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ipad vs tab s

We all know Samsung’s main competition in the tablet market is Apple — the company was smart to release an ad this week highlighting the advantages of its Galaxy Tab S over the iPad Air.

The video highlighted the thinness, weight and screen resolution of the Tab S relative to the iPad Air, which in all categories, it seemed to win.

Of course this is just an ad so interpretation is up to you, but do you think Samsung has a shot at beating Apple and winning the market share battle for tablets? Hit the break for the full video.

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Aereo-like programming service coming for Android devices

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


Even though Aereo was killed off by the Supreme Court, a new Aereo-like company is moving forward with a cord-cutting TV service.

Tablet TV is a service that allows for customers to receive free over-the-air TV on their tablets, smartphones and computers. All the customer needs is an iPad/Android tablet and an antenna device costing less than $100. A customer does not need a Wi-Fi or cellular connection and there is no subscription fee.

At the moment, Tablet TV is being deployed in San Francisco although they expect to expand the service to other cities in the near future.

Of course, if this service becomes popular, there will likely be legal challenges.

If Tablet TV can prove that the technology is reliable, easy to use and cheaper than subscription TV, it could lead to “a little bit of a renaissance in over-the-air television,” said analyst Brett Sappington of the Dallas research firm Parks Associates. - SFGate

Tablet TV uses a device called a T-Pod, which is a palm-size digital TV antenna, tuner and digital recorder. The T-Pod will be rechargeable and have the ability to capture over-the-air digital TV signals and re-transmit them to tablets if within 100 feet of the tablet. The app includes a program guide and chat service, and users change channels with a simple swipe.

Source: FierceCable, SFGate;

Sony’s 8-inch tablet and new smartwatch leak in promo image

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

sony xperia tablet z3 compact

Sony accidentally revealed the existence of the 8-inch Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact last week, and not it’s done it again – a promotional shot may give us the first look at the device.

The image above was spotted on an official Sony Facebook page, part of a promo for the Lifeband wearable. The image appears to have been removed from the page since then, not before a tipster sent it to the folks over at Xperia Blog.

The device in the picture appears to be a smaller version of the Xperia Tablet Z2, and it’s very likely that it’s the rumored Tablet Z3 Compact. The device features a typical Xperia design, with a 4:3 screen format and thinner bezels on the sides (when held in portrait mode). Judging from the poolside setting, the Z3 Compact will definitely be water resistant, just like the Tablet Z2 and all the Xperia flagships.

The other device making an appearance in this leak could be the third-gen Sony Smartwatch, which is slated for an IFA release, just like the Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact. The star of the show at IFA 2014, however, will be the Xperia Z3. Read all about it in our rumor roundup.

Toyota’s new infotainment system centers around the Nexus 7

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


While Android integration has already started to make its way into modern-day automobiles, the next step forward is Android Auto, which should start surfacing in model year 2015 vehicles later this year and into next year. We’re already seeing quite a few companies through their weight behind the effort, but it seems that Toyota has something completely different in mind — at least in Taiwan.

Partnering with Asus-owned Unimax, Toyota has announced the “Toyota Intelligent System”, which essentially brings a dockable Nexus 7 to select vehicles. The idea is that ‘smart’ infotainment systems are useful, but also tend to go obsolete long before you’re ready to upgrade to a new car. With the TIS, the heart of your experience is within a replaceable tablet. Today it’s the Nexus 7, but in the future Toyota and Unimax could make another newer tablet compatible with the system, provided it has the same overall dimensions.


Keep in mind this isn’t just a stock Nexus 7, as it appears the interface has been customized to better fit the in-car experience. That means GPS apps, multimedia controls and more. The standard stock experience is fully there when undocked from the TIS, however. But what if you take the tablet out of the car and forget to put it back in? The TIS will still provide ‘basic’ functions (radio, etc) even without the tablet docked. It’s also worth noting that the system comes with NFC to temporarily pair other devices (like your phone) with the audio system.

Now it’s worth mentioning that this system has only been announced for Taiwan and it is unclear if or when they’ll be introducing the system to other markets. Toyota has also yet to highlight which of their vehicles will come equipped with the technology.

