My Top 5 Smart Wireless Accessories #VZWVoices

Top 5 Accessories

As a Verizon Wireless Ambassador, I’ve had the opportunity to try out several great phones on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. In that time, I’ve come to learn that amazing accessories can turn a mediocre phone into a great device.

I’ve complied a list of my Top 5 Smart Wireless Accessories from Verizon Wireless. Check them out!

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Best Free Windows Phone 8 Lenses #VZWA

One of my favorite things about the Windows Phone 8 is the ability to use a Lens with the camera. No, it’s not what you’re thinking — on the Windows Phone 8, a lens is an app that opens with the camera, allowing you to customize a photo BEFORE you take it. This is really great because you can see what different effects will do to a photo, and adjust accordingly to get the shot you really want.

I’ve downloaded several Windows Phone 8 lenses in my time with the Windows 8X from Verizon Wireless, and I wanted to share my favorite free versions with you.

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Five Things You Might Not Notice on the Windows Phone 8X #VZWA

I’ve had the Windows Phone 8X from Verizon Wireless for a couple of months now, and I’m still discovering things about it that are really cool. So, I thought I’d share a few of the smaller features that you might not notice straight out of the box — these things really set this phone apart.

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Verizon Wireless: Windows Phone 8 Kids Corner #VZWA

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One of my absolute favorite features in my new phone, is the Windows Phone 8 Kids Corner.

Built directly into the operating system, Kids Corner is a feature that grants your little ones access only to the apps, games, videos, and music you choose for them, so you can relax and let them play.

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WD Elements External Hard Drive

WD Elements External Hard Drive

I take thousands of photos. From documenting memories when we travel to keeping up with Andrew’s everyday moments, my camera is constantly clicking away. One of the hardest things for me is organizing all of those photos in a way that doesn’t bog down my computer and suck up storage.

For a while, I’ve been using a portable external hard drive to save my photos. I’m constantly worried, though, that I’ll drop it and lose everything that I’ve so diligently catalogued.

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Verizon Wireless: How To Set Up Windows Phone 8 on a Mac

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A few weeks ago, I received a Windows Phone 8X from Verizon Wireless to test and review. As a Verizon Wireless Ambassador, I have had the chance to try out three different phones on the Verizon Wireless Network.

This is my first Windows Phone, and I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated. I have been a Mac girl for the past three years, and I thought it would be really hard to integrate a Windows device into our network of Apple hardware. You see, we own two iPhones, two iPads, a MacBook Pro, an iMac and two Apple TVs. All of our movies, music and photos are housed on our Apple devices so that we can view them wherever we want to.

I thought that surely it would not be easy to set up Windows Phone 8 on a Mac. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The process is simple — it was actually easier to add media to the Windows Phone 8X from iTunes than to add media to my iPhone from iTunes, in my opinion.

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The first thing you need to do is download the Windows Phone app from the App Store on your Mac. It’s free.

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Then, plug in your Windows Phone to your Mac using a USB cord. The app will start to import any media that is stored locally on the phone, like photos from your camera roll or music you’ve downloaded on the phone itself.

Windows Phone for Mac Menu Screen

Once it’s finished importing, you’ll see the phone’s capacity in a bar at the bottom, including how much data is being used by different types of media.

You can visit the Windows App Marketplace directly on your computer to download apps, which are then downloaded directly to your phone. It’s really easy and a great way to add a bunch of apps when you’re first setting up your phone.

Device options allows you to configure settings for your phone, including its name and downloading options.

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Click on Music and choose whether to sync music from your iTunes library to your phone. You can select all music or certain playlists, artists or genres.

It works the same way for Photos & Videos, Movies & TV Shows, Podcasts, and Ringtones.

Windows Phone Mac App Delete Items

Another really cool thing you can do is delete media on the phone from your computer. Go to Browse Device and it will list every file on the phone. Then you can pick and choose items to delete or import. For instance, you can choose specific photos to delete and do this on your computer, rather than having to go to the phone itself.

When you’re finished, press the Sync button and wait for it to be done.

I’m having a lot of fun with the Windows Phone 8X and I’ll be doing more posts on all of its cool features.

Stay tuned!

 

 

**Disclaimer** I am a Verizon Wireless Ambassador. I received a wireless device and phone/data plan free of charge to use for review and evaluation of Verizon Wireless products and services. As part of the program, I was asked to share my opinions with others, however, my opinions are my own. Please contact vzw@comblu.com with any questions about the Verizon Wireless Ambassadors’ Program.

Turn-by-Turn Navigation with the Samsung Galaxy S3

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A few weeks ago, when we attended our five-year reunion at Texas A&M, we stopped in to stay the night with our friends in Houston. On our way, we realized that the GPS in the car was taking us on a terrible route that would lead straight into rush hour traffic. But luckily, we had the turn-by-turn navigation on the Samsung Galaxy S3 to turn to!

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It’s so easy to use and it accounts for traffic. See the green light in the photo above? Traffic was flying. Then it turned yellow when we got into some difficult traffic.

I love that the app warns you when a turn is coming up and it’s loud enough to hear the navigator’s voice in a noisy car.

Plus, the maps are up to date, so that’s even better! This is hands-down the best navigation app on a smart phone I’ve seen.

 

 

**Disclaimer** I am a Verizon Wireless Ambassador. I received a wireless device and phone/data plan free of charge to use for review and evaluation of Verizon Wireless products and services. As part of the program, I was asked to share my opinions with others, however, my opinions are my own. Please contact vzw@comblu.com with any questions about the Verizon Wireless Ambassadors’ Program.



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