Showing posts from January, 2019

My First... NOT Phone? A look back on (and inside!) the Palm Vx

It's the year 2019. Let that sink in. You could be younger than the iPod and be a legal adult by now. In less than 365 days, we'll be closing out the second decade of the current century. And the tech revolution? Yeah, that's old-hat. Microsoft's goal of "putting a computer on every desk" has gone one giant leap further and put one in every pocket, on every wrist, in every car, and just about anywhere else you can imagine. To put things in perspective, Microsoft as a company officially revised that mantra way back in 2013 to the broader, and yet more personal, "[creating] a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at work and on the go, for the activities they value most". That was only one year before Windows 10 entered public beta, by the way. Yup, it's already five years old.

The world of today is a very different place thanks to advancements in technology. But those advanceme…

Third Gen's the Charm? Pixel XL vs Pixel 3 XL Review

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say something crazy: Google's Nexus lineup of early Android smartphones was a mess. The constant trading of manufacturers made each new device unpredictable, with several misses among the hits along the way. Different devices might have quality control faults, issues getting stuck in bootloops, or any number of other hardware and software bugs. But we all forgave them, because Nexus provided a "pure Android experience" at a reasonable cost.

With the Pixel line, Google has attempted to solve unpredictable hardware with vertical integration while continuing to provide the best software experience Android has to offer. But now, three generations in, the Nexus days don't feel so far behind us.

Family ResemblanceThat's an unpopular perspective among Android types, but hear me out. Take a look at any Nexus device and tell me it doesn't feel... well, awkward through the lens of 2018. The bezels, the textures, the the chin o…

All About

Hello, world! Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my personal corner of the web, and to the year 2019!

What's that? I'm not the first to welcome you to the new year? Aw, shucks.

Regardless, if you've followed me around the internet for any length of time, you'll notice quite a few new things around here! What you're looking at isn't just a reskin of an existing site, it's a ground-up rebuild at a new location. Yep, that's right! Just check your address bar! I'll wait.

So, what about the old site? Well, I'll give it to you straight: effective immediately, the ThinkBoxly brand is being retired. Sad, I know. It served me well for six years, but at the same time, it also held me back more than it drove me forward. Crafting an identity for ThinkBoxly often meant restricting my own. Switching to a more self-branded approach frees me up to feature more of my work while also going back to my roots, in a way, with the sort of reviews and news com…