See what your AC editors are playing on their Nexus 7 tablets when they should be working
I'm not going to lie. A job that involves playing great games on an equally great tablet like the Nexus 7 is amazeballs. We look through and evaluate hundreds of new apps each month, and plenty of them are games. Then we get choosy, and make sure you know about the best ones. It's a responsibility we take seriously, but it's also pretty fun.
Of course, it also means we each have our favorites. You'll see games here that we may have already talked about a little, but they are the ones we love to play and keep going back to. We wanted to share the list with you guys and gals. Jump through the break and have a look, then tell us your top games in the comments!
Pretty average it may be, but it does come in gold
Huawei has introduced its latest Android tablet, the awkwardly named MediaPad 7 Youth2. And, while it does come in everyone's new favorite color, gold, it's a distinctly average looking tablet.
Despite the name, there isn't anything obviously youth-oriented about the tablet. It packs a mediocre sounding 1024x600 resolution display over a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. Internal storage is a lowly 4GB, though it does have microSD card expansion. Software is handled by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Huawei's own Emotion UI. It has two cameras, but they're nothing to shout about, with 3MP round the back and a 0.3MP shooter on the front.
The party piece of this latest 7-inch Android tablet though is that it's also a phone. Unlike ASUS' Fonepad line, the MediaPad 7 doesn't look to have an actual earpiece, but it is a fully functional phone, with HSPA data connectivity. There isn't any pricing or availability right now, but you'd have to hope that it'll be priced in the budget price range. Even then, it'd be a tough sell.
Limited offer to celebrate being voted number 1 in customer satisfaction over Christmas
Amazon UK was voted number 1 for customer satisfaction over the Christmas period, and to celebrate, any of the Kindle Fire range can be had for £25 off list price. The offer only runs until January 20, and the discount will be applied at checkout with the use of the code "MAYDAY25."
That brings the price of the cheapest Kindle Fire HD, the 8GB version down to just £94, with the cheapest Kindle Fire HDX coming down to £174. They're not for everyone, but if you've been on the fence about picking one up, now might just be the time.
Just a few scant hours after the user manual surfaced, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is now official. The 7-inch tablet has a rather unimpressive 1024x600 resolution and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. It's just shy of 10mm thick, and that svelte nature (if not the price tag, which wasn't announced but likely will be around the $199 we saw for the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3) is this guy's selling point.
It's running Android 4.2 out of the box and presumably would be updated at some point. The Tab 3 Lite has a 2-megapixel camera in the back — the only shooter on this tablet. Battery life likely will be decent with a 3,600 mAh capacity. It's also listing 2G and 3G cellular data — but traditionally that sort of feature is stripped out in U.S. releases.
The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will be available worldwide in white or black.
Low-end 7-inch tablet is all but confirmed at this point
Rumors have already been floating around about a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, and Samsung has just added more fuel to the fire by posting the user manual online. Posted to Polish support pages, Samsung has confirmed the SM-T110 as the Wifi version of the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. While there has been no official announcement from Samsung, a local retailer claims to have a bit more information about the device as well.
According to the sources, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will feature a 7-inch display with a 1024 x 600 resolution along with a 1.2GHz processor inside. Additionally the device will carry 1GB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory that is expandable via MicroSD if desired. The rear of the device will have 2MP camera, and it is said to feature a 3600mAh battery — that should easily get you through the day and more on a single charge.
Pricing has not been confirmed, but the device should be coming to market somewhere in the $100 price point for the Wifi version, and likely $150 or more for the one with cellular radios inside. Odds are that Samsung is saving this device for an official announcement at Mobile World Congress, which is just over a month away.
This year at CES the folks at Archos were showing off some very cool tech — notably their upcoming line of smartwatches and their updated Smart Home devices. I'm a big fan of both so once I got done getting a brief about their watches, I took a look at their connected home devices as well.
Powered by the Smart Home tablet, the whole setup is pretty impressive. It makes use of very small Bluetooth Low Energy devices that include a Mini Cam, Weather Tag, Smart Plug, Movement Tag and Motion Ball. All wireless, all with insane battery life (think 1-2 years). Using the Smart Home tablet or your phone you can control and monitor all the devices — everything from the temperature to open doors to motion in a room. Add in the Programs Manager and you can automate all kinds of fun tasks as well.
The Smart Home setup starts at under $200 and you can more goodies for as low as $30 — all of it coming at the end of Q2.
If you have been looking to get a good deal on a Nexus 7 (2013) for yourself you will want to check out the deal that Woot is offering today. Today Woot is offering the 16GB version for $189 and the 32GB version for $219, a nice $50 discount off each one. While the tablet has been on the market for a couple of months already, we are still a few months away from a new release so be sure to grab one at the discount. It's worth noting that these are factory reconditioned, so know that before going in.
Kid friendly tablet with user profiles for the whole family
Recently we have seen an influx of tablets being made for kids, and today KD Interactive and Techno Source have announced the Kurio 7x, a kids tablet that will be available on Verizon Wireless. The Kurio 7x will be a 7 inch Android tablet running Android 4.2, Jellybean. Having connectivity to both Wifi and the option of adding Verizon Wireless 4G LTE data as well allows for children to continue to use the device, even outside of the house.
"If today's families are always on the go, why should their kids' tablet experience have to end when Wi-Fi connection is unavailable?" said Eric Levin, division head, Techno Source. "By teaming up with Verizon Wireless, we're not only offering kids a seamless Kurio experience, but with Verizon's Share Everything Plans, an affordable one at that."
In order to ensure that the tablet is as child friendly as possible the Kurio 7x will feature a bunch of added features. Utilizing a suite of parental controls families will be able to create up to eight unique user profiles, each of which can be set up uniquely. By doing this each child can be granted different permissions and levels of access, making it like eight tablets in one.
If you're in the market for a new Audi tablet, you might also be in the market for a new tablet. Audi's already announced their participation in the new Open Automotive Alliance with Google, and it was widely anticipated that they'd be announcing Android in the car at CES 2014. Well, they did, but not in the way you might have expected: it's a tablet.
The new 10.2-inch Mobile Audi Smart Display tablet is Audi's latest foray into electronics. Powered by a Tegra 4 chip, the Mobile Audi Smart Display runs Android underneath, but features a very heavily skinned launcher that is optimized for in car use. For passengers, not drivers. Audi's rolling out a new version of their rotary dial + touchpad MMI interface for drivers that integrates multitouch gestures and natural language voice controls (ala Google Now and Siri) for the drivers.
One of the many products to come from ASUS in its CES 2014 press conference was the Padfone Mini, a smaller device device based upon its phone/tablet docking hybrid system. So, unlike previous Padfone devices, the Mini has a 4-inch smartphone that docks into a 7-inch tablet.
From the front, it's extremely reminiscent of the ASUS Fonepad. Powering the device is a 1.6GHz Intel Z2560 CPU backed up by 1GB of RAM. On the software front we're coming with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, though as with other new devices ASUS is promising an update to Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Padfone Mini isn't positioned at the high-end of the spectrum, with a pretty average 480x800 resolution display on the phone, and a 1280x800 resolution panel on the tablet dock. Internal storage is limited to 8GB but with microSD card expansion, and a pair of cameras rated at 8MP on the back, and 2MP on the front. The Padfone Mini will also come in a range of colors, including this striking red variant, as well as black, white, blue and yellow.
For a few more hands on photos, and a video runthrough, head on past the break.
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