Every year the tech market continues to bring out new products aimed to improve and streamline our lives…but are you taking advantage of it? Make 2016 the year that you use what’s available to you and bring technology into every aspect of your life.
Microsoft makes three of the hottest convertible laptop/tablet hybrids in the Surface 3, Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. In fact, with these devices Microsoft transformed from a software and services company to a full-fledged PC manufacturer. They all share the “Surface” designation, but each of these three hybrids is a very different device with a different target user. Here’s what you need to know about the Surface 3, Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book.
on 12-23-201501:27 PM - last edited on 12-23-201503:03 PM by BBYMartin
Buying a tablet for someone is one of those functional gifts that should get great mileage and plenty of use. There are more than a few to choose from, so weaving through the 150 models and options available at Best Buy requires thought and research to get the right fit. This isn’t as hard as it sounds, and you can look like a genius once the gift-giving starts.
Got a book lover on your shopping list? If they haven’t yet made the leap to digital (or if they own an early generation device), now is the perfect time to get them a gift they’ll love. An e-reader or tablet lets them carry their entire library around with them, buy e-books on demand and free up those bookshelves for storage space. Here’s what you need to know about e-reader, tablets and five choices that would be perfect for the e-book lover.
Last month on the Plug-In Blog, I had the chance to chat about my 10 top fashionable smartphone cases for him & her. (If you're looking for last-minute gift ideas or stocking stuffers, definitely check out that article!) Smartphones, however, aren't the only thing that do well when covered in a dashing new case!
on 11-01-201506:37 PM - last edited on 12-21-201511:16 AM by BBYMartin
Now that Apple is putting out its own Pencil stylus for the iPad, it lends further credence to the idea of using a stylus to write or jot something down. Adonit has built its reputation over the last few years on crafting styli that look good, feel comfortable and perform with aplomb. There are now four different versions available, and they are universal, meaning you can use them on any iOS, Android or Windows tablet.
Tablets can be very fun devices to have for everything they do. They don’t necessarily have the same short shelf life smartphones do, but after moving on to a new tablet, there are a number of ways to get more life out of an older one. You could certainly look to sell it, trade it in or hand it down to someone else. Or you could put it to work in some other useful ways.
One of our readers posted a question in the Plug-in forum, looking for advice on an affordable laptop or tablet for playing Minecraft. Beside showcasing what a great resource the forums are, that question reflects a buying decision that many parents are facing as we head into the holiday season. What options are there for low cost gaming?
on 10-15-201504:14 AM - last edited on 11-04-201501:29 PM by BBYMartin
Without the complication of having to choose data and voice-plans, today's tablets still offer many of the features and benefits of popular smartphones, while having the advantage of larger displays, connected keyboard accessories, and a range of functionality. This makes tablets some of the best gifts for the women in your life.
on 10-01-201511:08 AM - last edited on 10-01-201511:11 AM by BBYMartin
The Toronto Blue Jays may be winning and poised to make things interesting this fall, but sports always kick into high gear with the other major pro leagues getting underway while the leaves fall. Watching the big games or catching up on highlights has never been easier with the unfettered access currently made possible by streaming services and apps delivering the content to mobile devices and streaming TV boxes.
After a few years where tablet makers raced to get smaller products such as the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini out the door, these days the industry seems focused on getting bigger. Microsoft has been making waves with the Surface Pro and one of the big announcements Apple made in September was the arrival of a long-rumoured—and very large—iPad Pro. But if the appeal of tablets is their portability, why would anyone want a super-sized version of the device? I’ve had the opportunity use many of these big tablets over the past year or so and I can see why they’re growing in popularity.
on 09-20-201510:07 PM - last edited on 09-23-201510:29 AM by BBYMartin
Android tablets come in varying sizes from various manufacturers, though not all stand out in the crowd. Samsung has tried to push the notion that an Android tablet can be as refined and powerful as anything the competition has to offer. The Galaxy Tab S2 is the company’s elite tablet, designed to do everything you would expect of such a device. So, how well does it deliver?
I had the chance to use a Surface Pro 3 at a launch event, but I haven’t spent any extended time with any of Microsoft’s tablets since a Surface 2 back in 2013. Microsoft recently sent me a new Surface 3 to try out for a long term review and I came away impressed with how these devices are evolving. And the experience got even better once I’d updated the loaner to Windows 10.
Using a tablet to get things done doesn’t have to be difficult, so long as the right tools are available to make the job or task easier. Those who have to write a lot, be it for school, work or hobby, likely appreciate the versatility and power of a tablet. With the ideal accessories in place, there are some quality apps to make the writing process more seamless.
This is a question many parents are bound to be asking as back to school fever ramps up. I’m in a pretty decent position to weigh in on the question. One of my kids spent the previous school year using a laptop in class; another brought a tablet to school every day. Your mileage is going to vary depending on age and courses, but after a full year of using both high tech options I can say that for many students a tablet is definitely just as good as a laptop—even better in some ways—but you need to make sure it’s properly accessorized to make the most of it.
on 08-04-201509:03 PM - last edited on 08-24-201511:29 AM by BBYMartin
As the crowning jewel of Microsoft's software empire, Office 365, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote, was once exclusive to PCs and Surface tablets. Not anymore. Microsoft recently pushed its Offce productivity suite to various rival smartphone and tablet products and as a result, Office 365 is accessible on more devices than ever before.
on 07-30-201504:14 PM - last edited on 07-31-201506:56 AM by BradMoon
The tech world is buzzing these days with Windows 10 excitement. The highly anticipated operating system is full of exciting new features and technology. The new OS manages to be familiar yet fresh and powerful, giving you the flexibility to have it work the way you want it to. Many users have already taken steps to upgrade for free, and are loving the changes. You can upgrade today too, and install Windows 10 on your machine. Don’t worry if you’ve never upgraded an operating system before either. I’ll help you along with this handy guide.
We live in world surrounded by mobile technology that is enabled by ubiquitous cellular and Internet networks. Technology today is so much smaller, lighter, faster, and more powerful that it not only enables you to work and communicate wherever you are, it allows you to enjoy your favorite entertainment wherever you are. Beyond watching your favorite movie on your Smartphone or tablet, there are some less obvious ways to take your favorite entertainment with you that I will explore.
on 07-23-201507:49 AM - last edited on 07-23-201509:51 AM by BBYMartin
No one can dispute the convenience and multifunctional nature of today’s mobile devices. Smartphones, phablets and tablets have all the necessary hardware and a wide range of software features to be able to serve as scanners, presentation remotes and efficient extensions of your desktop or notebook.
on 07-17-201507:29 PM - last edited on 10-06-201505:16 PM by BBYMartin
Not every stylus is the same, and nor does each one serve the same purpose on the iPad. FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus is like a carpenter’s pencil—thicker, with a rectangular form factor that precludes it from rolling away at any given time. With rubberized tips at both ends, Bluetooth connectivity and a fully-featured app, the Pencil is more an artistic tool than a stylus for basic navigation.
A few years ago, you couldn’t have paid me to switch to a tablet that cost less than $150. However, one of the great things about technology is the trickle down effect and that has changed the tablet game. Just like you can now buy an entry level car with tech that used to be exclusive to premium vehicles–like anti-lock brakes or a Bluetooth capable sound system—many entry level tablets now offer features that used to set the more expensive models apart. I just wrapped up a few days using the Insignia 8-inch Windows 8 tablet and came away impressed. This device is proof that an entry level tablet is more than capable of filling many peoples’ casual tablet needs without spending a fortune.
Your kid has finally graduated, is going off into the big wide world, and you're looking for a grad gift that says "I know you, I love you... but I'm not buying you a car." Seriously, here are a few suggestions for graduation gifts that your kid will actually use, and have with them everywhere they go.
byGadjo06-15-201507:40 PM - edited 06-16-201507:14 AM
Apple doesn’t just make computers and mobile devices, they create entire ecosystems for getting work done, creating projects as well as enjoying audio and video entertainment. Here are some Apple products that can help make the most of the summer.
on 06-12-201512:32 PM - last edited on 06-23-201512:20 PM by BBYMartin
Being ubiquitous has its advantages, and like music, photos and video, it’s just as easy to take a library of your own books wherever you go, too. Kobo has its line of eReaders, but it also has a dedicated app that brings the experience of reading, browsing and downloading new books to a number of devices and platforms. It’s a free app that aims to appeal to those who like to read on their smartphones and tablets.
byGadjo06-05-201511:18 AM - edited 06-05-201511:20 AM
ZAGG is the leading mobile device accessories company known for their InvisibleShield line of protective screen protectors made from various materials and geared to protect tablets, smartphones and now even wearables. ZAGG’s latest line of InvisibleShield products are available exclusively in Best Buy stores nationwide and on BestBuy.ca
byGadjo05-27-201506:17 PM - edited 05-29-201508:29 AM
Mobile devices have always been focused on personal communication. First, it was voice calling, then text messaging and then services like BBM (blackBerry Messenger) and chat using various apps. Now we're keeping in touch with video apps on tablets and smartphones.
on 04-30-201507:59 PM - last edited on 05-01-201511:43 AM by BBYMartin
With tablets being so numerous, the eReader’s role has become more clearly defined as a platform to indulge in not just one book, but as many as you can possibly consume for months at a time. The new Kobo Glo HD is a model made for the bookworm in all of us, offering the opportunity to read under the sun or in the dark without missing a page.
on 04-27-201510:14 PM - last edited on 06-23-201512:08 PM by BBYMartin
I’ve done a fair bit of traveling already this year, and couldn’t help but notice Best Buy Kiosks in quite a few airports that I ended up in. I never imagined buying electronics out of a vending machine, but actually it is a brilliant idea. Having done hundreds of business trips over the years, I inevitably had occasions where I forgot my headphones or an important cable. I hate arriving at the airport too early so I usually don’t have much time to spare. A kiosk is a perfect solution because it is a quick and secure way to quickly pick up important necessities.
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