There are plenty of upgrades being promoted for the new iPhone 6s. From improved speed everywhere (new processor, faster wireless, quicker Touch ID sensor); better front and rear cameras and a bold new 3D Touch pressure-sensitive display that could end up being a really useful tool in apps down the road, and which already offers new iOS shortcuts. But which updates are really worth taking the time to master and which ones have missed the mark? Still pondering about the new iPhone 6s and if it’s worth the upgrade? Check out a quick review of what I love/hate bout the iPhone 6s below.
What do Live Photos do? Apple’s new camera innovation records a second and a half before, and a second and a half after you snap any shot on your phone, with front or rear cameras. Press down, and I could see the photos become little videos, of sorts. Or animated GIFs with audio. They don’t look like normal videos, exactly: they’re more like time lapses. I love using Live Photos to relive moments that photos can’t completely capture and moments to impressive to ruin it capturing video. Vacation photos thrive with Live Photos.
Front Facing Camera
Long gone are the days where grainy selfies are forced to grace social media avatars. The new iPhone 6s HD FaceTime camera boasts crisp and clear 5-megapixel photos, 720p HD video recording, face dectection and even a “selfie flash” screen illumination for low-light selfies.
3D Touch is the clear innovation that makes the iPhone 6s the best iPhone ever made. But did you know if you use 3D Touch often, it could help you save time and extra steps using the home screen apps you know and love? I love using the 3D Touch shortcut to battle my enraged inbox daily. I can preview emails, save photos, take photos and dive deeper in apps like Google Maps, iPhoto and more from the home screen with just one touch.
You’ve heard the quote that says “There’s nothing constant, except change” right? With the widely upgraded features that the iPhone 6s boasts, there are a few upgrades that definitely missed the mark. Here are a few of the advanced features that are great, but that I also hate to see that missed out on greatness below.
FaceTime & Phone Call Transfer
How often do you answer Facetime calls from your computer and then have to pick up and go? Facetime has been around for a while now and even allows you to answer phone calls from you iPhone on your computer. If you can answer Facetime calls from any device and iPhone calls from any device why shouldn’t you have the ability to transfer the phone and Facetime calls between devices? I know hate is a strong word, but c’mon Apple, if we’re going to upgrade with new features, let’s upgrade them completely so that they’re actually useful!
Live Photos / Video
I love the Live Photos feature, but I hate there’s not an easier way to convert the live photos into video and upload them to social media directly from the phone. Did you know the live photo feature automatically saves the live photo into a 3 second video iPhoto? The only problem is in order upload the video, you have to email the video from a computer and open it on your iPhone 6s. I’m sure it doesn’t automatically save videos to preserve storage space, but having that as an option would be nice.
More Apps Utilized 3D Touch
My plight with Apple is that there’s no clue or hint to which apps work with 3D Touch and which ones don’t. Personally, I wish there were more apps that were 3D Touch capable. Right now, I love using the 3D Touch for live photos, emails and even apps like Instagram, Dropbox and Evernote – but after getting finger cramps from pressing on all my apps – I want more! There’s rumors that a 3D Touch Facebook feature is coming out today and hopefully it (along with other app integrations, will be worth the wait!)
Still not quite sure if you should upgrade to the new iPhone 6s? Discover 6 reasons why you should (or shouldn’t) upgrade to the new iPhone 6s and everything you need to know about the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus here.
Did you pick up the new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus? What are some of your favorite features and some you wish could improve? Share your thoughts below!
