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2018 in Review

January 2018

Bear got a new car! He’s loving his 2018 Highlander Hybrid that we’ve nicknamed “The Spaceship” — all the screens and safety features are incredible! We needed something safer and super reliable to transport our precious cargo!

 

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February 2018

On Sunday, Feb 11, we welcomed our Mini: Arden Elise Campbell. She arrived with a conehead after 27 hours of labor at 10:09pm. She was oriented OP, and I got my epidural at 4cm around 9:30am from one of my colleagues, Shiyin. The epidural was perfect — it was so nice to have to take the edge off the pain. However, because she was OP, I was still having quite a bit of back/bottom pressure from her head coming down and placing a lot of pressure on my tailbone. We tried multiple maneuvers to get her turned, but to no avail. My OB, Kim Washkowiak, came in on her day off to deliver Arden (that’s a huge deal and wonderful Around 9pm, she was 10 cm and complete…and it was time to push! After an hour of pushing an OP baby… we met our sweet Arden bug. She was 7lb 3 oz, 21 inches long, and absolutely perfect. She had a great latch, and we started breastfeeding immediately. Of course, it would take almost a week for my milk to come in. We supplemented with formula and breastfed as well as pumped to increase my milk supply. She’s been a wonderful journey so far. We’re learning new things about and us everyday.
March 2018

This month was a blur! Waking every 2-3 hours in the night to feed Arden made this month fly by! There were highs and lows along my breastfeeding journey. It’s finally settled down and breastfeeding and pumping are going well. We’re still supplementing with formula so she’s getting both.
April 2018

She’s 2 months old this month and already at 10lb! Bear sold his trusty 4Runner.


I forgot to update the rest of the entries…. so, follow along my Pregnancy #2 entries for the remainder of 2018!

 

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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

 

Verdict:

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):

Pocket-Lint

Reddit

 

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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)