iPhone X Review: Way Cool But More

I’ve now played with the iPhone X for two days. First day was second hand with my wife’s and second day I got lucky and found a store with one in stock. At first, I was very reluctant as it does feel like a smaller phone than the 7 Plus. My initial thoughts before playing with the iPhone X –

  • The 5.8 inches is a trick as it’s not as wide as the iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus which makes it less than ideal for watching any video on it. It’s not 16:9 which makes the aspect ratio on the phone weird.
  • No touch ID. Why couldn’t Apple have really surprised people and put TouchID on the back? Top Android phones are doing this and I hope Apple does that with the X 2.
  • It’s still a 12-megapixel camera. How much does that mean? To moderately serious photographers – not much because the sensor on these phones is incredibly small. I almost wish they charged an ultra-premium for a ‘Photographers Edition’
  • OLED. Yes, you can rant about how awesome the colors look on it. But the problem with OLED is ‘burn in’. Same as with OLED televisions. Over a period of time eventually, most OLED panels get light to severe burn in. Will these panels be any different? We don’t know as this is Apple’s first edition using the panels from Samsung.


Now my review based on my time using it. My big annoyance is still around. Every phone that Apple ships has ways of the iPhone charging faster. Yet Apple chooses not to include those cables for the fastest charging. Why?!? This time is no different.

This iPhone X has a better camera than the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus. Hugely different? No. But you can notice it if you look at the colors and the sharpness around people. Again it’s a smaller sensor so for anything which you know you’ll really want to cherish, I’d use an actual camera. Remember those? Higher quality lenses with more megapixels.

It completely ditches the home button. Initially, I thought this was a negative. But then I remembered my complaints with the iPhone 3G and iPhone 5 was that the home button always made me feel like the device was very simplistic.

The iPhone X feels ahead of its time, perfect for a target audience of technology enthusiasts and obsessive photographers. Everyone else may want to wait awhile to buy as there is a slight learning curve. Actions that you’ve been using for 3/4 of a decade are now gone. You might as well get ready and learn them as this is the direction that Apple is headed.

Bottom line

In terms of features, the iPhone X is the most impressive smartphone ever made. It’s worth the $999 — but that doesn’t mean you should buy it. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the iPhone X to my tech-crazed friends or photographers, but the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 7 are just as fast while being simpler and more familiar to use.

Then again, if you are willing to get up early to line up for a $999 phone, you are probably the target demographic for the iPhone X anyway. Make sure you grab a coffee while you wait in line.

Bring on Sunday

Good morning everyone.


A good Saturday for college football was had. Ohio State lost in what was a good game. My friend Pete’s team at Oregon pulled out a victory. Back to  Ohio State. I think this is just what the team needed. I felt like they were a bit over ranked at the beginning of the season. But they take into account many factors like returning seniors, recruiting, injuries, etc. 2014 they lost their second game and then went on a tear the rest of the season. I’m not sure I’m seeing that with this team. I really hope that I’m wrong.

I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention the classless act at the end of the game as the Sooners were celebrating.

Indy Women in Tech

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Lexi Thompson pulled out a victory over Lydia Ko. Nice to see her go head to head and come out victorious.

Funny Note.

#madsengolf personal greeters @calpoly #sanluisobispo

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My buddy Bob Madsen dropped his son off at Cal Poly yesterday. They were greeted by this on the streets. They might as well be screaming ,”Well done on giving us your hard earned money. Keep giving us more…”


iPhone Announcement Tuesday

Tuesday is the event. 10 am is the time. In the new Steve Jobs theater that just got finished where Apple spent almost $20,000 per seat. You enter this theater and take a stairway below ground and then you’re in an entirely underground theater environment. What an excellent tribute to the man that had the vision to bring us the IPhone.

I’m expecting an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the gem – the iPhone X. The IPhone X may start at $1200. A $400 premium over the other phones because it supports wireless charging and has an entirely OLED screen. I think we’ll also see an Apple Watch with cellular connectivity and an AppleTV that does 4k.

Why My Next Car will have Apple’s CarPlay


I was having a discussion about this on Twitter with a fellow techie. Apple’s CarPlay. It’s the way we can revolutionize the car. Cars have amazing hardware but the car manufacturers are always terrible at software and interfaces. Enter Apple. CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road.

