In part one of SD memory cards: Tips, hints and why you need one, we went over the basics of SD cards regarding storage size, speed, which ones you can buy, and the different types of these great storage devices.
In part 2 we’ll give some insights on accessories for SD cards, what to avoid when buying one, how to spot fakes, and general advice on how to take care of them.
SD card adapters
While it isn’t obvious at first, an accessory named an SD card reader is an essential gadget if you want to move, store, and write data to and from your computer. These devices don’t cost much and the multi-readers are compatible with just about every type of SD card sold on the market. These card readers usually range in price from $4 and up. More...
If you have a mobile phone, tablet, digital camera or multimedia device that accepts an SD memory card, that’s very good news for you because you can expand upon your unit’s storage capacity. The “bad news” is that there are so many different types of SD cards to choose from that it can be a pretty confusing process for some people.
In this article we’ll go over the ins and outs of SD cards and shed some light on the mysteries of these great little storage units.
Do you need one?
This should be the first question that should be asked. If your device has 16GB of onboard memory or more, you should be doing fine and may not need the extra storage capacity that SD cards offer.
But if you like to take a lot of pictures, download a lot of content or apps or want to backup your files, an SD card may be a good investment. More...
Let’s face it, part of the enjoyment of owning a good mobile phone is using it to play games. You can grab a quick fun session while waiting for your boyfriend/girlfriend to finish shopping, while attending a boring lecture or the famous “checking email” maneuver when sitting in a lomg company meeting. Oh, you can play any other time too!
Our list will cover the most popular ones plus a few that you may or may not have heard of before, but as far as fun factor, they rank right up there with the biggies.
Any Rovio game
For newbies, the game developer Rovio doesn’t mean much, but to half a billion people around the globe, it means one thing: Angry Birds! These games are simple physics-based action puzzles featuring various birds with special powers.
They are launched from a slingshot and barrel into various obstacles in order to eliminate dastardly green piggies, free other birds or perform acrobatics in space. Various iterations of Angry Birds include the original title, Seasons, Rio, Space, Angry Birds Star Wars, and Angry Birds Friends.
Other fun titles from Rovio include Amazing Alex and Bad Piggies More...
Whether you own a tablet, mobile phone or media player the first accessory that you’ll consider purchasing for your electronic gadget is probably a screen protector. They come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. But are the cheap ones any good, when compared to products that cost much more?
What are they?
Most screen protectors are made from thin sheets of urethane-based plastic that are cut to size to fit different devices. These sheets are applied with or without an adhesive and attach directly to the display. The original purpose for this tough film was for military use, but was adapted for consumer applications later.
Screen protectors help to minimize the effects from daily wear and tear, and also act as a shield to prevent accidental scratching from sharp or hard objects such as keys or coins.
Screen protectors for mobile phones are numerous and tracking down a good one is no small feat. Mainline accessory producers such as Belkin sell these items for $12 and up, while less expensive alternatives can be found on eBay or Amazon.com, for a fraction of the cost, from third party sellers. More...
For all Android lovers, Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market Place, is the lifeline for downloading music, videos, games, and apps. The number of Android apps has grown tremendously over the past few years and now numbers over 700,000. That’s a lot of apps!
But with so many to choose from and many of them duplicating each other, which apps should you install on your Android devices to improve them? We’ve made a short list of five of our favorites and checked it twice.
The following apps were selected for their ability to perform their tasks well, ease of use, features, style, and overall ease of getting things done. More...
For mobile phone aficionados, information on which models are the best can be used as a reference point for making intelligent decisions regarding the sort of features they would want in selecting a new smartphone.
In part 1 of “Flagship Phones,” we covered the devices from Apple, BlackBerry, and Motorola. In part 2, we’ll go over the cream of the crop from Samsung, Nokia, and HTC.
The long awaited flagship phone from HTC has arrived and T-Mobile is the first wireless carrier, as of the time of this writing, to carry it.
The HTC One is a thing of beauty and sports an all-aluminum case, super thin profile, a Snapdragon 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, 4.7-inch full HD display with 468 pixels per square inch, Android OS with HTC Sense, and the new UltraPixel camera with super-sensitive light sensors. More...
Usually, this type of hype and excitement about the launch of a new smartphone is usually reserved for iPhones, but “the times are a-changin’” and HTC’s One has created a buzz that even Apple would be envious of.
T-Mobile announced today on its website that “the one you’ve been waiting for” is finally here. And that “one” is HTC’s One flagship smartphone. Preliminary reviews of this device have been very high, and users have been anxiously waiting for its arrival.
Even some who would never even consider purchasing an HTC phone are looking forward to getting their hands on one, and there are good reasons for this; the HTC One is a stunning looking smartphone that has features that will make any gadget fan happy. More...
When thinking about purchasing a new mobile phone, most people like to compare different models from all the manufacturers in order to gauge which ones are the best. Each company has a “flagship” phone or in other words, a device which represents the best it has to offer.
In this article we’ll present the flagship phones from some of the most popular companies in the industry and give a brief synopsis on each device.
Which one is the best out of all of them? For that answer, we’ll leave that up to you because everyone has different needs, tastes, and preferences. But what we can do is to showcase what’s out there so you can make the right choice. More...