TIS is certainly an interesting take on in-car Android integration, but is it the right solution for consumers? Only time will tell for sure. What do you think, like the idea of Tis or do you feel Android Auto (or another system) is a better fit?

Via: Mobile Geeks, EPrice;

Fuhu announces titanic Nabi Big Tab Android tablet line

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

Fuhu is known for its Nabi tabs, a series of Android tablets made for the lively kids in our families. They make them resistant and child-friendly, which does usually mean these devices come in sizes compatible with small hands. Fuhu is taking its business to another level with their latest announcement – a couple tablets that may seem more like TVs at first sight.

The Nabi Big Tab HD 20 and Nabi Big Tab HD 24 come in sizes reflected by their names; 20 and 24 inches, respectively. Why would you want your kids to carry these around the house (aside from helping them build some arm muscle)? Fuhu built these with family activities in mind. Not to mention, it includes many child-centric and education applications, similar to what we have seen from Nabi in the past.

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There is Two Play and Game Room, which offer multiple types of board games, classic games and even activities like air hockey. Show Time and Story Time have interactive videos and books to help kids and parents spend some good time together with curated content. There is even a chore list and a whole system that allows you to manage parental controls.

Among these features lays Dual Mode, which offers exactly what it entails. You can choose between entering adult or child modes, both having different controls and restrictions.

Fuhu Nabi Big Tab specs

  • 20-inch 1600x900p or 24-inch 1920x1080p display
  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor
  • 16 GB of internal storage


The complete list of specs is not made available to the public just yet, but that is probably information the target audience may find irrelevant. The experience for kids should be more than enough to keep parents interested.

These large screens may not be what you had in mind. We have only seen large Windows 8 computers take this form factor, but Android may be able to better provide for a neat and simple kid UI. And at the very least you know kids won’t be loosing these… right?

Price and release date

The Nabi Big Tab 20 and Big Tab 24 will be priced at $449 and $549, with a world-wide launch coming this Fall. Not the lowest price for the specs, but it’s unlike other Android tablets out there. Will you bite?

NVIDIA Shield Tablet – Gaming Experience

Posted by wicked August - 16 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

The successor to the NVIDIA Shield handheld gaming console takes on a more traditional form factor of an Android tablet. Nevertheless, one can argue that the primary purpose of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet is of course, gaming. As promised during the First Impressions video of the tablet, before we dive in to a comprehensive review, here is a closer at the gaming experience on the NVIDIA Shield Tablet. Let’s get started!

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To further explore the gaming experience possible, what we will be doing is a short comparison with another high-end tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, and talk a little bit about some of the games that are available only for the Shield Tablet. Also mentioned in the earlier video was the fact that the Shield wireless controller is hard to get at the moment, but more will become available soon. As ours is still on the way, I got really impatient and picked up the Nyko Playpad Pro Bluetooth controller, which did work quite well.

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First up, I wanted to showcase gaming on the Shield Tablet, compared to another fantastic device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, which also features a display with a higher resolution. As good as the Samsung tablet is though, its processing package falls a little short when compared to the Tegra K1 processor of the Shield Tablet, especially with regards to graphics performance. As I found during my testing, this difference is quite evident.

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Using Real Boxing as a basis for comparison, you’ll notice a slight slow down in the frame rate, with the overall performance not as smooth as what you get with the Shield Tablet. Moving on to Riptide GP 2, the Tegra K1 does a great job with the water graphics and the performance is smooth throughout, while there is a bit a slow down on the Galaxy Tab S, found mostly after performing a jump or a stunt. Granted, the higher resolution of the display could be a partial cause for this, but having the right processing package, to render everything properly, does make a big difference.

This is, of course, just a very quick look at the difference between these two tablets, and a more detailed comparison between the Shield Tablet and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will be coming up very shortly.

