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No headphone jack? No problem! Wireless Zone's Guide to Wireless Headphones

Posted by Andrea Drag on Oct 5, 2016 4:29:18 PM

When Apple's latest iPhone was announced, fans around the world were introduced to AirPods, a new wireless headphone system. This eliminates the mess that comes with tangled wires, while also giving users a diverse offering when it comes to new capabilities.Whether you're upgrading your iPhone or simply curious about trying out a new set of headphones, here's why wireless is the way to go:

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Topics: Wireless Technology

The History of VR Technology [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Andrea Drag on Apr 6, 2016 10:48:02 AM

Virtual reality (VR) technology has done a lot of growing over the last century, but 2016 is the year it will make quite the impression on consumers. Though many of you - or your children - have been to the arcade or an amusement park and stepped inside a VR ride, how many times have you had the option to attach your phone to a headset that offers you VR technology at home? That number has probably been zero, but that all changes in 2016 - the year that introduced Samsung Gear VR.

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Topics: Wireless Technology, VR, infographic

Top 4 Reasons To Invest in a Tablet

Posted by Andrea Drag on Apr 1, 2016 1:52:14 PM

The advancements in technology in the last decade have made it very simple for consumers to carry the Internet around in the palm of their hands. You can say the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 and the Android smartphone in 2008 helped launch the smartphone frenzy - since then, the smartphone industry has been growing rapidly in both market and size. According to Statistica, over a third of the entire world's population is expected to own a smartphone by 2017, totaling almost 2.6 billion smartphone users worldwide. You're likely to hold on to your smartphone for a while, but have you considered investing in a tablet too?

It's safe to say that you're probably thinking: What will a tablet give me that my smartphone doesn't already? Now, there might not be much of a difference in that case, but having a tablet can be more convenient in a few ways, especially if you plan to use it in replacement of a laptop.

Consider these four reasons to purchase a tablet:

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Topics: Tablet, Wireless Technology

Capture Every Holiday Memory with One of These High-Performance Smartphone Cameras

Posted by Andrea Drag on Dec 16, 2015 5:00:48 PM

With the end of the year comes no shortage of postcard-worthy photo opportunities, especially on days when the entire family is together under the same roof. For most folks short of professional photographers, the chore of lugging around a digital camera has been made obsolete by the popularity of the smartphone. Each year, smartphone cameras become more powerful and sophisticated, meaning it's easier than ever to snap great shots from your mobile. 

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Topics: Samsung, LG, HTC, iphone, Device Features, Wireless Accessories, Wireless Technology, samsung galaxy, Selfie, Smartphone Camera, Happy Holidays

6 strategies for extending your smartphone battery life before the holidays

Posted by Andrea Drag on Nov 20, 2015 5:27:08 PM

Your smartphone is a lifesaver during the hustle-bustle holiday season. The ability to coordinate travel with your loved ones, look up traffic-free routes between shopping destinations, make Black Friday purchases and collect family favorite recipes on the same device makes the holidays easier to handle than ever before. However, having all this functionality at your fingertips won't be terribly convenient if your smartphone battery goes into the red a few hours into your errand runs.

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Topics: Device Features, Wireless Technology

5 tips to help you avoid losing your phone this fall

Posted by Andrea Drag on Nov 4, 2015 4:28:03 PM

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the craziness of the holiday season is fast approaching. During these busy weeks your smartphone can come in handy on a regular basis, acting as a digital personal assistant and a means of coordinating your family's schedule. Just think of how inconvenient managing the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be without your smartphone. Unfortunately, this overbearing busyness creates extra opportunities for smartphone mishaps. Whether the device gets left behind or lifted from your pocket, your risk for losing track of your device are at an all-time high this time of year. Getting a better grasp of the situation and a better grip on your phone could save you hours of frustration and hundreds of dollars.

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Topics: Wireless Technology

Should you get the 6s or 6s Plus? Tips for navigating a win-win decision

Posted by Andrea Drag on Oct 21, 2015 5:55:24 PM


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Topics: Device Features, Wireless Technology

5 Ways College Students Can Protect Their Tech From Thieves and Hackers

Posted by Andrea Drag on Sep 9, 2015 12:02:06 PM

While college and university campuses are great places to learn and grow, they can sometimes host a variety of hazardous scenarios for your smartphone. The risk of theft (both digital information and tangible devices), by fellow students and non-students alike, is a serious one. In fact, Farmers Insurance reported that cell phones ranked among the most commonly burglarized items on college campuses across the country. Take these 5 steps to secure your smartphone before the semester gets too far underway:

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Topics: Device Features, Wireless Technology, college students, hackers, Mobile Apps, smartphone hackers, theft protection, smartphone theft

The Samsung Galaxy S6’s Futuristic Features Are Out of this World

Posted by Andrea Drag on Jun 30, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Samsung is committed to packing as much technology and convenience into their flagship Galaxy smartphones, and the Galaxy S6 is the epitome of this concept. One might even refer to the device as "futuristic" given that many of its features, including a fingerprint scanner and virtual reality capabilities, were considered safely within the realm of science fiction just twenty years ago.

