AND WE BACK!!!! I’ve been away from the blog for a few weeks as I have been travelling and taking some time off the whole social media thing (I mean.. as much as one who is totally consumed by it can) – And I want to start off 2018 with a bang, and why not with of course, one of the most talked about devices of the year! That is the iPhone 8! I recently got my hands on the new device (in the prettiest colour of course gold) before my most recent trip to Miami (for Art Basel, Holiday, New Year & a little bit more lol) as I wanted to really get acquainted with the new and up to date device while abroad, and what better way to get familiar with something than to just dive into it.
First and of course, foremost when it comes to devices for me, I pay closest attention to the camera! The iPhone 8 has a 12-megapixel camera with the 8 Plus featuring a dual set of lenses (like its predecessor the iPhone 7 but..), both of which bring brighter, sharper pictures, especially in low light which is a big +++ for me since I love snapping pics at night (for some weirdly innately nocturnal reason, my friends call me Vampira because I love to be out in the night lol!). The 8 Plus has the Portrait Lighting feature in beta that creates a depth map to separate the subject from the background as the shot is composed for professional portrait shots WITH a major plus of different lighting effects that can be chosen before and after photos, not unlike filters which I think is super cool… Both possess 4K 60fps capabilities and is calibrated for AR.
Inside is Apple’s new A11 processor and GPU, which has increased from four cores to six, making it much faster than its predecessor. Both 8 and 8 Plus have Touch ID sensors along with a noticeably louder speaker, TrueTone technology and supports wireless charging (which I am still so excited to see in action, as I’ve been sticking to the traditional swing of things!) via an inductive Qi charging pad sold separately. Alongside iOS 11, the device contains a much-needed improvement in Siri and a P2P payment feature.
With support for LTE speeds up to 450Mbps, The iPhone 8 will start at $929 CAD for a 64GB model, with the 8 Plus starting at $1059 CAD for 64GB of storage. Both models will also have larger 256GB models, which will sell for $1139 and $1269, respectively. Stay tuned to my next post within the next couple of days to see some of my favourite photos from Miami to see all the memories captured from my new iPhone 8+! To learn more about the iPhone 8 click here!
You know I love a good collaboration AND YOU KNOW I LOVE MY BALMAIN… So you can only imagine my excitement when I learned that Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, teamed up with Apple on a limited edition BALMAIN x BEATS headphone! I was SHOOK! “Our diverse army has no limit and crosses all boundaries, from culture tradition to modern fashion and music. Balmain and Beats – welcome to my new adventure” – said Olivier, Balmain’s creative director… Balmain has always created hype with anything he touches and it is no different hear (see what I did there!?!?!? lol)… The quite literally, designer earphones, are clean and simple with the perfect touch of signature Balmain shine!!! Enough typing! Time to plug them in and play SZA – CTRL at full control and jam out to my new favourite headphones!!! In the mean time learn more about the Balmain x Beats headphones and see the other styles online here !!!!
So the last couple of months I have been fortunate enough to have been getting to use and wear the highly coveted Apple AirPods! I can’t lie.. I was super happy when I got them early because they were so coveted but I was actually a little hesitant because I know how much of a SPAS I am and that I literally lose so many things, especially with how hectic my life has been lately travel/work/etc.. I finally sucked it up and accepted that I may lose one or both but at least I got to experience them LOL!!… Now, again, I am going on a couple months and some weeks of wearing them (got them in January) and have to say I am actually really really happy about how things have gone! I have been wearing them through airports, through trains, to/from fashion shows and they actually have ended up being more convenient then the burden I assumed them to be.. Of course, I am a bit more aware but I have to say they stay in when I am on the treadmill, when I am running around the city, when I am basically doing anything.. Another plus is the battery life, they on their own can stand multiple episodes of me streaming my netflix and keeping up with the kardashians.. They keep going from boarding to landing on my flights to Miami and actually have been easy to use during phone calls/etc… I MUST ALSO SAY.. THIS IS NOT A PAID OR SPONSORED POST… I am actually sharing this because I think good things should be shared.. OH AND THE BIGGEST PLUS!?!? Never having to untangle wires again #HALELUYAAAAAAAHHHHH!!! On a side note.. I am also doing a collaboration with Browns Shoes & Puma and am helping give away a pair of tickets to see The Weeknd live in concert in Canada!! So if you have a few minutes go check out my recent instagram and enter for your chance to win!!! XOJAY
IT’s been a couple months now since I got my iPhone 7+ and after now really utilizing it and it basically becoming an extension of me, I am confident and ready to share a couple of favourite things about it! First impressions obviously had me at Hello… The overall aesthetic of the Jet Black were very captivating.. It’s a sexy, sleek and seamless shell with a very alluring darkness to it.. I was torn between the matte black and the jet black but then JUST fell in love with the jet black when I saw it!!!
