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5 months ago

T-Mobile offers up LTE tablets for the price of Wi-Fi models, free data through 2014

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Yesterday T-Mobile introduced a new Simple Starter plan that could get you in the cellular door at $40/month, and today they're shaking things up again by reducing the price of their cellular-enabled tablets to match that of their Wi-Fi-only siblings. Additionally, T-Mobile customers that activate a new tablet will get 1.2GB of free LTE data through the end of 2014.

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5 months ago

Samsung heads to YouTube to show off the Galaxy Pro tablets

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Samsung's Galaxy TabPro and NotePro tablets have been available for some time, but that doesn't mean it's not too late to start advertising them. In that spirit, Samsung today pushed out four new ads touting the software and hardware features of the Galaxy Pro Series tablets, including bits on Multi Window, the "4 megapixel display" pixel density, and support for multiple users.

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5 months ago

Lenovo announces US pricing and May release date for new A-Series tablets

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Three new tablets hitting multiple sizes at amazingly low prices

Lenovo is refreshing its lineup of A-Series tablets today, hitting three different sizes, price points and functionalities with the A7-50, A8 and A10. Starting off on the smallest end, the A7-50 packs a 7-inch HD display with wide viewing angles, perfect for reading books or web pages, along with a 5MP rear camera. The A8 steps up to an 8-inch screen, adds Dolby audio and comes in a variety of different colors. The A10 is the largest of the bump at 10.1-inches, and comes in at just 9mm thick with the ability to be paired with an optional Bluetooth keyboard for improved productivity work.

All three new tablets are powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processors, have 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and 1280x800 IPS displays (regardless of screen size) and follow similar design languages that look to be simple and easy to hold. The price points are quite impressive as well — the A7-50 starts at $129, with the A8 coming in at $179 and A10 just $249. The tablets will be available starting in May from a variety of retailers, including Lenovo's own online store.

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5 months ago

Specs leaked for Samsung's SM-T800 tablet with 10.5-inch AMOLED display

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Rumors have been circulating for some time that Samsung was working on large AMOLED displays for their tablets, and now we might know a bit more about a tablet so-equipped: the SM-T800. No doubt it'll have a more user-friendly Galaxy Something-or-other name if and when it launches, but according to SamMobile, The SM-T800 will come with a 10.5-inch Super ALOMED display packing 2560x1600 pixels in that space.

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5 months 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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5 months 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.

Spec wise each has a 1280x800 resolution display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, Android 4.4 Kitkat, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage with an option for an 8GB version of the 7-inch. Cameras on each are 3MP and 1.3MP and there will be options for Wifi-only and LTE capable tablets.

The Galaxy Tab 4 range will also come with the usual array of Samsung's own apps and services, including Group Play, Samsung Link and WatchON, multi window and more. All will be available in black or white beginning in Q2 2014. There isn't any indication of price at this time.

For more, drop by the source link below.

Source: Samsung

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5 months 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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6 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 appears in poor quality render

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Unnanounced tablet shows a strong family resemblance in poor quality render

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. But hey, it's a render, not a photo. Or maybe this is what the real thing is actually like. Wouldn't that be something?

There aren't any real surprises to be seen. It has the standard Samsung-style home button, flanked by the same back and task-switching buttons found on the new Galaxy S5 and the not uncommon for Samsung earpiece. The April 24 on the screen might mean something, it might not. We'll surely find out soon enough.

Source: @evleaks

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6 months 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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6 months 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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6 months ago

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

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Buy from Sony and get a 3-year warranty for a penny

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.

If you buy one directly from Sony, you can also take an optional 3-year warranty for just 1p more. You're not necessarily planning on keeping the same tablet for that time, but for a penny it's pretty much a no brainer.

For your money you're getting about the latest and greatest in terms of internals of any Android tablet. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB of RAM, an 8.1MP rear camera, 1080p 10.1-inch display and Android 4.4 KitKat. Oh, and as is traditional now with high-end Sony devices, it's also water resistant.

