10 mobile gadgets for farm business
The latest addition to the iPhone line-up, the iPhone 5 features a larger, clearer display, a new chip for quicker performance, an 8-megapixel camera, and more. The phone comes with iOS 6, Apple's latest operating system, which consists of a series of built-in apps and an iCloud option for wireless connectivity between your devices and computer, among other things. Price: A 16GB model is $199 with a 2-year contract.
Samsung Galaxy S III
The Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch touchscreen, 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.9-megapixel forward-facing cameras, and comes running the Ice Cream Sandwich Android operating system. The phone also features "Smart Stay," which detects your motions and caters its services accordingly, "S Beam," which allows you to share mobile files to a friend, and more. Price: A 16GB model is $199 with a 2-year contract.
The Nexus 4 smartphone from Google features Google Now, a search tool that presents "cards" of information you specify, from weather to calendar events to traffic and more. Gesture Typing makes for quicker keyboard use and a new processor makes for fast performance. You can also shoot photos with an 8-megapixel camera and HD video camera. Plus, the phone is unlocked and contract free. Price: An 8GB model is $299.
The Droid DNA smartphone features a slim, light polycarbonate body with 5-inch, 1080p display. A quad-core processor makes for fast performance. A one-press continuous shot camera will take up to 4 photos per second, and VideoPic allows you to shoot photos and video at the same time. Price: A 16GB model is $199 with a 2-year contract.
Nokia Lumia 920
The Lumia 920 runs the Windows 8 operating system, which offers a home screen full of customized tiles, including a clock, calendar, phonebook, OneNote, and more. Internet Explorer 10 comes standard, as does a Carl Zeiss camera lens. The phone also has a 4.5-inch display, offers 9 hours of talk time and 320 hours of standby time. Price: $99 with a 2-year contract.
iPad with Retina Display
The latest full-size iPad boasts a "Retina display" screen, which apple says, "makes everything look crisp and lifelike," thanks to 3.1 million pixels. The iPad offers faster performance and quicker wireless speeds than before. The model also features iCloud capability for wireless connectivity between your devices and computer, among other things. Price: A 16GB Wi-Fi model is $499.
Apple's newest iPad model measures in with a 7.9-inch display, compared to the 9.7-inch screen on the full-size model. Weight is 53% lighter than the iPad at .68 pounds. The device also features a 5-megapixel camera, a 1080p HD video camera, fast wireless capabilities, and a 10-hour battery life on a single charge. Plus, it's small enough to fit in one hand. Price: A 16GB Wi-Fi model is 329.
Google's Nexus 7 tablet features a 7-inch display and long-lasting battery (9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading, and 300 hours of standby time.) The device comes with the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, a Gesture Typing keyboard, and access to Google Play. The Google Now search tool is also pre-installed. A 16GB Wi-Fi model is $199.
The Nexus 10, Google's latest tablet offering, features a thin 8.9 mm frame and weighs in at just 603 grams. It offers a 10-inch screen with a powerful graphics processor. The tablet is also sharable and customizable, so individual users can have their own home screen, wallpaper, apps, storage and more. The Google Now search tool is also pre-installed. Price: A 16GB Wi-Fi model is $399.
Microsoft Surface with Windows RT
The Surface tablet with Windows RT comes pre-installed with Office Home, which includes touch-enabled versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Customized tiles on the home screen keep info flowing in real time, and apps can be downloaded from the Windows Store. Price: A 32GB table only model is $499.
From smartphones to tablets, these 10 devices could make a big difference out in the field.