Apple Watch Series 6: Cool AF or WTF?

Is the Apple Watch the hardest tech product in the world to review? The answer is yes, and with the Apple Watch Series 6, the difficulty is amplified because there has been no major leap forward. Instead, think of this as Apple Watch Series 5.1. With this new wearable, Apple takes its incremental approach to device upgrades to the extreme, and for some users, there’s no point buying the Apple Watch Series 6.

Before getting to the features we’re excited by and those that are a joke, let’s be clear on one thing. With the Series 6, there is no doubt that Apple remains at the top of the smartwatch/fitness wearable pile. Certainly, if you own an iPhone the watch is a stunning accessory that will expand your phone’s functionality to your wrist.

Still, how much longer can Apple keep getting away with upgrading devices on such a basic level? It has become laughable that the company can move through product generations while barely changing how the device looks.

Look at the upcoming iPhone 12, which seems like it will have mostly the same design language debuted on the iPhone X three years ago. No Apple product is a worse offender than the Watch. So, looking at the Apple Watch Series 6, here’s what’s new this year.

Design – WTF! But Cool AF

As noted, the Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 6 are all but identical. In fact, you could trace the design lineage of the new wearable right back to the first-ever Apple Watch from 2015. Sure, there have been refinements and size changes along the way, but the basic concept remains the same. So, in 2020, the Series 6 looks like last year’s model, which looked like the year before, and so on.

For many users, that may be ok. The smartwatch is again available in 40mm and 44mm variations, while materials available are titanium, stainless steel, and aluminum. Yes, Apple has ditched the ceramic model from a year ago.

What Apple is selling as the big design change is hilarious. According to the company, new color options equate to a newly designed product. It’s laughable that Apple is billing this as the all-new Watch based on some additional hues. As for those colors, they are PRODUCT RED and blue, and yes, they look nice.

Additionally, the Apple Watch, in the tradition of Apple, feels premium and looks sleek. But let’s not pretend this brand-new expensive tech product is rocking a revolutionary design.

Display – Cool AF!

Screen technology is an area where incremental upgrades can make a difference. Thanks to the ongoing development of display tech, the quality of the panel on the Apple Watch Series 6 is notable.

One of the most interesting aspects of the display is it is the same as the Series 5 in terms of hardware. That means we get the same 368 x 448 panel that remains the runaway leader in the wearable market. It’s crisp, clear, and responsive. It also gets the same 1000 nits brightness as last year’s model, making the Apple Watch still the best smartwatch for outdoor use.

What’s different here is an “always-on” mode. As the name suggests, this feature means the screen remains on if you want it to. It also provides 2.5 higher brightness despite producing the same nits. If you thought the previous generation Apple Watches were good in sunlight, wait until you get eyes on with the Series 6.

Performance and Battery – WTF!

Yeah, I get it, this is probably harsh. However, what Apple tries to do each year is dazzle us with numbers regarding device performance. In fairness, the company is not alone because this is a tiresome practice used by most tech companies.

You see, by telling customers something is X percent faster than before, people automatically think “cool, a faster device”. What companies don’t tell you is that these extra gains are mostly unnoticeable in day-to-day use. To see the better performance, you’ll need to benchmark the device. Who from the casual consumer-base cares about benchmarks? No-one, that’s who.

So, Apple’s promise of 20% better performance courtesy of the S5 processor on the Watch Series 6 is nice on paper, but meaningless in application.

Battery life remains a constant WTF! The Apple Watch Series 6 is rated for 18-hour battery life, which is just not good enough. People want to be able to wear their watch for more than half a day. Apple sweetens the deal by boosting charging times by 20%, meaning a full charge takes 1.5 hours. But come on, 18 hours… really?

This battery life is embarrassing in an era where rivals like Samsung are looking to boost battery life on their wearables to multiple days.

 

Health – WTF!

Do you know what is the biggest new feature Apple is pushing for the Watch Series 6? Take a minute to think about it, I’ll wait.

Did you get it? I thought not. That’s because it is an oxygen sensor. I have read reviews that say this is the star of the show. Really? With the new monitor, users can track their oxygen saturation (SpO2) on the Apple Watch. If you’re unfamiliar with SpO2, it is the percentage of oxygen that is carried through blood cells.

The closer to 100% the better, while the Series 6 will only measure between 70% and 100%. Honestly, if it is reading as going under 70%, you’re probably in trouble anyway.

