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 »

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.

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 »

The Ideal Phone

With all my back-and-forth switching from BlackBerry to Android to BlackBerry to iPhone to Android to iPhone again, I’ve come to realize what I want in a phone doesn’t exist in one device. So, if I was going to create my ideal phone, here are the features it would have:Read More »

Pixel 2: Great Camera, Not So Great Phone

Now that I’ve had the Pixel 2 for a month, it’s time for a review, and honestly, I’m disappointed. When I first got the phone, I fell in love with the camera and the fantastic pictures it takes. Now, I realize that I may have had blinders on.Read More »

Camera Challenge: Pixel 2 vs iPhone 6S

Since the main reason I bought the Pixel 2 was for the camera, I decided to put photos side-by-side to show the difference in camera quality. These pictures were all taken with automatic settings, flash turned off, and the camera focused itself. Read More »

BREAKING: Lauren Kortbein has switched platforms…again

A long, long time ago, I was a BlackBerry addict. I had numerous devices, from OS 7 all the way up to BlackBerry 10. I was such an addict, that when I switched to iPhone, it became a “thing”. (You can read my reasons to switch here.) Someone actually wrote a blog about why my reasons to switch were invalid and how getting an iPhone made me an “iSheep”. I was hounded on social media for weeks about being a traitor to BlackBerry. So while I would prefer not to live through that experience again, I do have an announcement: I’ve switched platforms yet again. But I’m getting ahead of myself…Read More »