Phablets Are On The Rise

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A phablet is more than just an odd sounding word; it is a portmanteau, or two worded blend, of phone and tablet. The key purpose is to retain the functionality of the table, while retaining the moderate size of the smartphone. Since the release of the Galaxy Note in 2011, the phablet market has exploded with numerous new products. Each option has certain features that allow for the tremendous success this modern device has seen in recent years.

Components of the Phablet

The tool cannot fit directly within the cellphone or tablet market; therefore, a new category was introduced for proper labeling. The following characteristics are common among the many products available in this specific category of mobile technology:

  • Screen size between roughly 5.5 and 7 inches.
  • Enough processing power to handle multitasking apps and web browsing across the large display without loss of quality.
  • Wi-Fi and mobile data capabilities for constant access to the Internet.
  • Sometimes styluses are included to complete writing and design tasks more easily.
  • High definition video playback, camera, and recording functions.
  • Loud speakers for clear, quality sound.
  • Reasonable size of width, length, and depth.

If the device has most of these qualities, it could be considered part of the many different phablets on the market. However, certain devices may have more or less than dependent on the brand and purpose.

The Best Options Available

It is challenging to remain up-to-date on the new technology products released through the months. However, this list is a compiled breakdown of the three best phablets based on the options available today.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

While this hasn’t been released yet in the United States, prior models and listed features put the Samsung Note at the top of the list. The 2560 by 1440 resolution display on the 5.7 inch screen makes any video or image come to life. The 2.7 GHz Quad Core processor running with 3 GB RAM and up to almost 100 GB of storage easily manages the advanced Android Operating System and anything else thrown at it. Depending on the model, you can expect to pay roughly three hundred dollars with a contract.

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The upgraded version is being released in the next few months, but that doesn’t automatically deprecate the Note 3. The device features many of the same features of the newer edition, such as the 3 GB RAM and 5.7 inch 1080p display. The stylus adds a level of usability that is unparalleled, specifically for completing writing and editing tasks.

3. Nokia Lumia 1520

The Lumia 1520 is a step above other options, especially those with the Windows Operating System. The full six inch high definition display with the 20 megapixel camera and incredibly slim design ensures that no features are lost. The large screen will make completing tasks usually done on the computer much easier and more mobile than ever before.

With so many great phablets available today, the market is continually rising and becoming even more diverse.

The Struggle Between Visual Appeal vs. Functionality in Web Design

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The fight of creating the most visually appealing website while maintain functionality is actually made unnecessarily difficult with the programming languages, such as HTML5, available today. The responsive and adaptive capabilities remove the need for mobile specific sites and adjustments across browsers and devices.  Utilizing these code options and some core principles associated with visual appearances and functions, anyone can create websites with a perfect balance between appeal and function.


It is unnecessary to create something that already exists; this principle applies to web design too. Frameworks provide the foundation for customizing without recreating from the beginning. One of the most famous, visually responsive options is Bootstrap, which is a mobile first framework that makes web development simple and fast. The numerous options of CSS appearances, JavaScript functions, and other components make this the perfect balance of simplicity and purpose. However, many other options exist too that have different levels of complexity targeted towards various aspects of any web based project.

Design Fundamentals

Certain principles should be followed to ensure the best experience for the user. A more friendly and appealing website will increase the number of viewers, retention, and shares. By using the following suggestions, you can boost the success of any site with ease.

1. Keep It Simple

Remaining simple and relatively plain has an array of awesome benefits. One of which is less coding, which saves time and money. Another advantage is ease of use for the viewer by limiting the number of excessive navigations, gaudy images, and other unnecessary components that can confuse and deter the user. Finally, on-page search engine optimization is actually directly related to design features, such as keyword clouds and duplicate content, which can drastically reduce Google rankings.

2. Cut Excess Colors

Having some uniform color theme will improve the appearance significantly by removing unpleasant contrasting colors. Match the colors to the goal of the website; for example, blues, ranging from navy to baby, would fit perfectly with a cloud based storage application. This takes some inherent artistic abilities, so hiring a professional may be necessary.

