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I've always been a sceptic of the Apple Watch, for the simple reason that I fail to see value in a small and portable remote control for a device that is already small and portable - and that you still need to carry with you in order to use the former.

 

But I agree with Belligero entirely.  Actually, a couple of months ago my phone broke after much abuse.  I decided to downgrade, rather than upgrade: I didn't want a bigger phone, I wanted one that fits more easily in my pocket.  I didn't need a faster processor or a more advanced screen; I have a PC with a large monitor for actual work or watching videos, or dealing with graphic detail, or reading long articles.  What I wanted instead was a better battery life.  I didn't need to wait for a new pressure-sensitive touch interface.  I did see a good reason to have a dual SIM option.  

 

So instead of upgrading my old $500 phone to the latest $500+ version, or comparing the bewildering array of options at the top of the market, I started with a simple list of what I wanted, and found out that it was very little: I wanted a screen maximum 5", a browser for occasional rather than principal use, and the ability to download limited applications, and receive my emails.  Most of all I just wanted a phone, preferably that didn't require any fiddling with SIM cards when I travel between the UK and Oman.  That was all.  It costs $110, it is just a simple black rectangle that is barely recognisable - no "statement" about this brand or that - and it works.  As a bonus, because of the limited processor power (that makes no difference to me at all), the battery lasts about 48 hours with normal use.  Stick that up your arse, Apple.

 

Sometimes less is more.  The absence of an Apple Watch also qualifies.

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I have been banging on about how phones are too large and lack dual sims for years and my friends always look at me like I'm an idiot, good to known I'm not alone.
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As I haven't sorted the photos from this trip, I'll just cheat and use some from the last:

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This, though, was taken last week in Sardinia. The trusty sub from '91:

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Edited by Kaplan - 9/21/15 at 5:46am
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Originally Posted by Tried and True View Post

Yes, probably, but there are instances where a seller is extremely motivated and an item will be 'priced to move.'
Idle chatter. Rare amongst pro dealers.
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"When I watched a fellow journalist approaching the departure gate at Heathrow armed only with an Apple Watch and the British Airways app, I’m not too mature to admit that I prayed feverishly for the computer to say ‘No’. What happened was even better.

The watch couldn’t fit into the scanning machine – even when taken off and jiggled about.

At least one of the staff was trying to suppress a fit of giggles.

‘This thing is going on eBay next week,’ the wearer spat.

But while smart-watches clearly have a few rough edges – four months on, Apple’s is still very unpolished, and very un-Apple-esque – the fad seems to have sunk its teeth into the tech world, and shows no sign of letting go."

From Mail on Sunday

Friend of mine was ranting recently about the Apple watch not fitting in the scanner. He had to dig out his phone and pull up the boarding pass from passport.
He also has a Seamaster chrono though.
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Idle chatter. Rare amongst pro dealers.
It would be naive to think that there exists any person or business that is immune to circumstances that would necessitate a distressed sale of assets.
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I was going to post something yesterday on the Apple Watch, wrote the thing out, then deleted it but I will try to sum up some of the items:

 

1.  It is not an intro into the Watch space, it is an intro into the medical device space.  Look at all the Apple acquisitions and releases relating to health in the past couple of years.  

2.  The easiest place for such a medical device to alert the wearer is the wrist.

3.  3rd party app support plus more developments will allow the wearer to be alerted if something is outside of their normal bounds for that person.  Heart rate. possibly glucose checks in the future, alerts for medications, and I have personally run across this, medical research study push notifications to monitor to user of some new drug or to ask random questions, "How does X feel currently?"

4.  I work in the health care field and while this all sounds great, hospital IT moves at the pace of a snail so somehow incorporating this data into patient monitoring will take a while.  I am thinking at least 5+ years due to regulatory issues.

 

It just so happens that the thing tells time and they called it a watch that the WIS are up in arms.  They can allow it to do other things but I think the end game is to help people take better care of themselves medically.

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It would be naive to think that there exists any person or business that is immune to circumstances that would necessitate a distressed sale of assets.

Thank you for your help.
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JBarwick - exactly. Digital health is a growing field and that was my point about the penetration being with non-watch people who would otherwise wear a Fitbit or similar. Apple made it more fashionable and the features will follow.

That said no one is wearing the Apple Watch along with a real watch so it's competing for wrist real estate at a high level.
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I've always been a sceptic of the Apple Watch, for the simple reason that I fail to see value in a small and portable remote control for a device that is already small and portable - and that you still need to carry with you in order to use the former.

 

But I agree with Belligero entirely.  Actually, a couple of months ago my phone broke after much abuse.  I decided to downgrade, rather than upgrade: I didn't want a bigger phone, I wanted one that fits more easily in my pocket.  I didn't need a faster processor or a more advanced screen; I have a PC with a large monitor for actual work or watching videos, or dealing with graphic detail, or reading long articles.  What I wanted instead was a better battery life.  I didn't need to wait for a new pressure-sensitive touch interface.  I did see a good reason to have a dual SIM option.  

 

So instead of upgrading my old $500 phone to the latest $500+ version, or comparing the bewildering array of options at the top of the market, I started with a simple list of what I wanted, and found out that it was very little: I wanted a screen maximum 5", a browser for occasional rather than principal use, and the ability to download limited applications, and receive my emails.  Most of all I just wanted a phone, preferably that didn't require any fiddling with SIM cards when I travel between the UK and Oman.  That was all.  It costs $110, it is just a simple black rectangle that is barely recognisable - no "statement" about this brand or that - and it works.  As a bonus, because of the limited processor power (that makes no difference to me at all), the battery lasts about 48 hours with normal use.  Stick that up your arse, Apple.

 

Sometimes less is more.  The absence of an Apple Watch also qualifies.

 

And that is why I shoot with a Leica M60:

 

http://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/Leica-M-Edition-60

 

:bounce2: 

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And that is why I shoot with a Leica M60:

 

http://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/Leica-M-Edition-60

 

:bounce2: 


Wait is over?

post #46317 of 48312
Best phone I ever had was around 2000 - a tiny Nokia, no bigger than a pack of ten smokes, with calls, text, a battery that lasted days, and that's it.
post #46318 of 48312
The old Nokia work phones were fantastic, I washed mine everyday I got home from building sites.
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post
 

 

And that is why I shoot with a Leica M60:

 

http://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/Leica-M-Edition-60

 

:bounce2: 


I happen to shoot with a Nikon, but I would gladly "downgrade" to the M60... haha

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Wait is over?

 

For photography, yes. It was a great next step in the learning curve, and I absolutely love it.

 

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I happen to shoot with a Nikon, but I would gladly "downgrade" to the M60... haha

 

What matters is what gets the job done and captures the image in your mind's eye, right @bkotsko ?  I love my Canon DSLR and Fuji X100T but it was time to figure out the Leica experience. Highly subjective/personal decision.

 

Put a Leica in the hands of a monkey and you'll still get crappy pics, after all.

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