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The Brookstone Rover 2.0 App-Controlled Wireless Spy Tank

The Amazing App controlled Spy Tank
The Amazing App controlled Spy Tank

It’s wrong to say that we are gadget lovers, we are actually gadget fanatics. And all gadget fanatics love the concept of a Wireless Spy TANK….. That’s right a tank.

Introducing the Rover 2.0. At first glance this seems right out of a James Bond movie. This 10 inch tank on wheels is controlled by your compatible Android or iPhone or Ipad device (you need to download a free app from the App store). You navigate with on-screen controls or “steer” using your control device’s accelerometer which is a lot of fun.

The Rover generates it’s on Wi-Fi signal and does not need your home network. The stated wireless range is up to 200 ft. unobstructed, and 100 ft. around walls and into other rooms, meaning you can drive this thing far away from you by looking at the images on your tablet or phone. How cool is that?

As if that is not enough, you can see in the dark using the Rovers night vision, stream and record videos and photographs and post to Facebook, YouTube or twitter right from the device. The fun doesn’t end there, there are headlights and two-way audio meaning you can drive this thing to the kitchen and ask “mommy” for snacks.

The potential is limitless here and it is just so much fun. This will make a very cool holiday or vacation gadget for everyone to try out. Please sound off in the comments section about your cool Rover stories. We have this at http://www.gizmotakeout.com for a special introductory price of 29.99 $ for a week.

Happy Holidays all!!!

Features:

  1. Drive it with your iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch® device, or with      Android™ smart phones and tablets
  2. See in the dark using Rover’s built-in night vision
  3. Stream and record live video and stills
  4. Upload videos and stills to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter right from the App
  5. Control the angle of the video camera remotely
  6. Its wide-angle lens captures more of its surroundings
  7. Listen to sound from Rover’s travels and transmit your own audio      back through Rover’s built-in speaker.
  8. Navigate with on-screen controls or “steer” using your control      device’s accelerometer
  9. Built-in headlights can be controlled remotely
  10. Wireless range up to 200 ft. unobstructed, 100 ft. around walls and      into other rooms
  11. Free App from the iTunes® App Store and Google Play
  12. Warning: Choking hazard due to small parts. For ages 14 years old and up with adult supervision.

The Tech-vacation: Gadgets can make your vacation more enjoyable

The Ipad Mini: An excellent vacation companion
The Ipad Mini: An excellent vacation companion

Most people dream of a vacation without any technologies, no Blackberry, no laptops, no pagers, no cellphones, just you and nature. Unfortunately we always take every gadget we can think of on every vacation. Worse still we use them and then feel guilty of ruining our holidays. Sounds familiar right?

We are coining a new word the “tech-vacation”. This refers to using gadgets during vacations to enhance the vacation experience. Yes gadget lovers, your gadgets are part of your vacation and you use it to your heart’s content and feel happy about it.

Let me describe our family’s latest tech-vacation, and how wonderful it felt

  1. The adults got an Ipad Mini to try out. We got to read our E Books on the Nook App on that gorgeous screen. Casual surfing, You-Tube videos, Angry Birds all completed the experience. The experience of using a new gadget was priceless.
  2. The older child typically is a clinger; he just stays stuck to us. He got a Vinci 2 tab to try out. Our joy was endless watching him play Fruit Ninjas. We even enjoyed the tab ourselves with the adults section which kids cannot access. Then he played some more pre-installed games.
  3. Every one shared the Nook Tablet especially when we visited the local Barnes and Nobles.

This was an outstanding vacation, without any guilt. The technologies tried were new and kept us engaged when we were not on the beach. In between we got some work done too. So may we recommend the tech-vacation to all? Just get your gadgets from http://www.gizmotakeout.com and enjoy your vacation.We look forward to your comments for more ideas of gadgets to take on our next vacation.

The Google Nexus 10 Tablet

The Google Nexus 10
The awesome Google Nexus 10 Tablet

The holiday shopping season is upon us. Guess what the folks at Google decided to gift us; you got it the Nexus 10 tablet. This is another Google foray into hardware design and follows the general trend of software companies believing that they can make better hardware than dedicated OEM’s.

