A quick look at some electronic devices that make work fast, exciting, and easy.
Time and efficiency are the hallmarks of any business. As the world becomes more of a global village and communication happens at the speed of light, you can either swim with the tide or drown in the vast digital waters. Which brings us to electronic gadgets: the right tools can help put you and your business on a pedestal.
Like technology experts and IT insiders, business owners have noticed the trend. The watchwords for business technology still remains the same: mobility, value and convenience. The following are 8 gadgets that possess these qualities. These devices are sure to improve the way you work and enhance your productivity.
1. BlackBerry Play Book
BlackBerry’s 7-inch tablet PC skilfully straddles the line between business and pleasure. Credit a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16-64GB of storage, capable of powering mid-range productivity software, and a wealth of custom business apps. Coupled with enterprise email support, wireless connectivity and native multitasking support, it could be an effective laptop replacement for many small-business owners. Features like 1080p high-definition video recording, dual HD cameras (suitable for impromptu videoconferencing) and built-in flash (rich multimedia).
2. Motorola Xoom
A Motorola tablet that stands out for its serious computing muscle, lightning-fast connectivity, dual cameras and an intuitive Android 3.0 operating system (a.k.a. Honeycomb) user interface that’s custom-designed for tablet displays.
3. Optimus 3D
A smartphone from LG that lets you enjoy 3D visuals without cumbersome glasses. It also captures photos and videos and it offers more than enough computing power to handle everyday business tasks.
4. Samsung Dual View
A two-faced digital camera from Samsung that includes a relatively large-sized 1.8-inch LCD screen on the front, and a 3-inch touchscreen on the back, allowing power personal communicators to take easier self-portraits.
5. Jawbone (Bluetooth Headset)
Popular as its predecessor, the Jawbone Icon, was with technology experts—given its performance and stylish look—this hands-free Bluetooth headset does it better by adding motion controls. Featuring a built-in accelerometer, you can shake the device to pair it with a mobile phone, or answer calls by tapping your finger. As ever, solid noise cancellation features also make it easy to hold meetings while strolling down city streets, with high-definition audio and a 25% larger speaker further helping boost sonic clarity. Most exciting is support for regular downloadable software updates or apps through the MyTalk platform, as developers can theoretically add an array of touch-activated features from automated note-taking to email dictation.
6. BlackBerry Torch
The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is Research in Motion’s attempt to stay relevant in the small-business smartphone discussion. The unit is less than six ounces and an inch taller than a deck of cards. It’s a “slider”—the QWERTY keyboard slides in behind a screen that’s just over three inches. The Torch features the app-friendly BlackBerry 6 operating system and is great for keyboard-based work like email. The interface, controls, camera, multimedia functions, Wi-Fi and battery life are excellent. It comes installed with the BlackBerry App World access software, which offers a few hundred productivity apps.
7. Magic Wand
The Magic Wand is a scanner you can put in your pocket. The 10-inch long, 7.5-ounce hand-held imaging tool captures a high-quality scan of any photo, pattern or text up to 8.5 inches wide. It is one-button and simple to operate. Slide it across the work and out comes a reasonably high-resolution, desktop-quality image of the original. No additional lighting required. Hundreds of images can fit into the 32GB max micro SD card, and scanned content can be stored to your computer via a USB connection.
8. Acer Aspire Z5600
The Acer Aspire Z5600 is a 23-inch all-in-one touch-enabled desktop PC. It packs a hefty 2.33GHz processor, as much as 8GB of RAM and a full terabyte (1000GB) of storage in a single silver enclosure. The Aspire Z5600’s functions can be operated with either a traditional keyboard and mouse or your—or your customer’s—fingers.