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It’s no secret that smartphones are the hottest gifts on top of everyone’s wish list this year! Whether its the iPhone 6/6 Plus, Motorola Turbo or Samsung Note 4, there are plenty of options to fulfill the smartphone mobile needs of moms, dads, grandparents and teens everywhere. If you’re not quite sure on which smartphone gifts are right for the person on your list, I’ve round up a few of my holiday picks of smartphone gifts for everyone on your list – plus a cool holiday giveaway just for you below.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus jumped in sales during the Back Friday and Cyber Monday shopping sale days – and it’s one of the top smartphone gifts many lists this year. Both are the latest in smartphone offerings from Apple and with upgrades like the new A8 chip delivers more power, even while driving a larger display. Other Features include: Wi-Fi hotspot, iMessage, SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion Battery, Talktime: Up to 14 Hours (3G), Standby: Up to 250 Hours (3G). [Must Read: 6 Things To Know About The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus]
The Droid Motorola Turbo from Verizon is made to keep going all day and night. It comes with a Turbo Charger—get up to eight hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. Enjoy up to 48-hour battery life. It even offers convenient built-in wireless charging. The 21-megapixel rear-facing camera launches with a simple flick of your wrist, helping you capture the action as it happens. Record video at 4K—creating a cinema-like experience—and play it back at the same quality. The dual LED flash offers more light for better color and softer shadows in your images. ($199.99 / 2-yr contract)
The Samsung Note 4 has a wide-angle, 3.7MP front-facing camera so you can capture crisper selfies with all of your friends and more of your background. And when you want to photograph anything else, the Galaxy Note 4 comes equipped with a 16MP rear camera with built-in Optical Image Stabilization. So, even when you zoom in, the details in your photo remain in focus. It’s a great device for busy moms, dads and even tech savvy grandparents this season!
The Sony Xperia Z3v from Verizon is the smartphone that does more and goes further – whether further is a run in the rain or a dive in the pool. With the highest waterproof rating*, you can find your way in a downpour, take pictures underwater, or just wipe off your phone after an unexpected spill. Years of Sony camera expertise have been brought to Xperia Z3v, a premium phone with Cyber-shot and Handycam technologies. So you can capture moments in any light, shoot steady videos on the move, and take crisp pictures even under water. ($199.99/2-yr contract)
The HTC Desire Eye from AT&T with its 13-megapixel front-facing camera, the HTC Desire Eye is the ultimate selfie machine. But it’s also an excellent Android smartphone for the not-so-selfie-savvy too. The ultimate entertainment device, the excellent 5.2-inch, full HD LCD and front-facing speakers make the Desire Eye a perfect smartphone for consuming media on the go. ($149.99/2-yr contract)
Meet the Lumia 1520, the phone with an extra-large, six-inch, 1080p full HD display with excellent outdoor readability. Its redesigned start screen lets you make the most of the extra space, and its 20-megapixel PureView camera and Nokia Storyteller app tell you your stories the way they’re meant to be told. ($99/2-yr contract)
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Apple Inc CEO has left the stage and now the details is flying throughout the blogosphere. The latest generation of iPhones have been unveiled if you’re looking for the must-have features and how they’ll benefit you, look no further than below.
Apple today announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, featuring two new models with stunning 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, and packed with innovative technologies in an all-new dramatically thin and seamless design. The new iPhones feature a precision unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms seamlessly with the shaped glass of the display, resulting in a completely smooth and continuous surface. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are engineered to be the thinnest ever, delivering a bigger display in a design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use.
A8 Faster Processing
Packed with innovative new technologies, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include: the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance and power efficiency; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras; ultrafast wireless technologies; and Apple Pay, an easier way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger. Both models include iOS 8, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, QuickType keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive.
Benefits for you: No more lag time waiting for messages to load or send.
Voice Calling Over WiFi
The new iPhones also support high-quality voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) as well as Wi-Fi calling. With support for up to 20 LTE wireless bands—more than any other smartphone in the world—the new models make it easier to experience high-speed networks around the world. Both iPhones also include 802.11ac Wi-Fi with speeds up to 433 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0.
Benefits for you: Wi-Fi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor.
The iSight camera gets even better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, making it easier to quickly capture any moment. iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilization and time-lapse video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light with a new sensor, larger f/2.2 aperture and advanced new features including burst mode and HDR video.
Benefits for you: Sharper, enriched photos, better face recognition and clearer FaceTime chats.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, an easy way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps with just the touch of a finger. Users can pay securely and conveniently in stores by simply holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID; there is no need to unlock your iPhone or launch an app. With Apple Pay, you can also make one-touch purchases within apps, without having to enter credit card or shipping information. All payment information is kept private, encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Element, a chip inside the new iPhones.
Benefits for you: Paying for food, services, tickets with the tap of your iPhone from such retailers as McDonald’s, Macy’s, Whole Foods, Disney World and more!
iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 64GB model and, for the first time, a new 128GB model for $399 (US) with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for the 16GB model, $399 (US) for the 64GB model and $499 (US) for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.
Now that you know the details, which Apple device are you looking forward to getting your hands on first? The iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?