Here at TechDissected, we thought we’d give the readers a little insight into what kind of tech we use in our day-to-day lives. We all have different reasons for what we use and why it works for us. We all have different schedules and activities outside of TechDissected, but we’re “techies” at heart, so tech revolves around us even in our down time and if you’re reading this, then you’re most likely the same.
Tech That I Use
As a college student, being mobile is something very important to me. As a student, you’re always running from one class to the next, then to lunch, then back to back to class (for most students, anyways). So for me, my daily tech involves more of mobile tech, which helps me with school; it’s great to be able to answer discussion questions for school right from an app on your smartphone. My setup will most likely change since I’ll be trying to lighten my load of what I carry (more on that down below).
My laptop is something that I always have with me during the weekdays. It’s nothing special, and it’s only a few years old, but that’s practically considered ancient in the tech world. It’s an HP Pavilion DV6 (QuadCore, 6GB of RAM, around 570GB of on-board storage). It does everything I need it to do, and might even be overkill for what I actually use it for. In the process to try to carry less (my back will thank me later), I think a Chromebook will fit my needs just right. So a Chromebook will eventually replace my laptop, at least for what I carry with me.
Product Page: HP Pavilion DV6
My smartphone of choice is the Droid Turbo. If I had to rank my tech, my smartphone has to be my number one pick. It really is a Jack of all trades and ironically, the phone feature is something I rarely use. It also doesn’t hurt to have some of the greatest specs, although, that two-day battery life Verizon and Motorola claim isn’t exactly true. But, what matters (to me) is that it gets me through a full day of use and plugging it in during my day isn’t a concern for me.
It was the Turbo, or wait for the Nexus 6 (I’m on Verizon) and didn’t know when they were going to release that, plus I wasn’t sure if it was too big of a device. Here we are, months later, and I’m now thinking of picking up the Nexus 6. Don’t get me wrong, the Droid Turbo is a great phone, but again, to “kill two birds with one stone”, a Nexus 6 can replace another piece of tech I carry with me.
Amazon: Droid Turbo
This brings me to my Nexus 7 (2013, Wi-Fi). I take this with me to help pass the time between classes, or if I arrive early to class. Since it isn’t too heavy, or big, it’s not a chore to be carrying it around. I primarily use it to read some magazines that I subscribe to, comics, and also to study all PowerPoints my professors assign. It also has some movies pinned from my digital copies. It’s been a great tablet and it’s a little sad to see that it’s now absent from Google’s product page.
This is where the whole “two birds with one stone” that I mentioned comes into play. In looking ahead, I’m thinking a Nexus 6 can work as both my smartphone (obviously), and also take over the responsibilities that my Nexus 7 currently handles. The Nexus 6 screen isn’t as big, but big enough for what I would need it for.
Amazon: Nexus 7 2013
For my smartwatch, I use a Moto 360. I started off when the LG G Watch, but Best Buy had a killer deal for the 360 a few weeks ago that I couldn’t pass up. At the beginning of my Android Wear journey, I didn’t know how functional it would be. To my surprise, it really is functional for my needs. My prior watch wearing days were back in my elementary school days, and that was a Dick Tracy watch that never kept the right time. So, looking back all the way up to now, it’s a fitting that I have an actually Dick Tracy watch (sorta).
Amazon: Moto 360
Walking around campus is something that is unavoidable, so I use this time to catch up on Podcasts or listen to music. I have two sets of Bluetooth headsets that I use. The first are the LG Tone Pros. I’ve always been a fan of these kind of headsets because they’re lightweight, sound decent, and can be worn on your neck when not in use. They also work with calls and are HD call compatible.
The second set that I use, are a set of Jaybird Freedom wireless buds. I only use these when I ride my bike and don’t have to worry about sweat or anything like that since these are “sweat-proof” and have a lifetime warranty against sweat. They don’t deliver the greatest sound, but it’s good enough if you’re just using them for working out. The controls are pretty conveniently located, too. The only downside is the range, which isn’t that great. For example, I carry my phone in my CamelBak, which is on my back and if I look to the left, I lose connection for however long my heads turned (the radio is located on the right ear bud). Other than that, they’ve worked well for me.
Amazon: LG Tone Pros
Amazon: JayBird Freedom
The last tech I carry is a 12,400mAh ZeroLemon external battery pack. I rarely use this, but I rather have it and not need it, than not have it and need it. It has two USB ports that allows you to charge two devices at once. It’s not exactly the fastest in the charging department, but it’ll get the job done. The size isn’t that big, either, so its portability is convenient.
That pretty much sums up the tech that I use on a daily basis. It’s nothing too fancy but it works for me at this moment. I’m sure as it’ll change as my needs change, but for now, I’m happy with what I have to work with. What tech do you use throughout your day? Let us know down in the comments on what and why you use what you use.