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Are Chromebooks the Best Laptops under 300 Bucks?

Chromebooks have become incredibly popular today. In fact, this table shows that Chromebooks are favored by the majority of people and are arguably considered as the best laptops under 300 dollars.Okay, so Chromebooks aren’t exactly laptops but to avoid confusion, I think it’s a good idea to call them laptops. At ridiculously low prices, Chromebooks have taken the PC market by storm and are becoming seriously popular. I’m a big fan of them as well and think they work very well. Other websites seem to agree with me as well. In fact, 5 Chromebooks were included in this top 10 best laptops under 300 dollars list. Obviously, it’s up to you to decide on what’s best for you but my suggestion would be to not write off Chromebooks before using them first.

One thing is for sure; it’s not often that you find a Windows laptop for less than $300. Even if you do, it looks terrible and weights about 2kg. I don’t know about you but I’d rather not have an ugly-looking 2kg laptop on my lap while surfing the web. I’ve got a Macbook Air and love using it, but it’s too expensive for a lot of people. If you just occasionally surf the web, I’m sure you wouldn’t really want to spend $1,000 on a laptop. With Chromebooks, I believe you get the best of both worlds. You get something very lightweight and good-looking but at the same time, something that works very well and is quick.

As an operating system, Chrome OS is very fast and literally has no lag. They often have solid state hard drives as well, which help to speed up any programs you are using. In comparison, traditional Windows laptops use those terrible hard drives that are very slow. Yes, you might get a 500GB hard drive but it will be very slow when running programs. This is probably one of the main reasons as to why I would consider Chromebooks as the best laptops under $300.

Let’s not forget the processor and RAM, Generally, both Windows laptops and Chromebooks have the same internal parts. Processors tend to be Intel Celeron on both machines and RAM is usually either 2GB or 4GB. In this price range, pretty much all Windows laptops will have 4GB RAM. Chromebooks like the Acer C720 only have 2GB RAM while others such as the Toshiba B3340 have 4GB. I would highly recommend getting one with 4GB as it does make a huge difference.

Chromebooks aren’t perfect though. They have their own problem, so it would be wise to do your research beforehand. For example, Skype is not officially supported yet. A lot of people who need a cheap laptop normally want one for video calling with friends abroad. It’s difficult to do that with a Chromebook. Also, bear in mind that a Chromebook is essentially a web-based machine. This means that you can’t really run programs on it. Surfing the web and watching YouTube videos is great but for any serious work, I would not recommend them.

Basically, I would advise you to think about your requirements. If you just want something for surfing the web, definitely get a Chromebook, no doubts about it. If however, you want a more powerful machine that let’s you video call and don’t necessarily care about how it looks, go with a traditional Windows laptop. Either way, Chromebooks as easily some of the best laptops under 300 dollars and I personally think you might be better off buying one instead of a Windows machine.

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Apple Announce Record Breaking iPhone Sales

New iphonesThe iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have seen huge demand since release. In fact, the demand was so big that Apple’s sales figures have actually beaten Wall Street’s projections. Even by Apple standards, that is quite something. No wonder they have recently purchased Beats headphones for a whopping $1 billion.

CNN have disclosed that this was Apple’s second best quarter in its entire history. They have literally sold 61.2 million iPhones in the last 3 months. The new and bigger 6 Plus has played a pretty big part in this, and apparently, more people are now switching to iPhones than ever before.

I’m particularly interested to see what results will be like when the Apple Watch is released. I have talked about how I’m not impressed at all with the Apple Watch and why I certainly will not be buying one. You can read about that here if you like.

I do have to admit though, that the new iPhones are pretty cool. The new design is really sleek and looks much better than the previous iPhone 5. It really has dented Samsung’s profits by a huge margin. In fact, Samsung just recorded a 39% decrease in its net profit from the same quarter last year.

I used to really like Samsung but that’s what complacency does to you. The Galaxy S3 was quite good but after that, they were adding in more and more pointless features. At least with iPhones, Apple only adds a couple of new features but they perfect them first. Samsung just puts in unfinished features that don’t even work properly. While I’m not a big fan of Apple, I have to admit that they have created this brand image, which no one can beat.

Fair play to Apple though, because everyone was criticizing them a couple of years ago and saying that they were finished. They have proved their critics wrong and have come back much more stronger.

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Android Wearable Devices to Become Compatible with the iPhone

The next few months look very interesting in the technology world. With the Apple Watch not impressing most people, Google could be looking to pounce. A recent report suggests that Google are planning to implement compatibility of their Android wearable devices with Apple’s iPhones.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of the Apple Watch. The design wasn’t great and felt like a cheap toy. However, the price was very high, with the basic model costing $349 and the most expensive one being $12,000! In fact, I don’t really like the direction Apple is going in. They’re products have always been really good to use but now they’re going all out to become a fashionable brand rather than one that innovates. Their acquisition of the headphones company Beats by Dre really didn’t impress me because those headphones are of very poor quality and just cater to teenagers who like fashion accessories.