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Moving on to what the NVIDIA Shield Tablet itself has to offer, there are quite a few games that are exclusive to the Shield family of devices. One such game is Trine 2, that comes pre-installed on the Shield Tablet, and will work only on devices powered by the Tegra K1 processor. As you can in the video above, it looks great on the Shield Tablet, and I’ve definitely had a lot of fun playing it. There are also a lot of PC and console games that are making their way to Android, and two of my favourite games in this category, Portal and Half Life 2, are also available solely for Shield devices. It’s also important to note that I’ve been using the Nyko Playpad Pro while playing these games, and it has been a breeze to use that controller.

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Continuing with games and features available exclusively for the Shield Tablet, we take a look at NVIDIA Grid. This is NVIDIA’s own cloud-based gaming solution, which is currently only accessible to users in North America. What you’re able to do is connect to NVIDIA servers, allowing you to access a number of PC games being streamed directly to your tablet. This is still a beta version, so there will be some issues with lag, but I did have a good time playing another of favourite games, Super Street Fighter 4.

It has to be mentioned that you do need a very fast internet connection to use Grid, but even with that, the very nature of streaming games from the cloud means that the latency may not be at its best. Some of your controller presses might not go through perfectly, and might not be good enough for anyone trying to play these games competitively.


So there you have it, a quick look at the gaming experience on the NVIDIA Shield Tablet! As always, stay tuned with Android Authority as we bring you a comprehensive review of the Shield Tablet, as well as a few comparisons with other high-end Android tablets currently available in the market.

NVIDIA Shield Tablet first impressions

Posted by wicked August - 13 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The NVIDIA Shield, a stock Android handheld gaming console on which you can play Android and PC games, was introduced at CES last year. The new addition to the Shield family, announced back in July, takes on a more traditional look, coming in the form of an 8-inch tablet. Powered by NVIDIA’s latest Tegra K1 processor, the successor to the NVIDIA Shield is certainly a gaming powerhouse and we can’t wait to run it through its paces.

But before we dive into a more comprehensive review, here’s our first impressions about the NVIDIA Shield Tablet!

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Before we get started, we have to mention that there is a Shield wireless controller as well, to take full advantage of the gaming experience afforded by the many PC and Android gaming titles available. Unfortunately, we don’t have our hands on this controller just yet, as it is either back-ordered or completely sold out across the internet. That said, after we do pick one up, there will be a followup video on the controller and the gaming experience while using it.

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Unboxing the Shield Tablet is a standard affair. Opening the box shows you the tablet in all its glory, and found underneath are the wall charging unit, a microUSB cable, and an information booklet. The tablet itself features a minimalistic look akin to the Nexus 7 (2013), especially when you consider the Shield logo on the back that is also placed in a landscape orientation. The soft touch plastic material on the back is a little fingerprint-friendly and does get smudged, but is still very attractive nonetheless.

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The tablet is quite heavy, and comes with sizeable bezels around the display, which doesn’t look that bad, but we would have preferred thinner bezels all around. It’s definitely not that big of a deal, especially when you consider the front-facing speakers available for a good audio experience. Along with the front-facing speakers, you also have speakers along the sides, and at the bottom, that really allows for an immersive experience.

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The Shield Tablet also comes with a stylus, that is nestled into the top right corner of the device. The stylus itself is a little different, as you’ll notice that it doesn’t come with a standard rounded tip, but instead features a brush design. This design makes it quite pleasant to use, and the stylus itself is easy to hold and works well for the most part. Along the same side as the stylus are the power button and the volume rocker, as well as the microSD card slot.

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The NVIDIA Shield Tablet features an 8-inch IPS LCD display, with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. The display offers decent colour reproduction, but overall, it’s quite standard fare, with nothing in particular that makes it stand out. But, it is what is found under the hood that makes this tablet special. As mentioned earlier, the latest addition to the Shield family comes in a more traditional tablet form factor, that definitely makes more sense for a lot of Android users out there, compared to the more niche audience of the original Shield. I’ve already downloaded and played a bunch of games, including Trine 2, that comes pre-installed, Riptide GP 2, and GTA – San Andreas. Other games I’m looking at playing, that will also feature in some upcoming videos to showcase performance, are Dead Trigger 2, Anomaly 2, and GT Racing 2.

