All year we’ve thrown turn-by-turn navigation tools, note-taking apps, file syncing software, and Google phones into the ring to see who would emerge victorious. Our Sunday Showdowns have been chock-full of fierce battles, but these were the most popular.
Turn-by-Turn Navigation Showdown: Google Maps vs. Waze
You wouldn’t really think there could be that much difference between turn-by-turn navigation apps, but even just a glance at Google Maps and Waze shows how different they are. They might both be owned by the same company, but they work completely differently.
Note-Taking Showdown: Evernote vs. OneNote (2016 Edition)
Evernote and OneNote are two of our favorite tools, but both have changed substantially since we last compared these two apps—in some ways, not for the best. Here’s where these two stand today.
File Syncing Showdown: Google Drive vs. Dropbox vs. OneDrive
Access to decent cloud storage is practically a necessity these days whether it’s for work or play, but everyone seems to have an opinion on which one is best. Let’s break down three of the most popular file syncing services out there and see which one reigns supreme.
Money Transfer Showdown: Square Cash vs. Venmo vs. PayPal
With peer-to-peer payment services like Square Cash, Venmo, and PayPal there’s no need to carry cash anymore. These mobile apps make splitting checks, paying friends back, and lending money to family members as easy as tapping your finger. Let’s look at them, and decide which one rises above the others.
Pro Tablet Showdown: iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 4
Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 look a lot alike. Both are big tablets, both connect to slim keyboard covers, and both offer a stylus for drawing and note-taking. But after spending some time with these potential laptop replacements, I found that they’re really quite different, particularly when it comes to productivity.
Set-Top Box Showdown: Apple TV vs. Nexus Player vs. Roku 4
There are nearly as many companies making set top boxes as there are TV shows that you swear you’re going to get around to watching one of these days. Today, we’re examining three of the best: the Apple TV, the Nexus Player, and the Roku 4.
Augmented Reality Showdown: Pokémon Go vs. Ingress
Four years ago, a little-known developer named Niantic created Ingress. It was a location-based mobile game that set the stage for their next big game, Pokémon Go. Both are extremely fun and get you out of the house, but with very different flavors. Here’s how Niantic’s two hits compare.
Run Windows on Your Mac: VirtualBox vs VMware Fusion vs Parallels
If you need to run Windows inside OS X, you have three options: VirtualBox, VMware, and Parallels. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses, and different use cases where one’s better than another. Let’s break down when each is best and for what.
Google Phone Showdown: Nexus 6P vs. Pixel XL
Google’s new Pixel phones are here to replace the Nexus line. Normally, we wouldn’t pit new phones against old ones but if you’re shopping now, or looking to replace an explodey Galaxy Note 7, these are your two best options. Let’s look at how the old guard stacks up against Google’s new hardware play, and where the real value lies.
PC Stick Showdown: Intel Compute Stick vs Google Chromebit
Imagine your PC in your pocket, free to carry it anywhere there’s a screen you can use to get your work done. Sure, a laptop works, but a PC-on-a-stick gives you serious freedom and flexibility, and the Google Chromebit and Intel Compute Stick both sell that dream pretty hard. We took both for a test drive.
Webmail Showdown: Gmail vs. Outlook.com
It’s hard to think about email without putting a G in front of it. Despite Gmail’s renown as one of the best email services on the internet, Microsoft’s Outlook.com has spent the last few years building itself into a competent competitor. In today’s showdown, we put these two behemoths of email to the test.
Budgeting Software Showdown: Mint vs. You Need a Budget
Thanks to services like Mint and You Need a Budget, it’s so easy to get a handle on your finances that it makes you wonder how anyone got by with simple spreadsheets. Today, we’re comparing the two in order to find out who can benefit most from each.
Translation Tool Showdown: Google Translate vs. Microsoft Translator
Whether you’re a globetrotter, language student, or business owner, tools like Google Translate and Microsoft Translator make it easier for everyone in the world to understand one another. But while both can translate text, speech, and images, they still each have their own quirks. So all aboard the showdown train! Next stop: translation station.
Home Voice Assistant Showdown: Amazon Echo vs. Google Home
This week, Google released Google Home, a voice-controlled smart appliance, to compete with the surprisingly popular Amazon Echo. Both devices can play music, control your lights, and answer questions with nothing but your voice, but we wanted to see how Google’s new device stacked up against the established competition.
2016 To-Do App Showdown: Wunderlist vs. Any.do
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from some of our favorite to-do apps, Wunderlist and Any.Do, which means it’s a perfect time for a fresh look at both apps. Both are still some of the best, cross-platform, free to-do managers available, but let’s see how far they’ve come.