A New Word for you to Learn: Phablet

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 8.00.26 PMIf you haven’t heard it yet, you’ll hear it soon.

Phablet

Phablet – a phone that’s big enough to be (almost) considered a tablet.

Samsung has produced a phablet for years with it’s Galaxy Note. And do people like it? They seem to love it. So Apple is now jumping on that bandwagon with the iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone 6 Plus = the newest phablet on the market.

There was a great review of the iPhone 6 Plus in the New York Times today. Written by a bona-fide big-phone hater, he talks about the time he spent with this new phablet, pros and cons.

I think he surprised himself.

He finds many pluses to make up for the lack of pocketability.

Read the whole article, here:

With Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, Phablets Get Serious.

Now I’m starting to get excited to get my hands on one.

I’ll not be in line at the Apple stores on Friday (I’m not THAT crazy ambitious :) )

But …

I placed my order! And I should get my iPhone 6 Plus (aka Phablet) in about 3 weeks.

If you are considering the iPhone 6 Plus, I would suggest you take a few minutes and read the NY Times review.

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Upgrading? Comparing the size of the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 4.23.28 PMI’ve decided.

Yes, indeed.

I’ve positively decided that I can’t decide which phone I want until I can test them out in my hand. :shock:

I’ve read a lot of “stuff” on the internet over the past few days, and the opinion seems pretty much split down the middle.

The iPhone 6 Plus is a LOT of phone. But it has some extra features that the iPhone 6 does not have, basically acting as a mini-iPad. (This phone would make reading books on the iPhone a real happy possibility. A 6 Plus just might mean that only one device gets lugged along on short trips.)

The iPhone 6 is MUCH more pocket-friendly than the iPhone 6 Plus. Although I like to keep my phone in my pocket, this is not a deal breaker for me.

I’m including, here, two short hands-on videos that I think are helpful to give you an idea of the iPhone 6 vs the iPhone 6 Plus.

The next video talks a little more about the phone overall, but I’m including it here because the young woman clearly does NOT like the bigger size.

And if you have 5 minutes to spare, and are really interested in this whole size thing, the two guys in the video below are kind of fun. They don’t have the real phones, but made mock-ups, and they test them out in their pockets.

These guys also point out that the iPhone 6 Plus is not at all single-hand useable. With an iPhone 5, for example, you can hold the phone in one hand and reach any button with your thumb. You’ll find that this is not possible with the iPhone 6 Plus. You’ll need two hands.

Aging eyes will welcome the larger screens, but the one-handed subway commuters will not. That’s why variety is a good thing. Different phone sizes will suit different lifestyles. In my experience, one size does not usually fit all. So, hurrah for choice!

I know that even though I say I’m undecided, I’m probably going to get the iPhone 6 Plus. My husband is sure about his upgrade. He wants the 6, NOT the Plus. Pocket-abiility is very important to him.

Decisions, decisions.

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You now have a choice: iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 3.22.32 PMIt’s now official.

Apple is releasing the iPhone 6 in TWO sizes.

The iPhone 6 will have a 4.7 screen.

The iPhone 6 Plus will have a 5.5 screen (yes!).

(To be clear…. both models are LARGER than the iPhone 5)

While there are positive tweaks (such as better battery life, Retina HD display), a disappointment is that the camera will remain at 8 megapixels (rival Android phones are doing better). They have made several other improvements to the camera, however, including a new sensor and video features.

Preorders for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus begin this Friday, with the phones shipping on September 19 (in the US).

Prices and capacity for the iPhone 6 Plus:

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Prices and capacity for the iPhone 6:

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This will bump back the prices for the older models. A 16 GB 5S will now cost you $99, and you can have a 8GB 5C for free.

Also announced:

The iWatch leaves the rumor mill and is now a reality. This smartwatch will not be called “iWatch” (as everyone was guessing). It is officially called the Apple Watch.

It will come in two sizes, and have a dial (digital crown) that will be used to interact with the watch. In other words, the screen would be too small to use your finger, so this dial will allow you to do whatever it is that you need to do (zoom in or out, etc).

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This Apple Watch won’t be released until 2015 and will need an iPhone (models 5 and up). It’s also pretty pricey at $349. I don’t really get this one… but then again, I didn’t “get” the whole internet idea back in the 90’s, so I’ll sit back and let others explore this new watch. I’ll wait to be impressed.

