X doesn’t mark the spot

What’s wrong with me? I seem to be the only one not excited by the new iPhone X.

Sure it’s very impressive technically, but what’s it giving in terms of new user experience. As far as I can gauge nothing. A major feature for a new phone shouldn’t be how you unlock it. Surely it should be how it’s used. It’s exactly the same user experience wih the phone once it’s unlocked as every other iPhone. Ok so there are a few gimmicks such as mapping facial movement onto emoji’s. However this type of thing will only entertain first time tried. It’s nothing for the longterm.

Now I’m an Apple fan. I use apple products from iphone, iPad, apple watch to laptop. So this isn’t an apple bashing option just for the hell of it. I just feel this is crazy expense for nothing extra. Apple have recently done something similar with the MacBook Pro. They add extra hardware and features and hike the price into the stratosphere without actual improving the experience of using the equipment at all. This is a trend I’m starting to worry about. With the difficulty of coming up with anything truely revolutionary Apple seem to be adding lots of new window dressing without changing what they’re selling in the window. The Apple innovation has hasn’t produced anything truly new for several years now and I think they’re well aware of this and are starting to grasp at ever larger straws.

I’m hoping this is just a short term trend and not the way Apple are going for the future.

Alien Covenant

Alien Covenant

Now I’m a fan of the Alien movies. I love the films and I’ve watched them many times. So myself and my wife watched the new film last night. I don’t know about you but I do tend to fall for movie trailers. I watch them and don’t always realise I’m getting the best bits in 30 seconds. The trailers for Alien Covenant do this as much as most movies but I was surprised that enough had been held back to leave a few surprises. What I mean by this is that the story was different than I expected. This is a good thing. The movie is an extension to the film Prometheus but the story starts by moving it in an unexpected direction. Vague I know, but I’m trying not to give any of it away and spoil it for you. However once the stories path is set, it becomes very obvious whats going to happen. From that point on your just traveling on the rails with no deviations or surprises. What saves it is the fact its a pretty good action film so you don’t really mind.

What you ultimately want from a horror is shock, dread, and dare I say it, horror. Alien Covenant does have shock on its side but practically zero horror. That being said so did Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection and they’re ok.

The special effects and sound are as you’d expect. In fact very good, but these are just dressing. What you actually get is an interesting science fiction adventure with some shock in there but by no means a great Alien movie. So this is where we go back to the trailers. I was expecting a true Alien movie much like the first or second. We actually got something on par with Alien 3 before the director’s version. It has Aliens and is an ok movie but will never rank highly for me.



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