When I was in Akihabara yesterday I got an inexpensive “crip on” macro lens for any smartphone that can take photos between 10 and 23 mm away. It also comes with a fish-eye and wide lens, but today I played a bit with the macro lens on my iPhone while outside.
It’s pretty hard to focus because the slightest tremor will move the subject out of the very limited field of view. But these came out well I thought.
At the risk of sounding like a fanboy (I really do like Android too!) I noticed two things this afternoon while using my iPhone 6 Plus, which I’ve been using for a few weeks now.
This afternoon I took the train over to Ogikubo to help a friend with his computer. While on the train I was reading Flipboard, and scanning through articles. I found myself appreciating how the size of the iPhone 6 Plus was just perfect for train rides. It was not too small as to make articles hard to read, and not too large as to be uncomfortable using when sitting next to other people. And the screen was perfectly bright and beautiful. I was sitting there thinking, “This is really nice. I’m glad I upgraded.”
Then a second thing occurred which surprised me.
My friend still has an iPhone 5 (his iPhone 6 Plus is on order). I was helping him with a couple of things and had not used my iPhone 5 for a few weeks now and was shocked – really genuinely surprised – at how small and cramped the screen was. And the iPhone 5 is larger than the iPhone 4, which was larger than the iPhones before that. The iPhone 5 was lighter, it is true. But it really felt incredibly tiny and cramped. Like forcing yourself to squint through a tiny portal.
I could not believe how my impression over what makes for a good smartphone size changed in just a few weeks.
My bus stop today at 4 pm. The shadows are already getting long because sunset was at 4:53 pm today.
I decided to be lazy and take the bus to the station, and recorded this time lapse video while waiting.