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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10-inch)

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And here we have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 that looks more like a brother from another mother. It's a Galaxy Tab, all right. But the speakers have been brought out front -- basically it's the same body as what we saw released in Germany to stave off design patent issues. That makes it different from the newly announced Galaxy Note 10.1, which also throws in the S Pen feature. Elsewhere on the hardware front, we've got a 10.1-inch plane-line switching display at 1280x800 resolution, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, and it's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with the TouchWiz UI improvements on top. 

Things are as speedy as you'd expect, and Samsung's done well with the UI tweaks to make use of all that extra space.

We've got a complete hands-on with still and moving pictures after he break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the ASUS Transformer Pad 300

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Along with the Padfone and Transformer Pad Infinity, ASUS unveiled the Transformer Pad 300 at Mobile World Congress this week. The Transformer Pad 300 is best described as a budget version of the Transformer Prime -- if there is such a thing as a budget quad-core tablet. In any case, it's mainly the screen resolution and build that separates the Pad 300 from its higher-end (and likely more expensive) siblings.

The Pad 300 is constructed of plastic as opposed to aluminum, and the resolution is limited to 1280x800, compared to the Infinity's dizzying 1920x1200. But that's still nothing to sniff at, and the IPS displays used by ASUS look great, even at the lower resolution. And although it's chunkier, and made of plastic, the Pad 300 still feels good -- if a little bulkier -- in the hand. We should probably mention that laptop docking functionality is included too, just as you'd expect for a Transformer series device, and the business of docking the tablet is just as seamless as it's ever been.

The Transformer Pad 300 is loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which flies along on NVIDIA's quad-core chip. ASUS has included its usual selection of widgets and subtle changes to stock Android, which will be familiar to current Transformer and Transformer Prime owners.

Join us after the break for our initial hands-on video of the ASUS Transformer Pad 300.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-inch)

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There are those who swear by the 10-inch tablet, and then there are those who say that the smaller size is the only way to go. Samsung's brought out new hardware for both, with the newly announced Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1-inch), and this, the previously announced 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2.

We're still not entirely sold on the need for all the variations of the smaller-size tablets, but the 7-incher GTab2 does feel great in the hand. It's got all the usual Samsung improvements, including TouchWiz running atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The 7-inch PLS TFT display (that's Samsung's version of an IPS screen) rock a 1024x600 resolution, and it's all powered by a 1GHz processor.

We've got more pics and hands-on video after the break.

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2 years ago

Mobile World Congress day two wrap-up

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Day two of Mobile World Congress is in the bag, and it was another day filled with news from Barcelona about great Android-powered gadgets. I can't be the only one the sees phones and tablets and bugdroids in my sleep, and for an Android fan it's a good problem to have -- I'm certainly not complaining. We've seen something for just about everyone, from the small to the gigantic, and in every sort of style imaginable. It can get a bit overwhelming though, and that's why I'm here to help. I spend my day immersed in what's happening in Ciutat Comtal because you might not have time to.

Hit the jump, and let's walk through it all!

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2 years ago

ViewSonic intros affordable ICS tablets at Mobile World Congress

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Just in case you haven't had enough Android hardware from Mobile Conference 2012, even little ol' ViewSonic had some stuff to show off. Along with demonstrating some of their stuff announced at CES, ViewSonic had a new tablet called the E100. Beyond its 9.1 mm profile and a decent 9.1-inch 1024 x 768 display, there's a single core 1 GHz processor under the hood. So, a bit underwhelming, yeah? Well, the Wi-Fi model will be retailing for $399, so it's got that much going for it. The E100 will be landing around late March, with a 3G version launching shortly thereafter. 

Following that, ViewSonic announced an even cheaper lower-end tablet called the E70. It's aiming for 150 Euros (which undercuts even the Kindle Fire and BlackBerry PlayBook) when it lands in Europe come Q2. The 7-inch device is also running Android 4.0 ICS on a modest single-core 1 GHz processor. ViewSonic implemented some light customizations on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it doesn't look like much more than the SPB shell. It still supports 1080p video output through HDMI, despite the low-end specs. It includes both micro and mini USB slots, which is kind of neat. The mini slot can be used for USB host functions (like popping in a thumb drive if you've got an adapter). 

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2 years ago

Archos launches latest Honeycomb effort, the 70b Internet Tablet

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The world outside Barcelona goes on as normal it seems, and Archos have today launched their latest tablet, the 70b. The name won't impress you, but the price of this latest Honeycomb effort might. The 7-inch 70b is on sale at just $199.99.

