Monthly Archives: April 2012

Top Android Tablets

The new Android Tablets introduced at CES in January are offering features that should make Apple’s iPad weep in shame. They should be making your laptop – whatever the brand – nervous, too.

The new crop of tablets out this year have full 1900×1200 resolution, 1080p color displays, quad core CPU’s, unbelievably thin and lightweight, and more. The top brands should be no surprise: ASUS, Lenovo and Samsung are the three that I would consider if I was in the market for a tablet. Maybe it is time to toss that old notebook and get a tablet?

Internet Marketing Includes the Middle East

Sometimes we all tend to focus on our own little fishbowls and forget that there is a big world out there. The internet is truly an international tool and it leads the way in a better understanding of, and tolerance for, people of other cultures and religions. The lifestyles of our European cousins are far different from the daily lives of people in the Far East or India.

While at a party last night with a lot of experienced world travelers, I asked the question of several people, “If you could go anywhere in the world next month for a week’s visit, where would you choose to go?” And I was surprised at how many people answered with, “Israel.” I guess I was surprised because that is very low on my personal list of places to visit, but the whole Middle East turmoil is very upsetting to me. On the other hand, all of the changes taking place throughout the Middle East means opportunity to making things better. Change also means the opportunity to make money or influence the purchasing of millions of people.

For people in the IT industry, search engine marketing in the Middle East is a wide open possibility. Did you know that there are over 5 million people in the Middle East who are active Twitter users? And how many more have Facebook accounts, blogs and web sites?

My good friend, Ginny, has traveled all over the world with her husband and she says that the opportunities for American products and services is huge in the Middle East. The people who live there have money and high standards for their homes and businesses. So much of the cityscape is sparkling new buildings, with nice cars, first rate hotels and restaurants and people who embrace technology in their lives. If this market is something that your company can serve, you should look into introducing yourself to those opportunities.

A Smartphone for the Lower End Market

Some people must have the latest and greatest of everything, and others are reluctant to climb on board anything until it is their only choice. Take the Facebook Timeline, for example. Some people heard it was available and eagerly jumped on. Those are the early adapters and almost none of them cried and whined about wanting to convert back to the old Facebook layout. But there are still some people today that have not converted to the Timeline and they are screaming about how they don’t want it. Those late bloomers are the ones who drive me nuts.

If you want the most expensive and full featured smartphone, you can easily spend between $600 and $800 on one. But some of us would like a lower end option. Enter the Pantech Burst.

pantechburst

This phone was introduced at a full retail price of $259 in January, but AT&T is offering it for only $49 if you sign a two year service contract. In fact, you might be able to get an even better deal if you stop by an AT&T retail store and negotiate with a sales rep. I’ve heard some stories of getting the phone free. That’s a sweet savings and its a good, functional android phone with slide out keyboard and camera included.