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As far as my initial impressions on the performance goes, there have been no issues with lag or slow down while gaming, and of course, going through the elements of stock Android 4.4 Kitkat has been an absolute breeze as well. The Tegra K1 processor has been doing a great job thus far, and I’ve had no problem running either native applications or games. Game streaming is something we’ll dive into after we get the wireless controller, as it is necessary to get a fully-optimized experience when streaming games from a PC equipped with an NVIDIA card.

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Apart from gaming, I’ve also been able to binge watch shows on Netflix on the tablet, without feeling the need to switch over to a bigger screen. The speaker setup really allows for a great audio experience, and once I got into the episodes, I couldn’t find any reason to turn it off and look for a different way to watch the show.

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Stay tuned with Android Authority as we continue to bring you great coverage of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, including a few videos to showcase its gaming prowess, and of course, a detailed and comprehensive review!

Manchester United Bans Large Electronics, Means No More Tablet Selfies

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 12 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

According to the newest set of prohibited items posted by Manchester United, large electronics (tablets, laptops) have been banned inside of the club’s UK stadium.

As most of us may know, whenever we are at sporting events, many people use tablets to take pictures and selfies, ultimately obstructing the view of other fans. Whether this is exactly what MU is trying to stop, they did not specify, only citing public safety. 

In the list, they mention the iPad Mini specifically, which is not that large of a device. Heck, even some phones are getting to be considered “large” by their standards, such as the Samsung Galaxy Mega. The Galaxy Note series is also bordering that large description.

If well received by the public, it is possible this rule spreads to more clubs overseas, as well as an adoption here in the US.

What do you think? Should tablets be banned at sports arenas due to their size?

Via: The Verge | Manchester United

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ Review

Posted by wicked August - 11 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The Bottom Line

Not as good as it could be, but worth a look

  • Built-in kickstand very useful
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Front-facing speakers
  • Lacklustre display
  • Clunky software experience
  • Inconsistent performance


Lenovo definitely gets a few things right here, and the kickstand, exceptional battery life and nice build material reflect that, but ultimately, it’s performance leaves a bit to be desired.

Outside of China and other Asian markets, Lenovo isn’t as well known for their Android smartphones and tablets. The Chinese company does have some great products on offer though, and continues to introduce new and interesting features to their products. Aiming for a more global presence, with a strategy that now includes Motorola, Lenovo is certainly one of the many Chinese companies on the cusp of making it big in the Android world.

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Following the launch of its Yoga tablet series back in October last year, the successor of the 10-inch variant was introduced at MWC 2014 in February. Offering major upgrades across the board in terms of specifications compared to its previous iteration, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ has a lot to offer, all at a reasonable price point. Here’s our in-depth review of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+!

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In terms of build quality and design elements, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ looks like any other budget-friendly 10-inch tablet available, with its mostly plastic build material and relatively large bezels around the display. That said, the tablet is also quite thin and lightweight. This particular review unit comes with a silver and gold finish, and features a textured back that allows for better grip while also keeping away fingerprint marks.

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Of course, you can’t miss the metal cylinder along the bottom of the device, that serves as a kickstand, with everything, such as the microUSB port, volume rocker, power button, and headphone jack, found on or around this barrel. A microSD card slot is found under the kickstand. The rear camera is also found at the bottom of the back of the tablet, once again on the barrel, a placement that is somewhat awkward.

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While the metal cylinder is what makes this tablet unique, it not only makes the tablet asymmetrical, a design choice that may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it also results in quite an uneven weight distribution, which does take some getting used to. That said, the built-in kickstand allows you to prop the device up at a couple of different angles, and definitely helps make this tablet a great media consumption device.

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As the name suggests, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ comes with a 10.1-inch display, with a 1920 x 1200 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 224 ppi. Graphics and texts do look sharp, viewing angles are good, and brightness isn’t an issue. That is unfortunately where the good news ends. Where this display falls short is with regards to colour calibration, with the contrast ratio being off. You get a lot of warm tones, resulting in an overly pink looking display. The colours looks very unnatural, and is particularly noticeable when looking at people, or anything with flesh coloured tones in it.

