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2014: I'm still sick of Android

2014: I'm still sick of Android

With no solid business productivity apps, as well as continually perpetuating the 'toxic hellstew', Google's mobile OS is still missing from my personal tech stable two years after I abandoned it. But there's some hope for it yet.

published December 16, 2014 by

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2014: The year Microsoft lost my loyalty

2014: The year Microsoft lost my loyalty

From productivity to email to operating systems to mobile to hardware, David Gewirtz is no longer actively using Microsoft products. He's not a Microsoft hater. The transition just happened organically as he adopted products that better served his needs.

published December 16, 2014 by

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Google Nexus 5 review: Great value for money

Google Nexus 5 review: Great value for money

Given its specification and performance, the Nexus 5 delivers great value for money — if you can live with its (few) drawbacks. The middling-quality camera and uninspiring chassis design don't worry us, but the lack of MicroSD card storage expansion and moderate battery life are more serious minus points.

published November 15, 2013 by

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Samsung Galaxy S4 review

Samsung Galaxy S4 review

With the Galaxy S4, Samsung has squeezed a superb 5-inch screen and a host of high-end features into a slightly slimmer, thinner and lighter chassis than its S III predecessor. It's an excellent handset, but some will find the S4 overladen with unnecessary features and too expensive.

published May 21, 2013 by

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HTC One review

HTC One review

HTC has pulled out all the stops with the One, which looks great, performs well and includes some clever features. The lack of storage expansion and the persistence of BlinkFeed are irritations, but overall the HTC One stands up well against rival flagship handsets.

published May 8, 2013 by

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Asus PadFone 2 review

Asus PadFone 2 review

The second generation of this dockable smartphone/tablet combo has a lot to recommend it, although we'd prefer a better tablet screen, a storage expansion slot (or two) and a standard Micro-USB connector.

published April 26, 2013 by

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Google Nexus 4 review

Google Nexus 4 review

The LG-built Nexus 4 offers terrific value for money, if you don't mind its moderate battery life and lack of LTE support. Shame it's currently sold out at Google's Play store.

published November 22, 2012 by

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Google Nexus 10 review

Google Nexus 10 review

The Nexus 10 sets the standard for other tablet manufacturers. If Google can persuade developers to fill in the gaps in the app market, then it will deserve to be wildly popular.

published November 2, 2012 by

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review

When it works well, the Galaxy Note 10.1's S Pen functionality is impressive and reliable. However, we'd like to see more emphasis on handwriting recognition. The quad-core processor can surely handle this, and we'll be looking for it in the next-generation Note device.

published September 24, 2012 by

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Google Nexus 7 review

Google Nexus 7 review

The Nexus 7 offers an appealing combination of 7-inch form factor, quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, pleasing design and solid build quality. Affordable pricing ensures that Google has a winner on its hands.

published August 20, 2012 by

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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 review

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 review

The Transformer Pad Infinity retains the superb physical design of its predecessors, adding a new high-resolution screen without impacting battery life. We'd like to see mobile broadband support, a lighter weight for the tablet/keyboard combo and a lower price, but the Infinity is still a class-leading product.

published August 8, 2012 by

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