Simple Finance Review » Reviews http://simplefinancereview.com Independent Consumer Reports Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:56:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.11 The best (and most affordable) language learning software. http://simplefinancereview.com/479/the-best-and-most-affordable-language-learning-software/ http://simplefinancereview.com/479/the-best-and-most-affordable-language-learning-software/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 05:08:35 +0000 http://simplefinancereview.com/?p=479 Language learning has never been easy, for children and adults alike; but with technology catching up to language learning methods, great apps and software are coming out that’ll get you ordering your favorite dishes with perfect pronunciation in no time.

Fluent Forever

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A successfully-funded Kickstarter project, Fluent Forever is a book and companion app that focuses on pushing students over the edge to get that so desired fluency in a new tongue. It works by training you to hear the small differences between pronunciations in different languages. This is an awesome tool for the students of the spoken arts that lack a fluidity and just want to get talking.

Memrise

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A free flashcard-style web-based, iOS and Android app that is full of memory tricks, images and other tools that help you solidify in your brain the information you are absorbing. Aside from teaching the usual vocabulary and language, it also add history and science in the desired language, making a versatile tool to keep your memorization and repetition fresh.

Duolingo

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One of the most popular choices among language enthusiasts, Duolingo stirs away from traditional methods and it optimizes your online experience to compliment your language education. While it has lessons for you, all set up in a fun and engaging gaming atmosphere, it allows to translate the web as you browse, actively engaging you in acquiring skills that you will actually use. It checks your progress and adjusts to your mistakes so it can help you better in those areas that one might have trouble. It’s a free app, available for web, iOS and Android.

Yabla

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An online-only program that features a very comprehensive video section, Yabla allows students to practice by listening the accents of native speakers with the option to turn on subtitles if necessary. It’s a great tool to practice listening as it allows you to select which specific accent will be displayed in the video. At $9.95 per month subscription it is a little pricey, but it’s the perfect complement for the student that needs to get immersed in the language by listening to native speakers.

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A fast-growing language learning book and audio series, Teach Yourself is available in 65 languages featuring books, audio clips, lessons and even interactive multimedia ebooks that help you along the way. One of the most attractive features that this program brings to the table, is the “In a Week” series, which focuses on the most important aspects of language learning that can be packed into a week’s worth of lesson—the perfect way to prepare for a trip, or to receive a guest. A fun, functional and different way to learn a language.

We all know (and probably used) the ever popular Rosetta Stone and the Pimsleur Method, which happen to be two great systems. The problem is they are pretty expensive, and if you progress rapidly through the lessons, you’ll find yourself digging your wallet to keep your progress up. Give one of these inexpensive (or free) apps a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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Our Top 5 Waffle Irons http://simplefinancereview.com/472/our-top-5-waffle-irons/ http://simplefinancereview.com/472/our-top-5-waffle-irons/#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 04:40:10 +0000 http://simplefinancereview.com/?p=472 If you are picking for the perfect breakfast for a lazy Sunday, waffles probably make it to the top of the list. But why settle for those cardboard toaster waffles when you can have fresh waffles straight from a piping hot waffle iron? You probably think that it is too messy or too expensive to make yourself fresh waffles. And you might be right—unless you are looking at one of these amazing waffle irons:

Proctor-Silex 26500y Durable Belgian Waffle Baker

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One of the most affordable waffle irons around, this non-stick and compact waffle iron packs an amazing value. It makes beautiful, deep wells in your waffle, perfect for filling with fruit or jam. The design prevents batter from spilling into hard-to-clean nooks and crannies, making clean-up a breeze. Taken care of properly, this waffle can last you for years to come. The lid and handle can really heat up while cooking, so take caution when lifting the lid to remove your waffle!


Black & Decker Flip Waffle Maker

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If you are looking for a waffle iron that is sure to impress, this waffle maker by Black & Decker is a great choice. It has the fancy flipping technology you see in hotels, and makes a large waffle in the matter of minutes. The nonstick surface heats evenly, baking up a perfectly crispy waffle every time. It is easy to overfill, though, so use the drip pan if you want to avoid a post-breakfast mess.

Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker

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A lot of people live in small apartments and have little room in their cupboards, so they can’t really justify filling their limited space with an appliance they will use once a week at best. If you are one of those people, then you can stop making excuses: Cuisinart has your back. They designed this incredible waffle iron so it can stand on its side, meaning you only need a few inches of space in your cabinet if you want to enjoy fresh waffles on a weekly basis.

Hamilton Beach 26030 Belgian Waffle Maker

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To call this waffle iron “another flip iron” would be wrong. Hamilton Beach took all of the great things about flip irons, and then made it easier to clean. The waffle grids are completely removable and dishwasher safe, meaning you don’t have to waste a single minute wiping this down with a wet cloth after you are done.

National Presto Ind 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker

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Compact with flip technology and incredibly deep grooves, the National Presto Waffle Maker seems to really have it all.  The flipping technology that they use is actually quite unique, as it rests the waffle maker on the counter rather than a flimsy hinge. It consistently heats your waffle to the perfect crispness, and is one of the only waffle irons out there with an actual audible timer. That means no burning your waffle if you are distracted by the bacon!

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Top Tech of 2013 http://simplefinancereview.com/465/top-tech-of-2013/ http://simplefinancereview.com/465/top-tech-of-2013/#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 04:29:16 +0000 http://simplefinancereview.com/?p=465 Technological expansion and innovative creations have become a large reality and byproduct of our tech-savvy media culture. The year 2013 brought many new gadgets that have attempted to change the world in which we live! The way we interact has become less interpersonal and more intrapersonal via computer mediums, cell phone apps and social media outlets.

Via an online article, International Business Times’ shares their selections for the top consumer gadgets of 2013, gadgets that were created to bridge the gap between our digital life and our every day lives. These creations have altered the way we interact with our computers and phones as well as the way we interact with each other!


pebble-smartwatch-bestbuy-main-300x2455. The Pebble SmartWatch

Prior to the launch, the Pebble had the support of tens of thousands of Kickstarter backers. The Pebble is a smart watch capable of displaying text notifications, exercise data and the current time on a battery-friendly e-Paper display. Impressively beating other tech giants to the punch, the Pebble is capable of connecting to most Android devices and iPhones. It is now powered by an app store open to “thousands” of developers and will soon offer a premium wearable experience!


20130906T110847-300x2694. The Moto X

Apple’s Siri was made a fool for failed promise when this new device delivered. The innovative features involved make the Moto X a major step forward in the Android ecosystem. Any function is made easy by voice control known as “touchless gestures” by Google-owned Motorola, which allow owners of the Moto X device to dismiss alarms, play music and check the weather without having to lift a finger. You can say goodbye to button presses or screen swipes with a camera that is opened with a simple wrist gesture—users can touch anywhere to snap a shot with the easy camera interface.


ps4-vs-xbox-one-300x168Tied for 3 and 2. The Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4

Sony PS4 was the world’s most powerful gaming console in 2013 while the Xbox One has struggled behind striving to win over its target audience. Deeper integrations with Windows 8 and Windows Phone will be offered in future updates according to Microsoft. While this is not yet known to us for sure, we do know the inclusion of voice and hand gestures allows users a new way to control the entertainment center. Microsoft’s cloud capabilities along with this new way of interacting with television gives Xbox One room for growth with the possible gain of consumer respect for the Windows ecosystem. The potential for the Xbox One to evolve in 2014 is plentiful!


google-chromecast-300x2211. Chromecast

Consumers can watch web content on their TVs easily and cost-efficiently via Google’s low priced Chromecast. Priced at 35 dollars, the Chromecast doesn’t face legitimate competition from smart TVs and other competitors. It’s the cheapest and easiest way of casting YouTube, Netflix and Pandora from just about any device to the TV! Better yet, the Chromecast’s smartphone integration means that users have a premium touch-screen remote control at their fingertips at all times.

The latest and greatest in tech news is only getting grander in 2014 with our increasing technological advances. We can’t wait to see what 2014 has to offer.

