Laptop Buying Guide For A Beginner

April 8, 2016Electronics

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Our society has become one that is constantly connected to technology, with most people carrying around some device with them that can connect to the Internet. For those that need a strong amount of processing power wherever they go, such as students, laptops are the best choice in a mobile device. How do you select the best laptop for you? It all depends on your specific needs; like what you plan on using the laptop for as well as the type of programs that you plan to be running on it. For example, a gamer will need more power in a laptop than someone who will use the laptop primarily for writing.  Websites like Techibest.com offers full in depth reviews for laptops and smartphones, You can also take help from these types of sites. Here are some things that you will need to consider when you are buying a laptop.

Laptop Buyer Guide

Size: The size of the laptop is something to consider when you are deciding on what laptop model to buy. If you are someone who walks or uses public transportation, you will probably want a small, lightweight model. For those that plan on using their laptop primarily for surfing the Internet and writing, you may want to get a very lightweight and portable netbook.

Screen quality: You will want to make sure that you will get a laptop with top of the line screen quality, especially if you use it for watching videos or gaming. You may want to make sure that you will stay away from the touchscreen models, because those screens tend to have a glossy finish which will create a glare, which can negatively impact your viewing and gaming experience.

RAM: RAM controls all the amount of applications that you can have running at one time. The RAM also impacts the speed of your computer and how fast that they run. This is a large contributing factor for people who enjoy online gaming.

Storage: For those that use many different applications and save a large amount of data, storage is an important factor to consider. If you want to have a light laptop but one with for the best storage capability you may want to choose a laptop with solid state drive rather than a hard drive.

CPU: A CPU, otherwise known as a core processor unit, is vital to your laptop performance. The most common core processor is made by Intel and comes in models Core i3 to Core i7. A Core i5 processor is what most computers are equipped with while you may want to get a Core i7 if you are planning on using your computer for complicated processes.

There are many different factors that you will want to consider when you are searching for a laptop. We have highlighted the five most important factors to consider in order to make your buying experience a little easier. If you are looking for a laptop you can find some great deals on used laptops at NewEgg or purchase a new one at Best Buy. Consider what is most important to you when you are buying your laptop as well as the different processes that you will be using the laptop for before making your buying decision.

 
 

Top Smart Phones Under $500

August 20, 2015Electronics

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Budgets are tight for many people, and there is no reason to spend big dollars on a SmartPhone unless you have the money or a sweet upgrade deal from your mobile provider. In the interest of spending wisely, we have researched some of the best deals in SmartPhones on the market for under $500.

Moto makes several models of SmartPhone for the budget-conscious. They brought out the cheapest SmartPhone in history, the Moto G, in 2013. In 2015, Moto introduced the 3rd-generation Moto G that is one of the best values in the industry right now. Features include a huge 5-inch 720 pixel HD display paired with a quad-core processor. The Moto G is packed with 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and a micro-SD slot and plenty of opportunities for customizing to your needs. It also has dual front-facing speakers and a 13-megapixel camera inside a water-resistant case. For the lowest Android SmartPhone price of $179, the Moto G is probably the best deal on the market right now for people on a budget.

Under $500 Smart Phones

Moto also offers the lower-priced Moto E, priced at only $149. It also has a quad-core processor, 4G LTE and the Android 5.1 Lollipop system but with a much smaller screen measuring only 4.5 inches. The resolution is a measly 960×540 resolution. This model left the dual front-facing speakers behind in favor of a slightly larger screen and the 4G LTE. It is a decent enough SmartPhone for a first-time user or someone on a truly tight budget. If you cannot afford the extra $30 for the Moto G, this is an acceptable alternative.

LG also makes several high-quality SmartPhone alternatives for budget shoppers. They tend to be tied to mobile providers, however, but can be bought outright and unlocked.

The LG Escape 2 is available through AT&T for $0.99 with a contract, or for $179 unlocked. It is basically the LG G4 model stripped down to a smaller size. It comes with a 4.7-inch 720 pixel HD curved screen, quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, and 1 GB RAM. The Escape 2 also features 8 GB of internal storage, a micro-SD slot, and it runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. It has an 8-megapixel camera. Providers other than AT&T may also offer the LG Escape 2.

The LG G Stylo is another budget-friendly option, but a bit odd according to some analysts. It features a good-sized 5.7-inch 1280x720p HD display but runs the same 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor with only 1 GB of RAM. The 8 GB of internal RAM is not enough, so users should add a micro-SD card to the phone. It does feature an 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera and a decent 3000 mAh battery plus a built-in stylus for detailed work and texting. The LG G Stylo supports 4G LTE functions. Users can get it for $289 through T-Mobile, for $189 through prepaid carriers like Boost Mobile for $199, and perhaps through other carriers as well. Experts expect these prices to drop in time for back to school sales, too.

