Motorola Moto X 2nd Generation

By Mike Crouse
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!


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


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




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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Flex is Next

By: Leeor Shimon

Have you heard about the latest smartphone on the market? Last week AT&T released their newest innovative product in the LG G Flex. The product features a uniquely curved and immersive design allowing customers to experience the next step in smartphone evolution. By taking this shift in innovation, this means your calls are clearer than before and entertainment is more engaging than ever. Longer term, the G Flex sets the framework for a fully flexible and durable smartphone.

This unique device features a 6-inch display and a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution, allowing it to render sharp and vibrant images. The device also offers high-end flagship features including a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and a curved 3,500mAh battery. The immediate benefit of the LG G Flex is that its curved design better conforms to your face. It offers a better video-viewing experience, superior sound, and most importantly, extended battery life. All that said, the G Flex is one of LG’s most impressive handsets offered. If you’re on the market for a new powerful, innovative, Android device, this could be the one for you.

You can pick up the LG G Flex at any of our AT&T stores for $299.99 with a two year agreement or for $0 down with AT&T Next. Stop by any of our 14 AT&T/Communications Electronics stores near you to try out this new smartphone.

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Beats Deal Yet!

By: Leeor Shimon

Just in case you haven’t heard, AT&T has launched its new music-streaming service, Beats Music with a special offer for AT&T wireless subscribers. For $14.99 a month, AT&T customers can use the new Beats Music to personalize their audio libraries with unlimited downloads for up to five family members on ten devices. Beats Music begins to compete head to head with Pandora and Spotify in the increasingly crowded streaming music space. Until now, streaming services haven’t delivered this level of personalization with a human touch.

AT&T’s new innovative music streaming service includes many unique benefits.

  • First, it is family-friendly. AT&T wireless customers on a multiple account can get music how they want, when they want, at a great price.
  • Another benefit is unlimited streaming and downloads. AT&T customers with Beats Music get unlimited access to curated music of the songs, albums and playlists they love to hear, no matter where they are.
  • In addition to the best personalization technology, Beats Music is unique because human experts curate hand-picked songs while streaming to deliver just the right tune at just the right time.
  • Finally, Beats Music offers unlimited skips and no advertisement which means you will never have to listen to anything you don’t want to hear again.

The best benefit of Beats Music is the cost.   AT&Tcustomers on a multi-line account get unlimited streaming music and downloads for offline listening for up to five family members across 10 devices. Each family member can get 24/7 access to more than 20 million songs and the entire cost for the family is just $14.99 a month.  And now the first three months are free, so it is the perfect time to try it out.  Or you could pay $9.99 for an individual user and get the first month free. For more details on AT&T’s new offerings, please visit our website and stop by an AT&T/Communications Electronics store near you to let us help you manage your wireless needs.

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