Optimal Phone

The LG Optimus L9 — available through T-Mobile — uses the Android 4.0 platform (Ice Cream Sandwich) and a powerful 1 GHz dual-core processor. The 4.5-inch smartphone contains a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and 1080p high-definition camcorder. The phone takes panoramic shots and continuous shots — multiple photos in a row. QuickMemo allows users to capture any screen image, make notes with a finger and easily share online, by text, email and more. The Optimus L9 offers 4 GB internal memory and supports a memory card up to 32 GB.

Smarter Scan

Grizzly Labs’ Genius Scan allows Android, iPhone and Windows Phone users to take smartphone photos and convert them to PDFs. Documents such as receipts and handwritten notes can be cropped and straightened, then saved or exported as PDFs or JPGs to Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, SkyDrive and other cloud locations. Genius Scan enhances black-and-white or color photos. The company also makes Genius Fax, which faxes documents from smartphones.

Mini Keyboard

The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini is a slim protective keyboard cover for the iPad mini. The keyboard offers full-size keys for easy typing, saving the screen space for content. The Bluetooth-enabled keyboard attaches securely with powerful integrated magnets, and its slim aluminum cover matches the iPad mini and brings durable protection to it with minimal weight. It also doubles as a hands-free view stand. The iPad mini automatically wakes up when a user opens the cover and switches to standby when the user closes it. The keyboard has a three-month battery life (based on usage of two hours per day).

Miriam Jones  |  Chief Copy Editor

Miriam Jones is chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines. She joined e.Republic in 2000 as an editor of Converge magazine.