Elon Musk has a tendency to go between the extremes of brilliant and insane which makes him an enjoyable person to watch even if you’re not an investor.
Investors have way too many moments where they may regret their stakes in Musk’s companies, given he makes the related securities and several cryptocurrencies far more volatile than they otherwise would be.
One of the latest rumors Musk has been talking about is the development of the Tesla phone that comes with distinctive features.
The phone makes sense considering the direction Tesla is headed, especially to hedge against Apple’s electric car that is rumored to be in the works.
Let’s take a look at the potential of the possibilities of a Tesla smartphone this week. We’ll end with my top product of the week: the earbuds I tested that are among the most comfortable that I’ve tested.
Tesla’s Apple Problem
Tesla and Apple share a similar approach in their respective markets, and both have advantages.
Apple was created by the powerful chief Steve Jobs, and Elon Musk has accomplished a better job reflecting Jobs’ unique style of managing and creating products as Tim Cook.
Both firms have impressive customer loyalty and have market valuations that are precise, and many large corporations are vying for them.
Tesla does not do a lot of marketing and has a long history that has been a victim of poor quality management. Although Apple has cut its marketing efforts, it is still the leader of its competitors in this area as Apple generally sets the standards regarding the quality of its products.
There is a high relationship between iPhone consumers and Tesla customers. Therefore it is possible that if Apple launches cars that are integrated with Apple’s Apple system, it could gain a significant share from Tesla.
Of all the competitors that are likely to challenge Tesla, Apple represents the biggest threat due to its customer loyalty, its visibility, and the huge marketing budget. Apple’s financial reserves create a frightful potential competitor to Tesla.
In the end, smartphones are now an integral part of the new Tesla automobiles and are part of Tesla’s audiovisual technology in cars. Apple will have an edge ahead of the pack with this integration, and could cause a break in compatibility with Tesla when driving Apple users away from Tesla automobiles. This could cause Musk to look into making his own phone.
The Tesla Phone
The phone rumored to be in the works is expected to feature Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Series solution, with colors that are in line with Tesla automobile colors. It will also function more effectively as a car key for Tesla automobiles than any other phone and (this is where the problem lies) link to Starlink.
This is a bit tricky since getting a smartphone connected to satellites requires a big antenna as well as a superior radio. If they can connect, it could provide an enormous, distinct advantage to Tesla smartphone owners who can enjoy relatively high-bandwidth connections for years before 5G was available.
I believe the best option is to incorporate satellite connectivity in the car, which would better conceal the antenna. You could then allow the phone to connect through in the vehicle when a 5G connection was not available or when you’re looking to stream the latest movie (to avoid data limits). The car will then have an on-demand satellite connection to allow remote operation as well as to report any attempted car thefts or other damage more effectively.
Last but not least, as smartphones are becoming key to automobiles, the possibility exists that the Tesla phone may be linked to the Tesla car.
For instance, it might include buttons that lock and unlock the vehicle and even scream for help through the car’s speakers to draw attention. It could also assist the car find you in the event that you were using the autonomous feature and you wanted it to take you to the airport and return you to your car. This would be especially useful for those who don’t remember the location of our car.
Should Elon Musk is more visionary than Tim Cook was with the Apple Watch, he’ll make these features customizable so that they’re compatible with other vehicles and phones, and it could become a way into the path to convincing people to purchase Tesla’s cars.
Also, as an aside, I would imagine a Tesla smartwatch that works with the car could be more fascinating; however, I’ve not heard of a rumor about that. (By, by the way, there’s an actual Tesla wearable. It’s not a smartphone and isn’t made by Tesla. I own one (and it’s quite amazing).
In terms of creating an iPhone that works from the beginning, be aware that Qualcomm has helped Apple in the creation of its first iPhone and have improved their capabilities in the years since. With the help of Qualcomm, Tesla is starting with the top smartphone technology, but they’ll need to include automobile features, which they’re certainly better than able to do.
Tesla might be superior to Apple in the integration of phones and cars.
While both Tesla and Apple have proved to be excellent allies, Qualcomm can partner well with any company and be successful in helping Apple to get its feet wet at a time when it was much smaller than the company it is today.
With Qualcomm’s assistance, Tesla potentially more than reduces the advantage of Apple’s phone technology. Qualcomm has more experience with cars than Apple because of their work in-car AV and autonomous driving.
While Tesla is a bit light on the phone front, Qualcomm will help close the gap. On the roadside, Tesla knows far more than Apple. If Tesla can bring its performance to where it is required to be — which is a significant feat given its past, they will provide the best experience for drivers than Apple has been able to do in the beginning.
Additionally, the regulatory challenges of the construction of a car are much more complex to navigate as opposed to making a phone, which is why Tesla may have a quicker time on the market using Qualcomm than Apple does with its latest car.
In a way, Steve Jobs was more of a car enthusiast more than Tim Cook, suggesting the first Apple car had a good chance of becoming Apple’s Zune. If the Apple car turns out to be a disaster and it does, then it will most likely ruin not only Elon Musk’s day, but Steve Ballmer’s as Steve Ballmer was the founder of Zune and would surely appreciate Apple having the same experience.
UE Fits Earbuds
I’m not a fan of earbuds. I tend to get rid of them. They tend to cause my ears to itch and make them look a bit dorky.
U-Fits by Ultimate Ears are expensive at $249 retail (currently being sold at $169). However, they do have one feature that could be worth the cost to you. They warm internally when making them, allowing the part that is placed in the ear to conform to the ear to ensure the perfect size.
This product is very modern and next-generation.
A while ago, I purchased a pair of earbuds similar to those, but they required that you allow the earpieces to sit under hot water for a while until they become flexible, and then after they had cooled, you could put them into your ears to test the right fit. I was never able to do this, so I used the earbuds with no fitting, and it was not optimal.
The UE Fits guide you through fitting as a part of the setup. They sound decent when you use them, and due to their extremely tight fit, they won’t lose their position, which makes me resent Earbuds (did I not mention that I’m constantly losing them? ).
They are available in three shades: Eclipse (midnight blue that appears as black), Cloud (grey) addition to Dawn (lilac).
Note that only Eclipse is available at the time of writing. The other colors have sold out; however, I feel that the Eclipse color is the most appealing.
They’re shipped with one earpiece, however, if they’re not the right size, call them at the Ultimate Ears folks, and they’ll send you a new pair in an alternative size at no cost.
UE Fits don’t have active noise cancellation that isn’t typical for a product of this price range. But, I don’t believe they’ll require it given the extremely tight fit, and the fact that active noise cancellation is not available on the earbuds is never guaranteed.
These earbuds from UE are a unique pair of headphones that are affordable for the moment. If you’re willing to accept the black/blue color but getting them before Christmas, considering the shipping problems, could be extremely risky. However, since they are comfortable in my ears and have a lower chance to get lost, and are priced at a steal currently, The UE Fits are my product of this week.