Yes, the iPhone Xr can take portrait lighting photos of your cat!

And how do I know this? Because I was “silly” and went out and bought one. Yes. I could not hold out any longer and I just hade to let the crave of a new phone win. I still am half unsure if I made the right choice, but the phone is amazing and all those few things I still battle with will most likely subside in the near future. The stuff I’m referring to is the size of the phone and those missing camera features, but I am so certain they are no biggies in a few weeks. If nothing else the huge battery life will make up for it.

Ok, on to the camera stuff! What I mean with the title of this post is that it is very much possible to take those amazing photos with black background of your cat, as well as other objects by using the selfie cam, or the otherwise known name – the TrueDepth camera. It is not yet possible to do this with the rear camera, due to the Xr’s general limitations, but there are other apps out there that can fix that problem easily if you’d like to take normal portrait mode photos of your pet.

My cat Maja, taken by the kitchen window with black background.

The only struggle or problem with this is getting to frame the object or pet at the right moment with the selfie cam. With the photo above I was really lucky and managed to get a photo of her without half of her face being blurry etc. Even though the photo is not perfect, it looks 100% better than any other photo I could manipulate myself in Gimp or something like that and that means that it’s worth every struggle! If I’m luckier in the future I’ll be able to train her to be more photogenic, but my best bet is that Apple actually allows portrait studio and lighting photos in later updates of objects and pets.

Now, about that purchase…

I don’t really want this post to be another one about Apple products, but if you’d like to know the story of how it happened, here it is:
On Saturday the 12th of January I was so bored out of my mind that I did not know what to do with myself. I wrote a blog post in my Swedish blog about my struggle about what phone to buy, and at the end I wrote that I should go to the nearest store to play around with the phones some more. I had actually thought of a plan, at it was that I went with at the end. The plan was if I got the Xr instead of the Xs, I could actually afford to get AppleCare+, a screen protector, a cheap case, a popsocket etc without spending more than what the iPhone Xs costs or maybe less than that. I had then and there decided, since I found out the price benefits of that choice that if the TrueDepth camera actually can take photos of objects (not just pets, but objects) it would mean that it can take portrait mode/lighting photos of pets as well. That meant that the iPhone Xr was the better choice, even if it’s bigger since I get a whole lot more for the “same or less” amount of money spent. The popsocket was something I’d like to try because of the bigger size and so far I like it a lot, but with my next case I’ve ordered that’s custom, I probably need to re-position it a bit.

Ok, so how’s the experience so far? Well, the first thing I think of is that I got an enormous phone again, but with a (ginormous) perfect screen. It feels like it’s three times the size of my iPhone SE… There is just so much screen! My mind is almost blown because of it. The battery life is also great. Yesterday I had like 3 hours of SOT (including background stuff) and I ended the day with like 85% left, maybe a little bit more and I used the phone on and off between 9AM – 11PM or something like that. With my SE, I could have days like that too, but only on days where I barely touched it. I am looking forward to what it’s gonna be lik when I’m traveling back and fort to school as well as those days when I have to be hot-spot to work on stuff outside of Wi-Fi. I am usually hotspot several times a week, or at least I have been lately due to group meetings with classmates not being held where there’s safe Wi-Fi to be found.

The setup of the phone was almost perfect. I had to do an update if iOS while I was setting it up, but besides that I was amazed and so glad that the iCloud backup worked like a charm. It remembered all my folders, my wallpaper and almost all the logins as well. That did not work when I setup my iPad in September btw… The only thing I had to fix was some banking stuff and security measures and that was it. I was done! Absolutely amazing! Face ID is awesome. It feels so easy, almost like a step is missing and so far I do NOT miss the home button. Actually I’m glad to be rid of it, because I did not really like it on my SE. However, I prefer using Touch ID on the iPad, because it works a whole lot better on that device. On my SE, I had to press – hard whenever I needed to use it, and my sensitive fingers did not like that, so I’m glad I don’t have to do that any longer. Of course I’d probably prefer Face ID on the iPad, but the huge downside of that for me at least, is that I wouldn’t know what side is up or down. Yeah, I know that with the newest iPad Pro that does not matter, but for my stupid brain – it is. I like to know what side is supposed to be up, so for the iPad, I’ll be keeping it or using Touch ID for as long as possible. Don’t worry, I do not feel at all – for one bit that I must or need to replace the iPad yet. I love that thing and it’s as close to perfection as I could get for a device like that. My hope at least with this iPhone Xr purchase is that I can let my Apple addiction subside for a bit, because now I do not want to focus on that any longer. I have a new phone that’s like the ultimate phone in every single way and I hope it’s a device I get to keep for at least 3 years or so. There have to be something absolutely amazing for the next iPhone models to happen in order for me to feel I want a new phone again. Perhaps a really low price would be it, but as of now – no. This is the phone to keep.

