Visiting Boston with the Verizon Wireless Team

Last year I had the chance to visit Boston with some of my #VZWBuzz teammates thanks to Verizon. It was a fun trip filled with tech talk and Verizon product preview. But the trip also had a bit of a sentimental feel.

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Note: I was invited as media and a Verizon Wireless #VZWBuzz lifestyle blogger to this event. Travel and hotel accommodations was provided for by Verizon Wireless. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

In early 2013 the Boston Marathon bombings happened. It was such a horrific event that nationwide we worried for the Boston area. With things in such a panic state and phones down how did some of the Boston officials stay on top of things? With Social media!

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The team heard from a representative from the U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Massachusetts, about how they used social media during the Boston bombing to keep the public informed and share information about hospital status, etc. They were able to do keep up with demand by being on the Verizon network. What an amazing way to use social media during such a large crisis.

We all agreed that social media is a useful tool. And it's nice to have tools so you can use social media. Which lead into our next guest John from Samsung Mobile US who demoed the new Galaxy Note 3.

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The Galaxy Note 3 has many cools apps like the Scrapbooker which allows you to collect any data types (pics, files, video) into ONE space on your phone. But I think one of my favorite features is the "Glue" mode that you can use with the Galaxy Note 3 dual camera/video! I started having all sorts of ideas for vlogging already!

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Next product we learned about was the new Nokia 2520, which is the brands first Windows tablet. It looked awesome in red and offers a lot including micro & HDMI ports. Of course I had to get a closer look.

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As you can see the Nokia 2520 Windows Tablet is not small. But it has a great interface and docks very nicely with the optional keyboard cover.

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Our final device preview was with the Motorola trio: Mini, Max, & Ultra, which are exclusively available at Verizon Wireless. One of the cool features of the Motorola droid phones? ZAP! The ability to transfer files to other people within 300ft radius. Makes sharing so easy.

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While these were the 3 main devices we got a chance to preview and get some hands on time with, Verizon Wireless has tons of different devices of interest to families. From devices for your kids to devices for your home.

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We ended our day with Friday #VZWBuzz chat. It was great fun to join in with my team in real life. there's nothing like feeling the energy in a room full of people who love technology and social media.

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  1. Hey, I live in Boston!!! I have heard such good things about the Nokia 2520 Windows Tablet! I don't have a tablet yet, but I think when I finally do take the plunge, that is the one I want.

  2. I have heard a lot about the 2520. When I was in Seattle with Windows Champions at Microsoft we got to spend a lot of time with the Nokia 1020 phone and I fell in LOVE. I do get a tablet as part of that program and I won't lie, I'm totally hoping I get the 2520 for mine!! It looks AMAZING.

    I'm right in CT :)

  3. Looks like a great trip, getting to learn about so many different devices. Social media is becoming helpful in so many areas - I remember it being a big role in the Boston bombings.

  4. Looks like a great trip! All those gadgets look fun to play with too!

  5. Looks like you must have had a great time. There are so many neat new products!

  6. The Galaxy 3 looks great! I would love the scrapbooker feature. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Boston is awesome. It looks like you all had a wonderful trip!

  8. Sounds like a great visit. I haven't been to Boston in years. That Nokia windows tablet looks awesome!

  9. I dont think the comment went through. But this looks like an awesome trip!! Testing new products is always fun:)

  10. I'd love to try a Windows tablet. I know a lot of people complained about the new Windows operating system for laptops, but I love it, so I think I'd like the tablet, too.

  11. What a neat trip, and so many fun new products! Boston is on my bucket list!

  12. What a fun experience! So many great gadgets for the whole family too!

  13. I spied a Leapfrog camera that my little one would adore and a remote control helicopter that my big guy would like. They truly have something for everyone.

  14. We have Verizon in our house and I love how innovative they are with the devices they carry. Plus they have the best coverage I've seen :)

  15. What a fun trip! I love tech devices, so that would have been a blast. Boston is quite possibly my favorite city in the country - I hope you had the chance to do some site-seeing!

  16. Holy gadget heaven! I think I would have liked to be there ;) I'm a verizon customer and love their products.

  17. It seems as if you had a great trip. It is nice to be able to meet with a company and to learn about new products that can help make the world a better place.