Despite the lingering freezing weather and snowstorms and all that, believe it or not, spring is coming. You might even find blossoms somewhere. And, despite the abominable practice of daylight saving time robbing you of an hour of sleep, at least that means you get to see a little more daylight in your life. But, with the weather some of you are seeing, you would be forgiven for thinking that a Game of Thrones-sized winter is settling in.
So, we’re here to help you get into the spring mindset, the only way we know how. Ring in the equinox with some of the best springtime gadgets on the market, because if Punxsutawney Phil can’t predict spring to save his life, maybe some fresh new blooming gadgets might.
Nokia Lumia 1520
Dead trees don’t make the best photo subjects. Some might disagree, but it’s hard to argue with the made-for-Instagram blossoms that are going to be popping up soon. So, grab a Lumia 1520 – or any Lumia, they all have golden cameras – because that 20 MP PureView camera is the perfect excuse to go outside. You know, that one place between your house and your car. You’d be forgiven for forgetting what it looked like. Your cyclist friends might have talked to you about it like it’s Wonderland, but believe us, it’s real, and it’s stuffed with perfect moments and scenes for you to capture. Need some inspiration? Here’s what some people got up to you using the older Lumia 1020.
Speck CandyShell Floral Case
Speck always seems to have their virtual fingers on the pulse of the season, and this year is no different. Their CandyShell cases are always stylish, and this blossom and flower filled case is just a taste of what’s to come. Maybe the more people that use this case, the sooner we’ll have start having springtime weather – fake it ’til you make it, right? This CandyShell case is being made for iPhone 5/5S, and is selling for $40.
Whether the weather is awful or sunny, one thing’s always true – your reading list is nigh endless. Now that you’ll be able to actually get some sun while reading, you’ll need a proper e-reader. Look no further than the Kindle Paperwhite – in addition to being backlit and having much sharper resolution for text, it’s outfitted with an anti-glare screen perfect for outdoors reading. It’s light on your wallet, too – $119 for the ad-supported version and $139 without the ads.
Hey, spring isn’t all fun and games. It also means spring cleaning, and that goes just as much for your digital world as it does for your house. While you’re doing your digital spring cleaning, you can back up all the things that survive the culling on the Lenovo Beacon. It’s a personal cloud storage device that can stream files, including videos and music, to tablets, smartphones, PCs, and TVs (with an HDMI connection). When you’re watching content on the TV, you can use your smartphone as a remote. It’s a solid way to get everything organized and open up the family’s files for everyone to enjoy. The Lenovo Beacon is set for a springtime release in April for about $200.
Outdoors adventures aren’t exactly the gentlest kind. Sunshine is going to be beckoning you outside soon, and those of you ready to go camping or hiking (and do something more extreme) are going to need a speaker that can keep up. After all, life’s better with a soundtrack, right? You can check out the Braven BRV-X, the bottom line in rugged portable Bluetooth speakers. It’s water resistant and shock absorbent, has a huge 5,200 mAh battery that can provide extra power for your other devices, and is equipped with big, booming sound. $230 gets you one, but you can enjoy true stereo sound if you grab two and link them together – wirelessly, of course. The outdoors is no place for wires, unless we’re talking about bungee cords.