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The Teens Guide to Back to School: What You Need To Know For Picking Your Next Computer

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We know, we know– it feels like summer is only just beginning why are we starting to think about the next school year? Unfortunately as we all know all good things like summer must eventually come to an end and we have to return back to our regular ways of life and school– which we all know comes back way too quickly. As the back-to-school sales really begin over the next few weeks we want to help make sure you go back fully prepared, well, gadgets wise at least.

One of the toughest things today in back-to-school shopping is finding a new computer/tablet/phone that isn’t just cheap or good, but right for you and what you want and need it to do. We want to try to make this easier for you, and over the course of the rest of the summer we plan to have a whole bunch of posts and guides on good deals we see, some of our recommendations for a new computer, tablet or phone etc. In short, we’re here to help.

So with all that in mind we’re gonna kick off this back-to-school “series” with some tips on what you should look for when your out shopping for a new laptop for school and what are the basic specs that any 2011 computer you buy should have.

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Best Buy Pulls Out Of Microsoft’s Free Xbox 360 Back To School Deal

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Looking to take advantage of Microsoft’s awesome back-to-school deal of a free Xbox 360 when you buy a new PC for $699 or more? Well, if you are then we recommend not picking up that new computer from Best Buy as they have pulled out of this back-to-school deal earlier this month. And while we couldn’t find out the reason that Best Buy isn’t offering this free 360 deal anymore, they have confirmed to us that they have stopped offering the deal.

HP, Dell, Amazon and the Microsoft Store are all still offering this deal (which runs until September 3rd and works as long as you have a high school or college student ID)– so if you were looking for a new computer at $699 or more and wanted that free 360 we recommend you look at one of them.

The Dell Aero: AT&T's Second Android Phone

The Dell Aero– coming soon to AT&T

AT&T was pretty busy during CTIA last week, definitely making some big waves. We already saw AT&T and Palm announce that the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus would be coming AT&T’s way, but that wasn’t all, not by a long shot– they also revealed their second official Android phone (this not including the Nexus One that just came out with support for AT&T 3G), together with Dell called the Dell Aero (yes, Dell the computer company).

So what is the Dell Aero? According to AT&T– not only is it an Android phone, but the lightest Android phone out there. Design and specs wise, it looks to be pretty solid as well:

  • A thin, sleek all touchscreen design with a 3.5 inch touchscreen with nHD resolution (or what looks to be a solid screen that should be fine for doing all your tasks from viewing texts to watching videos)
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash and built-in integration with Facebook, TwitPic, Flickr, Picassa and YouTube— For direct uploading of your pix and videos to your social network site of choice, straight from your phone.
  • WiFi, GPS and 3G

Unfortunately, that appears to be all AT&T is saying on the Aero right now, and we don’t yet know other details such as price, release date or even what version of Android it is running (though whatever version it is, we know AT&T and Dell customized it pretty strongly as you can see in the pic above which looks nothing like the stock Android homescreen we’ve seen on phones like the Droid and Nexus One), but we’ll make sure to let you know as soon as we find out.

One more pic of the Aero’s customized menu after the break.

Pix and info from AT&T

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The Dell Aero: AT&T’s Second Android Phone

The Dell Aero– coming soon to AT&T

AT&T was pretty busy during CTIA last week, definitely making some big waves. We already saw AT&T and Palm announce that the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus would be coming AT&T’s way, but that wasn’t all, not by a long shot– they also revealed their second official Android phone (this not including the Nexus One that just came out with support for AT&T 3G), together with Dell called the Dell Aero (yes, Dell the computer company).

So what is the Dell Aero? According to AT&T– not only is it an Android phone, but the lightest Android phone out there. Design and specs wise, it looks to be pretty solid as well:

  • A thin, sleek all touchscreen design with a 3.5 inch touchscreen with nHD resolution (or what looks to be a solid screen that should be fine for doing all your tasks from viewing texts to watching videos)
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash and built-in integration with Facebook, TwitPic, Flickr, Picassa and YouTube— For direct uploading of your pix and videos to your social network site of choice, straight from your phone.
  • WiFi, GPS and 3G

Unfortunately, that appears to be all AT&T is saying on the Aero right now, and we don’t yet know other details such as price, release date or even what version of Android it is running (though whatever version it is, we know AT&T and Dell customized it pretty strongly as you can see in the pic above which looks nothing like the stock Android homescreen we’ve seen on phones like the Droid and Nexus One), but we’ll make sure to let you know as soon as we find out.

