There were 20,000 products announced at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in the beginning of January. Since there is no way to begin to scratch the surface, I will tell you about a few of the things that stood out.
Park-Get out and Walk!
Awesome long life battery
Solid, sturdy phone with Gorilla Glass and a Kevlar back
Gorgeous HD screen
Swype texting is touchy, occasionally loses connection with your finger
I am a very heavy phone user and I have finally found a phone that will get me through the whole day of use (including GPS and Bluetooth). It is also packed with Motorola's Smart Actions which are ways you can customize the phone to do even more for you. Like turning on your WiFi when you get to work, or putting the phone into Drive Mode when you get in the car. Set these actions up once and never worry about them again!
This Quad-core ,Global ready Android is rocking a 5-inch screen with 1080p HD display. Video chat on the front-facing camera in full HD. Continuous photo shooting mode, Beats Audio, Wireless charging and Near Field Communications (NFC) are just a few more features packed into the HTC Droid DNA.
Disappointing Battery considering the technology available
Beautiful large screen
Best PhabletGalaxy Note 2
The S-Pen might have a little something to do with it, but this thing is just the right kind of wonderful for being productive. It's just the right size, the screen can lend itself to using two apps at the same time, you can hover over things to preview with the S-Pen without having to fully open them. The screen is so big it offers picture in picture!
I honestly haven't found one!
Best AppsEvernote I have taken to cloud services like Bieber takes to ridiculous fashion trends. Evernote allows you to store and organize URLs, pictures, sound files (voicenotes) and documents. This type of service is ideal when you are shuffling many different file types within a project and it also gives you the ability to share/sync if you are working on it with other people or if you want to pick it up from another device. It's also a great place to file your recipes so you can access them at the grocery store!
CamScanner This works on both phones and tablets, Android and iOS. It scans your item with the device's camera or you can select a photo from the gallery, it will automatically crop, and turns it into a pdf. You can tag your documents for easier searchability. Then you can upload them, send by sms, bluetooth, Evernote, Dropbox, email or whatever other service you have loaded on your device.
QR Droid We all know what a standard barcode looks like, this is a QR (Quick response) code. It can be used for a number of different marketing strategies. When scanned it can provide a URL, a telephone # or a message that will come up in text format. QR Droid is also capable producing these nifty little squares of information!.
Pocket This is that handy place that you save all of the articles and URL's that you never have time at the moment you see it. Instead of keeping the window open or bookmarking it, Pocket is a cloud service that you can have access to from any device. So if I save an article to my work desktop, I can access it from my phone while I am waiting in line at the grocery store. It's ALL about productivity for this Gadgetista!
Gas Buddy If you drive a bus, I mean SUV, you'll thank me for this. Gas Buddy gives you a listing of all the gas station prices in your zip code or close to your location so you can find the cheapest
Lookout will keep your phone and information safe. Lookout is a great all around app that checks the websites that you are about to visit, and blocks phishing and malware sites in real-time. It also has a phone locator service in case your phone is misplaced or stolen.
A Wallet Password Keep all of your valued passwords arranged by category under one master password's lock and key! Just don't forget the master password! And don't use your child's name to keep them all safely guarded!
Google Now This is difficult to sum up in a short paragraph so click here to read more about this awesome notification service .
Best KeyboardSwift Key Flow
Best BrowserGoogle Chrome
Best SpeakersMonster Clarity HD
Why? For under $100 you get the sound equivalent to a to a major stereo set up in a package about the size of a box of animal crackers. People around you will be amazed at the sound that comes out of this thing. And so will you, of course! It can be used wirelessly or with a 3.5 mm cord and you can even use it for conference calls.
Google Nexus 7
Why? Because it isn't hung up on a carrier so updates come to this bad boy first! You have to have WiFi if you want to use it so it isn't for the faint of heart, I meant the faint of WiFi! Normally I would never suggest this since it is not on the mighty Verizon but if you are tempted to get a Kindle or Nook or any e-Reader, give this a look. Otherwise I'd stick with a tablet on the Verizon network. If you are a Big Red fan, you can always use your Verizon smartphone or JetPack to give this some 4G LTE WiFi.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Why? For starters, the i in front of the name is probably all you need to know. I will always give credit where credit is due,even though I'm an Android fan, Apple products are generally great sound products. Not everyone wants to push the envelope to see exactly what their device can do.