My Tech Top 10: Joelle Alcaidinho

My Tech Top 10: Joelle Alcaidinho

Joelle Alcaidinho
Dec 28, 2012

After three years with Apartment Therapy Tech I've had the opportunity to use a wide variety of devices and have fallen in love with quite a few as evidenced by the photo above. 2012 has been a big year filled with global travel (9+ countries, 12+ cities), getting back into shape, as well as consulting on some great projects, and my Tech Top Ten is all about the technology that has helped make all that happen (or at least make it more pleasant)...

While I do still love my iPhone and iPad, listing them seemed a bit redundant since I've done so in 2010 and 2011's Tech Top Ten, so read on to learn what makes my list this year and my nerdy heart beat all that much faster.

Nike+ Ecosystem: One of my goals in 2012 was to lose weight and get better control of my asthma. I knew that returning to consulting full time in the United States would mean no health insurance (or at least none that was close to being affordable) and so I wanted to do everything I could to try and wean myself off of my very expensive medication. I decided to dramatically revamp my fitness routine and Nike + Kinect Training has been the cornerstone of my programme. Nike + Kinect Training coupled with wearing the Nike Fuelband and using the sensor with Nike + iPod has helped to gamify my training and keep me on track. I'll admit that I'm pretty submersed in the Nike+ ecosystem, yup even my shoes are Nike, but with over 23 lbs lost and not having had to use my inhaler in months, I consider the results well worth it.

Kindle Paperwhite: I have always loved my Kindle and this new version is the best ever. I love the glow, how easy it is to read, and how light it is. It's the perfect size and I wouldn't trade it for any number of tablets.

Android 4.2 on Nexus Devices & Google Now: I have made some strongly anti- Android statements in the past and using Android 4.2 on the Nexus devices made me want to take almost all of them back. I love this operating system and while finding tablet apps continues to be tricky, the way notifications and multitasking works on 4.2 is a pleasure and every time I use my iPhone 5 or iPad I wish they ran 4.2. Oh yeah and Google Now is awesome and is infinitely more useful than Siri especially when travelling.

Truphone TRU Sim: While travelling the world is great for world experiences it's not so great on the budget when you're as fond of smartphones as I am. Using the TRU sim has helped to save me $$$ on international data bills and it's great to be able to have three phone numbers, my US, UK, and Australian on one sim.

Sony NEX-5N: I love my Nikon D200 but since the Sony NEX-5N has entered my life I pick it up much less frequently. This mirrorless boasts an awesome sensor and the quality is fantastic. I can even use my Nikon lenses with an adapter on this bad boy and this camera has been one of the best purchases I have made this year and I have not regretted it for a second.