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Top 5 Facial Moisturizers of 2013 http://simplefinancereview.com/456/top-5-facial-moisturizers-of-2013/ http://simplefinancereview.com/456/top-5-facial-moisturizers-of-2013/#comments Fri, 01 Nov 2013 04:20:32 +0000 http://simplefinancereview.com/?p=456 It’s no revelation that a woman lives for testing this season’s shade of red in her adored lipstick line, sculpting her cheekbones with cutting-edge, sundry blush palettes, and deciding which advanced ultra-smooth liquid liner does the trick, but choosing facial products can be much more complex.

When deciding on the perfect face cream you should know your skin type, agree on moisturizers that compliment your needs, and pay close attention to ingredients. It can be quite overwhelming with the excessive amount of skincare products on the shelves, but below are five facial moisturizers that are suitable for just about anyone.


NEW-Moisture-Surge_2057062a1. Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

This rich, oil-free cream-gel instantly rehydrates. It allows the skin to stay comfortable and light as the moisturizer absorbs quickly. Containing several antioxidants, and repairing, cell-communicating ingredients, daily use of the cream helps fortify and repair skins moisture barrier to keep the moisture in, allowing your skin to feel smooth and happy.

 

parsley_seed_hydrator2. Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Hydrator

Formulated in medicinal brown glass bottles, this rich, fortifying hydration motion can be used on normal to dry skin. The      hydrator was launched earlier this year and was made to close the gap between a serum and a moisturizer. The product is light, non-greasy, and packed with antioxidants to preserve the skin and natural plant oils to nourish it leaving the skin sleek and graceful.

 


419123. M Lab Anti-Aging Treatment Serum

Designed with 74 percent clinically active ingredients, advanced peptides, antioxidants, and revved-up hydrators, M Lab Anti-Aging Serum promotes skin regeneration by plumping the skin to rid of fine lines and wrinkles, evening out natural tones to brighten complexion, and promoting firmness.  It also helps reduce the negative effects of sugars on collagen that weaken the skin structure. The product is allergy-free, and can be used for all skin types.

 

513a6e720506d37bc7cd016f58fcc1804. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex

The Lotus has been considered sacred in many cultures and is believed to be the symbol of complete purification.  Parts of the Lotus have been used in traditional herbal medicine to treat skin disease and inflammation. It’s no wonder this daily moisturizer is a brilliant beauty blend. It includes high levels of polyphenols, the most potent antioxidants known to withstand wrinkle-causing free radicals, sharpens skin radiance, promotes elasticity and moisturizes skin for 24 hours.

 

tea-tree-skin-clearing-lotion_l5. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion

For acne-prone skin, this clearing lotion is a light, non-oily mixture that provides hydration, and antibacterial action clearing and preventing blemishes. This product is 100 percent vegetarian and leaves skin with a weightless, matte finish.

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4 Must-Have Fall and Winter Travel Accessories http://simplefinancereview.com/441/4-must-have-fall-and-winter-travel-accessories/ http://simplefinancereview.com/441/4-must-have-fall-and-winter-travel-accessories/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 04:08:04 +0000 http://simplefinancereview.com/?p=441 woman-on-plane_istock_000008004514small

Traveling is always a test on our bodies and immune systems, but when traveling during cold and flu season, it can feel like you’re under attack from all of the germs and bacteria out there. Whether it’s the slobbering kid running up and down the aisles of the airplane, or the smelly guy behind you in the security line that just won’t stop coughing, traveling during the colder parts of the year means that you need to take extra precautions to make sure you don’t end up spending most of your vacation sick and in bed.

Binky1-700x500_largeHalo Sani-Cuffs: Our kids will pick up just about anything off of the ground and with everything they touch and grab, they also touch and grab millions and millions of harmful bacteria. The solution? Halo Sani-Cuffs. These comfortable and stylish wristbands can be filled with your favorite hand sanitizer, so all it takes is a slight squeeze of the wristband and your kids will have all of the bacteria protection they need. No more sticky, germ-y hands! http://www.armorteria.com/


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: Traveling can wreak havoc on our bodies’ natural defense systems, so any extra boost of vitamin C is going to help keep your immune system up and running strong. Booster C by USANA is an easy to use, high-potency blend of echinacea, elderberry, and zinc that give you an easy immunity boost on the go. Just empty a packet into your favorite beverage for a quick boost of cold-fighting nutrients. http://www.usana.com/

