With the iPhone 8 and 8+, Apple has added fast charging, just like they recently did to the 10.5 and 12.9 iPad Pros. Fast charging requires a USB-C wall charger that provides USB PD (Power Delivery) and a USB to lightning cable that does as well. I have the USB C to lightning that Apple sells for way too much money, because it’s one that I know will work, and a 29w power brick that I bought on EBay.
We start at 9:30pm CST with 28% battery. I took this literally the second I plugged it in.
Half an hour later, we are at 75% for a gain of 47% in 30 minutes. Since fast charging works best from zero, tapers off a bit as the battery gets closer to full, and then basically drops to 10-12w over 80%, I would say this is right in line with Apple’s claim of “50% in 30 minutes”
The cost of entry is pretty steep, but can be mitigated a bit by buying the power brick on eBay or finding one on amazon that supports USB-C PD, but for me it’s totally worth it since BOTH of my daily carry devices (IPhone 8+ and IPad Pro 10.5) support fast charging with this setup. I wouldn’t bother having one at home, but I’m going to carry this around in my messenger bag, so when I really need to top off one of my devices I can do it very quickly.
So yesterday I took a few pics at my shop, then after work I stopped by the Saddle Creek apple store last night to pick up a sport loop watch band. Decided I might as well take a few pictures there too.
I have to say, I'm super impressed with the camera on this phone. On the first picture it managed to expose the side of the car pretty damn well, even though it's in the shadow of the building, while still also exposing the stuff further away in direct sunlight and the sky. The apple store pictures look really good too, especially when you consider I'm taking pictures of bright displays and then stuff in the shadows behind them.
I picked up the sport loop, super comfy. Kind of a hybrid of the Nylon band and one of the loop bands. I liked the adjustability of my Milanese Loop but wanted something more comfortable for work. I've only had it a day, but so far I like it a lot.
Since yesterday was clearly accessory day, my Caudabe Lucid Clear case showed up in the mail. I've used Caudabe cases before so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. It's a well made, transparent, minimal case. Pretty much exactly what I wanted. I think I'm going to use this most of the time. I wish it were a little grippier but I also understand that making a grippy case transparent is probably a rather difficult proposition.
Overall, if I can resist the urge the BUY ALL THE THINGS when the iPhone X comes out, it looks like I'm set as far as my technology, at least for now. That can only mean one thing, time to buy car parts!
So yeah, yesterday I was reading a bunch of random reviews of the iPhone 8/8 Plus. Everyone seems super impressed by the performance gains in terms of image quality from the camera, and I already know I definitely want the True Tone screen, since I have it on my iPad Pro.
I'm also kinda scared of all the talk of supply constraints on the iPhone X. I have a 9 month old, and I don't know if I'm going to be able to get up at 2am to preorder the X.
The 8+ seems to have basically all of the things that make the X cool, minus the edge to edge screen, but when you look at overall, the Plus still has the biggest screen and the best battery life while getting almost all of the features of the X, minus FaceID.
I also wanted to get on the iPhone Upgrade Program, since I buy a new iPhone every year, pay in full up front, then have to sell it at the end of the year, usually for around $500 less after taxes and AppleCare. It seems way easier to just do the upgrade program, not drop the $1k all at once, and end up spending almost exactly the same amount of money, minus the hassle of selling one or more used iPhones every year.
All these factors culminated in me ordering the 8 Plus pictured above. It seems to be the best fit for my uses.
So on paper, I've totally made the right decision...BUT LOOK HOW NEW AND COOL THE X LOOKS!
It just looks so neat and shiny, even though I kinda halfway get the impression that it's kinda "Beta hardware", my gut tells me to just stick with the 8+ and wait for the reviews to roll in, but my nerdy little heart is saying "PREORDER THAT SHINY MOTHERFUCKER! THEY'RE GONNA BE SOLD OUT UNTIL NEXT YEAR!"
I legitimately couldn't sleep last night because I couldn't decide what the hell I wanted to do about a damn phone. I guess I'll wait until the 8+ shows up early next week, see exactly how much I like it, and then decide from there. I will update when it shows up.