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2 months ago

New Samsung ads skewer iPhone and iPad

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Samsung has something of a mixed track record when it comes to commercials — ranging from the cool and nostalgic to the surreal and just kinda creepy — but the company shows strong form with its latest TV spots for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. Poking fun at arch-rival Apple's iPhone and iPad, Samsung actually does a decent job of showcasing both devices' strengths over the iOS-based competition — "two things on screen at once, versus up to one thing on screen at once."

Check out the Tab Pro spot above — a riff on this iPad "pencil" ad, by the way — and head past the break for the second ad, featuring LeBron James on a Galaxy Note 3.

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2 months ago

Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 tipped for MWC [update: now with image]

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Rumored specs include Snapdragon 800, 10.1-inch 1920x1200 display, waterproof design

A full year after the last one, we could soon see the launch of a new Android-powered Sony tablet. Serial leaker @evleaks says the device will pack a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 10.1-inch 1920x1200 "Triluminos" display. Other notables are said to include 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD, 8MP and 2MP cameras, and a 6,000mAh battery. Like its predecessor, the Xperia Tablet Z, the new slate will apparently be super-thin, measuring just 6.6mm (down from the original's 6.9mm) and boast waterproof credentials; on the software side Android 4.4 KitKat is reported.

That's mostly standard high-end Android tablet fare, but the decision to remain at 1920x1200 resolution may raise eyebrows when rivals like Samsung are pushing to the dizzying heights of 2560x1600.

Though it's not explicitly mentioned, it's likely the Xperia Tablet Z2 could debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. MWC was the venue for last year's Tablet Z unveiling, and this year we're also expecting to find out what's next from Sony in the smartphone space.

Update: @evleaks has now shared what is claimed to be a promotional render of the new tablet showing the KitKat UI and a something reminiscent of the original Tablet Z. You'll find it after the break.

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2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO first impressions

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The latest entries into the Galaxy tablet lineup deserve the PRO moniker

When the Galaxy TabPRO and Galaxy NotePRO line of tablets was first introduced in Las Vegas last month, it was met with a subdued reception: Samsung, after all, seems to announce tablets in brand new sizes and spec configurations on an increasingly-regular basis, leading critics and consumers alike to dismiss yet another set of Galaxy tablets with an incremental bump in specs. But a closer look at the new PRO line revealed something exciting — this wasn’t just one of Samsung’s run-of-the-mill refreshes, but rather an exciting overhaul of both its Tab and Note lineups. With a fresh new UI, the best spec sheet in the business, and a few new sizes added for good measure, the PRO line just might include some of Samsung’s best tablets to date.

Our Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 and Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 arrived on Saturday, and we spent the snowy weekend curled up getting to know what it takes to be a PRO. We’ll be spending much more quality time with the tablets in the coming weeks, but ahead of our full in-depth review, here are a few of our initial takeaways.

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2 months ago

Grab a deal on a UK 32GB WiFi Nexus 7 right now

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£15 off list price and a free travel cover at Expansys

If you're a Brit looking to pick up a 32GB WiFi Nexus 7 (2013) at the moment, it's worth pointing your browsers at Expansys. Right now you can snag yourself a £15 discount on the tablet as well as collect a free ASUS Travel Cover in one of five different colors.

You need to enter a voucher code to take the price down to £219.99, but you'll find it handily posted on the product page. Google is still selling the same variant of the Nexus 7 for £239 and with the added bonus of a free case, you'll be getting a decent deal. Hit up the source link below for more.

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2 months ago

UK supermarket offering £179.99 deal on the LG G Pad 8.3

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Voucher code takes another £20 off already great price

This one's a quick heads up for any Brits that might have their eye on the LG G Pad 8.3 on a great deal currently in play. Asda might not be the first place you head to pick up your Android devices, but in this case you really should since the G Pad is just £179.99. 

Asda already offers a great list price of £199.99 on the tablet, but right now if you use a certain voucher code – available in the item listing on the website – then you can snag the extra £20 discount. And that makes it a pretty fantastic option. No telling how long the special offer will be around, so if you want one hit up the link below. You can even have it delivered to a store to collect when you do your weekly grocery shop. 