 

Flax_3_D_12count_7_13_11___09706.1355244251.1280.1280Flax Paks: When you’re on the road or in the air, your healthy food options are certainly limited. That’s where Flax Paks comes in. These convenient packets of Flax seeds can be added to your favorite yogurt, cereal, or smoothie for an added boost of powerful Omegas. Each pack is rich in Omega 3 & 6 EFA’s, fiber, lignans and they are gluten-free. http://www.carringtonfarms.com/

 

 

 

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If you are traveling for business or pleasure this cold and flu season, these four products are must-haves to keep your immune system running at peak performance. Tell us below about your own favorite winter travel accessories!

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Top 4 Kombucha Drinks http://simplefinancereview.com/434/top-4-kombucha-drinks/ http://simplefinancereview.com/434/top-4-kombucha-drinks/#comments Sun, 01 Sep 2013 03:48:27 +0000 http://simplefinancereview.com/?p=434  

Kombucha is an effervescent fermented drink, containing live cultures of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha drinks are typically made from a small disc-like culture called a SCOBY; this stands for a “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.”

The name Kombucha most likely comes from the Japanese word kombucha, which is tea made from kelp (“kombu” in Japanese).Tradional Kombucha drinks date back to Eastern Europe and Asia thousands of years ago.

The Controversy Behind Kombucha Drinks

There is some controversy attributed to Kombucha drinks, because some people claim that Kombucha drinks are good for health benefits. Scientific research has yet to find any evidence supporting the health benefits of Kombucha drinks. In fact, Kombucha drinks may be harmful to one’s health.

There have been serious side effects, allergic reactions and even “occasional” deaths linked to drinking Kombucha tea. If there was a warning label on Kombucha, it would read: “Drink Kombucha at your own risk.”

Popular Kombucha Drinks

Kombucha drinks can be found in different varieties.

  1. 225px-Kombucha_MatureHome-Brewed Kombucha Tea – The most popular is home-brewed Kombucha sweetened tea. It is commonly created with black tea, green tea, white tea, and yerba mate. The sugar in the tea aids in the fermentation process, making tea ideal for making Kombucha.
  2. synergyGT’s Kombucha Drinks – Owner GT Dave makes four varieties of Kombucha: Classic Kombucha, Classic Synergy, Enlightened Kombucha, and Enlightened Synergy. GT’s Enlightened and Synergy drinks are his interpretation of the ancient elixir and contain no alcohol. GT’s Classic and Classic Synergy line of Kombucha contain over .5% alcohol. Within the four varieties of Kombucha drinks, GT Dave has a wide array of fruit and berry flavors, as well as tea flavors.
  3. kombucha-niagara_grape_kombuchaKombucha Wonder Drink – Kombucha Wonder Drink claims the Kombucha name, and may taste very much like your typical Kombucha. There is only one minor detail that they do not boldly advertise on their bottles: Their Kombucha products are pasteurized. Kombucha Wonder Drink discloses this on their website under the Q&A section. Pasteurization kills any live cultures of bacterium, so you be the judge on if you classify Kombucha Wonder Drink as a legitimate Kombucha.They also point out that their Drink Products do not have alcohol in them.
  4. KombuchaKombucha Brooklyn Kombucha Brooklyn makes a line of Kombucha drinks that are said to taste nothing like tea, and actually more like Belgian lambic because of its sour taste. Kombucha Brooklyn sells many kits that allow a person to brew your own Kombucha. Their bottled drinks are found throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S.

Make Your Own Kombucha Drink

You can find many “homegrown” cultures out there to make your own Kombucha drink. The only problem is that you have no idea what bacterium is in the starter packs. One would just have to trust that the starter pack is contaminant free and is good quality. For more info on how to make your own Kombucha, check out this post on Nature’s Health Watch. 

Oregon brand sells a Kombucha starter kit so a person can make their own Kombucha drink from a variety of different tea flavors.

Yogi brand makes a Green Tea Kombucha product for those that want to make their own.

