Is now the time to finally get an Apple Watch? (The Daily Charge 9/18/2019)
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Today on the Daily Charge.
Thanks to the new Apple watch and its turn by turn directions Scott Stein has successfully found his way back to the studio.
He is got the skinny and the wearable world and is ready to answer your burning questions.
Goodmorning and welcome to cnet Daily Charge.
It's Wednesday September 18th.
I'm Bridget Kelly.
And I'm Scott Stein.
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If you're thinking about getting the new Apple watch or if you're on the fence about upgrading Scott Stein is your man with the answers his review of the Apple Watch Series five is up now on CNET and Scott this was an important review for me personally, because this is the year where I wonder if you just finally convinced me to get the watch because that always on display I've got all this time With a beautiful dumb watch and this feels like they have to dive in now give me your verdict.
Well that's the thing is I feel like apples always continuing that pitch because unlike phones, a lot of people don't have watches.
So You're always thinking should I get on board.
It's kind of like versus upgrading.
The big thing is always on displays.
Which may sound like what's the point but if you have a regular watch the annoying turn your wrist thing.
Cuz you always had to flick it to look at it.
[INAUDIBLE] to turn on to save battery.
Which we tolerated and it's
Still was a great watch, but a lot of other smart watches out there have already figured out always on.
So Apple's finally doing it here.
What's nice should be obvious, you could just type and do that, there's Mickey.
All the watch faces have it.
So, Mickey dims down.
And doesn't tap his foot anymore.
Yeah, you can kinda still see the screen.
He just looks a little dim, his hands are a little brighter, so you can see where the hands are on the watch.
Right, and if you turn your wrist or you tap it, it comes back on.
But there are some things to know about Always On, which is that it doesn't work for everything.
This is only working for the watch faces and for the workout app.
Everything else if you use something like Maps or any Compass or whether or whatever else whatever you might want to keep on instead of turning dark now just Frost's over and has like that like that pull down notification on phones and just puts like a generic time stamp on it.
So that's weird.
But it just just an FYI if you're planning to get it and also in its really dim.
It's not that visible in bright sunlight but it'll brighten up when you turn your wrist.
So when it doesn't have though, is better battery life.
So thinking about you, or someone who's going to upgrade to it,
I'm still charging it every night.
Yeah, and it feels like the battery life is even like a tiny bit worse with always on in the sense that before I would kind of roll well into day two But need to recharge now it's lasting right to the end of the first day.
What do you do to test battery on these products for the long time for those who don't know a whole lab experience?
Thats a good question because on a phone or something like that you would do streaming, but on a watch, you're not gonna be able to do that.
So I just wear it and because the watches I'm gonna try to use them for things like, we do a little bit of GPS stuff and stuff like that.
Make sure to wear it to see what it feels like every day the way I would normally do it>> Like an average you say
Yes and then they sound like obvious but that's exactly it.
They you just see how it wears down and the more you wear them you get to get to get a sense for what battery life should be.
But this this is getting me to [UNKNOWN] at the end of the day to charge With Always On.
You can turn Always On off, but then you have literally the Series 4 again.
It's basically the Apple Watch Series 4, with Always On, compass, and this like, international SOS mode if you buy the cellular watch.
Well with that compass, you used it for Turn By Turn directions on the map.
I thought that was kind of neat, and I saw your video...
Did it feel as dorky as it looked to walk around trying to get directions by staring at your watch?
Yeah it feels awful, you know this is not a fun- it reminded me of Google Glass again where I'm trying to navigate around with this thing and your interrupting stuff.
I would use a phone.
But what do you kind of play off cool like it will buzz when it's time to turn left or right.
It catch your wrist.
You go headphones, you just have audio directions, and it's nice that it's there if you have cellular and this is another thing that should have been there.
Like it had apps before but if you have a compass, it now understands where you're going a lot better and makes it less wanky.
For the turn-by-turn and things like that.
And also this is a sports watch, now you're gonna get compass readings, and kind of like those outdoorsman watches where you can get better elevation reads.
So it's a bit of the
Sure you would have thought it would have been there.
It's onto some other sport smart watches.
Yeah, I never thought twice about it until this, and it's here.
And I'm like right.
I wouldn't go rush out, and say this is something that you need.
But I would say that now these two features are onces that I would much rather have on the Apple watch.
So they keep adding these incremental things.
That become more useful.
So Facebook in leaning into his portal chat devices, because it actually has come out with more camera's for the home.
The company that is strugling with trust, with privacy, after failing to protect data has decided to unveil, Three more video chatting devices.
You have the $180 10 inch picture frame portal.
There's a portal TV for $150, it goes on top of the television.
And the portal mini with an eight inch display, and that's $130.
These are designed for video chatting with friends on Facebook Messenger, or what's new now WhatsApp and you can stream from other video and music apps.
There's also a shutter to cover the camera for privacy and mute the microphone, that's good thing.
My extended family uses WhatsApp so I could see this as being a [UNKNOWN] they don't all have iPhones, they don't all do FaceTime.
So that could be a self or folks who use a lot of WhatsApp, but, I'm also just gonna sticking into my phone for this instead of having out a camera in the home.
Scott, what was your take when you saw all of this.
I feel like, haven't we done this with Connect ten years ago or something.
Turning the television into a chatting thing?
Right, we keep coming back to the television as video chat tool.
Not that there's anything well, there are things that are weird about connecting your home with cameras, but I would just think I would want something more universal.
First of all, Facebook and privacy aside, I would just want something that was more universal.
I wouldn't want something that just goes into one tool.
We have all these companies that are kind of focusing on One tool set, one app, one device.
Stay with our platform, please, yeah.
Right, I want flexibility.
So that feels annoying to me.
I'm more interested in the AR stuff.
That thing is supposed to be part of the AR vision for Facebook.
Right, cuz you could do some fun effects, too.
You can goofy things on your face when you're chatting, so we'll see what We'll see if this is interesting to people.
In other streaming news, Amazon is now offering a high res audio streaming service.
It's called amazon music HD.
But just to be clear, this is not part of the Amazon Prime music.
So if you want this new better than CD quality audio service It's another subscription.
It starts at 13$ a month.
No more subscriptions, no more subscription.
This is a hefty price for four for a snazzy audio.
I don't have headphones that are good enough for that.
Yeah, me too.
I'm just getting by.
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