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Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Making calls from Hangouts – in Gmail

Making calls from Hangouts — in Gmail and across the web

To make a call from Hangouts, just look for the new phone icon in Gmail, or for the new “Call a phone” menu item in Google+ and the Chrome extension. And of course: if you haven’t yet tried Hangouts in Gmail, you can always click your profile photo in the chat list and select “Try the new Hangouts.”

Laptop Alternative

Tablets are a good choice for someone who just wants to use e-mail, do some basic web browsing, get news and weather.  They can also double as an eBook reader,  for reading your Amazon book collection.   Watch movies and videos from Netflix, listen to music from streaming services, listen to thousands of radio stations from anywhere in the world.  An important feature with these devices,  they have not been targets for viruses and malware.   A downside is the keyboard is on screen, this is not as convenient for typing long messages or documents, however you can get an external keyboard.

  • Nexus 7 the WiFi only version $199   Thin, light and portable.  At only 12 oz., this tablet is designed to go wherever you go.  A no compromise Android tablet. With the latest version of Android, a  7-inch display, powerful quad-core processor, up to 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading, and  300 hours of standby time, Nexus 7 was built for top of the line grab-and-go performance.
  • Nexus 10 the WiFi only version $399     The powerful new 10-inch tablet from Google.  Nexus 10 is the newest tablet from Google. With the world’s highest resolution tablet display, all new multi-user features, immersive HD content and the best Google apps — Nexus 10 has something for everyone.
  • iPad mini 7.9 inch display- From $329  It’s  thin and light you can hold it in one hand.
  • iPad with 9.7-inch display – From $499 
  • Nexus 10 vs iPad 4: Best Large Tablet – The Google Nexus 10 and the Apple iPad 4 are both great tablets for anyone wanting a full sized tablet.
  • Tablet Keyboard for Android at Amazon $44  – Compact, low-profile keyboard for easy, comfortable typing wherever you use your Android tablet.

LG Optimus

 ​​Sprint LG Optimus E​lite

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Low Cost Wireless Provider – Ting is a mobile phone service that caters to people tired of dealing with complicated billing plans from carriers like AT&T or Verizon. Their slogan is ‘Mobile That Makes Sense’.