Sunday, May 10, 2015

BlackBerry Passport Photos On Instagram Series #1

10 BlackBerry Passport Photos On Instagram - Series #1

I thought of starting another series of photos I randomly took using BlackBerry Passport. This is somewhat similar to the previous series I had here on InTheEyesOfBlackBerry, it's just that every series will now have 10 photos per post and that these photos first appeared on Instagram. Also, no more Did You Know portion, instead, just infos on where and when 

Pic 1 - Crooked canopy or ceiling taken in Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa.
We are all but in different shapes and views
Pic 2 - Box Art and kiddos taken in Al Ghurair Centre's Street Art Connection event.
My future artists
Pic 3 - My partner when my wife's not around, Passport keeping me company. Taken inside my car, in Dubai International Financial Centre.
There are really times you need to wait for your busy wife a little longer but thanks to Passport
Pic 4 - Real-like incandescent bulbs of Farfasha Juices, taken in Wafi Mall during the #TasteOfWafi launching in Dubai.
Creativity and ingenuity are the key to successful business
Pic 5 - Customized Skateboards display during the Al Ghurair Centre's Street Art Connection.
Just one of the many street art exhibits of the successful yearly event
 Pic 6 - High and Dry. Taken inside Dubai's Zabeel Park.
This picture simply reminds us that there is always sunshine after the rain
Pic 7 - Architecture. This was taken in one of Dubai Design District's aesthetically designed buildings.
Looking forward to next Meet D3 event
Pic 8 - Wafi Mall's hidden gem, the Khan Murjan. Taken inside the tricky location of the mall.
Perfect place to find genuine Arabic and Emirati artifacts, perfumes, food etc
Pic 9 - Chicken Liver appetizer. Taken in Wafi Mall's Khan Murjan Restaurant.
Never been this happy to see this richly-flavored Chicken Liver appetizer
Pic 10 - The Spidey overpass. Taken in Dubai World Trade Center's overpass.
This is just one of the architectural marvels you can see in Dubai
To see all of these on Instagram, check out my open account Santiago Filman and do follow.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Best Instagram Experience With iGrann by Adrian Sacchi On BlackBerry Passport

iGrann Review

I felt remorseful that it took me to buy a BlackBerry Passport before I started using the most popular Instagram client in BlackBerry World, the iGrann by Adrian Sacchi. I have been using Z10 without using IG as I was hopeful for the real Instagram to arrive in BlackBerry. Unfortunately it did not happen. Even if there's a lot of ways to download the original IG to BlackBerry, I still just let my Z10 pass.

When my Passport came, I can no longer ignore the overwhelming popularity of IG so I side-downloaded it and started using my long been created Instagram account that has been idle since then.

But I have encountered a lot of hiccups with it and it pains me to do the downloading process again and again. That was the time I decided to download iGrann by Adrian Sacchi.

The following are just some of the best things that I like with iGrann, aside that it has a free account option:

  • it is the only client for Instagram with the "Built for BlackBerry" designation, so that gives utmost security
  • it has that minimalist layout which I like most
  • it has the ability to adjust and optimize its features for different screen sizes of BlackBerry phones
Perfect UI and great resolution
The profile layout looks very clean
and looks neat too
Just recently, I've updated it to the latest version: with 5.5 MB size. It carries more additional features, enhancements and developments like the option to hide comments when scrolling or viewing the feed using the modern feed design.

For Pro Premium accounts, there's Hub Integration and Headless Notifications for more convenience.

See some of the new features from the release notes:

  • Direct Messaging to any IG users and receive DMs from any IG users too
  • DM can be done directly from phone Pictures application without even opening iGrann
  • you can no follow users you like
  • you can now zoom in and out photos on iGrann by just pinching
  • it now has news and help section in the most discrete position
  • bugs fixed and you can now type long comments
  • it now supports @names that has period or full stop

But the most outstanding additional feature that has been included in the latest iGrann by Adrian Sacchi version, is the Multiple Instagram Accounts feature. You can now have multiple accounts and is very "easy to switch in between."

The latest iGrann Version:
Long press the pic and cool features appear from the side
Whether you are having a passport, Z10, Z30 or any other OS 10 BlackBerry phones, I suggest you to get that best Instagram experience with iGrann by Adrian Sacchi.

And am giving this best mobile app 9.5 stars out of 10.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

This Is My BlackBerry Passport Review

BlackBerry Passport Influence

BlackBerry Passport was launched last year but only now I got to hold mine. This was after seeing the video of JC the hater. We both hate the phone and that's why we are having it. :) We now have something to abuse.

It's been almost a month since I started hammering this big-faced phone but surprisingly, it seems everything works great so far. With that, I hate passport now even more. Why? Because behind all those hate remarks I've made, we are now starting to create a bond. A bond that made me dump my granny BlackBerry Bold which has kept my hands busy for several years. Although the ever jealous Z10 is still very enthusiastic each and every day.

I'm sure you have read or heard all the great reviews of the Passport already so let me just bring you some things which I think were never mentioned by others yet.

They've already told you how efficient the battery power is, how fast the OS is, how very dynamic the browsing or the overall UI experience is, how improved the application choices are, how they [BlackBerry] were able to keep it as the most secured phone in the market, so on and so forth.

Below are my takes:

Square Screen
Its square screen makes my YouTube viewing very convenient. I don't have to rotate my phone to get that ideal wideness of the video. One thing about watching YouTube videos on a BlackBerry is that, you won't see any banner ads popping out on the screen. No intrusions in between. :)

Because it is square, my Instagram posting is now quite smooth. I'll just click, filter and post. Cropping is useless as the default ratio/dimension is now 1:1. It would be odd to have a ratio/dimension of 16:9 with this, unlike with the Zs.

Now, aside from the outstanding security this phone has, it also gives us safety. How? Okay, imagine using it while driving, it's upsetting because of its size, right? So with that, you won't be tempted to use it while your hands are on the driving wheel. LOL!

Attention Grabber
Every time I pulled it from my pocket, people always have to give the phone that jealous second look. Passport to women is like the shirt-less David Beckham who have just sprayed one can of Axe cologne. And to men, Passport is like Angelina Jolie on her sexy and fitting long black dress. It actually depends who's holding it but I just hate it, when people do that.

Wait, did I tell that I wrote this post entirely using my Passport while I was inside my car waiting for my wife to come out from her office?

And also, I want to mention how effective the ear buds are that come along with this. There's that weird small rubbery extension attached to it which gives a total grip when inserted to your ear. Falling ear buds while moving is not happening for this one.

Nuff said. That is why I hate BlackBerry Passport.

Just to share with you what my brother has told me, who is also a BlackBerry hater himself, is this:

BlackBerry is not for the masses, BlackBerry is made for smart professional like you and me. We are not student anymore who wants to have the latest game apps - Haime said.
Yes, Apple's iPhone and Samsung are mainstream, we are just simply the choosy few - he added.
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