Why The New Fitbit Versa Is So Tempting

Last week, Fitbit announced the Fitbit Versa, the company’s newest smart/fitness watch. While this is not the first smart watch Fitbit has released, I think this is the first one that stands a chance against the Apple Watch.

I was very shocked to hear that Fitbit is releasing another smart watch since they just released the Ionic, last October. The Ionic did not get much praise and in my opinion, looked horrendous.

If you remember the Pebble smart watch, before Fitbit acquired them in 2016, the Versa will look extremely familiar. This is a good thing. While I never owned a Pebble, it always seemed so simple, to the point, long lasting and easy to use. Looking at the Versa, I think this will be in the same boat.

Women’s Health

Women will find a new feature that is a first for a smart watch. This watch will track a women’s menstrual cycle.  Fitbit says that it will “log your period, record symptoms & compare your cycle against other health stats like sleep, activity and weight.” I think that this is fantastic and will be a huge selling point. That is until Apple does the same thing later this year, I’m sure.


I’ve used Fitbit’s for years. I have had the Fitbit Flex, Charge and Flex 2. All are great products but far from smart watches. Since then, I have been using the Apple Watch and haven’t looked back.  I really like the Fitbit software on the iPhone so that is an advantage going forward with any Fitbit product. My entire family, for the most part, has a Fitbit of some form. The challenges and competitions you can do within the app is a lot of fun and motivating. That is something the Apple Watch is lacking and can make a huge difference.

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The software on the watch itself is something I have no experience with. Now, they have Fitbit Lab apps that are built specifically for the Fitbit. Hopefully they run a lot better than most apps on the Apple Watch.


From the reports, the Fitbit Versa will be a little bit smaller than the 38 mm Apple Watch.  Fitbit also says that this will be a lightweight device. The Apple Watch is a pretty heavy device on your wrist so a lighter and smaller watch will be welcomed.

Price and Availability

The Versa will be out later this year and cost $199.95 and $229.95 for a special edition, that comes with a woven band.

Closing Thoughts

I am very surprised that this product caught my attention so much. When they released the Ionic, there was no temptation. My Apple Watch works fine for what I use it for but to have a smart watch that lasts 4+ days? Now that is something I could get on board with.

Are you in the market for a smart watch? Do you think the new Fitbit Versa is something you will plan on buying? Let me know on twitter or in the comments!

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Apple’s March Education Event

Today, Apple sent out invites to press announcing an event focused on education.

The event will take place in Chicago on Tuesday, March 27th.

What to expect?

Lately, the rumor mill has been buzzing about a new cheaper MacBook and new iPads. Those two devices definitely make sense in regards to education.

Some other possibilities, but I’m not sure very likely, is the wireless charging AirPower mat and an iPhone SE follow up. I am sure Apple will comment on iOS 11.3 features with a release that day.

Check back here on March 27th where I will recap the event and let you know all of the goodies Apple has graced us with!

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My Favorite Apple Podcasts

I have been a fan of podcasts for close to eight years now. They are great for road trips or if you spend a good bit of your day in a vehicle or in a quiet office. The only downside to listening to so many podcasts is that I don’t have as much time to catch up on the latest music. But that is a decision you can make on your own. If you have never looked into podcasts, I recommend browsing the Apple Podcast app for different topics you might be interested in.

Today, I am going to list my favorite Apple podcasts.

The Talk Show with John Gruber

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John Gruber is the also the creator of one of my favorite sources for all things Apple, daringfireball.net. I love the detail that Gruber puts into this shows. You can count on his shows lasting around 2 to 2 and a half hours. No matter the length, Gruber and friends make the time worth while. Click here to download The Talk Show with John Gruber.

The Rebound

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We go from long form with The Talk Show, to a shorter podcast by Lex Friedman, John Moltz and Dan Moren who discuss the latest Apple news that has developed the previous week. This podcast comes in around 30-35 minutes. There are a lot of podcasts that I wish were shorter. This is one that I wish was around an hour. These guys are funny and never hold back when it comes to their opinions on the latest news. Click here to download The Rebound.

MacBreak Weekly

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Leo Laporte and his network over at Twit.tv, is what got me hooked on podcasts years ago. They have shows about nearly every tech topic but the one that I look forward to the most is MacBreak Weekly. Usually Laporte is joined by Alex Lindsay, Rene Ritchie and Andy Ihnatko. Sometimes other guests join in but this is a great roundtable of Apple talk from people who have been in the industry for quite some time. Click here to download MacBreak Weekly.

The iMore Show

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If you are an Apple fan, surely you’ve heard of the site iMore.com. Rene Ritchie steers the ship over there offering tips, tricks and news of everything Apple. If their site is something that interests you, so will The iMore Show. I like The iMore Show a lot because Serenity Caldwell, Lori Gil, Mikah Sargent and Georgia Dow are all very down to earth and offer more than just news. They offer tons of helpful hints in the Apple world. Click here to download The iMore Show.

Wild Card – A Slab of Glass

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This last one is what I am calling a wild card because as of today, it is unreleased. Recently, I have stumbled across the website Tablet Habit created by Jeff Perry. He writes about living an iPad-first lifestyle and it is very intriguing. Him and YouTuber, Christopher Lawley, are teaming up to talk about the iPad on a brand new show called, A Slab of Glass, and I think they are going to have a great show on their hands. The first episode releases 3/18. Click here to download A Slab of Glass.

