I hope everyone is enjoying the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. You can catch me over here browsing Pinterest and pinning holiday content to my boards nonstop. If we are not Pinterest friends, let’s change that ASAP.
As we enter the heart of “gift-giving” season, I’m reminded once again that I need to make a Christmas list. Clothing and gift cards have always topped my list in years past, however, 2017 will be a bit different. This Christmas, I am listing items that can improve my blog and social media. Improving my blog photography has been on the top of my “to-do” list for quite awhile now. Almost ALL of my photos on social media and the blog are shot on an iPhone because I hate lugging around a bunch of photography equipment. Maybe that is the minimalist in me? I also don’t have the luxury of an “insta-husband” to lug around said photography equipment because mine is most likely studying or flying. #flightschoolrocks
This past month I was given the incredible opportunity to demo and review the iPhone 8+ courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Not only was using this smartphone an incredible experience, I was amazed at the quality of Verizon service compared to my normal service provider. If you’re in the Pensacola area, I HIGHLY recommend switching to Verizon. I absolutely did not want to go back to my old phone and service provider after this demo. I experienced ZERO dropped calls or the dreaded “searching for bars” at inopportune times. Verizon had me SOLD within the first few days.
I was attracted to the iPhone 8+ in particular for the camera capabilities. Bloggers and social media fanatics like myself know that a smartphone’s camera is the highest priority. The more I used the iPhone 8+ for photos in everyday life, the more I pictured myself listing my DSLR camera for sale on craigslist. Trigger, my lovable German Shepherd, made for a great model.
Here are my four of my TOP reasons for loving the iPhone 8+
Six-core A11 Bionic processor: This essentially means the phone’s performance is fast..really FAST. I noticed the shutter speed while snapping photos did not lag like my current iPhone 7 and the battery life was significantly longer. My iPhone 7 was always dying within a few hours which is incredibly frustrating with the busy life I lead. The iPhone 8+ would last me an entire day. There was no need to ask my coworkers the infamous question, “Hey, can I borrow your charger?”
Portrait lighting: Lighting is crucial to make social media photos pop. For amateur photographers, the portrait lighting mode on the iPhone 8+ is a life-saver. I’ve read recommendations from some of the top female fashion bloggers that suggest simply purchasing a new iPhone if you’re on a budget for camera equipment. Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam disclosed that all of her GMG Daily Look outfits are now shot on an iPhone.
4k video at 60 frames per second: I will save your brain some of the headspace on technical details explaining 4k video. This means that the video quality on the iPhone 8+ is exceptional. Never before has a smartphone boasted 4k video at 60 frames per second. This quality of video is now standard with big budget cinemas and you can access some of those video capabilities right on your smartphone! Whenever I listen to podcasts from the influencer world, a theme that I hear over and over again is that VIDEO will soon takeover static Instagram posts. A new iPhone can up that video game!
Driving mode: As a social media manager, my phone is always beckoning to me while I’m driving. Those pesky little things. This feature is perfect for someone who is worried that you may be tempted to text and drive. The leading cause of car accidents is distracted driving. Save yourself the distraction and upgrade to a smartphone that boasts this feature. The phone has sensors that can predict when you’re driving and will essentially lock you out from your phone, taking away the temptation to text. Florida drivers will thank you for it, trust me.
Now that I’ve explained what I love about the iPhone 8+ picture yourself putting one at the top of your Christmas list and capturing all the beautiful Pensacola moments in your life…
In search of more amazing tech products to add to your Christmas list? Check out the selection from Verizon Wireless here.
This post was sponsored by Verizon Wireless, however, all opinions stated are my own.