Apple Watch Series 4 Review: Bigger is Better

Apple Watch Series 4 Review: Bigger is Better
Every year since 2015 Apple has released a collection of Apple Watches, each with a standout hardware feature. The Series 2 brought GPS, Series 3 had LTE, and this year’s Series 4 has a vastly improved screen. The question on everyone’s mind this year is whether that screen

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watchOS 5: The BirchTree Review

watchOS 5: The BirchTree Review
Every September since Apple released the Apple Watch, we’ve seen a brand new version of watchOS come out that improves the experience. Here’s a brief recap: watchOS 1 (Apr 2015): way more functionality than needed, and super slow watchOS 2 (Sep 2015): slightly faster, and better APIs for

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Android Pie Review: All the Little Things

This was originally going to be a longer review with more than 2 short parts, but as I looked at what else had changed in Pie compared to Oreo, I found myself at a loss for how much could be said about each change. There’s a fair number of

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HomePod: The BirchTree Review

HomePod: The BirchTree Review
Introduction The HomePod is an interesting product from Apple. It’s a smart speaker that Apple is going out of its way to make you think is not like other smart speakers, which is a classic Apple maneuver1. Apple is partially right to do this because it leans into what

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watchOS 5: A Relatively Modest Proposal

watchOS 5: A Relatively Modest Proposal
Every year I like to collect my thoughts on the Apple Watch and what software features are holding the product back. I did this for watchOS 3 in 2016 where I asked Apple to double down on health tracking, enable third party workout apps, improve communication options, improve the app

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An iPhone Lover's Review of the Google Pixel 2

An iPhone Lover's Review of the Google Pixel 2
As I have made quite clear in this blog, I am a fan of Apple’s hardware and software, but a big part of this website has long been about trying competing products to make sure my opinions are based on facts and not blind loyalty. In a world where

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watchOS 4: The BirchTree Review

watchOS 4: The BirchTree Review
Last year's watchOS 3 was met with glowing reviews as it was a jam-packed release that drastically improved the Apple Watch experience. My own review was one of the most complete reviews out there, and even at over 6,000 words, it didn't hit everything Apple added. watchOS 3 was

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The Lofree Keyboard Review

The Lofree Keyboard Review
The Lofree keyboard wastes no time making a first impression. From the first moment I laid eyes on it, it's clear this is the most distinct and unique keyboard I had ever seen. This is seriously a one of a kind keyboard, and is a rejection of just about every

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Concept: iOS 11 Home Screen

Earlier this month I mocked up what a refined version of iOS 11's lock screen could look like, and that got my creative juices flowing, so I decided to tackle iOS's white whale: the home screen. The home screen is certainly more advanced than it was in 2007 in the

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