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Why I Didn’t Buy The HomePod

You know me, when Apple releases a new product, I jump on the bandwagon. This time, I did not.

Apple finally released the Apple HomePod. This is Apple’s premier speaker that everyone is comparing to the Google Home and Amazon.

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For $350, this speaker is going to be a really good audio device. I currently do not have a Bluetooth speaker. I am either listening to podcasts or music through my iPhone X speakers, AirPods or in my car. It has crossed my mind to buy a speaker but the maximum I would spend would be around $200. Yes, supposedly this speaker is very high quality, but that is it. To me, that $350 is not worth it to me. Im not 100% against spending that kind of money on a speaker but I want it to be smart. Enter Siri.

Siri is still Siri. If Siri is ever updated, that is when I will spend the extra money on one of Apple’s speakers. The great thing about this device’s smarts, and Siri, is that it can all be updated through software. I don’t expect there to be sequels to the HomePod nearly as often as most of Apple’s products. I really just hope Apple starts paying more attention to Siri as Google and Amazon has done with their platforms.

Sorry HomePod, I’m not saying never, just not today.

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iPhone X mophie, In The Works

Remember my post last week?

I’m not saying mophie was listening to me but it is a heck of a coincidence that we will see an iPhone X mophie case soon.

According to Appleinsider.com, mophie has a Juice Pack Air, battery case for the iPhone X, in the works.

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Last week, I mentioned that mophie’s battery case was MIA and I had a few thoughts as to why. There is very little information out there about the case. It will have a 1720 mAh sized battery and will support wireless charging. At this point, that is about all we know.

A big question that I have now, is whether or not this delay will mean that it will work with Apple’s yet-to-be released, AirPower wireless charging mat. Until then, I will be (im)patiently waiting.

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mophie, Where are you?


Anyone who knows me, knows that I love the mophie battery cases. If you don’t know what they are, they are cases for your phone that has a battery built into it. It usually gives you anywhere from 60%- 100% extra battery. These are nice to have when you are traveling or if you work somewhere that keeps you away from a power outlet all day long.

The last mophie case made for an iPhone was for the iPhone 7. That was well over 1 year ago. From what I can remember, the latest mophie has ever released an iPhone case was January, following a September iPhone release. That was for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. That makes sense. It was an entirely new size device.

It is nearly March. There are plenty of third party battery cases available for the iPhone X. But where is mophie?

I have a couple of predictions.


This one is a long shot, but rumors are ramping up that Apple will be releasing their AirPower charging mat in the next two months or so. Also MIA, is a Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

One thought that has ran through my mind is that Apple teamed up with mophie, like they did with the mophie wireless charging base, and are making a mophie Smart Battery Case.


This will have the same style shell we are used to from mophie but it will have the smarts that Apple had in their Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6 and 7. It will have a battery indicator in your widgets, if you would like. It would also support the faster 7.5 watt wireless charging with Apple’s AirPower mat. There are very few battery cases on the market that support wireless charging but mophie has already made some, in the past. Teaming up with Apple would allow mophie to make the case they are used to but also have some leverage to being the only battery case on the market, for the time being, to work with AirPower. There is very little known about the AirPower mat, so there may be more possibilities and features that we are unaware of. These are just a few idea that I think would make it a top of the line product.

Ideally, this case would have a lightning charging port that Apple had with their Smart Battery Case. That is where this dream falls apart. Mophie has never included a lightning charging port in any of their products. That is why I am thinking, if they are working closely with Apple on this, that it will have a lighting port.

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iPhone X – Discontinued

My second guess is that the rumors are true. The iPhone X, as we know it today, will be discontinued and Apple will stop making this particular model. Mophie could have some inside word on this and that could be why they are not putting their time, money and resources into a product that will be useless in a few months. If that is the case, I cant blame them.

Taking Their Time

Or I could be extremely impatient and have been bugging mophie’s PR team to no end for no reason.  If they do have something in the pipeline for the iPhone X and they are perfecting it, I apologize to mophie.

I would just like some transparency. I am willing to hand them $100 for one of their premium battery cases but they have almost made me resort to their competition. This is a brand I trust and I am just trying to make a case for a case.

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Review: Jolt Emergency Charger

The Jolt emergency charger is an on-the-go disposable battery. At first glance, you may wonder, why would I need something like this? One practical scenario that I have thought about is keeping a couple of these in a vehicle in case of an emergency situation that you need a quick charge. I usually carry around a battery pack but having one of these, like all of those napkins in your console, could really come in clutch.

First off, my Jolt experience was not off to a good start. The first charger I used, charged my phone up 3% and shut off. That left a bad taste in my mouth but I decided to give another one a shot.

Jolt packages these little guys in its own individually wrapped packages.

Jolt claims that it will charge your battery up to 20%. For my test, I used my iPhone X and started my charging at 74%. For the record, I was not using my phone at the time and had all of my apps closed. After 26 minutes, it stopped charging and it raised my iPhone X’s battery by 10%, up to 84%.

For what this is, and what they claim, Jolt does the job. Granted, it doesn’t charge up your phone a full 20%, which isn’t the smartest thing to claim since every phone has a different size battery. In a pinch, or emergency, this is definitely a welcomed accessory to keep by your side, just in case.

Jolt also offers chargers for devices that use Micro-USB.

Pick up yours at JoltCharger.com

Disclaimer – Jolt was kind enough to send me this product to test out.

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