iPhone 6s Plus blog postings

iPhone 6s Plus Postings

Earliest: October 20, 2015Latest: August 27, 2017Total: 30

January 11, 2016

Google Photos App

Google Photos iOS application is awesome because you can backup all your photos and images to the cloud automatically. If you have the 'High Quality' setting enable it doesn't cost you anything to backup your data. Sure Google will slightly reduce your images and videos but that's better then no copy of your data.

The only downside to Google Photos app is that it starts using up a lot of valuable storage space. This is a screen shot of my Storage & iCloud usage on my iPhone 6s Plus after a few months of using Google Photos:

Google Photos App Size

As you can see, Google Photos App is using a ton of disk space. This is because it's keeping a copy of any images anf videos that I view in the app. When I click out of the app, it doesn't clear the cache. While for performance reasons it's good that it keeps it around, however at some point diminishing returns set in. There should be some type of clean up, either by the application or by the user.

To fix the disk space issue, I tried to restart my iPhone 6s Plus to see if that would help and it didn't make any difference. So then I deleted the application and then re-installed it. That worked and now I have my space back! The Google Photos app now appears much lower in the application storage list:

Google Photos App Better

The lesson learn is that I need to remove the application on a regular bases so that it doesn't use up my disk space. The good thing is that when I reinstall it, I don't need to enter my login information since it saved.

January 4, 2016

DayOne

I was checking out some productivity sights and found some people saying some good things about DayOne by Bloom Built, LLC. I was intrigue and decided to check it out.

The best way to describe DayOne is using their own words:

Day One is a journal app for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. Record life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, Day One's elegant interface makes journaling your life a simple pleasure.

I am an avid EverNote user and store all my tips and tricks in Evernote. So it only makes sense to use it as a journal right? Wrong.

The cool thing about using DayOne as a personal journal is that it separate my work life from my personal life. In addition, the Journal stores the weather info with each entry. That would have been awesome to have during last winter MBTA commuter rail debacle. Here's a side-by-side comparison of the two apps, note I am using a premium version of SwiftKey Keyboard:

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I have used the DayOne iOS app for a couple of weeks, and I come to like it. I like the that I can put my thoughts and ideas and include a cover photo which I can describe my thoughts on the picture. I have set up the reminder service to remind me to write down something while I wait for the evening train. I take this opportunity to reflect on what I did at work and if there's anything special about today worth remembering.

I'll still be using Evernote to store my productive thoughts and tips. It's an awesome app that is very handy to have and worth paying for the 'plus' price. (I use the offline feature on my Kindle to read various Internet articles while traveling to/from work.)

Having a separate Journal application is an awesome way to stay organized. Having that bit of separation just makes me focus more on recording accomplishments and challenges that I faced that day. The Photographic entries allows me to put a story behind a picture. Now I know why I took a picture of my lunch or Beer bottle, it was yummy and I should get it again.

I am not going to purchase/download the OS version of DayOne, cost $10, as I don't see that I would get as much value as using it my iPhone 6s Plus. Perhaps as I have more records in my journal, I may reconsider, but for now the iOS version works perfectly fine for me.

Seems like DayOne has a big fan base; 489 users rated the App in the App Store and DayOne has a 4.75 rating.

December 28, 2015

OlloClip Active Lens

I got an OlloClip Active Lens for Christmas. This is a cool camera accessory that makes your camera see a whole lot more. Their is an attachment that goes on top of your camera that, depending on how you put it on, gives you wide angle or micro lens.

Great Lens!

Here's a comparison of two wide angle shots taken with the camera. The top shot is a standard picture whereas the bottom one shows more in the shot.

iPhone 6s Plus camera
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OlloClipview Sample
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Maybe Another Brand

Unfortunately I have to return the "OlloClip Active Lens" because it doesn't work very well with my iPhone 6 Plus configuration. The Active Lenses clip only works with the bare version of the phone. It will not work with any camera case or if you have a screen protector. I have thetech21 iPhone 6s Plus cover and the amFilm screen protector.

OttoClip clearly state that on the box:

Not Compatible Text

When I tested it, I had to take off my tech21 cover and peal down my screen protector just to clip the device on. I didn't like doing this because when I put the screen protector back on there were all sorts of bubbles in the screen that I had to squeeze out. I was able to take the case off and on again with no difficulties. If I removed the screen protector enough, I am sure I would loose the cling effect.

It seems weird that they would make a camera snap device without supporting any cases or screen covers. Everyone that I know has some kind of case or screen protector to protect their device. In fact, according to NPD Group that 75% of all iPhone users have a camera case. Basically olloClip is targeting a very small market.

