Wireless Wish List- Part Two

By Mike Crouse

1.  Apple iPhone 6 – starting at $21.67/month Apple iPhone 6 double image

Without a doubt one of the hottest gifts this holiday season is the Apple iPhone 6.  The newest version of the iPhone does not disappoint with sleek looks, a perfectly proportionate 4.7” display, blazing fast 64-bit A8 processor, and support for Apple Pay.  Quality photo and video performance also makes the iPhone 6 standout from the smartphone crowd with an 8mp iSight camera that utilizes Focus Pixels and up to 240fps slow motion video capture.  The iPhone 6 comes in three colors (Space Gray, Silver, and Gold) along with three different memory capacities (16GB, 64GB, and 128GB).  Supplies are limited so be sure to visit one of our stores today to make sure you get one for that special someone this holiday.

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2.  Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – starting at $27.54/month Samsung Galaxy Note 4 blog

The fourth version of the Galaxy Note series from Samsung is a truly refined piece of hardware.  The flawless 5.7” Quad HD Super AMOLED display is perfect for multi-tasking and taking digital notes via the included S Pen.  A 3,220mAh capacity battery will keep you powered up all day and when it comes time to recharge the device the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology will give you up to 50% capacity in as little as 30 minutes.  Available in black or white, you simply cannot get a more powerful smartphone this holiday.

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3.  LG G Pad 7.0 LTE – FREE with 2-year activation and NEXT smartphone purchase LG G Pad 7.0 blog pic

What is better than a solid performing 7” Android tablet?  A FREE solid performing 7” tablet.  That’s right, get this LG G Pad tablet for completely free when you activate the tablet on a 2-year contract and pair it with a smartphone activation or upgrade on NEXT.  The G Pad is no slouch in the spec department with an HD+ IPS display, LG’s exclusive QPair technology that accompanies Android smartphones, and QuickRemote that turns the G Pad into a universal remote control for nearly any television.  You cannot go wrong with this versatile tablet as a perfect gift this holiday season.

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Wireless Wish List 2014

By Mike Crouse

Everyone loves a new accessory for their mobile device and there are plenty of great options to choose from this year at our stores.  Here we have compiled our Top Ten List for wireless gift giving this Holiday Season.
From Bluetooth speakers to mobile power, even a colorful and protective case for the newest smartphones, we have you covered.

1.  Otterbox Defender Case – $49.99 otterboxiphone6

Otterbox is the brand everyone knows and trusts for mobile protection. The Defender series case is the most recognizable case from Otterbox and it protects your device with a three layer design consisting of a hard plastic inner shell, a flexible rubber outer shell, and a protective screen cover.  This design absorbs heavy drop impact and keeps scratches off of the screen and is easily attachable to any belt with the included clip.  The clip can also be locked to function as a kickstand to keep your device ready to go on your desk or nightstand.  Our stores carry all of your favorite colors for all of your favorite devices.

2.  iFrogz Tadpole Bluetooth Speaker – $9.00 (Holiday Special!)ifrogz tadpole

Widely known for their iPhone cases, iFrogz has started to branch out into the personal audio category and they have a miniature hit on their hands with the Tadpole.  This diminutive speaker connects wirelessly with Bluetooth technology to any Bluetooth enabled gadget and has a built-in lithium ion battery that can run for up to 2 hours without a recharge via micro-USB.  Perfect as a stocking stuffer for impromptu holiday parties! (more…)

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Motorola Moto X 2nd Generation

By Mike Crouse
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The original Moto X reestablished Motorola in the smartphone realm in 2013 after releasing a plethora of devices under the Android moniker.  The Moto X tried to stay as true to the vision Google has for their operating system on a smartphone and not add too much clutter or unwanted applications.  This vision lives on in the Moto X 2nd Generation (X2) and Motorola has really stepped up their game in all aspects with this gorgeous device.


Bold and Beautiful

                Leather, bamboo and resin are materials you may think of when discussing a sculpture or a piece of fine furniture.  Motorola has taken these materials along with a sturdy metal midsection to create a phone that feels substantial, but not heavy in the hand or pocket.  The phone is quite the looker as well, especially in the bamboo back plate with white front face or the luxurious black leather option with a black front face.  While you cannot judge a book or a smartphone by simply its cover, in this instance you get a very premium feel from the second the Moto X2 rests in your hands.  This change in design aesthetics absolutely improves the X2 compared to its predecessor and even bests the Galaxy S5, Note 4, and LG G3, the closest competitors to the X2 in the Android universe.  The only current Android device available that potentially trumps the X2 in design is the HTC One M8, which is universally loved for its all metal design and carefully crafted curves.  (more…)

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Light on in the bedroom? Must mean my garage door is open!

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By Roger Cassell

Digital Life from AT&T is unbelievable- now my doors all lock at 11:00 PM by themselves and if one of the kids leave a garage door open a lamp turns on in my bedroom- no more leaves or animals (or worse) hanging out with my cars in the morning!  I also know whenever a car comes up the driveway after hours- Digital Life sends me a video clip any time (text and/or email) someone pulls in after 12:00 AM, even if I’m at the beach- no chance of post-party surprises at our house!

What else does it do for me?  My outside lights come on whenever I want, my house is monitored 24 X 7 AND I can control it all from my phone- it’s the most convenient and usable home “app” you can get.  The fact that its provided by AT&T, who according to USA Today spent $20.6 billion on new plant and equipment in the US 2013, leading all non-financial corporations in U.S. capital spending for the third straight year, makes it all the better.  Talk about security!

To learn more about AT&T Digital Life, visit any of our 14 stores located throughout Maryland.

