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Top Android Cell Phones

Top Android Cell Phones


Over the past few years Android Phones have been on the rise of the hottest phone around to have. With so much selection and phone specifications it could be hard to choose the best one. Here is the top 5 android phones that you should definitely check out.

HTC Droid Eris

The HTC Droid Eris runs a 1.5 platform and comes with a HTC sense interface, which is customizable. This phone is very modern looking and has a nice look to it. There is no QWERTY feature on this phone so if you are okay with typing everything straight onto the touch screen this is a great choice for you. The Droid Eris is very lightweight, just over 4 ounces, and can be comfortable carrying around in your shirt or pants pocket. Features include WiFi Capability, which is great for anybody, Bluetooth and over 1,000 apps to choose from. My favorite app for this phone is “Shazam”, it will analyze any song and tell you the name and artist. It still to this day amazes me. The HTC Droid Eris is retailed by Verizon Wireless for $469 or $179 with a 2 year contract. Buying online will save you another $100. So this phone has great features, looks cool and is only $79.

Motorola Devour

The Motorola Devour has been recently released by Verizon Wireless. It runs the android 1.6 platform and also has a Motoblur interface. The bright touchscreen interface is 3.1 inches wide and is Bluetooth compatible. There is also a featured QWERTY keyboard that can be used to dial phone numbers, text, and use the internet. The full retail price of the Devour from Verizon Wireless is $479.00 but if you purchase it with a 2 year contract it comes out to $249.99. Purchasing this phone online will also get you another $100 online discount. This phone is great for social networking site users such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace as all your accounts and e-mails can be streamed into one section of your phone. Real Time updates of all your linked pages is also a plus when using th3 Motorola Devour. The price of this phone is good for users who do not want to spend much money on a Droid phone but still love all the features included.

T-Mobile G1 with Google

The T-Mobile G1 is also known as the HTC Dream. This android phone was first released in late 2008 and is still popular to this day. The LCD touch screen glass looking display is clear and vibrant and it weighs just over 5 ounces. This smart phone also features a QWERTY keyboard and trackball, so choices of use is up to you. This phone is my favorite of all the android phones out there. I think it is very useful and I have always been obsessed with Google. The storage on the phone is great, coming with 1GB of memory but you are able to purchase memory cards with up to 16GB. Sound on the phone is crystal clear. You can purchase this phone from T-Mobile for $369, but with a 2 year plan and $50 mail in rebate the phone comes out to a great price of $99. Colors of the phone come in white and black.

Sprint HTC Hero

The Sprint HTC Hero is the first android phone on “The Now Network” and is an awesome phone for you if you love to customize your interface. There are many options to choose from between your 5.0 camcorder and your favorite of thousands of apps, you can browse through the many interfaces by moving your finger in a sweeping motion.. The outside of the HTC Hero phone appears to look somewhat like the G1 but upon comparing my G1 to my dad’s Hero, the hero feels a little heavier and more firm. The phone has a accelerometer that will automatically change the horizontal or vertical screen to fit your convenience. My favorite part of this phone and some other Androids is the soft touch screen “landscape” keyboard. This is definitely on the top of my list of coolest android phones. You can purchase the HTC Hero from< a href=” http://shop.sprint.com/NASApp/onlinestore/en/Action/SubmitRegionAction?isUpgradePathForCoverage=false&currZipCode;=&upgradeOption;=&nextPage;=DisplayPhones&equipmentSKUurlPart;=%3FcurrentPage%3DphonePage&filterStringParamName;=&newZipCode;=34982&x;=0&y;=0″>Sprint for $99 if you get a 2 year contract or are eligible for an upgrade.

Nexus One

Last but not least on my list is the Nexus One. This android phone made by Google and has a great 480×800 resolution touch screen. Background of the interface is animated and cool to look at. The Nexus One runs on a 3G network, so you can clearly stream online videos. This phone definitely Is one of the best droid phones, it comes with two microphones built in to maximize online sound, music and phone conversations. You can purchase the Nexus One through Google for $179 if you select the T-Mobile contract, for 2 years. You can also buy the phone by itself with no contract for $529.

