What’s the best midsize Android tablet?

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What is the best mid sized Android tablet?

Is there a Goldilocks solution that’s just the right size with just the right features at the right price?

We shall see. We’ll follow my journey from Nexus 7 to LG Gpad 8.3 to the pure LG Gpad Google Play Edition.

I’ve had Google Nexus 7 2012 8 and 16 GB versions, and then a Google Nexus 7 2013 32 GB version. I really liked everything about the Nexus. Specifically;

  • Great screen resolution
  • Reliable hardware and software
  • Most current version of Android
  • No bloatware (Samsung and LG among others add tons of apps and programs that kind of answer the questions no one ever asked. I find these options confusing and may reduce performance. More on that later.)
The only things on my wish list were
  • an SD Card slot. (But in reality the 32 GB version had plenty of room to spare without external storage.)
  • A little bit bigger screen
About year end 2013 I read about the new LG Google play edition LG 8.3. Ah-ha an almost 20% increase in screen real estate and still pure Android direct from Google. After much reading and price shopping I decided to try the Non Google play Edition from LG which was available from Best Buy for $299 vs $349 for the GPE (Google Play Edition). They are no longer offering that price so $349 is the price for either the LG version or the GPE from Google.
At any rate I was not happy with the LG version for the following reasons;
  • Screen was darker and had a yellowish cast
  • Performance was definitely slower. There was a noticeable delay when starting some apps and when moving about screens.
  • The bloatware on the machine was crazy click here for complete details.  http://www.lg.com/us/cell-phones/lg-V500-Black-g-pad-8.
  • It was running Jelly Bean OS 4.22 instead of KitKat 4.42which has some nice streamlining and improvements.
I returned the LG version and ordered the GPE edition. I am very happy with it. Here’s are the positives:
  • That little extra 1.3″ screen size make a big difference when watching movies or reading. It is still easy to hold and lightweight.
  • It has an SD card with up to 64 GB of storage fro movies music etc.
  • The GPE version has no bloatware and it’s performance is much snappier. I have seen no lagging.
  • The screen color was true and did not have the yellow cast. It also seems brighter.
So the GPE edition is the choice over the stock LG 8.3 tablet, especially since they are the same price currently.
How about versus the Nexus 7?
  • I would say the screen resolution is equal. Both are joys to view.
  • The Nexus 7 32GB is currently available from Walmart for $179 vs $349 for the LG 8.3 GPE. That is a very big difference for an extra 1.3 inches of screen.
  • The sound on the Nexus 7 is purer. The 8.3 GPE has a rather tinny sound from it’s stereo speakers.
  • Though the GPE has an SD card, you can’t write to it in the Android OS.
  • You have to remove the card and put it in a computer and copy your media to it. Then you can replace the card and the applications will se the media on the card. You can then play your movies, etc.
Bottom line, the Nexus 7 is the best value. If you need a little more reading room and want to take more media with you, then the LG Google Play Edition 8.3 is a tablet you will be happy with. I would avoid the stock LG unit.
ANd a final question might be, gee since the Ipad Mini with retina display at 7.9″ is only $50 more maybe that’s a better move?  Could be…… Then it gets down to preferences between working in the less restrictive Android environment versus the more rigid IOS7.

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GoldMine CRM – A Closer Look

GoldMine is an amazing CRM tool.  It’s been around forever (since 1994) and it’s kept on getting better.
GoldMine is an on premise system, meaning you own and control all your data. It’s not “sitting in the cloud somewhere”.
GoldMine has all the features of cloud based systems and then some. Click here to read 80 reasons to love GoldMine.

The graphics below give you a look at the key areas of GoldMine.
If you’d like to learn more, please connect with us at 847-382-4500 or fill in the contact form.

If you need a little help making sure your program is a success, let’s talk. Tech.Sell has been helping customers with GoldMine since 1995.

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Google Drive Integration With Nimble

Great News from Nimble… 
Nimble now makes it easy to link documents, quotes and more to your contact records. 
They have now made it easy to link docs from both Google drive and Drop box. 
Check out the announcement below. To see Nimble in action call us at 847-382-4500 or click here 

Google
Drive Integration

Hi,
I have great news to share today – we now support Google Drive file attachments in Nimble.
You may attach files to Deals or Contacts.

To attach to a Contact, select “Attach File” and “Attach from Google Drive” to authorize yourself to your Dive account, then select your files!

To attach to a specific Deal, select “Attach from” and choose “Google Drive”. Then authorize, and select your files.

