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I can't say enough good things about my Surface Pro 3 and while I use it most of the time in laptop mode, there are plenty of reasons to pop it out and use it as a tablet too.
Summary: My Surface Pro 3 spends all week in the dock with an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse. At night and on the weekends it pops out into tablet mode with these apps.
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Thanks for your initial rxns. Have followed your column for 》2 yrs now. Will be interested in more obs of yours on Surface as I edge closer to probly buying one.
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Just reminded of this post. I've been with ZDNet now for 9 years! Thanks again readers.

It's fun to see how much things have changed over the years. I've now been through more than 200 devices over the years and am amazed by what these mobile devices can now accomplish.
This new ZDNet blog kicks off with an intro of the life of a die hard mobile gadgeteer.
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Well deserved CONGRATULATIONS !
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I'm still thinking of a Galaxy S6 because I do like physical home buttons, the cool black/blue color, and fantastic camera. However, the LG G4 is very compelling as well.
Summary:The competition for the best Android smartphone is heating up. While the Samsung Galaxy S6 is an excellent choice, I think the LG G4 is the best choice for the business world.
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+Matthew Miller​ sticking with my OnePlus One but if I had to get something else, pretty sure it would be the LG
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Easily my favorite smartwatch to date. It's not an essential mobile accessory, but if you like to wear watches and have an iPhone then it's definitely something to consider.
Summary:The Apple Watch Sport edition has been strapped on my wrist for a month and for the most part it has exceeded all of my expectations. It's even better now that I realized I was wearing it wrong.
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LG did a fantastic job with the G4. It is well designed, maintains a removable battery and microSD card, and looks great.
Summary:LG is getting ready to launch the LG G4 and is bucking the trend of moving to integrated storage and non-removable batteries. The leather back is elegant and the camera can't be beat.
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Thanks Matt! I must have missed it when you mentioned that. I shoot Raw+JPEG on my Leica M and have a tight workflow for post processing in LightRoom. But haven't had the pleasure of getting Raw files from a phone before. I may have to check the G4 out
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I'm very impressed with the Apple Watch Sport edition and feel it is the best smartwatch I have ever tested. It may be a first generation Apple device, but Apple did a great job with it and I'm sure consumers will find it to be a compelling iPhone companion.
Summary: Matthew Miller has spent nearly two weeks with the Apple Watch Sport and it has exceeded all of his expectations. It's not yet perfect, but well ahead of Android Wear.
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It's not necessarily a reason to distrust, simply a reason to question. The strange thing about tech is that sometimes, we don't know we like something until we have a chance to actually use it. That might be the case here. However, the point is that there seems to be quite a contradiction and it isn't out of place to expect a person to address such a major change in position when writing a future article. 
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Have to admit I do sometimes consider going back to a rugged flip phone for calls and getting "disconnected" with such a device. 
Summary:Most phones sold by carriers are smartphones, but there are still many reasons that a basic flip phone is still a valid option for many people.
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Glad that I kept the BlackBerry Passport. It sticks around and waits for the shine of other new devices to wear off.
There are a number of amazing new smartphones and wearable products, but these devices - and the bells and whistles they deliver - can cause us to lose focus on what's really important to have.
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I know exactly what you mean!!!!   Took my Apple Watch off last week and haven't missed it.  Probably doesn't help that I'm a Rolex guy and have been wearing the same watch for about 12 years.  I also went back to the Fitbit Flex because it does what I need and I have some friends I compete with on my friends list.  I have had the IP6+ since the day it came out but keep checking out BB Classic.  Haven't seen any Passports in the store yet.  As a matter of fact, I'm heading back to AT&T to "play" with the BB again this evening.  Great article Matt, so glad I'm not the only one who thinks this way.  Either that or we are both a little crazy!  
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There's a few distinguished smartphones and it's pretty easy to come up with 7 or 8 great choices. It's tough to pick the top one since it's really dependent on each of our own PERSONAL needs. I did knock the iPhone from the top spot this time though.
Summary:Now that all the latest and greatest smartphones have been announced and in my hands, it's time to see which are the best available.
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Love my Passport! 
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Going outside this summer with your Apple iPhone 6 Plus? Consider one of these waterproof cases. I liked them all, but prefer the LifeProof model.
Summary:Many of us take our iPhones everywhere, including our outdoor adventures. Whether you run, cycle, ski, ride, boat, or take part in some other outdoor activity there are a few solid choices to protect your iPhone 6 Plus from the toughest elements.
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Using the LG G4 and Xperia Z3 convince me that I really do miss using a physical home button.
Summary:Matthew has been testing all the latest and greatest smartphones, but finally figured out what has been missing in most of them that is causing some frustration.
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100% agree. Either a home button or double-tap to wake are almost necessary for me now. Particularly when the phone is on my bedside table, those just make it so much more convenient. 
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I like the design of the LG G4 and fact that it still has a microSD and removable battery. Only been a couple of days, but battery looks like it may perform similar to Galaxy S6. I guess I've been spoiled by my Passport, Xperia Z3, and iPhone 6 Plus.

It will take more time and testing to see how things settle out. Looking forward to trying the camera more this weekend.
Summary:Matthew picked up a LG G4 to evaluate before the retail units begin shipping to buyers and he has spent the last two days with it in Seattle and New York.
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Smartphone blogger for ZDNet and professional naval architect
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I currently work as a professional naval architect in Seattle by day and write for ZDNet on the mobile world by night. I have a wonderful wife of 18+ years and three amazing daughters. I coach soccer, run, read, and spend all my free time with my family trying to help make their lives better.

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Wrote three books for Wiley, am a certified Professional Engineer in Washington, successfully helped resolve over 50 marine casualties with salvage engineering work.
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