In case you didn't feel the tremors, an earthquake pretty much rattled the handheld PC community today with the announcement of the Steam Deck. Since that announcement, there's been a lot of hyperbole thrown around, mostly due to Valve's very successful marketing of the lowest-tier Deck. At a mere $399, it's easy to understand the hype. But as is always the case with things that sound too good to be true, read the fine print. That's not to imply Steam Deck is bad, mind you. Far from it! Valve entering the ...

No, Steam Deck did not "Kill" GPD/Aya/One Netbook

It's been a wild week for Google fans. Between multiple Pixel 6 leaks and an official Google I/O developer conference detailing Android 12, the tech community has gotten a pretty significant taste of what's to come for the world's biggest smartphone ecosystem. Of course, we get this every year. But 2021 feels like a noteworthy shift for Google, both for its direction and the context in which it's occurring. Although I've been a loyal Pixel follower from the start, it's always been clear to me that the ...

Google is finally making the Pixel I always wanted, and I've never felt so conflicted

It's been a long time since I was at the age where someone's choice of game platform affected my opinion of them as a person. In fact, I quite prefer the diversity of devices we have today to a comparatively grim reality where everyone uses a single "right" platform. In the same vein, I also spend substantially less time actually playing games than I used to. But I still enjoy them when I can, and keeping up with games and gaming culture is a hobby in itself. So, take this post not as an argument of one ...

I couldn't afford a console, so I bought a PC

There really seems to be no middle ground for the Google Pixel. It's been a rollercoaster of good and bad since its inception. Fortunately, anyone like me who boarded the hype train on day one and stuck to a biannual upgrade cycle has hit only the high notes. The OG Pixel and Pixel 3 were straightforward, solid phones that "just worked" and felt great doing so. The Pixel 2 and 4? Not so much. Whether they're playing it too safe or going a little too crazy, Google somehow oscillates between absolutely ...

I upgraded from Pixel 3 XL to Pixel 4a. That's not a typo.