I got it in black. At first I was thinking of getting it in Red, to support Apple’s Aids campaign, even though I actually hate the color Red. If the phone would’ve come in hot pink (magenta) that would be the “duh” choice, but it was not an option and I’d hide the color with a skin or case either way so the color does not matter. I’m glad I got it in black, really even though it is a bit boring, but the custom cases I shall use with this phone will sort that problem pretty easily. Whenever I feel like I need a change – just order a new case and change the wallpaper or something. I should be able to keep that promise at least. Do something like iJustine does. She on the other hand have like a 100 cases for each iPhone she’s ever owned or something, but if you’d like to change up your phone, why not do it with a case? And a custom one as well! Customized cases is like the best thing since sliced bread in my opinion, or at least if feels like that since I became an Apple fan and an iPhone owner.

So, now I’m off to enjoy this iPhone Xr and I look forward to how it will let my life become a little bit better, by being a phone I can rely on, take amazing photos on and type on a little bit better than with that tiny screen of the iPhone SE…

If you have an iPhone Xr, how do you like it? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. Thanks!

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I’m in love with the iPhone SE!

Yep. It’s true. This little thing has started to grow on me like crazy. It does what it should. It’s easy enough to type on and even though the battery is tiny it is only a problem while I’m on the road. As long as I’m home or at least on a great WiFi connection and use the phone normally, I’ll get like 5-6 hours SOT with about 40-50% battery left when it’s time to sleep. That’s pretty good!

I also really like the tiny format in other ways. First of all, it’s easy to hold and handle with one hand. Mostly though, I’ve been using both hands for most tasks, but that’s mainly because I’m used to that. The camera is amazing! iOS 11 is amazing! Everything is basically amazing!

Close up of some sushi I had yesterday. Look at this amazing quality! #mindblown

I got the new custom case as well last Monday and that has made me love the phone even more. You can see the result of my custom case in the featured image of this post. It is awesome to be able to share to the world that I can put whatever I want on a case and make the phone I own even more personal. I love sticking out from a crowd 😉! I love that feeling and the case I got feels like premium stuff! Then being able to put apps wherever I want on the home screen doesn’t matter as much. I really do not miss android. I still do however feel like iOS and Apple are a bit too locked down when it comes to notifications and custom sounds. Personally, I’ve managed to fix all the issues with notifications so far so now I’m all good, but for those who do not know this can be done, it sure is a difficult process to achieve.

I got a bit shocked when I learned that the alarm volume is tied with the ringer and alert volume. However, I’ve managed to solve that issue. I created the song I wanted in GarageBand and the basics of that was that I lowered the output volume in GarageBand to like 20% or something like that and made sure it exported in that volume as well. Then I put the song I wanted as an iTunes song on my phone and then I just had to choose the right song and problem solved! Somehow this is also possible to do in iTunes itself, but I wasn’t able to make it work and after some more testing I’ve concluded that it does not work for turning down alarm volume. It however works for playing songs in a lower volume while listening to music added via iTunes on a computer. A disclaimer however is probably needed. In order to have an alarm with a lower volume, it only works with non-native songs or sounds you’ve created yourself somehow. If you like the native sounds and alarms that come with your phone, you’re stuck since I do not know how you otherwise can access them and then edit them. The sound I used was found on zedge.net (the website, not the app!) and as far as I know it is legal to use. If not, I’m not to blame, the uploader of the sound is.

Also I am writing, mainly the whole post, on my iPhone SE and it works great! The typing experience is far better in English though, since it’s predictable and autocorrect works like a charm. Writing in Swedish works well too, but since I have some problems with my fingers, I have a tendency to spell words wrong more in Swedish than in English. The problem I have, is that instead of pressing the space bar, I instead hit the “b” or “v” button. It’s really annoying but I have that problem no matter what phone I’ve used with a touchscreen. I don’t know why this happens, though but I do not like it. It also usually happens more when I have sweatier fingers. As far as I know I had the same problem with the blackberry sometimes as well so it is entirely my issue and not a touchscreen issue. I have fibromyalgia and I am stiff all over generally all the time, so having trouble typing is just something I’ve gotten used too. I’ve always had trouble using my hands and fingers for basically everything… It’s amazing that I can tie my own shoes and brush my hair, or something. That’s basically how bad my hands and fingers work, or at least that’s how I feel about it. I also have trouble with touchscreens in general if the touch sensitivity is too low and I’ve noticed on this phone that I have to either press harder or hit the right spot more if I want to go back or just do whatever. It could be an iOS issue or just an issue with this phone but I figured out early how to press and where so that’s not that big of a deal anymore.

