Your phone rings; instead of rooting around your pants pockets and three jacket pockets looking for the phone while people around you get tired of hearing the Walking Dead theme song, you simply push a button on your wrist and you're free to talk. The recent trend among device makers has been to take the technology you love from your phone and transfer to a device that can be worn out and even have it be stylish.
We first experienced the introduction of wearables with the Kickstarter funded Pebble Smartwatch. The little $150 gadget did nothing more than allow you to check your notifications, change your music and yes, check the time from your iPhone or Android phone. This year makers launched a new barrage of wearables from Samsung to Sony to help you channel your inner spy.
Samsung Galaxy Gear: $299
I am sure you fine folks have heard about the new Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, the most recent gaming systems to hit the market. (According to a recent study by the Entertainment Software Association, 37 is the average age of a game player and 41 is the average age of a game buyer.) But the important question is which is better?
When the first Microsoft Xbox debuted it was met with criticism; for the first time a heavy hitter from the computer world decided to branch out and create its own gaming console. It was a huge success, and Microsoft soon launched the Xbox 360. That was eight years ago, though, and now the Xbox 360 has been replaced by the all new Xbox One.
The new system is reminiscent of the original Xbox, with massive, bold design that makes it stand out on your entertainment system.
Waking up early one Christmas morning and seeing a Nintendo Gameboy is one of the the most clear memories from my youth. It was freeing to know I no longer had to sit, legs crossed, in front of our family's Zenith TV to play Super Mario Brothers. I could play on the bus, the couch and even in the car; my child mind was officially beyond excited.
Portable gaming systems have come a long way since the Nintendo Gameboy, but children who wake to see one of these systems under the tree this Christmas will feel a similar joy without knowing just how far technology has come in the past few decades.
Which is the best system? Let's look at a few.
There are so many options now for consumers of music to deliver premium audio to their ears. So what is best? This month’s technology coverage will feature the top wireless speakers that will sync with cellphones and any other music receptacle your ear can use.
Jawbone Big Jambox: $299
Though it has been on the market a few months, the new Jawbone Big Jambox builds on the original Jambox bluetooth speaker, with more weight and a $100 more price tag. The new speaker is 3.5 times heavier and six times larger. Big Jambox speaker, weighing 2.7 pounds, still keeps its portable profile in mind for its users. Not only does the speaker keep the music going at an almost staggering range of volume, the speaker can crank out more than 10 hours of music off batteries. While the speaker is better than some competitors, it still is not the best. While the music is loud, it sometimes lacks the rich deep range, and often the music will sound flat while it hits you hard with the volume.
I will start with a confession, since this column will cover which maker pumps out the best laptop: this column is being written on a MacBook Air, in a room overlooking too many people driving far too fast. For me, it’s perfect. But the truth is, the best laptop depends on how you are going to use it. Everyone has their biased opinions on what makes their laptop better than the neighbor’s. It really is your choice.
2013 Acer Aspire S7: $1,449
This Windows 8 running laptop features the new Haswell chip, giving it a substantial boost in battery life over the previous Aspire S7. Yet this new, lighter version pales in comparison to the new 2013 Macbook Air, which features the new Haswell chipset as well. The new Acer laptop does have a fantastic build quality, something many Windows 8 laptops lack. The laptop features an aluminum body and the heavy, helpful hand of gorilla glass for the lid. All in all, this laptop is leaps and bounds better than its predecessors. If you are looking for a lightweight, ultraportable laptop running a Windows operating system, choose this little guy.
This column was started using the ultra portable Asus Nexus 7 from Google and then completed using the highlights of Apple’s iPhone. Who says that they can't be friends?
This week will feature the most overdone column idea among technology reviews: who has the best smartphone? I will let you on a secret; it really comes down to what you're going to be doing with it.
Apple iPhone 5
We have seen them, the people proclaiming from the rooftops that they are giving up their cable services and instead streaming TV from the internet. People are deciding the monthly cost of paying for Comcast Xfinity or DIRECTV is simply too much. They instead are turning to services like Hulu Plus and Netflix for a low monthly cost around $8 each.
Which one of these devices should you pick? Each offers its own list of pros and cons.
As you might have heard, the technology trends are influencing throngs of the tech-savvy elite to do away with their laptops and netbooks and instead purchase tablets. These tablets are slowly cutting dependency on phones and standard laptops for media consumption, but which one is right?
Apple iPad mini
With the form factor of 7.9 inches, Apple aims to produce a tablet with ultra-mobile media consumption in mind. Made months after the Asus Nexus 7, the iPad mini aims to take on the affordable android driven tablets while keeping their high standards for production.