Is the Apple Watch Cool and Useful? Or…


What’s Up with the Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch is a sort of confusing product. It’s part technology and part jewelry, mostly thanks to a $10,000 offering, but the functional base of the device seems misguided.


Apple has sold more than 700 million iPhones since its introduction and laptops, desktops, and iPads have all seen slowing sales as the market changes and the iPad market seems to be saturated. Apple needs to sell  iPhones, they have done an incredible job marketing the product after basically creating the smartphone market, and Apple has achieved an incredible slice of the market. Apple is where it is today because of the iPhone.

 Will the Apple Watch Change How We Look at Smartwatches?

The function of the Apple Watch and most of the smartwatches coming on the market presently seems to be to supplement a smartphone to allow users to actually use their smartphone less. But the smartwatch requires a phone connected by bluetooth in order to function, so it cannot possibly simplify our relationship with technology. A smartwatch as a replacement for a smartphone does seem more and more realistic now, and it’s really only a matter of time until there is a functional smart-watch-phone product. But right now, it’s difficult to see what kind of splash the Apple Watch will make for its namesake company.


Will embracing the Apple Watch negate customers’ dependence on the iPhones and their focus on always having the top of the line model? With phones spending more time in peoples’ pockets, will the markets fascination with the most current smartphones wane in favor of a focus on smartwatches? Apple defined the tablet market with the release of the iPad, and was crucial to the world’s introduction to smartphones with the first iPhone, could they do the same thing with the Apple Watch?


Other competitors in the market based on android os have only really been interesting to early adopters and have yet to see mass adoption. The Apple Watch could change this or blend into the crowd. Unlike Apple’s introduction of the iPhone and iPad, there are already plenty of entrants in the market and the Apple Watch lacks any stand out features in comparison. An 18 hour battery life that only assumes 45 minutes of app use isn’t making it stand out from the crowd. Will the Apple Watch end up being more of a burden than a convenience, or can it change the way that people look at smartwatches? We’ll see.


Also, why the hell isn’t it called the iWatch? or the iTime or something? Why change now?


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What Compels Us

Dan Powell and Archer at Blue Lake IN Colorado
Me and my dog, Archer, at Blue Lake in Colorado

What Excites People About Life?

I love the word compelling, it’s powerful in so many ways in the contemporary world. Information is so available that you can keep track of what is going on in the entire world at any given moment. This is rooted in the current incredible capability of the internet which is only further developing with each and every day. Today, every single aspect of life is more accessible than ever before; information, culture, material things and relationships can be touched virtually in a way like never before.

The Challenges of Life Today

While these amazing innovations can increase our quality of life in almost every single way, they are not without their struggles. People are socializing and learning differently and technology is advancing much more quickly than we are learning to deal with societal impacts of it all. Is social media and mobile technology affecting how children learn to relate to each other? There are theories and it’s almost a certainty that things are changing, but for good of for bad is hard to tell at this point. What is for certain, is that this is likely the most exciting time in human history to be alive.

The Plentiful Opportunities

Lives are being enriched by the information that is all around us and people are living more varied lives than ever before. We are passionate about people, work, hobbies, projects, news, innovation, nature and every other aspect of our contemporary lives that were minimized even a generation ago. Through all of this passion, people today love sharing what excites them and keeps them up at night, and what compels them to make the most out of life. Because of the internet, if you find yourself enthralled in even the most obscure of subject, it’s only a few clicks away to find a community of other people that are compelled by that same topic.

This new blog, Compels Me, is my new outlet for what excites me in life; people, technology, culture, cars, games, stories, nature, beer and experiences. It will allow me a commentary to share my passions and allow us to connect on subjects that excite us. I’m looking forward to frequent updates, both brief and expansive, to develop myself as a writer and a community of people who are similarly passionate. I look forward to the stories, experiences, and adventures spawned for myself and others by this writing.

Let me know what you think!