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Packing a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, clocked at 1.6 GHz, the Adreno 305 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM, the specifications of this tablet are decidedly mid-range, but performs admirably for what it is. Everything runs smoothly for the most part, but I did notice some frames getting dropped consistently during animations, and some apps are slow to load. It may not be the fastest tablet around, but the issues in performance, which may be due to the software experience as opposed to any hardware shortcomings, don’t render the tablet unusable by any means. Games work well, and overall, the tablet does get the job done.

As far as the speakers are concerned, Lenovo gets points for placing the dual speakers up front, which definitely ideal for something that is meant to serve as a media consumption device. Apart from the great placement, the speakers also perform very well.

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One of the better aspects of the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is with regards to battery life. Featuring a battery with a whopping 9,000 mAh capacity, this battery lasts a long time, even with heavy use. With my usage consisting mainly of gaming and watching Youtube videos, I was able to get up to 8 hours of screen on time, which is quite impressive. Also important to note is its standby capabilities, with the battery losing just one or two percentage points, when left unused overnight.

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The camera isn’t a defining feature when it comes to tablets, and that is certainly the case this time around as well. The 8 MP rear shooter is decent though, and while the picture quality isn’t going to blow you away, it will serve as an able replacement in a pinch. The camera UI is simple and straight forward, with the usual array of modes and settings available. Low light performance is poor, but great camera performance isn’t the primary reason for anyone to pick up a tablet.

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Finally, when it comes to the software, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ was originally running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but recently received an official update to Android 4.4 Kitkat. On top is Lenovo’s custom UI, which may not be the heaviest skin around, but does have some quirks to it. For starters, an App Drawer isn’t available, so you’ll have to resort to Folders to avoid cluttering up the home screens. Persistent notifications from some pre-installed Lenovo apps, such as SecureIt, also clutter the notification shade, which can be annoying. The cartoon-ish icons and the default colour scheme aren’t the prettiest either.

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Some  notable features include Smart Bar, that can be accessed by swiping from the left or right edge of the screen, giving you some recently opened applications, and the ability to adjust your sound and visual to the display’s orientation on the fly. The tablet also comes with a multi-window feature, allowing you to run four applications side by side, if you’re really looking to get some work done. That said, the software experience feels clunky overall, and seems to draw away from the Android experience, instead of adding to it.


Display 10.1-inch IPS LCD display, 1920 x 1200 resolution, 224 ppi
Processor 1.6 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, Adreno 305
Storage 16/32 GB, microSD card slot
Camera 8 MP rear shootern1.6 MP front camera
Battery 9,000 mAh
Connectivity GPS, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Software Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradable to Android 4.4. Kitkat)
Dimensions 261 x 180 x 8.1 mmn615 grams


If you’re hoping to pick up the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, it is available directly from Lenovo or Amazon for $349.99. Two available colour options are gold and silver, and while just the Wi-Fi only version is available in the US, a 3G version can also be found in some other markets.

So there you have it, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+! What is unique about this tablet is its built-in kickstand, that is not only very helpful, but results in a different design aesthetic. Also impressive is the battery life, but what lets the tablet down is its sub-par display and clunky software experience. That said, it is still an impressive mid-ranger, and should compete nicely with other tablets in this price range.

New Xperia tablet pegged for launch

Posted by wicked August - 7 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Sony-SGP621-640x331It appears that Sony Mobile is looking to add a new Xperia tablet to the family, following a post on an Indonesian site showing a new tablet with a model number of SGP621. The model number suggests that the tablet will sport LTE and continue the line of Xperia Z tablets with the LTE Z2 and the Tablet Z sporting model numbers of SGP521 and SGP321 respectively.

Other rumors have Sony readying a smaller tablet and this could possibly be that said tablet. Given the timing of the post, there’s a chance that we’ll see the device debut at IFA this year. The conference starts on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

source: Xperia Blog

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