Of course, I went with the + size, because since going + I have never gone back and I also learnt that the + camera’s have better low light sensitivity which basically translates to better night time Instagram and Snapchat posts!!! Another plus of the overall build of the new device is the new sense of speed I feel while using the device.. Flipping between apps and windows has never been more seamless… Then there is battery life and that storage… Apple is REALLY putting me to the test with all 256 of the gigabytes that are available in the new iPhone’s, I really want to time how long I could go before using all the space (probably NEVER LOL!!).. No but in all honesty.. For someone who is one their phone 24/7 having THAT MUCH SPACE really brings a sense of relief because I don’t feel like I will ever have to be traumatized by the “STORAGE FULL” pop-up ever again (or at least for a very long long time!!!)
iPhone’s 3D touch Peak & Pop feature works seamlessly on new 7 devices
WITHOUT A DOUBT… One of my favourite features of the new iPhone 7+ but mainly a feature of the update (that of course is most easily compatible with the most up to date mainframe) has to be the new intelligence of the photo album… Being able to see memories from different places around the world and/or with certain people you are most photographed with are such a treat.. THE ICING ON THE CAKE!?!??! Being able to get as specific as to search specific cities, specific things like “jackets” “boots” etc.. It’s kinda freaky but freaky in all the right ways!
There are so many other fabulous features that are to be detailed and of course still to be discovered!! So of course, please stay tuned as I share more as I learn 🙂 XOJAY
Apple does it yet again! Off the highlight of last-night’s Drake debut for his Apple Music commercial, Apple shares a heartwarming and I say, always needed reminder to ‘Open your heart to everyone’ especially during the Holiday season!! Apple reimagines the modern day Frankenstien who just wants to get in on the holiday action, using his device to share one of his favourite holiday carols.. OMG SO CUTE I CAN’T!!!! Enjoyyyy & happy holiday season!!!
Hey guys!! Happy Monday :):):):).. If you follow me on social media (instagram, twitter, snapchat, etc.) you will know that before the weekend I was lucky enough to get my hands on the new Hermes Apple Watch!! I had been using the Apple Watch since it came out but the fashion obsessed freak in me obviously wanted the Hermes edition because well.. HELLO HERMES!!!! lol!! So of course I am familiar with the device as it is still quintessentially the same…BUT.. The little differences? They are great.. I do enjoy the new little features like the ‘HERMES P A R I S’ face and well of course, the key element.. The packaging and the interchangeable straps! I have to say that Apple & Hermes, did not compensate or cut corners on any asset of this collaboration..
The packaging is undoubtedly a real authentic Hermes experience. Even the dust bag the extra straps comes with is spot on to when you purchase real leather goods/straps at your local Hermes boutique. And the quality!?!?! Once I felt the straps there was no second guessing.. I also have to say!! I thought it was quite clever that the second hand doesn’t tick but rather slowly glides clockwise as luxury time pieces do!!! DOWN TO THE DETAILS!! lol… I have to say.. I have seen a lot of designer x tech & vice versa collaborations but I really have to give props to Apple & Hermes for this one.. It is a collaboration that is done to the best possible degree and makes so much sense.. It just works and for that I give it a big ol’ ONE HUNDO P!!! Now that I have unboxed the pieces I am going to be utilizing the device and seeing the wearability and functionality vs the style and design… So stay tuned to my social media & etc for more!!!!!
