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Personal electronics take quite a beating. Think for a moment about all the places your smartphone can end up: on top of the car, buried in a bag, shoved into a pocket along with keys, tossed on a seat where it may bounce off and hit the floor, and so many other situations. Just like a phone, a tablet can end up in a lot of those same places, too. Environmental factors come in to play for users who are active as well, be it in a delivery vehicle, on a factory floor, or as a first responder in a vehicle. In those situations, the peace of mind brought by paying for extra-durable devices can be totally worth it.  For smartphones, Samsung's Galaxy Active family has served as the rugged device... Read more...
Folding smartphones are coming and are poised to become more commonplace in the future. LG has a new patent application that shows line art teasing a device of the future with a tri-fold design and a very cool hinge. Unlike Samsung's devices that come with a stylus that stores inside the body of the device; LG's patent shows a hinged display that curved around to accommodate the stylus. The cool part about the ingenious hinge design isn't only that the pen will always be close by, but the pen will also help prevent dirt and debris from getting inside the folded device and damaging the screen. Samsung knows all about debris getting inside folding smartphone. Debris getting under the screen was... Read more...
The Galaxy Tab S6 is the latest tablet to come from Samsung to take on the Apple iPad, and we caught a glimpse at some leaked images earlier this month. That leak didn't offer images that were particularly clear or nice to look at. This time around, the Galaxy Tab S6 has leaked in what appear to be official photos. While the Galaxy Tab S6 still isn't officially confirmed, leaks have given us nearly all of the details we could want. As of now, the official name hasn't been confirmed, but the tablet is expected to skip the Galaxy Tab S5 moniker, which would be next sequentially, to avoid confusion with the Galaxy Tab S5e that launched recently. One of the leaked renderings shows the tablet... Read more...
Prime Day will be here before you know it, but there have been some nice deals already from Amazon. If you want to keep up on the deals, we've talked about how to get notifications previously. However, Amazon's Woot is also getting in on the discount action, and Woot has some great deals in 8 and 10-inch Fire HD tablets that are on sale right now. The catch being they are not the latest versions of the tablets, though they are still new sealed box items. The discounted Fire HD tablets include the 2015 version the Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet. This machine has a 10.1-inch HD touchscreen IPS display, WiFi, and a quad-core 1.5GHz processor. The tablet runs FireOS 5 and has 32GB of storage for just $79.99.... Read more...
Amazon's Fire line of tablets have always been a popular staple for looking for a cost-effective way to consume videos, read books, play games and surf the internet. At the bottom of the range has been the Fire 7 family which today is getting a major overhaul. The Fire 7 is all-new and comes with a new, faster 1.3GHz quad-core processor (with 1GB of RAM) and twice the storage of its predecessor. That means that base configurations now include 16GB of internal storage, and you can pay $20 more to get 32GB (previous versions came with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage). If the internal storage is not enough for your needs, there's a microSD slot that will let you add up to 512GB of internal... Read more...
Most of the news in the Samsung world the last few days has been surrounding the very high profile failures of the Galaxy Fold smartphone in the hands of reviewers. Samsung has postponed the launch of the device as it investigates. While the Galaxy Fold debacle is going on, Samsung is business as usual with other products including the gigantic Galaxy View 2 tablet that will land on AT&T. The prominent feature for this tablet is a display measuring 17.3-inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The processor running the show is an Exynos 7884 (2 cores at 1.6GHz dual, six cores at 1.6GHz). The big tablet has 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 400GB.... Read more...
Back in November, we talked a bit about a video test that showed just how easily the 2018 iPad Pro could bend, rendering your fancy tablet useless junk. Reports have been surfacing online that the 2018 iPad Pro is coming out of the box with a slight bend in the frame for some users. Apple has now stepped up and acknowledged that some of the expensive tablets (stating at $799) are bent out of the box, but says that bend is a normal part of the manufacturing process. (Image Source: Mac Rumors) The Verge writes, "According to the company, this is a side effect of the device’s manufacturing process and shouldn’t worsen over time or negatively affect the flagship iPad’s performance... Read more...
