Ztylus has stepped forward as an interesting competitor to olloclip in the market for higher-end enhancement lenses for iPhone cameras. There are plenty of knockoffs and cheap alternatives available from Amazon, eBay, and other online outlets, but Ztylus’ products show a level of creativity and polish in their designs that the lesser products don’t. However, good design alone does not a good picture take. Does the picture quality from Ztylus’ lenses match up to their case and lens design? Read on to find out.
I’ll get into the details more in the head-to-head review, but unfortunately, the Ztylus Switch 6 camera lens case is a more flawed product than the Revolver case I shot with yesterday. It has more potential, as a couple of the lenses are REALLY useful. However, the Wide Angle lens, which is the one I use the most, had a lot of issues with focus, which was very disappointing.
Our time in the Big Easy is drawing to a close, as my wife and I have to head back home this afternoon. So, I’ll get straight to the pictures, and save the rest for the review in a few days.
The stock camera on the iPhone since the iPhone 4 has been one of the best, if not the best that you can get on a mobile phone. However, what we have today with the dual cameras and Portrait Mode of the iPhone 7 Plus makes even those really good to great cameras of the past pale in comparison.
As we have progressed to this point where the smartphone that we carry in our pockets every day can make a solid point and shoot camera seem unnecessary and irrelevant, many companies have tried to bolster and augment the iPhone’s camera to make it even more competitive with cameras that have optical zooms and wide angle lenses.
I’ve been covering my experience with Apple’s AirPods in a series of articles since I got them a little over a month ago. Over the first two installments (here and here), all was well and Apple’s popular new wearable really grew on me more than I expected. Unfortunately, I ran into a few problems that I covered in my third installment.
I’ve been using my Apple AirPods for around two weeks now, so I have gotten a pretty good feel for how they work at this point, and have figured out more of their strengths and weaknesses. All things considered, the experience has still been very good overall.
I was finally able to get my hands on a pair of Apple’s latest hard to find hit. If you are still looking for a set of AirPods without the three to four week wait, keep an eye on AT&T, website. When they get them in stock, they process the orders quickly and have free shipping in the US. I got mine two business days after ordering, so I was happy with the experience, and was glad to not have to pay a premium or wait a month to get them.
If there is one thing the world isn’t short of, it is iPhone cases. They come in all shapes, sizes, types, and materials, from manufacturers across the world. As anyone who has dropped their iPhone and busted the screen (which is most of us) can tell you, it is a hard world out there with a naked or barely-covered device. As such, those cases with heavy duty drop protection have always been a popular choice for many. Unfortunately, the cases that provide the highest degree of protection tend to add a lot of bulk and completely obscure the look of the iPhone. While there is certainly a place for these cases and there are many lines of work and types of play where they are absolutely necessary, they tend to viewed as the only options to protect an iPhone from drops.
I am normally a full-on case and screen protector man, myself. In that spirit, I took a look at Vaja’s Niko Wallet-Case for the iPhone 7 Plus last week, and came away loving what I saw. However, there will always be those who prefer to either carry their iPhones “naked,” or prefer items that center on the cosmetic, more than coverage. For the latter, Vaja’s Leather Back is a unique and affordable enhancement that stands out from the crowd.
I’ll preface this review by saying that I’ve never been a big fan of side-flip cases, and I’ve never actually used a wallet case with any iPhone that I have owned. With that said, it may seem a little odd that I would be taking a look at a side-flip wallet case, right? However, that doesn’t mean that I ever wrote off trying to find one that I like. In fact, lately I’ve been giving wallet cases a second look.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever broken your iPhone’s screen? If you don’t have your hand raised, you are probably either new to smartphones, or lying. I’m as careful a mobile device user as you will ever find, and I managed to make it 15 long years, using PDAs, early smartphones, and then all the way up to the iPhone 5S before I finally joined the club. All it took was leaving the bottom part of my case off for a few minutes to do me in. I dropped my 5S on the concrete floor of a mechanical room, and the next thing I knew, I was out $150. Ouch.
I also didn’t have a screen protector on at the time, so as you can likely imagine, I haven’t been without one on any iPhone I’ve owned since. As such, I’m always on the lookout for the latest new designs, especially in glass and hybrid protectors that add additional protection. When I saw that ZAGG was offering a Screen Guarantee Plan with their latest top of the line screen protector, I took notice. ZAGG is the biggest and most respected name in mobile screen protection, so if they are willing to put a money-backed guarantee on your screen, then it’s a big deal, and worth taking a look at.
I didnâ€™t pick up an iPhone 7 after its announcement, but I was still quite excited by the announcement of the W1 chip thatâ€™s going into the AirPods and other Beats products. Bluetooth devices with the W1 chip have a few interesting features:
- theyâ€™re more power efficient
- they fast-charge, a few minutes can get you hours of battery life
- you can pair them with an iPhone by just holding them near it and tapping on a prompt
- once paired with an iPhone, W1-equipped headphones will auto-pair with all Apple devices via iCloud
This last point really got me excited, and that was the bit of Apple Magic Iâ€™d been hoping to see. Iâ€™ve been using wireless headphones for about two or three years now (first with the Sony MDR-10rBT and then the Jaybird Bluebuds X), and I really canâ€™t go back to using wired headphones on-the-go. Iâ€™ll use them at home, but Iâ€™ve become spoiled enough that the wires are insufferably inconvenient when I step outside of my house.
I know that wireless still costs in terms of sound quality, and Iâ€™m very willing to make that tradeoff, but thereâ€™s a limit to that. I bought the Beats Solo3 soon after they came out. They were hilariously expensive at $380 CAD (including tax), but I really wanted the convenience that Apple was touting with the W1.