Yep, drank the Kool-Aid, again. But I have to say, as much as I was thinking this behemoth of a phone was overkill, especially in the size department, it is nice. It fits in my pocket (with a case, in fact) and the camera – wow. 12 megapixels, but that isn’t the real upgrade. The real upgrade is the optical (NOT digital) image stabilization. That is what sold me on the + model for the phone. That is worth the size and weight difference to me.
I realize that there have been times I have made fun of the “phablets” out there, Apple 6 Plus as well, but man, it is a nice piece of tech. Is it going to take the place of my iPad? Nope, completely different units with different uses. The iPhone is fast becoming a full on camera replacement that keeps getting better and better. I already mentioned the 12 MP and Optical Stabilization, but now, there is some definite updates in the video category. Slo-Mo video can now be done in 720p HD at 240 FPS as well as the 1080p HD at 120 FPS. Standard video can be had at the following:
- 720p @ 30 FPS (1 minute of video approx 60 MB)
- 1080p @ 30 FPS (1 minute of video approx 130 MB)
- 1080p @ 60 FPS (1 minute of video approx 200 MB)
- 4K @ 30 FPS (1 minute of video approx 375 MB)
So, if anything points to getting the larger memory phones it will be video. 3 minute video @ 4K will be over a gigabyte of space… That is huge, and pretty much making the 16GB phone obsolete.
Here is a quick example of the 4K video. Now, unless you have a monitor and computer capable of showing 4K, you wont be able to select that on YouTube. Watch the 1080HD version, and the real spectacular part is the clouds in the background and the exposure in the foreground. It is a great piece of tech.
Now, without any further waiting, here are some photos from the camera. Keep in mind that the web dumbs down the images and compresses them to save space, but even that they are pretty darn good compressed. They are phenomenal when viewed in full resolution. Again, that optical stabilization makes a huge difference.