Anyway, back to the Apple Watch. It is not available for purchase at the moment. You can pre-order it right now but the earliest delivery date is June. That gives Google plenty of time to sort out any compatibility issues and make a dent in Apples profits.

The thing is, some of the Android watches destroy the Apple Watch in everyway. For example, when you compare Apples offering to the very sleek Motorola Moto 360, there really is no argument. The Moto 360 costs only $200 and looks miles better than the Apple Watch. Personally, I own an iPhone and whilst I’m not yet a big fan of smart watches, if I did have to choose, I would go for the Moto 360 every time.

The only issue is that, at the moment, there is no compatibility with the iPhone 6. For that reason, I have held off buying a smart watch. I’m a big fan of Apple, but they really did disappoint with the Apple Watch. I fail to understand how they could have messed up the design so badly. Seriously, if I was to give it a score out of 10, I’d give it a 2. That’s how bad it looks. Anyone paying $349 for that must be out of their mind.

Samsung Galaxy WearWith Android, I also like how there are so many choices available. That leads to additional competition and better quality products. If you’re a Samsung fan, you could opt for a Gear 2 for $299. There’s also an LG watch at the same price and they both look great. I personally like the Moto 360 the most, especially with its $200 price tag.

If Apple doesn’t allow Google to integrate Android smart watches with the iPhone, then I won’t be going into the wearables market. Unless Apple significantly improves the next gen smart watch, I’ll either be skipping it altogether or moving onto Android phones.

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Is the Apple Watch Revolutionary?

Apple watchApple has a tendency to claim that they have revolutionized every product out on the market. It was no surprise when Tim Cook took to the stage to announce the Apple Watch and called it the watch that will revolutionize the Smartwatch industry.

I do think Tim is missing one tiny thing; the Apple Watch is shockingly bad. Honestly, how can anyone have the guts to get up on that stage and call something like the Apple Watch a revolutionary device? I hate everything about it.

Moto 360 smartwatchI was honestly expecting it to be so much better and while I’m not a big fan of Smartwatches, I was secretly hoping the Apple Watch would make Android up their game. Unfortunately, the Moto 360 Smartwatch crushes the Apple Watch any day of the week. It’s also no surprise that it’s about half the price of the Apple Watch and offers insane levels of customization. If the rumors of Google allowing Android wearable devices to work on the iPhone are true, then Apple is in for a tough test.

Let’s not forget that the Apple Watch looks absolutely terrible. In my opinion, it looks like one of those toys you get in a cereal box. I just can’t believe Apple would expect anyone to pay over $300 for such a terrible watch.

There are a few good features but certainly nothing revolutionary. I know people will think I’m a hater but what is it with this obsession for Apple? Seriously, why are people willing to pay crazy amounts of money for stuff that is nowhere near as good as the competition?

Apple watch is not revolutionaryI understand why people buy iPhones. There is no doubt that they are really user-friendly and look great. Heck, even I’m a big fan of the new iPhone 6. But, the Apple Watch even looks terrible so it’s really got nothing going for it.

To finish this off, let me just say that the Apple Watch is most certainly not revolutionary. Apple has always been making big claims and usually they have got it right. The sales certainly back them up. This time though, I think it’s going to be an epic fail. To me, the Apple watch is like Beats headphones. It will appeal to the “fashionable” people but it’s an overpriced piece of junk.

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Windows 10 to Offer Easy Porting of Android and Apple Apps

Mobile marketIt’s quite obvious that Microsoft is struggling in the mobile sector. Otherwise, why would they feel the need to release tools that allow easy porting of Android and Apple apps to its Windows mobile OS?

No matter how much Microsoft tries though, people just aren’t lining up to buy Windows phones. Personally, I think Microsoft approached it completely the wrong way. They charged extremely high prices to try and break into the market when you could buy top of the range Android phones for cheaper prices. It’s a mistake they’re certainly paying for now. They should have followed the strategy of Skullcandy headphones, who went with cheaper but good quality products and took a good chunk of the market from Sennheiser.

Normally, you would expect developers to start making apps for Windows from the very beginning but it’s reached such a point that Microsoft have been forced to offer these tools to try and encourage developers to port their apps. The problem though is that it’s a little too late now. iPhones and Android smartphones have simply gotten too popular and Microsoft will find it very tough to try and get a big share of this market.

Windows 10 platformNonetheless, they are trying now and I hope they can convince developers because I really do like the Windows mobile OS. It’s really fluid and works well; the only thing it’s missing is the number of apps Android and Apple devices have.

The new tools will allow the apps to work smartphones, PCs and other devices that are using the upcoming Windows 10 OS.

I really do hope Windows can do something out of the ordinary with their new Windows 10 OS because frankly, I’m getting a little bored of the Apple iOS and Android. Both are slowing down and their upgraded versions aren’t really offering anything special. If Windows can challenge them, I’m sure we will see a lot more innovation. Unfortunately, at the moment, I just cannot see this happening but let’s hope it does.