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Topics: Samsung, mobile device, devices, Smartphones, Device Features, Wireless Technology, Andriod, s6, samsung vs apple, Samsung Galaxy s6, Samsung Andriod, Virtual reality, Cool phone features, Samsung Galaxy s6 Edge, fingerprint sensor, s6 edge, VR, samsung galaxy

Why Smartphones are the Smartest Gift for Graduation

Posted by Andrea Drag on May 18, 2015 2:44:00 PM

May through June is graduation season, and many parents are already thinking ahead to the fall. Upgrading your children's mobile device is an easy way to send your kids off to college with a graduation gift they'll love. This practical present will make it a breeze to stay in touch, no matter how far away their academic pursuits take them. The latest smartphones are also powerful technological resources that can provide plenty of organizational support to your college-bound kids - letting them work with the device over the summer will help them master its features before they take the next big step in their journeys. A bit of research will help you pick out the perfect smartphone for propelling your college students toward success in the upcoming semester.

Smartphones are a great resource for college students
Smartphones are ubiquitous on college campuses, commonly found in the hands of undergrads and graduate students alike as they go from class to class. Yahoo Small Business noted that 53 percent of college students currently own smartphones, and that number is likely to increase as more high school students who grew up in the age of smartphones head to the next stage of their education.

One of the reasons smartphones are so popular among college students is because of their use as versatile personal assistants. Business and international business students can surf their favorite news aggregates between classes. Out-of-state transfers can utilize the map app on their smartphone to navigate a new city and a big campus. Tech-savvy students use their smartphones as portable storage devices, carrying important files and class documents with them for class. The extracurricular oriented students will find their smartphones are a priceless asset to access email and social media on the go. Calendar applications provide an easy way for students in every type of program to keep their classes, homework and social life in order.

These are just a sample of reasons why smartphones make perfect gifts for recent graduates. The trick is finding the right device. A quick visit to your local Wireless Zone will make it simple to find a smartphone upgrade that's right for the college-bound members of your household.

Apple's iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy are great picks for graduates
Apple's iPhones are by far the most popular smartphone among the college-aged crowd, and the latest iPhone 6 has likewise been a big seller among millennial students. The new 4.7-inch model offers powerful hardware and a more streamlined design, along with the numerous innovations packed into Apple's latest iOS operating system.

If your kids are already Apple aficionados it makes sense to stay within the company's stable of products. Streamlined connectivity between products will make it easy for your students to transfer information from one Apple device to another. The iconic nature of the Apple brand also make the iPhone a great gift for kids with a flair for fashion.


Smartphones allow college students to stay connected with friends and family.

Depending on the needs and preferences of your children, you may want to compare Apple's latest iPhone with the Samsung Galaxy S6. Well received as the best Android option on the market, the Galaxy S6 boasts a 5.1-inch screen that bests the iPhone in color and resolution, according to Laptop Mag. Samsung's flagship smartphone also features a better camera and longer battery life. These improved performance factors make the device a strong alternative to the iPhone if your college students aren't attached to Apple products.

The iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 aren't the only smartphones on the market with the power and functionality your student needs for college. The HTC One M9's 20-megapixel camera, for instance, is a great benefit to users with an interest in shutter work and photo editing. For busy students with a hectic schedule planned for their first semester, the long battery life of Motorola's Moto E smartphone may be the right choice. A quick conversation about college plans with your kids may provide you with the extra insights you need to pick out the right device.

In-store visits offer extra insights for smartphone shoppers
Test running these devices for yourself, or even letting your kids help pick out their graduation gift while in-store, is the best way to feel sure about your smartphone selection. You'll also be able to get more information about your child's top choices from an expert associate. Visiting your local Wireless Zone provides you an opportunity to browse and size accessories your college students will need like headphones, cases and extra chargers. Outfitting your family with these extras before they go to college will ensure they can save their pocket money for pencils and paper.




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Topics: Smartphone, Graduation Gift, Best smartphones for college students, Smartphones, Smartphone for my kid, gifts for grads, graduation gifts, grad gift ideas, college graduation, Device Features, Wireless Accessories, tech, gift ideas, high school graduation, Wireless Technology

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