No matter which Android phone you decide to go with any of these top 5 will be sure to meet your needs one way or another.

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Metro PCS Cell Phone Service Review

Metro PCS Cell Phone Service Review


I recently switched cell phone providers thinking that Metro PCS would give me a better deal. I’ve seen Metro PCS posted on billboards and online advertisements stating that their cheapeast phone plan with unlimited local calling and text is only $30 a month. I figured I would try it out since it sounded like something that might fit my budget.

I decided to sign up for the $35 a month plan because it included unlimited long distance calling and texts. After taxes, it turns out to be about $43 a month. While first trying to activate my phone, the customer service was not very good. Apparently they had a problem with the computer system and they told me I had to go to a Metro PCS store to have it activated. I understand that problems can happen and I was very patient and courteous about it. 
I decided just to wait a couple hours and call back. The lady on the phone was very hard to understand because of her accent and I had difficulty understanding how to activate the phone. Finally, the computer systems were running so she was able to activate the phone.

After a week or so of using the phone, I noticed some defects. While I am texting to someone, it sometimes says “message failed”. Then there are times when I send a text message and the recipient will not receive the text message until the next day. It also messes up the times that the messages are sent. I called Metro PCS to explain the situation. I was hung up on several times in an attempt to speak to a human customer service representative. I spent about two hours on the phone trying to speak to someone. I called from both my house phone and my cell phone. Each time I called, I was hung up on. So, needless to say, the customer service is very poor.

After many attempts, I was able to reach a man who explained to me that I cannot return the phone because I had already used it for one hour of airtime. Well, if that is their policy, then fine. I did not complain to him. I barely could understand his accent. It makes it difficult when it’s hard to communicate.

After a few weeks of having this phone, I am realizing that I made a bad mistake by switching to Metro PCS. I do like that there is no contract and that your first month of service is free, but I’ve done research and have heard from other people that there are much better cell phone service providers out there that do not require a contract to sign up for their service.

Here is another negative thing about Metro PCS. You have a few options to pay your bill. One of the options is going to the store to pay directly. I went to the store to pay directly and they charged me $3 extra to pay in person. Then, in order to pay by credit card, they charge you $2 for that transaction. Therefore I was added an extra $5 to my bill. So that brought the price to $49. This phone service is definetly not worth $49.

For $35 a month, you only get long distance unlimited text and calling. You don’t even get caller ID or voicemail. I am switching again this month to a better service. I’ve read that for $35 with another service, I can get Caller ID, voicemail and unlimited long distance text and calling. I think I should start calling them now. That’s if Metro PCS will ever answer the phone to allow me to cancel my plan. I guess I’ll have to go to the store to do that, if that’s the case. I wonder if I’ll get charged to cancel if I do it in the store?

All in all, Metro PCS has been unsatisfactory to me. I would rate the phone and service on a scale of 1-10, 10 being ‘best’ as a 3. I give it a 3 because I do like the first month free, no contract and the phone I bought was inexpensive (about $60) and it is a very attractive and slim phone that fits easily in my purse and doesn’t take up much room. I prefer service over appearance though, so I’d rather have a less attractive phone with better service.

I know of other people who have made the switch from Metro PCS to another phone company due to similiar reasons. They have told me that the service was not good and that I should also make the switch before I keep ending up paying for something that I am not satisified with.

I really do not like to complain as I am a pretty laidback person who is very understanding. Hopefully, Metro PCS will improve their phone service so that they can gain a better reputation.

