Posted in Gadgets, Review, technology

Android vs. iPhone

I’ve had an iPhone since it first came out in 2007.  I loved it….. but now there’s so many memory things to update/upgrade… the cost of the iPhone…. it’s a lot!  But most of my friends and family are iPhone users.  Does that mean I should stay on iPhone?  No…. and if you know me…. you’ll know that I research the crap outta everything I do or think about doing.

iPhone vs Android

LifeWire: iPhone vs Android – Nov 2017

Tom’s Guide: 10 reasons android beats iphone – Sep 2017

Tom’s Guide: Why apple beats google – Oct 2017

CNET: Personal take on switch from android to iphone – Jan 2016

Tech Advisor UK: Android vs iPHone – Aug 2017

CNN TECH: iPhone vs Android

Gotta be mobile: 14 Reasons Android is Better

Time: 5 features iphone needs to beat android – Sep 2017

Digital Trends: Android v iOS – Oct 2017

ComputerWorld: iPhone v Android – July 2017

Macworld: iPHone X vs Android’s best – Nov 2017

Business Insider: 5 ways iPhone X is catching up with Android phones – Sep 2017

The Verge: how the iPhone X compares to the best Android phones – Sep 2017

ZDNet: Why i’m now using Android and may skip iPHone 8 – Sep 2017

Techlicious: iphone v android – May 2017

Independent: iphone still playing catch up – Sep 2017

Wired: Pixel 2 v iphone 8 v samsung s8 – Oct 2017

Newsweek: Which is better, iphone or android? – Sep 2017

WCCF Tech: iPhone vs Android – Sep 2017

Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone

Time review – Dec 2017

Popular Science review – Oct 2017

The Guardian UK review – Oct 2017

CNN Review – Oct 2017

Business Insider – 1 week with GP2 – Nov 2017

Business Insider review – Oct 2017

Business insider review – Nov 2017

Washington Post review – Oct 2017

Esquire review – Oct 2017

MacWorld UK review – Oct 2017

PC World review – Oct 2017

BGR review – Oct 2017

**The Verge review – Oct 2017**

The Verge price review – Oct 2017

ComputerWorld review – Oct 2017 — Podcast

CNBC Review – Oct 2017

NYT Review – Oct 2017

ABC news Australia review – Oct 2017

iMore review – Oct 2017

The Outline Review – Oct 2017


Issues with the Google Pixel 2

Android Central Forum – messaging issues

Engadget – Oct 2017 – display and speaker/noise issues

Android Central – Common Pixel 2 problems

Android Authority: Pixel 2 XL issues

Digital Trends: Issues and solutions for Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

BGR: Software update for Google Pixel 2

Forbes: 5 things wrong with Google pixel 2

TechRadar: issues


Google Pixel 2 vs Google Pixel 2 XL

Forbes compares the 2

Android Central comparison

Trusted Reviews comparison

Tom’s Guide comparison

Android Authority comparison

TechRadar comparison



If I did get an android, it would have to be a Google flagship phone that automatically sends out updates like the iPhone.  Right now, I think the Google Pixel 2 or Google pixel 2 XL would potentially be a great buy for me.  Here’s my pick: Google Pixel 2 XL.

Instead of Facetime: Google Duo

Instead of iMessage: WhatsApp

Instead of iCloud Photos: Google Photos

Instead of iCloud library/books: Google Drive, DropBox

Cell phone option instead of AT&T: Google Project Fi


Troubleshooting and Tricks for Android (helpful if prior iPhone user):




Posted in Family, Finance, Gadgets, Review, technology

Wireless phone carriers

Ever since Apple came out with the new iOS for iPhone, it’s made my phone extremely slow and drains the battery life.  Thanks Apple.  This led me to consider doing a phone upgrade, but my phone isn’t that old and it works fine (I have an iPhone 6).  Currently, I’m on AT&T bc it gives me the best cell signal at work.  But, the more I’ve been researching…. the more I’m leaning towards T-mobile or Google Project Fi.

The Data:

My Conclusion:

We would definitely have more opportunities and data options on T-Mobile.  Question is whether it gets good signal in the places where we want to be.  If T-Mobile does get a good signal, it’s a no-brainer for us to switch to T-Mobile.  Google Fi is a strong contender, but I don’t know much about it and there aren’t many reviews on it… and I don’t know where the coverage will be the best for us.  There’s a lot of great perks, but I think at this point we need to go with longevity and data and good customer service that’s known.  Google Fi is only available for android phones so we’d have to switch from iPhone to Android.  Whereas with T-mobile, we could take our existing iPhones to make the switch.

Winner = T-Mobile or Google Project Fi (uses T-mobile, Sprint cell networks)

Posted in Gadgets, Life, Review, surfing, Workouts

Skateboarding: A beginner’s journey

I played around with a skateboard when I was a kid.  I thought it was neat to hang with the boys and skate in the driveway/street.  Well, I didn’t get much street time as the street was paved with loose gravel on tar — which melted in the Texas summers.


I came across this YouTube vid: and decided I wanted to give it a try.  Why are so many middle agers trying something that kids do often?

Great advice on getting a skateboard and beginner techniques:

Which skateboard to get?


My current thoughts:

What I got:

What my husband got:

Any suggestions?  What would you get?

Posted in Gadgets, Review, surfing, travel, Workouts

Apple watch vs Pebble 2

I got the first apple watch when it came out and will be using that version to compare to the new Pebble 2.

CNET comparison bt apple watch 2, samsung gear s3, fitbit, android wear, garmin, pebble

First off, I was very happy with my Apple watch 1.  There’s a lot of great notifications for it and it’s user friendly.  One thing I did not like about the watch is that the notifications would go directly to the watch without warning me on the iphone despite my ringer being on.  

The main reason why I decided to look for a watch outside of my stellar apple watch is because the battery life on the apple watch is incredibly low.  I can only go one day between charges.  Sometimes, I’m at work for more than 24 hours so it becomes more cumbersome on the logistics.  Sure, I could bring my charger and charge it… but that takes time, effort, and extra cords since it doesn’t have a lightning charger.  So, enter the Pebble 2…a Kickstarter project!

Ars Technica Reviews: Pebble 2 vs. Apple Watch 2

Wareable Pebble 2 review vs. Wareable Apple Watch review

CNET review: new apple watch 2 vs. CNET review: pebble 2

My overall thoughts and winners comparing Apple watch 1 to Pebble 2:

  • Battery life: Pebble 2
  • HR workout tracking: Apple watch 1
  • Apps: Apple Watch 1
  • Waterproof: Pebble 2
  • HR, sleep, steps, calories, distance tracking throughout day: Pebble 2
  • Cost: Pebble 2
  • Phone required: both