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So, I've had it for a week-ish now and a few people have asked me to keep them updated with my thoughts on Coin. Honestly, they aren't so positive at this point. It fails to read at about 15-20% of places I frequent. Not like "oh, I need to swipe it again" fail but more like "never reads and I have to use another card" kind of fail. Now, an 80-85% success rate sounds good on paper but the failure rate is high enough that I can't come remotely close to relying on it. This is the kind of device that really needs a 95%+ success rate to be reasonable for every-day use and it's just not there even remotely there.

I was excited about the concept of traveling with it and only putting a card on it when I was checking out[1] then removing all the cards afterwards so if my wallet went missing it wasn't a real issue. With a failure rate this high I still have to carry a real card no matter where I go to compensate. If I have to carry a real card anyway it's really just as convenient, if not moreso, to carry a real card to begin with.

I think my next step is to prod Coin support and see if there's a chance that I just got a defective one (e.g. a defective mag-stripe (re)- programmer or a defective mag strip to begin with) but at this point I don't regard Coin as more than a novelty or a toy. Certainly not worth the amount they're charging for it at this point unless this one's just broken... :/

[1] Plastc Card won't require this behaviour thanks to their BTLE proximity stuff which is exciting as long as it's not total vaporware(TM).
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This 80-85% success rate is exactly why I was shocked to find it doesn't show the full number on the card itself. A 95% success rate would be acceptable - if it showed the full number. Since it doesn't, I'd expect this card to work perfectly in every single reader that can read even the most faded magnetic cards.
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Saw Microsoft's Street View equivalent on my way home this morning. It had waaaaaay less branding on it than any of the Google Street View cars I've ever seen.
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Be veeewwwy vewwy quiet.
I'm hunting streetviews!
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#truestory  
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Which games is this supposed to refer to? Because I'm playing PC and Console games for over 15 years now, and I hardly see this situation. Oh yeah, some MMOs do this with the free-to-play scheme... but if originally you bought a whole burger, and nowadays they give you the bun for free and ask you to pay for the toppings you want instead - is that really so bad? Sometimes I don't want lettuce or tomato anyways...
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Well, it looks like the Coin doesn't work at my local Lowe's.:/

To be fair this Lowe's has always had the pickiest card readers I've ever seen but it's still annoying as it's a store I go to fairly frequently (much to my chagrin). 
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Oh teefury. You know just how to get me to buy stuff. 
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Awwwwww yiss. 
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Dat GSync tho.
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Huh. I had assumed that this was never actually going to happen, especially since support had told me February. I had actually been intending to ask for a refund. I guess procrastination paid off for once. <.<;
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I actually just got a shipping notification...
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It came!!! Woohoo! I am excite!
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I got mine last week... Looks great.
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MRW when I make some pretty substantial changes to a component and everything works (edge cases and all) but the test suite says everything is terrible.
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+Terry Poulin yes. 
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So, 30 minute coin first impressions:

1) Most important: it works. Charged 2 different things to 2 different cards at 2 different place and it worked exactly as if I had the physical card with me.

2) The app: it's fairly polished and responsive but it's missing a couple of little things that strangely detract from the experience. The first, as a minor nit, is that they don't keep your name in the app on the fake card they display (you can use a photo of the actual card too though) so it just says "Firstname Lastname" but when you save the card and it's displaying the card's info to you there's clearly a field, that you can't edit on the edit screen, that's called "Cardholder Name." Second, you can't give card nicknames which, if you have several, means you're going to have to remember which ones are which, though you'll have to do so anyway by the "last four" on the card because the eInk screen displays the last 4, expiration and the card type and that's it. I'd still like to be able to name cards in the app though. 

3) The mag stripe reader is absolute, complete garbage. I'm going to see if maybe I can use a Square reader instead. You can also manually enter the information but seriously, this reader is total garbage. Thankfully it's not something you have to use much.

So that's about it. The card itself works and works well but some of the supporting bits could use some revisiting. Overall it's a pretty good experience.

#coin   #onlycoin  
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+Justin Vallely gotcha. Plastc Card has specific features to avoid that issue. I'm actually way more excited about its general feature set than Coins to be honest. Hopefully they actually ship something. 
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Well would ya look at that. It actually shipped. 
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Yep. Google's Sort by Bullshit strikes again. 
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Man. Playing E:D in this  with a Rift would be awesome right up until I puked all over the place.
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So, for about thirty seconds? 
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