I did a quick search this past weekend to see if anyone manufactures an adjustable lens for the iPhone and I didn't find any. Seems that manufacturers have to make sure that lens is tightly on in order for it to work correctly.

I'll keep looking, I really like the pictures that the OttoClip made. Hopefully there's a manufacturer that can make it work! The "OlloClip Active Lens" seems like a great product, they just need to make the clip be more adjustable to camera cases and screen covers.

December 21, 2015

Tech21 Evo Mesh Case

I use the Tech21 Evo Mesh Case as my iPhone 6s Plus cover. It seems to protect the phone fairly well. I haven't drop the phone yet so I am not exactly sure how well it will do under extreme situations. Quite frankly, I am not opt to test that functionality.

The one thing I do notice though is the there are some small cracks on the side. This happened during the first weeks when I had my phone. I haven't notice any new cracks in a while. This probably came about because for a while I kept my phone in my back pocket. Perhaps the way I was sitting caused the cracks in the case.

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My iPhone 5s had the OtterBox case and I absolutely hated it because it made the phone a lot bigger. I was determine not to get another OtterBox on my next phone. Sure it protected the phone, but I didn't like the overhead of carrying a bulky device. After a couple of years the OtterBox case started to crack on the top and eventually chip pieces off:

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Picking an iPhone case is really hard, you shouldn't limit yourself to the inventory in stock at the store. I found the ones in the Apple and Verizon stores to be more expensive than ones that you can find online. The real advantage of getting at the store is that you have the opportunity to look at it. I was doing some research before picking up this phone and found that other cases that got good reviews just didn't look good or seem too bulky.

I don't know how well the Tech21 Evo Mesh Case will work out. So far, despite the cracks, it seems to be holding out very well. I tend to use the new iPhone a lot when it comes out and really put it to the stress test to make sure that it can handle some of the basic tasks of using the phone.

December 19, 2015

iPhone 6s Plus Screen Shot

Every once in a while I'll post a screenshot of the main screen on my iPhone 6s Plus.You'll notice that I keep the bottom of the screen empty, that's because I don't want the first screen to be cluttered. I also included my legacy iPhone 5s with today's post too:

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Some notes about the screen capture:

  • My goal is to always have the most critical applications on the first screen.
  • I can't get away from having 'Facebook' as one of the applications.
  • The App 'EveryDay' takes my picture everyday. I put it on the main screen to remind me to take a picture.
  • If I had to choose an App to remove from the main screen, it would be the BreakingNews app, as I usually only look at it once a day.
  • I have Google Maps, but try to use Apple maps a bit more.
  • I don't have OneDrive on my iPhone 6s Plus main screen is because I am running out of disk space. I used OneDrive to back up a lot of my Disney World photos and videos.
  • I haven't found a good background Wallpaper, so I settled for Apple's default.

December 14, 2015

SwiftKey Keyboard

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Swiftkeyboard is a pretty cool keyboard and offers you suggested words based on some common sentences structures. People use Swiftkeyboard to type faster. However, sometimes you may encounter some words that you may not want to show up again. For example, if your spending a lot of time researching a project that your no longer involve with.

Here's how you can easily removed an suggested keyword that appears above the keyboard:

  • When the offending word appears above the keyboard, simply click and hold on it until you see a dialog box appears above the keyboard.
  • Click on the 'Remove' button.
  • Word will no longer appear in the suggested keyword.

Advantage on the iPhone 6s Plus

When you hold the iPhone 6s Plus in landscape mode, the Apple Keyboard adds a few extra keys. Here is a screen shot of the difference between the Apple's default keyboard on the iPhone 6s Plus and the iPhone 5s keyboard:

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The extra keys is nice - when you need them. However, for every day typing it can see a little over kill. That's what makes SwiftKey Keyboard a good tool to have.

SwiftKey Keyboard view

Here is side by side screen shot of the differences between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 6s Plus horizontal Swift keyboards. (Click on the image for a large side version.)

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The SwiftKey Keyboard is perfect for someone who wants to just type in text. It's perfect for those time when you don't need all the extra features and you just want to get your thoughts down.

I believe that the SwiftKey Keyboard is a great solution for anyone using the iPhone 6s Plus to focus on their writing. After your done with putting down your thoughts, you can always switch back to the Apple keyboard and touch up what you wrote.

December 7, 2015

iPhone 6s Plus Capacity

The very first thing I did when I got my iPhone 6s Plus was to find how much disk capacity that it comes with right out of the box. It turns out in the latest OS, that it needs 4.7 GB of space. My particular phone had 55.4 GB and had available 50.7.

