Why Physical Keyboards Matter in a World Full of Glass

Once upon a time, there was a world where having a full physical keyboard was a very big deal. You no longer had to use T-9 to text, and you could fill the entire 140 character limit with ease! Keyboards quickly became the norm, and trying to type on anything else seemed like a ridiculous idea. Today, the scene is a little different. Most people are complacent typing on glass, their fingers never truly getting the satisfaction of feeling a button click down and pop back up. For these people, I feel sorry. After seeing the glorious physical keyboard on my BlackBerry, they almost always exclaim, “OMG is that a keyboard?! On a phone?! Oh man I used to love my BlackBerry.” And as my new favorite commercial states, I reply, “I still do.”

Most people are very familiar with the BlackBerry keyboard. Almost everyone has owned at least one BlackBerry in their life, whether it was for personal or work. Unfortunately, glass screens became more and more popular while the keyboard faded away.

Or did it? I think the physical keyboard is more important now than ever. With numerous glass screen options out there, BlackBerry is our only hope for those of us that love to “click” keys. While the KEYone that I’m currently using boasts an amazing keyboard, the KEY2 has upgraded even more. For those of you who “used to love your BlackBerry”, the KEY2’s keys were modeled after a Bold 9900!

It seems like typing on glass is something we put up with because that’s what phone makers are giving us. As noted in my very official research study via a Twitter poll, when people do have a keyboard, they absolutely love it.

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If you’re one of those people who “used to love your BlackBerry”, but are now attempting to type on glass, it’s definitely worthwhile to check out the KEYone, or better yet, the KEY2. Because your fingers deserve it.

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10 Hidden Benefits of Amazon Prime

Okay, I’m not going to explain Amazon Prime, because if you don’t know what it is…how are you even on the internet?! But for the millions of people who have Prime, the free 2 day shipping is an awesome feature, and likely what first got them hooked. But did you know there are tons of other benefits that come with being a Prime member? Here are 10 benefits you should know about and start using ASAP! Check them out, and let me know what you’re most excited to use!Read More »

BlackBerry KEYone Review

Now that I’ve owned the BlackBerry KEYone for two months, I thought it was time to write a complete review of it. I think the fact that I haven’t switched to a new phone yet is a very good sign! Read More »

Colorado

One of my favorite things about being an adult is you get to decide where you go on vacation! I’ve only been to Colorado once before, a couple years ago in the summer. This time I tagged along on Tony’s snowboard trip, because why not? Here are the cities we traveled to, the delicious beers I had, and the awesome adventures I got to experience! And of course a mountain (see what I did there??) of pictures from the trip!Read More »

The Best Travel Apps

In one week I’ll be headed to Colorado for a ski/snowboard trip (or for me, a drinking and shopping trip), and in March I’m headed down to Florida for a race/beach trip! With all this traveling, I need something to help me keep track of flights, hotel and car rentals, and what to pack! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite apps to help me do all these things are more. Check it out and don’t forget to let me know your favorite way to keep track of travel plans!

TripCase: This is a great overall travel app to keep track of flight, hotel, and car information for multiple trips. Each trip is separate, so it’s easy to see all the specifics for your individual travel plans.

Airbnb: Why would you rent a plain, boring hotel room when you can rent a cabin in the mountains, or a penthouse?!

Turo: Like an Airbnb for cars, Turo lets you rent cars from their owners. This means you can likely get something far more unique for a similar price. My favorite part is that you pick the exact car you want, so you don’t end up with “something similar” to the car you actually wanted. I rented a Ford Flex with AWD for Colorado, and am looking forward to renting a fun convertible for Miami!

Lyft: Parking at the airport is almost more expensive than the flight itself, so it’s much easier to have someone else drive you.

Google Keep: I use this to keep track of everything I need to pack for each trip, so I don’t forget pajamas yet again!

Google Maps: For finding the best breweries, coffee shops, and things to do in new cities.

Eat & Drink in Minneapolis

With a huge crowd of people descending upon Minneapolis for the Super Bowl this year, I’ve decided to be a good neighbor and let you know where the best places are to fill your stomach while you’re here. And just because you didn’t ask for my opinion, doesn’t mean I’m not going to give it. The best part? You don’t have to be here for the Super Bowl to enjoy them…they’re great year round!

I’m a vegetarian, so the majority of my recommendations are catered towards those who don’t eat meat. However, each of these has fantastic choices for carnivores as well, as Tony (definitely not a vegetarian) can confirm!

Breakfast
Stewart’s – I put ketchup on almost everything, but the breakfast potatoes and eggs benedict here are so good, I didn’t need any. My recommendation: eggs benedict.
Egg And I – A fun little breakfast nook, with perfect hangover cure food. My recommendation: skillet breakfast.
Blackbird – The decorations are almost as good as the food is! My recommendation: veggie benedict.

Lunch
Caffrey’s – My go to place on the weekends (especially in the winter) because of their wide selection of soups, and delicious sandwiches. If they were closer to my apartment, I’d probably live there. My recommendation: grilled cheese and tomato soup.
Pizza Luce – Pizzas, sandwiches, and pasta are on the menu, and you can’t go wrong! Most of their items can be prepared vegetarian or vegan, so perfect for everyone! My recommendation: lucky bird nuggets.
Red Cow – You won’t go hungry when you go here. It’s a little pricey, but definitely worth it. My recommendation: grilled cheese.

Dinner
Stray Dog – Another great place for vegetarians and carnivores alike, as they have an entire separate menu for vegetarians! My recommendation: chicago not dog.
Muddy Waters – The atmosphere here is great, and I love that you can mix and match sides and entrees to get the best of everything! My recommendation: brussel sprouts (seriously!).
JL Beers – A classic burgers and beers place, there are almost too many options! My recommendation: Mt. Mushmore burger.

Drinks (in the morning)
Any Spyhouse location – Not only are all their locations great for Instagramming, their coffee is also delicious! My recommendation: caramella.
Five Watt – The best time to visit is the summer when the garage doors are open, but in the winter you can sit in the window and soak up any available sunshine! My recommendation: mocha.
Penny’s – The location downtown is a great place to sit, relax, and watch the world go by. My recommendation: hot chocolate.

Drinks (in the evening)
Dangerous Man – Pro tip: go with someone who has a great beard and you’ll get preferential treatment. This place is also very close to a speakeasy, if you can find it… My recommendation: peanut butter porter.
Indeed – With indoor and outdoor seating, games, shuffleboard, and food trucks, this place really does have it all! My recommendation: mexican honey.
Lakes & Legends – A fantastic brewery that allows dogs inside! Their interior is decorated like a cabin up north, so you can enjoy the outdoors without your lips freezing to the glass. My recommendation: silky.

If you’re new to Minneapolis, let me know what you tried and loved! If you’ve been here awhile, let me know your recommendations!

New Year, New Phone (Again)

A new year means a time for people to have an excuse to reinvent themselves. Some people work on their fitness, some people will change their style or hair color, but I use it as an excuse to try new technology. After trying out the Pixel 2 at the end of last year and really disliking it (which you can read about here), I knew I needed a different phone, but didn’t know what direction I was headed in. In typical Lauren fashion, a new opportunity was presented to me. An opportunity with a keyboard and long battery life (without paying $29 to replace the battery). Read More »