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I'm a huge fan of wrist-mounted mobile devices and put up this article to try to help interested people select one or two that might fit their needs.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/wearable-buying-guide-which-one-is-best-for-you/
There are wearables for tracking your daily activity, tracking your focused outside sports, and for serving as a companion to your smartphone. Use this guide to help narrow down the choices and find what works best for you.
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+Caleb M I thought about buying the Vivoactive again. It's a great wearable that is priced reasonably well too. I like all the data captured and shown by Garmin.

I'm giving the Polar V800 a deeper look, but the Vivoactive is still definitely on my radar.
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Honored to be making an appearance here with Myriam. I've got a face for radio so we'll see how this goes :)
 
Phone expert +Matthew Miller is joining me to discuss the latest mobile news. We'll be talking about the awesome LG #G4 , the Microsoft #Lumia640 , and Huawei #P8Lite -- to name a few... So don't forget to tune in live!
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I used to be a major fan, and advocate, for Windows Phone, but given their latest gutting of the mobile division I don't have any hope left for success with phones. If you are looking for a new phone, get an iPhone or an Android phone. Why mess around with a company who changes plans every year?

http://www.zdnet.com/article/all-my-optimism-for-windows-phone-is-now-gone-given-microsofts-latest-news/
With 7,800 more job cuts, largely from the Windows Phone business, it's time for Microsoft to give up on phones and focus where it can achieve success.
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About time you came over to the dark side, Matt. Agree that their tablets are still great. 
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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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If running is your primary activity then it's tough to beat a Garmin Forerunner 225. The added heart rate monitor and daily activity tracking is useful too.

http://www.zdnet.com/product/garmin-forerunner-225-gps-watch/
The Garmin Forerunner 225 improves upon the Forerunner 220 so if you like the 220 and want to add in a heart rate monitor and daily tracking then this may be the perfect device for you. The Forerunner 225 is solely focused on the runner and it does a fantastic job at providing a reliable, long-lasting GPS watch for this activity
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I thoroughly enjoyed working out with these Polar GPS products. The V800 may be my next GPS watch as I like the daily activity tracking and customization, along with the coaching to help me push myself.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/hands-on-with-the-polar-v650-and-v800-gps-sports-gear-coaching-you-to-go-further/
Polar makes high quality sports tracking gear and the multi-sport watch and bike computer provide all the data you want while helping coach you to improve your performance.
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Apple keeps making iOS better and better. I took the plunge and risked putting the public preview of iOS 9 beta 3 on my 6 Plus and am loving it so far.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/hands-on-with-the-apple-ios-9-public-preview-eight-things-i-like-and-two-i-dont/
Apple just made iOS 9 available to anyone interested in testing out beta 3. You shouldn't risk your primary device, but so far everything is working well and the new features are worth the risk.
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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.
Frank B. Miller MD
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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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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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