4. Mytouch 3g

– T-mobile’s quick answer to the Iphone, the 3g features an improved app store and easy to use interface. Although the original that came on the market lacked a 3.5 mm jack for headphones, the company was able to incorporate this feature in the “fender” edition of the device. At a reasonable $150.00, the Mytouch offers a 3.2” display and compact design. The weight of this device is only 4.1 ounces, compared to the T-mobile G1’s weight of 5.1 ounces. The only drawback is the lack of memory on the device compared to similar phones on the market, which can make some apps run a bit slow at times. However, it is a great phone for those craving a smartphone, but do not want to spend several hundred dollars. Overall, a great buy, good interface, and its compact size make it number four on the list. This phone can also be purchased at T-mobile stores nationwide.

3. HTC Google Nexus One

– HTC introduced this phone early 2010, and boasted its appeal with a large 3.7” display, which is larger than the Iphone’s 3.5″ display. What set this android phone apart from the rest is its massive 1 GHz processor via Qualcomm Snapdragon brand chip. Although it lacks some multi-touch features and Outlook calendar synching, this phone has a great media player. They only point preventing this from being higher on the list is the overall price. With a two-year T-mobile contract, it’s a reasonable $180, but the unlocked version will cost approximately $530.

2. Motorola Droid

– Verizon changed the game of Android phones by introducing the Droid. The Droid features a stylish and easily utilized physical keyboard, which many other similar phones lack in the current marketplace. The phone features a large 3.7″ display and offers great web browsing features. The only minor issue of the phone is the granny pictures from the camera at times. If taking pictures on your phone is not an issue, then this is a great Android phone. The phone is currently sold thru Verizon, and is priced at $200 with a two-year agreement.

1. Motorola Cliq

– This is the dream phone for any social-networking junkie. By far, this is the best overall Android phone in areas of interface, price, and features. The phone is offered thru T-mobile for approximately $200 with a two-year contract, and it features both a touch screen and physical keyboard. Although the phone weighs in at 5.7 ounces, the phone is not overwhelmingly heavy. It features a very compact design for its size, and feature Motoblur. This software allows users to receive constant updates from social-networking sites such as facebook, myspace, and twitter. This is the ideal phone for anybody on the go, but still wants to keep up on all aspects of social-networking. This phone is available at Verizon stores across the country.

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gTodo: A Simple, Easy-to-Use Task Manager for Linux

gTodo: A Simple, Easy-to-Use Task Manager for Linux


For many of us, crossing an item off our to-do lists evokes a certain satisfaction that really makes the tasks feel complete. There’s just something about keeping that list and getting stuff done that makes feel me on top of things, less stressed and even a little warm and fuzzy inside. But even those that aren’t personal productivity obsessives like me can benefit from recording their tasks in a list, even if just as an occasional reminder of what needs to get done.

There are many, many tools to manage your to-do lists out there, but for the average person most are, frankly, overkill. Not everyone needs the massive capabilities of Outlook clone Evolution or it’s KDE kounterpart (sorry, couldn’t resist the “k!”) Korganizer, but they don’t just want to record their tasks on a post-it note, either. No, most people need simple, graphical way to track their tasks on their computer. Enter gTodo, a simple but effective task manager for the GNOME desktop.

The first thing you’ll notice is the very simple and easy to use interface…just a single pane with your tasks and related information, add and remove buttons, and category filter drop down box. It’s simple to get started: just click on “Add” and the task entry dialog pops up.

You’ll find several useful features here, including the ability to add a due date and time to your task, assign it a priority and even attach explanatory notes. Entering tasks couldn’t be easier. Once your to-do list starts to grow, you’ll likely want to be able to sort and search through all your tasks. Luckily, gTodo provides pretty good sorting options for such a simple application, including the ability to sort by multiple criteria ascending or descending. In addition, you hide completed items, items without a due date, or past due items from your list, giving you the ability to zero in on what you need to get done in multiple ways. While there’s no search function, the advanced sorting capabilities should allow you to find what you need fairly quickly.

gTodo will also automatically purge old tasks for you, and as well as highlight past due items and tasks that are due in the next few days. It also has a useful tray icon that displays your due tasks on mouse hover, and allows you to quickly update your list.

