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David verses Goliath 

 

Now this blog is long over due, but after quite a few months of testing I think I can give honest feedback on a semi-clear winner. If you want to know all the specs,  go do a google search to get the rap sheet. Both phones are more than powerful to handle day to day tasks, launch a space shuttle, hack the world, and take more selfies than you can possibly dream. Now I will cover a few things that might help you make your decision on who reigns supreme. 


Probably the most important thing to many of us with things such as Instagram is the Camera. Dependent on your uses and preferences each camera is vastly different. The iPhone X is going to be more true to color, which means it works great in bright light but not so great in low light situations. The Note 8 is amazing in low light situations, and in my honest opinion a better overall camera for daily use although it slightly saturates and colors your photos which is not conducive to editing. However, portrait mode on the iPhone X is stunning and the Samsung cannot touch it, once again in certain and proper settings it will always prevail. Have a look below. One of iPhone's coolest features is its live camera mode. Which takes a series of shots before and after you depress the trigger. Providing really cool effects but also giving you the ability to edit it to ensure every one's eyes are open and or to get that perfect pose. The only downside to the Live Photos in my opinion is that you can't send it any where as a video except to other iPhone users. 

Samsung Pictured First

 

 

Portrait Mode on iPhone

Where the iPhone prevails in it's user interface is it's simplicity, however I feel it is far too simple. I do not feel it handles business well. The Note 8's ability to multitask handle business and organize is as good as it gets. I prefer the email app, calendar, to do list and the almighty pen over iPhone's over simplified interface where I can only use one app at a time, making it quite difficult to get as much done in a short amount of time. Swipe keyboard found on the Note is quite efficient in getting texts and emails sent off in record time. 

 

Battery life is very comparable despite the iPhone being a smaller battery with a full charge they last all day and well into the night with heavy use. 

The screens are also quite similar especially seeing as Samsung is the Manufacturer for Apple's crown jewel making the colors pop in all the right places. With the amazing screen comes eye fatigue so I'd highly recommend keeping on the blue light filters especially at night. The size of the note verses the iPhone is drastic when holding in use. What I like most about the iPhone X is the overall size. You have good screen real estate without the insane size of the Note making it easier to hold in hand, throw in a pocket or bag. 

 

Now, where the iPhone highly excels in my opinion is the Apple network. iMessage, the fun texting screens and how it seemlessly works with other Apple products. My favorite which I recently discovered is the ability to share WiFi passwords. If I am connected and my friends are in the same room and want to connect I can share the password without having them to type it in, same with my laptop, bring the phone close to the laptop and immediate connection can be made. Another great feature of the Apple network is airdrop giving you the ability to wirelessly share photos, music, and notes to nearby Apple devices. 

 

Face ID works well and I wish I could say the same for Samsung's biometric eye ball unlocking but it's just horrible and quite buggy. 

 

Siri Vs. Bixby? They both work quite well however, Bixby is much better at beat boxing than Siri. Don't believe me? Next time ask your device to beat box for you. Siri understands much better than Bixby does, but Bixby is quick to learn and at this point in time is on par with Siri. 

 

Now is there a clear winner?  That is difficult to say. They each do very different things very well, and comparison is hard as they are such different animals from companies who see mobile connectivity very different. The iPhone is a great phone that utilizes simplicity to excel for the masses however, for me it is far too simple to be effective for business. The Samsung is efficient and uses the multi-tasking and the pen to make a solid candidate for daily and business tasks. If I had to choose only one, the Samsung would be my choice for its overall greater camera capabilities large screen, and multi-tasking capabilites it makes for a formidable companion for the daily grind. 

Stepping with purpose 

What is better than a quality made product? A quality handmade product with a purpose. Oliberté is a unique handmade product that not only empowers it's wearer with a great handmade unique product; but furthermore teaching a man how to fish by providing skilled workers with jobs to take care of their families and encouraging free enterprise. Sourcing everything out of Africa, a land that is rich with natural resources and making it sustainable, by investing back into the culture, back into the land, and back into the people. 

 

Having never heard of Oliberté, I wasn't sure what to expect but their eclectic designs and good story drew me to them. I got my hands on the MOJOO x McNairy collab black horsehair boot. When I opened the box, the sweet smell of natural rubber and beautiful leather filled the room and what came out was in fact a beautiful well constructed shoe. 

I have been wearing the shoes for about two weeks, and I am far from disappointed. The craftsmanship will rival some of the worlds best and the comfortability cannot be matched. 

If you are looking for something sustainable, stylish, impeccable, and has a clear purpose look no further than Oliberté

 

 

A Bag to Carry your Dreams 

 

Personally I think any and everyone loves a good story. It always answers the most important of WHY. Gives that thing purpose, a vision, makes you apart of that story. So I always want to support and work with companies that give me that sense of why and inclusion. Will leathers is one of those companies. 

 

It all starts with a kid names Adler- Will Adler to be exact. What started as a necessity turned into a destiny Will Leather Goods has filled a void in the art of leather making using sustainability and giving back to the less fortunate. Bringing to the forefront amazingly and beautifully crafted products with a purpose a story and an art. No matter what you get from a zippo lighter cover to one of their amazing duffle bags when you open the box and see the products you are amazed from what you pull out and touch. 

