9 great readings from CNET this week: 5G vs. cable, Pixel Watch, McMansions and more

For many of us, our connection to the Internet from our homes is via cable. Even our phones often rely on that, as we connect to Wi-Fi to work, Wordle, shop, or run via TikTok. However, there are alternatives and not just satellite services.

Today there is a 5G option for home internet, at least in some areas. CNET’s Eli Blumenthal has been trying it out for a few weeks and said this broadband option shows “a lot of promise” along with notable shortcomings.

His story is one of many in-depth features and thought-provoking comments that appeared on CNET this week. So here you go. These are the stories you don’t want to miss.

T-Mobile’s and Verizon’s respective 5G home internet offerings have potential, but both need work to restore consistency.


Commentary: Google has the opportunity to make its first smartwatch stand out with Pixel-specific features.

Google's Pixel Watch with a black dial and white hands

McMansion Hell and Zillow Gone Wild are part of a vast world of architecture and real estate voyeurism.

McMansion in Virginia with text "Why curve if the mirrors are not semicircular? "unreliable; "ahoi; "can only be described as butthole-esque "mommy he's staring at me!! "turret tumor "too big!!!  I think!!"

McMansion Hell

Trying to avoid the fakery of its much bigger rivals, this social app only takes a few minutes a day and still makes for friendly competition.

BeReal app on a phone

Sarah Tew/CNET

We gain a wealth of benefits from balancing calm and chaos.

Getty Images

Every state legislator is different, and it’s important to know what yours does and how it functions. Our guide can help.

The Wisconsin State Capitol with the dome lit up in the dark

Knows German/CNET

This unique take on the scandal is anything but the movie you expect.

Sullivan Jones plays a revolutionary leader who appeals to two hippie followers in 18 1/2

Kerri McConnell / Waterbug Eater Movies

“Not spectacular,” eh?

blood moon


A very personal list of the best things I’ve ever seen online.

Scottish comedian Limmy, smiling

BBC Scotland

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