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Top 10 Tablets You Need To Know By The End Of This Year

Top 10 Tablets You Need To Know By The End Of This Year

I’ve had a tablet for a couple years now and I have to say, they’re pretty nifty devices. But with new technology coming out at such a frenetic pace, it can be hard to keep up with all of the tablets being released by companies these days. Below I’ve compiled a list of tablets you should probably become familiar with, if only because you might want to buy one as a gift for yourself or someone you know this holiday season! Just as a disclaimer, these tablets aren’t in any ranked order as each serves a different need.

10. iPad Air ($399)

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    Although it’s been replaced by the iPad Air 2, last year’s version will still serve all of your needs well enough. It’s equipped with an A7 processor that, while slightly dated, is still packed with more than enough power to run everything you could possibly want to run.

    9. Google Nexus 7 ($129)

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      The Nexus 7 was released in 2012 as Google’s answer to the iPad. I own that version, but since then they’ve released two new iterations. The one linked here is the 2013 Nexus 7, which is equipped with a 1080p screen and a processor that will easily power Android L and any app you could ever want to run, all for an insanely low price.

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      8. iPad Mini 2 ($299)

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        Last year’s iPad Mini, much like its larger counterpart, can be had for a steal now if you can find one. It is comparable to the Nexus 7, but comes equipped with Apple’s operating system and build quality. If you have an iPhone 5S then you know exactly how the Mini 2 performs, as they have the exact same electronic innards.

        7. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 ($999)

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          At nearly a thousand dollars, the Surface Pro 3 is priced more like a laptop than a tablet, and perhaps for good reason. Its main appeal is that it basically transforms into a laptop when you need to do your work, and reverts back into a tablet when you’re looking to consume content. If you want something that is both a jack of all trades and a master of some, this is the device for you.

          6. iPad Mini 3 ($399)

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            If you’ve got some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, you might be interested in the iPad Mini 3 over the iPad Mini 2. The only real difference between the two models is the addition of Touch ID and the ubiquitous gold color option, so only buy it if these are features you are really into.

            5. Amazon Fire HD 6 ($99)

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              You read that right. For a little under one hundred dollars, a brand-spanking-new Amazon tablet can be yours this holiday season. I’m not sure if I would suggest getting this if you already have a large-screened smartphone, but if you have a child or need a separate device for e-reading, this might be the tablet for you.

              4. Google Nexus 9 ($399)

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                Google ended its Nexus 7 line this year and instead chose to release the Nexus 9 as a direct competitor to the iPad Air 2. The 9 is still a great tablet by any measure, and I can vouch for Android L as its been performing pretty well on my old Nexus 7. Just know that it’s not quite as powerful as the competition (the flip side being that the Nexus 9 is cheaper).

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                3. iPad Air 2 ($499)

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                  With the iPad Air 2, you’re basically getting everything you could want in a tablet. Unlike the Mini 3, which was basically the Mini 2 with a fresh coat of gold paint, the Air 2 is an entirely different beast compared to its predecessor. This is mainly due to its new processor, the A8X, which uses three cores and is about as future proof as a mobile processing unit can get. Indeed, if you are an Apple fan and are wondering about how the iPhone 6S might perform next year, the Air 2 might just give you some hints as to what you can expect.

                  2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S ($499)

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                    Priced to compete directly with the iPad Air 2 and Nexus 9, the Tab S is a beast of a device. While its build quality isn’t quite up to the standards of its competitors, and its software is a bit clunkier to use, its got a magical screen (at least if you believe all of the reviews). Plus, you have options, as this tablet comes in both 9- and 11-inch varieties.

                    1. Google Nexus 7 2012 ($149)

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                      Nearly two and a half years after its release, the original Nexus 7 is still a great device if you’re not a power user. I use mine all the time as an e-reader and gaming device, and it even runs the newest Android operating system fairly well. The price listed is a bit misleading; you can get a 32gb model for far less (usually around $80) if you buy a used one. That’s a lot of tablet for a tiny amount of cash! It’s sort of a reminder of how quickly technology improves, as it feels like just yesterday.

                      At the end of the day, most tablets accomplish the same tasks, and if you can find a great deal on any of these I’d snap them up. Happy hunting!

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                      11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

                      11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

                      Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

                      Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

                      Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

                      1. Lumosity

                      This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

                      Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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                        2. Fit Brains Trainer

                        This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

                        Free.

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                          3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

                          Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

                          First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                            4. Brain Fitness Pro

                            The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                            Buy for $3.99.

                            5. Happify

                            If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                            Free to use.

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                              6. Clockwork Brain

                              You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                              Free.

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                                7. ReliefLink

                                Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                                  8. Eidetic

                                  Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                                    9. Braingle

                                    Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                                    Free.

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                                      10. Not The Hole Story

                                      If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                                      Free.

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                                        11. Personal Zen

                                        This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                                        Free.

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