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7 months ago

The Samsung Galaxy Mega: AT&T’s worst smartphone is its best tablet

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Samsung has created a truly terrible smartphone and a downright dazzling tablet in the Galaxy Mega, available now on AT&T

Whispers. Crook-eyes. The occasional point-and-laugh. These are some of the things I’ve endured on a daily basis for the past week while using AT&T's Galaxy Mega as my main smartphone. Whether I’m making a call on my morning commute or shooting off a message while walking down the street, it’s been hard to escape judgment while carrying Samsung's latest Galaxy iteration.

And who can blame the skeptics? At 6.3 inches, the Mega is conspicuously larger than just about everything else consumers are making calls on. It’s not only the largest phone on AT&T’s shelves, but it’s one of the largest phones in the world, and never for a second pretends to be anything other than just that. Samsung can finally check the “6.3-inch” box off its to-do list, at the expense of unknowingly absurd-looking Galaxy fans.

Read: Our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Unfortunately, the Galaxy Mega is not only one of the largest phones on the market, but it’s also one of the worst. Shooting off an SMS takes brute strength and two meaty paws; making a phone call looks and feels ridiculous, despite what anyone graciously might tell you. The Mega is the most polarizing device in Samsung’s arsenal, and the tough love it’s been receiving from the skeptics as a poorly designed and gimmicky smartphone isn’t entirely unwarranted.

But perhaps all of us — consumers, Samsung, and AT&T — have got it all wrong. Maybe the Galaxy Mega is being unfairly judged as an awful smartphone when, in reality, it’s a fantastic tablet.

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7 months ago

O2 UK to offer Nexus 7 LTE from September 13

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Pre-orders go live today for £319.99​, carrier also selling 32GB Wifi-only version

O2 has announced that it'll offer the LTE-capable version of the new Nexus 7 on its newly-launched 4G network, with a release scheduled for Sept. 13. The tablet will cost £319.99, and is available for pre-order now on "Pay As You Go" 4G plans, which come with 2GB of data to get you started. Pre-order customers will also get the official premium case, worth £29.99.

"O2 will be the only place to sell the 4G-Ready Nexus 7 at launch," the carrier says, suggesting some kind of timed exclusivity deal is in place. It's unclear whether this means Brits will be unable to get hold of an unlocked 4G Nexus 7 from the Google Play Store on the same day; at the very least it means rivals Vodafone and EE won't be selling the tablet at launch.

O2 is also selling the Wifi-only Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage, priced at £249.99. Elsewhere, there's still no firm date set for the launch of the 4G Nexus 7 in the U.S. or other territories.

More: O2 announcement; Pre-order details

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7 months ago

Wikipad gaming tablet arriving in the UK on Sept. 27

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7-inch tablet with gamepad controls to sell for £249.99

Wikipad has announced that its 7-inch gaming tablet will go on sale in the UK from Sept. 27, priced at £249.99, following the U.S. launch a couple of months back.

The much-delayed tablet with gamepad controls will be sold via "from a number of well-known retailers at launch," through distribution partner MSE.

The Wikipad features a 1280x800, 7-inch display and is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. When it arrives in the UK next month it'll come up against strong competition in the small tablet space, not least from Google's cheaper and more powerful second-gen Nexus 7.

via Engadget

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7 months ago

Kobo announces three new Android tablets

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New Android 10 and 7-inch Android tablets, including a Tegra 4-powered high-end model

E-reader maker Kobo has announced three new Android tablets, expanding its "Arc" range of products.  The Kobo Arc 7, Arc 7 HD and Arc 10 HD all support Kobo's reading platform, and come with high-end, mid-range and budget-level specs.

First up, the Kobo Arc 10 HD features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and a 10-inch 2560x1600 display, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It also comes with a special software "reading mode," which the manufacturer says can extend battery life to more than 10 days — presumably by dialing back the CPU, display and other features. The Arc 10 HD is to be priced at £299.99 in the UK.

Occupying the middle ground, the Kobo Arc 7 HD sports a Tegra 3 CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 7-inch 1920x1200 display. The manufacturer promises up to 8 hours battery life on this model, which retails for £159.99 with 16GB of storage and £189.99 with 32GB.

Finally there's the entry-level Kobo Arc 7, selling for £119.99 with 8GB of storage. That's packing a MediaTek MTK 8125 1.2GHz quad-core processor and a 7-inch 1024x600 display — pretty standard cheap Android tablet fare.

Kobo's press release states that the new tablets support content from Google Play as well as the company's own book store, which has been expanded to include a range of magazine content and kids books. All three tablets are set to launch in the UK from Oct. 16.

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7 months ago

New Nexus 7 lands in the UK, parts of Europe, Japan

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Latest Google tablet now available in more countries

Update: The New Nexus 7 is also available in France, Germany and Spain (priced at €229 and €269) and Japan (27,800 yen and 33,800 yen). Check your local Google Play Store by clicking the button on the left to see if it's available for you to buy.

