CrowdGadgets | December 28, 2012

The CrowdGadgets newsletter is a weekly installment that will keep you up to date on the latest gadget and tech news from Pocketables, Good and EVO, and the rest of the CrowdGather gadget network, including Anythingbutipad, Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, and Zune Boards. Read the latest news below.

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Features

What’s it like to travel with the iPad mini? Is the experience really all that different from the standard iPad or another tablet? We also took a look at Sprint’s Airave 2.5 wireless in-home signal booster and compared Apple’s new Lightning connector to a good old microUSB connector. Lastly, if family experience is any indication, the Microsoft Surface could be an excellent device for all ages and use cases.

Reviews

A few weeks ago, John announced that he was ditching his laptop for a Samsung Chromebook. Did he make the right move? Check out his in-depth review for the full story and to find out if you should do the same. We also have reviews of the Apple Lightning to VGA adapter and apps like iTV Shows 2, Mobile Mouse, Fayve, Bloons TD 5, and GasBuddy, which are all available for iOS devices.

Good and EVO

Some people like explicit lyrics in their music, while others can’t stand it. If you’re in the former camp and you were surprised to discover that Google Play Music incorrectly matched the track, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a relatively simple fix. Google has also extended free Gmail calling through 2013, allowing you to dial up phones in the US and Canada.

Hot Topics

Christmas has come and gone and if you’re like us, you probably found at least a gadget or two under your tree. Check out our hot topics like Good and EVO, Google Chrome, Google Nexus, iPad mini, Microsoft Surface, and Tasker for great in-depth articles. And remember to stop by our forums to let us know what you got, ask questions, and have fun chatting about tech.

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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/Outlook.com Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.