Posts tagged #cell phone

What's In My iPhone -- Part Three: Photography & Utilities

In my "Photography" folder:

App: Camera Bag
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: A application is a multi-filter effects package for your photos.
Cost: $1.99
Comments: This apps been around for a few years and is worth having.

App: Best Camera
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: A application is a multi-filter effects package for your photos.
Cost: $2.99
Comments: This is the best of the three filter apps that I have but they're all good for specific things.

App: Toy Camera
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: A application is a multi-filter effects package for your photos.
Cost: $1.99
Comments: Funky little filters, fun, but unneeded if you buy one others that I listed.

App: True HDR
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: High dynamic range (HDR) imaging application.
Cost: $1.99
Comments: If you're unfamiliar with HDR it's pretty amazing given that it's done right. It balances harsh lights and extreme dark areas and balances a photo, creating a intense effect.

App: PS Mobile
Rating: ✩✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: Very basic Adobe Photoshop for your iPhone.
Cost: Free
Comments: A good all around app given that you need to make some quick edits on the fly.

App: Quad Camera
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This app shoots multiple photo at timed intervals and lays them out on a single image.
Cost: $1.99
Comments: This fun app gives you that photo-booth feel. It also allows you to control the time intervals, how many photos in final output and their respective layouts.

App: Lego Photo
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: Shoots a photo and then pixelates the images with simulated lego pieces.
Cost: Free
Comments: Fun and free. And don't forget to keep touching the image for other color combinations!

App: Flickr
Rating: ✩✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This is a profile application that allows you to interface with your Flickr account.
Cost: Free
Comments: Solid app, great for sharing.

App: Mill Colour
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: Makes very subtle color/sautrations shifts.
Cost: Free
Comments: Basic, but free and somewhat usefull.

App: Alltop Photo
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This is an RSS aggregator to for their photography section.
Cost: Free
Comments: Good if you want to keep tabs on the industry.

App: PanoLab Pro
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: Stitch and create panoramic images using this application.
Cost: $2.99
Comments: I love this app because the more photos you shoot for a given pano' increases the complexity of assembling them. It almost has a game-like quality to it.

In my "Utilities" folder:

Default apps in this folder are:

  • Contacts
  • Clock
  • Compass

App: Speed Test
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: Measure your network speed with this great little application.
Cost: Free
Comments: Good little app if you're ever wondering how much your network really sucks.

App: 1Password
Rating: ✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: One-stop-shop to harbor all your mobile passwords securely.
Cost: $6.99
Comments: If you're like me you have 10k accounts and not the hippocampus to do it.

App: myWireless
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This application allows you to access all your data plan.
Cost: Free
Comments: This little app is a must have if you want to keep tabs on your plan and how much time you've used.

The Apple iPhone 4 Checks One Promise Off My List

There's a spot in my heart for a bizarre little list. The list of things I was promised from films and technologist that I've not got EVER! Today, I got video conferencing in my hand. I don't know why this was a biggie for me but it was. It's not on my wrist, but I'm not being stingy considering that it does more than I was promised.

Apple introduces "FaceTime." T is a cell-phone application that allows you to video conference using your iPhone. The iPhone 4 is to be without a doubt the finest phone on the market by the end of June.

We all knew it was coming based on the blunders (or intentional leaks from Gizmodo) by Apple's crack secret squad leaving the prototype out for all to see. Admittedly, I think every geek was kinda' wondering if that's what we were really going to see today – but it was, and more.

It's sexy. Like it wouldn't be? Not only am I a gadget freak, as a professional photographer I'm very excited to see the quality and intensity of the new 5 megapixel camera as well. It's got another 10 to 15 years before it replaces my Digital SLR equipment but it's going to awesome watching it try. I applaud the dual camera (front & back) ability to swap while in FaceTime mode as I think this will be a pretty intensive jump for the Professional world as well. Think of being on location with your client and give them the seamless experience of what you're seeing.

Couple of items to question based on what I can see:

  • Will designing for the display prove to be any different?
  • What applicationally do you think will come of the FaceTime operations with Augmented Reality apps?
  • What effect of the larger battery will be eaten by the newer processing chip?
  • What level of multi-tasking abuse is this phone prepared for and can it be adjusted within preferences?

Last of course here is my list of lies that I've NOT gotten yet:

  • Jet Pack(s)
  • Shiny Fashion
  • Mind Control Helmets
  • Stun & Death Rays
  • Flying Cars
  • Food Pellets
  • & The Orgasmatron

Posted on June 7, 2010 and filed under Design, Mobile, Technology.

The "Demi-Phone" Has Arrived To Slay Satan

What we 'actually' know:

Operating System : Android 2.1
Device Name: Nexus One
Manufacturer Branding: Google
Hardware Manufacturer: HTC
Carrier Unlock: Yes
Network: GSM
Chipset: Snapdragon Processor
Launch Date: January/February 2010
Display: 3.7-inch display
High-resolution Capacitive multitouch OLED screen
Keyboard: Onscreen keyboard only
Hardware Buttons: HTC scrol ball
Size: Thinner than the iPhone 3GS
Other: 2 mics, one in the front for talking and one at the back to reduce background noise

Engaget has the best review thus far (Key Findings):

  • By all appearances, the company will have a new phone portal where buyers can pick between an unsubsidized, unlocked Nexus One for $529.99, or sign up for a two-year agreement with T-Mobile and purchase the phone for $179.99
  • Google Maps with no pinch-to-zoom
  • 5 megapixel lens and flash took sharp (iPhone 3 megapixel, no flash)

Other items of note based on buzz:

  • Open system
  • Higher Resolution 800 x 480
  • Thinner than iPhone
  • 1Ghz Processor, 512MB RAM (Almost 2x more than the iPhone GS)
  • Video recording 720×480 pixels at 20fps (iPhone is 30fps)
  • Same charger for the Nexus One works with Bluetooth headsets
  • Alphabetic list of all installed apps
  • Does not Sync your Calendar with Exchange
  • Replaceable battery
  • 10k apps vs. "one meelion"

Guy Kawaski says:

"The Nexus One is a serious challenge to the iPhone—particularly because this is version 1 of Nexus One while the iPhone has been out for years. It is the phone that Palm should have created, but that’s another story.

Right now I cannot use a Nexus One as my primary phone because it cannot sync my calendar (something my teenage son doesn’t care about), I use it all the time (without a SIM card, just as a Wi-Fi device) while my iPhone charges around the house. The day that calendar syncing works will be very interesting."

Posted on January 5, 2010 and filed under Business, Mobile, Technology.

Chase Jarvis on Cell Phone Photography

Well known advertorial photographer (and creator of "The Best Camera" iPhone application) Chase Jarvis has done a little memorable chit-chat regarding cellphone photography and the capturing of the moment. He's also a very active blogger and Nikon/iPhone enthusiest. And because I'm a brand whore and own both, I just wanted to point that out.

Chase Jarvis iPhone photo gallery.

Posted on December 29, 2009 and filed under Mobile, Photography, Technology.