The Butterfly S 901s SmartPhone by HTC is another entry in the budget-but-powerful options category for 2015. The Super LCD3 multi-capacity touch screen measures 5.0 inches with 440 pixels per inch. Screen resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels, and the entire screen is covered with Gorilla Glass. That alone makes the Butterfly S 901s fairly amazing in this category of SmartPhones. 16 GB of storage is built-in and expands to over 64 GB using external micro-SB cards. The Butterfly runs off a huge 3200 mAh LiPo battery. The Butterfly carries two cameras. The 4-megapixel rear camera has LED flash, auto-focus, and other features. The 2.1 megapixel front camera features HDR.  The phone OS is Android 4.2.2 JellyBean running on a 1.9 GHz Krait 300 Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor. The Adreno 320 graphics processor supports a micro-SIM card capable of both 3G and 4G LTE connectivity. Amazon.com sells the Butterfly for under $440.

Samsung, as usual, offers several SmartPhones in reach of the cash-strapped shopper. Several are tied to carriers and others are available for purchase outright. The Samsung Galaxy S5 G900H costs around $399 from various retailers, but can be obtained for much less through cell carriers. It has some amazing camera features including a 16 mp rear camera with LED flash and phase-detection auto-focus combined with a two-mp front camera. The Galaxy S5 features Dual Video Call technology. It comes with 16 GB of memory which can expand to 128 GB with a micro-SD card. It is powered by the KitKat version of Android 4.2.2 boosted by an Exynos quad-core processor. The screen is a 5.1-inch touch screen capable of multiple functions. It features resolutions up to 1080×1920 pixels and also has Gorilla Glass protection. The battery is a massive 2800 mAh Li-Ion.

Nokia rounds out the list of our top five SmartPhones under $500 with the Lumia 1020 RM-875 SmartPhone. It lists unlocked on Amazon for about $335, and can probably be obtained through a wireless plan for much less. It is the only SmartPhone on our list using the Windows Phone OS. The 1.5 GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor and 225 GPU provide more than adequate power for the Lumia. The Lumia comes with 2 GB of RAM built in, as well as 32 GB internal memory and supports 3G, 4G LTE and a micro-SIM memory card. The 4.5-inch screen has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection as well as multi-capacity touch screen abilities and a 768 x 1280 pixel display. The Lumia holds two cameras: an amazing 41-mp rear camera with advanced features like Zeiss optics, image stabilization, and a 1.2-mp front camera. The entire unit is powered by a non-removable 2000 mAh lithium-ion battery. Standby time averages 384 hours while in 3G connectivity mode.

As you can see, having a slim bank account is no excuse for settling for a bare-bones flip phone these days. SmartPhones to fit every budget and need are available with some careful shopping and comparison.

 
 

iPhone 6S Release Date And Specifications

August 11, 2015Electronics

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Guessing, rumor-mongering and predicting Apple’s regarding the next big move in the world of the iPhone is nearly as big business as the iPhone itself, it seems. Now is the time of year when speculation is at its highest, wondering what we will see in the much-anticipated release of the next incarnation of the iPhone 6, due – we think – in September 2015.

If Apple follows its history and tradition, the Apple iPhone 6S should hit the market sometime in September 2015. Market watchers predict, based on various emails, hints, production line indications and general rumor-mongering, that September 25 is the big day. It also appears that Apple will not simply move on to the iPhone 7 since that would require a major redesign of the iPhone. Assembly line watchers see no indication this is the case.

iPhone 6s

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The best indication is the new iPhone will look about the same as the iPhone 6 with some fine-tuning and a few new features added, such as improved processors, better battery life and improved camera capabilities. Apple manufacturing partners are reportedly receiving component shipments and preparing for the launch of what will be called the iPhone 6S in September 2015.

One of the bigger improvements in the iPhone 6S is said to be the Force Touch technology, currently in use in the Apple Watch display. It is another way to interact with the display of the phone, letting users do things like drop pins in Apple Maps, scroll quickly through items rather than swiping, respond quickly to notifications, change volumes on music tracks and so forth. An additional color, rose gold, will be added to the line-up with the 6S, as well.

The display size of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches should stay the same, by most accounts. The new 6S should have a more powerful chipset along with a faster LTE chip, plus a 12-megapixel camera capable of 4K video capture in response to demand from iPhone users. The A9 processor is expected to include 2 GB RAM, and the Touch ID feature should be improved to accept Apple Pay.

The shell is expected to be of stronger aluminum to avoid the problems with bending that plagued the initial iPhone6 and 6Plus releases. The slightly thicker design of the 6S will remove the bulge of the camera present on the iPhone 6, according to leaked CAD design schematics. A Taptic engine is also possible, given information from those designs.

Apple iPhone watchers expect the initial shipments of the iPhone 6S to be about 50 million units, followed by another 40 million units for a total of 85-90 million units in the 4th quarter of 2015. This would be the biggest order of iPhones in history for manufacturers. It represents the largest anticipated order and sale of iPhones in history, which makes sense given the popularity of the iPhone 6 and 6Plus in 2014 and 2015 to date. So far, there has been no word published as to the price of the iPhone 6S.