Clear Purpose

Understanding the reason behind the web application is paramount because it helps retain function during development. Record the necessary utilities that should be provided to the end user and ensure that those characteristics are still available upon changing the appearance. Another important point is that the consumer should be able to easily navigate and use every portion of the website or application without becoming confused or uncertain. Every component should be accurately labeled with a clear purpose or reason.

By using the key points outlined above, you can get started building any type of web application with ease. Consider using a well-developed framework to jumpstart the process and reduce unnecessary work, and develop a clear theme that utilizes matching colors and images for a consistent experience. Finally, after deciding on a design, combine the visual appeal with the functions to check for uniform cooperation between the two components of any successful website.

iMac: A Good or Bad Investment?

Mac: A good or Bad Investment

Over the last 15 years the Apple’s products have been known to revolutionize many different industries right from computers, mobile phones to music. When it comes to computer industries, a major impact had been made by Apple computers in the year 1984 and after the launch of the legendary Mac, there has been no looking back since then. However, these products have been priced at a much higher price than other computers. This makes it obvious that one has to know for sure that the iMac is a perfect choice for them before purchasing one. So, how does one decide if it is a good investment to make? The only ways to do that is by looking at all the features and weighing the pros and cons.

iMac: The Features

  • Display Design: The iMac, just like all the other apple products, comes with a great design. It has LCD panels coming with LED backlights. The 21.5 inch or 27 inch display (Depends upon your choice) adds to the style. Apple has been since long known to come up with products with a highly innovative design and completely user friendly interface. In the case of iMac, the result has been absolutely delighting. The display quality and color fidelity has been amazing too.
  • Integrated Design Approach:

iMac - a good or bad investmentPositives: The iMac has all its power as well as the display, all integrated into one. It means lesser complexity in assembling it up. There is no confusing wiring and a different CPU unit. All you have to do to start the iMac is, to connect it to a power source and push the start button. That’s it! This simplicity appeals the loyalty of their customers.

Negatives: One thing that can disappoint many of the users is that its software and hardware is also its highly integrated design. This makes it hard for anybody to tamper or even modify the hardware in any way. So if you are one of the hacking enthusiasts, the argument about whether the iMac is a good investment yields a negative answer. The iMac is designed for people to work on it. It has almost all the tools that an individual would require to work on it. However it is not made to be modified by the user as Apple ensures that it doesn’t leave any room for improvement.

  • The Hard Drive: iMac provides you with a few options about the hard drive. You can select from among 500 GB, 1 TB or a 2 TB hard Drive. The only problem here is, once you purchase, it is not easily changeable and hence one has to buy the largest they think they can afford. This can be waste of money if you buy the wrong one or end up with shortage of memory space if you buy the cheaper one.
  • Expandable RAM: Although the iMac does not allow any modifications in its hardware, it allows the users to expand the RAM when required.
  • Build in Accessories: iMac comes in with built in camera, speakers and also Microphone. This means even less connection work to trouble you with.
  • No irritating Features: The iMac has none of the heating up issues and is also free from the irritating sound of the cooling fan. This remarkable feat of engineering has made it much more appealing choice for users whose work involves working with extreme precision.
  • Position of ports: The ports provided in the iMac are on the backside of the computer. This makes connecting other devices to it a bit more difficult as the base is not adjustable and makes it difficult to rotate for accessing the ports.

The Addiction of Apple

It is a well known fact that the iMac is one of the most addictive digital product around. Those who use it once, somehow find themselves turned into a loyal apple customer and rarely opt for other brands. The cases of somebody buying an iMac and regretting it, if at all, are minimal. If your work demands that you make some modifications to the computer before you can use it, then iMac may be the most unfavorable choice for you. Other than that, this product will prove well worth its price and is a pretty good investment. To the users, Macs in general prove to be “More than Just a Computer” and rarely disappoints.

Mac vs. PC – Which is Better?

Mac vs PC - which is better?

mac-vs-pcA war is raging within the confines of the Internet and coffee shops: Mac versus PC—which is better? The vitriol spews from both sides like Apple spews upgrades, but once you get past the rhetoric, you’re still left with the question of “Which one do I buy? Is one even better than the other? I NEED A COMPUTER, HELP!” What you really need to ask is “Which one is the best fit for me?” and to answer that question, there are several key differences you need to consider before making your purchase.


