Daniel’s Favorite Tech of 2017
2017 was a great year for tech — and for drinking great coffee. Here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy both.
Google Pixel 2
There have been many negative things written about Google’s Pixel 2 since its October launch, but like many things on the internet, much of it is overblown or outright wrong. The reality is that, for me at least, the Pixel 2 is the best phone I’ve ever used. It does everything I need it to do, and does it quickly, reliably, and continuously for many hours at a time. Android 8.x and HTC’s hardware combine for an unimpeachable experience: from solid call quality (on VoLTE) to consistent data speeds, excellent speaker sound, reliable Bluetooth and all the other things the initial Pixel was dinged for, I can’t remember the last time I just picked up a phone and forgot about the phone. Except when I open the camera — then I remember how phenomenal Google’s software is. At $649, this is a must-buy.
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Moto G5 Plus
While Motorola has offered great devices for less than its competitors for years now, the Moto G5 Plus stood out as an extraordinary move forward for the company. With an impressive spec sheet, excellent build quality and an outstanding camera for its $229 price, the Moto G5 Plus is my budget pick of the year. You can’t go wrong with its slightly-beefier (but not much better IMO) Moto G5S Plus counterpart, too.
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Netgear Orbi mesh router system
With just a main access point and a single satellite, the Netgear Orbi may not constitute a mesh router solution, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t pass for one. In my house, which is taller and narrow, I went from unreliable, spotty 2.4GHz and non-existent 5GHz service anywhere but the main floor to gigabit speeds everywhere I went. The Netgear app isn’t quite as good as Eero’s, but here’s the thing: I haven’t had to reset the system once since installing it nine months ago. This system is a steal at $350.
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I’m not a huge gamer, which is why the Nintendo Switch surprised even me with its multitudinous reasons to love it. I never dreamed that I’d be able to play games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Mario Odyssey on a plane, but here we are and — I’ll be right back, gotta play — it’s pretty remarkable. The best part about the Switch is that it’s finally bringing some great third-party titles to Nintendoland, which is exciting for someone who would love to buy the kinds of innovative indie titles that grace PC, Xbox and PlayStation these days. Stardew Valley is a start, but let’s keep it going!
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