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The tablet market is busier than it’s ever been, but Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z, with its waterproofing, minimalist design and super-slim frame, always felt like a unique prospect. While the impact of today’s reveal of the Xperia Z2 Tablet is lessened by f…
Surprise, surprise. Just over a month after Sony released what we thought was its flagship phone for the time being in the Xperia Z1S, it surprised us today by unveiling the upcoming Xperia Z2. It’s like a beefed-up version of its predecessor. And tagg…
When your phone runs out of battery, it helps to have a good external battery around for charging it. But then, eventually, you have to charge that external battery as well and your phone separately. Solar batteries can remove one plug from that equati…
Those of us who tried to remain optimistic as to the possibility that future generations would never know what it’s like to play outside and thus turn into Jeff Garlin’s character from “WALL-E” might as well stop wasting our energy: today’s toddlers are playing with touch screens more than actual, physical toys. According to Yahoo! [...]
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.
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?
£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.
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 1920×1200-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
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£649 with a free Gamepad with pre-orders for Samsung’s giant tablet
Having been unveiled back at CES in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, Samsung’s giant new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 has been officially priced for the UK. And as we expected at the time, it’s quite high. £649 worth of high to be precise. It’s a lot of tablet for the money, sure, but still a pretty hefty investment. As a sweetener, if you pre-order through Samsung UK, you’ll get yourself a free Gamepad thrown in for good measure.
You can pick one up in either black or white, and shipping will start on February 4. For more on the Note Pro 12.2 and the Samsung Gamepad, be sure to check out our hands-on look at both devices!
Source: Samsung UK
‘MyTablet’ maker enters liquidation after Argos withholds £3.2m over lack of GMS license, The Guardian reports
Penryth, Wales-based hardware maker KMS has entered liquidation after a row with high street retailer Argos over use of Google Mobile Services on tablets without the proper license, according to The Guardian. KMS manufactured Argos’ £99 “MyTablet” slate — released late last year along with a flurry of other low-priced Android tablets from UK retailers — as well as other low-cost Android tablets.
The newspaper reports that Argos withheld payments of £3.2 million ($5.3 million) from KMS after it discovered the company had loaded Google Mobile Services — the package including Maps, Gmail and the Play Store — onto its tablets without a license from Google. While the core Android OS is free and open-source, Google’s proprietary services and apps are not, and manufacturers must obtain a GMS license in order to legally load them onto devices.
Window weblog 7Tutorials has done another round of their web browser battery usage tests, and the results are pretty much the same as usual: Internet Explorer keeps your computer running longer.Read more…
Tablet mount inbound for the QX10 and QX100 cameras, to make one giant camera
Part of the beauty of the Sony QX10 and QX100 cameras is the versatility. The ability to use it which whichever Android smartphone you have in your pocket at the time, or even an iPhone should you so desire. The included adaptor to strap it to your phone accomodates most current devices, but not tablets. But Sony looks set to change all that; it really, really wants you to use it with a tablet.
This image courtesy of the folks at Xperia Blog shows a new mount to strap either of the cameras to a tablet. It isn’t going to be available until April, and initially in Japan only, but it shows us what is essentially a 10-inch camera. Yowzas.
Sure, you can already kind of use the QX cameras with a tablet, and there’s no doubt that picture viewing and editing would be better on a big screen. But this goes one step beyond even those folks who wander around taking photos with an iPad.
One other thing of note; the selection of images shows the camera mounted to a Sony Vaio tablet. Is there a Windows 8 client of the Playmemories Mobile app on the cards? We like the QX cameras, but for us this might be a step too far. How about you?
Source: Xperia Blog
ASUS kitting out the Padfone range with this mid-range offering that comes in Johnnie Walker Black
Barely 3 weeks after dropping a bunch of new devices on us at CES, ASUS has quietly launched another new Padfone device in its native Taiwan. The Padfone E is a mid-range hybrid offering, that looks like it sits between the Padfone Mini and the more high end Padfone X. Oh, and it comes in the best named color ever; Johnnie Walker Black – and Pearl White, but that’s boring!
Spec wise, the Padfone E comprises a 4.7-inch smartphone and a 10-inch tablet dock, both with 1280×720 resolution displays. As always, the internals are all packed into the smartphone, and we’re looking at a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400, 1GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and a pretty small 1820 mAh battery – though thankfully the dock has a 5000mAh power plant within.
Details on on-board storage seem to be missing from the specs list, though we imagine it won’t be anything above 8GB at best, though ASUS does provide a microSD card slot for folks that like that sort of thing. It’s going on sale in Taiwan initially in dual-SIM form with a price around $560.
Source: ASUS (translated)
$29 and a 2-year contract gets you an entry-level tablet today
Sprint has just announced that the ZTE Optik 2 tablet is now available for purchase through business sales for only $29 with an eligible upgrade or new line of service with a data plan. As one would imagine judging from the price tag this isn’t the highest spec’d tablet on the market, but it will be a 7 inch tablet that runs Android 4.1.2.
Under the hood you will find a 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon processor along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage which can be upgraded through the micro-SD slot. To keep you going through the day they have thrown in a 4,000 mAh battery, and on the back there is a 5MP camera and the front camera comes in at 2MP.
As for the data options Sprint is offering some limited time offers on their Tablet Connection Plans. In addition to their standard offerings of 25MB for $5, 100MB for $10, 3GB of data for $34.99, 6GB of data for $49.99 or 12GB of data for $79.99 Sprint is featuring 2GB of data for only $15 which is a pretty good deal. Will you be headed to your local Sprint store to pick up one of these for yourself, or will you be passing this one up?
LG’s G Pad 8.3 tablet could be headed to Verizon in the U.S., based on info from a recent FCC filing. Details of the LG-VK810, described in the official documents as a “portable tablet,” show it as a device with LTE support on Bands 4 + 13 — the freqs used by Verizon — and with dimensions matching those of LG’s existing G Pads.
These latest details corroborate info posted by Twitter leaker @evleaks last week, stating that the G Pad was indeed Verizon-bound.
If the G Pad 8.3 does show up on Verizon in the near future, customers would be getting a compelling mid-sized tablet with a Snapdragon 600 processor, a 1920×1200-resolution display and a metal-based chassis — though they’d also have to deal with LG’s polarizing, brightly-colored Android UI. Check out our review, linked below, for the full picture.
More: LG G Pad 8.3 review
Sharp coming up with the goods in the form of a new tablet and smartphone, not that we’ll see them in the west
KDDI over in Japan has been rolling out a bunch of new devices today. Among them are some we’re already familiar with such as the LG G Flex and the new WiFi only Sony Xperia Z Ultra. And then there are those we’ll never get to see in western markets, such as this tablet, and a new smartphone from Sharp. Both of which are packing some pretty impressive hardware specs.
The Aquos Pad pictured here is a 7-inch tablet, running the now somewhat outdated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. But the interesting part is taking place around back. For this tablet contains a smartphone-class camera; a 13MP rear shooter. We don’t know if it’s actually any good, but if you’re one who enjoys taking photos using a tablet, it has to be up there with the best of them. And, with a 1920×1200 display round the front, those full resolution photographs should be pretty great to look at.