As you know, I am never one to shy away from having a seriously geeky, geek out session when it comes to my tech goodies! On that note… today we are going to discuss a couple of my favourite things on the new iPhone 6S. My thoughts (but of course!) and assets that give y’all a reason to upgrade from it’s predecessor.. I’ve been using the device for a couple weeks now and as expected, have been having a seamless user experience… Obviously I am familiar with the operating system and interface so that was completely easy to roll with.. On the other end, I’ve always carried a champagne (gold) iPhone.. This time around I thought, why not.. So I went with the Rose Gold.. Yes, it’s basically pink, but I absolutely love it and it’s about the abstract eye..It’s Rose, like the champagne OK! And.. I do, indeed love my fancy self a glass or three lol of ROSE every now and then okay lol! Aside from the general things there are definitely some things that I am quite impressed by and genuinely was intrigued to learn about with the new iPhone 6S.. Normally I just use and go.. Rarely do I look for things to learn or generally want to learn new features about things lol… Yeah.. I am the kind of person that never updates their phone for better description lol!
3D TOUCH // One of the most discussed features has to be the new 3D touch element to the device. Things like the new ‘peek and pop’ feature (which is quite self explanatory but just incase we are missing a marble or two) is probably one of my favourite new features on the device. This feature literally allows you to peek and pop at windows, messages, etc. Basically you get the chance to view something before having to commit to fully opening it and losing the current page you are on. Another reason I love it… Probably the most vein but amazing is on instagram! Do you know how when you are looking for something specific in a picture or just generally a specific picture so you scroll down in single image mode but then.. Oh snap… You accidentally press something and it goes back a page and back to the top of who ever’s profile you are creeping #OMFGTheStruggle LOL!!! Now with ‘peek and pop’ you can scroll in gallery mode and add pressure to individual pics to make pop up preview window.. (I totally made a video tutorial below lol #FanGirling)..
CAMERA & VIDEO QUALITY + LIVE PHOTO //Probably one of the most important aspects of the new iPhone 6s to me (lol #DUH) would probably has to be the camera quality! The new iPhone 6s features a 12 mega pixel iSight camera bringing us up 4 mega pixels from the iPhone 6, which as you know, when you trying to get and edit the shot makes you realize that every little bit of detail and quality count!! There is now a 4K video resolution feature which makes for amazing quality video.. Also, another big jump is the face-time camera going up 3.8 megapixels to a total of 5 megapixels.. (it is 1.2 megapixels on the 6)!! So basically what this means is MORE OUTFIT & SELFIE POSTS lol!! Next… If you are unfamiliar with this feature basically what it is, is a photo that moves.. The device takes a series of photos or a very short video that when played put on play-back moves slowly. This is really cool for trying to do 3d movements!! Overall and obviously y’all know I am so into the device and can’t wait to learn more new things as I continue to use it!
Oh my lord! Am I ever excited about sharing some new goodies with you all! If you haven’t put the pieces together (I mean like hello!) Guess what came in the mail earlier this week! The new Gold Macbook, which I have been very excited about reviewing and testing for the blog, as, this quintessentially is the revival of the MacBook! Remember the MacBook!? The All white pod shaped, friendly looking laptop? Yeah, that’s undoubtedly gone now. Now it’s all about sleek, slim and classic design accompanied by things big and small exactly where they should be!! From the screen and keyboard to the resolution and sound quality. The MacBook is a force to be reckoned with. Continue reading for more!