Ask any mobile phone fan on the street if they know what a Galaxy phone is and they’ll immediately respond in the affirmative. But this recognition rate goes down quickly if you ask them if they’ve ever heard of a Samsung Galaxy Player.
A few coughs and some blind guesses later, they’ll probably arrive at “It’s a MP3 player?” Yes it is, but it is more than that. The Galaxy Player series, seemingly buried in the subconscious of electronics fans everywhere, also happens to be a great little multimedia device, and a serious alternative to Apple’s iPod iTouch.
We’ll explore this mysterious gadget and clue you in to what it can and can’t do, and if a Galaxy Player 5.0 is right for you. More...
People who are considering purchasing a new tablet or want a second one that is inexpensive have probably seen off-brand devices offered by various electronics and gadget websites.
These “no-name” tablets are often only half the cost of mainstream items and the lure of a cheap tablet can be hard to resist. But are these tablets worth taking a chance on? We'll go over the ins and outs of buying one and give you our take on this.
So taking some artistic license from Shakespeare on these tablets, the point of interest is this: To buy or not to buy; that is the question.
Cheap and good?
The first thing that comes to anyone’s mind about these bargain-priced tablets is if they’re any good at all. The answer to this is maybe. If you shop carefully and do some homework, and don’t need a lot of CPU power, they can be quite good. More...
Although it may seem odd to those who live and breathe cell phones, some people want simple mobile phones. Some scenarios include those who only need them to call for help in case of emergency, individuals who are baffled by high tech but like the idea of having a mobile phone, and for those who just want something simple and low cost.
But with current phones that sport quad and even eight core processors, it is increasingly difficult to find plain vanilla devices. But they are out there and we’ll list a few of them for those who want to get one for their mom, dad, aunt or uncle.
The flip phone (“Beam me up Scotty”) was the prevalent style only a few years ago, but has almost been totally replaced by iPhone-styled devices from virtually all cell phone manufacturers. Interestingly enough, many of the simple mobile phones available today incorporate the flip phone design—go figure. More...
As a company expands, its needs for cutting edge technology also grow, and the eventual phasing out of old electronics will eventually happen.
BuyMyTronics, part of the GameStop network, understands this and has just launched its Enterprise Buyback Program to address the issue of recycling old devices, which will help to cut down the e-stream, and also benefit businesses, both large and small, by recouping part of the purchase price of their decommissioned electronics.
The way it works
The lifeblood of any successful corporation is effective business communication. Employees use mobile phones, tablets, and laptops to process orders, contact clients, generate marketing campaigns, and a host of other essential functions important to the growth of a company. More...
Wireless retail stores can increase their point of sales revenue by implementing a new mobile web-based application, newly launched by BuyMyTronics--a part of the GameStop network, which can help sales reps to instantaneously quote current trade in values for used tablets or cell phones. The new service is called TIMS or Trade In Management System.
How it works
Customers who walk into wireless retail stores are often looking to purchase a new mobile phone. But what do they do with their old phones? This is where the genius of BuyMyTronics’ TIMS program enters the scene.
A sales rep can show customers what new mobile products may be a good fit for them, but now they can sweeten the deal by using the TIMS program to find out what sort of trade in value they can get for used phones or tablets. The TIMS app shows the cash value for thousands electronics, and displays the most current information with just a few clicks. More...
HTC has a new flagship smartphone that is about to launch and judging by the preliminary reactions and reviews, the HTC One may be the one that will put the company back on the map.
The design and look of this new smartphone offers some great eye-candy, but as we’ll find out with the HTC One, there’s a lot of good stuff going on beneath the metal enclosure too.
Those who have already seen and handled the HTC One are struck by its stylish design lines overall good looks. It has a large display that virtually goes from side to side with hardly any bezel, and the slim case is made out of matte-finished aluminum.
This phone is sure to turn some heads.
What’s on the inside?
The HTC One starts out with a full 4.7-inch HD display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. The phone runs on a Snapdragon quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor (8-core in some countries) with Android 4.1.2 OS (Jelly bean), which can be upgraded to version 4.2.2.
The One comes in two storage configurations—32GB and 64GB with 2GB of RAM. Along with LTE capability, it has GPS, NFC compatibility, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0 port, and Wi-Fi, among other features. More...
Since the iPhone first launched in 2007, the device has taken the world by storm and has been a consistent top seller in the smartphone industry. But in spite of the popularity of the iPhone throughout the years, Apple’s competitors have been constantly challenging the iPhone for market share.
We’ll go over some of these alternatives to the iPhone and give a quick overview of each one, their advantages, and who may want to purchase them.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Of all of Apple’s rivals, Samsung is the one company that gives Apple the most worries because of the South Korean smartphone manufacturer’s constant drive to overtake Apple as the world’s number one phone company.
For anyone looking for a solid performer in smartphones, the new upcoming Galaxy S4 is something to definitely look at, literally, because it sports a huge Super AMOLED 5-inch HD screen. The display has 16 million colors available at its beck and call, and a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels for super sharp detail, color, and contrast.
If you are someone who wants to use a smartphone as a primary way to view video content, for playing video games or surfing the Internet, the Galaxy S4 fits the bill nicely. More...