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Top 5 Electronic Gifts for the Holidays

Posted by Patricia Gorecki | 12/4/2012 | Mobile Devices

The holidays are just around the corner and holiday shopping is in full swing. But what does the gadget lover in your life dream of finding in their stocking this year? We have researched some of the top electronic gifts that are sure to please this holiday season.

Top 5 Electronic Gifts for the Holidays1.) Kindle Fire HD, $199

The perfect gift for the reader in your life, the Kindle Fire HD tablet allows you to read books, listen to songs and watch movies all on one device. Simply download from over 22 million popular movies, TV shows, songs, books, games and apps. With stereo speakers delivering virtual surround sound and anti-glare technology providing vivid picture definition, you can be sure that your favorites will appear in perfect HD quality on the 7” touchscreen.

Why they’ll love it: The Kindle Fire provides access to a never-ending trove of popular content on one device.

Top 5 Electronic Gifts for the Holidays2.) Nexus 7, Starting at $199

With all day battery life and vivid 7” display, the Nexus 7 tablet is the ideal travel companion for gamers and media lovers alike. Quad-core performance, high resolution display and gyroscope and accelerometer sensors bring gaming to life in the palm of your hand. Google Play integration provides the world’s largest collection of eBooks, songs, movies and TV shows and over 700,000 apps and games.

Why they’ll love it: No more wires! All your digital content is stored in the cloud and instantly available.

Top 5 Electronic Gifts for the Holidays3.) Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, $999 - $1,449

It’s a laptop and a tablet! Unlike other convertibles, the screen of the Yoga folds back 360 degrees, converting easily from laptop to tablet. Windows 8 touch-friendly interface supports all standard touchscreen gestures including swiping, pinch-to-zoom and two-finger scrolling. With motion control, you can use the webcam as an input device, allowing you to flip pages, change the volume and gesture commands with the flick of your hand.

Why they’ll love it: The flexible design makes it easy to switch between laptop and tablet modes, making it the ultimate two-in-one gift.

Top 5 Electronic Gifts for the Holidays4.) iPad Mini, Starting at $329

Fall in love with this new introduction from Apple, the iPad mini. Just under 8”, the Mini provides everything you enjoy about the iPad – brilliant graphics, fast performance and thousands of amazing apps – at a fraction of the size! Not ready to convert to mini tablets? The iPad 4 is a great full-sized option offering the same features.

Why they’ll love it: Pencil thin and unbelievably light, the iPad Mini is the ultimate hand-held computer tablet, delivering top quality performance and content at a fraction of the size.

Top 5 Electronic Gifts for the Holidays5.) Samsung Galaxy S III, Starting at $199 with contract

With enough cutting edge technology packed into 5” to make even the most discerning among us jump for joy, the Samsung Galaxy S III is the supreme Christmas gift. With 4G LTE speeds, downloading is high-speed and painless while, S Voice, the Galaxy’s intelligent personal assistant allows you to control your phone using voice-activation. The ultimate in sharing, the Galaxy’s S Beam feature transfers photos, videos and documents between two Galaxy S III phones by placing them back to back.

Why they’ll love it: Wireless charging, easy sharing and increased storage is designed to make life fast and convenient.

This year, as you set out to do your Christmas shopping, make sure to add our Top 5 Electronic Gifts for the Holidays to your list and bring a smile to the face of your
family and friends.

What Makes Us So Addicted to Our iPhones or Other Mobile Devices?

Posted by Betsy Kraft | 9/20/2012 | Mobile Devices

Lines have been forming outside of stores across the country, waiting for, as Apple states, "The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone." Apple broke records with 2 million pre-sale orders in the first 24 hours. Delivery dates have climbed rapidly as the orders roll in. The world is about to explode with the anticipation of Friday, September 21st and the unveiling of the iPhone 5!

There is a new design that is thinner and lighter than the 4s, a vibrant 4-inch retina display, ultrafast connectivity that doesn't drain your battery, a new camera... oh, and we can't forget about Siri, your very own personal assistant. We get it! It is fully loaded with all of the features you could ever need or want. But does this really explain our obsession with the iPhone 5? We have all become dependent on and somewhat addicted to our mobile devices, whether it be an iPhone, a Blackberry, an Android, or "the next best thing" that is about to be released.

Is it because we have to stay connected with our friends, family, co-workers, clients, schoolmates, or cousin's boyfriend's mother's sister's dog? With Facebook, Twitter and all of the other social media outlets that we have become so accustomed to, we are able to communicate with anyone in our network with a click of a button.

Or is it the convenience? Time is money, right? We are able to save time, and therefore money, by using our mobile devices to make dinner reservations, check the weather, book a hotel, grocery shop, and, of course, check our email. We can save hours in our day by downloading the appropriate app for the moment.

Could it be the endless resources that enhance our daily lives? If you are lost, there is a map to help you find your way. If you are bored, download and read a book. If you are hungry, order Chinese food for delivery. If you don’t know who pitched for the Chicago Cubs in 1913, look it up on the Internet!

I suppose we can all agree that, no matter what we use our mobile devices for or how they have changed our lives, it is for the better. So, as you sit reading this blog on your new iPhone, be grateful for technology and all that it brings to your fingertips!