Welcome to The Gadgeteer! Are you obsessed with the latest smartphones, gadgets and geek toys? Then you are definitely at the right place! Our reviews will tell you what it’s like to use the products. We always give you the good with the bad and do our best to keep it simple, informative and fun.

Julie Strietelmeier
Owner, Editor in Chief
[Columbus, Indiana]

I was born a gadget freak. This is a fact that can be proven by looking at a note written by a teacher on the bottom of one of my grade school report cards. “…Julie continues to bring little toys and things to school to trade with the boys…” Lucky for me, my parents never condemned my love of tech. My Dad actually encouraged it, by allowing me to dismantle old household devices in order to retrieve the magnets from their motors. As for computers, I started out with a Texas Instruments TI/994a computer, then several Commodore 64’s, an Atari ST, various home built Windows boxes and currently a 13″ MacBook Pro. My smartphone usage is in constant flux. I get bored easily and can never get enough new devices to try.

After running 3 successful dial-up BBSes (Bulletin Board Systems – remember them?) from 1990 – 1996, I started The Gadgeteer as a small hobby site on the Geocities free community pages back in the summer of 1997. By December of that same year, I purchased the domain name of the-gadgeteer.com and within 3 years, The Gadgeteer grew to become one of the most trusted product review sites on the net. Recognized by Microsoft, the Wallstreet Journal and many other industry sources as the site to go to for real hands-on reviews without the fluff…

Since 1997, we’ve reviewed hundreds of products and I want to express my appreciation to the more than 150 product reviewers that have contributed to this site over the years. The wide range of expertise from these folks has contributed to the credibility of our product reviews. So thanks again to everyone who has contributed thus far to The Gadgeteer.

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And now, here’s information about my team:


Rob Tillotson
Web Developer
[Odenville, Alabama]

Rob is our resident Apache, PHP, Linux and all around server master.



kathleen-chapmanKathleen Chapman
[Fort Worth, Texas]

Kathleen has always enjoyed the sciences – in particular biology and entomology since she was a little one lying on her stomach staring at ants. Then she switched gears and briefly worked as an end user services tech in the private sector before becoming a stay-at-home mom and home educator. When smart mobile devices became popular she was hooked. Now she is also a Gadgeteer and loving every minute!

ryanchapmanRyan Chapman
[Kent, Washington]

Ryan Chapman is a proud Husker fan, martial artist, and avid reader of sci-fi/fantasy. Her passions are gadgets and gaming; preferably FPS or RPG games, and, as one of the younger Gadgeteers, remembers the first real gadget of her own being a pair of headphones and a portable CD player. Her favorite type of gadgets are gaming accessories and any kind of case for her iDevices.

Andy Chen
[Oakland, California]

Andy Chen is a Fire Prevention Officer/EMT and former Electronics Specialist with the FBI. His interests include wireless devices and everyday-carry gadgets.

Janet Cloninger
[Greensboro, North Carolina]

Janet Cloninger worked as a chemist and a programmer in the textile industry for many years before finding herself a work-at-home mom. Her innate love of gadgets came from her father, who never met anything he couldn’t fix or improve. Janet lives in North Carolina with her husband, Butch, her daughter, Rachel, and their Shiba Inu, Teddy.

larry-geisz072913Larry Geisz
[Sun City, Arizona]

Larry Geisz (Larry g to his friends) is truly a product of the 70’s. Being raised in a time when consumer technology was starting to emerge gave him the chance to explore exciting new innovations and gadgets (think Pong, Atari, Tandy TRS-80). He has a passion for playing and listen to music, playing video games and exploring the usability of gadgets and devices.

Jacob Haas
[Lebanon, PA]

Jacob is a creative director at a national insurance and financial services publication and has over 15 years of graphic design and digital publishing experience. He has been enthralled by electronics and gadgets from an early age and is always looking forward to his next favorite toy. He loves Moleskines, satchels and coffee.

Bill Henderson
[Orlando, Florida]

Bill Henderson is a pathetic Apple fanboy who also loves audio, especially headphones and earphones. He has years of experience reviewing music for the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. He is currently an Art Director at Scholastic Book Fairs in Florida.


Leslie Hosmer
[Brooksville, Florida]

Leslie has lived in Florida for 13 years, but originally hails from Michigan where she graduated from Ferris State University. Her favorite gadgets include anything music, sports, Mac, security, or smart home related. She utilizes her love for gadgets in her work as a private investigator.


Steve Holt
[Martin, Tennessee]

Steve Holt is Director of Marketing and Operations at Savant Learning Systems. He has also been a professional speaker and consultant for over 10 years on various topics such as marketing, social media, leadership, and small business development, and he is also married with 4 kids. You can find out more about Steve at www.steveholt.com.

