I recently had a discussion with a couple of my “gear-headed” friends about indoor weather clocks. You see, my point was that if you own a smartphone, you don’t need a separate device to check the weather. But the thing is, I never actually used one before and as my friends kept pointing out, I was talking “out of my ass”. Now, for some of you who already read a couple of my entries, you know that I don’t back down easily. For the rest of you new to my articles, here is what I usually do to win an argument:
- I argue, back my claim up with everything I got,
- I try to point out the flaws in your claims and, if I can, look to insult you in the process
- I never change my mind and never stop arguing unless I am absolutely proven wrong
- And quite often, I wager something on my claim, and then I do everything in my power to prove it right!
So for this “beer” bet, I bought myself such a device in order to prove that it’s obsolete.
It is quite a generic device. I wasn’t too impressed with it, but for less than $70, I don’t believe you can get a better one. It looked nice, the design was simple, and overall, this was my first problem with it: I couldn’t find anything to nitpick on! So, round one to my buddies.
These weather stations come with an outdoor sensor that you have to put in your yard or basically, anywhere you want to get the measurements from. AHA, there was something I could pounce on, or so I thought. If you use your phone to check the weather, you don’t have to go outside, not even once. But as my wife so gladly pointed out (btw she always takes the side opposite of me in these arguments), I can only check the weather on my phone whilst I’m connected to the internet. And, it is not as accurate as this thing. So, I call this round a push because, on the one hand, you have to go outside and place the sensor, but on the other hand, you do it once and you’re done.
Now this was supposed to be my round. You see, this thing can only give you the info regarding temperature in the vicinity of the sensor. My phone can tell me the weather in Bangladesh and in my city at the same time! Again, my wife carefully pointed out that I don’t really need to know the weather anywhere in the world besides my own yard. And then she even pointed out that I can use the Smart Gear indoor/outdoor wireless weather station in many other ways. In hindsight, the name of the device should have tipped me off that I can use it:
- in the basement during winter (to see if there is any danger of pipes freezing)
- for my greenhouse, to check the humidity, temperature, and pressure
- or for my garage
none of which I can do with a phone. So I guess this last round goes to them as well. And it also acts as an alarm clock.
Needless to say, I lost the bet but can’t feel too bad about it. The thing is, I always feel good when I discover these new age tech things. Granted, I didn’t actually discover this one, it came as result of me losing some dignity (I am actually embarrassed to share the details), but the silver lining is the same. This is a great product with many uses and at a great price. And you know that I enjoy those.
Until the next time I start an argument…