One more pic of the Aero’s customized menu after the break.

Pix and info from AT&T

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Live From IDF: Dell Teases New Ultrathin Latitude Z series

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Ok, file this into the “what in the world?” category, as Dell decided to show off—albeit in a glass box nobody could touch– their all new Latitude Z series 16 inch laptop. So you may be thinking right now “Alright Eli, so why should we possibly put this in the “what in the world?” category?” Well astute reader, I answer you with a couple of pictures:

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Yeah, this ain’t a bad “what in the world?” but rather a good and excited one. As you can see, this is no ordinary 16 inch laptop, seriously how in the world did they possibly make it that thin! No real news is out on this guy yet (though it’s rumored to charge WIRELESSLY!!!! Kinda like the Palm Pre and it’s Touchstone dock), and we’ll make sure to pass along info on this once Dell makes it official in, as the Dell rep told me “in the coming days!”

Netbook vs. Notebooks: Which to Choose?

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The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and Studio 15

For the last couple of weeks, Intel kindly included us in a project to compare netbooks and traditional notebooks (aka regular laptops). So during that time, we put the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook and a Dell Studio 15 traditional laptop through their paces, especially in areas crucial to the daily computer needs of teens. We tested them out doing everything we could think of: Facebook, note taking, IMing, some internet gaming, viewing videos, playing music, and so on.

The comparison was quite interesting and if you’re considering computer purchase in the near future, we strongly advise you keep reading – it’s very likely you’ll want one of these types of computers (netbook or notebook/regular laptop).

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CES Roundup – Netbooks

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Dell’s Inspiron Mini 10 (Pic from Laptop Mag)

Well our finals are finally over, so it’s time for us to get back to “work”. A lot of things happened at CES, and we hope to give you info on the best netbooks, laptops and desktops (aka. regular computers), cell phones, as well as some general cool things we saw  happen.

Let’s start with netbooks, and boy were there A LOT of these. HP, Dell, Asus (the guys who really started the netbook frenzy with their Eee PC line), and a bunch of other companies all came out with some new stuff, so read on for some of the best you should look to see in 2009!

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Dell and Sony Tease New Laptops

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Looking for a new Laptop but don’t want a Mac? Well sometime in January, both Sony and Dell will release their new notebooks.

On January 9th Sony will unveil this new netbook/laptop whose exact definition isn’t specific (as their picture shows), but some think it might be a retake on the typical netbook (those little tiny computers designed for notes, internet and travel with screens below 10 inches and prices that are well below most laptops).

Dell recently touted their new rival to Apple’s Macbook Air — yes, we said a laptop that could actually be thinner than the Macbook Air! In case you were unaware, the Macbook Air tops out at .76 inches of thickness; imagine how thin the Adamo will be! Dell has confirmed that  Adamo, the new mystery laptop, was originally to be released this month, but was pushed back to Feburary.

We don’t know the actual price of these sweet laptops, but you can be assured that the prices might make your wallet run 😉

So are you going to wait it out for these slick new Laptops/Netbooks? Or, are you just going to spring for another computer? Let us know in the comments.

Info and pix from Cnet.com and engadget.com

Dell Mini 12 Netbook to Ship in December

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The Dell Mini 12

So we all know about Black Friday and the deals (see our previous post here), but what about the new netbook from Dell — the Dell Inspiron Mini 12. Will it come out in time for Black Friday?

The answer is No. The Dell Mini 12 will be coming out on December 8th (though you can order it from Dell’s site now). Read the rest of this entry

Black Friday Deals Highlights

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There’s a reason all these people lined up last year (Pic from ABC News)

For those who don’t know, Black Friday* is the day after Thanksgiving — the first day of the holiday shopping season —  and stores put out deals with HUGE SAVINGS on EVERYTHING, including electronics.

So if you want/need something new and value your wallet, READ ON!

*alludes to companies profits rising from “red” to “black” from its large volume of sales, though its less likely due to the current economic turmoil

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