More: LG G Pad 8.3 review

Source: Asda

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2 months ago

LG G Pad 8.3 spotted with ample Verizon branding

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No price or availability just yet, but it's only a matter of time at this point

Evidence is mounting that Verizon customers will have a chance to pick up an LTE-enabled LG G Pad 8.3 in the near future. Following up on the device making its way through the FCC with Verizon-compatible LTE support, we now have renders of the tablet looking spiffy with a big Verizon logo on the front, another on the back and 4G LTE logos on the back and in the status bar.

Together with the announcement that it is now carrying a fully-certified Nexus 7 in its own stores, adding the G Pad 8.3 to Verizon's tablet lineup will go a long way to making the large-screen options a bit more enticing on the carrier. No pricing or release date on this one, but when these sorts of leaks come out there official announcement usually isn't far behind.

Source: @evleaks

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2 months ago

Google posts factory image for latest LTE Nexus 7 update

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Android 4.4.2_r2 now ready for flashing and disassembly

If you didn't get the small OTA for the LTE Nexus 7 that went out the other day to enable support for Verizon's 4G network — or if you're the type who likes to tear things apart and see what's changed — Google has now posted a full factory image.

Supposedly there are no changes other than providing (better) support for Verizon, but it's always a good idea to keep up and have the latest available software installed if you're using a Nexus device. Installing it the official way will wipe all of your data, but there are a few tricks that can be used to get around that.

Of course, it's intended purpose is to have a simple path back to the latest firmware if you have altered yours, and it certainly will do that. If it were me, I'd just wait for the OTA on this one if you haven't already received it. You adventurous types can download it from the source link below and have at it.

Source: Google

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2 months ago

Where to buy a new Samsung Pro tablet in the US

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Looking to pick up one of Samsung's new line of tablets? Here's the where and how much

Today sees Samsung's newest Android tablets – or some of them, at least – officially go on sale in the United States. While the Tab Pro 12.2 and LTE Note Pro 12.2 aren't scheduled until March, three other versions of the Pro line are now available to buy. 

There's no doubt a ton of different retailers across the States that will be selling some or all of the new tablets, but we've linked up a few of the bigger ones for you after the break. The Note Pro 12.2 will run you for $649.99, the Tab Pro 10.1 $499.99 and the Tab Pro 8.4 is $399.99. Not cheap, but then Samsung has put some decent hardware inside and we're also getting the brand new Magazine UX. If you've got any other suggestions where to snag one or come across any deals, drop us a line in the comments!

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2 months ago

Nexus 7 arrives on Verizon's online store for $249 on a two-year contract with free shipping

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Additional $79 accessory bundle includes Chromecast, screen protectors and car charger

Right on schedule, Verizon has listed the Nexus 7 (2013) on its online store. $249.99 and two years of your life gets you the 32GB LTE-enabled and fully Verizon-certified Nexus 7, which can be added to your Share Everything plan for just $10 or set up on its own account. If you choose to pass up the contract (we advise that for a tablet) you'll be paying $349.99 — the same price as you'd pay from Google Play.

Buying direct from Verizon gives you a simpler setup (coming with the SIM in the device and all), though, and the carrier is even offering free shipping from its store to save you a few bucks. If you're looking for some accessories, there's a bundle for an additional $79 that nabs you a Chromecast, some screen protectors and a car charger (Verizon claims that's a $11 savings as well).

If this is the day you've eagerly been awaiting and you haven't yet pulled the trigger on an LTE model from Google Play, hit the source link and buy yours from Verizon now.

Source: Verizon

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2 months ago

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition sighted with Verizon branding

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The Wifi-only Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition has been around since late last year in a number of countries, but so far sightings of the LTE-capable, Snapdragon 800-powered version have been comparatively rare. However there's good news for those on Verizon in the U.S. today, as a new render uncovered by serial leaker @evleaks seems to show the Note 10.1 with a (rather sizeable) Verizon logo on the back.

There's no indication of any release date for the 10-inch, stylus-equipped slate, but it should sport all the features of its Wifi-only counterpart — specifically a 2560x1600-resolution display, 3GB of RAM and all the S Pen features of the Galaxy Note 3, only on a much larger screen.

You'll find more on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition in our full review of the tablet.

Source: @evleaks

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