iPhone 7 – Review

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Right here and now, I’m going to be judging my phone. I’m not going to bash on it. I’m not going to sugar-coat it. I’m just going to tell you what my experience has been with iPhone 7.

Apple has been hitting the tops with every launch of their iPhone series. It’s amazing to see how far Apple has taken the original iPhone to a level of technology and performance they are standing right now with their iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

I don’t think I’m the only one when I say the original iPhone looks rather “cute” compared to the latest model.

—————— Enough Reminiscing , Let’s get down to business —————

I previously had iPhone 6 and switched over to iPhone 7 when it launched in the Fall of 2016. I did not get the Plus because I found out that I dropped objects that are way too large for my tiny hands, so I chose to go with the smaller option.

The iPhone 7 line up spurred the interest of many people with their two new colors: Jet Black & Matte Black

I can still recall seeing my friends try to get their hands on the new black iPhone 7, which was sold out in an instant.

The iPhone 7 also stuck hard on some hardcore Apple iPhone fans with a new challenge: No headphone jack.

Yes, the iPhone 7 does not have a headphone jack. So you’re sort of basically forced to use a bluetooth operated headphones to listen to your tunes on the go.

Personally, this wasn’t a problem for me because I preferred bluetooth anyway, so I wasn’t a complainer on that part.

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When you order the iPhone 7, it does come with a set of EarPods with the lightning cable as the plug-in so you can use that as well.

I got the rose gold rather than my usual gold, because…”why not?” <no particular reason>

Camera: I am a little bummed about the difference in the camera in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. I would’ve love to have the camera that’s in iPhone 7 Plus to be in iPhone 7 as well, but… I guess it is what it is. Regardless, the iPhone 7 still takes magnificent photos with great quality.

All these photos were taken using my iPhone 7. My favorite feature has to be the auto-focus & auto-blur. I love how it focuses on the subject I want it to and blurs out the rest.

Negative Experience: has to be those random screen freezes. I don’t know the exact reason, but sometimes my phone won’t work. I can’t turn the screen off, I can’t do anything. It just freezes on you. The only option is to leave it alone until it decides to start working again. This is very frustrating when you’re in a situation, where you need to use your phone asap. Once I was navigating myself to a destination I wasn’t familiar with and the phone just freezes on me… and that is just not cool.

Home Button Problems?: I haven’t have any home button problems with any of my Apple products with home buttons (iPhone + iPad Mini). I guess I’m lucky?

Do I use Siri?: Yes. I actually utilize Siri pretty frequently. It’s mostly for fun or when I have my hands full, but I still make use of it.

Do I use 3D Touch?: No… I tried it out when I got my phone, but other than that I don’t use it. In fact, I forgot all about 3D Touch until pretty recently. I understand it’s a unique and useful feature for some, but for me…it’s not really doing much.

Speaker: The speaker on this iPhone is much louder than the previous generation. I compared it with my mom’s iPhone 6 Plus and my iPhone 7 was louder. It has better quality of sound and volume than my iPad Mini 4 as well. So I have to saw I like it. As long as I can hear my music from radius, I’m happy as a clam.

Overall, I am pleased with my current phone. I do get frustrated with it’s occasional gimmicks, but it’s not overbearing.

I would give the iPhone 7 a 4/5 stars.

Still No Fix?

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As many people may be able clearly see this world developing more and more into a technological world, there has been something that’s been bothering me for awhile.

I’ve been an Apple fan and user ever since grade 2 and am currently age 20. That’s a long time. In fact, Apple’s been my go-to/comfort technology for more than half of my life.

Apple has been very successful and has clearly situated itself among the top of the technology realm. Even though there are a lot of competitors, there’s still extremely high number of consumers in each of their product category. They do a very good job advertising, designing, producing, and developing their products. Seeing how much Apple has come since their first iPhone, they’ve definitely/undoubtedly made so much progress. However, I still have a question to a certain piece that seems to have been neglected by Apple producers and developers when upgrading their iPhones every year.

 

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That problem is: The WEAK Home Button.

iPhones have been having this problem for several years now. Just googling it will give you hundreds of articles on complains of weak/broken home buttons and ways to have a “virtual home button” with assistive touch.

I find it very amusing how Apple is able to develop very interesting/new programs and technology such as 3D Touch, but can’t seem to fix their home button problem. You would think it would be fixed by now right? There are still people with home buttons problems.

I was initially surprised to find that so many people were having home button problems. To be honest, I never had a home button problem before. It never broke or stopped working. I believe it might be a product defect, but judging by how many people complain about this is enough to raise the eyebrow at Apple, especially when it’s been couple years since the problem rose to the surface.

Maybe Apple can develop a sturdier home button to add to their next iPhone line up?

