10.27.2013

Bunch of new hardware...

I recently realized that I buy hardware that I need then I gripe about it... So what I say?  No one visits this site anyway so I throw it al out to the ether and maybe I help someone or not.

So over the last year I've amassed two smart watches, a Galaxy note 2, and my most recent purchase a Surface Pro 2.  If you didn't know I went to art school and now work in the IT industry.  I've been moving my way up the ranks.  So now I need a machine that was a tablet and a Windows PC... enter the Surface.

I'll have a review later but let's just say that the 1.5 days I've had the thing I'm pretty stoked.  Like my old Mac's I expect to get a few years out of this piece and maybe pull out a few pieces of artwork too.

The sad thing about this is that I wish someone would just give me this stuff so I can spend my money on other things like... Bulleit Whiskey, Girls, and more car parts.  The nice thing about this all is that once I get past this little hump of mine I'm in a good position.  I wished I was here four years ago but hey at least I'm making progress.

BTW,  if you're interested in a Surface see if you can pick up the 1st gen and save some money.  Unless you got money to burn. 

This thing puts all my Android tablets to shame.  It's a little bigger and heavier but it also does a whole lot more.  Think of it as a well priced laptop without the frills.

Review coming soon,  I promise it'll be from a angry Asian that doesn't give a crap about half the stuff the normal consumer doesn't. :D  Till then!

7.07.2013

Smartwatches and what it really means to the average person... or at least what I think.

In the past few months I have completely forgotten what it means to be the average smartphone user.  It means nothing... Most people don't give a rat's ass about being able to write a design document or finish out that excel sheet on their phone.  What they really want to do is play games and stay up on the social media.  They don't care that they can really ditch their computers if they are willing to put up with the small screen and strange looks.

People just want something convenient.  I always wondered why something so lack luster as the newer iPhones still sell so well.  Then it dawned on me that people want ease of use.  As phones become smarter the users  stay the same.  I bust my ass day in day out at a IT job that makes around me miserable.  All I want my phone to do is work.  But I carry a Samsung Galaxy Note II with a ZeroLemon battery, which BTW is fantastic, but it's like carrying around a brick in my pocket. Being Asian I always get, "Wonder why your phone is so big..."  My reply is that I have to make up for my small eyes.  It gets laughs and diffuses any potential anger issues that I have seething inside of me.

That's where the two preceding paragraphs come in... enter the smartwatch.  I've been lucky enough to be able to afford gadgets and the smartwatch is currently far from being able to really affordable.

I currently own a:
MotoACTV 8GB
http://www.motorola.com/us/consumers/8GB-or-16GB-MOTOACTV/79070,en_US,pd.html
and a
MetaWatch  (Hardware REV F)
http://www.metawatch.com/
and
This is on the way around NOVEMBER:
KREYOS
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kreyos-the-only-smartwatch-with-voice-gesture-control

The fun thing is that I no longer have to pull out my phone for any calls or texts.  Using applications like Augmented Smartwatch Pro:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alk.k9
I get the most out of the limited hardware.

Functionally all the watches work the same I can get my notifications on my wrist. I never have to pull my phone out on that date or annoy my best friends by being on the phone all the time.  Some watches even offer sensors and monitors to help with staying fit.  Not that I use those features but it's nice.

Most people will see the novelty in the smartwatch, some might find benefit, some will hate it.  However it is another option that most people don't even think about.  Make you're own decisions but don't knock it until you try it and don't scoff at people when they do have one.