gadget diary

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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