If you have any questions, please email ideas@techsell.net
Best regards,
Joseph
Joseph Kelly
Joseph Kelly
Customer Advocate , Nimble 

Switching to Samsung Galaxy S4 from iPhone Tips

iphone droidGetting tired of IOS7, but afraid to switch to a nice shiny Android phone or tablet?
Here are 6 apps that make the switch from iPhone to Android painless and fun. 

When you think about it, the reason millions love iPads and iPhones and Apple Macs is that, they are simple. Everything works, everything syncs and you don’t really have to think much about it. 

On the other hand, many of us are getting tired of the same old iDevices and we are tempted to stray the newest latest and greatest. 

So we look at Nexus, and Notes, and Kindle Fires, and Galaxy S3 and 4 and Note Tablets and yes even Windows tablets and phones. 

Well there is life after iDevices, but if you don’t want bruises form kicking yourself, here are a few apps that can make life easier. 

For Android – Syncing contacts, calendars, reminders and notes…

First of all if you are syncing your Mac ical, and contacts with Google you are half the way there. All Android devices are pretty strongly tied into Google services. 

Get Smooth Sync for contacts and SmoothSync for calendar. They work through iCloud and sync calendar, contacts and now reminders with your Android device. They are around 6.99 for each through the Google play store. 

Inotes is the answer for syncing your notes from Mac and iDevice to your Android. Also at the Google Play store for less than $10 and it works. 

For photos, the best answer I’ve found is Drop Box. The Drop box app will connect with your camera and upload photos from your device to the cloud and vice versa. Bottom line is all photos from all devices sync just like your Photostream. You can also sync files back and forth while you are at it. 

For Syncing big files like movies, a great program is called AirDroid. This is a FREE program to sync and manage files on your Android device. You can actually remote control your droid thing and other things as well.  It is particularly handy if your device doesn’t have a SD card like on the Google Nexus devices and Kindles. I have also found that Android file transfer program has stopped working on Macs. At least those with the new Mavericks operating system.  Here is a little video taste of Airdoid.

 
Finally for music, I recommend Google Play Music and Music Manager. You can upload 20,000 songs from your PC or Mac and access them from your other devices. Free again! Go Figure. 

If you have some apps or ideas to move between platforms let me know or comment here. 

6 apps that make the switch from iPhone to Android painless and fun

iphone droidGetting tired of IOS7, but afraid to switch to a nice shiny Android phone or tablet?
Here are 6 apps that make the switch from iPhone to Android painless and fun. 

When you think about it, the reason millions love iPads and iPhones and Apple Macs is that, they are simple. Everything works, everything syncs and you don’t really have to think much about it. 

On the other hand, many of us are getting tired of the same old iDevices and we are tempted to stray the newest latest and greatest. 

So we look at Nexus, and Notes, and Kindle Fires, and Galaxy S3 and 4 and Note Tablets and yes even Windows tablets and phones. 

Well there is life after iDevices, but if you don’t want bruises form kicking yourself, here are a few apps that can make life easier. 

For Android – Syncing contacts, calendars, reminders and notes…

First of all if you are syncing your Mac ical, and contacts with Google you are half the way there. All Android devices are pretty strongly tied into Google services. 

Get Smooth Sync for contacts and SmoothSync for calendar. They work through iCloud and sync calendar, contacts and now reminders with your Android device. They are around 6.99 for each through the Google play store. 

Inotes is the answer for syncing your notes from Mac and iDevice to your Android. Also at the Google Play store for less than $10 and it works. 

For photos, the best answer I’ve found is Drop Box. The Drop box app will connect with your camera and upload photos from your device to the cloud and vice versa. Bottom line is all photos from all devices sync just like your Photostream. You can also sync files back and forth while you are at it. 

For Syncing big files like movies, a great program is called AirDroid. This is a FREE program to sync and manage files on your Android device. You can actually remote control your droid thing and other things as well.  It is particularly handy if your device doesn’t have a SD card like on the Google Nexus devices and Kindles. I have also found that Android file transfer program has stopped working on Macs. At least those with the new Mavericks operating system.  Here is a little video taste of Airdoid.

 
Finally for music, I recommend Google Play Music and Music Manager. You can upload 20,000 songs from your PC or Mac and access them from your other devices. Free again! Go Figure. 

If you have some apps or ideas to move between platforms let me know or comment here. 

Dell Venue Pro 8 Review

Dell Venue 8 proDell Venue Pro 8 Review…Hands on with the Dell Venue Pro 8. Is Windows 8.1 on a small screen your friend?

