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New phone and watch
« on: February 25, 2016, 08:06:37 pm »
Hey guys I actually wanted to post something up completely outside my norm of stuff;) So it was time to replace my aging moto razr max with something more modern but still used. I don't buy new phones I buy used, partially because I'm running an old unlimited Verizon plan that I don't want to mess with and I don't need bleeding edge tech in my pocket. That said I'm always looking for best bang for the buck performance wise for the price. So this time it was a bit crazy, normally I replace my phone, then usually Sarah's with the same model, then migrate our old phones to my parents lines, then sell their old phones. It's a bit of a PITA but it gets the job done and gets everyone a phone they are fairly happy with.

Well this year, my old phone is worth nearly as much as the new phone, and about the same as their old phones. So instead of keeping them back a generation behind where we are, I decided to bring us up all together to a newer phone model. I dug around and with our reception out here it limits the choices significantly, generally Motorola and Nokia(though not lately). I know on paper allot of other phones are neck in neck with them on reception but in this fringe signal area I've seen it play out time and time again where the Motorola gets out and the others don't. Even recently I was borrowing an HTC One M8 and had the same issue, good PDA but not a good phone for me the reception meant I just couldn't use the phone here. I could grab wifi and do data tasks but cellular was just out of the question too many dropped calls and cut outs in conversation. None the less digging through the somewhat older Motorola releases, I got looking at the Moto X, which on paper isn't a very good phone. Half the performance of the HTC I was recently running on processor wise it's a dual core vs. quad. But the specs really only play part of a role and I rolled the dice and bought a Moto X, then proceeded to buy 4 more;) Actually should have been 3, but one of them was mislisted and I ended up with a GSM phone I couldn't use that is going back to the sender for refund. None the less the phone is excellent, good reception and very quick. I'd say as quick as that HTC honestly which surprised me. Only downside is battery isn't great, especially with my fringe cell signal area. But it's acceptable and it does quick charging, not as quick as the newer Qualcom chips but it will go full battery in a little over an hour from what I've seen. Which is good enough that I can toss it on the charger once in a while mid day to get me through. I'm a pretty heavy user of email etc, from the business side, phone calls, and combine that with my reception and I can hurt a battery badly. I got all of ours for sub $80 which was a win for me. So anyone looking for a snappy performing phone with some cool features that won't break the bank, a used Moto X is a good choice. Oh and I nearly forgot software is pretty dang close to stock Android which is a huge plus for me. There are some new voice integrations from Moto but they don't get in the way of the core experience. First stock phone where I haven't flashed a Cyanogenmod release onto it right away which is saying allot. Stock bloated phone installs are a pet peeve of mine. So overall great phone worth the buck and amazingly quick compared to how the specs say it should perform.

At the same time I've been playing with watches, normally I buy a new Timex every 5 or so years when I need one because the old one failed. Well I recently borrowed a Fitbit Surge, and while I don't care about any of the fitness stuff(the sleep monitor was cool though), it was very interesting. I modified it with some software to turn on additional notifications so that I could see email notifications etc on my wrist and it was dang cool and super handy for me. To have my hands full or wet or whatever in the shop and being able to look down and get a quick look if it's someone I have to deal with immediately like a phone call. It's super handy, and saving me some time just not having to run to the computer or phone. Also say driving, after many years wearing a watch I can look at a watch while driving and not get distracted, which is more than I can do with a phone. So the Fitbit as cool but very limited, enough so that I'd get irritated despite the cool factor. Insert Moto 360 smart watch, I saw these when they came out but couldn't justify the price for a gadget despite the cool factor. Well they are now available used for sub $100, and after my experiences with the Surge I was more willing to take the jump and give it a try. I'm only in a couple days at this point but it was money well spent already. Love the watch faces, I've got one with time, date, day, watch battery percent, phone battery percent and the current temp outside. That is perfect for me, maybe forecast would be better but it's really allot of handy info. And I don't have to dig in my pocket to see the current temp which I do allot. I can dismiss notifications from my wrist which is super handy. I get allot of emails and notifications all day and all night long. It's very nice to have them on my wrist and it's saving me time that I didn't expect. So aside from being a really cool piece of tech, it's been very functional for my work time having access to information etc. Not sure it would be as useful for other people with other occupations but I'm surprised how quickly I fell into needing those features it was much like having your first cell phone. I really do think it's a game changer piece of tech, likely first generation or even second devices it's not going to be wide spread but I'm now on the smart watch train and I'm not getting back off;) Also another thing between it and the surge, this looks like an ordinary watch but a bit thicker, round so it slides up my sleeve of my shirt where the surge would hang up. Leather watch band, rather than silicone. I hated the band on the surge it irritated my wrist, where the leather isn't a problem at all. Both do heart rate monitoring which I don't really use. Battery life is the one thing the Surge really had over the Moto 360, I'm charging the moto 360 every night but I'm always doing that with my phone as well so that doesn't bother me. I've been up since 6am and I have 26% battery left with fairly heavy use so it's enough that I will get through a whole day and that's good enough. The Surge on the other hand would do 5-7 days usually which was nice, and because you weren't charging you could do sleep tracking on it. With the moto I could do sleep tracking but I'd have to charge it during the day and it's not that much of a priority to do it.

