Episode 127

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Here it is, the post Apple WWDC special you’ve been waiting for! But before that, James and Stefan spend some time talking about the ASUS Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, Windows 10 launch (July 29), the new OnePlus One price ($250), and to-do lists.

Show Notes:

[Episode 127, 40 minutes and 37 seconds, 38.9 MB]

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Episode 127

2 thoughts on “Episode 127

  1. rcadden says:

    So many comments.

    1. ASUS – James, you laughed at buying an ASUS product, but TBH, especially for computer hardware, they’re awesome. I still have my ASUS 1000HE netbook (~5 years old now) and it still holds battery life the same as it once did, and it still holds up. Not something to shake your head at in the PC world at least. Also, they’ve been doing the dockable tablet for years now, and have some impressive offerings there.

    2. Galaxy S6 Active – sure, the camo is ugly, but the phone itself? Yes please. The biggest drawback is that they don’t sell them unbranded – only through AT&T, which means you’re going to lose ~4-5GB of internal storage to AT&T’s ridiculous bloatware. And typically the Active series isn’t as easily/quickly rooted as the mainstream variant. Otherwise, it’s the only ruggedized phone that I’ve seen lately that has decent specs. As someone with two kids, I’d love to have a phone that can get tossed around a bit, and snap photos in the pool/lake without worrying about it. Bonus that this one has the wireless charging built-in.

    3. James, you mistakenly used ‘musics’ for ‘songs’ – John Bishop did the *exact* same thing on Season 17 Episode 8 of The Graham Norton Show – must be a British thing….

    4. I totally agree with James’ brand assessment with this new Apple stuff. To me, it started when they launched iPhones in Wal-Mart. Significantly different path for the non-arrogant arrogant company. I’m really interested in the Watch, as well – seems they’re straying from their path with it, at least with feature names. You guys totally missed “Complications” (http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/06/08/apple-reveals-watchos-2-3rd-party-complications-nightstand-mode-native-apps-more). No tech product should ever have “complications”, especially an Apple product. What a horrid name.

    5. NFC/contactless payments – I’ve used this a few times with my Android phone, and I think in the U.S. at least, the challenge is that it’s not significantly different from pulling my wallet out. There’s also the muscle memory – I’m 32, and since I’ve been spending money, when you get to the register, you get your wallet out. It’s just part of the process. So changing that to get my phone out is different and will take time. The other problem is that not every store supports contactless payments, but every store supports swiping my card. So if I try to use my phone first, there’s a chance that I’ll still have to pull my wallet out. On the other hand, if I pull my wallet out first, there’s a 100% chance that I won’t need to pull my phone out. Why would I “risk” it?

    Great episode. I’m also interested to hear James’ thoughts on his Pebble Time Steel when he gets it.

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