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I almost decided not to review Over 40 Magnifier, simply because of its rather insulting name. I may be over 40 but my eyeballs haven’t given up the ghost just yet. Nonetheless, this simple little app has still proven to be very useful and has taken up permanent residence on my iPhone. My eyesight is respectable enough, but I …

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Nasal hair

Thanks for not providing that particular sample shot. Seriously.

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jai
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Re: Nasal hair

ha! i, too, scrolled down very very tentatively for fear of what i might find...

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Feeble 3.5" screen is the problem. Apple need to start chucking inches at the phone, not pixels. Will Apple invent 4" screens for the iPhone 5 I wonder?

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jai
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damn right! and why don't Samsung put a 20" screen on their phones!?!?!?!

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Anonymous Coward

How ironic...

When the first iPhone was released, a common criticism was that it was too large for a phone. I guess it's largely a personal thing, but I really wouldn't want a phone to be any larger than that (from a practical standpoint).

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Anonymous Coward

Re: How ironic...

There's plenty of room for a larger screen on the iphone, just get rid of that hideous button at the bottom and make the screen 16:9 or 16:10

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let's hope

some firm peddling a visability aid for a few thousand bucks doesn't start a patent war.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: let's hope

Don't worry. Magnfying glasses cost rather less than a grand.

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Unhappy

I'm in the same boat

My camera roll is filled with snaps of serial numbers and back of pack cooking instructions*, payback for my youthful sins of setting 5pt text into tiny boxes on the sides of assorted product packaging.

*6pt black text on a blood red background? Are they mad, we only used to do that for 'photocopy prevention' back in the days when a printed hash table was required to unlock the software.

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Anonymous Coward

What's wrong with just taking a picture?

And using the photo app to zoom in? That would give you the same effect as a greater than 5x digital zoom.

I've just saved you £1.49

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Re: What's wrong with just taking a picture?

Whats wrong with a magnifying glass? That would give you the same effect without it getting all blocky and pixellated.

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Re: What's wrong with just taking a picture?

and a magnifying glass would not only save you the £1.49 for the app, but also the £500 for the iPhone

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... and for us Android users ...

... use the "Magnifying Glass" in the "Swiss Army Knife" App by "Digital & Dreams" ... this tool set (Magnifying Glass, Compass, Bubble Level, Calculator, Flashlight, Ruler, Time,, Stop Watch) always blows me away ... super great gadget ... and it's free ...

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Re: ... and for us Android users ...

Can't find "Digital & Dreams" do you mean the one by Gianni Trevisti?

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Re: ... and for us Android users ...

... yep ... that's the one ... http://www.digital-and-dreams.net/main/?page_id=38 ... cheers ...

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Anonymous Coward

Strange choice of app

Why not just buy a pair of glasses if your eyes are that bad?

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Boffin

Re: Strange choice of app

Because if you've made it to fourty without needing glasses there's a whole bunch of friends and family who can't wait to get the digs in for all those times you may have joked about their eyewear in the past, I can totally relate to the authors opinion that he doesn't need glasses yet, just a handy app or maybe longer arms.

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Paris Hilton

I know someone who will find it usefull

<-- Paris, she's always looking for small things to use with a camera.

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Some of you are short-sighted (but only metaphorically)

Everyone over 50 has presbyopia. In general my eyesight is excellent but as I approach 50 I do struggle sometimes to read very small text in poor light or if it's red on black. I do not need glasses other than about 5 minutes a month so spending hundreds of pounds on them would be a stupid waste of money.

I don't own a magnifying glass and if I did, it wouldn't help with poor light. Even if I had one of the those illuminated ones, it would weight three times what my phone (which I never stray more than a metre from unless I'm in the shower and even then it's only about 2m) weighs so I'd hardly want to carry that around.

Taking a picture and magnifying it is a shag and far less convenient than an app like this which provides a blown-up illuminated live picture.

I have a similar app on my SGS2 (UltraMagnifier) and, while I have only used it about five times, it has been invaluable on those occasions and would be worth every penny of £1.49.

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Re: Some of you are short-sighted (but only metaphorically)

>I do not need glasses other than about 5 minutes a month so spending hundreds of pounds on them

Pop into Boots and pick up a pair of reading glasses. They do a nice pair of frameless ones that are rather stylist and cost about £20.

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Re: Some of you are short-sighted (but only metaphorically)

I was short-sighted as a kid, wore glasses, then contact lenses. As I aged, one contact lens was weakened so I could read with one eye and see long with the other. Then I got my eyes lasered to the same prescription. So I could still read without specs up to 60 (in good light). But I've finally crumbled and had to pick up a cheap pair of reading glasses for low-light reading. Having one eye for reading, the other for long works - really. But you need to find out which is your dominant eye if you use contacts (or get laser treatment).

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IMEI number

Is it a bad idea to publish it in a photo?

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Joke

Dodgy name

Damn it. Looking for more information on this and similar apps I just Googled "over 40 enlargement". It's going to take all night to explain to my wife where all those links came from.

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Angel

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... ha ha ha ... that's a good one ... predictable ... but good ...

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