Ian Carlos Campbell

Ian Carlos Campbell was an Associate Editor at Inverse, working with the Gear team. He writes on VR, AR, and mobile technology, including reviews for flagship smartphones like Google’s Pixel 7 Pro and cutting-edge VR headsets like Meta’s Quest Pro.

Previously, Ian was an Associate Editor at Input writing reviews and editing guides, and before that, he was embedded with The Verge’s news team as part of the inaugural class of Vox Media’s fellowship program. Ian received a BA in Screenwriting from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

His other passions include: obsessively keeping up with the latest film and TV releases, playing and thinking critically about video games, and spending an unfortunate amount of time on Twitter.

Opinion

Apple Intelligence Feels Like Just Another Spellcheck

Apple’s approach to generative AI feels unoriginal and surprisingly tasteless coming from a company known to be the exact opposite.

ByIan Carlos Campbell
Retrospective

23 Years Ago, This Best-Selling Nintendo Handheld Walked So the Switch Could Run

Moving from a vertical design to a horizontal form factor broke with tradition, but it proved to be exactly what Nintendo’s handhelds needed.

ByIan Carlos Campbell
Opinion

Why Apple’s AI Debut Is Doomed to Disappoint

With billions of customers to account for, Apple can’t take as many AI risks.

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AR

This Laptop and AR Glasses Combo Is the Practical Alternative to Apple Vision Pro

The Spacetop G1 could be a better way to get spatial computing than strapping on a bulky and expensive headset.

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Opinion

Microsoft Is Giving Windows a Memory and It Might Change Everything

Do we want our computers to remember everything we did on them? Yes.

ByIan Carlos Campbell
Retrospective

5 Years Ago, the Original Quest Reinvented Video Games With a New Dimension

Gaming in VR is still small compared to consoles, but the experiences have never been more immersive.

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Opinion

AI Can’t Change the Surface Pro’s Ugliest Truth

It might as well be false advertising at this point.

ByIan Carlos Campbell
Opinion

Apple Previewed the Future of the iPad and Nobody Noticed

Controlling things with more than just your fingers is the future of the iPad.

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Retrospective

8 Years Ago, Google Beat Alexa. Then It Just Let the Assistant Waste Away

Instead of leading the way, Google is again playing catch up, only this time it’s to OpenAI’s ChatGPT not Amazon.

ByIan Carlos Campbell
Opinion

The New iPad Pros Are Hardware Beasts, But Apple Neglected One Key Feature

Apple hasn’t improved this one feature in 14 years.

ByIan Carlos Campbell
Review

These New Color E-Readers Are Proof Amazon’s Kindle Is Falling Behind

Kobo’s new Libra Colour and Clara Colour color e-readers should make Amazon very worried.

ByIan Carlos Campbell
Guide

7 of the Most Popular AI Chatbots, Ranked From Worst to Best

From ChatGPT to Gemini to Copilot, which AI assistant chatbot is actually worth a monthly subscription?

ByIan Carlos Campbell
Review

I Turned My Old Laptop Parts Into a Desktop PC In Just a Few Steps

Framework, makers of the modular Framework Laptops, makes it really easy to give a bunch of old computer parts a second life.

ByIan Carlos Campbell
Opinion

AI Gadgets Will Never Be ‘Finished’

They’re getting better every day post-launch and at a much faster rate than traditional software updates for devices that aren’t AI-first.

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Retrospective

9 Years Ago, Apple Reinvented Watches as Must-Have Health and Fitness ‘Guardians’

The Apple Watch started as a fashion accessory without a purpose before morphing into a health device that many people now can’t live without.

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Opinion

Apple Has Lost Control of the iPhone. This New Game Emulator Is Proof.

The coming wave of game emulators is further evidence of the iPhone’s Android-ification.

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Retrospective

Two Years Ago, the Playdate Proved a Good Gimmick Can Thrive Despite the Switch’s Dominance

A handheld with a crank seemed dumb at first, but using it to control games is what makes the Playdate stand out.

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Opinion

Microsoft’s New Surfaces Need to Beat MacBooks or Die Trying

Microsoft has the AI chops and big chip plans, but it needs to prove that those add up to a better experience than what Apple offers.

ByIan Carlos Campbell
Opinion

Amazon’s Grocery Dystopia Is Over — And That’s a Good Thing

Shopping for chips and toilet paper never needed to be high-tech.

ByIan Carlos Campbell
Retrospective

14 Years Ago, Apple Changed Computing When Steve Jobs Sat on a Chair

The flexibility of Apple’s tablet has been both its greatest strength and weakness.

ByIan Carlos Campbell