My departure from Apple devices this time around might be a permanent one. One of the reasons I never associated myself with it was purely because it was just too expensive. Over the years, extrinsic circumstances made me a part of the Apple family. As late as last month, I made the big decision to part ways with Apple. It started with my Apple Series 4 watch upgrade to watch series 7 which turned out to be a big disappointment. The lack of Apple’s desire to provide many of its services (Apple pay, Fitness +) prompted me to leave this ecosystem. Remnants now are just the M1 Macbook Pro, air pods and some old gen Ipads/Ipods.
I made the jump to an M1 book purely because I was using an iPhone and was missing out on the integration and seamless communication with my DELL XPS 13. Dell XPS 13 still is a beast of a machine with great battery life and top-notch PC performance.
I am considering selling my M1 if I get a good deal. I sold my wife’s S20+ and my iPhone 12 mini to get a used Note 20 Ultra 5G. The purpose of getting this phone is one, it gets me back to android, two it allows me to enjoy the awesome camera capabilities and the lovely display screen. The S pen is an added bonus to typing on a big screen. I am very satisfied with over two weeks of use of this device. It definitely is bulky and protrudes through most of my pockets, yet am comfortable not having a smartwatch constantly beckoning me to open my phone.
My new Garmin Forerunner 55 aqua colour is a standout and is purely utilitarian for my fitness needs. Departure from ‘rings of fitness’ on iPhone has also allowed me to drop 4 kilos in the holy month of Ramadan, something I did not achieve tracking my fitness in Apple. Garmin of course plays a key role in enabling me to make me find my feet when it comes to calorie intake and burns.