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5 months ago

32GB Nexus 7 selling for £180 from UK retailer

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Imported U.S. model with UK adapter

We're expecting a couple more Nexus devices to land before the week's out, but if you're in the market for a 2013 Nexus 7 — still one of the best small tablets out there — here's a deal worth taking a look at. UK merchant Pixel Electronics on Play.com is selling the 32GB Wifi-only Nexus 7 for a mere £179.99 — £59 less than the Google Play Store price.

The devices being sold are U.S. models with UK adapters, which explains the unusually low price. The American model will work just fine in the UK, of course, so all you're missing out on is an official UK wall charger. The reduced price is part of a sale lasting for the next eight days.

Source: Play.com

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5 months ago

Basic 'Avoca' tablet now £49 from Carphone Warehouse

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Race to the bottom continues

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced that it's dropping the price of the budget "Avoca" 7-inch tablet to just £49 — half the usual price of £99. The new price makes the device one of the cheapest Google Play-certified tablets around, and significantly undercuts low-cost rivals from Argos and Tesco.

Though at such a low price you'll get exactly what you pay for. The Avoca 7-inch tablet is powered by a 1GHz CPU, with a WVGA (800x480) display and 512MB of RAM — so don't expect an exceptionally speedy experience in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. You do at least get a reasonable 8GB of storage and microSD expandability, as well as a promised 8 hours of battery life.

However considering it's essentially a disposable tablet, you can't really argue with what you get for the price. CPW says the Avoca tablet will remain at £49 while stocks last.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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5 months ago

T-Mobile to offer Nexus 7 LTE and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for $0 down

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Nexus 7 for $16 per month, Tab 2 for $19 per month, for two years

Along with its new tablet data announcements today, T-Mobile revealed that it'll be carrying two of the more prominent Android slates for $0 down. T-Mo will give you a Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE connectivity on a 24-month payment plan costing $16 per month, or a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for $19 over the same period.

And just like any other tablet brought to T-Mobile, you'll get 200MB of 4G LTE data for the life of the device, with the ability to top up 500MB on a one-day pass for $5, or 1GB on a weekly pass for $10. With both the daily and weekly passes you'll get unlimited data at a reduced speed beyond the 500MB or 1GB of full-speed data.

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is available now from T-Mobile, while the Nexus 7 will launch on Nov. 20. T-Mobile's also bringing its "free data for life" deal to iPad customers, along with $0 down deals for both Apple's new tablets.

Source: T-Mobile

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5 months ago

T-Mobile offering 200MB of free LTE for any tablet with no strings attached

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The first taste is free

T-Mobile has announced a new way to try their network with your LTE-enabled tablet. As part of the Un-carrier 3.0 initiative, users — even those who are not a current T-Mobile customer — will receive 200MB of free LTE data on any eligible device every 30 days. This offer is good for tablets purchased through T-Mobile, or any compatible device you may already have or have purchased elsewhere. Users who already have a tablet data plan with T-Mobile will get an extra 200MB monthly. this offer will last for the life of the device.

This won't work like the current Simple Choice plans. Once you use the "free" bandwidth, you're shut off instead of being throttled. You'll be given an opportunity to sign up for a day pass, or any other plan, but you can always choose to just disconnect until your 30-day cycle refreshes. Current customers won't have to do anything for the extra data bucket, their plan will be automatically adjusted to take advantage of the new offer.

This all goes into effect November 1. CEO John Legere was also quick to mention that they're not done yet with their Un-carrier program. Will bring you more if and when it happens, but for now be sure to click the link below to get all the information, and you can always hit up @TMobile with questions on Twitter.

Source: T-Mobile

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6 months ago

HTC bosses hint at future tablet and wearable devices

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Chairwoman Cher Wang​ promises 'disruptive' tablet; CEO Peter Chou says wearables are 'a critical segment for us'

In an extensive joint interview with the Financial Times, HTC CEO Peter Chou and Chairwoman Cher Wang offered some fresh insight into the troubled smartphone maker's future plans — including hints at entries into new product categories.

The pair confirmed that Wang would be stepping up her day-to-day duties at the company, and taking on some of Chou's "sales, marketing and supplier relationships" duties, allowing him to focus on "innovation" and the product portfolio. The move will see the HTC chairwoman working six days a week at the company, as opposed to two previously, the FT reports, as HTC aims to work its way out of its current slump.

As far as future products are concerned, the HTC bosses hinted at a return to the tablet market, as well as a possible foray into the world of wearables. Chou reportedly mentions that HTC worked on a smartwatch-type device with Microsoft "several years ago," but dismissed the current crop of wearables: “It has to meet a need, otherwise if it’s just a gimmick or concept, it’s not for people’s day-to-day lives. That is an opportunity for us.” Nevertheless, he describes wearables as "a critical segment for us," adding “it matches what we do today as a mobile experience overall. That is one area we are excited about.”

