iLove – my love affair with the iPhone 4S!


Apple's new iPhone 4S

Since I got my iPhone 4S it has been never far from my side. My previous phone, a Nokia C3, was ok as a phone but it was hopeless for social media. Facebook and Twitter either took forever to load or refused to load at all. On the iPhone 4S both Facebook and Twitter, the default apps work beautifully and its been a dream to use them on a regular basis. They both look beautiful too, whereas on my Nokia the interfaces where clunky and awful looking. To be honest, I abandoned the default apps on my Nokia and downloaded another free app that provided not just Twitter and Facebook but several other useful apps. This worked most of the time but was still clunky looking compared to the iPhone.

Its not just Twitter and Facebook that I find myself using daily (sometimes several times a day due to having notifications switched on). I also use the camera (using several different camera apps apart from the default one). My favourite app is Camera+, which has some awesome features.

Camera+ app

I especially love the Stabiliser feature that makes for great shots in terms of being sharp and in focus. I have yet to explore the Burst Mode and the Photo Flashlight option which uses your  iPhone 4 LED flash as a continuous fill light to improve photo quality, especially for portrait and macro shots.

The images produced using the app look gorgeous and I am very impressed by what is a low-cost app (currently available for just $0.99/£0.69).

Other features that enhance the functionality include Scene Modes, Cropping and Borders.

There are lots of Photography apps available for the iPhone and I currently have a total of  21 photo/image editing apps on my iPhone. Those of note which I have managed to dabble with include WoW Camera, Color Effects and BeFunky.

Since getting my iPhone 4S I have stopped using my FujiFilm 602z (bridge camera) for taking photographs. in fact  i have passed it onto my son! The images produced using the iPhone 4S are every bit as good (if not better), at least for everyday usage.

For comparison, the FujiFilm 602z produces images with a resolution of 2832 x 2128, with a file size of @ 18.1MB (TIFF). The iPhone 4S produces images with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 and a file size of around 3MB (JPEG).

As for video, the quality of the video on the iPhone 4S is superb and is 1080p HD, with 30 fps and stabilisation. This is so much better than what my old FujiFilm 602z can manage: 640 x 480 at 30 fps.

So, in summary, my love affair with my new iPhone 4S is in full flow and I am still learning about it and how to get the most out of it. As well as the photo/image apps and social apps (Twitter/Facebook) I am only just getting to grips with the Sat Nav, Radio and Video apps. I will post about some of these other apps in future.

HDRtist bonus app in MacLegion Spring Bundle


HDRtist Pro graphics software

If you are thinking of buying the MacLegion Spring Bundle of Mac apps then time is running out if you want to get HDRtist Pro along with the other ten apps. That’s because only the first 9,000 purchasers get the app and already the number of purchasers is up to 2239 (when I just checked).

HDRtist Pro allows you to create HDR or Exposure Enhanced images easily. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Exposure Blending make it possible to create highly detailed and ultra-realistic photographs with your digital camera. HDR works by combining exposure information using complex mathematics, while Exposure Blending works by simply selecting and cutting out the best parts of each photo.

With its complex mathematical algorithms, HDRtist Pro can handle 128-Bit floating-point images (that’s 16,843,009 times more precision than a JPEG photo) to produce images that look hyper-real. HDR images can be something of an acquired taste and are something that is easily overdone. However, when done well, the results can be nothing short of superb.

Below is an example that exemplifies what is possible:

HDR example imageTo read the full feature list of what HDRtist Pro offers check out the Ohanaware site.