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What’s New With Us

It’s been a quiet last few weeks for us on the blog front. We haven’t forgotten about you. we’ve been busy rolling out a few exciting features that we want to share with you. Check us out at www.evolguide.com if you haven’t already, and tell us what you think of our new developments!

New “Pin it” Feature
The first exciting development is our new “pin it” feature. When you’re on any product finder page, you’ll now see a pin icon near each box that you check. Once selected, the pin essentially “pins” your need, and the results we give you will be sure to have the right feature for your need. Eva, for example, is on the toaster finder page. She sees the question “Like my toast very warm and with the rest of my meal”, and thinks that she would absolutely love this. She can now select the pin icon, and only toasters which enable toast to stay warm after toasting will show up in the results.

We are very excited about this because while our algorithm weighs the importance of different criterion, the pin gives you, our users, a whole new and important level of control. You just select which feature you absolutely must have, and we’ll make sure you have it.

Results are now sorted by best sellers
While Evolguide helps you pick the right product for YOU, and can now quickly and easily see what the post popular or best selling products are. Our results will always be sorted by the best match for you, but within that, they will now also be sorted by best selling. You can rest assured that you are not only getting the right match, but you are also getting a popular best selling product that’s done well in the market.

We will continue to keep you in the loop with everything that’s new on our end. Please drop in a line to tell us what you think so far!

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Products We Can’t Live Without - II. Dropcam

 

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Dropcam! We love this video monitoring system meant for the home. We bought it to monitor our toddler during his naps and even play time (for those of you who don’t have young kids, you can use it for security, pets, etc). The best part of it is that it’s wifi enabled, so we can “drop in” on him from literally anywhere. They have apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android, and can also be accessed from PCs. There are also no receivers to worry about like in traditional monitors, so any number of people can view the video feed at any point of time. You also never have to worry about interference (remember those hair-raising high frequency sounds?) or anybody potentially watching your videos.

The picture quality is amazing, and the ease of use is phenomenal. It has great night vision, so we can keep an eye on our toddler when he’s fast asleep. It also has a talk-back feature, though we haven’t had the need to use it yet. For a small fee, users can also upgrade to the “pro” version which lets you save videos. I wish we’d known of it earlier during the hard days of sleep training, because I’m sure the recordings would have been really useful in finding patterns and troubleshooting sleep problems!

The best part for us is that my husband can look at him when he’s missing him at work (not that he ever um… does that). Imagine the peace of mind of being able to monitor your nursery or home from any internet connected device! The dropcam is also beautiful, sleek and appeals to my adult aesthetic, and doesn’t look like a baby gadget at all. It blends in with our child’s room so well that we often forget it’s even there.  To us, the peace of mind is worth every penny for this $149 device. Yes, we were surprised that it costs a lot less than many baby monitors out there, and it’s got a much better feature set. We’re in love. 

We didn’t know such an internet-connected device existed until we stumbled upon the Dropcam online. We already owned a baby monitor, but this was too compelling. Today, there are other options out there as well. At evolguide.com, we are all about helping you discover the features out there and finding the right product for you. So head over to the Baby Monitor Finder, select your requirements, and find the right monitor for you! If you buy end up buying a monitor or already have one that you love, drop in a line!

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Products We Can’t Live Without - I

As we pondered on our next blog entry, we thought that it would be fun to have a conversation with our readers on products they can’t live without. You know, every once in a while you come across something, and you ask yourself ‘How did I live without this?’ Since evolguide.com is all about discovery (what features are out there) and matching (what features are right for me), we thought this would be a good fit for our overall theme. So we are kicking off a series highlighting products “we never knew we could live without,” and would love for you to share products that you can’t live without! Here’s to smart shopping!

We are kicking off the first product with a pedometer! No no, not the boring kind. It’s a pedometer of the iPhone era, and one that I am basically addicted to.

Fitbit

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I’ve been trying to work out and eat healthier, and improve my overall health. Fitbit is the perfect companion for that. It’s like a pedometer, but it’s so much more. It goes beyond tracking steps – it also tracks calories burnt throughout the day and steps climbed. It also tracks my sleep, and acts as a silent alarm (vibrates) if I need to wake up before my husband (umm… not something that happens too often!). But the key to making all this work is the app – fitbit automatically uploads your data which you can then see on their website or on their phone app. The website also let you track your weight, blood pressure, lets you log what you eat throughout the day and write notes about how you feel. The icing on the cake for me personally was that it also tracks sleep patterns. It shows me how many times I wake up at night each night, so I can justify feeling tired some afternoons!

