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22 hours ago

Verizon's LG G Pad 8.3 tablet gets a minor software update

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Verizon Wireless is currently rolling out a small software update for its version of the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet. It won't update the device to Android 5.0 Lollipop but it does address a few minor issues with the tablet.

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1 day ago

Amazon is finally shipping the Nexus 9 Magic Cover, but only in one color

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Amazon has started shipping the Magic Cover for the Nexus 9, but only in a single color. Should you be looking out for a new cover through the online retailer, you'll have to make do with Coral Amethyst (pictured above), though at least it's something, right?

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4 days ago

Acer Iconia Tab 8 mini-review

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Bright little tablet for a bright little price

Big tablet on a small budget

With the Nexus 7 on its way out and the new Nexus 9 sporting a higher price-tag and size than many users are willing to put up with, folks are now looking for tablet options that fit into their lives and their budgets a little better. Acer aims to check all the boxes and then some with the $199 Acer Iconia Tab 8 — which can be found for almost half that price. While to some this will fit the bill nicely, there are a few more boxes checked that aren't as desirable. The question is do the good boxes offset the bad?

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4 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs got you down? Here's how you (might be able to) fix them

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Nexus 4 Lollipop

These few fixes may help you fight those Lollipop bugs

The rush to update Android phones and tablets to Lollipop has just begun. The obvious players — Google's Nexus devices and Motorola — are getting Lollipop updates to all eligible devices now, and we've already seen LG and Samsung dip their toes into the update waters.

This is a good thing. (Most of the time.) Android and the people who use it in their smart devices have a reputation for poor update practices and procedures to overcome, and pushing new software in a timely manner is what it will take to do that. We'll leave discussion about why we expect or need an OS update on our small computers for another time.

Of course, with any and all system updates come bugs. Some are universal and affect everyone. Some are device-specific, and some seem to be bad luck — the kind of bad luck that comes with every major system software update.

Luckily, there are some things you can try to alleviate some issues should you be having them. None of these are fool-proof, and they may or may not work for you, but they need to be discussed because they have worked for others.

Let's do that.

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6 days ago

A quick look at the Nexus 9 Magic Cover

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Nexus 9 Magic Cover

$39 gets you a capable, easy-to-use cover for your Nexus 9

Here we have a quick look at the retail version of the Magic Cover for the Nexus 9 tablet. And fortunately a quick look is all we need to tell you that this is a capable, easy-to-use cover. We've had origami-type covers leave us frustrated in the past, but that fear quickly subsided with the Magic Cover.

One side is polyurethane and is meant to face outward, with the inward-facing side a softer suede-like material. Don't be surprised if you find yourself forgetting which is which though. (Hint: the "nexus HTC" logo goes on the inside.) Magnets keep everything in place when the cover's flat on the front or back of the tablet, though we are a little curious how it holds up to be jostled around inside a gear bag. They're strong, but they're not that strong.

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1 week ago

Acer offering up Iconia Tab 8 for $139 with $40 Best Buy gift card for the holidays

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Acer and Best Buy are spreading some holiday cheer starting today with a great deal on the Iconia Tab 8. The current promotion takes the already inexpensive Tab 8 at $139 and throws in a $40 Best Buy gift card when you purchase, effectively bringing the price of the tablet down to just $100. For that price you're of course not getting barn-burning specs, but the Intel Atom-based Android 4.4 tablet with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage is pretty capable.

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1 week ago

Where to buy the Nexus 9 Magic Cover and Keyboard Folio

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Nexus 9 Magic Cover

Both official accessories for the Nexus 9 — that'd be the Magic Cover, that foldable magnetic save-your-screen-from-sure-destruction cover, and the Keyboard Folio — are finally available. And you've got a few choices from which to purchase, though price is pretty much the same for all three right now.

Here are direct links to everywhere you can buy the Nexus 9 Magic Cover and keyboard folio:

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1 week ago

Nexus 9 with LTE now on sale in the Google Play Store

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Just a few hours after T-Mobile began selling the LTE version of the Nexus 9 tablet, the device is now available to purchase from the Google Play Store as well.

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1 week ago

Nexus 9 now available from T-Mobile with LTE!

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NExus 9

T-Mobile this morning announced that the Nexus 9 is available for $24.99 a month, or $599.76 outright, making the LTE version of the 8.9-inch tablet finally available. (Google is still only selling the Wifi-capable model directly.)

For the most part this is the same Nexus 9 we crawled all over in our review, only with LTE data tucked in there. But that itself raises some technical questions, as the Tegra K1-powered tablet is using an off-die modem. That's not to say there's anything inherently evil about that, but it's different than what we're used to, and previous generations of devices (and to be fair we're talking several generations of hardware ago) that used that scheme suffered from less-than-stellar battery life. And throw in the fact that Nexus 9 battery life tends to vary quite a bit already depending on what you're doing with the tablet, and we're actually quite curious as to how this will shake out.

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1 week ago

Nexus 9 is now available in India through Amazon for Rs. 28,900

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The Nexus 9 has made its much-awaited debut in the Indian market today for Rs. 28,900 ($465). That price is for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version on Amazon India. The Play Store, meanwhile, still has the tablet listed as "Coming Soon."

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1 week ago

Buy any smartphone from AT&T, get a G Pad 7.0 for 99¢

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AT&T is bringing shoppers a new bundle deal if they purchase any LG smartphone with the wireless carrier. If that happens, AT&T offer them a 99-cent price on a new LG G Pad 7.0 LTE tablet if both are purchased at the same time.

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2 weeks ago

Nexus 9 keyboard on Amazon at $87.94 (but showing as out of stock)

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Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio

If you're eyeballing the Nexus 9 Keyboard folio and don't want to pay the $129 retail like we did — and we wouldn't blame you — you'll save $42 here.

Thanks, Gary!

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2 weeks ago

Have a tablet on your holiday shopping list? Here are the best ones you can buy right now

If you (or someone on your gift list) are looking for a new tablet this holiday season — and we're not just talking Android, but any tablet, really — we've got just the place for you to start. We've compiled a list of the best tablets on the market across all platforms, so you can be informed before you even head out the door. The guide covers all of the best tablets that are available right now — so even if you're a hardcore Android fan — you can see how the competition stacks up.

We'll keep the post up to date as new devices hit the market, so you can always check back to see where the new players stack up against the old favorites. Swing on over to our sister site iMore where you can check out our full guide of the best tablets.

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2 weeks ago

Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio review

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Phil gave us a nice introduction to the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio when a weary UPS delivery person dropped it off the day before Thanksgiving, but we wanted to revisit it after using it for a few days. It's the first accessory available for the Nexus 9, and with a hefty $130 price tag, we know that it's important to learn all you can learn before you plunk any money down.

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile will sell the 10.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S starting Dec. 10 for $649

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T-Mobile is the latest wireless carrier in the US to announce it will sell the LTE 10.5-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet. It will go on sale December 10 both online and in T-Mobile's retail stores for $649.92.

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