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  • Tablet vs Laptop: Which Makes a Better Graduation Gift?

    Soldier with laptop

    Do you have a child or family member who recently graduated and you’re wondering what type of computer would make a useful gift to prepare them for the future?

    This is a common question many families are facing this time of year. The easy answer is that desktops are no longer a practical option.

    No matter which computer system the graduate needs, they must be mobile. If they’re heading to college, they’ll need to take it to the library, take it to class, take it home for the weekend, and still be able to do their schoolwork. If they’re enlisting in the military, they’ll have limited space to lug their gear around. And for someone entering the workforce, tying yourself down to only use one desk in the home tends to be an impractical decision.

    Computers for College

    For the child going to university in the fall, their top choice will almost always be a laptop. For technical majors like engineering, tablets just aren’t the answer. They aren’t appropriate for someone doing a full scale development effort in say Java or some other programming language. While there are smaller versions, like AutoCAD 360 for the iPad, it seems more useful for viewing drawings than doing sophisticated modeling.

    Now, some of the liberal arts majors like education, psychology, or English may find tablets useful. They are lightweight, offer on-screen keyboards for touch typing, and fulfill typical needs like note taking, web access for research, and email. But, think about those 20 or more page term papers, and consider whether a touch screen is the right choice for creating a large document.

    Tablets to Take to Boot Camp

    Need to pick up a computer system for the future soldier? Their needs are typically straightforward. They want to be able to communicate with friends, family, and loved ones back home. That involves web access for apps like Skype and the ability to surf, access email, and use of a camera.

    Given the space constraints, grab them a tablet, perhaps even one of the miniature ones. The smaller, the better here, with a good battery to boot. Consider purchasing an external battery to give them additional juice when they’re on the move and away from power for extended periods of time. They might not have web access at the time, but could use the device for entertainment.

    Tools For the Workforce

    If your graduate is heading out into the workforce, you have the most flexibility in which system to purchase. You can get a decent laptop or tablet for under five hundred dollars, or under $750 if you prefer more advanced features.

    Budget alone won’t nail down the decision for you. It really comes down to a matter of choice. Tablets give the user a touch screen with a “soft” keyboard with no tactile feedback. Laptops allow use of a full keyboard. You can certainly get a larger screen on the laptop (for more money), but apart from the potential for a larger scale screen on the laptop, there isn’t much difference there. It is almost a matter of choice here and if you can ask the graduate which they would prefer, they’ll be happiest with the choice.

    So, Which to Get For Your Graduate?

    In the end, the tablet vs laptop question boils down to practicality and where the graduate is headed. For the college bound student, grab them a laptop. This also works for the workforce bound, who plan on taking classes on the side. Future soldiers would be happiest to have tablets, or laptops on the smaller side. Lightweight and durability are key here. A tablet skin to give added protection is the perfect addition to go along with your gift.

    For the newly employed graduate, you have more choices. You can almost flip a coin as they’ll welcome having any new way of getting online.

  • Never Recycle Your Cell Phone Without Considering These 4 Things

    recycling symbol

    Recycling your cell phone is a great way to be eco-friendly and get rid of some clutter. If you kept your cell phone in a skin, it is likely in great condition to be reused by someone else. However the process is not as cut and dry as simply dropping off the phone. For your own protection, there are a few steps that should be taken before handing over the goods for proper disposal. Continue reading

  • Protective Skin or Film: What’s the Difference?

    touching tablet screen

    If you love your mobile devices, you've probably thought about buying a protective cover at some point.

    It makes sense that you would want to protect your investment: in addition to being expensive, smartphones and tablets go almost everywhere we go, so many people like to know that they can keep their devices looking fresh and new as long as possible.

    However, with so many different options out there for protecting your devices, it can be hard to know which is the right option for you: should you buy a protective skin? Or maybe a protective film would be better instead?

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  • What Is a Phablet?

