NJTechReviews knows summer is almost over and with the end of summer comes, the back to school season, and the eventual start of school! Whether you are in elementary school, finishing middle school, finding your way through the jungle that is high school, or in the real world spending your time in college, we have the products for you!
This year we have decided to drop the categories and themes that products go under, instead we are going to put our top products for back to school right below! Keep reading to check out the NJTechReviews 2015 Back to School Gift Guide!
Samsung Galaxy Note 5-More info here!
Samsung’s latest device is a sure win for the back to school market, launching just at the end of the summer and packing some great functionality. The Galaxy Note 5 packs a sleek design and is available on all major carriers in the United States. Plus it can be planner and journal when you are walking across campus trying to get to class, with Note Anywhere just pop the SPen out and start writing; No more worrying about opening a new note and saving it, the device is proactive and knows to save it. The Galaxy Note 5 will be landing this week on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless!
iPhone-More info here!
If you are an Apple user look no further, the iPhone links right up into the iOS and OS X eco-system. The device truly work in harmony with continuity and handoff, allowing you take phone calls on your Mac or iPad, as well as respond to SMS from any one of your devices. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are still some of the nicest devices on the market. While you can hop on the bandwagon now, their usual September launch event is right around the corner, so you might be better waiting if you’re dying to get the latest and greatest from Cupertino. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available from a plethora of carriers including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
Galaxy S6-More info here!
The Galaxy S6 is a phenomenal device, we raved about it and it truly represents what a smartphone should be in this day and age. Samsung finally gave it a metal design and if you are looking for a non-phablet or large screen device, you really can’t go wrong with it. You get a great camera, a fast processor, 4G LTE speeds, and more. Plus, you can get Google Drive on the go with you to do some schoolwork and game out on the gorgeous HD display when you need a break. You can grab a Galaxy S6 from many carriers like AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Sprint.
Nexus 6-More info here!
We called it the smartphone of the year in 2014, and while there might be a nexus device or two coming soon, the Nexus 6 still does it for us. It will get the latest Android updates very soon after launch and it has a phenomenal battery. It works on a few carriers in the United States, as well as globally, but you may need to get a specific version. It also had a neat design with a slight curvature in the back and it makes it quite comfortable to hold.
Apple Watch–More info here!
Some people say it’s not a necessity or that wearables are a fad, but if you are on a college campus and have an Apple Watch, be prepared to be stopped and asked about it. It really does make you use your phone less and it works great as a watch, but it also makes your life easier and overall is a great piece of technology to have. Plus, many of the great educational apps for your iOS device, like Blackboard or iStudiez Pro, have applications for the Watches which will help you get your work done. And if you ever need to escape, you are literally a tap away from calling a Uber or a request away from getting directions.
Lenovo N20p Chromebook-More info here!
Last year in the heat of August we reviewed the Lenovo N20p Chromebook, and it brought a true multi mode to the Chrome eco system. After all, Lenovo was the creator of the multi mode design and the N20p Chromebook is an affordable and premium device. It would be ideal for carrying around campus and using Google Drive to take notes in class.
Lenovo Yoga 3 11-More info here!
We called it a student’s dream come true earlier this month in our full review and we still think incredibly highly of it. This is your go to Windows laptop for your back to school needs, no questions asked. From a solid Intel processor, to being eligible to upgrade to Windows 10, to having an incredible compact and portable design, Lenovo has checked off everything and more to make this back to school worthy.
GoPro Hero 4 Silver-More info here!
You want to capture the memories you will be making this school year, and the GoPro Hero 4 Silver is the way to do it. This is also about the only time I would recommend using a selfie stick, but GoPro’s Three-Way-Stick is a great accessory to hook the GoPro up too and from there you can get almost camera angle you need. The GoPro Hero4 Silver features a touchscreen on the back, 4K recording, a wide-angle lens, and more!
Neo Smartpen-More info here!
As mentioned in our first look article, the Neo Smartpen is revolutionizing the way students study in and out of the classroom. Guaranteed to up your game in school, this product is a must have for any student as it uses interactive technology combined with the latest smart gadgets to provide a studying and note taking experience like no other.
Armpocket-More info here!
For your late night runs across campus, this product is perfect for every athlete who is looking for efficiency while running or working out. The Armpocket is also perfect for the average joe who is looking to become more active. Featuring additional storage space for other items such as keys, credit cards, and cash, the Armpocket is unlike any other product running product on the market. The Armpocket is also equipped with a memory foam inside cover, providing a very comfortable running experience.
Braven BR-Pro Speaker-More info here!
If you are in college, you may need to start remembering the thought “college tough”. And yes, we have done it. The folks at NJTechReviews have found a college tough speaker. Not only will it pump up the jams, but you can take calls from it and yes ladies and gentleman it will charge your devices as well! Sound quality is pretty good especially for such a small package and the thing is pretty darn durable.
As you may know, the people over at FX and FXX are phenomenal people and create some of the best television shows on the planet. Can we get a standing ovation for Archer, The League, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? Well, they are also incredibly generous as they have a special promo code just for NJTechReviews readers, discounting some awesome products from the FX Shop!
Archer Glengoolie Rocks Glass-Get it here!
Have you ever wanted to feel like the most dangerous spy in the world, while you are having a glass of water(or something else)? Well now you can and it will be done in Glengoolie fashion, which is of course Archer’s go to scotch brand. Plus, when the new season drops in 2016 you will be a step closer to hosting a great season premiere party!
Always Sunny Wolf Cola Can Glass-Get it here!
You’re an important person right? But you don’t want any responsibilities, which means real power might be out of reach. Well think again, Wolf Cola is here and you can achieve the illusion of power. Or at least the same illusion that the Always Sunny cast experienced when they drank Wolf Cola. Well, the Wolf Cola Can Glass is the closest you will get and better yet it is a product you will use, as you can drink from it. Plus, they might even let you join the gang…or at least you can dream.
Sons of Anarchy Reaper Pint Glass-Get it here!
You too can join the Reaper Crew and drink their poison. The glass is equipped with a grim reaper wielding a weapon and holding a crystal ball. You might just become the coolest person in your dorm with this one.
Sons of Anarchy Samcro Hoodie-Get it here!
Have you ever wanted to become part of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club? Well now is your chance with this official lightweight fleece, inspired by the sweatshirt worn by Jax. While keeping you tough on the outside with a nice SAMCRO logo in white over a dark blue color, it will keep you nice and warm on the inside.
All of these products from the FX Shop can be yours, and since you’re an NJTechReviews reader you will get a discount of 15% when you use code TECH15. This code will be valid until October 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM PT, so you will get an extended back to school shopping period. Huge thanks to our friends over at FX Networks for offering up this great discount!