Why focus on the home button problem? How do you usually get back to your home screen from wherever you are on your phone/app? Most people press the home button. In iPhone case, there’s ONLY the home button, so you sort of have no choice…unless, you want to tap the upper left corner to backtrack. In this fast-pace society we live in, there’s no way people will wait to back-track each step to get back to their home screen. So home button is needed. You can also it’s a necessity .

I have a feeling that Apple can go 2 ways about this:

  1. Make a better/sturdier home button
  2. Remove home button entirely (like the headphone jack)

Which direction Apple decides to take is entirely up to them, but don’t you think they should do something about it already?

This problem seems to have been rising since iPhone 4. We’re currently in iPhone 7 season. So that’s been quite a long time.

This was my take on this issue. What do you think about this? Please comment below about what you think about this.

Why Fitbit?

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One of the healthy, technology trends on the market are wearable fitness technology. There are various different styles and brands out there trying to make big bucks. One of the most well known fitness technology producer is Fitbit.

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Fitbit has been producing for years since taking off in San Francisco, California.

These are the product line up:

  • Fitbit One
  • Fitbit Zip
  • Fitbit Flex 2
  • Fitbit Alta 2
  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Fitbit Surge
  • Fitbit Blaze 2

These are activity trackers, wireless-enabled wearable technology devices. Their capabilities include:

  • Tracking number of steps walked
  • Monitoring heart rate
  • Tracking quality of sleep
  • Counting steps climbed

Countless people favor and enjoy wearing these stylish, yet essential fitness watches on a daily basis. Whether you have the old version or the latest in stock, these devices were made for one purpose, to help track our fitness/health goals.

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These are very well developed and initiated goals. Fitbit has built so much fandom and respect from over millions of users over the world. However, there is one thing Fitbit really needs to step up.

As much as these products are stylish and efficient, they are not waterproof yet.

It’s sort of funny how a product made and developed for years for the purpose for working out and being a fitness partner, is still limited to just dust-and-water-resistance.

What’s more funny is that imitations of Fitbit products that are way less expensive and uglier than the original is waterproof.

Apple’s 2nd generation of apple watches came out with waterproof capability. Before Fitbit.

Technically, there is only one Fitbit product that is waterproof–Fitbit Flex 2. However, one negative aspect of the Fitbit Flex 2 is that it doesn’t tell time. It’s a unique product that is versatile in various ways you can wear it, but it’s sad how that’s the only Fitbit product that is waterproof as of right now.

My question is “Why not already?”

What is Fitbit waiting for?

I love Fitbit products and I would love to invest my money on one of them, but before that happens I would like to see waterproof versions emerge sometime in the near future.

How cool would it be to be able to swim and shower with your Fitbit Charge or Fitbit Blaze?

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one anticipating this new feature in the next line of Fitbit products. I really hope they do it soon.

 

I’m excited, Are you?

Pocket-able Lifesaver!

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As the world is advancing rapidly, the need for our phones to stay alive is crucial. Even little elementary kids these days go around their school campus with a smartphone of their own.

Have you noticed how everyone is waiting in line with their eyes glued to their phone? Or seen a little kid focused on a smartphone or any technology device as if their life depends on it?

This is how much technology has been integrated into our lives.

How do I keep my phone alive throughout the day without any worry?

The solution is simple : Portable charger

Portable chargers are products that enables us to charge our phones or any electric device without being locked down to a wall plug. These started coming out in very simple design like the ones above.

Nowadays, these come in very adorable and cute design. Some are very creative and some even ridiculous.

These are very cute indeed. Now these have become some-what of a fashion statement as well.

I personally carry my portable charger around in my bag and charge my phone whenever needed.

Advices

mAh stands for “milliamp Hour” and is a unit for measuring electric power over time. The higher the mAh, the longer the battery will last. Likewise, it is important to check the mAh capacity of the portable charger and your phone before making your purchase.

Your goal is to purchase a portable charger that has more mAh than your phone.

Here are some mAh information for the latest phones out on the market:
iPhone 7 : 1,960 mAh
iPhone 7 Plus : 2,900 mAh
iPhone 6s : 1,715 mAh
iPhone 6 Plus : 2,750 mAh

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge : 3,600 mAh
Google Nexus 6P : 3,450 mAh
Google Nexus 5X : 2,700 mAh
LG G3 : 3,000 mAh

Chargers that look long and skinny like this typically have mAh around 3350.

Chargers that are bigger and typically looks like this typically have about 10000+ mAh.

I personally have a charger with 10000mAh. It can charge my phone throughout the week with no problem. After fully charging it, it can last forever. From all the portable chargers I’ve used, chargers will high mAh (10000+) work the best!

I recommend in investing in a portable charger. It will definitely save you!