    The Phablet Trend

    If you have an internet connection, you already know that mobile devices are the red-hot royalty of modern technology. Pocket-sized smartphones and slim tablets are everywhere, offering on-the-go mobility and convenient touch-screen technology that is slowly replacing everything from books to laptop computers. So what's next on the mobile device forefront?

    According to Reuters, the hot new thing is already here and steadily gaining traction: the phablet. Major manufacturers from Nokia to Samsung have jumped on board this new mobile trend, and users are clamoring for the convenience it offers.
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  • The 4 Most Anticipated Releases for the PlayStation Vita

    Playstation VitaSony has really made this an exciting year to be a gamer. The release of the PlayStation 4 gave us some of the most impressive and creative titles ever seen, and developers have upped the ante in the game world. This doesn’t mean that Sony’s handheld game system, the PS Vita, has been forgotten. There are several titles that have been released so far, and many more on the way. Here’s a look at the PlayStation Vita Releases for 2014. Continue reading

  • Most Unexpected Plans for Interactive Tech in 2014

    tech 2014For years, technology has always fascinated us, and rightfully so! Some of the greatest feats in human history have been made possible due to the advancement of technology. Sometimes, these accomplishments are the tech developments themselves! Now, many major tech developers are improving on what’s already been created. The latest innovative technological jump has been interactive technology.

    From games, to menus, to books, and more, interactive technology is slowly being integrated into each facet of our lives. Let’s take a look at what recent developments in tech have taken place over the past few months. Continue reading

  • What Technology Has 2014 Brought Us So Far? – A Q1 Tech Check-In

    Various types of new technology released in 2014At many of last year’s tech shows, we got a preview of what was on the horizon for 2014. Well, now that the first quarter of the year has passed, it’s time to check in on the 2014 technology updates.

    Wearable Tech

     

    This has been a major point of focus for manufacturers around the world this past year. The more we make use of technology to help with our day-to-day activities, the more advances we see with wearable technology. Advances are being made each day, but let's take a look at some of the wearable tech options that are available to us now. Continue reading

  • Jailbreaking: The Pros, Cons, and Facts

    Jailbreaking: The Pros, Cons, and FactsWith all of the advances in technology over the past decade, consumers have found ways to enhance the creations of major manufacturers. Mods are developed for computers, hacks are discovered for video games, and software is developed for cell phones. There is a term related to Apple’s product line that incorporates all of these innovations into one device. Continue reading

  • Wet Phone? Keep Calm, and Follow These Instructions

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    PLUNK! If you hear this sound, it’s time to act – fast! Saving your cellphone from a watery grave is possible with the right knowledge. Best Skins Ever is here to help with step-by-step instructions on how to dry (and save) your wet cell phone.

    1.   Remove the phone from water.

    This is arguably the most important step in the process. The more time your device spends in water, the less luck you’ll have rescuing it. DO NOT TURN THE PHONE ON! After a drop like this, you’ll be more than tempted to see if the phone works (trust us, we understand). The problem here is that the device could short circuit if it’s activated. It is best just to turn it off for now. Also, wipe away any excess water from the phone’s surface. Continue reading

  • The Good, the Poor and the Broken: Reselling Your Cell Phone

    Tips on How to Sell your Old PhoneIn this economy, we’re all looking for ways to save a few bucks and stay within our own budgets. You want to try to sell your old phone to come up with some fast cash to get that upgrade you’ve been eyeing, but how are you going to do it? Do you know where to sell, what people are looking for, or how much it’s worth? Don’t stress! We have all the information you’ll need before selling your phone online.

    No Phone is Created Equal

     
    All smartphones may serve the same general purpose, but in no way are they created equal when reselling. When selling your smartphone, it’s important to know what phones are in high demand, as well as the condition of your phone. These two factors determine the best time for you to sell your phone and receive maximum profit. Phones, much like cars, have an accelerated depreciation rate, and once the car leaves the lot, the value decreases instantly. Continue reading

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