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3 weeks ago

Lenovo announces four new tablets

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Lenovo tablets

Lenovo today announced four new "A series" Android tablets. On tap are the A7-30, A7-50, A8 and A10, with each "A" number denoting the display size. Lenovo puts it thusly:

The new range starts with the A7-30 seven-inch devices, designed for optimal music or multimedia enjoyment through exceptional Dolby®-enhanced dual-front speakers while still packing a performance punch. The A7-50 is the affordable on-the-go reading companion with a 7-inch, wide-view HD display for sharper text and web pages, while the larger screen A8 is the mobile “home entertainment” center that comes in a variety of bold colors to suit different personalities and lifestyles. Rounding up the new A-series is the A10, which is equipped with a superb 10.1" wide HD display and Dolby® enhanced dual front speakers for an amazing movie watching experience on the move.

The tablets will be available this quarter. The A750 runs £99.99. The A8-50 is £139.99, and the A10-70 tablet starts at £169.99

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3 weeks ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 4 in 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch flavors

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Previously outed by Samsung no less, the Galaxy Tab 4 range is today official. Coming as with its predecessors in 7-, 8- and 10.1-inch form factors, the Galaxy Tab 4 is the latest lineup of mid-range tablets from Samsung.

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3 weeks ago

Acer Iconia A1-830 review

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Acer's Intel-powered A1-830 is well-built, but not without some cut corners

Remember Acer? The company that, upon Android’s introduction, stepped out of its Windows-powered comfort zone and introduced the Iconia A500, a clunky but noble first stab at the increasingly popular Android tablet market? Acer continued to experiment with various sizes and shapes, but never really managed to enter that upper echelon monopolized by big names like Samsung, LG and Asus.

But despite its lack of a blockbuster hit, Acer has honed its Iconia line into a budget-friendly, solidly built alternative to its expensive competitors. Last summer’s A1-810 was built to compete with the iPad mini for half the price: the end product was a tablet that appealed to new and novice tablet users alike.

Enter the Iconia A1-830, the follow up to the 810 introduced at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. It takes what made the 810 work – modest specs, a 4:3 ratio, and a sub-$200 price tag – and refines it into a sequel-worthy package. Here’s a look at what Acer can do for $180.

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4 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 appears in poor quality render

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We've heard about the as yet unnanounced Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 before – outed by Samsung no less – but until now we've seen nothing more than a name. Serial leaker, @evleaks has today posted this, the apparent first image of the new 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4. But it isn't exactly a quality render, with the screen looking off center and the home button not quite, well, straight.

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1 month ago

Buying a Nexus 7 Folio case? Watch out for discoloration on your tablet

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Nexus 7 (2013) with discolored corners

The 'Bright Red' Nexus 7 Folio is pretty great, except when it tarnishes your Nexus 7

One of Google's official Nexus 7 cases, the Nexus 7 Folio, came out back in December as it started to build up first-party case offerings for the tablet. It set folks back a cool $49, but when I reviewed it I found that it wasn't as extravagantly expensive as it may seem at first glance. The case is solid, has sleep/wake functionality, a nice dual-mode stand and kept out of the way as much as possible. I liked the case so much I've kept it on my Nexus 7 pretty much permanently since then.

Fast forward three months, and I took the case off my Nexus 7 for a change of pace. What's that? Deep reddish-orange lines all around the back of my tablet. Around all four corners and everywhere there's a cutout on the case, a deep red line on my otherwise pristine black Nexus 7. I can scrub all I want, and the lines don't seem to want to come off.

The big culprit here is likely the slightly loose nature of the case because it has an open-backed design. The edges are pretty rigid and have a ribbed design on the inside to make them tough, but they flex just enough that they can move around on the tablet over the course of daily use. everywhere the case can flex, it's leaving its mark on the back of the tablet.

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1 month ago

Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE review

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Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE

One of the best tablet choices available on the carrier, so long as you're alright with the inevitable Verizon cruft

LG's rethought and refreshed take on Android tablets, the G Pad 8.3, is coming around on five months old and is generally a known quantity at this point. That's not stopping LG from releasing a new variant of the tablet toting Verizon LTE though, and (aside from being tied to a single carrier) it's a cellular-connected version that many have been clamoring for since the original WIfi-only version was announced.

Luckily for us, Verizon hasn't mucked with things too much, and you're going to get the same solid G Pad 8.3 experience with this version as you would with any other. You won't be charged too dramatically, either — Verizon is asking just $199 with a two-year contract for the G Pad 8.3 LTE, or a modest $299 going month-to-month. At those prices with these specs and features, this may be one of the go-to tablets on the carrier. Read along and see how we feel about the combination of LG's tablet and Verizon's network.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet on sale in the UK from £399

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Sony's latest tablet offering, the not-so-elegantly named Xperia Z2 Tablet, is now on sale in the UK. Sony has put it up for sale on its own online store with prices starting at £399 for the 16GB Wifi-only model. Double the on-board storage bumps the price to £449, while the 16GB LTE version will cost £499.

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1 month ago

Wikipad drops to $199 in the U.S., adds game control mapping tool

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A quick heads up for anyone interested in the Wikipad gaming tablet that the U.S. price is down to $199. That represents a $50 price reduction, and other territories we're told will announce any similar discounts at a later time. Wikipad comes pre-installed with a selection of top Android games including Shadowgun: Deadzone and Dead Trigger 2.

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1 month ago

ASUS' Android and Windows 8 hybrid may never see the light of day

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ASUS proudly showed off its new Transformer Book Duet TD300 at CES in January, but a new report suggests the Android/Windows 8 hybrid laptop/tablet has been cancelled. The Wall Street Journal claims that pressure from both Google and Microsoft has caused the project to be "indefinitely delayed."

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1 month ago

UK retailer drops 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) to £150

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A quick heads up for any Brits looking to pick up a 2013 Nexus 7 that Staples has a great deal on right now. The 16GB Wifi-only version is currently available for just £149.99, a £50 saving over buying one direct from Google Play. Better still, you can have one delivered to your local store for free, in-store pickup if you wish.

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