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Kobo Aura H2O eReader trumps books by being waterproof

Posted by Tom August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

A new argument in eReaders vs books is settled with the Kobo Aura H2O device – drop a book in the bath and it’s ruined; drop the H2O and there’s a chance it’ll live.

Kobo’s new IP67 certified eReader wears its talent on its sleeve with the name but elsewhere it has a high-resolution E Ink Carta display at 1430 x 1080 pixels.

It also has a 1GHz processor, 4GB of storage, a microSD card reader, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and a battery that’ll last for an average of two months after a full charge.

It’s expected 1st September and will cost $179.

Via liliputing

iPad Air 2 doubles RAM to an industry standard 2GB

Posted by Tom August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

In 2014′s tablet market, 2GB of RAM is the expected loadout for new releases. Apple is finally catching up and offering double the RAM for the high-priced tablet, the new version of which will be officially announced in October.

The iPad Air 2 could sport the expected split-screen feature coming in iOS 8, which would demand more memory.

Via techradar

Samsung and B&N announce release of Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

What do you get when you marry Samsung’s latest Tab and Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader? Well, then you have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook of course. B&N announced today that the newest gadget is now available on their online retail store. As an initial promo, they will be offering a $20 “instant rebate” for early purchases of the tablet that is being positioned as primarily an e-reader.

So how different is it from the normal Samsung Galaxy Tab 4? Well basically it is the 7-inch, 8GB variety of the Galaxy Tab 4 series, but it comes pre-installed with the Nook Reader app, the Nook Newsstand for your newspaper and magazine subscriptions, and the Nook Video for downloading or renting videos on their store. Nook Apps is also there, but it only has apps that have been reviewed and approved by the Nook team. But you will also be able to access Google Play Store and install other Android apps as well, including Nook competitors like Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Bluefire, etc.

While it’s probably more of a branding exercise rather than a desire to create a new product, how we wish they could’ve added more incentive for people to actually purchase this gadget. The Nook Reader and the other Nook apps are some things that can be installed in other Android tablets as well. Sure, they also added in a few pre-installed $200 worth of freebies like one episode each of Veep, Hannibal and Orphan Black, several ebooks and trial subscription to some magazines. But really, these are also some things that can be easily acquired in other gadgets.

But maybe you’re a fan of B&N or you just want a new tablet and this one seems appealing to you. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is available for $179, which already includes the aforementioned $20 rebate. It comes in black and white varieties and is obviously cheaper than the $229 Amazon Kindle Fire HDX.

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VIA: SlashGear

nabi Big Tab HD tablets pack massive screens for sharing

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Fuhu has rolled out a couple new tablets that will fit into the nabi line of offerings aimed at kids and families. Rather than being a smaller screen tablet with features aimed specifically at kids like some of the other nabi devices, these two new tablets are big screen monsters that are aimed at use in the home. The tablets include the nabi Big Tab HD 20″ and the Big Tab HD 24″.

Fuhu is billing both of these units as the world’s biggest Android tablets that are built for sharing. The 20″ tablet has a screen resolution of 1600 x 900 and the 24″ tablet offers 1920 x 1080 resolution. Both have 15-point capacitive touch technology and quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processors.

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Each tablet has 16GB of storage inside and use lightweight frames to make them easier to carry even though they are massive devices. Nabi equips both of the big tablets with integrated stands to allow them to be adjusted to a comfortable angle or laid flat on a tabletop surface. A battery is built in, but the tablets are designed to be plugged most of the time. The battery is a short-term solution to allow the tablets to be moved from room to room while playing a game or watching a video.

Family Time is supported with the tablets having Two Play capability with games designed for two players at once like Checkers, Chess, and others. A Game Room feature has multiplayer games for the family to enjoy. The Blue Morpho OS overlay allows for two modes with one being a safe mode for kids to use alone. The nabi Big Tab HD 20″ tablet will sell for $449 and the 24″ unit will sell for $549 with both landing in stores this Fall.