Original story: Just as we had confirmed with our own sources previously, the 2013 Nexus 7 has just gone on sale in the Google Play Store for residents of the UK. Fashionably late when compared to availability in the U.S. and Canada, the new Nexus 7 weighs in at £199 for the 16GB model and £239 for 32GB.

Google is also sending out an email to those in the UK who signed up for updates indicating that the tablet should be on sale at several retailers now including Currys PC World, Amazon, Tesco, Argos and John Lewis. The email also says to contact the stores for specific availability.

No word at the moment on a mobile data version of the tablet, but if you're okay sticking to Wifi you can go place your order or try your luck at a retail location now.

More: Google Nexus 7 (2013) review

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7 months ago

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 3 Kids

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Basic tablet with bright colors, chunky case and big handle

Samsung clearly wants to get users hooked on Galaxy devices at an early age, and so today brings the launch of the Galaxy Tab 3 kids — a child-friendly tablet with a range of pre-loaded educational apps.

The hardware itself isn't anything too fancy — a 7-inch 1024x600 display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.1 — but Samsung is relying on bright colors and appealing software to win over young users.

As evidenced by the promotional shot, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids features "Kids' World," "Kids' Video," "Kids' Camera," "Kids' Gallery" and "Kids Store" — which we presume is for purchasing apps and other content, not children. A built-in time management capability also allows parents to control how long kids use the device.

In addition, the manufacturer's offering an optional "Kids Case" for the tablet, which features large handle which also doubles as a stand, and a capacitive "C Pen" for drawing on the device.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will arrive in South Korea in September, before arriving in China, Europe, the U.S., Africa, South America and South East Asia at a later date. No details on pricing, but we'd expect it to come in around the $200 level of the regular Galaxy Tab 3.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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7 months ago

Purported LG G Pad 8.3 render looks like a big G2

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LG's G Pad 8.3 teaser video didn't reveal much about what the upcoming tablet will actually look like. Fortunately, though, there's a leaked render doing the rounds showing a size comparison between what appears to be the new G Pad and its smartphone counterpart, the LG G2.

As the side-by-side image shows, the G Pad appears to employ a similar design language to the G2, with a curved rectangular chassis, a speaker grille up top and minimal horizontal bezels. On the right edge we can see what appears to be a power button, while the usual assortment of sensors can be found up top.

The source of the leak, Korean blog MovePlayer, says the LG G Pad 8.3 will pack a Full HD (1920x1200) display, and make its public debut at IFA 2013 next week. If accurate, the Berlin-based trade show would welcome the first LG tablet since the Honeycomb-based Optimus Pad, released in 2011.

Source: MovePlayer

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7 months ago

LG announces the G Pad 8.3 in YouTube teaser

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LG's already sorta-confirmed that it's working on a new tablet, and now it's gone and outed the device's name on its YouTube channel. A preview video for the LG G Pad 8.3 sees LG asking regular people what'd make a tablet just right for them, with suggestions that LG's new 8.3-incher will sport a Full HD display, a thin design and the ability to connect to Smart TVs.

If an LG tablet launch is on the horizon — and it certainly seems to be — we could see it as early as next week, at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin, Germany.

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7 months ago

New Nexus 7 hits Japan Aug. 28, LTE version tipped for September

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27,800 yen for 16GB, 33,800 yen for 32GB

The original Nexus 7 might have taken its time to come to Japan, but the same isn't true of its successor. The new Nexus 7, with a Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and 1920x1200 display, will arrive on Japanese shores from this Wednesday, Aug. 28, reports Engadget.

The Nexus 7 will sell for 27,800 yen ($282) with 16GB of storage, 33,800 yen for 32GB ($344). The outlet also reports that a SIM-unlocked LTE-capable version will arrive from mid-September, supporting all three major Japanese carriers. (We've still yet to hear any firm release dates for the LTE version in other countries.)

Elsewhere, the UK is set to get the new Nexus 7 on the same day, with ASUS having confirmed an Aug. 28 release date a few weeks back.

Source: Engadget

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8 months ago

Get yourself a new Nexus 7 from Woolworths in the UK right now

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Delivery pegged for August 28, 16GB and 32GB versions in stock

It's almost new Nexus 7 time here in the UK, and another source of Google's finest has come to light in online retailer Woolworths. It may be the remnants of the former high street chain, but Woolworths new online store has both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the 2013 Nexus 7 in stock for purchase right now. Delivery is still pegged for August 28, so there's a little wait to be had, but you can hand over your cash straight away. 

The 16GB Nexus 7 will cost you £199, and the 32GB not a whole lot more at £239. Anyone picking one up in the next week or so? 

Source: Woolworths

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