SIZE & WEIGHT wise, the MacBook is perfect for someone as on the go as I am. At just 2 pounds (923 grams), whether it be between meetings or between cities, MacBook seems to fit itself perfectly into a hectic lifestyle. I mean the new MacBook is Apple’s thinnest and lightest notebook ever being that it is 24% thinner than 11-inch MacBook Air and measures 22% less volume than 11-inch MacBook Air. I think it has something to do with the fact that there is only one port in on the whole device. The new USB-C port (see below!)
AS FOR THE KEYBOARD… Being the psychotic speed typer that I am (I just did the 10fastfingers test and got 111 words per minute #KTHANKXBAIIII!!!) – The new MacBook keyboard is literally everything! As I was saying it literally feels like you are typing on a pad of butter. Not only are the keys so much larger (Apple has increased size of the keycaps by 17%) but they are closer to the base of the computer meaning that there is less frequency when transition from key to key and there is 4 times more key stability than our current notebook keyboard. Your fingers feel nothing but a smooth movement. Apple has shared that they have integrated a newly designed butterfly key mechanism -which after some googling has showed me that the key is placed down as oppose to across (remember when your keys would fall off and you would have to like slide them back into place!?)- at least i think that’s it!! ALSO I CAN’T FORGET TO MENTION THE AUDIO… One of my favourite parts!? This bad boy is literally louder or maybe as loud as my bluetooth speakers!! The audio from streaming or from MP3’s is so powerful and still maintains the sounds integrity which I appreciate a lot… I always appreciate a device that can get the party started!!!
AND THEN THERES THE SCREEN/DISPLAY!… Guys, I am like such a nerd, you are learning my typing speeds, my obsession with keyboards, my love and weirdly exact knowledge for weight and dimension of devices.. LORD HAVE MERCY haha!! Ok no seriously, I was so excited to see the new display of the MacBook because Apple has decided to maximize the space available for viewing pleasure meaning there is no more border.. What you now have is an edge to edge glass design giving even more space for display! When I am producing documents or images the new high pixel density (226ppi) of a retina display has increased the sharpness of the details when I am either in PSE (Photoshop Elements or creating proposals with PDF’s! Another plus for me is when I read that the display is 30% more power efficient than our other retina notebooks = more battery life = more geeking out!! YAY!! haha
Other details like the stronger battery life are great to. Apple has incorporated terraced counted cells in the notebook as oppose to a traditional rectangular battery meaning that battery cells line the inside of the MacBook in various spaces allowing 25% more battery capacity than traditional! Basically this means you can wirelessly surf the web for approx. 9 hours or watch 10 hours of movies on iTunes back-to-back.. Easily a flight and then some without having to get your charger! Not a bad gig huh!? Overall, I think the MacBook is a great device and definitely a great upgrade from the MacBook air!
What could be more fitting than gallivanting around ‘THE 6‘ (Drake voice) with the new iPhone6 in hand? Snapping pictures from wall to wall, plane to party, with family and friends, I have been #OBSESSED with the iPhone 6’s new features! I recently got my paws on the latest iPhone 6, known for it’s newly improved picture quality from “Focus Pixels,” designed to speed up autofocusing by giving more information about the subject being photographed, improved auto image stabilization (which gets rid of THE FUZZIES) from motion, and a front-facing FaceTime HD camera with a new sensor and f/2.2 aperture. This front-facing camera can take in 81 percent more light, which results in low-aperture photos. In addition, users are able to take burst mode selfies with the front-facing camera for the very first time! Talk about reaching a new level of #SELFIEGAME #OBSESSELFIE!!
My new, GOLD iPhone offers faster LTE, reaching up to 150 Mbpss in speed. In addition, the device supports Voice over LTE aka. VoLTE, which lets users make better phone calls over LTE. Other than all of these connectivity improvements, the iPhone6 is the first to offer support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi. This means that the new Wi-Fi is able to connect at lightening speed, 3 times faster than the 802.11n networks. In this case, ALL THAT GLITTERS REALLY IS GOLD, well… for the iPhone 6 at least.