Welcome to #TMITuesday! This week, we’re looking at our most anticipated gadgets of the upcoming holiday season, from multitasking cookpots to the inevitable Apple products.
Juliana Kenny, Content Manager
The gadget I covet for Christmas is no shiny, $1000 phone that turns your face into a poop emoji, nor is it a watch that can tell you what Kim Jong Un had for breakfast. It is the Instant Pot, a multicooker that combines an electric pressure cooker with a slow cooker, electric steamer and rice cooker.
You must be thinking “Oh, she must have children.” Nope. “Oh, she must not be a millennial.” Nope.
My husband gets home from work at midnight or later, so in order to have any food ready for him (a rare desire that only happens to me about twice a month when I’m feeling particularly domestic), I use a slow cooker to make sure the meal stays warm after I go to bed. However, making sure dinner is ready at midnight means I don’t get to eat any of it. Enter: Instant Pot. Dump your ingredients in it, and dinner is ready 30-90 minutes later. The ease of a slow cooker, without having to wait 3-6 hours.
Like a true millennial, I feel entitled to everything 2017 has to offer. Instant Pot included.
Justine Dolorfino-Thieman, Digital Strategist
I’ve long-ago accepted my reliance on smart watches, so my most anticipated gadget of the season is the Apple Watch Series 3. I love long distance running (on second thought, ‘love’ may be too-strong a word), but dislike having to carry my phone with me for safety’s sake.
This season, I’m coveting the Apple Watch Series 3 because its cellular capabilities mean I’d be able to leave my phone at home and still get in touch with friends & family if needed. Its faster processing speeds and longer battery life would be a big improvement on my current original Series 0 Apple Watch, too. It’s not a necessary upgrade, so I haven’t taken the leap on it yet, but it would make things more convenient.
Andrea McCarter, Project Coordinator
Apple’s annual release of the new iPhone always causes a ton of buzz. But this year there was even more hype around the release, as Apple announced their 10th model – the iPhone X. I certainly won’t be standing in line at an Apple store or pre-ordering the device like many others will be, but it’s always exciting to see what sort of technology Apple has added to the iPhone’s new model.
Some notable features of the iPhone X are the powerful front-facing camera with face recognition, an edge-to-edge screen design, and my personal favorite: the animoji. Animojis are cartoon animals that replicate your face movements, expressions, and speech. Let’s face it, this feature is completely unnecessary for a cell phone, but it looks like a ton of fun.
All in all, I can’t justify spending upwards of $1,000 on a phone when I have a perfectly good iPhone. But as usual, Apple delivers a great product and people buy it whether they need it or not. Although, hopefully when next year’s release comes around they work out any glitches before releasing the new software.
Tom Ladeau, Social Media Manager
In honor of the internet of things (IoT) being the hot topic in the world of IT and Telecom social media, my holiday dream-gadget is a GPS smart watch from Garmin or Suunto. Aside from giving cyber criminals a new access point into my life, these watches have a plethora of unnecessary ways to enhance your workout. Who doesn’t want to read emails in the middle of a run?
These watches fall squarely in the “fun-to-have” rather than “need-to-have” category for me. People were able to enjoy running or biking before GPS smart watches, after all. You have to be closely following a training plan—and know what you’re doing—to get the most out of all the features. Beyond tracking your cadence and “suffer score” some of these watches will also tell you how long you should spend on recovery and how well you are sleeping. That type of health coaching is where the “smart” aspect of these watches appeals to me. Plus I can get notifications about what’s trending on Twitter to bring me back to what’s important if I find that nature is distracting me too much. Thank you IoT!
Michael McCarthy, Account Executive
I typically don’t buy a lot of gadgets aside from a phone but I did come across a portable speaker that I thought was pretty neat. It was the ‘Bose SoundLink Revolve+’ and for the size of the speaker the sound and the bass were very high quality. It is shaped like a lantern and has a carrying handle which makes it easy to transport. It is also water and shock resistant which makes it perfect for taking to the beach or on camping trips. There is also a portable charging cradle available for an extra $30. The speaker itself is not cheap but as far as portable speakers go it seems superior to most.
The question I ask myself is, would I use this speaker if I had it? Probably not that much but when I did my ears would be happy.
Angela Leavitt, Founder & Chief Mojo-Making Officer
Since the Mojo team is settling into its new office, I’ve got my eye on some camera gear so we can start producing videos on the regular again. I know quite a few photographers and videographers, so I’ve received a lot of opinions. I had no idea there was a Canon vs. Nikon rivalry similar to Apple vs. PC, but people seem to love one and hate the other.
I’ve settled on the Canon EOS 70D, and will be keeping my eye on the sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I’ll be looking for a package deal, and if I can find a basic lighting kit, even better. My goal is to kick off 2018 with weekly videos talking about the latest happenings in the telecom world.