My iOS 13 Reminders setup

apps, Tech

One of the reasons I went back to the beta of iOS 13 was to cover and test the new reminders app. I’ve been waiting years for this refresh and loving the redesign. Thought I’d post my current setup. Keeping it pretty simple for now.

I’ll delve more into Reminders as I continue to use it as part of my daily life.

Hyper grape sports loop with Stainless Steel Apple Watch (review and gallery)

Apple Watch, Review, Tech

Not seen many images of this band on the stainless steel Apple Watch.

These Nike sports loop are the most comfy Apple Watch bands in my opinion. They don’t get sticky if you’re working out or it’s the summer and they have loads of adjustment.

As with most bands they might seem expensive getting them from Apple but in my testing against third party ones they last a lot longer.

iOS 13 Beta 2


I’m expecting we’ll see Beta 2 of iOS 13 today around 6pm GMT. Maybe it’s wishful thinking but typically the second seed comes out two weeks after WWDC. I’ve got a load of Radars to test, especially in reminders. At the moment I’ve got the beta on my iPhone and iPad Pro and it’s causing me a few problems but it’s useable generally, still I’d really appreciate beta 2 as soon as possible.

Sony RX100 VI initial impressions


I’ve been playing with the Sony RX100 mark VI for a few days now and I have to say I’m conflicted. On the one hand it’s very portable and after spending some time getting to grips with the over complicated menu system I’m not sure if I’m keeping it.

I’m trying to balance strengths vs weaknesses and for my use I’m not seeing many benefits right now for the outlay of almost £1000.

Whilst auto focus is lightning quick and the zoom fast I just can’t get it to be as versatile as my Canon or even as good as my iPhone XS (or 7) at getting close for macro.

You can’t zoom in to get macro you need to be close but even when I do I’m struggling to get the clear shots I want.

Here’s a shot I really like and perfect for the blog but it took a lot of get and about as close as I can get.

These sort of shots aren’t clear to my eyes and I’m unsatisfied with them compared to something I’d do with my Canon 70D.

Replacing a smart phone and carrying a light and portable point and shoot then the Sony does well but if you’re looking for versatility then I’m struggling to justify keeping it.

Video is great, especially slow motion but I rarely shoot any.

As a travel camera then the Sony is great but as a day to day replacement for my Canon it’s just not going to fit the bill I don’t think.

So, I think that this camera is for someone who I looking for an amazing travel and holiday camera that has the budget to invest in a camera for just this purpose. For me I think I’m getting my money back and either looking for something cheaper or waiting until they come down in price in a sale. I’d be happy spending £600 on one but not £1000.

Rediscovering TouchID


If you’re following along you’ll know I’m trying a little experiment of going back to my trusty iPhone 7. You’ll know I’ve not been the biggest fan of FaceID from its unreliability in bright conditions to the underlying IR technology on my eye balls multiple times a day, I’m just not a fan yet.

Well, coming back to TouchID has been like seeing an old friend again. You might think I’m an old man at this point but in my experience so far unlocking my iPhone is so much more efficient, two scenarios in particular.

The first is taking my iPhone out of my pocket to unlock. With FaceID I would take it out then look and swipe up. With TouchID I unlock as I get it out of my pocket, it’s ready as soon as I am. The second scenario is if it’s on a desk, I no longer have to look over or tilt the phone up to unlock.

I’m not expecting Apple to bring back TouchID but it’s nice (for me) to go back to something that I was so familiar with. One thing that is better with FaceID is if you need to enter a password on a web form or log into an app. No readjusting your hand to use TouchID it simply scans your face, this is a nice feature.

So for me using the iPhone 7 is better than the iPhone XS in this category, unlocking for me is better with TouchID.

Sony RX100 VI screen protector

Photography, Tech

I’m not a huge fan of screen protectors on my phone or iPad but I always get them for my cameras. I did some experimenting and landed on the Ormy screen guard glass.

Fitting it was easy using the included dust removal sticker and just placing it on the camera. It probably helps that the camera is new so didn’t have much time to develop much gunk over time 😀.

Here’s it fitted, you can see it adds a little to the screen height but it’s hardly noticeable.