[Batch 9 : 9 - 30 October] Well, after more than a month's hiatus, 365 in Lo-Fi is back. What happened? iPhone 5 happened. I got to source a "5" from the US toward the end of October, and since using it, I have forgotten about my iPhone 4. I kept it but no longer use it (as of now, but I plan to keep it for photo-taking and iPod purposes). Now that it's resurrected, I've retrieved the last batch of Lo-Fi photos that I shot with the 4.
Retrieving the photos is the easy part (I've processed all but two for this batch before the iPhone 4's hibernation). Remembering the details (date, place, story, apps used in processing) is the hard one. My apologies, no details for this batch. I promise, I tried remembering, but the more I do it, the more that posting this will get delayed. So just to get this going again, only titles and description for the photo captions.
But hey, it's good to have this project back on track. Click on the thumbnails for full view and details.
Recommended Upgrade : iPhone 5
I skipped the 4S. I'm glad I did.
The 5 doesn't revolutionize the smartphone landscape quite like the 4 did, but overall it's a damn better phone than its numerical predecessor. I'll throw away the technical stuff in this review and just point out the features that matter to me most : the iPhone 5 is thinner, a bit longer due to a bigger screen (but still lighter), has a faster processor, a better camera (clearer and with better dynamic range) with built-in panorama mode, longer battery life, and bundled with what they say is the most advanced phone OS ever : the iOS6. I like all the those features except the last one, as I find iOS6 still buggy and has made some apps sluggish. And let's not get started about Maps. Apart from that, the 5 is a better experience.
I don't find anything groundbreaking except the panorama mode in taking photos. I love it. It's very easy to use and it gets the job done, a stark contrast to apps that also offer panoramic-shooting but don't produce seamless panos. With the 5, all you have to do is pan from left to right, follow the horizontal middle line, and the phone will do the rest. Don't abuse this feature though, as lazy shooting and composition won't get you good-looking panos. (Anyway, you'll see panos on my next post, as this batch of photos were still taken by the 4. Next time, the 5 will make its shining, shimmering debut.)
The iPhone 5 looks better, sure. It has better features than the 4 and 4S, sure. But it doesn't separate itself from the pack of smartphone contenders. To be honest, it didn't wow me that much (the 4 did). I liked the new design, but there was nothing else I raved about. But I'll say this : now that I've used the 5 for two months and I got to hold the 4 again, I suddenly appreciated how faster and how lighter the 5 is. All of a sudden the 4 felt bulky, and launching and switching apps seem to take forever. The 5 is a marked improvement for the iPhone series. Definitely.
Now if only iOS6 doesn't suck so much.
Photos captured with the iPhone 5 on the next post. =)
365 in Lo-Fi
For a whole year (365 days), I took a photo with my mobile phone camera and presented them here, in batches. Lower quality as the technology is still improving, just the same phone photography has altered the way people take and look at pictures.