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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If you've read my recent gadget diary posts about pre-ordering the new iPhone 7 Plus, you'll know that I made a mistake doing that through Apple's site and will end up sending back the iPhone that's heading to my doorstep as I type this.  I've spent the last week trying to figure out a way [...]

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Last Friday (9/9), I got up before 3am EST so I could pre-order an iPhone 7 Plus through Apple. I was really surprised and happy when I saw that I could order one for $419 because I'd been saving my Verizon upgrade for years for just such an occasion. Well, if things seem too good [...]

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Last week I ordered a cute little Android pin from Dead Zebra. When it arrived, there were a couple of Android stickers also included in the package. I was so excited that I took a picture and shared it with Dave Rees (my Gadgeteer BFF). What he said next made me both laugh and think. [...]

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As I was watching the end of today's Apple Event and listening to Sia sing Chandelier, I had a feeling of deja vu because just like last year, I was having the overwhelming desire to buy the new iPhone 7 and maybe even an Apple Watch. After the Apple event last year at this time, [...]

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I hope everyone has had a great week this week. As we head into the Labor Day holiday weekend (if you're reading this in the US), it's time to stop thinking about work and start thinking about relaxing. I have just the thing to help. Here are a few interesting links to share that I've [...]

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A few days ago my post about the new Pad & Quill bags on Facebook prompted a challenge from reader Robert Grenader to share a picture of my bag collection and he would do the same. Robert has shared his picture and here's mine. Click through for a list of all the bags and what [...]

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Final Fantasy?

I have this conversation from time to time with people when they see the name of my iPhone: "Final Fantasy?" "Yeah." "What's that mean?" "Well, when I got this phone, it completely checked off everything on my whiz-bang gadget list. I don't have anything else that I really want a phone to do." Sometimes I [...]

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