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This is very important to know if your considering getting the 16 GB iPhone 6s Plus. Basically you only get ~12 GB free. Which at one time would be considered a lot of space. However, with all the new technology and functionality that the iPhone 6s Plus comes with, 12 GB isn?t enough.

Even as Apple continues to push the cloud, there are plenty times when you will need plenty of phone capacity. You may need the space for various applications from the iOS store. You may need to take videos or photos when you least expect it.

In addition, you could have this phone for the next two years. Who knows what your needs will be in the next 24 months? As digital videos and photos continue to grow leaps and bounds with Facebook and Twitter, you may want to contribute more.

If your looking at getting the iPhone 6s Plus I would highly recommend getting the 64 GB version. I was plenty enough for a recent Disney World trip where I took a lot of videos and pictures during the week. I was able to backup the files overnight, but didn?t remove anything the entire trip. When I got home, I sync up to my home computer and backup all my files.

I think the only people that would get the 128 GB iPhone 6s Plus are people that need to carry around lots of commercial movies and music with them wherever they go. Probably good if your doing a lot of traveling and want the ability to access your media when your off line.

October 24, 2015

Cheap iPhone 6s Plus Stand

I found a great use of the Page-A-Day stand. It works perfectly as a iPhone stand! You can use an iPhone, iPhone 6s Plus or even a iPad Mini. The Page-A-Day can easily handle the weight.

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So think twice before throwing away the Page-A-Day on December 31st. If you don't have one, check around the office and claim your stake before someone else does!

October 22, 2015

BigTipper

When I upgraded my iPhone I decided to not go the "restore from backup" route. I wanted to start from scratch and only put applications that I really want to use.

The goal is to make this iPhone different than any other one that I have. The plan is to have only the best applications will get installed. So, I began looking back at some of the Applications that I have used and seeing which ones that I want on this Phone.

On my iPhone 5s, I had a nice tipping calculation app called Tipsy. I used it all the time as it was easy to calculate tips. However, the application has failed to open since OS 9 was released. It was time to look for another application.

That got me thinking about another iPod app that I used a long time ago, there was this really cool application that actually log each tip entry, so you can easily track how much you spent at the restaurant. I couldn't remember the name of it and spent some time looking for it.

The application didn't exist in the Apple store - it's especially hard to search for something when you don't know the name. I checked iTunes receipts to see if I could recognize the name. Didn't find anything that looked like the right one.

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Then I remember that the mystery application would still be backup on my Powerbook. So, it was time boot up my PowerBook and check the apps back ups in iTunes.

I scanned all the listing until I found one that looked very familiar - BigTipper. I loaded it up on my iPod and confirmed that it was the exactly the application that I was looking for.

This is the description of the application in the "About BigTipper":

BigTipper is the fastest, easiest way to calculate restaurant tips/gratuities, then divide the bill among your group - and even save transaction history for expense report.

The bad news is that BigTipper is no longer in Apple's App Store. I don't know why PureBlend stop updating the application. Pure Blend Software still features BigTipper, however they last updated the application in July, 2009.

The one good thing that came about in my search for BigTipper is that I know what keywords that I should use when searching for a similar application. I should also include 'History' and 'expense report'.

Today's post also includes a screen shot of some other old Apps that aren't available in the Apple Store. Click on the image for a larger version.

October 20, 2015

iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone Screenshot

Over the weekend I purchased Apple's latest and greatest iPhone the iPhone 6s Plus. I selected the Plus over the regular iPhone because I don't have an iPad and, from what I read, the Plus is a better device.

The first thing I did when I got the camera was to see how much disk space was the camera using by default. It turns out that Apple puts 5gb of data on the phone. Which means that if you get the 16gb phone, you are really getting a 10gb phone.

I really like the phone so far and It's going to take some time to get use to carrying a bigger device. I have found that it fits perfectly well in my shirt pocket and my back pocket.

I don't like where Apple moved the power button as I have clicked on it numerous times while taking a picture. I have gotten into the habit of using the volume buttons to take pictures.

As for video/quality, it seems very good so far. We are heading back to Disney World in a couple of weeks, so I am spending lots of time trying to get use to the phone. My goal is to determine when using the iPhone 6s Plus is better than the Olympus Camera.

Photo Quality Comparison

iPhone 5 3264 x 2448
iPhone 6s Plus 4032 x 3024
Olympus XZ-2 iHS&bsp;? 3968 x 2976