Learning to Let Go: Advice from a Windows Phone Fan

After purchasing the Surface RT in October 2012, I was all in on what Windows was calling its Metro UI. The great color scheme, the intuitive touch gestures, and being designed for the Surface were all fantastic indications that Microsoft revolutionized the 2-in-1 market with. Not everyone agreed with me, but the Surface RT was exactly what a college kid needed – lightweight and versatile. A month after my purchase of the Surface RT, I traded in my iPhone 4 for a Nokia Lumia 822, a mid-range Verizon Windows Phone running Windows Phone 8. From then on, I was a total Microsoft fanboy, singing the praises of the Windows 8 ecosystem.

Ah, to be young and naïve…

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MacBook Pro 2017 Review: I Get It. Kinda.

When I was in middle school, my older brother got his first MacBook. My mom spent a fortune on it, but my brother insisted that his college required Macs because Windows computers got viruses and were therefore security risks. Turns out he was lying, go figure. At the time, I happened to be buying my first laptop, a Dell Inspiron 15 that ended up falling apart at the hinges.

For years to follow, I encountered friends, family, and peers that insisted that MacBooks were the only computers that they would ever consider, and that I was somehow ignorant to think otherwise. I stayed away from Macs until this year, and now that I have finally used a MacBook as my daily laptop,

I Get It…

Kinda.

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iPhone X Review: So Close

When Apple announced the iPhone X, I was probably more excited than most Android users. As a tech fan, I like innovation. And whether or not you believe the iPhone X is an innovator for all smartphones, I think most people can agree it is an innovator of iPhones. After 4 straight generations of the same old boring design, Apple took a big step into the next generation of phones. Unfortunately, they are treading on the toes of a lot of their former fans with some controversial choices.

I was hoping that this would be the iPhone to get me to switch to Android. I really was. Unfortunately, while iPhones have caught up to their Android counterparts in design, the iPhone X is still far behind in many aspects. Continue reading “iPhone X Review: So Close”

HP Spectre 15 x360 2017 Review: Hardware Doesn’t Mean Everything

HP has been stepping it up the last couple years in terms of laptop quality. If you compare their top end models, or even their mid range Envy line, to the top end models from a couple years ago, you will see how much better they are at building laptops. The Spectre, HP’s high end consumer line, checks off many of the boxes that a demanding consumer is looking for: great specifications, small form factor, metal housing, extensive IO, and Windows Hello compatibility. Unfortunately, the above doesn’t tell the whole story.

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Huawei MateBook X: A Premium Smartphone in Computer’s Clothing

 

Overview

I am a big fan of thin and light laptops that are also capable. The thin and light category has been competitive the last few years, with several manufacturers proving they can do more with less space. Apple shocked the public a couple years ago with their new MacBook 12 inch line, which caused people to revise their expectations of thinness. If you haven’t picked up a MacBook 12″ before, you should go to an Apple store and do so. Even as a Windows fan, I can readily admit that the device is amazing.

If I were to guess, I would say that the development of the MacBook 12″ wasn’t a coincidence. Apple’s ability to make thin devices has been shown over the past few years with their iPhone and iPad. It was only a matter of time before they brought that knowledge over to their laptop line.

With that concept in mind, what if another premium phone maker started making laptops? Well, one did, and it’s quite an amazing device. This is the Huawei MateBook X.

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Using the Right Tool For the Job

I have way too many devices. Ask anyone that knows me well, they will probably tell you that I do not need all of the phones, laptops, and smartwatches that I have. The reason I call this blog “Not As I Do” is to stress that I buy products so that you don’t have to. I can inform you about what you need, so you don’t make the same buying mistakes that I have.

That being said, I may be going against the grain when I tell you that you may also need multiple devices. Even if two devices can accomplish the same things, that doesn’t mean that they are complete substitutes for each other. Let me give you an example. The iPad Pro (of any screen size) is one of the most versatile products that Apple has ever made. Along with the Apple Pencil and the dedicated Smart Keyboard, a user can convert the iPad into a pseudo laptop for more productivity.

Don’t be that guy.

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The Curse of Chromebooks: Too Techy for Normals, Too Underpowered for Enthusiasts

It took me some time to try out my first Chromebook. The primary reason was I was so ingrained in the Windows operating system that I didn’t see the benefit of deviating. When I did finally dive in to see what Chromebooks were all about, I started with something simple. My first Chromebook was an 11 inch HP that I got from Best Buy for under $150. I quickly was drawn to the simplicity. Here was a sub-$200 device that did normal tasks better than many $500 devices. And that’s exactly what Chromebooks are best at.

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