Overall, I love that it connects the dots between what I eat, how I sleep, and how I feel, giving me a holistic view of my health.  It’s now easy for me to find patterns and understand my health in a way I never did before. I have now been able to discover which foods make me have a crappy night’s sleep, and I can also see that my sleep quality is so much better on days that I exercise (are they rigging that?).

It’s super small and has an inbuilt clip so it attaches easily to articles of clothing. This small but powerful device has really helped me with my fitness goals. And the feeling of having achieved my goals is awesome! Definitely something I can’t live without!

You can buy a Fitbit here. There is a cheaper one that doesn’t track sleep. We have a pedometer category at evolguide.com. Depending on what your needs are, you can get a basic pedometer or a fancy one like fitbit. Check out our Pedometer guide to find out what’s right for you!

Also, don’t forget to tell us about products that you can’t live without!

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An Answer to the Age of Choice Overload

Many buyers spend way too much time researching – trying to figure out what some technical jargon means or exploring what the cool new features offered are. And this is valuable time that most of us can’t afford to waste. But heck, if I’m spending my money on something, I want to make sure it’s right for me.

Buying fashion items like clothing and accessories are easier, because those decisions are subjective, and often impulsive. Also, we never have just one bag or one pair of shoes, so the pressure on it being the “right” one is less.  On the other hand, it’s harder to buy stuff such as electronics and appliances (what we call the objective or functional buying space). Decisions here are not based just on how something looks, but rather what the product can do for you. So we spend time connecting the dots as we match our needs to the product’s features. We learn about the merits of a Plasma display (before deciding that LCD suits us better – what a waste of time). Find out what megapixels mean (ok, so higher is better, but how high is good enough?). Discover that hair dryers have a cool shot button (would have never known!). This takes a lot of time, and we are still left with a nagging feeling that maybe I missed something. Maybe when you go to a friends place, they have a toaster that keeps their toast warm – exactly what you had wanted! But you bought yours just last week – how did you miss that?

What we need is a guide that is quick and simple, presenting product choices based on how we plan to use a product. That is what Evolguide is. We are the new age buying guide – guides for the age of twitter. People don’t have the time to spend on endless hours of research any more, but still want the right product. So we will tell you what’s right for your needs, making sure that your money is spent in the best possible way.

Check us out at www.evolguide.com!

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Something Exciting is Brewing Around Here…

We often get asked where the idea of Evolguide came from. We think that discussing this would make a great first entry to kick off the blog.

The idea for Evolguide came about last year when I wanted to buy my husband a camera for his birthday. I looked online first, but was quickly overwhelmed by the myriad of features and choices, not knowing what applied to how we would use it. Confused, I thought that a big tech retail store (you know which one) would be able to help me wade through the choices. After all, they have some smart people who really know these things inside out, right? I was immediately pointed to a state-of-the-art camera with a state-of-the-art price. Instead of trying to understand how I (I mean, my husband) planned on using the camera, he went into a lengthy discourse of the importance of buying warranty. I was obviously irritated and stormed out of the store. I left the store and called a friend who had just bought a new camera. She told me how her camera was an awesome companion for their hiking adventures, but she didn’t take too many pictures of people with it. Bummer. Next, I went to amazon to see what my choices were. I read through the list of features on 10 different cameras, but understood nothing (is 16 megapixels good? do I need image stabilization?). I checked out all the cameras with good reviews too, but the choices were dizzying and I didn’t know what to look for in the reviews. Heck, I’m no expert!

As we talked about my experience, we realized that all I knew was what our needs were. I didn’t know any of the fancy jargon, and neither did I have the time to learn all of this.

So that’s how the idea for Evolguide came about. Think about how many times you’ve been in these situations. Or, unlike me, maybe you just bought the top rated product on amazon hoping that it would work for you. We know how confusing and stressful it is to shop for stuff in today’s world where there are so many choices for the same product. We saw the need for an easier buying solution, and that’s what we hope to achieve with Evolguide.

Our goal is to make it easy for you to discover and buy the product that has features that actually fit your needs. You don’t need to spend hours and hours on research before shopping any more. Just image how cool that will be! www.evolguide.com