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High Stakes Holidays • The
holiday season is a crucial time for many tech companies. Holiday retail sales will total $602 billion this year and that massive figure doesn’t include online shopping! • Of course, only a portion of that is spent on tech. However, even a sliver of this total can mean big bucks for your favorite tech companies.
High Stakes Holidays • So
with that in mind, let’s take a comprehensive view of a few high-profile tech products and the companies that make them.
Apple’s iPads: Mini and Air
• Pros: Retina display and high powered A7 processor. Outstanding app and content ecosystem. • Cons: Somewhat expensive versus other tablet options. • iPad Air starting at $499. iPad Mini starting at $299 at www.apple.com/ipad/
Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch •
Pros: Enables easyaccess functionality for many essential tasks like answering calls, reading texts, etc. • Cons: Emerging technology, so functionality is still somewhat basic. Expensive. Galaxy Gear costs $299 and can be found at http://bit.ly/1bBUdTp
Nike FuelBand • Pros: The
interface and integration with Nike+ App makes tracking your activity easier than ever • Cons: Could be invasive to some. Must wear consistently to reap its full benefits. Somewhat expensive. Nike FuelBand costs $149.99 and can be found at http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/p w/fuelband/90w
iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot
• Pros: Takes the hassle out of vacuuming by doing it for you. Enough said! • Cons: Expensive. Although improved, past models have failed to offer the same performance as traditional vacuums. iRobot Roomba starts at $349 and can be found at http://bit.ly/19myzGH
Nokia Lumia 1520 Smartphone •
Pros: Best-in-class 20 MP rear camera. 6-inch HD screen. • Cons: Windows’ Phone ecosystem remains far behind Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in terms of available apps Lumia 1520 starts as low as $129 on contract at http://bit.ly/IK2H4p
Sony PlayStation 4 • Pros:
Vastly improved in most regards over the PS3 with 10x the processing power and increased memory. • Cons: PS4 games aren’t compatible with PS3 games. $50 subscription required to play online. Sony PS4 costs $399 and can be found at http://bit.ly/1ccDsyY
Microsoft Surface 2 Pro •
Pros: Power of a laptop with the size of a tablet. Keyboard cover integration makes data input and content creation easier. Two-stage kickstand makes resting easier. • Cons: Heavy and expensive. Microsoft Surface 2 Pro starts at $899 and can be found at http://bit.ly/1ccDsyY
Western Digital My Cloud Hard
Drive • Pros: Enables users to safely store and access their personal files wirelessly from anywhere in the home. • Cons: Limited range. Can only access files over a personal wireless network. Western Digital My Cloud hard drive starts at $209.00 and can be found at http://bit.ly/1gKmCMd
Garmin Nuvi GPS • Pros:
Active lane monitoring and voice guidance help you to arrive safely and quickly. Real time traffic monitoring. • Cons: This functionality can be found in conventional smartphones Garmin Nuvi GPS starts at $129 and can be found at http://bit.ly/1csbOhF
LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Kid’s Learning
Tablet • Pros: Helps cognitive development with over 800 engaging apps. Front and rear facing cameras. • Cons: Few. Some reviews note the finish can scrape off, but we’re nitpicking here. LeapFrog LeapPad 2 starts at $79 and can be found at http://bit.ly/1csbOhF
Canon EOS Rebel T3 IS
II Lens Kit • Pros: Delivers highquality digital pictures and videos at a price that won’t break the bank. • Cons: Can prove weaker than other higher-end DSLR cameras for things like recording highspeed videos Canon EOS Rebel T3 IS II costs $599 and can be found at http://bit.ly/1cscIdP
Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 Convertible
Ultrabook • Pros: Tablet-like portability for a fullfledged ultrabook. Attractive design and touch interface. • Cons: Weak batter life and lack of ports can limit its overall functionality. Dell XPS 12 Convertible starts at $999.99 and can be found at http://dell.to/1bMgnH3
NVIDIA Shell • Pros: Allows
users to stream high-quality PC games in any room. Allows users to play Android mobile games. • Cons: Requires expensive additional hardware components NVIDIA Shield costs $249 and can be found at http://store.nvidia.com/buyshield
Qualcomm Toq Smartwatch • Pros:
Initiate calls, read texts and emails, and access routine apps without having to access your smartphone. • Cons: Relatively limited use cases. Requires Bluetooth connection to smartphone for full functionality. Expensive. Qualcomm Toq costs $349 and can be found at http://bit.ly/18Jn1ws
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