GeekDad Review: Google Nexus 9 Tablet

The Google Nexus 9 tablet

It’s that time of year when holiday gift lists are being checked, and there’s a good chance a tablet is on many of those. Once again Google is offering a Nexus tablet, which means pure Android with no third party UI nonsense to get in the way. But while the Nexus 7 was a real bargain last year at $199, it’s been replaced by the larger Nexus 9 and the price has jumped to $399. Is the newest Nexus tablet a worthy choice for Android fans? Will its unusual 8.9-inch display size make it a good choice for kids? HTC — the company that manufactures the Nexus 9 — sent me one to try out. Continue reading

Acer C720P Chromebook Review: Worth Paying a Premium For

Acer C720P Chromebook in Moonstone White

Chromebooks have become a thing of late — they’re about the only segment of the computer industry that’s seeing growth these days — and it’s easy to see why. Attraction number one is that they’re cheap without having to deal with the tiny display of a netbook or the hassle of using a Bluetooth keyboard with a tablet. But cheap means compromises and I haven’t been a big Chromebook fan. I think they could make a good choice for a student, a second home PC and some business applications, but the inability to run desktop software plus some hardware choices (in the name of keeping costs down) have left me feeling pretty “meh” about using them. However, I just wrapped up a week with an Acer C720P Chromebook and I think these devices are finally starting to gel. Continue reading

2 Months In: The iPad Mini With Retina Display Is Close to the Perfect Tablet

Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display

I have the opportunity to play with a lot of different tablets. I own a small collection too —iPads and Android (no Windows versions here, although I have had a handful in the house for testing). I’m a fan of these things. The one that I use almost exclusively these days is my iPad Mini with Retina Display. As far as I’m concerned, Apple has pretty much perfected the tablet with this device. Continue reading

Google Doodle Celebrates 66th Anniversary of Roswell UFO Incident With Fun Interactive Game

Image: Google.

On July 7, 1947, some sort of flying object crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. That’s about as much of the story as is generally agreed upon; the details have been the subject of much debate since the initial report of the incident was made public 66 years ago today.

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates this anniversary with an awesome short interactive game. Check it out! Continue reading

Google Doodle Pays Tribute to Maurice Sendak on His 85th Birthday

GoogleSendak

The brilliant children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who passed away in May of last year, would have celebrated his 85th birthday today. In tribute to Sendak, Google has created a wonderful new entry its Doodle series. Continue reading

Basking in the Glow of Google Fiber: A Hands-On Experience With Gigabit Internet

Google-Fiber

Google Fiber has begun installations in their first home, Kansas City. Here’s an inside look at the installation process and — more importantly — a glimpse at the television service and the blistering Internet speeds. Continue reading