I’m excited to announce that I have signed on to be a #MicrosoftBloggers this coming year. As a self proclaimed tech geek I can’t tell you how excited I am about this opportunity. During the next year I will be sharing with you amazing Microsoft products, apps, and exciting news from Microsoft. Lets start with some suggestions for your own tech geek.
Most of us have several technology related items on our shopping lists this year. How do you know what is the newest, the best, or what actually works? You do a little research and shop for products from companies you know and trust such as Microsoft. From phones to tablets, portable speakers to fitness bands I’ve shared a few of this season’s top tech gadgets sure to please the tech newbie to the sophisticated tech guru.
My husbands first smartphone, when he relented to one, was the HTC One. He liked the feel of the phone, the size, and the screen.
HTC One – Likely there is somebody on your list asking for a new phone. Whether it’s an upgrade or the first phone, the HTC One is a Windows 8.1 based phone that has all the bells and whistles a smartphone should. It has a 5-inch full high definition display and a 5mp camera. It features 32GB of storage for your photos, music, and more. The HTC One is all metal, meaning it boasts a sleek and durable design. It’s thin and curved rather than bulky and features a word flow keyboard for intuitive typing. This phone also comes with Cortana – the new personal assistant that helps keep you organized by learning as she goes. Grab the HTC One for $199 with new contract.
The Microsoft Band sounds like the perfect gift for me. I really need to get my butt in gear and get it out of this chair and moving!
The Microsoft Band – Getting in shape is generally at the top of the list for New Year’s Resolutions. What better way to help people achieve their goals than giving the gift of technology? The Microsoft Band is much like a personal trainer and tracker right on your wrist. It works across multiple platforms such as iPhone, Android, or Windows phones and helps you achieve wellness goals by tracking your heart rate, steps, calorie burn, and sleep quality. It gathers data from the fitness devices and apps you use and displays it enabling a healthier lifestyle. You can also view email previews and calendar alerts. Make sure you find the correct size and then snag the Microsoft Band for $199.
My youngest son would love to have a tablet he can call his own, maybe I should put the Toshiba Encore Mini on his list!
Toshiba Encore Mini – This tablet packs everything you need into a compact tablet. It has a 7 inch high definition touchscreen, with 1GB memory and 16GB SSD. It features an INtel Atom Z3735G and can last up to 7.3 hours on a single battery charge. It comes with a full year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal. It’s a steal for only $99.
My oldest son will be finishing high school son and hopefully going to college. The Surface Pro 3 would be a great graduation present to help him with his classes.
The Surface Pro 3 – A fantastic choice being the best of a tablet with the power and performance of a laptop. It comes with Windows 8.1 Pro including the full Microsoft Office Suite and thousands of other programs. It has a 12 inch full high definition plus screen, a fully functional keyboard, and a multi-position kickstand making it easy to use whether you’re in bed, at your desk, or in a car. You can pick up the Surface Pro 3 for $799.
My daughter is “All About the
Bass” I mean music. I love to listen to her in the shower. The Nokia MD-12 Portable Wireless Speaker would be right up her alley!
Nokia MD-12 Portable Wireless Speaker – This powerful portable speaker packs a volume punch in a small size. It comes in vibrantly bright colors and has a 15 hour rechargeable battery. It’s a great savings at $49.99.