With cell phone use so prevalent, it’s almost as though it’s an extension of you. It goes everywhere you go and keeps track of some of the most important aspects of your life. Therefore, it only makes sense that you choose a phone that not only works well with your carrier, but fits your lifestyle.

With so many to choose from, it’s often tough to figure out which one is best for your needs. However, the following list will take out the guesswork and determine for you the best phones this year according to a range of factors.

 
When it comes to navigating from point A to point B, I have no idea how I survived so long without a GPS. There’s something comforting about the calm, level-headed voice that comes out of that little black box, telling me how to get wherever I want. Long gone are the days when I have to add an extra 30 minutes to my travel time to make sure that I have time to ask for directions at least once.

Though standalone GPS devices – not an app on your smartphone – may be slowly crawling toward obsolescence, I don’t think they’ll be totally gone for quite some time.

 
Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to spend thousands of dollars to get a quality laptop computer. While you may be aware that many netbooks can be purchased at a bargain price, you may not know that some of the best laptops cost less than $500.

If you are in the market to purchase a new laptop, consider a less expensive model. You could save yourself hundreds of dollars and receive the same performance as a more expensive model.

 
Desktop computers may seem passe, but for some people, there is just no substitute for a good desktop. Whether you choose a Mac or a PC, there are some truly exceptional machines out there ready to take on your toughest computing needs.

While some of these systems are expensive, not all of them will require a large investment to get a truly remarkable computing experience. Here are the five best desktop computers that give you the most bang for your buck.

 
Gaming systems have come a long way since the days of Pong and the Atari 2600. The graphics are high–definition (practically photo-quality), the processor speeds create smooth, realistic animation, and the controls require the dexterity of a contortionist to access all of the functionality loaded into these software powerhouses.

However, there are a multitude of consoles for sale, all offering various perks. It can be tough to know exactly what to buy. Understanding how the top consoles stack up against the competition will help you know exactly which console is the right one for you.

 
Long gone are the days when your only choices for portable digital music devices were limited to iPods and a select few competitors. Also gone are the days when you could expect to pay $200 or far more for a good quality model.

Penny-pinchers, listen up: There are tons of MP3 players available for less than $100, from those that simply offer basic music replay, to video-capable units with expandable memory. Here are the five best affordable models.

 
We’ve all seen some of the amazing deals we can get from Groupon, but many of us end up buying deals we simply don’t want or have time to use. According to Yipit, a site that collects data regarding the purchase and use of Groupon deals – as well as those from
other daily deal sites – the percentage of Groupons that expire before they are used by the buyer is as high as 15%.

So, what happens to those unused Groupon deals after they have expired? Are you out the money you spent altogether? In some cases, you may be able to recoupthe money you spent or extend the life of your Groupon deal by employing a few simple strategies.
 
With all the wireless capable devices available, you simply have no option but to go wireless by adding a router to your home network. The wireless router is arguably one  of the most important pieces of equipment you will ever buy when it comes to your network, as it is what interconnects all of your devices, as well as keeps you connected to the Internet. Picking the wrong device can compromise the security of your personal information or subject you to an extremely slow Internet connection.

Fortunately, there are a wealth of great wireless routers available – and most are available for $200 or less.

 
Are you on the fence about getting an e-reader? There is no time like the present. There are more devices available today than ever before, though only two manufacturers really stand out in terms of quality versus affordability: the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook.

There are two basic types of e-readers: the black and white e-ink-only readers, and the color LCD models. Both have pros and cons that you’ll want to understand before making a choice. The e-ink versions generally have a longer battery life and offer the best paper-like reading experience. These e-readers are usually less expensive than their full-color counterparts.


The color, LCD-based models offer a more tablet-like experience, combining e-book reading with other entertainment options, such as games, apps, and Internet browsing. However, the LCD-based e-readers don’t compare in terms of speed or functionality to actual laptop computers.

 
Home audio encompasses a broad spectrum of gadgets designed to help you do one thing: Get the best sound quality out of your home entertainment center.

Whether you’re looking for a great set of surround-sound speakers to enhance your home movie experience, or an  iPod docking station/speaker combination, you can usually find an exceptional device at a reasonable price. Here are some of the best available.