 

Most of my friends and followers know I am a sucker for a good back pack. Being a professional musician turned Real Estate agent by day and daddy 24 hours a day; simply put I carry a lot of stuff depending on the day. Satchels are annoying, purses out of the question, briefcases also vexing and old - Backpacks to me just right. The perfect balance of form, function and usability. 

 

Being a back pack connoisseur [ if you will] I opted for for their Silas Backpack. To be honest, maybe I am jaded I never expect too much from any one company. But when that box hit my doorstep and I opened it to the delicious smell of fresh tanned leather and saw the beautiful cognac leather I almost shed a tear. Now in an attempt to not sound cheesy, Will Leather Goods understands a thing or two about making a great product, a great package and making the end user feel special when it comes out of the box. 

 

Minimalist in design and not over done it's the perfect bag for daily carry, travel adventures and definitely has become one of my top 3 bags that I carry regularly. With a sizable front pocket, generous main compartment and a padded laptop container that holds most laptops of today this is a perfect bag for school, work, play or jet setting adventures. The only negative is the laptop compartment does not hold my larger 15" laptop that I utilize for music. Other than that my air and iPad fit fine. I can continue to go on and on and on and tell you how great the company is but seeing is believing. Head over to Will Leather now and join the Adler Family. 

And if you hurry at the time of this writing you can get your very own bag for 50% off. 

 

 

 

 

Key[e]s for Change 

Robert F. Kennedy said, “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”  I was always taught that one man can make a difference. One drop in the pond makes a ripple and one ripple can make a huge difference and when everyone does something you can create enough ripples to overlap and create change. As I have grown more as a person, I try to live with purpose to do little things to make a change in everyone's life and I love supporting companies that do the same. JoJo Rings has taken something seemingly insignificant and gave it purpose. JoJo Rings takes old discarded keys and transforms them into works of wearable items that give back to the community to make a change. From vintage car keys to old home keys; JoJo transforms these discarded items into beautiful unique pieces. Not only do they look good and are conversation starters, but they are doing a bit of good one key at a time. With philanthropy at the forefront, JoJo Rings chooses a new charity every month to partner with. With every ring sold they donate five dollars to the charity to make a change. The charity for the month of November is as follows:

Our November Partner is Teen Cancer America. Founded by legendary rockers Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend, Teen Cancer America (TCA) raises the awareness and financial resources needed to help hospitals across America create specialized services and build state-of-the-art, 'teen focused' units that concentrate on the clinical and psychosocial needs of teens and young adults with cancer. 

At a critical developmental stage in their life, TCA Cancer units deliver a venue where teen cancer patients can be medically treated with their peers. These units also include a TCA lounge where teens can escape from the harsh realities of cancer and interact with outside friends and family.

 

Learn more at https://www.teencanceramerica.org/

 

It has been said it is better to give then to receive... but it never hurts to do both. Check out JoJo Rings and get one for yourself. 

https://www.jojorings.com

 


Is the Briefcase Dead? 

With the advance in technology and people moving away from old way traditions it seems as though some things from the good old days are fading away. It is as if three-piece suits, cuff links, tie bars, a rolodex (remember those?), and most of all briefcases are part of the old world and seemingly fading from the face of the earth. But with all of our beloved devices how do we keep up with them in an organized fashion? Briefcases? too old world said the millennials. Backpacks? That's for the kids. How about your hands? With a cell phone, iPad, wallet and what other various things we carry that makes no sense. When there are so many world problems who is there to solve them? Well my good friend Joseph decided to take the old and make it new with The Breton Company. What happens when you take the functionality of a briefcase mix it with the functionality of a back pack and create it in a form all it's own? You get the the modern day briefcase. Now for those of you reading this that know me, know I am as bad as any woman when it comes to bags. I've gone through almost every brand on this planet scouring the earth for the best bag for every day carry as well as the perfect bag for travel. I have found 3 that I rotate between for different scenarios and the Breton bag is my every day business bag. Large enough to hold my 15" laptop, charger, 2 cell phones, black book, a few pens, phone chargers, a sweater, keys, iPad, and I think that's it. Comfortable on the back, even better in the hand. The construction is soft enough to stretch, rigid enough to hold it all together, and enough compartments to stay organized and make finding things expeditious.  In understated color ways that go with a dressed up or dressed down approach this bag is definitely one to add to your collection and make it apart of your every day life. The ultimate in form and function. See pics after the jump.

The Breton Company

 

 

 

 

CLASSIC TIME  

I have always been a fan of unique and nice watches. Usually my wallet is unable to keep up with my taste. However, things have changed, with the technology and manufacturing of today getting more and more affordable any budget can find a high quality, beautiful, and reliable time piece. In steps Daniel Wellington; a very quaint, unique and very beautiful design. I love a company with a story and Daniel Wellington has one. They make simple, unique, classy designs that can be dressed up or dressed down. More importantly you can change the look of your watch for any occasion at a moment's notice. The pictures do not do this watch justice; the packaging and the watch in person are far more impressive.  I even added this to my daily wear arsenal. Now being a dad you need pieces that are durable, good to look at and most of all comfortable. The watches are super slim, light, and definitely durable for all the day to day running and playing. After all the abuse they have held up quite well to the high demands of my daily life.

See photos after the jump and log on to DANIEL WELLINGTON and use code "KEYES" for 15% off your purchase.