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« Reply #160 on: May 07, 2015, 08:35:38 PM »

I'm getting more used to having a watch on my wrist, and I'm definitely enjoying the psychological comfort of it again.  Physically, though, I'm still finding it not as comfortable as I'd like, so I'm really looking forward to receiving my SG Sports model some day (still processing lol).  Because of the discomfort, I tend to take it off when I get home so I may not be getting the most usefulness out of it.  The bright side is battery level is not even on my radar.  I just throw it on the charger magnet when I get home and don't think about it.  I think the times I checked I had over 60-70% battery life.

Usage wise, I've answered a couple of calls, listened to voicemail, viewed and answered quite a few text messages, did some minor gaming, checked the weather and sports scores, been prompted to stand and move around, checked my heart rate...  it's definitely been a mix of usefulness and not so useful.  I really like having a constant but unobtrusive heart rate monitor, especially since I am in the "at risk" group based on weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, etc. - if they can eventually get a reliable blood glucose monitor as they originally talked about, it would be a "must wear."  As it stands, for me it's more for fun and some limited added convenience.  I'm getting much more used to the UI and customizing it to my liking, but I think I still need more time (and better apps - speaking of which the calculator app I got seemed to have no clear button, wth?) to really take advantage of the technology.

One of the main things that I had originally wanted to use it for was music playback and control when going on walks, and I haven't tried that out yet.  I suspect that may be one of the prime applications for me.  I really like the fact that I can use that feature with or without the phone (assuming I make a dedicated playlist for the watch), although I'm not sure how headphone pairing works in that case.  Definitely something to try out.



TLDR: Lots of potential, still getting used to it comfort-wise
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« Reply #161 on: May 07, 2015, 09:02:29 PM »

A sidenote: Fitbit is going public with an IPO. Watch it go downhill from here as they trying to monetize their app and webpages to bring in more revenue to make shareholders happy. I already didn't like the direction the company was going, glad I moved on.
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« Reply #162 on: May 08, 2015, 10:43:05 PM »

So the leather loop comes in a plastic case that looks like a minute Sport Edition case (long white plastic box, very heavy). Nice touch and all, but for something I will never use, what a waste. I want a charging stand, not heavy plastic cases. Going to order the Twelve South stand next week.

The loop is ok. I like leather bands, but the problem is that the little grooves tend to shift as I move my wrist. So it almost feels like I am getting a notification when really it is just the watch adjusting. Maybe that will go away once it is broken in? I really just want the classic buckle, but with the shiny lugs it wouldn't look right on the space grey Sport. Since they are opening up the market to third party manufacturers though, I am sure things will change. Soon we will have too many straps to choose from.
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« Reply #163 on: May 09, 2015, 10:35:27 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on April 28, 2015, 11:25:44 PM

...I got my Macbook on time...

How are you liking it Rittchard? I ordered one today and it says it won't be available until June 23 for in-store pick up (June 10 if I order it to ship). Talk about a botched launch! icon_wink I am actually very annoyed because the web store says 3-5 weeks for any of the models, but the guy in the store said they had silvers and golds in stocks and that until recently had space greys in stock as well. I am unsure if I should do in store pick up or ship to my house to get it quicker. Since I sold my Surface, I really need a laptop by June 1.

I went into the Apple Store today to play with one. I opened about 10 apps and then scrolled through Photos (which had a ton of photos on it) and it was able to scroll as fast as my iMac which has twice the memory and a much faster processor. It was very slow to load Civ 5, but seemed to play fine and didn't get that hot. I was really impressed with it and the space grey is just gorgeous. The keyboard will take awhile to get used to though.
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« Reply #164 on: May 10, 2015, 03:15:43 AM »

Quote from: Lee on May 09, 2015, 10:35:27 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 28, 2015, 11:25:44 PM

...I got my Macbook on time...

How are you liking it Rittchard? I ordered one today and it says it won't be available until June 23 for in-store pick up (June 10 if I order it to ship). Talk about a botched launch! icon_wink I am actually very annoyed because the web store says 3-5 weeks for any of the models, but the guy in the store said they had silvers and golds in stocks and that until recently had space greys in stock as well. I am unsure if I should do in store pick up or ship to my house to get it quicker. Since I sold my Surface, I really need a laptop by June 1.

I went into the Apple Store today to play with one. I opened about 10 apps and then scrolled through Photos (which had a ton of photos on it) and it was able to scroll as fast as my iMac which has twice the memory and a much faster processor. It was very slow to load Civ 5, but seemed to play fine and didn't get that hot. I was really impressed with it and the space grey is just gorgeous. The keyboard will take awhile to get used to though.

