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Reading on Apple Books

Years ago, I purchased a Kindle Paperwhite from Best Buy during one of my trips to the United States. I was hoping to get back into the habit of reading. It didn’t work. I was not carrying it with me everywhere and I found it cumbersome to buy books on Kindle (with a non-US credit card) or download and upload PDF copies of what I wanted to read. I eventually sold it.

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Years later, I’ve found the joy of reading again. Nothing trumps the proper feeling of opening a printed book and smelling it as you turn the pages. But let’s be realistic here: I’m not an avid book reader and in order to actually finish reading a book. I had to be practical.

I had to use something to read the book that I’d carry with me all the time. I had to have access to the book when I was unexpectedly stuck in traffic, waiting at the doctor’s office, or simply bored. The one thing that I knew I’d always have with me, the one thing that I’d remember first to bring with me no matter where I went, was the iPhone.

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More book than Facebook

Over the weekend, I planned to finish reading a book.

It was a fiction book. “The Ruins” by Scott B. Smith. What made me want to read the book was that it involved killer plants. That was the plot of a story I’d read many, many years ago as a child. I wanted to see if that story was inspired by this book.

I’m not an avid book reader. In fact, these days, all of my reading comes from the web. I can’t remember the last time I finished reading a book. Seeing that I was immediately hooked to “The Ruins” as I started reading it, I decided to push through and actually manage to finish it this time.

I’d given myself two days. I finished it in one. Read more

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Why I won’t be getting an iPhone X

Apple shook the world when it announced the iPhone X, a complete design overhaul of its most successful product. The announcement would have been a lot more exciting and spark a lot more curiosity, interest, and discussion if it weren’t for the leaks that unveiled everything beforehand.

However, that doesn’t take away the fact that iPhone X is the coolest iPhone to date. It looks sleek, futuristic, and something I want to hold every day. Kind of like the Galaxy S8. (Yes, I just praised a Samsung Galaxy phone on a post about iPhone.)

Geekgasm

When everything about iPhone X was announced, I could not wait to get my hands on it. It is super expensive, no doubt. But it is also something that isn’t meant for everyone. No matter what Apple says, I believe that the iPhone X is an experimental device in a lot of ways. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have released iPhone 8 and 8 Plus alongside.

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The omission of Touch ID is a big gamble. It’s so darn accurate that I can’t help but think that Apple must have got the Face ID so right that they were confident enough to get rid of Touch ID. We’re yet to see how well Face ID works, but given that it is Apple we’re talking about, I think it’s safe to say that they must have perfected it, even if they are late in the game.

For those who think that Face ID failed on stage at the September 12 event, you’re wrong. Read this to find out exactly what happened, and why it was right to happen.

Later is Better

Having said all that, I’ve decided to back down from my powerful will to get my hands on an iPhone X the moment it’s available. All the technology that the iPhone X packs is amazing, but it is still a ‘first generation’ of a redesigned product. If history is any witness, it has been repeated times and times that the second or third generation of a new product fixes a lot of things while being a lot cheaper.

I believe that the iPhone X is an experimental device in a lot of ways.

Take the MacBook Air for example. When it first came out of the envelope in Steve Jobs’ hands, it was mind-blowing, thin, expensive, and quite slow. Over time, it got better, thinner, and most importantly, cheaper yet more powerful.

Then take the 12-inch MacBook for a second example. Single port aside, the device looked sexy, something that I wanted to get right away. But the first generation of the butterfly keyboard just sucked. There is no other way to put it.

A few generations later, the 12-inch MacBook is now a million times better. It still has the single port and an awful webcam, but the device has become a lot more powerful and most importantly, the butterfly keyboard is actually pretty usable this time.

So there you go. I’m keeping my strong will under wraps this time around. I will not be getting the iPhone X when it comes out. However, there’s no telling whether or not I will get it when the second or third generation of the phone hits the market.

If you’ve figured out anything about me by now, you know that I just might.

Using an iPhone? Are you planning to get the iPhone X? Why, why not?

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Using the iPhone without a case

The iPhone 6s that is currently resting on the mouse pad on my desk will turn 2 years old this October. That may not sound like a long time to own a smartphone, but given the fact that we live in a fast-paced technology world, added with the undeniable fact that I’m a geek, that does sound like a long time to go without changing my phone.

In all honesty, though, I do have a secondary Android phone. It went from a Moto G to a Nexus 5x to a Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime that I’m currently using. So yeah, I do keep changing phones, but not the primary one.

Why iPhone remains my primary device of choice is the subject for another post — and believe me, that post is coming! But for today, I’m going to share my experience of what I thought would be a risky thing to do: throwing away the case of the iPhone. Read more

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