If you put off Christmas shopping and still need to do some buying, you still have time if you get the lead out. Amazon has one of the best deals that we have seen so far going on the new 9.7-inch iPad with WiFi; it's an even better deal on some units than the sale from earlier this month. Amazon is offering the 32GB WiFi iPad in Space Gray or Silver for $229, which is a $100 discount off the normal retail price. You can get the 9.7-inch iPad in gold, but that version will cost you an extra $20 with its discounted price at $249. A bit over a week ago all iPad colors were on sale at the $249 price. The same 32GB iPad in silver with WiFi and LTE connectivity is $429, a scant $30 discount. If you... Read more...
Smartphones are everywhere today; go into any restaurant, school, business, or home, and you are guaranteed to see someone swiping away an app on their smartphone. With this in mind, Vitaminwater is running a contest that is challenging one chosen contestant to ditch all smartphones for an entire year. The company says that 1 out of 2 people say they couldn't live without their smartphone. If you are selected for the contest and can make it a full year without using a smartphone, you will win $100,000. If you can only last six months without a smartphone, you get $10,000. There are of course caveats; you don't just get the money and give a promise not to use tablets or smartphones. Vitaminwater... Read more...
Last year Samsung released the premium Galaxy Tab S3 tablet as an alternative to Apple's IPad Pro, but with its optional keyboard an additional software magic it also set its sights at some lower-end 2-in-1 laptop offerings as well. Samsung is trying to gear the Galaxy Tab series as the go-to option for anyone looking for an ultra-portable computing device, and this year's model ups the ante with a larger display, longer battery life, and a new desktop-like user interface called "DeX". In fact, you have probably heard of DeX before, if you've checked out our coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and again with the Galaxy Note 9 but now it's available with the Tab S4 as well. When comparing the... Read more...
Android users know that not all devices receive the security updates that Google puts out in a timely manner. Slow updates are especially common when the devices start to age or when devices aren’t that popular, and the manufacturer moves on to the next greatest thing. Google contracts have leaked that show it is now forcing Android device makers to guarantee security updates are offered for the smartphone no matter if it's a cheap low-end device, a mid-range smartphone like the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy A9, or a high-end device like the Galaxy Note 9. Under the Google contract, all device makers are required to regularly install updates for any phone or tablet for at least two years... Read more...
Are you looking for a device that can easily transition between work and play? If so, you may want to update your holiday wishlist. Google just announced its latest tablet, the Pixel Slate. Google states that the Pixel Slate boasts a “versatile operating system, matched with high-performance hardware”. The device is supposed to provide a high-quality entertainment experience and assist users with their workloads. It includes up to twelve hours of battery life so that users can use their tablet both at work or in class and at home. The Pixel Slate is 7mm (roughly 0.28 inches) thin and weighs in at 1.6 lbs. It features curved 2.5D glass, rounded edges, and the display takes up most... Read more...
One of the things that annoys lots of people about Apple and its products is the company's reliance on proprietary charging tech. While many tablets and smartphones use a standard USB port for charging, Apple relies on the proprietary Lightning port. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stepped up on the eve of Apple's event with some last-minute predictions. One of his predictions is that Apple will be ditching the Lighting connector on the 2018 iPad Pro and moving to the more common USB-C interface. Kuo isn't clear if that USB-C port will be usable for anything other than charging the iPad Pro. According to the analyst, the move from Lightning to USB-C will be the main update for the new... Read more...
Lenovo has announced that it has a complete line of new tablets that run the gamut from entry-level units up to the ultra-premium P10 tablet. If you are in the market for a new tablet, there will be something in the new Lenovo line that will likely meet your needs. The premium P10 tablet kicks off the new line; this device has a 10.1-inch screen with FHD 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS display covering 70% color gamut and 400 nits of brightness. P10 buyers get an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front unit; there are LTE and WiFi-only versions. The SoC under the hood is a Snapdragon 450 octa-core until running at 1.8GHz paired up with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. A microSD card slot... Read more...
Samsung unveiled the high-end Galaxy Tab S4 yesterday and with all the fancy hardware inside that tablet, the price came in at a steep $650 to $750. That is certainly a bit much for many people looking for a new tablet, but Samsung also rolled out the Galaxy Tab A 10.5-inch tablet with much less fanfare and a budget-friendly price.  For the money, buyers will get a modest tablet with a big screen that Samsung is positioning as ideal for digital media consumption on the go. The 10.5-inch screen has a 16:10 screen-to-body ratio with slim bezels and a 1920x1200 native resolution. The processor running the show is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core unit at 1.8GHz that certainly... Read more...