I like the fact that gTodo allows you to save and open multiple task list files, so even though you can have several different categories within your each list, you can also keep completely separate files if you’d like. Work tasks and personal tasks, for instance. Or, you can save your list and take it to another computer with gTodo installed. The HTML export function is also a handy way to create a nicely formatted version of your list for printing, however I would have liked it if the HTML file included notes. As it stands, the html export includes javascript that displays the note in a dialog box when you click on the task. Very nice if you’re slapping your list on a USB drive to access from a computer, but not so cool for printing out to take with you.

Although I’d like to see better export for printing and a real search function, the fact is that gTodo keeps things simple, and that’s a feature! Simplicity is what the vast majority of people need in application like this, and I think it’s great at what it does. There are enough organizational functions to make this application really useful, but it’s far from bloated. If you need a simple, easy to use task manager for the GNOME Linux desktop, give gTodo a whirl.

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How to Unlock a Samsung Omnia II Phone

How to Unlock a Samsung Omnia II Phone


The Omnia II is a high-end smartphone developed by Samsung that is marketed as a competitor to other feature-rich phones, such as the Apple iPhone and the Motorola Droid. The Omnia II offers a wide array of features, such as an integrated MP3 player, microphone, quality camera, large touchscreen, and Bluetooth connectivity, and is available on several different carrier networks. Most carriers only offer an Omnia that has been flashed and locked to its own network, making it impossible to use it on a different network until the phone is unlocked. Fortunately, it is relatively simple to unlock the Samsung Omnia, and, once unlocked, you’ll be able to use it on any network that supports its GSM radio type.

Step 1: Open your Web browser via either your smartphone or your laptop and type “cellunlockcodes.com” into the URL field, then press “Enter.” This website contains hundreds of cell phone unlock codes that can be purchased, including the code for your Samsung Omnia II.

Step 2: Scroll down the page. Locate and click the “Unlock Your Samsung” link. Fill out the phone details for the unlocker. Choose your carrier from the first drop-down menu on the page, such as “AT&T;,” then wait for the page to automatically forward to the next item. Enter your personal information, including your payment info, into the field. Make sure your phone number and email address are correct, since you’ll need that information to receive the unlock code. Submit the form.

Step 3: Take the battery cover off the back of your phone, then remove the battery. You should see the SIM card, which is a little plastic card located within a slot. Take the SIM card out carefully, then replace the battery and battery cover. Turn your phone on. Open the dial pad as if you were making a phone call, and enter the code you received during Step 2. On most Omnia II phones, the code is: #7465625*638*#. Press “Call” as if you were placing a call. The Omnia will process the unlock code and unlock itself.

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Is Apple’s MobileMe Worth the Money?

Is Apple’s MobileMe Worth the Money?


Apple introduced its MobileMe program to try to capitalize on the success of its iPhone, and within a few months, MobileMe ads began popping up on iTunes for pretty much all iPhone users. This begs the question–what the heck does MobileMe do, and is it really worth a hundred bucks per year?

Here’s a look at the features of Apple’s MobileMe service, and whether it’s really worth the extra cash.

What Is MobileMe? The MobileMe service was designed as an answer to Microsoft’s Exchange service, and through the use of a push function it synchronizes data across multiple computers and devices, including the iPhone. This means that if you update your calendar on your computer, your iPhone instantly and wirelessly updates that data, and vice versa. Email works similarly, and the service also offers proprietary email and file storage abilities.

