Varsavsky: iPhone 6 vs any Android

iPhone 6 vs any Android

Interesting piece on LinkedIn: iPhone 6 vs any Android.

In it, the CEO of Fon (a global network of WiFi hotspots) talks about how he’s used Androids and iPhones side-by-side for a number of years, with the Androids generally winning out. Now, after his first experience with the iPhone 6, he says he believes he’ll be using the iPhone more than ever before.

Well I am here to report that my new iPhone 6 is the first phone since Android became competitive that beats any Android I now have. And currently I have anHTC M8, an S5, a Moto G, and a OnePlus One which is a very special yet buggy high end Android phone. Yes I am still hesitant about the non replaceable battery in the iPhone 6, I will have to test it will, see if I can last all day. But the iPhone 6 at 4.7in is the perfect size, it is incredibly beautiful, thin and light, it abandoned the “we are better keyboard dogma” and got SwiftKey, it allowed WiFi profiles that are almost as good as WiFi apps for Fon, it came with 128GB of memory so I can get a large supply of Spotify extreme quality songs and all the games for the kids they want.

Appleinsider… Video Shows iPhone 6 Plus Bending Issue

iPhone 6 Plus bending issue

via Video demonstrates reported iPhone 6 Plus bending issues.

AppleInsider reports on the continuing saga of the iPhone 6 Plus bending issue… while some seem to be downplaying this as “expected” due to the Plus’ size and thinness, I’ve got to say I wouldn’t “expect” this out of an Apple product. (Whether it’s an outlier remains to be seen.)

Yes, we know any mobile phone (particularly iPhones) can break when dropped or — as I once did — dropped and then ground up in a treadmill.

And, yes, this is certainly an opportunity for case manufacturers to offer a structurally reinforcing case for the Plus.

But I think it’s a bit of a whiff for Apple to let the product release without some testing to figure out that fairly straightforward use of the device could result in it being rendered ugly-to-useless, something you’d assume they’d be against.

We’ll see what the reaction is from Apple and how common this turns out to be…

UPDATE: In case you missed it, Apple has responded to #bendgate, saying that they test the devices extensively and have had only 9 reports of bent phones. They recommend that people contact the Genius Bar or AppleCare customer support for repair or replacement if there’s a manufacturing defect. (And, on a personal note, I got up close to an iPhone 6 Plus in an official Apple case this past week and it looks both structurally sound and a bit rugged and protected in that case, so I’m guessing the bending will probably be a non-issue for most users.)

Hands-on: iPhone 6 or 6 Plus?

It’s not often that Ms. D suggests that we head to the Apple Store… but that’s what we did on Saturday after stopping by Latinfest to throw JFP t-shirts to the crowd.

Why? She wanted to see the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and decide which one she’s leaning toward — spoiler alert — she’s thinking 6 Plus.

That surprises me a little because I’ve never thought of Ms. D as the “phablet” type (and, quite frankly, I’m fairly certain she’ll never use that word). Still, it makes sense — she hauls her iPhone around in a purse most of the time and won’t feel the size is an encumbrance; what she will enjoy is the full glory of her social media — particularly Instagram — on the 5.5″ screen. And reading magazine stories (something she does for a living as well as for a pastime) should be that much more enjoyable, especially considering she and I are both upgrading from iPhone 4s.

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Lefties Are Not Happy About The Apple Watch

Lefties Are Not Happy About The Apple Watch (h/t Buzzfeed).

This was the first thought I had when I saw the thing about using the crown to control it. (Silly me thought a “crown” was more of a bezel that went all the way around the watch. Like a diver’s watch or something.)

Now I’m thinking — that just won’t work! I’m left-handed, and I wear my watch on my right hand. If I ever have to use a “crown” I have to first take the watch off and hold it in order to change the date or wind it whatever.

Bezel would have been cooler.

Apple drops Aperture

Fortune

In a move that underscores Apple’s [fortune-stock symbol=”AAPL”] focus on broad mass markets — as opposed to the customers in small professional and creative markets who kept it alive during its darkest hours — the company announced Friday that it had ceased development on Aperture, its premier photo editing and image-management software.

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” Apple said in a statement to Fortune. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

Whether Photos for OS X is sufficiently robust to handle the terabytes of raw photo files professional and advanced amateurs regularly produce remains to be seen.

Well-received when it was first released in 2005, Aperture was soon challenged and then overtaken by Adobe’s [fortune-stock…

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