In a word, pretty preeeetty good. I will have a lot more word thoughts about this after a couple of weeks, but there’s a video up there and here are some photos.
Now I just need to find something fun to do next weekend to test out this camera. Anything in particular you want to see?
Yesterday, Apple announced three new iPhones. The iPhone XS in regular and "Max" size, and the iPhone XR that comes in at a few hundred cheaper and gets by with an LCD instead of OLED and a single camera instead of the dual cameras. Naturally, I must upgrade my perfectly good iPhone X to one of these new models because reasons.
Actually, I bought an iPhone 8+ on the iPhone upgrade program last year when they came out because I foolishly told myself I wouldn't get the X until the second year of the design. I naturally also immediately bought the iPhone X. Basically this left me with an 8+ I really might as well trade in (My girlfriend has been using it since I got the iPhone X) and an iPhone X I bought outright last year that I could upgrade my girlfriend to.
So back to the new phones. The iPhone XS and XS Max (yeah, that's actually what a team of highly paid marketing people decided to call it. For real.) are the only ones I'm considering since the XR is kind of a downgrade from the X in a lot of ways. Now to decide between the 5.8" XS and the 6.5" XS Max (jesus that's a bad name)
My first instinct was to try the new form factor, it's all new and shiny and look how huge that screen is! So I go to do the pre-approval for the upgrade program. Except it won't work. Turns out, you have to do the pre-approval on the phone you're currently making payments on. In this case, my girlfriend's iPhone 8+. Fine, we'll go ahead and switch phones.
So I make it home, we both do new icloud backups, I unpair my watch, wipe both phones and I hand her my iPhone X and pop my sim card in the iPhone 8+
I. Fucking. Hate it.
The 8+ form factor is WAY too big after carrying an iPhone X for a year. It's unwieldy as hell. How the hell did I ever hold this massive ass thing and make phone calls on it? It hurts my hands to grip it's so damn wide. It barely fits in the big pockets of my work clothes and has no chance of fitting, much less staying in, the pockets of the clothes I wear when not at work. I can't reach the top of the screen even WITH the huge bezels of the iPhone 8+. I keep pressing the side of the phone where my finger naturally lands only to find that the sleep/wake button I'm looking for is over an inch higher. Also, though this isn't really the phone's fault, I keep staring at it expecting to unlock and I keep swiping up from the bottom expecting it to go home and it's making me feel retarded.
I had a 6S+ and a 7+ before and loved them at the time, but the form factor of the 5.8" edge to edge iPhone X has totally ruined the larger phones for me. They just don't fit my hand and I guess I'm not willing to compromise for the larger screen anymore because I've never felt the iPhone X screen was too small.
In all fairness, I DO carry a 10.5" iPad Pro with me everywhere, so basically everything other than short text conversations, phone calls, and photography gets done on the iPad anyway. If I didn't have or didn't use my iPad and I sat on the couch and read reddit or something on my phone, I might feel differently, but for my use case, I decided to go with the iPhone XS 5.8" and I don't think I'll be disappointed. I'll report back in a week or so.
When pictures of the iPhone X first came out, I really didn’t understand why apple was “embracing the notch”, I thought it would look much cleaner to just have a black status bar across the top making the notch indistinguisable from the screen. Turns out I was wrong. Verizon just updated their app and it includes optimization for iPhone X. It looks like they went with the “Hide the Notch” method:
While it does look “cleaner” I guess, it also just looks kinda boring. Compare that to Waze’s “embrace the notch” app:
It doesn’t feel like the notch is in the way of the content, it just feels like you’re getting extra screen on the sides of the notch. It feels like a bonus more than it does a compromise.
I wanted to try out a built in wireless charger, but I didn’t particularly want to cut a hole in my desk or anything, so I started looking online at IKEA for a cheap little table to mess around with. To my surprise, they actually sell wireless charging units made to go into a surface. I ended up buying a RALLEN wireless charging pad and the cheapest table they had, which ended up being a LACK side table. I also picked up a FIXA hole saw kit, and already had a Milwaukee drill. Total cost including the saw set was about $28 after tax.
I threw the table together, it basically just amounts to screwing the legs in, and took it all out on my front porch because I didn’t want a living room full of saw dust.
The RALLEN charger allows you to mount it a few different ways. It comes with a trim ring but using it is optional. I opted to use it because this is a super cheap table and I thought there might be a little of bit of roughness around the hole. I would leave it out in good solid wood for a smaller overall footprint. If you’re using the trim ring, use the biggest hole saw in the kit. I believe mounting it without uses the next size down.
I went with what I felt was the most natural placement. The side with the hole will be close to the end of the couch, so if you drop your arm down you land about where the charging pad is. Cutting the hole was super easy, this table is made of thin particle board. Yes, that paper is the filler inside of it, lol.
From there, you separate the charger from the trim ring, drop the trim ring in, route the cord through it, then push the charging pad down into the trim ring. There’s pretty much no way to screw this up. Just push the thing down until it’s fully seated.
I have some pretty serious cable management to do over there, but now there’s a table by my couch that will charge both mine and Daisy’s phone just by setting it on the table. I might start looking at doing this to a nicer table soon, but for now, and for the money, I’m pretty damn happy with it.