Doubt Befits Google Fitbit

So, it happened. After much time, Google officially bought Fitbit; the deal is done. This tech news is tainted though. Why? I doubt Google will be a good steward of Fitbit. Look at what happened to both Motorola and Nest.

In the case of Nest, it was a separate company but only for a while. Once that was undone, all of a user’s data with Nest became Google’s data. So much for staying private.

Google is a data driven company. Does anyone really trust it won’t eventually begin integrating Fitbit users’ private personal health data or somehow using it for ad revenue? And how was this aquisition allowed given the current state of “Big Tech” anti-trust scrutiny? How/why did EU and US regulators pass this?

I’ve never owned a Fitbit. I have owned a Moto 360 WearOS smartwatch. And I now enjoy an Apple Watch SE. Wearable fitness devices are great. I hope Google and Fitbit will be a good fit and truly make Fitbit better, because it will up the ante for competition. Apple will need to improve its Watch all the more.

It will be interesting to see what new features and innovations Google and Fitbit make together; there’s good potential. But I’m afraid it will be more interesting to see if or when Google somehow violates their pledge to keep user health data private.

If Fitbit health data does eventually become less private, being shared/owned by Google, I could see many Fitbit users abandoning their fitness trackers. They would flock over to an Apple Watch because Apple is a trusted company when it comes to user privacy and security.

Appreciation is due Fitbit for pioneering wearable wellness tracking. I wish Fitbit the best.


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Apple Watch 30 First Impressions

Hey y’all, I got my first Apple Watch ever for Christmas this year! It’s the SE version, which debuted this past September, in 40mm (the smaller size), Space Gray Aluminum, Black Sport Band, GPS (not cellular). This post is simply a list of my first impressions of the watch during my very first day of using it. I tried to be brief!

For #mobilecomputing, I now have a wearable; it doesn’t get much more mobile than that, eh?


Fit/Feel

  1. The sport band is far more comfortable than I expected. Its smooth and soft, not stiff or sticky.
  2. Though the 40mm seems a bit small for my tastes, I have no problem using it. Bigger would just be nicer.
  3. The overall quality, fit/finish/feel is top notch.

Function/Features

  1. Using the watch – getting into, out of, and switching apps – works well and makes sense to me now that I’ve actually started using it.
  2. The crown as volume knob is as useful and nice as I expected.
  3. The Now Playing app, especially within the workout app, is very handy. Love it.
  4. The speaker is loud and clear.
  5. Text messages, glances, and quick replies are fun, convenient, and cool. Notifications in general are nice.
  6. The number of watch faces and complications is surprisingly robust and almost overwhelming at first. Love the many options. They’re both fun and functional. Love having multiple watch faces for distinct situations.
  7. Love the Reminders app on the watch.
  8. Love email triage.
  9. Voice Memo app sync with phone is great.
  10. Maps navigation is nice and handy.
  11. Love having Apple Music and Podcasts on the watch.
  12. Love doing a workout with Music and Airpods and not having my big iPhone stuffed in my pocket.
  13. Fitness tracking and workouts and activity rings and badges so far are super great and motivating, tons of useful metrics and very customizable.
  14. Month view in calendar app with list view is awesome.
  15. Remote shutter and camera viewfinder work well, not a gimmick!
  16. Raise to wake and tap to wake work very reliably.
  17. Watch performance is smooth, quick, fluid, nice, not choppy or sketchy.
  18. The plethora of apps and options in the Watch app on the iPhone is staggering.
  19. Battery level indicator of Watch and Airpods and Airpods case appear on both watch and iPhone – nice!
  20. Watch is like a remote control for iPhone or iPad.
  21. Love that activity rings from watch appear on iPhone in a widget!
  22. It’s much nicer, and super convenient, talking to my watch instead of my phone for Siri. It seems more natural or fitting. It’s also just way cooler to hear Siri talk back from the watch. I’m using this feature to capture quick reminders.
  23. First try with Apple Pay on watch at Best Buy worked perfectly.
  24. Charge dock with nightstand mode is nice.
  25. Theater mode is nice.
  26. Summary of watch in first 12 hours: nice, healthy, convenient, useful.
  27. Key apps/features I wanna see come to watch: Apple Notes app, FaceTime app with front camera, and video player despite small size.

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Time For A Watch Upgrade

After years of iterative updates and advancements, Apple’s smartwatch – finally – has won me over. It’s about time! (Pun intended.) Apple Watch seems better than ever now. So my plan is to wrest the Timex Ironman’s grip from my wrist and strap on a wearable computer from Apple. Dumbwatch, “Bye.” Smartwatch, “Hi.”


In the past, I sometimes thought of Apple Watch as superfluous and not ancillary. Sure, it was neat, maybe even nice, but not necessary. Yet Apple has evolved the watch over time, improving features in two main areas: fitness and smartness. So now I see the watch as helpful enough to use in my daily life.

