Hello again all,
There's been another week since I last wrote to you and there's another set of links that I'm set to share. There were some really good pieces of writing going around this week - some that I haven't even gotten to read yet - and I've put rounded up some of what I think are the best for you all here today.
I hope you all enjoy reading through them, and I'll speak to you guys next Saturday in the runup to the Christmas holiday. Thank you all sincerely for reading with me, and I'll see you around. ☕
The iPhone 6s Plus — Tools and Toys - Marius Masalar is back with another review for Tools & Toys - this time of the iPhone 6s Plus. Well-written and well-photographed, I agree with pretty much everything Marius covers in his review. I didn't own a 6 Plus last year, but my time with this year's plus size phone has been leaps better than the iPhone 6 I used for the last year. There have been many excellent pieces written about the 6s Plus across the internet, but this one has got to be near the top of the bunch, and it's definitely the piece I'd link a friend to who was having a hard time deciding between the iPhone choices this year.
An Illustrator's Review of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil - I've linked to a bevy of pencil-focused iPad Pro writeups over the past couple weeks, but when I read this piece a couple of days ago I just couldn't pass up linking to it. Yet another excellent example of the iPad Pro and Pencil replacing the previously used tools in a professional's workflow. And with all the examples I've observed so far it's hard not to feel optimistic for the Pro's real-world implications in the future.
Daring Fireball: The Curious Case of the Curious Case - Another part of this past week was the veritable whirlwind of snark and opinion flying around over Apple's new Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6/6s. I have to admit that I'm not floored by this latest design coming from Cupertino, but I also think that there was a lot of over-exaggerated remarks going around in response to it. John Gruber's piece struck me as the most well put together & fair take of anything I read on the matter this week. If I had someone earnestly ask me what I thought about the Smart Battery Case, I'd refer them straight to here.
A Review of the Hard Graft Flat Pack — Tools and Toys - While it does feel a little odd linking to two Tools & Toys reviews in one week, my friends and co-writers have been seriously killing it on the content recently, and Thomas Wong's review of the Hard Graft Flat Pack is one of my favorites to date. It was a treat this Saturday to wake up and get to read through an excellent review like this one, and I'd be lying if I said that Thomas's review didn't make me start thinking about ways I could weasel my own setup into one of those gorgeous Flat Packs. Such is the life of a pack-nerd. But besides that I still recommend you give this review a read - I haven't grown tired of reading about bags yet, and I doubt you guys have either.
The Flight of Art - Ookpixels - a terrific piece telling the story of Ryan Cash and Jordan Rosenberg's journey from childhood friends to being two of the three parts behind the experience and brilliant game that is Alto's Adventure. I've had a great time playing Alto over the past 10 months, and this is probably the best piece I've read about the game and it's creators so far. Creative people working through the struggle and coming out of it successful is a great thing, and I'm glad to say that I've bought and love Alto to this day.
One Year with the Fuji X-Pro1 — Pete Takes Pictures - On the photography side of things, I came across this beautiful piece detailing Peter Evans past year with FujiFilm's now-dated X-Pro1 camera. I've often wondered myself if the Pro1 would still be a worthwhile purchase this late in it's life - and while I'm still not about to go out and buy a new camera anytime soon - Peter's piece shows clearly to me that the X-Pro1 is still pro-material. Chock full of photos, details, and experiences, this piece gets a big recommend from me.