gadget diary

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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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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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iphone7day-1

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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Posted in: Articles, iOS
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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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bi-os-2

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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Posted in: Android, Articles, iOS
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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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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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Posted in: Articles, Bags
geocache

If you've never heard of geocaching, it's a high-tech game of hide and seek that is played with a smartphone or handheld GPS unit. It gets you outdoors in the fresh air and helps build your observation, puzzle solving and navigation skills to find caches. Caches are small containers that have been strategically hidden all [...]

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Posted in: Articles, GPS, Outdoor Gear
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This is going to be a quickie... I just wanted to share a fun new use for the Amazon Echo Dot that I discovered yesterday. Easy workout timers! What's that? If you workout and need to do timed exercises, it's a pain to use a stopwatch. In the past, I've either tried to count in [...]

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pocket-edc-1

In my neverending quest to find the best and most useful EDC gear, I've decided to focus on the items that I carry in my pockets. Since I don't carry a purse or wear a belt, the items have to be small, lightweight and serve more than one purpose.  I recently reviewed the Trayvax Summit wallet [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Pocket Gear
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Back in 2014, Dave Rees wrote about his positive experience when he switched to T-Mobile. He would regularly suggest that I also try T-Mobile's Test Drive kit, which at that time provided an iPhone and a SIM card on loan for a week's worth of testing. In May of last year, I finally ordered my [...]

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I was brainstorming for article ideas yesterday, when I realized that I haven't posted an EDC update in almost year.  It's time to remedy that situation! This will be part one of my EDC update as I audit what I carry each day and decide if there are items that I can drop and items that [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Gear
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I was starting to get the feeling that Google hated me. Why? Because I ordered a 64GB Nexus 6P in Frost white on the first day it was available for pre-order and I still haven't received it while other people who ordered days and weeks later than I did, already have had their phone for days [...]

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Last week Jeanne and I vacationed in the Panama City Beach, Florida area on Seagrove Beach, Florida. I highly recommend it as vacation destination because the beach was the nicest one I'd ever visited and the sand felt as fine as flour. As with most trips, I always struggle to decide which tech devices to [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Travel Gear
surface-surface-note

Yesterday Dave Rees and I were chatting on Google Hangouts while we were watching Microsoft's new hardware event. Microsoft announced three new Lumia Windows phones, a preview of HoloLens virtual gaming gear and a new fitness tracking band that all looked somewhat interesting to us. But, what Dave and I were most interested in was [...]

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Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables