Thanksgiving has arrived here in the US and that generally means one few thing — people take some time out. Or maybe more accurately, they spend some time with family and/or friends and eat lots of food. And generally watch some television as well. Anyway, while we certainly would not argue that there are much more important things that we could be thankful for (aside from tech and gadgets), the writers here at Gadgetell have come forward with just that — the tech they are all thankful for. So without further adieu, here is what they all had to say;
This year, I am thankful for the genius behind Evernote. As I returned to an office-setting after working from a home office for many years, I am finding my iPad with Evernote to be a huge benefit. From note taking during far-too-long-meetings to idea cataloging while on the go (via iPad, iPhone, desktop app or just website), I am finding so many good uses for Evernote.
Folks are actually calling me organized for the first time in my life.
This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for my late 2009 13-inch MacBook Pro. This machine has been my main workhorse for two years now. It replaced my 2006 15-inch MacBook Pro, and has served me through the end of college last year and my first two CES events (along with various other trips through the past two years). With Lion it’s starting to show it’s age a bit, but it still keeps going despite the workload I throw at it. Sure, it can’t play Skyrim like my desktop PC, but I can’t imagine doing most of my work without it.
I’m thankful for the cloud. I can’t count how many times I needed to access a file when I couldn’t use the machine that created it. When my PS3 died, I had my save files sitting peacefully in Sony’s cloud. When I want to start writing something on my phone before finishing it up on my computer, I’m using Google’s cloud. If the unspeakable were to happen to my hard drive, I have physical backups and digital backups of all my treasured files in the cloud. The cloud follows me around wherever I go and makes my life easier. To me, that’s what technology is all about.
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my new laptop and smartphone that I purchased for college. My new laptop is the HP Pavilion dm4-2070us in a steel gray finish. It runs Windows 7, 2.3GHz Intel i5 core processor, 6GB of RAM, 14 inch display, and a 640GB hard drive. Tech specs aside, I am thankful for this laptop because I got a quality machine at an affordable price (given my student discount). I carry it to a few classes and the battery always lasts me throughout the day. Its vibrant screen allows me to watch videos or read through powerpoints at ease. In addition, its processor speed and RAM are enough to keep up with my many tasks which includes playing music through Spotify, Facebook, email, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, etc.
Secondly, I purchased my first smartphone this past September from T-Mobile: the LG G2X. It runs on a 1GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3, features a 4.0 inch touch screen display, 8GB of onboard memory, 512MB of RAM, 4G connectivity, 8MP rear facing camera, and a VGA front facing camera. Like most smartphone owners, my G2X accompanies me everywhere and helps me stay connected through Facebook, email, Twitter, text, and voice. In addition, it is always nice to catch some tunes between classes using Pandora or Google Music. Having always written a lot about the Android platform, it’s nice to finally be an owner of an Android smartphone.
I’m thankful for Google+. Despite some flaws, Google+ finally gave us a “more serious,” fruitful and more sensible social networking site. While Google+ maybe too similar with Facebook and Twitter, the good thing about it though is that you can completely ignore it and then use it again later without missing a beat. And yes, there are lesser trolls in Google+ than the other two social networks.
I am grateful for my Canon Rebel T1i simply because it allows you to take fantastic stills while remaining pocket-friendly. With a relatively short learning curve, this D-SLR camera has changed the very way I look at photography (no pun intended). And with the addition of a few lenses to my line-up, my pictures dazzle friends and colleagues. I would have never grown such an appreciation for photography through point-and-shoot cameras. When I think about it, it’s
Almost funny how such a fulfilling hobby grew out of a $600 investment.
And as for myself (Robert Nelson), I am going to go out on a limb here and say — location tracking and health related goodies. Sure, that may seem a bit strange for some, especially that first one but hear me out. I am a distance runner and triathlete and both of those types of things help me in my training and eventually in achieving my goals. The location tracking is items such as Runkeeper (my long term favorite), though there are quite a bit more. This app will run on a variety of devices and will allow me to track all the necessary details to see what is working and what is not working. It offers a look at items such as distance, time and calories burned. Heck, it even plots my courses on a map and shows other goodies like elevation. Of course, I live about a half mile from the Gulf of Mexico in Florida so my elevation tracking is pretty much at- and just below sea level.
In addition to the Runkeeper and those similar services, there are also the others such as the Fitbit and recently announced Jawbone UP. Personally I have not gotten into these as much, however they are becoming more part of my routine and for that I am thankful because again, they allow me to track things and see what is working and what it not working. Bottom line, location tracking services and health related gadgets are helping me feel better while still running longer than many consider sane. And for that I am thankful.