gadget diary

The Apple rumor mill is churning wildly today with news (should I call it fake news, if it's still just a rumor?) that we might not see the mythical bezel-less iPhone 8 until 2018 instead of later this fall when Apple typically rolls out new phones. There appear to be problems in the supply chain… Read More

After years of trying and failing to force an iPad or Android tablet to work like a laptop when I travel, I have finally found what I think is going to be my perfect travel computer. The 12" MacBook. I ordered a refurbished unit from Amazon last Friday and it was delivered Saturday morning. I've been… Read More

I had to take Jeanne to the hospital this morning for surgery to have her gallbladder removed. I went back and forth last night trying to decide if I wanted to lug my 13" MacBook Pro with me, my Samsung Galaxy S Tab 10.5 or just my phone which is currently the LG G6 which… Read More

Two days ago after Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones, I wrote that I'd be staying up and pre-ordering one at the crack of dawn the next day. As it turned out, I didn't pre-order one because I found out that I would not be able to order an unlocked phone until… Read More

I have been using a Nexus 6P as my main phone since the fall of 2015. It's been a really nice device, but it's time that I hand it down to Jeanne so she can ditch her older than dirt Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and I can move to something new like the Samsung Galaxy S8!  I… Read More

Jeanne and I were parked on the couch enjoying our usual Saturday morning ritual of oatmeal, hot tea, feet up on the coffee table and MacBook Pros on our laps. She was surfing for vacation ideas and I was working on Gadgeteer stuff when the phone rang. The person on the other end had a… Read More

If you visit The Gadgeteer on a regular basis, you already know that we like to review wallets. As a matter of fact, Andy J. just posted a wallet review yesterday. I personally enjoy using minimalist wallets and thought I'd share my top 5 favorite minimalist wallets with you today.  This one is my current… Read More

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. By that definition, I'm insane because I continue to look for ways to turn a tablet or even my smartphone into my primary all in one computer. Why would I even want try that? Because… Read More

Although I review a LOT of gadgets, I don't end up using many of them once the review is done. Most of the time, the samples go up on a shelf until there's no room left and I decide to do a purge which consists of taking bags of gadgets to work to give away… Read More

My mobile operating system of choice is Android and my desktop operating system of choice is macOS. When you pair those two together you have to jump through more hoops when you transfer files back and forth than you do if you use Android with Windows. For example, if I snap a picture with my… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More