Paying money for a wireless charging dock seems pointless when the phone's free charging cable works fine. But you really can't beat the cord-free convenience of plopping down your phone and grabbing it up whenever you need it.
You will instantly look like an idiot the moment you put it on, but getting sucked into a virtual reality world is a trippy, compelling, bodysnatching experiences that can feel incredible real -- and that power is awesome.
Why would anyone need an ugly e-reader, especially when you can read books on your tablet or phone? But the Kindle's easy-reading display makes reading feel relaxed and casual, and it's distraction-free.
Some of us saw drones as fun, overpriced toys whose novelty quickly wore thin. But use them as an overhead video recorder and they start adding to the bigger picture. Plus, we can't wait for drone delivery to become real.
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We couldn't see the value of a service that gobbles up your photos and videos after 10 seconds. But over time, we realized that not everything needs to live forever, and that there's a certain art to telling stories this way.
Creep alert: A feature that painfully shows you how much and how accurately Google has been tracking you. Turns out we like being able to see where we spend our time and use it to find names of spots we can't remember. Oh, and past trips neatly correspond with Google Photos as a kind of automated journal.
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The BlackBerry Priv isn't perfect, but nor is it the train wreck we worried it would be. Instead, it's a competent all-around Android phone with a keyboard that, once you spend some real time using it, really clicks. (See what we did there?)