Throughout this year I've added several new items to my collection of tech that I use on a daily basis. My iPhone and iPad have become even more useful to me this year because of all the apps I use to get things done - paying bills, listening to music and taking photos. Although still an Apple fan at heart, I did add a couple items that aren't Mac-made. Here's a roundup of the tech I spent the most time with this year.
Apple iPad: When this iPad first came out, it was called "the new iPad." Since Apple released another generation this year, I'm not sure if this model still exists. Either way, it's the 3rd generation iPad. Admittedly when I first got this, I didn't find too much use for it in terms of getting work done. I didn't feel like investing in a keyboard because at that point I figured I should just use my laptop. However, the iPad is a great device for consuming information. It's now my tech of choice for reading, watching and playing games, especially after I downloaded some good games and apps. Among my favorites are Granimator, Feedly, Paper, Letterpress and Mint.
Kate Spade Stripe iPad Sleeve: It's really hard to choose an iPad sleeve and stick to it. There are so many great choices out there, and new ones keep coming out everyday. I just chose one of my favorite brands and a pattern that I wouldn't get sick of, which is how I ended up with this simple Kate Spade sleeve with black and white stripes. There aren't any additional pockets or extra frills, it's just a simple sleeve that fits into most of my bags with a little extra cushioning to protect my iPad.
Apple MacBook Pro: At home, I'm still on my MacBook from 2007. However, they got me a new MacBook Pro at work, and I have to say in terms of speed and the lighter, slimmer design - I'm a fan. I still love my MacBook dearly and am happily surprised it's still functioning normally. However, I tend to work on my MacBook Pro more because it's just a bit lighter, faster and the screen is amazing.
Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse: This is one of the non-Apple items I've introduced into my daily uses this year. The Magic Mouse is great, but sometimes I have issues connecting it to certain computers. It also happens to eat up battery life like crazy. I purchased this Microsoft mouse to use at work. I like the design and think the blue light design is cool. Most importantly, it works really well and only requires one battery to function. It also has a nice ergonomic design that reduces cramping.
iPhone Fifi Lapin Case: I'm a fan of Elin Jonsson's fashionable rabbit character, Fifi Lapin. Usually Fifi products are prints but Elin has expanded her illustrations to multiple products including a collaboration with LeSportsac and happily for me, iPhone cases. The case is a hardshell snap-on. There aren't any extra bells and whistles besides the cute illustration of Fifi on the back wearing a cupcake shaped dress, but it makes me smile each time I pick up my phone.
Sony Playstation 3: I've always been very attached to my Nintendo Wii, but we decided to get a PS3 this year. I kind of like the change of using a controller versus a Wii Remote, and have really been getting into Little Big Planet. I also enjoy streaming Netflix off the PS3 more than the Wii. I prefer the design over Wii's more bubbly and childish experience.
PS3 Controller: While we were buying controllers for the PS3, I wanted to get a white one for myself to establish a "his and hers" setup. I like being able to tell which controller is which and tend to gravitate towards white colored tech versus black.
Keramo In-Ear Headphones: I reviewed these Keramo in-ear headphones by Moshi and instantly fell in love with them, especially when I tend to use cheap earphones for when I'm working out or listening to music at work. The Keramo in-ear headphones provide the same quality of smooth sound that headphones would but are lighter and more portable. They also come with a small case to store them in.
Illustrated Stateside Tote: I've always liked carrying my laptop in a tote bag because they are affordable and you can change them up whenever you like. My most recent tote of choice is this illustrated tote from Madewell. I always put my laptop into an incase sleeve, otherwise I wouldn't rely on just a tote bag for holding it. This one is strong and big enough to hold a laptop and some folders, pens and other work supplies.
Poketo Mousepad: Whether you prefer square or circle mousepads, Poketo has a great variety of choices, many of which are artist designs. I chose this colorwheel-looking circle mousepad for use at home. I like the cheerfulness the colors bring to the table when I'm working.
(Images: Julienne Lin)