So what’s special here, lots actually

  1. Google called out Apple with the screen here, a dazzling 2560×1600 display is the highlite. For everyone with an older tablet this screen is worth checking out.
  2. It is 8.9 mm thick weighing 603 grams
  3. This tablet has speed in mind with a dual-core ARM Cortex A15 processor and advanced MIMO WiFi, giving you claimed web browsing speeds up to 4x faster than normal WiFi.
  4. The tablet has separate homescreen, apps, email, photos and storage for everyone with different profiles
  5. Nexus 10 lets you video chat with up to nine friends at once with Google+ Hangouts.
  6. This one is for Google fanatics with the latest version of Android and comes with Google apps like Gmail, Google Maps, Google+, YouTube and Chrome.
  7. Google Now, this is an interesting feature that tells you today’s weather before you start your day, upcoming concerts for your favorite artists, flight and hotel reservations, your favorite team’s score while they’re playing, and more automatically.

If you already own a tablet and want to see what the latest and greatest is out there, you owe it to yourself to try out the brand new Nexus 10 at www.gizmotakeout.com.  Our special introductory of 29.99$ is there as always for our gadget lovers. Enjoy

The Ipad Mini

The Apple Ipad Mini
The Apple Ipad Mini

Well we got the name correct in our original blog. The leaks were actually accurate, i.e. Apple may not be as good as before at keeping secrets.

So the cat is out of the bag, actually is the daddy cat now. It has put all 7 inch tablets on notice. The specs are outstanding, the apps are comprehensive and the price is slightly higher as would be expected from a premium product.

So do you go and get this at launch? NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT. There are many contestants in the 7 inch space. So we recommend trying this one out first and seeing if you really need this. We will have this at launch at www.gizmotakeout.com for trial for a limited time introductory cost of 39.99$. Try it out and enjoy.

Specs:

  1. 1,024 x 768 display.
  2. All apps will carry across without any resizing.
  3. 7.2mm thick, .68 pounds with the same anodized edges as you’ll find on the iPhone 5.
  4. A brisk  A5 CPU.
  5. 10 hours of use despite the constrained space for a battery. Pre-orders for the $329,
  6. 16GB WiFi-only model

We will be available on November 6th 2012, depending on availability.

The non-Microsoft Laptop : Samsung – Series 3 11.6″ Chromebook – Silver

The non Microsoft laptop

Google has really impressed us with this one. They are obviously hard at work trying to create a non-Microsoft commercially viable laptop and they nearly get there with this one.

The Chromebook gives a complete laptop experience and is in essence a completely cloud based device.  This has inbuilt WI-Fi to connect to the internet right away. The boot times are extremely fast and you are up and going right away. This is excellent for those who regularly use the Google cloud with Google Docs, Google Drive, and G mail. You have access to pretty much the whole internet and the Chrome App store.

Product Features

1.      Samsung Exynos 5 dual processor: Delivers powerful performance.

2.      2GB DDR3L memory For multitasking power.

3.      11.6″ LED high-definition display 1366 x 768 resolution

4.      16GB solid state drive

5.      Built-in 0.3MP webcam with microphone

6.      3-in-1 media reader Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity and SDXC formats.

7.      1 USB 3.0 port and 1 USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth, Headphone mic ,

8.      Built-in Murata high-speed wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g/n)

9.      Weighs only 2.4 lbs. and measures just 0.7″ thin

10.  Runs Google Chrome OS with an AMAZING 100GB of free Google Drive storage for 2 years and Google Now Integration.

 

The design is compact and slimmer than the 11 inch Mac Boom Air. All in all we recommend this to our technology addicts wholeheartedly. Many will be worried to purchase this as it is still an unknown. So we have it available for the limited time introductory price of 29.99$ for everyone to try out to their heart’s content at http://www.gizmotakeout.com. Enjoy.

