Month: November 2016

iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 7 Plus a month in

After ordering October 13, it took nearly a month for my iPhone 7 Plus to be delivered. But, man was it worth it.

I’ve been using an iPhone 6 Plus since it launched in 2014. The number of people who ask me if it’s too big is pretty absurd. Once and for all, it is not too big. It fits just fine in my pocket. With all the speculation the iPhone 7S (if the naming convention continues which no one expects it to) being the most groundbreaking iPhone yet, I had planned to wait until the iPhone 8 would come out. It will be the 10th anniversary since the first iPhone. In classic iPhone fashion, my 6 Plus became super slow with iOS 10.

WHAT’S NEW?

The 7 Plus is incredibly fast. Force touch is far more useful than I ever expected. The new home button not being a tactile button is incredibly satisfying to press, as weird as I know this sounds trust me. The haptic feedback that Apple uses to make you feel like you’ve pressed this pseudo-button is impressive. To produce this feedback, they clearly upgraded the hardware that vibrates because the phone vibrates more intensely than anything I’ve ever seen. Apple continues to produce market leading cameras and the 7 Plus is no different. It actually has optical zoom and with iOS 10.1.1 Apple fakes DSLR like depth of field. This feature is still considered “beta” so it will only get better.

Build quality is something that has always put Apple ahead of all of its competitors. The iPhone 3G was the worst build quality but Apple went back to metal builds after a foray to a plastic phone, until the 5C which was the only budget iPhone to ever be produced. It was simply a plastic iPhone 5.

In short, I love the iPhone 7 Plus and I’ve only had it a little over 24 hours.

SO MANY WAYS TO BUY

There are many different ways to pay for an iPhone. You can go with Apple’s Upgrade Program which includes Apple Care Plus, because after all when someone loans you money they want it insured. Plus, all carriers have payment programs which also need insurance. The payment plans are all essentially 0% loans for the full retail price of the device. Two-year contract pricing still exists, but because the cost of phones have gone up they are no longer prices in the $199, $299 and $399 price points – they’re much more expensive.

In light of this, I made the decision to sell my iPhone 6 Plus and pay full retail for an iPhone 7 Plus. This way, not only am I not locked into a contract but I can sell the device when the next phone comes out and get the most possible for my old device. Understandably, many cannot make this happen financially but if you can, it will pay off in the end.

SHOULD YOU UPGRADE?

If you already own an iPhone 6S, there’s no reason to upgrade iPhone 7. If you have an even earlier model, the answer is simple. Yes.

My take on why America elected Trump as a third party voter

It’s the morning after Americans voted to put Donald Trump into the White House. When I woke up this morning (almost late mind you since I was up late watching the circus coverage) my daily ritual of checking social media was interesting. My Republican friends were giddy while my Democrat friends were ready to move to Canada, mostly in jest I think.

Any one who knows me would tell you I like to cut to the chase and doing so you must ask “why?”. The why for me was summarized in one 140 character tweet. Does the tweet show all the intricacies of why? No. But ultimately, Trump’s candidacy is on the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

I’m hardly the only person to have this thought. Thomas Frank from The Guardian wrote a piece last night about this very thing. This excerpt sums it up nicely.

The woman we were constantly assured was the best-qualified candidate of all time has lost to the least qualified candidate of all time. Everyone who was anyone rallied around her, and it didn’t make any difference.

Wikileaks proved the DNC’s Primary was rigged in Hillary Clinton’s favor but yet the establishment still backed her from the banks to former Republican political heavyweights like George W. Bush they all backed Clinton.

Trump won in states Barack Obama ran away with in 2008 and 2012, like Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. The “why” for the latter three was jobs. Trump hammered home his stance of American jobs leaving in favor over production outside of our country and those states responded.

Many Republicans did not even have Trump as their preferred choice for the nomination but they went with it. Many wondered if the turnouts of Trump rallies would mean anything in the polls, I guess we know the answer.

The media was all in on Clinton outside of one network, Fox News (shocking I know). The numbers crunchers at FiveThirtyEight.com projected Clinton’s chances yesterday before the results started coming in at 71% to win. As battleground states like Florida, Ohio and North Carolina began looking like Trump wins they adjusted quickly and Trump all of a sudden was the favorite. The L.A. Times was one of the few who saw this coming as far as pollsters go – their take on what they saw others missed.

All of this is before we take into account the human element of all of the Clintons’ skirting of the law. From Benghazi to the e-mail fiasco or even the past with her husband President Bill Clinton. How would people take Hillary acting like the laws don’t apply to her like they do the rest of us?

Was Hillary the best the DNC could come up with as their candidate?

Was Trump the best the GOP could come up with? Probably not, but they trusted the numbers from their convention and rolled the dice. Good news for the GOP, those dice didn’t come up snake eyes.

As someone who could not in good conscience vote for Trump or Clinton, I penned this Monday on Facebook. I still believe it to be true. We missed a golden opportunity as a people to elect a third-party candidate. My chosen third-party candidate was Evan McMullin. He did very well in his home state of Utah but I believe entered the race too late.

Thankfully tomorrow this whole he said she said game will be over. If there ever was an election for this country to reverse its way of thinking and elect someone outside of the two major parties, this was it. Alas, we’re a country of sheeple.

For my friends supporting Trump. If a man ever spoke to my wife the way he speaks of and to women someone would have to hold me back from having an altercation. And that’s not even the only reason for me not to support him.

For my friends supporting Hillary. If you can in good conscience vote for someone with her past of lies and deceit and justify it, you might want to have a “Come to Jesus” with yourself. There’s other options if you’re considered liberal or progressive.

I understand the argument Conservatives bring about the Supreme Court. But, a third-party candidate could also put conservative justices in place. A stat I heard from the pastor of Denton Bible Church, as he tried to sway his congregation to vote for Trump, about the 2012 election was how 25,000,000 Evangelicals didn’t vote in 2012. Not only do I wish him luck with the IRS as that video has gone viral when it comes to his church’s 501(c)3 status, but imagine if those 25,000,000 people stood up against this “system” we have in place and voted third-party. It would change the political landscape in this county forever.

Last night was like watching a train wreck for me. As someone who enjoys immensely watching people interact it was as much that as watching the completely unexpected unfold in front of my eyes.

Is this the new normal in American politics? A circus?