Current tech

I love gadgets, always have. I thought about doing a tech history, but that’s pretty long-winded. Instead, I just thought I’d share what I’m using now, and what might becoming up shortly.


For the past 17 months, I have been using a 2014 Moto X. This has been a great device, and it convinced me that I couldn’t go back to carrier-branded models or skinned Android ever again. I also wanted a little bigger phone. So, I picked up a used Nexus 6P in mint condition. I love it. The fingerprint scanner is long overdue, although I miss some of the Motorola software enhancements. The screen is extremely good, but I’ve yet to really test the camera.


I’m currently using a Winbook TW801. It is an 8″ tablet running Windows 10. It’s not fantastic, largely thanks to the 1GB of RAM. However, it can log me into my work VPN in a pinch, which has it’s perks. I’d rather have a modern Android or iPad for casual use, but this works for now. I also still have my HP Touchpad running CM9 for occasional use. However, it does suffer from a severe lack of downtime if the battery runs out.


I’m using an HP ProBook 4540s that I purchased new in 2013. It still runs very well, upgraded to Windows 10. In the next year or two, it will have to be replaced as my main backup to my workstation. My desktop is one I built around 2012, a Core i5 2500K paired up with the usual accouterments. It’s mostly for work, so there’s no great graphics card, just enough to get me by. Dual monitors help me keep focused on the task at hand, and a water cooling system keeps temps down.


I have a few other diversions around. I picked up a Lumia 640 on Windows 10 as a workout phone, but the app selection is poor. It’s decent enough to mess around with though. I have a Zune HD on my desk so that I can listen to OTA radio

I do want to pick up a new Android tablet soon, and the Pixel C may be an option. My laptop will also be replaced, perhaps by a Surface Pro. I’ll be making gradual upgrades to my desktop, starting with a fresh infusion of memory and a better graphics card. The processor should be fine for quite some time.

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