Look, this is a cutting-edge feature for a wearable, but I’m sorry, this is not a breakthrough fitness tool. Unless you plan to climb Kilimanjaro or are particularly granular about your body’s response to exercise, the oxygen sensor is a toy and nothing more.

If you doubt that, think how many times in your life you’ve asked yourself this, “I wonder what my current oxygen levels are?” Admit it, you’ve never asked that.

Verdict – Almost WTF!

Time to put the cards on the table. I have been dismissive of the Apple Watch Series 6 in this article, but that doesn’t mean it is a bad device. In fact, it is an awesome wearable in the same way all previous Watch generations have been. The problem is, I currently have a Series 5 on my wrist.

For anybody who bought last year’s generation, upgrading to the Series 6 is a waste of time and money. None of the new features are must-haves, unless you really love red or blue, or you demand the latest and greatest tech. I repeat, if you already have the Series 5, ignore the Series 6 and wait for the next model in 2021.

If you do not have last year’s Apple Watch Series 5, then the Series 6 becomes an easier sell. If you have an iPhone and want a wearable, it is simply a no brainer. Apple’s device remains the best smartwatch on the market, and by some distance. 

Throwback To The 90’s Toys

The 90’s Toys – Yes, this post is a tribute to the 90’s Kids.

It’s been probably years since the last time you saw any of these although some were probably revived. But seeing the 90’s toys will surely let you  think back of the good ol’ days when you had nothing to do but play and not worry about bills.

So if you had a tough week, we hope this will help relieve the great days.

90’s Kids- Here’s your throwback.

 

 

Slinky Spring Toy

Remember the time when  you had to call your friends to show them your new tricks? Or when you placed this on top of the staircase and let it tumble until it hits the floor. The good days!

This one of the most popular 90’s  toys was actually invented in 1943 by Naval Engineer, Richard James. It was when he was looking for ways to stabilize sensitive instruments on  rough seas that this was discovered. Soon after, he demonstrated this as a toy in Gimbel’s Department store in Philadelphia where the first 400 units were sold in minutes!

 

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Tamagotchi

Thanks to Akihiro Yokoi  And Aki Maita Kids in the 90s were able to experience how it is to be a responsible owners to this virtual pet.

Released in 1997 in Japan, Tamagochi  comes  from the word  ‘Tamago’’ which translates to egg in Japan. The ‘chi’ comes  from the  last few letters of the English word ‘Watch’.

The name ‘tamagotchi’ is  just fitting to how this toy works. Once the toy is activated, an egg appears and the owner can start taking care of his pet.  As to how it mirrors taking  care of a real pet  – this has meters which will determine if the pet is hungry, happy and behave.

But  sadly, if not properly taken care of, this virtual pet can die too.

In 2017 – Bandai announced the toy’s comeback as the company launches 6 new versions of the classic playground version.

A Great throwback indeed!

 

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Pogs

Okay, 90s kids,  can you still recall how many pogs you were  able to collect as kids?

Well, some can still absolutely remember! For the 90s Kids, these were  probably more valuable than money.

The name Pogs originated  from POG, a brand name of Juice made out of Passion fruit, Orange and Guava. The bottle caps were commercialized and used later on for the game.

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Power Rangers Action Figures

Trini, Kimberly, Zack , Jason, Billy and Tommy – ring a bell? Ayayayayay! They are the Power Rangers!

They were the super heroes of the 90s kids who could  defeat any powerful monster or villain. Of course who can forget their watches? Every 90’s kid would love to have one! It looked so cool seeing them communicate using their watches  specially when mobile phones were still not a thing those days . And yes power rangers action figures became one of the popular 90’s toys. After all, It would be cool to have a collection of your favorite characters right?

 

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Nintendo Game Boy

This first hand held  Nintendo game console  was released simultaneously in different countries during Nintendo’s 100th anniversary .

The toy came with the games Tetris, Super Mario Land, Alleyway , Baseball, Yakuman and Tennis.

 

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Top 5 Kickstarters for the tech-obsessed urban warrior

Sure, the wilderness is tough, but the urban wilderness? It can be brutal. Luckily, these five Kickstarter projects are here to make life in the city just a little bit better. From a leather bag that holds everything like magic to a hydroponic grow system that grows greens with no green thumb, conquer your urban world with these five great innovations you won’t want to miss.

