10 Christmas Apps for iOS and Android

It sure is the season to be jolly. And on Christmas Eve, we bring you the list of the 10 best apps out there for iOS and Android which celebrate the holiday spirit and put a smile on our lips. It’s not just all entertainment; some of the apps are really helpful too!

Amazon Mobile: Christmas is all about presents, and if you haven’t done your shopping yet, there’s no need to panic. Amazon’s app lets you finish your Christmas shopping even in the very last minute. And the best part about the app? No wasting time at long billing queues and no hobnobbing with the crowds!

Christmas Radio: So you can’t find your mix of your favorite holiday songs and your guest are almost at your door. Fret not, and just tune into the Christmas Radio app. This app lists many internet radio stations which will belt out the best collection of Christmas special songs – and many may not even be in your CD’s to start with!

Tesco Mobile App: Yes, the prospect of celebrating Christmas could look a little daunting, especially when you’re the one stuck with preparing the meal. But if this is the day when you’ve decided to don the chef’s hat and try out your special recipes, Tesco’s mobile app can be your perfect assistant as you cook. Order all the ingredients and groceries you’d require using the Tesco Mobile App and save yourself the hassle of running through the supermarket.

Moonpig: Ok, so we’ve all but forgotten the tradition of sending out holiday greetings. But if you’re among the rare few who still believe in doing so, and have run out of time to actually mail one along to your distant family, Moonpig is here to your rescue. Create your own set of customized greeting cards and send them along to your friends and loved ones, even on Christmas day itself.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Dr. Suess: This one’s especially for the kids (and the young at heart)! Get to know the heartwarming classic story of the Grinch through this app in a modern manner.

Gift Wrapping Instant Expert: So you’ve done your Christmas shopping and gotten home with tons of gifts and wrapping paper. Before you get all knotted up in reels of satin ribbons, download this app to help you figure out how to wrap up presents with ease and style!

Gift Plan: Next time you think of an awesome gift idea, don’t let it slip out of your mind. Jot it down the minute it strikes you using Gift Plan, so that when you finally hit the stores, all you have to do is look up your list and breeze through the shopping part.

Epicurious: As intriguing as the name sounds, it’s a really helpful app to have when getting ready to cook for Christmas. The app features thousands of recipes that you can browse through, all the way from the traditional dishes to something more experimental.

NORAD Tracks Santa: This one’s real cute, and fun to play around with. The North American Aerospace Defence Command’s app helps you track Santa using its team of volunteers. So if you want to know when Santa’s coming down your chimney, look it up with this app.

Doodle Jump Christmas Special: You surely must be addicted to this game. If so, get yourself the special edition Christmas-themed version of this game and keep yourself entertained all through the holiday time!… Read the rest

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iPad Vs Samsung Galaxy Note Vs Google Nexus 7: Top 5 Tablets of 2012

Yes, tablets have been around for a couple of years now. But 2012 will go down in history for giving tablets the mass appeal. Prices got dropped, and even the elite Apple got into the fight with its own iPad Mini. It sure was an eventful year, tablet-wise too. Today, we’re giving you our take on the best 5 tablets we came across during 2012:

Apple iPad (4th Generation): We know, we can’t help it – the iPad features at the top of the list, despite all the competition it has faced this year. iOS works so smooth, it’s built to near perfection, and with such an extensive array of apps, the fourth generation iPad definitely is one of the most versatile tablets out in the market.

Google Nexus 7: When the makers of Android set out to make an Android-based tablet, you know can’t go wrong with it. And the Google Nexus tablet does everything we’d hoped it would do, and more. With an amazing price-tag of $199, the Nexus 7 became one of the best-selling gadgets of 2012. And with the Nexus 10 that came out later in the year, Google just made more fans for its Nexus tablets.

Apple iPad Mini: The competition in the 7-inch tablet space was already huge. So when Apple decided to step into the rink, everyone waited with bated breath to see what they had to offer. Sure, it’s pricier than many decent 7-inch tabs, but if all you wanted to do was own an Apple product, you’d look at the iPad Mini as an investment of sorts and feel just as happy.

