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No More Camera While Traveling
Last year I decided to give up my camera. It was a move that I didn’t make lightly considering that I do share photos here on the blog, but it was a decision that I am happy with. At the time I had just bought a Galaxy S6 and decided that the camera in it was finally good enough to be a standalone. No longer did I need to lug around another piece of glass while traveling. It was freeing.
For the most part I have not regretted that decision. Overall I am happy with the quality of the photos I get and with a little post-production I feel the quality of shots on the blog is fine too. There are still a couple of areas where quality suffers though. First, low light is still an issue, although outside of a DSLR, that would be an issue (albeit a lesser one) with a point and shoot.
The real major issue for me is a lack of zoom. My S6’s camera only has one focal point and any zoom is completely digital which means grainy. The iPhone 7 Plus is launching with two rear cameras. One will be a telephoto and one will be normal wide angle. This will essentially allow a 2X optical zoom, although it will just switch from one to the other. What is nice though is that the framing and quality should be better.
Of course the LG G5 also has this setup, but I don’t think LG has ever been able to get the camera processing quite right. It remains to be seen if Apple has figured it out with their new design either, but they are the best in the business. And so I ordered an Apple iPhone 7 Plus, but I am not committed at all.
AT&T Access More to the Rescue
The truth is I was going to order an iPhone anyway. Over the past year my wife and I have each opened an AT&T Access More card and neither of us has redeemed our free phone bonus. I wanted to wait for the iPhone 7 to come out to get a maximum return if I decided to sell. Products deeper into their cycle don’t sell for as much, but the iPhone 7 will get full retail value on the resale market.
So instead of ordering an iPhone 7 for $649 in order to get my $649 credit, I spent an extra $120 out of pocket to get the 32GB 7 Plus. It will take a few weeks to arrive and during that time I will read all of the expert reviews to see if it is a worthy upgrade. If so, I’ll welcome it into the family and finally ditch my Android. If not, then I’ll just sell it or more likely my wife will steal it. Win, win?!?
I love technology and love to tweak things. Back in the day I would mod my Android phone and do all sorts of cool (to me) stuff. Nowadays I don’t do that and instead rely on my phone mostly for business. I keep up with news, answer emails, monitor my Amazon inventory and do about 100 other things. All of those things can be done on the iPhone. Growing up sucks.
Of course battery life is big too and is a category where my current phone fails miserably. Apple simply does battery life better and that is important when traveling, especially when your phone is your camera. As for the screen, my Galaxy S6 has a better resolution, but Apple has very good quality screens and I’ll have to deal with having fewer pixels. Oh well.
I am excited for the first time about an iPhone because I feel the camera has made a true step forward for travelers, especially those who rely on their phone as their camera. We will still need to see how that works in the real world, but if it does, that leap will be enough to get me to switch, even if I will miss my more complicated but beloved Android.
How many of you redeemed your free phone credit for an iPhone 7? What are your thoughts on the new dual camera setup of the 7 Plus? Let us know in the comments!
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