Andy Jacobs
[Fort Wayne, IN]

The qualities of a gadget that pique my interest are design, functionality and practicality. I’m fiendishly fond of getting my hands on anew gadget to plumb the depths of its features and help owners to learn something they might not have otherwise known or to educate potential buyers and aid them in a purchasing decision.

Dave Moore
[Rochester, NY]

Dave lives near Rochester NY and is a life-long gadgeteer. When he was seven, he took his mother’s vacuum apart. Four years later, his mom was going to throw the box of parts away, but Dave had gained enough knowledge to not only put it back together again but fix the problem. His mom still has the vacuum.

Dave has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology, and he has traveled all over the world working on semiconductor ingot furnaces, glass forming machines, particle accelerators for cancer treatment, arena and stadium display systems, industrial printers and factory automation.

He and his wife of 25 years have two daughters. In his spare time, he loves to go to the movies, tinker with cars, and fiddle with all manner of gadgetry.

Ryan Pagel
[Evergreen, CO]

Ryan lives in the mountains right outside of Denver, Colorado with his wife and two young sons. An avid skier, music lover, sports fan, poker player and leather goods junkie, Ryan’s hobbies have taken a backseat to being a dad to his two wonderful sons, who are loving growing up in the mountains.
A chemical engineer by education, Ryan works in the oil and gas industry and focuses on water recycling and treatment and other chemistry related projects. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, he has bounced back and forth between OK and CO a few times but hopes this time in Colorado will stick.

Bob Patterson
[Philadelphia, PA]

Bob is a digital marketer by day and an artist at night. A lifelong lover of gadgets, Bob is particularly obsessed with everyday carry (messenger bags, briefcases & backpacks) and cooking gear. He’s passionate about music (especially punk rock), cooking, Philadelphia sports, coffee, scotch whiskey and all things rum. His Yoda tattoo is proof positive of his hardcore love for sci-fi and fantasy in all their forms. Bob’s hobbies are tolerated at home by his wife of 25 years, his two children, and their rescue dog Lani.

Joe Porletto
[New York, NY]

Joe Porletto became a Maker at the age of ten after piecing together a Sinclair ZX80 that his grandfather had given him. The bug bit him hard and he’s been tinkering, building, deconstructing and generally creating gadgetry mayhem ever since.

Joe is currently the Director of Emerging Media for a small NYC production house specializing in 360° video and VR projects. He lives in Brooklyn with Addy, his rescue pitty, and Chino, his blind kitty.

Dave Rees
[Renton, Washington]

Dave Rees is an avid tech/gadget guy at both his day job and on the side as well. He is a dedicated athlete, Apple fanboy, and family-man.


Smythe Richbourg
[Durham, NC]

Smythe Richbourg has been an avid Mac user since getting his first Mac in 1987. A lifelong gadget fan, he’s been hooked on the modern electronic organizer since getting the very first Newton. He lives in Durham, NC, with his wife, and whatever dogs and daughters happen to be home at the time. He’s also an amateur photographer and cyclist.

elizabeth-rodriguezElizabeth Rodriquez
[New Hyde Park, NY]

Liz is an IT gal by trade who loves computer geekery, coffee, and of course, gadgets! In her spare time she likes to tinker with photography and work on tech projects.


Raul Sanchez
[Safety Harbor, Florida]

Raul is a freelance video producer and music video director that enjoys coming up with the creative stories and ideas. He is a gadget freak at heart and loves gadgets big and small.


Helena Stone
[New York City, New York]

A native New Yorker, Helena holds a Masters in Digital Imaging and Design from NYU. Helena loves all things in the consumer electronics world, but she has an especial fondness for mobile and audio devices. When she is not busy testing out new gear, she can be found trotting the globe, looking for the next hot gadget.

Michael Strange
[Macomb, MI]

I live in the Great state of Michigan with my 8 year old puggle Zoey. I love the change of seasons and think that a Michigan Fall should be on everyone’s bucket list. Huge Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings, and yes, unfortunately, Detroit Lions fan. I also Love University of Michigan football. GO BLUE!
I go to the gym 4 to 5 times a week and in my free time, I love to watch movies, take photographs, and even draw when I’m in an artistic mood.
I’ve been fascinated with technology ever since I received an Atari 2600 for Christmas circa 1980. Self-admitted Apple Fan Boy. I love getting my hands on new tech. Especially anything Apple or Home Theater related. I’m truly awed and inspired by all of today’s technology. It’s a great time to be alive.


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