Scott's Thoughts

“Mercedes-Benz wants to join Formula E in 2018”

“Trump’s Debate Flameout”

“Transcript: Here are words Trump just used to talk about ‘the cyber’”

“2016, ya’ll.”

“The CW’s shows will be available on streaming devices next week”

“Mossberg: Apple’s new watchOS 3 shows the virtue of starting over”

“Gary Johnson: WIRED Should Have Endorsed Me for President”

“Fujifilm’s new GFX is a giant camera sensor wrapped in an accessible body”

iPhone 7 First Impressions

I ended up getting the 4.7" iPhone 7–sizing down from my iPhone 6s Plus–in Jet Black. I’m sure in large part, that’s why this phone feels so jewel-like in my hand: it actually feels small, and that’s not how I felt about my previous 4.7" iPhone, the original 6. So far, I’m thrilled to be back to the smaller phone.

The finish is pretty amazing: it doesn’t feel like either aluminum nor plastic. It’s got a polished, almost sticky grip like the 3GS did, but not the plasticky feel. It’s hard to tell where the screen begins, it’s so smooth.

It’s fast. I have the iPad Pro as well, and this thing benchmarks as fast or faster than that does. I don’t run benchmarks, but in use, it’s blazing. Rerouting after a turn in Maps is super quick, and everything is responsive.

The new home button doesn’t feel at all like a button, but I don’t mind it. Touch ID is even quicker than before. The Taptic Engine is put to new uses in iOS 10, and it’s a really nice experience. I particularly like the taps that it uses when scrolling through a date list to make it feel like a tactile operation.

So far, I’m very impressed.

“President Trump’s First Term”

“Emmys 2016: Ratings Hit a New Low”

“There’s No Debate”

“‘Mr. Robot’ star Rami Malek wins Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy”

“Emmys 2016: Tatiana Maslany wins for Orphan Black (finally)”

“Nikon D5 high ISO noise performance”

“The Netflix Backlash: Why Hollywood Fears a Content Monopoly”

“Orders for comic books have hit a twenty year high”

“Important news about Keeble & Shuchat”

“Grammar Snob stickers for iMessage are ready to ruin your friendships”

“iPhone 7 Review: Many additions and one subtraction”

“Because Scott Walker Asked”

“Edward Snowden makes ‘moral’ case for presidential pardon”

“Why does blockbuster movie music all sound boring and the same?”

“Villains and Vigilantes™ 3.0: The Mighty Protectors™ RPG by Jeff Dee”

“About the ‘Basket of Deplorables’”

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