Influences of the Apple Watch: Considering A Cellular Kindle

A weekend behavior potentially furthers my constellation of devices into yet another evolution

Antoine RJ Wright
Jan 14, 2018 · 3 min read

My weekends have an intentional space dedicated to reading and contemplation. I’m on an iPad Pro all week, therefore it helps when able to take the other articles in my constellation of devices and live out a little bit. Today pushes a thought which had come previously, yet feels like it might be near the right time to run towards it: shifting my current Kindle Paperwhite for a cellular-enabled one.

This sounds weird, but one should understand, the Apple Watch 3 I have is the cellular model. For all intents, it’s able to do nearly all when out and about. It’s sole hindrances, battery, camera and notes, might not actually be all that much of an issue. Battery life is more an issue if taking calls or doing heavy GPS. The photography becomes tweaked; use the Snap Spectacles even more or defer iPhone-ohraphy to specific events. Notes perhaps becomes either deferred or made into reminders/notes to be explore later (which happens with most of my contemplation notes anyways). Yet, a piece like this — being written on my iPhone — probably doesn’t happen. Is that a loss or a gain? Or, is it simply written or spoken to the Kindle (is Alexa on a traditional Kindle really all that far away)?

Upon some further thought, this is really a bit much. A cellular Kindle likely pushes away from some of that note writing. Some, not all. I wonder of continuing with Kindle4RSS, or would I be better to utilize another service for catching news left for this time? I don’t want to use the web browser more. But, for those linked articles, to not wait for a trusted WiFi connection, or to later consume the clippings, I’d be more or less able to push thru (again I remark it’s a shame one can’t simply ready an Evernote notebook easily on a Kindle, argh).

That does bend away from reasons why I bought a Kindle Paperwhite to begin with. I wanted a quieter reading experience. One where connectivity was part of the action, but not necessarily needed to be noticed. I think I’ve got that at times. At other times I do not. Usually because something comes up — a note or a link elsewhere — where it would make sense to continue down the path, even at the cost of breaking the quieter reading happening now. For those moments, it’s been the iPhone playing as a second window; and a discipline of putting the mobile down to get back to what I was reading. Sometimes, that’s a challenge.

I have wanted to dive a bit deeper into some topics. Non-fiction reads are one thing when social or periodicals, another thing when given the fuller attention of research papers, journals, and books. There’s less immediate sharing, less attention to some types of distractions (definitions and linked indices are their own pleasure). There’s depth on purpose is what I’m saying. Not so much because it’s a Kindle, but because I’m giving it the context to be such an anchor.

Such a shift wound further demote the iPhone — the “glass-slab mobile” I like to call it. And that might not be a bad thing. Apple sees the Watch as a better part of the connectivity which goes with you. The cellular one is essentially the 1st gen iPhone in a much smaller package. Though the applications to which it or Siri connect towards isn’t as developed as it could be. Quiet would be as simple as removing AirPods. Secluded reading as simple as putting them back on. It would be lighter in weight; and probably also in perception. Less breakable glass to more depth within the glass shavings which remain.


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Maybe I’m right in the idea, but it might be too early for the exploration? There’s a lot not lost in this. And maybe more that is. That’s what these weekends are for: contemplation and considering other options. It doesn’t necessarily mean I’m making a change, but it does mean within my nebula of devices and connectivity, there might be something new brewing.