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1 month ago

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

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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.

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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

LTE-toting LG G Pad 8.3 to launch March 6, exclusively on Verizon

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It costs less off-contract than the one without LTE. Wait, what?

It's only been a few months since the LG G Pad 8.3 was released, and now US buyers will be able to get their hands on a LTE-enabled version, so long as you're happy with Verizon. When we reviewed the G Pad 8.3 back in November we came away impressed by LG's efforts. It's a thin and sturdy tablet with a fantastic screen, and now all of that is coming to Verizon.

The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE (say that five times fast) is launching exclusively on Verizon's LTE network on March 6th — that's two days from now — and will be available for the first five days (until March 10) at a discounted price of $99.99 with a new, two-year contract. Yep, lock-in. After that, it's $199.99, still with a two-year contract. If you want it without a contract, but still on Verizon, you're looking at $299.99.

Yes, that's less than the $349.99 MSRP of the standard non-cellular LG G Pad 8.3 and the Google Play edition. Even if you weren't planning on going cellular with a G Pad 8.3 purchase, it might not be a bad idea to consider buying it from Verizon, just so you've got the radio there in case you change your mind. Unless there's a pending price drop for the non-LTE version coming up. Either way, not a bad deal here, so long as you're okay with the inevitable bloatware.

Source: Verizon

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro review

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With its Pro line of tablets, Samsung adds yet another flagship brand, and bridges the gap between work and play

Introducing the Samsung "Pro" line, a sampling of the best tablet models Samsung has to offer complete with beefed-up specs, a shiny new coat of paint and the next iteration of TouchWiz. It’s yet another tangent for Samsung's tablets tablets, and it complements the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note lines as the company’s high-end brands for tablets.

All in all, there’s four models to choose from – the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

But what exactly makes a Pro a Pro?

We’ve spent nearly two weeks on opposite ends of the spectrum with the Tab Pro 8.4, a compact and lightweight competitor to the iPad mini and the Nexus 7, and the Note Pro 12.2, Samsung’s largest Android tablet to date. Here, we’ll be looking at the lineup holistically, and exploring what sets these "Pro" tablets apart. 

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1 month ago

Tablet sales up in 2013, Android overtakes the iPad for the first time

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Gartner says Android tablet sales grew 121 percent last year, Microsoft a distant third

Android tablet sales are on the rise and according to the latest numbers from Gartner, now outsells iOS tablets – so that's the iPad, then – quite substantially. OK, there's also plenty more Android tablets on the market that there are iPads, but the growth of 121 percent over 2012 is still staggering.

The tablet growth in 2013 was fueled by the low-end smaller screen tablet market, and first time buyers; this led Android to become the No. 1 tablet operating system (OS), with 62 percent of the market.

That's a pretty important statement to consider. Apple corrnered the tablet market with the launch of the iPad, but launched its first smaller tablet quite late on – and it wasn't that hot, either. With affordable Android tablets on sale from the likes of Google, Samsung and Amazon to name but a few, it's hardly surprising to see the rise of the Android tablet.

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1 month ago

Samsung outs Galaxy Tab 4 in its own small print

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7-, 8- and 10.1-inch unannounced tablets mentioned on Gear Fit site

It's a safe bet that we'll be seeing more Galaxy Tab devices from Samsung at some point, but if the small print on one of its own websites is to be believed then we might be seeing them sooner rather than later. On the official Gear Fit features page, the some 20 compatible devices are listed which includes the as yet unannounced Galaxy Tab 4.

Following the Galaxy Tab 3, there looks to be three size options again, a 7-, 8- and a 10.1-inch version. We know that the Gear Fit will be compatible with all three, but after that, nothing.

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