Things to Purchase for Your iPhone: Lenses

January 12, 2012  |  Accessories, Apple, iPhone

I’ve been converting a lot of my friends and family to the iPhone and I am so proud of it, but it gets hectic sometimes recommending to each individual person the things that I think they should get.  So, Danderma, gave me the idea to start a series on my blog in which I put up my recommendations and have others check them out and see them. In today’s series you will see my recommended lenses for your iPhone 4/4S. It’s no secret that the iPhone 4 & 4S have powerful cameras and what better way to take advantage than by using and abusing the third party accessories and making your phone into an even more awesome camera.

So here goes:

1. Olloclip: A three in one clip on lens kit that allows you to have a wide-angle, fisheye, and macro lens all in one.  Easy to snap onto your iPhone (without a case though) and gives you amazing pictures.

Personally, I didn’t like the wide angle much as I didn’t feel it gave me much of amazing picture quality there is a blur on the sides but then again it’s not that noticable.  The fisheye lens had a black frame when taking photos but when shooting video it looks awesome! The best lens of them all is the macro as it gives you an amazing amount of detail just by holding your phone so close to the object you’re snapping a picture of.

P.S. My recommendation is to shoot a video in macro mode the video will just blow you away!  Check it out in action below.

I purchased it off of the official website for the price of 69$ but you can find it in Kuwait by visiting iCity in the Avenues and purchasing it for 22KD.

Note: If you have a sticker on the back of your phone it could scratch it or misplace it as it’s meant to get on a completely naked iPhone.

2. Holga SLFT-IP4 Filter Case: This is an iPhone case that turns your phone into a retro camera.  It offers not only one but many filters and all without removing the case and attaching it (i.e. not like the olloclip).  You get 10 filters to choose from.  There are 5 colorful filters, 3 Kaliedoscope filters, a macro lens, and an empty slot that gives you the holga effect without any additional colors.

Personally, I love this case the best thing about it is the fact that it’s a case and it’s not hurting the gelaskin that is on my phone.  I can snap it on and leave it on if I want to without worrying that I might damage the filters.  Choosing between the filters is quite easy as all it takes is rotating the filter.  The macro lens here still performs well maybe even as well as the olloclips.  But one of my favorite lenses on it is the plain holga effect and the heart shaped colorful filter.  It sure is a fun thing to have around. Check it out in action.

Unfortunately for this one, it is only available online on this website for the price of 24.99$ and the case comes in different colors.  So what are you waiting for? The black case is on sale for only 19.99$.

3. The iPhone Telephoto Lens: This photo is by PhotoJojo (one of the most awesome websites for photographers) and what this gives you is 8x zoom for your iPhone .  The lens comes with the telephoto lens, cleaning cloth, tripod and mount, iPhone Case, and a carrying pouch as well.

Personally, this was an impulse buy I found it while shopping out and about and thought why not since I had the other cases coming soon.  In the best ideal light situation you get amazing pictures without harming your phone or anything, just pop in your iPhone into the case, screw on the lens and you will be able to take photos instantly! Wanna see how it performs then check this video out below.

I purchased it from Digits in Marina Mall for only 10KD, it is also available online for 35$ which is around the same price so go ahead and grab it! I loves it!

 

And that’s it for today’s series I hope you found it helpful and stay tuned for the must have accessories coming up soon.

[Exclusive] Zain iPhone 4S Pre-Orders

December 8, 2011  |  Apple, Gadget Deals, Hot, I want.., Shout Outs

I just got some amazing news a few minutes ago from my friends at Zain! (They have become my friends their amazing Social Media Team is nothing but the friendliest, helpful bunch) Anyways this is the first you will ever hear about it and it is coming to you exclusively on Couch Avenue!!! [P.S. This is the best news ever!]

Anyways, Zain will be launching the iPhone 4S very very soon and you can now pre-order it through their website.  So hurry up and place your orders!

