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Why I’m Giving up on the iPhone

Why I’m Giving up on the Apple iPhone

This is a special guest post by Ari Matchen, a GadgetGuide reader. If you’re interested in guest posting for us, please contact admin@gadgetguide.ca.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved Apple. I painted a giant apple on my wall when I was ten. I’ve read the Steve Jobs biography twice, and when he died in 2011 I hung a framed picture of him in my room. To this day, every device I use was designed by Apple in California. There’s a magic feeling that comes with unboxing a new Apple product. I felt it for the first time when I got the original iPod shuffle. It was like nothing I had ever seen: completely white and shockingly simple. I felt it again when my father unboxed his iPhone 4. That product was a work of art. With glass on both sides and polished aluminum around the edges, it looked like it had been plucked from the future and dropped into 2010. That was part of the magic surrounding Apple – they kept inventing the next big thing, and you could have one.

In recent years though, it feels more and more like iPhones are losing that forward-thinking quality. Today, any innovation made to the iPhone feels either forced or expected. The verdict is in: when it comes to the iPhone, the magic is gone. Continue reading

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Hands-On with the Moto Z

Moto Z HeaderWhen it comes to smartphone innovation, we often get stuck in a cycle of incremental innovation.  Motorola, owned by Lenovo, has decided to change things up with some of the most disruptive smartphone innovation the industry has seen in years.  I had the chance to attend Lenovo Tech World, where Ashton Kutcher and the CEO of Lenovo unveiled the new Moto Z and changed the smartphone game. Continue reading

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review + GIVEAWAY! [UPDATE: Contest Closed]

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Display

Springtime is here, and that not only means the Canadian winter is saying goodbye (good riddance!), but Samsung has just released their brand new 2016 flagships: the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.  I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a brand new Galaxy S7 Edge, which I’ve been using for the past two weeks.  If you’ve read my reviews of the Galaxy S5, or Galaxy S6, you’ll know I’ve had my frustrations with Samsung.  With the Galaxy S7, however, I’m officially a fan.  These devices not only feature top-tier hardware, but their software is a winner as well.  Keep reading for our full review, and your chance to win a brand new Galaxy S7! Continue reading

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Roku Unveils new Streaming Stick and 4K TVs

Roku 3rd Generation Streaming Stick and Insignia 4K TVsRoku, a leader in the streaming space, today unveiled a new version of their popular Streaming Stick.  For those unaware, Roku is a company that is dedicated to making streaming video more accessible on a TV.  Whether through one of their great Roku 3 boxes, or a Roku-enabled TV, all options provide access to tons of HD content.  In fact, the Roku employee I spoke with cited that Roku products are present in 10 million households globally, and each househol watches an average of 60 hours per month through Roku. That’s a lot of streaming!  Most notably, in 2015, Roku achieved 5.5 billion total streamed hours, which adds up to more content streamed than any other competitor (think Apple TV or Chromecast).  So what’s new in the 2016 Roku Streaming stick? Continue reading

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Rogers Gets You Closer to the Ice

Mark Messier Rogers VRFor the past couple years, Rogers has done some great partnerships with the NHL. Most notably, they offer GameCentre LIVE to all customers for free, which gives access to a bunch of out-of-market NHL games, and most notably, the ability to see exclusive angles during games – getting you closer to the ice. Rogers is always trying new things, and this week they held an event to share their new virtual reality (VR) experience featuring former NHL player Mark Messier. Continue reading