PC to Mac to Good Call

Category: Weekly Columns

Like so many people, I’ve been on a tech journey for quite a while. Being a boomer, some of the new technology and changing tools from the growth of the Internet have been more challenging than others to learn. For me, the top of that list was going from a PC to a Mac computer.

I resisted.

I was comfortable with my PC.

I wasn’t ready.

But, that final virus and computer crash, to paraphrase Eliza Doolittle, “done me in.” Well, that just dated me big-time. I got my first Apple product: a desktop Macintosh. I signed up for their One2One personal training. I went back to school.

Some of what I was shown I picked up and adopted easily. Other things required repetition in the way of a children’s song – repeat, repeat, and repeat again.

Early frustration made me think of returning the Mac and powering up the old PC. I persisted. I don’t like giving up. I advise against that as a parent and now I was listening to my own words and not giving up.

Soon, I was learning the various programs that came with my Mac, like iPhoto and iMovie. I never really liked and still don’t really like iTunes, but I sort of learned that, too. I refused to give up WORD, so I got the Apple version and have stayed with that ever since.

Later, I gave my Mac to my son and got my first MacBook Pro laptop. Renewed my One2One training. By now, I was a friend with half the trainers at my Apple Store. Those relationships were golden and yet another example of Apple’s brilliance in seducing customers to their product.

Next was giving up my Blackberry. Nah, couldn’t do that. It has a keyboard and I like a keyboard. I don’t like those touch-screens. Nor did I want to have to learn yet another new thing.

My boys begged and begged.

We all got iPhones. I still type with one finger, but I got more One2One training on the iPhone and then got an iPad and continued learning.

What is so cool to me now is that I don’t even remember all those changes anymore from PC to Mac. The right click difference, the on and off difference, Safari vs. Internet Explorer, Mail vs. a PC-based email system, etc. I’m hooked on Apple; probably for life.

I use all three of my Apple devices to take video for my I’m NOT That Dad vlogs. I write my columns on both my MacBook Pro and iPad. I email from ‘em all. I even started using Instagram and I text and tweet from any of them ALL the time.

Heck, my Social Media columns here on BruceSallan.com get more hits than my bread-and-butter “A Dad’s Point-of-View” weekly columns, which appear in over 100 newspapers and websites internationally. I’m now even consulting with individuals and small businesses on how to integrate Social Media into their lives and businesses.

Switching to Apple opened so much more of the Social Media universe to me. The relationships I’ve developed are incredible and literally worldwide. My old media work in radio is enhanced by those contacts as the people I “meet” through my own #DadChat Tweet-Chat, my Facebook Page, Twitter, comments, and more from all my activities, lead to friendships both virtual and IRL (in real life).

Oh, and I got this new iPHone handset that is totally sweet! So when I get a call on my iPhone I can answer it on the wireless handset. YET another reason we don’t really need a landline anymore! Perfect for anyone who talks a bunch on their iPhone.

While offering a streamlined calling experience, theiG1 from Good Call integrates seamlessly with many of the iPhone’s distinctive features, including Siri, which I can’t wait to get when I get the iPhone5. The iPhone lover’s favorite personal assistant can be easily activated from the handset, enabling quick and easy voice dialing. In addition, the accompanying docking station allows you to charge your iPhone. Don’t feel like being tied down to the dock? No problem, since your iPhone does not need to be docked during calls on the handset. Other features include syncing with iTunes, easy multitasking, and 4 hours of talk time.

Reflecting its commitment to quality and fashion, Good Call invested heavily in perfecting the product’s design. Its global team spent over three years contouring the handset’s ergonomic shape to the human head and neck, delivering unparalleled comfort with a fashion-forward aesthetic. Do I sound like a “Brand Ambassador” yet? Like this tech talk? Cool, huh?

Those seeking the ultimate talking experience can opt for the iG1’s stepped up cousin – the iG1HD. It boasts all of the features of the Standard version along with several premium ones, such as HD audio, Bluetooth 4.0 and a dedicated battery meter display on the iPhone. C’mon, haven’t you ALWAYS wanted “a dedicated battery meter?”

It’s one of those simple devices that just makes sense. Mobile phones were meant to be mobile. When you’re stuck in the home/office (thus no longer mobile), talking on the iPhone feels sort of prehistoric and who wants to go backwards!. Yeah, a luxurious conversation device on which I can argue with my wife and boys. What we parents have always sought! Besides, my iPhone never has enough juice anyway, so the integrated dock takes care of that nuisance! I gave my wife the old alarm clock and now have the oh-so-sleek looking, easy-to-use, and more useful GC next to my side of the bed.

I’m no tech whiz, but when I can buy a product like Good Call, open it up and basically plug in it and use it, I’m a happy camper. When there’s actually a manual I can read and understand without hiring an engineer, I’m even happier. And, being an old film buff, I can’t neglect sound. Sound makes the movie for me and the quality sound on the Good Call headset closed the deal for me and I didn’t even get the slightly more expensive HD model.

Hmmm, looks and feels a bit like James Bond. I like the sound of that, “Sallan, Bruce….pause….Sallan.”

I’m not a believer in every scary thing I hear about being dangerous, but it doesn’t hurt that the Good Call avoids the cell-phone radiation risk, by allowing you to speak on the totally safe handset. Frankly, I care less about that than the fact that I can hold something more comfortable to talk on when I use the handset.

