About Best Buy:
Best Buy is North America's number-one specialty retailer of consumer electronics, personal computers, entertainment software and appliances. They now have over 31 million U.S. customers entered in their Reward Zone program, their customer loyalty program. Best Buy's history is long, with roots all the way back to Sixties. In 1966, Richard M. Schulze and James Wheeler partnered up and opened an audio specialty store known as Sound of Music. They opened their store in St. Paul, Minnesota. A year later, Sound of Music (and the gentlemen who ran it) acquire Kencraft Hi-Fi Company and Bergo Company. They remodel the sites and open the second and the third Sound of Music locations near the University of Minnesota and in the downtown metro area of Minneapolis. Sound of Music has a very good year with gross sales of over a hundred thousand. By 1970, Sound of Music has grossed over a million dollars. Not bad for a little audio specialty store. In 1979, Sound of Music cornered the market by being the very first purveyors of video and laserdisc equipment. The store made some lemonade out of the lemons that life handed them when after a tornado hit its Roseville, MN store, the location held a tornado sale, which was so popular, it became an annual event. 1983 brought the change that would make the chain of stores a household name. The board of directors voted to change the name to Best Buy Co., Inc. The very first superstore opened its doors in Burnsville, MN. With added warehouse space and room to expand, Best Buy then began selling appliances and videocassette recorders. 1985 brought the company to the New York Stock Exchange and in '87, the company adopted the yellow tag that is still the symbol today. 1992 was a huge year financially for Best Buy as it was the first year that the company hit the $1 billion mark. In 1997, Best Buy proved itself to be on the forefront of the electronic market when it became, once again, the first store to sell DVD hardware and software. Having secured its place as king of the firsts, Best Buy got on the ball early and in 2000, launched bestbuy.com and entered into the age of online retail. The onset of the digital age manifested itself in the pulling of cassettes from the shelves around the same time. Best Buy continued to buy up other businesses and absorbing them into the Best Buy family. By 2008, it had opened the doors to its 1000th store. With the collapse of Circuit City, Best Buy sits high on the retail throne. For information on Best Buy promotion codes, coupons, and discounts check regularly with promotioncode.org.
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It only took a matter of months for someone to outdo Samsung in terms of powerful Android devices. According to PC Magazine, the Droid Razr Maxx is now the top Android phone, improving dramatically on Motorola's original design. It all comes together to create a phone that offers a "top-notch" Android experience, thanks to 4G capabilities, a massive battery life and a super speedy processor.
The Razr Maxx is larger than its predecessor, the Razr, by a small amount. It should be noted that this is a pretty large phone - it's more than an inch taller than the iPhone 4S, about half an inch wider and slightly thinner. It's a large device, to be sure, but still small enough that one could fit it in his or her pocket without much difficulty. Users can still comfortably operate it with one hand. The back of the phone is water-resistant and the screen is made from Gorilla Glass, which is strong enough to take a decent amount of punishment without so much as a hairline crack.
But the real story behind the Razr Maxx seems to be it's long battery life. According to the Los Angeles Times, it's the only 4G phone - as well as only a handful of 3G phones - that's capable of holding a charge for two days. Motorola managed to pull this off by dramatically increasing its size - the Razr Maxx's battery is almost twice as big as the original's. Other phones do feature extended batteries, but none seem quite as powerful without adding a substantial amount of bulk. In test runs, the Razr Maxx was capable of nearly seven hours of continuous high-quality audio streaming over the 4G network. Talk time clocks in at just under 17 hours.
Users can stretch this battery life even further using Motorola's Smart Actions. Smart Actions allow you to customize what actions your phone is allowed to take at given times during the day to a fairly high level of detail. For instance, you can set it to turn off email syncing at night, as long as the screen is off and the phone is sitting still. Once you pick it up, it will check your email. This will also ensure users can sleep through the entire night without a rude awakening to the trademark "Droid" alert sound that plays when a message is received.
Beyond that, the Razr Maxx operates very similarly to its predecessor. In terms of processing power, the two more or less perform at the same level. However, issues with the display seem to have been resolved.
This seems like a phone that caters best to business travelers - it's significant that it's the only 4G device that doesn't require extensive babysitting to keep the battery running. Those who won't have ready access to a power outlet for long periods of time will certainly appreciate that aspect of the phone. Verizon's 4G LTE network has proven to be lightning fast, meaning users will have no problem staying up to date with whatever is going on in their lives. In some instances, it's just as fast as wireless internet from a nearby hub.
Also noteworthy is the inclusion of Webtop software. Essentially, this allows users to place their phone in a dock that turns it into something closer to a laptop. Naturally, one will need to purchase the necessary accessories to take advantage of the software, but those who travel regularly may be able to find a lot of use from it. The ability to plug your phone into a physical keyboard is undoubtedly going to appeal to many, as typing with an on-screen keyboard can grow tiresome fairly quickly.