Kindle Fire HD: Amazon brought out the upgraded Kindle Fire tablet with an HD screen and took our hearts away. Priced similar to the Nexus, it brought its own appstore for users to pick a number of apps and made reading books and magazines on a tablet so much more fun. We also love its big brother, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, for its unique mix of portability and performance.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: Our list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention a Samsung product, and for this year, we’ve picked the Galaxy Note 10.1 among its range of tablets to feature in the top 5. With its breathtaking AMOLED display and its S-Pen, it really lived up to its name and made taking notes and sketches a breeze!… Read the rest

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iPad Mini Revealed By Anonymous May Be Priced At $250

 

The cat is out of the bag. Anonymous who has access to the internal system of Media Market, Europe’s largest electronics retailer has revealed the pictures and prices of iPad mini.

The much awaited Apple tablet which is expected to get unveiled  on Oct 23 will come in 16 different versions. The models will start from 8GB WiFi for approximately $250 to 64 GB version which may have 4G LTE connectivity as well as 3G.

iPad Mini is Apple’s answer to Amazon Kindle Tablet and Google Nexus.Wall Street analysts have predicted for months that Apple was planning a smaller, less costly version of its popular iPad to take on cheaper competing devices, a move that analysts say might hurt its margins, but prevent its rivals from dominating an increasingly important computing segment.

This could be the prices of various versions of iPad Mini

  • 8GB WiFi Black/White, $250
  • 8GB Cellular Black/White $350
  • 16GB WiFi Black/White $350
  • 16GB Cellular WiFi Black/White $450
  • 32GB WiFi Black/White $450
  • 32GB Cellular Black/White$550
  • 64GB WiFi Black/White $550

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kindle Fire HD vs Apple’s iPad: Kindle Still Has A Long Way To Go

Earlier this month, Amazon had unveiled its Kindle Fire 2 HD tablet, which did take the spotlight for offering all features one would look for in a tab at a much lower cost than the Apple’s iPad.

Amazon is offering these tabs in two versions, 7-inch and 8.9-inch model. The Kindle Fire HD 7-inch model will be shipped this Friday. And the bigger version, 8.9-inch version will be out on November 20th.

However, getting hands on these tabs make you feel they are nice but not great when compared with Apple’s iPad. We are getting you a review of the 7-inch Kindle Fire 2 HD before it hits the shelves so that it’s easy for you to decide whether to splurge on it or rather go and buy Apple’s iPad.

To start, let’s take a look at the most prominent and noted feature- the screen. With a bright light and no glare, the Kindle Fire HD offers you a clear and easy-to-read screen. It has a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, which does offer vivid colors as compared to its predecessors, but stays few steps back Apple’s iPad, which has the highest color accuracy at a 2048 x 1536 resolution.

Getting the Kindle Fire HD high marks were its battery life of 8 hours, enhanced access to cloud storage, and the introduction of a physical volume button and camera.

Also the main focus of the Kindle Fire HD stays on media consumption. The device offers three video-streaming options including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and for members- Amazon Instant video. Apple’s iPad also has access to Amazon Instant video service. Also both the tabs have access to thousands of books and magazines for users to read. For music, both the tabs can have Amazon’s Cloud Player, Pandora, and Spotify. But iPad has iTunes, which the Kindle Fire doesn’t.

iPad also beats the Kindle Fire in terms of games as the former has more and better games as compared to the latter.

However, few other flaws were noted in the Kindle Fire HD. To start, there’s no fully stocked app store whereas Apple offers over 700,000 apps in its Apple App Store. Then there’s lack of a memory card to add to its 16GB or 32GB of memory. Also Amazon sells this device with advertisements, however, there’s also an ad-free version, which can be bought by giving $15 more.
The Kindle Fire HD does make a decent buy at a lower cost. It’s definitely a step ahead its predecessor. It’s sleeker and faster.
But when compared with Apple’s iPad or even Google’s Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire HD got a long way to go. The device still needs to work on a lot of areas to offer users the best tab experience.

It will be out in two versions such as 16GB and 32 GB models. The price of 7-inch Kindle Fire HD starts $199, while the 8.9-inch version will cost $299. That’s a lot less than 4G version of iPad, which starts at $629.… Read the rest

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Steve Ballmer Indicates Microsoft Surface Could Start @$300!