After reading a great review of the new Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows tablet,  I bought a 32 GB version from Amazon for $279.00. I later learned that I should have bought the 64 GB version for another $40 because the OS uses up about 60% of the “32 GB” which actually only shows up as being 23 GB in Windows explorer. But I was very excited about the possibilities of the best of Windows and a tablet all in one.
Service was great and I had it in less than 24 hours.
I’ve had 3 iPads, a Samsung note 10 and 2 Nexus 7 tablets.
I thought it was time to give Windows a try.
I’ve used Windows for years and am in the technology field so I wasn’t new to windows, though I’m not a big fan of microsoft’s complexities.
I got the Dell Venue Pro 8. It was well packaged, nice quality. Good looking screen although I did have to take off the auto brightness setting and then I could actually see how bright the screen was.
As I began to use the Dell Venue, I realized how great the interfaces for iPad and Android are. They are designed for tablets. Tap and touch. You just click the Apps.
But Windows just isn’t ready for tablets yet.
The Metro START screen looks like it should be easy, but many of the APPS / tiles just take you into the windows desktop. There you have to try to use a large finger to select files with tiny print. Try double clicking or right clicking on the middle item in a list.
More times than not I clicked the wrong item.
I actually tried a stylus and did a bit better. That’s great as long as you always remember to bring your stylus.
I connected a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. That made it easier, but in reality I don’t always want to have to use a keyboard and mouse. I have laptops for that.

My primary computers are Macs and I have been pleased with the ability to seamlessly sync the core items of life (contacts, calendars, reminders/tasks, and photos between devices.
I learned that windows no longer syncs that stuff with Google anymore. So the most common link is gone. Android has some nice apps called Smooth Sync for Contacts and Smooth Sync for Calendars as well as an app called shote which handles the notes. Drop box will take care of syncing files and pictures from the camera.

I was excited to read that the iCloud Control Panel would sync contacts, calendar, photos, bookmarks and tasks. But in actual practice I found that the syncing only happens with Outlook. NOT the calendar and contacts that are part of the Windows Tablet Start screen. So you have to have Outlook running. And that is not reflected on the main screen. When the sync begins it asks if you want all the photos to sync (which in my case was 13000 and so the choice is no. So forget your photos syncing. Oh and one other caveat. DO NOT CLICK MERGE BOOKMARKS. I did thinking that I didn’t have many bookmarks in Windows so no big loss if they were added to my Mac bookmarks. What it should have said was how would yo unlike to wipe all you Mac bookmarks and replace them with a hodge lodge of windows “Favorites”? Thank God for backups.

I tried to set up my favorite apps and found that many are not available in the Windows store. For example, Yelp is a very handy restaurant review app available on both the Apple platform and android. It’s not available on Windows tablet. Instead there is an app called Zalp, which allegedly combines Yelp and Zagatt. I gave it a try and picked 4 different commonly known restaurants. It said nothing found in either Yelp or Zagatt.
I liked the look and the size of the Venue, but Windows on an 8″ tablet is not easy to use.

I liked the idea of “Full” windows on a tablet, but “really” try doing anything work on an 8″tablet. Right clicking? dragging and dropping, alt tabbing between screens? How to make yourself crazy in one easy lesson.
It’s not close to the Android or apple interface. So no matter how many techie features Windows boasts, this thing is a pain in the neck. I was very happy to go back to my Nexus and iPad.
Good luck but this is not the user friendly choice of a tablet.
I returned it in less than 24 hours.

Oh and one I forgot… within an hour I picked up some malware. A program that allegedly tested my performance on my hour old Venue and found I need to sign up for their performance boosting utility. Really.

No more Windows for me thank you!!

3 Tips for Growing Your Business with Content Marketing

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Great marketing attracts the attention of buyers, and then hopefully engages them with your business in meaningful ways. While this is possible with traditional advertising, it is more readily done with content marketing.

In many ways, content marketing accomplishes what has traditionally been the responsibility of the sales team: Educating buyers about the company’s products and services and how they can help them.

These days, buyers are usually quite knowledgeable about your products and how they stack up against the competition, thanks to social media commentary and other information on the web.

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If that information is your marketing content, it will encourage buyers to know, like, and ultimately trust your business, even before you are aware of the digital relationship you have with them.  Design your content marketing strategy to leverage that possibility.