Another excellent way to get your daily dose of probiotics, is via a probiotics supplement. Click here to see the best one we’ve found.

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Top 5 Summer Backyard Games of 2013 http://simplefinancereview.com/426/top-5-summer-backyard-games-of-2013/ http://simplefinancereview.com/426/top-5-summer-backyard-games-of-2013/#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 03:36:46 +0000 http://simplefinancereview.com/?p=426 Summertime is upon us and undoubtedly you are going to want to spend plenty of time outside with your friends and family. Finding an activity to keep everyone busy and happy can be rather difficult though, especially if you are attempting to entertain kids and teens of all ages. Take a look at the top five summer backyard games that you might want to enjoy with your family before summertime comes to a close.

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The Number One Choice:
Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center

Because climbing is a game for kids, the Lifetime Geometric Dome Play Center is the ideal backyard game for climbers. This structure has a radius of 10 ft. and is built of durable steel tubing that can handle children up to 12 years of age. While you might need a larger yard for this play center, it is certainly a great way to help your kids get out their energy, build muscle and have some fun in the fresh air.

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PUGG Soccer Goals

For the soccer loving family, the PUGG Soccer Goals are a great portable way to get quality pop-up goals to start a game anywhere you go. Weighting just 7 pounds and accompanied by a carrying bag, all you have to do is pop up the goal and start playing, and storage space needed is minimal. The goal does not come with a soccer ball however.

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The Third Choice: Park & Sun TS-CL Spectrum Classic Volleyball Set

Though it is a splurge, the Park & Sun TS-CL Spectrum Classic Volleyball Set is an easy way to get a professional quality volleyball game going right from your backyard. This set is stabilized using ground-in stakes, which make it sturdy and stable for even the toughest of players, and comes with everything you need for a full game (except for the ball). Most appreciate that it is available in a number of different colors too.

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Speedminton Fun Set

If you and your family members are fans of badminton, tennis or racquetball, then you are likely going to love the Speedminton Fun Set.  Whether you are interested in freestyle play, or creating an outdoor competition, this set comes with 2 racquets, cones and speeders to play with.  And, for those late nights of play, this set also comes with speedlights so that your speeders can be seen even in the dark.

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Number Five:
Louisville Slugger UPM45 Original Ultimate Pitching Machine

For the baseball loving family, or even lone player, the Louisville Slugger UPM45 Original Ultimate Pitching Machine is great to help practice your batting. With the ability to pitch up to 45 mph, the mechanical arm of this pitcher machine makes it easy to receive fly balls or ground balls, and is great for season training.

As you can see, there are plenty of games and ways for you to make your backyard a fun and entertaining place for you and your family. All you have to do is choose the right one for your outdoor space and get started enjoying the summer…don’t worry it’s not too late!

What’s your favorite summer backyard game?

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Top 5 Sunscreens http://simplefinancereview.com/416/top-5-sunscreens/ http://simplefinancereview.com/416/top-5-sunscreens/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2013 03:22:22 +0000 http://simplefinancereview.com/?p=416 Whether you work or play in the sun, it is extremely important that you protect your skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun year round. While shopping for sunscreen in the winter may be a little hard at your local drugstore, the overwhelming number of sun products on the market in summer is enough to confuse. So, how to do you know you are getting the protection you want from a sunscreen? The best way is to stick to tried and true products that can truly live up to their claims. Take a look at the five top sunscreens on the market, as noted by sun-loving users such as yourself.

612hQm0pctL._SL1500_-253x300The Number One Choice: Tizo Solar Facial Mineral Fusion Protection Formula

Tizo Solar Facial Mineral Fusion is considered one of the higher end sunscreens on the market, as it offers much of the UVA and UVB protection other bottles wish they could. Not only does this cream apply to your face smoothly and leaves it with a beautiful glow, but it can last through up to 80 minutes of water submersion or sweat. This is the ultimate women’s product as it has a slight tint to it, which allows you to wear it alone or underneath makeup for beautiful, sun-safe skin.

