Holiday Gadgets are Coming

Christmas is right around the corner and that means lots of new electronic devices will be invading the office. Are you and your IT team ready for the onslaught? Here are my predictions of what is likely to be under the tree. If you haven’t found the perfect gift for that tech lover in your life this list might be just the ticket you need to stuff that stocking.

My wife asked me this year to find the top toy on the market for my sons this year, you know this year’s Tickle Me Elmo. I was not at all surprised electronics topped the list just about everywhere I looked, for nearly every age group. Consistently finding a place on these lists were smartphones and tablets, even for the elementary school ages of our boys. I wasn’t really surprised, these devices have taken over every aspect of our lives, and of course our kids want them too.

Starting off with phones we have the iPhone 5s. This phone needs no introduction. It is fast and has everything you have come to expect from an Apple iPhone. In the realm of Android devices the Samsung Galaxy S4 is still a solid contender with its large screen, multiple processor cores and Android jelly bean. This is a great device for the Android lover in your home. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a beautiful device with staying power. It advertises up to 16 hours of talk time and also runs the Android jelly bean operating system. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention at least one Windows based phone and in my opinion the only one worth the mention is the Nokia Lumia 1520. This phone is solid and sleek. It boasts 24 hours of talk time and multi core processor. The Lumia 1520 runs Windows Phone 8 with all the cloud integration that you find in Windows 8 plus Microsoft Office is built right in. For work or play any of these smartphones are sure to make a great gift and will certainly be showing up in the office after the holidays.

Moving on to tablets I see many of the same contenders. Devices running iOS, like the iPad Air and the iPad Mini are sure to be on someone’s Christmas list. The iPad Air is light and thin and deceptively powerful for its petite exterior. The 64 bit A7 chip is a powerhouse tucked away in the thinnest, lightest tablet I have ever held. If you are all about books, movies, and games the Kindle Fire HDX is a fantastic tablet for consuming all of your digital content. It is fast, easy to use and has a beautiful high resolution screen. If you want to take full advantage of the Android operating system and the Google ecosystem the latest Google Nexus 7 is worth a look. It is fast, fluid, and guaranteed to give you access to the latest features of the Android OS by allowing you to upgrade to the latest version as soon as it is available. Something you don’t always get from other Android devices. Last but not least is the Surface Pro 2 from Microsoft. This isn’t just a tablet, it has all the functionality of a Windows 8.1 laptop. It can run full Windows applications and is chock full of awesome. If your laptop can do it so can the Surface Pro 2.

I am sure your IT people will be more than happy to “borrow” any of these new devices from you when you bring them in to have your work email set up. Be aware that we may need several hours to ummm, test the performance of the device before it is returned to you. Seriously though these new devices will be coming into the office, they will be connecting to your wifi and using your internet bandwidth so before the holiday season is over you might want to talk to your IT people about whether or not your WiFi and internet can handle the new devices or make some adjustments to your BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy.

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