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#1 – Business Knowledge is Attractive

If a prospective buyer does not know about your business, content marketing can help make that vital first connection. By providing answers to the questions they are searching the web for, you instantly make your business attractive.

You know your customers and understand their desires, as well as the challenges they may have with fulfilling them. So, regularly publishing solutions to their most relevant problems encourages them to move forward with your business.

Doubt stops buyers in their tracks, so when I operated the landscape business I founded, we not only addressed the problems our competitors were reluctant to discuss; we also brought up what our customers did not know enough to ask about. Just suggesting that there is more to know is an attractive content marketing tactic.

More than half of what landscape customers pay for is underground, and therefore easily disregarded. This includes the proper foundation for a patio, the vigorous root system of locally-grown plants, and an irrigation system that doesn’t have to be dug up to replace inferior valves that later fail.

Making them more aware of this always proved refreshing. This was before the Internet, so we used white papers and traditional selling practices to communicate this. These days we would use our blog — a content marketing asset that works around the clock to help our customers make more informed buying decisions.

#2 – Helpful Engagement is Likeable

The surest way to get people liking your business is to help them. This engages them to talk favorably about it, and that’s a powerful form of marketing that is also quite memorable.

To do this, consider providing useful information that preferably relates to your business. As one example, a tree care company could provide tips for keeping trees healthy,  thereby ensuring the outdoor environment is both beautiful and safe.

Going a step further, it could address other aspects of home or office safety to extend its brand awareness beyond just enjoying the outdoors. Using content to communicate that your business is truly interested in the overall well-being of your customers is a viable practice for being more likeable.

#3 – Trust Leads to Profitable Outcomes

Likability naturally leads to trust, which is a necessary ingredient for converting engagement into sales, especially when you consider that most consumers do not trust businesses until they get to know the people behind them. Trust is the end game of content marketing.

Other than making that first contact with a buyer, the most valuable use of your content is just after the sale is made.  This is when they may have unanswered questions about how to best use what they bought.

Instead of asking them to quantify their satisfaction with a survey, anticipate their needs and give them more. Surprise them with content that seems to be personally speaking to them!

In a digital world of abundant fans and followers, smart marketers are learning to use their content to create a feeling of intimacy with their customers.

We may call this practice content marketing, but the truth is content is blurring the lines between traditional sales, marketing, and customer service.

Who do people really trust? — Their friends.

Just being a friend who people know, like, and trust is a valid strategy for growing your business with content.

Jeff Korhan, MBA, is the author of Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business (Wiley 2013), which delivers proven methods for converting social marketing best practices into profitable outcomes.  He can be reached at New Media and Small Business Marketing

HootSuite and Nimble Together = Social Selling Super Powers

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Oct 31, 2013 | By 

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Today we are very proud to announce that the Nimble app integration with HootSuite now supports Nimble Contacts. With the updated and enhanced HootSuite integration, users add the benefits of Nimble’s insightful relationship management features from their HootSuite dashboard, making for more efficient, enjoyable, and productive social selling workflows.

HootSuite is the premier social relationship platform that makes it possible to collaboratively execute social media strategies across networks such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ Pages from one secure, web-based dashboard.

Already a HootSuite user? Use this link to Install the Nimble app for HootSuite now!

If you don’t have a HootSuite account, sign up here to Install Nimble in your HootSuite dashboard.

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From your HootSuite dashboard, you can see and act  on any of your contacts using your Nimble account.

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As you use HootSuite to monitor and build your social media presence, establish credibility, and engage, now you can take any actions you would normally do in Nimble, without leaving HootSuite. For example:

  • Add, edit, or update your Nimble contact records.

  • Check on any of your contacts’ social networks and reach out on other channels.

  • Assign a Tag to segment contacts.

  • Use Nimble’s Mark as Important star system so timely messages stay front and center.

  • Set a schedule with the Stay in Touch reminder system (If you fall out of touch, Nimble will remind you).

  • Add and Assign Activities to yourself or your team members.

  • Add Task reminders for future actions you need to remember.

  • See how you and your team are connected to anyone in your network.

Barbara Giamanco, author of  The New Handshake: Sales Meets Social Media, has been beta testing the enhanced version of the Nimble app for HootSuite (and will join the panel on an upcoming Nimble webinar in November).  Her thoughts about the benefits of using social media worktools to boost social selling processes:

“The face of social selling is changing rapidly — a significant expansion from selling via traditional methods. In today’s sales environment, you need a holistic view of all your contacts — and all the social networks where they have a presence.  Without the Nimble Contacts app now available for HootSuite, you’d be flying blind. With the app, you expand your access to the context that helps you gauge the immediate needs of customers and leads. With the app, you switch from a narrow view to being able to see your complete shared history and details, raising the odds of creating a successful buying opportunity, as well as a natural way to deepen the relationship over the long term.”

