Top Smartphones and Apps of 2011 Holiday Season

When looking at what type of smartphone you should purchase, there seems to be so many options out there nowadays. Between the Android devices and the Apple devices, there are many choices tailored to your needs and willing to give you everything you could need in a phone and so much more. Gone are the days of just using it to talk. Now they are used to surf the internet, text and play games. For that reason, you have to look at specific types of smartphones but knowing the right ones can be somewhat difficult.

One option available is the Motorola DROID RAZR. Billing the phone as the thinnest smartphone around, it is both sleek and light which means it is easier to carry for you. Made of Kevlar, steel and aluminum it creates a phone that is a very good option after the original RAZR. This smartphone comes with the highly touted Android software and weights a little under 4.50 ounces. The physical size of the phone is 4.30 inches with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Of the main features available you get a light sensor as well as a proximity sensor and scratch-resistant glass. One of the most important factors when one buys a smartphoneis battery life. The Motorola DROID RAZR offers an average of 12.50 hours of talk time and an amazing 204 hours of stand-by time. The camera features are also spectacular as you can take HD Video and the camera has 8 megapixels. Lastly, the system hardware comes in at 1024 MB of RAM with roughly 16 GB of built in memory. This phone should be available in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Another great option is the Galaxy Nexus. This is the first phone to run the newly created Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which is being sold as the version which puts an end to fragmentation. Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor, it clearly is one of the fastest phones available on the market today. The weight of the phones comes in at 4.76 ounces. The physical size of the phone is 4.65 inches which continues to be consistent with most of the Android devices with how light and small they are to carry. The phone also takes HD video with the camera offering 5 megapixels. The system memory comes with 1024 MB RAM and roughly 32 GB of built-in storage. This phone should be available in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Lastly, the third most popular smartphone of those released or to be released is the Apple release iPhone 4S. Many were disappointed that it came out as the iPhone 4S opposed to the iPhone 5 but it has not disappointed. It comes with a reworked iOS 5 and introduces a really cool new feature called Siri, which is a personal assistant for you to verbally communicate with for reminders and information. It comes with a 3.5″ screen with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels; however the inside of the phone is a very powerful and impressive dual-core A5 processor. Coming in at a weight of a little under 5 ounces, it may be a little heavier than its Android counterparts but nothing that would deter the customer. It offers HD video capture and a camera with 8 megapixels. The system memory comes with 512 MB RAM with up to 65 GB of built-in storage.

One of the most appealing features of smartphones are the apps available for download. Some must have Android apps are Google Sky Map, which allows you to see the stars in the sky by pointing your phone to the sky, ASTRO file manager which allows you to manage files on your device and Seesmic which is one of the top Twitter apps available for any phone. For the iPhone, some of the tops apps available are Amazon, PayPal and who can go anywhere without their very own copy of Angry Birds, available on both Android and iPhone devices.

The NFL Game Rewind App Review

The NFL Game Rewind is a special type of app specifically designed by NFL to allow football fans to watch full replays of fascinating games (not live games) on their Android Tablets and Apple’s iPad. The new video on-demand service allows you to watch every game in HD quality after live broadcast. This NFL game rewind review talks about the app’s features, benefits and restrictions.


• Coach’s film that comes with numerous impressive viewing angles plus an outstanding telestrator feature

• Full replays of your favorite football games

• Condensed football games

• Commercial-free viewing

• Big play markers

• Full box of statistics for stored games

• Allows you to view scores from around the league

• Provides play-by-play analysis of the games

• You can chat with your friends, family, relatives or other fans while watching a game

NFL Game Rewind Restrictions

As you will come to understand in this review, the NFL game rewind program comes with a number of restrictions. First, it is only accessible to users located within the United States, Antigua, Bermuda, the Bahamas and any US possessions, territories and commonwealths such as Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands and the American Samoa.If you are located outside these areas, count yourself unlucky because you cannot be allowed to use or access the NFL Game Rewind app. However you can still benefit from some of NFL’s services and products.

There are also a few restrictions regarding when you can or cannot replay the games. For instance, you cannot watch the Monday night game until after one day (24 hours). Sunday night games are available for viewing immediately after the conclusion of Saturday night game telecast. While it is very understandable that the 24-hour delay of these games allows for effective video editing, to you as a football addict, the 24-hour wait may seem like an eternity. On the bright side however, Thursday and Saturday NFL football games are available for viewing immediately after the conclusion of the game telecast.

Another restriction keeps you from replaying any games during live games. This means that you cannot replay Sunday’s game once Monday’s or Thursday’s game starts.


To purchase and enjoy NFL Game Rewind, you must have a valid account. NFL’s website has an easy-to-use interface to make the registration process easier and enjoyable. While registering, be sure to use a unique e-mail address and username that has not been used by another person.

Once you have registered an NFL Game Rewind account, you can pay for the services through American Express, MasterCard, Discovery Network or Visa. You are not allowed to pay in installments. Instead, you can choose to pay in full for the whole season, mid season, late season or go for a monthly subscription.

If you would like to get a more comprehensive NFL Game Rewind review or would like to purchase the app, you can visit NFL’s website, call the customer support or chat with a customer service representative through the live chat section.

Some of the Largest Brands Are Using Game Based Apps For Advertising and Promotions

Over 550 businesses and schools have used a scavenger game application available on iPhone and Android mobile devices to drive and enhance their advertising and promotions. The SCVNGR app development platform includes notable users such as the Boston Celtics, Boston Globe, New England Patriots, Journeys, The New York Times, Universal Music Canada, Warner Bros, as well as colleges and universities including Princeton. Using mobile games as a platform for ads and promotions is one of the latest trends in consumer engagement, especially the millennial generation that grew up on video gaming.
The essence of the SCVNGR platform is three interconnecting elements: Challenges, which are things to do at places; Treks, which connect places and challenges; and Rewards, that offer benefits for playing. Players earn points in a Challenge – checking-in is worth a point, telling your friends where you are is worth 2 points, and and providing content about a location such as a picture is also worth 2 points. The platform’s database is understood to include already over 20 millions locations.
Marketing opportunities abound, from directing a Trek to a specific location with advertising and promotion opportunities along the journey and at the destinations, through utilizing consumer experiences and user generated content that involves the brand at Challenges and Treks. Of course, the Rewards can easily be tied to photo opportunities and further promotions. Fun and games are thereby able to leverage off brand related content, locations & competition.
For instance, a Philadelphia Diamond retailer, Robbins Diamonds, fashioned an interactive city-wide treasure hunt to find a hidden diamond ring. Clues were delivered to competitors cellphone’s by SMS text messages, mobileweb or in-app notifications. Pre-event publicity and media coverage included media from traditional print through to digital blogs. As a result, there were almost 2,000 applications for the 250 available spots and 2.5 million impressions for the retailer in TV, print, radio & internet immediately before their busiest season. See the full case study at

Advertising and promotions are no longer one way streets – mobile apps like SCVNGR & others are paving the way for experiential marketing utilizing the mobility benefits of those media and mediums that are with us 24/7 – the mobile phone. As Robbins Diamonds was able to accomplish, you can use a mobile app to rise above the noise produced by your competitors and saturated ad markets. As well, by involving your customers in an experience they will remember and associate with your product, you are creating a positive top of mind recall event that will be hard to match through conventional ads or promotional opportunities.