Archive | December, 2014

Top 5 Tech Gifts for the Holidays 2014

Posted on 15 December 2014

With 10 days until Christmas, that means there are only 9 shopping days left! Having trouble shopping ideas for the tech lover on your list? Here are GadgetCrunch’s top 5 tech gifts for the holidays 2014.

Tech Accessories: This will cross off any small gifts you made need on your list because there are so many tech-cessories to choose from. Cases for laptops, phones and tablets, chargers, or tech gloves are all great ideas.

Smartphones: Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want the latest mobile device to stay in touch with their family and friends?

Headphones: Music lovers or travelers will certainly appreciate a new pair of headphones, and there are so many options. There are wireless BlueTooth headphones, Beats by Dre, or even a comfortable pair of ear buds.

Tablets: Tablets are a luxury that a lot of people would love to have. It’s bigger than a smartphone, but easier to tote around than a laptop. The good thing is there are a lot of options out there in many different price ranges.

TV: TVs will always be one of the best holiday gifts. You can update your HD TV to a smart TV or a 3D TV if you really feel like splurging.

There you have it. The top 5 tech gifts for the holidays 2014. We hope this list has helped cross off some of the last minute items on your shopping list. If you plan on doing your shopping online, make sure you place your order soon so it’ll arrive in time for the holiday. Happy Holidays!

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Peri Duo for iPhone: Portable Speakers and Battery Charger in One Small Package

Posted on 12 December 2014

If you are a forgetful person who always manages to leave behind their speakers when going to a party, then Peri Duo will solve your problem once and for all. Carrying speakers with your iPhone was never your dream anyways, and it mostly made you look stupid and awkward, having to carry your 5.1-channel speakers and hooking it to a small phone.

Peri Duo is a smartphone case cum speaker which will leave you not bothered about carrying your portable speakers with you since these provide you with the most portability one can ask for when it comes to iPhone speakers. Not only that, but the case also provides you with a battery charger, all combined in one crafty case. Having a battery case that charges your phone and doubles as your speaker is something iPhone users are going to love.

It may sound like an over the top concept that is doomed to fail, but the creators of Peri Duo argue that the case provides some of the best speakers in the size range. They are high power speakers that will perform audibly even in rooms that are full of people and bustling with random sounds and noises. The case can also be used separately from the iPhone via the AirPlay function on iPhone for almost 4 hours without needing to be recharged.

The battery will provide more than 100% of battery power to different versions of the iPhone. For example, the iPhone 5/5s can be charged almost 160% more than its original battery. The Peri Duo can also let you stream music to other cases who are in proximity of 100 feet on a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi without the need of a local network.

Peri Duo is definitely a case you may consider buying when it is released in April of 2015 if you keep running out of battery occasionally, and if you are a fan of loud music. You won’t have to a buy a battery case and portable speakers separately, so spending $139 seems like a bargain.

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LG G3 Vigor – High-End Style at An Affordable Price

Posted on 10 December 2014

If you are one of those people who admire the LG G3 except for its price tag then it’s about time you feast you eyes on the LG G3 Vigor. Even though it is lighter and cheaper, it has the same sense of styling and includes some of the features as its big brother.

As mentioned earlier, it is lighter and smaller in comparison to the LG G3 but it still manages to effectively combine a compact body with an expansive screen. Even though it appears quite large, the phone is compact enough to carry around in most bags or pockets. Furthermore, the G3 and the G3 Vigor weigh no more than 4.7 ounces. However, the Vigor is available in two color choices, burgundy red and black.

Similar to the G3 and the G3S, the power buttons and the volume rocker are located on the back which is right below the camera lens. Even though it is quite different in terms of design, the button placement is quite handy once you get used to it. With a glass front, a slim metal band running around the edges and the curved back, it gently rocks on any flat surface. The phone also features a massive 5-inch screen with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution.

Features and Specifications
The phone offers all the features you would expect from a modern Android phone. It runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat and comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz quad-core processor. Moreover, it also comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card. For your shooting needs, it also features an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash along with a secondary 1.3-megapixel camera for video calling needs.

In terms of features and performance, there is no denying that the LG G3 Vigor is a great phone. After all, it offers high-end specs and graphics at an affordable price.

Photo courtesy: LG

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IPad Mini 3: More of the Same

Posted on 08 December 2014

The iPad Mini 2 was the most beloved tablet of last year along with the iPad Air and the Mini 2 had been upgraded with the Retina Display the iPad fans had been coveting for a year. It is therefore surprising to see Apple leaving the fan favorite tablet almost untouched for its new version, the iPad Mini 3, except for a few changes, and instead focusing mainly on the larger version.

iPad Mini 3 retains the same 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 resolution display that everybody simply loved on the previous version. The design of the tablet remains the same as well as was on the original iPad Mini and last years as well. The design is no doubt beautiful and aesthetically pleasing with rounded edges that make the tablet comfortable to hold.

It shares identical guts to the Mini 2 and one that made it a super fast and efficient tablet. It is powered by the A7 processor that runs at 1.7GHz along with a 1GB of RAM. These specs still manage to put this tablet up against some of the best and provide the tablet plenty of power. In fact, it can still compete with last year’s iPad Air 2 and can easily run the heaviest and graphic intense games without any hiccups.

The battery category is still where most of the fans remain happy, with almost 10 hours of use to get you through the day even with abundant use of the tablet. Browsing the web is a breeze on the iPad Mini 3 and the App Store is increasing in numbers of apps to give you access to millions of apps for your use.