Sometimes you need to see inside something to check if all is functioning well. That might be while you are rebuilding your car's engine or working on an AC system. Whenever you need to get a look at the inside of something in tight quarters, an endoscope/borescope comes in handy. Amazon has the Depstech Wireless Endoscope on sale right now and it is Wi-Fi enabled with a 2.0MP camera on the end. The camera's "neck" is rigid, so you can bend it and cram it into tight spaces even if the only way to gain access is from underneath. The Depstech Wireless Endoscope works with Android or iOS devices including smartphones and tablets. You need to be using a device with Android 2.3 or higher or iOS 6.0... Read more...
Mobile device manufacturers seem to have really stepped things up in the engineering department since the arrival of the Microsoft Surface. After racing to the bottom with netbooks for a time, things turned around, and we’ve seen an influx of high-quality systems using premiums materials. We've seen gorgeous designs from ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo, especially in standard clamshell form factors. However, no one seemed to crack the code when it comes to the detachable form factor where the Microsoft Surface Pro shines. There have been some solid offerings in the space, no doubt, but the Surface Pro still sets the bar. HP takes a different approach to the detachable PC with its Zbook X2 G4... Read more...
Kermit the Frog famously sang "It's not easy being green", and he should have added that it's not cheap either. Sony has added a new 10-inch model to its Digital Paper line and this thing is essentially a sheet of paper that never runs out. The idea is to help reduce the amount of ink and paper you use, which could be a big deal if you work in an environment where there is typically lots of printing and annotation of physical documents. The new 10-inch Digital Paper model is called the DPT-CP1 and it is meant to be notebook-sized. It slips into the Sony Digital Paper line along with the larger pre-existing 13-inch DPT-RP1 and offers the same reading, annotating, and note taking capability that... Read more...
Apple has an event set to take place this week at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago, and the company is tipped to unveil a new lower-cost iPad. This iPad is said to have been developed specifically for the education market, which is known to be very price sensitive. A new rumor about the education iPad has been floating around that hails from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to an investor note that Kuo penned, the new iPad may support the Apple Pencil. Kuo wrote, "Strong demand for low-price 9.7-inch iPad in 2017. iPad shipments hit 43.8 million units in 2017, well above the 35 million units forecast by the market at the beginning of the year. The primary driver... Read more...
We have seen an influx of Chromebooks in recent weeks, with both Dell and Lenovo launching new models primarily aimed at the education segment. These laptops run Google's cloud-oriented Chrome OS, offering students and teachers a low cost alternative to a Windows machine, but what about tablets? So for no company has released a tablet running Chrome OS. That might change, as one was spotted at the BETT show in London. Alister Payne, founder and managing director of CloudEd Solutions, a Google Education partner, posted a picture on Twitter of an Acer-brand tablet running Chrome OS. "Grade 1, 2, 3 look what's coming your way... Not official[ly] released but a Chrome OS tablet," Payne wrote. The... Read more...
Microsoft might have killed off its Windows Mobile devices, but the company is still working on a smallish device with dual screens that will slip into the Surface family. The device has dual displays that meet in the middle with a trick hinge. The major details that the patent images and abstract focus on is the hinge system that allows the device to fold into just about any position you might need. One of the images even shows the device folded into a teepee with a traditional alarm clock face that aims at the user. That might be a very nice feature considering how many people rely on their smartphone as an alarm clock at night. Having the device tented up would keep you from having to reach... Read more...
Consumer Reports (CR) has really gotten under the Microsoft's with its claims that the Surface line of devices is unreliable. CR has already stated that it will not award the coveted "Recommended" status to the new Surface Book 2 and Microsoft is still rankled by the decision. Microsoft has stepped up again and is offering up some new data on its Surface range and is stating that fewer than 1 in 100,000 new Surface devices have reliability issues. The row between the Redmond, Washington software giant and the publication started earlier this year after a CR survey of 90,000 subscribers found that 25% of Microsoft laptops and tablets gave owners problems by the end of the second year of ownership.... Read more...
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