to improve the quality of pictures. These techniques will help you take better digital pictures:
Check out the detail article over at Xsight Technologies website:
Xsight Technologies is coming out with a new tool that truly sharpens images and compresses them simultaneously. It's currently available as a website application, and soon they will have an iOS and Android version.
Visit https://www.magic-picture.com/ and in the header you'll see a place to upload a picture. Try a couple of pictures and see how good the quality of your picture comes out. Then check out the compression savings. The slider functionality shows you the before/after.
Here's an example of a photo I took at the Wayside in Sudbury, Massachusetts on October 30, 2016. The photo was taken with my Olympus XZ-2 iHS, and the default file size is 3.925.7 MB.
The rocks on the building are clearer and the fall colors do pop out more using Magic Pictures. I can see how this could really make photos pop.
In my testing, I found that pictures taken with my Olympus XZ-2 iHS had better file size compression. Photos taken with my iPhone 6s Plus had much clearer pictures but were slightly larger. Here's an example of the iPhone 6s Plus:
In the side-by-side comparison, I can tell that the colors are brighter and the grass and trees aren't as blurry as they are in the original.