I wrote about renewing my iPhone vows about a month ago. I’m changing my mind. Why? A combination of curiosity and convenience.
I’m not going to discount the number of posts from influencers like Matthew Ingram, Guy Kawasaki and Robert Scoble, but the tipping point was really friends who’ve adopted Android with their latest phones. Whether they were entrenched Apple users or smartphone newbies, their move to Android was inspiring. It made it seem less intimidating to ditch the familiar for something a little more challenging. I mean, I haven’t thought seriously about a smartphone purchase since I first bought a smartphone nearly five years ago. I wasn’t going to make this decision without help.
Why now? It’s easier. Android apps have grown up. Most of my most used apps are available and those that aren’t can be replaced with comparable apps. More importantly, I’ve come to realize that my dependence on basics like Gmail and calendar are better solved with a native platform. I’m also unreasonably excited to try some of the UI tweaks, like Ubuntu-style app launchers and the like. Being able to reinvent the experience is something that will keep me interested as well.
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?
I know I’m the last person on Earth to admit this, but I’m in love with the iPad. Strike that: I’m in love with my wife’s iPad, which I gifted her two years ago. At first i thought my iPhone was all I needed. I started playing with it Thursday night and now it’s on my lap nonstop. I’m writing this post on it!
Favorite app? Currently obssessed with Flipboard. Really changes the way I engage my feeds and browse the web. It’s fun again!
What am I looking forward to? Reading. I’m desperate to embrace digital books because I can’t shoehorn another in our modest home. Hope this screen is addictive for reading as it is everything else.
If you have an iPad and are a fan, let me know what your favorite apps are in the comments!
Would you believe I made good on my 2010 tech resolutions just this week? Sure did. When the year began, I vowed to sell old and upgrade my equipment, namely my MacBook.
After wasting a whole year, I sold my MacBook and Xbox 360 this week. I’m fulfilling my resolution next year by upgrading to the new Xbox 360 Kinect and a 13″ MacBook Air. Really excited for both of them.
Additionally, I’m taking a Final Cut Pro course in February for work that I hope to use in my personal life as well. Thinking video Christmas card in 2011!
I really followed through on most of my tech resolutions, like redesigning my blog and — more importantly — posting to it more often than ever.
What are your tech resolutions for 2011?