From smartphones to tablets a look at the hot new tech toys

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Smartphones and Tablets
With continuing rise of tablet devices and smartphones, this year has been a transformative year for innovative technologies. The pace of change has been happening at a blistering rate since 2011. A few years back there weren’t as many netbooks or eReaders or touch screen devices as we see in today’s consumer electronics market. The availability of wide range of computing devices gives small business owners the freedom to choose devices based on mobility, convenience, and value.

Additionally, almost every gadget, be it supercharged slate computers or disaster proof hard drives, comes with exciting technologies that help small business owners increase their productivity drastically. Here is an overview of some of the latest gadgets for small business owners.

Blackberry Playbook1. Blackberry Playbook

Blackberry Playbook is a sleek 7-inch tablet with 1GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The storage capacity ranges from 16GB to 64 GB, so this is ideal for using mid-range software and business apps. With wide range of features like four fingered multi-touch gestures, high-resolution display, advanced security, ultra fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi support, and out-of-box enterprise support it could easily replace a laptop. Additionally, it comes equipped with dual HD webcams, stunning multimedia, and GPS for navigation and location based services. Priced less than $500, this tablet is a hassle free way to own a powerful computing device for small business owners.

2. Motorola Xoom

With 10-inch widescreen HD display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage, this tablet is equally impressive and is suitable for small business owners. This tablet comes with Google’s Android operating system with multi-touch holographic user interface. Additionally, this tablet is loaded with some of the latest Google apps like Google Play, Google Books, Google Talk and other Google apps. It also has scrollable and stacked widgets that let you flick through contents without opening the apps and, importantly, the notification system is unobtrusive. With data encryption and other important security features, this tablet, weighing just 25 ounces, could meet the needs of small business owners.

3. T-Mobile G-Slate

G-Slate’s large 8.9-inch wide HD screen and powerful processor allows you to handle multiple things at the same time like watch HD movies, play games, and start a video conference. It boasts 4G HSPA, Tegra graphics and 1GHz Tegra processor with 32GB internal storage, which is not user expandable. Its performance and battery life are almost similar to Motorola Xoom. When compared to other tablets, if you want to stay connected to internet at blazing fast speed, you should go for G-Slate. G-Slate runs Android, so you will see the entire suite of Google apps. Additionally, G-Slate has 3D camcorder for recording content in 3D, but on the downside, 4G tends to reduce battery life gradually over time.


1. Atrix 4G

With dual-core processor, HDMI video output, and 48GB of memory, Atrix 4G lets you have the power of a PC in your pocket. This smartphone uses fingerprint recognition technology to protect your data and allows only you to access what’s on your phone. Additionally, its dual-core lets you play music, check emails, browse web and access documents all at the same time. With its HDMI video output, you can also watch HD movies in a HD TV or in your PC. All these features come for a price tag of $199 with two-year contract.

2. HTC Thunderbolt

True to its name, HTC thunderbolt offers advanced 4G network that is 10 times faster than Verizon wireless’ 3G. Apart from offering incredibly high data speed, this phone has excellent 8-megapixel camera, 4.3-inch touch screen, and 32GB microSD memory card. Thunderbolt runs the latest Android operating system, so you can experience greater multitasking capabilities like receive calls, listen to music, and browse Google Maps at the same time. Additionally, it has QWERTY keyboard, improved security, auto-discovery and more. Notably, it comes with FriendStream, which delivers a consolidated view of your status in social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and more.

3. Xperia Arc

Xperia Arc is an Android smartphone from Sony. It comes with an astonishingly thin body and a stunning screen. Just like HTC, it has 4.2-inch touchscreen, 1GHz processor, and 8-megapixel camera. An outstanding feature is its BRAVIA engine that optimizes videos and runs at high resolution. Additionally, you can find other features like HDMI port, NeoReader barcode scanner, Google Apps, integration with social networking sites, document viewer and voice commands. When it comes to battery life, you will find it reasonable like other Sony phones.


1. Jawbone Era Bluetooth Headset

If you want to answer important business calls while strolling down a busy noisy street, then Jawbone Era may be a good choice. With its NoiseAssassin 3.0, it eliminates background noise better than any other handset and importantly, it auto-adjusts call volume according to your environment. It also boasts magical motion controls with its built-in accelerometer, so all you need to do is shake the gadget to pair it with a mobile phone or simply tap it to answer a call.

Additionally, its MyTalk platform allows you to send emails and text messages using your voice. In addition, the app has voice-based controls to let you know the caller details. Apart from this, it gives voice reminder about your phone’s battery status, or you can get battery status by simply pressing the talk button on the headset. This amazing gadget comes with innovative ear buds that allow you to hear audio directly into your ear with minimal disturbances. For $130, its features are worth every penny.

2. Rugged Portable

Irrespective of the trendy gadget we use, we all know that the most important asset is our data. Traditional hard drives aren’t quite strong enough to withstand extreme weather conditions or rough handling like crush, drop, or shock. Sometimes, depending on the application or area of work, data might have to be stored safely in drives that can withstand all types of rough handling. With ioSafe’s Rugged Portable, you can forget about keeping your data safe in extreme environments. It comes with crush protection up to 5000 lbs, drop protection up to 20-inch, and immersion protection up to 30-inch for 30 days. Additionally, it comes with data recovery service worth $5000. These features are quite enough for individuals or small-size businesses to protect critical data.

Day by day, gadgets are becoming lighter and lighter with more added functionality. Notably, latest gadgets work intelligently due to motion-sensing technologies. As the demand for these gadgets keep growing, the price tends to stay reasonable, and more and more people are able to use them productively.