Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday shopping technology recommendations

Hello Everyone,

It is that time of year again - this Friday the holiday shopping season begins!

To celebrate, we've compiled the following technology recommendations to assist you to purchase the best quality and most sustainable technology available this holiday season.

Mobile device recommendations - please check out our recent blog post:

Desktop and laptop computer recommendations - please check out our recent blog post:

In the spirit of the season, we are pleased to announce that we are including free data copy service for any of our clients who purchase a custom desktop or laptop computer from Union Tech Coop beginning today through December 31st, 2012.

Please feel free to give us a call at (608) 616-9925 if you have any questions.


The Union Tech Coop Technical Committee

Mobile device purchasing recommendations

Hello Everyone,

The technicians here at Union Tech Coop have been monitoring the many mobile device offerings since the first modern smartphones became available in 2007 and the first modern tablets became available in 2010.

We have deliberately avoided making purchasing recommendations for mobile devices until we've been able to determine the sustainability of the available options. In the years since 2007 we've had the opportunity to work with all of the major brands of mobile devices and we've gained experience configuring them all. The two dominant platforms are Apple 'iOS' and Google 'Android'.

We've recently become aware that the latest software update for Apple iOS has serious bugs which cause wireless connectivity problems:

In addition to the recent reliability issues with Apple mobile devices, we've also noticed a pattern of planned obsolescence with Apple mobile devices. Apple is discontinuing software updates as quickly as 2 years after the mobile device hardware is released. In addition to discontinuing software updates in an unreasonably short period of time, Apple mobile devices have a trend of being difficult to repair:

Due to these reliability and sustainability issues, our consensus is that we're unable to recommend Apple mobile devices to our clients.

Google Android mobile devices have had some sustailbility issues with lack of software updates as well, but these issues resulted from the cellular service provider partners refusing to approve and allow the updates that Google was providing. In response, Google is offering their 'Nexus' branded Android devices, which receive software updates directly from Google as a solution.

Based on our years of experience supporting modern mobile devices, we're making the following purchasing recommendations this holiday season...

Tablet - Google Nexus 7 - $199:

E-book reader - Amazon Kindle Fire HD - $199:

Smartphones - Recommendations for each cellular service provider are available on our website at:

However, if you're looking for an affordable and sustainable mobile device for accessing the Internet, we're recommending the Google Chromebook over all of the mobile devices listed above. The Google Chromebook provides a much higher level of functionality (nearly equivalent to a traditional computer), while being very close to a mobile device in price at $249:

Please feel free to give us a call at (608) 616-9925 if you have any questions.


The Union Tech Coop Technical Committee

Updated computer lineup

Hello Everyone,

We're proud to announce that we've updated our computer lineup.

We've included the latest and greatest newly available hardware to coincide with the recent release of Microsoft Windows 8. As usual, all of our custom desktop and laptop computers include the professional version of the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system (Windows 8 Pro). If you'd like more information about Microsoft Windows 8 and why we're recommending it, please check out our recent blog post:

We've designed our custom desktop and laptop computers to be the most reliable and sustainable computers available anywhere. We're using the highest quality components with the best warranties we can find - all components are warrantied for 3 years, and many of the components have lifetime warranties! We know from experience that laptops tend to suffer from more wear and tear throughout their lifecycle than desktops, so all of our laptops include 3 years of accidental damage protection so you're covered if an accident strikes.

If you're considering a new computer purchase, please take a look...

Custom desktop computers:

Custom laptop computers:

Please feel free to give us a call at (608) 616-9925 if you have any questions.


The Union Tech Coop Technical Committee