Apple has put an enormous amount of time and effort into creating technology that is functional and, well, gorgeous. Their products are sleek and slim, with clean lines and modern appeal—they are the supermodel of the computer world. This is great if you like the design. This is absolutely horrible if you do not, because all Apple products look alike. They may be different sizes or shapes, but they all follow the aforementioned format.

PCs, on the other hand, come in a wide array of styles because they are manufactured by more than one company and there is no set design standard or style. When you consider that the different models each brand produces may have its own individual look, the possibilities are endless. They come in all forms, from the most utilitarian, no frills, all business style to products that look like alien technology. Unless you’re very picky, you can eventually find a model with an appearance you find pleasing.


Apple takes a “less is more” approach to their product lines, manufacturing only five different models—the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, the Mac mini, the iMac, and the Mac Pro. Even if the different configurations are counted separately, the total is only 18 unique computers, and if none of those fit your desired specifications, then you’re just out of luck.

PCs, because they originate from a plethora of manufacturers, offer a much larger selection of makes, models, specifications, and features. Does Toshiba not offer a computer that fits your needs? Who cares? Go on to Asus, Dell, Gateway, Sony, Lenovo, Samsung, HP, or MSI. If you can’t find a computer that has everything you need for the price you want, then you’re looking for features that haven’t yet been invented, like a laptop with a teleportation pad.


Macs run on the OS X operating system by default, although you can install and use Windows and Linux if you like. PCs are generally known for running on the Windows operating system, but they can use alternatives like Linux as well. However, legally, you cannot put Mac’s OS X on anything other than a Mac computer.

For most people, the operating system they prefer depends on two factors. The first is rather subjective as it depends on which system an individual user finds easiest to use and understand. The second is a bit more objective, because it takes into account how well the OS actually runs on the computer. Is it constantly crashing or is it stable? Does it freeze up or act like it’s been possessed by Satan? If you’re not sure of what OS you would prefer, try them out in the store, or on a friend’s computer to find out which interface you like best, and check reviews online to research any possible issues that they may have.


When comparing Macs to lower-end computers, Mac outperforms PC every time. Typically, Apple uses more expensive and higher-quality parts and this shows in the speed and capacity of their products. Now, when comparing Mac to a top-of-the-line PC, for example, an Alienware, the results are not as glaringly obvious; at this point, the comparison needs to be made using a specific brand, make, and model of PC and the most comparable Mac. While Macs have faster processors and will typically outperform PCs in speed and capacity, they also offer less RAM, hard disk space, and USB ports than your average PC.


Both Mac and PC can read and write CDs and DVDs, have audio in and audio out, USB ports (although, as noted above, PC usually has more of them), video output, data transfer capabilities, and Ethernet. Mac models come with a magnetized power port, which is not a standard feature on many PC models, but PCs can offer other features like Blu-ray players, TV tuners, touch screens, and HDMI ports.


PCs absolutely stomp Mac when it comes to customization capabilities. With every model except the Mac Pro, Apple will only let you upgrade the RAM memory and hard drive capacity. The Mac Pro allows for RAM, hard drive, and graphics card customization along with the ability to add CD/DVD drives.

On the flip-side, you can do almost anything to a PC, even building your own from scratch, choosing the components you like best. Even if you buy from a manufacturer, you can customize all kinds of options.


This is perhaps the most important question to ask when shopping for a new computer: “What do I want to be able to do with my computer?” because the answer can tell you a lot about what you need and don’t need—there’s no use paying more for features you will never use.

Are you a creative type who does a lot of design or music work, perhaps as a full-time job? Congratulations, you’re getting a Mac, just deal with it.

Alright, it’s not that extreme, but if you work in creative field, the majority of your coworkers and probably the computers at your job will be Macs, because they are the best platform for design and creative pursuits due to the strength of the programs available for them. Macs are (usually) more stable, don’t crash as easily or as often, and are more virus-resistant, which means there is a smaller chance of losing work because of a computer malfunction. There’s also the image projected by Mac ownership: Apple has done a lot to make their product seem like the creative, hip, alternative choice for those who consider themselves individuals outside corporate culture (aka artists).

