If it seems that my responses are faster, more thoughtful, and with some extra snark — it’s because I have a new MacBook Pro. Fully loaded with Photoshop and new video tools that will keep me wishing everything could be done in one take.
Realize that I’m going all in, since I am was always a IBM/Windows user probably based on my former job with Big Blue. Since getting my iPhone 4 years ago, we have added newer iPhones and an iPad, so it only seems natural to take the path of least resistance and to make them all work together. This means that since I have also been looking to expand my central storage, a new Apple Time Capsule is also on order.
I’ll keep you updated.
So what do you know about good UI? I know one little monster that is glad that the Apple people made life easy for her. In the side picture, she is pictures on the plane going to visit family in Florida about a week after her fourth birthday and , yes, she is playing on an iPhone.
It would be cool (check that, scary) to say that she booked her own flight, but we’re not ready for bringing that up, but she did utter these words on that trip: “you can get it at the Apple app store. Mama, what’s an apple app?”
However, she is very comfortable grabbing an iDevice in the house and scrolling the screens until she finds the photo gallery to look at pictures of herself or her Olivia app, who is a little piglet that also likes to look at pictures of herself.
Friends had suggested around Christmas about getting one of the other new kid-targeted tablets that had come on the market, but the one fear in introducing one of these is understanding the UI and how early frustration can make-or-break whether she would use it. Now, full disclosure, the fear of understanding the UI was about me. I knew that I would be the person that had to set it up and download the apps for this new device, so my first thought was that it had to be easier just to set up the retired iPhone 3. This isn’t an everyday toy for her, but it has certainly worked for longer trips.
Easiest Game Ever?
As I warned last week, I was out to upgrade my phone. I had been using a used Moto Q that I bought on ebay to replace a Blackberry that did not pass the bounce on cement test. It was also tied to a family plan that I needed to expand since I needed more minutes.
After much research, and plenty of soul searching, I went with the iPhone. Yes, I’m now one of those guys. The choice was based more on selecting the most popular platform for social networking apps than it was based on functionality and tools. Basically I wanted to use what the cool kids had.
I added all the standard apps: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc, but one other I added was iBowl. So far I have thrown 6 strikes in 7 shots and quit. The only non-strike was an attempt to not throw one on purpose to make sure it was possible to not throw a strike. Either I have found my calling or this game is ridiculously easy. Though it should be noted that I was wearing bowling shoes at the time.