My wife’s boss bought a new $120k Mercedez. He loves the way that it drives. He loves the sound system. In the top three items that he talks about – always CarPlay. He went out and bought an iPhone specifically for it.

If you’re an Android user, even Google has caught onto this with Android Auto. Google and Apple both know this is the future.

I was one year away from getting it in my current model Honda. My next model and my wife’s will definitely have Apple’s CarPlay.

Below is a list of all of the car’s that currently come with Apple Carplay. Some have even gone as far as to already support the latest CarPlay Wireless. No need to even plug the phone into a cord – it just syncs to the screen.


Which vehicles offer Apple CarPlay?

As of the time of writing, Apple CarPlay is offered as a standard or optional feature on these vehicles: Further more detailed list can be found here.



2017 A3, A4, A5, Q2, Q7, Allroad, and TT models.


2017 NSX


2017 Bentayaga


2017 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X3, X4, X5, and X6 models. The 2017 5 Series models have promised to be the first vehicle offering a wireless CarPlay experience and should be available first quarter of 2017.


2017 Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, and Envision models.


2017 ATS, CTS, CT6, Escalade, XTS, and XT5 models.


2017 Camaro, Colorado, Corvette, Cruze, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Spark, Suburban, Tahoe.


2017 300 Sedan (Chrysler promises that CarPlay will be available on the 2018 Pacifica Minivan).


2017 Charger and Challenger models.


FIAT has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.


2017 C-Max, Edge, Escape, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, Super Duty, Fiesta, Flex, Focus, Fusion, Taurus, Transit, Transit Connect, and Mustang.


Hyundai’s new luxury brand will offer CarPlay on the G80 (formerly Hyundai Genesis).


2017 Canyon, Sierra Yukon, and Acadia models.


2017 Accord, Civic, Pilot, and Ridgeline models.


Azera, Sonata, Elantra, Tucson, Veloster, IONIQ, Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Sport.


Infiniti has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.


Jeep has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.


2017 Optima, Cadenza, Forte, Forte5, Sorento, Sportage, Soul, and Sedona models.

Land Rover

Land Rover and Range Rover have not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.


Lexus has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.


Mazda has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.


2017 B-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, GLA-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, GLC-Class, SL-Class, SLC-Class models.


MINI has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.


Mirage, Mirage G4, Outlander models




2017 718 (Cayman & Boxster), 911, Panamera, Macan, and Cayenne models.


Subaru is introducing CarPlay on its new 2017 Impreza model.


Toyota has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.


2017 Beetle, CC, Golf (e-Golf, GTI, Golf R), Golf SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, Jetta models.


S90, V90 Cross Country, XC90 models.


Woz Leaves Apple

Today in History. Woz Leaves Apple

_85441188_00b21d85-f09c-4c31-bfd3-5a24dcee2034Definitely a big moment. Nobody did more to advance home/personal computing than Woz. Steve Jobs was a marketing genius but Woz was the man on the work bench with the intuitive ideas to put it all together. Below is one of my favorite clips from Steve Jobs where Woz was trying to get recognition for the Apple II team.

After Apple Event Thoughts

In case you didn’t see it yesterday. Here it is summed up in ten minutes.

Anyone remember the IPhone 3G that was pure black and used to scratch easily and show all of those scratches. Yep! It’s back and they’re (Apple) is saying that you definitely need a case should you go ‘Jet Black’ and that it is sensitive to scratching.

I’m most intrigued by the IPhone 7 Plus as it actually has two cameras. One for wide angle and one for more ‘zoomed’ telephoto photos. In the past when you’ve ‘zoomed’ it does it all in software digitally. It’s more of a software cheap way of zooming in on photos – think of it as just cropping in. When you do it thru hardware there is no loss in image quality.

I’m excited about the new Apple Watch. Finally it’s waterproof. A screen and power boost. But perhaps the most significant part – finally GPS is added.


Kind of on a funny note to me. Apple finally realized the idiocy of the Apple Watch Edition. Whatever that gold version of it is called. That was a disaster and I thought from the announcement that it didn’t suit the type of company that Apple is. You’re not Rolex – you’re a tech titan. Act like it. So they finally cut it entirely from the line. Smart move. Long overdue.


Back to the IPhone 7.

Apple did take the big step in getting rid of the headphone port. Not a big deal to me but if you did just drop $500 on a new set of headphones that doesn’t do wireless and you’re not keen on carrying around an adapter – then you’ll really prefer the IPhone 6s.