Smartphones: Good Buys and Nice Tries

Yesterday, I posted about some of the latest and greatest tablets out there. Today, I wanted to take some time to write about smartphones. This is not an easy task. Unlike smartphones, most tablets come in a Wi-Fi only model. With Wi-Fi only models, you don't have to worry about the hassle of choosing a wireless carriers and their two year contracts. A few of the tablets also come in 3G/4G models that can be purchased through a carrier.

Tablet Reviews: Good Buys and Nice Tries

I do not claim to be an expert when it comes to electronic gadgets, but I try to stay in the know. If I could, I would buy every new phone, tablet, media streamer, gaming console, and television that comes out.  Unfortunately, that is not very realistic. There are devices I definitely want, but I have to ask myself, "Is my wife going to kill me if I buy this?" 

Weekly App Wrap: Splashtop Remote Desktop

No, the pictured tablet is not running Windows 7 but it is the next best thing. Pictured is the Splashtop Remote Desktop app running on my Android tablet (the tablet is an HP Touchpad with Android 4.0). The app allows users to remotely access their desktop or laptop computer from a mobile device when away from home or the office. I use the app when I am in the field or traveling and need to access maps or files on my computer at the office.

Weekly App Wrap: GPSArea for Android

If you are a natural resource professional, you know that a GPS unit can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. I remember the first Trimble device I ever used was over $5000 and the software for my computer was almost $1000. Depending on your intended uses, the cost may be justified but it will take some time for that investment to pay for itself. Most landowners would never consider making that kind of purchase.

Weekly App Wrap: Evernote and GeoCam Free

Each week (usually on Friday), I plan to share information about one or two iOS or Android apps that may come in handy to those who read this blog. Whether you're a forester, landowner, outdoorsman, a lover of technology, or someone that just stumbles upon this blog, I hope that you will find the information useful and maybe find a new app that will benefit you. This week's app wrap features two apps: Evernote (multi-platform) and GeoCam (Android). 

ForestGeek Review: The new iPad

The wait is over, the new iPad has arrived. Announced on March 7th, Apple's new iPad hit stores on Friday. This is the third model of the hugely successful iPad line. Apple has branded this model simply as the new iPad ditching the rumored iPad 3 name. The original iPad was released in April 2010 followed by the iPad 2 in March 2011. For those that own an iPad or iPad 2, the big question is whether or not to upgrade to the newest model. Those without an iPad may now be considering whether the latest model is worth forking out a minimum of $500.

Review of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

I waited and waited and waited! I finally got what I was waiting for...a new phone. I've had a Windows Smartphone for over 5 years now (Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5). My contract had finally ended and I was eligible for an upgrade with Verizon Wireless. I almost pulled the trigger a few months back with the Motorola Droid Boinic, but it just didn't do it for me. The Droid Bionic seemed clunky, the skin Motorola uses was not great, and I heard bad things about the camera from the day it was released.

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