Thursday, October 24, 2013

Staples and Technology (GIVEAWAY)

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I was recently approached with an opportunity to do a post on technology for Staples.   I was delighted and agreed to the offer they made.   In exchange of a generous gift card to the store, I would write a post on technology and also offer a giveaway to my readers.   Before I proceed to let you know about the giveaway, I want to tell you what I will be writing about.

Technology.  This word is well used in our home as we have a home business in IT.   My husband and I thought for quite some time what I could get with the gift card in order to write the post.  Our first thought was to take a Nexus tablet but part of us was hesitant as we were Apple owners with an iPhone, a couple of iPods and iPads.    Then my husband thought that it could be useful for him and the business to have a Microsoft tablet but realistically none of his clients approached him to designed a database for that device.   So our two first ideas were not the greatest ones.   Friends suggested a new printer – we didn’t need a new one.   What could we do…

ios_heroThe more the time went by while I waited for the gift card, the more one specific idea was coming to my mind.  I love my iPad but I really think it is bulky when I want to read before going to bed.   It was heavy and not quite easy to manipulate.  What if I decide to take the gift card, invest my special account money and sell my current iPad in order to purchase an iPad mini.    So I talked about the idea with my husband and he really liked it.   He had seen me trying to squeeze the iPad inside my purse and seen how heavy my purse had gotten when doing so.  He knew I wanted to read when in bed and that the first generation iPad – the one I own – was very heavy for my wrist.

So my next step was to let my contact know of our idea which was accepted.   Now it was just a matter of weeks before the official announcement of Apple about the new iPad mini came because after all it would be a little bit silly to purchase the current iPad mini when a new one is announced…   The announcement arrived on October 22nd, 2013 and the new iPad mini with Retina Display will be released in November which means – I have to wait a bit… Bummer!  But for the purpose of this review, I will be presenting the numerous differences between my current iPad (first generation) and the new one that I am planning to purchase when it comes out.

First of all, I really like the fact that the new iPad mini is thin and light which makes it very interesting for me when I want to slide it in my purse to carry it around. It weights literally less than a pound which is fabulous weight wise.  The size itself makes it more portable for me and easier to handle when waiting for an appointment or at the dance lesson of my daughter.  Right now, when I bring my first generation iPad, I usually hold it with both hands while reading because the weight hurts my wrist on one specific hand.   The smaller size will make it easier for me to handle with one hand if needed.  Below you can visualize the difference in sizes between my current iPad and the new iPad mini schedule to come out in November.

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The new iPad mini is small to fit in one hand yet possess 35 percent more screen than a regular 7” tablet on the market.  The photo below show the difference of size between my current iPd (1st generation) and the dimensions of the iPad mini that will come out in November.

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The second attractive feature for me concerning the new iPad mini is the 7.9 Retina display.  Apparently the photos will be more detailed and vibrant while the text will be crisp and clear.  The resolution of the screen is apparently higher than the one on an HDTV. 3.1 million pixels – four times the resolution of the previous iPad mini which is still in stores right now. 

Though the new iPad mini will have the new A7 chip, advanced wireless and the new iOS7, the thing that excites me the most on it is definitively the iSight camera with its 5 megapixel capability and the fact that I could take stunning pictures anywhere I am with the iPad mini.   Currently, the only device I have that has a camera is my iPod 4th generation and trust me when I saw the pictures are not that great.   I find them very grainy and not good quality.    The iSight camera  will offer 5Mp photos, autofocus, face detection, backside illumination, five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, and much more.   Besides, I will be to do video recording as well with 1080p HD video recording, video stabilization, face detection and 3x video zoom.  I seriously think that this could replace my current digital camera.    Another fun thing that I will get with the new iPad mini is the Photo Booth – something that my husband has on his iPad 2 that is a ton of fun…   It’s easy to use and will bring laughter guaranteed in your household -  guarantee.  I will admit that I am a bit jealous of this fun app on my husband iPad but I am so looking forward in using it with my new iPad mini.

And I will get Siri as well!   I have seen how useful this app can be when I see my husband use Siri on his iPhone.   Quickly I will be able to find songs, files, apps and so on.   With the numerous apps that we have on iTunes, it would be a breeze to find what I will need in a fraction of the time I used to with my older iPad.

The new iPad mini will also come with numerous built-In apps and it will also be possible to download a bunch of free apps from Apple.

Build-in apps

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Free apps from Apple

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clip_image001   If you are wondering what the price will be for the new iPad mini with Retina display, I need to precise that the Apple devices are a bit expensive.   Having currently an iPad 64 GB, I was thinking of replacing it with the same size as I use mine quite a bit.   So imagine my surprise and delight when I realized that the new iPad mini with Retina display will also be offered in 128 GB.  No way!   See that the difference of price between the 64 GB and the 128 GB is only 100$ I think that I will sell my iPod as well.  That way I can have everything that I need – music, movies, books, and apps on only one device.  No need to carry both when I can have a flexible iPad mini with all the things that I would like to have.   It was just plain perfect!   The iPad mini will be offered in space gray or silver with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular.  I don’t need the cellular part so I will stick to the Wi-Fi only device.

