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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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2 months ago

Verizon (finally!) gets its Nexus 7 tablet on Feb. 13

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Previously purchased tablets can be activated after a software update.

Finally, Verizon is getting the Nexus 7 tablet. It'll be available Feb. 13 — that's this Thursday — in stores and online. It's the same price as on Google Play — $349.99 off contract. But if you sign up for two years of service, you can shave $100 off that. If you want to add it to a Share Everything Plan, it'll cost $10 a month.

And what's more — those who already have a cellular-enabled Nexus 7 — which Google from the start said would work on Verizon — will be able to activate on Verizon as well (as you should have all along) after receiving a software update.

Google at the Nexus 7 launch event in July 2013 said the cellular-enabled version would work on Verizon. But the carrier never officially certified the tablet. Verizon gave an update in September, saying they were working on it. And in November, Verizon released its own $250 tablet, the Ellipsis 7

Source: Verizon

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2 months ago

This week's sidebar poll: About that price tag on the Samsung PRO tablets

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Is $850 for a Wifi tablet too much?

We knew Samsung's PRO tablets would be expensive. Some folks were predicting upwards of $1,000 (we haven't seen the 64GB LTE version of the Note Pro yet) and everyone was expecting a big jump over the "normal" Tabs and Note line from Samsung.

Now we know the price for the Wifi versions. Ranging from $850 for a 64GB Note Pro 12.2 to $400 for the Tab Pro 8.4, the prices are markedly higher than anything we've seen from Samsung before. In fact, the general consensus was that high prices killed HTC's tablet ambitions as well as LG's for a long while.

We have no idea, and only know that something is only worth what people will pay for it. What say you? Let your voice be heard in the poll. You'll find it in the sidebar to the right, or after the break if you're mobile. Make your choice and tell everyone why you feel that way.

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2 months ago

Kobo Arc 10 HD review

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A decent 10-inch tablet that, sadly, few will purchase

When Kobo launched its first dedicated Android tablet back in late 2012, I have to admit to being taken by surprise. The e-reading specialists first foray beyond dedicated readers was the Vox, and it ran Android. But as a tablet it was a distinctly sub-par experience. Even Google Play access couldn't save the Vox. But, when it came back with the Arc, Kobo had something much, much different. It had all the reading stuff, but was a perfectly capable Android tablet as well.

Fast forward 12 months, and Kobo again caught us off guard a little by announcing a step up to a 10-inch Android tablet. Sitting atop the lineup, the Arc 10 HD is still positioned as a premium reading device, but it still brings more than enough to the table to make us take notice of it. So, will it impress as much as its smaller predecessor did? 

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2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 launches in the UK

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£649 gets you a 12-inch KitKat tablet with stylus capabilities

The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet is available to buy in the UK from today, Samsung has announced. The Wifi-only version of the tablet launches today from Samsung's own online store, its "Experience Store" at Westfield Stratford City, and "selected retailers" such as Carphone Warehouse and John Lewis. The 12.2-inch behemoth sports a similar chassis design and internals to the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition, and is priced at a whopping £649 for the Wifi-only version.

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2 months ago

LG G Pad 8.3 down to £200 at UK retailer

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Larger-screened tablet for the same price as Google's Nexus 7

LG's G Pad 8.3 is one of the more impressive mid-sized Android tablets available today, with an 8.3-inch 1920x1200-resolution screen, a metal body and a Snapdragon 600 CPU. It's also got LG's colorful, love-it-or-loate-it Android UI, but that's easy enough to pare back if it's not your cup of tea. In any case we're starting to see the G Pad appearing at discounted prices in the UK, where it debuted around the £260 mark in October.

UK retailer Expansys is offering the 16GB G Pad for £199.99 — within 99 pence of Google's base Nexus 7 model, which comes with a smaller screen and slightly less powerful CPU. It's not a Nexus, meaning you won't get speedy updates or the pure Android software experience, but still, the G Pad 8.3 is a fine tablet for this price.

If you're on the fence, be sure to check out our full review of the LG G Pad 8.3, linked below.

More: LG G Pad 8.3 review

Source: Expansys

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