From: Craig Phillips <> on behalf of Craig Phillips <>

Sent: Monday, June 01, 2015 9:44 AM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Apple's Watch



Cocktail Talk

August 2015

Cocktail Talk

Dear Craig:   

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Currently, on Cocktail Talk - Apple Watch (out)


When I visited the Apple website last April to learn about the Apple Watch and saw the little snow white ballerina tying the silk ribbons of her toe shoes wearing one I figured I took a wrong turn and was looking at a fitness monitor. Maybe so.


Mrs. Phillips (not her real name) has a Fitbit and wears it all the time. It's a little wrist thingy that tells you how many steps you've taken in a day. From that, using an iPhone App, you can determine how far you've walked and in how long. A lot like Apple's Watch.


I do not have a Fitbit, I figure if I walk 3,500 yards in an hour and some change I've played nine holes. Lots of old geezers do it. Strap on 30 lbs of gear and walk up and down hills in whatever weather Mother Nature gives you.


But the Apple Watch is sooo much more than just a fitness monitor. Here's what it can do.


Apple's Watch will tell you the time, very handy for a watch, and you can choose from cute watch faces, like Mickey Mouse, and customize them using "the digital crown". It claims to be "an incredibly precise timepiece". More accurate than the iPhone which is somewhere within a minute, which is good enough unless you're trying to catch the train to work. 


Apple's Watch will display your incoming text messages. Maybe you'd prefer to keep them in your pants pocket until you choose to view them, but you've got nothing to hide so why not wear them on your sleeve? It doesn't matter really, because while you can choose from "smart" replies, or program your own replies using your iPhone, you're most likely going to dictate a response. A response Siri won't understand making you repeat it over and over and louder and louder until everyone knows your business.


Apple's Watch will tell you if you've payed Golf, how many steps you've taken, the miles, flights of stairs, and your heart-rate. It will also tell you to stand up for one minute every hour. I can't wait to go to a theater where people talk, text, and randomly stand up for a minute.


Apple's Watch has Maps. Apple suggests that you look up your destination on your iPhone and then use the watch to get turn by turn instructions from Siri. Your iPhone already does that, maybe a woman's voice coming out of your pants telling you where to go is unsettling. I gave Siri a male voice which doesn't help, especially when I look down and talk back to him.


You can aim Apple's Watch toward a "Contactless Reader" to pay for things. Because swiping a credit card is too hard, and that little chip thingy for security is unnecessary.


You can even talk on it like a phone. Or a speaker for your iPhone which I think already has one. As if people aren't rude enough with their phones already, now we've got to hear both sides of the argument. Great. 


The Watch, when more than a watch, is just a remote for your iPhone. You need to have your iPhone within range. In your pocket, in the car, or somewhere in the house., Apple says you've got 100 meters. It's OK though since iPhones are approaching tablet size.


Don't worry about the tiny screen size, you can always take your phone out of your pocket to see what's going on. But it's been my experience that if you want to stay out of trouble you should keep it in your pants. That leaves us talking to Siri.


Since ordering Apple's Watch I've really made an effort to get close to Siri. I figure if he's going to be telling me where to go, and talking to my wife, we should get on good terms. We just don't have good chemistry. 


Apple's Watch comes in three flavors, Watch Sport, Watch, and Watch Edition. Watch Sport runs $350 to $400 and is aluminum with a plastic band. Watch is stainless steel and runs from $550 to $1,100 and you can still get a plastic band. Edition runs $10,000 to $17,000. Yes, you can still get a plastic band.


Unfortunately it doesn't end there. You can bet you'll have to upgrade your iPhone as often as Apple wants in order to use their Watch. I had to, so add another $800 to whatever watch you want.


The biggest problem, at least for me, is having to charge it at least once a day for at least two hours.



The train left without you, you got caught sexting, your raucous arguments are public,  you're in debt, Siri hates you, and your battery is dead, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.



Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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