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10 Useful iPhone Apps You Should Download Now

Here are 10 of my favorite iPhone apps that you may have never head of. Enjoy!

10. Narro (free) – Convert your favorite text blog posts into an audio podcast feed.

9. Vote Spotter (free) – See what your US elected officials vote on and give them feedback on how they voted.

8. Be Focused (free) – Simple productivity app that is based off the Pomodoro Technique. Track goals and get stuff done.

7. Fing (free) – Network analyzer that scans your currently connected WiFi network and gives you useful information on the connected devices.

6. VHS Cam ($2.99) – Fun video filter that resembles the look of an old vintage VHS camcorder.  (Free alternative)

5. Fit Men Cook ($3.99) – Very well designed recipes app for finding tasty yet healthy meals to cook.

4. Vellum (free) – Clean layout and nice size selection of amazing wallpapers for your iPhone.

3. Blinkist (freemium) – Listen to short summaries of the most popular non-fiction books so you can learn the most important points without reading the actual book.

2. Tunity (free) – Get a real-time audio stream of nearly any TV channel. Great if you’re at a gym or sports bar and want to listen to a muted TV.

1. Musi (free) – Stream any YouTube video as an audio file that will play even when your iPhone is locked or you’re using other apps.

What’s your favorite app that almost nobody knows about?

By Andy Slye

Best $10 iPhone 7 Case? Spigen Ultra Hybrid Review

As much as I’d love to keep my iPhone 7 naked, it’s just not a smart thing to do. Since I want to keep my iPhone in mint condition to sell later, I need a case.

The Spigen Ultra Hybrid has been my primary case for the past four iPhone models because it’s everything I want in a case: good protection, low price, minimal, and clear.

I got it for about $10 on Amazon. This is the Crystal Clear version, but it also comes in other bumper colors. It’s made of thermoplastic polyurethane so it’s not a hard plastic, but instead it’s firm and flexible. It covers the back, the top and bottom, and the sides of the iPhone 7. It has all the precise cutouts for the lightning port, speakers, new grill, and new camera.

It’s very easy to put on, just insert the iPhone 7 top first and then snap it in at all four corners. One of the good things about the Spigen Ultra Hybrid is that it has a slightly raised lip on the front to protect the iPhone 7 display when it lays face-down on a surface. It also has the same type of small lips on the back of the case at each four corners so that the case doesn’t get easily scratched when it’s moved around.

The iPhone 7 power and volume buttons have protection with this case and I’ve always appreciated the Ultra Hybrid’s ease of pushing the buttons and the tactile feedback that it gives.

The Air Cushion technology on all 4 corners of the case absorbs most of the impact during small-to-medium drops. I’ve never experienced any damage to my iPhones during the past 3 years when using this case. I do try to be very careful with my phone so it starts there, but I do drop it from time to time when getting out of my car or when I’m pulling my iPhone out of my pocket so it does handle drops up to 4 feet very well.

The biggest question that comes up is “Does the case turn yellow over time?”

Well, this is my old Spigen Ultra Hybrid iPhone 6s case on the left compared to the new Ultra Hybrid iPhone 7 case on the right. You can see that, yes, the case did change color ever so slightly over time. The change mostly occurred on the bumper part of the case.

The 6s case on the left was used for a year and that’s what you can expect the color to look like after a year’s worth of use without any washing or cleaning. It’s not extremely discolored. The slight yellowing over time never really bothered me because as you can see when it’s on the phone it’s not a huge problem, at least for me anyway.

I think for $10 the Spigen Ultra Hybrid iPhone 7 case is great, and if you’re looking for an affordable minimal clear case that offers decent protection I think you’ll love it.

iPhone 7 Unboxing + New Features

I just got back from the Apple store with the new iPhone 7 and this is my unboxing video where I’m going to let you see it up close and personal and quickly go over the new features for you.

