🗡 🎧 ⌚ Goaty Gadgets

#21

I too research the hell out of anything techy before buying!

My Smartwatch is probably my most OTT gadget purchase. I was cynical right up to the point of receiving it, but liked the simple design - plus it didn’t cost me an awful lot more than a reasonable-looking digital watch.

Key benefits?

  • Being able to swiftly check notifications whilst at work or driving (inadvertent side benefit - my phone battery lasts longer as I’m not switching the screen on every minute or two).

  • Also handy for checking lists via Evernote whilst shopping.

  • Step tracking. Running route tracking via GPS (this can be fed into Strava or [insert your tracking app here]).

  • Can direct myself via Google Maps without taking my phone out of my pocket.

  • Music controls. Again, useful in the office but again reduces fiddling with my phone. Especially cool when I’m playing music through my Sonos speaker as I can then control music across the flat remotely.

  • Changeable watch faces. I get bored very quickly.

  • ‘Silent’ vibrating alarms - helpful if I need to get up at a different time to my girlfriend.

  • Saying ‘OK Google’ and then searching for things on the Internet or sending a text message via voice commands feels like I’m in the future.

Probably my biggest abuse of this technology was when I needed to check which of my brake light bulbs was out. I pointed my phone at the rear of my car and left it there, then pressed the brake pedal and used the watch’s ‘remote camera’ feature to view a feed of what my phone could see. Could’ve asked someone passing to do it, but that would’ve been less fun.

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#22

Originally posted by @Lets-B-Drinking

I salute you, Lets Be Drinking. You’re a man hewn from a different age with a singular set of priorities.

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#23

Originally posted by @ant

Probably my biggest abuse of this technology was when I needed to check which of my brake light bulbs was out. I pointed my phone at the rear of my car and left it there, then pressed the brake pedal and used the watch’s ‘remote camera’ feature to view a feed of what my phone could see. Could’ve asked someone passing to do it, but that would’ve been less fun.

No that is geeky to the extreme and you should be compimented for your thinking!! What’s the battery life like, Very are selling them for £90 ATM.

#24

You can also see that it has been well used.

#25

Originally posted by @BTripz

No that is geeky to the extreme and you should be compimented for your thinking!! What’s the battery life like, Very are selling them for £90 ATM.

I’m getting two days a time out of mine - though when I went to London the other day it went through slightly more than 50% battery. I honestly thought it’d be a faff charging it so regularly, but I have to stick my phone on every day so another 5 seconds on top of that doesn’t hurt. I just leave two USB micro chargers plugged in next to the bed.

Recently I’ve been topping it up in the morning before work. It’s back at 100% in under half an hour.

#26

In 1970 I spent an arm and a leg on these…40 quid. :lou_surprised:

They were amazing for their time…great bass (which at the time was all we wanted) but at the end of side one of an LP your neck muscles gave out and your head slumped to one side. You always knew when it was time to get replacement ear-cushions as there would be the tell-tale trail of oil down the side of your face.

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#27

I still don’t really get the whole smartwatch thing. It all seems a tad gimmicky.

So, obviously I really want an Apple Watch.

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#28

Originally posted by @KRG

I still don’t really get the whole smartwatch thing. It all seems a tad gimmicky.

So, obviously I really want an Apple Watch.

Nope, not going to rant about Apple…

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#29

ha, that’s fair.

All my gear is apple (iPhone, iPad, Macbook) so it would make much more sense to go that route.

Get they aren’t for everyone, but it works for me. And they look pretty, which as above, is v important.

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#30

Yeah, I understand why people go the Apple route, just for me I want a little bit more flexibility with what I want to do with my device so I haven’t gone that route.

Bought my missus an iPad mini because of the ease of use. etc. etc. and I find it really hard to use, maybe because I have gone the android route, people say it is an intuitive interface but it isn’t for me.

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#31

Even though I have an ipad and use it quite a bit, I did not buy it (was free from work) and Apple can fuck right off. Unique power connection is ridiculous but so is refusing to accept Bluetooth connections from Android devices, If that is designed to make households / friends move towards all Apple eqpt, well tough shit because when the Ipad dies, I will move that to Android to match all the phones in the house.

FWIW, Mrs Bucks works for O2 and they have shifted a miniscule number of watches, Apple or otherwise. Things like Fitbit are much more popular.

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#32

I love my gadgets and I know its sad but I absolutely love my apple watch - its not an essential of course it isn’t but the taptic notifications are brilliant as its the exercise monitoring. Texting email and maps are brilliant on it.

