About turn

This time last year when renewing my phone, I defected from Apple to Samsung after the disappointing release of the iPhone 5S, which although having the cool fingerprint reader, just didn’t appeal due to the model retaining a smallish screen. My replacement was the Samsung S4, which at the time, was one of the larger screened mobiles available. I was also keen to try out the Android operating system, which I’d heard positive things about and soon found it to my liking, especially with the vast choice of apps that were available.

I will admit there were times when I felt I’d made a mistake in switching, especially when I started getting latency issues (I’d press a button or icon and the screen wouldn’t react immediately which was really annoying). Thankfully the updated OS (Kit Kat) resolved this and I was quite satisfied with my lot; the camera was particularly pleasing, with photos on my blog evidence of the quality.

Then it all changed last month.

There had been leaked reports of new iPhone’s being launched in the Autumn with two new models with larger screens and better cameras, but with a year to go on my existing contract, the new models would have to be something special to make me switch.

Then I visited the Apple store at Milton Keynes!

And I had a Sharesave windfall!

At the same time 🙂

I took one look at the iPhone 6 Plus and had a ‘I want one’ moment, to the dismay but inevitable acceptance of Tina. Disappointingly though they didn’t have the size I wanted in stock and the online delivery time was 3-4 weeks, too long to get it before our holiday so instead I embarked in an online vigil of shop stock on the Apple website. Finally I managed to reserve a Gold 128GB iPhone 6 Plus at 4am in the morning and duly picked it up from the Leicester Apple Store later that day.

And wow, what a phone. It is so impressive and the larger screen is bloody lovely. The finger print reader is really accurate and the camera is superb, with the ability to record video at 240fps, just sublime. I’ve not really used the camera in anger yet but did shoot a small video which really is impressive (It’s worth watching full screen). See what you think…

 

Dawn

dawnOne of the advantages of getting up early is that you get to see some wonderful sunrise light shows and this one was particularly spectacular. Taken on my Samsung S4, I love the silhouette of the tree and dark landscape against the coloured sky.

Not much Photoshop manipulation, just a bit of enhancing the colours but otherwise it was how the camera and my eyes saw it.

And now for something completely different

river

Early Sunday morning and I decided to take my Canon D450 out with me whilst walking the dog. The intention was to try out my wide-angled lens that I bought last week. Whilst I took many shots with that lens, the best photo was this one, taken from the river bridge close to the nature reserve. The sky is a bit blown out so probably could do with some post-shot alterations but not a bad photo, especially considering it was taken on my Samsung S4 camera phone!