Learning to Let Go: Advice from a Windows Phone Fan

After purchasing the Surface RT in October 2012, I was all in on what Windows was calling its Metro UI. The great color scheme, the intuitive touch gestures, and being designed for the Surface were all fantastic indications that Microsoft revolutionized the 2-in-1 market with. Not everyone agreed with me, but the Surface RT was exactly what a college kid needed – lightweight and versatile. A month after my purchase of the Surface RT, I traded in my iPhone 4 for a Nokia Lumia 822, a mid-range Verizon Windows Phone running Windows Phone 8. From then on, I was a total Microsoft fanboy, singing the praises of the Windows 8 ecosystem.

Ah, to be young and naïve…

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Using the Right Tool For the Job

I have way too many devices. Ask anyone that knows me well, they will probably tell you that I do not need all of the phones, laptops, and smartwatches that I have. The reason I call this blog “Not As I Do” is to stress that I buy products so that you don’t have to. I can inform you about what you need, so you don’t make the same buying mistakes that I have.

That being said, I may be going against the grain when I tell you that you may also need multiple devices. Even if two devices can accomplish the same things, that doesn’t mean that they are complete substitutes for each other. Let me give you an example. The iPad Pro (of any screen size) is one of the most versatile products that Apple has ever made. Along with the Apple Pencil and the dedicated Smart Keyboard, a user can convert the iPad into a pseudo laptop for more productivity.

Don’t be that guy.

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The Curse of Chromebooks: Too Techy for Normals, Too Underpowered for Enthusiasts

It took me some time to try out my first Chromebook. The primary reason was I was so ingrained in the Windows operating system that I didn’t see the benefit of deviating. When I did finally dive in to see what Chromebooks were all about, I started with something simple. My first Chromebook was an 11 inch HP that I got from Best Buy for under $150. I quickly was drawn to the simplicity. Here was a sub-$200 device that did normal tasks better than many $500 devices. And that’s exactly what Chromebooks are best at.

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Smartwatches: They’re Useless…And That’s Why I Have 6 of Them

A few years ago, there were probably people who thought that the smartwatch would be the next big thing, and we’d all leave our smartphones at home in favor of something more portable. But here we are, 4 years after the announcement of the original Samsung Galaxy Gear, and I would struggle to list 10 people who wear a smartwatch daily. While they may be more common in other circles, the fact is, smartwatches have nowhere near the gravity that smartphones do. Continue reading “Smartwatches: They’re Useless…And That’s Why I Have 6 of Them”