The problem with Mac is that a lot of necessary software is not written for OS X. For instance, in business computing most programs were written for the Windows platform years ago and it would take a lot of time and money to make the switch to Mac. The lack of specialized software is something that needs to be considered when choosing between a Mac and PC.

Gamers, especially hard-core gamers, virtually all agree that PC offers a better platform for gaming. Now, there are Mac versions of well-known games, and Macs have the capability to run demanding games. You can also access Steam from a Mac, so it’s not the video game desert it once was. However, there are WAY more games offered for the PC and when you compare the price and gaming capabilities of both Mac and PC, Mac crashes and burns. The Mac Mini starts at $599 and can only run the most simple of games while you can get a decent PC capable of playing much more demanding games for the same price.

If you don’t fall into the three categories above—creative types, people who need specialized software, or gamers—then you’re likely a user who needs a computer for word processing, email and internet surfing, and maybe some casual games. Both a Mac and a PC would fulfill your needs, so you need to consider affordability.


Macs are, without a doubt, the more expensive option. Their cheapest option starts at $599 and the next cheapest is the MacBook Air at $899. The rest start at over $1000. Mac products are usually very high quality and their customer service is topnotch. It is also true that they are more resistant to viruses, but if you put a virus protection program on your PC and aren’t stupid about what you download, a PC does just as well in this area.

When it comes to the price and quality of a PC, the results vary greatly depending on the brand and model. Some computers will cost under $400, some may cost over $1000. The selection is just too large and varied to make valid general statements about PCs as a whole in regards to price. The same applies to questions of quality—some companies produce amazing machines that will last years, others sell products that last six months. To find out which brands are best, you have to put in a little bit of research time.


There is no real answer to the question of which is better, Mac or PC. They both have their strong points and weaknesses, and depending on your preference and needs, those can be deal-breakers or deal-sealers. Are you on a budget? It’s a PC for you! Are you a graphic designer? Say “Hi!” to your new Mac. Deciding which is best for you means considering what qualities you want in your machine, prioritizing those features you find most important, then researching different brands and models until you find the right one for you, be it Mac or PC.

The 3 Aspects That Make a Good Website

What makes a good website

What makes a good websiteWebsite design has seemingly evolved since the early onset of the Internet and web design in the late 90’s. We have moved from repeating graphic backgrounds to silly gifs and click through counts to advanced clean and one-two color design, mobile formatting, and 3D integrated effects. So what makes a great website? MezzoLogic, a Los Angeles SEO and web development company, explains that the website itself needs to be attractive and appealing, but that is only one important aspect of what makes it objectively great. Below is a brief run through of the major components of web design and how a great website really works on the front and back end.

Where is the Information?

You really cannot get very far without looking at perhaps the most blatant and important element to a great website – its navigation. Visitors will come to a website from a multitude of various channels. This may be from a blog post to an embedded external link to a direct search through Google direct into the home page. The fact is that the point of entry will always change, but the ultimate navigation of the website remains the same. You want visitors to be able to find any source from any point with only a handful of clicks at most. The main navigation bar at the top or side (preferably the top, it makes for superior design) should be incredibly self explanatory. If a visitor spends over 30 seconds looking for something, such as a contact form or product, they will click away and never return again. Arguably, the desire and search for information and its relative visibility is one of the most important considerations in what makes a great website.

Cohesion and Sense: A Natural Theme

We have all heard about the art of designing a logo. A great logo is usually one or two colors, and it makes sense tonally with the brand. For example, a logo for a toy company is not going to use some slick black and white design that a child can’t make it what it even is. A thematic tye-in is important to a website’s success and overall effectiveness. This can be applied to color, obviously, using the extreme example of a toy company. But the colors should be cohesive throughout the website.

A pool company uses subdued blues. A company that specializes in custom-made candles uses washed maroons and reds. Outside of color, you want the goal of the website to be front and center. An online shop opens up their home page with a featured product. A fun and entertaining blog opens with casually written content, where products (if they are there at all) are placed as secondary.

Fun With Back End Marketing

A great website is not all about the front end visuals and design, but also about the back end functionality. This includes such aspects as data tracking, order management, and content organization. These are often wrapped up into what many web developers call the back end management. A great website interacts with this back end ‘hub’ to provide new content more easily, while also managing what is there already.