The only significant change to the tablet includes the inclusion of a Touch ID sensor on its Home Button that Apple introduced with the iPhone 5S. This makes it easier to log in to your iPad but it may not be enough to make millions of iPad Mini 2 users’ upgrade. The new version also comes in Gold color option and you can choose the bigger storage options of 64 and 128GB.

iPad Mini 3 comes packed with Apple’s latest mobile software, iOS 8, which promises to make all the supported devices more productive and easier to use than before. However, if you don’t really care for the Gold option and the TouchID, we recommend you stick with your 2013 version.

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Google Nexus 9: the First Lollipop Tablet

Posted on 05 December 2014

Google recently released their latest powerhouse of a tablet, the Google Nexus 9. It is the first tablet in the market to run on Android’s latest OS, Lollipop. The software may not be the most stable system as of now due to its recent release, but it will be receiving updates that will soon make it worth the upgrade. But nevertheless, Nexus 9 is Google’s promise for a device that performs smoothly and will feel premium in your hands.

Nexus 9 is everything an Android fan would want from Google in their tablet and it may be the only viable competitor to the year’s hottest tablet from Apple, the iPad Air 2. With an HD screen and a premium build quality that not many Android fans get to enjoy, the tablet sets itself apart from the crowd and is easily the greatest Android tablet yet.

The 8.9-inch tablet, sitting between the 7 and the 10-inch tablet variants from Google, is available in black, gold and white. Its back has a matte soft grip with smooth rounded corners and the metal frame on the sides has a brushed feel to it and provides space enough to rest the fingers.

The specs of the device are not short in any department. It has a speedy 2.3GHz dual-core Denver processor along with the Nvidia Tegra K1 System-on-a-ship (64bit version). With Bluetooth 4.1, a Kepler DX1 GPU and NFC communication all integrated in this device, it sure is a powerful device that is capable of performing superbly under any heavy workload thrown at it.

The storage capacity of the beautiful device is limited to two options only: 16GB version and a 32GB version. There’s no 64GB or the mammoth 128GB versions, that are fast becoming the industry standard, for the tablet. What will disappoint a lot of fans is the fact that there’s no MicroSD card support in the tablet, as is the case with the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10.

Buying the tablet will set you back $449. The Google Nexus 9 is definitely a stunner that you will end up loving given its superb performance under heavy tasks owing to the high-end specs it houses and it’s definitely worth the money you spend on it.

Photo courtesy: Google

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Amazon Fire TV Stick: Affordable and Effective

Posted on 03 December 2014

The battle for streaming devices is heating up. After Google Chromecast, Roku and Apple TV, Amazon is set to make an impact in the field with its Amazon Fire TV streaming stick. Priced a shade under $40, it gives you access to wide range of streaming apps for your television so you can enjoy content on the big screen. You get access to Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus and many more at this price, which makes it a great deal.

You will have to wait till January 15th, 2015, to get your hands on one of those Amazon Fire Sticks because they are out of stock at Amazon’s online store. The design of the device was made keeping the crowded TV back panels in mind so it can fit easily behind the TV. The stick requires a power source to operate. If your TV has a USB port, then it will make it easier for you to connect the Amazon Fire Stick otherwise the wire would be hanging behind your TV. It will take 45 seconds to boot, which can sometimes be quite annoying.

You will find it odd to see a microUSB cable on the side of Amazon Fire TV stick. There is a HDMI extender to connect the stick to the HDMI port of your TV. When it comes to hardware capabilities, the Amazon Fire Stick supports dual-band Wi-Fi, full HD 1080p output, and 8GB internal storage capacity. The remote included in the package is fantastic. It is easy to use and a novice can also use it easily.

Another important feature is that the remote uses Bluetooth technology instead of infrared because the device would be inserted at the back of your TV. You can also use voice search features by downloading the Android app called Fire TV Remote App, which is free. There are new features coming soon for Amazon Fire Stick once it is back in stock.

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Nikon D 750

Posted on 01 December 2014

The Nikon D750 has a lot of potential. If fares better than many competing cameras, mostly on the virtue of being a new release. For example, it looks better than the Canon EOS 6D which is almost 2 years old and is now losing it price value. And while the Sony Alpha A7 is the cheapest option around, it doesn’t have the optical viewfinder, and besides, it has a poor battery life and its continuous-shooting performance is also miserable.

As far as Nikon’s other models is concerned, users will welcome the D750 as something cheaper and lighter than the D810. It continues some features updates that were introduced in the D810, such as more grainy Picture Control settings. Now you even get a new Flat profile for editing stills and videos. In addition, the D750 also comes with a Movie tab in the Menu system. This enables you to save, among other things, different white balance, ISO sensitivity, and Picture Control settings. You also have an updated and enhance low-light sensitive autofocus system, a titling LCD, and built-in Wi-Fi.

It already has performance and feature improvements over the D610, so those who consider money value are likely to prefer the D750. The D7S0, on the other hand, has a better continuous-shooting performance, a longer battery life, and it’s lighter and smaller as well.

However, that is not to say that there isn’t room for complain, especially over the potentially slower flash sync speed and the OLPF on the sensor.

Other advantages over the D610 include:
o Newer autofocus systems
o Newer metering systems,
o (Slightly) Faster continuous shooting
o 1080/60p video
o Clean HDMI out
o USB 3.0 support

All this more a camera that almost parallels the price (Nikon D750 currently priced $2300) and the design of the D610. The rear and top cover are made of magnesium allow, while lighter carbon is used for the front chassis and cover.

Photo courtesy: Nikon USA

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