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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 months ago

Verizon's Nexus 7 just $49 on contract

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A quick heads up that Verizon's got its LTE-capable Nexus 7 listed at just $49 with a two-year contract. Not necessarily a route we'd recommend at this point, more than halfway through the tablet's cycle (assuming a refresh this year, anyway). But if you've just got to get one and are looking to do so as cheaply as possible — and don't mind signing a contract to do so — this might work for ya.

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5 months ago

HP slips out another mid-range Android tablet

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7.85-inch display and Android 4.2.2 in this latest effort

HP has quietly released another mid-range Android tablet – that's actually on sale now – that like previous efforts fails somewhat to capture our imagination. The HP 8 has a 7.85-inch display at 1024x768, an Allwinner quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. There's also a microSD card slot, and a pair of cameras that are pretty forgettable at 2MP and 0.3MP respectively.

The specs don't ignite any excitement then, but as with the Slate 7 the HP 8 does at least have an affordable(ish) price tag attached to it. It's currently on sale for $169.99, but even at that it'd be a tough sell over the Nexus 7 or even Amazon's Kindle Fire.

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5 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 hits Verizon for $849

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If you're in the market for a footlong tablet, Verizon's now listing the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. The large — as in, yes, 12.2 inches in the diagonal — tablet will run $849 sans contract. Signing up for a two-year stretch will only lop off $100, so choose wisely.

In addition to all the usual Samsung bells and whistles, the 4G LTE tablet will also serve as a hotspot — and with a 9,500 mAh battery on board, it should be able to serve up data for quite some time.

You can order the Note Pro 12.2 here, and be sure to check out Verizon's coverage map while you're at it.

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5 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 available from March 9

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12.2-inch tablet available this Sunday in the U.S. for $649.99

Samsung has announced that its enormous new Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 tablet will be hitting the U.S. from this Sunday, March 9. The 12.2-inch slate, which packs a 2560x1600-resolution display and Android 4.4 KitKat topped with Samsung's Magazine UX, will sell for $649.99 with 32GB of storage.

Launch outlets include Samsung's own online store, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, PC Richard and Sons, Fry’s, and Newegg, and the manufacturer says it'll come with more than $800 worth of bundled goodies through its "Galaxy Perks" program. For more on Samsung's full range of "Pro" tablets, check out our full review, linked below.

More: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro review

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