SOURCE: Fuhu

iFixit, Google team up to tear down Project Tango Tablet

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Ever wondered what was inside Google‘s highly experimental contraption, the Project Tango Tablet? Now you can satisfy your curiosity with this iFixit teardrown treatment. However, unlike most teardowns, the OEM, in this case Google, is giving a hand in revealing some interesting bits and pieces behind, or rather inside, the device.

The Project Tango Tablet is built for power, with specs that would make any tablet owner dream of better days. It has a 7-inch 1920×1200 screen, powered by one of the most powerful SoC’s in the market, the NVIDIA Tegra K1. It also has one of the highest memory configuration, with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage that can still be augmented by a microSD card slot. Google claims that it wants to deliver power to developers so as not to hamper their ambitions with substandard hardware. And to really emphasize on power, Google has thrown in a 7.6-volt dual-cell battery that gives off 18 Wh of power. In comparison, the latest Nexus 7 only has a 15 Wh battery. All that power, of course, generates a considerable amount of heat. So, unlike most tablets, this one has sports a hefty heat pipe running along the the motherboard.

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But all that power is there only in the service of Tango’s primary purpose of mapping the world in full 3D. And for that, Google has bestowed more than the usual assortment of cameras and sensors on the tablet. Unlike Amazon’s fancier Dynamic Perspective Fire Phone, the Tango tablet only has one on the front that boasts a field of view of 120 degrees. On the back, there is a 4 megapixel RGB-IR camera, a 170-degree motion tracking camera, and an IR projector, with the cameras held in place with some rather strong glue. Google notes that to give the cameras an unobstructed view of the world, it designed the back cover to somewhat “force” users’ hands to hold the tablet in a certain position, avoiding the risk of blocking the cameras.

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Now we get to iFixit’s repariability index and the Project Tango Tablet scores a rather low 4 mark. That, however, is neither unexpected nor tragic. Though more available than the Project Tango phone, this is still a developer device that isn’t meant for public consumption so repairability isn’t exactly a financial or practical issue. And with a pricte tag of $1,000, this is definitely not a tablet you’d be keen on buying, even if the specs are to die for.

SOURCE: iFixit

LG G Pad 8.0 – now with added LTE

Posted by Tom August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

An LTE-enabled version of the LG G Pad 8.0 has been unveiled.

The LG G Pad 8.0 LTE tablet has a few tricks up its sleeve (which are even easier to enjoy with the new online anywhere option), including QPair 2.0 and Knock Code.

QPair 2.0 gives the ability to connect the tablet to smartphones via Bluetooth to choose the tablet to answer calls, receive notifications and send messages.

Knock Code is LG’s security function that recognises user tap codes for swift unlocking.

Via fareastgizmos

 

Guess how big the Fuhu Nabi Big Tab HD child-friendly Android tablet is?

Posted by Tom August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Huge! That’s how big. Fuhu’s Big Tab HD line starts at 20-inches and stops at the 24-inch model. Phew.

The Big Tab HD is a blown-up version of their DreamTab series and use the Android-based Blue Morpho UI.

The 20-inch model has a 1600 x 900 “HD+” display, while the 24-incher has a 1920 x 1080 Full HD screen.

The tablets are geared toward education and entertainment for children and will follow the same Dreamworks tie-in content that the DreamTabs had.

The tablets come with a kickstand, 16GB storage, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and cost $339 (20″) / $549 (24″).

Via engadget

 

LG G3 UX features coming to mid to low end devices

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

When you finally land on a winning formula, it’s only natural to want to capitalize on it as much as you can until the well runs dry. The LG G3 has been praised not just for its premium hardware but for its software suite as well, which LG will now be bringing in parts to its roster of less premium devices down the line.

LG has slowly been introducing a number of custom software features that have reached their crowning glory in the G3. Features like Multi Window, QSlide, QPair, and Knock Code have been improved in the latest smartphone and have likewise made appearances in LG’s other devices. The company will be continuing that rollout of features and is now targeting its line of entry-level and mid tier smartphones and tablets.