Can’t remember who said TVs but My Samsung 3D TV knocks spots of anything Ive ever bought and I’d buy samsung again when we go to 4k - its a high end model but its worth every penny for film quality/sky HD and PS4 - coupled with the sony cinema system with the golf ball size speakers.

Do any of these headphones doa decent volume boost - I like my music on teh loud side and the apple devices limit the volume to below my pleasure zone ?

PS TCK are you serious about hunt sab ? , if so I salute you sir

#33

I don’t use any Apple gear anymore. The tablets and phones are refreshed too often; their computers, not often enough. My hetero life coding partner bought a Macbook Pro a few years ago. Decent enough machine at the time, but he reports that the thing is starting to flag and overheat now. Thing is, he has to wait on one fucking company to get their act in gear before he can get a new one. The model up for sale right now simply isn’t enough of an upgrade.

When it comes down to it, both Microsoft and Apple make their money in a very similar way; provide a simple abstraction over incredibly complex bits of hardware. Apple’s machines have always been easier to use for the tech-wary. Microsoft have consistently lowered the barrier to entry on stuff like office apps and computer programming. Neither company is doing any of that for altruistic reasons. They want to lock you in and make themselves indispensable.

Apple just take the piss more often. Lovely machines if money is no object, but anyone looking to get the best bang for their buck will get better value elsewhere.

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#34

Fair enough Pap, I was a convert a few years ago and haven’t had any need to change. Vista was so clunky and stupid that , at the time, Macs OS was a breath of clean fresh air. Of course they are far from perfect and I’d never suggest they were. By and large they are beautiful looking machines and as a family we don’t tend to game on them so we don’t need anything with much oomph. My iMac has a 50/50 solid state drive and it just flies for everything I need it for. That may be ignorant but I’m happy with it. I have a macbok pro that is at least 12 years old and it is just as fast as the day I got it. I still take astro photos withit and it runs my telescope mount perfectly. Things like the otput through the USB ports to power my cameras are consistent as hell, not something most people would think about I guess. Have had toshiba, sony etc ec laptops over teh years but never felt a need to change up from this one as it just hasn’t fallen over. I suppose I am a fan boyby any definition but I will change if a better option comes along

#35

My MacBook Air is probably my most indispensable gadget. I am techno-idiot and find it incredibly easy to use. Starts up and shuts down instantly and doesn’t seem to have slowed down since I bought it (with a 3rd off I must confess :lou_wink_2:).

A million times better than all the other various brands of laptops that I have murdered within 18 months of purchasing.

And it looks fucking sexy.

As does the waterproof/dustproof Peli case it sits in :lou_wink_2:

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#36

I am also a big fan of Anker products. Hoping to take all phones, music and lights off grid for the summer. Quality kit and outstanding customer service. The portable chargers piss all over the veho ones.

I mentioned on another thread that I got hold of one of these at Sale price (£49.99):

Great sound, really full bass, great volume. USB chargeable with approx 10 hours of playback. I can charge it with one of my Powercore chargers (see below) which I can, in turn, top up with the solar panel if we ever get a bloody sunny day (see below also).

The only thing I don’t like about it is the finger print attracting piano black finish. If it was matt black like the new chargers it would be perfect and I have been through a few different bluetooth speakers.

powercore 10400 £14.99

powercore 20100 £23.99

PowerPort 21w Solar Charger. £49.99

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#37

Google glasses? Smart watch? Pfft!

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#38

Snuff box for your birthday Fowllyd?

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#39

A couple of EDC keyring gadgets:

Gerber shard. I use this pretty regularly for opening tins of paint, beer, removing nails and a handy screwdriver. Light, small, strong and reasonably priced at around £6.

True Utility corkscrew: I have a few of the True Utility bits and bobs but this is my favourite, clever, simple and neat. Again, around £6.

#40

Don’t get me wrong, sir. I enjoy using Mac computers; my bro has two so I’ll often craft the odd post on one. I love the font smoothing - I think it’s the best in the industry. I love being able to drop into a proper UNIX shell. He does a lot of media on them though and bitches all the time about the amount of space it consumes.

Still, it’s good that there is a proper choice between Mac and PC. These days, the Mac proposition is that you’ll get a lovely machine that’ll remain lovely for a few years. You’ll pay through the nose for it, and probably won’t be able to upgrade it, but you’ll be looked after if anything goes wrong; either by Apple itself or features like Time Machine.

PCs are lower cost, more performant and has a better range of software (although I concede that some of the Apple only apps are lovely). The cost of doing business is that you’ll probably need access to tech skills at some point (your own or borrowed).

Perhaps I just need to buy a Mac independently. The problem is that Macs only ever enter my thinking as a consideration when buying a new computer of any kind; the above considerations mean I always end up getting a PC.

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