Also announced:

Apple Pay. This is a new mobile payment system for the iPhone. Other companies have tried it but so far it just hasn’t seemed to catch on. Whole Foods, Disney, Walgreens and Macy’s are among the retailers who are going to accept this new system, where you pay via your credit card after taking a photo of it with your iPhone.

I know people are concerned about security for things like this, and I certainly am, too. However I also find that if I can only use it here and there, it’s hardly worthwhile. Personally, before I would jump in the mobile payment water, I would want it to be around for a while and something that is commonly accepted everywhere. I don’t care to be a trailblazer.

And finally….

iOS 8. This new operating system will not only be appearing on the new iPhones, but will be available to current iPhone and iPad users as an upgrade.

As soon as I have the iOS 8 up and running, I will gradually cover the new features …. slowly …. on this blog. One feature at a time. Just for us regular folks. :)

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Apple Event on Tuesday. Rumors will continue until then…..

Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 8.10.10 AMApple’s big event will unfold on Tuesday, September 9. And all the rumors will be put to rest.

But for now, the internet is buzzing with speculation.

It is generally agreed that the newest iPhone will be offered in several sizes. Personally, I’m hoping for a larger screen, but I know lots of folks want it to stay the same. So, the best solution (if Apple asked me :) ) would be to produce several sizes (like they do with the iPad). Let people have a choice.

And then there is the iWatch. This is interesting. Wearable technology is wildly popular, and personally, I think that Apple is a little late getting into this game.

Last Christmas, my son gave me a Fitbit. This is a little gadget that keeps track of your steps and sends you encouraging text messages to urge you on to meet your goal. It holds a charge for weeks, and when the battery gets low, it sends me an email to alert me that it needs a charge. Delightful. No fuss, just fun. And flawless. It just works…. and it is very popular. Other companies have similar products.

Now the rumor is that Apple will be unveiling it’s own piece of wearable technology, dubbed the iWatch (it probably will not be called “iWatch”). It is assumed that it will be health related, keeping track of steps, heart rate, etc. And then the speculation continues … what else will it do? After all, many companies are already producing health related wearable gadgets (like my Fitbit). Will there be apps for this iWatch? Will it access the internet? How on earth can you fit a keyboard on a watch?

I’ve also read about a possible mobile-payment-system on the iPhone…that should be interesting.

…also a new operating system (here comes iOS8).

and….. perhaps a new LARGER iPad.

All questions will be answered soon….

stay tuned….

The Apple event: What’s probably coming

What To Expect From Apple’s iPhone Event On September 9

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Another Great Discounted Book Source: Early Bird Books

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Nothing better than great book deals!

In other posts, I alerted you to eReaderIQ (which I absolutely LOVE) and BookGorilla.

And now…. another discount-alerter for your browsing pleasure. :)

Early Bird Books will send you an email each morning with several book deals. Some expire quickly, some may be on sale for weeks, so check the expiration date. These books are limited to ones that are published through Open Road, so the model is a bit different from the other discounters.

It’s always fun to have bargains delivered to your inbox!

Just click on Early Bird Books to subscribe.

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Upgrading your iPhone? Time to start thinking about selling your old one….

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 8.09.10 AMIt won’t be long now until Apple unveils the iPhone 6. The event is scheduled for September 9.

And so ….. if you are planning to get a new iPhone, you’ll want to get rid of your old one. Of course you can always sell it on your own to a friend, or through CraigsList or eBay, but I prefer the no-hassle-to-me way, through Amazon or Gazelle.

It was two years ago that I sold two iPhone 4’s, as my husband and I upgraded at that time to the 5.

For comparison, I sold one phone to Amazon, and the other to Gazelle.

I am a BIG fan of Gazelle. Just last week, I sold an old iPad 2 to them. The experience was every bit as easy as it was two years ago when I sold my iPhone to Gazelle.

I clicked through their website to my model of iPad and indicated its condition. Then Gazelle did the rest. They sent me a box. I slipped my iPad in the provided amazingly-designed safety sleeve. I sealed the box. I sent it back (pre-paid by Gazelle). Several days later I had an email from Gazelle that my iPad arrived. Hours later the $$$$ appeared as an Amazon gift card (my choice. You can also get a check, or a deposit into a paypal account).

So easy. So well done. I got $145 for a very-well used iPad 2.

