Lost for words. via the smoking gun.
Lost for words. via the smoking gun.
I have been researching the Apple Watch over the past few days for a freelance article and must admit that the more I see how it works, the more impressed I am. Despite my previous reservations, and the fact that it could never replace a real watch for me (could it not?), I am starting to understand some of the benefits that it may bring.
Mine is due to arrive on Friday (pink strap was the only one available!) and I find myself not just viewing it as a necessary tool to get some work done, but something I am genuinely curious about. I am of course in two minds until I actually get to use it, but there is a chink of something in my mind that was not there before. Time will tell I guess...
My son spent some time in the garden yesterday with his budget Nikon DSLR and came back with a selection of photos that I wanted to share. He is 14- why can I not do what he does? You can click to enlarge them
"There are enough Apple Watches in the wild (or coming over the next few months), there are enough early adopters that, in my opinion, the Apple Watch has achieved critical mass. There will certainly be complaints, but the Apple Watch community is now large enough, it is (or soon will be) in the critical work flow of enough people, that there’s no turning back.
The Apple Watch is a juggernaut. Or perhaps a juggernaut junior."
The above article from The Loop is similar to many others I have read on the big Apple sites. They can obviously see problems and are doing what they can to protect themselves, and Apple, regardless of the lacklustre experience many say the watch offers. They remind me of the guy below.
Incredible production values.
The article above includes some revelations which you may not have thought about before, but it does shed light on some potential problems. For me, a watch that is only 36mm wide will feel absolutely tiny compared to what I am wearing now and it had not occurred to me that the rectangular shape would cause this.
If you are considering an Apple Watch, you would do well to read the whole thing and even better, take a visit to your local Apple store to see how it looks and feels to you. It would appear that the watch is not like the iPhone, iPad and Macs in that it doesn't get better in comparison to the marketing shots when used for the first time. The opposite appears to be true.
A colleague at work was showing off his Samsung Galaxy S6 today and I must say it looked rather nice, at first. It is thicker than I expected, but still offers a plastic look despite being made of metal on the edges. In fact, the design looked quite traditional to me and I must say it does not flow at all compared to the iPhone 6.
I would go as far as to say that it looks like the fat big brother of the iPhone who lost out in the looks department and it truly is shocking just how similar the bottom of the phone is to the iPhone 6. Samsung is often accused of copying Apple, rightly or wrongly, but this is too obvious to argue about. If you cannot see a stark similarity you are either blind or somewhat anti-Apple.
The S6 is fast, the screen is great and the camera looks smart, but my word it is incredibly dull from an aesthetic point of view. It looks and feels like so many that came before it.
If you enjoy Mad Men, which everyone does surely, this behind-the-scenes look at the cast and the show will be worth your time.
Some stunning work here. Click the title to see them all.
A grail watch is considered to be the one that an individual desires for many years and I have almost got mine now. There is a reason why it is 'almost' my grail watch, but it is not quite because I cannot get the model I really want.
When I was a child, my father used to wear a Bulova Accutron Snorkel 666 feet which I was always fascinated by. He treasured it a lot and I remember watching him staring at it for much longer than he needed to when he was checking the time. It was there when we played in the garden and when he helped me with my homework. It was there when he played football in the park with me and when we did everything else together, including letting me put it to my ear to listen to the familiar electronic buzz of the movement. This watch is such a distinct reminder of my father that it became my grail watch a long time ago, but there is a problem.
For a father to pass down a watch to his son that is a big thing, but unfortunately my mother cannot find the watch. My father is in the latter stages of Alzheimer's and many possessions have sadly gone missing, along with his oh so brilliant mind, and so we continue to search for the one thing I would like to be handed down to me. It is the perfect memory of my father and one which I dearly hope to retrieve when he passes, which is expected to happen soon. Maybe I am grasping anything to remember him by, a small trinket to keep him alive, but the reality is that his personality died long ago and so we are left with the shell of a man who we watch decline month after month.
If I could find that particular watch, and I mean the actual watched he wore during my childhood, it would mean so much more than a keepsake or a memory. It, to me, is him because it was there during my formative years and I want that exact watch on my wrist, and I want my son to feel the same way about it when I pass it on to him. Only a watch can do that for me purely because he was not a man who wore jewellery and so it is the only object that would mean so much.
Until that time I will have to live with a shell of the watch I really want, but it is a fantastic piece of technology which marries the best of old and new in a form which is delightful to look at from any angle. The Bulova Accutron II Snorkel is a clever recreation of the original and as you can see below, it most certainly follows the lines and form of the 666 feet well.
The internal rotating bezel remains, as does the instinctively 1960's design, but inside is the latest Accutron movement from Bulova which is accurate to +/- 10 seconds per year. There is no day indicator, but in every other respect it is the original, if you don't look too closely, just with a slightly modernised face.
I could buy an original for £350, roughly the same price as the one above, but it has to be the one my father wore to make me wear it every day and to cope with lesser accuracy. Sadly the latest Accutron is a shell of the original, just like my father is of himself today, but if you want style, functionality and something that is a little different, this is the watch to buy at the moment.