So both really cool pieces of tech that have dropped in price, may or may not be useful to anyone here, but I thought someone might get some use out of it.

Take care!

Luke
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    Re: New phone and watch
    « Reply #1 on: February 27, 2016, 06:20:54 pm »
    Thanks for the tech notes.   :thumbup1    I'm still running an old Motorola Blur and nothing I've found beats it for voice signal quality and reliability of moving from cell to cell without dropping a call so your report doesn't surprise me in that regard. 
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    « Reply #2 on: February 28, 2016, 11:24:16 am »
    Garmin has been making an alternatives to the Fitbit that has a few other features.  I picked one up for my wife about a year ago.  It has a much longer battery life, automatically tracks your activity, about the same size and shape and priced competitively to boot.
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2454499,00.asp 
    Unfortunately she doesn't really wear watches, or jewelry in general so its gone unused for the better part of a year.  It's getting to the point where people will wear a small tablet size computer on their wrist and a wristwatch is more of a novelty.

    I have been looking at picking up a new watch though.  I'm leaning towards this one though, from Lumtec.  Some use a Swiss ETA but the newer ones have a  Miyota 9015 movement.  They have a more affordable quartz option too.



    MTM makes this one.  I'm not too sure about this one, its under $300 when all their others cost way more.  By 'way more' I mean they are usually they are in the realm of Sig P226 pricing, with a few being up there with the X-series, so they had to cut corners somewhere.  Sure, it has the simplest dial they make, is made out of steel rather than titanium and is missing that vampire killing, Jack Bauer backlight.  They probably skimped on the band too, not that I wouldn't immediately change that out anyway.  I'd have to see if in person before I buy.  I'd probably get it with a 44mm rather than a 49mm dial.  I have long arms that might be convenient for boxing but also means I have skinny little girl wrists.




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    Re: New phone and watch
    « Reply #3 on: February 28, 2016, 12:13:54 pm »
    Oh, man, testify on the long arms, skinny girl wrists sentiment. I've got wrists as thick as a birds leg.

    Louie, the options you listed, are they internet compatible or plain wrist watches? I have yet to see an analogue/WiFi watch. They have all had the appearance of little plasma screen televisions affixed to straps.

    I'm still trying to decide on a watch. I want "nice" but I also want it to be "hospital ready", and well, that's just unrealistic.
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    « Reply #4 on: February 28, 2016, 01:21:19 pm »
    Oh, man, testify on the long arms, skinny girl wrists sentiment. I've got wrists as thick as a birds leg.

    Louie, the options you listed, are they internet compatible or plain wrist watches? I have yet to see an analogue/WiFi watch. They have all had the appearance of little plasma screen televisions affixed to straps.

    I'm still trying to decide on a watch. I want "nice" but I also want it to be "hospital ready", and well, that's just unrealistic.

    No, these are just plain old-school watches.  That would be an insanely large watch if you really could have it all.  Apparently this one, will allow you to sync a single funtion to your phone, like refreshing your email or sending a standard text. http://minus8watch.com/layer-227.html?cid=6
    Plus it has an automatic movement to satisfy the purists, but the band is proprietary which is what turned me off to it.

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    Re: New phone and watch
    « Reply #5 on: February 28, 2016, 06:05:00 pm »
    Take a look at the moto 360 since you can change the watch face and it's round it looks more traditional or can. I'm running a digital face since I prefer that however you can run virtually any analog face you want with it.

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