Storage – Individual users can store up to 20GB of data on the MobileMe service, which allows it to serve as a decent data backup service, but because MobileMe uses http:// instead of https://, there’s a question as to how secure the online storage is. It’s more valuable as a file sharing tool, to send, for instance, videos and pictures to family members–though there are a ton of services online that offer the same features for free.

iPhone Compatibility – MobileMe’s compatibility with the iPhone is one of the best justifications of its cost–since the program was largely designed with the iPhone in mind, this makes sense. As your calendars and other data sync up directly to your iPhone wirelessly, it’s a great organizational tool, and if you ever lose your iPhone (or for that matter, if it’s stolen) you can remotely wipe the iPhone out and use the built in GPS to track its location. This last feature alone justifies the hundred dollar cost to many people, especially if you keep critical or sensitive information on your iPhone and you live in a large city where theft is more probable.

Ultimately, MobileMe is probably not worth $100 unless you’ve got an iPhone, and even then, its worth is largely dependent on how often and thoroughly you use your address book and calendar, and how many devices you use to update your address book and calendar. Save your money unless you’re a dedicated Apple fan that has a seriously difficult time keeping everything in order across your computers and iPhone, or you worry about your personal data should your iPhone get stolen. For others, the MobileMe service, while convenient, simply isn’t there yet.

Do you use Apple’s MobileMe? Post in our comments section below.

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How to Get All the Promos from Steam’s Linux Sale — On a PC or Mac

How to Get All the Promos from Steam’s Linux Sale — On a PC or Mac


My brother once dismissed the whole Linux gaming scene as “minigames about Tux the Penguin.” At the time, he wasn’t far off.

But now Steam has officially arrived on Linux, or at least the Ubuntu-flavored version of it. It’s out of beta, and is available through the Ubuntu Software Center, its equivalent of the App Store. There are more than 50 titles available for it right now, many of them PC or indie smash hits, like CounterStrike: Source and Team Fortress 2.

That’s all well and good, you say. But how can you get in on it if you’re on a Windows PC or a Mac?

Option 1: Buy the games for Windows or Mac

Don’t tell anyone, but you know how it says “Save on all Linux games” on Steam’s page? That doesn’t mean you can only buy the Linux version. It means if you buy those games from Steam, you can use them on any platform Steam runs on.

So if you haven’t picked up, say, the original Half-Life yet, now’s a perfect chance to do so at only $2.49. Same with indie smash hits Bastion, Eversion, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent, or at least they’re priced in that same ballpark.

All of the games in Steam’s “Linux games” sale are also available on Windows PCs. Nearly all work on the Mac OS. Just look at the icons beneath each game’s name, and log in with Steam on a machine running that OS if you want to play it. (In case you can’t tell from the sale banner, the penguin icon is Linux, even though the only “Linux” that Steam supports right now is Ubuntu.)

Option 2: Install Linux yourself

Why would you do this, when the games all run on Windows PCs or Macs? Besides the fact that a lot of people find it fun to try out a new OS, you get a free Tux (Linux penguin) item in Team Fortress 2 if you log in to the free-to-play shooter from Linux. Obviously this isn’t a big incentive if you’re not into Team Fortress 2, but if you are it might be worth it, both for the chance to test out Ubuntu and for completionism’s sake. Besides, everything’s better with penguins.

The Ubuntu home page will explain how to download and install Ubuntu for free. You don’t have to replace your Windows or Mac installation with it; you can instead put it right alongside the existing OS. You’ll want to backup your personal data first, though, if you aren’t already using Time Machine or a similar backup utility. 

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Kentucky Storms, Weather Cause Phone Outages for Thousands of “877” and “866” Phone Numbers

Kentucky Storms, Weather Cause Phone Outages for Thousands of “877” and “866” Phone Numbers


Due to a storm in Kentucky, thousands of “877” and “866” numbers are no longer working. This has not only led to the inability for companies to receive phone calls, it has created an even larger problems with credit card processing companies.

According to Cynergy Data, the storm in Kentucky knocked out fiber optic lines that process the thousands of “877” and “866” phone numbers made every day. Cynergy Data claimed these lines may be down for several days. This may have negative effects on businesses especially small businesses who are already struggling in our lagging economy.