Okay, enough shilling for Good Call. As you well know, I don’t do many product reviews, but I do love my Apple products and my first ancillary iPhone purchase of this Good Call combination charger and portable handset. And, yes I got it for free – full disclosure.

  • http://www.dadblunders.com/ dadblunders

    “Sallan, Bruce….pause….Sallan.” life is about change. As parents we either to learn to go with the flow or the world will (without a doubt) leave you behind! I have heard lots of people say they wish they could return to the “good old days” when life was simpler. My granny used to tell me, “The good old days are now! I don’t want to use an outhouse again.” (yes, when she was little girl they didn’t have indoor plumbing)

    I understand that people want things simpler but truthfully do we??? I don’t know of too many people that actually would give up all the modern conveniences we have now. Its up to parent to make sure our child doesn’t take things for granted. I try to instill in my son that things weren’t always so easy and he should be grateful for what he has.

    Learn from our past, don’t worry about the future to much and live in the present….as Scarlett O’Hara said, “After all tomorrow is another day” ( i couldn’t help but try to put in one movie quote somewhere)

    Just my two cent of course……

    Aaron

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      I agree with your every word, Aaron…now go buy a Good Call so I make them happy, too! LOL…

  • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

    Good Call is intriguing but I am a Droid man and if I am not mistaken it is only for the iPhone.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      As of now…

  • http://twitter.com/TedRubin Ted Rubin

    Love GoodCall… especially the docking station. 

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      You always know the best stuff, Ted!

      • http://nickkellet.com/ Nick Kellet

        No I feel I’m lagging behind Ted and Bruce:) 

  • http://www.inclinedesign.info CASUDI

    I love this ~ wish I had cell coverage at my “remote” Island office and I would give up my land line in a heart beat. AT&T keeps sending me offers to “give it up” yet even though AT&T says we have cell coverage, we don’t.

    I was PC from 1982-1990, then I was both ~my partner James (whom I met in 1990~ did all design on a MAC, but our clients then had PCs and things which were designed on one often did not work on the other. In 2009 when my final PC a Sony Viao died, I went exclusively MAC and have never looked back. I love all this tech stuff and though I find learning it hard (often) I get a tremendous sense of accomplishment from doing so, becoming proficient and teaching others far less able than I am.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      The sense of accomplishment does outweigh the (hard) work…

  • http://thisBEAST.com/ netster

    That is awesome 🙂  Look pretty neat too. The awesome thing about Apple products, it always look so beautiful, and because it look beautiful, 3rd party accessories also making their products beautifully to match the ever gorgeous Apple products 🙂

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      I rarely do product reviews but this one deserves the acclaim it’s getting!

  • David Weber

    I recently “came home” to Apple/Mac.  The first computer I ever BOUGHT  (after having borrowed the portable computer of an acquaintance from 1988 to 1992) was in spring 1993 and it was a Mac IIsi, close to the top of the Mac league in those days.  In fact, I happened to come across the receipt for it while cleaning out some paper files a week or two ago…the system cost about $2,500 or more, and I think that was including the printer, which alone was about 1,200, maybe more.

    By the way, that old portable was about as heavy as three contemporary laptops and had a storage capacity of about 20 megs, or something tiny like that.  It used a DOS operating system.  I can’t believe I actually could drive that thing…typing in command lines instead of using a mouse, unfathomable!In ’02 I bought the house where I live now and got rid of the IIsi because, as I said to myself at the time, “we live in a Windows world.”  I actually never bought another desktop system for home use, though, just a series of Windows laptops.  Another relic I still have is my first laptop, a Toshiba Satellite I bought in 1997.  I can’t get the thing to boot up, which is too bad because I still have some files on it I would like to rescue.  It is now suitable for use as a paperweight, I suppose.I recently completed an extensive remodel of one room of my house, to convert it from a characterless utility room filled with piles of junk, to a home office and media room…well, really, “media room” is somewhat grand, I should say “cable-tv-and-DVD-watching room.”  Although I do have a half-dozen speakers in the room, tied into a 50-in HD screen, so it’s a step up from the 26-in. t.v. set I had since 1999.I also purchased an iMac for my desk.  Bruce S. had about 65-70% to do with my decision, because I know he is a supporter of Apple/Mac products & services.  Another person who influenced me was a colleague, who bleeds Apple white and beige, and accounted for another 10-15% of my decision.  The other up-to-15% was split between (a) reading and enjoying Steven Jobs’s biography in the wake of his death, and being sold on being a member of the Apple community, plus (b) always having liked my IIsi.Bruce S. has also influenced me to move toward using Twitter.  I don’t care too much about following Ashton Kutcher or the other high-profile Twitter users.  My interest was sparked by Bruce’s suggestion that hosting a Twitter chat with my students on a regular basis (let’s say once a week) with my students would be a good use of the technology.  I think that has a great deal of merit, plus would make me “look good” at a university that is always making a big deal out of professors using the latest and greatest technology.  Also, I would be able to participate in his dad chats.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Quite a journey yourself, Professor! Sure wish you’d kept that Ilse! And, I can’t wait for you to join #DadChat!

  • David Weber

    Whoa, somehow the paragraphing didn’t come through on my comment just posted.  Sorry to all who try to read what I wrote there.