I have the new MacBook in space grey. it is a fantastic machine. Excellent build quality, gorgeous display, and no slowdown for the apps and programs I use. It certainly isn't a processing Titan, but it gets the job done.
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« Reply #165 on: May 10, 2015, 09:28:40 PM »

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 10, 2015, 03:15:43 AM

I have the new MacBook in space grey. it is a fantastic machine. Excellent build quality, gorgeous display, and no slowdown for the apps and programs I use. It certainly isn't a processing Titan, but it gets the job done.

Good to hear. I was really impressed with it, and it sounds like most people are quite happy with it.

I am worried because I bought a rMBP last summer and wifi kept dropping on my home network using an Airport Extreme. It only happened on my home network though, while nothing else on the network has any problems. Someone on Mac Rumors and Reddit is reporting the exact same problem with the MacBook. Maybe I need to get ride of the Airport if I have the same problem with the new machine.
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« Reply #166 on: May 13, 2015, 06:41:45 PM »

Got my SGS yesterday, a day ahead of the first estimated date.  From what I've seen online and experienced myself, it's pretty apparent that Apple's intent is/was to get you product on the first day of the estimated date range.  If they realize they can't hit it, they send you out an "email of death" - which is just a vague reiterating of the original dates.  Not the best system but not the worst either.  If they could zero in on the week a little better when they send out the email of death, I think customers would really appreciate it.

Anyway, really liking the feel of the Sport model much much more than the SS.  You'd think 20g is not a big difference but I can totally feel it.  While I'm still not super comfortable wearing a watch in general, this one is far more comfortable for me.
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« Reply #167 on: May 13, 2015, 07:47:17 PM »

Quote from: Lee on May 10, 2015, 09:28:40 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 10, 2015, 03:15:43 AM

I have the new MacBook in space grey. it is a fantastic machine. Excellent build quality, gorgeous display, and no slowdown for the apps and programs I use. It certainly isn't a processing Titan, but it gets the job done.

Good to hear. I was really impressed with it, and it sounds like most people are quite happy with it.

I am worried because I bought a rMBP last summer and wifi kept dropping on my home network using an Airport Extreme. It only happened on my home network though, while nothing else on the network has any problems. Someone on Mac Rumors and Reddit is reporting the exact same problem with the MacBook. Maybe I need to get ride of the Airport if I have the same problem with the new machine.

I use an airport express, and I've never had any wifi issues with the new macbook. Anecdotal, obviously, but I don't think you need to concerned. I love the size and weight, but most important to me is the screen and and absolute silence of the laptop. For a first gen product it is stunningly well designed, if it fits your needs. I thought the keyboard would take a longer acclimation period, but it is very responsive and after a brief usage period I don't even notice a difference in my typing speeds between the rMB and my MBP.
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« Reply #168 on: May 13, 2015, 09:04:04 PM »

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 13, 2015, 07:47:17 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 10, 2015, 09:28:40 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 10, 2015, 03:15:43 AM

I have the new MacBook in space grey. it is a fantastic machine. Excellent build quality, gorgeous display, and no slowdown for the apps and programs I use. It certainly isn't a processing Titan, but it gets the job done.

Good to hear. I was really impressed with it, and it sounds like most people are quite happy with it.

I am worried because I bought a rMBP last summer and wifi kept dropping on my home network using an Airport Extreme. It only happened on my home network though, while nothing else on the network has any problems. Someone on Mac Rumors and Reddit is reporting the exact same problem with the MacBook. Maybe I need to get ride of the Airport if I have the same problem with the new machine.

I use an airport express, and I've never had any wifi issues with the new macbook. Anecdotal, obviously, but I don't think you need to concerned. I love the size and weight, but most important to me is the screen and and absolute silence of the laptop. For a first gen product it is stunningly well designed, if it fits your needs. I thought the keyboard would take a longer acclimation period, but it is very responsive and after a brief usage period I don't even notice a difference in my typing speeds between the rMB and my MBP.

I use an Extreme in a weird config with another Airport (as extender) and I occasionally have wifi issues with both rMB and rMBP.  Nothing so obvious that I can directly attribute it to a specific piece of hardware though.  It's more like things just kind of freeze up for a bit and then comes back, but this could just be my service in general for all I know.

