Three Great Smartphones to look for this Holiday Season

Happy Wednesday!

The holiday season of 2014 is shaping up to be a great year for technology gifts. There are a myriad options to choose from, but luckily Mashable.com has compiled the three best smartphones to choose from. Keep reading to see which phone will best suite your families needs.

If you’ve been holding out all year from getting a new smartphone, you made a wise move: All the new fall models are finally available, and they’re some of the best phones we’ve seen in years. From big batteries to big screens to big specs, this season’s smartphone harvest has something for everyone.

Here are our picks for the top phones for the 2014 holiday:

Good: Droid Turbo ($199 with a 2-year contract for 32GB)

Motorola Droid Turbo

With the Droid Turbo, Verizon and Motorola teamed up to create a device that addressed the main complaint about today’s smartphones: battery life. Even though we found its 48-hour claim to be an exaggeration, the Turbo still keeps humming long after other phones started begging for charger — all while staying nice and trim at just 6 ounces.

Throw in the 5.2-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) display, a 21-megapixel camera and the totally wacky — but undoubtedly convenient — ability to share photos with nearby friends just by “zapping” them with two fingers, and you’ve got a great package for the standard $199 contract price. Another $50 gets you 64GB total storage and the oh-so-sweet ballistic nylon exterior.

Better: iPhone 6 Plus ($299 with a 2-year contract for 16GB)

iPhone 6 Plus

Two months ago, we weren’t sure what to make of Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone, the iPhone 6 Plus. Millions of units later, we know: It’s an excellent smartphone, taking the iPhone 6 experience — including iOS 8, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and Apple Pay — and expanding it to phablet size with a full HD display. Add to that a camera with optical image stabilization and you arguably have the best iPhone ever made.

Best: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge ($399 or $429 with a 2-year contract for 32GB)

 Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

For a smartphone with something special, there’s nothing quite like the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge — a 5.7-inch phablet with a secondary vertical display curved around one side. The display allows for easy access to favorite apps, news headlines, Twitter topics and more. The edge panel can even turn the phone into a modern-day clock radio by continuously displaying the time at night.

And let’s not forget that the Galaxy Edge is a flagship phone even without its signature accouterment. The speedy processor, ultra-sharp Quad HD display and souped-up camera (complete with optical image stabilization) make the Edge a top-notch smartphone, but its versatile edge panel puts it over the top.

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App spotlight Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday!

Are you a Black Friday fanatic? Do you comb the ads that come in the mail for weeks beforehand? Do you have a list and timeline of all the wonderful sales you are going to hit? Does the thought of waking up before the sun comes out to wait in line with a hot cup of cocoa make your heart race with excitement? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this article about the nine best apps for Black Friday is for you. Even if you didn’t, continue to read because you might just find the motivation you were looking for to love Black Friday.

Black Friday is just a few days away, and major retailers have been dazzling potential customers with flashy ads, mind-blowing deals and outrageous store hours for weeks.

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of Black Friday, but it’s important to keep your head on straight in the holiday hustle. Fortunately, there’s a plethora of apps for that.

Many shoppers will conduct most, if not all of their shopping online, but of those who venture out to make purchases in stores, 86 percent will consult their smartphones, according to PC Magazine. Many will be looking for sales and price comparisons, but some will want extras like reviews and rewards for shopping.

Here are 9 apps to keep you ahead of the game on Black Friday, help you save money, and help keep your wits about you this holiday shopping season:

1) Black Friday 2014 by Sazze, Inc.: Basically, a comprehensive guide to everything you’d want to know about Black Friday. Features the latest news and alerts about sales and doorbusters, full ad scans from an extensive list of retailers, and the ability to search for low prices by product category. 
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2) RedLaser by eBay Inc.: This mobile barcode scanner lets you compare prices, search for nearby deals, and store reward cards to help unclutter your wallet.
» More from RedLaser

3) RetailMeNot by RetailMeNot, Inc.: Boasting “500,000+ coupons from 50,000 stores”, RetailMeNot will help you search for the best coupons at your favorite major retailers, and find those retailers nearby.
» More from RetailMeNot.

4) shopkick by shopkick: For the window shopper in all of us, shopkick rewards you just for stopping by your favorite stores. Get points when you walk in the door and scan products, then redeem those points for gift cards at your favorite major retailers.
» More from shopkick.

5) Santa’s Bag by Clay Pot Software LLC: Keeping track of holiday gift lists can be a challenge, and losing track of purchases can be expensive. Santa’s Bag takes care of all of that for you, allowing you to set a budget, create custom gift lists, and tally up your purchases all in one place.
» More from Clay Pot Software.

6) Fancy by Thing Daemon, Inc.: Like Pinterest but with the ability to click to buy. Connect with your friends on social media, share gift ideas, and make online purchases in one convenient app.
» More from Fancy.

