When Apple launched this, the iPhone 6s (and 6) Smart Battery Case, there was much ridicule at the ‘hump’ design. After all, it’s obvious where the (ahem) battery is, there’s no obvious attempt at styling and… how much is this case again? However, after trying a number of alternatives from third parties, it turns out that Apple’s solution is far better suited to every day, in-situ, real world use. Who knew?
I’m constantly listening to music. On a typical day, I’ve got music either playing from my computer while I work or in my headphones when I leave the house. That usually means stock listening equipment, like my computer or Apple’s stock EarPods, but I recently decided to shake things up a bit.
Computer golf has been a tradition going back 30 years, right back to the days of CGA and EGA monitors on PCs. And with palmtops/PDAs and then smartphones, golf games have been available and popular at every stage. Seems that ‘a good walk spoiled’ is better when powered by a CPU and without the fresh air!
It has to be said, right up front. With the rather significant caveat that the 4” screen on the iPhone SE isn’t that suitable for such 2016 immersive activities as high-def gaming and media consumption, in every other respect the iPhone SE is the perfect iPhone. With the gorgeous lines and form factor of the classic iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s but the cutting edge internals of the 6s, the iPhone SE is akin to either a blindingly good magic trick or an anachronism, a quirk of Tim Cook’s spare parts inventory. I lean towards the former and, overall, am very impressed indeed.
I have never really been a fan of cases. I find that they add unnecessary weight and just make a device look obnoxious. Yes, they do a great job at protecting your precious smartphone from day-to-day dings and drops, but for me, that’s not a sacrifice that I am willing to make.
When I wrote my first impressions of the iPad Pro, I wasn’t convinced that it was a desktop replacement. But I didn’t want to jump to conclusions, so over the last few days I have been using the iPad Pro almost exclusively.
Picking the best smartphones in the world is always a) incredibly hard, and b) terrific fun. Thankfully. This being an iOS-centric site, you’d expect an Apple iPhone at number 1 and you’d be right. But this isn’t sycophantic – in my other life as the producer and presenter of The Phones Show I do regular top 5 features – and an iPhone is invariably in the top spot because it’s the one top specced phone that can be recommended as the answer to “What phone should I buy” without any real caveats or possible recriminations. There are several iPhones here, plus more Android units, of course. And I’d love to have stuck in one of the new flagship Lumias, except that they’re still a week away. Maybe next time.
Cards on the table time, this is an unashamed review of the latest and greatest iPhone… from the point of view of a long time user of other platforms (Symbian, Android, Windows Phone). I’d argue that this gives me perspective, away from any possible reality distortion fields emanating from Cupertino – I switch platforms on a weekly basis and can evaluate the (mostly) good and (occasional) bad in the latest iPhone 6s. It’s everything you expect from Apple, but with genuine innovations and a little future-gazing thrown in, with the usual caveats over price and only a few tricks missed.