Chromebooks stand out in the world of technology. Most premium laptops with a recognizable name such as the MacBook, the Dell XPS and the Lenovo Yoga cost well over $1000 depending on configuration. Many Chromebooks can be purchased for under $300! Many negative perceptions of these budget laptops are a result of incorrect expectations. Chromebooks are a satisfactory choice for many and an excellent choice for some.
In the beginning of January at CES 2016, Samsung unveiled some promising devices. Arguably the most notable of which being the TabPro S: Samsung’s return to the Windows “tablet” market. I put quotes around tablet because I think this device would be more accurately classified as a convertible or a two in one. Whatever you call it, the convertible market is the future of tablets. I anticipate mobile tablets (tablets running a mobile operating system i.e. Android/IOS) soon becoming passé as their functionality is limited.
Holiday spirit is in the air and many eager consumers of all ages have just unwrapped a brand new phone. Whether it be the iPhone 6S or the Galaxy S6, nothing beats peeling the plastic off of your shiny, new phone. As these flagships are relatively new, both devices have been out for several months. If possible, it may be prudent to wait a few more months before upgrading. Rumors show some exciting new phones coming in 2016. One of the most eagerly awaited being the Galaxy S7 from Samsung. It’s still early, so rumors should be taken only with a grain of salt; here is a breakdown of what we think we know so far about the Galaxy S7.
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The Samsung Galaxy S6 is my favorite phone. When it comes to my needs and wants for a mobile handset, the S6 is close to perfect. Whenever someone tells me they are looking to buy one for themselves or if I recommend it to someone, I always warn them about the battery life. For a phone as premium as the S6, the battery life is unsatisfactory. There are a few ways that tech savvy consumers can counteract this flaw. One option is to simply carry around a charger and hope for an outlet. Another option is to carry around a power bank, which comes in capacities large enough to provide multiple charges for your device. Admittedly, these methods are too tedious for me. That’s why I decided to try a charging case. This is essentially an external battery built into a cell phone case. MoKo’s case is currently retailing on Amazon for a mere $24.99, here is our in depth review.
Wireless charging is awesome. We no longer have to fuss with pesky, tangled and undersized cables to recharge our phones. Now, we can simply drop our phones on a pad and they start charging! Sounds great right? Well, this elimination of wires doesn’t come without sacrifices.
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OnePlus has attracted quite a bit of attention since the release of their OnePlus One: their entry device into the smartphone market. It was referred to as “the flagship killer” because of performance, had a quality design, came out of the box with Cyanogenmod (a super customizable Android-based rom) and cost only $299 off contract with a unique but irritating invite system that made the phone very difficult to get your hands on. This was succeeded with the OnePlus Two (surprise, surprise). The Two came with an updated design, USB-C, a fingerprint scanner, those same awesome specs, Oxygen OS (a nearly stock Android customizable rom) and a new $389 price tag with the same invite system. Now we have the OnePlus X, with a new $249 price tag. Let’s talk about how it stacks up to its predecessors and the competition.
The world of computers is very dynamic. Manufacturers are always looking for ways to make computing easier, more portable and more powerful. Each new form factor of computing comes along with benefits and drawbacks. When the first generation iPad was released, Apple showed consumers that many tasks could be done with a flat, thin and light notebook.
Progressively, laptops have gotten thinner, lighter, more powerful and come with premium build qualities. Tablets now range in size from the seven inch form factor all the way up to the almost 19 inch form factor of the Samsung Galaxy View (see our thoughts here). This all raises the question, can one of these tablets really replace your laptop? In short, my opinionated answer is no.
Whether you prefer Android, Apple, Windows or another mobile operating system, there is no arguing that Android offers granular customization options for nearly anything your heart desires. Users can take any approach from a minimalistic to feature-packed user experience. Here are four apps I use to make my phone look and perform to my liking.
With a name like Gram and a tagline “lighter than air”, it is clear that LG is aiming for portability with their newest laptop. Portable notebooks are great. You can carry them around in your backpack, carry it with one hand, and take it anywhere with minimal effort. The downside with many ultra-portable laptops are power and battery life. Because these laptops are so thin, there is less space to put a battery. With less battery power, manufacturers must build a laptop with less RAM and weaker processors. LG is looking to give users the best of both worlds with the Gram, and they did a pretty good job doing so. Continue reading
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Apps are what turn your cellphone into a smartphone. These days, apps make nearly anything possible on mobile phones and tablets. Many apps are marketed to satisfy a certain audience or occupation. For example, some apps are designed for architects, some for college students, some for website owners, and the list goes on. Here, I list five apps that everyone should use, no matter their demographic group.