It’s hard to believe, but I’ve had an iPhone for nearly 5 years. I’ve lately noticed more of my friends are switching to Android, and I’ve read a number of articles about bloggers cutting ties with Apple. Would I join them in 2013? Could I break free from familiar iOS apps and move to Android?
Turns out I won’t be making the switch. I’d dialed in on the Droid DNA. I’ve been researching it for weeks, watching YouTube videos, reading reviews and talking to friends who’ve been trying to get me to move to Android for a while. I was convinced this was the phone for me. Moreover, I’ve recommitted to Google on iOS in a big way. Throw in Google Now and I was sure I’d switch.
And yet I won’t. Why?
I had no idea how much I’d grown to love the iPhone form factor. I’ve seen the “feels good in the hand” meme, but there’s something to it. I just couldn’t switch to something that felt like a lesser product, knowing full well the specs are off the chart.
Instead I’m choosing to stick with the iPhone when I upgrade and switch to Verizon. With that in mind, what are the apps you can’t live without? I’m committing to Evernote, blogging with Poster (it’s great!), loving YouTube and I can’t say enough good things about Zeebox, a great app Comcast invested in last year. Recommend your favorites and suggest good blogs, Twitter accounts, YouTube channels and podcasts that you follow to stay up with the latest and greatest.
This is how I used to feel about music 2.0. Now I’m more than willing to spend $10 a month to listen to whatever I like, give or take. I will say that the playlists feature is pretty great, especially now that I’m not a music editor who would’ve been tasked with assembling them. Tedious work, that. That said, I’m enjoying the Pitchfork Top 100 songs playlist right now. Point me toward good playlists and I will add them.
I’d love to see them add a bookmark feature so I could catalog titles I find as I surf around the web. Think Instapaper, but for music.
Didn’t follow through on any of my resolutions last year. Those CDs? Still in boxes or in the rack that dominates a full wall in our walk-in closet. New goal? Get them out of the house by the end of January. DVDs, too. I’m going to go wild with Handbrake and get all the Criterion Collection titles I never get around to watching onto the new iMac I plan on buying first thing next year.
Upgrading the home stereo, too. Thanks to the Wirecutter, we’re going all in with a Pioneer VSX 1021. I can’t wait to take advantage of Airplay like never before and finally get some good use out of my beautiful Axiom Audio speakers I bought back when. Can’t wait!
Importantly, I need to unplug more. It’s one thing to stream music through the home and another to be glued to my iPhone. Need to cut down on that and spend more time away from glowing screens and nonstop newsfeeds. I’m an info junkie through and through, but I need to give my eyes a break and make time for other things.
What are your personal tech resolutions for 2012? Any big purchases on the horizon? Services you’re planning on optimizing?
You know what makes this blog great? It’s always reminding me of my shortcomings. No, not that I post once a month; that I post resolutions every year and never fulfill them.
This year I planned on ripping all my CDs to my MacBook. Didn’t happen. It’s tedious, there’s never time, the litany of excuses goes on and on. That changes next year.
Why? Because if we’re planning on buying a new home in 2013, I need to shrink my portion of digital goods considerably. There’s no excuse to not have everything loaded onto a computer that can be accessed via home sharing. Flipping content from computer to other devices in the home is really awesome and I’m finally seeing that potential.
What does it mean? I need an iMac. While everyone is going smaller — whether that’s iPads or MacBook Airs — I’m realizing that I need a machine that can comfortably store all the CDs and DVDs I own locally that I can then access on mobile devices. My MacBook just won’t cut it. I want something that can whirr quietly upstairs and be the classic home computer. I think iMac fits the bill.
Wish me luck in 2012 in getting our digital life together! (Do people still even buy used CDs and DVDs?)
I went to the Apple Store in Cherry Hill yesterday morning to get my Macbook topcase repaired for the third time. I went to the Genius Bar and told the guy that my keyboard cracked while they replaced my fried hard drive. I figured they’d hear me out, understand that there was something fundamentally wrong with my computer and replace the unit altogether. What was there to lose, right? It’s pretty much a blank slate since I haven’t uploaded but a handful of photos to it.
I was told the stock topcase was faulty, but that the subsequent replacements were reinforced. Then why have I been back twice since, I asked. Must’ve been something I did wrong, although the Apple rep was careful not to blame me outright. Silly me. What could I know about a product that’s been nothing but an annoyance since I bought it. The customer is never right, huh?
The fun didn’t end there. When I asked if he could show me how to sync my iPhone to my repaired Macbook, he almost laughed. Not only did he tell me that my iPhone looked pretty beaten and battered — I guess that’s what all Apple employees are trained to say about products that are a whopping two years old — he told me that I wouldn’t be able to sync my phone to the new computer without restoring it to factory settings. Sweet! You mean I can lose all of my apps? Great!
Needless to say, it’s a mess, and I’m not sure what recourse I have. I guess this is what I get for jumping aboard the Apple bandwagon just as the company was rocketing into the stratosphere. Funnier still, this never happened to me with all the PCs I’ve owned since 1996.