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced launching its first self-branded tab, called the Surface Tablet, but remained tight-lipped about its pricing. In a race of tablets with Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire, and Apple’s much speculated iPad Mini, Microsoft Surface Tablet is expected to launch in October amidst some serious competition.

Recently, Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft in an interview with the Seattle Times did discuss a price range for the firm’s new tab. He said, “If you look at the bulk of the PC market, it would run between, say, probably $300 [and] $700 or $800. … That’s the sweet spot.”

This statement by the CEO puts an end to the rumors speculating that the Surface Tablet would retail between $600 and $1000 for the two different versions. But neither choice comes with a built-in 3G/4G wireless connection feature, which Apple offers in the same price range of its iPads.

Costing at around $800, the Surface tab will have to give users an amazing experience to tempt them into buying one. Ballmer dispelled the idea that Microsoft would offer a sub $200 tablet. He also said that people think of iPad as an expensive device and that any other tab that’s offered at a less cost is considered “chintzier” or cheaper.

However, for Ballmer taking out a comparison for its yet-to-be-released device with the iPad seems to be a bold move as it’s the first time the company is venturing into the tablet market.

Microsoft, it seems is hoping to launch its Surface tablet in direct competition to Apple’s iPad rather than the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 versions.… Read the rest

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD Launched, A Challenge for iPad?

The world’s largest internet retailer Amazon on Thursday took covers off its latest offering- a 4G tablet that’s designed with HD and is a lot cheaper than the Apple’s iPad.

Amazon uncovered four new tablets and a new e-reader: the light-up Kindle Paperwhite e-ink reader, which is an innovative and latest version of the Kindle Fire. The company also launched three versions of an enhanced tablet that it named the Kindle Fire HD.

Offering devices with price tags ranging from $159 to $599, these new tabs designed by Amazon make a great buy as they offer some features just as Apple’s iPad, but at a much lower costs. Amazon Kindle Fire HD is designed with ads called ‘special offers’, which has helped the firm keep the prices low.

The announcement by Amazon included a 4G LTE-enabled, 8.9-inch, 32GB tablet that’s priced at $599, whereas if you see Apple, a 32GB iPad with a 4G connection costs $729. Quite a difference!

However, if you compare, there are also some differences between the two tabs. The iPad has a 9.7-inch screen and comes with iCloud storage and a lot more variety of applications as compared to the latest Kindle Fire HD.

Amazon offers a $50 per year data plan for its tablet for the plan that comes with just 250 MB of data whereas AT&T’s plan is $14.99 per month for the same amount.

The Kindle Fire HD is great for some light e-mail and Web surfing.

Jeff Bezos, chief executive, Amazon said, “We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices,” at the conference in California.

With such low prices, it’s going to be a good tab race and beating the price Amazon offers is going to be tough for all rivals.

Amazon’s new e-reader is $69 and has a built-in, adjustable light, which will make users read e-ink in the dark.

With twice as much RAM and an improved battery life, the new Kindle Fire will cost $159, which is $40 less than its predecessor.

The Kindle Fire HD line that got the attention is launched by Amazon with two options. The model with a seven-inch screen is priced at $199 with a choice of 16 GB or 32 GB storage and 3G connectivity. This model will also have the dual-WiFi antennas and speakers. Then there is an 8.9-inch version, which is made with the same specifications as the other model but will come with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.

Launching a 4G tablet has made it clear that Amazon is taking a direct stand in the tab market, with its main competitor being Apple.

Now only time will see if Amazon Kindle Fire HD becomes a preferred tablet of users to access media over the Internet, read books, play games, watch movies, and do Skype chatting with friends and family!

Find out about Kindle obsession here:

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Amazon Has No Plans to Take on Apple’s iPad. Read On Why…

Not a 10-inch model as speculated, but Amazon plans to uncover two models of 7-inch Kindle Fire tablets, Sep. 6th!

Counter to the rumors of hitting directly at Apple with a bigger version of Kindle, Amazon will reportedly unveil two 7-inch Kindle Fire models at its media event coming Thursday.

So in case you were waiting for a 10-inch version, the wait is going to be a bit longer, I guess.

As per a report in CNet, out of the two 7-inch models, one will have a faster and better hardware with more connectivity choices, while the other will be an updated version of the already existing Kindle Fire, which Amazon has recently sold out and taken off the shelves in the US.