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Introducing the Apple iPad Air 2

Apple iPad Air 2By Mike Crouse

Just in time for the holidays, Apple has announced the newest iPad model for release in the iPad Air 2.  The original iPad Air that was released in 2013 was a powerhouse of a tablet with a gorgeous screen, great battery life, and a processor that allowed every app and function to zip along at great speed.  The iPad Air 2 continues this lineage with a boost to almost every single aspect of the hardware, along with a few new software tricks up its sleeve to round out a very nice upgrade overall.

Impossibly Thin and Light

One of the most striking aspects of the original iPad Air was how thin and light it was compared to nearly all other 10” screen tablets in the market.  The iPad Air 2 clocks in at a thickness of 6.1mm which is 18% thinner than the prior model and is actually thinner than an iPhone 6.  These dimensions paired with a weight of just under a pound, .96 to be precise, give the iPad Air 2 a svelte profile that is even easier to hold for long periods of time.  This is a welcome change because you will want to take it with you everywhere and not want to put it down.    (more…)

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Looking for a new smartphone that will enrich every moment of every day in style?

By Kelly Doeller

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The new LG G3 smartphone is one of the most powerful devices on the market with the latest innovations and a most affordable price.

Most of us lead busy lives where we need to rely on our smartphones to help us manage our day to day routines.  In today’s competitive market, new and improved devices continue to emerge.

Here are some reasons why the new LG G3 smartphone is the next device that is right for you.

 

  • This smartphone has a 5.5 inch Quad HD display with 4x the resolution of high definition.  You get a better picture on this phone than on your television at home!
  • The stunning life like colors on this device seem to jump off the screen. Anyone will be captivated watching their favorite television show or movie.
  • It has a 13 Megapixel camera.
  • This is the first phone with laser auto focus built right into the camera.  This fast focusing camera will enable you to capture those special moments even when the children will not sit still. (more…)

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Bring Your Own Device and Save!

By Shawn Haught

devices6-shopAllLate last year AT&T revamped its plans and services with new options that included AT&T Next, Mobile Share Value Plans, and the option of BYOD. All of these are great ways for customers to save money, and still remain on AT&T’s premium network.

The topic today is BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device. This is a relatively new concept when it comes to cellular service. With traditional plans, customers buy a new phone upfront and commit to a two year contract. However, now we offer plans for customers to activate equipment that they already own at rates cheaper than ever. Allowing customers the freedom of not having to lock into contracts also gives peace of mind to customers not having to wonder when their contract is up.

A family of four can bring their own devices and get unlimited talk, text, and 10GB of data to share for $160. This plan is highly competitive to that of plans offered by other services with networks that don’t have the same coverage and benefits as AT&T. (more…)

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Isis Mobile Wallet- Pay with a tap of your smartphone

Isis mobile wallet googleBy Nick Bourassa

There is a cool new way to pay for stuff using your phone. It’s called Isis Mobile Wallet and it is the product of a wonderful cooperative effort between cell phone manufacturers and major credit companies. What they’ve done is create a completely digital way to manage, store, and pay using your credit cards by utilizing NFC  (Near Field Communication) technology in your smart phones.

Safer than your physical cards thanks to the apps’ omission of your credit card numbers and the encryption it uses to complete payments, Isis makes paying for things even more convenient than ever before. (more…)

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New and Improved, Samsung Galaxy S5

By: Leeor Shimon

Another top-end mobile device just hit the market in the Samsung Galaxy S5. This product offers plenty of new features, and some much-needed improvements to the Samsung interface design. Sales of this new flagship Samsung phone is already very strong.  Here is why…

The Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch screen, an improved camera and a super-fast quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM. How is it different from the S4?

  • The Samsung Galaxy S5 is certified to the IP67 standard, meaning it can be submerged in water and is completely dust-proof. The Galaxy S5 has a few extra hardware features that are exciting.
  • There’s an IR blaster, which will let you replace your home entertainment remote controls using the phone.
  • The Galaxy S5 also includes a fingerprint scanner that will allow you to unlock your device and can be used as an alternative to entering passwords.
  • Like to track your fitness?  There is a new heart rate sensor found on the back of the device which works by flashing a red light through your finger. From there it can capture your pulse so it knows how fast your heart is beating. This information is then shared with Samsung’s S Health app.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S5 offers several camera tech improvements over the Galaxy S4. It has a higher-resolution 16-megapixel sensor, some new modes and a reworked HDR function. The camera sensor itself is also significantly larger than the last Galaxy.

In my opinion, The Galaxy S5 is worth the investment, especially if you are upgrading from the S4 or an older model. The Galaxy S5 Smartphone is in stock in our AT&T stores and is priced at $199 with a two-year contract. Or You can get the Galaxy S5 with AT&T Next  with zero down payment and only $25.00 a month. Learn more about AT&T’s products and services by visiting an AT&T/Communications Electronics store near you.  We can help you manage your wireless needs. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website in order to stay in tune with our latest offerings.

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Recommended Apps for iOS7

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By: Leeor Shimon

The majority of iPhone devices are already loaded with favorite apps such as Facebook, Spotify, and Candy Crush, but there is plenty of excitement concerning new apps that are released every week. The App Store is loaded with great apps; some free, some for a small charge that will upgrade your phone’s productivity and usage benefits. Here is a list of the latest popular apps out there that I find very useful.

SwiftKey- This app is the fastest way to take notes on an iOS device. Using prediction technology, it autocorrects words as you type and offers next-word predictions based on the unique way you use words together. It gets smarter the more you use it, and adapts with you over time. This new app lets you type as you think in a faster and more efficient and fun way. (more…)

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