PC Magazine also notes that the Razr Maxx does not yet have Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Motorola has promised that the upgrade will come within the next few months, but at the moment, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the only phone that runs the operating system. This may be a sticking point for early adopters, but those willing to be patient will eventually get to enjoy the Ice Cream Sandwich on the Razr Maxx without any difficulty. Given the vast improvements that ICS brings to the platform, it's an upgrade that users may be eagerly anticipating.
Verizon has announced that the Razr Maxx will go on sale on Friday, February 10. It will retail at about $300 with a two-year contract and $650 without.
If you're in the market for a new smartphone, 2012 is quickly proving to be a year filled with unique innovations. The iPhone is an old standby that many users adore, but no longer is it Apple or a weaker alternative. Android continues to receive both hardware and software upgrades that make it an increasingly viable platform to choose. Additionally, the availability of the Nokia Lumia brings Microsoft's own platform into the race. Each of these operating systems have their own unique advantages and disadvantages, so you will want to do some research to find out which works best for you.
If you've decided to take the plunge and buy a new smartphone, you can find great devices and their accessories by searching online for Best Buy Promocodes. This can help bring down the cost of your initial investment.
You've probably seen them being used everywhere in the bus to the classroom - tablets are becoming the new trend in computer technology. Funny enough, tablets have been around just as long as laptops have, but their resurgence this time seems to be fueled by the uber-popular iPad. However, Apple's iconic device isn't the one out there, and if you're in the market for a tablet, there are actually plenty of models to choose from. Just make sure that you look for a Best Buy Promotion Code to save on your purchase.
Before we even list different types of tablets, we have to understand what they actually are. According to PC Mag, a tablet is "A general-purpose computer contained in a single panel. Its distinguishing characteristic is the use of a touch screen as the input device. Modern tablets are operated by fingers, whereas earlier tablets required a stylus."
Tablets can be used for many different purposes. Most purchase these gadgets for recreational reasons while others use them for work. Depending on which model you buy, a tablet can include a marketplace where you can either purchase applications (apps) or download them for free. From games to utilities and tools, there are virtually thousands of software to choose from, and it's up to you to customize the content of your tablet by choosing which apps to download.
iPad 2. Strategy Analytics reported that during the fourth quarter of 2010, iPad's market share was at 75 percent, according to the Business Insider, so it's only fitting to start off the list with the device that fueled the resurgence of the tablets. With the recent release of the iPad 2, the gadget is just becoming more popular than ever.
The iPad 2 is packed with plenty of features that many casual tablet users can enjoy. Its operating system is the iOS 4, created specifically by Apple as a mobile operating system not only for the iPad but also for the iPhones. Compared to the first iPad, the second generation is 33 percent thinner so it's easier to grab a hold of. It also comes with two Apple A5 chips, a 10-hour battery life and a 9.7-inch dispaly, which means better movie watching, surfing the net and playing games. The iPad 2 also has two cameras - one in the back and the other in the front for Apple's own FaceTime application, which allows for videoconferencing with other iPad users.
A 16 GB model currently sells for $499.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. At only $279.99 for a 16 GB model, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 might just be the frontrunner to at least grabbing some market share away from Apple. This shiny gadget, just like the iPad, is chockfull of features but under all the guidance of the Android operating system, which is an open source O.S. for many mobile devices.
According to its website, the Galaxy Tab is the thinnest and lightest large screen tablet in the market, tipping the scale at 565 grams and is only 8.66 mm slim. Unlike Apple products, Android devices actually support the Adobe Flash Player, which means more multimedia experience online. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 also has two cameras for video chatting, crisp pictures and HD video.
The tablet also features a 10.1-inch widescreen display and a video battery life of up to 9 hours.
Motorola XOOM. The XOOM, just like the Galaxy Tab, was released to compete with the popularity of the iPad. Perhaps a major advantage that this tablet has over others is Motorola's partnership with Verizon, which allows the device to connect through not just Wi-Fi but also with Verizon's 3G network. The Wi-Fi and 3G networking compatible model will set you back $499.
Features of the XOOM include a 10.1-inch HD widescreen display so you can enjoy HD movies conveniently, according to the tablet's website. Just like the Galaxy Tab, the XOOM also uses the Android operating system, specifically the 3.1 Honeycomb version. With a front- and back-facing camera, users are able to take quality pictures and videos, as well as video chat with friends who also have the Android device. When it comes to battery life, Wi-Fi browsing or video playback can last up to 10 hours, while standby time is approximately 14 days.