Of course, as easy and professional as Gazelle is, it is still wise to shop around. Amazon’s trade in program is also excellent. You might want to check with both to see where you get the most $$. One happy point to me with Gazelle is that I did not need to send back an original box OR any cords. That was a plus as far as I was concerned. Extra plugs are handy, so I was happy to keep mine.

Once the new iPhones are released, the price for the older phones will probably drop a bit. Gazelle is currently offering the opportunity to lock in the price (until October 10) of your iPhone, now. This is useful if you absolutely know that you are getting a new phone, soon.

I won’t be locking in my price now, though, because I’m just not SURE about a new iPhone, yet. I’m interested in the larger screen, and it is not clear whether Apple will be releasing such a phone at this time. I’ll have to wait and see.

I checked through Gazelle to see what I would get if I sold my iPhone to them. Answer: $160. That would be a nice chunk of change to apply toward the new iPhone 6. :)

note that the “locked” and “unlocked” refers to a carrier service, not locking in your price. Two different “locks”! :shock:

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Although I am only talking Apple products, here, Gazelle will buy all kinds of devices. If you’re not using it, this is an easy way to clear it out and make a few $, too.

This literally only takes minutes. Minutes-to-$. That’s a good thing.

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Bold? Italics? Underline? Where are these hiding on my iPad or iPhone?

Over the last several years, “throwback Thursday” has become quite popular. Although it is really supposed to be about nostalgia (like old photos), I thought I’d stretch the point, and occasionally post an old (but updated!) “how to” on Thursdays, for the benefit of the many new-device-users who have joined our blog. (or to refresh the memories for those of us who forget!)

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Bold, Underline, Italics ….. you want to use them, but you can’t find them. Where are they hiding?

Here is how you find these options when you are typing on your iPad or iPhone:

Open a new email as though you are about to write a message.

Write a sample sentence for yourself. I’ll use this one: “Why do psychics ask your name?”

Touch the word “psychics” and you will see a magnifier pop up, and then a bar including the words “Select, and Select All. Touch the word “Select”.

From Skitch-15

The word “psychics” will turn blue and above it another bar appears. This time the bar includes the option “B-I-U” (bold, italics, underline). If you are looking at a smaller screen (the iPhone) you may have to touch an arrow on the side of the bar to extend it in order to see this option.

From Skitch-16

Tap the “BIU”, and your options of “Bold, Italics, and Underline” become clear. Tap on any of the three options and your word will now be cloaked in the emphasis of your choice. You can choose one, two or all three options.

From Skitch-17

This bar will remain on the screen until you dismiss it by tapping on a blank spot of the email to make it disappear.

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Another Typing Trick for your iPhone and iPad

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 6.30.09 AMWhen you’re typing on your iPhone/iPad, and you come to the end of a sentence, you probably tap on the “123” to get your punctuation, and then return to the letter keyboard.

But here’s another way:

When you come to the end of a sentence, just double-tap the space bar. A period will appear and you are in a position to start your next sentence.

From Skitch-14

I’m trying to train myself to use this, regularly. It’s not easy to change a habit. :)

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Walmart Slashes Prices on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 7.47.27 AMIt won’t be too long until the new iPhone 6 is released.

But if you need a new phone, and you don’t need the “latest” version, Walmart has a deal for you.

For the next 90 days, Walmart is selling the 5s for just $79, and the 5c for 97¢ (yes, you read that right…. 97 cents).

Of course you have to agree to a two year contract but you have your choice of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or US Cellular.

I’m sure lots of folks will be taking advantage of this deal. Personally, I’m waiting for that bigger screen that is promised rumored for the iPhone 6. :)

iPhone 5C drops to 97 cents at Walmart

You Can Now Get A Dirt-Cheap iPhone 5s And A Nearly Free iPhone 5c At Wal-Mart

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How to Capture ACTION with your iPhone Camera

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I absolutely love this feature.

I remember (years and years) ago buying a digital camera specifically because it had this ability so that I could “catch” action shots at my son’s sporting events. And now, here it is, always available right in our pocket!

I’m guessing you might not know that you have this feature …. but once you do, you’ll be using it to get that PERFECT shot.

So how do you capture action with your iPhone?

Simply bring up your camera on your iPhone.

Aim, and HOLD DOWN THE CAPTURE BUTTON. Your iPhone will snap photos quickly. A Photo Burst.

From Skitch-13

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