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Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

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This is what it's like to use a $9,000 smartphone
A fancy phone for fancy people

This is what it's like to use a $9,000 smartphone

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There are flagship Android phones and then there are luxury Android phones. The Vertu Signature Touch is the latter, and you'll pay for the privileges that come with it. The quick take Made of premium materials with a solid design, the Vertu Signature Touch is an impressive piece of hardware with some cool services to back it up. But it's hobbled by inconsistent performance that hurts...

Which has the better camera: G4, iPhone 6, or GS6?
Three smartphones enter, only one will leave

Which has the better camera: G4, iPhone 6, or GS6?

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It's time to really compare: just how good is the LG G4's camera? LG's talking a big game about the quality of the LG G4's camera, and in the time we've been playing with it, it's certainly produced some impressive images. But it's also up against some impressive competition — smartphone cameras have never been better than they are today, and today they're really good. So we're pitting...

The Huawei SnapTo is unlocked and just $180
720p and a Snapdragon 400 on the cheap

The Huawei SnapTo is unlocked and just $180

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Huawei has introduced the new SnapTo, an Android smartphone for the U.S. market that's unlocked and going for just $179.99. At that price the SnapTo isn't a massive powerhouse, and we wouldn't expect it to be. But it's also demonstrative of the fact that today you can get a decent smartphone — one that would have been top-of-the-line 3 years ago — for well under $200. So what all...

Chromebit is an entire Chrome OS computer in an HDMI stick
It's like Chrome OS, but for your TV

Chromebit is an entire Chrome OS computer in an HDMI stick

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If you've been looking for the easiest way to get Chrome OS onto your TV, Google's new Chromebit HDMI stick might be exactly what you need. Google has a new type of Chrome OS device, one that's designed to make it easier and more discreet than ever to hook up a TV. It's called Chromebit, and it's a complete Chrome OS computer in an HDMI stick about the size of a candybar....

Google Keep gets labels and recurring reminders
Reminder to self: set recurring reminder to self

Google Keep gets labels and recurring reminders

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One of our favorite Gmail features — labels — has at long last arrived for Google Keep. The addition of labels means that you can now tack any number of labels you want onto a task in Google Keep, grouping tasks by whatever grouping you desire. Priority tasks, project tasks, daily to-dos, the honey do list, and so forth. While the addition of labels is a welcome one, recurring...