Everybody is out there trying to pull doctors off planes.
Oh, silly me, this isn't the USA!
86 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
I have a Pixel and - thanks to reading the Reg - a tinfoil hat.
My Daydream headset is on it's way so I can switch off the heating and enjoy a toasty bonce this winter.
P.S. Anyone who straps a Samsung to their face will probably end up like the poor fellow in the photo that heads the article.
As a previous Nexus zealot, I ridiculed the Pixel for a high price and so-so design.
Once I saw the camera samples coming through I had second thoughts... finally a "not-Samsung" that has iPhone like camera performance...
I thought I'd give it a whirl and needless to the say the camera is so good my Nikon Powershot compact was sold on eBay last week. I look forward to seeing what Google can do with computational photography. They have obviated the need for OIS in most cases.
The blazing fast performance and "good for a hard day" battery performance are the icing on the cake.
Got a refund cheque from Intel/Basis, and happily paid it into my RBS account.
I actually made a small profit on my ownership of the Basis Peak - I bought it for less than UK retail, then picked up an extra strap from USA on eBay. Basis refunded me the full list price for both items so I got an extra £45 in my pocket and a fitness tracker for 18 months.
Yes the B1 is also being recalled and the servers switched off. Which does make it look like a wind-down of Basis, rather than anything truly safety related.
Intel aren't having such a happy time at the moment and I'll bet this is some change to strategic direction to get out of anything direct to consumer and concentrate on their "core" business.
As a Basis Peak user for the last 18 months, my skin remains uncharred.
They (Basis / Intel) are also recalling the earlier B1 watch which seems to use different hardware.
To my suspicious mind, this smells like Intel using a minor issue as the excuse to close down the Basis business unit either due to lacklustre sales or because they want to release a competing product / sell the IP.
For the record the Peak is the most accurate wrist-based HR tracker I have used (and I've tried pretty much all of them). It was also able to track my sleep accurately. If anyone knows of an alternative device that fulfils my criteria I would love to hear about it:
- Looks like a watch rather than something from Blake's 7 and has interchangeable straps
- Waterproof enough to swim with
- Automatic activity tracking
- Accurate 24/hr HR tracking
- Accurate calorie calculation
- Tough metal / gorilla glass construction
- Silent alarm
- Music control
- Habit / goal tracking via app
- Display easily readable in direct sunlight
- 4-5+ day battery life
The LinkedIn "graph" only has value if it's accurate which requires people to regularly use the site. I don't think I'm alone in steering well clear since it got all spammy and full of recruiters (i.e. about 5+ years ago).
Not to mention that people I've only ever had social contact with "connect" to me and then give me recommendations for obscure technical skills. If my experience is anything to go by MS paid a lot of money for a huge out of date mailing list.
There must still be an unused combination of "Mobile", "Windows" and "Phone" so Microsoft can try again in a few years and reel in some more suckers.
As an aside, it's quite ironic they made Windows look like it came from Fisher-Price to try and present a uniform interface and then abandon the mobile portion. Double whammy!
I'm afraid the declining revenues across the tech sector are caused by the same thing as the declining revenues across the British high street. Consumers are tapped out.
The debt party should have ended around 2008, but ultra low interest rates have kept it going much longer than it should have, and now we are heading into unknown territory with negative interest rates and talk of helicopter money drops.
"from phone to tablet to surface to desktop"
That's nice, for the few hundred users who use Windows 10 on desktop, surface and phone. For the others who use Windows desktop, iOS phones and tablets, or Android phones and tablets and Windows 10, it's not much of a draw. Hence the disappointing sales.
Indeed - since my old Symbian mobiles back in the day, it has always been the carriers who hold up firmware updates.
As I type this Sony have had a Lollipop 5.1 ROM out for my current Xperia handset for over two weeks. No sign of it on Vodafone UK anytime soon. Time for the networks to stop their crappy customisations and just do it all via apps.
Apple could have put a strap on a wooden block with a shiny Apple logo on the back and easily shifted a couple of million units.
The fact that the world's biggest (market cap) company which is also the "world's most powerful brand" could only muster support from die hard fanboys indicates the Apple Watch is struggling to gain traction.
I guess it's harder to make a market rather than capture one that is already in existence.
+1000 on the "right direction".
I don't want to spend more than a second interacting with a wrist mounted "wearable", otherwise I might as well just get my phone out. I also want something that lasts a long weekend away from home without a charge and can show me the time at a glance.
Beyond how small and fiddly using a watch-sized touch sensitive display is, you can use a Pebble WITHOUT needing look at the screen. I often clear notifications or start a stopwatch without looking at the watch.
The more I look at Android Wear and the Apple Watch, the more surprised I am just how right Pebble seem to have got it.
Personally I won't buy any wearable with a display that can't be read in direct sunlight. Since my phone is hard to read outside, complementing it with something that shares the same problems seems a tad silly.
The strong point of the Pebble is the fact that the display is very readable in sunlight. The most useful application of a smartwatch in my life would be when I am away from my home or office and my phone is in my pocket or bag - so I don't miss notifications and check the time without getting my phone out like a pocket watch.
Battery life of a day kind of kills it for me as well, because you know that there will be a "heavy day" when the battery dies at 4:30pm.
No, I mean presuming that the same interface that was designed to appeal to tablet and phone users would appeal to desktop users, after desktop users have been using a different interface for 20-odd years.
You see that Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.2? That stuff should have come out in Beta testing.
Oh yeah, and then there's IE6/7/8/9 - ten years of pain for anyone who has to build a website because they can't follow standards.
“people don't know what they want until you show it to them.”
- Steve Jobs
You argument seems to be that it's all about timing. I'd say the fact that a tiny "piss ant" company that started on Kickstarter 18 months ago has shipped 400,000 watches since then is a sign that there is some demand. Come out with a watch that still looks and feels like a watch, tells the time but also helps them keep their phone in their pocket and that nascent demand will increase.
Google Glass is a niche product.
Smartwatches are a mainstream product.
If you have no friends, don't vary your daily routine or ever travel I can almost see your point.
Personally, having a smartphone makes trips abroad (business & pleasure) far, far easier and helps me keep in touch with my loved ones when I've there. A quick Skype call with my kids from a conference hotel last week made me glad of consumer tech "innovation". My kids were glad too.
The problem is the constant, almost nervous distraction that people who use a smartphone frequently can develop.
"Did the phone ring, was that a text coming through or just a spasm in my leg?" Pebble got it right in the first instance because they focussed on doing one thing well - notifications. It's still pretty rude to pull your phone out of your pocket and check your email on a first date, in a client meeting, when having a chat a the dining table, but it's much easier to feel a vibration on your wrist and then have a quick glance at your watch.
90 odd years of "convention" means that a quick glance at a watch is acceptable in situations that fishing around in your pocket / handbag for your phone is not.
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