Note: Filling out the form will allow you to reserve your iPhone 4S, you can select the model you need and you will be able to pick up the phone after its release.  Only one pre-order is permitted per phone number.  All mobile numbers are accepted.

Thanks to Mohammed & the Zain Social Media Team for giving me the exclusive!

What are you waiting for! Go go go go!!!!!

 

The Day My iPhone 4S Flew

November 12, 2011  |  Apple, iPhone, Sad

Today was the day my iPhone 4S flew from my hands, it actually flew! Seriously I’m not kidding!

I was on my way upstairs to my room when this happened, going up the stairs from the basement I reached the ground floor of our house and in one hand I had my iPhone 4S, I was checking a whatsapp message from Sister #3 (aka Your Battlefield) when all of a sudden my phone flies out of my hand and lands in the basement!

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Our house is made of granite floors!

I immediately gasped and raised my hand to my heart and ran down the stairs to check on my baby hoping that none of it shattered to pieces.  I turned on the lights and immediately start to look around searching for my baby.  I found the case I had my phone in face down and immediately I worried that the front of it had shattered to pieces.  I turn it over and realize there is no phone in it! It’s just the case there!!!!!

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I continue to search frantically until I find it a few feet away and it too was facing down! I was about to cry, my feet were about to give in when I turned it around and saw that nothing happened to the front nor back glass of the phone.  I was relieved to say the least but I went about checking my baby as if it were in fact a baby, checking for internal bleeding and all that jazz.

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It was turned off, and I worried that it won’t work again, fortunately after turning it back on everything was working, except when I noticed the chipping up top where the plastic meets the antennas! Its a minor fracture not noticable to the naked eye but its still there.

My heart literally stopped today and started back up when this all happened.  I am attached to my children (yes I call all my electronic devices children and well even though it’s sad it’s true) and so this happening wasn’t easy on me.

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All is well again in the world, and let’s hope this is the only fall it will ever experience! And no I won’t buy another phone just because this one is fractured. The only major thing was that the case got a bigger chip and in my books better the case than my child!

The Most Moving Steve Jobs Eulogy EVER!

October 31, 2011  |  Apple, Sad

Last night I came across the best eulogy published about the innovating genius Steve Jobs.  Little did I know that I would actually end up crying before sleeping but that’s another story.  This eulogy was published in “The New York Times” by Steve Jobs’ biological sister novelist Mona Simpson.  Her eulogy gave us all an intimate look at his last moments; his life; and his last words. [Note: by the time I got to the last words I openly cried my eyes out and it felt so real that such a visionary has been lost to us all!]

Take a moment to read this lovely eulogy and share your thoughts.

A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs

By MONA SIMPSON

Published: October 30, 2011

I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us. Later, after I’d met my father, I tried to believe he’d changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was an idealistic revolutionary, plotting a new world for the Arab people.

Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.

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Get 50GB of Online Space FREE with Box!

October 25, 2011  |  Apple, Apps, iPad, iPhone, Software, Techie

I wanted to write about this earlier but better late than never.  Two weeks ago Box.net announced a 50 day promotion starting on October 12th at 12:00AM in which they offer their iPhone/iPodTouch and iPad users 50GB FREE for signing up and downloading the app.

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Some might ask what is Box.net?  Well if you heard of Dropbox and iCloud it is very similar but it allows you to have storage space that isn’t limited to your mobile device.

This promotion is only running for 50 days, so to get your free space in the cloud you have to follow the following steps:

1. Visit the app store and download the Box app for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch [Link]

2. Log into your account or register for a new one directly from the app.

3. Start sharing and collaborating in the cloud

4.  Tell others about it (Optional)

Something interesting about the app si that your account will have an increased file size upload limit of 100MB instead of the usual 25MB therefore you can upload 100MB files directly without having to compress them!  The app also has the ability to use AirPlay which you can use to stream Box content to an Apple TV for effortless projection of photos, videos, presentations and more.

Sounds great? Then rush over there and grab it! I did the second I heard about it.

Source via Box Blog