Jared Wilder / Android Authority
☕ Hello! Goodbye and thank you for all the fish, and for listening to me rave about the coffee almost every morning. (Hooray for the coffee! This literally reduces the risk of premature death! Of death!)
What I learned while writing this newsletter…
OKAY! So first daily authority will continue and may he reign long. (From what I’ve seen, there’s a list of new faces from AA news and features team ready to tackle the daily tech newsletter from different angles, so expect a lively newsletter to come. And yes, that’s my face, saying goodbye to a 2019 TCL Plex!)
Before that, a few farewell words from me! A few things I thought of came together as I thought about the tech space in general.
Waiting for the next generation:
- It’s always so tempting to wait for the sequel. The next generation smartphone with the next generation chipset, the next laptop with a next generation processor, the next game console, the next TV update… waiting for the next generation is a habit.
- The new thing is always more exciting, with 10% more speed, 8% more efficiency, 16% stronger glass… the truth is that it’s usually overrated and the old is just as good and available now.
- It is almost never worth passing from one generation to another. But we always do: we always believe that the next big hit will be worth it.
- I think the wait is usually only worth it if it’s major; as the first major refresh of a MacBook Pro in years.
- Never buy the base model of anything – always upgrade for more RAM and more storage.
- The key here is for companies to send devices to reviewers for thorough testing and, before you ask, in respected publications, this is a fair and honest review process.
- But the catch is that the company will almost never send reviewers the base spec device. It’s still the mid-tier or higher device.
- The base device is just there to help people say, “It starts at $499,” but you’ll want to level up to get a device with more longevity every time.
- This one is tough, and I struggled with it here in the newsletter. New things coming out all the time aren’t really good for the environment. Do the right thing and hang on to a device a bit longer, or buy something like a Fairphone is a good feeling.
- But you’ll inevitably see numbers like “1.43 billion smartphones were sold in 2021,” and that makes your little pick tiny.
- I don’t have an answer here other than: we probably need to buy less stuff, and keeping your old stuff around a bit longer is about all you can do.
Finally, inside baseball on a newsletter:
- A lot of people ask about writing a newsletter and how to make it work, and my answer is: above all, consistency. Just being there is the first step.
- Best day to write a newsletter: Monday, maybe? And that’s because Sunday is the best day to read online.
- The cadence of the internet is to post longer, more thoughtful articles on a Sunday. So you’re probably better off being outside and gardening on Sundays, but if you have time in the afternoon or evening, that’s when the best thoughts and features of long duration are put online.
💵 Asus ROG Phone 6 images, specifications appear online: Here’s what we know ahead of the July 5 launch (Android authorities).
🧊 George RR Martin confirms the rumours: “Yes, there is a Jon Snow show in development.” Sounds cold, but also, Game Of Thrones fell so hard after the last season, it will be interesting to see if it pans out. (georgerrmartin.com).
What’s funnier than a rare five-planet alignment in 2022? That, with Venus joining a crescent moon!
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are all together in the pre-dawn morning sky, in the same order as their respective orbits, which is handy.
- Espace.com has a good guide to what you’ll see if you wake up before dawn.
- And with Venus joining a sunburst sunday morningthe night sky will be even more fun.
- Nasa also has you covered, pointing you in the direction of the sky southeast or south-southeast depending on your latitude/longitude.
- “Planetary conjunctions are traditionally more a matter of astrology than serious astronomy,” NASA astronomer and researcher Mitzi Adams said in a blog post on the same topic earlier in May, “but they never fail to impress during sightings, especially when gas giants are involved.
Tristan Rayner, former editor here, now just a guy.