I’m Campbell, The New Guy At Gizmodo Australia, Ask Me Anything

Hi! My name’s Campbell Simpson, and I’m the new guy at Gizmodo Australia. I’ve been helping out for a couple of weeks already, but I thought I’d take the chance to introduce myself and let you all know what kind of stuff you’ll be seeing from me in the future.

As a team, we want to bring you more up-to-date breaking news, as well as the latest and greatest technology reviews and longer in-depth features on Australia’s coolest tech. That’s why I’m on board.

I’m joining Gizmodo Australia as a journalist and reviewer; as well as the daily news that Giz is great at, I’m going to be focusing more on longer, detailed reviews of the technology devices available here. I’ve been working as a technology reviewer for the last six years with some of Australia’s largest tech sites, writing about everything from plasma TVs to drones — and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing at Gizmodo.

I’ll be writing reviews on just about anything — it might be a new camera, it might be some headphones, it might be a battery. If you’ve got something that you want to know about, get in touch.

With that covered, let’s get the difficult questions out of the way.

At the moment, I’m using a Galaxy Note 3 on Telstra, which has been my daily driver for most of the last six months. Before that, I used an iPhone 5s — I’m not really bothered on iOS versus Android (although I do appreciate tactile feedback and the versatility of SwiftKey).

I have a Core i7-3770, Nvidia GTX 670, Sandisk Extreme II SSD-powered Windows PC at home, and a Core i5 LG UltraPC for work (which, unlike Luke, I actually love). But, in the past, I’ve had a MacBook Pro, a Mini, and half a dozen other home-built machines; I prefer Windows at the moment, after a lot of tweaking to streamline 8.1 (including but not limited to completely removing the Modern interface, for example), but I’m definitely not anti-OS X.

I drive a VW Polo GTI — it’s certainly quick and fun to drive, but I don’t love the plasticky interior and the fact that I’m constantly chasing up electrical problems (last week it was the steering angle sensor, this week it’s the secondary air intake pump). Before that, I had a Nissan Bluebird SSS — entirely ordinary apart from one surpremely cool and tech-y feature; according to my memory, it was the first Australian-delivered passenger car with a heads-up display. I’m not bothered about any particular automotive marque, although I’ll happily admit that I think electric vehicles are awesome and I want one.

So that’s it — I don’t have any preference for mobile phones, PCs, telcos or cars. I’ll judge anything on its merits, and criticise it on its flaws. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not bringing any blatant bias into my reviews, but if you’ve got any questions or concerns, feel free to harass me on Twitter.

Pleased to meet you!

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