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microsoft-sp4-20

I've been using a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for almost a week now and I've enjoyed it significantly more than I thought I would. The size and weight make this convertible laptop perfect for everyday and travel use. I'm even seriously considering switching from MacOS to Windows 10 if you can believe that! Having said, that, [...]

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surfacepro4

A few weeks ago I complained about the weight and bulk of the gear that I take with me when I travel. On my last trip to Florida, I took a 13" laptop, 10" tablet, my phone, various cords and AC adapters. Combine that gear with the weight of the bag that holds all of [...]

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surfacepro4

If you've been following my recent gadget diary posts, you will know that I've been trying to decide what my next travel computer will be. I'm set on it being very light weight (including the charging adapter) but still capable enough to handle the desktop browser version of Gmail, and Photoshop photo editing software in case [...]

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ipad-pro

There seems to be a disturbance in the Force because I haven't been able to bond with any new gadgets that I've tried in the last couple of months. First, it was the iPhone 7, which I tried for a few weeks and ultimately returned to Verizon. Next up was the Google Pixel XL which I [...]

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smartklear

SmartKlear is a screen cleaner that uses carbon pads wipe the crud off your smartphone's display. It's exactly like a Swiffer mop for your smartphone only it's tiny and isn't like a Swiffer mop at all. Sorry SmartKlear and all those other screen cleaning gadgets out there... but how many people are THAT worried that [...]

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sanibel-2

I'm not a frequent traveler, but we do go on at least two vacations a year which usually involve air travel. Preparing for these trips involves decisions about the gear to take with me and I always have the same dilemma each time: weight and bulk vs. usability. I know vacations are for relaxing, but I'd [...]

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superphone

I'm sure you guys are getting tired of my whining about how the current crop of smartphones isn't as "fun" as devices were back in the good old days of PDAs when new features and technology was being developed every few months. I even get tired of listening to myself because I'm starting to remind [...]

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samsung-galaxy-not

After almost two months of spontaneously combusting drama, it's official. Samsung has finally stuck a fork in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and it's been declared dead. My guess is that we'll never see another new Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone model because that name just has too much negativity attached to it. So, what do [...]

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gadget-diary

I wrote a gadget diary post a few day ago talking about the Google Pixel XL that I have on order. Mark Ryan left a comment that really resonated with me. He said: I have to say that both Apple and Google are really lost when it comes to mobile phone innovation. Pixel is not [...]

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gadget-diary

As I wait for my Pixel XL to arrive, I have been thinking about whether or not I want to buy a case for it. I've been using a thin snap-on case for my Nexus 6P for the past year. I've been using a case not because I particularly like cases or am afraid of [...]

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google-pixel

As details about Google's new Pixel flagship phones trickled out over the past few days and weeks, I've been consistently saying to friends that I would not (probably) be buying one. I'd already gone through the whole spontaneous purchase experience with the iPhone 7 only to return it a week later due to not loving [...]

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apple-iphone7-3

I decided not to write a traditional smartphone review because you can read any one of the eleventy billion iPhone 7 reviews on the internet right now. I thought it would be more interesting to write about my experiences using the iPhone 7 and trying to adjust to iOS after using Android for the last several years. [...]

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apple-pixel

Julie and I have been discussing what new smartphones are on the horizon for years now. Always hopeful of the next one peaking our Gadgeteer interest enough to pull the trigger. Most recently we focused on the iPhone 7/7+, both of us drinking the Kool-Aid Tim Cook was pouring during the announcement event. I, like [...]

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iphone7-gd

It's been two days since I stood in line at my local Verizon store and walked out with a new 32gb Apple iPhone 7. The phone was intended for Jeanne, but I planned to use it for a few days to help me figure out if I want to buy another iPhone 7 for myself [...]

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I upgraded my first generation Apple Watch the night after updating all my iOS devices to iOS 10. (For those who have never done it, you have to have the watch charged to at least 50% and it has to be on the charger. Also, your phone has to be on wifi.) While the initial [...]

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