It's pricey, no question. But it's also a pretty stunning looking – and feeling – tablet. And it's crazy thin. For more, check out our first look from Mobile World Congress back in February.

Source: Sony

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6 months ago

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

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Map touch controls to the Wikipads hardware controller

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.

In addition to the price cut, Wikipad has also announced a new game control mapping tool. The tool will help you map touchscreen game controls to the hardware controller to improve your all round Android gaming experience. And of course, it's also a detachable 7-inch Android 4.2 Jelly Bean tablet to boot. The full press release can be found down below.

WIKIPAD GAME MAPPER AND NEW PRICE POINT

$199 Price Point Provides Gamers the Ultimate Android Tablet Optimized for Games

Wikipad, Inc. (www.wikipad.com) today announced a new price for the Wikipad 7” gaming tablet. Now priced at $199, Wikipad 7” is the only tablet to possess both the unique combination of a console quality gaming experience with the functionality and portability of a high end tablet thanks to its award-winning and patented detachable dual-analog controller.

The Wikipad 7” also announced that touch games can now be mapped to a controller eliminating one of the limitations of mobile games in that games often have control schemes not suited for touch screen play. Aptly named Wikipad Controller Assistant, users can now transform ordinary touchscreen controls of virtually any Android game into extraordinary gaming experiences using Wikipad’s gamepad mapper and patented gamepad controller. Content is king and Wikipad 7” offers a complete ransom of software riches such as Madfinger Games’ Dead Trigger 2 and titles from amazing partners such as Google Play from Google Mobile Services, PlayStation®Mobile games from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., and TegraZone – NVIDIA's free app that highlights the best games optimized for the Tegra processor.

When the gamepad controller is detached, Wikipad’s sleek design and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system provide gamers with power, speed and functionality necessary for surfing the web, watching the latest YouTube sensation, tweeting, checking Facebook status, Netflix and enjoying all the latest films, books, magazines and music. Fans can even use dongles such as Google Chromecast to stream content direct from Wikipad 7” to their TV.

Wikipad 7” comes standard with 16 GB memory and possess an additional micro SD slot to support a further 32 GB of storage together with micro USB, GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope. The tablets ultra-light, super thin chassis stands optimized for cloud gaming with a 12 core Nvidia GPU. With an aspect ratio of 16:10, a 2-mega-pixel front facing camera the Wikipad 7” gaming tablet offers true widescreen HD display and HDMI out.

For a full list of retailers, product specs, a comprehensive support page, technical forums, and retailers please visit: http://www.wikipad.com/

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6 months ago

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

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Pressure from both Google and Microsoft apparently to blame

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."

But the software companies have ways to exert pressure to deter the propagation of dual-OS products, people familiar with the situation say.

It will also come as a blow to Intel, a partner of ASUS in its Android devices, who perhaps saw devices like the Duet as a way to help boost ailing PC sales.

Microsoft reportedly doesn't want to share device space with Google, and Google could choose not to certify the device because it isn't 'all Android.' It wouldn't be the first hybrid we've seen fade into nothingness, either. Remember Samsung's effort with the Ativ Q announced in London last year?

The Duet was a pretty clever device; a proper quad-mode with both Android and Windows laptops and Android and Windows tablets all in one package.

So, for reasons out of ASUS' control we may never get to see the Duet on store shelves. To see what we're missing out on, be sure to check out our – possibly only ever – hands on with it from Las Vegas at the start of the year. We've reached out to ASUS for comment, and we'll update if we hear more.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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6 months ago

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

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Save £50 over buying one from Google Play

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.

For the money, the Nexus 7 is already pound-for-pound probably the best tablet you can buy. Knock another £50 off that and it's almost a no-brainer. Hit up the source link below to grab one while you can.

Source: Staples

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6 months ago

Verizon's Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition available today

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Verizon today has listed its LTE-enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition for sale. It's $699 outright, and signing a two-year contract will shave $100 off that.

Jerry's take from his review last year: "Right up front — this is a worthy upgrade from the original. It's faster, better built, and has better S Pen functionality."

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