As a small business owner I first noticed my credit card and food stamp machines not working early Wednesday afternoon. Several phone calls to my credit card processing company and to the phone company resulted in both claiming innocence and bewilderment.

Talking to the neighboring business owners I discovered their ability to process credit card transactions had ended as well. The phone company repair man, upon showing up to try to fix the problem, thinking it was isolated to our store, claimed that many businesses across the area were calling and complaining of the inability to process credit cards.

The phone company repair man, despite saying that many stores were having the same issue still said it had to be the credit card processing company. We knew this was impossible because food stamps and credit cards are processed by different processing companies in our store. We also use a different processing company than our neighboring businesses do.

The inability to process credit cards has already cost our small grocery store hundreds of dollars, especially in food stamp purchases. The outage also affected our low income customers who rely on food stamps to put food on the dinner table. It was hard to watch these customers leave their carts of food unpaid for wondering how they were going to pay for the food they needed to feed their families.

As the economy has worsened I have seen more and more customers paying for their food on credit cards or food stamps. This credit and debit card processing outage could mean that the economy as a whole will suffer.

Consumers who are planning on shopping may want to bring back up cash, as your local store may not be able to take credit or debit cards for the next few days.

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Numerous phone calls with Cynergy Data and the Embarq phone company.

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How Mobile Android Development Works

How Mobile Android Development Works


Android applications are widely available, but finding the ones that you need can be a challenge. There are simply too many to choose from. When you have a guide for that, it can help. Here is s bit of that and some information on how mobile Android development works.

Android applications are Java based. Written through SDK in the Linux operating system, Android app development is very open to those who wish to use this platform to display their application. The best feature in the Android app development is the ability to use other applications with a new creation. It means that developers do not have to “re-invent the wheel” to get an application out. It saves time and money. The applications are really useful too. Here are some of the best ones to date.

“Google Talk” is the first application that is a must. If you do not have it already, then you need to get it installed. You can text for free through gmail. The best feature is the fact that it is free. Just go to the Android Marketplace and hit “download.” In fact, while you are there, get Google everything. They have a mobile Android application for nearly anything that you would do on your desktop.

Then download “Advanced Task Killer” for your phone. It allows you to use your phone with far less memory. It allows you to kill any applications that you do not need. In fact, it helps you prevent the pesky applications that you end up deleting. You know, the ones that say they do this and you discover that they really do “that.” Those applications can be easily put in check with this application.

“Shop Savvy” is next on the list. This application is really fun. You use your camera to snap a picture of a product that you wish to buy. It then shows you the competitions price. The prices are listed starting with the cheapest price available. You can even get local listings. That way, you save money.

“Scan Doc” is another useful mobile Android application. You can scan documents through a picture. Then you can save or send any document that you have on the road. This one is very useful if you are self-employed. Snap a picture to scan any document that you need to file away.

“Drop Box” is another of the Android applications that you really need to have. It is perfect for travel between home and work. Anything that you have on your computer at work or home can be accessed through this application. That way you can always stay connected to your life at work or at home.

“VRecorder” is perfect for taking voice notes or recording anything. It allows you unlimited vocal recording time. Then you can email or text the voice notes to anyone. It is really handy to have on your phone. This saves your voice notes to your memory card. That means that you can also eject your memory card and clip it into a device to read on your computer later. That is very handy.

There are countless other mobile Android applications from the Android app development Marketplace. Have fun searching through the countless applications that are all only available on Android.

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Recycle Your Old Cell Phone and Other E-Waste into Cash

Recycle Your Old Cell Phone and Other E-Waste into Cash


Rapidly changing technology has resulted in rapidly accumulating e-waste. Often times fully functional cell phones, computers or game consoles become landfill fodder or closest clutter. Several companies have recognized this problem and are offering solutions that help both your wallet and the environment.

Cell Phones

With every member of the family having one, cell phone e-waste can add up quickly. Thanks to cellforcash so can the payout. The company will buy back a wide range of used cell phones provided they are still in working condition.