Benefits of the Nimble/HootSuite integration to your social selling success:

  • Rapidly review and respond on any channel — drop a quick email, look over your shared history, scan your contact’s social footprint, and more.

  • Add leads and new contacts effortlessly.

  • Reach out one-to-one with relevant touches to deepen and nurture relationships over time.

  • Conduct research and qualify customers and leads — view profiles to establish market fit and judge readiness of potential customers.

  • View buying triggers, monitor interest, and respond to promising signals.

  • Engage and educate — provide content customized to need, trend, or expressed interest.

“For the power HootSuite user, this integration is epic!! As integrations go, you have done a first-class fantastic job — about as complete an integration as I have seen from anybody period!  Craig M. Jamieson, Owner, Sales Results

“I use the app when I don’t recognize the name of someone who sent me a direct message or mentioned me in a tag. I can easily click on their picture and view their profile, and that helps make sure I’m making solid connections. It helps me save time.” – Alice Heiman, sales expert

Using Nimble and HootSuite in a complementary way creates a “righteous cycle” of monitoring, listening to, engaging with, and organizing your most important relationships.  Now it’s possible to leverage your most powerful and valuable asset — your relationships — to support social selling behaviors.

“This new app is a real boost to my workflow. It puts all the goodness of Nimble right there in my HootSuite account. As I prospect on HootSuite, Nimble is always at hand to support me — and save me time.” – Barbara Giamanco

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Many thanks to our beta testers for their time and feedback. As always, we are grateful for the support of our user community.

Nimble App for Microsoft Office 365 and Outlook 2013 Joins the Microsoft Office Store!

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Oct  28 Nimble App for Microsoft Office 365 and Outlook 2013 Joins the Microsoft Office Store!

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Today, we are excited to announce a new Nimble Contacts Widget for Microsoft Office 365 and Outlook 2013. The new Nimble App for Microsoft Office makes it easy for Office and Outlook users to take action from their Nimble full and detailed view of any contact — right from their email!

Get your Nimble Contacts Widget for Outlook now!

That’s right, you can now access any Nimble Contact Record within Outlook as you review your email.  We know how much of your day is spent conducting email tasks, and now we’re right there to help.

Click on the Nimble Contact card,  and immediately take action to grow relationships in an even more efficient and productive way without jumping from app to app or browser to browser.

Our mission is to save you time and keystrokes, by presenting all the information you need to interact meaningfully — to build, deepen, and nurture your most important asset — your business relationships.

 

Here’s what Outlook users can do by using the Nimble Contacts Widget from within email:

  • See contact Name, Title, Bio, Description, and more

  • See the Last Contacted date (by you or your team)

  • Mark a contact as Important

  • Set Stay in Touch Reminders

  • Monitor and post to social streams like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+

  • See all contact history (including messages on social channels)

  • Manage Deals, Activities, Tasks, Notes, and Reminders — and create new ones

  • Import contacts Into Nimble

  • Edit and save a contact’s information

Nimble is constantly working to improve your workflow, productivity, and efficiency as you juggle the tasks and details of thousands of people and companies. We continue to automate  processes that foster genuine person-to-person engagement with prospects and customers — creating an airtight system where important opportunities for engagement don’t fall through the cracks.

Our current motto is: Nimble Everywhere! We’re building Nimble to fit into leading applications that business people live in as they address their daily workflow. Look for more widget news shortly!

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new websiteWe’ve been working on a new website and would love to get your feedback.

As part of our focus on helping small and mid-sized business put affordable technology to work, we built our website using WordPress.  We wanted to build hands on experience with a very popular tool that we can offer our customers.

This was a fast low cost way of putting up a site with all the latest technologies.

Hosting for the WordPress site was under $100 per year. Using the WordPress software is free. WordPress offers hundreds of free templates and thousands more for less than $100 each.

The benefit of a template is that half of the work is already done.  A consistent design including fonts’ colors, etc. is already done for you. The template includes menus, blog postings, graphics, SEO Search engine optkmization,  and on and on. The design automatically adjusts for mobile devices.

If you get a chance to stop buy, let us know what you think.

If your website is a little tired let’s talk about howTech.Sell and WordPress can make it easy to “put on a new face”.