Bose QC35’s

I bit the bullet and got myself the Bose QC35’s to go with my iPhone 7.  There are tons of reviews on YouTube and stuff that one can watch to get professional impressions and tech specs.  My blog post is just my experience with them.  I had to give up my Bose QC25’s and my Beats Studio Wireless headphones for these bad boys by selling them to Amazon and getting trade in credits.  I looked far and wide and the price was the same everywhere so the best place to get it was from Amazon.  Mainly because I have Prime and I got them in 2 days.

I got these headphones because I was very pleased with the Bose QC25’s but I didn’t want to deal with a dongle or a bluetooth adapter so that I could use my headphones with my iPhone 7.  I haven’t tested them in a plane yet, and I don’t know when that will change but I have tested them here at home and they work pretty well.  The look and feel are exactly the same as the QC25’s, the difference being is that the controls are all on the cups, you have to recharge it after 25 hours of use with a micro USB cable, and you can use the Bose app with it too.

The headphones are great for watching movies on my iPad while my family sleeps though.  I was able to watch some Netflix with the headphones on and I didn’t have to worry about getting all tangled up with the cord which was very nice.  I actually like the cup type headphones better than the in ear ones.  I have some MPOW Wolverines that I got from Amazon as well but they end up hurting the insides of my ears after a short time.  The Apple EarPods are actually the most comfortable in ear headphones that I own but they’re not wireless (yet).  I have to wait and see when the AirPods are out, maybe I’ll pick up a pair if the reviews are favorable so I can use them in places where its not appropriate to use the Bose.

December I should be able to give it a true test, I know of at least one flight that I have to take during that month.  I’m sure they will perform just fine but there’s nothing like a real world test to validate my faith.


I hate having a land line

I must be one of the last people in America that still sports a land line and I hate it.  Land lines used to be a necessity in the age before cell phones were prevalent and affordable.  These days its almost silly to have one but I still do because its necessary for some of the services that I use from my community.  In this crazy world, my community can’t afford to make a call to my cell phone for the gate guard to let people in and if I want to take advantage of the free alarm monitoring it requires a physical land line.  So if I don’t care about visitors or people breaking into my home, I have to keep the land line.

The biggest downside to having a land line is all the robo calling during election year, the calls from people asking me for money, and telemarketers trying to sell me shit.  I guess it doesn’t matter really that I’m on the “Do Not Call” list, they keep on calling anyway and its a little annoying.  I don’t even answer the phone 90% of the time unless I am expecting someone to come to the house and even then its timed so I have a general idea on when to answer the phone.

Right now my phone is ringing and I have no intention of answering it.  If its really that important, they can leave a message and I’ll call them back.  Oh, there goes the answering machine but no one is leaving a message!  I guess it really wasn’t all that important and they’ll just bother me again with another annoying call.  I crave the ability to get rid of my land line, but I have to wait a little longer until technology catches up with some of the services I consume.  Seriously, I even have a land line phone at work and I’m never at the office.  My company could probably save a ton of money giving up land lines and just switching everyone to cell phones.  There is also this weird thing called the Internet that allows voice calls over IP services like Skype and what not.  Plenty of my clients use them but also insist on providing a real phone number.  I mean come on, its time to move away from the silliness of old tech and embrace the new.

My cousin is a good example.  He uses a Google Voice number and just buys a data plan for his phone.  He uses nothing but VoIP for everything.  Sure its semi inconvenient when you’re in a place with shitty data service but most of the time you can piggy back on a corporate wifi network and be just fine.  I have decent internet here at home and I’m actually using T-Mobile over Wifi which makes the calls seem a bit better since T-Mobile is a bit spotty depending on where I’m sitting at the time.  I guess I’ll keep on suffering with my land line, I even hate paying for it because its so useless to me except for 2 important things that I refuse to pay extra money for since its already included in my HOA fee.

