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This article was published 12/11/2011 (3551 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
David Bell, 15, is a Grade 10 student at St. Paul's High School. At age 12, he started making instructional videos about using computers and soon expanded his videos to include technology product reviews. Today, David is a YouTube Partner under the name iBellix with more than 4,300 subscribers to his channel and 1,052,000 views. David is also the founder of www.ibellix.com, where he and several staff writers keep people up-to-date on technology trends. David is excited to be writing for Xtra and sharing his thoughts and predictions.
For laptops there are two categories, Macintosh and Windows... and I'll give you advice about both.
Windows: My current favorite for teens would be the Asus Ultrabook 11.6-inch laptop. It's a smaller computer, which makes it perfect for teens on the go, and it has good specifications. It's a smallish laptop, but it's got 128 gigabytes SSD of space (a Solid State Drive means it's really fast). It also has four GBs of ram and an Intel i5 processor with turbo boost technology on the inside. If you don't know what all that mumbo-jumbo means, basically it's a really good laptop for your niece or nephew, with a relatively low price tag of $999.
Mac: This was a pretty easy decision. I'd recommend any Apple laptop, but right now it's simply the Macbook Pro base model. The $1,249 version comes with a 2.4-gigahertz processor (Intel i5), as well as four GB of ram, and a 500-GB hard drive. Another bonus with this Macbook is it has a seven-hour battery, which lasts basically a full work day and much longer than a school day. er bonus with this Macbook is it has a seven-hour battery, which lasts basically a full work day and much longer than a school day.
Yet again, as with laptops, you have two main choices: Android or iOS.
Android: The choice in this category is simple. If you're going to get someone an Android tablet, look no further than the Samsung 16-GB Galaxy Tab. It has a 10.1-inch screen, with a 16-GB memory card. The price tag is $499.
iOS: The iPad is my pick for this category. The tech specs for this device go like this: 9.5-inch screen, 16 GB of storage and Apple's A5 processor. For the tablet category, I'd recommend the iPad over anything. It also has two cameras built into it.
When I give advice on buying MP3 players, it usually revolves around the Apple product line, so I'll have to advise you to get an iPod Shuffle. Now you may be in shock, but I absolutely love this little device. It has no screen, so of course no apps or cool features -- it simply plays music. It comes in a 2-GB version, which is perfect for putting a good playlist on for use at the gym or while snowboarding. It also is really cheap at $49. It comes in a wide variety of colours and is affordable for everyone. ordable for everyone.
Phones... what a fun category. There are really three main options you should be looking at: iPhone, BlackBerry and Android. And you should really view them in that order. My favourite is the iPhone 4S, my second favourite is the BlackBerry Bold, and then basically choose any Android smartphone. Smartphones are quite pricey; you're usually looking at $199 and up.