Monday, May 11, 2015

First Impressions Of The Apple Watch

After using the Apple Watch for a week I have my first impressions.  The first thing I did notice that there is definitely a learning curve involved.  If you think you will be able to just get the Apple Watch and master it, you are in for a big surprise.

Preparation for the Apple Watch

There some features you should master before you start using your Apple Watch.  Notifications should be properly set up on your iPhone or your Apple Watch will be buzzing like crazy.  Create a playlist on your iPhone with music you would like to play without having your iPhone nearby.  Select a few pictures from your photo library as favorites so you can have on your Apple Watch.  The first time you sync to your Apple Watch do not select all apps to be added to the Apple Watch.  Add them gradually as needed.  Keep in mind, that you have a limited amount of apps that can be in glances.  These apps should be the apps you use frequently.

Battery Life for the Apple Watch

Battery life has been good.  I have been able to have it on all day without having to charge during the day.  In 7 days of usage, I had only 1 day where it dipped below 20%.  Keep in mind I used my Apple Watch from about 6AM to about 10PM.  That's about 16 hours, which is pretty good.  Better than what I expected.  I was planning on buying an additional charging cable, but it looks like, for the start, it is not needed.

Features After Using The Apple Watch

I have noticed, if the iPhone is active your notification will not buzz you on your Apple Watch, because it knows you have an active iPhone open.  I have tested this by texting myself while my iPhone is active.  I receive the message on my phone and my Apple Watch in the message app, but not in the drop down notification.  I have heard people say that they do not get some of their messages, and it is probably due to having their iPhone active that is causing this.

Bluetooth, remember bluetooth only works about 30 feet from the receiver.  If you try to use features that use bluetooth on the Apple Watch, well, they will not work once you are about 30 feet from your iPhone. I thought that all the features on your Apple Watch will work as long as you are in range of the same Wi-Fi, but that is not the case.

Emails,  I have forwarded my email addresses that I use and want to appear on my Apple Watch to my iCloud email address, and now I get my emails I want to see.

Physical Wear And Tear On The Apple Watch

As soon as I got the Apple Watch I put a case on the Apple Watch, yes a case.  It was the Spigen Body Armor Case.  It does not look that bad.  In fact, it makes the Apple Watch less conspicuous.  After using the case for about 5 days I noticed my stainless steel Apple Watch still had some nicks on the steel.  I guess it does not matter how much you protect it.  I have stopped using the case for now.  Maybe in the future when I feel I need to protect the Apple Watch for special situations.  Expect the Apple Watch to get nicked no matter how you much you try to protect it.

Final Impression

My overall impression is still high.  I may post again after a month and see if my impression is still high.  My recommendation to purchase the Apple Watch, if you do, be patient and give it time.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Lakers 2015-16 - Roster

Here is my take on the current Lakers roster:

Carlos Boozer - Free Agent - Good leader and veteran, but very good chance will not sign with Lakers.
Dwight Buycks - Free Agent - Good prospect, but probably will not make team next year.
Ed Davis - Signed (Player Option) - Has said will opt out of 2nd year.  Good player, depends what offers he gets.  If it is where the Lakers can match, they probably will.
Jabari Brown - Signed - Good prospect, very good chance on making the team next year.
Jeremy Lin - Free Agent - Good back up guard, just did not fit on this team.  I think Lin needs to be on a winning team to show his potential.
Jordan Clarkson - Signed - High upside, if he continues to improve he can be a superstar in this league.
Jordan Hill - Signed (Team Option) - He had highs and lows.  If Lakers do not pick up new free agents, they may pick up his option.
Julius Randle - Signed - Unknown, since he did not play this year.  Potentially a great player.
Kobe Bryant - Signed - Nothing to say.  If he is healthy he will be great.
Nick Young - Signed - Great back up, but he needs to grow up and play D.
Robert Sacre - Signed - Has a chance to make team, but needs to play like a 4 year player.
Ronnie Price - Free Agent - Great veteran on the team.  There simply may not be room for him on the team.
Ryan Kelly - Signed - He is a good fundamental player, but needs to play with confidence on the offensive side of the game.
Steve Nash - Retired.
Tarik Black - Free Agent - Good chance of returning.  Has potential to be a key player on the team.  Hopefully, no one will out bid the Lakers.
Vander Blue - Free Agent - Good prospect, but probably will not make the team next year.
Wayne Ellington - Free Agent - Good player, depends what offer he gets.
Wesley Johnson - Free Agent - Good player, depends what offer he gets.

I highlighted 10 players I hope the Lakers will keep. With 2 - 3 additional rookies and 2 additional B - A free agents.  This team can probably make the playoffs.  Barring injuries that has plagued this team the last two years.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My  (Apple) Watch Buying Experience

On April 10, 2015 Apple made the  Watch available for sale.

I have been through this before with previous Apple launches.  Should I buy or should I wait? That was the question, but this time I am definitely buying.

I heared rumors that inventory was going to be short.  I was not taking any chances.  I was determined to order as soon as the store opened.

My biggest concern was, which will I order. I wanted the Aluminum Silver with the Black Sport Band.  Apple did not have this option.  If you wanted the Black Sport Band, you would have to order the Aluminum Space Grey.  I also liked the Stainless Steel Silver with the Back Sport Band.  It came with a $200 mark up.

Minutes before the launch, I was still undecided.  I was going to pay with an Internet credit line, I have, to make online purchases.

Midnight approached, I decided to get the Aluminum Space Grey.  I had a feeling that would be the one that would be the highest in demand.  It would be easy to re-sell if I did not like it.

As the clock passed midnight, I kept hitting refresh on my Mac Internet Browser, nothing.  I remembered last launch the Apple Store iOS App worked better than the Mac Internet Browser.  I launched the iOS App, and sure enough, the store was open.  I selected the watch I wanted, and tried to pay.  OH NO!  My pay option was not available.  I tried again, maybe I'm doing it wrong, nope.

At this point, I decided to go back to my Mac Internet Browser.  The time was about 12:08 AM.  The iOS showed the watch available.  The store was now open.  I quickly selected the watch I wanted, and it came back with a 4 to 6 week shipping time.  I immediately adjusted my order to the Stainless Steel model.  I was thinking this one can't be delayed, it more expensive.  It came back with 4 to 6 week shipping time.  I laughed in frustration, Apple has done it to me again.

Since I am going to have to wait till almost the end of May, what the hell.  I might as well get the stainless steel.

After I completed my purchase, I noticed an option to make an appointment to try on the watch.  I might as well sign up or later I will have to wait for that as well.

They only one appointment left at my local Apple Store for April 10, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

The next day I went to the Apple Store, and stood by the table where all the  Watches were.  I notice that the watch looked much smaller in person.  I was greeted by an Apple sales person, they very polite, and told me they would call my name as soon as it was my turn.

The sales person approached me, she looked very tired. I was her last appointment of the day, I get it.

She asked me which watch I wanted to see.  I told her the stainless steel, since that was the one I ordered.  I was also intrigued with the Milanese Loop band.  I ask to try on that band as well.  The Milanese Loop band felt really good and was very easy to put on and take off.

When I got home I check the availability for the Milanese Loop band and it said shipping in 4 to 6 weeks. Ok, I decided I will order tomorrow morning.  When I got up the next day to order, it stated ships in June.  That's great...

The waiting time begins...

Update on my purchase.  I had a second watch fitting appointment and decided to cancel the Milanese Loop band and replace it with Black Leather Loop band.  My shipping time improved with this change.  My new order is expected to ship in May with my watch order.