Another year is practically upon us so I thought it was a good time to reflect on a few things that I thought made the wireless world great this year.
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
halfway through the word.
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!
Disappointing Battery considering the technology available
Irritating door on micro USB port
16GB memory with no microSD expansion
Final Thoughts: This is a beautiful, sleek device, with a gorgeous HD screen. The only thing I am skeptical about is the 2020mAh battery, as I am used to 3300mAh. The 16GB with no microSD isn't going to be a problem if you take advantage of cloud storage.
Beautiful large screen
Predictive text is not very good. I loaded SwiftKey instead
Final Thoughts: Nice big screen with tons of options for personalizing this device to carry out your every whim. The S-Voice and S-Beam are great features
Final Thoughts: Most of the new features (turn by turn directions, simultaneous photo and video, larger screen size, better front-facing camera, panoramic pictures, and an 80% smaller plug) were already in place on Androids, but if you are a die-hard Mac user, the iPhone has come much closer to being able to do all the cool things the Android fans have been bragging about for a while.
Galaxy 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!
This is my blue ribbon, first place, you'll have to pry it out of my cold dead hands, hands-down best device. It fits all the criteria I look for in the device I am going to use on a daily basis; great battery, fast, able to use Swype or SwiftKey Flow sucessfully, extra storage if needed, large,
sharp screen and great camera.
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!
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.
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!.
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!
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
For example: say the place you normally get gas is .22 cents per gallon more expensive then a place down the street. If you get 20 gallons, you'll save $4.40 per fill up. If you fill up 5 times a month that's a $22.00 savings. Alternately, if you report gas prices you can earn yourself some free gas.
This is an essential file manager that allows you to move, erase, rename files. It also has image and text viewers, Networking, SMB, Bluetooth, SFTP, ZipTar, downloader, thumbnails, search files, application manager, task manager and attachments.
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!
Is an aggregated mosiac of all the news stories from all your favorite news sources. You can easily see a graphic and title of over 20 articles in a colorful collage and expand on the one you want to read.
This is difficult to sum up in a short paragraph so
to read more about this awesome notification service
Picture Password To be explained in a "coming soon" video.
Swift Key Flow
Why? I was in love with Swype for years until this mysterious stranger SwiftKey came along. This bugger not only predicts the word you are typing but it also does a pretty dam good job at guessing your next word. It's like kismet! Enter SwiftKey Flow, SwiftKey and Swype got together and the rest is history.
Notes: It is stubborn, if you manually enter something, sometimes it thinks it knows you, better than you do and it keeps auto correcting. So if you don't want to end up on Facebook with a auto correct gone wrong screenshot, you might do well to check your outgoing message one last time before you caress the send button.
Why? I like that you can Bookmark to the Cloud with hardly any effort at all and pick up those pages in your chrome browser on another device. You don't need a third party app, it happens within the Browser you are already using. Oh yeah, did I mention it's also a very fast browser? Some browsers don't support Google in search and I'm a Google Girl through and through!
Monster 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? It's thin, lighter than original 10 inch tablets and it has the amazing screen we've come to expect from a Samsung device. Watching movies on it is a pleasure and well, need I say more?
Notes: It still has a proprietary plug for charging. Ewww.
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.
I trusted this thing so much that the second I had my iPhone tucked safely inside, I tossed it in a swimming pool. Thank goodness I installed it correctly because it came out dripping wet but only outside the Lifeproof case!
Notes: I would be remiss if I didn't mention however that some accessories aren't Lifeproof friendly so you might want to check this before running off on vacation with a USB cord that might not fit into the phone's charging port via the almost unforgiveable area there is to plug it in through. Also, they say that you shouldn't "install it" more than 10 times and expect it to still make a good seal.
Best Case Overall
If you have EVER owned an Otterbox product you would just agree and move onto the next category. However for those of you who haven't invested in the best cell phone case EVER, there's a few things you should know. First of all, Otterbox offers different levels of cases ready to accept the rigors YOUR phone endures. Whether you work in a boutique and want a pretty, uncumbersome case to protect your phone or a forklift operator whose phones falls out of your pocket on a daily basis, Otterbox has the case for you! The case shown above is the reflex series. It is light and streamlined yet with built-in air pockets in the corners that absorb impact energy, kind of like bumpers!
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