Along with all the advancements, the introduction of the Apple Watch SE at a lower price point in particular compels me to buy further into Apple’s ecosystem. Plus, the adage, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” is apt here. The Apple Watch will be an excellent addition to my iPhone and AirPods. The synergy is smart.


For example, the idea that I can simply dial in the volume on my AirPods by rotating the Digital Crown on Apple Watch – it’s a physical volume knob! Love it!

Or, I’m driving down the road with my hands on the wheel at 10 and 2 and can respond to texts hands free with Siri.

Working all day at my sit/stand desk, Apple Watch will remind me – with a tap on my wrist – to get up off my butt and will track my progress away from being sedentary.

Apple Pay, which I like on my iPhone, can be more easily used via Apple Watch. No need to pull the wallet or the phone out at the register.

The Camera Remote feature will let me use the back camera on the iPhone (the better one) to take selfies or group shots using the watch as a viewfinder and as a shutter button!

These examples are small but solid aids to my modern daily life that Apple Watch can bring. And they represent much more.


Being a tech nerd, the smart stuff of Apple Watch is easy for me to gush over. Yet it’s the health and fitness part of the watch that will be truly valuable.

I’ve posted about this before, saying that if Apple Watch grew stronger with overwhelming wellness advancements, then I’d buy the watch. Well it’s smart enough and strong enough now.

Since I have persistent tinnitus and mild hearing loss, the Noise app sounds great to me. It debuted in WatchOS 6. And it gained improvements in WatchOS 7.

The Activty app is now the Fitness app. And Fitness+ launched this week. Close those rings!

The Heart Rate app tracks real-time cardio rhythm and alerts to irregularity. Since I’m over 4 decades old and heart disease runs in my family, this is important.

Reaching my early 40’s, my body is slowly succumbing to years of sedentary office work and natural aging. Slower metabolism, longer recovery times, reduced energy, etc. I think Apple’s fitness tracking will give me vital stats and motivation to stay in good shape.

Okay, I need to burn calories to shed fat off my belly. #thestruggleisreal

Of all that the watch is designed to do, I think the fact that it’s wearable – small, convenient, always with you – is its greatest strength and the epitome of mobile computing, which Apple excels at.

So at long last, the Apple Watch has won me over. My dumb-watch is about to get a serious upgrade. That’s smart.


What About You?

Since I’ll be late to the Apple Watch game, let me ask you about it.

  • What do you like most about your Apple Watch?
  • Is it more about the smart computery stuff, like iMessage notifications, or is it more about the fitness tracking for you?
  • Do you wear a FitBit instead of an Apple Watch? Would you recommend a FitBit with an iPhone for someone looking for health and wellness features?
  • Is Sleep Tracking important to you?
  • Is your wrist sporting a “dumb” watch?
  • Are your wrists…naked!?

Thanks for your feedback below!


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Apple Watch Not So Ancillary

This week, Apple announced its latest steps in mobile computing, yet it omitted its greatest mobile device of all: the iPhone. Nor were there new laptops, particularly their forthcoming ARM based version. For now, Apple’s advances in portable gadgets focused on the Apple Watch and iPad, which are not as ancillary to mobile computing as Apple would have you believe.

The example shown by Apple, which established mobile computing in 2010, indicates that there are four mobile devices worth having: laptop, smartphone, tablet, and smartwatch. Interestingly, in 2010, the lineup was almost the same save one: laptop (MacBook), smartphone (iPhone), tablet (iPad), and mp3 player (iPod).

In a reality distortion field, you need four mobile devices. But in reality, mobile computing excels with only two devices for you: laptop and smartphone.

I’ve reasoned before how the laptop and smartphone squeezed the tablet out from between them. Basically, laptops are still better than tablets at computery “truck” level tasks. And smartphones are still greater at tablety “car” level things. 

The smartwatch, though, is objectively much better at certain “bike” level tasks than your smartphone or laptop. So it could be the device, small as it is, that finds space between your iPhone and Macbook.

The Apple Watch has sensors that the other devices lack. And its form factor, tied to your wrist, gathers data about your body in ways your other mobile computing devices never could. In fact, with this week’s unveiling, Apple showed it continues to expand its smartwatch capabilities utilizing yet more sensors.

The watch is unique enough that marketing it becomes easier than it is for iPad. Apple’s tablet is too similar to its smartphone and even its laptop to be distinguished. The iPad is really just another version of both, an iteration of the form factor of a computer.

Apple Watch, on the other hand (pun accepted), thinks different indeed.

Here’s how the marketing goes:

  • Macbook – your portable computer.
  • iPhone – your phone/music player/communicator.
  • Apple Watch – your wellness partner.

You see, each gadget is distinct enough to focus on specific use cases.

The Apple Watch has increasingly become about wellness (health or fitness) above all else. It’s an area of everyone’s life that can use computational power.