The innovative higher-end Kindle Fire model will also boasts of a faster processor, a camera, an HDMI port, and other hardware upgrades, which marks it to be a tough competitor of Google’s nexus 7. Whereas the lower-end or revamped model of the original is just slightly upgraded with a newer interface. This model is believed to cost lower than $199 and will also have ad support.

Currently, the Kindle e-readers display ads while asleep and on the main library page.

The new Kindle devices are set to make debut in a week’s time on Amazon’s media event that’s slated for Sept. 6th. The season seems to be great for tablets as Apple also plans to launch its iPad Mini this October. For now, we will just have to wait until next week when Amazon announces the pricing, naming, and availability of its devices!… Read the rest

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Why Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire Has Become The Apple of My Eye.

The rains have set in. What could be better than a hot cuppa, some zesty pakoras and the intriguing company of Chekov (courtesy my digital companion- The 7-inch tablet). But unfortunately for me the yearning for this mysterious yet immersive world of digital literature  has come at a time when I already have too much on my plate. All sorts of occasions have suddenly popped up, be it my parents’ anniversary, our house warming party or the so- called brain storming session to crack the new campaign for a major client, I am required on a mandatory basis everywhere. Uff!  How I wish the world comes to halt so that I can make time for my 7-inch buddy!

 

And if you are one of those who are enchanted by neat technology, just like me, then you guessed it right, my 7-inch tablet comes from  Amazon’s hive. The Kindle Fire has got me hooked. It arrived last year and took the mini tablet market by storm since. The $199 tablet, which was sold out in the US,  is the second most popular tablet after Apple’s iPad. All of us know that Kindle revolutionized the mini- tablet world by being the first of its kind, and off course Google Nexus followed the suit. Kindle Fire is a tasteful 7-inch tablet and its IPS (in-Plane switching technology) makes it a book worm’s paradise . What works for me in the Kindle Fire is its 8 hour long battery life and the vibrant colorful screen.

Reading books and watching movies becomes more fun with the effervescent colors of Kindle Fire screen. (The colors look even better in the backdrop of rains and bird tweets)

The best feature of Kindle Fire is its weight. It weighs as light as 14.6 ounces, which makes it easy to carry all around the world. I am not only traveling for my personal affairs but the unavoidable  frequent business trips has made me addicted to the Kindle’s business apps (I can say that my business documents have never been more secure). Kindle comes loaded with document editing tools, which at times have helped me complete my presentations in the very nick of time.

Well, I am intrigued by short stories of Chekov for now (he must have never thought that there will be time when his massive collection of short stories would be compressed in a cool digital wonder like Kindle Fire).

Kindle Fire has undoubtedly revamped the way we read books today.

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Amazon Kindle Fire Got Its Due, New Model Expected Soon…

In anticipation of the latest model of Kindle Fire coming soon, Amazon.com Inc. reportedly has sold out all of its Kindle Fire tablet devices.

The Kindle Fire had become one of the popular tablets in the market, priced at $199. But now with the recent announcement, this device won’t be seen on the shelves at least until the next launch.

The online retailer recently announced that as the new version is on its way, Kindle Fire won’t be in stock. The new model of Kindle Fire is expected to be unveiled at a major press conference slated for next Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif.

Amazon Kindle Fire was launched nine months back, last November, and went on to become the most popular tablets in the market last year. With a color screen and the ability to run third-party applications, Kindle Fire was in direct competition with Apple’s iPad, and was sold at half the price of the cheapest iPad.

With Kindle Fire, Amazon said it captured around 22 percent of US tablet sales over nine months, which does make it the second-most sought after tablet, after the iPad.

The latest Kindle Fire is expected to give direct competition to Apple Mini, which is also expected to be out sometime soon.

Spurring the market of affordable tablets, Kindle Fire is marked as a successful device.  Amazon kept its price low with a strategy to make the Fire a way for users to buy more e-books, music and movie downloads from the Amazon store, which is closely linked to the device.

That’s the strategy that Apple seems to have missed as it focuses on profit made via devices sold and not through content sales. Amazon also offers users easy shopping as they can buy the devices directly through its website.

It is also believed that on Thursday, Amazon could announce the update of the rest of its Kindle line, which was launched a year ago.

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