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Brian X. Chen
Lead consumer technology writer and author of the Tech Fix column for . Putting out fires and starting new ones every week.
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Brian X. Chen Sep 20
Is it just me or is the new interface excruciatingly slow compared to the last one?
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Brian X. Chen Sep 19
So true - she's also my muse for lots of stories about things that frustrate non-techies about tech.
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Brian X. Chen Sep 19
OK, so you're ignoring my point that you didn't read the review before saying my verdict was wrong/different than Wired's even though it was the same. So I'll mute you now, bye.
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Brian X. Chen Sep 19
Perhaps scroll down to the buyer advice where I say people with recent generation watches shouldn't upgrade. Not much contrast.
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Brian X. Chen Sep 19
Replying to @dsilverman
And my broader point is that people on the annual upgrade path are in the minority. Just because the option exists doesn't mean that people want it or should do it. Just like how leasing cars isn't the standard way that people buy cars.
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Brian X. Chen Sep 19
Replying to @dsilverman
Sure, there are tools to simplify. But again, when given the option, more casual technology users don't want to go through this process. They don't want to think about managing passwords, 2FA, backups or restoring data. They don't have to know about this stuff like we do.
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Brian X. Chen Sep 19
Replying to @bxchen
I don’t even think many tech workers even upgrade phones after a year. Many friends I know with the oldest phones are engineers. They’re savvy enough to do maintenance and get the most out of their phones.
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Brian X. Chen Sep 19
Replying to @dsilverman
It’s not just about backing up and restoring data but also the chore of logging into all your apps again. I’ve seen non tech enthusiasts go through it and they get aggravated.
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Brian X. Chen Sep 19
Replying to @bxchen
Got questions in my review about whether iPhone X customers should upgrade. I’ve never recommended for people to upgrade to a new phone after a year. It’s impractical and wasteful, and most people don’t like upgrading frequently given complexity of moving data.
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Brian X. Chen Sep 19
Replying to @harrans
Former for pocketability
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Ethan Weiss Sep 19
This was definitely the most unusual interview I've done with a reporter! Thank for your patience. And great review (though I am not sure I would call it a big deal for our health - yet) Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Big Deal for Our Health
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Brian X. Chen Sep 19
Apple Watch Series 4 review: Big on health and better — but pricier
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Brian X. Chen Sep 18
Replying to @atlasphotoblog
Pacifica!
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Brian X. Chen Sep 18
Replying to @bxchen
People often think the S cycle of iPhones is boring. That may be true from a news perspective, though I generally think the S cycle is a safer buy for average people — it's when Apple adds polish and weeds out problems from the last major upgrade.
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Brian X. Chen Sep 18
Can someone explain to me why my dog isn't Instagram famous yet? Do I need to buy bots? Will bake bagels/cookies for followers.
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Brian X. Chen Sep 18
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Brian X. Chen Sep 18
Replying to @bxchen
I was pleasantly surprised that the XS Max was usable with one hand. But I still dislike the Reachability swipe gesture introduced in iPhone X, which was meant to help with one-hand use. It consistently results in bumping into buttons on the bottom of apps.
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Brian X. Chen Sep 18
Replying to @dgreichert @j2sheck
I had assumed this as well, but that wasn't the case when I used the Max. Read the review!
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Brian X. Chen Sep 18
iPhone XS and XS Max review: After years of being a naysayer, I’m finally sold on big-screen phones
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Brian X. Chen Sep 14
My Lyft driver just started snoring at a stoplight. Couldn't tell if he was actually asleep or being sarcastic to signal boredom, but either way I wasn't amused.
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