Finally, how can I not mention Christmas in this post?   Christmas is less that two months away and some people might be wondering what to give to their love ones.  If you are tight financially stop reading right now.  I do not encourage getting in debt for Christmas.  However, if you are financially stable (and not already in debt) and you want to purchase something special for your spouse (and child - though I think that it a bit expensive for a child…) the new iPad mini and it’s big brother the iPad Air will arrive in stores in November – just in time for Christmas.  The new iPad Air and iPad mini are now announced on the Staples website.  You can learn more about them there or on the Apple site.

GIVEAWAY!

Staples has agreed to give away a router of the winner’s choice (valued up to 100$) from the selection found on their website.  Once the winner is annonuced he/she will have to go to http://www.staples.ca/Routers/directory_Routers_20051_1_20001 in order to select the router he/she wants.

When you choose a router, you need to look for the items that meet the needs of your home.   What activities will you use the router for?  Will you stream HD movies to the TV?  Do you want to connect mobile devices throughout your house?    It’s important to identify your need before purchasing one.  

A router is a great addition in your household when you have multiples computers and/or devices that can use the internet.     We have one in our home and it’s amazing how easy it is to get on the our devices to download emails, check our friends facebook status, access the internet for a quick search while homeschool and print from your computer wherever you are located in the house.  For our homeschool, to be able to access the internet from the living room and the dining room where we do most of our lessons is a must.  But accessing the printer is also a big deal as often when my kids are done with some of the things I have given them, they will request more pages for their grammar and/or writing book (which is reproducible by the way) and I will access the file on my PC in order to print it on the laser printer in the basement.   

Click on the image below to access the giveaway page on facebook!  Good Luck Everyone!

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To my readers:  I engage myself in posting a 2nd post showing the new iPad mini that I will purchase in November when it becomes available.   No specific dates are mentioned at the time of the posting of this post for Staples.  However, I am looking forward to share with you my experience with the new iPad mini with Retina display.

Disclaimer: Full disclosure, Staples provided me with a gift card to inspire me to share my experience, as well as the router for the giveaway. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. To see their full line of routers, visit Staples.ca

17 comments:

  1. We are a family on the move with 2 boys in competitive hockey. I would love to win the D-Link DIR 506L Share Port Go Battery - Powered Travel Router. This way I could create a link for my sons to play on their iPods while we travel the long distances between rinks and I could work on my MacBook Air and keep up with emails and school work. Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck all!!

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  2. I would choose the D-Link® DSR-150 8-Port Wired VPN Router.

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  3. I would choose MOFI® Network 3G/4G/LTE Wireless Cable/DSL Business Router, Extended Range

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  4. I would maybe pick TP-LINK N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (TL-WDR4300)

    SueSueper Sue

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  5. I'm not 100% sure but I think I'd pick the D-Link® DKT-117 Wireless N600 Gigabit Router/Bridge Combo (entered as Suzi on FB)

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  6. I would probably choose the Linksys® Smart Wi-Fi Router App Enabled N600 Wireless Router with Gigabit by Cisco EA2700

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  7. I'd choose the D-Link® DSR-150 8-Port Wired VPN only because my boyfriend just told me it's the one =)

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  8. I would choose the D-Link® DKT-117 Wireless N600 Gigabit Router/Bridge Combo

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  9. I would choose the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router
    http://www.staples.ca/en/Linksys-Smart-Wi-Fi-Router-App-Enabled-N600-Wireless-Router-with-Gigabit/product_502625_2-CA_1_20001

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  10. I would get the TP-LINK 300Mbps Wireless N VoIP ADSL2+ Modem Router (TD-VG3631)

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  11. I'd pick the TP-LINK N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router!

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  12. I have to go with the ASUS® RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N Router, even though this is a little bit more money it will be worth the investment to pay extra

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  13. I think I would choose the D-Link® Wireless N900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router with SmartBeam
    thanks

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  14. MOFI® Network 3G/4G/LTE Wireless Cable/DSL Business Router, Extended Range

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  15. I would chose the ASUS® RT-N56U Stylish Concurrent Dual Band Wireless N Gigabit Router

    (Karla Sceviour)

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  16. I would choose the Linksys® Smart Wi-Fi Router App Enabled N600 Wireless Router with Gigabit by Cisco EA2700

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  17. I would pick the D-Link® DKT-117 Wireless N600 Gigabit Router/Bridge Combo http://www.staples.ca/en/D-Link-DKT-117-Wireless-N600-Gigabit-Router-Bridge-Combo/product_171607_2-CA_1_20001

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