While being aimed towards the lower end of the tablet market, it stills looks fairly capable. As with all the Gen 9 Archos Tablets, the full Google app suite is on board. A 7-inch 1024x600 screen sits atop a 1.2 GHz ARM processor. Onboard storage is only 8GB but a MicroSD card slot is present allowing for another 32GB should you desire. You also get a front facing camera, and as ever Archos devices are capable of decoding pretty much most video formats out there.

The 70b isn't likely to set the world on fire, but offers a full tablet experience at the same price point as the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet 8GB. Archos tablets have always been very media-centric, and maybe the best part -- the kickstand. Always a winner should you like to enjoy movies from your tablet. 

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2 years ago

Sony Tablet P hitting AT&T shelves on March 4

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Nearly six months after being unveiled, the Sony Tablet P is finally getting a stateside release. The "4G"+ WiFi dual-screen tablet will hit AT&T shelves on March 4 for $399.99 on contract, and will surf on the carrier's HSPA+ network. Should you choose to commit to a contract, you'll have two plans to choose from: 3GB per month for $35, and 5GB for $50. Without a contract, you'll have the option to purchase 250MB data for $15, along with the 3GB and 5GB options as well.

It's been a while since we first met the tablet, so to refresh your memory, the Sony Tablet P comes equipped with two 5.5 inch screens each at 1024 x 480 resolution. Folded, the tablet will easily fit into your pocket; unfolded, the dual screens can act as one viewing area, or split into two different functionalities, such as a keyboard on the bottom and a typing area on top. Sony will offer dual-screen optimized apps through its "Select App", though any app will work just fine, albeit not optimized.

Other specs include a 1 Ghz Tegra 2 processor,  1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, and support for microSD cards of up to 32 GB. It's got two camera, a 5 MP rear-shooter and a 0.3 MP front facer. It'll run Honeycomb 3.2 out of the box, though Sony says that there are plans for Ice Cream Sandwich sometime down the road. 

Certainly a niche device, the Sony Tablet P sounds interesting if nothing else. You can rest assured that we'll share our impressions as soon as we get our hands on one; until then, check out AT&T's presser after the break.

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2 years ago

StumbleUpon for Android - Updated with new widget, Google+ sharing and home screen improvements

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StumbleUpon has announced the latest update to their popular Android app and with this release, they've gone ahead and done some house cleaning on the app and added in a bunch of new features that are deeply integrated with Google services.

  • Android Beam (NFC): Users of the StumbleUpon app for Android can now share any content they discover on StumbleUpon to other NFC-enabled devices running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. This will make sharing content discovered through StumbleUpon seamless and fun.
  • Action Bar: The StumbleUpon app will now feature the native Android Action Bar, enabling users to explore the Web via the familiar Android navigation interface.
  • Resizable Widget on device home screen: The StumbleUpon app for Android will now be accessible directly from the device home screen. Users will be able to preview StumbleUpon-recommended content directly from the home screen of their device without having to launch the StumbleUpon app.
  • Sharing to Google+: The StumbleUpon app for Android will now include a sharing button to Google+. In addition to sharing to Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and email, Stumblers can now easily share content they discover through StumbleUpon with their connections on Google+.
  • Sign in with Google: With the new app, users will be able to sign in to StumbleUpon through a Google log-in with any mobile device and on the desktop.

Aside from the new features added, StumbleUpon also updated the homescreen experience for the app, making it easier then ever to get logged in and not only finding but sharing the content you enjoy the most. The updated version is available in the Android Market right now, full press release and download link can be found past the break.

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2 years ago

Chrome for Android Beta now available in 20 new countries

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We're live at the Eric Schmidt keynote at Mobile World Congress, and Hugo Barra, Director of Product Management, for Android, has announced that Chrome for Android Beta is now available in 20 new countries, bringing the total to 32. Unfortunately, you'll still need Ice Cream Sandwich to use it, which limits the adoption just a bit. Here's the full list of available countries:

  • Argentina
  • Hong Kong
  • Norway
  • Australia
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Austria
  • India
  • Russia
  • Belgium
  • Ireland
  • Singapore
  • Brazil
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • Czech Republic
  • Korea
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Luxembourg
  • Switzerland
  • Finland
  • Mexico
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • United States
  • Germany
  • New Zealand

 

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2 years ago

Video hands-on with the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity

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The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity sees ASUS building on the Transformer Prime with a higher-resolution screen and a slightly redesigned chassis. Transformer Prime owners will already be familiar with much of what the device has to offer, but the bump up to a whopping 1920x1200 gives this device a clear lead in terms of image quality. We spent a little time getting to know the Transformer Pad Infinity over at the ASUS booth at MWC, and we've got a quick video tour waiting after the jump.

The Transformer Pad Infinity will be available in Wifi-only and LTE flavors, with the LTE version being powered by a Snapdragon S4 chip instead. Our video shows the Wifi-only Tegra 3 version.

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