Of the many UX (user experience) feature in the G3, two will be coming to other LG devices, namely Smart Keyboard and a set of Camera features. Smart Keyboard goes beyond the call of duty of other “learning” keyboards by studying not just your most used words but also your typing habits and mistakes. The keyboard also offers some degree of customization to make it even more personal and tailor fit for different kinds of users. On the camera side, three specific features will be making their way down the chain. Touch & Shoot combines the act of “tap to focus” and “tap to shoot” into a single tap to make taking photos quick and easy. Gesture Shot lets you activate a three-second timer by simply opening and closing your hand in front of the camera. Finally, Clean View removes all the clutter around the camera screen, giving you an unobstructed view of your target.

LG does not mention which devices will be receiving these new features nor when, though it mentions devices released in the second half of this year. The OEM also doesn’t mention if there will be other UX features that will join the list in the near future, though that might be a possibility as LG continues to consolidate its UX offering across is different devices.

SOURCE: LG

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact named in user manual

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

It looks like Sony has an unexpected compact surprise coming soon. While we have been mostly distracted by rumors of the Xperia Z3 and its Xperia Z3 Compact incarnation expected to arrive this IFA 2014, we certainly didn’t see an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact coming. But this won’t be an ordinary Xperia tablet as it is clearly marked to be a smaller than usual one.

The revelation comes via the user manual for a Sony Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad. That charging pad is compatible with many Xperia devices but would require a special attachment for different devices. Under the BSC10A attachment, supported devices include the Xperia Z Ultra, the Xperia Z2 Tablet, and a certain Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

Given the unexpected appearance of this mobile device, the rumor mill is still at a loss as to the size of this “compact” tablet. The current titleholder, the Xperia Z2 Tablet, measures 10.1 inches. Naturally the upcoming one would be smaller, but how much smaller? Sony hasn’t unveiled a small tablet in a long time but it has quite a number of gigantic smartphones, with the Xperia Z Ultra being the largest at 6.4 inches. This Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact could very well be a 7-inch device, though an 8.9-inch tablet is not yet out of the question.

As to the specs, that part is even more up in the air. But if we use current trends as a basis, we can expect this to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2 to 3 GB of RAM, and a 1080p screen resolution. We will most likely see the real deal at IFA in Berlin next month, when Sony will be unveiling its new generation of Xperia devices.

VIA: Techtastic

Asus to reportedly launch unusual-sized tablets

Posted by wicked August - 18 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

With the tablet market growing and getting too crowded as OEMs launch new ones almost every quarter, it takes something a bit unusual to get people to pay attention to it. Based on listings that were reportedly seen on the GFXBench database, Taiwanese brand Asus may just be launching two new tablets that are not the usual size that we’ve gotten used to with a lot of those in the market.

The listings on the site show tablets called Asus K01E, a 9.4-inch tablet and an Asus K01B, a much bigger device at 14.2 inches. The smaller one could either be part of their MemoPad lineup or the Asus Transformer Pad family. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processors and Adreno 320 graphics, same as the 2013 Google Nexus 7 which was also designed by Asus. The specs also indicate that it has 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and has a display of 1280×800 pixels. The rear camera is at 2MP and the front-facing one is at 0.3MP, which is not really impressive for tablets.

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The 14.2-inch is unusually large for a tablet so we can assume that just like the others in the Transformer Pad family, it will work with a keyboard dock so that you can turn it into a notebook. But if there is no keyboard option, then it just might also be just a really large tablet. It has the same processor and graphics card, but has slightly better specs than the K01E. It has a 1920×1200 pixel display with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The camera is 5MP for the main and 1.2MP for the front (we said just slightly better). Unlike the smaller model, the K01B has ambient light sensor so that the brightness can adjust automatically.

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There is still no confirmation whether these tablets are real. But we’ll probably find out by the first week of September during the IFA in Berlin and if there is more to these Android tablets than what is shown in their spec sheets.

VIA: Liliputing