Apartment Friendly Smart Home Products

For those of you that live in an apartment and love new technology that helps you get sh!t done, smart home products are both a blessing and a curse. Many products require installation, like a home thermostat or door lock. These installations are often frowned upon by landlords, and are sometimes useless even if they could be installed.

For your convenience, I’ve put together a list of apartment friendly smart home products that won’t get you kicked out and make your life easier:Read More »

Meet Expese, the company helping you test tech before you buy it

I love new consumer tech. I love learning about it, reading reviews on it, and of course, peeling the plastic off. The one thing I don’t love? The prices. I always want to run to the store (or Amazon) to get my hands on whatever shiny new thing was just released, but one look at my bank account stops me.Read More »

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

If you ask Samsung, bigger is absolutely better. The Galaxy Note Edge is absolutely HUGE. But does screen size and one unique feature help it stand out in a sea of iPhones?

Obviously screen size is a big source of debate. Some people like having smaller phones that they can easily use one-handed, while others like to have big screens that are easier to read. The more important (and unique) feature of the Note Edge is, well, the edge! The right hand side of the phone curves across, giving extra screen space. Samsung makes use of it by allowing users to customize the display when it’s in lock mode, and choosing what apps to display when the phone is on. I think this feature only works because it’s on a phone that runs on Android. On my iPhone, I have all my apps sorted neatly into folders. But whenever I use an Android, I don’t focus on icons as much as I do the widgets. Most of the apps I download on an Android are unorganized on whatever page they first showed up on. Because of this, I liked being able to quickly access my favorite apps with a swipe and click.

Other than the extra sliver of screen that the Note Edge provides, I wasn’t super impressed with the phone. The typical Android features are all there, along with the pen that comes with owning a phablet. Plus at $100 more than the normal Galaxy Note, this phone just doesn’t make sense to me. It’s a good idea in theory, but not quite edgy enough (sorry).