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2 months ago

Please don't buy a crappy cheap tablet on Black Friday

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Don't buy crap tablets

You owe it to yourself to avoid buying something terrible.

We've all been there, scrolling down the list of sales online or flipping through the heap of ads that arrive in the newspapers that week. A tablet that was "regularly priced at $299" is going to be available for $50, but only to the first 20 people in line who ask for them. That tablet never cost $299. The store probably didn't spend $299 to get those 20 units into the store to trick you into buying in the first place. If you go stand in line for that tablet, you will come home to find little more than sadness in the box.

Let's get this out of the way right here and now — there is no such thing as a good cheap tablet on Black Friday. They don't exist, and any company trying to sell you one knows you're going to get more use out of the box that tablet comes in than you will the hardware contained within.

If you are dead set on purchasing any kind of technology on Black Friday, here's what you need to know.

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2 months ago

Xiaomi launches the Mi Pad 2 with all-metal chassis, Intel Atom SoC... and Windows 10

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Alongside the Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Pad 2. The successor to the Mi Pad, the latest version of the tablet eschews Nvidia's Tegra K1 in favor of Intel's quad-core x5-Z8500 CPU. Interestingly, the vendor is offering a Windows edition of the tablet that runs Windows 10 out of the box along with the Android version, which comes with MIUI 7.

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2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy View gets a $100 discount on Amazon, now on sale for $499

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Samsung's gargantuan 18.4-inch Galaxy View tablet has received a discount of $100 on Amazon, and is currently on sale for $499. That's for the 32GB variant, which comes with a Full HD display, 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, microSD slot, Wi-Fi ac, 2.1MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, and a 5,700mAh battery.

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2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab E comes to U.S. Cellular

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U.S. Cellular has announced that it is now offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab E both online and in-store.

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2 months ago

NVIDIA commits to Marshmallow update for Shield Tablet K1, original Shield Tablet

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With the launch of the new Shield Tablet K1 and the swift move of the original Shield Tablet to end-of-life status, NVIDIA has stated that it commits to a Marshmallow update for both tablets. The new Shield Tablet K1 is of course launching with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, quite the same build that we see on the original, which really is unfortunate but feels a bit better knowing that Marshmallow is on the way.

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2 months ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 hands-on

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Shield Tablet K1

The same winning formula, now a year older and $100 less.

In July of last year NVIDIA launched the Shield Tablet, which took over from the ho-hum Tegra Note 7 and was really one of the best mid-sized tablets available through that year and into 2015. It had a super-powerful processor, solid screen, good battery life and exceptional gaming chops — but you had to be committed to buying it with its accessories for a total of $400 to get the best experience. Still, I used it as my main tablet (the LTE model, actually) and recommended it to others.

Rather than tear it all down and start from scratch 16 months after the launch of the original Shield Tablet, NVIDIA is releasing a refreshed model simply called the Shield Tablet K1. It has the same specs, screen and performance as the original, but now with a few tweaks in the hardware and a notable reduction in price to $199.

Read on for our impressions of the new version.

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2 months ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 specs

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NVIDIA's new Shield Tablet K1 isn't actually an altogether new device — it's a slightly refreshed version of 2014's Shield Tablet, and that means not much has changed. The internal specs have stuck around from last year's model, but that's okay — the processor is more than capable and the rest of the hardware keeps up just fine. If you're curious about the full specs, though, we have you covered right here.

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2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy View coming to AT&T on Friday, November 20

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AT&T is the first US wireless carrier to announce plans to sell the recently launched Samsung Galaxy View tablet. AT&T will start sales for the massive 18.4-inch tablet on Friday. November 20.

AT&T has a promotional price for the Galaxy View for new and current DirecTV customers:

For a limited time, customers that sign up for new DIRECTV service (24-month agreement required) can buy the Samsung Galaxy View for $99.99, with a two-year wireless agreement. Existing DIRECTV customers that activate a new line with a smartphone on AT&T Next can also get the Galaxy View for $99.99, with a two-year wireless agreement.

For everyone else, the Galaxy View will be available for $499.99 with a new two-year agreement, or for $30 a month for 20 months under the carrier's Tablet Installment Plan.

Source: AT&T

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3 months ago

Nextbook Ares 11 mini review

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Nextbook Ares 11 detached keyboard

In the Android tablet space, price has always been a key factor in quality. The cheaper the tablet, the lower the quality, and it was almost always an instant no when talking about whether it should be purchased or not. Nextbook is trying to change things up in that space, offering a quality tablet at a relatively inexpensive price — meet the Nextbook Ares 11.

So, how does Nextbook begin to change things when it comes to affordable tablets that aren't terrible? Well, let's take a look at the hardware, software and what you get for the money, and then you can make the decision for yourself.

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3 months ago

Save 50 percent on a Project Tango Development Kit for a limited time

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For a limited time, developers can sign up for a 50 percent savings on the Project Tango Development Kit, dropping it to just $256. The codes are limited in quantities, and only available in certain areas, so if you are interested in picking one of these up, you'll need to act quickly.

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3 months ago

Verizon announces the Ellipsis 10, available now for $199 on contract

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Verizon has added another Android tablet to its lineup with the Ellipsis 10, a 10.1-inch tablet that connects to its powerful 4G LTE network. The tablet features a 1920x1200 pixel display, and runs Android 5.1 out of the box. For capturing memories, or taking video calls, you've got a 5MP rear-facing camera along with a 2MP front-facing shooter. Internally, the Ellipsis 10 has 16GB of storage, which you can expand with a microSD card if you need additional. The anti-fingerprint coating that wraps the tablet will help prevent smudges and keep the tablet looking new, and the 9100mAh battery should provide up to 25 hours of power.

As far as pricing, Verizon is offering a few different payment options. First up, you can sign a two-year contract and the tablet would be yours for $199, or if you'd rather pay for it over time you can do so at $12.49 a month for 24 months. Finally, Verizon is offering the tablet off-contract for $299.

Purchase the Ellipsis 10 tablet from Verizon

Source: Verizon

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3 months ago

Acer Predator 8 gaming tablet pre-orders go live for $300

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As promised earlier this year, Acer is now taking pre-orders for its Predator 8 Android gaming tablet. The price for the Intel-based 8-inch tablet is $299.99.

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3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy View now available from Samsung, Best Buy, Amazon and others for $599

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Samsung's Galaxy View, the massive 18.4-inch tablet, is now available to be purchased directly from Samsung, as well as a variety of other retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, B&H and others. Under the 18.4-inch display, Samsung packed a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded through a microSD card.

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3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy View coming to Canada through Bell on November 19 for $699

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Samsung and Bell Canada have announced that the massive Samsung Galaxy View tablet will be coming to Canada exclusively through Bell. In Canada, the Galaxy View will come with Bell's Fibe TV video straming app pre-installed, which offers video from over 300 channels, including both live and on-demand programming.

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3 months ago

In pictures: The Samsung Galaxy View

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Today Samsung has officially taken the wraps off its new big-screen Android slate, the Galaxy View. Designed to be a portable, indoor-based portal into a range of different content, the View packs an 18.4-inch display, an octa-core CPU and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. You'll want to check out our first look feature, but if you prefer to just look at pretty pictures, you'll find plenty below in our Galaxy View hands-on gallery.

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