I’m starting my new job in several weeks, and I recently had to make a decision about a work phone. As a gadget geek I took this decision pretty seriously and gave it many hours of thought. I’ve made my pick, but instead of letting all that work fade into the ether, I thought it would be useful to record it here for others who might be in a similar position.
There were three basic decisions involved:
(1) Keep a separate personal plan/phone or merge it into the firm plan?
(2) iPhone or Android?
(3) If Android, which phone?
My thoughts and answers to each of these questions are found after the jump. (TL;DR: I picked the Moto X).
My parents received a Google TV (the Sony version) for Christmas. Being the visiting technophile, I was tasked with setting up the device and teaching my parents how to work it. I had previously set up the exact same device for my roommates over the summer in San Francisco, so I was familiar with the set-up and the device itself. This post is a brief review of the set-up process, followed by my thoughts on the concept of Google TV and similar systems.
So the iPhone 4S looks like an awesome phone, and I agree with those who argue that — viewed in a vacuum — yesterday’s announcement was not a “disappointment.” The phone may look the same, but it’s completely souped up and new inside. It’s a big upgrade.
However, we do not live in a vacuum. Apple’s secrecy game — and its likely side game of spawning rumors to build up excitement — laid the foundation for the disappointment many are feeling. There have been rumblings about an iPhone 5, sporting a new hardware design, for months. I knew of several friends waiting to see what the iPhone 5 was like before deciding on their next phone. Then more recently, there came rumors of two iPhones being announced — an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4S. Two iPhones on one day? That would be big.
I don’t know if Apple started these rumors, or if they were true and Apple recently changed its plans, or if it’s just the case of third-party-guesses-turned-predictions… but people are finding yesterday disappointing because Apple did nothing to react to the clamoring rumor mill pre-launch. The launch was disappointing, but the product launched was not.
I spilled a drink on my fairly new MacBook Pro during a flight from Seattle to San Francisco last week. Huge bummer, since I planned to spend a number of hours working on summer job applications during my week-long stay in San Francisco. I took my baby to the local Apple Store, and they told me they could fix it for little cost by sending it off for repairs.
Luckily I had decided to tote along my Cr-48, the laptop that Google recently sent me as part of its Chrome OS pilot program. I had been using it off and on during the holidays, but its moment to truly shine had come. This post is a review of my experience of living exclusively in the cloud for one week.