Woody's Things

Ramblings and Opinons of an old man!

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iPhone X (a week later)

iPhone X (a week later) Well I broke down and got the iPhone X last Saturday after only 8 months with the iPhone 8 Plus.

First, why did I get the iPhone 8 Plus? Well, I was concerned about the new technology in the iPhone X (specifically Face ID). I use Apple Pay a lot; in fact, I select restaurants and stores based on whether they take Apple Pay many times. I didn't want to be the guy with a line behind them because Face ID "still had some maturing to do". Additionally the 8 seemed to be more durable.

Well, I got the 8 in a plus, first time I purchased the plus -- Love the screen size, loved the snappiness with the new speed, but hated the size of the phone -- Honestly, despised the size of the phone!

I would check out the iPhone X at any store that displayed it and talked to anyone that had it -- Decided I wanted that phone. Basically the gestures of the iPhone X reminded me of my beloved Palm Pre ... the phone and OS that could've but didn't (for owe so many reasons)! Additionally, I would get the screen size (basically) that I had grown to love on the plus size in a much smaller frame -- SO I UPGRADED when I could (Apple Upgrade Program).

The only reservations I had, was the possibility of it being less durable then a design that had been modified over three cycles -- There are tons of posting on the internet of how fragile it is, how likely it is to scratch, how, how, and how. However, there are just as many to how it looks prescribe after 4, 5, and 6 months of use.

After a week, I am still seeing a new phone -- I did do my usual deal and get a case, which has been used for nearly 12 hours ... I hate cases on any of my devices, yet I seem to always buy them.

Right now, a week in (or 9 days), it was/is a good decision!

iPhone 7 ... after just over a month!

Finally, my company offered a stipend for phones ... process I had previously enjoyed in other jobs ...

Meaning, my tech addiction received it's fix regularly -- I used to get a new device every 8 months or so, of course this was when I was working with PC(s) and Android and enjoyed "tinkering" with "what I wanted to do”.

Back in 2011, I decided to try an iPhone, not because I liked Apple, in fact felt apple users were a bunch of snobs ... but my new company wouldn't let me expense my devices and insisted on company issued mobile devices. In 2011, the choices were a 1.5 year old droid, a year old Samsung, a Blackberry, or a month old iPhone 4S ... I picked the newer device.

Having never used Apple products before, but was interested in a tablet, I picked up an iPad while taking a break/vacation from my previous job before starting the new one … to get an idea of how iOS worked and what I could do with it.

That was it -- I rapidly began becoming a fan boy -- Coming to the dark side and transforming in the snob. Guess it was my older age, didn't enjoying tinkering anymore and hated restarting a device multipule times just to get it to not lag!

That said, I am now in the Apple ecosystem 100%, no PC(s) in the house ... the only tech in the house other than Apple is some Amazon devices (e.g. FireTV (and Apple TV) & Echo).

Now for the iPhone 7 ... having to be wait over a year to get devices I moved from an iPhone 6 to the iPhone 7, and I must say it is a good experience.

I bought myself the new device and upgraded my wife to the 7 ... for her, she was "don't need a new phone” (in her opinion) till she started taking pictures and now I am a "great husband"...

Me the speed of the device, the added 3D touch functionality, and of course the "turn it on it works" has confirmed my decision nearly 6 years ago going all in on Apple.

If you have a 6S maybe you need to wait till Sept and whatever they are going to do for the 10 year phone ... but, if you have an iPhone 6 or lower, I would jump to iPhone 7... Now ... you can get on the Apple upgrade program ... which I believe is the best deal, if you like upgrading quickly (a luxury that comes with a price).

  • Unlocked phone so you are not locked in a contract and can tell your service provider to "pound sand" any time you want ... multiple times a year till you get the price/service you want/expect!
  • Can upgrade after 8 payments to the newest phone
  • Not upgrade and eventually own the phone... or pay the phone off before upgrading if you believe you can get a better return on your investment.

The main deal for me, I am not locked in to a provider and I can do what needs to be done when traveling overseas to make the device function for me.

Logitech K811 (Easy Switch) Keyboard

About a month ago I purchased a Logitech K811 (Easy Switch) Keyboard and thought I would share my thoughts.

I have configured the keyboard to work with my iMac, MacBook, and iPad... you can configure the keyboard for three (3) devices (e.g. iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, iMac, MacBook, multiple of either device)...

Anyway this allows me the ability to input information on any of these devices with a push of a button - There is very little trade off in functionality between the "Apple" keyboard and the Logitech...

The only major trade off is the default function of FN keys, and the fact my Palua app can no long change the "functions" of the FN keys based on the current active window. I don't view this as a deficiency as much as a minor inconvenience which time and "habit" will erase.

I highly recommend this keyboard for anyone who has multiple device and would enjoy the ability input information without using multiple different keyboards or methods for each device.

The K811 is backlite (ala MacBook Pro built in keyboard) and rechargeable (10-days with backlight on - 12 months with it off)... you can use the keyboard while recharging (3-hour recharge time). The price is $99; however, you can find it on "special" if you look and are patient.

If you do get it, let me know your thoughts.