May 31, 2012

Top 3 User Friendly Gadgets

Amazon Kindle 2

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There are a lot of gadgets that can greatly enhance your productivity, entertainment, and just about everything in between. With the explosion of tablets, smartphones, and other types of gadgets, it might be the right time to investigate some possibilities. You could do much worse than to consider the following three gadgets, which are extremely popular and useful.

  1. iPad – The iPad, and for that matter, many tablets on the market today, offer an impressive array of functions. At under 10 inches (diagonally), you can perform just about anything that you can on your laptop. For entertainment in HD to finding something quickly via Canada 411, the iPad could be the solution for you.
  2. Roku – Available in three models under $100, getting rid of the cable bill is done quite well with this great device. With Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, and many other channels, you can stream HD and enjoy a wide range of programming. It doesn’t stop there – enjoy checking weather, listening to Pandora, and supplementing (or of course, replacing) your current TV provider with this inexpensive gadget.
  3. Amazon Kindle – The Amazon Kindle is the most prominent e-book reader on the market. If you are an avid reader, you can hold many books, store bookmarks and notes, and enjoy great prices from Amazon. Libraries are already starting to latch on to the natural integration with readers such as this.

These products are pretty easy to use and quite effective at what they do. You might want to take a look at these options if you’re in the market for a nice gadget.

4 Most Popular Tablets

iPad con dock y teclado inalámbrico

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The BlackBerry PlayBook is the newest tablet PC to be introduced. It has a 7″ screen, weighs 0.9 pounds, and is literally smaller in width than a sheet of paper (only 7.6″). Add to that a 1GHz dual-core processor, three GB sizes to choose from (8, 16, 32), and the fact that it works with your smartphone, and you have a good choice for a tablet PC right there.

Ultimately, the Blackberry Playbook Price varies from $500 to $750. This makes it one of the best on the market for what you’re paying for.

Next is the Apple iPad Tablet PC. You have the iPad, the iPad 2, and the iPad 3G. The iPad 3G is the latest model. It offers more features and apps than previous versions.

The Samsung Tablet PC is #3, with three models to choose from. They are the Q1, the Q1 Ultra, and the Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab is the latest model, weighing in at .84 pounds. This makes it the lightest of the four tablet PCs.

The HP Slate is #4. It weighs the same as the iPad (1.5 pounds) but offers several unique features of its own. These include an 8.9″ touchscreen, a digital pen, and several different software programs that come already installed.

All tablet PCs can have a problem with dead pixels. Dead pixels cause either blank spots or white or black dots in the screen. Depending on where the dead pixel is located, it can obscure text. Also, often times they are susceptible to viruses. However, Microsoft Security Essentials is a great anti-virus program that is efficient and doesn’t bog down your PC.

The iPad

Behold the iPad in All Its Glory.
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The Apple iPad was a sought after addition to the techno savvy persons inventory in 2010. It was also listed as one of the top fifty inventions in 2010 by Time Magazine. Along with the technologically knowledgeable users, it is also a popular option for general users. The iPad has the same operating system as the Apple iPhone and iTouch. Programs that come with the iPad include: mail, photos, maps, calender, notes, and the App Store. Another program, iBooks allow the user to enter the e-book arena with their iPad. Like it’s two cousins, the iPad can only run programs made available by the Apple store. This limits the user to one vendor for selecting what type of programs they can utilize with their new tablet PC.

The iPad is powered by a Lithium ion polymer battery and is rechargeable via a power adapter or when connected to a computer by a USB cable. Internal storage options are achieved by the use of a flash drive and there is no capability to expand storage space. The multi touch display is 9.7 inches diagonal that has an LED back-lit screen. The tablet is only five inches thick and weighs between 1.5 and 1.6 pounds, depending on the model.

There are several iPad accessories that can be purchased for use with the iPad. There are two types of docks that are designed to power the tablet. The iPad dock can recharge the iPad when it is plugged into an Apple computer by USB cable or when plugged in by a power adapter. There is also an iPad dock that includes a computer keyboard. A stand along keyboard is also available. The iPad carrying case doubles as a protective cover and a stand that props the tablet up when in use. An iPad camera connection kit allows the download of pictures to the iPad.

Why E-Readers Are the Future of Books

From the iPad to the Barnes&Noble Nook to Amazon’s Kindle, e-readers are the wave of the future. Why are e-Readers so popular and will they ever replace published books completely? Keep on reading to find out.

For many, reading books is a favorite past time. With books, you can imagine a whole new world where traditional rules to society and the world can disappear and a new world is born. Reading a book takes you so much further than a TV show or movie ever could because it’s not passive the way that watching a screen is. It takes effort to understand what is on the page and imagination to figure out what the scenes look like.

But have you ever moved? Who hasn’t. You quickly find that you must pack your books in small boxes or else no one can lift the box. Some moving companies charge you by the ounce, and books can quickly add weight to the charge. No one can refute the fact that there is something about hold a book in your hand — feeling the embossed letters on the cover, rubbing the paper as you turn each page — but when it comes to portability, versatility and pack-ability, e-books just fit the bill in so many ways. Some of the new e-readers even replicate the action of turning the page, so you still feel like you have a book in your hand.

With e-readers, you can have a whole library right in the palm of your hand. Battery life of many e-readers makes it so you can bring the reader with you wherever you go, allowing you to take it out if you ever find a spare moment, whether it’s while riding in a car or on the subway, waiting for your coffee order to arrive or while drinking your morning coffee, waiting for your oil to be changed in your car, or being stuck at a relative’s house during vacations.

But will e-readers take over the production of books? Not likely, but they may just take a huge chunk of the market share.