Moving to London was a big one for me. It’s been over a year, I’ve written about being lonely and having to make more of an effort than ever to meet people, and more importantly to maintain friendships, so there’s really something significant about being invited to spend a day with some bloggers only to discover on arrival that they are all already your mates.
The purpose of my day out was to try out two new bits of tech: the Lenovo Yoga Book, and the Motorola Moto Z phone. I am not a tech nerd (as much as I would like to be); I am not up to date on the cutting edge of the field, I lose interest in things like detailed specifications, and I don’t think I’ve ever read an instruction manual in my life. What I am very into, however, is how I can incorporate new tech into my life to make it easier, and to make my ~content~ better.
The first segment of our day out in London was spent at the Villandry St James (who kindly provided me with vegan options for every course), learning about the Lenovo Yoga Book. The Yoga Book is not like your average tablet; it can function like a regular laptop with a touch keyboard if required, or more like a graphics tablet using the stylus, if the keyboard is turned off. It’s also super slim and light. One of the coolest features, in my opinion, is the create pad, which allows you to write on a regular paper notepad using a stylus with a real ink nib, which comes with the Yoga Book, and it will automatically translate this to digital form, which instantly appears on the screen.
We also tested out the Moto Z phone with the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod add-on, which transforms the (still great) smartphone camera to a high quality point-and-shoot level. The Moto Z has a number of available mods, including a super slim battery pack and a projector(?!), which is something I had not until this point considered an option for a smartphone.
After doing more learning than I have done since I left (or potentially even started university, the rest of our day was art focused. We visited the Royal Academy of Arts to take in the stunning architecture and the Abstract Expressionism exhibition, which (although I am not necessarily the greatest fan of many of the artists included) was both overwhelming and inspirational in specific sections, and I took the opportunity to sketch rough copies on my Yoga Book. Although I love art, broadly speaking, and spend a considerable amount of my time in traditional galleries and smaller DIY exhibitions, I am not all that creatively inclined when it comes to producing my own art rather than looking at others’. However, as our day concluded at a studio complete with easels and a selection of paints, I tried my very best to make something physical based on my digital Yoga Book sketches. I don’t think I’ll be exhibiting in the Royal Academy (or literally any other gallery of any description) any time soon, but I tried my best. Most importantly of all, a day out with the Yoga Book and Moto Z helped me delve back into something I used to enjoy, with a bunch of people I love dearly. London is alright by me.
Photos by Kris Atomic for The Apartment
*this post is in collaboration with Lenovo*