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Amazon threw down the gauntlet when it launched its affordable Kindle Fire tablet (or glorified eBook reader, if you prefer), and ironically enough, it was Google who answered the challenge by just recently releasing its equally price-friendly Nexus 7 device built by Asus. But both of those -- along with Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet -- are 7-inch gadgets, and while that's not necessarily a bad thing, it leaves bargain shoppers who don't want a smaller tablet in a tough spot. What's an Android fan to do? Well, if you can live with a Sony Tablet S, you can find a 32GB model going for a mere $260 today at online deal site Woot. That's by far the cheapest we've seen this device sell for, and... Read more...
Archos has been teasing the impending launch of its upcoming Gen 10 xs tablet for some time now, and today the company posted its first press photo on Facebook. The thin and light G10 xs is said to be a Google-certified device with unfettered access to everything in Google Play. From the press photo along with previously released information, we know the G10 xs will be a glossy white tablet (possibly in black as well) running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It will also have a mini HDMI port, microSD card slot, micro USB port, and probably a TI OMAP 4770 processor. As for the rest of the specifics, we'll have to wait until it official launches, which Archos says will happen in three weeks.... Read more...
The thing about trying to stop a runaway freight train is you have to have something big and strong enough to stop the momentum. That's the challenge tablet makers face in trying to compete with the iPad's market dominance, and apparently the recent trend towards 7-inch slates isn't going to cut it. To wit, rather than chip away at the iPad's lead, Apple's tablet increased its global market share to 68.2 percent in the second quarter of 2012, according to data compiled by International Data Corporation (IDC). Apple's share of the tablet market is up from 61.5 percent from the same quarter one year prior. The remaining top five looks like this: Samsung: 9.6 percent (up from 7.3 percent) Amazon:... Read more...
Online shopping is one of the many things made more convenient with a tablet, which allows owners to sit back on their couch or recliner, or sunbathe by the pool and surf the Web's many e-commerce destinations. And as it turns out, nearly two-thirds of tablet owners find that online shopping is their favorite activity. That figure comes from a survey conducted by CouponCabin.com, which obviously has a vested interested in e-commerce. According to the survey, one-in-five (20 percent) of U.S. adults own and use a tablet, with adults between the ages of 35 and 44 representing the highest instances of tablet ownership. Among them, 32 percent said their favorite activity is to shop online. "Tablets... Read more...
The thing about tables like the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, and iPad is that you're generally stuck with whatever internal storage exists, save for cloud computing and external add-ons. For that reason, early Nexus 7 owners proved ahead of the savvy-buyer curve and quickly deplete Google of its inventory of 16GB tablets, leaving other potential Nexus 7 shoppers with having to decide between picking up the 8GB model or waiting indefinitely for more 16GB models to come back in stock. Those who chose the latter had no ETA to work with, but lo and behold, more 16GB Nexus 7 devices are ready to ship out. Google Play now lists the larger capacity model as being 'In Stock' with delivery estimated at 3-5 business... Read more...
Well, at least the collective tech press isn't completely nuts. As soon as Microsoft used a hush-hush event to reveal the Surface tablet (both of them, actually), the first thought wasn't about Microsoft following Apple, or even Windows 8 on a tablet. It was: "What will Microsoft's OEM partners think?" Indeed, Microsoft has survived and thrived for decades on the backs of other companies. What's Windows without an HP, Asus, Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo, Dell or [Insert Partner Here] shell?  Microsoft has steered clear of hardware design and manufacturing (mice and accessories notwithstanding), and it seems logical to assume that much of that decision was simply made to not irritate those all important... Read more...
Cores, cores, and a few more cores. It's pretty tough to ever have enough of the things, and Qualcomm seems to agree. The company has just announced the availability of the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro Mobile Development platform for tablets. The Snapdragon S4 APQ8064-based dev tool provides access to Android 4.0 for "app and game development." The announcement was actually made by BAQUARE Corp., noting that the next generation Mobile Development Platform (MDP/T) for Android tablets based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor. The MDP/T provides application developers and device manufacturers with access to a high-performance Android 4.0 platform for developing, testing, optimizing and showcasing... Read more...
