Quick Thoughts on the iPhone 6 Plus

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I got an iPhone 6 Plus over the weekend and wanted to give my first impressions of it. I got the AT&T silver 64gb model. I will hopefully have a more in-depth review after I have had it for a month or two.

  1. The iPhone 6 Plus is really big, especially coming from the 4″ iPhone 5S. It is fairly hard to use one-handed even though I have fairly large hands. That kinda bums me out but I love how much easier it is to type on it and the screen is just gorgeous. For me the positives of it being big outweigh the negatives but this is definitely not a phone for everyone.
  2. The battery life is really great. I used it heavily today at work. I listened to several podcasts, made a ton of phone calls, browsed the internet during lunch, & used bluetooth all day. It hasn’t been charged at all since 7:00 am. It is now 9:00pm and it is at 38% battery. This is much better than my 5S which struggled to get through a full day of even light use without needing to be recharged.
  3. The built in speaker is really loud. Yes, it’s still on the bottom of the phone and yes it is still mono but it is much better than the speaker on the 5S. I still want something like HTC BoomSound on the iPhone though!
  4.  I thought I would have a hard time adjusting to the sleep/wake button being on the right side instead of on the top but I haven’t at all. It really does make more sense for it to be there than to have to reach all the way to the top.
  5. Touch ID seems to be even better. It was already working extremely well on my 5S but it has been perfect with the 6 Plus even right after washing my hands, which is when it usually fails for me. I don’t know if there is actually a better Touch ID sensor in this phone or if it is just because I had to retrain my fingerprints but it has been a pleasant surprise.
  6. The apps that I have that are not optimized for the new screen size do look pretty janky. Hopefully they will get updated soon.
  7. Overall I really like the iPhone 6 Plus. It is definitely different but I really think I made the right choice for me. I highly suggest that you spend some time with one in the store before buying though. The iPhone 6 may be the better choice for you.
  8. Things I haven’t got to try yet and hope to soon are how much better are the new cameras, the new 240fps slo-mo video, how well the M8 processor tracks stairs climbed, & lastly, Apple Pay. Sadly my local bank doesn’t support it yet so I will just have to dream of what it would be like to pay for McDonalds with my phone.

Losing Weight In the Nerdiest Way Possible

I’ve been wanting to lose some weight for several years now. I went from a fairly physical job to a desk job a few years ago and didn’t really change my eating habits. I also feel like my metabolism has slowed dramatically as I move into my upper twenties. I can no longer fill my body with garbage and be skinny as a rail. It was a good run though.

I feel like I need to lose about 30 pounds to get to where I want to be. A few things stand in my way though. First I am an extremely picky eater and most of the food I like is not exactly healthy. Second, I have trouble sticking with any kind of diet. It is real easy for me to stop trying after about a week. I think I have stumbled upon something that works for me though. Unsurprisingly, it involves a bunch of tech. Here’s what I’m using-

  •  #1 is definitely myfitnesspal. This service is what keeps me honest. They have a website as well as iPhone & iPad apps. You just enter in your height & current weight, tell it how much weight you want to lose, & it gives you a daily amount of calories to stay under. It has a great catalog of foods and makes it easy to save specific meals and foods so they are easy to enter into your food diary. You can also find friends that are also using myfitnesspal and encourage them and they can do the same to you. I have entered in all of the food I have eaten for the past 57 days. It just becomes part of your routine. Seeing how many calories are in some of my favorite foods has been extremely eye opening. I was putting a ridiculous amount of calories into my body.
  • Next important would by my Fitbit Flex. I received this for my birthday in April & have worn it every single day since. It keeps track of all my steps in a day and definitely encourages me to be more active. You can connect it to your myfitnesspal account and have the steps show up in the myfitnesspal app. Get a lot of steps & it will add more calories to your day’s limit. Pretty cool. It also acts as an alarm & sleep tracker, which is a nice bonus. Lastly the tracker itself is removable from the band and there are bands available in a bunch of colors, perfect for people like me who want it to match all of their outfits.
  • Also important is our Fitbit Aria scale. This scale connects to our home wifi and uploads all my weigh-ins to my fitbit account & from there to my myfitnesspal account.
  • Lastly I use the Runkeeper app to track my walks, jogs, & bike rides, which also are then sent to my myfitnesspal account. If that wasn’t enough I use my Pebble Smartwatch as a display that I can quickly glance at to see how I’m doing.

So that’s what I am using to help me lose weight. I have been using all of this faithfully for two months now and have lost about 13 pounds so far. I’m almost halfway to my goal! I really can’t recommend myfitnesspal enough. There is no way I would still be watching what I eat without this service. I will try to post an update when I reach my goal.