 

 

Elta-MD-UV-Clear-SPF-46-105x300The Runner Up: EltaMD UV Clear SPF

For those sunscreen users who have sensitive or acne-prone skin, finding a cream that doesn’t clog pores and is oil-free can be tough. EltaMD UV Clear is lightweight, provides SPF 46 and is intended for those with sensitive skin conditions. This formula also offers calming ingredients to help keep skin looking fresh and healthy.

 

 

 

 

nu-derm-sun-shield-spf-50-by-obagi-126x300The Third Choice: Obagi Medical Nu-Derm Sun Shield Sunscreen Lotion

Obagi Medical Nu-Derm Sun Shield is an SPF 50 cream that features SPF 50 and protection from UVA and UVB rays. This formula comes in a matte finish and doesn’t leave that annoying white undertone to skin when applied thoroughly, like other brands on the market. The lack of fragrance to this product makes it look like you never even put on sunscreen, so it can be used under makeup without showing through.

 

 

 

 

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The more affordable, yet quality, sunscreen on the market is from Banana Boat. The Protect and Hydrate Sunscreen Lotion is a combination moisturizer and sunscreen, offering aloe and antioxidants to help keep skin smooth, yet offering the protection of SPF 30. This is a non-greasy product that applies easily and is also fragrance-free, so it is great for daily use.

 

 

 

 

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While Blue Lizard Sensitive Suncream can be difficult to find on a drugstore shelf, this chemical and fragrance-free cream is intended for individuals with sensitive skin who still want tough UVA and UVB protection. Not only does it offer great protection from the sun, but it is safe enough to use on young children and is often recommended by dermatologists.

 

As you can see, there is more to sunscreen than simply the SPF that it offers, though this is certainly something that you are going to want to pay attention to when shopping for your next bottle. When sifting through all the bottles on the shelf this summer, be sure that you check out these five highly rated products to see exactly what sets them apart from other brands and types of sunscreen on the market.

What’s your favorite brand of sunscreen?

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Top 5 Ultrabooks http://simplefinancereview.com/406/top-5-ultrabooks/ http://simplefinancereview.com/406/top-5-ultrabooks/#comments Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:50:56 +0000 http://simplefinancereview.com/?p=406 For those who are searching for a lightweight, compact way to carry their PC around with them, traditional laptops seem to be a thing of the past. Ultrabooks are the new and improved way to take your entertainment and business with you wherever you go. But, with every PC maker releasing their own version of an ultrabook it can be rather tough to identify the ones that are worthwhile. Take a look at the top 5 ultrabooks on the market, as determined by users just like you!

81Qp2mxbLvL._SL1500_-300x236The Number One Choice: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 13.3 in. Convertible Touchscreen Ultrabook

If you want to get an idea of what other ultrabooks dream of becoming, then the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is it! This ultrabook has an Intel core i5 processor, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, a 128 GB hard drive and comes equipped with Windows 8. A 13.3 in. screen, 8 hours of battery life and 3.3 lbs. overall make this an all-around flexible tool that you can be happy to use everyday.

 

s400ca-dh51t-300x300The Runner Up: ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T 14 in. Touch Ultrabook

The ASUS VivoBook is Windows 8 ultrabook that has an Intel i5 core processor, 4 GB of memory and an Intel HD 4000 graphics card. A 14 in. backlit glare panel screen and a sleek silver look make this computer attractive and certainly easy to look at. Shoppers can appreciate the low price tag that is associated with this ultrabook.

 

 

 

VIZIO-CT15-A5-156-Inch-Thin-Light-Ultrabook-300x300The Third Choice: VIZIO CT15-A5 15.6 in. Thin + Light Ultrabook

The VIZIO CT15-A5 Ultrabook is perhaps at the forefront of technology and ease of use. This computer has a 1.9 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and screams with style. The 15.6 in. HD LED display is easy to see and bold, while Windows 8 makes navigation a cinch. If you are a tech lover, then you will get a kick out of the touchpad for Windows 8 gestures, which is a rather unique feature anyone can appreciate.

