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The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet by Sony Mobile Communications

Disclosure:   As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

The new Sony Xperia Z2 tablet is on the market, and it’s like none other. Made by the Sony Mobile Communications division, this is one of the most advanced tablets on the market. I received my tablet a few weeks ago, and I like it so much I have enough material for two posts! In this first post I’ll go into detail about the things that make it so great, and in the second post I’ll use some demonstrations.

 

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Lots of companies claim their products are waterproof, but their devices actually shut off when then encounter water. To me, that’s not water proof, but water resistant. This one doesn’t. Take it in the pool with you and give it a try, it functions under the water (I’ve tried it, but more on that in the second post)! This also means it is humidity resistant, and I’ve used it to listen to music in the shower. Water at a restaraunt spills on it, no big deal. Snow, no problem, rain no problem. I haven’t had any of those issues with this tablet yet, but I’ve done all of those things on accident to other mobile devices.

Water proof also helps in a way you probably haven’t thought of yet. Mobile devices are the dirtiest things we touch daily. Most devices have no way of really cleaning them, because you don’t want to get them wet. This tablet can be cleaned. The device is sealed and the battery can’t be removed which is a good thing because that is what makes it water proof. It’s the lightest, slimest tablet on the market. Less than a 1/4 inch thick, thinner than the ipad air. Weighs less than a pound, and can be held with two fingers.

Entertainment is huge for me. For the first time I’ve been introduced to Sony’s library. They have one of the largest content libraies on the market today, I had no idea. It was hard for me to believe, but it’s even larger than itunes. Netflix, Hulu, and Google Play all work, and work very well. It’s Android powered, so it works with almost anything. If you have Sony TV, it mirrors effortlessly. If you have another TV it will work, but must me connected via Wi-Fi on the TV.

Thinnest tablet on the market

Thinnest tablet on the market

I’ve been an Apple fan for a long time. In my case, that meant I was moving from an iPad. I’m always worried about transfering off of iOS, but this process was seamless. I used the Xperia transfer app to move my content to my new tablet. Big iTunes library, no problem. Internal 32GB memory. Three to four movies can be stored without worrying about space. It also has expandable storage, which is a must for me.

The smart social camera is incredible. It allows me to use augmented reality to add things to the pictures. The most valuable photo feature to me is the multi-shot tech. In sports or music, you don’t miss a thing taking key action shots. I’m hooked on photo taking, and have been the owner of a Sony Cybershot in the past, so I’m very happy with the camera.

I also run a small business, so productivity software is important to me. The Xperia tablet comes with business suite software worth $300! As well as military grade encryption to help keep your private information safe.

Imagine getting a 4K tv, a cypershot camera, and a playstation all in one. The technology on this tablet is the same tech that is in all of those products, all wrapped into one. That is what makes this tablet special. The only way to put it is, this tablet is the ultimate experience.

With this device being connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network, you are always on. Tablet is exclusive to Verizon. Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet by Sony Mobile Communications. Of the many Sony companies, this one is on the rise. Follow them on twitter @SonyXperiaUS, and look for my next post on this tablet in two weeks! Thanks for reading. :)

 

Is There a Tablet That Can Make You Forget Your Laptop? #VZWBuzz

by Jason Ramsey

Disclosure:   As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

I’ve spent many hours of my life on my laptop. If you’re reading this, odds are you have to. Recently I had the good fortune of getting a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. My family has also had a first generation iPad, an iPad 2, and an iPad mini, so I’m no stranger to tablets. One thing has changed with this new Galaxy tablet that I wasn’t expecting though… it does almost everything my Macbook pro does.

Since the invention of these tablets the question has been asked: Will the tablet replace the laptop? Is a laptop really necessary or do can I just use my tablet? Every person uses their technology a bit differently, and I’m one who is glued to my laptop, until now. Each night I find myself using my tablet more and more. One of the main complaints people have about their current computers is usually that they’re not fast enough. Well, it probably isn’t fair, but my tablet is on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, so I have no issue with speed anywhere. As a matter of fact, I’ve used the hot spot on the tablet many times to give Wi-Fi to my laptop.

The most impressive thing about the Galaxy tablet to me is the keyboard. Now I know if I were giving up my laptop for it, I would have to have an external keyboard hooked to it, but right now I don’t need it. I wouldn’t want to write this blog post on the native keyboard, but I regularly comment on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and other social media using it. The layout is big, and much more responsive than some of the other tablets I’ve used.

In my job I send lots of emails. Not all of them require long responses though, so the tablet is perfect tool to help me run my small business, and since it’s connected to the Verizon network, I can respond to parent’s and/or vendors from anywhere. My laptop has never been able to do that.

My job requires us to visit lots of different places to play music. These are great opportunities to show the community what we do. I always try to get photos and videos online during and after each event. The photo and video editing apps allow me to capture content, edit it, and upload it all from my tablet, straight to our company website. A very important feature.

The resolution on the screen is superior to anything I’ve had before. Therefore on both family trips we took this summer, my kids were watching YouTube, Netflix, and movies I put on the tablet for them. I’ll probably never use it as much as they do for entertainment, but it’s very useful in the car on long trips to keep them satisfied. I should add, I’m not opposed to watching it for entertainment, I just feel guilty doing it, cause I feel like I could be working when it’s in my hands.

Netflix on Samsung

the hi-res display on the Galaxy tablet

At the end of the day, I won’t be getting rid of my laptop, but I also won’t be throwing the tablet away either. Right now the best way to describe it is my tablet is my go to device for content consumption and my laptop is still my most used device for productivity. There’s no chance that it will replace my laptop, but the tablet has proven itself capable of light productivity and is clearly superior for entertainment.

vzwbuzz

The S pen is awsome for writing on pictures! #vzwbuzz

Motorola Puts You In ‘Charge’ of Your Device

by Jason Ramsey

Disclosure:   As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.  

Motorola Power Pack Slim 4000

Are you reading this on your Samsung Galaxy device? Maybe an Apple product? How much life is left in your battery? It’s something we always consider. Weather you’re on a trip, or at the office, we need our devices to keep working. Regardless of how technologically advanced we are, it’s all dependent on power. It’s a common problem, and now Motorola has offered a sensible solution. The Motorola Power Pack Slim 4000.

It’s a little power pack that is roughly the same size as my phone.  I got mine just in time for my vacation to Colorado last week. I fully charged it before we left. Over the next three days in the Rocky Mountains, it charged my Galaxy S5, my wife’s Galaxy tablet, and my daughter’s iPhone before finally running out of juice. It does seem to take longer than being plugged into a wall outlet, but when you’re on the side of a mountain, in the middle of nowhere, how can you complain? A mini USB charging cable can be pulled from the power pack to charge most smartphones.  It also features a full size USB port on the side, which means it’s compatible almost any tablet as well.

motorola-4000

motorola-4000

This would be great for attending meetings too (my brother-in-law travels weekly and tried to buy it from me the day I got it). Data is a battery killer and so is tethering, both of which I use a lot.  We have three tablets in our household, and none of them have a data plan so I also use my hotspot frequently, which also uses lots of power. This is perfect for that as well. The P4000 really packs a big punch for such a small size. Personally, my favorite feature is the ability to charge two devices at the same time. It’s also nice to have the four small LED lights on top, so you always know how much time you have left.  If this sounds nice to you, head over to Verizon and check one out. You won’t be disappointed!

motorola-slim

motorola-slim