The site’s design makes selling back your phone easy. The buyback system is arranged like an online store. You can browse for your phone by brand and then model. Each phone has a picture and the price the company will pay for it. Just click the “sell” button to add to your cart. Once you are done, you will be lead through a simple checkout process with instructions on sending in your phone.

Not surprisingly, newer model phones will bring the best prices. At the time of this writing, cellforcash offered as much as $250 for used iPhones. Many older phones had prices averages of $9 or $10.

If your phone is old enough to be mistaken for a brick, the site will probably not be able to offer anything for it directly, but don’t loose hope. Cellforcash links to partner sites that may offer up to a $20 credit towards a new phone – even if your phone is a bit brick like. Lastly, the company links to charity and recycling centers.

XBOX, iPod and Digital Cameras

While selling your old mp3 player or portable game system on eBay is certainly a good way to turn it into cash, it does have some disadvantageous. In order to get top dollar you will have to craft a strongly compelling listing and compete with other sellers. Even with a good listing, you will not know until the auction closes what price your gear will actually grab.

An alternative is to sell you used tech to beyondthepod. The site will give you a fixed price for your used game system, camera or mp3 player. Much like cellforcash, the company offers a straightforward shopping style interface that allows you to select the item you wish to sell, and specify its condition. You will then get an instant price. While the company pays the highest price for newer electronics in good condition, they also purchase some electronics even if they are broken.

Used Computers

Online auctions may be the first place you look to when it is time to upgrade your PC, but once again, they may not be the best place. The online auction market is swamped by PC owners trying to get a little cash to help fund an upgrade. Assuming you do find a buyer, auction fees and the cost of shipping a heavy PC can thin out your profit margin quickly.

Tiger Direct offers and excellent alternative. The company offers fixed amount gift certifies for used equipment. The best part? They will provide you a prepaid shipping label — even for heave desktop systems.

While recycling your electronics probably will not make you rich, the recovered cash and closet space makes it worth it. You also get the bonus of knowing that your used tech will staying out of the landfill.

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Virgin Mobile Androids: Worth the Money?

Virgin Mobile Androids: Worth the Money?


Virgin mobile offers a wide array of cell phones for a cheap price. As most cheap products, some of them do not work properly and are a waste of money and time. At the same time, there are some phones that are very much worth what you pay. But how do you know which phones will last you a long time and which ones won’t?

The first android phone I will discuss is the Virgin Mobile Venture, currently sold for $34.99. This cell phone is powered by Android 2.3, a slightly older Android platform. This phone is bar-style, meaning the phone does not open or slide. It has a full QWERTY physical keyboard, as well. This phone is very sleek and overall, and it is fairly simple to use. This phone is somewhat bulky, which makes the phone much harder to break. My Virgin Mobile Venture went down flights of stairs, fell in water and was dropped countless times. The only damage that was done are some generally unnoticeable scratches. In addition to these positive features, there is one terrible feature: battery life. I had to charge this phone up to three times a day, even when I hardly used it. If you open and use an application for more than 5 minutes, the battery will drain and the phone will power down. Another major issue with this phone is call quality. Each call you make on this phone comes in with static and is very difficult to hear. Overall, the Virgin Mobile is a good phone, but is not a great phone.

The next android I will review is the Kyocera Rise. This phone is powered by the all-new Android 4.0. It features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3.5 inch touchscreen. The camera on this phone is a 3.2 Megapixel, which is a good quality for a cell phone camera. This phone is much more delicate than the Virgin Mobile Venture, meaning it is slightly easier to damage. In addition to these features, this cell phone has wonderful battery life. I used this phone quite frequently and I only had to charge it once a day, if that. Overall, the Kyocera Rise is worth the money you pay. This phone can be purchased for good prices, between $69.99 and $79.99.

You can browse Virgin Mobile cell phones here.