 

 

samsung-12q2bts-series9-13-frontangle-lg-300x211Number Four: Samsung Series 9 NP900X3C – A05US 13.3 in. Premium Ultrabook

If you are a fan of Samsung, the Series 9 Premium Ultrabook is one to certainly look twice at. This PC utilizes an Intel Core i5 processor, has 4 GB DDR3 and 128 GB of SSD. While the screen is on the smaller side, 13.3 in. it simply means that this ultrabook is even easier to carry with you wherever you go. A sleek ash black color and a mere 2.6 pounds in weight make this ultrabook ultra friendly.

HP-ENVY-14-3010NR-Spectre-14-Inch-Ultrabook-Silver-Black-300x300Number Five: HP Envy 14-3010NR Spectre 14 in. Ultrabook

The HP Envy is an ultrabook that others on the market can certainly envy. This ultrabook boasts a 2 generation Intel Core i5 processor and 4 GB of SDRAM. A 14 in. screen still makes it easy to see for watching movies, and a Windows 7 Home Premium operating system make for easy navigation. This sleek ultrabook is available in a silver and black combination and boasts 9.5 hours of battery life!

 

While these five ultrabooks are at the top of their game, you want to be sure that before you purchase any PC that it comes with the features and capabilities that you need. An ultrabook is a big investment, so you will certainly want to do your research before dropping any money on one.

 

What’s your favorite ultrabook on the market?

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Top 5 Android Tablets http://simplefinancereview.com/398/top-5-android-tablets/ http://simplefinancereview.com/398/top-5-android-tablets/#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:49:01 +0000 http://simplefinancereview.com/?p=398 As more and more individuals are falling in love with the ease of use that the Android operating system has to offer, the demand for smaller mobile technology has only increased. Android tablets have begun taking the market by storm, and while you might find some that are rather affordable, you want to be sure that you are getting everything you need from your mobile companion. Take a look at the top 5 Android tablets on the market, as dictated by Android users just like you!

galaxy20note2010.120black20front-11397865-300x199The Number One Choice: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

It shouldn’t be any secret that Samsung boasts some of the best and most popular Android tablets on the market. At the top of the ranking is the Galaxy Note 10.1 series. This tablet operates on a 1.4 GHz processor, has 2 GB of DRAM, has an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and is available with a 16 or 32 GB hard drive. The 10.1 in. screen makes it easy to look at and at a mere 1.3 lbs. you can carry it with you anywhere. This is the ultimate Android tablet…so far!

samsung-galaxy-tab-2-10.1-1-300x213The Runner Up: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Another member of the Samsung family is not to be scoffed at, the Galaxy Tab 2 is worth boasting about in its own right. A 1 GHz ARM Cortex A-9 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM and an 8 GB hard drive make this 7 in. tablet simple and to the point. Operating on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean system and weighing in at a mere 12 ounces, it’s a worthwhile tablet to carry with you wherever you go. Not to mention that it is rather affordable!

samsung-note-8.0-200x300The Third Choice: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is a serious Samsung tablet which is perfect for professionals looking for a handy tool to have in their pocket. A 1.6 GHz quad core processor, 16 GB of memory and operating on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS make this tablet one of certain quality. But, what sets this one apart from others is the S pen, which allows you to use it like an art easel, for business presentations or simply to just scribble down your best ideas.

 

 

 

Google-Asus-Nexus-7-Tablet-293x300Number Four: ASUS Nexus 7 Tablet

The ASUS Nexus 7 tablet is great tablet for anyone who wants a portable and affordable mobile companion. A 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and a 32 GB hard drive make it a great tool to have on you. What most users can appreciate is that it weighs a mere 12 oz. and boasts 9.5 hours of battery life.

 

 

Acer-ICONIA-TAB-A210-picture-6-300x266Number Five: Acer Iconia Tab A210

The Acer Iconia Tab A210 cannot be left out of the top 5, especially because it is the only one with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, which some users really liked. With a 1.2 GHz Tegra 3.0 processor, 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and 8 hours of battery life, users have come to appreciate this tablet as a durable and affordable sidekick or great kids entertainer.

For those who are searching for an Android tablet, the aforementioned five are certainly not to be overlooked. Remember however, that before you purchase any tablet that you want to be sure it meets all of your needs and is well worth the price you pay. Check out these five tablets and the features they boast, you won’t be disappointed with what they have to offer.

What’s your favorite Android tablet on the market?

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