The Microsoft Surface: The tablet evolved

The Surface Tablet
The Microsoft Surface Tablet

Microsoft is trying to do something that has not been done ever by a company, i.e. it is trying to combine both the tablet and PC operating systems into one package giving you a seamless experience whether you are using a tablet or a PC. This seems to make sense but has never been the norm. Case in point, the Apple Ipad uses a IPhone style interface while the Mac line uses an altogether different OS.

In addition they are getting into the hardware game (again… they did release the Xbox) with the gorgeously styled Microsoft Surface tablet. The pictures are stunning with it being released in several colors. The hardware specs are below

Features

  1. An angled,  Vapor Magnesium sturdy case that weighs just under 1.3 pounds,
  2. NVIDIA-made ARM chip
  3. A very creative sturdy built-in stand
  4. Twin 2×2 MIMO antennas for WiFi, and a 10.6-inch optically-bonded, Gorilla Glass 2-covered HD display.
  5. A magnetically attached cover, which doubles as a full multi-touch keyboard and trackpad.
  6. Ports include one each of HDMI, microSD and USB 2.0 as well as 32GB of storage.

As with the strategy adopted by Apple and Google with the Nexus line, the Microsoft Surface promises to be the perfect harmony of Windows 8 with gorgeous hardware. We wholeheartedly recommend it both as a stylish device and as a halo Windows 8 device. Other OEMs watch out, you just got surfaced.

As gadget lovers we will have this device at launch for 49.99$ for our users at http://www.gizmotakeout.com, under the upcoming devices section. We invite you all to try it out with us inexpensively and tip toe into the amazing waters of Windows 8.

The curious similarities between the Vice Presidential debate and shopping for a seven inch tablet

Kindle Fire HD

I think it would be fair for readers to ask what the **** does the title mean? I mean what could the similarities be between the recently concluded VP debates and shopping for a seven-inch tablet?

This actually struck me as I was multitasking watching the debate while working on my blog about the various seven-inch tablets and how I could help simplify the choices ? It is significant given that Apple is scheduled to release its own seven-inch game changer. So without further ado let’s go in.

  1. Mostly everyone in the middle agrees the debate was a draw, really two opposing positions, with no common ground. Same with the seven-inch tablets. If you are part of Amazon Prime, the Kindle Fire HD makes most sense for you. If, like me, you like physical Barnes and Noble Stores and reading E-books in them for FREE, then the Nook tablet is for you. Both keep you enclosed in their own ecosystems. If freedom is your cup of tea then the Nexus 7 Android tablet is the one for you. The Google Play store has both the Amazon and Nook store apps and all your content can be accessed from there. The Apple Mini iPad (or whatever name it will have) will be a no brainer really and you can’t go wrong. Hopefully they will have better mapping software and no camera since they got both of it wrong with the iPhone5. Our recommendation remains to try it out inexpensively through us and see what works for you. Then, spend your hard-earned money purchasing one. A cheaper Android tablet is what most people need.
  2. The oft-repeated fear of the future. Both candidates insisted that the future the other person offers is scarier than the future they offer. Sadly the same applies when you go tablet shopping. The platform you choose will lock you in the future to being loyal to that platform even if the pace of innovation is slower in that platform. The Android platform has evolved enormously recently with several newer features, however it requires you being a little more tech savvy. The Kindle, Nook and Apple simplify things in their own ecosystem. We recommend trying out various tablets before settling. Else beware of the future.
  3. Foreign policy disagreements. The best hedge for opposing foreign policy statements, the Apple iPad. If anything might work it is this. The Androids are next. The Nook or Kindle may ignite hostilities as they may not work.
  4. The deficit issue: One believes in more government spending, the other believes in cutting back and letting customers spend. In tablet land, Amazon and Nook tablets are sold pretty much at cost relying on a steady stream of purchases down the line to justify the cost. The Apples of the land want you to spend big bucks upfront, and then eat what you want only.

Hopefully, this tells you how confusing it is now to buy a seven-inch tablet as much as it is for independents to vote in a new president. Unlike politics where there is no recall, in real life you should rent a tablet, make sure it meets all your needs and then only buy it. That is what we at http://www.gizmotakeout.com are all about. Enjoy