Love it or leave it?

  • 29 December 2021
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As the holiday gift-giving season comes to a close, what new gadgets or software are you loving? And which would you send back to the discovery phase?

A family friend recently gave us a Wick LED candle, and it's definitely at the top of my "love it" list. The product team invested a great deal of time considering what people love about candlelight, the warmth, the flicker, that feeling of something special, and what people don't like about candles, such as fire hazards and melted wax. It's an inspiring product and a reminder to strive for excellence when creating something new. 

I can't wait to read what gadgets or software you love or leave!


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I’m loving my new SECRID wallet. Stylish, slim, protects contactless-enabled cards against skimming.

The goal is still to have no physical wallet at all, but this the definitely a great stop-gap solution!

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Ohhh, it’s gorgeous! And similar to the LED candle, I love how the product designers solved a user need by redesigning such a familiar product. Thanks for sharing this with us @pstrouven_pxc 

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I’m loving my new “reMarkable 2” e-Ink tablet. :heart:
It’s pretty awesome for taking notes, jotting down ideas, and making lofi wireframes. 

While all of the core features are relatively useful, I would “leave” the “Connect” subscription they require to unlock the full potential of the reMarkable tablet. :broken_heart:

Without a Connect subscription, you lack any cloud storage integrations and “handwriting to text” conversion (along with some other features). 

I understand the need to get more profits from users, but a subscription service that locks away some of the key features isn’t a great user experience. There should be expansive technologies that are locked behind the paywall - not features that are generally “out of the box” for other tablet devices. 

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I've always wanted to try one of these tablets @david.morgan! I still prefer taking notes by hand, but I often wish I could keyword search my notebook.  :slight_smile:  

You raise a great point about subscriptions. Will consumers soon reach a point of subscription exhaustion? I subscribe to so many services that I am now reluctant to add more subscriptions and I wonder how many other people feel the same way. It will be interesting to see how this business model evolves over the next few years. 

Thanks for sharing your love and leave!

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I've always wanted to try one of these tablets @david.morgan! I still prefer taking notes by hand, but I often wish I could keyword search my notebook.  :slight_smile:  

You raise a great point about subscriptions. Will consumers soon reach a point of subscription exhaustion? I subscribe to so many services that I am now reluctant to add more subscriptions and I wonder how many other people feel the same way. It will be interesting to see how this business model evolves over the next few years. 

Thanks for sharing your love and leave!

It’s a GREAT little tool (I can write down ideas during my break, do some research and add to my notes in real-time, etc). 

RE: Subscriptions - I’m not normally has hesitant or, to phrase it better, as reluctant to add new subscriptions if there’s a strong “value add.” When you ship a product for a number of years, then restrict what some would call “vital product features” behind a subscription model with your newer product … that becomes an issue. There needs to be a stronger, decisively practical way of introducing a subscription model to your users (something us PMs deal with regularly, especially in the SaaS space). I guess what I’m saying is that; “As a reMarkable user, I feel as though they didn’t think through the subscription model in a way to benefit me (the user) and more about the bottom line (financials).” :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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