The iPhone 7 now comes in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB so the storage has doubled from the iPhone 6s. No more 16GB, thank goodness. The first thing you may notice is that the iPhone 7 comes in 2 new colors: black which is what I have here and jet black which has a glossy finish, and it also comes in silver, gold, and rose gold so no space gray this year.

Other than the phone itself, in the box you’ll find some stickers and quick start guides, the new Lightning EarPods with the 3.5mm to Lightning adapter since one of the biggest changes for the iPhone 7 is the removal of the headphone jack. Also in the box there’s the Lightning to USB cable and the power adapter.

I’m really liking the new matte black finish, it looks super sleek. Has kind of a Batman feel to it (the Christian Bale batman, not the Adam West batman).

So here’s how the iPhone 7 stacks up to last year’s iPhone 6s which I also have here, in the space gray color.

As far as design goes, it has the same 4.7” screen size and same resolution but the iPhone 7 has a new wide color gamut and the display is 25% brighter which helps on bright sunny days. The amount of RAM is still 2GB.

The iPhone 7 has a new solid state home button, so it’s no longer a physical button that presses, but instead it has a haptic engine that provides tactile feedback which I’m not gonna lie, feels kind of weird at first. I’m hoping I get used to it quickly because it is a definitely a different sensation compared to clicking a physical button.

The iPhone 7’s re-engineered enclosure now makes it dust and water resistant which is a first for iPhones. So you no longer should need a waterproof case if you plan on getting wet. The iPhone 7 should be able to withstand it by itself now.

As I previously mentioned, one of the biggest changes is the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom which has been replaced with another grill so you’ll probably want to get some Bluetooth headphones which is what I’ve been recommending for years now anyway. On the bright side, the iPhone 7 has stereo speakers, one on the bottom and one towards the top and the speakers are supposedly twice as loud than the iPhone 6s speaker.

The iPhone 7 is rocking Apple’s latest A10 fusion quad-core CPU which helps boost performance to twice as fast as the iPhone 6. It also helps battery life which has also improved due to the slightly bigger 1960mah battery that should give you around 2 more hours of use compared to the 6s.

The new camera on the 7 has the same amount of megapixels (12) but a larger aperture at f/1.8 and it’s also equipped with a new quad LED flash. It can record 4K and full HD slow motion like the 6s but the 7 has optical image stabilization built into it which was only on the Plus models last year.

The ever so popular front facing camera has been slightly improved to 7 megapixels, and last but not least the iPhone 7 does come with iOS 10 installed.

So that’s my quick unboxing and first look at the new iPhone 7. Be sure to hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out on my full review coming soon. Hit that Like button if you enjoyed this video. My name is Andy, thank you for watching and I’ll talk to you in the next video.

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Apple iPhone 6s Review: 6 Months Later

The Apple iPhone 6s was released in September 2015, and it’s been my only phone since then. Here is my full review so far.

Compared to the iPhone 6 the 6s has double the RAM, Apple’s newest A9 processor, an improved GPU, better cameras, stronger display glass, and a stronger aluminum exterior. The iPhone 6s looks nearly identical to the iPhone 6. You probably won’t even be able to tell them apart if you’re looking at them side by side. However, the iPhone 6s is slightly thicker and heavier due to the new 7000-series alloy back which is stronger but also slicker. Since it is so slick I do recommend keeping a case on it. My favorite is the Spigen Ultra Hybrid. The good news is that since the design is almost exactly the same, most iPhone 6 cases will fit the iPhone 6s.

The iPhone 6s still has the same 4.7″ 1334 x 750 IPS display as the iPhone 6, but it does have a stronger glass for added protection. A lot of people like to bash the iPhone 6s for lacking a 1080p full HD display, but at 326 ppi this screen is extremely satisfying to look at. It has a 1400:1 contrast ratio and if I am planning to watch an HD video, I will take the time out to watch it on my iPhone 6s. That’s how good this display is. So it’s not full HD, but it is a stunning Retina display.

