Back-to-School shopping can be easier if you know what products deliver and where to buy them for the lowest guaranteed price.
Behindthebuy.com’s Senior Editor David Gregg stops by PIX11 at 6:50 a.m. with some back-to-school shopping suggestions that make the grade.
SUGGESTION #1: THE INDUSTRUCTIBLE SMARTPHONE
The Kyocera Hydro WAVE is a fully featured smart phone that delivers military grade toughness. It is shock proof, has an impact resistant touch screen and is totally waterproof! Priced as low as $39 (after rebates), it won’t break the bank either!
Kyocera Hydro WAVE
Most kids are hoping to head back to school this year with a new mobile device in their pocket. If one of them is yours, consider a few things before purchasing. Today’s smart phones feature many parental controls to keep kids safe, but what about keeping the fragile smart phone safe? Parents can now rest easy knowing Kyocera offers a wide variety of waterproof, drop-proof smart phones that won’t break OR break the bank.
Kyocera’s new Hydro WAVE is a 4G LTE Android smart phone featuring a big, beautiful 5-inch, impact-resistant touch screen and a tough, waterproof design. It can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes and not miss a beat…or a text. In fact, the touch screen will keep on working even when wet or operated by wet fingers. And the phone’s Military Standard 810G shock durability makes it rugged enough to withstand a tumble from a backpack.
The Hydro WAVE is a great choice for parents who want to give their kids all the slick features of today’s hottest smartphones without the worry of it breaking within the first week of school.
Hydro WAVE is available nationwide – from T-Mobile with postpaid service for only $149.99 and from MetroPCS with flat-rate prepaid service for only $39 after rebates and promotions. http://www.kyoceramobile.com/hydro-wave
SUGGESTION #2: A Tablet with a free wireless plan for LIFE
This Tablet includes FREE 4G data for the life of the device and a 1-year subscription to all of the popular Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)!
HP Stream 8 Tablet powered by Intel
Great for students on a budget, the Intel-powered HP Stream 8 Tablet allows students to stay on top of their work no matter where they are, thanks to its built-in Wi-fi and free 4G connectivity. Enjoy 200MB of free 4G data each month, no annual contract, for the life of your device. It also includes a one-year subscription to Office apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook – all at the affordable price of $179.99.
• Powered by an Intel Quad Core processor
• Windows 8.1 operating system
• 1GB memory
• 32GB storage
• 8 inch screen
• Up to 8 hours and 20 minutes of battery life
PRICE: $179.99; http://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/tablets/hp-stream-8-tablet---5901
SUGGESTION #3: The Best “Case” Scenario to Protect and Power your Tech
The only way to increase the life and power of a smartphone or tablet is to protect it with a case and use a reliable charging solution. Incipio cases and charging solutions are the leaders in protection and power because of their variety of style offerings, durability, and practicality!
Incipio Products to Protect and Power Your Tech
Incipio has protective case solutions and portable power products for virtually every mobile device your student may own.
Here’s A Sampling!
Incipio Octane Case for iPhone 6
-Co-molded impact absorbing case
-Transparent back with a textured contrasting colored bumper
-Available in a variety of colors
PRICE: $24.99; http://www.incipio.com/cases/iphone-cases/iphone-6-cases/octane-co-molded-impact-absorbing-case-iphone-6.html
Incipio Clarion Case for iPad Air 2
-Impact resistant, and perfect for solution for education with a translucent back to see labels, barcodes, and other school tags
-Available in Black, Cobalt, Periwinkle, Pink, Red
PRICE: $34.99; http://www.incipio.com/cases/ipad-cases/ipad-air-2-cases-and-covers/clarion-clear-back-education-case-ipad-air-2.html
Incipio offGRID EXPRESS Battery Case for iPhone 6
- Two-piece case, snap on bumper
- 3000mAh battery (More than doubles battery life of iPhone 6)
- Available in Black, Gold, Mint Green, Pink, Purple,
PRICE: $79.99; http://www.incipio.com/cases/iphone-cases/iphone-6-cases/offgrid-express-backup-battery-case-3000mah-iphone-6.html
Incipio offGRID Portable Backup Battery 4000mAh
- USB port for charging tablets, smartphones and other USB devices (compatible with most devices)
- Can fully charge an average smartphone 2-3 times
- Available in black, red, blue, yellow, pink, and gray
PRICE: $39.99; http://www.incipio.com/chargers/offgrid-portable-backup-batteries/offgrid-portable-backup-battery-4000-mah.html
Incipio ClamCase Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2
- Incipio acquired ClamCase Keyboard Cases a couple months ago and this is the latest keyboard case we offer
- Patented 360 degree hinge for convenient, multiple viewing and typing angles
- Sleek, thin, and ultra lightweight.
- Available in White/Silver, Black/Space Grey, and Champagne Gold (Coming soon)
PRICE: $149.99; http://clamcase.com/ipad-air-2-keyboard-case.html
SUGGESTION #4: Back-it-up OR lose it
Seagate’s Backup Plus is like an insurance policy for the music, photos, videos and schoolwork stored on ALL of your tech devices and social networks! In just one click everything will be backed up, so the next time your tech device crashes, all of your data will be totally recovered! Whew!...
Seagate Backup Plus
The Seagate Backup Plus Drive is the simple, one-click way to protect and share your entire digital life – it makes the chore of backing up your digital assets easy.
Seagate Dashboard provides a simplified method to back up all your photos, movies and videos from Mobile devices, Social Media and your computer - including the ones you’ve shared on Facebook, Flickr and YouTube – it even backs up images you are tagged in!
Seagate Backup Plus now comes with 200GB of OneDrive cloud storage from Microsoft. And the Lyve Minds apps (on mobile and software for Mac and PC) helps keep your photo and video libraries cataloged and accessible.
Additionally, Seagate’s free Mobile app is compatible with iOS, Android and Kindle Fire.
Available in storage capacities from 500GB to 8TB, prices start at just $64.99. http://www.seagate.com/products/laptop-mobile-storage/laptop-external-drives/backup-plus-slim/
SUGGESTION #5: The LOWEST PRICES for Back-to-School Supplies found ANYWHERE…GUARANTEED!
The only Back-To-School product retailer that guarantees they will meet and beat the best price on all of your purchases by 110% is Staples.
Staples is your one-stop shop this back-to-school season, offering a new Back to School 110% Lowest Price Guarantee and their handy Less List that gives shoppers the lowest prices on back-to-school products such as folders, notebooks and index cards all season long.
Staples make savings easy on everything you need from homework supplies to lockers and backpacks, the Staples® Designed by Students Collection includes tools designed by students that help to address common classroom needs. The Designed by Students products include the Super Folder ($12.99), which includes storage areas, a zipper pouch, clear pockets for class schedules, a pencil sharpener, sticky notes and a writing pad, among other products in the collection.
Staples has also teamed up with Me to We, an innovative social enterprise, to make more happen for education by supporting their educational partner, Free The Children. Available exclusively at Staples stores nationwide, each Me to We school supply purchased at Staples makes an impact that transforms a person’s life – from clean water to school supplies and health care. http://www.staples.com/backtoschool