The unfortunate truth in mobile is that it's not uncommon for handheld devices to sport non-upgradeable internal storage, a trait that's embraced by Apple and seems to be catching on with low-cost Android devices. To wit, neither Amazon's Kindle Fire or Google's Asus-built Nexus 7 tablet sport expandable storage options, which means it's imperative to choose the proper amount at the outset. Nexus 7 buyers are apparently ahead of the curve in this regard and have gobbled up Google's entire stock of 16GB Nexus 7 tablets. The 16GB model, which sells for $249 on Google Play, is currently sold out without an ETA on when more inventory will be available. Google simply slapped a "Coming Soon" tag on... Read more...
In a world where Apple and Samsung just can't get along, one has to wonder if the delayed release of the Galaxy Note 10.1 isn't largely because of ongoing patent squabbles. Now, however, the 10.1" edition of the Android-powered Note tablet seems to truly be inching closer to release. It features a lot of the same software and S Pen-based tricks as on the Note sold currently on AT&T, but in much larger form. The 30 second commercial showcases one particular "fix" feature titled Shape Match, where a pie chart that was scribbled together in an elevator is automatically trimmed up and fashioned for presenting in just seconds. Clever, for sure. Have a look at the video -- there's still no indication... Read more...
From a hardware standpoint, Google's $199 Nexus 7 tablet is viewed as a win compared to Amazon's Kindle Fire device, which lacks some of the amenities found on the Asus-built slate. But one area where the Nexus 7 doesn't trump the Kindle Fire is in regards to a rear-facing camera. Neither device has one, and in both cases, the decision came down to dollars and 'sense.' For Amazon, adding a rear-facing camera probably didn't make much sense when it was reportedly already selling the device at a loss when it launched. Asus explains a similar reason as to why it opted away from including a rear-facing camera on Google's Nexus 7 tablet. Try as you might, you won't find a rear-facing camera on Google's... Read more...
You've probably heard of the XOPC, which is education-minded, and perhaps even India's mythical "$35 tablet." But have you ever heard of Simmtronics? No? Well, they're making the "world's most affordable tablet." The XPad costs just $81, and still manages to include the basis: Cortex Arm 8 CPU, a multi-touch panel and Wi-Fi. It's aiming to sell in the Asia-Pacific region, and the company may also debut a version for students in the Middle East. The XPad will ship in 7", 8", 9", 9.7" and 10" versions (got all the basis covered!), with each one running Android 4.0, handling 1080p video playback courtesy of the 1GHz power plant, and with 4GB of NAND Flash memory. If you've got a microSD card, that'd... Read more...
What might be the year's hottest Android tablet is on sale right now, after half a year of waiting. Originally introduced at CES in January, the Asus Transformer Pad TF700T (10.1") tablet is on sale at Office Depot. The official drop date for the slate here in the U.S. is July 16th, but Office Depot seems to have the jump the rest of the gang. What makes this Android slate special is the internals: there's a Tegra 3 processor, Gorilla Glass 2, Android 4.0, dual cameras (8MP/2MP), a microHDMI port, a battery that'll last 10 hours and a 1920x1200 display. That's right -- a display that outguns your 1080p HDTV. It's the highest resolution Android tablet on the market, and considering that it matches... Read more...
You would think that the processor, graphics chip, and battery would be the biggest sources of heat in any mobile gadget, including tablets, so it might seem a little odd that Apple is (reportedly) focusing on the LED backlight in new revision third generation iPad models to tackle potential overheating problems. It's not as far fetched as it sounds. As the report goes, Apple is revising the iPad 3's backlight module, moving from a two-LED structuring to one that uses a single LED. Apparently Apple feels the extra LED is compounding overheating issues some users are having, and by going with a single-LED solution, the Retina Display will draw less power from the battery and ultimately run a little... Read more...
Archos has long since been the king of low-cost tablets, and now the company is introducing a new range entirely: Elements. It's an entry-level family with 7", 8" and 9.7" options, all of which have full access to Google Play and Google apps. The new 97 Carbon weighs just 21.8 ounces and measures 0.45" thick. There's an IPS capacitive touch panel, as well as a 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It's expected to ship this month for $229.99 to $249.99; you may say that the Nexus 7 is cheaper, but this does have a larger 9.7" screen for those interested. There's no word yet on what the components within the smaller units will use, nor what resolution the screens will boast.... Read more...
If you had any doubts about Android tablets being a dime a dozen these days, let those doubts rest. Skytex Technology, a company that most of you have probably never heard of, has just announced not one, but two new tablets. And moreover, they're both shipping in an elite group: a group of products that supports Android 4.0. At last count, right around 10% of all Android products were at the 4.0 level, so if you've been waiting for an Ice Cream Sandwich device, perhaps one of these will fit the bill. First, there's the 9.7" Skypad Protos, which is retailing for $279. Then, there's the 7" Skypad Gemini, which will sell for $100 less. Both units are slated to ship early this month, and in addition,... Read more...
