I’m a cool kid
I’m an individual, yeah
But I’m part of a movement
My movement told me be a consumer and I consumed it
As a young immigrant, Koum and his mother had to rely on food stamps, and in a poignant tribute to his humble past, he chose to sign the deal with Facebook at the same welfare office in Mountain View where he used to queue to get food stamps.
Kind of bad sound quality but still awesome
I was following Basis’s development since the start. Their initial goal was to build an actual heart rate monitor. But current technology is not there. So they changed wordings on their site but I missed that. When I received it, I was very disappointed with lack of heart rate monitoring during workouts, and returned it immediately.
I was hoping by now we would have more options. But now only other option is MIO watch which should be better at monitoring heart rate but lacks all other sensors.
And then Basis updated their Sleep Analysis which looks pretty cool. It was new year, I wanted a new gadget, so I end up buying this once again. This time, however, I knew what I was getting.
First, let me list cons (for me):
- Heart rate monitoring requires almost no movement. Even walking will stop heart rate monitoring.
- Display is hard to see, and looks cheap.
- You have to wear pretty tight, not uncomfortably, but still too tight for normal watches.
- They are not clear on how they use some data like skin temperature, and perspiration.
- No Api to export your data and run your own analysis.
- Even while sleeping at night, there is 3 hour block where it could not detect my heart rate. The watch was on pretty tight.
Now here are some reasons why I still bought it again:
- Only choice if you want a tracker that tracks more than just arm movements.
- It records resting heart rate, which shows overall health.
- It records steps, so it is at least worth $100 like Fitbit.
- It records sleep automatically, and does pretty good analysis. (Not perfect but something to look at).
- It records skin temperature and perspiration. Not sure exactly how they use it, but I can use it for some personal analysis.
- Chrome model looks pretty good.
- They are improving their software, I want to support them and hopefully, heart rate tracking will get better with time.
Overall, I think it is a great activity tracker, and worth extra $100 for me. But it is not perfect, and all extra sensors may not be worth for some people.
I had followed Basis team long before they released their watch. I was really excited for their technology. Last summer, after a long wait, I finally received invitation to place the order. As soon as, it was delivered, I charged it up and started using it.
However, my excitement didn’t last very long. I noticed my heart rate was not being tracked correctly. I tried it for a few days, but even slightest movements will stop watch from recording heart rate. It was completely useless as a heart rate monitor during a workout. I checked online and learned that MyBasis had changed their marketing. When I joined their waiting list a year or so before the launch, it was advertised as real-time heart rate monitor that can be used during workouts. But now it was advertised as Health/Lifestyle Tracker that can help establish baseline for average heart rate throughout the day.
I was not happy. So I decided to send it back. MyBasis’s support was great, they didn’t try to talk me out of it. They immediately issued me RMA, and they even waived restocking fee.
Now 6 months later, I ordered Basis (2014 Ed.) again.
Hardware-wise this is still the same watch. There have been a few cosmetic changes on 2014 edition but basically it is same Basis B1 watch.
However, they have updated their software.
I suffer from insomnia a lot and have difficulty waking up early in the morning. This seemed like a great alternative to full-blown medical sleep study. I am not sure what I will find, but hopefully, it will show me a few things that can improve my sleep.
This time, I am not raising my expectation too much though. Even if it doesn’t help me improve my sleep, I am going to keep it this time. I am just hoping that Basis’s team will continue to improve its software and hopefully this watch will become more and more useful as time goes on.
This essay is a great read. My favorite quotes from it:
That’s where the upper-middle class tradition comes from. Just as houses all over America are full of chairs that are, without the owners even knowing it, nth-degree imitations of chairs designed 250 years ago for French kings, conventional attitudes about work are, without the owners even knowing it, nth-degree imitations of the attitudes of people who’ve done great things.
That’s what leads people to try to write novels, for example. They like reading novels. They notice that people who write them win Nobel prizes. What could be more wonderful, they think, than to be a novelist? But liking the idea of being a novelist is not enough; you have to like the actual work of novel-writing if you’re going to be good at it; you have to like making up elaborate lies.
Whichever route you take, expect a struggle. Finding work you love is very difficult. Most people fail. Even if you succeed, it’s rare to be free to work on what you want till your thirties or forties. But if you have the destination in sight you’ll be more likely to arrive at it.
Well, if you’ve chosen well, after you fail you will be one step closer to succeeding, you will be wiser and stronger and you almost certainly will be more respected by all of those that are afraid to try.
Last week, I logged into my Sprint account to see when our contract would expire. Somehow Google knew that I am thinking about getting a new phone. It knew that I had a contract, so I probably won’t buy one yet unless, of course, new carrier like T-mobile will pay for “Early Termination Fee”. And it knew that I love water, a waterproof phone would be great for me.
So I saw an ad for Sony Xperia Z1s available from T-mobile. I thought it was a sign that I should get this phone. So I did. Hina also got a new phone, iPhone 5s. (Actually, I was just tired of my current phone.)
My last phone was Evo 4g. It was at least 4 years old. It was slow and laggy but I was used it. So I am really impressed with speedy responsiveness of Z1s. I don’t know why I waited so long to upgrade.
Also I always hated large phones, I thought Evo 4g was too big. Z1s is huge. I am still getting used to it. I justified its size by thinking it would be almost replacement for a tablet. And luckily it almost is like a tablet. Watching videos is pleasure. Even reading Kindle books on it, is nice.
But the real reason I got this phone is because of its waterproof capabilities. I love hot tub, pool, lakes, beaches. In fact, today I was in hot tub testing out Z1s. I didn’t read a whole lot but I watched Netflix, and listened to music. I was able to text with wet fingers also. Although it is a lot easier to keep small towel next to hot tub and wipe your fingers before texting. Overall, I enjoy using this phone in hot tub.
I haven’t submerged it yet. Still a bit nervous about that.
Also I was looking for a charging dock for it but could not find one. However, DK31 made for Xperia Z1, actually works with Z1s too. I end up buying DK31 from Sony Store, however, you can find many better priced charging docks for Z1 online. Those should work with Z1s too.
I was afraid that microUSB cover will eventually break by opening and closing it every time we charge the phone.
Now there is one big negative. Although phone looks very nice but I noticed that plastic strip around edges of phone is not completely pressed down in one area as you can see in the photo. It is sort of bent. I went back to T-mobile store to get it exchanged but all their phones were like this. They also opened one brand new box, same issue.
I kept the phone as it looks like it effects aesthetics only. It is pretty minor. Waterproofing should not be affected by this. Once phone is in a case, it should add additional layer of protection too. And I just really liked everything else on this phone. I pre-ordered this case from Amazon.
Overall, I am very happy with this phone.
His advice to me: Don’t be in so much of a rush. Be easier on yourself. Comparing yourself to what others are doing is a waste of time. He also adds an old Chinese saying – A big construction is always completed late.