As I mentioned in an earlier post, 16 people amassed a lot of gadgets over the holidays. And I got to play with them ALL. I even played with enough of them that I was able to develop some pretty solid opinions about them. So of course, I have to share with you my unofficial gadget reviews. Keep in mind that I believe that the tech experience is a personal one, and no two people have the same needs and wants. So…here we go!
If you are an avid reader, you need a device dedicated to your books. Sure, you can get reading apps on android and apple devices but your books and book apps will take up too much of your available storage. So…you need a reader, and the leading readers on the market today are made by Barnes and Noble (Nook) and Amazon (Kindle).
My cousins bought my uncle this for the bible apps. This holiday season, it seemed that there were more sales on Nooks than Kindles, so they opted for the Nook. The touchscreen was easy to navigate and it does allow for outside apps. We had no setup problems or wifi connection problems at all. My uncle, in his late 70s, can use it with ease.
Kindle Fire HD
My 15-year old cousin received this for Christmas. He initially did not like it because there’s no Instagram app. (In case you didn’t know, teenagers are all about Instagram and Twitter…Facebook is so dead.) In the year that Amazon has been in the reader/ tablet market, they have increased their apps, but it’s not the mainstream google play store. I reminded him that it is first a Kindle and second a tablet, and since he has many other devices to do Instagram, he was cool with that. We also had problems with maintaining its wifi connection, and I was a little disappointed. I’m an amazon girl, so I really wanted to fall in love with this gadget — but I didn’t.
Is there another option? Yes! I have read great things about the Google Nexus 7. It’s a tablet first, e-reader second, but you can still download the e-reader apps. My internet eye candy and fellow techie Soldier Knows Best said this is the best tablet in the 7 inch market, and I think he may be right. I may buy this and use it specifically for reading. I have a lot of books, and I read multiple books at the same time so I really want a device just for reading.
I bought a 14 mp Fujifilm Finepix this year, and my cousin bought a 14mp Nikon Coolpix. We compared both cameras and we were both impressed…with both. Both camera were also on sale for $99. He bought his at Target and I bought mine on-line. Megapixels matter, and the most you can get within your budget are what you need to buy. For both of us, it was 14….and this should last me for a while.
Tablet for Kids
This is probably my favorite gadget!!!!! My 6-year-old cousin got a Android kids tablet for Christmas and it is thebomb.com. It is a full-fledged android tablet with full access to the google play store. BUT, you can also switch it to a special kids’ login with kid friendly games, apps, and toys. I enjoyed playing with it as much as she did. And it is definitely easy to set up. For Android geeks, it uses Android Ice Cream sandwhich. Faaaaannnncccyyyyyyy and very age appropriate.
Did you play with any fun gadgets (even if they were someone else’s) over the holiday?