7. shopular by AirCrunch, Inc.: Geo-locating pushes the most relevant coupons and daily ads from nearby stores you choose right to your phone.
» More from shopular.

8. ShopAdvisor by ShopAdvisor, Inc.: Shop the latest in fashion, beauty, grooming, home design and other trends. Browse curated collections from the latest issues of magazines like People, Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health, “Love” your favorite products, and get alerts for price drops.
» More from ShopAdvisor.

9. Smoopa by Smoopa: Scan a barcode with this app while browsing in stores to get comparisons to prices for the same item online. Smoopa lets you earn rewards for scanning, and put points towards rebates or charitable donations.
» More from TechCrunch.

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#tbt winner

Happy Monday!

Are you ready for the holiday weekend? November has gone by lightening fast!

We want to say congratulations to our last contest winner of the month, Kathleen Gereg! Who correctly guessed that this piece of technology was the Epson HX-20!

Congrats! Please email us at jleavitt@wilsonelectronics.com to claim your Sleek 4G cell phone signal booster!

Happy Friday!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner the preparations for food and visiting family members is at the forefront of every hosts mind.

Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and yams have become the staples of every #AmericanThanksgiving dinner but we want to hear about your favorite non-traditional Thanksgiving foods!

Let us know in the comments below and feel free to leave us some recipes!

Happy #tbt!

Can you believe it is the third week in November? Time flies when you are having fun!

Today we are going back to a bygone era of music innovation. To win a Sleek 4G cell phone signal booster tell us what this exceptional player is, and what year it came to the scene and revolutionized the way people listened to music.

Happy guessing!

 

Good design is about the things most users never notice

Happy #wirelessWednesday!

What are the first things that you notice about a new piece of technology or an app? Many times the things we notice that make or break it for us are not the things that the designers spent months and sometimes years figuring out. Mathew Ingram from Gigaom goes into details with designer Craig Mod:

When we talk about design — of software or hardware — we often think about the obvious things, such as the size or shape of an object, or specific features that we like or don’t like. But writer and designer Craig Mod told attendees at Gigaom’s RoadMap conference in San Francisco Wednesday that some of the most important elements of design are the things that most users will never even be aware of.

Mod noted that poet and typographer Robert Bringhurst said 50 percent of the character and integrity of a printed page resides in its typefaces — in other words, the obvious part. But much of the other 50 percent resides in the margins, or the parts that are “felt but not often noticed” (Mod has expanded on this idea in an essay he wrote for Medium).

This is a great metaphor for the parts of apps and software that we overlook, or don’t give enough weight to, or even outright dismiss, Mod said. The designer said that he cried during a Japanese movie about a team of people who spent 15 years creating a dictionary, because of the time that one member of the team put into choosing the right kind of paper that would make the dictionary easy to use.

It doesn’t just have to be print, Mod said — a site like Medium (where he is an advisor) has all kinds of small details that make it a pleasure to both read and to write with, including the way quotes appear and the handling of spaces around dashes in the text. These “small bits of marginal beauty,” he said, “come together to form a texture of experience and delight.”

Like the famous Japanese furniture designer George Nakashima, Mod said he tries to “make objects that will live forever,” even if he knows that they probably won’t. Only by doing that can a designer be sure that they are paying attention to the small details that almost no one will ever consciously notice.

Read the full article from Ingram here.

App Spotlight Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday!

Among the myriad apps available at the touch of our fingertips, rarely do we see one that can bring not only culture and joy into our lives but also teach us. The app DailyArt is one such app.

Each day features a masterpiece from some of the worlds most renowned artists including but not limited to: van Gogh, Monet, da Vinci, Goya, and Picasso.

Along with the photos there are also stories and interesting facts about the painter or the painting itself. The app also allows you to share any works with friends via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or through email.

This app is a great way for younger generations to be engaged in learning about the rich history of art our world has to offer with taking a four-month long Art History course at the nearest university.

Available on Android and iOS, get the app here.

#tbt Winner

Happy Monday!

Congrats to our latest #tbt winner, Marge Draeger! She correctly guessed that this was the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x first sold in the U.S. in 1984!

Congrats Marge! To claim your Sleek 4G cell phone signal booster please email us at jleavitt@wilsonelectronics.com.

Happy Friday!

2014 has been a big year for blockbuster movies. Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Fault in Our Stars, and Gone Girl have set the bar pretty high. With the upcoming releases of movies such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies the year isn’t about to slow down.

What is the movie you are most looking forward to in the next few weeks? Or has it already been released?

#tbt

Happy Thursday!

As Thanksgiving edges closer we are drawn to giving thanks. One of the many things we have to be thankful for is the advancement of technology and the opportunity to win a Sleek 4G cell phone signal booster from Wilson! Tell us what piece of ancient technology this is and when it first entered the scene to be entered to win.

Happy guessing!