For as brilliant as Steve Jobs was at assessing the market place, he flat out missed the fact there exists a market for 7-inch tablets, so-called "tweener" devices, as he referred to them. Much of the appeal in the 7-inch category has to do with price, and if you're willing to shop recertified models, it gets even better. We stumbled upon a recertified BlackBerry Playbook selling for $119.99 on Daily Steals, a site we have no affiliation with, but one this editor has purchased from on several occasions. That's a pretty remarkable deal for a tablet that once sold for $500, albeit it was way overpriced at full retail. At $120, the 16GB Wi-Fi Playbook Daily Steals is selling is $80 less than what... Read more...
As was long rumored to be the case, Google's Nexus 7 tablet is real, as confirmed and unveiled by the sultan of search at the Google I/O conference this week. Given the device's size and spec sheet, it seems clear Google is going after the same market currently dominated by Amazon's Kindle Fire, and not necessarily the iPad. But fear not if you're pulling for an Android invasion in the Apple space, it appears Google has plans to infiltrate that market, too. Word on the Web is that Google is also going to release full sized 10-inch tablet. There are whispers that AU Optronics (AUO) and Wintek will supply the touch panels got Google's 10-inch slate, with the latter already supplying touchscreens... Read more...
Guess what? Google's assault on Amazon doesn't stop with the mere introduction of the Nexus 7. It's also going to places where the Internet can't quite take the Fire: real stores. GameStop has just announced that it'll be taking pre-orders of the new Google Nexus 7 tablet, expanding on an effort already underway to transform the video game store into more of an electronics hub. The company is now accepting trades on a wide range of Android tablets and is taking pre-orders on the Nexus 7, but interestingly, only the $249 16GB model is advertised. For consumers looking to trade in an Android tablet, all U.S. GameStop stores are now offering instant cash or in-store credit for Android tablets from... Read more...
If you've been waiting for Acer to make its Iconia Tab A700 tablet available to order, your wait is over, provided you're interested in the silver model. Both the black and silver models are up for order on Acer's website, though the silver SKU is showing as "In Stock" while the black model appears to have sold out, at least for the time being. The Iconia Tab A700 is a full-sized 10.1-inch slate with a 1920x1200 screen resolution. Driving all those pixels is NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Other product highlights include: 1GB of DDR2 memory 32GB internal storage microSD card slot 5MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus 1MP front-facing 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Connectivity... Read more...
Microsoft has a potentially awesome thing going with its newly unveiled Surface tablet. Could it be an iPad killer? And if not, could Surface reign supreme as the world's second most popular tablet, a rank currently held by Amazon's Kindle Fire device? The success of Surface will depend on a number of factors, one of them being price. Early rumors suggest the starting price for a Surface tablet could be as high as $600, and that's for a model built around NVIDIA's Tegra 3 platform running Windows RT. For an Ivy Bridge-based Surface, cost of entry will start at around $800, DigiTimes reports. If true, the majority may find the Surface's price points to be tough to swallow, particularly with Ultrabooks... Read more...
If you weren't aware, Microsoft is having a big shindig in Los Angeles tomorrow. The company is being extremely tight-lipped about what's to come, but not surprisingly, details are already starting to leak out. TechCrunch is reporting that the announcement may have two major players there, not just one. With Apple's iPad on the rise, and Amazon's Kindle Fire doing damage at the lower price point, there's clearly a desire for entertainment-minded slates at reasonable price points. According to the site's sources, a new entertainment tablet could be launched, with Barnes & Noble as the distribution partner. The real kicker? It'll be based on either Windows RT or Windows 8. That could be a major... Read more...
If you're considering buying a Kindle Fire tablet (or glorified eBook reader, if you prefer to call it that), you may want to hang tight to see if you can score a better deal. Amazon is reportedly getting ready to cut the price of the Kindle Fire to around $149 as it makes room for newer tablet PC devices. That tidbit comes from DigiTimes, which isn't always accurate in its predictions and market rumors, though a price drop would certainly fit Amazon's M.O. Citing sources entrenched in the upstream supply chain, DigiTimes claims Amazon is taking a page from Apple by continuing to sell last generation devices at a discount while it makes room for newer models (think iPad 2). As the story goes,... Read more...
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