Using an iPhone without a case

As you know I’m still on the 11 Pro and currently have no plans to make the shift to the 12 series but the one thing that has me looking over at them is the in hand feel. I’ve seen lots of different opinions on this and based on my experience of using the X and 11 Pro case-less I’m thinking the 12 or Mini might be the sweet spot for me. The more grippy glossy back and aluminium sides might be the way to go if you want to use the phone without a case.

I find the 11 Pro ok without one but the matte back isn’t that grippy although it does sit better on surfaces.

The best in hand feeling iPhone for me was the iPhone 7 in jet black, followed by the 5C.

I like to think that the majority of people who work at Apple use their iPhone without a case and pay attention to that in hand feel for those of us that really dislike both the look and feel of a case on a device you’re using hours a day. I long for a modern iPhone in either jet black style aluminium finish or plastic but we both know that’s never going to happen. I dislike glass backs and metal sides but aside from switching to a Pixel 5 I don’t have any options.

Do you use a case?

Casio F-91W – The most comfortable watch

I’ve been wearing a lot of my old watches and I’ve settled on what I think is the most comfortable watch available.

The Casio F-91w is ultralight, can take a beating, water resistant, small profile and has all of the time features you need in a daily wear.

It’s a watch that you can get for less than £15, put it on and forget about. Mines gone through a few scrapes and has scratches all over and dings in the screen but that just gives it personality to me. It’s tempting to go for something like a G-Shock 5610 but I’d recommend saving about £80 and getting an F-91W instead.

The only downside is the light isn’t great but you can still tell the time, it might just take a few more seconds.

Purchase your own F-91W

Are you holding off for an iPhone 12 Mini or Pro Max?

It’s been weird not picking up a new iPhone on release day. I’ve picked one up every year since the 3G but this year is different for numerous reasons. I’m trying to jump phones for something worth while and the 12 Pro doesn’t look like a step worth making for me this year. I’m not judging those who do but as someone watching a budget I don’t see the justification.

To be honest looking at those shiny sides on the 12 Pro I’d go 12 this year as I much prefer the aluminium matte sides to the stainless steel.

I do have some budget set aside from eBay sales for tech stuff (I like to do one in one out on my stuff) but the only thing grabbing me is either the Mini or the Pro Max.

On one hand I love the smaller form factor but on the other I love the camera. I’ll wait until reviews before making any moves this year but I’m leaning towards ordering a 12 Mini (white, 128GB) this year with a view to returning if it doesn’t work out. I can trade in my current 11 Pro and pay £100 to get the Mini so I’m very tempted.

The Max would have to be exceptionally better camera wise to get me living with that large phone, but I also don’t like those shiny sides so I don’t see me going down this path.

What are you planning to do?

Taking breaks from social media and the news

I think especially in these times taking breaks from social media and especially the mainstream news has been beneficial for my mental health. I find when I get dragged back into a link from social that leads me to main news my mood gets worse, so I’m back on a break.

Going cold turkey and deleting Tweetbot is the place to start, then just not checking the main news sites is next.

If I go quiet on Twitter I’m not ignoring anyone I’m just taking a little holiday from it.

I keep coming back to the iPhone 11 Pro

I usually get a new iPhone every year, I don’t have many hobbies or spend on other things so it’s my one treat a year. This year though I’m torn and I keep coming back to staying on the 11 Pro might be the best thing to do.

The iPhone 12 Pro doesn’t look to be much of an improvement to warrant a big outlay. It’s also slightly larger than a phone I already don’t like that much.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is probably going to have a mega camera but I doubt I could manage it day to day without flaring up my RSI again. I did try an 11 Pro Max and found it to be very top heavy.

The iPhone 12 Mini is my perfect size but I know I’ll regret it every time I go to use the optical zoom (2x), which I use quite a lot on my 11 Pro.

All of this leads me to think that keeping my 11 Pro as it’s what I’m already using, doesn’t cost me anything to keep running and I have the camera I really like might be the best thing to do.

I’ve checked trade in price on my 11 Pro and I can afford a Mini or Pro Max so I’m going to sit it out for now until I see some evidence it’s worth shifting models this year.

What are you planning on doing?

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro, which one feels best?

With reviews coming in now for both of these models I’m finding it interesting that both MKBHD and John Gruber seem to prefer the feel and weight of the iPhone 12, something that’s got me rethinking any choices I may have been making.

Having a glossy back and aluminium sides looks to be better to keep hold of. The matte finish on my 11 Pro looks fantastic and doesn’t let it slide off surfaces but is more slippery to my hands. I’m not precious about stainless steel sides and personally prefer the look of the raw aluminium.

This really has me thinking about whether I go standard size 12 if the Mini turns out to be too small. I intend on testing one out somehow!

I’m still torn over the camera system on the Pro, that additional 2x is something I use a lot but I’m going to try not to use it as an experiment to see if I could manage without it.

I already know I’m not going near a Pro Max even if the camera is fantastic, it’s just too big.

USB-C isn’t coming to the iPhone

I’ve been thinking a lot about the iPhone 12 and where it sits in the decision to upgrade from an existing iPhone then it hit me – I don’t see USB-C ever coming to the iPhone. This is a shame as I have a lot of them around now but with the new MagSafe I don’t see Apple adding USB-C to the iPhone.

If anything the rumours of a port less iPhone seem even more likely. If MagSafe can do data then the writing is on the wall and the iPhone 11 Pro might be my choice of iPhone for a long time.

iPhone 12, form vs function

With the impending release of the iPhone 12 Mini it’s got me thinking about form vs function?

With the iPhone X onwards I’ve never really been that comfortable with the size increase from the 7. For me the 7 was the perfect sized iPhone. But, I love having the best camera I can get on the iPhone each year, but this isn’t going to be happening for me going forward.

For me the choices this year are

  • Stick with the 11 Pro. I keep the 2x zoom but left with a larger phone than I want
  • Move to the Mini and lose the 2x but gain a more comfortable form factor
  • Get a Max but know I’ll be suffering with RSI issues

Do you prefer to have the best spec or the most comfortable iPhone to live with?

I’ll most probably stick with my 11 Pro, the camera is still great and I’ll keep missing the smaller form factor but I’ll be saving money. I’ll most probably try to get my hands on a Mini to see what’s it’s like and if it’s a revolution for me I’ll switch and live without the zoom camera.