All and all I loving this phone and I am so happy that I got it! I’m so happy that my boyfriend bought me an iPhone and I love the custom case options I’ll have for a long future to come! As of now I’m happy with the size, but I’m still curious if the iPhone SE 2 will come this fall and what other iPhones will be released as well. No matter what I’ll keep this one for now and I hope that will be enough. It sure is for now, at least!

It is also rumoured that a bigger iPhone with a 6.1″ screen will be released and that it will be a lot cheaper than both the X and the rumoured X Plus. If I play around with the idea that I get to upgrade this year, I’m only interested in the cheapest phone. Or should I say the cheapest one with the biggest battery that also carries the portrait mode and portrait light features.

If that’s the X, the X Plus or the cheaper rumoured 6.1″ X Lite or whatever it’ll be called, I don’t care. The phone with the cheapest price will win me over IF (and that’s a big IF) the other stuff comes with it as well. Otherwise I’ll might buy an old iPhone X in a few years when it’s time to upgrade. Or the latest one if I’m “rich” by then… Like I’ve said before, those portrait photo things and a bigger battery is basically everything I’d want for now in this phone. I have no complaints otherwise. I love this tiny little thing!

Do you have the iPhone SE? If so, what do you think about it? Write a comment below and let me know your thoughts!

Guess what?! It did end with an iPhone!!!

Yes, what you’ve read in the title is true. I am now an iPhone user and it happened in a way I never thought was possible. My boyfriend bought me one! He’s said that I won’t be getting another phone from him, but since I managed to pass my math class, I got one as a gift last Thursday and I couldn’t be happier. Well, I could, but like I wrote in my last post about payment plans, you know where I stand. I got an iPhone SE, and because that’s an iPhone – I am thrilled! I love it, and I’ve gotten used to the tiny size of it.

How it happened…

Last Thursday, the day after I found out that I passed math, I spent the afternoon with a friend of mine who was gonna babysit our cat over the weekend. We went to the mall that’s nearby, bought a smoothie and I spent most likely a half an hour nagging about how iOS would be so much better than Android for so many reasons and why I wanna switch over to it. My BF was on his way home and I had a secret plan of going into the Apple store and play around with all the stuff in there, but I still felt a bit ashamed of my Apple obsession, but in the end I never went in to the store. A few minutes later me and my friend met up with my BF. He said he could be a bit late and when we met him he said that he’d been to a store to look for a thing. My first thought was – “Did he just buy me an iPhone?! Nah…” I still hoped it was true, but I figured that it was probably something else he bought. If I was wrong, I did not want to feel disappointed. My memory sucks these days so I could very easily have been wrong. When we got home a bit later, the first thing that happened after we went into the kitchen was that he handed me the box that contained an iPhone SE. I was so happy I cried and jumped around like crazy!!!

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The Space Gray iPhone SE is now mine! I was so happy that he got me the right colour as well! I do not like the white front on iPhones that much…

The photo above is from when I got it out of the box. You cannot believe the happiness I felt!!! It was so tiny and it weighed nothing compared to my Lenovo P2, but I spent the whole evening, basically setting the phone up. It went great, apart from me not getting the chat history from WhatsApp in it. Apparently it can’t be done without some no-name software that I do not want to download, so I guess I just have to start from scratch with my conversations with the BF on that platform, but that’s fine.

So far the phone works great, but I’ve had some hiccups with it. Most of the disturbances lies within the battery life. That sucks! But it’s probably because I’m used to not having to worry about it. Also I sort of can’t stop using it which drains the battery faster as well. The stand-by time is however great. If I don’t use it, basically no battery is used (unless I listen to podcasts for some reason?!), but if I start to do anything it drops really fast. I’ve had to charge it twice, pretty much daily except for Saturday, because then we were at a wedding all day and I didn’t wanna be rude and stare at my phone all day then. The other hiccups I’ve noticed is that it’s sometimes hard to press buttons to go back, but I’ve guess I figured out that I’m pressing wrong. I’m used to pressing exactly on the “X” or whatever button there is, but apparently you’re supposed to press a little bit on the right or the left of it if you want to go back or exit from where you are. Also I’ve notices that some apps tend, not to crash, but I have to press some apps multiple times in order to get in to the app. This mostly happens with communication apps, like FB messenger and WhatsApp if I open them from the lock screen or right after unlocking the phone. It’s a bit strange, but it hasn’t happened for a few days so that could’ve been temporary.