1st Week with the iPhone 7

I have completed my first week with an iPhone 7 and the phone itself is pretty kick ass. I don’t know why so many people complain about the home button, I like the new one that uses the taptic feedback engine at the bottom of the phone.  It feels just like pressing down on the old home button on the iPhone 6 or 6s.  I haven’t tried all of the new bells and whistles like the 4K video or splashing the thing with water (still probably not going to do it even though they say its splash proof) but the experience is what you would expect from an iPhone.

If you’re running any variation of an iPhone 6, its not going to feel all that different and thats a good thing in my view since its all familiar. Size and shape are the same for me since I only buy the smaller iPhones, I have small hands so I don’t need the one that looks like an iPad Mini because it gets tough to type on it. I think the thing I notice the most is the speed, this thing is speedy compared to an iPhone 6, and when I compare it to my daughters iPhone 4S, it makes the iPhone 4S seem like a flip phone.

I think I spent the most time trying to do a back up and restore from my iPhone 6 to the iPhone 7.  There was some weird voodoo dance that I had to do so that all my data and apps would transfer over correctly (actually I had to delete all the backups of my iPhone 6, do a complete backup that took about 6 hours to complete overnight, and then do a restore to the iPhone 7 which took another 6 hours or so).  The backup and restore process for iPhones is pretty terrible as an experience.  I see a lot of bloggers say “just set it up as new” which is horse crap.  I have over 200 apps on my phone (kinda excessive but I actually do use all of them) and re-downloading all of them and organizing them into folders is a PAIN!  I have gotten the organization down so that everything fits on one screen.  There are tons of apps nested in folders but the point of the exercise was to make it so I don’t have to swipe away from the main screen, just tap into a folder.  Although my new preferred method is to just search or use Siri to launch the app of my choice.

Anyway, as iPhone storage gets larger and larger (this time I opted to stay at 128GB rather than move up to 256GB), the speed in which things backup and restore from iTunes drastically needs to improve.  For someone like me that travels a lot and doesn’t have their home computer with them, this is one of the pet peeves I have that I have to almost give up my phone and run my computer all night or even all day and watch it slowly back up.  Forget about it when I actually have to sync something, I just skip the backup and sync the new content since I don’t want to just sit there waiting.

The only gripe I think I have is the headphone jack being gone.  I have lots of EarPods from the iPhone 6×2, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, plus extras that I purchased since I had a tendency to wash them in the laundry.  I have bluetooth headphones but they kind of hurt my ears and don’t feel as comfortable as the EarPods do.  I also might want to spring for the Bose QC35’s.  I just know I’m going to lose the dongle that came with the 7 so I might as well get the best noise cancelling headphones that I can.  The QC25’s are awesome, they totally shielded me from a crying baby that sat directly behind me recently and I hear the QC35’s are just as good but with bluetooth!  The AirPods look nice as well and I could see myself maybe springing for those, but they aren’t out yet so I’ll have to do some more waiting and will probably watch a few reviews first too.

As for cases, my Otterbox and my wallet case fit the 7 just fine.  I’ve opted to use the wallet case for the 7 like I did for my 6.  There is a cut out for the headphone jack but that doesn’t mean anything really since sound only comes out of one speaker on the bottom on the right side like the 6 did.  The other holes are just for decoration and aesthetics.  This will also be the first personal phone that doesn’t have a screen protector on it!  I know I’m getting brave! I experimented with not having one on the 6s that I use for work and so far (knock on wood) that screen has been just fine and its been through as much abuse as my personal phone.

Overall, the iPhone 7 is much of the same thing I’ve always experienced with iPhones.  They pretty much work as advertised and have a nice smooth experience.  Sure there are limitations here and there but as I get older I just don’t want to tinker with my tech.  I will still get a an iPhone 8, and upgrade the Mrs. to the 8 as well since I’m sure the cameras and stuff are going to be stellar and make our SLR look like a sick dog in terms of picture quality and speed.  The only area that it will still lack is optical zoom capability.  Thats it!  Done for the evening!