The iPad just makes sedentary couch surfing easier, an antithesis to mental and physical wellness. But if you have an Apple Watch, your rings will tell you it’s time to quit watching Apple TV+ on your tablet and get moving. So that kind of works. Apple could even market it well:

“Less Movie. More Moving.”

Despite the utility of Apple Watch, I still think it’s not as ancillary to mobile computing as Apple markets. Generally, for wellness, you neither need a fitness band nor a gym membership. Just wear a good pair of shoes and get moving.

For mobile computing, all you really need is a laptop and a smartphone. And it seems Apple is saving the best for last in 2020, as they’re said to be planning new iPhone and Macbook releases later this year.

Until then, we’ll wait to see what changes to mobile computing may be coming. Will Apple further iterate the lineup? Or will it enthrall with a gadget revolution? Like this week’s announcements, I think the former.


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Is Google FitBit A Good Fit?

In a world of tablets, there’s iPad. Then there’s…not much else really. And in a world of smartwatches, there’s Apple Watch. Then there’s – crickets – ? OK. There are a few options, most notable is FitBit. But are fitness trackers worth it?


If The FitBit Fits

Late last year, Google bought FitBit! But what’s the deal with that now?

I’m curious because I need fitness.

Since the Covid-19 virus closed our local YMCA, I’ve not attended my karate class in months! And when you’re in your 40’s, the body easily withers…

…like a french fry left under the driver’s seat.


Recently, Apple announced lots of cool new stuff, including more Apple Watch improvements. The Activity app is now called Fitness! Because…fitness!

…shoves handful of Doritos into mouth…

Is a smartwatch necessary for health and well being? No. But it can help. I owned a 1st-gen moto360 Android Wear Smartwatch years ago. The fitness features, like counting my push-ups and steps, were cool. 

But I tend to think of smartwatches as superfluous. They don’t really add much to my life – my smartphone already does most of what I want and need. And smartwatches are an extra device you must charge, update, and interact with.

Yet the more new buzzworthy features Apple crams into its smartwatch, the more I think I might want one. Last year, I listed 3 things that would make me splash out for an Apple Watch.

Also, this article about an Android user trying an Apple Watch and recommending it wholeheartedly is compelling.

But I moved out of Apple land to Google’s land full of Androids and Chromebooks. So what about Google Fit and Wear OS? I fear they’re about as important as Android tablets – almost non-existent.

Yet Google bought FitBit.


FitBit has remained a popular fitness device. It’s “a trusted brand that supports more than 28 million active users…” My co-worker recently raved about how good FitBit is. So that got me thinking…

Might a low-cost FitBit tracker be good enough for my exercise and help me shed some ice-cream pounds? Maybe. Or would I want to wear a more costly FitBit smartwatch so I get more out of it besides counting my steps and heartbeats? For the same price of the latter, I could just buy an Apple Watch Series 3.

Consider this: “Fitbit will continue to remain platform-agnostic across both Android and iOS.” This limits integration, so how good can FitBit be under Google?

Regardless of the synergy level, this merger of Google and FitBit is telling. In order to stand a chance at competing with Apple Watch for customers’ fitness, it will take at least the combined power of Google with the popularity of FitBit.

And it may be too little too late.

Plus, the Google-FitBit acquisition is pending an EU antitrust investigation unless Google promises to not use FitBit health data to sell or target ads at users. This whole thing is tenuous.

Maybe I should just get an iPhone and Apple Watch after all.

I’m reluctant to get either a smartwatch or a simple FitBit. In my limited experience with the original moto360, I recall too much flakiness – dropped connections between watch and phone. I suppose the best route would be to start on the low-cost end of FitBits. Invest a little and see how much I get in return.

Yet when I consider adopting a wrist computer toting lifestyle, the Apple Watch seems the best option. Why? Because I have total confidence that Apple makes their phone and watch pair together in optimal harmony. Apple is the king of hardware/software integration.

But this is also a reason why I’m glad to be outside the Apple camp. The Apple ecosystem whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Each Apple device has a halo effect. Use one, and you’re likely to use another. Then you quickly must buy all the Apple things. It’s expensive! And you’re locked into an Apple garden of gadgets.

Apple’s is a tightly-coupled system. In contrast, Google’s is a loosely-coupled system, which is more open to third-parties, like FitBit. And although there’s some synergy between Google devices – my Android phone unlocks my Chromebook automatically – there’s not a big draw to buy a bunch of Google gear.


The Shoes Fit…

A FitBit might be a simple choice. It’s just a small activity tracker. But it’s also unnecessary. About the only gear you need to move your body is a decent pair of shoes. Most of us have a closet with several pairs. Time to get movin’.

That said, when I see the 3rd-gen moto360, it looks like some impressive fit-tech.

Hmmm…buy a smartwatch, or watch what I eat?


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