I’ve also gotten used to the size of it now. I tried using my BF’s phone the other day because I wanted to look for something on Android, and his phone felt huge. A few minutes later I used the iPad and that felt enormous! The iPad still feels enormous! Having a tiny phone has its advantages, though, but if I could I’d really go back to having a bigger one. Maybe not iPhone 8 plus size, but at least a bit bigger then the SE. If not for the bigger screen, then at least for the battery life. I am however sick and tired of constantly getting new phones, so I’m hoping and planning that the SE will last me at least two years or so and then I hope I’m able to buy a bigger iPhone – if I’m still that pleased with the experience. By then Apple would most likely have released several improved versions of the iPhone X and hopefully the price will be better in the future for all iPhones. And it actually fits in my pocket!

So far, over all I’m in love with it. The seamlessness between the iPad and other Macs is amazing! We were traveling over the weekend and with a click I could share the wi-fi with the iPad from my iPhone. Absolutely amazing! Among a bazillion other cool stuff I’ve noticed. Apps in general look gorgeous on the iPhone!

The typing experience has also been pretty much amazing. iOS in itself does a better job with typing then Google’s Gboard. The only thing that feels weird while typing is that it’s a whole lot different from the iPad. The iPad has so called “key flicks” or something like that, which makes typing letters, numbers and other special characters a whole lot faster. The iPhone does not have that and even the “.” character is nowhere to be found, normally when chatting with a friend. I guess that’s also something to get used to and I have and overall it’s working beautifully to type on such a tiny screen!

Last Friday, after arriving in Stockholm I went right into a store and bought a case for it. Of course I could find a super pink one in silicone for cheap, and so I bought it. I’ve also today ordered a custom printed case with one of the biggest cuddle bugs ever on it, Gandalf – the Great Dane with a glass screen protector. I’m looking forward to having that case. The pink silicone one works ok. It does not sit that tight as I want it to, but it looks gorgeous and feels great in the hand. I personally prefer silicone cases to my phones, and I hope that the custom case I’ve ordered is in better quality then the pink one. I’ll of course save the pink case and switch between them whenever I feel like it and it feels great to have a phone that’s easy to accessorise.

I’ve switched around as well with the app placements and now I believe I’m sort of finished with that. All my apps are in different folders on the first home screen and categorised and that’s great! I could sure use some widgets, but I guess you can’t have everything…

It basically all feels like a dream, and now I finally feel like I can relax a bit. My obsession with Apple will not cease to exist anytime soon, but what I mean is that it’s now “fine” or whatever to talk Apple products, watch Youtube videos and listen to podcasts etc about Apple without feeling that much shame. It has helped my mind to focus on this anyways and it’s been a silent motivator to help passing with math class and looking forward to the future. Also my mom got an older Macbook Pro as a birthday gift the other week and we helped her out with setting everything up and that felt great. I was able to freely talk about Apple products and even my parents several times mentioned why they are so happy with Apple. The reason for it is because it is simple, reliable and works seamlessly between devices. Before, my mom had a really bad Windows laptop and she’s gone nuts with using that computer. It’s basically due to the laptop not having enough RAM or an SSD, but even with macOS, everything will be a lot easier for her and the family. And that’s something I’m looking forward to as well, because if I can decide as of now, I’ll officially never go back to using Android and Windows full-time ever again. Of course I’ll keep my old desktop PC, because who knows how long the Mac mini will hold, but I’m hoping it will last until I myself have the money to buy an iMac or something in about 3-4 years depending on what will happen the upcoming years for me.

I am now “fully emerged” into the Apple ecosystem except for the Apple Watch, AirPods and an Apple TV, but who’s counting?! However, I don’t think it would be that hard to leave it as of now. As long as I keep being an iPhone user, everything should be fine. The only thing I’d miss as of now is iMessage and the seamless experience that’s come with that since getting an iPhone. It’s absolutely amazing to answer phone calls and SMS on my computer, just because I have an iPhone! On the other hand, I still use Google drive for documents and I can reach those wherever I am anyways and iTunes is available for Windows as well. Also the seamless experience I’ve noticed using photos is also pretty great. It makes me somewhat interested to stop using Google photos and start using iCloud instead, but if I do that I’d have to pay for it. However, in the future when I might afford it and I know I’m staying with Apple I might switch, but for now I’m pleased with having Google Photos, since it’s a free service and works fairly well. The only downside to it is that it takes ages for it to sync across all my devices. iCloud photos syncs seamlessly without me barely noticing. Also,  the iCloud photo sharing and photo stream thing works anyways, without me officially storing all the photos in iCloud so that’s a great workaround as of now as well.

Well, I’m happy as hell. How about you? What were your thoughts if you’ve ever switched from Android to iOS? Leave a comment below and let me know!