Speaking of the new display, 3D Touch is a fun concept but I hardly ever use it. Sometimes it’ll come in handy like when I’m logging my food in MyFitnessPal but I mostly use it for switching open apps and moving the cursor while typing. There are still many apps that don’t support 3D Touch and until they do I’ll most likely forget about it.

The iPhone 6s is a fast phone, almost too fast for its own good. For example, Touch ID is instantaneous. It seriously took a while for me to get used to how fast it is because if I want to see my notifications I can’t use the home button because it’ll unlock too fast for me to see them. I had to teach myself to use the power button on the side to see my notifications if I want to.

The new A9 chip is also a big reason for the fast performance on the iPhone 6s. It blows the old A8 chip out of the water. A9 paired with iOS 9 is one of the best hardware software combinations that you’ll experience on a phone, hands down. Apps load fast, multi tasking is fluid, graphics in games are handled very well. If you want a new iPhone that will last you longer than 2 years, definitely go with the iPhone 6s over the iPhone 6 because the speed is definitely future proof.

The most popular social media apps are relying heavily on photos and videos so your smartphone camera is becoming more important each day. Even though the sensor is smaller than other flagship phones, Apple’s 12 megapixel rear camera is a major highlight of the iPhone 6s. It makes up for its relatively smaller sensor by excelling in color reproduction and by how fast the camera snaps the photos. It’s ridiculously fast, and I love the quality of the photos it takes. The front facing camera got a boost as well. It’s now at 5 megapixels so it’s way better than the iPhone 6 front facing camera, but I still tend to avoid using the front facing camera when possible just because the rear camera is so good in comparison. As for the new Live Photos feature that captures 1.5 seconds of video before and after you take a photo, I’ve literally only used it once. It’s kind of a gimmicky feature that sounds cool in theory but I just never use it, mainly because I forget I even have the feature and also because the Live Photos take up a lot of space on my phone. If I want a video, I’ll just record a video.

Speaking of that, the iPhone 6s can take some amazing HD videos. It can record full 1080p HD in 120fps for super smooth slow motion. But probably the biggest feature is the ability to record in 4K which really brings out the details in a video. For a smartphone camera, it doesn’t get much better than this. There’s just one flaw with that. Apple, if you are going to give us the amazing capability of recording 4K videos with our smartphone, why oh why did you insult us with a 16GB model for $649? It is 2016. There’s no reason that the entry level model iPhone should be less than 32GB, especially at that price. You know how many family members and friends I have that like can’t update iOS or their apps because their phone is just full, they have no storage space left? We need to kill the 16GB model of the iPhone. Apple, please upgrade the 16GB model to 32GB.

Since my iPhone 6s is a 64GB model I really don’t have any problems with storage space. The only big complaint I have with the iPhone 6s is the battery life. Last year I was hoping and wishing for a bigger battery, but Apple apparently left it out then they realized “Oh we left this bigger battery out of the iPhone 6s so let’s make a case out of it and sell it for $99.” I usually start my day with my iPhone at 100% charge, and I always have to charge it around halfway through the day so that it will last me until I get home at night. The good news is that the battery does charge pretty quickly. My biggest request for the iPhone 7 is just a battery that will last me a full day.

Obviously with all that said, the iPhone 6s is the best phone I’ve ever owned up until now. My favorite things about it are the camera, fast performance, and user experience. My least favorite things are the short battery life and the high price of the 16GB model. I’m looking forward to using it for the next 6 months until the iPhone 7 is released and then of course I will be drowning in my own tears and handing Apple more of my money. Why do I do this to myself? I don’t know, maybe so I can do more videos for you. I do one every week here. If you are interested in tech videos like this make sure you subscribe. Give this video a like if it helped you out. Leave a comment down below. Let me know what you think of the iPhone 6s and what you’re looking forward to with the iPhone 7!

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