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6 months ago

Dell Venue 7 and 8 tablets now available online, starting at $150

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Powered by Clover Trail+ processors, these are very interesting budget tablets

Traditional PC maker Dell has released two new Android tablets, and starting today at their web shopping portal you can pick up the Dell Venue 7 for $150, or the Dell Venue 8 for $180.

Other than the screen size, the tablets are identical. Under the hood you have an Intel ATOM Z2580 processor, which is the high-end Clover Trail+ version that features Hyperthreading and VTx technology. This is paired with 2GB of RAM, and Intel HD graphics adapter, support for 802.11 b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0. The screen resolution is a mild 1200 x 800 on both the 7-inch Venue 7 and 8-inch Venue 8, and both tablets will ship with Android 4.2.2.

On paper, they appear to be solid consumer-grade offerings, which should have excellent battery life thanks to the Intel CPU. We've ordered one, and we'll have a look ourselves. At $150, it's certainly worth a good long look as the holiday shopping season approaches.

For more details and ordering information, see the source links.

Source: Dell. Thanks, Heath!

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6 months ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch now shipping

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Prices start at $229 with 'special offers,' $244 without

Amazon's next-generation Kindle Fire HDX has launches today, and the 7-inch tablet is available right now from Amazon.com. The new Kindle Fire packs a speedy Snapdragon 800 processor and a 1920x1200-resolution display into a 9mm body weighing 303g, making it highly competitive in terms of specs. And the tablet's pricing is equally so, starting at $229 for 16GB "with special offers" — which means ads on your lock screen. If you want to go ad-free you'll pay $244 for 16GB. Adding $100 to that price gets you either the Verizon or AT&T LTE-capable models; add another $40 for 32GB of storage, or $80 for 64GB.

The tablet is running Amazon's latest Android-based FireOS 3.0 "Mojito" OS, which our own Jerry Hildenbrand found to be fast and responsive in his recent hands-on feature. Obviously this means you'll be tied into Amazon's content ecosystem, as opposed to Google Play — though presumably that's why you're looking at an Amazon tablet to begin with.

For more on the Kindle Fire HDX, check out our hands-on preview. If you're looking to pick one up, you'll find a link down below. Next stop for the 7-inch HDX is the UK on Nov. 13, then Canada on Nov. 26.

Buy: Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch on Amazon.com

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6 months ago

LG G Pad 8.3 available at BestBuy.com today, in stores Nov. 3

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Sleek LG G Pad 8.3 tablet costs $349, available in two colors

LG today announced that its new G Pad 8.3 tablet is available now from BestBuy.com for $349. It'll be available in stores starting Nov. 3.

The 8.3-inch tablet, as we found in our initial hands-on at IFA in Berlin and in a couple weeks' worth of more recent use, is one hell of a tablet, with a sleek design, great display (8.3 inches at 1920x1200), running Android 4.2.2 and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. 

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6 months ago

Kindle Fire HDX now up for pre-order in the U.K. and Canada

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Amazon's latest launches starting November 13 in Britain, November 26 in Canada

Amazon's latest effort in the tablet space, the Kindle Fire HDX, is now available to pre-order in the U.K. and Canada for shipping in mid to late November. Both the 7-inch and the 8.9-inch versions are to be available in the full range of storage sizes, though WiFi only appears to be it in Canada. In the U.K. Amazon will be selling a 4G LTE version of the HDX in partnership with Vodafone, which will be available from November 27. The 8.9-inch HDX with LTE won't be available until mid-December. 

Prices start at £199/$254 for the 7-inch HDX and £329/$399 for the 8.9-inch version. Additionally, both countries are accepting pre-orders for the new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, which will begin shipping on October 24. Prices for these start at £119/$149. For more information and to pre-order, hit up the relevant source links below. 

More: Hands-on with the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX

Source: Amazon (U.K.), (Canada)

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6 months ago

Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch torn down, exposing tablet parts within

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Amazon's latest and greatest scores pretty poorly for reparability 

While we're well aware by now of what specs lie within the new 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, for the hardware nerds among us actually seeing those parts brings a warm sense of satisfaction. The folks at iFixit have done their thing, taken apart the new tablet and scored it for its repairability. And that's where things go sour for the HDX. 

The Snapdragon 800 chip, the 2GB of RAM and all those other goodies are all there for the world to see, but the problems, at least if you break something, lie within the construction. The battery is well glued in beneath an almost impossible to replace motherboard, which immediately spells disaster for wannabe fixers. 

Positive points are few, but iFixit does note that the volume buttons, microphone and headphone jack are all individual pieces, meaning replacements of these is much easier than on previous models. But, all in all it's a low scoring outing for the Kindle Fire HDX, receiving a 3/10 for reparability. The worst score of any Kindle device to date. 

To see more glorious internal shots and details on the repairing nightmare, be sure to visit the source link below. 

Source: iFixit

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