Last year I ordered a Bluesmart Carry-On. I ordered the second perk, so I coughed up $270 to get myself a IoT all connected carry-on.
Today I received the little wonder and here are my first impressions.
First of all it started by receiving an email from the Bluesmart-team telling me that the unit was about to arrive, shortly followed by an email of the transportservice that the delivery would be in roughly 1.5hrs.
Nice planning and very good communication. I immediately downloaded the app on my iPhone and took another cup of tea, sat down and waited ;-)
The packaging was sturdy and the carry-on was delivered in it's dustbag, very handy.
The quick-start guide is hardly needed, the setup is quick and easy. Since the carry-on has a rather large battery in the bottom (which is needed for the Bluetooth communication, the electric lock and which can be used to charge your phone) it takes 5-10 hrs to fully charge it.
A USB/USBmini cable is part of the delivery and fits almost every phone charger .
The carry-on itself is well designed. Since I travel a lot, it's very convenient that you have a separate compartment for your laptop and/or pad which is easily (un)locked electronically via the app.
The app shows the battery power level too and of course the location and last but not least the weight of the whole package through the build-in scale.
Below a few pictures of my Bluesmart travel compagnon so you can see for yourself how well it looks.
The first week of 2016 I will be traveling to the UK. I will let you know how the Bluesmart survived that trip ;-)
Till then, enjoy the holidays and cya in 2016!
Everything about the new iPad Pro is impressive. The size, the storage and yes the multitasking capabilities. I love it!
I picked up the following configuration at the Amsterdam Apple store;
- iPad Pro silver 128gb,
- iPad Pro sleeve,
- Logitec keyboard/sleeve with iPad connector.
Because I've multiple accounts, I've installed the office-suits from;
- Microsoft and
Depending on the workload I choose either one. Each has it's pro's and contra's.
I'v loaded a few pictures I took with my Leica Q camera to test the screen. It's simply gorgeous.
Unfortunately Apple pencil was sold out, so I plan to pick one up next week in Salt Lake City's Apple store at City Creek.
I've downloaded the Adobe apps already and their look and feel and functionality is perfect.
In short; iPad rules again. I think this will be my office computer for the next few years.
Interactive watches, smart-rings and now the full-tablet form factor hits the wrist. Will it be a hit or will it all be the next 3D-television hype that never took off seriously?
Hardware manufacturers are beginning to explore the wrist to the fullest. With Microsoft kicking off in the early years of this century, it's now Apple that tries to rule the wrist with their Apple Watch, leaving early innovators like Pebble and HotWatch behind.
One can wonder if the battle for the wrist will ever end. Personally I like my wrist to be silent, smooth and functional. I really like the Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw. These amazing astronomical mechanical watches will survive "empty" batteries a long time and will be a good investment too. Superb craftsmanship to tell time, tides and moon phases, what else does a man need?
It's funny how the human mind works. It simply gets used to things. When I bought my first iPhone (yes a 3GS), I thought it was big (compared to my Nokia at that time).
The 5S I purchased only because of the fingerprint reader, not of the size at that time. I thought it was way to big.
But now after almost a year working with the iPhone 6 looking back on the previous iPhones; they were so small ;-)
My son just got his iPhone 6s Plus. What a giant.
I wonder when we start calling with an iPad Pro to our ears :-)
Size does matter, but overtime big things just look smaller don't they?
So Apple launched it's iPad Pro last month and Microsoft hits back this week with the launch of the Surface book (and Surface Pro 4).
So November will be a month with hard choices. I'm in the US that month traveling a few states. As the iPad Pro launches early November, last week I decided to pick one up. My current iPad is 3 years old and doesn't respond to iOS9 that quickly anymore. Yes watching movies, do some surfing and listening music still goes fine, but everything else just sucks.
But since last Tuesday when Microsoft presented it's new Surface line, I'm puzzled. Will I choose Microsoft, enjoy the Windows 10 experience across all devices? And they certainly hook me into their amazing Hololens shortly thereafter, or will it be the iPad Pro with the for special for mobile devices optimized operating systems iOS?
Stay tuned, I'll let you know next month.
Today my black metal business cards by Plasma Design arrived. Plasma Design is located in the UK and I've worked with them since 2005. Awesome team, awesome cards.
As you know I bought myself an Apple watch. Yes the cheapest one because it doesn't make sense to pay more if you do not get more functionality.
I really love the Microsoft Surface Pro. It's a smooth well thought through device. The stylus, keyboard and mouse it all seems to blend perfectly. The multitasking feature that MS implemented in their OS on tablets works flawlessly.
They must have thought in Cupertino that MS took a giant leap and decided to put their iPad on steroids. The result a complete rip-off of the original MS Surface. Yes, Apple made it more stylish, but iOS is not so sophisticated as Windows10, but come on Apple, you can do way better than this or not?
I am Reinier van der Drift. owner of FERGIL. Serial Entrepreneur & Technology Freak. Expert on Strong Authentication.
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