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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
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Today is the day that Google will officially unveil their new Nexus smartphones. I've been looking forward to this day for quite awhile because I decided I that this would be the year that I would buy a Nexus phone. I've been wanting the stock Android experience and quick OS updates for a long time, [...]

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iphone6splus

A month ago I posted a gadget diary entry about how I have been thinking about switching back to the iPhone. After yesterday's mega Apple event, I have made my decision and will be pre-ordering the iPhone 6s Plus this Saturday morning. Why am I going to switch from Android and why have I picked the [...]

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Posted in: Articles, iOS
mobile-payments

Yesterday's Samsung Unpacked event left me feeling disappointed about their new hardware announcements. However, their Samsung Pay announcement caught my attention. If you aren't familiar with Samsung Pay, it's Samsung's mobile payment application. Like Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Android Pay (not available yet) and CurrentC (also not available yet), it's a way to use your phone to pay [...]

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Posted in: Android, Articles, iOS
gadget-diary

It's been almost three years since I put my iPhone 4s in a drawer and switched over to an Android device as my full-time smartphone. Since I made that switch, I've used a Samsung Galaxy SIII, a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and my current phone, an LG G3. I've also used Android tablets like the Nexus [...]

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Posted in: Articles
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Yesterday was my first day testing a phone on T-Mobile's network. I was very encouraged with the speedtest.net results at my house and even in my basement. Considering that I live in the middle of 12 wooded acres with no DSL, cable, etc., it's surprising that they have LTE in my immediate area. But I just happen [...]

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Yesterday I posted about my discovery that T-mobile coverage in my area actually exists now. I was excited to give them a try so I signed up for their free Test Drive plan on Friday and received an iPhone 5s this afternoon. I get to use the phone for seven days before returning it to a T-mobile [...]

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I was complaining to Dave Rees last Friday about my flaky LG G3 and telling him that I was torn between upgrading now to a Samsung Galaxy S6 or waiting to see what the LG G4 might be like. An upcoming vacation had me thinking about upgrading sooner rather than later in order to get [...]

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android-ios

Yesterday I posted an article titled: 5 reasons why I think Apple devices are better than Android devices. Today I'm going to take the opposite view and argue with myself by listing the top 5 reasons why I think Android devices are better than Apple devices. Since I'm a bigger Android fan than Apple fan at the [...]

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Posted in: Android, Articles
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When it comes to mobile devices, fans can be very vocal when talking about their favorite. If you dare put down their chosen platform, some people will take it as a personal insult worthy of verbal fisticuffs. I've often wondered why we can be so sensitive about our choices when it comes to smartphones and tablets. To add [...]

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Posted in: Android, Articles, iOS
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Several weeks ago I posted the first part of this article where I talked about how I would be using a Dell XPS 13 laptop instead of my 13" MacBook Pro with retina display and 13" MacBook Air for a week. To remind folks, I only use Macs at home. There are no Windows PCs to be [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Laptops and Gear
dell-xps13

I've been a Mac fan for many years now, to the point where we're an all Apple household with three MacBooks. Jeanne has a 2010 15" MacBook Pro, while I have a 2014 13" MacBook Pro with retina display and a 2011 13" MacBook Air. The MBP has been my main workhorse for Gadgeteer reviews and Photoshop work, and the [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Laptops and Gear
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Last week I posted a gadget diary entry with a long overdue update to my EDC (every day carry) gear. That was my before post and today is my after post. I performed an audit by consolidated and simplifying the gear I actually use. Here are the results. When you carry a medium to large sized messenger bag like I [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Gear
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I can't believe that it's been almost 2 years since I posted my EDC setup. Time sure flies when you're having fun reviewing gadgets! I recently decided that it's time to downsize the gear that I carry with me everyday because my bag has been gaining weight for awhile now and I'm starting to really notice when I [...]

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apple-iphone6-1

Last week Janet posted a great review of the iPhone 6 Plus. Go check it out of you haven't read it yet. Verizon Wireless was nice enough to send me the smaller iPhone 6 to try out for a few days. Instead of writing a traditional review, I thought I would do something a bit [...]

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Posted in: Articles, iOS
gadget-diary

We recently had a contest where I asked everyone what they thought about me switching back to a blog style theme instead of the magazine grid theme that we've had for almost a year. There were a lot of comments with suggestions on how to improve things further. I've compiled a list which I've been [...]

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Posted in: News
gadget-diary

I received an email from Verizon telling me that the New Moto X smartphone and Moto Maker rolled out today. If you're not familiar with Moto Maker, it's a special customization service for the Moto X Android smartphone. You use it to choose from a thousand combinations for the back, front and trim colors of the [...]

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lgg3-oops-1

Unlike some people, I don't coddle my smartphones. I almost never use a case and the same can be said for screen protection. I've been carrying my phone in the cargo pocket of my pants or my bag for years and have been lucky that I have not to have any mishaps involving drops. With Gorilla [...]

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Posted in: Android, Articles
mini-1

I love everything about my 2013 MINI Cooper except the stereo system which is pretty lame by most gadgeteer standards. When I ordered the car, I opted not to go full tech and buy the premium connected package because it was an expensive upgrade and the sales person at the dealership talked me out of it [...]

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Posted in: Android, Articles, Audio, Video, TV, Car Gear
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I was at work the other day (Cummins, Inc), when someone walked up to my desk to ask for some help with his laptop. As I was talking to him, he happened to notice the Nexus 7 in the Zagg Auto-fit keyboard case next to me on my desk. He asked me which laptop it was [...]

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Posted in: Android, Articles, Car Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To
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We returned home from a one week epic road trip vacation at 1am Saturday morning. After some much needed sleep, Jeanne decided she wanted to unwind from the 1000+ mile trip with an afternoon of working in the garden. Yeah, I know, she's weird. ;) While she was out sweating in the sun and dirt, [...]

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