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Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from me this season. May all your Apple wishes comes true and enjoy the next few days with iDevices, family and friends 🙂

By the way, it’s never too late to get an eGift Card for iTunes. You can do it at apple.com (which redirects to iTunes if viewing on an iDevice) or on the Apple Store app.

I’ll update my blog after Christmas 🙂

iPad 2 vs. iPad 3rd gen vs. iPad with Retina

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Walmart.com has a section on its website for Today Only, free shipping. It lists the iPad 2 starting at only $399. A bunch of people have been asking me about iPads recently about which one to get and here’s a quick 10 minute guide to each one.

iPad 2 (Feb 2011) starts at $399

  • does not have a retina screen (has a similar quality display like the iPhone 3GS and iPad mini)
  • features two low quality cameras
  • comes in both the WiFi only models and 3G models
  • does not feature Siri
  • can upgrade to iOS 6, but limited because the lack of Siri
  • does not have the lighting port (but that is not really a problem)
  • where to buy: Walmart.com, Apple.com, Amazon.com, etc.

iPad 3rd generation (Feb 2012) *hard to find* starts at $350, $379 refurbished

  • retina screen (like the iPhone 4 and iPad with Retina Display)
  • two cameras, one being a 5MP (like the iPhone 4)
  • comes in both the WiFi only models and 4G LTE models
  • features Siri
  • can upgrade to iOS 6 and not limited because it has Siri
  • does not have lightning port (but, again, that is not really a problem)
  • where to buy: Apple.com

iPad with Retina Display, 4th gen. (October 2012) starts at $499

  • retina screen (like iPhone 4 and iPad 3rd generation)
  • two cameras, one being a 5MP (like iPhone 4)
  • comes in both WiFi only models and 4G LTE models
  • features Siri
  • can upgrade to iOS 6 and not limited because it has Siri
  • has lightning port
  • where to buy: Apple.com, Walmart.com, Amazon.com

NOTE: The iPad 2 on Walmart.com for only $399 with free shipping is a bad deal. You can get a newer refurbished iPad 3 on the Apple website for $379 and shipping is always free!!! 😀

Also I am super biased towards the iPad 3rd generation (it’s the one I have). I absolutely love mine, but with a low budget, the iPad 2 is a good alternative because at least it’s an iPad 🙂

iPod Christmas Guide 2012

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So you may be interested in getting your friend, a relative or someone really close to you an iPod for Christmas and the biggest problem that you may face is not only what color to get, but what type of iPod. There’s the iPod shuffle, the nano, the touch and the classic (yes it still exists.) Sure you may know the difference on a basic level, the shuffle shuffles your music, the nano stores only a few songs, the touch is pretty much an iPhone without cellular and the classic is old and holds a lot of music. But this guide will help you decide which iPod is perfect for the right person.

Let’s start with the inexpensive:

iPod shuffle 2GB $49

(comes in blue, green, yellow, pink, purple, grey, black and product red)

The iPod Shuffle features a clickable control without a screen. It won’t show you your music, but it will tell you with the push of a button what song is playing (called VoiceOver). It also features a clip on it to attach to clothing and comes with the regular Apple Earphones.

The shuffle can survive being dropped, being submerged in water, thrown around and an entire marathon. Plus its only $49 so it’s not that expensive to replace. It only holds hundred of songs, so its best for someone with a small library or someone who knows which songs they want on their iPod. If they have 1200 songs and are indecisive like me, I’d try something with more room for music.

iPod nano 16GB $149

(comes in blue, green, yellow, pink, purple, grey, black and product red)

The nano features a multi-touch display, bluetooth (to connect to speakers, headphones, etc.), plays videos (such as movies and podcasts), stores photos and even plays the radio. It is thin and very lightweight and comes with the new Earpods.

The new nano is very small and is great for an indecisive person that has a couple of thousands of songs and doesn’t really want to pick and choose which songs to put on their iDevice. It is small enough to be carried in virtually any pocket and is a cheap addition to the iPhone. Since it has 16gb, it can hold almost as many songs as an iPhone and it devotes its space to only music, videos and photos. Whereas the iPhone has to split its memory among a few other areas. So in theory, the nano could be reserved for music and the iPhone for everything else.

iPod classic 160GB $249

(comes in black and white)

The classic has more gigabytes than any other iPod. It features a click wheel, a 2.5-inch diagonal screen and comes with regular Apple Earphones. This iPod can hold 40,000 songs.

The classic would be great for someone who has thousands upon thousands of songs and wants a device to carry all of their songs. It is pretty much built for capacity. Since it can hold 40,000 songs, it would be perfect for someone that actually has that many songs.

iPod touch 32GB $299, 64GB $399

(comes in blue, yellow, pink, grey, black and product red)

The touch is now as tall as the iPhone 5 (20 apps on each screen), features a Retina display, has two cameras (a 5MP on the back and a 1.2MP on the front) and comes not only with the new Earpods, but an iPod touch loop. Oh and it has Siri.

Finally, the touch is a really great iPod. It is basically an iPhone without cellular capabilities. It can text message (called iMessage) anyone with an iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Mountain Lion on their Mac. It can connect to WiFi to allow users to video chat, download music, play apps plus a million other things. The iPod touch is perfect for someone who doesn’t have an iPhone yet. The iPhone and iPod touch are too similar for me and I see it as redundant to have both. But if someone has an Samsung Galaxy S3, an iPod touch would be perfect for them. (What’s the worst that could happen? They fall in love with the iPod touch and ditch Samsung for an iPhone in the future.)

Pictures of these beautiful devices can be seen here.

Apple Store – Black Friday

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It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means that it’s almost Black Friday. The day that officially kicks off Christmas shopping. Many places will offer amazing sales on Apple products (such as Walmart and Best Buy), but both the physical Apple Store and online Apple Store will be offering discounts too.

They haven’t released their pricing plan yet, but we should see it real soon. But here is the sales offered last year:

iPad 2 – $41 to $61 Off
iPod nano – $11 off
iPod Touch – $21 to $41 off
MacBook Air – $101 off
MacBook Pro – $101 off
iMac – $101 off

We will probably see something similar this year, lasting from early Black Friday morning to24 hours later.

If you want really good discounts on Apple products, I suggest shopping elsewhere (like Walmart or Best Buy). With that said, don’t forget you can only get iDevices engraved and purchase (Product) Red iDevices via the Apple Store. Also you can do it in the comfort of your own home without having to leave and freeze to death outside.

I’ll post the Apple prices on here once they are released 🙂 stay tuned and Happy Thanksgiving!!!