1. Nisnas Vortex Shadow sling bag:

 Start your next adventure with the right partner




The Vortex Shadow is about to change the bag game forever. It’s slim,    yet holds all the gear you need for a day’s adventure. Bring your phone, tablet, camera, water bottle, books, keys, headphones, and multi-tool along. The Vortex Shadow can handle it all while still keeping its shape and making you look great. And the full-grain leather and handmade design means you’ll always be looking good while carrying it.

For the Vortex Shadow Kickstarter page click here

 

2. Caply Mini Wearable Camera:

Capture every memorable moment with this tiny camera

The world becomes your lens with the Caply camera. This mini wearable camera packs a big punch, recording up to five hours of video and outlasting even the most well-charged iPhone. You can bring it anywhere because this thing is small but mighty – this screen won’t crack. Capture your life, your way. And it fits nicely in one of Vortex Shadow’s many pockets too.       

For the Caply Camera Kickstarter page click here

                                                             

 3. GroBox One:

 Start a garden in your apartment, no green thumb required

 

Maybe you don’t have the best green thumb or even any outdoor space for a garden. With this product, neither of those things matter. GroBox One is the idiot-proof all-in-one hydroponic greenhouse that’ll turn your studio apartment into a thriving nursery. You don’t even need soil.

For the GroBox Kickstarter page click here

 

  4. Consolidate your cordage with HyperDrive:

8-in-1 USB Hub + Wireless Charger

 

There are too many cords to connect these days. With this handy device, you can now connect them all to one convenient place. Oh, and it also charges your iPhone wirelessly if you just place it on top.  So it’s really 9-in-1 if you think about it. It’s something you’ll want to have on handy at all times. It’s small, so it fits great inside your Vortex Shadow bag too.

For the HyperDrive Kickstarter page click here

 5. Slip into something MOST comfortable:
The Sento Bathrobe and Slippers

 

When you’re not out exploring, you want to be comfy at home, Netflix and chilling in style. But most bathrobes are just horrid. Not this one. Sento Bathrobes transport you to a luxury vacation inside your own home. There are slippers too that’ll make you feel like you’re walking on a cloud.

For the Sento Bathrobe Kickstarter page click here

 

 Conclusions:

These Kickstarter creations are all happening right now, so if you’d like to see them come to life, you should probably support their pages now. Some of them even have delivery guarantees (like the Vortex Shadow bag). Combined, these 5 innovations are sure to up your urban game for good.

Introducing the IPhone X

The first IPhone was a revolutionary smartphone brought to us by Apple that changed the industry forever. Love it or hate it, the Iphone came to stay. Now, ten years later, Apple is bringing the IPhone X. This new IPhone doesn’t even have a “home” button and it promises to revolutionize the tech industry once again.

Mira Prism: Accesible Augmented Reality

In recent years some of the top technological companies in the world have been trying to bring augmented reality to the masses. However, the production cost of their devices have not been accessible at all. Such is the case of Microsoft’s Hololens, which cost roughly 4,000 dollars. Fortunately, a smaller company by the name of Mira has developed a device that might take AR to many more places.

Logitech Unveil New “PowerCore” Mice

Logitech powers through! How awesome would it be to have a device that has unlimited energy? While we are not quite there yet, we are very close. Logitech has introduced new mice that will make your life easier. Here we explain what these innovative mice and the PowerCore tech is all about!

The Fidget Spinner Craze Takes Over

Fidget Spinner! In recent months a new trend has taken over the toy industry. Toy stores cant keep up with the demands of this trend, and if you live in North America it is likely you have seen a few kids playing with these. What am I talking about? Nothing more and nothing less than a small toy that just spins, it’s name is the “fidget spinner”.  So what is this craze all about?

Ransomware Cyber Attack Surprises

Ransomware is making the headlines. During the past weeks many computers around the world have been affected by a cyber attack. This attack, known as the WannaCry ransomeware attack, has affected important computer systems in hospitals and banks. So, what exactly is going on? And, how can we protect ourselves from this attack?

NASA: Top Inventions of Everyday Use

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was funded in the year 1958 with the purpose of exploring the world beyond our skies. However, thanks to their constant scientific exploration, NASA has ended up inventing things that have shaped the way we live our modern lives. Here we go through seven things that we use (or have used) in our daily lives that were invented by the space exploration agency.

Nintendo Will Be Bringing Back The Beloved Super Nintendo!

Nintendo will be taking us on a nostalgia trip once again! According to trustable reports, the japanese company will bring back a slicker version of the game changing console: the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Fans from all over the world are already preparing themselves to put their hands on it. Let’s see whats it’s all about!