This week's gadget is for your mobile phone. It's called the JOBY GripTight POV Kit. This small, lightweight device provides a handheld, stable locking smartphone grip. With the handle folded behind the smart phone it's a great camera grip. With the handle folded under the smart phone, it's a steady video grip. Folded slightly open, the handle makes the POV into a handy viewing stand. The integrated Impulse Bluetooth remote attaches to the GripTight POV Kit providing a point-and-shoot shutter feature while also enabling users to capture photos and videos from afar.
BlackBerry this week announced it would be getting out of the hardware business. When the iPhone came out in 2007, no one knew exactly what that meant. In fact, the CEO of Microsoft at the time, Steve Ballmer, publicly criticized it saying that it's too expensive. The lack of concern was just enough to throw them off their game for a couple of years. By 2009, when it became clear the iPhone was the future of cell phones, Microsoft and BlackBerry finally leapt into action. Unfortunately, it was too late at that point and Apple already owned the space.
Donna updated her iPad and iPhone with iOS 10 and now she's lost all her text replacement options. Leo says it should be in her iCloud backup. Leo thinks that iOS 10 wiped it out and then backed up her phone afterwards. So in the future, she should make sure she makes a backup of her devices on her computer with iTunes before she updates.
Neil has been hanging on to the iPhone 6S, but he decided to get the iPhone 7 anyway. Leo took his on a cruise along with his Leica camera and he says it competed well with it. Neil wants to know how to get the most out of his camera on the iPhone. Leo says that the built-in Apple camera app has matured to the point that it's the best of the bunch now. Leo doesn't see the need for other camera apps. The built-in app will always have the edge over the others because it will be the first, and perhaps the only, to have the new features that Apple implements.
Leif's iPhone is filling up and it has 128GB of storage! How can he clear it out? Leo says to use the cloud backup on the iPhone. It should manage that. Leo also recommends getting Google Photos and backing up all of his photos. He can get unlimited high quality backup and then he can delete them from his phone. There's even a setting for that.
Gary is a bird photographer and he wants to know if there is a phone that can switch between Verizon and AT&T. If Gary has an unlocked phone, he can swap out SIM cards as necessary and the iPhone will switch from carrier to carrier. If he's in good standing with his carrier he can request that they unlock it. Or he can just buy one unlocked.
Google has Project Fi, which can switch to whatever the strongest carrier is, but the iPhone can't do that.
Lorna has an iPhone 6s and wants to know if she should upgrade to iPhone 7. Leo says there's not a lot of difference. Sure, she can get the dual lens camera in the 7 Plus, but the camera is about the same otherwise. It's a little faster. If she has the monthly payment plan that allows her to swap it out for a new one, then sure. Why not? But if she has to buy a new one, Leo says she can wait until next year. If it's been two years, then by all means get it. It's 60% faster than the 6 and 6 Plus.
Josh has an iPhone 6s Plus and he's thinking that it's been slowing down lately. Should he wipe the phone and start over to get it to run faster? Leo says that he can, but it really won't help much. He can backup his phone and then restore it. Apple has changed the process and the apps have to redownloaded and installed, though. An older phone may have the need to wipe and speed up, but a newer phone like the 6s Plus shouldn't need it.
Kenny wants to get an iPhone 7. Leo says that the Verizon version isn't locked thanks to a deal with the FCC. So he can put a SIM card in it and use it with any other carrier. He'll have to activate it first, though. The problem is that Apple isn't selling unlocked phones until a few months later, so if he buys an iPhone, he has to choose a carrier. The T-Mobile phone does not have to be activated with T-Mobile and Leo's AT&T iPhone worked with a T-Mobile SIM. So if he looks beyond the marketing, he can see the reality.
Leo was able to be one of the first to pick up the iPhone 7 Plus and he got it yesterday in the mail. But he had to settle for gold. How 2014. Leo says that just by looking at the front, you wouldn't know it's a new model unless you saw the missing headphone jack.And the irony is that it's got a dummy speaker grill replacing the headphone jack because of "symmetry." Apple says it's a baffle to equalize pressure between the phone and outside so it can use it's software altimeter.