Apple

My Take After 6 Months of Having an Apple Watch

I just hit the 6 month mark of having an Apple Watch and I've gone through a range of emotions with it. I ordered it on day 1 and still remember getting it and the wow factor of how nice the packaging was (took me a week to throw away the box) and the onboarding experience of a personal call with video showing me how to setup and use it.  

Honestly, I didn't need the video tutorial as the setup was pretty intuitive and the functionality was pretty limited on Day 1.  Here were the range of emotions feelings I've had about the watch:

  • First 30 Days: I feel like a baller/inspector gadget, this things is sweet!
  • 30-90 days: It's kinda cool, but unnecessary and not worth the expense.  
  • 90 days - present: I can't imagine not having it.  I'd love to ditch my phone and just use this!

Honestly, the watch is still not a necessity, but it sure does prove convenient.  For me it is like when I first got a second monitor for my computer. It really didn't seem necessary, but today it's hard for me to imaging functioning without it.  My watch is my second monitor for my iPhone and it's pretty stinkin' amazing!  

Here's what I love:

  • Siri on my wrist - I rarely used Siri before, but now I use it almost daily
  • Notifications on the go - whether in a meeting or driving, getting notifications on my wrist works on the go where my phone doesn't.
  • Time and temperature - it seems strange as I haven't used a watch in years, but being able to instantly check the time and temperature on my wrist is really nice.  

Since it's not really part of the core function of the technology I didn't want to list it, but I do want to say that the size is fantastic. I got the smaller one and still thought it might be too big.  It's not at all!  I've switched between a custom leather band and a sport band and have loved both.  I feel like I have a Swatch watch like I did in middle school :)

Now, here's where I see some improvements available:

  • Louder speaker - answering the phone on my wrist is cool, but currently the speaker is too weak to work when not completely isolated.
  • Video camera - I think video conferencing from the watch is natural (even though it's small) and this functionality will be a great enhancement in the future
  • More native functionality - at this point the watch primarily just functions as a second screen from your phone, but I think as development opens up being able to do more natively on the watch will create even greater value.

If you have an Apple watch, I would love to know what you think!  If you don't I would love to know what's holding you back?

My New Android Tablet

A couple weeks ago I bought my first Tablet, an Acer A500.  I honestly have been drooling over the iPad for 2 years but couldn't justify buying one.  The cost was too high and one of my primary uses is CBC Online which cannot function effectively on an iPad because it does not play flash.   I've been curious about Android devices for about a year, but I've been very committed to Apple as my past 3 computers have been Macs and my wife and I both have been iPhone users for several years.

A friend at CBC, Craig, sent me a coupon though to Staples for $100 off a tablet making this Acer only $300 (half the price of the iPad).  I began comparing it to the iPad and it had more functionality and better features.  The Acer can play Flash, has expandable memory, a USB drive, and the list could go on.  My wife gave me the green light and I leaped into the Android world and bought my first tablet.

So far I have no regrets.  I was able to buy a stylus and keyboard/case (that connects via USB) for less than $20 on Amazon and have been loving the flexibility that it provides me.  It's not a perfect device and I still have a lot of learning to do, but I will say that my first 2 weeks as an Android user have been a lot of fun!  I would love any advice on some great apps to download or any suggestions in maximizing the Android functionality (and flexibility!).

By the way, those HTC phones sure do look fun to use!

Google TV looks Rad!

I've been hearing a lot about Google TV and just saw this promo video.  It makes a lot of sense and seems like it's been a long time coming.   About 6 months ago I just bought a VGA cable to connect my laptop to my TV because I was watching too many shows on my 17' screen in the same room as my 42" tv.  I've always been interested in  Apple TV (I almost bought one but figured I could do the same thing by connecting my computer to my TV) which seems to be nothing like Google TV and while they seem nothing alike, they are both movements away from traditional cable tv.  It seems that with the speed of the internet now and livestreaming video everywhere, that it's only a matter of time before cable no longer exists.  I'm sure there will be some slow adapters, but I'm pretty pumped about this option and eager to watch it develop.  What I'm curious to see is how it will work with live shows/videos. I'm a sports fan and still enjoy watching many sporting events live (although watching commercials drives me crazy).  This platform makes a lot of sense for the tv shows that I can watch in an On Demand format, but I'm curious how it will work with live broadcasts online.  It will be interesting to see and looks like this will be a pretty sweet technology addition to the home!