iPhone Mirror

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by dangleheart, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. dangleheart macrumors 6502

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    We have seen apps that turn the iPhone to a flash light. Is there something one can do to the screen so that one can see their reflection on the screen ( like a mirror )? I had a need for this when someone pointed out that there is something below my eye and I did not have a mirror with me. I ended up taking a picture of myself to look at it but that was a bit unwieldly :) Had there been a front camera, that would have solved the issue. I think woman would love to turn the iPhone into such a mirror so they do not have to carry a mirror, don't you all think?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You really haven't thought about this have you?

    How would you turn the screen reflective? You can't. It's simply not possible.

    The so called "mirror" apps for other phones work by running the front camera on video call capable 3G handsets in video mode and show the video on screen. The iPhone doesn't have front-camera so again not possible.
     
  3. rKunda macrumors 65816

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    There is a screen protector that makes the screen, while off, reflective.

    Talk about vain, though. :p
     
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  5. ajwchin macrumors member

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    I have a screen protector like that. Works like a charm. I expected it to mute colors a bit, but it doesn't at all.
     
  6. dranakin macrumors 6502

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    Mirror programs for Palm handhelds made the screen black/very dark, and combined with a reflective screen, had a mirroring effect.
     
  7. dangleheart thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Don't slam me for asking a question, though offbeat. If I have thought through this fully and come to firm conclusion, I would not post this here, would I?

    Other answers are interesting. I am curious to see the mirror effect on the Palm handhels that dranakin mentions.
     
  8. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    you've never touched a sidekick have you? If you press a certain combination of buttons it turns the screen dark and if you focus your eyes past it it looks like a mirror. It's very cool. You can turn your iPhone into a mirror already (and I use this) just put a black or very dark grey picture in your photo album (I use it as my background).
     
  9. Ding.Dong macrumors regular

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    Or just hit the sleep button.
     
  10. reliantj macrumors 6502

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    this thread fails so much.

    i'm only gonna say +1 for the mirror screen protectors.
    those are as mirrory as it gets.
    even though they do cut the visibility down, especially
    in light. i've read other reviews and videos.
     
  11. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    except it works better with the backlight.
     
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  13. Eso macrumors 68000

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    Seconded. Here's a silent prayer that the forum software "glitches" and the thread is lost to the abyss.
     
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  15. pooryou macrumors 65816

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    1. Take a picture of your face and then turn the iPhone around and look at it.

    2. Repeat as needed.

    3. There's no Step 3!
     
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Do you really find a black picture to be a better mirror than just hitting the lock button and using the screen turned off (FWIW that's what I do)?

    As for the Sidekick, I think that must be based on the physics of the LCD they use. I agree with Robbieduncan -- there's no way you can take an LCD that is not (very) reflective now and make it more reflective by manipulating the backlight or the liquid crystal layer.

    The mirror screen covers are intriguing though.

    And yes, sometimes I need to adjust my hair! :eek:
     
  17. MegaMan1311 macrumors regular

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    The free (or at one time free) app "Light" does this. Once you download it, go into iphone preferences and find light at the bottom of the list of preferences to change. Change its setting from white to black (mirror) and Viola!

    I hope that helps.
     
  18. iParis macrumors 68040

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    I know where you're coming from.
    I often find the need for a mirror but don't have one.
    Usually I just turn my iPod around.
    But it is starting to get a lot of scratches so a mirror app for the iPod touch and iPhone would be nice.
     
  19. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    yes I do. I find it looks better with the backlight on.
     
  20. WannaApple? macrumors 6502a

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    I admit that I had thought about this myself before and would love to have the something like it, but just didnt think it was possible.

    So, in addition to just using the black screen if I want to check something out, I also will use the silver Apple logo on the back for small areas. :)
     
  21. reliantj macrumors 6502

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    oh wow, this is still in discussion.
    i'm so glad my bathroom mirrors don't have to havetheir
    software discussed. a mirror is a mirror. a phone without
    a mirror is a phone. now a reflection, it can do. but you
    don't call water a mirror just because it can reflect images.
    just say you need something that'll give you a reflection.

    just get something like this.
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  22. reliantj macrumors 6502

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    it's funny because i'm pretty sure we all see the same ads
    as they cycle.

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  23. dangleheart thread starter macrumors 6502

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    reliantj, you deserve that, for having made fun of the existence of this thread itself... j/k :)
     
  24. bluelondon macrumors regular

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    next we'll be trying to find a way for the iphone to toast bread :rolleyes:
     

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