 
 

Using Technology In Learning

February 15, 2015Electronics

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Today’s learning and education environment is much different than it was even a decade ago. While students would use writing programs for reports and the Internet for research, the library was the primary place for getting your source material for any project. Today students have thousands of studies, books, and essays literally at their fingertips. Even in the classroom more and more schools are integrating tablets into their lessons to enhance the children’s learning experience. When schools cancel due to inclimate weather, many states are giving the schools with virtual make up lesson work that is to be completed by the next school day. All this integration of technology into education means that it is important that your child has the right equipment. In order to help your child receive the most out of their education, the technology that you choose can either lead them to the front of the pack in their class or leave them behind. This guide is meant to help you find great tech products that can help your child succeed in the classroom.

Kindle AmazonThe Kindle by Amazon: The Kindle is a great tablet for encouraging your child’s education. The Fire models include an internet browser and room for apps. The primary purpose of the Kindle is a portable reading tablet which will allow your child access to hundreds of thousands of books. There have been experimental programs done with children that were lagging behind in reading that showed these children responded better and preferred reading on a tablet than a traditional paper book. If you want to encourage a love of reading in your child or even just get them to enjoy it more, a Kindle is a great device to get them.

Samsung Smart PhonePhones: While smartphones may not directly influence a child’s education, they are important so that you can keep in touch with them throughout the day. Many schools now send alerts through social media and text messages for important updates such as cancellations, meetings, and more. Smartphones can also help keep your child organized as they track the work that they need to get done for the week and can use the phone to keep up with their friends when they are done with their school work. The apps on a smartphone can also help your child in case they get lost, especially for those that are able to drive, with accurate GPS maps.

2 In 1 LaptopTwo-in-one Laptops from Lenovo: These two in one laptops are an easily portable device that your child can use to work on a report and surf the Internet for information or for fun. These two in ones can act as a tablet and then come with an attachable keyboard so that your child can work on homework assignments, quizzes, and more. This would be perfect for your child to finish some homework while they are riding on the bus or during a family vacation. These two-in-one laptops come with parental controls too so that you can make sure your child is only visiting sites that you trust. Get a coupon code for one of these affordable and reliable Lenovo devices at this link.

Technology plays a large role in the lives of students today, and even in their education. Save money while making sure that your child is prepared with the right equipment for his or her classes. One day your child will need to know how to operate such devices for their job, so it is good to start them early. Get your child the head start that they need in their classes to succeed with these great technical devices.

 
 

5 Websites With The Best iPhone 5s Cases

November 13, 2013Electronics

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Now that the iPhone 5S is available, there are more iPhone cases than ever for sale online. Many of the iPhone 5 cases fit the 5S, however there are some key differences between the two models. The 5S has a fingerprint sensor, so any iPhone 5 cases that cover the “home” button will not work for the 5S. In addition, many “tough” cases are affected by the need for the fingerprint sensor compatibility.

The 5S back camera has an additional LED flash. If using an iPhone 5 case, make sure the hole on the back is big enough to accommodate the dual flashes. The ring around the camera also needs to be black or it confuses the flash’s sensor. Keep in mind that new cases hit the market frequently, and there are a multitude of products and designers available through various sites.

Below are the top five sites for the best iPhone 5S cases, along Price Ranges.

1 Case-mate.com

CaseMate

Case-mate offers 69 cases for the iPhone 5 and 5S models. Prices range from $10.00 to $150.00. Case-mate also offers customization such as monograms and photos. Standard shipping within the US is free right now using USPS first class mail.

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2 Griffin Technology

Griffin

Over 100 selections of iPhone 5 and 5S cases. They come in 13 basic colors, plus multi-color options including camouflage. Shipping is free within the US by economy shipping methods for orders over $29.99. Prices for cases range from $14.99 to $157 for a handmade custom leather case. Special design collections include adidas, Crayola, MTV, Nickelodeon, and 11 more.

3 Otterbox.com

OtterBox

Otterbox offers eight series of cases for the iPhone 5/5S range. These combine to create dozens of different case offerings. Cases in the Defender Series and Commuter Series are “build your own” customizable. Prices range from $24.95 for the Prefix Series for the iPhone 5S to $109.95 for the Armor Series for the iPhone 5. However, the Armor Series is currently on sale for $49.97. The Defender Series for the iPhone 5 is discounted by $12-$15 per case, depending on model. All orders are shipped using FedEx standard or SmartPost from Colorado. Shipping is free within the US for orders over $69.95. Find Otterbox coupons here.

4 Thesnugg.com

Snugg

There are 31 modes of iPhone 5 cases and 31 models of the 5S. Prices range from $14.99 to $39.99, and thesnugg.com offers free shipping for orders over $50.00. Case styles include squared, skinny fit, bamboo wood, ultra-thin in a wide range of colors, and Tuff cases.

5 Zagg.com

Zagg

Shop over 30 models of cases for the iPhone 5/5S series. Prices range from $12.50 to $59.99. Some case models feature credit card holders or are customizable. All styles are available from trendy to minimalist to rugged and tough. Zagg.com offers free shipping on all orders in the US with no minimum purchase. Current items on sale through the Zagg.com site include the iFrogz Luxe for $9.99 off, iFrogz Ultralean for a $14.99 discount, and the iFrogz Mix for $14.99 less than regular price.