That said, there were reports of wifi issues related to the initial release of Yosemite, which were supposedly addressed in 10.10.3:

http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/mac-software/mac-os-x-yosemite-wifi-airdrop-fix-update-new-features-bugs-uk-video-10-10-3-photos-3493748/

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« Reply #169 on: May 14, 2015, 04:58:51 AM »

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 13, 2015, 07:47:17 PM

I use an airport express, and I've never had any wifi issues with the new macbook. Anecdotal, obviously, but I don't think you need to concerned. I love the size and weight, but most important to me is the screen and and absolute silence of the laptop. For a first gen product it is stunningly well designed, if it fits your needs. I thought the keyboard would take a longer acclimation period, but it is very responsive and after a brief usage period I don't even notice a difference in my typing speeds between the rMB and my MBP.

I am not sure what the deal is. I had a Mac Mini running on Mavericks that never had issues with wifi. I update it to Yosemite when I gave it to my niece, and she had all sorts of issues that just suddenly went away after a month (before 10.10.3). I was researching it and there were all sorts of people having problems with wifi but no one could seem to pinpoint the issue exactly. I will be nervous about it until I have my MacBook. I am really hoping 10.11 concentrates on just tightening up the OS and fixing the little problems. Right now I just want Safari on my iMac to stop beach balling at random, but I digress.  icon_confused

Quote from: rittchard on May 13, 2015, 06:41:45 PM

Got my SGS yesterday, a day ahead of the first estimated date.  From what I've seen online and experienced myself, it's pretty apparent that Apple's intent is/was to get you product on the first day of the estimated date range.  If they realize they can't hit it, they send you out an "email of death" - which is just a vague reiterating of the original dates.  Not the best system but not the worst either.  If they could zero in on the week a little better when they send out the email of death, I think customers would really appreciate it.

Anyway, really liking the feel of the Sport model much much more than the SS.  You'd think 20g is not a big difference but I can totally feel it.  While I'm still not super comfortable wearing a watch in general, this one is far more comfortable for me.

I have no doubt those 20g make a huge difference in the long run. I like heavy watches though, no idea why, maybe cause I am used to it? I don't even notice my Sport with the rubber band. It is easily the most comfortable watch I have. Not so much with the leather loop. The leather is very hard, probably because its for a magnet in the middle of it, but I find it sort of uncomfortable. Even though it's easy enough to adjust, I can't get it in a position where its snug enough to do heart rate and still comfortable. At its loosest, it leaves an indentation in my wrist. I am not overly happy with the look of it. Like the sports band, it's just too much black, it needs a buckle or something to break it up.

Version 2 I am definitely going with the SS. I want a little more color to my watch and the SG just doesn't pair well with the other bands. I really wish I would have went with the Sport blue this time. That would have opened up some more colors without having a big black watch on my wrist constantly. I don't think the SG is ugly, but it is too much black. I have always liked the SS with brown leather band look, and I would like to go that direction.

You never said what you thought of the MacBook Rittchard. Hope I didn't rub you the wrong way talking about the launch thing, just teasing a bit. I have seen a few complaints about speed, but I think some people, much like the watch, had unreasonable expectations.
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« Reply #170 on: May 14, 2015, 05:20:35 AM »

As an update, I wore my mine in workout mode for a ball hockey pickup and the thing performed flawlessly. I was basically running around a 120x40 foot area and it tracked about 1.5 miles of running, 481 active calories burned, and an average heart rate of 146bpm over an hour and a half game (with subs, so I wasn't going the entire time).
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« Reply #171 on: May 14, 2015, 09:56:34 PM »

Quote from: Lee on May 14, 2015, 04:58:51 AM

You never said what you thought of the MacBook Rittchard. Hope I didn't rub you the wrong way talking about the launch thing, just teasing a bit. I have seen a few complaints about speed, but I think some people, much like the watch, had unreasonable expectations.

Oops I must have missed that - I really like the new Macbook.  I'm gravitating toward using it as my primary computer around the house (when not doing serious gaming).  The portability and screen are fantastic and pretty much what I'd hoped for when finally ditching my MBA.  I can't say I like the new keyboard feel, it still has a slightly odd crunchy feel to me, but it definitely doesn't seem to impede my typing speed whatsoever.  It's not bad, just different.  I haven't had any noticeable performance issues, but then again I haven't really pushed it too hard.  Probably the most intensive thing I ran on it was Diablo 3 and AoW3, both which ran good enough for my standards.  The only thing I've been kind of disappointed with it battery life.  Seems to run down a lot faster than I'd hoped, but I guess it's not too surprising given how nice the screen is and the fanless design.  Also I need to double check but there might be some setting I forget to change that helps a lot, I vaguely recall needing to do that on my mbp as well.
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